Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there. Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles. Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.
A research team from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has demonstrated the ability to 3D print a battery. 3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device...
Multitasking is overrated. Here are some surprising ways it can make you less—not more—efficient.
Sounds like some good reasosn to me...especially the one about it being harmful to creativity because of the amount of short-term memory it consumes. Most writers do better when outside stimuli are removed or minimized. This equates well with multitasking hampering the creative process.
Divers began opening an underwater pit Saturday at a remote site in northern Lake Michigan that they say could be the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle.
While I appreciate the historical significance of the ship, I kinda think that whatever remains will fall somewhat short of a layman's expectations. The last cargo was one of furs, so none of those would have survived.
"But boss, they already can't see us," said tertiary atom C.
"Shaddup and put the face paint on," replied primary atom A. "More and more of those fancy-ass scientists aren't just seeing us, they're fucking with us, stickin' us in chambers and makin' us run into each other because they want to gawk at the wreckage."
And it was true, modern-day atoms were feeling positively hunted. They felt they needed a plan to slip back into the peaceful shadows...
One of the things that always shocks me when I go to the Kennedy Space Center is the tiny size of the Mercury (left) and Gemini (right) capsules—the missions that jumpstarted the American space exploration program.
When I was at Cape Canaveral as a kid in 1976, the space center had a flag on the side of the building which dwarfed all these things. They do seem very small, but you've got to start somewhere. How stupid would we have looked to have built and launched a giant capsule that failed?
When you think electric car, "fast" might not be the first adjective that comes to your mind. But at 204 mph, Drayson Racing has a electric race car that surpasses the impressive speeds of Nissan's experimental ZEOD electric car.
News of possible multiple habitable worlds around the red dwarf star Gliese 667C may be exciting, but researchers caution that certainty about these exoplanets remains elusive (Do 3 Habitable Super-Earths Really Orbit a Nearby Star?
I've really been enjoying the information that has been coming in about Gliese. I had written a blog about it around a year and a half or two years ago. Now, there could be more than one habitable planets.
Can the incredibly concrete and the totally abstract coexist?
Author writes, "So I started going to property owners in San Francisco and using the legal framework of air rights purchasing the right to develop in the extra dimensions of space for their properties in the San Francisco Bay area."
I am still trying to wrap my brain around that one. The extra dimensions of space? That's pretty similar to the guy who advertised a solar clothes dryer and when you sent your money, you received a rope.
Something about the whole setup just didn't seem right, but Caitlyn had no clue just what that might be. They told her it was a private mission, and that she couldn't wear panties. Something about the ionosphere reacting badly with small concavities of cotton...those nerds sure could talk. Never mind that these rockets hadn't been used in fifty years, they had told her. It was like riding a bike, they said, and that once a rocket had gone up, it would always be ready for a mission.
So there she was, in her pale blue/green dress, with no panties, ready to take the special stress tests they had told her would determine her space-worthiness. She felt so...scientific.
Scientists are a step closer to reconciling a mystery on Mars, a cosmic oddity centered on Martian rocks and pieces of the Red Planet discovered on Earth.
from the article: ""Although there are some suggestions that Mars might have had plate tectonics at some point, there really is no evidence for it, but this is at least a suggestion that something presumably cycled oxidized materials from the surface back into the upper mantle and maybe that's in the cards here."
The first experimental drug to boost brain synapses lost in Alzheimer's disease has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. The drug, called NitroMemantine, combines two FDA-approved medicines to stop the destructive cascade of changes in the brain that destroys the connections between neurons, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline.
from the article: "As we nod off, our perceptual faculties become attuned to the environment in such a way that, unlike during the day, can’t be consciously managed. The mind is rendered vulnerable to whatever stimuli happens to filter through, and, since the eyes can be shut, that happens to be through the ears. This receptivity was undoubtedly adaptive for our ancestors, alerting them to predators lurking in the darkness."
If you didn't know what this image was, aesthetically there isn't much middle ground with an image like this: it either means something went very right, or very wrong (and that largely depends on whether the flaming streak is outgoing or incoming).
London, 1772. I have been asked by my superiors to give a brief demonstration of the surprising effectiveness of even the simplest techniques of the newfangled Social Networke Analysis in the pursuit of those who would seek to undermine the liberty...
Find him? I can tell you where he is. If this portrait is any guide at all, he is Jack Black. I can totally see Jack Black playing Paul Revere...an insane, squat, pratfalling, gusto-laden, almost Viking-like Paul Revere.