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New Discovery: How to Make Fuel Out Of Thin Air

Posted by on November 27, 2014 in Alternative Energy, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
New Discovery: How to Make Fuel Out Of Thin Air

In a discovery that experts say could revolutionise fuel cell technology, scientists have found that graphene, the world’s thinnest, strongest and most impermeable material, can allow protons to pass through it.

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Awe-Inspiring Video: How Our Creations Recreate Us

Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
Awe-Inspiring Video: How Our Creations Recreate Us

Jason Silva’s most recent video on Ontological Design is a bit of a mind-bender that asks us to consider the way in which the things we create in turn re-creates us. He talks about the ways our environment molds and shapes us; that everything we design is designing us back like Escher’s drawing of hands drawing each other in an eternal feedback loop.

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Imagine Doing More on Less Sleep…

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Imagine Doing More on Less Sleep…

A group of American scientists working at the Center for Applied Genomics in Philadelphia have discovered a gene variant that allows certain people to be just as effective on, say, four hours of sleep than some people who require a full eight hours of shut-eye each night.

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40,000-year-old Blood Brings Mammoth Cloning Closer

Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
40,000-year-old Blood Brings Mammoth Cloning Closer

Mammoth cloning is closer to becoming a reality following the discovery of blood in the best-preserved specimen ever found.

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VLT Telescope Reveals Mysterious Alignment of Quasars with the Universe’s Large-Scale Structure

Posted by on November 23, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Space, Technology with 0 Comments
VLT Telescope Reveals Mysterious Alignment of Quasars with the Universe’s Large-Scale Structure

Astronomers using the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have discovered an unexpected alignment of the spinning axes of supermassive black holes located billions of light-years apart.

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Imagination and Reality Flow In Opposite Directions in the Brain

Posted by on November 22, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Imagination and Reality Flow In Opposite Directions in the Brain

As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

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Artist Creates Nanosculptures Smaller Than a Human Hair

Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Artist Creates Nanosculptures Smaller Than a Human Hair

A sculpture so tiny that it cannot be seen by the naked eye is claimed the smallest sculpture of the human form ever created. A new series of equally diminutive sculptures are at a scale so infinitesimally miniscule that each of the figures is approximately equal in size to the amount your fingernails grow in around about 6 hours, and can only be viewed using a scanning electron microscope.

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Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging, Study Finds

Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging, Study Finds

Neuroscientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have shown that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

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Woolly Mammoth Cloning War: Scientists Are Divided Over the Ethics Of Attempting To Revive Extinct Mammal

Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Woolly Mammoth Cloning War: Scientists Are Divided Over the Ethics Of Attempting To Revive Extinct Mammal

Will woolly mammoths stride the Siberian plains once again? DNA samples from an exceptionally well preserved extinct Mammuthus, found in the snowy wastes of Siberia, have raised the prospect of cloning.

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Comet Lander Re-establishes Radio Contact with Earth and Sends Data From Surface

Posted by on November 14, 2014 in Science, Space, Technology with 0 Comments
Comet Lander Re-establishes Radio Contact with Earth and Sends Data From Surface

The Philae lander on the distant comet 67P re-established radio contact with Earth on Friday night, downlinking yet another stream of science data. Everything expected from the little probe was delivered, just before low battery power dropped it into standby mode.

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Scientists Discover Virus That “Makes People Stupid”

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Advances in Medicine, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 3 Comments
Scientists Discover Virus That “Makes People Stupid”

How would you feel if I told you that a virus could be responsible for depleting human intelligence? According to scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska, a virus that infects human brains could be making much of the population ‘stupid’.

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Being Shown Pictures of Being Loved May Reduce Brain’s Response to Threat

Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Advances in Medicine, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Being Shown Pictures of Being Loved May Reduce Brain’s Response to Threat

Researchers from the University of Exeter found that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain’s threat monitor, the amygdala, subsequently does not respond to images showing threatening facial expressions or words. This occurred even if the person was not paying attention to the content of the first pictures.

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Report: Parallel Universes Exist and Interact With Each Other

Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Science, Space, Videos with 0 Comments
Report: Parallel Universes Exist and Interact With Each Other

Griffith University (in Australia) academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on interactions between parallel universes. In a paper published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr Michael Hall from Griffith’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr Dirk-Andre Deckert from the University of California, take interacting parallel worlds out of the realm of science fiction and into that of hard science. The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics.

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Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down (Video)

Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Your Brain Peforms Better When It Slows Down (Video)

est-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in “bullet time.” Like Keanu Reeves’ Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.

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Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Advances in Medicine, Futurism, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.

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