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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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What Stephen Hawking Really Said About Black Holes

Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

Hank Green explains the science behind recent reports that physics great Stephen Hawking said “there are no black holes.” There are. They’re just super complicated.

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Mystery of the Martian ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Rock – Solved

Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Mystery of the Martian ‘Jelly Doughnut’ Rock – Solved

The mystery of the world famous “Jelly Doughnut” rock on Mars has at last been solved by diligent mission scientists toiling away in dank research labs on Earth. The “Jelly Doughnut” rock achieved worldwide fame, or better yet infamy, when it suddenly appeared out of nowhere in pictures taken by NASA’s renowned Red Planet rover Opportunity in January. And the answer is – well it’s not heretofore undetected Martian beings or even rocks falling from the sky.

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Could Unusual Jet Stream Be To Blame For Long, Harsh Winter?

Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Earth & Space, Environment with 0 Comments

New research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over Northern Europe and North America may be changing. The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path. This has resulted in weather remaining the same for more prolonged periods.

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Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People

Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Psychology-Psychiatry with 1 Comment
Internet Trolls Really Are Horrible People

The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in internet trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others). It is hard to underplay the results: The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.

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Major Step Towards The Holy Grail Of Clean Energy!

Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

Scientists say it’s a major step toward the holy grail of clean energy: nuclear fusion. In a laboratory experiment reported in the journal Nature, scientists at California’s Lawrence Livermore lab produced more energy out of fusion than was contained in the fuel used to create the reaction.

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900-year-Old Viking Code Cracked to Reveal Secret Message: “Kiss Me”

Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
900-year-Old Viking Code Cracked to Reveal Secret Message: “Kiss Me”

A 13th-century Viking code that has eluded scholars was finally cracked by a runologist working at the University of Oslo. So, what was the secret message? “Kiss me.”

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Giant Leap For Nuclear Fusion As Scientists Get More Energy Out Than Fuel Put In

Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Giant Leap For Nuclear Fusion As Scientists Get More Energy Out Than Fuel Put In

Researchers in the US have overcome a key barrier to making nuclear fusion reactors a reality. In results published in Nature, scientists have shown that they can now produce more energy than the fuel put into an experiment. The use of fusion as a source of energy remains a long way off, but the latest development is an important step toward that goal.

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Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments

A new iPhone app has been released that tracks every reported U.S. drone strike overseas. Over the course of two years, Apple rejected different versions no less than five times. Now, for the first time, the app is finally available under the name of Metadata +, created by New York University graduate student Josh Begley.

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The Science Delusion by Rupert Sheldrake

Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Science with 0 Comments
The Science Delusion by Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake: Now that science and technology seem to be at the peak of the power, when their influence has spread all over the world and when their triumph seems indisputable, unexpected problems are disrupting the sciences from within. Most scientists take it for granted that these problems will eventually be solved by more research along established lines, but some, including myself, think that they are symptoms of a deeper malaise. Contemporary science is based on the philosophy of materialism, which claims that all reality is material or physical. There is no reality but material reality. Consciousness is a by-product of the physical activity of the brain. Matter is unconscious. Evolution is purposeless. God exists only as an idea in human minds, and hence in human heads. These beliefs are powerful not because most scientists think about them critically, but because they don’t. The facts of science are real enough, and so are the techniques that scientists use, and so are the technologies based on them. But the belief system that governs conventional scientific thinking is an act of faith. The biggest scientific delusion of all is that science already knows the answers. The details still need working out, but the fundamental questions are settled, in principle.

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NASA Photos Show Possible Water Flows on Mars

Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
NASA Photos Show Possible Water Flows on Mars

New clues are emerging about the mysterious streaks that appear on Mars’ surface during warm weather, though scientists still can’t say for sure that they’re caused by flowing water. The marks, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), snake down some crater walls and other inclines when the mercury rises on the Red Planet. New research finds seasonal changes in iron minerals at RSL sites, suggesting that brines containing an iron antifreeze may flow there from time to time — but direct evidence of water remains elusive.

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NASA Is Working On Star Trek Healing Devices—’It’s Not Sci-Fi Anymore’

Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
NASA Is Working On Star Trek Healing Devices—’It’s Not Sci-Fi Anymore’

NASA and Houston-based company GRoK Technologies will work on the development of new “breakthrough products,” noninvasive medical technologies designed to “regenerate bone and muscle tissues.”

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Eterni.me Lets You Skype With The Dead

Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Eterni.me Lets You Skype With The Dead

Do you want to live forever? Well, perhaps you can. Not literally, of course, but as an online presence that can comfort your loved ones after your death.

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Carbon Dating of Camel Bones Suggests Biblical Inaccuracies

Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Archaeology, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments

New carbon dating that determined the age of the oldest known camel bones has challenged Biblical accuracy. Camels are described in the Old Testament stories of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob as pack animals. The latest findings, published in the journal Tel Aviv, reveal that camels were most likely domesticated around 900 BC – centuries after the biblical stories are believed to have taken place.

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Creation vs Evolution Debate Between Bill Nye and Ken Ham Summed Up In Two Very Telling Answers

Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Science with 5 Comments

On Tuesday evening more than 3 million people tuned in to watch ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye debate Ken Ham, founder of the biblically literalist Creation Museum on the topic ‘Is creation a viable model of origins?’ Mr. Ham believes that the world was created over a six 24-hour-day period about 6,000 years ago, and that all living land animals today are descended from those taken aboard Noah’s Ark some 4,500 years ago. Nye challenged Ham’s literal biblical view on several fronts, pointing out that radioisotopic and ice core data shows that the Earth has been around for far longer than the 6,000 years that Ham says it is, as does our ability to view stars that are more than 6,000 light years away. Nye also pointed out that Noah’s Ark, were it constructed the way the Bible says it was, wouldn’t actually stay afloat.”

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