Latest Articles: Science-Technology
Meet the Landmine-Detecting Giant Rats of Cambodia
Post Date: 2015-06-21 18:27:28 by cranky
It is one of these stories that can be told in a single sentence: Cambodia is training an elite squad of giant rats imported from Africa to detect landmines. The technique has reportedly been used successfully in various African nations, including Tanzania, Mozambique, and Angola, according to AFP. This video from 2013 shows how it was done in Mozambique, with handlers using poles and leashes to guide mine-sniffing rats that weigh up to 1.2 kilograms: The rat squads, trained by a Belgian non-government organization called Apopo, are said to have uncovered over 2,400 mines in Mozambique. As CNN reported in September 2014, these rats are considered heroes and given as gifts in ...
Meteorologists Dismantle Bill Nye’s Alarmist Global Warming Claims
Post Date: 2015-06-18 04:56:44 by Tooconservative
Bill Nye the Science Guy is once again trying to blame global warming for a series of weather events happening around the U.S., but this time meteorologists arent having it. Meteorologists criticized Nyes claim that warm temperatures in Alaska and flooding in Texas are a product of man-made global warming. As Tropical Storm Bill (no relation to Nye) was projected to make landfall in Texas, Nye tweeted: Bill floods Texas. Alaska is on fire. Just a little global warming & climate change. Nothing to worry about
pic.twitter.com/l2qAaiytE6 Bill Nye (@BillNye) June 16, 2015 Nye has been been relentless in trying to connect such extreme weather events to ...
America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend
Post Date: 2015-06-16 07:10:37 by Tooconservative
Data from Americas most advanced climate monitoring system shows the U.S. has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade, despite recent claims by government scientists that warming has accelerated worldwide during that time. The U.S. Climate Reference Network was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide high-quality climate data. The network consists of 114 stations across the U.S. in areas NOAA expects no development for the next 50 to 100 years. The climate stations use three independent measurements of temperature and precipitation to provide continuity of record and maintenance of well-calibrated and highly accurate ...
Microsoft Hololens / Windows Holographic
Post Date: 2015-06-11 19:39:19 by cranko
Amazing technology coming this summer...
Tesla Sours on Swappable Batteries. Surprise, Surprise.
Post Date: 2015-06-10 20:39:50 by Operation 40
Elon "Enron" Musk, receiving transmissions from MarsPALO ALTO, Calif. -- When it unveiled the Model S, Tesla Motors Inc. crowed about its fast-swapping technology, demonstrating in 2013 that a depleted battery could be swapped for a fresh one in minutes. Later, it built a swap station in Harris Ranch, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to test the technology. But theres a problem, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says: Customers arent interested. People dont care about pack swap, Musk said Tuesday at the companys annual shareholder meeting. Teslas proprietary Superchargers, which can top off the battery in the Model S with 200 ...
Fueled by Oil Creek- #2 in a series
Post Date: 2015-06-07 19:16:07 by Operation 40
To fuel the future, Toyota went back to where it all began. Welcome to "The Valley that Changed The World" Titusville, Pennsylvania, is known as the birthplace of oil in America. In the 1800's, Native Americans skimmed oil of of what became known as "Oil Creek" 1859: Colonel Drake set up America's first oil well beside Oil Creek 2015: Toyota returns to Oil Creek The Potential of Water While electrolysis isn't the most common hydrogen production method used today, continuing advancements in solar and wind energy mean we're eedging closer to a sustainable way of extracting hydrogen from water. With water all around us, the potential is clear and ...
Solar Professional: Elon Musk's 3-Biggest Powerwall Whoppers
Post Date: 2015-06-07 18:24:38 by Operation 40
Elon Musk's 3-Biggest Powerwall Whoppers Elon Musk is a visionary (ROFL) and a showman, but occasionally his enthusiasm for his vision gets way out ahead of reality. Nowhere was that disconnect more on display than this past week when he made his much talked about announcement of the Tesla Powerwall battery storage system. While we share the vision for the potential of battery systems (such as the one Enphase Energy is set to release later this year, albeit in a far more understated fashion), when 38,000 people go online to order a product that doesnt yet exist, it is time to debunk some of the more exorbitant claims made by Musk. Here are the three biggest whoppers that Musk ...
Another global warming catastrophe: the Sahara Desert is getting greener [Greenland too]
Post Date: 2015-06-06 10:11:12 by Tooconservative
This story is actually quite fascinating and it obviously has something to do with changes in the climate, but just how to explain it all remains a subject of contention. You would think that increasing temperatures would make things worse in the deserts of the world, but in a rather counterintuitive instance of planet watching, it appears that the Sahara desert may actually be shrinking. A few thousand years ago, a mighty river flowed through the Sahara across what is today Sudan. The Wadi Howarnow just a dried-out riverbed for most of the yearsustained not just fish, crocodiles, and hippopotamuses, but also agriculture and human settlement. As late as 1,000 B.C., a powerful ...
