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  • MIT builds a 3D printer that can use 10 materials at once

    08/29/2015 12:27:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Computerworld ^ | August 25, 2015 | Lucas Mearian
    Researchers were able to build the printer with off-the-shelf commodity parts for $7K.MIT researchers, using off-the-shelf components, have built a 3D printer capable of building with 10 photopolymer materials at once. And the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) said the researchers were able to build the printer for less than $7,000. That compares to systems that print with just three materials at one time and can cost $250,000. The MultiFab 3D printer works by mixing together microscopic droplets of photopolymers that are then extruded through inkjet printheads similar to those in office printers. The printing process is...
  • Here's the thing about worshiping science...you become dumber for it

    08/27/2015 3:34:21 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 22 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-27-15 | The Looking Spoon
    One time while listening to a radio show a Christian scientist who was being interviewed was asked how he answers those who believe you can't have faith in God or be religious AND be a scientist. His answer to that is about as good as it can ever get. He says he tells those people that "science is understanding God's handiwork." I agree with that 1,000,000%. If God created everything, then it's only logical He created the processes by which everything works. In other words, He created science. The notion propagated by atheists that you can only choose one, or...
  • A pint of water before meals is the secret to losing weight, scientists claim

    08/26/2015 8:19:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The London Mirror ^ | August 26, 2015 | Jennifer Cockerell
    A new study by the University of Birmingham revealed that obese adults who 'pre-loaded- with 500ml of plain tap water lost an average of 9.5lbs in 12 weeks.The key to losing weight could be as simple as drinking a pint of water before mealtimes , researchers have said. A study in which obese adults consumed 500ml of water half an hour before eating main meals saw them report an average loss of 4.3kg (9.48lbs) over a 12-week period. Researchers at the University of Birmingham said the simple trick could be hugely beneficial, and easily promoted by healthcare professionals and through...
  • Rossi has been granted US patent on the E-Cat (LENR, Cold Fusion)

    08/25/2015 9:08:35 AM PDT · by Normandy · 23 replies
    An Impossible Invention ^ | August 25, 2015 | Mats Lewan
    Today Andrea Rossi was granted a patent on his LENR based heating device the E-Cat. I have not yet had time to study the patent further, but I just wanted to make it available here on the blog as soon as possible. Note that LENR is not mentioned explicitly, but also note that the contents of the fuel mix are specified — lithium and lithium aluminium hydride as fuel and “a group 10 element, such as nickel in powdered form” as the catalyst. This is important since fuel and catalyst specifications have been lacking from earlier patent applications by Rossi...
  • China Tests Most Dangerous Nuclear Weapon of All Time

    08/23/2015 2:42:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 21, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    China conducted a flight test of its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this month. This week, Bill Gertz reported that earlier this month, China conducted the fourth flight test of its DF-41 road-mobile ICBM. “The DF-41, with a range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles, is viewed by the Pentagon as Beijing’s most potent nuclear missile and one of several new long-range missiles in development or being deployed,” Gertz reports. He goes on to note that this is the fourth time in the past three years that China has tested the DF-41, indicating that the missile is nearing deployment....
  • Mystery lights in space increasing, moving south, potential sign of global warming

    08/23/2015 7:58:07 AM PDT · by PROCON · 82 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Brandon M. Mercer
    Strange blue lights glowing on the edge of space first appeared over polar regions in 1885 and today, sightings are becoming increasingly common, and now the phenomenon is moving into lower latitudes including Northern California. Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, these glowing space clouds may be a celestial siren, warning of Earth's global warming, according to some scientists. They're called "noctilucent clouds" or NLCs, basically, clouds that glow at night. They appear mainly in northern latitudes, about 50 miles above earth as miniscule droplets of water reflect the sun on the other side of the globe. Now,...
  • It's official. Earth just had its hottest month ever recorded

