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  • Diamond’s 2-billion-year growth charts tectonic shift in early Earth’s carbon cycle

    02/24/2017 6:09:37 PM PST · by JimSEA · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2/23/2017 | S. Timmerman
    A study of tiny mineral 'inclusions' within diamonds from Botswana has shown that diamond crystals can take billions of years to grow. One diamond was found to contain silicate material that formed 2.3 billion years ago in its interior and a 250 million-year-old garnet crystal towards its outer rim, the largest age range ever detected in a single specimen. Analysis of the inclusions also suggests that the way that carbon is exchanged and deposited between the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans and geosphere may have changed significantly over the past 2.5 billion years. 'Although a jeweller would consider diamonds with lots of...
  • Fasting Diet May Help Regenerate a Diabetic Pancreas

    02/24/2017 1:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    NHS News ^ | 2/24
    "The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pancreas is an organ that uses specialised cells known as beta cells to produce the hormone insulin, which the body uses to break down sugars in the blood (glucose). In type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes either not enough insulin is produced or cells in the body fail to respond to insulin (insulin resistance). Mice...
  • This foam stops bullets cold and pulverizes them to dust

    02/24/2017 1:11:37 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | February 23, 2017 | By Allison Barrie
    North Carolina State University Professor Afsaneh Rabiei led the team that created the amazing foam. This is not ordinary foam like the kind used for shaving, for example. This is a special type of foam called composite metal foams, or CMF. The military and law enforcement could use this kind of foam for advanced, ultra light body armor to protect personnel. And this research team has other foams up its sleeve that have the potential to keep military and first responders safe from radiation and extreme heat too. BULLET V. FOAM Sound impossible that foam-based armor could stop armor piercing...
  • Searching for Life on 7 Nearby Alien Worlds: How Scientists Will Do It

    02/24/2017 10:52:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Space.Com ^ | February 22, 2017 | Mike Wall
    The hunt for signs of life on seven nearby exoplanets will likely begin just a few years from now. An international research team announced today (Feb. 22) that seven roughly Earth-size alien worlds orbit the small, dim star TRAPPIST-1, which lies just 39 light-years from Earth. (For perspective: Our Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light-years wide. The closest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri, is about 4.2 light-years away.) Three of these planets appear to be in TRAPPIST-1's "habitable zone," the range of distances where liquid water (and, by extension, life as we know it) could potentially exist on a...
  • What will the James Webb Space Telescope reveal ...? (Trunc; Hubble Replacement)

    02/24/2017 9:00:55 AM PST · by Hostage · 43 replies
    New Atlas ^ | 2-24-2017 | Nick Lavars
    The discovery of seven habitable planets just 40 light years away is certainly impressive, but the fact is, they are still 40 light years away. Unless we're willing and able to spend thousands of years traveling through space, we won't be rolling into the TRAPPIST-1 system anytime soon. This means that over the coming decades, advanced scientific instruments closer to home will play very important roles in exploring these distant worlds – perhaps none more so than the James Webb Space Telescope. So what can we expect when it is fired into orbit next year? We checked in with some...
  • A new culprit for climate change is found, but it’s not of this Earth

    02/24/2017 8:38:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Since the media is all aflutter over proposed changes to the EPA and various climate-based regulations, we may as well visit (or revisit) the debate on climate change. Is it the result of activities of man or simply the normal patterns of changes in the Earth’s complicated biosphere? Some claim that it’s a combination of the two. But now, a team of astrophysicists has released new data which seems to support a decades-old theory which places the blame, shall we say, a bit further away. Since a picture is worth 1000 words, here’s a hint:That’s right. The actual culprit...
  • A new culprit for climate change is found, but it’s not of this Earth

    02/24/2017 5:55:33 AM PST · by Moltke · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 24, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Since the media is all aflutter over proposed changes to the EPA and various climate-based regulations, we may as well visit (or revisit) the debate on climate change. Is it the result of activities of man or simply the normal patterns of changes in the Earth’s complicated biosphere? Some claim that it’s a combination of the two. But now, a team of astrophysicists has released new data which seems to support a decades-old theory which places the blame, shall we say, a bit further away. Since a picture is worth 1000 words, here’s a hint: That’s right. The actual culprit...
  • CNN Host: Naked Men in Girl's Locker Room with 12-Year-Olds Should Be Fine

