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First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
First Images from Curiosity Rover on Mars

(Wired) These are the first images taken by NASA’s rover Curiosity after landing in Gale Crater on Mars, shot with the rover’s Hazcam cameras. The image on the left shows one of the rover’s wheels. When it first showed up on the screen in JPL’s mission control, someone could be heard shouting “It’s the wheel, it’s the wheel!” The image on the right shows rocks, dust, and the rover’s shadow on the surface of Mars.

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Bio-Retina Implant Could Give Laser-Powered Sight to the Blind

Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Bio-Retina Implant Could Give Laser-Powered Sight to the Blind

Arnie Cooper (PopSci) A new bionic eye implant could allow blind people to recognize faces, watch TV and even read. Nano Retina’s Bio-Retina is one of two recent attempts to help patients with age-related macular degeneration, which affects 1.5 million people in the U.S.

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Humans Might Be Hard-Wired to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’

Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Humans Might Be Hard-Wired to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’

(Phys.org) British psychologists from the University of Lincoln argue that people may actually be hard-wired to “love thy neighbor.” In conducting the study, the researchers analyzed the behavior of contestants in first-round episodes of the BBC quiz show, “The Weakest Link.”

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Physics, Consciousness and Health In Relation With the Auric Energy Field

Written by on August 2, 2012 in Science with 1 Comment
Physics, Consciousness and Health In Relation With the Auric Energy Field

Every living thing on the earth radiates a field of energy, which is called an aura. In humans, there are
seven main centers in the body that produce the energy or the aura, and these energy centers are called
Chakras. These energy fields can be scanned over a long distance and then interpreted in the analysis. The
analysis provide perfect evaluation of material and spiritual status of an individual. The auric pattern rather
provides a much more complete picture as regards realistic state of happening. It indicates upon
relationship harmony, success in work, hurdles and obstacles to be cautious upon, general physical and
emotional health. The analysis is very significant because not an individual learn about the pluses and
minuses, but also have a corrective solution.

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Astrophysicist Aleksey Filippenko: ‘Scientists Understand Only 4% Of the Universe’ [video]

Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Astrophysicist Aleksey Filippenko: ‘Scientists Understand Only 4% Of the Universe’ [video]

Despite all the scientific breakthroughs and Nobel Prizes for discoveries, scientists seem to be no nearer to a possible answer to the big question – why did the universe appear? ­RT sat down to talk to Aleksey Filippenko, an American astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, CA. Filippenko was the […]

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Device Allows Colorblind Artist to “Hear” Colors

Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Device Allows Colorblind Artist to “Hear” Colors

(CBS News) A man who has never been able to see color before is now able to perceive it thanks to a device that lets him listen to colors. Artist Neil Harbisson suffers from a visual condition called achromatopsia or total color blindness. Harbisson can only see things in shades of grey. So, he partnered with some computer scientists at the in 2003, who created an “electronic eye” for him.

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New Lucid Dream Study Reveals Seat of Meta-Consciousness in Brain

Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
New Lucid Dream Study Reveals Seat of Meta-Consciousness in Brain

(Eurekalert) Which areas of the brain help us to perceive our world in a self-reflective manner is difficult to measure. During wakefulness, we are always conscious of ourselves. In sleep, however, we are not. But there are people, known as lucid dreamers, who can become aware of dreaming during sleep.

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New Wikispeed Car Could Cost $10K and Get 100 MPG

Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New Wikispeed Car Could Cost $10K and Get 100 MPG

Alyssa Danigelis (Discovery News) The Wikispeed C3 stands for Comfortable Commuter Car, and that’s very much been the goal for Seattle-based software consultant turned automotive designer Joe Justice. Several years ago, he and a bunch of volunteers entered the Progressive Insurance X Prize in a bid to win $10 million for the best, safest 100-mpg car. His Wikispeed team didn’t win, but they placed respectably.

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Alcohol – Not Marijuana – is the Gateway Drug, Study Shows

Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Alcohol – Not Marijuana – is the Gateway Drug, Study Shows

(Natural News) For years Americans have been told that marijuana should remain illegal because it is the ultimate “gateway” drug – that is, the drug that most often leads to the abuse of other, more potent drugs. Not so, according to a new study which says alcohol – not marijuana – is the true gateway drug.

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New DARPA Technology Puts Out Flames Using Only Sound [video]

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New DARPA Technology Puts Out Flames Using Only Sound [video]

Liat Clark (Wired) Darpa is showing off a new system that can put out flames using only sound. It’s part of the U.S. defense agency’s “Instant Fire Suppression” program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published the video alongside details of how the technique was achieved in their labs back in December 2011.

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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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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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