    08/23/2015 1:01:20 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 94 replies
    Global Post ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | Timothy McGrath
    So there's a new climate report out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Which do you want first — the good news or the bad news? LOL jk, it's all bad news! The NOAA has confirmed that July 2015 was the warmest month ever recorded on Earth. The average temperature across the Earth's land and ocean surfaces was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit — 1.46 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average, 0.08 degrees warmer than the previous record set in 1998, and the hottest month since humans began recording global temperatures in the 1880s. The findings verify preliminary data released...
  • Coins worth $4.5m recovered from shipwreck

    08/22/2015 9:11:40 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 24 replies
    MIAMI: Treasure hunters off Florida have found $4.5 million in gold coins from a Spanish ship that sunk during a hurricane in the 18th century , the sal vage company said on Wednesday. The ship 'Ten Galleons' traveling from Havana to Spain... "Over 350 gold coins, including 9 Royals were recovered on July 30 & 31 on the actual 300th anniversary of the wreck,"
  • Scientists Confirm the Existence of Cosmic Neutrinos

    08/22/2015 5:57:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 20, 2015 | Maddie Stone and The Guardian
    A team of Antarctic scientists has just verified the existence of cosmic neutrinos — tiny, energetic particles that might hail from far reaches of the Milky Way and beyond. And these ghostly little flecks of matter could hold the key to some of the deepest mysteries of the cosmos. High-energy cosmic neutrinos are thought to be produced by some of the universe’s most violent agents, including black holes, supernovae, and the energetic cores of galaxies. Unchanged as they zip across space and time, these particles may represent something of an intergalactic breadcrumb trail, pointing us in the direction of any...
  • MIT’s MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards a Real-Life Replicator

    08/22/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 21, 2015 | Andrew Liszewski
    One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run. For 3D printers to fully realize their Star Trek ‘replicator’ potential they can’t just be one part of the manufacturing process, they need to do it all. The holy grail of 3D printing is to one day let anyone recreate any device with a simple button press. We want to be able...
  • Magnetic Wormhole Created in Lab

    08/22/2015 12:14:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Scientific American ^ | August 21, 2015 | Tia Ghose and LiveScience
    Device acts like a wormhole, as if the magnetic field was transferred through an “extra special dimension”Ripped from the pages of a sci-fi novel, physicists have crafted a wormhole that tunnels a magnetic field through space. "This device can transmit the magnetic field from one point in space to another point, through a path that is magnetically invisible," said study co-author Jordi Prat-Camps, a doctoral candidate in physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. "From a magnetic point of view, this device acts like a wormhole, as if the magnetic field was transferred through an extra special dimension."...
  • 'The Astronaut Wives Club' began with triteness and ended in ugliness

    08/21/2015 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Marcus · 32 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | august 21, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The Astronaut Wives Club, the summer series from ABC that depicted the race to the moon as a kind of “Desperate Housewives of NASA” ended its run Thursday with the episode dealing with the Apollo moon landing and the epic adventure of Apollo 13. What began with soap opera triteness ended in a dash of ugliness. The episode sought to remind the viewer that not everyone regarded the moon landings with awe and wonder. Some reacted to the greatest technological feat in the history of humankind with rage.
  • Explaining Emerging Infectious Diseases

    08/19/2015 8:23:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Médecins Sans Frontières in West Africa “2015 was a very busy year for emerging infectious diseases.” - Steven Hatfill, MD Dedicating his lecture to Médecins Sans Frontières, for their heroic actions in West Africa, Dr. Hatfill spoke to a captivated audience at the 33rd Annual Conference of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness in California about the 43 newly emerging infectious diseases that jumped to a larger geographic area from their wild animal hosts to human populations in the past 30 years.
  • Drive Up!

