Thursday, 22 February 2018

SpaceX Launches 1st Test Satellites for Starlink Internet Constellation Along with Spain's Paz

SpaceX Launches 1st Test Satellites for Starlink Internet Constellation Along with Spain's Paz

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pre-flown first stage successfully delivered to orbit today (Feb. 22) the first two prototypes for the company's huge satellite-internet constellation, along with a Spanish Earth-observing spacecraft.

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When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries

When Scientists “Discover” What Indigenous People Have Known For Centuries

When it supports their claims, Western scientists value what Traditional Knowledge has to offer. If not, they dismiss it

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Amateur astronomer gets 1-in-10-million shot of supernova’s first lig

Amateur astronomer gets 1-in-10-million shot of supernova’s first lig

While testing a new camera, amateur astronomer Víctor Buso witnessed the start of a supernova some 70 million light-years away. Catching a glimpse of a supernova is tricky business. Not only do you need the right equipment, you also need to have some incredible luck. Fortunately for amateur astronomer Víctor Buso, lady luck decided to pay him a visit on September 20, 2016, while he was testing a new camera mounted to his 16-inch telescope in Rosario, Argentina.

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Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Current EV batteries could be charged much quicker, researchers say.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped

Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped

Archaeologists have never before encountered this grisly phenomenon in Mesolithic Scandinavia, and they're hard-pressed to explain it.

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A self-taught astronomer spotted something no scientist had ever seen

A self-taught astronomer spotted something no scientist had ever seen

Victor Buso, a locksmith in Argentina, photographed a supernova at the earliest stage ever seen, which has revealed clues about how stars explode.

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Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs

No matter what anyone tells you, we’re not ready for the massive societal upheavals on the way.

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Will Machines Become Smarter Than Man?

Will Machines Become Smarter Than Man?

Digital Information World recently published an infographic that outlines the trends in AI and machine learning to be expected in 2018. The research comes from CB Insights, Callaghan Innovation, PwCDigital, Forrester, and Gartner. Businesses, particularly in the healthcare, finance, commerce and agriculture industries, are increasingly investing in AI and machine learning solutions.

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Erica Parsons case: Parents charged with murder years after N.C. girl vanished

Erica Parsons case: Parents charged with murder years after N.C. girl vanished

The parents of a North Carolina girl who was missing for years before her father led them to her skeletal remains in 2016 will be charged with murder, reports CBS affiliate WBTV. A grand jury on Monday indicted Sandy and Casey Parsons on charges of first-degree murder, felony child abuse, felony concealment of death and felony obstruction of justice in the death of their daughter Erica, the station reports.

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Next-generation sequencing ushers in a golden age of genetics

Next-generation sequencing ushers in a golden age of genetics

Here's a look at how genome sequencing works, the computing techniques that make it possible, and the impact it is expected to have on human health.

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Beijing to New York in 2 hours? Hypersonic plane ambition revealed

Beijing to New York in 2 hours? Hypersonic plane ambition revealed

Researchers pushed a scaled-down version of their I-plane to seven times the speed of sound and say its double layer of wings held up surprisingly well

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Researchers charge a smartphone using a laser from across the room

Researchers charge a smartphone using a laser from across the room

Researchers from the University of Washington have devised a new way to charge a smartphone from across the room using lasers.

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Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.

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Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

With jobs being automated and knowledge being devalued, humans need to rediscover flexible thinking.

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Study Says Everyday Physical Activities Are Good for Older Peoples’ Brains

Study Says Everyday Physical Activities Are Good for Older Peoples’ Brains

Recent research finds a link between high levels of everyday physical activities and higher gray matter density in older individuals. In simpler words, this new study “Accelerometer Physical Activity is Associated with Greater Gray Matter Volumes in Older Adults without Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment” says that taking part in these everyday activities—such as cleaning the house, walking the dog, or mowing the lawn—is associated with better brain health, as gray matter in the brain includes regions in control of muscle movement, thinking, feeling, memory, speech, and much more.

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Low-fat vs low-carb? Major study concludes: it doesn’t matter for weight loss

Low-fat vs low-carb? Major study concludes: it doesn’t matter for weight loss

A year-long randomized clinical trial has found that a low-fat diet and a low-carb diet produced similar weight loss and improvements in metabolic health markers. Furthermore, insulin production and tested genes had no impact on predicting weight loss success or failure. Thus, you should choose your diet based on personal preferences, health goals, and sustainability.

