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June 13 2015

Italy’s eels have a cocaine problem


There are lots of scary-looking things in the sea: sharks, giant squids, jellyfish. But the thing we really should be scared of most is the growing trash pile swirling in our oceans. There are 5 trillion pieces of trash floating out there, and it’s ending up in the stomachs of many sea animals.

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June 13 2015

Excess Trees in Japan are Harming the Environment


Can trees cause pollution? Short answer: yes -- mismanaged forests can cause nutrient pollution. Cypress and cedar trees in Japan are causing massive amounts of nitrogen runoff into local streams, resulting in harmful algae blooms.

But, it's not exactly their fault. The trees are planted in massive, commercial plantations, many of which have mostly fallen into a state of disrepair since their establishment half a century ago, during a period of high demand for wood within Japan.

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June 13 2015

How to convert US to 100 percent renewable energy


It's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy, experts say. A new report is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can achieve such a transition by 2050. The 50 individual state plans call for aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy, but indicate that the conversion is technically and economically possible through the wide-scale implementation of existing technologies.

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June 13 2015

How To Build A Home Fusion Reactor


The Boy Who Played with Fusion had its beginnings in 2010 when, as a contributing editor at PopSci, I discovered a small and unusual community of makers, high-energy hobbyists who were taking on both the formidable theory and the precision engineering of applied nuclear science. The idea that self-taught amateurs outside the Big Science world of billion-dollar laboratories were tinkering with nukes—fusing atomic nuclei, transmuting elements, constructing atom-smashing machines in DIY laboratories—was both intriguing and unsettling.

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June 13 2015

Need Clean Water? Just Add These Seeds


Clean, drinkable water is unfortunately out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world, contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty and disease. People who have to spend large amounts of time finding safe water to drink don't have time for other things like education or work, and contaminated water often harbors deadly diseases. But there is hope, in the form of nanotech filters, light-based water purifiers, and an ancient Egyptian seed.

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June 13 2015

Antigravity pump lifts water upwards with no power source


Carrying liquids up a hill usually involves a pump, or a lot of buckets. But now it seems water can do some of the heavy lifting itself.

Kesong Liu of Beihang University in Beijing, China, and his colleagues have developed a way to lift water with no need for an external source of energy. Although the technique only works over short distances at the moment, it could be useful for microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices that shift small amounts of water around to analyse diseases.


Related: Stanford has created a water-droplet computer

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June 13 2015

Molecules Reach Coldest Temperature Ever


Physicists have chilled molecules to just a smidgen above absolute zero — colder than the afterglow of the Big Bang.

Scientists have created such superchilled atoms, these are the coldest molecules (which are two or more atoms chemically connected) ever created, the scientists said. The achievement could reveal the wacky physics thought to occur at jaw-droppingly cold temperatures.

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June 13 2015

Quantum Cheshire Cat effect may be explained by standard quantum mechanics


A grin without a cat" is how Lewis Carroll describes the Cheshire Cat's mysterious way of disappearing while leaving its grin behind in his 1865 classic, Alice in Wonderland. The fanciful character raises a question that has captured physicists' attention over the past few years: can an object be separated from its properties?

In 2013, Yakir Aharonov and his coauthors conceived of an experiment suggesting that a photon can be separated from its polarization (a property that tells the direction in which a wave oscillates).

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June 13 2015

Quantum Phenomenon That Existed in the Early Universe --"Evidence Observed"


Scientists see ripples of a particle-separating wave in primordial plasma, a key sign of quark-gluon plasma and evidence for a long-debated quantum phenomenon that's called a "chiral magnetic wave" rippling through the soup of quark-gluon plasma created in energetic particle smashups.

Scientists in the STAR collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, a particle accelerator shown above exploring nuclear physics and the building blocks of matter at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, have new evidence the magnetic wave.

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June 13 2015

Mapping 90 years of UFO sightings: Fireballs are most common, while egg-shaped craft are rarer


Some people may roll their eyes at the idea of UFO sightings, while others are certain they have seen alien craft. Now a data visualisation expert has created a map of the US showing almost 90 years of official UFO sightings, including information such as the time of day they are typically noticed in different months.


Related: Twin UFOs Seen Searching For Loch Ness Monster
Related: Giant UFOs in World War Two

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June 13 2015

Wild Things of World War Two


For around twelve weeks, Karapetyan and his unit were stationed at Buynaksk, in the Republic of Dagestan, doing their utmost to lessen the alarming expansions across Europe by the Nazis. On one particular morning, and quite out of the blue, a Buynaksk-based police officer visited Karapetyan’s camp and shared with him some astonishing news.

High in the surrounding, cold peaks, a man had been captured by local villagers. This was not a normal man, however.

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June 13 2015

Fairy Milk & Alien Smoothies: Excerpt from Joshua Cutchin's 'A Trojan Feast'


Milk, a staple of life since time immemorial, is common in faerie lore. Practically all of the fae folk accept milk as an offering, are quick to steal it from farmers, and occasionally offer it directly to humans (recall the man who died for rejecting the banshee’s buttermilk).

It isn’t always animal milk that faeries offer, however. In one Scandinavian folktale, a young cowherd was fending off sleep when a faerie happened upon him. “You look hungry,” she said seductively. “Come, I’ll give you something to drink. Take a suck, if you dare.”
Extracted from A TROJAN FEAST: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch

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June 12 2015

Reality doesn’t exist until you look at it, pioneering quantum physics experiment finds


Reality doesn’t exist until it’s measured, at least for very small things, new research has found.

By replicating a famous experiment where an object is given a choice for how to behave, physicists found that the object doesn’t actually make its decision until it is seen. The finding proves one of the central parts of quantum theory, a branch of science that has been applied to make much of our modern technology.

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June 12 2015

This Unbelievable Coincidence Is Responsible For Life In The Universe


Life is dependent upon a lot of coincidences, but there’s only one that was so improbable that physicists laughed at the very idea of it. Here’s why something known as the “beryllium bottleneck” should have choked out all life before it even got started.

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June 12 2015

Elon Musk's SpaceX Plans To Launch 4,000 Satellites, Broadcasting Internet To Entire World


Elon Musk's SpaceX has officially asked for permission to build a constellation of 4,000 satellites capable of beaming the Internet to the most remote regions of the earth. The plan, outlined in a request to the Federal Communications Commission, would transform Musk's rocket company into a new Internet service provider to compete with the likes of Verizon and Comcast. And you thought you were having a productive day.

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June 12 2015

Computer solves 120-year-old biology problem that had scientists stumped


Can computer software invent scientific theories and ideas as well as crunch numbers? That's the suggestion being put forward by Michael Levin and Daniel Lobo, two computer scientists at Tufts University, Massachusetts in the US, who have programmed a computer to come up with its own scientific hypothesis on one of biology's most well-known mysteries.

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June 12 2015

Enough data stored in DNA of every life-form to occupy capacity of a billion trillion supercomputers


Scientists have shown that the Earth is not so much the planet of the apes as the planet of the DNA molecule – calculating that there is enough of it in the world to fill a billion shipping containers.

The researchers totted up the number of organisms in the world, from the tiniest virus to the biggest whale, multiplied this by the total number of their cells containing at least once DNA molecule and converted this figure into an estimated weight – about 50bn tonnes of genetic material.

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