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ladder to the stars

ladder to the stars | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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A photo that reminds me of possibilities.

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Scientists say new bird species unique to Cambodia discovered in capital

Scientists say new bird species unique to Cambodia discovered in capital | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

...only one other bird species is unique to Cambodia, the Cambodian laughingthrush, found only in the remote Cardamom mountain range.

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To find a new species in a capital city seems incredibly unlikely.  I thought of Jojo and his Cambodia touring when I read this.

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NASA to send DNA of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke into space

NASA to send DNA of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke into space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Washington: NASA is planning to send DNA of famed British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke into space - five years after his death.

 


Via James Keith, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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And we can only hope that somewhere, at some point in the future, a monkey will find his DNA, and eat it.

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A running vampire bat is weird and awesome

A running vampire bat is weird and awesome | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 
Do you have questions about vampire bats? Well, today is your lucky day: Carl Zimmer has some vampire bat facts for you!

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Watch the video of this thing galloping!

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Earth is surrounded by a 'bubble' of live bacteria - at 33 000 feet

Earth is surrounded by a 'bubble' of live bacteria - at 33 000 feet | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

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.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Holy crap!  I never considered this...

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Ed Rybicki's comment, June 25, 2013 3:39 AM
Hey, it's a microbial world - literally! From way above our heads, to way below our feet.
Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, June 27, 2013 1:21 AM

we are everywhere)

Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:31 AM

we'll have that one in our book as well

 

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First 3D printed battery that is the size of a grain of sand and comparable to current commercial batteries

First 3D printed battery that is the size of a grain of sand and comparable to current commercial batteries | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

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...


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The implication of batteries so small that they cannot be seen definitely has a god-factor ring to it.

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12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking

12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Multitasking is overrated. Here are some surprising ways it can make you less—not more—efficient.
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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. 

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Beautiful freak in Ecuador's life raft of the frogs

Beautiful freak in Ecuador's life raft of the frogs | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

This gloriously freakish fringe tree frog looks like it belongs in a Hayao Miyazaki fantasy, but in fact it lives in a safe haven that's almost as magical

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Frog or blob?  I see no limbs!

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Divers begin Lake Michigan expedition to find fabled Griffin ship

Divers begin Lake Michigan expedition to find fabled Griffin ship | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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New Kind of Dark Matter Could Form 'Dark Atoms'

New Kind of Dark Matter Could Form 'Dark Atoms' | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 

“There are a great many different theories about the nature of dark matter. What I like about this theory is its simplicity, uniqueness and the fact that it can be tested,” said Scherrer.

 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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"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...

 

 

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BLC3's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:12 AM

A theory that claims that there might be a new kind of dark matter.

“There are a great many different theories about the nature of dark matter. What I like about this theory is its simplicity, uniqueness and the fact that it can be tested,” said the investigator.

Camila Gomez Duclos's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:11 PM

   Researchers say that the dark matter that makes up most of the universe could be part of the invisible and intangible counterparts.

   Dark matter is nonluminous material that is postulated to exist in space and that could take any of several forms including weakly interacting particles or high-energy randomly moving particles.

   Most scientists think that dark matter is made up of a new particle, one particle that interacts weakly with all the known forces in the universe.

   This theory might not hold true for every form of dark matter. Some researchers are saying that there is a new kind of matter that could exist, representing about one-fifth of all dark matter of the universe.

 

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Underground Bicycle Parking Systems in Japan

Too many bicycles and not enough space in Japan - so what do they do? They dig wells in the ground and build robotic systems to store ... 

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I've seen this with cars but never with bikes before.  Quite a system.

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Unique Photo Shows the Ridiculous Size of America's First Spaceships

Unique Photo Shows the Ridiculous Size of America's First Spaceships | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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.
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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?

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Record-Setting British Electric Race Car Reaches 204 MPH

Record-Setting British Electric Race Car Reaches 204 MPH | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

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.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Okay, now where are the light cycles?  ;-)

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Do 3 Habitable Super-Earths Really Orbit a Nearby Star?

Do 3 Habitable Super-Earths Really Orbit a Nearby Star? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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?
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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.

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Ultra-weird naked mole rat could hold key to curing cancer

Ultra-weird naked mole rat could hold key to curing cancer | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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Factoid: mole rats are created when a sexually adventurous person or couple rectally insert a gerbil, and then "pull a Ronco" with it whereby they "set it and forget it".

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A Post-Scientific Thought Experiment

A Post-Scientific Thought Experiment | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Can the incredibly concrete and the totally abstract coexist?
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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.

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They told her it was a private mission...

They told her it was a private mission... | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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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.

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New Clues Into Mystery of Mars Meteorites & Rocks Revealed

New Clues Into Mystery of Mars Meteorites & Rocks Revealed | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

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.

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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."

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New drug reverses loss of brain connections in Alzheimer's disease

New drug reverses loss of brain connections in Alzheimer's disease | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

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.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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I wish something like this were available when my Dad was around.  They had prescribed him Aricept, which did not seem to slow down the disease.

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Night Noise: What a Sleeping Brain Hears

Night Noise: What a Sleeping Brain Hears | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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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."

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2001 A Space Travesty - Full Movie


Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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Wonderfully mindless!

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This is how the sky looks during a shuttle launch

This is how the sky looks during a shuttle launch | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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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).

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Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere

Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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...
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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.

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Rover Finds New Evidence That Ancient Mars Was Habitable

Rover Finds New Evidence That Ancient Mars Was Habitable | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has made perhaps the biggest discovery of its nearly 10-year career, finding evidence that life may have been able to get a foothold on the Red Planet long ago.

 

The Opportunity rover spotted clay minerals in an ancient rock on the rim of Mars' Endeavour Crater, suggesting that benign, neutral-pH water once flowed through the area, scientists said.

 


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Also cool and of note: Opportunity is about to break the record for distance traveled on another world.

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