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  • 3D printed liver transplants one step closer

    07/28/2016 2:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    3D Printing Industry ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nick Hall
    3D printed organ transplants have been in the cards for a while, but deep tissue printing has proved problematic. Now a team of scientists in Korea think they have cracked the code for producing functional liver tissue by printing functional mouse liver cells. Simply put, we need more livers than we currently have as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasingly prevalent. The donor system, meanwhile, is inherently flawed. Patients face agonising treatment while they wait for a suitable liver. There is simply no guarantee they will get a matching organ in time and even if they do, there can...
  • John Kerry on Air Conditioners and ISIS

    07/27/2016 9:40:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/27/16 | Jack Dini
    Air conditioners and refrigerators are as big a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. (1) Careerist folks in government parrot the party-line message. Kerry has heard it from the top-down and buys into it. President Obama has said that global warming, not the Islamic State was the real threat. (2)
  • Bizarre Lawsuit Could Derail Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

    07/26/2016 7:39:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 26-07-2016 | Musk
    Just as Elon Musk’s revolutionary Hyperloop technology was starting to look like a serious business model, there are signs that one of the most promising companies commercializing the technology may be facing some serious internal problems. Hyperloop One is one of the two most prominent companies trying to develop commercial versions of the Hyperloop. The company is now facing an explosive lawsuit from one of its co-founders, which may end up permanently derailing the firm’s ambitions. Hyperloop One is based in downtown LA and claims to be building a fifth mode of transportation based on Elon Musk’s original concept. The...
  • Rapid, low-temperature process adds weeks to milk's shelf life

    07/25/2016 3:41:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Purdue University Agricultural News ^ | July 19, 2016 | Brian Wallheimer
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present, extending by several weeks the shelf life of one of the most common refrigerator staples in the world, according to a Purdue University study. Bruce Applegate, Purdue associate professor in the Department of Food Science, and collaborators from Purdue and the University of Tennessee published their findings in the journal SpringerPlus, where they show that increasing the temperature of milk by 10 degrees for less than a second eliminates more than 99 percent of the bacteria left behind after pasteurization. “It’s...
  • It’s Easy to Become a “Scientist”—there’s an App for that!

    07/24/2016 7:53:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Suffice to say that neither being a U.S. Senator nor signing a petition by the UCS makes you a scientist. That "App" needs (much) more work! No need for you to feel “scientifically challenged” anymore; there’s an App for nearly everything now. It appears that one of the easiest ways to become a “scientist” (concerned or not, my personal view) is to join the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). That group has already millions of members (so it claims) and you are most welcome to join. No experience or other credentials required—if anything, just a few dollars from your wallet....
  • Did Oil Kill The Dinosaurs?

    07/19/2016 3:00:57 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 53 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-07-2016 | Dino
    What killed the dinosaurs? It’s a question as old as – well the dinosaurs themselves, and one that everyone from school children to scientists have been asking for decades. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Land Before Time only heighten that sense of wonder and raise the stakes behind that question. Now according to a new scientific study, it seems that black gold may have been the source of the dinos’ demise. Japanese researchers at Tohuku University and the Meteorological Research Institute authored a recent study in the research journal Scientific Reports suggesting that a meteor impact 66 million years...
  • Green Chickenhawks, You’re Missing a Great Opportunity!

    07/19/2016 1:41:26 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    We haven't had a good series on the Chickenhawks of the Radical Left in a while. You might remember some of the previous ones - paternity leave, minimum wage,and of course, my first chickenhawk post from three years ago, also about green chickenhawks! But now let's return to the chickenhawks of the Church of Climate Change. Where a few years ago I asked why they don't invest more of their own money in green technology, let's look at it from a simpler angle of how they live their everyday lives. A few months ago a few of this strange cults'...
  • EV’s Won’t Kill Diesel – Electric Highways Will

