Photographing the oldest living things in the world

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

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Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist who focuses on photographing the oldest living things in the world. As part of her project “The Oldest Living Things in the World” (creative, I know), she researches and works with biologists, traveling all over the world to take pictures of things older than 2000 years old. Stewart Brand calls her […]

Old tires become material for new and improved roads

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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Scrap tires, which are very problematic to dispose of and can cause many problems, can now be used to lower road noise and reduce need for road maintenance. Almost 300 million scrap tires are generated every year in the US alone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You may wonder what’s exactly happening with these wheels, […]

GeoPicture of the week: Mind blowing Bismuth

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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This is Bismuth – it is a natural chemical element which chemically resembles arsenic and antimony. Elemental bismuth may occur naturally, but this form does not occur naturally – it was developed in a lab. Still, it’s just mind boggling how beautiful it is!

Bark beetles killing trees, affecting Rocky Mountains stream quality

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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A Bark Beetle infestation are killing millions of trees in the Rocky Mountains, up to the point where the quality of the streaming water is affected. Some species of the beetles, such as the mountain pine beetle, attack and kill live trees. Others feed and thrive on the behalf of diseased trees. In Colorado alone, […]

Thinking ‘obesity is a disease’ makes you more likely to eat high-calorie foods

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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A study has concluded that if obesity is thought of as a disease instead as a problem related to diet/lack of exercise, people will continue to eat high calorie foods. On June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. This was met with mixed opinions, but the largest US medical […]

The science (or art?) of growing tree root bridges

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built—they’re grown. India has over 1 billion people, and many of them live in poverty – 21% of all people in India fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day. In many parts of the country, especially in the north-east, it always seems […]

Frozen in time: Three-million-year-old landscape still exists beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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A geological study has revealed that the massive ice sheet has fixed the landscape in place, rather than destroying it. Ice is usually really good at scouring stuff away – it doesn’t take a scientist to tell you that. But according to this new study, some of the sub-glacial landscape may have remained unchanged for almost 3 million […]

Laboratory Chimpanzees Released Into Sanctuary After 30 Years Of Cages – Their reactions are heart melting

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

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30 years. They spent the vast majority of their lives in a lab, and after 30 years, they are released in a sanctuary. Their reactions say it all – this an exuberant, heart warming reaction, their joy and bewilderement can’t be captured in words. Watch the hug they have at 1:25… that just says it […]

Distant Black Hole Spins at Half the Speed of Light

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

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About half of the Universe’s lifetime ago, it was feasting time for supermassive black holes – they were eating galaxies left and right, a new study might suggest. Taking advantage of a galaxy which acts like a natural zoom lens in space, astronomers have analyzed a black hole powering a quasar about 6 billion light years […]

Excitons observed in action for the first time

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

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A technique developed by MIT researchers reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles (excitons) in solid material. Let’s work that out in common English. Quasiparticles aren’t technically particles, but they act like they are. It’s hard to give a definition without going into more complicated physics here, but a quasiparticle is a disturbance, in a medium, that behaves […]

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