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British engineers produce amazing 'petrol from air' technology - Telegraph

British engineers produce amazing 'petrol from air' technology - Telegraph | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight.
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Legendary Viking Sunstone Navigation: Solved : Discovery News

Legendary Viking Sunstone Navigation: Solved : Discovery News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The optical properties of the legendary Viking sunstone are not just a myth, and can be mastered using a common stone found in Iceland.
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Jonathan Trent: Energy from floating algae pods | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Call it "fuel without fossils": Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities.
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Earth: Planet Earth, Extreme Life : Video : Discovery News

Earth: Planet Earth, Extreme Life : Video : Discovery News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
From inside bubbling volcanos to the depths of the deep oceans, extremophilies can live in the harshest conditions on Earth - which is why scientists are...
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Earth-like planet found 'next door'

Earth-like planet found 'next door' | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Astronomers say they have found a planet in the Alpha Centauri B star system similar to Earth in location and size...
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Brain's Language Center Has Several Roles | News | Laboratory Equipment

Brain's Language Center Has Several Roles | News | Laboratory Equipment | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The language center of the brain actually consists of two distinct subunits. One focuses selectively on language processing. The other is part of a brain-wide network that appears to act as a central processing unit for general cognitive functions.
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Robot Paints Your Dreams : Discovery News

Robot Paints Your Dreams : Discovery News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Eighty sensors embedded in hotel room mattresses collect sleep data, which a robot turns into art.
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Is it a robot pretending to be human or a human pretending to be a robot?

Is it a robot pretending to be human or a human pretending to be a robot? | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

It's not a fake - The latest Geminoid is incredibly realistic. This is the latest iteration of the Geminoid series of ultra-realistic androids, from Japanese firm Kokoro and Osaka University mad scientist roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro. Specifically, this is Geminoid DK, which was constructed to look exactly like associate professor Henrik Scharfe of Aalborg University in Denmark. Geminoid DK is the first Geminoid based on a non-Japanese person, and also the first bearded one.

 

When we contacted Prof. Scharfe inquiring about the android, he confirmed: "No, it is not a hoax," adding that he and colleagues in Denmark and Japan have been working on the project for about a year now. His Geminoid, which cost some US $200,000, was built by Kokoro in Tokyo and is now at Japan's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) in Nara for setup and testing.


"In a couple of weeks I will go back to Japan to participate in the experiments," he says. "After that, the robot is shipped to Denmark to inhabit a newly designed lab."


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Photographer seeks hopeful 'Visions of Tomorrow' on frontiers of science

Photographer seeks hopeful 'Visions of Tomorrow' on frontiers of science | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
For decades, photographer Roger Ressmeyer has chronicled discoveries the frontiers of science, from nuclear fusion to the edges of the universe, and now he's working to distill all those discoveries into a hopeful film about the future, titled...
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Beautiful Butterfly Wings Hold Sea Snail's Toxin

Beautiful Butterfly Wings Hold Sea Snail's Toxin | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists are puzzled over how the butterfly snagged the mysterious poison.
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New way to mimic the color and texture of butterfly wings

New way to mimic the color and texture of butterfly wings | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The colors of a butterfly's wings are unusually bright and beautiful and are the result of an unusual trait; the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the time.
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Neuroscientists find the molecular 'when' and 'where' of memory formation

Neuroscientists find the molecular 'when' and 'where' of memory formation | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have isolated the “when” and “where” of molecular activity that occurs in the formation of short-, intermediate-, and long-term memories.
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Ancient Tomb Found Near Sweden's 'Stonehenge' : Discovery News

Ancient Tomb Found Near Sweden's 'Stonehenge' : Discovery News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The 5,500-year-old site is located near Ale's Stones, a megalithic monument where the legendary King Ale allegedly lies buried.
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Discovery News - Robots : Videos : Discovery News

Discovery News - Robots : Videos : Discovery News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Robots perform very important jobs that make life for humans easier and better. Get the latest news from the world of robotics.
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TEDxSantaCruz: Jonathan Trent - Fuels and Tools for a Sustainable Future

Jonathan Trent, NASA scientist and adjunct Professor at UCSC, wanted to understand what politicians meant when they said: "We need an Apollo mission for ener...
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It Would be so Awesome to Bounce Across this Trampoline Concept Bridge (Photos) : Discovery Channel

It Would be so Awesome to Bounce Across this Trampoline Concept Bridge (Photos) : Discovery Channel | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A Paris-based design firm has concocted what could be the funnest bridge in the world: It’s a trampoline.
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Carbs, Sugar Heighten Risk of Cognitive Impairment | News | Laboratory Equipment

Carbs, Sugar Heighten Risk of Cognitive Impairment | News | Laboratory Equipment | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired.
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Meteor Shower Created by Halley’s Comet Peaks This Week

Meteor Shower Created by Halley’s Comet Peaks This Week | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The Orionid meteor shower will peak overnight Saturday.
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The Sharp Shape of Frozen Water

The Sharp Shape of Frozen Water | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

Frozen water droplets take on a whole new shape when they freeze: Instead of staying round, they form a pointy tip, and eventually sprout a tiny forest of ice crystals on their surface. In order to observe these effects, researchers dripped tiny beads of water on a plate kept at a chilly -20°C. In the 18 seconds that it took the 4-millimeter-diameter droplets (top row) to solidify, researchers snapped photos of the water freezing from the bottom up. During the final stage of freezing, the ice drops developed a pointy tip (middle row), which continued to grow and eventually formed delicate ice crystals on the surface, the team reported last month in Physics of Fluids. Researchers believe the unusual pointy tip is caused by the vertical expansion of the ice combined with the surface tension on remaining liquid. Once frozen, the sharp tip of the drop attracts water vapor from the air, and produces treelike ice crystals (bottom row).


Via Sakis Koukouvis, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Book turns planetary science into art

Book turns planetary science into art | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Spacecraft engineers may not think of themselves as artists, but in the right hands, the fruit of their labors can be as artistic and as revolutionary as Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical sketches — as evidenced by the stunning views on display in Michael...
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Researcher aims to understand one of nature's strangest secrets: Magnetotactic bacteria

Researcher aims to understand one of nature's strangest secrets: Magnetotactic bacteria | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
New research aims to unlock one of the most intriguing processes in nature by looking into the process of magnetotactic bacteria.  These organisms develop membrane-encapsulated nano-particles known as magnetosomes which allow bacteria to orient...
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Primates in peril: Conservationists reveal the world's 25 most endangered primates

Primates in peril: Conservationists reveal the world's 25 most endangered primates | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Humankind's closest living relatives -- the world's apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates -- are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures, according to a report released by the International Union for Conservation...
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