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Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at ...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Biology, Nasa, Innovation, Sanitation, Human body, Rocket Science, Ask an astronomer


Your body’s full of stuff you no longer need. Here's a list.

An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun. Evolutionary anthropologist and Boston College post-doc, Dorsa Amir, started the whole thing with a series of eight tweets, and boy did she start something fun. Amir laid out a list of weird, once-useful details of the human anatomy that we continue to c...
Tags: Science, History, Nature, Innovation, Evolution, Darwin, Physiology, Boston College, Amir, Ancient World, Bann, Human body, Dorsa Amir, Sabre Tooth, Stephen Roughley


Extreme opponents of GM foods know the least science, but think they know the most

A recent study compared the public's scientific literacy with their attitudes on GM foods.The results showed that "as the extremity of opposition increased, objective knowledge went down, but self-assessed knowledge went up."The results also suggest that, in terms of policy efforts to boost scientific literacy, education about a given topic alone isn't going to be enough. None In 1999, the social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger published a study that uncovered a darkly comical cogn...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Science, Learning, Intelligence, Innovation, Gm, Bill Nye, France Germany, Justin Kruger, Dunning Kruger, David Dunning, Fernbach, Philip Fernbach


Better Gene Editing than CRISPR

George Church describes going beyond cutting DNA to precise editing. 1. Phage Integrases (Protein and DNA) 2. TAL Deaminases (custom Protein) 3. Chemical Targeting (custom polymer) 4. lambda (λ)-red... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Medicine, Dna, World, Innovation, Crispr, Gene Editing, George Church, Genome Editing, Better Gene Editing, Phage Integrases Protein


5 types of climate change deniers, and how to change their minds

Climate change is easily one of humanity's greatest threats, and a mountain of data and evidence support this assertion.Despite the evidence, only 71% of Americans believe that climate change is real and primarily driven by human activities.People can and do change their minds about climate change. Trying to convince people to change their minds is often more about picking the right target than it is providing the right arguments. None Do facts matter? In an objective sense, yes, of course they ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Identity, Climate Change, Iraq, Environment, Earth, Nature, Innovation, Reddit, North Carolina, Carl Sagan, Don, Michael Shermer, Shermer, Tali Sharot


4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change. All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.We are living in an increasingly more co...
Tags: New York, Science, Climate Change, Earth, Innovation, United Nations, Grimes, Vaccines, Flat Earth, Carl Sagan, Alexandria, Moon Landing, Disney World, Andrew Wakefield, David Robert Grimes, Harrison Schmitt


10 science photos that made history and changed minds

Science has given humanity an incalculable boost over the recent centuries, changing our lives in ways both awe-inspiring and humbling. Fortunately, photography, a scientific feat in and of itself, has recorded some of the most important events, people and discoveries in science, allowing us unprecedented insight and expanding our view of the world. Here are some of the most important scientific photos of history: 1. Hubble's "eXtreme Deep Field" This photo, released on September 25th, 2012, c...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, Tesla, History, Nasa, Earth, Chemistry, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Nuclear Weapons, Manhattan, Albert Einstein, Planets, Trinity


Want your kid to cut down screen-time? Put away your phone, study suggests

A recent study tracked the media habits of families with preschool-age children.The results found that the screen-time of mothers was positively associated with the screen-time of their children, and that offering screens as a reward for good behavior is also linked to increased screen-time among kids.It's important to study the effects of technology on preschool-age children because they're at a stage in development when it's especially easy to form habits and routines that carry on into adulth...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Parenting, Mental Health, Canada, Innovation, BMC Obesity, Paediatrics Child Health


China 80 Gigapascal Carbon Nanotube Bundles Were Part of a Prediction from 2006

In 2006, I made about 156 predictions. One of the predictions was that carbon nanotube fiber would be inexpensive and with over 50GPa tensile strength around 2014-2018. Relative to 2006, there is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, China, Future, Materials, Innovation, Carbon Nanotubes, Predictions


Stronger and Faster Horses Will Be Made in 2019 Using CRISPR Gene Editing

Kheiron Biotech using clones thoroughbred horses and announced in 2017 that they would use CRISPR gene editing to create super horses. They plan to perform myostatin inhibition to boost the muscles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Sports, World, Innovation, Crispr, Gene Editing, Kheiron Biotech


Anti-vaccine movement is powered by ‘hysteresis’, study reveals

A new study explores society's relatively poor vaccination coverage through the lens of hysteresis, a phenomenon that describes how systems are dependent on their history.The results show how 'imperfect vaccines' and episodes of public confusion can result in sharp drops in population-wide immunization rates, and how it can take years for those rates to recover.By promoting an individual's choice to get vaccinated as an altruistic behavior, societies might be able to reach vaccination goals soon...
Tags: Math, England, New York, Science, Medicine, Wales, Innovation, Vaccines, Royal Society B, Andrew Wakefield, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fu, Xingru Chen


How will we travel to another star?

