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  • Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands

    07/30/2015 3:59:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 30-07-2015 | utah
    Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. Imagine extracting high-quality oil out of the estimated 32 billion barrels buried in Utah’s oil sands, without creating the toxic wastelands that have resulted from oil sands projects in Western Canada. And imagine doing it at a cost that can still turn a profit in today’s oil price slump. That would be highly enticing to some of the large operators...
  • Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours To Prepare For Massive Solar Storm

    07/29/2015 8:14:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 77 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/15
    Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go wonky - that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning. In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do about them.
  • Scientists Confirm 'Impossible' EM Drive Propulsion

    07/27/2015 4:32:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hacked Magazine ^ | July 27, 2015 | Giulio Prisco
    Later today, July 27, German scientists will present new experimental results on the controversial, "impossible" EM Drive, at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando. The presentation is titled "Direct Thrust Measurements of an EmDrive and Evaluation of Possible Side-Effects." Presenter Martin Tajmar is a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology, interested in space propulsion systems and breakthrough propulsion physics. A Revolutionary Development for Space Travel The EM Drive (Electro Magnetic Drive) uses electromagnetic microwave cavities to directly convert electrical energy to thrust without the need to expel...
  • Gender Confusion Is Not Biological

    07/27/2015 8:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Even biologists are confused about gender confusion. One thing they know from science: it is not biological.A study at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles resulted in a politically-incorrect conclusion: transgender identity is not due to hormone imbalance.“We’ve now put to rest the residual belief that transgender experience is a result of a hormone imbalance,” said Dr. Johanna Olson, of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “It’s not.”Olson and her colleagues found that transgender youth have sex hormone levels consistent with the gender they were assigned at birth. So, a transgender youth who is assigned a female gender at birth, usually...
  • Is science drawing closer to an alien world?

    07/27/2015 4:38:59 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    Paris (AFP) ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Mariette LE ROUX
    NASA's discovery of Earth-like exoplanet Kepler-452b, nicknamed "Earth 2.0", has social media buzzing about the chances of finding a faraway world, possibly with alien life or key resources such as water. Science or fiction? The experts respond. - Is 'Earth 2.0' like our planet? - Currently we don't know if this planet is terrestrial -- rocky -- or a small gas planet. If Kepler-452b turns out to be a terrestrial world, it will be the most Earth-like known which also orbits a G-class star like the Sun. The other leading competitors have mostly be found to orbit cooler dwarf stars....
  • The Space Shuttle (Kind of Blah, I Mean Really Blah)

    07/26/2015 1:22:39 PM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies
    Google Plus ^ | July 25, 2015 | Friends of NASA
    NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Launch: Return to Flight | View 2 On July 26, 2005, Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-114 mission launched on the first Return to Flight mission since the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. The years between the Columbia tragedy and the flight of Discovery were spent researching and implementing new safety improvements, including a redesigned external tank, new sensors, and a boom that allowed the astronauts to inspect the Shuttle for any damage. The crew’s objectives were to test and evaluate these new safety procedures in addition to conducting maintenance on the International Space...
  • Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

    07/26/2015 4:31:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vanderbilt University Research ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Salisbury
    Experts gather at Vanderbilt to discuss the future of 3D printing with concrete.Every month or so an article comes out reporting that some new object has been made using 3D printing: Everything from jewelry to prosthetic devices to electronic circuit boards to assault rifles to automobiles has now been created in this fashion. The prospect that this revolutionary manufacturing method will have a major impact on how we construct the various concrete structures that dominate the modern built environment brought almost three dozen experts to the Vanderbilt University campus July 16-17 to identify the areas of research required to realize...
  • Scientists have discovered a new state of matter, called 'Jahn-Teller metals'

    07/25/2015 6:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bec Crew
    And it could be the key to understanding one of the biggest mysteries in physics today - high-temperature superconductors.An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a new state of matter in a material that appears to be an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one, saying that it could lead to the development of more effective high-temperature superconductors. Why is this so exciting? Well, if these properties are confirmed, this new state of matter will allow scientists to better understand why some materials have the potential to achieve superconductivity at a relativity high critical temperature...
  • Scientists have finally discovered massless particles, and they could revolutionise electronics

