2013-12-18T12:43:27-04:00Major revelations about our solar system at last week's AGU conference came from near and far. Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier share a few, while Bill Nye salutes China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover.
2013-12-18T11:16:59-04:00One of the few nutritional recommendations that most doctors seemed to agree with ? take a daily multivitamin to plug any gaps in your diet ? is facing a serious challenge in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The journal?s current issue features two studies and a meta-analysis which all conclude that multivitamins don?t deliver any significant health benefits.
2013-12-18T11:01:49-04:00"The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression -- only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed
2013-12-18T11:00:04-04:00Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of more than 700 new PrimePCR human and mouse disease panels and 71 new pathway panels for real-time PCR (qPCR). The panels allow researchers to thoroughly and efficiently investigate genes known to be differentially expressed in a specified pathology or biological pathway. Bio-Rad now offers more than 1,100 panels with [...]
2013-12-18T11:00:00-04:00From the benefits of social living to average walking speed, cities great and small have more in common than you might think, says physicist Luís Bettencourt
2013-12-18T09:52:13-04:00Arc discharges are common in everyday conditions like welding or in lightning storms. But in altered gravity, not as much is known about the behaviour of electric discharges. Subject: Technology
2013-12-18T09:28:33-04:00New algorithm uses subtle changes to make a face more memorable without changing a person?s overall appearance. Do you have a forgettable face? Many of us go to great lengths to make our faces more memorable, using makeup and hairstyles to give ourselves a more distinctive look.Now your face could be instantly transformed into a more memorable one without the need for an expensive makeover, thanks to an algorithm developed by researchers in MIT?s Computer Science and Artificial
2013-12-18T09:21:20-04:00From Gizmodo: The ÁPH80 prefab houses are made at a CNC (computer numerical control) mill factory located in Northern Spain. Designed by architect Camino Alonso-one of the owners at architectural firm Ábaton-is a compact 29.5 by 9.84 feet (9 by 3 meters) home that can get carried in a
2013-12-18T09:16:54-04:00Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Dec 18, 2013ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space. Last week, Gaia was loaded with the propellants it will need to journey to its 'L2' destination, a gravitationally stable location 1.5 million km away from Earth, from where it will survey our Milky Way galaxy. Aft
2013-12-18T09:16:40-04:00From Discovery News: Is McLaren about to do away completely with windshield wipers? According to comments made by the sports car manufacturer's chief designer, that may just be the case. The technology was originally created by the military for use on fighter jets. Read the whole
2013-12-18T09:15:48-04:00From Discovery News: A highly interactive wind map lets you explore the different winds at various heights, all over the planet in real time. Read the whole article
2013-12-18T09:14:41-04:00While residents of wealthy nations tend to have greater life satisfaction, new research shows that those living in poorer nations report having greater meaning in life.These findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that meaning in life may be higher in poorer nations as a result of greater religiosity. As countries become richer, religion becomes less central to people's lives and they lose a sense of meaning in life.
2013-12-18T09:11:45-04:00From Discovery News: These seven popular stories and myths were busted in 2013, ranging from the scientific to the sublimely pseudoscientific. Read the whole article
2013-12-18T09:10:46-04:00From Crave: gorgeous gadgets and other crushworthy stuff. - CNET: LG Electronics has officially jumped into the Chrome OS market. The electronics giant announced Tuesday that it would be unveiling its all-in-one Chromebase desktop computer during the upcoming 2014 Consumer Electronics
2013-12-18T09:08:58-04:00From BBC News - Science & Environment: The US space agency orders emergency spacewalks to carry out repairs on a broken cooling line on the International Space Station. Read the whole article
2013-12-18T08:40:37-04:00From BBC News - Science & Environment: What is in a name? Quite a lot according to the RAF. What you and I may call a drone is, it insists, a remotely piloted air system or unmanned aerial vehicle. The fuss over what to call them is just one sign of the controversy surrounding their us
2013-12-18T06:00:00-04:00Though best known for its NASCAR prowess, Bud Moore Engineering spent three seasons in the highly competitive world of Trans-Am racing, taking the championship with Ford Mustangs and drivers Parnelli Jones and George Follmer in 1970. The lessons learned in Trans-Am, particularly in regard
2013-12-18T04:16:00-04:00Honking horns. Middle fingers. Misplaced directionals. Texting/eating/surfing the web while driving. Shaving. Applying makeup. Eating dinner. Driving with a knee. Driving with an eyepatch. And to think, these are some of the least vulgar activities people can conduct while they guide a 2-ton met
2013-12-18T01:16:42-04:00Washington (AFP) Dec 18, 2013 NASA on Tuesday postponed a cargo mission to the International Space Station and instead scheduled three spacewalks so that astronauts can fix a broken cooling system at the research outpost. The decision means that Orbital Sciences' first regular supply-ship mission to the ISS will be put off until next year. Instead, a pair of US astronauts will embark on three spacewalks that culminat
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