Lacerant Plainer2014-07-18 08:23:55
Babies' Practice Speech before they are able to speak : Fascinating study coupled with some earlier posts about the way human babies recognize language. While I was first quite interested in how toddlers learn (see SAF - A Change of Mind.m4v ), there is more research now in this area, which is amazing to know about. University of Washington researchers have published a new paper which is linked to this post as well.

Article Extract: “Most babies babble by 7 months, but don’t utter their first words until after their first birthdays,” said lead author Patricia Kuhl, who is the co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “Finding activation in motor areas of the brain when infants are simply listening is significant, because it means the baby brain is engaged in trying to talk back right from the start and suggests that 7-month-olds’ brains are already trying to figure out how to make the right movements that will produce words.”

The results emphasize the importance of talking to kids during social interactions even if they aren’t talking back yet. “Hearing us talk exercises the action areas of infants’ brains, going beyond what we thought happens when we talk to them,” Kuhl said. “Infants’ brains are preparing them to act on the world by practicing how to speak before they actually say a word.”

Motherese : Babies of parents who used more sound effects and motherese actually had better vocabularies when they were 2. The effects were the strongest when moms used sound effects around the 10 and 11-month babies.

Article link: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/14/months-before-their-first-words-babies-brains-rehearse-speech-mechanics/

Research Paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html

Source: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/kinderlab/talking-babies-their-own-language

Babies learn to recognize words (sounds) in the womb: http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb

#babies #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-07-18 08:23:55
    Babies' Practice Speech before they are able to speak : Fascinating study coupled with some earlier posts about the way human babies recognize language. While I was first quite interested in how toddlers learn (see SAF - A Change of Mind.m4v ), there is more research now in this area, which is amazing to know about. University of Washington researchers have published a new paper which is linked to this post as well.

    Article Extract: “Most babies babble by 7 months, but don’t utter their first words until after their first birthdays,” said lead author Patricia Kuhl, who is the co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “Finding activation in motor areas of the brain when infants are simply listening is significant, because it means the baby brain is engaged in trying to talk back right from the start and suggests that 7-month-olds’ brains are already trying to figure out how to make the right movements that will produce words.”

    The results emphasize the importance of talking to kids during social interactions even if they aren’t talking back yet. “Hearing us talk exercises the action areas of infants’ brains, going beyond what we thought happens when we talk to them,” Kuhl said. “Infants’ brains are preparing them to act on the world by practicing how to speak before they actually say a word.”

    Motherese : Babies of parents who used more sound effects and motherese actually had better vocabularies when they were 2. The effects were the strongest when moms used sound effects around the 10 and 11-month babies.

    Article link: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/14/months-before-their-first-words-babies-brains-rehearse-speech-mechanics/

    Research Paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html

    Source: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/kinderlab/talking-babies-their-own-language

    Babies learn to recognize words (sounds) in the womb: http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb

    #babies #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-07-18 08:23:55
    Babies' Practice Speech before they are able to speak : Fascinating study coupled with some earlier posts about the way human babies recognize language. While I was first quite interested in how toddlers learn (see SAF - A Change of Mind.m4v ), there is more research now in this area, which is amazing to know about. University of Washington researchers have published a new paper which is linked to this post as well.

    Article Extract: “Most babies babble by 7 months, but don’t utter their first words until after their first birthdays,” said lead author Patricia Kuhl, who is the co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “Finding activation in motor areas of the brain when infants are simply listening is significant, because it means the baby brain is engaged in trying to talk back right from the start and suggests that 7-month-olds’ brains are already trying to figure out how to make the right movements that will produce words.”

    The results emphasize the importance of talking to kids during social interactions even if they aren’t talking back yet. “Hearing us talk exercises the action areas of infants’ brains, going beyond what we thought happens when we talk to them,” Kuhl said. “Infants’ brains are preparing them to act on the world by practicing how to speak before they actually say a word.”

    Motherese : Babies of parents who used more sound effects and motherese actually had better vocabularies when they were 2. The effects were the strongest when moms used sound effects around the 10 and 11-month babies.

    Article link: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/14/months-before-their-first-words-babies-brains-rehearse-speech-mechanics/

    Research Paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html

    Source: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/kinderlab/talking-babies-their-own-language

    Babies learn to recognize words (sounds) in the womb: http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb

    #babies #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-07-18 08:23:55
    Babies' Practice Speech before they are able to speak : Fascinating study coupled with some earlier posts about the way human babies recognize language. While I was first quite interested in how toddlers learn (see SAF - A Change of Mind.m4v ), there is more research now in this area, which is amazing to know about. University of Washington researchers have published a new paper which is linked to this post as well.

    Article Extract: “Most babies babble by 7 months, but don’t utter their first words until after their first birthdays,” said lead author Patricia Kuhl, who is the co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “Finding activation in motor areas of the brain when infants are simply listening is significant, because it means the baby brain is engaged in trying to talk back right from the start and suggests that 7-month-olds’ brains are already trying to figure out how to make the right movements that will produce words.”

    The results emphasize the importance of talking to kids during social interactions even if they aren’t talking back yet. “Hearing us talk exercises the action areas of infants’ brains, going beyond what we thought happens when we talk to them,” Kuhl said. “Infants’ brains are preparing them to act on the world by practicing how to speak before they actually say a word.”

    Motherese : Babies of parents who used more sound effects and motherese actually had better vocabularies when they were 2. The effects were the strongest when moms used sound effects around the 10 and 11-month babies.

    Article link: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/14/months-before-their-first-words-babies-brains-rehearse-speech-mechanics/

    Research Paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html

    Source: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/kinderlab/talking-babies-their-own-language

    Babies learn to recognize words (sounds) in the womb: http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb

    #babies #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-07-18 08:23:55
    Babies' Practice Speech before they are able to speak : Fascinating study coupled with some earlier posts about the way human babies recognize language. While I was first quite interested in how toddlers learn (see SAF - A Change of Mind.m4v ), there is more research now in this area, which is amazing to know about. University of Washington researchers have published a new paper which is linked to this post as well.