    02/23/2017 9:35:26 PM PST · by tony75034 · 40 replies
    whatfinger.com ^ | 2/23/2017 | Lord of All Editors
    CNN's Chris Cuomo says that if 12-year-old girls are uncomfortable seeing penises in locker rooms from biological males who identify as women, that the young girls are "the problem" and are being intolerant. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story. VIDEO That will disgust you and make you hate CNN more HERE Then... What more is there to say really? These liberals are pure evil. Literally satanic filth. Subscribe to my channel if you’re new here because you’ll get reports every day exposing the liberal lunatics and their manipulation of mainstream media. Select “get notifications” and I'll see you soon!...
  • 20 Years After Dolly the Sheep, What Have We Learned About Cloning?

    02/23/2017 9:38:51 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | 2/23/17 | Stephanie Bucklin, Live Science Contributor
    Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the announcement of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her creation left a lasting impact on both the public and the field of developmental biology, experts say. Although Dolly was born in July 1996, Researchers announced Dolly's existence on Feb. 22, 1997. The delay in the announcement was due to the time needed to amass sufficient data on the project, check the data, write and get the manuscript published, said Bruce Whitelaw, the head of the Division of Developmental Biology at the Roslin Institute. Dolly died in February 2003,...
  • From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'

    02/23/2017 7:58:58 AM PST · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2/22/2017 | University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun. The finding, published Feb. 23, 2017 in the journal Nature, is important because it provides the first hard proof for what scientists call the "chaotic solar system," a theory proposed in 1989 to account for small variations in the present conditions of the solar system. The variations, playing out over many millions of years, produce...
  • NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

    02/23/2017 7:20:25 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    www.nasa.gov ^ | Feb. 22, 2017 | RELEASE 17-015
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the...
  • Proposed Planet Definition Means Solar System Has 110 Planets

    02/23/2017 7:06:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | February 27, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    The International Astronomical Union currently defines a planet as: "a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit." A newly suggested definition takes a different approach:
  • Yale Study: Zika May Affect Male Fertility

    02/22/2017 8:28:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Connecticut Post ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Amanda Cuda
    The mosquito-borne Zika virus doesn’t only lead to birth defects, it could also lead to fertility problems in males. Well, in male mice, at least. A Yale University study found the virus reduced the size of testes — a condition known as testicular atrophy — in infected mice for up to 21 days. This can allow for sexual transmission of the virus and may impair male fertility. This builds on information that’s already known about how Zika affects sperm, said Ryuta Uraki, the study’s first author and a postdoctoral associate at the Yale School of Medicine. The team of researchers...
  • Harvard Is Giving Rihanna Its 'Humanitarian of the Year Award'

    02/22/2017 5:51:27 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | | 6:44 pm, February 22nd, 2017 | by Dana Eisenberg
    If you didn’t fall in love with Rihanna during this year’s Grammy Awards, you surely will now. On February 28th, the singer is headed to Harvard University to accept their Humanitarian Award. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director told the Harvard Gazette, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.” That’s not all. She also has a scholarship fund, and she’s worked with the Global Citizen project, among other contributions. It’s a big honor, and she’s in excellent company. Chelsey Sullenberger, Malala Yousafzai...
  • A whopping seven Earth-size planets were just found orbiting a nearby star

    02/22/2017 11:21:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 98 replies
    Popular Science ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sarah Fecht
    Planet-hunters are always on the lookout for worlds that look like Earth—rocky planets that are not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to flow on the surface. Now scientists have hit the jackpot, discovering seven Earth-size exoplanets orbiting a single star just 39 light-years away. The star, named TRAPPIST-1, was thought to be home to three exoplanets. But with the help of a variety of observatories—including the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (a.k.a. TRAPPIST, the star's namesake), the Very Large Telescope in Chile, and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope—researchers found four more planets in the system. The...
  • Fossils Destroy Human Evolution Story Again

