A team of astronomers has made the most detailed radar images yet of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images, which were taken early in the morning on Jan. 27, 2014, reveal the asteroid’s surface features in unprecedented clarity. —> Read More Here
A new study adds to the growing evidence supporting a theory that strange electronic behaviors — including high-temperature superconductivity and heavy fermion physics — arise from quantum fluctuations of strongly correlated electrons. —> Read More Here
Seismic investigations from the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt in eastern China suggest that this region was affected by extreme mantle perturbation and crust-mantle interaction during the Mesozoic era. The Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt formed through the collision between the North and South China blocks, which produced large-scale destruction of the cratonic lithosphere, accompanied by widespread magmatism and metallogeny. —> Read More Here
Rosetta scientists are scouring comet images in the hope of finding where Philae ended up — and there’s hope the tiny lander might reawaken as soon as May. —> Read More Here
Forget the luxury yacht: Lockheed Martin to sell off experimental ‘superstable’ military craft with ‘party deck’ that can cut through 12 foot waves without spilling your martini
The twin hulled ship is being sold online for $180,000 – with its seller ‘very motivated. It can sleep six, and remain stable in rough seas. —> Read More Here
A new poll of American scientists suggests that a large majority of them (82 percent) regard population growth as a major challenge, almost as many as those who believe that climate change is mostly due to human activity (87 percent). The poll, which was conducted by the Pew Research Center, indicates that a clear majority of the American public (59 percent) are concerned that there won’t be enough food and resources to accommodate a growing world population, but the level of concern in the scientific community, as with climate change, is noticeably higher.
On one level, the poll results are not surprising. For decades now leading scientists have been warning that humanity is overusing planetary resources and inflicting dangerous harm on the environment. Earlier this month 18 scientists authored a paper in the journal Science warning that humanity is encroaching on nine “planetary boundaries,” and that we have already crossed four of them: deforestation, the extinction rate for plant and animal species, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the runoff (from fertilizer) of nitrogen and phosphorous into the ocean.
What is remarkable, however, is that given the levels of —> Read More Here
The presumed divide, according to Iowa State University, is caused by a tendency to focus on a few extreme differences rather than the many small similarities. —> Read More Here
Mind-reader gives a voice to people with locked-in syndrome: Electrical signals could help suffers ‘speak’ to their loved ones
Two separate groups in Austria and Canada have developed ‘mind readers’ that combine the use of vibrating pads and an electrode cap to measure a patient’s brain signals. —> Read More Here
How does the virus infect us and why is it back? —> Read More Here
NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) now is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 6:20 a.m. PST (9:20 a.m. EST) Saturday, Jan. 31.