    Article Extract: “Most babies babble by 7 months, but don’t utter their first words until after their first birthdays,” said lead author Patricia Kuhl, who is the co-director of the UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. “Finding activation in motor areas of the brain when infants are simply listening is significant, because it means the baby brain is engaged in trying to talk back right from the start and suggests that 7-month-olds’ brains are already trying to figure out how to make the right movements that will produce words.”

    The results emphasize the importance of talking to kids during social interactions even if they aren’t talking back yet. “Hearing us talk exercises the action areas of infants’ brains, going beyond what we thought happens when we talk to them,” Kuhl said. “Infants’ brains are preparing them to act on the world by practicing how to speak before they actually say a word.”

    Motherese : Babies of parents who used more sound effects and motherese actually had better vocabularies when they were 2. The effects were the strongest when moms used sound effects around the 10 and 11-month babies.

    Article link: http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/14/months-before-their-first-words-babies-brains-rehearse-speech-mechanics/

    Research Paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html

    Source: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/kinderlab/talking-babies-their-own-language

    Babies learn to recognize words (sounds) in the womb: http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2013/08/babies-learn-recognize-words-womb

    #babies #sciencesunday #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-09 00:40:45
    Game of Thrones on Cello!

    Amazing share h/t +Avinash Jaisinghani on the GOT theme song

    The theme song of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is considered just as awesome as the show, so it’s no wonder it has generated so many tributes and covers. However, the one above is perhaps the most jaw-dropping you’re likely to hear today, this week or this month.

    Cello rock band Break of Reality has thought it fitting to pay tribute to the amazing opening theme from the show, by Ramin Djawadi, with their own, slightly different version.

    “We are big fans of the show and have received many requests for this cover. Happy to have finally recorded it!” the band says in the description of the video posted on YouTube.

    Courtesy: Game of Thrones theme song arranged and performed by cello rock band Break of Reality. Original composition and soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.

    Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118032512240837957269/posts/EUvDtw8TgJx

    #music #gameofthrones #gameofthronesseason3 #cello #breakofreality  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-09 00:40:45
    Game of Thrones on Cello!

    Amazing share h/t +Avinash Jaisinghani on the GOT theme song

    The theme song of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is considered just as awesome as the show, so it’s no wonder it has generated so many tributes and covers. However, the one above is perhaps the most jaw-dropping you’re likely to hear today, this week or this month.

    Cello rock band Break of Reality has thought it fitting to pay tribute to the amazing opening theme from the show, by Ramin Djawadi, with their own, slightly different version.

    “We are big fans of the show and have received many requests for this cover. Happy to have finally recorded it!” the band says in the description of the video posted on YouTube.

    Courtesy: Game of Thrones theme song arranged and performed by cello rock band Break of Reality. Original composition and soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.

    Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118032512240837957269/posts/EUvDtw8TgJx

    #music #gameofthrones #gameofthronesseason3 #cello #breakofreality  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-09 00:40:45
    Game of Thrones on Cello!

    Amazing share h/t +Avinash Jaisinghani on the GOT theme song

    The theme song of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is considered just as awesome as the show, so it’s no wonder it has generated so many tributes and covers. However, the one above is perhaps the most jaw-dropping you’re likely to hear today, this week or this month.

    Cello rock band Break of Reality has thought it fitting to pay tribute to the amazing opening theme from the show, by Ramin Djawadi, with their own, slightly different version.

    “We are big fans of the show and have received many requests for this cover. Happy to have finally recorded it!” the band says in the description of the video posted on YouTube.

    Courtesy: Game of Thrones theme song arranged and performed by cello rock band Break of Reality. Original composition and soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.

    Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118032512240837957269/posts/EUvDtw8TgJx

    #music #gameofthrones #gameofthronesseason3 #cello #breakofreality  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-09 00:40:45
    Game of Thrones on Cello!

    Amazing share h/t +Avinash Jaisinghani on the GOT theme song

    The theme song of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is considered just as awesome as the show, so it’s no wonder it has generated so many tributes and covers. However, the one above is perhaps the most jaw-dropping you’re likely to hear today, this week or this month.

    Cello rock band Break of Reality has thought it fitting to pay tribute to the amazing opening theme from the show, by Ramin Djawadi, with their own, slightly different version.

    “We are big fans of the show and have received many requests for this cover. Happy to have finally recorded it!” the band says in the description of the video posted on YouTube.

    Courtesy: Game of Thrones theme song arranged and performed by cello rock band Break of Reality. Original composition and soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi.

    Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118032512240837957269/posts/EUvDtw8TgJx

    #music #gameofthrones #gameofthronesseason3 #cello #breakofreality  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-16 08:19:11
    Kittehs

    Studying the bond between Cats and their Humans

    Article Extract
    It took 120 hours of observing 40 cat-human pairs for scientists to conclude that the bond between the two can be similar to other human relationships. And, yes, I know that most of you who have cats—or know someone who has a cat—will not find that surprising, so let’s delve into the details. It turns out that this study isn’t as simple as it appears.

    The scientists (whose study appears in the journal Behavioural Processes) sent a team of researchers repeatedly into the homes of cat-human pairs in Vienna, Austria. The team would visit for about 45 minutes around the cat’s feeding time, with one person interacting with the cat and human and the other wielding a video camera. They evaluated the personalities of both the human (with a personality test) and the cat, through both observations (e.g., did the cat accompany the human to the door?) and a series of tests that included the cat’s reaction to being picked up. The video of the cat’s behavior and interactions with the humans in the room was later coded and the researchers analyzed it all with a computer program that looked for patterns in the behaviors of the cats and the humans.

    The scientists found some correlations between human personality and the behaviors of the cats—such as that cats with humans classified as “extroverted” or “conscientious” exhibited more complex patters of behaviors—and concluded that “it seems that an important area of negotiation between the owner and the cat is mutual attention and friendly tactile interactions” and that the patterns in the relationships between the cats and humans resemble other long-term and complex relationships, “such as those between humans.”