    02/22/2017 11:14:17 AM PST · by fishtank · 64 replies
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | February 16, 2017 | Creation-Evolution Headlines staff
    Fossils Destroy Human Evolution Story Again Posted on February 16, 2017 The old picture of human evolution is in tatters again. “Your face is probably more primitive than a Neanderthal’s.” That surprising headline on the BBC News summarizes the radical change in thinking of leading evolutionary paleoanthropologists about so-called ‘modern’ humans: i.e., those members of our genus Homo that have been unblessed by the self-serving species name sapiens (“the wise”). If you read Richard Gray’s article without the assumption of evolution, you may find yourself questioning the sapience of some moderns.
  • The terrifying bobbit worm has a huge ancient cousin

    02/22/2017 9:59:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Earth Touch News ^ | February 22, 2017 | David Moscato
    In the tropical oceans of the Indo-Pacific, buried beneath the seafloor, dwells a nightmare predator named the bobbit worm. Known to grow up to three metres long, these worms are famous for swinging their bear-trap jaws so forcefully that they sometimes cut fish clean in half. And it turns out the "terror worm" has a long family history. Fossil remains from Ontario, Canada reveal that a similarly huge snap-jawed relative of the bobbit worm, named Websteroprion armstrongi, lurked in prehistoric seas around 400 million years ago.
  • How the Earth Moves

    02/21/2017 11:13:34 PM PST · by Fai Mao · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | June 13, 2016 | VSauce
    This is a really good video describing precession and how the Earth moves through space. How The Earth Moves
  • Why astronauts are banned from getting drunk in space

    02/20/2017 6:22:56 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 52 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/17 | Bryan Lufkin
    [snip] The truth is, booze has historically had a complicated relationship with space exploration. Let’s take a look at what exactly could happen to astronauts who drink alcohol — and what might happen if we start sending more libations to humans in space. There is a widely held belief that getting sloshed at higher altitudes makes you feel woozier faster. So it would seem logical to assume drinking alcohol while in orbit could have even more bizarre effects on humans. But this notion may not actually be true.
  • UFO crashes into the Sun (with video)

    02/20/2017 6:16:49 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 52 replies
    Pravda ^ | 2/20/17 | Staff
    A SOHO spacecraft (Solar Heliospheric Observatory) took unique photos showing a huge UFO crashing into the sun. The unidentified flying object was flying at a high speed near the Sun. The huge object crashed into the star, thus generating a strong flare. On the photos, specialists could see transparent objects in the form of rings. In September 2016, NASA released a curious video showing what seems to be an alien spaceship fueling near the sun. NASA used a black cube to cover up the unusually looking object in a SOHO photo of the Sun. Ufologists immediately assumed that NASA was...
  • Tanzania threat to list gay people

    02/20/2017 6:47:31 AM PST · by tekrat · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2017
    The threat to publish the names of suspected homosexuals in Tanzania has been defended by the deputy health minister in a fierce row on Twitter. Homosexual acts are illegal in the East African nation and punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Those who advertised homosexual activities online would also be targeted, the politician warned. Tweeters accused him of homophobia and infringing on the right to freedom of expression online.
  • The incredible moment Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket lands back at Cape Canaveral [tr]

    02/20/2017 5:11:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2017 | Kaileen Gaul
    Amazing video shows the historic moment the first stage of the Falcon 9 touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on the launch pad. The SpaceX rocket descended through the clouds before landing right in the middle of the pad, a perfect landing after a rocky start. The rocket was supposed to launch Saturday but took off 9:38am Sunday instead because of a technical error. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk captioned the video on Instagram: 'Baby came back'
  • Woman helps prevent man from beating Baton Rouge officer

    02/19/2017 7:06:09 PM PST · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/19/17 | Beau Evans, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A woman came to the rescue of a Baton Rouge Police officer who was attacked by a 28-year-old man he was trying to handcuff following a traffic stop Sunday morning (Feb. 19), police said. Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, leapt on the man's back and helped prevent him from continuing to hit the officer with his own baton, the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a Facebook post thanking her for her efforts. According to WBRZ, the officer initially found Thomas Bennet, 28, asleep in a car parked on Harry Drive in Baton Rouge. Syringes and a bag of cocaine were in...
  • The Universe Has A Lithium Problem

