Thursday, 22 August 2019

Nepal bans single-use plastics in Everest region

Nepal bans single-use plastics in Everest region

Nepal will make the Everest region a plastic-free zone by 2020 by banning single-use plastics, a move that will curb excessive pollution on the highest point of the Earth’s surface. The executive council of Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality in Solukhumbu district reached this decision on Wednesday, the Efe news reported.

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Painless Colonoscopy: Available Techniques and Instruments

Painless Colonoscopy: Available Techniques and Instruments

During colonoscopy, air insufflation to distend the lumen and facilitate careful inspection and scope insertion can induce pain and cause discomfort. Carbon dioxide (CO[2] ) insufflation can decrease abdominal pain and discomfort during and after colonoscopy. ...

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Researchers create electronic lens that works better than the human eye

Researchers create electronic lens that works better than the human eye

The technology is likely to revolutionize the lenses used in VR/AR headsets as well.

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Why Does Elon Musk Want to Nuke Mars?

Why Does Elon Musk Want to Nuke Mars?

Mars has the closest resemblance to Earth in our solar system. So, when humans become capable of interplanetary travel and consider colonising any planet, Mars would automatically be the first target due to its proximity and similarity to Earth.

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Researchers Move Closer to a Blood Test for Predicting When People Might Die

Researchers Move Closer to a Blood Test for Predicting When People Might Die

It’s not as morbid as you think; having a reliable way of predicting people’s mortality, especially as they age, could help to improve how doctors treat disease.

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Volocopter reveals its first commercial aircraft, the VoloCity air taxi

Volocopter reveals its first commercial aircraft, the VoloCity air taxi

It’s a race to the skies in terms of which company actually deploys an on-demand air taxi service based around electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. For its part, German startup Volocopter is taking another key step with the revelation of its first aircraft designed for actual commercial use, the VoloCity. The VoloCity is the fourth-generation eVTOL vehicle that Volocopter has created, but the first three were created for testing and demonstration purposes, and have flown more than 1,000 times in service of that goal.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

It’ll be hard, but we can feed the world with plant protein

It’ll be hard, but we can feed the world with plant protein

Legumes could be the answer, writes Richard Trethowan from the University of Sydney, Australia.

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With Artemis, NASA at risk of repeating Apollo mistakes, scientist warns

With Artemis, NASA at risk of repeating Apollo mistakes, scientist warns

"To look forward to the Moon, we need to learn from the past."

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The Mystery of ‘Skeleton Lake’ Gets Deeper

The Mystery of ‘Skeleton Lake’ Gets Deeper

Hundreds of skeletons are scattered around a site high in the Himalayas, and a new study overturns a leading theory about how they got there.

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The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled

The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled

Fast radio bursts are getting more attention from scientists, who can now detect more of them.

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Scientists discover star dust in Antarctic snow

Scientists discover star dust in Antarctic snow

A team of scientists hauled 500 kilograms of fresh snow back from Antarctica, melted it, and sifted through the particles that remained. Their analysis yielded a surprise: The snow held significant amounts of a form of iron that isn't naturally produced on Earth.

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New artificial compound eye could improve 3-D object tracking

New artificial compound eye could improve 3-D object tracking

If you've ever tried to swat a fly, you know that insects react to movement extremely quickly. A newly created biologically inspired compound eye is helping scientists understand how insects use their compound eyes to sense an object and its trajectory with such speed. The compound eye could also be used with a camera to create 3-D location systems for robots, self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy may lower IQ in sons, controversial study says

Drinking fluoridated water during pregnancy may lower IQ in sons, controversial study says

But critics say the results are “barely statistically significant”

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NASA-Mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa receives green light

NASA-Mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa receives green light

For a long time the fate of NASAs Europa Clipper mission has been uncertain. But yesterday NASA announced that the mission can now enter its next phase, where the design will be finalized and the spacecraft built and tested. “We are all excited about the decision that moves the Europa Clipper mission one key step closer to unlocking the mysteries of this ocean world,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Vaping May Create Toxic Chemicals That Damage Your Blood Vessels

Vaping May Create Toxic Chemicals That Damage Your Blood Vessels

These effects were seen in the absence of nicotine.

