Entered By: grant on April 7, 2014 No Observations

That, National Geographic has come out and said, is the sorry state of our oceans, as the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines 370 has tragically demonstrated:

“This is the first time the whole world is watching, and so it’s a good time for people to understand that our oceans are garbage dumps,” says Kathleen Dohan, a scientist at Earth [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 6, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Hubble Views Stellar Genesis in the Southern Pinwheel</i>

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This is a galaxy named M83, which is usually a faint smudge in the constellation Hydra. Up close, however, Hubble Space Telescope was able to see that it’s “ablaze with star formation.”

The image is also cool for another reason:

This image is being used to support a citizen science project titled STAR DATE: M83. [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 3, 2014 No Observations

Laboratory Equipment (and a bunch of other folks online) is following the story of NASA severing ties with Russia… except for the Space Station:

NASA employees can’t travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice. They’re also barred from emailing or holding teleconferences with their Russian counterparts because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, according to a memo sent [...]

Entered By: grant on April 2, 2014 No Observations

Laboratory Equipment wards off bad weather with a new finding… that lasers can be used to divert lightning strikes:

Currently, high-intensity lasers, produced with modern technology essentially disappear over distances greater than a few inches or several feet at best when focused tightly, due to diffraction – the same effect that makes a stick seem to “bend” when dipped [...]

Entered By: grant on April 1, 2014 No Observations

The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice is turning back the hands of time with the latest study that promises to reverse aging:

The study was published in the peer reviewed science journal Cell after researchers from both the U.S and Australia made the breakthrough discovery. Lead researcher David Sinclair of the University of New South Wales says he is hopeful [...]

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Entered By: grant on March 31, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily twists the archaeological order of things around a little. Humans came out of Africa, humans in Africa have domesticated cattle for thousands of years, the easy assumption is that cattle were first domesticated in Africa and kind of moved out with us into the Fertile Crescent, where they helped us settle down and build the first cities. Fresh [...]

Entered By: grant on March 30, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Portrait of John Kepler</i>, 1854

This is the face of the man who was ROBBED by the third episode of Cosmos. Planetary motion? Elliptical orbits? Not Newton’s ideas – this guy’s.

And the story of how he figured them out is pretty darn interesting. See, Kepler was a divinity student with a really fascinating theology….

This image comes from The Illustrated Magazine of [...]

Entered By: grant on March 28, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has a lively take on computing, with new circuits made of living slime molds:

Andrew Adamatzky (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK) and Theresa Schubert (Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany) have constructed logical circuits that exploit networks of interconnected slime mold tubes to process information.

One is more likely to find the slime mold Physarum polycephalum living somewhere [...]

Entered By: grant on March 27, 2014 No Observations

BBC has the full story on a 75 million-year-old giant sea turtle fossil that took a century and a half to put together:

Atlantochelys mortoni was originally described from a broken arm bone, or humerus, found in the 1840s in the US state of New Jersey.

Remarkably, the missing portion has also now been unearthed.

The fossil fragments are a perfect [...]

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