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“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress [video]

Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Inspirational, Technology with 1 Comment
“The Future Is Ours” Video Inspires Hope In Technology And Human Progress [video]

a new video called “The Future Is Ours” inspires this hope in technology with a mashup of presentations, speeches, and YouTube videos.

Michael Marantz, who created the video, wrote in the comments, “The future excites me so much, that is why I made this video. We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and work extremely hard to achieve them. We can do it, we just have to commit.”

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Mystery Deaths of 500 Penguins

Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Nature, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Mystery Deaths of 500 Penguins

(The Independent) More than 500 dead penguins have been washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week. Marine biologists and veterinarians reported yesterday that the birds had no visible injuries or oil stains and appeared to be well fed. The Centre of Coastal and Marine Studies said it expected to receive the results of autopsies on some of the birds within the next month.

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14-Year-Old Generates Electricity from Raindrops

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 1 Comment
14-Year-Old Generates Electricity from Raindrops

(Smart Planet) One night, 14-year-old Raymond Wang lay in bed trying to come up with a design for a science project. The rain was slapping the roof of his Vancouver home pretty hard and the loud noise gave Wang an idea. Maybe he could capture the rain hitting the roof and use it as a source of energy.

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Most Complete Pre-Human Skeleton Found

Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Archaeology with 0 Comments
Most Complete Pre-Human Skeleton Found

(Discovery News) South African scientists said Thursday they had uncovered the most complete skeleton yet of an ancient relative of man, hidden in a rock excavated from an archaeological site three years ago.

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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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