CBC, By Emily Chung
Discovery at Antarctica’s IceCube opens up new area of astronomy, may solve cosmic ray puzzle
High-energy subatomic particles called neutrinos from beyond our solar system have been detected on Earth for the first time ever.
The researchers involved say the discovery opens up a new area of astronomy and has the [...]
CNN – You may have heard it before: billions of years ago Mars probably looked more like Earth does now, with clouds and oceans and a much thicker atmosphere. It may even have had some type of microbes. But now it’s a barren, frozen desert.
So what happened? Where did the air and water go?
CNN, By Karla Cripps, November 5
It’s a beautiful afternoon on the beach.
The sun is shining, you’re rolling in the waves, showing off the toned torso you worked on at the gym all winter.
Suddenly a sharp, burning sensation hits your skin.
You’ve just been stung by a jellyfish.
If experts’ warnings are true, [...]
Finding provides clues about how SARS spreads, and has wide implications for public health measures, researchers say
Al Jazeera America, November 1
Scientists have discovered that bats in China are a source of a respiratory virus similar to SARS, which infected 8,000 people and killed more than 770 during a global pandemic a decade ago.
Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion.
BBC, October 7
Harnessing fusion – the process that powers the Sun – could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.
But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce [...]
Plug It On The Window
The Window Socket offers a neat way to harness solar energy and use it as a plug socket. So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does [...]
The 2013 Ig Nobels also recognised work on opera-loving mice, walking on water, and predicting when cows will sit down.
The Guardian, By Alok Jha, September 12
Stargazing dung beetles, mice that survive for longer after heart surgery when they listen to opera, and whether or not you could walk on water on other planets [...]
As you might have heard, this week, Apple introduced the new iPhone lines. These included the iPhone 5S.
The 5S includes a marvelous piece of gadgetry that can secure your phone with the use of a fingerprint. This is a step wayyyyy up from the current four digit password, which most people don’t even [...]
SMH.au – The melting of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets is accelerating and may trigger a faster sea level rise than predicted, leaked details of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report reveal. Greenland’s ice added six times more to sea levels in the decade through 2011 than in the previous 10 years, says a [...]
boingboing, by Maggie-Koerth Baker
New revelations about your brain’s so-called “fear center” explain why it’s misleading to say “this part of the brain does x”. Maggie Koerth-Baker talks to neuroscientist Paul Whalen and learns that there’s more to fear than fear, itself.
Back in the 19th century, practitioners of phrenology traveled the country toting white, [...]
We’ve had enough decline over the past two weeks to constitute a free fall. There’s nothing wrong with the 330 million citizens of the United States. Unfortunately, we have little say in how things are run. It’s the Money Party in charge: the super rich, and their occidental jihadists, the tens of thousands of mandarins [...]
When you’re a poor black woman who died 50 years ago:
Henrietta Lacks was only 31 when she died of cervical cancer in 1951 in a Baltimore hospital. Not long before her death, doctors removed some of her tumor cells. They later discovered that the cells could thrive in a lab, a feat no human [...]
Government indicates support for backbench bill to pardon mathematician who took his own life after indecency case.
The Guardian, By Nicholas Watt, July 19
Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon.
The government signalled on Friday [...]
Guardian, By Natalie Starkey
New studies suggest injecting water for geothermal power or fracking can lead to larger earthquakes than previously thought
Pumping water underground at geothermal power plants can lead to dangerous earthquakes even in regions not prone to tremors, according to scientists. They say that quake risk should be factored into decisions [...]
(New Scientist) – A massive crack has split the Pine Island glacier (PIG) in Antarctica, creating an iceberg the size of New York City.
Such breaks in the ice shelf, where the glacier extends off the land and floats above the water, happen fairly regularly – PIG also birthed icebergs in 2001 and 2007. But [...]