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The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  1 Comments  •  5 days ago

He pulls up a video to show me what he means. In it, a black dog named Lucy approaches a series of six stations, each separated by a small barrier. At every one, a glass cup of human urine with...
China’s lunar rover is helping to unravel a Moon mystery

China’s lunar rover is helping to unravel a Moon mystery


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  14 Comments  •  5 days ago

In the days that followed, the lander deployed a rover, snapped photos, and even grew some plants. Its rover had some work of its own to do as well, and a new research paper published in Nature...
This Prehistoric Fish Makes a Great White Look Like a Goldfish

This Prehistoric Fish Makes a Great White Look Like a Goldfish


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  4 Comments  •  5 days ago

Sharks!! (The video format is not compatible with NewsTalkers... but it's just a click away...)
How to Understand Extreme Numbers

How to Understand Extreme Numbers


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  1 Comments  •  6 days ago

The late statistics wizard Hans Rosling, who died in February of 2017 at age 68,  brought at least 10 toilet paper rolls to some of his beloved presentations.  He would stack them into a tower...
The moon is shrinking, and a new study shows it's racked by moonquakes

The moon is shrinking, and a new study shows it's racked by moonquakes


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  3 Comments  •  6 days ago

By Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky The moon may look serene and unchanging from a distance. But we’ve known for years that it’s slowly shrinking, and a surprising new study suggests the change may be...
Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Origin's new 'Blue Moon' lunar lander

Jeff Bezos unveils Blue Origin's new 'Blue Moon' lunar lander


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  7 Comments  •  2 weeks ago

NASA Says Metals Fraud Caused $700 Million Satellite Failure

NASA Says Metals Fraud Caused $700 Million Satellite Failure


Via: john-russell  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  40 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

Sapa Profiles falsified thousands of aluminum test results A metals manufacturer faked test results and provided faulty materials to NASA, causing more than $700 million in losses and two failed...
Pregnant women are using cannabis as a remedy, but doctors raise concerns

Pregnant women are using cannabis as a remedy, but doctors raise concerns


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  12 Comments  •  3 weeks ago

 Chinese scientists insert human brain gene into monkeys, spark ethical debate

Chinese scientists insert human brain gene into monkeys, spark ethical debate


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  17 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

By Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky When scientists in China added human genes to monkeys, they were hoping to gain a better understanding of how human brains develop. In the process, they triggered an...
Hubble Measurements Confirm There's Something Weird About How the Universe Is Expanding

Hubble Measurements Confirm There's Something Weird About How the Universe Is Expanding


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  53 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

Astronomers know that the Universe is expanding, and the expansion is accelerating. Sometimes you’ll hear news stories claim that the Universe is expanding “faster than we thought.” But that’s not...
What Is Tetanus, Anyway?

What Is Tetanus, Anyway?


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  11 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

Pixabay Here’s your primer on what tetanus is, and how to avoid it (spoiler: there’s a vaccine). Tetanus is a horrific disease Tetanus is also known as “lockjaw,” because it can cause spasms of...
The U.S. Military: Like the French at Agincourt?

The U.S. Military: Like the French at Agincourt?


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  5 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

Early on a Sunday morning in 1932, a fleet of some 150 fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo planes struck the naval base at Pearl Harbor. The ships lying at anchor on Battleship Row sustained direct...
Harvard study raises concern about contaminated e-cigarettes

Harvard study raises concern about contaminated e-cigarettes


Via: jasper2529  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  8 Comments  •  4 weeks ago

That e-cigarette you’re puffing on could be contaminated, according to a newly released study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study, entitled “Endotoxin and...
‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs

‘Partly Alive’: Scientists Revive Cells in Brains From Dead Pigs


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  9 Comments  •  one month ago

By Gina Kolata In a study that raises profound questions about the line between life and death, researchers have restored some cellular activity to brains removed from slaughtered pigs. The...
Great white sharks are afraid of orcas, study finds

Great white sharks are afraid of orcas, study finds


Via: freefaller  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  16 Comments  •  one month ago

It appears one of the most fear-inducing predators in the ocean may have a fear of its own. A new study led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and published Tuesday in Nature found great white sharks...
Babies with 'bubble boy disease' cured using gene therapy developed by St. Jude's

Babies with 'bubble boy disease' cured using gene therapy developed by St. Jude's


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  4 Comments  •  one month ago

By Associated Press They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" have had it fixed by a gene therapy made...
Your next car may not allow you to speed on the highway

Your next car may not allow you to speed on the highway


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  124 Comments  •  one month ago

By Paul A. Eisenstein As many as 37,000 Americans have been killed on the highway in the past 25 years as a result of increased speed limits, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute...
ISRAELI SCIENTISTS 'PRINT' WORLD'S FIRST 3D HEART WITH HUMAN TISSUE

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS 'PRINT' WORLD'S FIRST 3D HEART WITH HUMAN TISSUE


Via: buzz-of-the-orient  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  9 Comments  •  one month ago

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS 'PRINT' WORLD'S FIRST 3D HEART WITH HUMAN TISSUE A team of Tel Aviv University researchers revealed the heart, which was made using a patient’s own cells and biological...
SpaceIL moon lander, A critical step closer to touchdown

SpaceIL moon lander, A critical step closer to touchdown


Via: buzz-of-the-orient  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  16 Comments  •  one month ago

SpaceIL moon lander, A critical step closer to touchdown By Bestmagyou, April 5 2019 Israel's Beresheet lunar lander captured this selfie with Earth in the background A tiny robotic...
 The Lyrid meteor shower is back. Here's how to see April's shooting stars.

The Lyrid meteor shower is back. Here's how to see April's shooting stars.


Via: perrie-halpern  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  8 Comments  •  one month ago

By Polina Porotsky April brings the return of the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Skywatchers may be able to see the shooting stars, though experts say the full moon threatens to upstage this year’s...
Scientists added human brain genes to monkeys. Yes, it’s as scary as it sounds.

Scientists added human brain genes to monkeys. Yes, it’s as scary as it sounds.


Via: bob-nelson  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  21 Comments  •  one month ago

Scientists in China have created a new kind of monkey. It’s got a human brain gene. And that just might make its intelligence a little bit more like ours. That, in turn, makes its fate — and...
Evolutionary changes played a crucial role in industrialization, study finds

Evolutionary changes played a crucial role in industrialization, study finds


Via: dignitatem-societatis  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  10 Comments  •  one month ago

A recent study of centuries-old French-Canadian genealogical data by a Brown University economist revealed evidence that supports his own 17-year-old theory that natural selection played a pivotal...
A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room

A decade-long quest to build an ecosystem in a room


Via: dignitatem-societatis  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  3 Comments  •  2 months ago

Yesterday the MELiSSA pilot plant at the University of Barcelona celebrated 10 years spent demonstrating the ideal technologies to recycle waste from space missions into air, water and food.As...
The Darwin Day Lecture 2019, with Richard Dawkins

The Darwin Day Lecture 2019, with Richard Dawkins


Via: dignitatem-societatis  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  559 Comments  •  2 months ago

See also... Richard Dawkins awarded inaugural Humanists UK Darwin Day medal To celebrate Darwin Day on 12 February 2019, Humanists UK hosted its largest annual Darwin Day Lecture to date,...
Deadly germs, Lost cures: A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy

Deadly germs, Lost cures: A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy


Via: xdm9mm  •  Health, Science & Technology  •  18 Comments  •  2 months ago

Here's the entirety of the article.  It is quite scary and sobering to say the least. Last May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery....
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