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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Entered By: grant on September 29, 2014 No Observations

Dezeen, the design magazine, gives the specs on a high-tech suit that cleans the air around the wearer:

Designers Borre Akkersdijk and Eva de Laat collaborated with Martijn ten Bhomer from the Eindhoven University of Technology, StudioFriso and Want to create a one-piece suit that has electrical threads woven into the fabric, enabling it to [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 28, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Fig. 2</i> from “Drawings, views and engine of the Levasseur transatlantic plane” in NACA Aircraft Circular #50, <i>Levasseur 8 Transatlantic Airplane</i>, 1927.

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This is from a government report – from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA – on L’Oiseau Blanc, an aircraft used in an unsuccessful attempt to fly from Paris to New York.

The U.S. took a keen interest in what the French were trying to do. Two [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 27, 2014 No Observations

National Geographic reveals the newest Panamanian sensation to enter the world of science:

A new species of poison dart frog so teeny it can fit on a fingernail has been discovered in a rain forest in Panama, a new study says.

Scientists found the toxic, electric-orange amphibian in a single hilly area near the Caribbean [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 26, 2014 No Observations

Nature examines – and possibly answers – a long-standing archaeological puzzle. How did a bunch of unrelated paleolithic people in different parts of the world develop the same technological tricks at the same time? They didn’t have little caveman radios, did they? No. It might just be that it steam engines when it’s steam-engine time, [...]

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