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November 30 2014

Older people may be better learners than we think


Older people may be able to learn more from visual information than their younger counterparts, according to a study published today in the journal Current Biology.

“The take-home message the study authors gave was that healthy older people are good at learning,” said Professor Henry Brodaty, co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW. “They have the same plasticity, but they’re not as good at filtering out other information.”.

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November 30 2014

Truth about sharks: They have personalities, best friends and an exceptional capacity for learning


I was snorkelling far offshore when the bull shark appeared. Movement in the corner of my eye, then a silhouette 30 metres away, slipping through the turquoise haze on that late afternoon. He was fat, with a bright white belly and distinctive snub nose. He studied the two-legged intruder and began to circle, slowly closing the gap: 20 metres, 15, 12...

I stuck it out for as long as I dared, then, trying to avoid panicked splashing, I kicked for the boat, not taking my eyes off him. You don't want to mess around with a bull.

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November 30 2014

NASA is tracking a gargantuan iceberg, escaped from Antarctica


Winter has lifted from Antarctica’s Pine Island Bay, so that passing satellites can once again acquire sunlit views of massive iceberg B31 as it drifts in the Amundsen Sea. NASA has been tracking this iceberg – an ice island, really – since it separated from the front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier a year ago (November 2013). It’s 240 square miles (over 600 square kilometers), in contrast to about 23 square miles for New York’s Manhattan Island. When southern winter fell around May 2014, darkness came to this region of Earth and the iceberg could not be seen for six months.

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November 30 2014

Brown bears return to Chernobyl after a century away


Scientists have captured what is believed to be the first photographic evidence of brown bears within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).

Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, recorded the images.


Related: Should Grizzlies Be Restored to the North Cascades?

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November 30 2014

Ultimate recycling: New plastic that disappears when you want it to


Plastic populates our world through everything from electronics to packaging and vehicles. Once discarded, it resides almost permanently in landfills and oceans. A discovery by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to a specific type of light and is reduced back to molecules, which could then be used to create new plastic.

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November 30 2014

Solar tech could enable world's first underground park


Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City's High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses and trees.

Private planners inspired by the High Line's success are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world's first underground park.


Related: How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs

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November 30 2014

Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries


A recently discovered form of carbon graphite – the material in pencil lead – has turned out to have a completely unexpected property which could revolutionise the development of green energy and electric cars.

Researchers have discovered that graphene allows positively charged hydrogen atoms or protons to pass through it despite being completely impermeable to all other gases, including hydrogen itself.

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November 30 2014

Graphene shows promise for bulletproof armour


The "wonder material" graphene could be used to make bulletproof armour.

US researchers carried out miniature ballistic tests by firing tiny silica spheres at sheets of graphene.

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November 30 2014

Maglev elevators are coming that can go up, down, and sideways


ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering giant, has created what it calls “the holy grail” of the elevator industry: a system that isn’t dependent on ropes or steel cables.

If the technology, named Multi, does well in tests beginning in 2016, the elevators of the future could be powered by the same magnetic levitation (maglev) technology that floats the world’s fastest trains above their tracks.

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November 30 2014

Paperthin Sheet Gives Light, Needs Purpose


Lightpaper looks like a tear in reality, or a handheld computer glitch. Rohinni, a technology company with roots in both Idaho and Austin, Texas, created a paper-thin light-emitting square. When a charge is sent through it, it glows like a gleaming portal.

Rohinni makes Lightpaper by printing a mixture of ink and LEDs together onto a surface that conducts electricity.

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November 29 2014

Time cloak used to hide messages in laser light


A "time cloak" that conceals events rather than objects can hide secret messages through a trick of light, making information invisible to all but the intended recipient.

Like an invisibility cloak that makes something disappear in plain sight, a time cloak makes an event disappear in time. It works by manipulating light traveling along an optical fibre.

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November 29 2014

Female termites found to clone themselves via asexual reproduction


A pair of researches with Kyoto University has found how the queen of one species of termite, Reticulitermes speratus, ensures her genetic lineage continues by creating duplicate copies of herself.


Related: Hermaphrodite snail named after marriage equality

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November 29 2014

More Than 300 Spiders Pretend to Be Ants


Tarantulas and black widows may cause human Miss Muffets to get off their tuffets, but several studies show that many spiders themselves run for their lives if they encounter Myrmarachne melanotarsa, a gregarious jumping spider that pretends to be an ant.


Related: Bumba lennoni: New Species of Tarantula Discovered in Brazil, Named after John Lennon
Related: Mysterious 'Glow Worm' Found in Peruvian Rainforest

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November 29 2014

Robot subs find Antarctic sea ice thicker than expected


The plot thickens, or should it be the ice? The most detailed and comprehensive 3D map so far of Antarctica's winter sea ice shows that big parts of it are much thicker and more smashed-up than we thought, in fact, three times as thick. Data from this map will help us fill in some of the biggest gaps in our global climate models.


Related: Underwater robot produces first precise map of Antarctic sea ice depth

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November 29 2014

Geoengineering the planet: first experiments take shape


Proposals for the first trials to cool the planet include cloud brightening and spraying aerosols into the ozone layer. They might start in just two years.


Related: Geoengineering our climate is not a 'quick fix'

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November 29 2014

Explaining Rare 'Hole Punch' Cloud With Rainbow in the Middle


Residents of Wonthaggi, Australia (map) snapped pictures of a rare, rainbow-filled "hole punch" cloud on Monday. By the next day, the photos had gone viral with speculation about the unusual phenomenon overhead.


Related: A Month of UFO Sightings in Colorado’s San Luis Valley
Related: Another UFO Over a Nuclear Plant, This Time in Arkansas
Related: Boomerang UFO Zigzags Over NH
Related: Ex-NASA Worker Claims She Saw Humans on Mars in 1979

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November 29 2014

14 students “possessed”


CEBU, Philippines - At least 14 students of Toong Integrated School in the mountain barangay of Toong, Cebu City were allegedly possessed by evil spirits yesterday noon.


Alt: Mass Exorcisms Performed on Students in the Philippines
Related: Priest Confirms Exorcism Recorded Through Keyhole is Real

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