Two dinosaur skeletons have been unearthed in Mongolia, solving a mystery that has baffled palaeontologists for 50 years. —> Read More Here
Wild chimps carry out night-time crop raids, footage reveals, suggesting the animals are being pushed into risky foraging behaviour. —> Read More Here
Can Twitter killed off the password? social network reveals new system to sign in using a mobile phone
Digits is a standalone service any app developer can use, and was announced on stage at the first Twitter Flight conference for mobile developers in San Francisco. —> Read More Here
Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe (EXCERPT)
One can only wonder how Albert Einstein might have wrestled with the still-open question of how inanimate atoms produce life. He freely acknowledged the limitations of human understanding, including his own, and in July 1945, he wrote, “We have to admire in humility the beautiful harmony of the structure of this world — as far as we can grasp it. And that is all.” Science alone can take us only so far in our efforts to grasp the world, but sometimes teaming it with the arts can carry us the rest of the way forward on that journey. As a musician, Einstein understood this, and perhaps his love of music offered him insights into how life arises from atoms in ways that are now described in terms of “emergence.”
An emergent phenomenon arises from relatively simple components that somehow become more than the sum of their parts, as random scratches become letters if they are shaped in certain ways. Letters can be grouped into words with meanings that depend upon their sequences. The letters e, l, f, and i, for example, can become “file” or “life.” Emerging from the same kind of mysterious zone wherein the arrangements of words —> Read More Here
NASA’s radar tracking facility in Cooper’s Island, Bermuda, escaped damage from Hurricane Gonzalo and will be ready to support Orbital Sciences Corp.’s scheduled Oct. 27 cargo launch to the international space station
Is pollution to blame for autism? Researchers say breathing toxic air in the first two years of life linked to disorder
Pittsburgh researchers say children with autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have been exposed to toxic air. —> Read More Here
Cook discussed user data security with a top Chinese government official in Beijing just days after claims the government was behind an attack on the service. —> Read More Here
German researchers created the stunning 3D flythrough of a mountain filled area known as ‘chaos terrain’. —> Read More Here
Those little slips of paper that accumulate in our pockets and purses may do more than just document recent take-out meals, pumpkin spice lattes and shopping sprees. Receipts, according to a small study published Wednesday, could also deliver a potentially harmful rush of hormone-scrambling chemicals into our bodies.
The new research adds fuel to a heated public health debate, hinting that bisphenol A, or BPA — a primary ingredient in thermal receipt paper used in cash registers, ATMs and some airline tickets — might more readily leach from the paper and absorb through the skin than previously thought. Men and women in the study who held receipts after using hand sanitizer had up to 185 times more BPA clinging to their skin after one minute, as compared to those who did the same with dry hands. Results also suggested that, after the exposure, BPA in the blood rose to levels previously linked to increased risks of heart disease and diabetes.
“This completely unravels the FDA’s position that BPA is safe,” said co-author Frederick vom Saal, an environmental health expert at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Scrutiny over BPA has been building in recent years, as researchers continue to uncover evidence that —> Read More Here