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'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

A remote spruce planted on a Southern Ocean island holds a defining record of humans, scientists argue.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Retreat From a Rising Sea: A Book Review

Retreat From a Rising Sea: A Book Review

The only answer to rising seas is to retreat, argues an excellent 2016 book, Retreat From a Rising Sea; Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change by Dr. Orrin Pilkey with co-authors. By Dr. Jeff Masters.

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This Musk — Elon's brother — looks to revolutionize urban farming

This Musk — Elon's brother — looks to revolutionize urban farming

In sunny California, Elon Musk is upending America's auto and space industries. And here, in a cold, gritty section of Brooklyn, his brother Kimbal has embarked on a project that's just as significant in its own way: Trying to reboot the food system. The younger Musk is the co-founder of Square Roots, an urban farming incubator with the goal of teaching young people how to farm in cities while preaching the importance of locally sourced, non-processed food.

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Scientists Issued a Grim New Warning on Climate Change

Scientists Issued a Grim New Warning on Climate Change

New research shows that countries around the world are falling short of greenhouse gas goals in the Paris climate deal, and the consequences will likely be unprecedented extreme weather. Published in the journal Science Advances this week, the study found that the likelihood of extreme heat, dryness and precipitation will increase across as much of 90% of North America, Europe and East Asia if countries do not accelerate their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Infection outbreaks at hospitals could be reduced by copper-coated uniforms

Infection outbreaks at hospitals could be reduced by copper-coated uniforms

Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals could soon be wearing uniforms brushed with tiny copper nanoparticles to reduce the spread of bacterial infections and viruses, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), at hospitals.

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The secret on the ocean floor - BBC News

The secret on the ocean floor - BBC News

Did a 1970s CIA plot spark a boom in deep sea mining?

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Electric Cars May Be the Future, but the Gas Engine Just Keeps Getting Better

Electric Cars May Be the Future, but the Gas Engine Just Keeps Getting Better

After more than a century of improvements, engineers say the internal combustion engine is far from ready for retirement.

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World's first human-sheep hybrids pave way for diabetes cure and mass organ transplants

World's first human-sheep hybrids pave way for diabetes cure and mass organ transplants

Human-sheep hybrids have been created by scientists for the first time, opening the door to organs being grown inside the farmyard animals for use in transplants or to cure diabetes.

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Cleaning products damage women's lungs as badly as a 20-a-day cigarette habit

Cleaning products damage women's lungs as badly as a 20-a-day cigarette habit

"We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age," said Professor Cecile Svanes.

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Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased the Number of Asteroids We Can Mine

Falcon Heavy May Have Drastically Increased the Number of Asteroids We Can Mine

Asteroid mining is about more than just heading up into space and bringing back a rock full of platinum—you actually need to land something on just the right asteroid. Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket launched by Elon Musk-led SpaceX two weeks ago, may have changed the game, says one astronomer.

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Elon Musk's Obsessive Investment In The Future

Elon Musk's Obsessive Investment In The Future

If there is any one entrepreneur today that embodies the future, it's Elon Musk. According to Valuewalk, this "self-made billionaire Elon Musk can seemingly do it all. At just 46, the entrepreneur has launched a number of successful companies, including Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal, and the Boring Company and is now worth over an astonishing $20 billion."

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

How long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth?

How long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth?

A revolution is coming in our relationship with ‘lower’ creatures, provoked by a greater knowledge of their cognition. Labour’s new plans for animal welfare are just a start

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Obama tried to close a big pollution loophole. Trump wants to keep it.

Obama tried to close a big pollution loophole. Trump wants to keep it.

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to protect a loophole that allows vastly more pollution than is typically permitted from heavy-duty commercial vehicles — all in the name of helping out a Trump supporter. At issue are glider kits, new trucks that come without an engine or transmission so they “glide.” This allows you to customize the powertrain — the engine, transmission, and drive axle — often with refurbished hardware, thereby saving around 25 percent of the cost of a new, complete truck.

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13 Killed in Helicopter Crash After Mexican Quake

13 Killed in Helicopter Crash After Mexican Quake

Thirteen people died when a Mexican military helicopter crashed Friday during a tour of earthquake damage in Oaxaca state. The chopper was carrying Mexico's interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat, who were injured along with more than a dozen others. The state attorney general's office said both men suffered only "slight concussions."

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Breakthrough as scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells

Breakthrough as scientists grow sheep embryos containing human cells

Growing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep embryos containing human cells. Scientists say growing human organs inside animals could not only increase supply, but also offer the possibility of genetically tailoring the organs to be compatible with the immune system of the patient receiving them, by using the patient’s own cells in the procedure, removing the possibility of rejection.

