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The rate of the universe’s expansion is in dispute – but a new kind of measurement offers hope

Advances in astronomical observation over the past century have allowed scientists to construct a remarkably successful model of how the cosmos works. It makes sense – the better we can measure something, the more we learn. But when it comes to the question of how fast our universe is expanding, some new cosmological measurements are making us ever more confused. Since the 1920s we’ve known that the universe is expanding – the more distant a galaxy is, the faster it is moving away from us. In fa...
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Broken angels: Inside the lab working to restore Notre Dame

After an April fire, scientists are racing to identify what perils remain inside the monument and figure out how to safely restore the beloved Paris cathedral.
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How do you weigh a whale without bothering it? Drones

Whales are the largest animals on the planet and important predators in the marine ecosystem. As a marine biologist I have been lucky enough to see them up close. It’s an amazing experience to watch a whale mother, 14 meters long and weighing nearly 40 tonnes, gently push her “tiny” five-meters baby, already weighing nearly one tonne at birth, up to the surface to breathe. But how do I actually know that whale weighed 40 tonnes? After all, we can’t exactly capture an animal the size of a bus and...
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Scientists are looking for dark matter to understand the universe’s ‘hidden web’

After counting all the normal, luminous matter in the obvious places of the universe – galaxies, clusters of galaxies and the intergalactic medium – about half of it is still missing. So not only is 85 percent of the matter in the universe made up of an unknown, invisible substance dubbed “dark matter,” we can’t even find all the small amount of normal matter that should be there. This is known as the “missing baryons” problem. Baryons are particles that emit or absorb light, like protons, neutr...
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Ark Invests Values Self-Driving Taxi Service at Over $1.3 Trillion by 2023

Ark Invest manages financial funds and ETFs and are among the most vocal Tesla bulls. Even if full autonomy is not achieved and Tesla cannot produce an autonomous car, ARK estimates that the electric... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Business, Science, Technology, Future, Tesla, World, Innovation, Robotics, Predictions, Self Driving Cars


AI Will Conquer Humor and Creativity

Dilbert Creator Scott Adams describes how Artificial Intelligence can easily conquer humor and creativity. Most people think AI will not be creative and that artistic and creative jobs will be safer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Jobs, Future, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Robotics, Scott Adams


Slimy fish mucus can help chemists develop new antibiotics — here’s how

One day in the future, you may take a pill to treat an illness – and owe your recovery to the tiny microbes that flourish in the slippery layer of mucus that coats fishes. It is critically important to find the next generation of antibiotics. The incidence of bacterial infections resistant to current antibiotics continues to climb. The World Health Organization has warned that this issue will only become more serious, and a recent study anticipates that by 2050 drug-resistant infections will aff...
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The Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting rapidly, but the northern lights will stay where they are (for now)

Like most planets in our solar system, the Earth has its own magnetic field. Thanks to its largely molten iron core, our planet is in fact a bit like a bar magnet. It has a north and south magnetic pole, separate from the geographic poles, with a field connecting the two. This field protects our planet from radiation and is responsible for creating the northern and southern lights – spectacular events that are only visible near the magnetic poles. However, with reports that the magnetic north po...
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If you lose a body part, other bits get a sensory boost – thank you, brain

When you wake up in the middle of the night in total darkness, it can feel as if you have auditory superpowers. Suddenly, you can hear floorboards creak storeys below and the softest rustle of foxes destroying the bins outside, once again. Indeed, it is common wisdom that when you lose one sense, the remaining senses heighten. Research with people experiencing long-term sensory deprivation, such as blindness or deafness, appears to support this notion. People born without sight can indeed feel a...
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Research reveals surprising relationship between climate change and fertility rate

Climate change will shape every aspect of human life – often in complex ways. Take the question of deciding how many children to have, for example. A new analysis suggests that climate change could increase fertility rates in tropical countries, in turn magnifying the impacts of climate change on those countries and widening the gap between wealthy and poorer nations. In the study, researchers built a model that combined standard economic theory with data on how climate change is likely to affec...
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Here’s how we can change the Earth’s orbit to escape the expanding sun

In the Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth, recently released on Netflix, humanity attempts to change the Earth’s orbit using enormous thrusters in order to escape the expanding sun – and prevent a collision with Jupiter. The scenario may one day come true. In five billion years, the sun will run out of fuel and expand, most likely engulfing the Earth. A more immediate threat is a global warming apocalypse. Moving the Earth to a wider orbit could be a solution – and it is possible i...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Earth, World, Netflix, Jupiter, Syndication


Why this geneticist says we should stop human evolution

Measles cases in the US have hit a 25-year high, with 78 new infections in the past week alone. In a sign of the times, a cruise ship with hundreds of Scientologists on board was quarantined in St Lucia after one passenger was diagnosed with the disease. It’s the sort of news you can expect when parents stop vaccinating their children, which many did from the 1990s onwards for fear that scientists were foisting remedies on them that were more dangerous than the diseases themselves. As society ha...
Tags: Startups, Science, US, World, St Lucia, Syndication


Brazil cancels another UN climate change event

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After backing out of hosting the 2019 U.N. climate summit, Brazil is now canceling a United Nations climate change event that was to be held in August in the city of Salvador. Salvador’s sustainability secretary says the Environment Ministry told him it didn’t want to host the regional climate workshop. […]
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The Squishy Robots That Could Save the World

These bots are built to work in space, but first we need their help here on Earth.
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No, new CO₂ capture tech won’t stop climate change

According to a recent major UN report, if we are to limit temperature rise to 1.5 °C and prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to reduce global CO₂ emissions to net zero by 2050. This means eliminating fossil fuel use fast – but to cushion that transition and offset the areas in which there is currently no replacement for combustibles, we need to actively remove CO₂ from the atmosphere. Planting trees and rewilding are a large part of this solution, but we are highly l...
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Tesla Autonomy Software