    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/02/studying-the-bond-between-a-cat-and-its-human/

    Pic courtesy: reallycutecats.com

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #caturday   #cats   #biology  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-16 08:19:11
    Kittehs

    Studying the bond between Cats and their Humans

    Article Extract
    It took 120 hours of observing 40 cat-human pairs for scientists to conclude that the bond between the two can be similar to other human relationships. And, yes, I know that most of you who have cats—or know someone who has a cat—will not find that surprising, so let’s delve into the details. It turns out that this study isn’t as simple as it appears.

    The scientists (whose study appears in the journal Behavioural Processes) sent a team of researchers repeatedly into the homes of cat-human pairs in Vienna, Austria. The team would visit for about 45 minutes around the cat’s feeding time, with one person interacting with the cat and human and the other wielding a video camera. They evaluated the personalities of both the human (with a personality test) and the cat, through both observations (e.g., did the cat accompany the human to the door?) and a series of tests that included the cat’s reaction to being picked up. The video of the cat’s behavior and interactions with the humans in the room was later coded and the researchers analyzed it all with a computer program that looked for patterns in the behaviors of the cats and the humans.

    The scientists found some correlations between human personality and the behaviors of the cats—such as that cats with humans classified as “extroverted” or “conscientious” exhibited more complex patters of behaviors—and concluded that “it seems that an important area of negotiation between the owner and the cat is mutual attention and friendly tactile interactions” and that the patterns in the relationships between the cats and humans resemble other long-term and complex relationships, “such as those between humans.”


    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/02/studying-the-bond-between-a-cat-and-its-human/

    Pic courtesy: reallycutecats.com

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #caturday   #cats   #biology  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-16 08:19:11
    Kittehs

    Studying the bond between Cats and their Humans

    Article Extract
    It took 120 hours of observing 40 cat-human pairs for scientists to conclude that the bond between the two can be similar to other human relationships. And, yes, I know that most of you who have cats—or know someone who has a cat—will not find that surprising, so let’s delve into the details. It turns out that this study isn’t as simple as it appears.

    The scientists (whose study appears in the journal Behavioural Processes) sent a team of researchers repeatedly into the homes of cat-human pairs in Vienna, Austria. The team would visit for about 45 minutes around the cat’s feeding time, with one person interacting with the cat and human and the other wielding a video camera. They evaluated the personalities of both the human (with a personality test) and the cat, through both observations (e.g., did the cat accompany the human to the door?) and a series of tests that included the cat’s reaction to being picked up. The video of the cat’s behavior and interactions with the humans in the room was later coded and the researchers analyzed it all with a computer program that looked for patterns in the behaviors of the cats and the humans.

    The scientists found some correlations between human personality and the behaviors of the cats—such as that cats with humans classified as “extroverted” or “conscientious” exhibited more complex patters of behaviors—and concluded that “it seems that an important area of negotiation between the owner and the cat is mutual attention and friendly tactile interactions” and that the patterns in the relationships between the cats and humans resemble other long-term and complex relationships, “such as those between humans.”


    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/02/studying-the-bond-between-a-cat-and-its-human/

    Pic courtesy: reallycutecats.com

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #caturday   #cats   #biology  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-16 08:19:11
    Kittehs

    Studying the bond between Cats and their Humans

    Article Extract
    It took 120 hours of observing 40 cat-human pairs for scientists to conclude that the bond between the two can be similar to other human relationships. And, yes, I know that most of you who have cats—or know someone who has a cat—will not find that surprising, so let’s delve into the details. It turns out that this study isn’t as simple as it appears.

    The scientists (whose study appears in the journal Behavioural Processes) sent a team of researchers repeatedly into the homes of cat-human pairs in Vienna, Austria. The team would visit for about 45 minutes around the cat’s feeding time, with one person interacting with the cat and human and the other wielding a video camera. They evaluated the personalities of both the human (with a personality test) and the cat, through both observations (e.g., did the cat accompany the human to the door?) and a series of tests that included the cat’s reaction to being picked up. The video of the cat’s behavior and interactions with the humans in the room was later coded and the researchers analyzed it all with a computer program that looked for patterns in the behaviors of the cats and the humans.

    The scientists found some correlations between human personality and the behaviors of the cats—such as that cats with humans classified as “extroverted” or “conscientious” exhibited more complex patters of behaviors—and concluded that “it seems that an important area of negotiation between the owner and the cat is mutual attention and friendly tactile interactions” and that the patterns in the relationships between the cats and humans resemble other long-term and complex relationships, “such as those between humans.”


    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/02/studying-the-bond-between-a-cat-and-its-human/

    Pic courtesy: reallycutecats.com

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #caturday   #cats   #biology  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-13 09:20:09
    Stephen Hawking predicts end-of-Earth scenario

    Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."

    For years, Hawking has advised people to begin the search for new planets to inhabit. In 2006, he iterated some of today's sentiment saying the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe. In 2011, he said, "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

    Hawking has achieved success in published academic works of popular science in which he discusses personal theories on the universe, its creation and cosmology in general. His book “A Brief History of Time” was on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

    Article Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57579003-76/stephen-hawking-predicts-end-of-earth-scenario/

    Additional link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/stephen-hawking-says-we-have-get-rock-within-1000-years

    Pics courtesy: theresilientearth.com, wide-walls.blogspot.com

    #science #scienceeveryday #earth #future #doomsday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-13 09:20:09
    Stephen Hawking predicts end-of-Earth scenario

    Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."

    For years, Hawking has advised people to begin the search for new planets to inhabit. In 2006, he iterated some of today's sentiment saying the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe. In 2011, he said, "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

    Hawking has achieved success in published academic works of popular science in which he discusses personal theories on the universe, its creation and cosmology in general. His book “A Brief History of Time” was on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

    Article Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57579003-76/stephen-hawking-predicts-end-of-earth-scenario/

    Additional link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/stephen-hawking-says-we-have-get-rock-within-1000-years

    Pics courtesy: theresilientearth.com, wide-walls.blogspot.com

    #science #scienceeveryday #earth #future #doomsday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-13 09:20:09
    Stephen Hawking predicts end-of-Earth scenario

    Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."

