Harnessing the light-bending properties of metamaterials could help hide warm bodies from predators – and be scaled up to hide humans from heat-seeking missiles
My daughter texted me from her homecoming shopping expedition at the mall:
“It’s hard not to buy all the Star Wars stuff,” she wrote.
“I bet,” I replied. “How about a Leia dress?” I asked, with a wink.
“Right, mom.” I could hear her sigh.
Later that day, I spotted the R2D2 dress hanging on her door. “No way!” I said.
“Really!” she said, her face beaming. “Why should I spend all that money on a dress I’ll wear once to a dance at school?” She followed her Jedi heart on that one. But her decision at the mall would prove to create a disturbance in The Force of homecoming.
Around here, the high school homecoming dress code calls for a suit for boys and a cocktail-style dress for girls. My daughter’s dress is more casual. It’s not a “sexy R2D2″ costume; it’s a cute, cotton, above-the-knee sleeveless number with the droid’s design.
The biggest push-back against her decision has come not from me, her father, nor her boyfriend (a fellow Star Wars fanatic), but from the girls.
Not long after her purchase, the evening’s plans started to shift. The circle going to the dance expanded. The wider it became, the less she and her date wanted to go. Then the real reason for the changes came out – the girls didn’t like her dress, and were edging her out of the group. The boys liked the idea, and maybe that’s what bugged the girls. Will their dates wish they were in an R2D2 dress, too? Or will her novelty dress draw focus from their own versions of one-of-a-kind?
My daughter has taken a few direct and secondhand hits from the girls for this fashion choice. Her intuition tells her to resist the pressure. The money needed for —> Read More
California wineries use between 2.5 to 6 gallons of water to make a gallon of wine, not including irrigation water and other needs. But drought is forcing the industry to conserve in new ways.
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.
The human gut is home to trillions of bacteria that affect not just our digestion, but also the way we think, feel and behave. Research increasingly suggests that gut bacteria imbalances may play a significant role in mental and neurological health problems.
The good news? A healthy gut can boost your mood and promote psychological well-being. The better news? Eating certain foods can potentially make all the difference.
Watch the video above to learn more about how bacteria can affect your well-being — and what foods you can eat for both a healthy gut and a good mood.
For more information about the research cited in this video, check out the studies listed below:
- “Less Focused On Recurrent Bad Feelings Through Probiotics”
- “Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function”
- “It’s Not All In Your Head — It’s In Your Gut, Too”
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P-p-p-pongy! Biologists hold sticks covered in FAECES under the beaks of sleeping penguins in bizarre experiment to study their sense of smell
Biologists working in Antarctica held sticks covered in sand, feathers or guano under the beaks of sleeping king penguins (pictured) and watched their reaction. —> Read More
The gadgets are part of CEATEC, Asia’s largest electronics fair. —> Read More