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March 27, 2015

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9:37 PM | Behold, The Cyber Ant [Video]
In a lab in Germany lives a strange breed of ant. These ants have ceramic limbs and 3D-printed bodies. They gain sustenance by charging their batteries through metal…
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3:21 PM | Wearable device helps vision-impaired avoid collision
People who have lost some of their peripheral vision, such as those with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, or brain injury that causes half visual field loss, often face mobility challenges and […]
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3:00 PM | Watch Engineers Extinguish Fire With Sound [Video]
In the near future, putting out grease fires in the kitchen might be as easy as turning up the music, thanks to engineering students Viet Tran and Seth Robertson at George Mason University. The students just unveiled a 20-pound backpack prototype that blasts out flames using low-frequency sound waves. The students used their own money to fund their project, and had an uphill battle from the start--including searing skepticism from both classmates and faculty. “My initial impression […]
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2:30 PM | Implantable Micropacemaker Designed For Unborn Baby Hearts
With each beat of a healthy heart, an electrical signal moves from the upper to the lower chambers of the heart. As this signal moves, it results in the heart contracting and pumping blood. Congenital heart block is a defect of the heart's electrical system that originates in the developing fetus, greatly slowing the rate of the heart and impacting its ability to pump blood.Although the condition can be diagnosed in utero, all attempts to treat the condition with a standard pacemaker have […]
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12:42 PM | Beautiful meteorites hold clues to solar system’s violent start
What was happening (geologically speaking) on Earth way back when it was a mere babe and being showered with meteorites? Until a time machine is […] The post Beautiful meteorites hold clues to solar system’s violent start appeared first on Smithsonian Science News.
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10:46 AM | A firsthand perspective of trialling mobile DNA sequencing
Sam Minot from Signature Science, LLC and Andy Kilianski from the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are part of a team that has been trialling a new palm-sized DNA sequencer to test whether it can characterize viruses and bacteria. Their findings, published in GigaScience, suggest the device could have potential for disease diagnosis in the field. The post A firsthand perspective of trialling mobile DNA sequencing appeared first on GigaBlog.

March 26, 2015

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10:14 PM | When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters.
Elon Musk’s vision for the humanity and colonizing Mars makes me incredibly uneasy. It’s not that Elon Musk has said very many inappropriate things, it’s that so much of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:50 PM | Education Technology Hasn't Worked Yet. Why's It Going to Work Now?
It’s tempting to think technology can fix most of education’s problems. There have, in history, been lots of problems that seemed intractable and in need of vast complicated policy initiatives to address them. And then, in an instant, technology makes them disappear. During the 19th century, for instance, the streets of America were covered in horse excrement. Public health reformers puzzled for years about how to fix this problem, how to get the horse poop out so children could […]
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5:20 PM | This New Infrared Telescope Could Help Us Detect Dyson Spheres
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence just got a big boost, thanks to the introduction of a powerful new infrared telescope. In addition to scanning for pulses of infrared light, astronomers will use device to search for alien megastructures, such as Dyson Spheres.Read more...
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4:33 PM | All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk
Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of Experiment.com and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare.    
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4:33 PM | All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk
Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of Experiment.com and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare.    
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4:33 PM | All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk
Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of Experiment.com and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare. [slideshare […]
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3:41 PM | How particle accelerator maths helped me fix my Wi-Fi
Using 19th century physics can demonstrate that light is a form of electromagnetic wave ... or improve your Wi-Fi receptionThis piece was first published on The Conversation Electromagnetic radiation – it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of various kinds underpin our senses and how we interact with the world – from the light emissions through which your eyes perceive these words, to the microwaves that carry the Wi-Fi […]
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12:00 PM | Women and Technology: An ever-evolving relationship
By Aadita Chaudhury Technology and Engineering subject editor Many of us here at Science Borealis are passionate about encouraging the participation of women in science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) fields, especially this month, which is women’s History Month (March) and contains International Women’s Day  (as addressed in our previous editorial post). While the life sciences and – to a lesser extent – the physical sciences, have seen a steady […]
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8:00 AM | How Safe Is Air Travel?
In light of the news of another tragic airline crash, and following in the wake of several other high profile air disasters, it might be natural to ask whether air travel is becoming less safe.In fact, according to the numbers, air travel is safer than at almost any point in the history of commercial flight.While the number of fatalities in some recent crashes has been high, the number of overall fatal accidents in recent years has dropped to its lowest point since the dawn of the jet age. […]