    07/25/2015 5:31:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Science Alert ^ | July 23, 2015 | Fiona MacDonald
    They can theoretically carry charge 1,000 times faster than ordinary electrons. After 85 years of searching, researchers have confirmed the existence of a massless particle called the Weyl fermion for the first time ever. With the unique ability to behave as both matter and anti-matter inside a crystal, this strange particle can create electrons that have no mass. The discovery is huge, not just because we finally have proof that these elusive particles exist, but because it paves the way for far more efficient electronics, and new types of quantum computing. "Weyl fermions could be used to solve the traffic...
  • Congress can't see the P5+1 side deals available to Iran's Parliament

    07/25/2015 1:51:35 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 25, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Iran scam Part IIIKerry says that although he has neither read nor even seen the"classified" side deals between Iran and the IAEI about the "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program, he has been fully briefed, knows "exactly" what they say and will brief Congress in closed session.Parts I and II of this series deal with the bases for and absurdities of the January 14th U.S. approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. From a national security perspective, the published "deal" was absurd even without recently discovered but secret and "classified" side deals about the military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. With them, the "deal" has gone...
  • HuffPo: Discovery of Planet Outside Solar System Is 'Bad News For God'

    07/25/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 95 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | July 24, 2015 | Matthew Balan
    Jeff Schweitzer heralded the discovery of an apparent Earth-like planet as a nail in the coffin for religion in a Thursday item on Huffington Post. Schweitzer, a scientist, "rationalist," and former Clinton administration senior policy analyst contended that "with this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe," and added that religions would "all will come out and say such a discovery is completely consistent with religious teachings. My goal here is to declare this as nonsense before it happens."The Huffington Post contributor led his article, "Earth 2.0: Bad News for God," by...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques – and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (Ł6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (Ł64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance charges batteries in minutes

    07/23/2015 9:23:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 25, 2015 | Peter Carty
    The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem. The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming. The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South...
  • Man on the Moon July 20, 1969-Remembering the "Magnificent Seven" Serbs in the Apollo Space Program

    07/23/2015 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 7 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Tom Djurdjevich
    Aleksandra's Note: Many thanks to Tom Djurdjevich for this essay and reminder about the Serbs who were directly involved with the American Apollo Space Program. This makes me very proud to be an American Serb and I'm honored to call one of these gentlemen, NASA Project Coordinator David Vuich, a friend. David Vuich is one of our esteemed Serbian patriots here in America who was also very active in the "Mihailovich Monument in Washington, D.C. project" that was initiated in the mid 1970's. So glad that David Vuich is still going strong today. The Serbian Diaspora is very fortunate to...
  • Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning (Guess who?)

    07/23/2015 2:04:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eric Holthaus
    In what may prove to be a turning point for political action on climate change, a breathtaking new study casts extreme doubt about the near-term stability of global sea levels. The study—written by James Hansen, NASA’s former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, brings new importance to a feedback loop...
  • Russian Entrepreneur Pledges $100 Million in Search for Extraterrestrial Life

    07/20/2015 3:15:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    .Entrepreneur ^ | July 20, 2015 | Nina Zipkin
    Is there anyone else out there in the universe? The endeavor to answer that eternal question got a serious shot in the arm this week thanks to Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner. At the Royal Society in London, the billionaire announced the launch of Breakthrough Listen, a 10-year, $100 million initiative to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. Related: The Power of Planning: NASA's Pluto Flyby Was Epic and Amazing Aided by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in W. Va., the CSIRO Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia and the Lick Telescope in at the Lick Observatory in...
  • Shipwreck Found Off North Carolina, Possibly From Late 1700s

    07/19/2015 10:22:43 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies
    VOA ^ | July 17, 2015 | Associated Press
    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — Scientists using underwater vehicles and sonar have found a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast that may date back to the American Revolution, Duke University said Friday. The expedition led by Duke marine scientist Cindy Van Dover found the previously unknown wreck in mile-deep waters on July 12 using an underwater robot and a manned submarine. They've found artifacts including an iron chain, glass bottles, an unglazed pottery jug and navigational instruments including a metal compass. Archaeologists who examined photos of the artifacts say the wreck appears to date back as far as the late 18th...
  • Archaeologists Find Assyrian Tablets in Turkey, Some About Women's Rights

    07/19/2015 1:05:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Ancient Assyrian tablets, dictating social arrangements including women's rights, dating back to 4,000 years have been excavated in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Prof. Fikri Kulakoglu of Ankara University told Dogan News Agency that the Kultepe-Kanis-Karum trade colony site where the tablets were unearthed was remarkable. He said the tablets revealed detailed information about the Assyrians, spanning from commercial trade to the nitty-gritty of the local social life. "From women's rights to the adoption of children and marriages arranged at birth, the tablets include all kinds of civilizational and social data from Anatolia 4,000...
  • Very Cool Animated Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains (Use Link in Body)

