Saturday, 18 January 2020

This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight

This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight

Big and small rockets. The Moon and Mars. Lots of asteroid stuff, too.

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Warning: Most Widely Used Cooking Oil Causes Genetic Changes in the Brain

Warning: Most Widely Used Cooking Oil Causes Genetic Changes in the Brain

America’s most widely consumed oil, soybean oil, linked to metabolic and neurological changes in mice. New University of California Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and depression.

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Microsoft says it will be 'carbon-negative' — not just neutral — by 2030 | CBC News

Microsoft says it will be 'carbon-negative' — not just neutral — by 2030 | CBC News

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it aims to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2030 and that by 2050, it hopes to have taken out enough to account for all the direct emissions the company has ever made.

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Neanderthals 'dived in the ocean' for shellfish

Neanderthals 'dived in the ocean' for shellfish

Until now, there's been little evidence our evolutionary relatives could swim.

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Friday, 17 January 2020

NASA wants to grow a Moon base out of mushrooms

NASA wants to grow a Moon base out of mushrooms

"Right now, traditional habitat designs for Mars are like a turtle — carrying our homes with us on our backs — a reliable plan, but with huge energy costs."

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You Could Probably Hibernate

You Could Probably Hibernate

Complaining about winter is one of the few remaining bastions of reliably safe small talk. Some people protest—I absolutely love freezing—but most will happily engage in winter bashing. In addition to widespread access to heated homes, offices, and vehicles, new industries continue to emerge on the promise of combatting winter. Moisturizing skin-care regimens are sold as the only way to keep our skin in one piece, and massive down coats are deemed necessary for spending even a few minutes outside. Sun-imitating lamps and vitamins promise to help us maintain a will to live.

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Eight weeks to a better brain

Eight weeks to a better brain

Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital find that participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

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