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Upcoming Space Station Cameras Will Give All Humans Live Imagery Of Their Houses From Space

Upcoming Space Station Cameras Will Give All Humans Live Imagery Of Their Houses From Space | STEM Love | Scoop.it
With UrtheCast cameras, you'll be able to see Google Earth-level detail -- but live.

 

An ambitious effort to broadcast real-time streaming video of Earth from space is closer to reality, after a new influx of cash and some new partnerships. By spring 2013, everyone on Earth will be able to watch the planet from the most unique vantage point ever built, the International Space Station.

 

We first told you about the Canadian startup UrtheCast (pronounced Earth-cast) last year, and the first cameras were supposed to launch in 2012. But the company has been raising money and working on its two high-definition cameras, while cosmonauts are in training to move the cameras from the cargo ferry to the station’s underside. The cameras are due to be finished in the next few months, according to the BBC. Meanwhile, the company, which is based in Calgary, said it plans to go public later this fall.

 


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There Is Only One Type of Cholesterol: Here's Why

There Is Only One Type of Cholesterol: Here's Why | STEM Love | Scoop.it
We keep hearing about different types of cholesterol. It's all nonsense. There’s only one cholesterol molecule, so there’s only one type of cholesterol. What started this nonsense of types of cholesterol?

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Samsung's high-end Tizen device shown off in video | Electronista

Samsung's high-end Tizen device shown off in video | Electronista | STEM Love | Scoop.it
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Is Samsung building their own OS in anticipation of Google possibly throwing their full energy behind Motorola?

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Stunning Map Reveals World's Earthquakes Since 1898

Stunning Map Reveals World's Earthquakes Since 1898 | STEM Love | Scoop.it

If you've ever wondered where — and why — earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century's worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves.

 

The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude.

 

The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth's tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color. 

 

The map's maker, John Nelson, the user experience and mapping manager for IDV Solutions, a data visualization company, said the project offered several surprises.

 

"First, I was surprised by the sheer amount of earthquakes that have been recorded," Nelson told OurAmazingPlanet. "It's almost like you could walk from Seattle to Wellington [New Zealand] if these things were floating in the ocean, and I wouldn't have expected that."

 

In all, 203,186 earthquakes are marked on the map, which is current through 2003. And it reveals the story of plate tectonics itself.

 

The long volcanic seams where Earth's crust is born appear as faint, snaking lines cutting through the world's oceans. The earthquakes along these so-called spreading centers tend to be rather mild. The best studied spreading center, called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, bisects the Atlantic Ocean, on the right side of the image.

 

Its Pacific counterpart wanders along the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean, cutting a wide swath offshore of South America. Another spreading center makes a jog though the Indian Ocean and up through the Red Sea.

But one glance at the map shows that the real earthquake action is elsewhere. Subduction zones, the places where tectonic plates overlap and one is forced to dive deep beneath the other and into the Earth's crushing interior — a process that generates the biggest earthquakes on the planet — stand out like a Vegas light show.

 

Nelson said this concept hit home particularly for the Ring of Fire, the vast line of subduction zones around the northern and western edge of the Pacific Ocean.

 

"I have a general sense of where it is, and a notion of plate tectonics, but when I first pulled the data in and started painting it in geographically, it was magnificent," Nelson said. "I was awestruck at how rigid those bands of earthquake activity really are."


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Cancer: Forbidden Cures | Natural Cancer Treatment

Cancer: Forbidden Cures | Natural Cancer Treatment | STEM Love | Scoop.it
"Cancer: Forbidden Cures" exposes the corruption of the cancer industry and the extreme measures used to prohibit physicians to treat the disease naturally.
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Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Corning revealed two new features that it could soon incorporate into its popular glass that covers phones all over the world.
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I like the germ fighting aspect of this glass.