    02/19/2017 3:50:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 17 Feb , 2017 | Evan Gough
    he missing lithium problem is centred around the earliest stages of the Universe: from about 10 seconds to 20 minutes after the Big Bang. The Universe was super hot and it was expanding rapidly. This was the beginning of what’s called the Photon Epoch. At that time, atomic nuclei formed through nucleosynthesis. But the extreme heat that dominated the Universe prevented the nuclei from combining with electrons to form atoms. The Universe was a plasma of nuclei, electrons, and photons. Only the lightest nuclei were formed during this time, including most of the helium in the Universe, and small amounts...
  • The dazzling firefall of Yosemite has returned

    02/19/2017 1:41:16 AM PST · by Daffynition · 43 replies
    MNN ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Michael d'Estries
    While winter in Yosemite National Park offers a spectacular opportunity to witness the national park's unparalleled beauty, there's one phenomenon in particular worth planning a trip around. During the last two weeks of February, the angle of the setting sun transforms the 2,130-foot Horsetail Falls into what many have nicknamed "The Yosemite Firefall." The effect is so convincing that it almost appears as if lava is pouring out of the granite cliffside. For photographers, this spectacle is not to be missed, with many snatching up the best spots to catch the phenomenon as early as 5 a.m. each morning.
  • Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life

    02/18/2017 3:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/18/2017 | Jonathan Amos
    Scientists have extracted long-dormant microbes from inside the famous giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves in Mexico - and revived them. The organisms were likely to have been encased in the striking shafts of gypsum at least 10,000 years ago, and possibly up to 50,000 years ago. It is another demonstration of the ability of life to adapt and cope in the most hostile of environments. "Other people have made longer-term claims for the antiquity of organisms that were still alive, but in this case these organisms are all very extraordinary - they are not very closely related to...
  • Experiments Suggest Dogs and Monkeys Have a Human-Like Sense of Morality

    02/18/2017 2:08:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Phys.org ^ | February 15, 2017 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers from Kyoto University has found that dogs and capuchin monkeys watch how humans interact with one another and react less positively to those that are less willing to help or share. In their paper published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, the team describes a series of experiments they carried out with several dogs and capuchin monkeys and what they discovered about both species social preferences. Common sense suggests that most people prefer to deal with other people who are fair and in some cases, helpful. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn...
  • McDonald’s Just Introduced A Complicated New Straw That Has Everyone Scratching Their Heads

    02/17/2017 8:33:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    Good ^ | 02/17/2017 | Penn Collins
    or decades, customers have complained that McDonald’s straws were pretty much useless when used to drink milkshakes.... But now, with the announcement of several new Shamrock Shakes, the fast food giant has swung the pendulum far in the other direction, with a straw that’s overengineered – seriously, two engineering firms worked on it – to look more like mountain climbing equipment than it does any straw we’ve ever seen. Here’s the result of design, a determined product development team, and a 3D printer: A ridiculous item like this requires an equally bombastic name, which McDonald’s has, of course, bestowed upon...
  • Snake Venom Can Be Used for Pain Treatment

    02/17/2017 3:50:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KGNS ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Jamie Guirola
    A cobra's deadly venom is being used to heal chronic aches and pains. Tom's handling a Southeast Asian Cobra he raised at his farm. Twice a month, he milks the venom that's used to help people and pets with chronic pain. (Photo Courtesy: NBC) It's a toxin turned treatment that can be used by both pets and people. They are not the friendliest creatures. And they can be intimidating... "Right now I'm removing a cobra from its cage," says herpetologist and venom supplier Tom Crutchfield. "This is the cobras' keep for the venom line for the pharmaceutical company Nutria Pharma."...
  • 20 Things You Didn't Know About... Testosterone

