Thursday, 27 February 2020

Unhealthy aging could be thwarted in the future by new molecular discovery

Unhealthy aging could be thwarted in the future by new molecular discovery

Everybody wants to live as long as possible. We try our best to take care of ourselves — we watch our diet, we stay active, and we throw away the cigarettes. Owing to our gallant efforts, and thanks to advances in science and medicine, human life expectancy across the world doubled in the 20th century. The average human can now expect to live past 70 years old.

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Study suggests that cannabis helps to induce sleep but does not help prevent nightly awakenings

Study suggests that cannabis helps to induce sleep but does not help prevent nightly awakenings

Cannabis appears to help induce sleep but it does not seem to promote sleep continuity, according to new preliminary research

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Pentagon adopts new ethical principles for using AI in war

Pentagon adopts new ethical principles for using AI in war

The Pentagon is adopting new ethical principles as it prepares to accelerate its use of artificial intelligence technology on the battlefield

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Natural gas is a much ‘dirtier’ energy source than we thought

Natural gas is a much ‘dirtier’ energy source than we thought

Coal, oil, and gas are responsible for much more atmospheric methane, the super-potent warming gas, than previously known.

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Study dates Victorian volcano that buried a human-made axe 34,000 years ago

Study dates Victorian volcano that buried a human-made axe 34,000 years ago

Fresh evidence shows two prominent south-west Victorian volcanoes, Budj Bim and Tower Hill, erupted at least 34,000 years ago and that people were in the area before those eruptions.

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The makers of Jif peanut butter team up with Giphy to try to settle the GIF/Jif debate once and for all

The makers of Jif peanut butter team up with Giphy to try to settle the GIF/Jif debate once and for all

Even though the creator of the GIF has settled it already.

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NASA has a new idea to get the InSight lander's 'mole' on Mars digging again

NASA has a new idea to get the InSight lander's 'mole' on Mars digging again

The "mole" aboard NASA's Mars InSight lander is about to get yet another push. The mole — a self-hammering tool designed to get InSight's burrowing heat probe at least 10 feet (3 meters) underground — hasn't made much downward progress since its deployment on the Red Planet's surface in February 2019.

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If the moon were only one pixel

If the moon were only one pixel

A tediously accurate map of the solar system.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

With a litter of tactics, scientists work to tame cat allergies

With a litter of tactics, scientists work to tame cat allergies

Time magazine’s list of Best Inventions of 2006 included an unusual creation. It wasn’t a gadget; it was a cat. “Love cats but your nose doesn’t?” the magazine asked. “A San Diego company is breeding felines that are naturally hypoallergenic.” There was a 15-month waiting list for the “sniffle­-proof kitties,” which sold for $3,950 or more.

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Why Climbing Mt. Everest Gives People Weird Boners

Why Climbing Mt. Everest Gives People Weird Boners

We spoke to a mountaineer about the effect high altitude has on blood pressure... and dicks.

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Farming gave us salmonella, ancient DNA suggests

Farming gave us salmonella, ancient DNA suggests

But pigs didn’t give humans typhoid

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Physicists grab individual atoms in groundbreaking experiment

Physicists grab individual atoms in groundbreaking experiment

In a first for quantum physics, University of Otago researchers have "held" individual atoms in place and observed previously unseen complex atomic interactions.

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We need to figure out sex in space, and tech can help

We need to figure out sex in space, and tech can help

The 2018 movie A.I. Rising explores how machines could fulfill desires and support humans during space travel. Lo and behold, it might contain the solution to problems related to space exploration. Astronauts, despite their rigorous training, remain humans with needs. For space exploration and colonization to succeed, we need to overcome taboos, consider human needs and desires and provide concrete, realistic solutions based on science rather than conventional morality.

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Monday, 24 February 2020

Bacteria Engineered to Protect Bees from Pests and Pathogens

Bacteria Engineered to Protect Bees from Pests and Pathogens

AUSTIN, Texas — Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin report in the journal Science that they have developed a new strategy to protect honey bees from a deadly trend known as colony collapse: genetically engineered strains of bacteria.

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Antidepressants could lead to lifelong dependence, doctors warn, since going off them can trigger agitation, headaches, and flu-like symptoms

Antidepressants could lead to lifelong dependence, doctors warn, since going off them can trigger agitation, headaches, and flu-like symptoms

More people than ever before are taking antidepressant medication to manage their depression symptoms, but a new study warns about an overlooked side effect of long-term antidepressant use: something similar to withdrawal symptoms. Reviewing six decades of data, three Chicago researchers found persistent evidence that, when a person abruptly stops taking their antidepressant medication, they can experience symptoms like headaches, insomnia, agitation, diarrhea, anxiety, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms.

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There's a huge fight over reclining your airline seat. Is capitalism to blame?