    08/18/2015 9:28:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/18/15 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Thoth Technology Inc. Space Elevator ... to the stratosphere that is. As Fox News reports, the U.S. patent office granted a patent (9085897) to the Canadian company Thoth Technology Inc., for a “space elevator”, sort of an inflatable incline or similar structure for cars, that you are supposed to be able to use for driving up, all the way to a height of 12 miles (~ 20,000 m) above ground. If you aren’t dizzy enough from driving to the corner store, that really ought to make your day. 12 Miles High There used to be jokes about the “10 mile-high...
  • Research Using Fetal Tissue

    08/18/2015 9:09:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/18/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    What better follow-up to the earlier story on harvesting the tissue? As mentioned in that article, fetal tissue has been harvested for medical research for years. Even before abortion was legalized, other sources were tapped, and according to an article by AP science writer Malcolm Ritter, this practice dates back to the 1930s. Ritter, and many others, like to invoke the 1954 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. As Ritter puts it, “The 1954 Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for work with fetal tissue that led to developing a vaccine against polio.” Not so fast… According to the Nobel...
  • Donald Trump thinks going to Mars would be 'wonderful' but there is a catch

    08/16/2015 7:32:07 AM PDT · by Marcus · 21 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 16, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Donald Trump, the mercurial real estate tycoon and media personality who, much to the surprise of one and all, has become the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president opened his mind just a little about his attitude toward space exploration, according to a Saturday story in Forbes. In an answer to a question put to him about sending humans to Mars, the current focus at NASA, Trump said, ““Honestly, I think it’s wonderful; I want to rebuild our infrastructure first, ok? I think it’s wonderful.” In other words, dreams of going to Mars must take a back seat to...
  • Iran's and Obama's co-dependent mushroom clouds

    08/15/2015 12:30:43 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 15, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Courtesy of Obama, Iran's mushroom clouds will be produced by detonating atomic bombs. Obama's mushroom clouds, with help from His friends, have already been and continue to be detonated. They thrive in the absence of light and contain copious quantities of bovine fecal matter. This limerick, if applied to Obama, makes sense:Last night I saw upon the stair A little man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. Oh how I wish he'd go away!I. Obama gave Iran its mushroom cloudSeveral conservative media recently focused on Obama's claim, made in His August 5, 2015 address praising His "deal," that Iran had agreed to negotiate only after President Rouhani replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on...
  • Airbus Scientist to Announce 'Major Theoretical Breakthrough' in Cold Fusion in October

    08/14/2015 12:22:28 PM PDT · by Normandy · 42 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | 8/14/2015
    his is an interesting comment written by Jean-Francois Geneste, Vice-President Chief Scientist of Airbus Group Innovations on his LinkedIn page yesterday. 13. Aug. 2015 I made a major theoretical breakthrough in the field of “energy creation”. This will be presented at the 11th workshop on anomalies in hydrogen loaded metals which will be held next October in Airbus, Toulouse. http://www.iscmns.org/work11/. What it basically consists in is a global theorization of energy creation which includes all known means up today, that they be chemical, nuclear fission or nuclear fusion. Against all expectations, it is proved that there is potential room for...
  • Electrifying Photo Takes Internet by Storm: Why Rainbow Lightning Is So Rare

    08/14/2015 8:41:19 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Live Science ^ | Greg McCown
    The electrifying image took social media by storm: As of Aug. 14, Greg McCown's photo had garnered more than 1,000 Facebook likes and more than 3,600 retweets. There's a reason why it went viral: Those types of sightings are incredibly rare. Although 100 lighting bolts strike the Earth every second, the chances of them flashing near a rainbow are slim, said Randall Cerveny, a professor of meteorology at Arizona State University in Tucson. "Usually, you don't get those two things to line up at the same time," Cerveny said, adding that a desert area like Tucson is more likely...
  • Would Bernie Sanders gut NASA spending if he became president? Probably

    08/13/2015 12:50:33 PM PDT · by Marcus · 18 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 13, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    With Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist from Vermont, packing in huge crowds during his early August west coast swing, the idea that he might have a shot at the Democratic nomination has gone from the realm of fantasy to that of distinct possibility. This fact is especially true since the presumptive Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, continues to slip in the polls and faces numerous ethical and legal woes. Sanders’ surge means that interest is merited about his views on particular issues. One case in point is his attitude toward the space program and NASA spending....
  • Recent Iranian disclosures highlight the perversity of the Iran "deal"