Eventually, humanity will want to travel to a new solar system to propagate the human race, explore, and maybe find signs of alien life.But our closest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, is so far away that current methods could take tens of thousands of years.How will we surmount this incredible distance and the other challenges associated with interstellar travel? None Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our own, isn't actually close at all. While light takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Science Fiction, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Proxima Centauri, Daedalus, British Interplanetary Society, Rocket Science, Distance Right, Proxima Centauri NASA


LG Has 20X65 Foot Curved TV Waterfall Display at CES

LG Electronics has an immersive exhibit of flexible commercial displays at CES® 2019. The “LG OLED Falls” display features 260 LG OLED digital signage screens, in curved and flat configurations. It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Television, Electronics, Entertainment, Future, World, Innovation, Lg, Gadget, LG Electronics


Would scientists tell us about a looming apocalypse?

NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller fields one question with a heavy heart: If scientists knew there was a catastrophic asteroid heading towards Earth, would they tell us?What about aliens? Is NASA hiding aliens from the public? Are they "in" on conspiracy theories? Scientists are, on the contrary, eager to communicate their findings to the media and the public, says Thaller. "To me it speaks to the separation that somehow scientists are this monolithic inhuman group; that we could hide things, tha...
Tags: Death, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Asteroid, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer


What would it take to create a fully immersive virtual reality?

Immersion would consist of a complete perception of existing in another world. This idea has been the backbone of numerous stories and would be akin to The Matrix world. Our current VR technology is nowhere near close to giving us this science fiction experience. Immersive virtual reality is the theoretical holy grail of future technologies. A fully immersive VR world would be able to encompass every single sense and interact directly with the brain and nervous system. In some sense it could eve...
Tags: Science, Technology, Future, Innovation, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, William Gibson


China Cleaned Up Beijing Air First and Now Targets Big Truck Pollution

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment is targeting having 90+ percent diesel trucks capable of meeting emission standards by 2020. China has more than half of the world’s big trucks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, China, Environment, World, Cities, Air Pollution, Innovation, Beijing Air First, Ministry of Ecology


Tholins: The red goo critical to life in the universe

Tholins are a broad group of organic compounds formed when simpler molecules are irradiated.They are extremely common in our solar system, and studies have shown that their properties are incredibly useful to emerging life.By tracking and understanding tholins, we might be able to find extraterrestrial life and even explain how life began on Earth. None It was no easy feat for life to get started on Earth. There was a long way to go from jumbles of dead molecules to the complicated machinery of ...
Tags: Science, Dna, Earth, Innovation, Universe, Evolution, Planets, Pluto, Carl Sagan, Astrobiology, Johns Hopkins University, Sagan, Sarah Hörst, Bishun Khare, Titan Europa Rhea Triton Pluto Ceres Makemake


The meteor shower that brought Tunguska is due in June

Analysis of the Tunguska tree-fall patters suggests a familiar source for the asteroid that caused it Its timing also fits perfectly with a late June annual meteor shower Nonetheless, it's more interesting than dangerous. Put down that helmet. It's just after seven in the morning on June 30, 1908 as a man sits on the front porch of a trading post in Vanavara, Siberia. That is, until a sudden blast of heat at 7:17 hurls him from his seat. It comes from a huge asteroid exploding about 28,000 feet...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, History, Nasa, Earth, Discovery, Innovation, Natural Disaster, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chelyabinsk, American Geophysical Union, Kulik, Paul Chodas, Peter Brown, Tunguska


Could marijuana help the first Martians with anxiety?

The first human colonists on Mars are expected to endure intense amounts of stress while adapting to the planet.Their maintaining mental wellbeing is critical for successful colonization efforts.In a 2018 study, participants perceived a 58 percent reduction in anxiety and stress following cannabis use.Atop a plume of smoke, Yuri Gagarin blasted out of Earth's atmosphere on April 12, 1961. In doing so, the Russian cosmonaut became the first human to venture into that vast, cold realm that we dub ...
Tags: Space, Science, Australia, Marijuana, America, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Innovation, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Mars, Facetime, Yuri Gagarin, Red Planet, Washington State University


Great scientific discoveries hide in boring places

In 1964, two American radio astronomers, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, discovered the Cosmic Microwave Background by accident. Their resulting work earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978.They had long been trying to get rid of the annoying "noise" in their data (even thinking it was all the pigeon poop in their telescope) only to realize the noise was the treasure. They had stumbled upon the oldest light in the universe, and some of the strongest evidence to support the Big Bang theory...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Data, Nasa, Innovation, Universe, Big Bang, Robert Wilson, Cosmos, Arno Penzias, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer


What Einstein meant by ‘God does not play dice’

'The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secret of the Old One,' wrote Albert Einstein in December 1926. 'I am at all events convinced that He does not play dice.' Einstein was responding to a letter from the German physicist Max Born. The heart of the new theory of quantum mechanics, Born had argued, beats randomly and uncertainly, as though suffering from arrhythmia. Whereas physics before the quantum had always been about doing this and getting that, the new quantum...
Tags: Science, Religion, Physics, Judaism, Amsterdam, Innovation, Universe, Philosophy, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, God, Copenhagen, Einstein, Mach, Bern, Albert