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Quantum teleportation shows up in 3D for the first time

Quantum teleportation shows up in 3D for the first time

For the first time, Chinese scientists have demonstrated the experiment of transferring quantum information in a 3D state. Limited in a two-level state for a long time, the study paves the way to teleporting the complete quantum state of a particle, according to an article in American Physical Society a top peer-review journal.

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‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter

‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter

Scientists find ways to sex chicks before they hatch

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MDMA treatment for alcoholism reduces relapse, study suggests

MDMA treatment for alcoholism reduces relapse, study suggests

The first study looking into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction has shown the treatment is safe and early results show encouraging outcomes from the approach, scientists have said. Doctors in Bristol are testing whether a few doses of the drug, in conjunction with psychotherapy, could help patients overcome alcoholism more effectively than conventional treatments. Those who have completed the study have so far reported almost no relapse and no physical or psychological problems.

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Alarm as devastating banana fungus reaches the Americas

Alarm as devastating banana fungus reaches the Americas

The region produces most of the world’s banana exports — and the fungus affects the most popular commercial variety.

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Humans migrated to Mongolia much earlier than previously believed

Humans migrated to Mongolia much earlier than previously believed

Stone tools uncovered in Mongolia by an international team of archaeologists indicate that modern humans traveled across the Eurasian steppe about 45,000 years ago, according to a new University of California, Davis, study. The date is about 10,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously believed.

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Scientists Detect Eight Mysterious Radio Pulses Coming From Space

Scientists Detect Eight Mysterious Radio Pulses Coming From Space

Known as ‘fast radio bursts (FRBs)’, these powerful flashes have intrigued astronomers for years. It’s believed this latest detection, discovered using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) radio telescope, could help unravel the mystery. As well as increasing the data set available for astronomers to analyse, the specific type of these latest FRBs will prove significant for research.

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Left-Handed People Are Being Unnecessarily Excluded From Neuroimaging Research, Study Finds

Left-Handed People Are Being Unnecessarily Excluded From Neuroimaging Research, Study Finds

In a world made for right-handed people, life can sometimes be frustrating if you are among the 10% or so who are “adextral” — that is, left-handed or ambidextrous. Now a new grievance can be added to the list. Brain imaging researchers are systematically excluding adextrals from participating in their studies, according to an analysis of recent research papers published in top neuroimaging journals.

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Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of

Virgin plastic pellets are the biggest pollution disaster you’ve never heard of

Some 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in a township adjacent to a state forest, oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell is building a sprawling new plant to support what it sees as the future of its business: making millions of tons of new, virgin plastic.

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Monday, 19 August 2019

Archaeologists find richest cache of ancient mind-altering drugs in South America

Archaeologists find richest cache of ancient mind-altering drugs in South America

When José Capriles arrived in 2008 at the Cueva del Chileno rock shelter, nestled on the western slopes of Bolivia’s Andes, he didn’t know what he would find within.

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There Are Thousands of Tardigrades on the Moon. Now What?

There Are Thousands of Tardigrades on the Moon. Now What?

Did they survive their crash landing? If so, what happens to them now?

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Legal weed is linked to higher junk-food sales

Legal weed is linked to higher junk-food sales

Research suggests marijuana really does give you the munchies

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How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?

How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?

A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to our Sun. Knowing the rate that these potentially habitable planets occur will be important for designing future astronomical missions to characterize nearby rocky planets around sun-like stars that could support life. A paper describing the model appears August 14, 2019 in The Astronomical Journal.

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How to Compete With Technology in the Age of Automation

How to Compete With Technology in the Age of Automation

It's all about staying in demand in the workplace.

