Entered By: grant on July 7, 2014 No Observations

Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on how old smart phones are being used to listen for disrupted sleep patterns, illegal loggers, gunshots, breeding cicadas and a host of other sounds:

App makers have long focused on detecting speech and music, but some upstarts are turning to a wider variety of sound-detection tasks. [...]

Entered By: grant on July 6, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: Tadarida teniotis Rafinesque.

This is a bat from Tajikstan. According to the 2002 State of the Environment Report, it’s a rare bat. The European free-tailed bat.

No, he doesn’t look very free in that image. Looks a little oppressed, to tell the truth.

Follow your tail, rare, worried bat.

Be free.

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Entered By: grant on July 4, 2014 No Observations

Irish Central has more on the pristine site in a little village in County Louth that used to be a Viking winter base:

Geophysical tests funded by Dundalk’s County Museum have allowed scientists to make the big breakthrough.

They have now confirmed that the Linn Duchaill site, beside the river Glyde and south of Dundalk [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 4, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has us imagining that message being broadcast to an an interstellar ship full of would-be colonists, thanks to new research that’s found some so-called “Goldilocks planets” are actually star-belches:

“This result is exciting because it explains, for the first time, all the previous and somewhat conflicting observations of the intriguing dwarf star Gliese [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 2, 2014 No Observations

Not just fresher, says PopSci, but better for transplants:

The procedure was part of an experimental new method for treating donated organs. The method is still in its early stages of development, but it’s showing some promise. Rat livers treated in this new way lasted three times as long in storage as rat livers [...]

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Entered By: grant on June 30, 2014 No Observations

OK, maybe “spilling” is a little imprecise, but Scientific American has the details on how to use a blood plasma extract to clean E. coli out of drinking water:

The elegant method, devised by Teruyuki Komatsu and co-workers at Chuo University, Tokyo, begins by depositing microtubes made from alternating layers of human serum albumin [...]

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Entered By: grant on June 29, 2014 No Observations

As the U.S. Geological Survey puts it:

This video was edited and compiled from raw footage recorded by a camera equipped radio collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea during April 2014 by the US Geological Survey. The video, which is the first ever from a free-ranging polar [...]

Entered By: grant on June 27, 2014 No Observations

Scientific American lauds the state long linked with oil money for breaking wind power production records:

The Lone Star State hit “peak wind” at 8:48 p.m. on March 26, when the state’s wind farms produced 10,296 megawatts of electricity. At that moment, wind turbines provided enough electricity to supply power for 29 percent of the [...]

Entered By: grant on June 27, 2014 No Observations

Stop studying. Take a nap. That’s the message from Catholic University of Leuven researchers who found that one more hour of sleep makes a big difference to your grade:

Additionally, the number of hours slept – and not the quality of sleep during that time – played a significant role in exam performance. “Students who [...]

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