Latest Articles: Science-Technology
Mizzou under fire after 6 dogs used for research are killed
Post Date: 2016-08-31 08:39:29 by Stoner
A California-based group and its supporters nationwide are taking issue with research at the University of Missouri-Columbia that resulted in the deaths of six dogs. After filing a lawsuit against Mizzou over access to documents for animals used in research on the Columbia campus, organizers at the Beagle Freedom Project started looking into the universitys published research and found a study that raised a red flag for the group. The study, published in the 2016 Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology, was testing treatment for damaged corneas. Beagles were used in the study because dogs eyes are similar to human eyes. Download PDF Mizzou study in Veterinary Journal According to ...
7 robots that are replacing farm workers around the world
Post Date: 2016-08-12 22:22:37 by Stoner
In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here's a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world. View As: One Page Slides The Wall-Ye prunes vineyards. winebot French inventor Christophe Millot created an autonomous bot, called the Wall-Ye, that helps to prune and harvest grapes at vineyards. Using infrared sensors and scissor-hands, it can detect and snip weak vines as well as monitor the health of the soil and grapes. Before it can start ...
Monsanto’s Superweeds Saga Is Only Getting Worse [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2016-08-03 11:06:55 by Deckard
Youd like to think there are certain types of corporate malfeasance that really only exist in the realm of Hollywood fantasy. For example, the soulless biotech company that, through a combination of shortsighted greed and scientific hubris, decides to play God with Mother Natureonly to unleash a host of unintended consequences, which said company then refuses to acknowledge and instead continues to pursue its reckless technology to devastating ends. Sounds like the plotline of dozens upon dozens of dystopian sci-fi flicks, right? Or maybe its just the ongoing saga of Monsanto and the superweeds.Yes, the story has taken far longer to unfold than any feature film, but still, ...
Uranium Seawater Extraction Makes Nuclear Power Completely Renewable
Post Date: 2016-07-01 20:32:53 by Stoner
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. America, Japan and China are racing to be the first nation to make nuclear energy completely renewable. The hurdle is making it economic to extract uranium from seawater, because the amount of uranium in seawater is truly inexhaustible. And it seems America is in the lead. New technological breakthroughs from DOEs Pacific Northwest (PNNL) and Oak Ridge (ORNL) national laboratories have made removing uranium from seawater within economic reach and the only question is when will the source of uranium for our nuclear power plants change from mined ore to seawater extraction? Nuclear fuel made with uranium extracted from ...
Missouri to Generate Power By Covering Highway With Crowdfunded Solar Roadways
Post Date: 2016-06-25 12:11:40 by Deckard
Missouris Department of Transportation is planning an innovative reworking of historic Route 66 an undetermined section of Americas Highway will be covered in solar panels from Idaho startup, Solar Roadways.It gets Missouri and MDOT prepared for 21st century innovations, enthused Tom Blair, who heads the Road to Tomorrow initiative, in the Kansas City Star, adding, We expect them to be in place, Im hoping, by the end of this year, maybe before snow flies.Combining road improvement with solar energy generation could be not only a boon for the state, but a model for others across the U.S.Of Solar Roadways, Blair explained, If ...
There IS life after DEATH: Scientists reveal shock findings from groundbreaking study
Post Date: 2016-05-17 08:55:06 by cranky
LIFE after death has been "confirmed" by scientists who have discovered consciousness continues even once a person has died. In a large scale study of more than 2,000 people, British boffins confirmed that thoughts DO carry on after the heart stops. The shock research has also uncovered the most convincing evidence of an out of body experience for a patient declared dead. It had been believed the brain stopped all activity 30 seconds after the heart had stopped pumping blood around the body, and that with that, awareness ceases too. However, the study from the University of Southampton shows people still experience awareness for up to three minutes after they had been ...
Climate Change is Spiraling Out of Control
Post Date: 2016-05-12 10:28:35 by Willie Green
But we had so much snow this winter! But its only a couple degrees! But the temperature in my hometown feels fine! Weve heard it all from climate change deniers. This elegant visualization sets the record straight. The data supporting climate change is undeniable; we live in a hot world thats getting hotter. And yet, even though that change is easy to document, its sometimes hard to get people to really see the overall climate trend when theyre thinking mostly about the weather they are personally experiencing. Thats why this mesmerizing new graph from climate scientist Ed Hawkins of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of ...
Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg
Post Date: 2016-04-26 16:45:38 by cranky
video Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing fireworks on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception. Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other animals but it is the first time is has been also shown to happen in humans. Not only is it an incredible spectacle, highlighting the very moment that a new life begins, the size of the flash can be used to determine the quality of the fertilised egg. Researchers from Northwestern University, in Chicago, noticed that some of the eggs burn brighter than others, showing that they ...
