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Japanese Scientists Use Sound To Levitate Objects And Manipulate Them Midair [VIDEO]
Jan 03, 2014 14:49 PM E
Japanese scientists have developed a new method for acoustic levitation, whereby objects are manipulated using sound waves. Possible since the 1970s, acoustic levitation has only previously involved moving an object on one axis. Now University of Tokyo scientists have found a way to move the object from side to side while midair.
algae to oil
Scientists Convert Algae Into Crude Oil In One Minute -- A Process That Takes Nature Millions Of Years
Jan 02, 2014 15:36 PM E
It takes nature millions of years for nature to make oil out of algae, but United States Department of Energy scientists have found a way to do it in just a minute. Developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the process of "hydrothermal liquefaction" basically replicates what nature does, but a lot quicker, says lead researcher Douglas Elliott.
Times Square Ball
New Year's Eve Times Square Ball: What Goes Into The World's Most Famous Ball Drop?
Dec 31, 2013 16:01 PM E
The 2014 Times Square Ball drop is just hours away. The 12-foot geodesic sphere is crammed with 2,688 Waterford Crystals and 32,256 lights, bringing the weight of the 2014 New Year's Eve ball to almost 12,000 pounds. For the first time ever, the ball is being powered by energy harnessed from bicycles.
Mars One
Mars One Narrows Applicant Pool: 1,058 People Now In The Running To Colonize The Red Planet
Dec 31, 2013 12:31 PM E
From over 200,000 applicants, Mars One has whittled the pool down to 1,058 people. The next rounds will test the candidates physical and mental health. The first group of four people will colonize Mars in 2025, if everything goes as planned.
hornworm caterpillar
Nicotine-Puffing Caterpillar Uses 'Defensive Halitosis' To Ward Off Wolf Spider Predators
Dec 30, 2013 18:43 PM E
Hornworm caterpillars ingest nicotine from plants and then expel it through holes in their bodies, repelling predator wolf spiders. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany made the discovery when trying to figure out how it is that the caterpillar can eat toxic nicotine without it killing them.
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33% Of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution, According To Pew Survey
Dec 30, 2013 17:22 PM E
Almost a third of Americans don't believe in evolution, according to a new Pew Research survey. The number of Americans has stayed about the same since Pew last conducted the survey in 2009, but the number of Republicans who don't believe in evolution has plummeted from 54 percent in 2009 to 43 in 2013.
Antarctic Heritage Trust
Lost Antarctica Photos: Unearthed Negatives From Shackleton Expedition Yield Century-Old Photos
Dec 30, 2013 14:14 PM E
Undeveloped negatives discovered earlier this year at Robert Falcon Scott's Cape Evans hut have yielded pictures of the Ross Sea Party, which inhabited the hut between 1915 and 1917. The cellulose nitrate negatives were uncovered by New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust. Two of the photos depict Alexander Stevens, the party's chief scie...
eye reflection
Pupil Reflections In Photos Of Victims' Eyes Could Help Police Catch Perpetrators
Dec 28, 2013 17:10 PM E
Investigators of crimes can zoom into photographs and extract information from pupils' reflections, according to a study published in PLoS One. In the study, psychologists Rob Jenkins and Chistie Kerr found that participants were routintely able to identify bystanders reflected in a person's pupil.
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'Super Ball Bot' Rover: NASA's Crazy Wheel-Free Robot Could Bounce Around Planets One Day [VIDEO]
Dec 27, 2013 16:51 PM E
The Super Ball Bot, a conceptual tensegrity robot, may be the future of rovers sent to other planets and moons. The lightweight, revolutionary robot has no wheels, but is composed of cables and rods instead. Unlike a traditional rover, like Curiosity, multiple Super Ball Bots could be dropped on a planet, coordinating their activity with one another.
midwest fireball
'Fireball' That Lit Up The Midwest Sky Could Have Been A Meteor Or Just Artificial Debris
Dec 27, 2013 14:57 PM E
A fireball lit up the night sky over the Midwest last night. Hundreds of reports from six states flooded in to the American Meteor Society's website. A fireball is a meteor which is at least as bright as Venus in the evening or morning sky.
great white shark
Sharks In Western Australia Using Twitter To Warn Swimmers Of Their Presence
Dec 26, 2013 17:34 PM E
A group in Western Australia has placed 320 transmitters on sharks, causing the sharks to automatically tweet whenever they get too close to shore. The group, Surf Life Saving WA, hopes the measures will increase beach safety by giving swimmers immediate notifications about sharks near popular beaches. Western Australia is among the deadliest place for shark attacks in the world.
Milky Way
'BlackHoleCam' Will Harness Telescopes Around The World To Create First-Ever Image Of Milky Way's Black Hole
Dec 26, 2013 11:25 AM E
The BlackHoleCam will attempt to image the event horizon at the center of the Milky Way, proving that a black hole exists within. The BlackHoleCam will take readings from multiple radio telescopes around the globe to pick up evidence of the event horizon. No image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way has ever been created.
bottlenose dolphin
Dolphin Deaths Continue Along East Coast, May Indicate Poor Ocean Health
Dec 24, 2013 15:35 PM E
Over 1,000 dolphins have died along the East Coast of the United States this year, exceeding the 1987-88 dolphin die-off. Morbillivirus has claimed a majority of the dolphins, but there are other causes for the deaths, especially in Florida. The deaths may be an indication of poor ocean health along the East Coast.
Christmas Eve spacewalk
ISS Spacewalk 2013: Astronauts Make Rare Christmas Eve Repair To Cooling System
Dec 24, 2013 14:28 PM E
ISS astronauts performed a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk today to repair part of the station's cooling system. The Christmas Eve spacewalk was the second one of the week. On Saturday, astronauts removed the faulty cooling pump; they replaced the pump today.
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