Science

Tue
13
Dec
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Strange Object Appears Next to Planet Mercury

It's neither a bird, nor a plane, nor Superman. The giant object now appearing next to the planet Mercury remains a mystery. UFO followers believe it could be an alien ship. Scientists, however, aren't convinced. The object appears in a number of ... images taken by a NASA telescope named Heliospheric Imager-1, which was focused on a coronal ejection from the Sun. In a sequence where the telescope observes a solar flare, viewers can clearly see a massive circular object moving around in the frame. YouTube Video Arouses Speculation Video of the object next to Mercury has been posted to YouTube, ... (view more)

Fri
02
Dec
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Scientists Unveil Lightest Material on Earth

California-based researchers have unveiled what they claim is the lightest material ever produced. In fact, it's so lightweight that photos of the material show a piece of it balanced delicately on the top of a puffy dandelion without a single seed ... being damaged or removed. The material was revealed by a research team made up of scientists from University of California Irvine, HRL Laboratories and Caltech, working under the U.S. Department of Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In the recently published November issue of Science (magazine), they boldly assert it is the lightest ... (view more)

Mon
31
Oct
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New Prosthetics Connect Brain to Limbs, Simulate Feeling

One of the most exciting, applicable but often ignored areas of technology research is that involving the development of prosthetics. A new project aims to give amputees the ability to reacquire limb functionality by effectively connecting the brain ... to a prosthetic limb through a computer interface. A first look at the new technology may cause some film fans to shudder. That's because the new prosthetics, free of their synthetic skin and flesh, look eerily similar to the exoskeleton used in the movie 'The Terminator'. New Technology Transfers 'Feeling' to the Brain The technology allows ... (view more)

Thu
27
Oct
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Self-Driving Cars by 2020, GM Predicts

Tired of the stress associated with fighting traffic on your daily commute? General Motors (GM) predicts such battles could be a thing of the past by the end of this decade. The company recently forecasted a rise in the number of driverless cars ... before 2020. In a recent report, GM notes that there are a number of reasons to look forward to a driverless future. For one, the Detroit-based company believes such technology would see to a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and says that, as the tech improves, reductions could actually increase as time goes on. (Source: tested.com ) The ... (view more)

Fri
21
Oct
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'Back to the Future' DeLorean Car Goes Electric

If you're a big fan of the 'Back to the Future' movies, you'll be very pleased to hear that the company which produced the films' iconic vehicle, DeLorean, will soon release an electric version of the slick ride. Called the DMCEV, the car will go ... into production in 2013 and cost $90,000. The exotic DeLorean, complete with hard edges and gulf-winged doors, is undoubtedly a big part of 1980s pop culture. Featured in all three 'Back to the Future' films, the vehicle has remained a cult favorite in the years since. The DeLorean Motor Co., which is based in Humble, Texas, to this day continues to ... (view more)

Fri
14
Oct
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Researchers to tie Animals, Facebook using 'Smart Collars'

Wildlife researchers have created the first ever "smart" collar for animals in the wild that is able to track and record their daily patterns in ways never before thought imaginable. Thanks to a series of tests featuring a ten-year-old captive ... female mountain lion, researchers were able to develop a "library of signatures" to identify nearly every kind of animal movement. The collar itself utilizes a combination of global positioning technology and accelerometers to measure the metabolic inner life of the animal when leaping, running or sleeping. The end result, as University of California ... (view more)

Tue
30
Aug
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New Tech Dental Gel Self-Repairs Decaying Teeth

Many adults avoid regular visits to the dentist -- oftentimes because they're afraid of discovering a cavity, or worse. Having a tooth cavity filled can be time-consuming, costly, and an unpleasant experience. But the fears of many might soon ... subside, as scientists have been working to create a high tech dental gel that makes trips to the dentist virtually painless. The anti-cavity dental gel, developed at the University of Leeds' School of Chemistry, penetrates the microscopic pores of a decaying tooth. The gel actually contains a peptide (called P 11-4) that develops into fibers and acts ... (view more)

Mon
29
Aug
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Hi-Tech 'Organ Printer' Prints Artificial Blood Vessels

The number of organ donors in North America is consistently lower than the number awaiting a donation. Now Organovo, a biotech company based in San Francisco, is attempting to save thousands of lives with their "organ printer" that is supposedly ... able to create artificial blood vessels made entirely from human cells. While it might sound like a wishful, futuristic endeavor, the way an "organ printer" operates is incredible. An Assortment of Printable Cell-Types Instead of dispensing ink (as with a traditional printer) the "organ printer" uses two robotic tips that deposit an ... (view more)

Thu
25
Aug
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NASA: Green-Friendly Aliens May Target Earth

A recently published report from NASA's Planetary Science Division and Pennsylvania State University suggests that poor pollution habits on Earth could not only lead to the destruction of humanity as whole, but may even result in a preemptive strike ... fired by environmentally-friendly alien life forms. (Source: about.com ) The idea of aliens saving the galaxy from polluting humans is certainly a unique perspective. The completed study, entitled "Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis," suggests that aliens might destroy humanity before it ... (view more)

Mon
22
Aug
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Computer Program Predicts Crime Locations, Offenses

Do you remember the 2002 movie Minority Report, in which police used a synthesized computer system to predict crimes before they happened? Flash forward 9 years later in the year 2011 and detecting pre-crime is now a reality. Police officers in ... Santa Cruz, California have had tremendous success in combating crime this past month. Their good fortune can be attributed to the launch of a new computer program that is able to predict key locations for criminal activity and deploy officers before any actual wrongdoing occurs. The computer program, which is updated daily, generates predictions about ... (view more)

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