World's first BIOLIMB created: Dead arm 'brought back to life' in the lab could allow amputees to grow replacement limbs
Post Date: 2015-06-03 18:46:28 by cranky
The research was carried out by the Massachusetts General HospitalResearchers stripped a dead rat arm of all of its cellsThey then injected it with blood vessels and muscle cellsThe limb came back to life and was attached to a ratIn a world first, a living arm has been grown in a lab.Attached to a rat, the 'biolimb' quickly filled with blood and the animal was even able to flex its new paw.The research from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US could lead to amputees growing their own replacement limbs.Scroll down for video The research was carried out by the Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers stripped a dead arm of all of its cells. They then injected it with blood ...
This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record
Post Date: 2015-05-23 12:43:51 by Deckard
If a new Guinness World Record is any indication, hoverboards could be the next extreme sport.The Guinness organization says Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has broken the world record for longest hoverboard flight with a flight of 275.9 meters (905 feet and 2 inches) -- and that was out over a lake.Guinness World Records posted a video of the flight to the organization's YouTube page on Friday saying it was achieved on August 25, 2014. In the clip, you can see Catalin's quadcopterlike hoverboard flying about 16 feet off the ground as he travels across the water on Quebec's Lake Ouareau. The footage is actually pretty spectacular.According to Guinness World Records, ...
More Countries Caught Manipulating Their Climate Data
Post Date: 2015-05-19 21:28:19 by Tooconservative
Weather agencies in Australia, Paraguay and Switzerland may be manipulating temperature data to create a sharper warming trend than is present in the raw data a practice that has come under scrutiny in recent months. Most recently, Dr. H. Sterling Burnett with the Heartland Institute detailed how the Swiss Meteorological Service adjusted its climate data to show greater warming than actually measured by its temperature instruments. In his latest article, Sterling wrote that Switzerlands weather bureau adjusted its raw temperature data so that the temperatures reported were consistently higher than those actually recorded. For example, the cities of Sion ...
New state of matter discovered: 'Jahn-Teller metal' breakthrough could lead to new generation of trains, cars and gadgets
Post Date: 2015-05-15 18:13:02 by cranky
Scientists in Japan have discovered a new state of matterThe Jahn-Teller metal is able to change from an insulator to a conductorIt joins more than 15 other states of matter that are known ofAnd it could help create better superconductors for electrical systems You might know of the three classical states of matter - solid, liquid and gas - but there are actually more than 15 in total.And now one more has been added to the list, displaying unique properties not seen in the other states.It is named the Jahn-Teller metal, and it could help create more efficient and faster electrical systems thanks to its unique properties.Scientists in Japan have discovered a new state of matter. ...
This Little 3-D Printed Robot Cracks Combination Locks in 30 Seconds
Post Date: 2015-05-15 14:24:09 by Orwellian Nightmare
Samy Kamkar Careful what you leave in your lockers, high school students and gym-goers. An invasion of 3-D printed robots may be coming, capable of popping one of the worlds most ubiquitous brands of combination locks in as little as half a minute. On Thursday, well-known hacker Samy Kamkar published on his website the blueprint and software code for a 3-D-printable Arduino-based lock-opening robot he calls the Combo Breaker. Attach it to any of millions of Master Lock combination locks, turn it on, and it can take advantage of a Master Lock security vulnerability Kamkar recently discovered to open the lock in a maximum of five minutes with no human interaction. ...
When a bike and car MERGE: Futuristic C-1 can reach 100mph and will NEVER fall over thanks to its self-balancing technology
Post Date: 2015-05-15 09:36:54 by cranky
The daily commute through congested city streets can really get you down.But now a car as thin as a motorcycle could help you cut through traffic while keeping you safe and warm.What's more, it uses gyro stabilisation to stay balanced, so unlike a motorcycle, it will never fall over.Lit Motors, creator of the C-1 self-balancing car, recently showed off their futuristic vehicle at the 2015 Invention Awards, hosted by Popular Science. Self-balancing: Lit Motors showed off their futuristic vehicle, the C-1, at the 2015 Invention Awards. The fully electric car can balance itself using a system of gyros'Our vehicle is the future of transportation,' said founder of Lit Motors, Danny ...
GOP Works to Defund Studies So They Can Deny Climate Change
Post Date: 2015-05-15 09:35:53 by Willie Green
Rather than address or even face the impending issues surrounding climate change, the GOP has chosen instead to stick their fingers in their ears. Not only do they want to simply ignore the problem, but they are trying to make it difficult for the rest of us to even know that it exists.Last week, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, headed by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), approved a bill that would slash at least $300 million from NASA's Earth-science budget. As Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) pointed out, "Earth science, of course, includes climate science." Rep. Smith claims that the White House's NASA budget request favored the ...
da Vinci Robot Stitches a Grape Back Together
Post Date: 2015-05-11 08:52:36 by cranky
Global CO2 levels hit record high
Post Date: 2015-05-08 09:20:22 by Willie Green
Not only is the global concentration of the greenhouse gas the highest since the beginning of modern records, it's also rising incredibly fast, according to a US government angency. The world has reached a daunting climate milestone: the global concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases, has surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm). In March 2015, the global monthly average CO2 concentration reached 400.83 ppm, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced. That is the first month in modern records with a global concentration of more than 400 ppm. "It's both disturbing and daunting," said Pieter Tans, chief ...