    08/13/2015 12:01:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 19 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 13, 2015 | Dan Miller
    In 2011, well before the multilateral P5+1 "negotiations" with Iran began in February of 2013, Obama put Senator John Kerry in charge of  "secret bilateral negotiations on the [Iranian] nuclear dossier." Kerry then advised Iranian officials that "we are definitely and sincerely willing, and we can resolve the issues" -- including Uranium enrichment and the Possible Military Dimensions (PMDs) of Iran's nuclear program. Iran's nuclear weaponization and missile development programs have been substantially ignored ever since. Ernest Moniz, who was to become Kerry's technical adviser, was brought into the P5+1 negotiations at the specific request of the Iranian official -- Moniz' former MIT classmate -- who was to be his counterpart. The...
  • Obama Administration Spends Millions to Study Climate Change…INDOORS

    08/13/2015 11:14:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 12, 2015 7:23 am ET | Dan Joseph
    The people that just accidentally released millions of gallons of toxic materials into a Colorado River have come up with another brilliant plan to combat global warming. […] The Obama Administration has awarded $8 Million in government grants to nine universities to study the impact that climate change has on indoor air quality. The EPA defends the move by claiming that climate change’s effects on indoor air pollutants that lead to asthma, as well as mold and mildew, aren’t well understood. …
  • John Lott study, Useful Information Available

    08/12/2015 4:15:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    From the CRPC John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) have produced another paper on what is happening with concealed carry permit numbers and the various states.  There is considerable good information contained in the report, which shows a correlation between the number of permits and a decreasing crime rate. Professor Lott notes that more study is needed when the detailed county numbers come out, but the intial results support his research that more guns equal lower crime rates.  From John Lott's blog: I hope that people will consider downloading a copy of our new study on...
  • The Dodo’s Posthumous Message to Mankind

    In 1681, the last dodo bird on the planet breathed its last breath. But that was not the final chapter of the bird’s story. Some 300 years later, botanists on Mauritius—the island where the dodo had lived—noticed that a certain species of tree was rapidly dying off. Tambalacoque trees had historically grown in abundance on Mauritius, but by the 1970s only 13 remained. And all of those remaining were thought to be around 300 years old. Even though they were producing fruit containing seeds each year, none of the seeds were sprouting into saplings. This meant that no new Tambalacoque...
  • WACKER Announces New Silicone 3D Printing Technology

    08/11/2015 12:44:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3D Print ^ | August 11, 2015 | Scott J. Grunewald
    While several companies have developed 3D printing materials and processes with similar properties capable of simulating silicone, so far 3D printing with actual silicone materials hasn’t been possible. However, 100 year old chemical manufacturing giant WACKER CHEMIE revealed in their recently released Q2 Report that their WACKER SILICONES division has developed new technology making it possible to use silicone 3D printing materials with additive manufacturing technology. The new technology was developed alongside German product development company Ingenieure GmbH, and will have applications in markets as diverse as the medical industry, automotive parts, contact lenses and consumer products. The reason that...
  • EPA De-Develops the US Through Nebulous Consensus Climate Change

    08/10/2015 4:02:57 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Real Science vs. government funded pseudo science: Several presentations at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness in Ontario, California, dealt with the issues of anthropogenic global warming promoted by the climate change industry. Dr. S. Fred Singer, founder of the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), and Ken Haapala, current president of SEPP, discussed the “National Environment Assessment: Peeling the Speculative Onion.” Haapala spoke of “climate fears and finance” and our government’s limitations on CO2 emissions as a “policy in search of a problem.” Because the global warming (climate change) predictions have proven inaccurate, the fear of non-existent anthropogenic global warming...
  • Hitchhiking Robot, After Safely Crossing Canada and Europe, Is Destroyed in America

    A hitchhiking robot that had won the hearts of people all over the world came to a grizzly demise on the streets of the United States on August 1. Hitchbot was created by Canadian researchers as a social experiment to test the kindness of strangers. The child-sized robot was immobile on its own. Its creators would drop it off on one end of a nation, with his thumb pointing upward and a sign around its neck indicating where it wanted to go. From there it was up to anyone who found it to help Hitchbot along. A gps inside the...
  • TRUMP’S FAST FLIP ON ABORTION