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For Most Foods, The Faster It Spoils, The Healthier It Is - The Toxic Preservation of Food Is Killing Us

For Most Foods, The Faster It Spoils, The Healthier It Is - The Toxic Preservation of Food Is Killing Us | STEM Love | Scoop.it
For Most Foods, The Faster It Spoils, The Healthier It Is - The Toxic Preservation of Food Is Killing Us
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This is too simple, don't eat the foods that take forever to spoil and eat the foods that spoil fast.

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Black hole powered jets plow into galaxy

Black hole powered jets plow into galaxy | STEM Love | Scoop.it
The intense gravity of a supermassive black hole can be tapped to produce immense power in the form of jets moving at millions of miles per hour.

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Would this allow us to travel backward or forward in time?

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100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Preserved in Amber

100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Preserved in Amber | STEM Love | Scoop.it

Looks like this 100-million-year old spider didn’t get to enjoy its final meal. Trapped in a piece of amber, the juvenile spider appears to be on the cusp of devouring a male wasp that was caught in its web. Such a grisly scene between spider and prey has never before been found in the fossil record.

 

The amazing snapshot shows an event that occurred in the Early Cretaceous period, about 97 to 110 million years ago, in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar, “almost certainly with dinosaurs wandering nearby,” as the press release about this discovery reports. The spider is a social orb-weaver spider, formally known asGeratonephila burmanica, and its victim is a wasp of the species Cascoscelio incassus. Both species are extinct today but the fossil suggests that insect behavior from the past is not too different from the present.

 

Related wasp species are known to parasitize spider eggs, so there is some poetic justice in the spider’s attack. “This was the wasp’s worst nightmare, and it never ended. The wasp was watching the spider just as it was about to be attacked, when tree resin flowed over and captured both of them,” said entomologist George Poinar Jr. of Oregon State University in the release.

 

This latest fossil doesn’t just capture the dramatic spider attack but also evidence of spider social life in the Early Cretaceous. Another spider, an adult male, is captured some distance away in the amber, co-habiting on the same web as the juvenile. Males of modern-day social orb-weavers are typically found living on female-constructed webs, where they assist in capturing insects and maintaining the web.


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First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago

First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago | STEM Love | Scoop.it
On April 3, 1973 -- exactly 40 years from today -- Motorola employee Marty Cooper made the first mobile phone call.
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Cell-a-brate 40 years of the mobile phone. Mobile phones are slowly coming full circle as far as size is concerned, they're growing larger and flatter.

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Modified Cold Sore Virus Shrinks Melanoma Tumors, Amgen Says - Forbes

Modified Cold Sore Virus Shrinks Melanoma Tumors, Amgen Says - Forbes | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Transmission electron micrograph of herpes simplex virus (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A genetically modified version of herpes simplex virus type 1, the same virus that causes cold sores, shrank tumors of the deadly skin cancer melanoma in a clinical...
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Twitter / novapbs: Buckle your seatbelt! Join ...

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Energy is mass times the speed of light squared, simplified.

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New Research Sheds Light On the Evolution of Dogs - Slashdot

New Research Sheds Light On the Evolution of Dogs - Slashdot | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The first dogs descended from wolves about 14,000 years ago but according to Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods humans didn't domesticate dogs — dogs sought out humans and domesticated us.
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Body Suit Gives You Real-Life 'Spidey Sense'

Body Suit Gives You Real-Life 'Spidey Sense' | STEM Love | Scoop.it
When it comes to recreating Spider-Man’s superpowers, those silly string-blasting, wrist-mounted “web shooter” toys are mere child’s play, at least compared to what Victor Matee...
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What Is The Deadliest Of All Vaccines According To The Data?

What Is The Deadliest Of All Vaccines According To The Data? | STEM Love | Scoop.it

"What Is The Deadliest Of All Vaccines According To The Data?

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Do you really want to know? 

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Smartphone Microscope Will Detect GMO, Nanoparticles and Viruses

Smartphone Microscope Will Detect GMO, Nanoparticles and Viruses | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Smartphone Microscope Will Detect GMO, Nanoparticles and Viruses
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Taking biological analysis to the masses?