    07/17/2015 3:10:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 17, 2015 | NASA
    Use this link below Very Cool Animated Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains New Horizons spacecraft will do its closest flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. “The Wait” alludes to not just New Horizons’ 9-year, 3-billion-mile journey, but also the anticipation of people from all walks of life, excited about the first good look at Pluto. Don’t miss it as the fastest moving spacecraft to date is nearing the end of an epic journey to visit the final unexplored planet in our solar system and beyond, to the new horizons we will discover on the other side. Music...
  • YC-Backed Transcend Launches An Extra Efficient LED Light For Indoor Farmers

    07/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    TechCrunch Daily ^ | July 8, 2015 | Christine Magee
    Transcend Lighting, one of the more unconventional startups accepted into Y Combinator’s latest cohort, is launching out of beta today to bring its energy-saving LED lights to indoor farmers everywhere. Founder Brian Bennett, an optical engineer by training, invented the first Transcend prototype after his father challenged him to build some LED lights for the family farm in upstate New York. When the lights he designed were successful, Bennett entered a business plan competition at Columbia, won some money to continue developing the idea, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s Spring 2015 class. “Farms today, generally speaking, use high pressure...
  • HERE IT IS! ALL THE PLUTO IMAGERY YOUR BRAIN NEARLY EXPLODED FROM CURIOSITY (MAY NOT BE COMPLETE)

    07/15/2015 5:44:59 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    New York Time ^ | July 14, 2015 | Kenneth Chang
    NYT:Space and CosmosNYT:NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Sends Signal From Pluto to Earth NYT:Images of Pluto From NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft
  • CERN’s at it Again: New Subatomic Particle Discovered at the LHC

    07/14/2015 6:01:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    From Quarks to Quasars ^ | July 14, 2015 | Chace Mclees
    Ten days after the three-year anniversary of CERN’s discovery of the Higgs boson, researchers on the LHCb experiment at CERN have announced that another discovery has been made: They have found a new exotic class of particles. The team has submitted their findings to the journal Physical Review Letters for reviewal. These particles are called “pentaquarks,” and they offer some interesting insights regarding the nature of, well, nature. Typically, we find that composite particles consist of three quarks. The proton, for example, is composed of three valence quarks: Two up quarks and a down quark. But in 1964, American physicist...
  • New Horizons Has Flown Past Pluto. Here's What Comes Next.

    07/14/2015 4:49:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 14, 2015 | Deborah Netburn
    New Horizons' long journey to Pluto ended in an instant early this morning, when the NASA spacecraft went screaming past the dwarf planet at 30,800 mph -- but the mission is far from over. Even as the spacecraft speeds deeper into the Kuiper belt, its instruments will continue to search for signs of faint rings around the small world and take measurements of the dust and plasma in Pluto's neighborhood. And then there's all the new data that it has to get back to Earth. Little world, big heart: Pluto stuns in New Horizons image Little world, big heart: Pluto...
  • King Barack, Sir John and a great nuke deal -- for Iran | Part I

    07/14/2015 11:33:22 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 14, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.Obama has practiced deceit for a long time and His "deal" with Iran demonstrates His consummate mastery of the techniques. Earlier, He announced that the November 2013 Joint Plan of Action would eliminate Iran's nuke weaponization and that there would be no deal otherwise. As I contended here in January of 2014, He lied. The November 2013 "joint plan of action" contemplated no inspection of any Iranian military or missile site. Quoting from my post linked immediately above, The text of the English language version of the P5+1 “deal” is available here...
  • 1,000-Year-Old Saxon Remedy Kills Superbugs

    07/13/2015 7:44:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    PowerLine ^ | John Hinderaker
    This may not be the biggest news story of the day, but it must be the most curious. As you are no doubt aware, there is great concern over resistance to conventional antibiotics. “Superbugs” are developing that are not easily killed with known medicines. So someone at the University of Nottingham, in England, thought to try an ancient remedy: a salve for eye infections found in Bald’s Leechbook, a 10th century Saxon volume in the British Library. The results were surprising: A one thousand year old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections which originates from a manuscript in the British Library...
  • Pluto In A Minute: New Horizons Is Going Dark For the Flyby

