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September 15 2014

Water-splitter could make hydrogen fuel on Mars


Making fuel on site for a return trip to Mars may be a step closer. A cunning way to split water into oxygen and hydrogen in two distinct steps could be a boon to both astronauts and future Earthlings, enabling them to use renewable energy sources for making hydrogen fuel.

Hydrogen fuel cells can power vehicles ranging from cars to submarines and rockets.

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September 15 2014

Quantum Mechanics Saves Grandfathers From Time Travelers


Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler goes back in time and kills one of his ancestors? This is the “Grandfather Paradox.” In a simulated environment, a team of mathematicians tested the paradox, and made a remarkable discovery: In time travel simulations, at least, history repeats itself.

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September 15 2014

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'


What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."

That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.

"We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and listening to atoms".

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September 15 2014

Let me ask you this: 'Why aren't there smells in dreams?'


A research study published in 1896 looked at the prevalence of different sensory experiences in dreams. It found the following occurrence frequency (percent of dreams featuring each sense):

Visual - 85%
Auditory - 69%
Touch - 11%
Smell - 7%
Taste - 6%

So visual experience dominates dreaming, while touch, smell, and taste are quite low. But why? No one has actually tried to find out why experimentally. But here are some possible reasons based on what is known about the brain.

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September 15 2014

Spinach May Aid Weight Loss By Curbing Cravings


Popeye's energy source, spinach, can decrease cravings and aid weight loss, according to a recent study.

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden found that a spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases hedonic hunger with up to 95 percent -- and increases weight loss with 43 percent.

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September 15 2014

Comfort Food Is a Myth


New research finds that, contrary to our beliefs, such foods don’t have any special ability to improve our moods.

What’s your favorite “comfort food”? You know you have one—a treat you use to soothe bruised feelings following some distressing event.

Well, guess what: You’re kidding yourself. A new study finds comfort foods are no more effective at lifting moods than any other foods—or even sitting quietly without consuming a calorie.

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September 15 2014

Where Do Baby Names Come From? Right-Hand Letters On QWERTY Keyboard Influence Popularity


Debating about what to name your baby? Whether you choose what’s vogue, or follow a long-standing tradition of naming your child after a relative, your QWERTY keyboard has a small, but significant impact on your child’s name. According to a study presented at the Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Austin, Texas, today’s most popular baby names have a strange commonality: they’re mostly written with the right hand, which is considered more positive than those typed with the left hand.

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September 15 2014

Engineers develop first intelligent, heated clothing


Were you a little chilly last winter? So were Alex Huang and Jason Yakimovich. And they did something about it.

Then students slogging through bitter drifts to fourth-year classes, the two were so unimpressed by the polar vortex that they decided to take matters into their own hands by inventing the world's first intelligent heated base layer.

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September 15 2014

Google's High-Tech Spoon Could Help People With Parkinson’s


Lift's spoons are not your ordinary flatware. They’re designed for people whose hands shake, whether from essential tremor or a neurodegenerative disorder such as Parkinson’s. Embedded in their oversized handles is an electronic system that senses the tremors and responds with counter-movements designed to keep the spoons’ business ends relatively stable. The handle moves, but the business end stays relatively stable, so the food doesn't fall off on its way to your mouth.

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September 15 2014

Artificial spleen cleans up blood


Researchers have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A device inspired by the spleen can quickly clean blood of everything from Escherichia coli to Ebola, researchers report on 14 September in Nature Medicine.

Blood infections can be very difficult to treat, and can lead to sepsis, an often-fatal immune response.

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September 15 2014

Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save


CAN we teach a robot to be good? Fascinated by the idea, roboticist Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK built an ethical trap for a robot – and was stunned by the machine's response.

In an experiment, Winfield and his colleagues programmed a robot to prevent other automatons – acting as proxies for humans – from falling into a hole. This is a simplified version of Isaac Asimov's fictional First Law of Robotics – a robot must not allow a human being to come to harm.

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September 15 2014

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind


Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans.

HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea.

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September 15 2014

Remember when we were all freaked out about the ozone? Our obsession worked


It sometimes feels as if environmental news is never good news, but that certainly isn’t true when it comes to the ozone layer. The United Nations has announced that the ozone layer is showing “signs of recovery.” Evidence has pointed to recovery for some time, but researchers have waited until they were confident that the hole in the ozone layer was beginning to heal. It’s not yet restored to perfect health — that will take a few more decades — but a significant corner has been turned.

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September 15 2014

Boom in Retiring Lab Chimpanzees Fills New Sanctuaries With Apes


KEITHVILLE, Louisiana—It's a few minutes before 8 a.m. at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees, and the air fills with their excited hoots and cries. Chimps in an open-air forested enclosure have spotted veterinarian Raven Jackson carrying a caddy packed with their morning's juice treats and frozen bananas. A half-dozen dark-haired chimpanzees crowd the wire metal gate and wait for her to dispense the goodies.

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September 15 2014

'Third eye' helps sea turtles sense changes in seasons


Each summer, leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) migrate thousands of kilometers from their tropical breeding grounds to feed in cooler waters. Yet how the animals know when to begin their long journey back south at the end of the season has mostly remained a mystery. New findings, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, suggest that leatherback sea turtles may be able to sense seasonal changes in sunlight by means of an unpigmented spot on the crown of their head.

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September 14 2014

Lake Monster Exists, Concludes Icelandic Commission


In 2012 a video of what was claimed to be Iceland’s most famous lake monster went viral. The home video, claiming to depict a legendary monster named Lagarfljótsormurinn, showed a long, serpentine form apparently swimming in a glacial river in eastern Iceland.

Icelandic folktales have long told of a serpent in that lake. In their book “Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales,” folklorists May and Hallberg Hallmundsson describe one origin tale of the beast: “At one time, long, long ago, there was a woman living on a farm in the Lagarfljót district, close by the stream where it broadens into a lake.

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September 14 2014

Dinosaurs lost the ability to taste sugar; hummingbirds re-evolved it


Chickens are not fussy eaters. Any object resembling food is worth an exploratory peck. But give a chicken the choice between sugary sweets and seeds, and they will pick the grains every time. This is odd. Many animals, including our own sugar-mad species, salivate for sugar because it is the flavor of foods rich in energy. New research suggests that many birds’ lack of interest in sugar is the result of genes inherited from their dinosaur ancestors.

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