    07/14/2016 3:03:07 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-07-2016 | Harvey
    There are millions of trucks on the world’s highways at any given time, carrying cargo from one place to another and spewing diesel exhaust fumes. That’s how it’s been since the dawn of trucking, that’s how it still is. But that’s not necessarily how it will be in the future. Electric trucks are a fact, though not a very popular one, which is undeserved to a certain degree. While short-haul deliveries are perfect for utilizing electric freight carriers, a long-haul electric truck would need a battery weighing 23 tons to be able to make a 500-mile journey in one go....
  • Home reloading of Percussion Caps and Primers is More Common than Thought

    07/13/2016 5:46:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The home and small shop manufacture of ammunition is an interesting subject for those debating the potential for disarming the population.  Guns are not very hard to make.  They are routinely made in third world workshops and by first world hobbyists.  Some of the simplest to make are some of those most detested by the opponents of armed self defense.  Homemade submachine guns are commonly found in Brazil and Israel. Many who oppose armed self defense have made the case that ammunition is the weak point in a black market or grey market economy.  They assume that ammunition is...
  • Musk Ready to Release Part 2 of Tesla’s Top Secret Master Plan

    07/11/2016 7:49:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-07-2016 | EV Crusher
    Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he will be releasing the second part of his Top Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan soon, possibly by the end of this week. The unofficial announcement comes at an interesting time for the company and its boss. Tesla Motors is currently the target of an investigation after a fatal accident with a Tesla Model S that was allegedly caused by the car’s autopilot. The car did not stop when it approached a tractor-trailer and crashed into it, killing its driver. The investigation, initially involving the Florida Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,...
  • Portuguese Homemade Revolver uses Homemade Cartridges

    07/08/2016 4:58:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    This image from homemadeguns.wordpress.com appears to be from a Portugese  police agency.  Shotgun shells are often used for the clandestine manufacture of pistol ammunition.  It many countries it is much easier to obtain shotgun shells than pistol or rifle ammunition.  In countries where severe restrictions on the private ownership of firearms have been imposed, shotguns are the least restricted.  In the extremely restrictive Soviet Union, shotgun cartridges were relatively available.  In England, the easiest firearm license to obtain is the shotgun license, as it is in Japan. With a source of shotgun cartridges, you have everything you need to...
  • Don Eyles Walks Us Through the Lunar Module Source Code

    07/06/2016 4:30:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    Hack A Day ^ | Jul 5, 2016 | Gregory L. Charvat
    A couple weeks ago I was at a party where out of the corner of my eye I noticed what looked like a giant phone book sitting open on a table. It was printed with perforated green and white paper bound in a binder who’s cover looked a little worse for the wear. I had closer look with my friend James Kinsey. What we read was astonishing; Program 63, 64, 65, lunar descent and landing. Error codes 1201, 1202. Comments printed in the code, code segments hastily circled with pen. Was this what we thought we were looking at? And...
  • Archaeologists unearth 87,000 artifacts including wig curlers and a punch bowl... (Philly)

    07/04/2016 4:15:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2016 | Ollie Gillman
    Excavating toilets might not seem like glamorous work. But this team of archaeologists were not complaining when they unearthed 87,000 artifacts dating back to the American Revolution while digging up 250-year-old outhouses in Philadelphia. The Commonwealth Heritage Group made the fascinating find on a dig at the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution, which opens next year. Twelve of the brick bathrooms were uncovered during the dig just two blocks away from Philadelphia's Independence Hall, the Huffington Post reported. Intricate crockery, finely detailed jugs, wig curlers and an array of beads were found during the excavation....
  • Uranium Seawater Extraction Makes Nuclear Power Completely Renewable

    07/01/2016 4:39:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 1, 2016 | James Conca
    America, Japan and China are racing to be the first nation to make nuclear energy completely renewable. The hurdle is making it economic to extract uranium from seawater, because the amount of uranium in seawater is truly inexhaustible. And it seems America is in the lead. New technological breakthroughs from DOE’s Pacific Northwest (PNNL) and Oak Ridge (ORNL) national laboratories have made removing uranium from seawater within economic reach and the only question is – when will the source of uranium for our nuclear power plants change from mined ore to seawater extraction? Nuclear fuel made with uranium extracted from...
  • Virtual Foundry’s Filamet Enables 3D Printers to Print Pure Metal on Desktop