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Scientists stunned by huge light discovery

Scientists stunned by huge light discovery

Scientists have just found a way to create a new form of light that could totally change the future of computing and communications. Researchers in a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were able to link photons and create an entirley new light form that could be used to build light crystals with tremendous scientific applications.

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Clay tablets from the cradle of civilisation provide new insight to the history of medicine

Clay tablets from the cradle of civilisation provide new insight to the history of medicine

Ancient “doctors” mixed magic and medicine to heal patients. By Bo Christensen.

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That Time an Astronaut Lost His Wedding Ring in Space

That Time an Astronaut Lost His Wedding Ring in Space

A lost wedding ring may be the only sort of challenge astronauts in the Apollo program didn't train for.

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

System draws power from daily temperature swings

System draws power from daily temperature swings

Thermoelectric devices, which can generate power when one side of the device is a different temperature from the other, have been the subject of much research in recent years. Now, a team at MIT has come up with a novel way to convert temperature fluctuations into electrical power. Instead of requiring two different temperature inputs at the same time, the new system takes advantage of the swings in ambient temperature that occur during the day-night cycle.

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Give robots an 'ethical black box' to track and explain decisions, say scientists

Give robots an 'ethical black box' to track and explain decisions, say scientists

As robots start to enter public spaces and work alongside humans, the need for safety measures has become more pressing, argue academics. Robots should be fitted with an “ethical black box” to keep track of their decisions and enable them to explain their actions when accidents happen, researchers say. The need for such a safety measure has become more pressing as robots have spread beyond the controlled environments of industrial production lines to work alongside humans as driverless cars, security guards, carers and customer assistants, they claim.

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AI-Aided Cameras Mean No More Car Mirrors, No More Blind Spots

AI-Aided Cameras Mean No More Car Mirrors, No More Blind Spots

Mitsubishi Electric believes its AI-enhanced camera systems will make mirrors on cars obsolete and help make a dent in the annual roadway death toll

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New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it

New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it

Understanding the biology may help us develop more targeted therapies.

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The Week's Coolest Space Images

The Week's Coolest Space Images

Every day satellites are zooming through space, snapping incredible pictures of Earth, the solar system and outer space. Here are the highlights from this week.

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How One of the Fastest Spinning Animals Catches Its Prey

How One of the Fastest Spinning Animals Catches Its Prey

A paper detailing the hunting technique of flattie spiders could be used for developing multi-legged robots in the future.

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Opportunity Rover Celebrates 5,000 Days on Mars

Opportunity Rover Celebrates 5,000 Days on Mars

NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity has just rolled past another big milestone — 5,000 days on the Red Planet.

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How does space change the human body?

How does space change the human body?

Scott and Mark Kelly are identical twin brothers. Though that alone does not make them unique, what does is the fact that they are also both astronauts. In order to take advantage of the Kellys’ unique situation, NASA scientists decided to conduct a detailed study on the twins, aimed at unraveling how nature versus nurture plays out in space.

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Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons

Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons

It’s a glimpse of science fiction made fact: Scientists have created a new form of light that could someday be used to build light crystals. But before would-be Jedis start demanding their sabers, the advance is far more likely to lead to intriguing new ways of communicating and computing, researchers report this week in Science.

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A Free Ride With Lyft Didn't Reduce Skipped Medical Appointments

A Free Ride With Lyft Didn't Reduce Skipped Medical Appointments

Transportation problems routinely stymie people when it comes to keeping medical appointments. According to a 2006 study, 3.6 million people miss doctor visits every year because they have trouble getting to the clinic or office. But does removing some transportation barriers enable patients to keep their appointments? Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recently conducted a study to learn just that.

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Friday, 16 February 2018

China's Enormous New Alien Hunting Radio Telescope Has Made Its First Discoveries

China's Enormous New Alien Hunting Radio Telescope Has Made Its First Discoveries

China's brand new telescope is already picking out brand new pulsar candidates.

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Is Humanity Ready for the Discovery of Alien Life?

Is Humanity Ready for the Discovery of Alien Life?

Most Americans would probably be thrilled to learn extraterrestrials (intelligent or not) exist. Other nationalities beg to differ   

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IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

IKEA flags selling solar panels “at cost” in Australia, industry reacts

News that Swedish furniture giant IKEA is planning to sell solar panels “at cost” in its Australian stores has been met with mixed responses from the local solar industry, with many expressing fears that it will further destabilise – and perhaps undermine – an already over-crowded solar retail and installation market.

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