    For years, Hawking has advised people to begin the search for new planets to inhabit. In 2006, he iterated some of today's sentiment saying the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe. In 2011, he said, "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

    Hawking has achieved success in published academic works of popular science in which he discusses personal theories on the universe, its creation and cosmology in general. His book “A Brief History of Time” was on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

    Article Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57579003-76/stephen-hawking-predicts-end-of-earth-scenario/

    Additional link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/stephen-hawking-says-we-have-get-rock-within-1000-years

    Pics courtesy: theresilientearth.com, wide-walls.blogspot.com

    #science #scienceeveryday #earth #future #doomsday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-13 09:20:09
    Stephen Hawking predicts end-of-Earth scenario

    Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."

    For years, Hawking has advised people to begin the search for new planets to inhabit. In 2006, he iterated some of today's sentiment saying the survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe. In 2011, he said, "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

    Hawking has achieved success in published academic works of popular science in which he discusses personal theories on the universe, its creation and cosmology in general. His book “A Brief History of Time” was on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

    Article Link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57579003-76/stephen-hawking-predicts-end-of-earth-scenario/

    Additional link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/stephen-hawking-says-we-have-get-rock-within-1000-years

    Pics courtesy: theresilientearth.com, wide-walls.blogspot.com

    #science #scienceeveryday #earth #future #doomsday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-10-13 05:35:01
     Upgrade your body 

    Powered Exoskeletons

    Cyberdyne's robot-suit "HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is being mass produced at 500 units per year. It has been available for rent for around three years in Tokyo. Enquiries are coming in from around the world for use in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. At around $2000 per month, the HAL exoskeleton helps the wearer carry out everyday tasks, including walking, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting heavy objects. The suit can operate for almost five hours before it needs recharging.

    http://www.upgradeyourbody.com/catalog/bionics/exoskeletons/hal/view-details.html

    Flash news: New Page here +HASHTAGS Of The World, Unite To TREND Over… - circle them for some awesomeness - coming soon!

    #science   #ScienceEveryDay   #exoskeleton  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-10-13 05:35:01
     Upgrade your body 

    Powered Exoskeletons

    Cyberdyne's robot-suit "HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is being mass produced at 500 units per year. It has been available for rent for around three years in Tokyo. Enquiries are coming in from around the world for use in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. At around $2000 per month, the HAL exoskeleton helps the wearer carry out everyday tasks, including walking, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting heavy objects. The suit can operate for almost five hours before it needs recharging.

    http://www.upgradeyourbody.com/catalog/bionics/exoskeletons/hal/view-details.html

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    #science   #ScienceEveryDay   #exoskeleton  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-10-13 05:35:01
     Upgrade your body 

    Powered Exoskeletons

    Cyberdyne's robot-suit "HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is being mass produced at 500 units per year. It has been available for rent for around three years in Tokyo. Enquiries are coming in from around the world for use in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. At around $2000 per month, the HAL exoskeleton helps the wearer carry out everyday tasks, including walking, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting heavy objects. The suit can operate for almost five hours before it needs recharging.

    http://www.upgradeyourbody.com/catalog/bionics/exoskeletons/hal/view-details.html

    Flash news: New Page here +HASHTAGS Of The World, Unite To TREND Over… - circle them for some awesomeness - coming soon!

    #science   #ScienceEveryDay   #exoskeleton  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-10-13 05:35:01
     Upgrade your body 

    Powered Exoskeletons

    Cyberdyne's robot-suit "HAL" (Hybrid Assistive Limb) is being mass produced at 500 units per year. It has been available for rent for around three years in Tokyo. Enquiries are coming in from around the world for use in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. At around $2000 per month, the HAL exoskeleton helps the wearer carry out everyday tasks, including walking, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting heavy objects. The suit can operate for almost five hours before it needs recharging.

    http://www.upgradeyourbody.com/catalog/bionics/exoskeletons/hal/view-details.html

    Flash news: New Page here +HASHTAGS Of The World, Unite To TREND Over… - circle them for some awesomeness - coming soon!

    #science   #ScienceEveryDay   #exoskeleton  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-07-04 02:49:44
    Grow a tooth? : Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth. The loss of a tooth is a minor deformity and a major pain. Although dental implants are available, the healing process can take months on end, and implants that fail to align with the ever-growing jawbone tend to fall out. If only adult teeth could be regenerated, right?

    Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-05/new-technique-uses-bodys-stem-cells-regenerate-teeth?cmpid=obinsite

    Pic comment: Human molar scaffolding Dr. Jeremy Mao has unveiled a technique that directs the body's stem cells into a scaffolding that will aid in the regeneration of a new tooth. Columbia University Medical Center.

    #tooth #stemcells #regeneration #regenerativemedicine #scaffolding #science #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-07-04 02:49:44
    Grow a tooth? : Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth. The loss of a tooth is a minor deformity and a major pain. Although dental implants are available, the healing process can take months on end, and implants that fail to align with the ever-growing jawbone tend to fall out. If only adult teeth could be regenerated, right?

    Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-05/new-technique-uses-bodys-stem-cells-regenerate-teeth?cmpid=obinsite

    Pic comment: Human molar scaffolding Dr. Jeremy Mao has unveiled a technique that directs the body's stem cells into a scaffolding that will aid in the regeneration of a new tooth. Columbia University Medical Center.

    #tooth #stemcells #regeneration #regenerativemedicine #scaffolding #science #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-07-04 02:49:44
    Grow a tooth? : Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth. The loss of a tooth is a minor deformity and a major pain. Although dental implants are available, the healing process can take months on end, and implants that fail to align with the ever-growing jawbone tend to fall out. If only adult teeth could be regenerated, right?

    Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-05/new-technique-uses-bodys-stem-cells-regenerate-teeth?cmpid=obinsite

    Pic comment: Human molar scaffolding Dr. Jeremy Mao has unveiled a technique that directs the body's stem cells into a scaffolding that will aid in the regeneration of a new tooth. Columbia University Medical Center.

    #tooth #stemcells #regeneration #regenerativemedicine #scaffolding #science #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-07-04 02:49:44
    Grow a tooth? : Stem-Cell Dental Implants Grow New Teeth Right In Your Mouth. The loss of a tooth is a minor deformity and a major pain. Although dental implants are available, the healing process can take months on end, and implants that fail to align with the ever-growing jawbone tend to fall out. If only adult teeth could be regenerated, right?

    Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, has unveiled a growth factor-infused, three-dimensional scaffold with the potential to regenerate an anatomically correct tooth in just nine weeks from implantation. By using a procedure developed in the university's Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Dr. Mao can direct the body's own stem cells toward the scaffold, which is made of natural materials. Once the stem cells have colonized the scaffold, a tooth can grow in the socket and then merge with the surrounding tissue.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-05/new-technique-uses-bodys-stem-cells-regenerate-teeth?cmpid=obinsite

    Pic comment: Human molar scaffolding Dr. Jeremy Mao has unveiled a technique that directs the body's stem cells into a scaffolding that will aid in the regeneration of a new tooth. Columbia University Medical Center.

    #tooth #stemcells #regeneration #regenerativemedicine #scaffolding #science #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-08 06:57:48
    First Tests For Fusion-Powered Spaceship Propulsion Successful

    University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are currently building components of a fusion-powered rocket, which could enable astronauts to travel to Earth’s neighboring planet Mars within weeks instead of months, at speeds considerably faster than feasible until now. The current travel speeds using fuel rockets make Mars travel a journey of about four years but the new fusion technology being tested by researchers at the University of Washington promises that in 30 to 90 days.

    “Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,” said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. “We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.”

    The team has developed a technology using a special type of plasma that will be encased in a magnetic field. When the plasma is compressed with high pressure by the magnetic field, nuclear fusion takes place. The process has successfully been tested by researchers and they plan on having the first full test to be done by the end of this summer.

    Article Link: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/6067/20130405/first-tests-fusion-powered-spaceship-propulsion-successful.htm

    Nuclear fusion, in which the nuclei of atoms are forced to join together, could produce vast amounts of energy. Most designs for fusion reactors drive the reaction by confining the fuel in a magnetic field, using a device called a tokamak.

    Unfortunately, tokamaks are prohibitively heavy, so designs for fusion rockets tend to focus on another method of triggering fusion, called inertial confinement fusion.

    Additional reference: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18283-engage-the-x-drive-ten-ways-to-traverse-deep-space.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #nuclear #fusion #spacecraft #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-08 06:57:48
    First Tests For Fusion-Powered Spaceship Propulsion Successful

    University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are currently building components of a fusion-powered rocket, which could enable astronauts to travel to Earth’s neighboring planet Mars within weeks instead of months, at speeds considerably faster than feasible until now. The current travel speeds using fuel rockets make Mars travel a journey of about four years but the new fusion technology being tested by researchers at the University of Washington promises that in 30 to 90 days.

    “Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,” said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. “We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.”

    The team has developed a technology using a special type of plasma that will be encased in a magnetic field. When the plasma is compressed with high pressure by the magnetic field, nuclear fusion takes place. The process has successfully been tested by researchers and they plan on having the first full test to be done by the end of this summer.

    Article Link: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/6067/20130405/first-tests-fusion-powered-spaceship-propulsion-successful.htm

    Nuclear fusion, in which the nuclei of atoms are forced to join together, could produce vast amounts of energy. Most designs for fusion reactors drive the reaction by confining the fuel in a magnetic field, using a device called a tokamak.

    Unfortunately, tokamaks are prohibitively heavy, so designs for fusion rockets tend to focus on another method of triggering fusion, called inertial confinement fusion.

    Additional reference: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18283-engage-the-x-drive-ten-ways-to-traverse-deep-space.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #nuclear #fusion #spacecraft #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-08 06:57:48
    First Tests For Fusion-Powered Spaceship Propulsion Successful

    University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are currently building components of a fusion-powered rocket, which could enable astronauts to travel to Earth’s neighboring planet Mars within weeks instead of months, at speeds considerably faster than feasible until now. The current travel speeds using fuel rockets make Mars travel a journey of about four years but the new fusion technology being tested by researchers at the University of Washington promises that in 30 to 90 days.

    “Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,” said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. “We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.”

    The team has developed a technology using a special type of plasma that will be encased in a magnetic field. When the plasma is compressed with high pressure by the magnetic field, nuclear fusion takes place. The process has successfully been tested by researchers and they plan on having the first full test to be done by the end of this summer.

    Article Link: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/6067/20130405/first-tests-fusion-powered-spaceship-propulsion-successful.htm

    Nuclear fusion, in which the nuclei of atoms are forced to join together, could produce vast amounts of energy. Most designs for fusion reactors drive the reaction by confining the fuel in a magnetic field, using a device called a tokamak.

    Unfortunately, tokamaks are prohibitively heavy, so designs for fusion rockets tend to focus on another method of triggering fusion, called inertial confinement fusion.

    Additional reference: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18283-engage-the-x-drive-ten-ways-to-traverse-deep-space.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #nuclear #fusion #spacecraft #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-08 06:57:48
    First Tests For Fusion-Powered Spaceship Propulsion Successful

    University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are currently building components of a fusion-powered rocket, which could enable astronauts to travel to Earth’s neighboring planet Mars within weeks instead of months, at speeds considerably faster than feasible until now. The current travel speeds using fuel rockets make Mars travel a journey of about four years but the new fusion technology being tested by researchers at the University of Washington promises that in 30 to 90 days.

    “Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,” said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. “We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.”

    The team has developed a technology using a special type of plasma that will be encased in a magnetic field. When the plasma is compressed with high pressure by the magnetic field, nuclear fusion takes place. The process has successfully been tested by researchers and they plan on having the first full test to be done by the end of this summer.

    Article Link: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/6067/20130405/first-tests-fusion-powered-spaceship-propulsion-successful.htm

    Nuclear fusion, in which the nuclei of atoms are forced to join together, could produce vast amounts of energy. Most designs for fusion reactors drive the reaction by confining the fuel in a magnetic field, using a device called a tokamak.

    Unfortunately, tokamaks are prohibitively heavy, so designs for fusion rockets tend to focus on another method of triggering fusion, called inertial confinement fusion.