    06/30/2016 3:26:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Azo Materials ^ | June 29, 2016
    Filamet™, the new product from The Virtual Foundry, llc in Madison, Wisconsin, lets any standard 3d printer, print pure metal right on the desktop. This Crowdfunded development will likely change the way metal is 3D Printed. "I'd like to introduce you to the people that have found the Holy Grail of 3D Printing." -Engineer introducing Bradley Woods before a presentation given in the Hubble Auditorium at Lockheed-Martin. The Virtual Foundry has combined traditional plastics, Powdered Metallurgy, Metal Injection Molding and 3D Printing in a completely new way. Filamet™ has a composition of over 88% metal, which becomes pure metal after...
  • 3D printed ion exchange membranes could improve energy, water purification, and more

    06/30/2016 2:05:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3Ders ^ | June 2, 2016
    Penn State researchers have used a custom 3D photolithographic process similar to stereolithography to 3D print micro-patterned anion exchange membranes. The membranes, patterned for improved performance, could be used in energy, water purification, desalination, and other applications. Although they might resemble small pieces of run-of-the-mill kitchen plastic wrap, ion exchange membranes play a vital role several different practical processes. The thin, flat polymer sheets can be used in fuel cells and batteries, while food processing, heavy metals removal, and water purification can also benefit from the membranes. While these polymer membranes have traditionally been made flat and smooth, scientists have...
  • Artificial Intelligence beats human expert in air combat [...]

    06/29/2016 9:30:29 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 14 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | June 27, 2016 | Brian Wang
    Artificial intelligence (AI) developed by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate was recently assessed by subject-matter expert and retired United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee - who holds extensive aerial combat experience as an instructor and Air Battle Manager with considerable fighter aircraft expertise - in a high-fidelity air combat simulator. The artificial intelligence, dubbed ALPHA, was the victor in that simulated scenario, and according to Lee, is "the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic and credible AI I've seen to date." The application is specifically designed for use with Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs) in simulated air-combat missions for research...
  • Greenpeace co-founder pens treatise on the positive effects of CO2 – says there is no crisis

    06/20/2016 6:59:33 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Watts up With That ^ | 6/20/2016 | Anthony Watts
    Dr. Patrick Moore sent me this last week, and after reading it, I agree with him in his initial note to me that This is probably the most important paper I will ever write. Moore looks at the historical record of CO2 in our atmosphere and concludes that we came dangerously close to losing plant life on Earth about 18,000 years ago, when CO2 levels approached 150 ppm, below which plant life can’t sustain photosynthesis. He notes: A 140 million year decline in CO2 to levels that came close to threatening the survival of life on Earth can hardly be...
  • Could the first Maltese have been Neanderthals?

    06/19/2016 7:15:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Times of Malta ^ | June 19, 2016 | Ivan Martin
    Maltese prehistory may have just been extended by 30,000 years. The verdict of experts from the London Natural History Museum has revived the theory that a tooth discovered in Għar Dalam in 1917 may prove Neanderthals once roamed the island. The claim is not new. It was made in the 1920s by two British anthropologists, but four decades later the theory no longer had credence. “Anyone who wrote a history book from 1964 till today will say there were never any Neanderthals on Malta. According to them, the first people to come here were Sicilian farmers around 7,000 years ago,”...
  • New paper claims that the EM Drive doesn't defy Newton's 3rd law after all

    06/18/2016 6:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Science Alert ^ | June 16, 2016 | Fiona MacDonald
    So... it could still get us to Mars in 70 days? Physicists have just published a new paper that suggests the controversial EM drive - or electromagnetic drive - could actually work, and doesn't defy Newton's third law after all. In case you've missed the hype, here's a quick catch-up: a lot of space lovers are freaking out about the EM drive because of claims it could get humans to Mars in just 10 weeks, but just as many are sick of hearing about it, because, on paper at least, it doesn't work within the laws of physics. Despite that...
  • Fusion megaproject confirms 5-year delay, trims costs

