While on its long road to restart, yet another milestone was reached at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) over the weekend. —> Read More Here
The Victor M. Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) in the Chilean Andes. Credit: Berkeley Lab
Since the early 20th century, scientists and physicists have been burdened with explaining how and why the Universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate. For decades, the most widely accepted explanation is that the cosmos is permeated by a mysterious force known as “dark energy”. In addition to being responsible for cosmic acceleration, this energy is also thought to comprise 68.3% of the universe’s non-visible mass.
Much like dark matter, the existence of this invisible force is based on observable phenomena and because it happens to fit with our current models of cosmology, and not direct evidence. Instead, scientists must rely on indirect observations, watching how fast cosmic objects (specifically Type Ia supernovae) recede from us as the universe expands.
This process would be extremely tedious for scientists – like those who work for the Dark Energy Survey (DES) – were it not for the new algorithms developed collaboratively by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley.
“Our algorithm can classify a detection of a supernova candidate in about .01 seconds, whereas an experienced human scanner can take several seconds,” said Danny —> Read More Here
LONDON, Nov. 25 (UPI) — By combining the forces of three USB microscopes purchased online, Adam Lynch was able to replicate the effects of an inverted microscope on the cheap. —> Read More Here
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have photographed a distant barred spiral galaxy called NGC 986. NGC 986 (also known as Dunlop 519) was discovered in 1828 by the Scottish astronomer James Dunlop. It is a bright, 11th-magnitude spiral galaxy (type SBab) located in the southern constellation of Fornax, 56 million light-years away. Its golden [...] —> Read More Here
By Anika Rice
“The unique power of art is that it can transcend differences, connect with people on a visceral level, and compel action,” says creative conservationist and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Asher Jay.
Through her cause-driven artistic projects and campaigns, Jay sheds light on the world’s threatened wildlife and the causes behind the madness that puts them at risk. For this reason, she designed the Hear Me Roar t-shirt, a stylish garment with a higher purpose that spreads awareness about declining lion populations.
A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirt will go to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative which works to create awareness and implement change so big cats don’t disappear in the wild forever.
Jay creates the artwork featured on the t-shirt while explaining her passion for wildlife in the video “The Wild Creative,” above. The t-shirt has arrived just in time for Big Cat Week (starting on Nat Geo Wild November 28 in the United States) as well as the holiday season.
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More than half of emerging human infectious diseases—including SARS and Ebola—originate in animals —> Read More Here
Eggs are working hard to put their bad rap behind them, as evidence increasingly places the LDL problem at the feet of dietary fat and not cholesterol. Matt Lieberman talks up a new study extolling the benefits of a daily egg or three. —> Read More Here
Mob psychology feeds a need to belong — and police efforts can backfire. —> Read More Here
Researchers in human genetics have known that long nucleotide repeats in DNA lead to instability of the genome and ultimately to human hereditary diseases such Freidreich’s ataxia and Huntington’s disease. Scientists have believed that the lengthening of those repeats occur during DNA replication when cells divide or when the cellular DNA repair machinery gets activated. Recently, however, it became apparent that yet another process called transcription, which is copying the information from DNA into RNA, could also been involved. —> Read More Here
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure or mandibular advancement devices can lead to modest improvements in depressive symptoms, according to a study. —> Read More Here