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October 2 2014

Tibetan plateau gets wired up for monsoon prediction


The gigantic, remote Tibetan plateau is being flooded with sensors in an unprecedented attempt to understand its influence on climate — especially the Asian monsoons, which caused deadly flooding in India and Pakistan in September. The US$49-million Chinese effort could help to predict extreme weather — both in Asia and as far afield as North America — and give scientists a steer on how climate change affects these events.

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October 2 2014

Woodstock New York’s Main Streets Act as a Giant Cosmic Calendar and Compass


It’s not hard to speculate; long before modern roads crisscrossed our landscape, before carriage roads, wagon roads and railroads existed, when nothing but a network of foot paths connected important places, some of these paths may have held a very particular importance themselves. Many were probably used by ancient populations as transportation routes and corridors from village to village, connecting important renewable resources or from waterway to waterway, acting as portages for light craft. Others may have been used for more ceremonial purposes and aligned with celestial events such as equinox and solstice sunrises and sunsets. Could some of these original pathways still exist and be discernable today? Well, the answer is yes.


See also: Happy Autumnal Equinox! by Walter Cruttenden for GrahamHancock.com

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October 2 2014

'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface


A massive feature on the moon formed due to lunar rifts, in a surprise revision to earlier theories, research shows. Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed.


Related: Solving the mystery of the 'man in the moon': Volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon's largest basin

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October 2 2014

Huge Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Is Made of Toxic Cyanide


A giant cloud that covers the south pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a surprisingly poisonous nature: It's made of cyanide. The giant cloud, first spotted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012, is the size of Egypt and covers Titan's south pole.

The discovery suggests that the air above Titan's poles can get much cooler than previously thought, scientists said.

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October 2 2014

Titan's Enigmatic "Magic Island" Continues To Baffle Scientists


Remember that bizarre "magic island" on Titan's northern seas? The one that suddenly emerged and then inexplicably disappeared? Well, it's baaa-aaack — and it's changed.

So this thing — whatever it is — is clearly evolving. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring the progress of the mysterious feature, which resides in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan. It appears to cover an area about 100 square miles (260 square km) in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest seas.

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October 2 2014

This Huge Alien Planet Is Making Its Host Star Age Prematurely


A nearby star is not acting its age, thanks to the influence of a massive exoplanet.

The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said.

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October 2 2014

This Physicist Says She Has Proof Black Holes Simply Don't Exist


Scientists have lots of bizarre theories about black holes. Black holes gobble up everything that gets too close, even light. They can cause time to slow. They contain entire universes.

But here's something about black holes you might not have heard: they simply don't exist.

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October 2 2014

If the Large Hadron Collider made music, what would it sound like?


Helping scientists to discover the Higgs boson was, it seems, just one of the Large Hadron Collider’s talents. It turns out that CERN’s particle accelerator can write a decent tune too.

Seven physicists from the facility have proved it by translating data collected by the Large Hadron Collider’s four experiments – ATLAS, ALICE, CMS and LHCb – into music using “data sonification” technology.

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October 2 2014

Living close to wind farms could cause hearing damage


Living close to wind farms may lead to severe hearing damage or even deafness, according to new research which warns of the possible danger posed by low frequency noise.

The physical composition of inner ear was “drastically” altered following exposure to low frequency noise, like that emitted by wind turbines, a study has found.

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October 2 2014

Your Sense of Smell Could Predict When You'll Die


If you want to know how long you'll live, your nose might help you sniff out the answer, a new study suggests.

In a study of older adults, researchers have found a link between the inability to identify certain scents— like peppermint or fish — and an increased risk of mortality over the next five years. Known as "olfactory dysfunction," the loss of smell is an even stronger predictor of when a person will likely die than conditions such as heart failure, cancer or lung disease, according to researchers at the University of Chicago.

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October 1 2014

Microsoft is trying to predict the future, and so far it's succeeding


Back in June, Microsoft gave Windows Phone's personal assistant the ability to make predictions on World Cup games. It started off as a fun little novelty — the AI inside your phone is making a guess! — but it quickly became a lot more than that: the assistant, Cortana, was actually predicting the outcomes correctly. It ended up nailing all 15 of the knockout games.

That's because Cortana's data was coming from Microsoft's own research arm, and Microsoft is now looking to invest more heavily in its ability to predict the future.

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October 1 2014

Meet Amelia: the computer that's after your job


A new artificially intelligent computer system called 'Amelia' – that can read and understand text, follow processes, solve problems and learn from experience – could replace humans in a wide range of low-level jobs

In February 2011 an artificially intelligent computer system called IBM Watson astonished audiences worldwide by beating the two all-time greatest Jeopardy champions at their own game.

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October 1 2014

Your Digital Twin Could Be Making Your Decisions


In a recent and intriguing article at Business Insider, futurist John Smart makes a bold prediction in regard to near-future technology: Within five years, we could each have a “digital twin” — an online version of ourselves that will make decisions for us in a world of information overload.

Of course, futurists are prone to bold predictions. It’s literally part of the job. But the implications of Smart’s ideas have an eerie ring of plausibility. The basic gist is that, as personal digital assistants like Siri and Cortana evolve, they’ll learn our habits and preferences at the same time that we’re delegating more and more tasks to them.

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October 1 2014

Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells


Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.

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October 1 2014

Smart, eco-friendly new battery made of seeds and pine resin


Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative.


Related: Battery system will be able to light 2,500 homes

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October 1 2014

This little Spanish island will run on 100% renewable energy within months


El Hierro, a tiny Spanish island off the west coast of Africa, has done away with fossil fuels. In just a few months time, the entire island will be running on 100 percent renewable energy - from the power of wind and water.


Related: Solar Energy Could Dominate Electricity by 2050

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October 1 2014

Harvesting energy from walking


A device that fits into a shoe harvests the energy made by walking and successfully uses it in watch batteries.

At the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV), scientists decided to "capture" the energy produced by people walking. They designed a pill-shaped cylinder adapted to a shoe in order to store the mechanical-vibrational energy the person generates when walking.

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