Green Living, News, World Problems

New kind of plastic recycles itself when exposed to UV light

plastic uv light

In 2012, the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging, about 11 million tons as durable goods such as appliances, and almost 7 million tons as nondurable goods, such as plates and cups. Compared to the 1960s, when plastics were less than one percent of the waste stream, this ubiquitous class of materials has now…

Mind & Brain, Neurology, News

Fantasy and Reality – how does the brain tell the difference?

fantasy dreamAC

Some people, like history’s greatest artists or scientists, have a fantastic imagination that long transcends reality. Others have this line completely blurred and can’t make sense of what’s real or not. For most of us, however, fantasy and reality are clearly separated in our mental psyche. Now, a team of neuroscientists have explored the neural pathways that move information pertaining to…

News, Technology, Videos

Gecko-hand-gloves helps human climb wall like spiderman

Geckos can run just as easily along a wall or ceiling as they can across a floor. This is due to special pads on their toes, which can even grip glass. No man-made adhesive technology comes even close to functioning as well as gecko feet. Credit: Institute for Creation Research

Watch out, Spiderman! Stanford engineers recently demonstrated a pair of  gecko-inspired hand pads strong enough to pull the weight of an adult man and to allow him to climb a wall. Scaling walls like a gecko At the center of the gecko’s clinging ability are its specialized pads, located on the reptile’s toes, comprised of various satae (bristle- or hair-like structures ) on the…

Diseases, Health & Medicine, News

Genetic probe flares cancer directly in the blood stream

NanoFlares light up (red clouds) individual cells if a cancer (in this study, breast cancer) biomarker (messenger RNA, blue) is detected by recognition DNA (green) molecules coated on gold nanospheres and containing a fluorescent chemical (red) reporter flare (credit: Tiffany L. Halo et al./PNAS)

The Nanoflare technology uses a genetic-based approach to detect and image live cancer cells present in the blood stream, well before these had a chance to develop into a tumor. The gene-hunting particles developed at Northwestern University might help doctors develop personalized treatments for their patients and curb cancer spread, according to the paper published in PNAS. Hunting cancer’s genes…

Climate, Environmental Issues, News

CO2 never looked this beautiful: NASA show how greenhouse gases swirl the globe [VIDEO]

Credit: NASA

NASA released a video that helps us visualize where the major CO2 emission hotspots are and how the greenhouse gas travels and swirls around the globe, guided by weather patterns. The  CO2 emissions were mapped using data gathered during May 2005 to June 2007 with 64 times the resolution of a standard climate model,  on a NASA supercomputer at Goddard Space Center in Maryland…

Biology, Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Virus might be causing a Horrible Disease that turns Starfish into paste

Credit: Vancouver Aquarium

Since June, 2013 swarms of dying starfish have been riddling the North American western coast. The disease, called  sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS), causes the star-shaped echinoderms to first curl from the tips, then swell and twist like a pretzel, followed by festering sores appearing on the flesh and ending in complete degeneration. A starfish hit by SSWS is unrecognizable…

News, World Problems

Two bloody wars and 13 years later, the War on Terror has helped increase Terrorist Attacks Seven Fold

Image: Global Terrorism Index 2014

In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration launched a counter-offensive which went on to be known as the “War on Terror” and saw the US wage war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and most recently Syria. The WoT was initiated, in theory at least,  to eliminate the threat from al Qaida’s leader, Osama bin Laden, and as a long term…

News, Physics

Two new subatomic particles discovered at CERN, as predicted by Standard Model

View of the CMS detector at the end of 2007. (Maximilien Brice, © CERN)

While the LHC at CERN is gearing up for its long awaited restarted, following an overhaul, scientists aren’t standing idle. After analyzing collision data made during 2011-2012, physicists have identified two new baryons, known as  known as the Xi_b‘- and Xi_b*- . The new subatomic particles’ properties match predictions based on the theory of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), a subset of the…

Animals, Biology, News

Elephant overhunting kills Tropical Forest as well in cascading effect

Elephant Tree by Shai Biran

We’re used to hearing how elephants are driven off by habitat lost, but never the other way around. Researchers at University of Florida claim that as overhunting has dramatically cut the number of elephants in the wild, but since these also disperse seeds, it seems like dominant tree species are also dying off. Along with the trees, other forest life is sure…

Astronomy, Astrophysics, News

Organic molecules found on comet

The Philae lander found organic molecules on the surface of a comet.

As we were telling you already in several articles, the Rosetta probe is in orbit of a comet – the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. But to make things even more exciting, Philae, Rosetta’s lander, also made contact with the comet; among other things, the lander found carbon molecules on the comet – the basis of life on Earth. Considering how comets are believed to…