March 25, 2015

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11:47 PM | CareJack Orthopedic Prosthesis Is A Fancy Name For A Cool Power Vest
Millions of people injure themselves each year lifting physically demanding things, with (insert absurd number here) of dollars in lost productivity, etc., etc.Okay, enough of that, here is the fun part: Some day a cute 105 pound nurse may be able to lift your fat keester into a hospital bed after you injure yourself lifting heavy things incorrectly, and you will be able to thank 'soft' robotics.(1) Which is another way of saying that she might be wearing a power vest that gives her super […]
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4:27 PM | New process could yield better solar cells, faster chips
Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can […]
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4:26 PM | New kind of light bulb could save lives in developing countries
How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it? The answer to both questions is larger than you […]
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2:55 PM | Why single, sex-hungry men crave an iPhone. Sept 2014
This month we discover which personality traits make a person lucky in love. Also, how men and women respond differently when their partner is complimented, and why single men crave iPhones. Download the MP3Rate me! Rate, review, or listen in iTunes or in Stitcher.What kind of man is desperate to buy an iPhone? New research suggests it's not only the kind of man who has the time and inclination to make himself a smartphone hat.The articles covered in the show:Hennighausen, C., & Schwab, F. […]
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1:40 PM | Don’t oversell tech or people might get trapped in their car and almost die
Last year, an older couple got trapped in their new car in their own garage. It was a car with a remote keyless system that automatically locked once they got in. But they’d left the smart key outside. It’s a … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Doomsday Dashboard Makes Tracking The Apocalypse Convenient
Cyber warfare, killer robots, biological pandemics due to mad scientists, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has grown since the old days of just figuring out how to kill nuclear power.read more
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11:55 AM | “Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs” at Vanderbilt, Thursday 3/26/15
I mentioned last week that I’m giving a talk at Vanderbilt tomorrow, but as they went to the trouble of writing a press release, the least I can do is share it: It’s clear that this year’s Forman lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Chad Orzel, will talk about physics to almost anyone. After all, two of…
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10:50 AM | Three parent babies: it’s not what you think
Most of us came into this world through a moment of passion between our father and mother. Not so for everyone. In the world today there are 200,000 people who were not conceived in the conventional way – but in a Petri dish. For the past 35 years, IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and similar ‘test … Continue reading →

March 24, 2015

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7:45 PM | How to Use Meditation to Cultivate Intimacy
There are three major issues facing our world today, according to Buddhist teacher Michael Stone: Climate change, economic inequality, and a crisis of intimacy. Further, it may be our intimacy issues that are preventing deep engagement with our communities and the environment. So how can we learn intimacy? Intimacy is, at its essence, a practice […]
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4:16 PM | New MacBook Will Touch Back
New super-thin MacBook can detect the force of a finger's pressure and also produce physical illusions.
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3:39 PM | Ingenious Beekeeping Invention Sets Record for Most Money Ever Raised On Indiegogo
For generations, the harvesting of honey has been an intense and arduous process, involving heavy protective equipment and lots of tedious manual labor. But now, there’s a much, much easier way to harvest honey: the “Flow Hive”. Created by father-and-son duo Cedar and Stuart Anderson, the uniquely designed beehive allows you to extract honey by simply turning a tap, saving you the hassle of having to open up the hive and remove each […]
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3:24 PM | Bionic Hand Has Muscles Made From Smart Metal Wires
In cultural perception, an artificial hand looks something like a Steampunk reworking of a hand, with gears and pistons and rods. In the future, an artificial hand would look just like a hand, except with muscles made from smart metal wires.Engineers at Saarland University have equipped an artificial hand with muscles made from  nickel-titanium shape-memory wire, enabling the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications and novel prosthetic devices. The […]
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2:35 PM | 5 Tips for Being More Patient in All Areas of Your Life
Many of us have a problem with patience. That is, we lack it. We might be impatient in all areas of our lives. Or we might get impatient in certain situations. We might get impatient while waiting in line at the store, or sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Or waiting for an email to arrive in […]
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1:44 PM | Mirror, mirror … the best batsman of them all?
“Full many a gem of purest serene The dark oceans of cave bear.” Thomas Gray – Elegy in country churchyard In this post I do a fine grained analysis of the batting performances of cricketing icons from India and also from the international scene to determine how they stack up against each other.  I perform […]
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1:30 PM | Malware Can Steal Data From Non-Networked Computers, Via Heat
Security researchers have come up with malware that can transfer compromised data between computers via increases and decreases in temperature.
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