    08/09/2015 5:59:48 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 21 replies
    Bill Donohue comments on Donald Trump’s position on abortion: Since 2011, Donald Trump has identified himself as pro-life. But in 1999, when he ran for president, he was an abortion-rights advocate, and even defended partial-birth abortion. So what changed him? On October 24, 1999, Trump told “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert, “I’m very pro-choice.” When pressed whether he would oppose a ban on partial-birth abortion, he said, “I would—I am pro-choice in every respect, as far as it goes.” Yet less than three months later, Trump was on record saying he would support a ban on partial-birth abortion. He...
  • Enormous monolith, carved 9350 years ago, found under Mediterranean Sea

    08/08/2015 11:37:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    A 12-METRE monolith, hacked out of limestone by stone-age humans some nine thousand years ago, has been found at the bottom of the Mediterranean. The enormous stone totem, now split in two and sitting in the Sicilian Channel between Tunisia and Sicily, was hewed from a rocky outcrop some 300m away when the Mediterranean Sea was still a dry basin. It’s now under 40m of water. The new study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, says the area was submerged about 9350 years ago (give or take 200 years) when the last Ice Age retreated. Before that time the...
  • JPL and Its Spacecraft Exploratory Missions

    08/06/2015 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Once you visit the Space Flight Operations Facility, "I've been to the center of the Universe." On a recent trip to California, I was constantly reminded of what is wrong with California, a state whose economy was so booming decades ago that, had it been a stand-alone state, it would have been the world’s sixth largest economy. Looking at this state now, ravaged by years and years of Marxist policies, open borders, unchecked illegal immigration, anchor babies, multiculturalism, insane diversity rules, sanctuary cities, multi-lingual school system, illegal voting, tax everything and tax again, and environmentalist-driven water use plans including but...
  • Has Lexus really done it? Looks like we’ve got a hoverboard, folks!

    08/06/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dan Calabrese
    You're going to insist it's fake, because that's what you do, but watch. I’m guessing about half of you are firing up your keyboards and getting ready to type replies that consist solely of “FAKE!!!!!!” because that’s the instinctive reaction whenever a video comes out purporting to show something like this. But remember: This isn’t some fly-by-night outfit claiming to have done the impossible in its garage. This is Lexus, which already has a pretty nice reputation and doesn’t need to beg for attention via fantastical claims it can’t back up. And if you’re going to claim a video’s been...
  • Airbus patents plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in three hours

    08/05/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 5, 2015 | Reuters
    Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic passenger plane, but Concorde’s hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon. The proposed aeroplane would cut the journey time from Paris to Tokyo from 12 to under three hours. The idea, first published in 2011, is to use three different kinds of engine power to jump above the atmosphere while still using regular runways for takeoff. It has now won approval from the US Patent Office. The concept comes as commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic pursue plans for low-level space flights. Airbus’s proposed plane has...
  • Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists

    08/05/2015 11:23:15 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 40 replies
    Wintery Knight ^ | 8/4/2015 | Wintery Knight
    Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists Let’s review what you need in your worldview in order to have a rationally grounded system of morality.You need 5 things:1) Objective moral valuesThere needs to be a way to distinguish what is good from what is bad. For example, the moral standard might specify that being kind to children is good, but torturing them for fun is bad. If the standard is purely subjective, then people could believe anything and each person would be justified in doing right in their own eyes. Even a “social contract” is just based...
  • Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered

    08/05/2015 2:42:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Live Science ^ | August 4, 2015 | Tia Ghose, Senior Writer
    A massive gate unearthed in Israel may have marked the entrance to a biblical city that, at its heyday, was the biggest metropolis in the region. The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot. The new findings reveal just how impressive the ancient Philistine city once was, said lead archaeologist of the current excavation, Aren Maeir, of Bar-Ilan...
  • More bad news for Obama from Iran about the secret deals

