Entered By: grant on October 10, 2014 No Observations

Nature breaks the news to behaviorists – and this is more important than it might seem – that fish don’t really think mirrors are uninvited strangers:

“There’s been a very long history of using a mirror as it’s just so handy,” says Robert Elwood, an animal-behaviour researcher at Queen’s University in Belfast, UK. Using [...]

Entered By: grant on October 9, 2014 No Observations

National Geographic explains why cave paintings in Sulawesi are winding back the origin of “art” as a concept to our African origins:

“Overwhelmingly depicted in Europe and Sulawesi were large, and often dangerous, mammal species that possibly played major roles in the belief systems of these people,” says archaeologist and study leader Maxime [...]

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Entered By: grant on October 8, 2014 No Observations

Even, Nature explains, from cows that have never been around antibiotics. Something about cow manure runoff helps resistant bacteria grow in the soil:

Because manure itself is known to change the composition of bacterial communities in soil, a team led by microbiologist Jo Handelsman, then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, decided to [...]

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Entered By: grant on October 7, 2014 No Observations

International Business Times reveals the bright future (from an economic standpoint, at least) of the nascent companies making clear solar panels:

The “transparent luminescent solar concentrator” module joins a handful of other fledgling see-through solar products that scientists hope one day to bring to market. The idea is to use existing surfaces to generate power, [...]

Entered By: grant on October 6, 2014 No Observations

Daily Beast has more on how 204 billion tons of melting glaciers have changed the way our planet’s gravity works:

Between 2009 and 2012, the years for which GOCE was taking data, the amount of gravity in Antarctica decreased noticeably, corresponding to a lot of ice melt.

From the point of view of artificial satellites [...]

Entered By: grant on October 5, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>A space-ship might look like this</i>, John W. Wood, 1968.

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An image from Rockets and Satellites Work Like This, as found on the marvelous Dreams of Space blog. It’s a children’s book about the then-current Space Race and the potential future of lunar colonies and inflatable space stations.

This image is actually 10 years older than the book it’s in, “carried [...]

Entered By: grant on October 3, 2014 No Observations

You probably know about the Moller SkyCar and you might have heard of the Terrafugia “roadable plane.” Well, now, The Guardian is reporting on a new, European car that flies:

Organisers of Vienna’s Pioneers Festival, an annual conference for future technology and digital entrepreneurship, announced on Thursday that they would unveil the [...]

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Entered By: grant on October 1, 2014 No Observations

The Gajitz blog has the scoop on the kid who invented a battery-free flashlight that runs on body heat:

Ann Makosinski, a 15 year old student from Canada, made a flashlight for her science fair project – a flashlight powered entirely by the body heat of the hand holding it. To be fair to [...]

Entered By: grant on September 30, 2014 No Observations

Washington Post reveals a secret scientific conspiracy to sneak as many Bob Dylan lyrics into publications as possible:

While writing an article about intestinal gasses 17 years ago, Karolinska Institute researchers John Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg couldn’t resist a punny title: “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind”.

Thus began their descent [...]

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