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Cows Are Being Put in VR Headsets to Produce Better Milk

Cows Are Being Put in VR Headsets to Produce Better Milk | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
“Experts noted reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd. Examples of dairy farms from different countries show that in a calm atmosphere, the quantity, and sometimes the quality, of milk increases markedly," the statement read. 

They also noted that local farms are already playing classical music to cows during the winter months to boost their spirits. That already "has a positive effect on milk flow.” 

Researchers will continue the experiment in a long-term study, and the developers are reportedly happy to expand the project to other farms if it proves successful.  

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Al Cannistra's curator insight, November 27, 10:44 AM

Oh lordy, are the Russians meddling again? VR to make cows happy so they produce more milk? Jury is still out and until then, the question remains – is this story a bunch of bull?

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What Is Parallax? - How Astronomers Measure Stellar Distance | Space

What Is Parallax? - How Astronomers Measure Stellar Distance | Space | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Parallax is a method of measuring the distance to nearby objects in space. It is also a method used to display 3D images.
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Physicists Have Identified a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Physicists Have Identified a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work.
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Helping machines to perceive laws of physics by themselves

Helping machines to perceive laws of physics by themselves | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
ADEPT, an artificial intelligence model developed by MIT researchers, demonstrates an understanding of some basic “intuitive physics” by registering a surprise signal when objects in a scene violate assumed reality, similarly to how human infants and adults would register surprise.

 

We often think of artificial intelligence as a tool for automating certain tasks. But it turns out that the technology could also help give us a better understanding of ourselves. At least that's what a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) think they'll be able to do with their new AI model.


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Super-precise new CRISPR tool could tackle a plethora of genetic diseases

Super-precise new CRISPR tool could tackle a plethora of genetic diseases | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
The system allows researchers more control over DNA changes, potentially opening up conditions that have challenged gene-editors.
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Cows Are Being Put in VR Headsets to Produce Better Milk

Cows Are Being Put in VR Headsets to Produce Better Milk | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
“Experts noted reduced anxiety and improved overall emotional mood in the herd. Examples of dairy farms from different countries show that in a calm atmosphere, the quantity, and sometimes the quality, of milk increases markedly," the statement read. 

They also noted that local farms are already playing classical music to cows during the winter months to boost their spirits. That already "has a positive effect on milk flow.” 

Researchers will continue the experiment in a long-term study, and the developers are reportedly happy to expand the project to other farms if it proves successful.  

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Al Cannistra's curator insight, November 27, 10:44 AM

Oh lordy, are the Russians meddling again? VR to make cows happy so they produce more milk? Jury is still out and until then, the question remains – is this story a bunch of bull?

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NASA: Scientists Confirm Water Vapor on Europa

NASA: Scientists Confirm Water Vapor on Europa | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Forty years ago, a Voyager spacecraft snapped the first closeup images of Europa, one of Jupiter’s 79 moons. These revealed brownish cracks slicing the moon’s icy surface, which give Europa the look of a veiny eyeball. Missions to the outer solar system in the decades since have amassed enough additional information about Europa to make it a high-priority target of investigation in NASA’s search for life.


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NASA Will Test Beautiful Spaceship That Looks Like Space Shuttle

NASA Will Test Beautiful Spaceship That Looks Like Space Shuttle | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
A private orbital systems company is developing the "Dream Chaser," a sleek reusable spacecraft, which NASA will test to shuttle cargo to the Space Station.

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all I want for Christmas is a ride on this....

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Newly Discovered Fossil Fills in Gap Between Dinosaurs and Modern Birds

Newly Discovered Fossil Fills in Gap Between Dinosaurs and Modern Birds | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

A skeleton from the Cretaceous found in Japan reveals an early bird with a tail nub resembling the avians of today.

 

Birds are ancient creatures. Every hawk, sparrow, pigeon and penguin alive today has ancestral roots dating back to the Jurassic, when the first birds were just another form of raptor-like dinosaur. Dozens of fossils uncovered and described during the last three decades have illuminated much of this deep history, but the rock record can still yield surprises. A fossil recently found in Japan is one such unexpected avian that raises questions about what else may await discovery.

 

 


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Black hole with nearly extreme spin attempts to regrow hair but could become bald again

Black hole with nearly extreme spin attempts to regrow hair but could become bald again | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Black holes 'have no hair': no attributes that can be used to tell them apart. Extreme black holes (spinning at maximally allowed rate) can have an additional property, permanent hair that is made of a massless scalar field. Nearly extreme black holes (like Gargantua, the black hole featured in the movie "Interstellar") have hair that is a transient phenomenon: nearly extreme black holes that attempt to regrow hair will lose it and become bald again.

 

The black holes of Einstein's theory of relativity can be completely described by just three parameters: their mass, spin angular momentum, and electric charge. Since two black holes that share these parameters cannot be distinguished, regardless of how they were made, black holes are said to "have no hair"—they have no additional attributes that can be used to tell them apart.

 

 


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Spiders and ants inspire metal that won’t sink

Spiders and ants inspire metal that won’t sink | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

Researchers, inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants, have created a metallic structure that is so water repellent, it refuses to sink—no matter how often it is forced into water or how much it is damaged or punctured.

