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Inflatable Shark Among 300 New Species Discovered in Philippines
Post Date: 2011-06-28 00:13:52 by A K A Stone
treasure trove of hundreds of new species may have been discovered in the Philippines, including a bizarre sea star that feeds exclusively on sunken driftwood and a deep-sea, shrimp-eating shark that swells up to scare off other predators. Scientists braved leeches and a host of venomous creatures from the mountains to the sea to uncover more than 300 species that are likely new to science. These findings include dozens of new insects and spiders, more than 50 colorful new sea slugs and a number of deep-sea armored corals "which protect themselves against predatory nibbles from fish by growing large, spiky plates," said researcher Terrence Gosliner, dean of science and research ...
Conservatives Scare More Easily Than Liberals, Say Scientists
Post Date: 2011-06-24 11:15:40 by lucysmom
Deep-seated political differences arent simply moral and intellectual: Theyre also biological. In reflex tests of 46 political partisans, psychologists found that conservatives were more likely than liberals to be shocked by sudden threats. Accompanying the physiological differences were deep differences on hot-button political issues: military expansion, the Iraq war, gun control, capital punishment, the Patriot act, warrantless searches, foreign aid, abortion rights, gay marriage, premarital sex and pornography. "People are experiencing the world, experiencing threat, differently," said University of Nebraska political scientist John Hibbing. "We have very ...
Mission Impossible? American treasure hunter launches search for Bin Laden's body in depths of North Arabian Sea
Post Date: 2011-06-12 16:15:01 by Hondo68
Treasure-hunter: Bill Warren is reportedly launching an underwater search to find Osama Bin Laden's body Some may have thought we would never discover the Titanic, but this is an even more ambitious search.Treasure-hunter Bill Warren, of California, is reportedly launching an underwater search to find the body of former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.U.S. forces say they buried the former Al Qaeda leader at sea last month from the USS Carl Vinson warship in the North Arabian Sea.But that is the only detail of the location that has been released.The veteran explorer launched the hunt as he does not believe President Obama gave enough proof of the terrorist's death.He told TMZ he is ...
New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt
Post Date: 2011-06-07 22:19:49 by Skip Intro
Significant advance in battery architecture could be breakthrough for electric vehicles and grid storage. A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to existing batteries for electric vehicles and the power grid. The technology could even make refueling such batteries as quick and easy as pumping gas into a conventional car. The new battery relies on an innovative architecture called a semi-solid flow cell, in which solid particles are suspended in a carrier liquid and pumped through the system. In this design, the batterys active components the positive and ...
‘Malintent Detection’ Technology Tested In The Northeast United States
Post Date: 2011-05-31 15:53:16 by Brian S
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun field testing new technology designed to identify people who intend to commit a terrorist act. Nature reported that the DHS has been conducting tests of Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) in the past few months at an undisclosed location in the northeast. The technology uses remote sensors to measure physiological properties, such as heart rate and eye movement, which can be used to infer a person's current mindset. According to a Privacy Impact Assessment (PDF) released by the DHS in 2008, the technology is intended to measure a person's malintent -- the intent to cause harm. "Behavioral scientists ...
17 Lost Egyptian Pyramids Discovered By Space Archaeologists
Post Date: 2011-05-26 13:29:04 by sneakypete
A new golden age of Egyptology may have only just begun. But this time things are a little different. Instead of treks through the desert, khaki hats, and camel rides into the sunset, modern archeologists are using satellite imaging and modern technology to uncover the lost secrets of Egypt. Astoundingly, scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believe they have discovered 17 "lost" pyramids using this methodology, according to MSNBC. 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements have also been uncovered with the use of infra-red technology, according to the BBC. Thus far, at least two of the suspected pyramids have been confirmed and excavated. From the BBC: We ...
Hyundai KIA fuel cell car
Post Date: 2011-05-24 19:32:36 by jwpegler
The £400 test that tells you how long you'll live
Post Date: 2011-05-16 08:40:47 by Sebastian
A blood test that can show how fast someone is ageing and offers the tantalising possibility of estimating how long they have left to live is to go on sale to the general public in Britain later this year. How the test works: Click here to upload graphic (120kb) The controversial test measures vital structures on the tips of a person's chromosomes, called telomeres, which scientists believe are one of the most important and accurate indicators of the speed at which a person is ageing. Scientists behind the 500 (£435) test said it will be possible to tell whether a person's "biological age", as measured by the length of their telomeres, ...