    07/13/2015 11:29:41 AM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    NASA:NewHoizins ^ | July 13,2015 | Staff
    Published on Jul 13, 2015 New Horizons is flying by Pluto on Tuesday, July 14! But we won't hear a word from it... This is Pluto in a Minute. After nine and a half years and 3.26 billion miles, New Horizons is finally making its closest flyby of Pluto tomorrow, on Tuesday July 14, but, the spacecraft will be silent all day. Because, of all the moving part on New Horizons, the antenna is not one of them. The New Horizons spacecraft features a large dish antenna, and when its facing the Earth it can do one of two things:...
  • Roman Legionary Camp Uncovered in Israel

    07/13/2015 1:26:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | July 10, 2015
    Archaeologists from the Jezreel Valley Regional Project say they have unearthed the remains of a 1,900-year-old camp of Legio VI Ferrata (Sixth Ironclad Legion) near the archaeological site of Tel Megiddo.During the past three excavation seasons (2013-2015), the archaeologists have made a number of significant finds at the site. They uncovered defensive trenching earthworks next to the foundations of a great wall about 20 feet (6 m) wide. They also found numerous ceramic roof tiles with the legion’s mark, Roman coins and the fragments of scale armor, and exposed rooms likely belonging to one of the barracks areas. “During the...
  • Political Correctness and Public Health

    07/12/2015 8:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    The term “politically correct” dates back to shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Originally, it only meant adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (aka the “party line”). Inevitably, though, the term would become one of derision, mocking those who would blindly follow Stalin’s enormous policy flip-flops during and after World War II. These days, the term is primarily used to mock the imposition of overly precious speech codes, supposedly intended to prevent insult. Too often, though, the net effect is simply censorship. A common complaint is that the choice of what...
  • The 10 inventions of Nikola Tesla that changed the world

    07/11/2015 9:08:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    Intellihub.com ^ | 07/11/2015 | Nicholas West
    Note: This article was originally published in 2010, but we repost annually with added info and links, as well as to present to new readers. Please feel free to add your own information, article links, or video links about Tesla and his work in the comment section.I would also point you to Rand Clifford’s 3-part series: Nikola Tesla: Calling All Freethinkers! which has a wealth of different information than what you will read below. Nikola Tesla is finally beginning to attract real attention and encourage serious debate more than 70 years after his death. Was he for real? A crackpot?...
  • High Heat Measured under Antarctica Could Support Substantial Life

    07/11/2015 12:44:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 10, 2015 | Douglas Fox
    Nearly a kilometer below the ice scientists have found a Yellowstone-like geothermal glow that could create life-rich subglacial lakes—and lubricate Antarctic ice loss.Temperatures on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet can plummet below –50 degrees Celsius in winter. But under the ice scientists have found intense geothermal heat seeping up from Earth’s interior. The heat production that they measured is nearly four times the global average—“higher than 99 percent of all the measurements made on continents around the world,” says Andrew Fisher, a hydrogeologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who worked on the project. This excessive heat could melt...
  • I would like to ask a Patent Attorney a Few Questions

    07/10/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by lafroste · 62 replies
    Me | 7/10/15 | Me
    I would like to ask a patent attorney about protecting my IP. I have a relatively spectacular solution to a severe water wasting problem (see Poway, CA) The problem they experienced is NOT endemic to CA but is present across the USA. I have engineered a solution. But I need to learn the basics of IP protection 101. Any Patent attorneys: I could really use some advice. PS: I am a Professional engineer with more than 30 years experience, I know what I am talking about.
  • Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World

    07/09/2015 7:41:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    NationalReview ^ | July 9, 2015
    Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World by KATHERINE TIMPF July 9, 2015 A professor at the University of Texas at El Paso wrote a manifesto saying that animal-rights activists must rise up and commit “illegal raids” and “sabotage attacks” in order to save the world from a “mass extinction.” In a 2009 piece for the Animal Liberation Front titled “Manifesto for Radical Abolitionism: Total Liberation By Any Means Necessary,” associate professor of philosophy Steven Best says that groups like PETA are just not radical or progressive enough. After all, they work with corporations (boo!) “in...
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

    07/09/2015 6:58:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 30 replies
    NASA ^ | 10.07.14
    On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014. Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the...
  • Pope Francis and Climate Science: BFF

