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August 19 2014

Self-driving lorries 'to get UK test in 2015'


Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports.

The technology allows a convoy of lorries to travel just a few feet from each other, with just the driver at the front in control.

The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said.

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August 19 2014

Should Robot Drivers Kill to Save a Child's Life?


Robots have already taken over the world. It may not seem so because it hasn’t happened in the way science fiction author Isaac Asmiov imagined it in his book I, Robot. City streets are not crowded by humanoid robots walking around just yet, but robots have been doing a lot of mundane work behind closed doors, which humans would rather avoid.


Related: Google's driverless cars designed to exceed speed limit

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August 19 2014

Old car batteries could make cheaper, more efficient solar panels


Lead-acid car batteries have the potential to cause a whole host of environmental issues, but their continued use – which allows manufacturers to recycle the dangerous lead from one battery to another – keeps the pollutants out of the environment. As those batteries are retired in favor of newer, more efficient types (like lithium-ion batteries), however, we’ll stop having somewhere for all that lead to go. According to engineers at MIT, we can recycle them to make long-lasting, low-cost solar panels.

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August 19 2014

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air


IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. – Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.

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August 19 2014

Spill Some Oil? Magnetize It for Cleanup


Oil and water don't mix. Despite that age-old axiom, it sure is hard to get spilled petroleum out of seawater, as was evident during BP's blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. But what if you could make oil magnetic?

That thought came to physicist Arden Warner while he watched coverage of the spill back in 2010.

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August 19 2014

Solomons town first in Pacific to relocate due to climate change


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Under threat from rising sea levels and tsunamis, the authorities of a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands have decided to relocate from a small island in the first such case in the Pacific islands.

Choiseul, a township of around 1,000 people on Taro Island, a coral atoll in Choiseul Bay, is less than two meters (6.6 feet) above sea level. Its vulnerability to storm surges and tsunamis caused by earthquakes is expected to be compounded in the future by rising seas.

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August 19 2014

Sun's activity influences natural climate change, ice age study shows


A new study has, for the first time, reconstructed solar activity during the last ice age. The study shows that the regional climate is influenced by the sun and offers opportunities to better predict future climate conditions in certain regions.

For the first time, a research team has been able to reconstruct the solar activity at the end of the last ice age, around 20,000-10,000 years ago.

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August 19 2014

What WAS this bright circle of lights over Houston? Bright, oval UFO photographed


Could a UFO have visited Texas this week?

Several people have taken it to Twitter to post pictures showing a strange object floating through the Houston clouds during a storm last Monday.

Some of the pictures show a bright oval object hovering. An unrelated picture shows a similar object through clouds.

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August 19 2014

UFOs Caught By Canadian News Crew During Forest Fire Coverage


A video shot outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, during a forest fire unexpectedly captured a lot more than firefighting efforts.


Update: Canadian UFO May Be a Meteor But Second Object Unidentified

Related: New report compiles 25 years of UFO sightings in Canada

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August 19 2014

Alien Contact in Puerto Rico?


An independent group of researchers in Puerto Rico believe they possibly made contact with ‘beings from elsewhere’ last Friday, August 15, 2014, 37th anniversary of the mysterious ‘WOW! Signal’ captured by SETI.”

The “Arecibo Project,” led by Joshua P. Warren, Director of the Bermuda Triangle Research Base, spent the day transmitting radio messages into outer space from Arecibo, Lajas, and other parts of the island, asking ET to appear around certain GPS coordinates as a live webcam streamed footage of the general location.

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August 19 2014

The real Men in Black, Hollywood and the great UFO cover-up


In a new documentary, US government agents claim they spent decades giving fake evidence of extraterrestrials to gullible ufologists. But why? And how can we trust them now?

Hidden among the avalanche of documents leaked by Edward Snowden were images from a Powerpoint presentation by GCHQ, entitled The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations.

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August 19 2014

Scientific Error Delayed the Search for Alien Life


In the 19th century, astronomers believed that solar systems formed in nebular clouds throughout the universe. But 20th century scientists rejected that idea, arguing that our solar system was an aberration. This mistake derailed the search for exoplanets, and extraterrestrials, for decades.

Scientists of the early 20th century argued that tidal forces had caused the sun to spit out the planets when a rogue star passed too close. It was a kind of drive-by shooting theory of planetary formation known as the "Planetesimal Hypothesis."

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August 19 2014

Wildfire Interrupts the Search for Intelligent Aliens


Nature sure has a knack for interrupting astronomy.

Yesterday, observatories atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island were shut down in advance of Hurricane Iselle making landfall. But just across the Pacific Ocean in Northern California, a wildfire forced the shutdown of the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array (ATA) — a collection of radio antennae that are seeking out signals from intelligent alien civilizations.

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August 19 2014

Hairspray Chemical Could Aid Search for Alien Life


Chemicals once found in hairspray may serve as signs of alien life on faraway worlds, researchers say.

These compounds may reveal that extraterrestrials have disastrously altered their planets, scientists added.

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August 18 2014

Dust from beyond our solar system fell to Earth from space probe


It could be the most exotic material on the planet. Seven particles of dust brought back to Earth by a spacecraft nearly a decade ago appear to have come from beyond our solar system.

The specks have all the hallmarks of being created in interstellar space. If confirmed, it would make them the first material from outside the solar system to be brought to Earth for study.


Related: Exotic grains from cosmos identified

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August 18 2014

Tiny 'Nanoflares' May Solve Sun Mystery


Small "nanoflares" erupting from the sun might be the key to unlocking a cosmic mystery, according to a new study.

Scientists have found that the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, can reach temperatures 1,000 times higher than those at the surface of the star, but solar physicists previously had no explanation for why this temperature discrepancy is so great. Now, researchers think the relatively tiny flares may be the "smoking gun" that explains this mysterious cosmic occurrence.

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August 18 2014

Could tensions over Ukraine hit space?


With the downing of flight MH17, tensions between Russia and the United States over Ukraine have reached a new high. New tougher sanctions have been put in place, targeting Russia's finance, defence and energy sectors. But Russia may have found a way to hit back - and America's space industry is its target.

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface in 1969, it was the pivotal point in a space race that had lasted for more than a decade.

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