There's a huge fight over reclining your airline seat. Is capitalism to blame?

Recline or don’t recline – it’s your call. But remember: the greed of airlines in shrinking space to reap profits makes them the true villains

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Fusion startup claims breakthrough will provide "unlimited" energy

Fusion startup claims breakthrough will provide "unlimited" energy

"I don't want to be a laughing stock by promising we can deliver something in 10 years, and then not getting there."

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Sunday, 23 February 2020

Wood waste makes recycled concrete stronger than ever

Wood waste makes recycled concrete stronger than ever

Production of the cement used in concrete is a huge source of CO2 emissions, so the more that we can recycle existing concrete, the better. That's where a new study comes in, which indicates that discarded concrete becomes even stronger than it was before, when wood waste is added to it.

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Past Time to Tell the Public: “It Will Probably Go Pandemic, and We Should All Prepare Now”

Past Time to Tell the Public: “It Will Probably Go Pandemic, and We Should All Prepare Now”

by Jody Lanard and Peter M. Sandman NOTE FROM IAN: The expert risk communication team of Lanard and Sandman has given me permission to post their very well-considered reply to my question of them just

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Researchers develop high-capacity EV battery materials that double driving range

Researchers develop high-capacity EV battery materials that double driving range

Dr. Hun-Gi Jung and his research team at the Center for Energy Storage Research of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, President Lee Byung Gwon) have announced the development of silicon anode materials that can increase battery capacity four-fold in comparison to graphite anode materials and enable rapid charging to more than 80% capacity in only five minutes. When applied to batteries for electric vehicles, the new materials are expected to more than double their driving range.

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

The World's Tiniest Nuclear Plant Is Coming to Idaho

The World's Tiniest Nuclear Plant Is Coming to Idaho

The demonstration represents a new-generation of micro-reactors.

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NASA's Juno corrects a 25-year-old misconception about Jupiter

NASA's Juno corrects a 25-year-old misconception about Jupiter

The gas giant's atmosphere contains way more water than scientists previously thought.

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Silicon Valley’s psychedelic wonder drug is almost here

Silicon Valley’s psychedelic wonder drug is almost here

A new startup called MindMed could have the key to providing the upsides of psychedelic drugs for both focus and addiction treatment—while cutting out the downsides of tripping.

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Speaking “Parentese” With Young Children Can Boost Their Language Development

Speaking “Parentese” With Young Children Can Boost Their Language Development

Language learning can be a matter of much concern for new parents, who often worry about what their baby is saying, how they’re saying it, and when. With previous research suggesting that frequent verbal engagement with babies can boost vocabulary and reading comprehension, this preoccupation is not without merit.

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Why are we getting smarter? Further reading on the “Flynn effect”

Why are we getting smarter? Further reading on the “Flynn effect”

In the 1980s, psychologist James Flynn discovered that, over the past century, our average IQ has increased dramatically.

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Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

Scientists eye the Martian underground in search for alien life

The search for present-day life on Mars is heating up. And for good reason: An improved knowledge of Mars' geologic diversity and history, a better appreciation of life in extreme environments here on Earth, and a sharp focus on sensitive life-detection measurement methods are all bolstering the Mars-life hunt, giving scientists more reason to think that they just might find something.

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Mysterious repeating deep space signals 'may have been produced by aliens'

Mysterious repeating deep space signals 'may have been produced by aliens'

Earlier this month astronomers found strange repeating signals emanating from deep space. Now a top astronomer has said there’s a possibility they were produced by an alien civilisation. The transmissions are called fast radio bursts and are similar to other signals which have been spotted before. But the recent burst is believed to be the first with a discernible pattern.

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Just a little mindfulness can ease pain and negativity

Just a little mindfulness can ease pain and negativity

The effect of mindfulness was so pronounced, they found, that even when participants experienced high heat on their forearm, their brain responded as if it were a normal temperature. “It’s as if the brain was responding to warm temperature, not very high heat,” says corresponding author Hedy Kober, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and corresponding author of the sutdy in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience.

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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

Team at MIT says halicin kills some of the world’s most dangerous strains

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MRIs reveal smartphone addiction physically changes brains

MRIs reveal smartphone addiction physically changes brains

Your iPhone addiction might be creating physical changes in your brain, according to a new study. Researchers looked into smartphone addiction and how it correlates to structural and functional changes in the brain. They conducted MRI scans on 48 people, 22 of whom had smartphone addiction (SPA). The study found that SPA alters the brain in a way similar to what doctors see in drug addicts. The findings only get worse from there.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Neuroscience Study Finds Evidence That Meditation Increases The Entropy Of Brainwaves

Neuroscience Study Finds Evidence That Meditation Increases The Entropy Of Brainwaves

New research suggests that the brain exhibits a pattern of activity as it does throughout the experience. The findings, published in the journal Neuroscience, indicate that meditation is associated with greater brain entropy.