    06/18/2016 5:58:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Science ^ | June 16, 2016 | Daniel Clery
    The ITER fusion reactor will fire up for the first time in December 2025, the €18-billion project’s governing council confirmed today. The date for “first plasma” is 5 years later than under the old schedule, and to get there the council is asking the project partners—China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States—to cough up an extra €4 billion ($4.5 billion). “It is expected, if there are no objections, that we can approve [the schedule] by November and then we can move forward,” says ITER director general Bernard Bigot. ITER aims to show that it...
  • GlobalWarming Skeptic Receives Subpoena From Mass. AG & Sends Back Unsparing Three-Word Response

    06/16/2016 12:27:27 PM PDT · by GraceG · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dave Urbanski
    So you’re a global warming skeptic, author, philosopher and think tank creator who champions the use of fossil fuels. Then you get subpoenaed by the Massachusetts attorney general over your think-tank’s supposed ties to ExxonMobil — the claim being that the oil giant allegedly attempted to cover up global warming science. And how did Alex Epstein, author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” respond to Maura Healey’s subpoena on Wednesday? " F---- Off, Fascist"
  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. It’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • The gods must be laughing

    06/11/2016 7:07:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Tom Harris
    No matter what eco-activists say, truth does not apply to science In February, the draconian California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016, Senate Bill 1161, was introduced by Democratic senators Ben Allen, Hannah-Beth Jackson and Mark Leno. Unbelievably, it passed both the state Senate’s environmental and judiciary committees. It was not until June 2 that the remainder of the Senate came to their senses and Sen. James Monning took the bill off the Senate floor. It can be reconsidered at a later date. Overlooked in the controversy is the fact that truth is not possible in science. Scientific...
  • What Happened to the Dream of Underground Cities?

    06/10/2016 5:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Motherboard ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ernie Smith
    The rediscovery of an ancient underground city in Turkey a few years ago was an exciting find—the very kind of exciting find that the internet eats up. The 5,000-year-old cave villa, found in the city of Nevşehir, is fairly huge, with approximately 3.5 miles of tunnels, and dozens of rooms making up churches, tombs, and other safe spaces. In comments to National Geographic, Nevşehir Mayor Hasan Ünver noted that there was a bit of a paper trail that went back hundreds of years, but not one that implied that there was an entire city in the area. "We found documents...
  • Pelosi tells Apple, ‘you didn’t build’ the iPhone. The government did

    06/10/2016 3:36:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    You didn't build that, someone else did. There aren’t’ too many devices that you can look at and instantly ‘get’ that they led to near-instantaneous changes in the way the world functions and behaves. Radios and TVs certainly did, as did the affordable automobile. We can toss in the microwave oven, the X-ray camera, and the personal computer as well. Most recently, the honor would have to go to the cell phone and, in particular, the iPhone. Apple’s baby is widely regarded as the most ubiquitous, and most forward-thinking, of the now borderline-essential cellular handsets. For better or worse, it’s...
  • New Fossils Hint 'Hobbit' Humans Are Older Than Thought

    06/08/2016 7:56:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 8, 2016 | Adam Hoffman
    For the past decade, a fossil human relative about the size of a toddler has loomed large in the story of our evolutionary history. This mysterious creature—found on the Indonesian island of Flores—has sparked a heated debate about its origins, including questions over its classification as a unique species. But now, a scattering of teeth and bone may at last unlock the mystery of the “hobbits,” also known as Homo floresiensis. The 700,000-year-old human remains are the first found outside Liang Bua cave, the site on Flores that yielded the original hobbit fossils. The much older samples show intriguing similarities...
  • Finely tuned electrical fields give wound healing a jolt