    07/09/2015 6:17:06 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 3 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 07-08-15 | Chris Shugart
    Progressives love mocking devoutly religious people. With their smug, snarky, I’m-so-much-smarter condescension, they’ve taken a perverse glee in characterizing the religious right as backwards anti-science luddites. But times have changed. The Left has a new friend in Pope Francis, who has come out in support of the science of manmade climate change. And wouldn’t you know it, progressive everywhere have suddenly gotten religion. It’s a miracle. Now that the Pope is on the bandwagon, we can finally put climate change dogma into its proper context: an article of faith that cannot be questioned. We finally have the perfect demonstrable frame...
  • Pluto’s ‘Heart’ Revealed as New Horizons Probe Starts Flyby Campaign: 5 Days Out

    07/09/2015 6:58:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Universe Today ^ | July 8, 2015 | Fraser Cain
    The Huge Heart of Pluto Pluto’s “Heart” is seen in this new image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) received on July 8, 2015 after normal science operations resumed following the scary July 4 safe mode anomaly that briefing shut down all science operations. It shows ‘the heart and the whale’ along Pluto’s equator. The LORRI image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument. Credits: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI Emotions are rising exponentially with the rousing revelation that Pluto has a huge ‘Heart’ as revealed in stunning new imagery received just today (July 8) from NASA’s...
  • What the climate wars did to science

    07/08/2015 9:22:50 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    Matt Ridley's Blog ^ | July 5, 2015 | Matt Ridley
    For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on in laboratories so I can tell interesting stories. It’s analogous to the way art critics write about art, but with a difference: we “science critics” rarely criticise. If we think a scientific paper is dumb, we just ignore it. There’s too much good stuff coming out of science to waste time knocking the bad stuff. Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science is...
  • 5 Incredible Trends That Will Shape Our 3D Printed Future

    07/08/2015 12:04:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2015 | Rick Smith
    Self-repairing pipes. Printed organs. Bulletproof t-shirts. Seriously?In April I was asked to speak at the annual TED conference in Vancouver (following Bill Gates…gulp) on the topic of 3D printing production and its implications. I have detailed my thoughts on why the shift to 3D printing production is not only likely but inevitable in articles one, two and three in this series for Forbes. Now, let’s take a step into a fascinating future, where daily life will be shaped by several powerful forces directly related to 3D printing production. What it will be like to live in a 3D-printed world? Imagine...
  • Almost Time for Pluto’s Close-Up (See The Great Artist's Rendering Inside)

    07/07/2015 11:07:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    New York times ^ | July 6, 2015 | Kenneth Chang
    <p>In a few days, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the former ninth planet, the first up-closelook of the icy world in the outer solar system.</p> <p>The pictures coming back from Pluto are still a bit fuzzy. But just wait.</p>
  • This Trailer For NASA’s New Horizons Mission To Pluto Will Leave You On The Edge Of Your Seat

    07/07/2015 4:39:19 AM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | June 16, 2015 | Curtis Thompson
    A stunning teaser for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto will leave you brimming with anticipation. A new video has been released to promote NASA’s New Horizons mission. *SNIP* The video was commissioned by the National Space Society in honor of the highly anticipated arrival of NASA’s New Horizons probe at Pluto this summer. *SNIP* WATCH: Wanderers:A Stunning Vision Of Humanity's Future In Space Narrated By Carl Sagan The short YouTube video takes you on a tour of the solar system, flying by all the planets we’ve already visited leading up to the one world no spacecraft has yet...
  • Alien Life On Philae Comet, Scientists Say

    07/06/2015 5:10:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 6, 2015
    Experts discover dark material is being constantly replenished and say: "Something must be doing that at a fairly prolific rate."Evidence of alien life is "unequivocal" on the comet carrying the Philae probe through space, two leading astronomers have said. The experts say the most likely explanation for certain features of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, such as its organic-rich black crust, is the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface. Rosetta, the European spacecraft orbiting the comet, is also said to have picked up strange "clusters" of organic material that resemble viral particles. But neither Rosetta nor its lander probe, Philae,...
  • ME: Disarmist shows lack of Imagination

    07/06/2015 5:09:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine is moving toward constitutional or permitless carry.  It is not a large step for Maine, which has a fairly liberal concealed carry law and constitutional open carry.   The bill, LD 652 need only be signed by the Governor to become law, and it seems likely that Governor Le Page will sign it.  But that does not stop a Maine disarmist from complaining.  From centralmain.com: "And there is no good I can see in having anyone carry concealed guns without permits, training, background checks and minimum age requirements." So it all comes down to a lack of imagination on...
  • NASA’s New Horizons Plans July 7 Return to Normal Science Operations