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Oil and gas firms 'have had far worse climate impact than thought'

Oil and gas firms 'have had far worse climate impact than thought'

The oil and gas industry has had a far worse impact on the climate than previously believed, according to a study indicating that human emissions of fossil methane have been underestimated by up to 40%. Although the research will add to pressure on fossil fuel companies, scientists said there was cause for hope because it showed a big extra benefit could come from tighter regulation of the industry and a faster shift towards renewable energy.

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Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program

Inside the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program

The government can't keep its story straight about its involvement with UFOs. After a yearlong investigation, we reveal the staggering truth.

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Neuroscientists discover 'engine of consciousness' hiding in monkeys' brains

Neuroscientists discover 'engine of consciousness' hiding in monkeys' brains

You probably need this engine running to stay awake.

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Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto

Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto

Astronomers are rediscovering how calculations made by the 'human computer' Elizabeth Williams contributed to the first observations of Pluto 90 years ago.

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Renewable energy could power the world by 2050

Renewable energy could power the world by 2050

Virtually all the world’s demand for electricity to run transport and to heat and cool homes and offices, as well as to provide the power demanded by industry, could be met by renewable energy by mid-century.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The breakthrough material that can turn any surface into a solar cell

The breakthrough material that can turn any surface into a solar cell

University of Queensland researchers have made a breakthrough on next-generation solar technology that could potentially turn any flat surface into a solar generator. The team, led by Professor Lianzhou Wang, have been working on harnessing the power of "quantum dots" - tiny particles that can pass electrons to each other and generate electrical current.

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Wild beavers reduce flood risk and boost wildlife, study finds

Wild beavers reduce flood risk and boost wildlife, study finds

Findings are culmination of five-year study of first licensed release of beavers into wild in England in more than 400 years

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Astronomers Discover Eleven Dangerous Asteroids That Could Impact the Earth

Astronomers Discover Eleven Dangerous Asteroids That Could Impact the Earth

Three Leiden astronomers have shown that some asteroids that are considered harmless for now, can collide with Earth in the future. They did their research with the help of an artificial neural network. The results have been accepted for publication in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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NASA eyes Venus, bizarre moons of Jupiter and Neptune for low-cost space missions

NASA eyes Venus, bizarre moons of Jupiter and Neptune for low-cost space missions

NASA just announced the four finalists for its next round of low-cost planetary-exploration missions.

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Monday, 17 February 2020

It's official: Search for ET must be taken seriously

It's official: Search for ET must be taken seriously

Astronomers want more public funds to help search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

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Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

One of the abiding images of any virus outbreak is people in surgical masks. Using them to prevent infection is popular in many countries around the world, most notably China during the current coronavirus outbreak where they are also worn to protect against high pollution levels. Virologists are sceptical about their effectiveness against airborne viruses.

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What Will a Betelgeuse Supernova Look Like From Earth?

What Will a Betelgeuse Supernova Look Like From Earth?

If you stargaze on a clear winter night, it’s hard to miss the constellation Orion the Hunter, with his shield in one arm and the other arm stretched high to the heavens. A bright red dot called Betelgeuse marks Orion’s shoulder, and this star's strange dimming has captivated skygazers for thousands of years. Aboriginal Australians may have even worked it into their oral histories.

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Ohio State University Researchers Find Way to Use Entire Spectrum of Sunlight to Transform Solar Energy into Hydrogen - FuelCellsWorks

Ohio State University Researchers Find Way to Use Entire Spectrum of Sunlight to Transform Solar Energy into Hydrogen - FuelCellsWorks

Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles.

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The quantum computer is about to change the world. Three Israelis are leading the revolution

The quantum computer is about to change the world. Three Israelis are leading the revolution

The Israeli startup QM is the first company in the world to be building both the hardware and the software that will make it possible to use quantum computers – once they actually are a practical reality

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What’s in a Love Potion?

What’s in a Love Potion?

Besides the infamous Number Nine, that is.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon arrives at launch site for the 1st orbital crew flight from US soil since 2011

SpaceX Crew Dragon arrives at launch site for the 1st orbital crew flight from US soil since 2011

Crew Dragon may get off the ground in early May.

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Can Wolves Play Fetch? Yes, But Researchers Don't Know Why

Can Wolves Play Fetch? Yes, But Researchers Don't Know Why

It might seem like your new puppy is too scatterbrained to play fetch, but their instinct for the game might lie deep in their canine past. A new study published today in iScience found that wolf pups will pick up and retrieve balls thrown by humans with whom they are unfamiliar — indicating a willingness to play with people, a trait that could be older than domestic dogs themselves.

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