 

Could this lead to an unsinkable ship? A wearable flotation device that will still float after being punctured? Electronic monitoring devices that can survive in long term in the ocean? All of the above, says Chunlei Guo, professor of optics and physics, whose lab describes the structure in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

 

.The structure uses a groundbreaking technique the lab developed for using femtosecond bursts of lasers to “etch” the surfaces of metals with intricate micro- and nanoscale patterns that trap air and make the surfaces superhydrophobic, or water repellent.


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Bagged supermarket salads 'fuelling bugs that could make people ill'

Bagged supermarket salads 'fuelling bugs that could make people ill' | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Supermarket salads are fuelling plant bugs that could make people ill, warns a new report.

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Liquid-in-liquid printing method could put 3D-printed organs within reach

Liquid-in-liquid printing method could put 3D-printed organs within reach | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
New technique makes it easier to build stable “tissues”

 

3D-printed tissues and organs could revolutionize transplants, drug screens, and lab models—but replicating complicated body parts such as gastric tracts, windpipes, and blood vessels is a major challenge. That’s because these vascularized tissues are hard to build up in traditional solid layer-by-layer 3D printing without constructing supporting scaffolding that can later prove impossible to remove.

 

One potential solution is replacing these support structures with liquid—a specially designed fluid matrix into which liquid designs could be injected before the “ink” is set and the matrix is drained away. But past attempts to make such aqueous structures have literally collapsed, as their surfaces shrink and their structures crumple into useless blobs.

 


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Anne Geddes Baby Models: Then And Now Photos

Anne Geddes Baby Models: Then And Now Photos | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
See the then and now photos of Australian photographer Anne Geddes’s favorite baby models from the 1990s.
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After 42 years in space, Voyager 2 breaks thru the heliosphere

After 42 years in space, Voyager 2 breaks thru the heliosphere | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
A historic NASA probe sends back a treasure-trove of information from billions of miles away. The probe, launched in 1977, reached interstellar space. 5 new studies detail the data gathered by its instruments.
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Neptune-sized planet orbiting a white dwarf provides first evidence a planet can survive death of its star

Neptune-sized planet orbiting a white dwarf provides first evidence a planet can survive death of its star | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
The Neptune-like planet discovered is thought to be more than four times the size of the Earth-sized white dwarf. University of Warwick discovered the ring of gas using the Very Large Telescope in Chile.

 

Evidence of a giant planet orbiting a dead white dwarf star has been found for the first time. Until now there was no example of a planet that had survived a star's transition to a white dwarf - leaving little hope for our own planet's future.  

 

Astronomers say the evidence for the distant planet comes in the form of a disc of gas created from its evaporating atmosphere.

The Neptune-like planet discovered is thought to be more than four times the size of the Earth-sized white dwarf. 

 

The giant planet orbits the star about once every 10 days, leaving a trail of gas comprised of hydrogen, oxygen and sulphur in its wake. 


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A CRISPR alternative for editing genes without cutting

A CRISPR alternative for editing genes without cutting | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing requires cutting DNA, which can lead to errors. Scientists at Columbia University are proposing an alternative that uses a transposon to precisely insert DNA sequences in any site on the genome.
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Planets around black holes? Calculations show possibility of bizarre worlds

Planets around black holes? Calculations show possibility of bizarre worlds | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

According to the latest theories, planets are formed from fluffy dust aggregates in a protoplanetary disk around a young star. But young stars are not the only objects that possess dust disks. In a novel approach, the researchers focused on heavy disks around supermassive black holes in the nuclei of galaxies.

 

"Our calculations show that tens of thousands of planets with 10 times the mass of the Earth could be formed around 10 light-years from a black hole," says Eiichiro Kokubo, a professor at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan who studies planet formation. "Around black holes, there might exist planetary systems of astonishing scale."


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NASA Aquatic Rover, Designed to Search for Alien Life, Goes for a Drive Under the Ice

NASA Aquatic Rover, Designed to Search for Alien Life, Goes for a Drive Under the Ice | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it

A little robotic explorer will be rolling into Antarctica this month to perform a gymnastic feat — driving upside down under sea ice.

BRUIE, or the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, is being developed for underwater exploration in extraterrestrial, icy waters by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It will spend the next month testing its endurance at Australia’s Casey research station in Antarctica, in preparation for a mission that could one day search for life in ocean worlds beyond Earth.  

 

 

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Novel light-sensing camera may help detect extraterrestrial life and probe dark matter

Novel light-sensing camera may help detect extraterrestrial life and probe dark matter | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made one of the highest-performance cameras ever composed of sensors that count single photons, or particles of light.

 

With more than 1,000 sensors, or pixels, NIST's camera may be useful in future space-based telescopes searching for chemical signs of life on other planets, and in new instruments designed to search for the elusive "dark matter" believed to constitute most of the "stuff" in the universe.

 

 


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How Heliogen Works | Solar Energy News | Bill Gates Solar Company

How Heliogen Works | Solar Energy News | Bill Gates Solar Company | Design, Comm, Sci and Tech | Scoop.it
The Bill Gates-backed startup Heliogen has generated solar heat topping 1,000 degrees Celsius using mirrors.
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