Researcher see white flashes on ultrasound footage of people cracking their knuckles
How to stop littering? Print EYES on the packaging: When people think they are being watched, they are less likely to drop it
The research was led by Newcastle University. Researchers printed two leaflets, one featuring a prominent image of eyes (pictured) and the same leaflet with the eyes obscured. —> Read More
The International Space Station residents are gearing up to host the Orbital ATK Cygnus space freighter when it arrives Dec. 6. On the ground, a new trio of Expedition 46-47 crew members headed to their launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan before their mid-December mission.
A firework explodes out of popping joints, according to researchers who have just cracked at least some of the mystery behind knuckle cracking. —> Read More
The future has yet to be decided — and there’s no reason to sit around and wait for bureaucrats to make all the necessary choices.
World leaders have converged in Paris for COP21, a conference on climate change that will, for the first time, work toward “a legally binding and universal agreement” to curtail the threat of global warming. With any luck, the 25,000 delegates from governments and agencies around the world will arrive at an accord that could mean better days are ahead for our planet.
Meanwhile, technology companies and entrepreneurs have already plowed forward, enabling substantial change that isn’t tethered to a slow political process.
These advances come in many shapes and sizes. They’re big and small, physical and data-driven, as simple as installing rooftop solar panels or as complex as applying algorithms to analyze and reduce energy consumption. And they’re only going to become a bigger part of the status quo.
The swords that cut this Gordian Knot: breakthrough technologies built and deployed by entrepreneurial companies with global scope.
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn founder
This week, some of the most important tech and business leaders in the world — think Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Marc Benioff — launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which aims to develop zero-carbon energy technology and make it profitable.
“Producing large-scale, reliable, affordable, and carbon-free energy is one of these key global problems. The swords that cut this Gordian Knot: breakthrough technologies built and deployed by entrepreneurial companies with global scope,” LinkedIn founder and coalition member Reid Hoffman said in a statement.
Along those lines, Apple announced in October that, thanks to solar construction, all of its operations in China are carbon-neutral. And IBM’s supercomputer Watson will soon be able to provide <a target="_blank" —> Read More
An experimental satellite slated for launch on Wednesday will test a technique to detect ripples in space and across time, adding a new perspective for viewing and understanding the universe.
Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to new research. —> Read More
Scientists have found the first direct evidence for explosive releases of energy in Saturn’s magnetic bubble using data from the Cassini spacecraft. —> Read More
(Reuters) – Scientists have developed an improved gene editing tool that significantly reduces potentially dangerous “off-target” edits, promising an even more precise and efficient system for manipulating human DNA.
The past few years, Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler spacecraft science team has put together some terrific orrery-type visualization of all the multiple-planet systems discovered by the Kepler spacecraft. An orrery, as you probably know, is a a mechanical model of a solar system, and the metal or plastic ones available these days usually show the relative positions and motions of our own Sun, Earth, Moon and other planets.
However, the Kepler version of the orreries that have been created are video visualizations of the planetary systems discovered by the Kepler mission that have more than one transiting object. This latest version was created by astronomy graduate student Ethan Kruse and it shows all of the Kepler multi-planet systems (1705 planets in 685 systems as of November 24, 2015) on the same scale as our own Solar System (the dashed lines on the right side of the video).
Read the rest of Spinning Worlds: Orrery of Kepler’s Exoplanets, Part IV (149 words)