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Massive Solar Storm Sweeps Over Earth

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
Massive Solar Storm Sweeps Over Earth

(MSNBC) Space weather experts kept track of a solar storm that swept over our planet on Saturday, representing the fallout from a powerful solar flare earlier this week.

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Ruben Verborgh – Why you’ll love the future web

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
Ruben Verborgh – Why you’ll love the future web

In this fascinating 3-minute TEDx video,  PhD student Ruben Verborgh describes the future web: people communicating with machines and machines communicating with other machines.  Listen to Peter talk about a layer on top of the existing web, which he calls the “Semantic Web,” that will facilitate man-machine and machine-machine communication: “What separates people from machines?  […]

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“Big Bang or the Big Bounce?” — New Science Points to a Continuum

Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
“Big Bang or the Big Bounce?” — New Science Points to a Continuum

  The Daily Galaxy via CORDIS July 12, 2012 The big bang may not have been the beginning of the universe, but merely the beginning of one of an infinite series of universes. Two fundamental concepts in physics, both of which explain the nature of the Universe in many ways, have been difficult to reconcile […]

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Geneticists Evolve Fruit Flies with the Ability to Count

Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Geneticists Evolve Fruit Flies with the Ability to Count

A team of geneticists has announced that they have successfully bred fruit flies with the capacity to count. After repeatedly subjecting fruit flies to a stimulus designed to teach numerical skills, the evolutionary geneticists finally hit on a generation of flies that could count — it took 40 tries before the species’ evolution occurred.

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Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

(NASA) A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system.

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Deaf People ‘Feel Touch’ With Hearing Part of Brain

Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Deaf People ‘Feel Touch’ With Hearing Part of Brain

(LiveScience) Individuals who are born deaf use the “hearing” part of their brain to feel touch and to see objects, suggests new research that highlights the plasticity of the human brain. The new study, detailed online July 11 in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows that deaf people use the so-called auditory cortex to process both touch and visual stimuli much more than hearing individuals do.

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Animals Navigate With Magnetic Cells

Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Nature with 0 Comments
Animals Navigate With Magnetic Cells

Salmon, turtles and many birds migrate up to thousands of miles at a time, presumably by sensing the Earth’s magnetic field. Now, scientists have identified cells in the nose of trout that respond to magnetism, offering a biological explanation for how animals orient themselves and find their way, even when it’s dark or foggy.

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Scientists Control ‘Avatar’ Robot by Thought Over Long Distance [VIDEO]

Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Control ‘Avatar’ Robot by Thought Over Long Distance [VIDEO]

We’ve just come one step closer to making “Avatar” a reality.

(Huffington Post) Scientists with the international Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment project have, for the first time, enabled a person to control a small automaton thousands of miles away using nothing but thoughts.

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Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

A number of Caenorhabditis elegans worms were carried aboard a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and brought back for study. Researchers found reduced activity of five genes in the worms that, when suppressed in the species on Earth, lead to longer lifetimes. The work appears in Scientific Reports.

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Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America

Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Environmental Hazards, Technology with 1 Comment
Looming Health Crisis: Wireless Technology and the Toxification of America

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary. A major health crisis looms that is only hastened through the extensive deployment of “smart grid” technology.

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‘Unprecedented’ Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computers to Reality

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Quantum Physics, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
‘Unprecedented’ Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computers to Reality

It’s the holy grail of quantum computing: how to create the key building blocks known as quantum bits — qubits — that exist in a solid-state system at room temperature.

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California High-Speed Rail to Begin Construction

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
California High-Speed Rail to Begin Construction

The US state of California has approved the first phase of construction of a much anticipated yet controversial high-speed rail project linking Los Angeles and San Francisco, officials said.

Following years of contentious debate, state senators voted 21-16 Friday to allocate about $8 billion for the initial stretch of tracks for a line that is expected to see trains speeding along at up to 220 miles an hour (355 kph).

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Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

As time passes and more research is done, more evidence is compiled supporting the theory that suggests that dark matter is a real thing, even though no direct evidence for its existence has ever been found. Instead, the evidence comes about as measurements of other phenomenon are taken, generally involving gravitational pull on objects in the universe we can see that cannot be explained by other means.

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A Robot Controlled By Thought Alone [VIDEO]

Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Technology with 0 Comments
A Robot Controlled By Thought Alone [VIDEO]

It has been said that the human brain is the most complex computing instrument on the planet, so wouldn’t it make sense to use it to power a robot? What if that robot was across the country or on the other side of the world? Recent technology has shown that it is now possible to type by just thinking, so the use of thought to control a robot seems inevitable. The video seems like a scene out of Avatar but in it’s first stages of the technology.

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The Higgs boson ‘God Particle’ discovery explained in the context of conscious cosmology

Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Conscious Living, Science with 0 Comments
The Higgs boson ‘God Particle’ discovery explained in the context of conscious cosmology

Without consciousness, the universe cannot be fully explained, as consciousness is increasingly emerging as a fundamental force impacting the very fabric of reality. This is really, really frustrating for many scientists because, for starters, the majority of them don’t even believe in the existence of consciousness. Stephen Hawking is famous for his rather short-sighted remarks that people are mindless, soulless beings — “biological robots” — and that religion / spirituality is a realm for “people who are afraid of the dark.”

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