    Additional reference: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18283-engage-the-x-drive-ten-ways-to-traverse-deep-space.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #nuclear #fusion #spacecraft #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-13 05:57:10
    Plasma Device Could Revolutionize Energy Generation and Storage

    Scientists at the University of Missouri have devised a new way to create and control plasma that could transform American energy generation and storage. Randy Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, and his team developed a device that launches a ring of plasma at distances of up to two feet. Although the plasma reaches a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun, it doesn’t emit radiation.

    "Launching plasma in open air is the 'Holy Grail' in the field of physics," said Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Missouri's College of Engineering. "Creating plasma in a vacuum tube surrounded by powerful electromagnets is no big deal; dozens of labs can do that. Our innovation allows the plasma to hold itself together while it travels through regular air without any need for containment." The plasma device at MU could be enlarged to handle much larger amounts of energy, according to Curry. With sufficient funding, they could develop a system within three to five years that would also be considerably smaller. He noted that they used old technologies to build the current prototype of the plasma-generating machine. Using newer, miniaturized parts, he suggests they could shrink the device to the size of a bread box.

    “We have a world-class team at MU’s Center for Physical & Power Electronics, but that team will evaporate without funding.”

    Article Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112824374/plasma-launched-into-open-air-for-energy-generation-041713/

    Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130416151931.htm

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-plasma-device-revolutionize-energy-storage.html#jCp

    #science #scienceeveryday #plasma #energy #sustainability #power  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-13 05:57:10
    Plasma Device Could Revolutionize Energy Generation and Storage

    Scientists at the University of Missouri have devised a new way to create and control plasma that could transform American energy generation and storage. Randy Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, and his team developed a device that launches a ring of plasma at distances of up to two feet. Although the plasma reaches a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun, it doesn’t emit radiation.

    "Launching plasma in open air is the 'Holy Grail' in the field of physics," said Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Missouri's College of Engineering. "Creating plasma in a vacuum tube surrounded by powerful electromagnets is no big deal; dozens of labs can do that. Our innovation allows the plasma to hold itself together while it travels through regular air without any need for containment." The plasma device at MU could be enlarged to handle much larger amounts of energy, according to Curry. With sufficient funding, they could develop a system within three to five years that would also be considerably smaller. He noted that they used old technologies to build the current prototype of the plasma-generating machine. Using newer, miniaturized parts, he suggests they could shrink the device to the size of a bread box.

    “We have a world-class team at MU’s Center for Physical & Power Electronics, but that team will evaporate without funding.”

    Article Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112824374/plasma-launched-into-open-air-for-energy-generation-041713/

    Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130416151931.htm

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-plasma-device-revolutionize-energy-storage.html#jCp

    #science #scienceeveryday #plasma #energy #sustainability #power  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-13 05:57:10
    Plasma Device Could Revolutionize Energy Generation and Storage

    Scientists at the University of Missouri have devised a new way to create and control plasma that could transform American energy generation and storage. Randy Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, and his team developed a device that launches a ring of plasma at distances of up to two feet. Although the plasma reaches a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun, it doesn’t emit radiation.

    "Launching plasma in open air is the 'Holy Grail' in the field of physics," said Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Missouri's College of Engineering. "Creating plasma in a vacuum tube surrounded by powerful electromagnets is no big deal; dozens of labs can do that. Our innovation allows the plasma to hold itself together while it travels through regular air without any need for containment." The plasma device at MU could be enlarged to handle much larger amounts of energy, according to Curry. With sufficient funding, they could develop a system within three to five years that would also be considerably smaller. He noted that they used old technologies to build the current prototype of the plasma-generating machine. Using newer, miniaturized parts, he suggests they could shrink the device to the size of a bread box.

    “We have a world-class team at MU’s Center for Physical & Power Electronics, but that team will evaporate without funding.”

    Article Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112824374/plasma-launched-into-open-air-for-energy-generation-041713/

    Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130416151931.htm

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-plasma-device-revolutionize-energy-storage.html#jCp

    #science #scienceeveryday #plasma #energy #sustainability #power  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-13 05:57:10
    Plasma Device Could Revolutionize Energy Generation and Storage

    Scientists at the University of Missouri have devised a new way to create and control plasma that could transform American energy generation and storage. Randy Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, and his team developed a device that launches a ring of plasma at distances of up to two feet. Although the plasma reaches a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun, it doesn’t emit radiation.

    "Launching plasma in open air is the 'Holy Grail' in the field of physics," said Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Missouri's College of Engineering. "Creating plasma in a vacuum tube surrounded by powerful electromagnets is no big deal; dozens of labs can do that. Our innovation allows the plasma to hold itself together while it travels through regular air without any need for containment." The plasma device at MU could be enlarged to handle much larger amounts of energy, according to Curry. With sufficient funding, they could develop a system within three to five years that would also be considerably smaller. He noted that they used old technologies to build the current prototype of the plasma-generating machine. Using newer, miniaturized parts, he suggests they could shrink the device to the size of a bread box.

    “We have a world-class team at MU’s Center for Physical & Power Electronics, but that team will evaporate without funding.”

    Article Link: http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112824374/plasma-launched-into-open-air-for-energy-generation-041713/

    Additional link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130416151931.htm

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-plasma-device-revolutionize-energy-storage.html#jCp

    #science #scienceeveryday #plasma #energy #sustainability #power  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-04 09:07:19
    Skin attachable music player : Chih-Wei Wang and Shou-His Fu came up with the unique idea of skin attachable music player that can power itself with one’s body heat. This music playback device can be kept attached onto your skin while you are involved in any kind of physical activities like walking, running or exercising. After attaching it onto your skin and turning on the power, you can keep on enjoying uninterrupted music without even connecting the device to any earphones.

    Design concept sources : designbuzz and ecofriend.

    #music #eco-friendly #skin #musicplayer #concept #design #greenenergy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-04 09:07:19
    Skin attachable music player : Chih-Wei Wang and Shou-His Fu came up with the unique idea of skin attachable music player that can power itself with one’s body heat. This music playback device can be kept attached onto your skin while you are involved in any kind of physical activities like walking, running or exercising. After attaching it onto your skin and turning on the power, you can keep on enjoying uninterrupted music without even connecting the device to any earphones.

    Design concept sources : designbuzz and ecofriend.