Tesla Autonomy Investor Day described their software. Tesla has a shadow mode where they can compare alternative software algorithms against the current software. Tesla will only proceed from shadow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Future, Cars, Tesla, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Self Driving Cars, Tesla Autonomy Software


Mustang Bio soars after its novel gene therapy cured ‘Bubble Boys’

Shares of the tiny biotechnology company Mustang Bio shot up last week following a scientific breakthrough that cured eight infants suffering from the devastating "Bubble Boy" immune system disorder.
Tags: Health, Business, Science, News, Markets, World, Nation, Nation & World, Mustang Bio


Economic Impact of Self-driving Trucks

Trucks are the backbone of the supply-chain delivery system. 70% of goods are delivered by truck. The U.S. trucking industry generated $700.3 billion in economic activity in 2017. Self-driving trucks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Gadgets, Business, Science, Technology, Jobs, Future, Cars, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Robotics, Self Driving Cars, Economic Impact


Ancient whales had four legs, and split their time between land and sea

Whales belong in the ocean, right? That may be true today, but cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) actually descended from four legged mammals that once lived on land. New research published in Current Biology reports the discovery in Peru of an entirely new species of ancestral whale that straddled land and sea, providing insight into the weird evolutionary journey of our mammalian friends. We might think of them as smooth, two-flippered ocean swimmers that struggle to even survive the Tham...
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Scientists: Earth might be ripped apart by gravity when the Sun dies

If it weren’t for the sun constantly showering us with energy, there would be no life on Earth. But eventually stars like it run out of fuel, expand into red giants and finally collapse into small, faint objects called white dwarfs. So what will happen to us and the other planets in our solar system when the sun dies? It’s not been entirely clear. Now my colleagues and I have spotted the possible core remnant of a planet orbiting the white dwarf SDSSJ122859.93+104032.9, residing some 410 light y...
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Reaction Engines Tests Critical Pre-Cooler at Mach 3.3 Conditions

Reaction Engines is working towards air-breathing space planes and hypersonic airplanes. They have successfully tested their critical pre-cooler technology at the temperature conditions it would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Space, UK, Science, Technology, World, Materials, Engineering, Innovation, Engines, Mach, Hypersonic


Studying social animals will unlock the potential of swarm robotics

From flocks of birds to fish schools in the sea, or towering termite mounds, many social groups in nature exist together to survive and thrive. This cooperative behavior can be used by engineers as “bio-inspiration” to solve practical human problems, and by computer scientists studying swarm intelligence. “Swarm robotics” took off in the early 2000s, an early example being the “s-bot” (short for swarm-bot). This is a fully autonomous robot that can perform basic tasks including navigation and th...
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Methane ‘smelt’ on Mars… but who dealt it?

The discovery of life on Mars would get pretty much everyone excited. But the scientists hunting for it would probably be happy no matter what the outcome of their search – whether life turned out to extinct, dormant or extant. They’d even consider finding no evidence of life whatsoever to be an important discovery. But, as the saying goes, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, and it will take many decades of detailed exploration of Mars to be reasonably sure that life has always been...
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Research: Humans can sense the Earth’s magnetic fields (just like bees)

Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world. Scientists have tried to investigate whether humans belong on the list of magnetically sensitive organisms. For decades, there’s been a back-and-forth between positive reports and failures to demonstrate the trait in people, with seemingly endless controversy. The mixed results in people may be due to the fact that virtually all past...
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Researchers find hammerhead shark ‘nursery’ off Galapagos Island

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Researchers in Ecuador say they have discovered a “nursery” of hammerhead sharks off the coast of the Galapagos Islands, a find that may help them track and protect the endangered predators. The head of the project, Eduardo Espinosa, said the group had found 20 hammerheads in the area along Santa Cruz […]
Tags: Science, News, World, Nation, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Quito, Galapagos Island, Ecuador AP, Eduardo Espinosa


OpenAI Made Super Spam Generator and Now Seeks Investors and Profit

Last month, OpenAI announced that they had made an AI system could be used for next-generation super spam and a tsunami of fake news. They chose to keep the super-spam system secret to prevent misuse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Science, like art, often begins with creativity and imagination

I don’t know why it took so long to dawn on me – after 20 years of a scientific career – that what we call the “scientific method” really only refers the second half of any scientific story. It describes how we test and refine the ideas and hypotheses we have about nature through the engagement of experiment or observation and theoretical ideas and models. But something must happen before this. All of this process rests upon the vital, essential, precious ability to conceive of those ideas in th...
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How women in health, science, and innovation can collaborate globally

Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Brenda Milner, Martha Salcudean, Julie Payette, Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson. What do these names bring to mind? They are women whose pioneering work led the fight against cancer, ground-breaking discoveries about how brain cells live and die, and to the unveiling of the secrets of human memory. They are leaders in innovation, in mechanical engineering, and space exploration. They were among the first women in their classes in medicine, going on to provide healt...
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China Will Need Free Education and Healthcare to Slow and Reverse Baby Bust

India will pass China’s population level in 2020 or 2021. China had 7 million few babies in 2018 than expected. China only had 15.2 million babies in 2018 versus an expectation of 21-23... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, China, India, Future, World, Innovation, Population, Economic Impact, China Will Need Free Education and Healthcare


Science vessel for ocean mission arrives in Seychelles

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The science vessel of British-based Nekton Mission arrived in the Seychelles, where it will begin the first stage of a years-long mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean and document the effects of global warming in one of the last major unexplored frontiers on Earth. Ocean Zephyr docked in […]
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