    02/17/2017 3:46:07 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | April 30, 2015 | Leah Shaffer
    The manly hormone evolved 500 million years ago — from estrogen. 1. Testosterone is produced in men’s testicles, women’s ovaries and the adrenal glands of both sexes. In the early weeks of pregnancy, it kicks off the development of reproductive organs for males. 2. After birth, testosterone plays a role in regulating processes from fat distribution to red blood cell production. 3. Long before the hormone was discovered, people ascribed youth-restoring powers to the testicles. Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder noted the sexually stimulating effects of dining on hyena genitals (with honey, of course). 4. Honeyed hyena testes sound preferable...
  • McDonald’s Reengineered The Straw And Is Selling It Like Apple Product

    02/17/2017 10:24:03 AM PST · by Windcatcher · 45 replies
    vocativ ^ | Feb 16, 2017 at 12:50 PM ET | Alejandro Alba
    McDonald’s is known for its Big Mac, Happy Meals, and creepy clown mascot, but not for trying to be innovative with technology. Yet, the fast food chain restaurant teamed up with aerospace and robotic engineering firms to reinvent the straw and make it easier to drink its Chocolate Shamrock shakes.
  • Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal

    02/16/2017 11:16:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 16, 2017 | Hannah Devlin
    The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.
  • Did YOU know that Africa is three times larger than China? Fascinating maps reveal the [tr]

    02/16/2017 9:29:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 16, 2017 | Naomi Leach
    While some are aware that 2D maps fail to accurately convey the scale of countries and continents on Earth, a mind-boggling new infographic reveals the true extent of this distortion. Historically, Mercator projection used in 2D cartology was favoured by sailors as it allowed them to keep their course - but this system is flawed. The further away destinations are from the equator the more distorted their size becomes.
  • A massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico is discovered under the US, and it could cause…

    02/15/2017 6:25:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:07 EST, 15 February 2017 | Tim Collins
    A huge well of molten carbon that would spell disaster for the planet if released has been found under the US. Scientists using the world’s largest array of seismic sensors have mapped a deep-Earth area, covering 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km). This is around the size of Mexico, and researchers say it has the potential to cause untold environmental damage. The discovery could change our understanding of how much carbon the Earth contains, suggesting it is much more than we previously believed. …
  • U.S. Panel Endorses Designer Babies to Avoid Serious Disease

    02/14/2017 11:39:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 2-14-17 | Antonio Regalado
    Genetically modified children could be acceptable in narrow circumstances, according to National Academy of Sciences. -------------- Since its invention four years ago, a powerful and precise technology for editing DNA called CRISPR has transformed science because of how it makes altering the genetic makeup of plants and animals easier than ever before. But no possibility opened by gene-editing technology has been so exciting, frightening, or as hotly contested as its capacity to allow humanity, for the first time, to control the genetic constitution of children by applying CRISPR to human embryos, sperm, or eggs—cells which together make up the “germ...
  • Cosmic test backs 'quantum spookiness'

    02/13/2017 6:49:25 PM PST · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    Nature ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | Elizabeth Gibney
    A version of an iconic experiment to confirm quantum theory has for the first time used the light of distant stars to bolster the case for a phenomenon that Albert Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance”. Preliminary analysis indicates that in this case, most — and possibly even all — of the experiments yet again supported quantum mechanics, says Morgan Mitchell at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain, which coordinated the event. “Sorry, Einstein,” he says.
  • Blue jets studied from ISS

    02/13/2017 12:46:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Phys Org ^ | Feb 9, 2017
    For years, their existence has been debated: elusive electrical discharges in the upper atmosphere that sport names such as red sprites, blue jets, pixies and elves. Reported by pilots, they are difficult to study as they occur above thunderstorms. ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen during his mission on the International Space Station in 2015 was asked to take pictures over thunderstorms with the most sensitive camera on the orbiting outpost to look for these brief features. Denmark's National Space Institute has now published the results, confirming many kilometre-wide blue flashes around 18 km altitude, including a pulsating blue jet reaching 40...
  • Proposed NASA Europa Mission To Drill Into Icy Crust Of Jupiter Moon To Search For Alien Life