    #music #eco-friendly #skin #musicplayer #concept #design #greenenergy  
  • 388 plusses - 80 comments - 157 shares | Read in G+
  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-04 09:07:19
    Skin attachable music player : Chih-Wei Wang and Shou-His Fu came up with the unique idea of skin attachable music player that can power itself with one’s body heat. This music playback device can be kept attached onto your skin while you are involved in any kind of physical activities like walking, running or exercising. After attaching it onto your skin and turning on the power, you can keep on enjoying uninterrupted music without even connecting the device to any earphones.

    Design concept sources : designbuzz and ecofriend.

    #music #eco-friendly #skin #musicplayer #concept #design #greenenergy  
  • 388 plusses - 80 comments - 157 shares | Read in G+
  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-04 09:07:19
    Skin attachable music player : Chih-Wei Wang and Shou-His Fu came up with the unique idea of skin attachable music player that can power itself with one’s body heat. This music playback device can be kept attached onto your skin while you are involved in any kind of physical activities like walking, running or exercising. After attaching it onto your skin and turning on the power, you can keep on enjoying uninterrupted music without even connecting the device to any earphones.

    Design concept sources : designbuzz and ecofriend.

    #music #eco-friendly #skin #musicplayer #concept #design #greenenergy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-12-18 13:53:49
    Coffee Chemistry

    These latest findings suggest that the antioxidants present in coffee can also lower the risk of heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

    Coffee contains hundreds of components including substantial amounts of chlorogenic acid, caffeine, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3, trigonelline and lignans.

    Chlorogenic acid has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations; coffee also contains tannin, which is beneficial for heart and arteries.

    Researcher Dr. Rob van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health, says that coffee, if taken in moderate amounts, can actually prevent colon, liver and rectal cancer. 

    Link to Dr. Dam's article: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=24760

    Need Fiber? Have a Cup of Coffee

    Some good news for coffee lovers: a cup of joe may get you going in more ways than one. A new study shows that brewed coffee contains soluble fiber, the roughage found in oatmeal and apples that aids digestion, helps the body absorb vital nutrients and keeps a lid on cholesterol.

    More about coffeechemistry

    Joseph Rivera is the founder and creator of coffeechemistry.com. He began his career with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) over 10 years ago after receiving with a degree in Food Chemistry. As Director of Research with CQI, he utilized knowledge of chemistry with practical coffee science to develop a number of testing methodologies currently in use today. As such his work has allowed him to play a key role in the development of numerous international training and certification programs including the Q.

    Joseph served as the Director of Science and Technology for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) from 2001-2009 and served as the coffee industry’s coffee scientist/expert.

    He has been a frequent contributor to numerous trade publications and has been featured on the History Channel’s Coffee documentary, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio (NPR), Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

    Link to cup of Joe: http://nordicbaristacup.com/2011/08/lecturer-profile-joseph-rivera/

    Link to coffee chemistry: http://www.coffeechemistry.com/index.php/Page-2.html

    Coffee science Link: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/category/coffee-science/

    Who drinks the most coffee? : http://io9.com/5948206/here-are-the-fifteen-professions-that-drink-the-most-coffee-guess-whos-number-one

    Image courtesy: Coffeechemisty, ecosalon

    #coffee   #science   #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-12-18 13:53:49
    Coffee Chemistry

    These latest findings suggest that the antioxidants present in coffee can also lower the risk of heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

    Coffee contains hundreds of components including substantial amounts of chlorogenic acid, caffeine, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3, trigonelline and lignans.

    Chlorogenic acid has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations; coffee also contains tannin, which is beneficial for heart and arteries.

    Researcher Dr. Rob van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health, says that coffee, if taken in moderate amounts, can actually prevent colon, liver and rectal cancer. 

    Link to Dr. Dam's article: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=24760

    Need Fiber? Have a Cup of Coffee

    Some good news for coffee lovers: a cup of joe may get you going in more ways than one. A new study shows that brewed coffee contains soluble fiber, the roughage found in oatmeal and apples that aids digestion, helps the body absorb vital nutrients and keeps a lid on cholesterol.

    More about coffeechemistry

    Joseph Rivera is the founder and creator of coffeechemistry.com. He began his career with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) over 10 years ago after receiving with a degree in Food Chemistry. As Director of Research with CQI, he utilized knowledge of chemistry with practical coffee science to develop a number of testing methodologies currently in use today. As such his work has allowed him to play a key role in the development of numerous international training and certification programs including the Q.

    Joseph served as the Director of Science and Technology for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) from 2001-2009 and served as the coffee industry’s coffee scientist/expert.

    He has been a frequent contributor to numerous trade publications and has been featured on the History Channel’s Coffee documentary, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio (NPR), Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

    Link to cup of Joe: http://nordicbaristacup.com/2011/08/lecturer-profile-joseph-rivera/

    Link to coffee chemistry: http://www.coffeechemistry.com/index.php/Page-2.html

    Coffee science Link: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/category/coffee-science/

    Who drinks the most coffee? : http://io9.com/5948206/here-are-the-fifteen-professions-that-drink-the-most-coffee-guess-whos-number-one

    Image courtesy: Coffeechemisty, ecosalon

    #coffee   #science   #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-12-18 13:53:49
    Coffee Chemistry

    These latest findings suggest that the antioxidants present in coffee can also lower the risk of heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

    Coffee contains hundreds of components including substantial amounts of chlorogenic acid, caffeine, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3, trigonelline and lignans.

    Chlorogenic acid has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations; coffee also contains tannin, which is beneficial for heart and arteries.

    Researcher Dr. Rob van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health, says that coffee, if taken in moderate amounts, can actually prevent colon, liver and rectal cancer. 

    Link to Dr. Dam's article: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=24760

    Need Fiber? Have a Cup of Coffee

    Some good news for coffee lovers: a cup of joe may get you going in more ways than one. A new study shows that brewed coffee contains soluble fiber, the roughage found in oatmeal and apples that aids digestion, helps the body absorb vital nutrients and keeps a lid on cholesterol.

    More about coffeechemistry

    Joseph Rivera is the founder and creator of coffeechemistry.com. He began his career with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) over 10 years ago after receiving with a degree in Food Chemistry. As Director of Research with CQI, he utilized knowledge of chemistry with practical coffee science to develop a number of testing methodologies currently in use today. As such his work has allowed him to play a key role in the development of numerous international training and certification programs including the Q.