    08/04/2015 12:13:04 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 10 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 4, 2015 | Dan Miller
    An Iranian official recently stated that no International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) personnel will be permitted to enter military or missile sites. Another stated that "no country is permitted to know the details of future inspections conducted by the IAEA." Their statements are probably consistent. There may well be other secret deals we don't know about and perhaps never will. Meanwhile, Iran is preparing to test long range ballistic missiles "to prove that the missile ban was invalid." It's not MY fault. I. No IAEA inspections of the sites that matter mostIn an interview on Al Jazeera TV last week Ali Akbar Velayati, Security Adviser to...
  • In a first, drug using 3D printing technology gets FDA nod

    08/03/2015 4:32:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2015 | Arathy S. Nair in Bengaluru
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a drug that uses 3D printing technology, paving the way for potential customization of drugs to suit patients' needs. The drug, made by privately held Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Co, was approved for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of epilepsy, the company said on Monday. Spritam uses Aprecia's "ZipDose" technology, a delivery system that creates premeasured doses which disintegrate in the mouth with a sip of liquid. 3D printing could help companies make products "to the specifications of an individual patient rather than (take a)...
  • Why Does Windows Seven Constantly Churn My Hard Disk ?

    08/03/2015 3:18:07 PM PDT · by jimt · 59 replies
    self ^ | 8/3/15 | jimt
    Why does my cheapo Dell Inspiron netbook have continuous hard disk activity when idle ? Not only during actual usage, but ALL the time - like now ? I've been an MS OS user since DOS 3.3. But with MS's current massive invasion of privacy (Windows 10) and seeing constant, non-stop disk activity when there's no reason for it, I don't trust Windows 7 either. What gives ?
  • NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

    07/31/2015 4:43:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Verge ^ | July 30, 2015 | Sean O'Kane
    Earth just got a new next-door neighbor.Astronomers have found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system using the Spitzer Space telescope. The planet, known as HD 219134b, orbits a star just 21 light years away, and NASA is calling a "potential gold mine of science data." The planet is probably a bad place for life as we know it: it’s 1.6 times the size of Earth and more than four times the mass. Plus its three-day orbit is too close to its host star for liquid water to form, even though the star is cooler and smaller than our...
  • Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands

    07/30/2015 3:59:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 30-07-2015 | utah
    Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. Imagine extracting high-quality oil out of the estimated 32 billion barrels buried in Utah’s oil sands, without creating the toxic wastelands that have resulted from oil sands projects in Western Canada. And imagine doing it at a cost that can still turn a profit in today’s oil price slump. That would be highly enticing to some of the large operators...
  • Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm

    07/29/2015 8:14:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/15
    Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go wonky - that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning. In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do about them.
  • Scientists Confirm 'Impossible' EM Drive Propulsion

    07/27/2015 4:32:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hacked Magazine ^ | July 27, 2015 | Giulio Prisco
    Later today, July 27, German scientists will present new experimental results on the controversial, "impossible" EM Drive, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando. The presentation is titled "Direct Thrust Measurements of an EmDrive and Evaluation of Possible Side-Effects." Presenter Martin Tajmar is a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, interested in space propulsion systems and breakthrough propulsion physics. A Revolutionary Development for Space Travel The EM Drive (Electro Magnetic Drive) uses electromagnetic microwave cavities to directly convert electrical energy to thrust without the need to expel...
  • Gender Confusion Is Not Biological

    07/27/2015 8:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Even biologists are confused about gender confusion. One thing they know from science: it is not biological.A study at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles resulted in a politically-incorrect conclusion: transgender identity is not due to hormone imbalance.“We’ve now put to rest the residual belief that transgender experience is a result of a hormone imbalance,” said Dr. Johanna Olson, of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “It’s not.”Olson and her colleagues found that transgender youth have sex hormone levels consistent with the gender they were assigned at birth. So, a transgender youth who is assigned a female gender at birth, usually...
  • Is science drawing closer to an alien world?