Bloomberg: Tesla's New Battery Doesn't Work That Well With Solar
Post Date: 2015-05-06 18:16:00 by Operation 40
Even Elon Musk's SolarCity, the biggest supplier in the U.S., isn't ready to install Tesla's home battery for daily users Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase. There's just one problem: Tesla's new battery doesn't work well with rooftop solarat least not yet. Even Solar City, the supplier led by Musk, isn't ready to offer Tesla's battery for daily use. The new Tesla Powerwall home batteries come in two sizesseven and 10 kilowatt hours (kWh)but the differences extend beyond capacity to the chemistry of the batteries. The 7kWh version is made ...
My new PC runs!
Post Date: 2015-05-06 15:55:44 by Chuck_Wagon
I'm posting this even though no one my care. Some of us have had discussions about this. It's a 3.8 ghz quad core AMD (4 ghz 'turbo' mode). I assembled it from a kit from Tiger Direct. But I added the hard drive and DVDRW drive. All components are installed. It boots to BIOS! All devices recognized! Sure it took me almost a month - so what. Time now to install OS! Woo Hoo!
Rare African plant signals diamonds beneath the soil
Post Date: 2015-05-06 09:13:22 by cranky
Theres diamond under them thar plants. A geologist has discovered a thorny, palmlike plant in Liberia that seems to grow only on top of kimberlite pipescolumns of volcanic rock hundreds of meters across that extend deep into Earth, left by ancient eruptions that exhumed diamonds from the mantle. If the plant is as choosy as it seems to be, diamond hunters in West Africa will have a simple, powerful way of finding diamond-rich deposits. Prospectors are going to jump on it like crazy, says Steven Shirey, a geologist specializing in diamond research at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. Miners have long known that particular plants can signal ...
Forbes: Why Tesla's Powerwall Is Just Another Toy For Rich Green People
Post Date: 2015-05-03 14:46:55 by Operation 40
All the breathless coverage of Elon Musks Powerwall battery brouhaha last night is missing the most important thing: a sober discussion of real-world costs. So lets take a look at the costs and see if this world-shaking, game-changing innovation really makes any sense. Musk said Teslas 7 kwh capacity battery would cost $3,000, while the 10 kwh capacity one would be $3,500. (That doesnt include the cost of a DC-AC inverter about $4,000 $2,000 plus professional installation.) Elon "Enron" Musk introduces his latest tax credit scam The implication is that a 10 kwh system could supply 1,000 watts of current to your home for 10 hours. Thats ...
Post Date: 2015-05-02 20:30:24 by cranko
Hololens demos from the Microsoft Build Conference.
Forbes: The Rise of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Post Date: 2015-05-02 16:00:03 by Operation 40
I carry a collapsible umbrella in my backpack in case it rains. I also carry a re-chargeable battery so that when, not if, my cell phone issues its last blinking moment of death I can revive it and remain connected. Now, imagine for a moment a device that I could carry in my backpack that would be smaller than my umbrella which could power my cell phone for a week. No, its not a battery. It is a hydrogen fuel cell. This is not some pointless exercise in fantasy; it is a very real product which is being sold in Apple stores and Shell stations in England. The UPP Intelligent Energy Portable Fuel Cell It is called UPP. UPP just won a 2015 Edison Award in the area of Energy and ...
Study: Poor children have smaller brains than wealthy peers
Post Date: 2015-04-28 16:58:02 by Hondo68
Thinkstock New research shows that low-income kids may be lagging behind their peers because a crucial part of their brains is underdeveloped. Researchers from MITs McGovern Institute for Brain Research compared the brains of affluent 12- and 13-year-olds to the brains of less affluent peers. They found that one particular area of the brain the neocortex, which plays a key role in memory and learning ability is thinner in children from lower-income households. This is an important part of the brain for young students, who are often tested based on their ability to recall large chunks of information. Children who had a thinner neocortex performed poorly on standardized ...
Driving on Bullsh*t
Post Date: 2015-04-22 15:00:33 by Operation 40
Toyota is taking on the hydrogen fuel-cell car haters including Elon Musk Elon Musk doesn't have a high opinion of the hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered car. Back in 2013, in Germany, he infamously called the technology "so bullshit." He's also referred to fuel-cells as "fool cells." Toyota, on the other hand, is big on fuel-cells and hydrogen. The automaker is bringing a new vehicle, the Mirai, to market later this year, after revealing the hydrogen-powered 4-door in late 2014. The challenge for Toyota isn't simply to introduce the whole idea of running a car on hydrogen, something that's unfamiliar due to the very small number of fuel-cell electric ...
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