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: April 20 - July 10: Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas
Post Date: 2016-04-22 19:01:33 by Stoner
This is really fascinating. Go to the link for the video's.
Science Experiments Gone Wrong
Post Date: 2016-04-10 05:30:09 by Tooconservative
SpaceX lands its first stage on ocean barge for the first time
Post Date: 2016-04-08 18:11:32 by Tooconservative
The 1st stage of the Falcon 9 just landed on our Of Course I Still Love You droneship. Dragon in good orbit pic.twitter.com/SYyUCDZE3k
MagLev Houses Could Rise Above Floods
Post Date: 2016-04-08 13:48:16 by Willie Green
What if houses in flood-prone areas could magnetically levitate to save themselves? Thats the wild idea that Filipino architect Lira Luis is pursuing in her quest to find a building solution for low-lying cities. Sure, weve seen houses perched on stilts and even floating homes, but deploying magnets this way would be novel. Top 10 Uses for the Worlds Strongest Material Lira Luis, whose architecture firm is based in Chicago, was working on an installation involving magnetics when she noticed that they repelled each other, even through water, she explained to Co.Exists Adele Peters. Fully aware that it could end up being impractical, Luis started ...
Climate-change models wrong on predicting rain, drought extremes: study
Post Date: 2016-04-08 09:48:52 by Tooconservative
A newly released international study debunks climate models on global warming that forecast extreme rainfall and drought tied to temperature swings, casting doubt on disaster scenarios promoted by the climate-change movement.The study in the journal Nature published Thursday examining Northern Hemisphere rainfall data going back 1,200 years found that todays climate models were frequently wrong on predicting extreme rain and drought. In the 20th century, for example, higher-than-average temperatures failed to produce wet-dry extremes, which contradicts the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes consensus that global warming will make dry areas drier and ...
The Wonder-Buoy That May Finally Make Wave Energy Feasible
Post Date: 2016-04-06 22:33:42 by A K A Stone
WITH ALL THAT to-and-fro and ebb-and-flow, the motions of the ocean offer an endless supply of renewable energy. Or they would, if engineers could figure out how to capture that power. Most prototypes for wave-energy converters have been massive and costly, or else theyre torn apart during violent storms at sea. But a Swedish company called CorPower Ocean may finally have a solution. Tests show its new buoy can produce three times as much electricity as the best rival tech, with a far more practical design. For starters, its relatively small: Whereas other devices can stretch hundreds of feet across and weigh well over a thousand tons, CorPowers bobbing red machine is a ...
Unicorns Were Real, and a New Fossil Shows When They Lived
Post Date: 2016-04-03 18:24:44 by Hondo68
The well-preserved skull probably won't tell us whether their blood had magical properties, though.The unicorn isn't just a myth but it didn't look like this. Dreams do come true sort of.According to a study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences, the Siberian unicorn Elasmotherium sibiricum last walked the Earth about 29,000 years ago.Scientists previously thought the creature with the partially mythical name died out about 350,000 years ago, but a newly discovered fossilized skull reveals it lived here much more recently. The skull was found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan, and scientists hope it will help shed ...
Caveman's best friends? Preserved Ice Age puppies awe scientists
Post Date: 2016-03-28 11:49:31 by cranky
Moscow (AFP) - The hunters searching for mammoth tusks were drawn to the steep riverbank by a deposit of ancient bones. To their astonishment, they discovered an Ice Age puppy's snout peeking out from the permafrost.Five years later, a pair of puppies perfectly preserved in Russia's far northeast region of Yakutia and dating back 12,460 years has mobilised scientists across the world. "To find a carnivorous mammal intact with skin, fur and internal organs -- this has never happened before in history," said Sergei Fyodorov, head of exhibitions at the Mammoth Museum of the North-Eastern Federal University in the regional capital of Yakutsk.And the discovery could contribute ...
Trump Agrees With Democrats on High-Speed Trains
Post Date: 2016-03-10 09:07:57 by Willie Green
In a freewheeling speech Thursday afternoon, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump stumbled into a riff about how great trains are. Its sad, he said, that the American rail system is so dilapidated while Chinas is now slicker than ever. They have trains that go 300 miles per hour, the populist billionaire exclaimed. We have trains that go chug
chug.The line got a laughits not often that one sees a presidential candidate imitate Thomas the Tank Enginebut it also underscored one of the most solid planks in the billionaire businessmans rickety policy platform: to fund and rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including its ...