    07/27/2015 4:38:59 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    Paris (AFP) ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Mariette LE ROUX
    NASA's discovery of Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-452b, nicknamed "Earth 2.0", has social media buzzing about the chances of finding a faraway world, possibly with alien life or key resources such as water. Science or fiction? The experts respond. - Is 'Earth 2.0' like our planet? - Currently we don't know if this planet is terrestrial -- rocky -- or a small gas planet. If Kepler-452b turns out to be a terrestrial world, it will be the most Earth-like known which also orbits a G-class star like the Sun. The other leading competitors have mostly be found to orbit cooler dwarf stars....
  • The Space Shuttle (Kind of Blah, I Mean Really Blah)

    07/26/2015 1:22:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies
    Google Plus ^ | July 25, 2015 | Friends of NASA
    NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Launch: Return to Flight | View 2 On July 26, 2005, Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-114 mission launched on the first Return to Flight mission since the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. The years between the Columbia tragedy and the flight of Discovery were spent researching and implementing new safety improvements, including a redesigned external tank, new sensors, and a boom that allowed the astronauts to inspect the Shuttle for any damage. The crew’s objectives were to test and evaluate these new safety procedures in addition to conducting maintenance on the International Space...
  • Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

    07/26/2015 4:31:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vanderbilt University Research ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Salisbury
    Experts gather at Vanderbilt to discuss the future of 3D printing with concrete.Every month or so an article comes out reporting that some new object has been made using 3D printing: Everything from jewelry to prosthetic devices to electronic circuit boards to assault rifles to automobiles has now been created in this fashion. The prospect that this revolutionary manufacturing method will have a major impact on how we construct the various concrete structures that dominate the modern built environment brought almost three dozen experts to the Vanderbilt University campus July 16-17 to identify the areas of research required to realize...
  • Scientists have discovered a new state of matter, called 'Jahn-Teller metals'

    07/25/2015 6:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bec Crew
    And it could be the key to understanding one of the biggest mysteries in physics today - high-temperature superconductors.An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a new state of matter in a material that appears to be an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one, saying that it could lead to the development of more effective high-temperature superconductors. Why is this so exciting? Well, if these properties are confirmed, this new state of matter will allow scientists to better understand why some materials have the potential to achieve superconductivity at a relativity high critical temperature...
  • Scientists have finally discovered massless particles, and they could revolutionise electronics

    07/25/2015 5:31:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Science Alert ^ | July 23, 2015 | Fiona MacDonald
    They can theoretically carry charge 1,000 times faster than ordinary electrons. After 85 years of searching, researchers have confirmed the existence of a massless particle called the Weyl fermion for the first time ever. With the unique ability to behave as both matter and anti-matter inside a crystal, this strange particle can create electrons that have no mass. The discovery is huge, not just because we finally have proof that these elusive particles exist, but because it paves the way for far more efficient electronics, and new types of quantum computing. "Weyl fermions could be used to solve the traffic...
  • Congress can't see the P5+1 side deals available to Iran's Parliament

    07/25/2015 1:51:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 25, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Iran scam Part IIIKerry says that although he has neither read nor even seen the"classified" side deals between Iran and the IAEI about the "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program, he has been fully briefed, knows "exactly" what they say and will brief Congress in closed session.Parts I and II of this series deal with the bases for and absurdities of the January 14th U.S. approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. From a national security perspective, the published "deal" was absurd even without recently discovered but secret and "classified" side deals about the military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. With them, the "deal" has gone...
  • HuffPo: Discovery of Planet Outside Solar System Is 'Bad News For God'

    07/25/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 95 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | July 24, 2015 | Matthew Balan
    Jeff Schweitzer heralded the discovery of an apparent Earth-like planet as a nail in the coffin for religion in a Thursday item on Huffington Post. Schweitzer, a scientist, "rationalist," and former Clinton administration senior policy analyst contended that "with this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe," and added that religions would "all will come out and say such a discovery is completely consistent with religious teachings. My goal here is to declare this as nonsense before it happens."The Huffington Post contributor led his article, "Earth 2.0: Bad News for God," by...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques – and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (£6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (£64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...