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Mind-reading technology is closer than you think

Mind-reading technology is closer than you think

Companies and governments are getting closer to mind-reading technology, and right now, no laws prevent the NSA from spying on our brains or from companies collecting brain data and selling the information to third parties.

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Sunday, 18 August 2019

This Superconductor Could Be Key to a Whole Different Type of Quantum Computer

This Superconductor Could Be Key to a Whole Different Type of Quantum Computer

For quantum computing to become fully realised, we're going to have to make a few huge scientific leaps along the way – including finding a superconductor that can act in the same way as silicon does in today's computing. A team of researchers thin

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NASA aims to put the first woman on the moon in the next five years

NASA aims to put the first woman on the moon in the next five years

The endeavor to put the first woman—and the next man— on the moon will likely cost between $20 and $30 billion over five years.

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Master Your Feelings With New Tools Inspired by Neuroscience

Master Your Feelings With New Tools Inspired by Neuroscience

Neuroscience research uncovers a new type of emotional intelligence.

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Breathing Polluted Air is Like Smoking a Pack a Day

Breathing Polluted Air is Like Smoking a Pack a Day

It turns out you don't need to smoke for a lifetime to get emphysema. Just breathing polluted air can give it to you, according to a new study.

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500-Square-Foot House 3D Printed in 12 Hours

500-Square-Foot House 3D Printed in 12 Hours

Engineering.com speaks to S-Square 4D, a startup that 3D printed a home in New York.

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Friday, 16 August 2019

How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?

How many Earth-like planets are around sun-like stars?

A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to our Sun.

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New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis Is Massively Successful

New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis Is Massively Successful

FDA approves new 3-drug regimen

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Light can scatter from light, CERN physicists confirm

Light can scatter from light, CERN physicists confirm

ATLAS collaboration uses neural network to make discovery-level measurement of photon–photon interactions

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Lightning struck near the North Pole 48 times. It's not normal.

Lightning struck near the North Pole 48 times. It's not normal.

A warmer Arctic in general provided the fuel for lightning-producing thunderheads to move north.

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Google Timelapse

Google Timelapse

Explore the dynamics of our changing planet over the past three and a half decades.Google Earth time lapses, from 1984 to 2018.You can watch deforestation in the Amazon, glaciers disappearing, rapid city expansion.

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Fracking in U.S. and Canada linked to worldwide atmospheric methane spike

Fracking in U.S. and Canada linked to worldwide atmospheric methane spike

"The commercialization of shale gas and oil in the 21st century has dramatically increased global methane emissions", said the scientist behind the study.

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Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand

Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand

New species said to have been four times heavier than emperor penguin

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Apples, tea and moderation – the 3 ingredients for a long life

Apples, tea and moderation – the 3 ingredients for a long life

Consuming flavonoid-rich items such as apples and tea protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly for smokers and heavy drinkers, according to new research.

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How to Stay Safe When Your City’s Air Quality Is Dangerous

How to Stay Safe When Your City’s Air Quality Is Dangerous

With the world’s population and greed growing at an exponential rate, the world is getting hotter, crowded and more polluted. The symbols…

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Neuroscientists make major breakthrough in 200-year-old puzzle

Neuroscientists make major breakthrough in 200-year-old puzzle

Weber’s law is the most firmly established rule of psychophysics — the science that relates the strength of physical stimuli to the sensations of the mind.

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Neoplasms Misdiagnosed as Chronic Lyme Disease

Neoplasms Misdiagnosed as Chronic Lyme Disease

Clinical features of Lyme disease include erythema migrans rash, facial palsy, arthritis, and peripheral neuropathy. In endemic areas, patients with erythema mi

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Scientists Have Discovered Three New Species of Edible Mushrooms

Scientists Have Discovered Three New Species of Edible Mushrooms

A package of dried grocery store mushrooms yielded three species that had never been identified before.

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