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The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants

The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

A group of researchers from Tokyo and Berlin have published a new finding about the relationship between personality and genetics in captive elephants. They collected genetic information from the blood, feces, tissues, cheek swabs, or hair of 196 Asian (Elephas maximus) and African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Japanese, American, and Canadian zoos, and sanctuaries in Thailand. Personality information was collected for a seventy-five of those elephants by distributing to questionnaires to their keepers. Each elephant was assessed by more than one keeper.

 

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It is ok if you can't climb trees!!!

It is ok if you can't climb trees!!! | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
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Retailers may offer subscription service that lets you rent outfits

Retailers may offer subscription service that lets you rent outfits | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

A new report found one in five people in the UK are interested in renting everything from clothes to excercise equipment from their favourite store, and in London that figure rises to one in three.

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Vonny~'s curator insight, February 9, 11:48 PM

A reall;y interesting business design idea ... would this be limited by markets related to particular generations??

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How NASA Engineers are Designing the Aerodynamics of Its New Heavy-Lift Launcher

How NASA Engineers are Designing the Aerodynamics of Its New Heavy-Lift Launcher | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
NASA’s new Space Launch System is going to be the first to carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit since Saturn V went into space—but it will also carry 10 percent more payload. That’s giving its engineers an awful lot of math to worry about, and this is what their work looks like.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, November 21, 2015 5:05 PM

The design and construction problems with this new Space Launch System are formidable and costly.  The effort will be worth it in the long run, since the new rocket will carry more payload than previous launch vehicles and will be able to take astronauts deeper into space. This new system could be the one carrying the first humans to Mars. Aloha, Russ.

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Cyborg rose has electric circuits running through polymer veins

Cyborg rose has electric circuits running through polymer veins | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Merging biology with electricity could help us control and direct the growth of crops and trees, or even grow computers in plants

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, November 24, 2015 12:59 AM

Excellent article--fascinating and scary at the same time.  Today, it's cyborg roses and crops--tomorrow it may be humans.  While "Terminator" or "RoboCop" movies may have painted a bleak future of our slow extinction  at the hands of our machines, there is no guarantee that this technology in the hands of powerful despots or international corporations will be used to better the human condition. What happens when our machine servants become sentient and can reproduce without human intervention?  Who will program these machines to make sure we aren't supplanted by the very technology we created?  Given the record of human history, I doubt if this groundbreaking technology will benefit humanity in the long run.

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Disney Competition Challenges Kids to Design Futuristic Tech

Disney Competition Challenges Kids to Design Futuristic Tech | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Whether they're designing flying cars or teleporters, aspiring young inventors will have the chance to share their visions for the technology of the future, as part of a nationwide challenge hosted by the makers of Disney's upcoming film "Tomorrowland"...
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Google's April Fools' Day prank turns maps into Pac-Man games

Google's April Fools' Day prank turns maps into Pac-Man games | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Google Maps lets users play Pac-Man in honor of April Fools' Day.
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Mathematicians Differentiate True Internet Virality

Mathematicians Differentiate True Internet Virality | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Computational social scientist Sharad Goel studies the spread of memes such as #TheDress
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Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees

Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The idea of coming full circle and returning whence we came is captured perfectly by this beautiful new burial method developed in Italy. The Capsula Mundi project by designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel has developed an organic, biodegradable burial capsule that will turn the deceased's body into nutrients for a tree that will grow out of their remains.

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Shy Crabs Make the Most Sperm

Shy Crabs Make the Most Sperm | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
A fellow who hides in his shell until danger has passed may not seem like the epitome of manliness. Yet among hermit crabs, the shyest males have the most to offer the ladies. It's all part of their evolutionary strategy.
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World's oldest person celebrates 117th birthday in Japan

World's oldest person celebrates 117th birthday in Japan | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Misao Okawa is celebrating her birthday in Japan and says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time.
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Head Transplants Are Coming Soon, At Least If This Doctor Gets His Way

Head Transplants Are Coming Soon, At Least If This Doctor Gets His Way | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Things didn't go so great for Victor Frankenstein or his monster, but don't tell that to Sergio Canavero.
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What Will It Take for Humans to Colonize the Milky Way?

What Will It Take for Humans to Colonize the Milky Way? | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

It's a common theme in science fiction, but migrating to planets beyond our solar system will be a lot more complicated and difficult than you might imagine

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Food for thought! :)

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Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees? - BBC News

Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees? - BBC News | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Research suggests plants might be capable of more than we suspect. Some scientists - controversially - describe plants as "intelligent".

They argue a better understanding of their capabilities could help us solve some of the world's thorniest problems.

Four experts talk to the BBC World Service Inquiry programme about what plants can teach us.
Stefano Mancuso: Plant intelligence is real

Professor Stefano Mancuso leads the International Laboratory for Plant Neurobiology at the University of Florence.

"We are convinced that plants are cognitive and intelligent, so we use techniques and methods normally used to study cognitive animals.

"The main problem with plants is they move much more slowly than animals so we need to record plant movement for many days.

"We did an experiment with two climbing bean plants. If you put a single support between them, they compete for it.

"What is interesting is the behaviour of the loser: it immediately sensed the other plant had reached the pole and started to find an alternative. This was astonishing and it demonstrates the plants were aware of their physical environment and the behaviour of the other plant. In animals we call this consciousness.

"We don't have a clear idea of how plants are able to sense the behaviour of other plants.

"Plants are much more sensitive than animals. Every root apex can detect 20 different physical and chemical parameters - light, gravity, magnetic field, pathogens and so on.

"Plants distribute all along the body the functions that in animals are concentrated in single organs. Whereas in animals almost the only cells producing electrical signals are in the brain, the plant is a kind of distributed brain in which almost every cell is able to produce them.

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Energy in the whole plant???

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Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into electronic circuits. That’s right—cyborg flowers are now a thing.

Despite how it sounds, the aim isn’t to create a race of leafy green borg that will one day rise up and enslave their human masters. Instead, think smart plants that can sense and display environmental changes, or crops whose growth can be regulated at the flick of a switch. Or plant-based fuel cells that convert the photosynthetic sugars into electricity. The very first electronic plant, developed by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden and described this week in Science Advances, is a step toward any one of those applications and many more.

“As far as we know, there are no previously published research results regarding electronics produced in plants,” said study lead study author Magnus Berggren in a statement. “No one’s done this before.”

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Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct

Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it

Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.


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Sensory illusions?

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Nanotech Bandages Detect Health Trouble and Deliver Medicine

Nanotech Bandages Detect Health Trouble and Deliver Medicine | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
New materials will not simply cover wounds—they will be able to alert doctors to problems and deliver fine-tuned drugs
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Salvation Army launches anti-domestic abuse campaign with THAT dress

Salvation Army launches anti-domestic abuse campaign with THAT dress | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Why is it so hard to see black and blue? is the Salvation Army's latest advert and highlights the plight of women who are victims of domestic violence.
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Study: Smelling farts may be good for your health

Study: Smelling farts may be good for your health | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter in England suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.
The study, published in the Medicinal Chemi
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Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive

Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Harvesting honey is easier on the beekeeper and so much easier on the bees. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Reduces the issues of honey harvesting?

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There's too much poo on Mount Everest ...

There's too much poo on Mount Everest ... | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Climbers need to dispose of their waste properly, the chief of Nepal's mountaineering association says.
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Soul Movie Offices by Brain Factory

Soul Movie Offices by Brain Factory | Quirky (with a dash of genius)! | Scoop.it
Designed by Brain Factory for Soul Movie Entertainment, these innovative urban offices are located in Roma, Italy.
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