    06/07/2016 12:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 2, 2016 | Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
    A new research report appearing in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, opens up the possibility that small electrical currents might activate certain immune cells to jumpstart or speed wound healing. This discovery, made by a team of scientists from the United Kingdom, may be of particular interest to those with illnesses that may cause wounds to heal slowly or not at all. "In some instances, such as diabetes, the body's ability to heal is compromised and wounds can become infected. In instances where there is a lack of macrophages present, the application of 'synthetic' electric...
  • US NATIONAL SECURITY AT STAKE IN ROCKET ENGINE DEBATE

    06/07/2016 10:09:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/07/16 | Megan Barth
    The nation cannot afford to simply put all of that critical intelligence gathering “on hold” for several years No matter which party wins the White House in November our next Commander in Chief will inherit a world far more unstable than at any point in recent history. From the rapid expansion of ISIS, to recent nuclear tests in North Korea, to the many problems in Afghanistan and Iraq, the very real threats to America and its allies have never been more evident. Roughly 150,000 U.S. troops are stationed in more than 150 countries around the world and they are the...
  • Climate accord 'irrelevant,' and CO2 cuts could impoverish the world: Scientist

    06/05/2016 10:53:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 4, 2016 | Javier E. David
    The world's historic effort to reduce carbon emissions is likely to be a costly if not quixotic endeavor, according to one expert, whose recently published research warns that decarbonizing the globe could have devastating consequences on the world's way of life. In a report published this week, the International Energy Agency issued a call for "concrete action" to match the ambitions of last year's landmark climate change agreement, which was recently ratified by nearly 200 countries. The energy watchdog said the transition to a low-carbon future would require "massive changes in the energy system" to prevent the globe's temperature from...
  • The Lost City of Cambodia

    06/02/2016 6:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | April 2016 | Joshua Hammer
    Jean-Baptiste Chevance senses that we’re closing in on our target. Paused in a jungle clearing in northwestern Cambodia, the French archaeologist studies his GPS and mops the sweat from his forehead with a bandanna. The temperature is pushing 95, and the equatorial sun beats down through the forest canopy. For two hours, Chevance, known to everyone as JB, has been leading me, along with a two-man Cambodian research team, on a grueling trek. We’ve ripped our arms and faces on six-foot shrubs studded with thorns, been savaged by red biting ants, and stumbled over vines that stretch at ankle height...
  • Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Jun 2016:

    06/02/2016 12:33:24 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    Volcano Discovery Blog ^ | Various | Dr. Tom Pfeiffer
    Volcanic activity worldwide 1 Jun 2016: Colima volcano, Bromo, Semeru, Dukono, Turrialba, Nyiragongo...
  • Prehistoric Site in Florida Confirms Pre-Clovis Peopling of the Americas

    05/31/2016 4:14:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | May 13, 2016
    Radiocarbon dating of a prehistoric archeological site in Florida suggests that 14,550 years ago, hunter-gatherers, possibly accompanied by dogs, butchered or scavenged a mastodon next to a small pond. The findings, based on a four-year study of the Page-Ladson archaeological site in the Aucilla River, about 45 minutes from Tallahassee, Florida, provide a rare glimpse of the earliest human occupation in the southeastern United States, and offer clues to the timing of the disappearance of large animals like the mastodon and camel that roamed the American Southeast during the Late Pleistocene. Additionally, the artifacts at Page-Ladson highlight that much of...
  • Where I'm Going with JUST GENESIS

    05/31/2016 3:56:18 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 9 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | May 30, 2016 | Alice C. Linsley
    From a reader: “I'm a little confused about where you are going with Genesis... Can you give me some hint of where you are going and the purpose of all of this?” Response: My concern is that Genesis be understood at the deepest possible level since the material there is foundational to the whole canon. Genesis should not be forced into a modern mold. We should make the effort to understand what this material meant to the archaic peoples for whom this divine revelation was sacred. One of the best ways to do this is to apply the tools of...
  • The Death Panels of Massachusetts

    05/31/2016 9:03:49 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 15 replies
    self | jimjohn
    Drive-By Post: Remember those death panels? Well, they are here. I can speak from experience. Patients are being denied services based on the dictates of the state. It's called "prior authorization".
  • Trump, the Unexplained Galactic Phenomenon that has Astronomers Baffled