    Joseph served as the Director of Science and Technology for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) from 2001-2009 and served as the coffee industry’s coffee scientist/expert.

    He has been a frequent contributor to numerous trade publications and has been featured on the History Channel’s Coffee documentary, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio (NPR), Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

    Link to cup of Joe: http://nordicbaristacup.com/2011/08/lecturer-profile-joseph-rivera/

    Link to coffee chemistry: http://www.coffeechemistry.com/index.php/Page-2.html

    Coffee science Link: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/category/coffee-science/

    Who drinks the most coffee? : http://io9.com/5948206/here-are-the-fifteen-professions-that-drink-the-most-coffee-guess-whos-number-one

    Image courtesy: Coffeechemisty, ecosalon

    #coffee   #science   #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2012-12-18 13:53:49
    Coffee Chemistry

    These latest findings suggest that the antioxidants present in coffee can also lower the risk of heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

    Coffee contains hundreds of components including substantial amounts of chlorogenic acid, caffeine, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B3, trigonelline and lignans.

    Chlorogenic acid has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations; coffee also contains tannin, which is beneficial for heart and arteries.

    Researcher Dr. Rob van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health, says that coffee, if taken in moderate amounts, can actually prevent colon, liver and rectal cancer. 

    Link to Dr. Dam's article: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=24760

    Need Fiber? Have a Cup of Coffee

    Some good news for coffee lovers: a cup of joe may get you going in more ways than one. A new study shows that brewed coffee contains soluble fiber, the roughage found in oatmeal and apples that aids digestion, helps the body absorb vital nutrients and keeps a lid on cholesterol.

    More about coffeechemistry

    Joseph Rivera is the founder and creator of coffeechemistry.com. He began his career with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) over 10 years ago after receiving with a degree in Food Chemistry. As Director of Research with CQI, he utilized knowledge of chemistry with practical coffee science to develop a number of testing methodologies currently in use today. As such his work has allowed him to play a key role in the development of numerous international training and certification programs including the Q.

    Joseph served as the Director of Science and Technology for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) from 2001-2009 and served as the coffee industry’s coffee scientist/expert.

    He has been a frequent contributor to numerous trade publications and has been featured on the History Channel’s Coffee documentary, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio (NPR), Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

    Link to cup of Joe: http://nordicbaristacup.com/2011/08/lecturer-profile-joseph-rivera/

    Link to coffee chemistry: http://www.coffeechemistry.com/index.php/Page-2.html

    Coffee science Link: http://www.scaa.org/chronicle/category/coffee-science/

    Who drinks the most coffee? : http://io9.com/5948206/here-are-the-fifteen-professions-that-drink-the-most-coffee-guess-whos-number-one

    Image courtesy: Coffeechemisty, ecosalon

    #coffee   #science   #scienceeveryday  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-02-27 21:49:42
    Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.

    Coffee Can Make You Smarter:
    The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
    By blocking the inhibitory effects of Adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.

    Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat and Improves Physical Performance
    There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine in most commercial fat burning supplements. Caffeine, partly due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.

    Coffee May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    In observational studies, coffee has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% all the way up to 67%. A massive review article looked at 18 studies with a total of 457.922 participants. Each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%. The more coffee people drank, the lower their risk.

    Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful. The author would also like to point out that many of the studies above were epidemiological in nature. Such studies can only show association, they can not prove that coffee caused the effects.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/why-coffee-good-you-here-are-7-reasons

    Earlier article on coffee: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/110884604033336753419/posts/gHzt122N3Hz

    Picture courtesy: coffeechemistry.

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #coffee   #coffeechemistry   #goodmorning  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-02-27 21:49:42
    Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.

    Coffee Can Make You Smarter:
    The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
    By blocking the inhibitory effects of Adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.

    Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat and Improves Physical Performance
    There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine in most commercial fat burning supplements. Caffeine, partly due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.

    Coffee May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    In observational studies, coffee has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% all the way up to 67%. A massive review article looked at 18 studies with a total of 457.922 participants. Each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%. The more coffee people drank, the lower their risk.

    Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful. The author would also like to point out that many of the studies above were epidemiological in nature. Such studies can only show association, they can not prove that coffee caused the effects.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/why-coffee-good-you-here-are-7-reasons

    Earlier article on coffee: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/110884604033336753419/posts/gHzt122N3Hz

    Picture courtesy: coffeechemistry.

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #coffee   #coffeechemistry   #goodmorning  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-02-27 21:49:42
    Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.

    Coffee Can Make You Smarter:
    The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
    By blocking the inhibitory effects of Adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.

    Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat and Improves Physical Performance
    There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine in most commercial fat burning supplements. Caffeine, partly due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.

    Coffee May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    In observational studies, coffee has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% all the way up to 67%. A massive review article looked at 18 studies with a total of 457.922 participants. Each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%. The more coffee people drank, the lower their risk.

    Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful. The author would also like to point out that many of the studies above were epidemiological in nature. Such studies can only show association, they can not prove that coffee caused the effects.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/why-coffee-good-you-here-are-7-reasons

    Earlier article on coffee: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/110884604033336753419/posts/gHzt122N3Hz

    Picture courtesy: coffeechemistry.

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #coffee   #coffeechemistry   #goodmorning  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-02-27 21:49:42
    Coffee isn’t just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.

    Coffee Can Make You Smarter:
    The active ingredient in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant and the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
    By blocking the inhibitory effects of Adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood, reaction time, memory, vigilance and general cognitive function.

    Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat and Improves Physical Performance
    There’s a good reason why you will find caffeine in most commercial fat burning supplements. Caffeine, partly due to its stimulant effect on the central nervous system, both raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids.

    Coffee May Drastically Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    In observational studies, coffee has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% all the way up to 67%. A massive review article looked at 18 studies with a total of 457.922 participants. Each additional cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of diabetes by 7%. The more coffee people drank, the lower their risk.

    Even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful. The author would also like to point out that many of the studies above were epidemiological in nature. