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In India, Bangalore's Water Crisis is an Omen for the Rest of the World

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:58:00 EST

Bangalore (officially called Bangaluru) has become the enduring symbol of the economic transformation that makes India the envy of much of the developing and developed worlds. Its population and economy accelerated as just about every global information technology has set up operations in this city of 8.4 million people.(image)

Birds sing shorter songs in response to traffic noise

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:20:00 EST

Birds sing differently in response to traffic noise, which potentially affects their ability to attract mates and defend their territory, according to research published in Bioacoustics. The study found that a species of North American flycatcher sings shorter songs at a lower range of frequencies in response to traffic noise levels. The researchers suggest traffic noise reduction, for example through road closures, is a viable option for mitigating this effect.(image)

Ban on trans fats in diet may reduce heart attacks and stroke

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:20:00 EST

People living in areas that restrict trans fats in foods had fewer hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke compared to residents in areas without restrictions, according to a study led by a Yale researcher. This finding suggests the benefit of limiting trans fats could have widespread impact as trans fat restrictions are set to expand nationwide.(image)

Manatees Just Lost Their Status as Endangered Species

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:10:00 EST

Manatees have just been downlisted from endangered to threatened; and while some are celebrating their recovery, many advocates are fearing that the move puts their future survival in jeopardy.(image)

Greenland's Coastal Glaciers Are Rapidly Withering Away

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:37:00 EST

Greenland’s icy coastlines are withering away at a rapid pace. With ever rising temperatures in the region, scientists fear the glaciers may never grow back.(image)

Elon Musk Isn't the Only One Trying to Computerize Your Brain

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST

Elon Musk wants to merge the computer with the human brain, build a “neural lace,” create a “direct cortical interface,” whatever that might look like. In recent months, the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI has repeatedly hinted at these ambitions, and then, earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has now launched a company called Neuralink that aims to implant tiny electrodes in the brain “that may one day upload and download thoughts.”(image)

Not a Pipe Dream Anymore – Space-Farming: A Long Legacy Leading us to Mars

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:06:00 EST

Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever before.(image)