    02/13/2017 6:16:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Tech Times ^ | February 11, 2017 | Allan Adamson
    The NASA-employed Science Definition Team has been crafting a plan to launch a mission that would search for alien life on Jupiter's icy moon Europa. The extraterrestrial world of Europa is considered as among the most likely places in the solar system to have the ability to support life as we know it. Scientists have gathered evidence that the salty ocean that lurks beneath the icy crust of the moon could be hospitable to life. Recent models also hint that the icy world can produce oxygen and hydrogen, which suggests it may have the necessary energy to support life.
  • Researchers Unearth the Past to Solve Ancient Mystery

    02/11/2017 9:17:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Kevin Cokely
    Several complete skeletons hint at sudden, mass extinctionResearchers from the Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour are unraveling an ancient mystery. "This is life," said Coleton Caldwell, assistant director of the museum. "The first time life is living on land, solely on land, and it's still trying to figure things out, you know? What works, what doesn't work? So it's just really, really, really unique." Working southwest of Wichita Falls, near the shore of Lake Kemp in Baylor County, the researchers have uncovered the skeletal remains of seven dimetrodons. The mammal-like finback reptiles roamed parts of North Texas 60...
  • Richard Muller on why the flow of time is not an illusion

    02/11/2017 7:10:41 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 85 replies
    Physics Today ^ | 10 Feb, 2017 | Melinda Baldwin
    The physicist and author argues that cosmologists should take the concept of time more seriously and talks about becoming a “converted skeptic” on climate change. ....MULLER: The flow of time does not exist in the usual spacetime diagram of physics. Time is mysterious; in any relativistic coordinate system, it is linked to space. And yet time is different—and I mean much more than simply a sign in the metric. Time flows. Choose any coordinate system and you can stand still in space but not in time. That different behavior breaks the otherwise glorious spacetime symmetry. Moreover, there is a special...
  • 'Puff, puff, pass': How WA's dolphins are using blowfish to get high [Australia]

    02/10/2017 2:48:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.watoday.com.au ^ | February 8 2017 | Staff
    In what can only be described as a youngster doing the 'puff, puff, pass', West Australian dolphins may be using blowfish - or 'blowies' - to get high, scientists have found. Murdoch University researcher Krista Nicholson, who monitors dolphins occupying the Peel-Harvey coastal waters off Mandurah, said there were several records of them interacting with blowfish in estuaries and coastal waters around the world. The young dolphin Huubster tosses a blowfish in the air. Photo: Mandurah Dolphin Research Project ============================================================================================================================== She said that in Australia, scientists had seen juveniles mouthing blowies in the Leschenault estuary in WA's South West and...
  • Hit back at Global Warmers with these CO2 facts (Vanity)

    02/09/2017 5:57:55 PM PST · by Trteamer · 38 replies
    Trteamer | 2-9-17 | Trteamer
    I am sick and tired of the Eco-profiteers using CO2 as the climate boogeyman to fleece our pockets and brainwash our youth. Carbon footprint this and offset credits that, what a bunch of hogwash. Get your facts straight folks and hit back with these figures....
  • As bee populations dwindle, robot bees may pick up some of their pollination slack

    02/09/2017 2:21:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    l a times ^ | 01/09/2017 | Amina Khan
    Scientists in Japan say they’ve managed to turn an unassuming drone into a remote-controlled pollinator by attaching horsehairs coated with a special, sticky gel to its underbelly. The system, described in the journal Chem, is nowhere near ready to be sent to agricultural fields, but it could help pave the way to developing automated pollination techniques at a time when bee colonies are suffering precipitous declines. ... Scientists have thought about using drones, but scientists haven’t figured out how to make free-flying robot insects that can rely on their own power source without being attached to a wire. “It’s very...
  • Uber Taps Former NASA Engineer to Boost Flying Car Initiative

    02/08/2017 1:14:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/8 | Brendan Weber
    Mark Moore's expertise is being tapped to address concerns like noise pollution, battery life, safety and air trafficJust four months after officially joining the flying car revolution, Uber has added a big name to orchestrate its innovative plans. Mark Moore, a 30-year veteran of NASA, is ditching the government agency to take on Uber's director of engineering for aviation gig, according to the ride-hailing company. Moore's primary role is to enhance the San Francisco company's flying car strategy coined Uber Elevate, a program originally outlined in a 98-page white paper released in October. The enticing and futuristic proposal would work...
  • FIGHT NIGHT! Cruz vs. Sanders, Feb 7 9:00 PM EST on CNN

