A Northwestern University professor has plotted a series of graphs revealing some of Hollywood’s scripting tricks. They include leaving the phrase ‘love you’ until the last possible moment. —> Read More Here
Nasa has revealed the full video of its Orion capsule’s re-entry, recorded from the windows of the capsule as it reached 20,000 mph (32,000 kph) enduring temperatures of 2,200°C (4,000°F). —> Read More Here
Instagram has already blessed us with five new filters and other updates this holiday season. But if you’ve got friends who just can’t get enough of the photo-sharing network (and we all do), you may need even more Instagram-themed gifts.
And wow, there are a lot of them. People have created all sorts of ways to not only improve your Instagram photos, but to bring them out of your smartphone and into your real life. Instagram calendar, anyone? Here’s a sampling.
Aesop’s fable about the dangers of urban life goes something like this: A City Mouse visits his cousin in the country and is shocked at the humble meal they eat. The City Mouse invites the Country Mouse to his home in town, where he promises to serve a delicious feast. But when the Country Mouse comes calling, dangerous and stressful interruptions from dogs and cats prevent them from digging into their meal in peace. Returning to his simple home, the Country Mouse thinks, “Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”
The results of new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism echo Aesop’s ancient truth. Researchers from Philipp’s University in Marburg, Germany and the University of Namibia demonstrate that the stress of moving from a rural setting to an urban one makes newly urban transplants more vulnerable to diabetes and other metabolic disorders — at least in the developing world.
“Our findings indicate that people who leave a rural lifestyle for an urban environment are exposed to high levels of stress and tend to have higher levels of the hormone cortisol,” said study co-author Dr. Peter Herbert Kann, M.D. Ph.D. —> Read More Here
Hyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years.
In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building Musk’s futuristic transportation system, which could cut travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco down to 35 minutes. The trip takes between three and four hours by Amtrak train, and more than six hours by car.
The system would carry passengers in pods moving as fast as 800 miles per hour, according to the white paper. The plan laid out by Musk — who has no involvement in the project, and did not help with the paper — has broadened beyond the two California metropoles. Hyperloop Transportation has drawn up maps with lines connecting every major U.S. city.
Housed within a newly-launched crowd-funding company called JumpStartFund, the startup offered wildly varying estimates for the cost of the project — anywhere between $7 billion and $19 billion.
Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn told The Huffington Post that the wide potential price range is due to the unpredictability of prices for materials and other —> Read More Here
The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this newly released image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.
Archaeologists studying Stonehenge and its environs say they’ve unearthed the remnants of an untouched, ancient encampment that dates back 6,000 years–a find that could rewrite British prehistory.
“This is the most important discovery at Stonehenge in over 60 years,” Professor Tim Darvill, a Bournemouth University archaeologist and a Stonehenge expert who was not involved in the new discovery, told the Telegraph. And as he told The Huffington Post in an email, the discovery overturns previous theories that “Stonehenge was built in a landscape that was not heavily used before about 3000 B.C.”
But if scientists are buzzing about the discovery, they’re also bummed about a new government plan calling for the construction of a new tunnel underneath Stonehenge.
The discovery was made during a dig at Blick Mead, a site about 1.5 miles from Stonehenge. Researchers found charcoal dating back to 4,000 B.C. and evidence of “possible structures,” according to a statement released by the university. They also unearthed burnt flint and tools, as well as the remains of aurochs–ancient cattle that served as food for ancient hunter-gatherers.
The researchers plan further analysis on the artifacts but say they’re worried the tunnel construction could damage —> Read More Here
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — The science world has been mostly fixated on Mars and comets, but some scientists at NASA are starting to talk about Venus and a potential manned mission there. —> Read More Here
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19 (UPI) — Elon Musk’s Hyperloop design is seeing progress thanks to a group of UCLA students who have begun to put his plans in motion. —> Read More Here