Saul Cunningham at the Australian National University in Canberra says that using drones to pollinate flowers is an intriguing idea but may not be economically feasible. “If you think about the almond industry, for example, you have orchards that stretch for kilometres and each individual tree can support 50,000 flowers,” he says. “So the scale on which you would have to operate your robotic pollinators is mind-boggling.”
Have you ever wondered what a tribe that always lived isolated from civilization would look like? See these real photos.
Just what are these changes that are so profoundly shaping evolution? Pollution, eutrophication, urbanisation, land clearance, habitat fragmentation, global climate change, over-hunting/fishing, invasion by exotic species, domestication, to name just a few.
Evidence suggests to scientists that the next magnetic field reversal — which is long overdue — could be closer than expected, though the timeframe for that in geological terms is still in thousand-year increments. The poles flipping would not likely portend the apocalypse, but there would be significant global consequences.
Using gene-editing techniques known as CRISPR/Cas9, an international team of researchers created what’s known scientifically as a chimera — an organism that contains cells from two or more different species.The creation of this interspecies chimera has been hailed as a significant first step towards generating human hearts, livers, kidneys, and other organs for patients in need.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his automated grocery store to feature a ground level where shoppers can touch and physically select items — typical food products that people like to touch, beer, fruit, etc. On the second floor, a small army of robots toils away, where they furiously bag items for the customers browsing below. This is another example of how automation’s already rapid encroachment on the human job market has gone into overdrive.
There’s a lot about sleep that we don’t understand, like why we even sleep in the first place, for example. But we do know that sleep deprivation can lead to all kinds of health problems and not sleeping can lead to death. Here are more groundbreaking discoveries about sleep.
The small-scale wind turbine can generate 5 kWh/kW per day — with only a one-time investment of US$750. So for the cost of an iPhone, you can go off-grid and power an entire household for a lifetime, even at low wind speeds.
A recent fraudulent study that claimed the uncomfortable “pause” in warming was really no pause at all. That study, pretending warming had never stopped, was timed to help negotiating nations at the Climate Summit in Paris. It was timed to help them enact draconian economic measures to reduce warming. But, Bates reveals, that study was cooked on several counts. It was such a mess no self-respecting scientist would sign on to it.
Should you trust your intuition or logic? This video says both. Watch now and discover when it’s best to trust one over the other.
Professor Peter Turchin believes negative trends seem to be accelerating, and that in three years, the path to instability will seem unavoidable for the United States. However, he clarifies that Trump’s presidential election neither accelerates nor decelerates the process, but was simply a predicted aspect of his theory.
A new study that brought together researchers from Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom has concluded that the universe is an illusion. They came to this conclusion while studying irregularities in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – the so-called ‘afterglow’ of the Big Bang.
The Foundations of Mind IV (FOM4)”Quantum Mechanics Meets Neuroscience” conference was hosted by the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) by the CIIS Center for Consciousness Studies in San Francisco on January 27, 2017. It featured presentations by: John Hagelin, Stuart Hameroff, Ruth Kastner, Henry Stapp, Russell Targ, Jack Sarfatti, George Weissmann, Elizabeth Rauscher, Leslie Allan Combs, Fred […]
Carl Sagan: “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.”