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Spirit Into Matter — The Geometry of Life

Written by on February 23, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Science with 1 Comment
Spirit Into Matter — The Geometry of Life

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

Written 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

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Technology with 1 Comment
Paralyzed Woman Walks Again With 3D-Printed Robotic Exoskeleton

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

Written 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

Written 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

Written 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: http://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

Written 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

Written by on February 17, 2014 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
What Stephen Hawking Really Said About Black Holes

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

Written 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?

Written by on February 16, 2014 in Earth & Space, Environment with 0 Comments
Could Unusual Jet Stream Be To Blame For Long, Harsh Winter?

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

Written 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!

Written by on February 13, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Major Step Towards The Holy Grail Of Clean Energy!

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”

Written 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

Written 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

Written by on February 12, 2014 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

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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