Tiny new micro-camera is as small as a grain of sand
Post Date: 2011-05-10 00:14:35 by A K A Stone
>media.tecca.com/2011/04/13/mw-630-fraunhoffer-cam-630w.jpg"> Researchers at a German medical institute have created a camera lens so tiny that you can only barely see it with the naked eye. The electronic eye measures just 1.5 millimeters at its widest, and is designed to peer inside the human body in endoscopic procedures. Obviously, the smaller the device being inserted into your body, the better, so news of such a miniscule camera is certainly important from a medical standpoint. The new camera is impressive for another reason as well: it's disposable. The materials used in its construction make the mini lens cheap enough to be tossed after each operation, meaning no ...
Automakers promote hydrogen cars; Obama administration remains skeptical
Post Date: 2011-05-08 22:06:54 by jwpegler
Major foreign and domestic automakers that have invested billions in developing a hydrogen fuel cell car say the possibilities are near at hand and that by as early as 2015, the vehicles could begin appearing in showrooms. We feel like the technology is virtually ready to go, said Mike OBrien, vice president of product planning at Hyundai. 75 Comments Weigh InCorrections? More On This Story Automakers promote hydrogen cars President Obama calls for one-third cut to oil imports Budget deal: CBO analysis shows initial spending cuts less than expected COMPLETE COVERAGE: Federal budget showdown The Obama administration, however, is skeptical at best. In recent months, ...
Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows
Post Date: 2011-05-07 19:05:55 by jwpegler
The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids ...
Full 3-D Invisibility Cloak in Visible Light
Post Date: 2011-04-27 16:39:36 by jwpegler
Watching things disappear "is an amazing experience," admits Joachim Fischer of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. But making items vanish is not the reason he creates invisibility cloaks. Rather, the magic-like tricks are attractive demonstrations of the fantastic capabilities that new optical theories and nanotechnology construction methods now enable. This new area, called "transformation optics," as the item just above also showed, has turned modern optical design on its ear by showing how to manipulate light in ways long thought to be impossible. They promise to improve dramatically such light-based technologies as microscopes, lenses, chip ...
Socialists Rally for Climate Justice in Portland
Post Date: 2011-04-23 09:03:27 by CZ82
Socialists Rally for Climate Justice in Portland Peter Wilson It's always fun to check in on those wacky folks over at socialistworker.org, the website of the International Socialist Organization. A recent story describes the Portland (Ore.) Rising rally for jobs and climate justice: Those in attendance were demonstrating to demand radical solutions to the linked problems of climate change and the economic crisis, and also celebrating the birth of a new organization, the Climate Justice Coalition of Portland, which hopes to link the struggle for workers' justice to climate justice. Sorry, but I'm not celebrating the creation of yet another non-profit demanding radical ...
6% Of Scientist Are Republicans [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-04-22 10:33:09 by lucysmom
Take heart, 9% of scientists describe themselves as Conservative. Click for Full Text!
Leading warmist admits he was bamboozled by fear-mongers - on nuclear power
Post Date: 2011-04-19 15:45:52 by CZ82
Leading warmist admits he was bamboozled by fear-mongers - on nuclear power Thomas Lifson The original moonbat, George Monbiot, columnist for the left wing UK Guardian, now admits that he was bamboozled by fearmongers whipping up anti-nuclear fears. Over the last fortnight I've made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once belonged has misled the world about the impacts of radiation on human health. The claims we have made are ungrounded in science, unsupportable when challenged, and wildly wrong. We have done other people, and ourselves, a terrible disservice. I began to see the extent of the problem after a debate last week with Helen Caldicott. Dr ...
Big Bang simulated in metamaterial shows time travel is impossible [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-04-14 07:32:38 by Sebastian
Enlarge In the toy Big Bang model, light rays spread out as a function of time, similar to the expansion of spacetime in a diagram of the real Big Bang. (PhysOrg.com) -- By observing the way that light moves inside a metamaterial, researchers have reconstructed how spacetime has expanded since the Big Bang. The results provide a better understanding of why time moves in only one direction, and also suggest that time travel is impossible. Ads by Google Danica Patrick Honda Film - Watch now to discover the upside of failure through Danica Patrick. - www.honda.com In their study, electrical engineers Igor Smolyaninov and Yu-Ju Hung from the University of Maryland have built a ...
Marijuana causes global warming, uses 1% of U.S. electricity
Post Date: 2011-04-13 21:31:54 by Hondo68
Enlarge Image People growing marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and they create 17 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year (not counting the smoke exhaled) according to a report by Evan Mills, an energy analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After medical pot use was made legal in California in 1996, Mills says, per-person residential electricity use in Humboldt County jumped 50 percent compared to other parts of the state. In order to produce some 17,000 metric tons of marijuana this year, Mills estimates authorized growers will use $5 billion worth of energy. That works out to the output of seven big electric power plants. Much of the ...
