FossilFriday: giant, fossilized dino footprints in Portugal

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

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Pedreira do Galinha (literally “The chicken’s quarry”, but more on that later) is one of the most important paleontological sites in Portugal and one of the most amazing places that I had the opportunity to visit. So, what is this magical (from a paleontological point of view) place? Well, here lie the fossilized footprints of […]

Graphene rubber bands: flexible, low-cost body sensors

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

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Graphene, the wonder material shows its potential once again: now, using graphene and rubber bands, engineers have created a flexible sensor which has significant medical value and can be made cheaply. You really should know about graphene by now – we’ve written dozens of articles about it just in the past couple of years; but […]

UK project brings us closer to Mach5 air travel

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

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If you thought research in airplanes only applies to the military, you’re wrong. While most of the money spent for airplane research does go to the military, a smaller chunk of it goes to space research, and another part goes to private air travel. Now, a company from the UK has almost developed an engine […]

Scientists find how lizards regenerate their tails

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

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It’s one of the most remarkable adaptations in the animal world – growing a tail or a limb. Some lizards do it, salamanders do it, and by learning how they do it, we may soon be able to do it as well; with technology, that is. A team of researchers have discovered the genetic “recipe” for […]

63 trillion gallons of groundwater lost in 2013 drought in Western US

Fri, Aug 22, 2014

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A new study shows that last an incredible 63 trillion gallons of groundwater were lost in the Western US alone - so much that it’s actually causing the ground level to rise. The Earth has lifted up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months in the area, and up to 0.6 inches in the Californian […]

Duke Energy Spilled At Least 5,000 Gallons Of Diesel Into The Ohio River On Monday

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

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Between 5,000 and 8,000 gallons of diesel were spilled into the Ohio River on Monday, but officials say drinking water in the area is safe. Duke Energy is responsible for the spill, which happened during a “routine transfer”. While the company is still investigating, Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen told the Inquirer that the spill may […]

Biohackers declare initial success in biologically extending the range of human vision into the near infrared

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

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It always baffles me how some groups manage to make stunning discoveries with incredibly low budgets. Now, a team working with a budget of $4,000 were able to extend the human vision towards the near infrared. 2 weeks into the A2 administration and we have ERG readings with excitation in the eye at 950nm :)  […]

Eating less meat could be the solution to water use

Thu, Aug 21, 2014

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Eating less meat could protect the driest areas of the world, saving much needed water. Reducing the use of animal products is very significant in all parts of the world, as meat production requires more water than other agricultural products, they say. In case you don’t know, every food we eat (and every product we use) has […]

Chicago Twitter bot helps officials find dirty restaurants

Wed, Aug 20, 2014

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I just love it when technology can help solve social problems – especially in cases where you wouldn’t expect it to, like for example in Chicago, where a Twitter bot is helping authorities find dirty restaurants. If you’ve eaten out, and after that you feel a bit sick, like say you have an indigestion or […]

Chinese coal consumption just fell for first time this century

Wed, Aug 20, 2014

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We’re used to reporting year after year how China’s coal consumption is increasing and how they are polluting more and more. But this is the first year in over 2 decades when the number hasn’t increased. Could China’s coal boom be over? While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, […]

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