    05/31/2016 7:02:53 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 6 replies
    Free Republic ^ | May 31, 2016 | Pocono Pundit
    Notes to Stephen Hawking's Personal Diary -- May 28, 2016 This Trump guy is utterly dangerous to the scientific community. Doesn't he understand that you can't teach the average working stiff anything about science and the way the world really works? I've spent decades writing books and lecturing to show that science can only be understood by professionals and academics who are paid a good salary to stare out into space and wonder about things that have zero relationship to life on Earth. And to protect that glorious profession -- keep it funded -- we've groomed our Ph. D's...
  • US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

    05/31/2016 3:41:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mining ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    US scientists have found what it could be key for the future of the country’s ailing coal industry as they detected that ashes from local operations, particularly those around the Appalachian region, are very rich in rare earth elements. Researchers from North Carolina-based Duke University analyzed coal ashes from coal-fired power plants throughout the US, including those in the largest coal-producing regions: the Appalachian Mountains; southern and western Illinois; and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. One of the team main conclusions was that coal waste generated by the Appalachian coal operations was the richest in rare earth...
  • First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour

    05/29/2016 11:12:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
    A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the...
  • The real dangers of the climate change myth

    05/29/2016 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/29/16 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Climate Change, global warming or whatever the politically appropriate name of the day may be, let’s look at some of the claims our left-wing, media doom-sayers are directing at low information voters about the coming environmental Armageddon. 1. The earth is getting hotter! According to satellite data there has been no warming in over 17 years 2. The polar ice caps are melting! One picture of a polar bear on a small piece of ice has been used for ten years now. In reality, the polar bears are thriving and the ice cap is 10% bigger than in 2010. 3....
  • Finding a new formula for concrete

    05/28/2016 11:29:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    MIT News ^ | May 25, 2016 | Jennifer Chu
    Researchers at MIT are seeking to redesign concrete — the most widely used human-made material in the world — by following nature’s blueprints. In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste — concrete’s binding ingredient — with the structure and properties of natural materials such as bones, shells, and deep-sea sponges. As the researchers observed, these biological materials are exceptionally strong and durable, thanks in part to their precise assembly of structures at multiple length scales, from the molecular to the macro, or visible, level. From their observations, the team, led...
  • The Immortality Hype

    05/28/2016 11:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Nautilus ^ | May 26, 2016 | Adam Piore
    It’d be easy to miss the unobtrusive brown door to Joon Yun’s second floor office, tucked away next to a dry cleaners and a hair salon in downtown Palo Alto, California. But the address itself speaks loud enough. Four-hundred-seventy University Avenue is located in the heart of a neighborhood that holds a special place in the lore of Silicon Valley start-up culture. A few minutes’ walk away are the early homes of PayPal, Facebook, and Google. Yet the early ambitions of these famous companies are modest when compared to the ideas I’ve come to discuss with Yun. I’ve been led...
  • UTSA researchers close to using 3D printer to print organs

    05/26/2016 6:43:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WFAA-TV | May 12, 2016
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.wfaa.com/news/health/utsa-researchers-close-to-using-3d-printer-to-print-organs/186674319
  • Senators to Loretta Lynch: No, You Cannot Punish Climate Change "Deniers"

    05/26/2016 11:18:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 45 replies
    townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2016 | Katy Pavlich
    Two months ago Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted during congressional testimony that Justice Department attorneys were looking into punishment for the fossil fuel industry and certain individuals, including academics and researchers. Their crime? Rejection or denial of climate change and therefore being opposed to President Obama's agenda on the issue. Today, five Republican Senators have sent a letter to Lynch reminding her that in America, we don't have thought police and the Justice Department doesn't have the power or authority to punish an entire industry because the people in it they think differently than the progressives in charge of the...
  • Israelis Develop High-Speed 3D Printer for Stem Cells

