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August 25 2014

Aircraft to be given 'human-like skin' to sense damage


A system that allows the exterior of aircraft to "feel" damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is in development by BAE Systems.

The British defence contractor said the technology, which works by covering the entire body of a plane with tens of thousands of micro-sensors, is able to detect problems before they occur.

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August 25 2014

Researchers Replicate Crucial Step In Photosynthesis Which May Lead To Cheaper Hydrogen Fuels


An ANU team has successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, opening the way for biological systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel.

“Water is abundant and so is sunlight. It is an exciting prospect to use them to create hydrogen, and do it cheaply and safely,” said Dr. Kastoori Hingorani, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis in the ANU Research School of Biology.

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August 25 2014

At ease, Iceland: volcano alert deemed false alarm


Iceland lowered its warning code for possible volcanic disruption to the aviation industry to orange from red on Sunday after further analysis of an apparent eruption under a glacier found there had been no eruption after all.

The risk level had been raised to red, the highest level on the country's five-point alert system, on Saturday after authorities detected signs of a small eruption beneath a glacier near the Bardarbunga volcano in central Icela.

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August 25 2014

Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids


Examination of one of the Almahata Sitta meteorites (aka, ALM-A, found in Sudan in 2008) by a team of space scientists working in Germany has revealed a volcanic past. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they dated the meteorite to just a few million years after our solar system was born and uncovered evidence that it suggests it was produced by volcanic activity.

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August 24 2014

Scientists Find Remnants of One of Universe's Oldest Stars—And It's Huge


After digging around in the light from an old, orange star, astronomers have found possible remnants of one of the universe's first stars: a giant that may have been more than 140 times as massive as the sun.

The finding, reported Thursday in the journal Science, marks the first time astronomers have made observations suggesting that such massive stars populated the early universe, despite decades of theories proposing that some of those first stars must have been huge.


Related: Traces of One of Universe's First Stars Detected

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August 24 2014

Martian Mystery: What Is Odd Cell-Like Structure in Mars Meteorite?


Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they're not claiming that it's evidence of Red Planet life.

The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure's appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes, team members said.

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August 24 2014

Atomic Clock Will Fly to Space Station in 2016


A new atomic clock is due for installation on the International Space Station in 2016, ushering in a new age of physics experiments probing the relationship between space and time.

Called PHARAO (short for Projet d'Horloge Atomique par Refroidissement d'Atomes en Orbit), the atomic clock tells time by using lasers to chill cesium atoms to minus 273 degrees Celsius. It was designed by CNES, the French space agency, and is expected to travel to the station in two years.

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August 24 2014

Origins of Jupiter's Vast Magnetic Field Deciphered


Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times stronger than Earth’s, and is by far the largest magnetosphere around a planet in our Solar System. Just why this field has a similar structure to that of our own planet although the interiors of the two celestial objects have a completely different structure, has mystified researchers for a long time.

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August 24 2014

Pyramid and human “beehives” designed for Mars dwellers


A Martian pyramid, a modular beehive, and a three-tiered Acropolis have made the final cut in the MakerBot Mars Base Challenge.

Run by Thingiverse and launched in conjunction with the 3D printer maker and Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the challenge has been open since May 30 and clocked up 227 applications. The three winning entries will each be awarded a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in order to help them fully explore their designs for Martian abodes.

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August 24 2014

Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa: Best Bet for Alien Life?


WASHINGTON — Jupiter's moon Europa doesn't look like a particularly inviting place for life to thrive; the icy satellite is nearly 500 million miles (800 million kilometers) from the sun, on average.

But beneath its icy crust lies a liquid ocean with more water than Earth contains. This ocean is shielded from harmful radiation, making Europa one of the solar system's best bets to host alien life.

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August 24 2014

Do Aliens Have a UFO Base On The Moon?


It's a conspiracy theory that won't go away: that life exists on the Moon and government agencies are keeping the truth from coming out.

The latest sighting by a keen UFO enthusiast claims that a sighting of a dark shape on Google Moon – the search engine's software that shows a photographic map of the equatorial region of the Moon – is evidence for an alien base on the Moon.

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August 24 2014

'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life


More than two years into the Curiosity rover’s lonely trek across Mars, conspiracy theorists believe they’ve struck gold: an ‘alien thigh bone’ has been spotted on the surface of the red planet.

“Simply put this shows that there were some living things on the Mars (sic),” asserts an anonymous editorial writer at Northern Voices Online, while the popular site UFO Blogger compares the find to previous images of a “fossilized, reptilian spine” and a “human finger”.

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August 24 2014

Was The Norwalk Cat An ABC Or Just A Big Canine?


As reported here and around the world, a homeowner in Norwalk, California, checked the video on his home surveillance camera the night of July 29 and saw what appeared to be a mountain lion or possibly an escaped African lion walking through his yard. Wildlife experts, police and anyone with an opinion could not come to any agreement on what the creature was, where it came from or where it went. Now some are claiming proof it’s just a big dog, but the evidence is still sketchy.

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August 24 2014

How tech could spell the end of animals in drugs testing


We are in a pharmaceutical ice age where fewer drugs are being developed. But new computer modelling and bioengineering techniques could revitalise the industry – and make animal testing obsolete

Think of a world where more new medicines are available more quickly, more safely and with few, if any, animals used in research.

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August 24 2014

Earth houses 462 more species of bird than previously thought


There are 462 more species of bird in the world than previously thought after the most comprehensive avian analysis ever undertaken identified 46 new species of parrot, 26 extra owls and a host of other new entrants to the record books.

The study of the world’s 4,087 known species of non-songbirds discovered that there are in fact 4,549 of them, after the research group Birdlife International changed the way it analysed the birds to a more consistent approach.

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August 24 2014

Crows and other animals grieve for their dead, new book claims


Crows and other animals experience grief at the loss of a loved one, according to a new book about people’s attitudes towards the biggest mass extinction for 65 million years.

In Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction, Australian anthropologist and philosopher Thom Van Dooren argues that the idea of “human exceptionalism” – that people feel a range of emotions while animals do not – has damaged our attitude towards the environment.

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August 24 2014

Orcas and other animals may speak with complexity


From forest to ocean, the animal din of grunts, squawks, squeaks and squeals may be the product of complex vocal systems that are only an evolutionary step away from generating humanlike language.

The vocalizations of orangutans, finches, killer whales and four other animal species have some form of grammar and may be more language-like in structure than previously thought, researchers report August 20 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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