    02/07/2017 9:38:31 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 49 replies
    Let's get ready to rumble!!!  EDIT: I was misinformed on the topic. They will be debating Obamacare, not climate change. Disregard earlier post if you read it.A year late, Ted Cruz is finally gonna get that one-on-one debate. Unfortunately, this isn't for the presidency, which would have been epic. But this one is not too bad. Cruz and Bernie Sanders will be debating Obamacare," and if anything, it many mean a lot of rational but not-fully-informed people will hear sound reasoning for a change. Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will be moderating this debate, and for once Cruz will have...
  • The Physics of Deflategate (Deflategate Was Always Fake News)

    02/06/2017 6:55:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    DrewFustin.com ^ | 11 May 2015 | Drew Fustin, PhD Physicist
    Fine. You win, NFL.After becoming an obsessive fan in 1993 when the Patriots drafted Drew Bledsoe, because we had the same name (which, to my 11 year old brain, made a ton of sense), I've followed your league closer than any reasonable person would. I've lived through the heartache of Bill Parcells leaving (and absconding to the Jets with Curtis Martin) to the pains experienced after Drew Bledsoe's tragic (and fateful) injury to living through Pete Carroll. I've experienced the highs of an inexplicable Super Bowl run in Brady's first year as a starter and a nearly perfect season, and...
  • Quiet black hole may be lurking in cosmic 'bullet'

    02/06/2017 5:58:14 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    Cosmos ^ | 6 Feb, 2017 | BELINDA SMITH
    A chance observation in a corner of the Milky Way galaxy could hint at a hidden black hole. A cloud travelling in a corner of our galaxy at a blistering 100 kilometres per second likely harbours a black hole, according to Japanese astronomers. Masaya Yamada and colleagues from Keio University mapped the motion and appearance of the fast-moving feature – nicknamed the "Bullet" – and concluded that its shape and velocity can be attributed to a black hole hiding within. The work, which was published in The Astrophysical Journal, outlines one of only a few such "quiet" black holes found...
  • Are We Finally Accepting the Scientific Consensus on GMOs?

    02/06/2017 5:38:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/06/2017 | Andrew Wilford
    Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that genetically modified foods are safe for human consumption, Americans are generally distrustful of all types of GMOs. An ABC poll from last year found that more than half of Americans believe that GMO foods are unsafe. However, the relative lack of outrage over the forthcoming release of “non-browning” genetically modified apples could mean public perception of GMOs may be changing. This would be an important step towards reducing food waste, fighting global malnutrition, and helping the environment.If American public opinion is finally turning against anti-GMO rhetoric, it is about time. There is no scientific...
  • Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice... down to a whisper

    02/06/2017 2:22:06 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | February 6, 2017 | Provided by: Children's Hospital Boston
    Unaffected mice, at left, have sensory hair bundles organized in 'V' formations with three rows of cilia (bottom left). This orderly structure falls apart in the mutant mice (middle column), but is dramatically restored after gene therapy treatment. Credit: Gwenaelle Géléoc and Artur Indzkykulian ======================================================================================================================= In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children's research team reports restoring a much higher level of hearing—down to 25 decibels, the equivalent of a whisper—using an improved gene therapy vector developed at...
  • Japanese Cargo Craft Falls to Earth After Failed Space-Junk Experiment

    02/06/2017 9:04:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    space.com ^ | 02/06/2017 | Hanneke Weitering
    The spacecraft, named HTV-6, arrived at the space station in December filled with 5 tons of food, water, clothes, science experiments and other gear. It intentionally burned up in Earth's atmosphere at 10:06 a.m. EST on Sunday (12:06 a.m. Japan StandardTime), according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The HTV-6 spent 45 days docked at the station's Harmony module while Expedition 50 crewmembers unloaded the cargo and filled the empty space with nonrecyclable trash After departing from the space station on Jan. 27, HTV-6 spent a week orbiting the Earth 12 miles (19 kilometers) below and 23 miles (37 km)...