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New App Gives You Superhuman Vision

Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments

UltimEyes, a new app gives you superhuman vision after repeated use as researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented the eyesight training program called UltimEyes with the intention of significantly improving the average person’s eyesight. Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss how this new iPad app works and how it may be able to increase your ability to see in this clip from the Lip News.

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Are The Robots About To Rise? Google’s New Director Of Engineering Thinks So…

Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Are The Robots About To Rise? Google’s New Director Of Engineering Thinks So…

Ray Kurzweil popularized the Terminator-like moment he called the ‘singularity’, when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. But now the man who hopes to be immortal is involved in the very same quest – on behalf of the tech behemoth Google.

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Michio Kaku: This is Your Brain on a Laser Beam

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments

Dr. Michio Kaku returns to Big Think studio. Kaku explains how we might transfer our consciousness to laser beams to explore the universe at the speed of light.

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Crystal Found in Australia Confirmed As Oldest Known Piece of Earth

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments

With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus. READ MORE: Oldest bit of crust firms up idea of cool early Earth

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People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy

A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.

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Largest Solar Flare Since 2012 and Significant Seismic Uptick

Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment

We had an X4.9 solar flare – the largest since 2012. The CME will NOT be geo-effective, but it heralds more to come and caused a radio blackout over much of the Western Pacific. Expect more flaring in the wake of this eruption.

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An Experiment That Might Let Us Control Events Millions Of Years Ago

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
An Experiment That Might Let Us Control Events Millions Of Years Ago

Most of us have heard of the famous double-slit experiment. Usually it’s played out in a lab in seconds. But there’s one version, dreamt up by physicist John Archibald Wheeler, which can be played out over much of the galaxy, over millions of years. His thought experiment suggests that we could retroactively determine the fate of ancient photons.

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Why Does Saturn Have Rings?

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 1 Comment

Hank Green fields one of the most commonly asked questions about our solar system: Why does Saturn have rings? Part of the answer has to do with the fact that it’s not the only planet that has them. Watch to learn more!

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Spirit Into Matter — The Geometry of Life

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Science with 1 Comment

Foster Gamble in a short video clip of scientific exploration — illustrating how consciousness comes into form, and its importance in harnessing the energy of the future.

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Monkey Uses Its Mind To Control Another Primate, In Tests Scientists Hope Could Help Paralyzed People

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Monkey Uses Its Mind To Control Another Primate, In Tests Scientists Hope Could Help Paralyzed People

Scientists have developed a way for monkeys to control “avatars” that could be used to help paralyzed people move their bodies. In the tests scientists found that brain signals from the master monkey’s mind could be used to stimulate an avatar’s spinal cord to control its movements

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Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Technology with 1 Comment

3D Systems, in collaboration with Ekso Bionics, has created a 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton that has restored the ability to walk in a woman paralyzed from the waist down. The Ekso-Suit was demonstrated by Amanda Boxtel, who was told by her doctor that she’d never walk again after a skiing accident in 1992.

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The Mammoth Asteroid Set To Fly By Earth Last Night Just Disappeared

Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
The Mammoth Asteroid Set To Fly By Earth Last Night Just Disappeared

Last night, a giant asteroid was supposed to streak by the Earth, close enough for us to catch a glimpse as it zipped by. Except it never showed, and now astronomers say they have no idea just where the 900-foot asteroid has gone. So, just how does one misplace an asteroid the size of three football fields? The most likely explanation is that its orbit was miscalculated.

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Project Now Capable Of Providing Clean Energy To 140,000 Homes

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Project Now Capable Of Providing Clean Energy To 140,000 Homes

Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers and you have the world’s biggest solar power plant. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now operational and delivering solar electricity. At full capacity, the system produces a gross total of 392 megawatts (MW) of solar power, enough electricity to provide 140,000 homes with clean energy. Scientists at Stanford University have recently improved the efficiency of a revolutionary solar cell by around 100 times.

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How Evolution Shapes the Geometries Of Life: Scientists Solve A Longstanding Biological Puzzle

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
How Evolution Shapes the Geometries Of Life: Scientists Solve A Longstanding Biological Puzzle

New research suggests that the shapes of both plants and animals evolved in response to the same mathematical and physical principles. By working through the logic underlying Kleiber s Law (metabolism equals mass to the three-quarter power) and applying it separately to the geometry of plants and animals, researchers were able to show that plants and animals display equivalent energy efficiencies

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2014-02-evolution-geometries-life-scientists-longstanding.html#jCp

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New Evidence for Ancient Ocean on Mars Covering a Third of the Planet

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
New Evidence for Ancient Ocean on Mars Covering a Third of the Planet

Did a vast ocean once cover Mars’ northern plains? The idea has been hotly debated among scientists for the past 20 years, ever since Viking Orbiter images revealed possible ancient shorelines near the pole. Later findings even suggested that the primordial ocean—dubbed Oceanus Borealis—could have covered a third of the planet. Now a new study by Lorena Moscardelli, a geologist at the University of Texas, Austin, puts forward yet another line of evidence

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