    05/25/2016 6:31:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 25, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Israeli 3D printer firm Nano Dimension has successfully lab-tested a 3D bioprinter for stem cells, paving the way for the potential printing of large tissues and organs, the company said on Wednesday. While 3D printers are used already to create stem cells for research, Nano Dimension said the trial, conducted with Israeli biotech firm Accellta Ltd, showed its adapted printer could make large volumes of high resolution cells quickly....
  • This 13-Year-Old Invented a Tesla-Inspired Free Energy Device for $14

    05/24/2016 2:56:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    The Antimedia ^ | May 19, 2016
    Inspired by the geniuses Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, teenager Max Loughan loves to invent things, in fact, he says he has known his entire short life that his purpose was to change the world with his inventions. And he may just do it. “As cheesy as this sounds, from day one, on this planet that I knew I was put here for a reason,” said Max. “And that reason is to invent, to bring the future.” Wearing a lab coat while speaking in a televised interview with KTVN Channel 2 in Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, Max explains the free...
  • The Polaris MRZR Military ATV Is A Battle-Ready Beauty

    05/23/2016 10:35:42 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    maxim.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Dan Carney
    Photo: Polaris ATV and snowmobile specialist Polaris has introduced a true battlefield replacement for the original Jeep, courtesy of it's Polaris Defense division. Like that original soldier's best friend, the turbo diesel MRZR is light, compact and capable of crossing tough terrain, not to mention great looking. By way of comparison, today's Humvee and its upcoming replacement are mammoth vehicles, bloated by mission creep into armored personnel carriers rather than zippy battlefield transportation. Photo: Polaris The MRZR is a return to that original mission. Coming from an ATV background and using a smallish 875 cc twin-cylinder engine, it would...
  • Graphene is key in taking manufacturing to next level

    05/23/2016 3:27:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Manchester Evening News ^ | May 12, 2016 | Ben Rooth
    Graphene is widely regarded to be the most important development in the world of advanced manufacturing to date. The world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material was isolated at the University of Manchester in 2004. The potential of graphene is vast and research is currently underway into everything from bendable electronics to portable, energy-efficient water filtration plants and corrosion-proof coatings, anti-cancer drugs and even energy sources sewn into people’s skin. Last autumn, the National Graphene Institute received a major boost when China’s largest mobile phone manufacturer Huawei signed a partnership with the university to develop graphene-based technologies. Huawei stated at...
  • Take 10 - The Universe and the Cell

    05/23/2016 11:32:19 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 6 replies
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    Take 10 - The Universe and the CellIn this Take 10 we will briefly look at the immensity of our Universe and delve into the complexity of the cell. Please take time watch this 3 minute video – Cosmic Eye (Scale of the Universe) Now consider, the human world stands about midway between the infinitesimal and the immense . The size of our planet is near the geometric mean of the size of the known universe and the size of the atom. The mass of a human being is the geometric mean of the mass of the earth and the...
  • 21st Century Cave 3D Printed with WASP 3D Printer

    05/22/2016 7:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Engineering ^ | May 18, 2016 | Michael Molitch-Hou
    Italian 3D printing firm WASP is no ordinary company, claiming as its mission to save the world with digital fabrication technology and a new maker economy. To do its part in the World Advanced Saving Project (WASP), the firm has built its Big Delta 3D printer, a large-scale system capable of printing structures made from concrete and meant to produce homes for people in developing nations. It has yet to fulfill this latter goal, but a bit of news announced today indicates that WASP is making moves in the right direction. Together with Siam Cement Group (SCG) and architect Pitupong...
  • 'Alien Megastructure' Star Only Gets More Mysterious

    05/22/2016 6:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Popular Science ^ | May 10, 2016 | Sarah Fecht
    Every now and then, a distant star called KIC 8462852 dims by as much as 20 percent. That's huge. Even a passing planet as big as Jupiter would only block about 1 percent of the star's light. Ruling out a planet, scientists have no idea what could be eclipsing the star (which is informally known as 'Tabby's Star'). The leading hypothesis is a family of really big comets, but that doesn't quite fit. Astronomer Jason Wright pointed out that the light patterns are consistent with what we'd expect if aliens had built a Dyson swarm of solar collectors around the...