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MIT: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013 you should know about

MIT: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013 you should know about | STEM Love | Scoop.it

MIT's definition of a breakthrough is simple: an advance that gives people powerful new ways to use technology. It could be an intuitive design that provides a useful interface (e.g., “Smart Watches”) or experimental devices that could allow people who have suffered brain damage to once again form memories (“Memory Implants”). Some could be key to sustainable economic growth (“Additive Manufacturing” and “Supergrids”), while others could change how we communicate (“Temporary Social Media”) or think about the unborn (“Prenatal DNA Sequencing”). Some are brilliant feats of engineering (“Baxter”), whereas others stem from attempts to rethink longstanding problems in their fields (“Deep Learning” and “Ultra-Efficient Solar Power”). As a whole, this annual list not only tells you which technologies you need to know about, but also celebrates the creativity that produced them.

 


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Jean HAGUET's curator insight, August 30, 2013 9:56 AM

Very eclectic and enlightening!

Sieg Holle's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:28 AM

technology - the great equalizer 

wallemac's comment, August 30, 2013 5:08 PM
great to see two solar verticles included in the top 10 - PV Solar and Supergrids
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Dance With Your Face

Dance With Your Face | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Trigger Michael Jackson dance moves using only your face with Face Dance. This project, created by filmmaking duo Supermarché (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3...
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This technology can have so many applications.

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CDC Admits Long-Standing Error in Medical Science - There Is No Benefit In Reducing Salt Intake And It May Even Be Dangerous

CDC Admits Long-Standing Error in Medical Science - There Is No Benefit In Reducing Salt Intake And It May Even Be Dangerous | STEM Love | Scoop.it
CDC Admits Long-Standing Error in Medical Science - There Is No Benefit In Reducing Salt Intake And It May Even Be Dangerous
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"These mineral salts are identical to the elements of which our bodies have been built and were originally found in the primal ocean from where life originated," argues Dr Barbara Hendel, researcher and co-author of Water & Salt, The Essence of Life. "We have salty tears and salty perspiration. The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and body fluids are similar to sea water. From the beginning of life, as unborn babies, we are encased in a sack of salty fluid." 

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No More Mouse: Meet the Future of Computer's Oldest Sidekick

No More Mouse: Meet the Future of Computer's Oldest Sidekick | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Whether or not Mycestro becomes the next big thing, the overall trend is clear: the mouse is disappearing.
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I want one of these, but I won't be an early adopter. 

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NASA - NASA Radar Reveals Asteroid Has Its Own Moon

NASA - NASA Radar Reveals Asteroid Has Its Own Moon | STEM Love | Scoop.it
A sequence of radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 was obtained on the evening of May 29, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles (6 million...

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What If We Lost Our Moon? : DNews

What If We Lost Our Moon? : DNews | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Earthquakes, tidal waves, climatic chaos are just a few of the possible outcomes of losing the moon. Good thing this is just science fiction. Continue reading →
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We definitely wouldn't have excuses for craziness...i.e. "it's a full moon tonight".

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Chicken Has Duck for a Father

Chicken Has Duck for a Father | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Scientists in Dubai crossbred the animals.
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I'm amazed that this seems to be the first time that this has been tried. 

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British woman must eat 5,000 calories a day after botched gastric bypass surgery leaves her starved and skeletal

British woman must eat 5,000 calories a day after botched gastric bypass surgery leaves her starved and skeletal | STEM Love | Scoop.it
She dropped the unwanted weight — but she didn't bargain for this. In a case of gastric bypass gone horribly wrong, a British woman went from 280 pounds to a skeletal 84 pounds in just one year.
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Kenyan Boy's Invention Scares Off Lions

Kenyan Boy's Invention Scares Off Lions | STEM Love | Scoop.it
Thirteen-year-old Kenyan Richard Turere faced a serious problem: Hungry lions were attacking his family’s precious herd of cattle. So the enterprising boy came up with an ingeni...
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