Government agency claims to have found ‘holy grail’ of batteries than can outdo Elon Musk's Powerwall (but won’t say what it is)
Post Date: 2016-03-05 10:52:56 by cranky
Claim made by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)Says its batteries could transform US electrical grid within 5 to 10 yearsArpa-E to get a boost after US pledged to double clean energy spendingA US government agency claims it has battery technology that could outdo anything dreamt up by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon Musk.Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) a branch of the Department of Energy says it has several next-generation battery storage projects in the works.While the organisation won't go into details about its technology, it says it has found the 'holy grail of batteries' could transform the US electrical grid within five to ...
Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could be 'sacred rituals' and show that chimps believe in god
Post Date: 2016-03-04 08:43:34 by cranky
The ritual has similarities with the building of shrines or cairns, a human ritual that has been happening for thousands of years and across civilisations New footage shows chimpanzees engaging in bizarre behaviour which might be a form of sacred ritual that could show the beginnings of a kind of religious belief. Chimpanzees in West Africa have been spotted banging and throwing rocks against trees and throwing them into gaps inside, leading to piles of rocks. Those rocks do not appear to be for any functional purpose and might be an example of an early version of ritual behaviour. The discovery might help researchers learn more about the basis of human religion and ...
Amazon unveils Wi-Fi-enabled Brita Infinity Smart Water Pitcher with Dash Replenishment
Post Date: 2016-03-01 09:22:26 by Willie Green
For many people, walking around with a water bottle all day is a way of life. Not only is it reassuring that your thirst can always be quenched, but it is very healthy too. Once you get away from all of the sugar-filled drinks, and even worse, the artificially sweetened beverages, you may feel much healthier. Unfortunately, water bottles can be very bad for the environment. While some can be recycled, a good amount of them can end up in landfills. Not to mention, the process of making the plastic can have a large carbon footprint. A good solution is opting for an in-home water filter and carrying reusable bottles. Today, Amazon announces a very high-tech filtration pitcher -- ...
Now Even Michael Mann Admits The ‘Pause’ In Global Warming Is Real; Throws Allies To Wolves
Post Date: 2016-02-28 10:40:25 by cranky
The Pause in global warming is real not an urban myth concocted by evil deniers a study has found, signalling the development of a major schism within the climate alarmist camp.It has been claimed that the early-2000s global warming slowdown or hiatus, characterized by a reduced rate of global surface warming, has been overstated, lacks sound scientific basis, or is unsupported by observations. The evidence presented here contradicts these claims, the paper in Nature Climate Change says.Though the papers findings are not controversial few serious scientists dispute the evidence of the temperature datasets showing that there has ...
Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All
Post Date: 2016-02-20 08:53:16 by cranky
A new tally proposes that roughly 700 quintillion terrestrial exoplanets are likely to exist across the observable universemost vastly different from Earth More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system. With every subsequent scientific revolution, most other privileged positions in the universe humans might have held dear have been further degraded, revealing the cold truth that our species is the smallest of specks on a speck of a planet, cosmologically speaking. A new calculation of exoplanets suggests that Earth is just one out of a likely 700 million trillion ...
Genetically modified blood turned into 'living drug' in stunning new therapy that hunts down and destroys diseased cells and prevents them from returning - possibly FOREVER
Post Date: 2016-02-16 08:29:08 by cranky
Layla Richards became one of the first to be given the landmark treatmentShe was given genetically engineering cells which killed off her leukemia Studies reveal the treatment could last for at least 14 years in the body It raises the prospect of a permanent cancer cure being widely availableA revolutionary treatment that could stop cancer from ever coming back is close to becoming widely available, scientists said yesterday.Dubbed a living drug, it will act in a similar way to a vaccine, by being constantly alert for the disease returning.T-cell immunotherapy hit headlines last year when British baby Layla Richards became one of the first people in the world to be given the ...
Scientists take a step closer to ETERNAL LIFE as they PRESERVE and REVIVE brain
Post Date: 2016-02-12 22:52:48 by cranky
FOR the first time, scientists have successfully managed to cryogenically freeze a brain and then revive it. Scientists have successfully cryogenicaly frozen a brainIn a step towards eternal life, researchers from 21st Century Medicine (21CM) managed to freeze the brain of a rabbit using a technique known as Aldehyde-stabilized cryopreservation (ASC). The team, led by recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Robert McIntyre, wrote in a press release: "Using a combination of ultrafast chemical fixation and cryogenic storage, it is the first demonstration that near perfect, long-term structural preservation of an intact mammalian brain is achievable.Scientists ...
Physicists detect gravitational wave forseen by Einstein
Post Date: 2016-02-12 19:24:52 by sneakypete
A team of physicists who can now count themselves as astronomers announced Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding 1 billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prophecy of Albert Einsteins general theory of relativity. That faint rising tone, physicists say, is the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. And it is a ringing (pun intended) confirmation of the nature of black holes, the bottomless gravitational pits from which not even light can escape, which were the most foreboding (and unwelcome) part of his theory. More generally, it ...
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