    07/05/2015 7:54:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | July 5, 2015 | Lilian Gipson
    NASA’s New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter “safe mode” on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter. “I’m pleased that our mission team quickly...
  • Arms of the Tunisian Mass Shooter

    07/05/2015 5:42:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In reading about the horrific attack by the Tunisian mass shooter, on the beach on Friday, the 26th of June, 2015, it appears that he used two weapons systems.  An AKM rifle, commonly referred to as an AK47, almost certainly in 7.62x39 caliber, with several standard 30 round magazines, was used for most of the killing.  The rifle is seen above.  It has wooden furniture, the AKM muzzle brake, and a web sling.  It is missing the standard cleaning rod from under the barrel. Update: from a colleague on freerepublic: Appears to be an Egyptian Maadi [or MISR] AKM....
  • NASA/JPL "Eyes on the Solar System" Provides A Great Visualization on New Horizons/Pluto

    07/04/2015 12:58:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Go to http://eyes.nasa.gov/ and choose "Eyes on Pluto"
  • Just in time for Independence Day, the Left is coming for our barbecue grills

    07/04/2015 6:08:03 AM PDT · by Marcus · 44 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 4, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    On this Independence Day, one of the sadder aspects of American life we have to consider is the tendency of some Americans to wag their fingers at others about the way they choose to live, sometimes with disastrous results. The temperance movement of the 19th Century led to Prohibition which led to Al Capone, for example. Now someone writing in the New Republic on Friday wants to take away our right to barbecue.
  • What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pics...

    07/03/2015 9:57:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Planetary Society ^ | June 24, 2015 | Emily Lakdawalla
    What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pictures (version 2) Posted By Emily Lakdawalla Wed Jun 24 2015 12:57:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Standard Time) Topics: New Horizons, Pluto, Charon, mission status New Horizons is getting close to Pluto. Pluto and Charon have enlarged from featureless dots into worlds. Pluto's surface clearly bears streaks and splotches, while Charon is beginning to show the first hints of discernible features. Excitement is building for flyby day, July 14!Key places to watch for New Horizons information: Twitter: @NASANewHorizons (official NASA feed) and @NewHorizons2015 (run by principal investigator...
  • Organovo CEO: 3D bioprinting organs will help us get people off transplant waiting lists

    07/03/2015 8:53:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    US-based 3D bioprinting firm Organovo has set itself a challenge that could transform the future of medicine, and although the technology is still in its infancy and the challenges complex, the company's founder and CEO Keith Murphy says his firm is in it for the long haul. "Biotechnology is a very compelling space as you have the ability to impact people's lives," Murphy tells IBTimes UK. "I want to see patients benefiting. We want to help drugs get to patients faster, to get liver tissues [to prolong liver function] and to help people with chronic liver problems." While 3D printing...
  • Interesting Reparations for Global Warming

    07/02/2015 7:56:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/02/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Apparently carbon footprint taxes and wealth redistribution are not enough, we must adopt progressive social engineering of the planet “Give me your tired, your poor, 
 Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
 The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
 Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: 
 I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” - Emma Lazarus If you thought global warming scaremongering tactics went away with the most recent failed prediction for 2015 when we were supposed to be flooded and underwater, with little polar ice caps left, you would be mistaken. Writing for the...
  • NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Stays the Course to Pluto

    07/01/2015 9:40:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | July 1, 2015 | Staff
    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final “all clear” as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet’s five moons. After seven weeks of detailed searches for dust clouds, rings, and other potential hazards, the New Horizons team has decided the spacecraft will remain on its original path through the Pluto system instead of making a late course correction to detour around any hazards. Because New Horizons is traveling at 30,800 mph (49,600 kph), a particle as small as a grain of rice could be lethal. “We’re breathing a collective sigh of...
  • China claims to have the world’s first material for light-propelled spaceflight (Graphene)

    06/30/2015 8:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    China Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2015
    The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: According to xinhuanet.com’s report on June 19, through 3 years of research, Prof. Chen Yongsheng of the College of Chemistry and Prof. Tian Jianguo of the Institute of Physics, Nankai University have obtained a special graphene material for light-driven flight. Due to the special electronic characteristic of graphene and the macrostructure and form of the material, the material is able to get driving force from light 1,000 times greater than ordinary light pressure. The website’s reporter claimed to have seen with his own eyes a graphene sponge...