The mystery material that can survive 75 nuclear blasts

A professional hairdresser and amateur chemist invented an unbelievably heat-resistant coating called Starlite. Military applications brought governments running, but the inventor's odd negotiating style ruined discussions. Was Starlite lost when he died, or had it already been stolen? None Maurice Ward was a ladies hairdresser and amateur chemist from Hartlepool, Yorkshire, England, and in 1986 he invented a startling plastic coating he called Starlite. Demonstrated on BBC's Tomorrow's World ...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, War, Nasa, Bbc, Chemistry, Materials, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Innovation, Ward, Airtours, Lee Johnson, Chris Bennett, Mark Miodownik


The mystery plastic that can survive 75 nuclear blasts

A professional hairdresser and amateur chemist invented an unbelievably heat-resistant coating called Starlite. Military applications brought governments running, but the inventor's odd negotiating style ruined discussions. Was Starlite lost when he died, or had it already been stolen? None Maurice Ward was a ladies hairdresser and amateur chemist from Hartlepool, Yorkshire, England, and in 1986 he invented a startling plastic coating he called Starlite. Demonstrated on BBC's Tomorrow's World ...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, War, Nasa, Bbc, Chemistry, Materials, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Innovation, Ward, Airtours, Lee Johnson, Chris Bennett, Mark Miodownik


Commute wearing you out? Try looking at this

With an unfortunate abundance of traffic jams and train delays, getting to and from work can sometimes be a job in itself — and a stressful one at that. But your surroundings might just hold the solution you've been looking for.Science backs this up: A recent study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) shows that commuting through stretches of nature everyday can work wonders for your well-being.But just how much of an impact could this have on your morning or evening travel?...
Tags: Transportation, Science, Happiness, Stress, Hack, Brain, Nature, Work-life balance, Innovation, Lithuania, Commute, Barcelona Institute for Global Health ISGlobal, UK Netherlands Spain, Wilma Zijlema


Humans take psychedelics. Should robots?

The illegal status of psychedelic substances is a terrible thing, says Ben Goertzel. With everything happening behind closed doors, our societies are not developing the right set of cultural institutions to guide people in the productive use of psychedelics.Once scientists have mastered artificial general intelligence (AGI), the psychedelic experience could be engineered for the modern world – it would be safer, less haphazard, and more meaningful. We would "trip" by jacking our brains into the ...
Tags: Science, Technology, Drugs, Future, Neuroscience, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, Brain, Innovation, Consciousness, Mind, Agi, Narcotics, Ben Goertzel, Goertzel


Oh No, Apple Probably Only Made $84 Billion Last Quarter

Tim Cook just issued a very curious warning: Apple is lowering its revenue guidance for the first quarter of 2019. In other words, Apple is not going to make as much money as it had previously anticipated, and it’s kind of China’s fault. How bad is the damage, you wonder? Apple now expects to earn just $84 billion in…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Business, Science, China, Innovation, Tim Cook


​NASA releases close-up images of Ultima Thule, farthest object ever probed

Ultima Thule, officially known as (486958) 2014 MU69, is a space rock located in the Kuiper belt outside of our solar system.NASA's New Horizons probe flew past Ultima Thule on New Year's Day, snapping hundreds of photos in the process.The data gathered by the probe will hopefully help scientists better understand how planets form. None In the early hours of New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by a mountain-sized world outside of our solar system called Ultima Thule and snapped h...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Pluto, Ames Research Center, Stern, Thule, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule, Carly Howett, Jeff Moore, Alice Bowman, New York Times Stern


Some perfectly healthy people can’t remember their own lives

Psychologists in Canada think they've identified an entirely new memory syndrome in healthy people characterised by a specific inability to re-live their past. This may sound like a form of amnesia, but the three individuals currently described have no history of brain damage or illness and have experienced no known recent psychological trauma or disturbance.In light of the recent discovery that some people have an uncanny ability to recall their lives in extreme detail, known as hyperthymesia o...
Tags: Science, Cc, Memory, Neuroscience, Brain, Canada, Innovation, Christian Jarrett, BPS Research Digest, Palombo, Cognitive Science, Pscyhology, Daniela Palombo


3 proofs that debunk flat-Earth theory

Hey flat Earthers, it's time to put your theory to bed once and for all! "There are so many proofs that the Earth is round, it's difficult to know where to start. And it's not okay to think that the Earth is flat; this is not a viable argument," says NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller.Thaller explains three observable proofs that instantly debunk flat-Earth theory with irrefutable evidence of the Earth's round, curvaceous, gloriously spherical shape.The ancient Greeks figured out we were living on...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Planets, Conspiracy Theories, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Ask an astronomer, Michelle Thaller Thaller


China has 20 Megawatt Power System Modules and More Railgun Sea Trials

China’s is performing more sea trials of its navy ship with a railgun. They have also made progress on 20 Megawatt power modules to power more railguns. Long time no see, the railgun test ship... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, Navy, China, World, Military, Innovation, Lasers, Weapons, Future Weapons, Railguns, Megawatt Power System Modules



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