Meet the new dinosaur scientists believe is the 'missing link' in prehistoric evolution
Post Date: 2011-04-13 08:16:50 by Sebastian
Daemonosaurus chauliodus had two legs and unusually large eyes when it lived 205million years agoThe New Mexico find could help scientists fill in the gaps of an incomplete period of prehistoric evolutionWith its large eyes and slanted teeth, Daemonosaurus chauliodus may look like any other of its prehistoric contemporaries.But this new species of dinosaur - described as having large eyes, buck teeth and being the same size as a large dog - has caused quite a stir in archaeological circles.The fossil remains of the Daemonosaurus were discovered in New Mexico at a renowned dinosaur site - and it is thought the find could fill in the gaps of an incomplete period of prehistoric ...
Plasmons Create Beautiful Full-Color Holograms
Post Date: 2011-04-07 22:29:54 by A K A Stone
By harnessing the power of tiny waves dancing in an electron sea, Japanese physicists have developed a novel way to project holograms that dont change color when you move your head. In a conventional hologram, if you change the angle, the color changes, said optical physicist Satoshi Kawata of Osaka University in Japan. Our hologram shows natural color at any angle you observe. The researchers machine takes advantage of how beams of light trigger waves of activity in free electrons, unattached to any atom, arrayed on a metal surface. Called surface plasmons, these waves could be used to blast cancer cells and build ultra-fast computer processors. They ...
Political Views Are Reflected in Brain Structure
Post Date: 2011-04-07 21:01:13 by jwpegler
We all know that people at opposite ends of the political spectrum often really can't see eye to eye. Now, a new report published online on April 7th in Current Biology, reveals that those differences in political orientation are tied to differences in the very structures of our brains. Individuals who call themselves liberal tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes, while those who call themselves conservative have larger amygdalas. Based on what is known about the functions of those two brain regions, the structural differences are consistent with reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information and a greater ability of conservatives to ...
Once Upon a Time, the Universe Was Really Weird
Post Date: 2011-04-04 21:35:47 by Sebastian
Today, looking out across a seemingly boundless cosmos filled with an unimaginable variety of exotic objects, it's easy to forget that the Universe we currently admire is the product of a violent event that occurred 13.75 billion years ago. As we know, the leading theory for universal birth is the Big Bang, where everything came from nothing, in a single energetic burst of inexplicable creation. So, if we turn back the clock back 13.75 billion years, what would we see? PROBING THE FABRIC OF THE UNIVERSE WITH THE LHC My instinct would be to say "energy, the Universe was filled with pure, violent energy," but according to some mind-bending work by Jonas Mureika from Loyola ...
Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming
Post Date: 2011-04-04 14:05:10 by Skip Intro
A UC Berkeley team's preliminary findings in a review of temperature data confirm global warming studies. A team of UC Berkeley physicists and statisticians that set out to challenge the scientific consensus on global warming is finding that its data-crunching effort is producing results nearly identical to those underlying the prevailing view. The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project was launched by physics professor Richard Muller, a longtime critic of government-led climate studies, to address what he called "the legitimate concerns" of skeptics who believe that global warming is exaggerated. But Muller unexpectedly told a congressional hearing last week that the ...
Consumer Reports: Chevy Volt doesn't make economic sense
Post Date: 2011-04-01 16:45:10 by jwpegler
Consumer Reports recently wrote a scathing report on Government Motors new Wundercar -- the Chevy Volt. Consumer Reports concluded that: "When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn't really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn't particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it's not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy." They are exactly right. In real world conditions, the Volt will go about 28 miles on a charge. It takes 3 to 4 hours to recharge it. Contrast that with the Tesla Roadster (made in America) which gets up to 245 miles on a charge and the upcoming Tesla Model S sedan, which will get up to 300 miles on a ...
Global Warming snow makes April Fools out of eco-fools [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-03-30 12:26:12 by Happy Quanzaa
No Joke: Snow Storm on Tap for April 1April Fool's! Or not. Yet another spring snow storm is slated to hit New Jersey on Friday. Computer models indicate parts of Connecticut and New York may also be in Mother Nature's wintry path, but it's still too early to tell. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for Passaic, Union, Bergen and Essex counties in New Jersey from late Thursday night until 8 p.m. Friday. The watch also applies to southwest Connecticut and New York's lower Hudson Valley. The storm is expected to develop Thursday night off the Virginia coast and intensify Friday near the Jersey and southern New England coasts. Heavy snow is possible at ...
Did you know?
Post Date: 2011-03-27 08:33:12 by CZ82
Did you know? If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth. To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers. Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'. Communications giant Nokia was founded in 1865 as a wood-pulp mill by Fredrik Idestam. Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport. Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined. ...
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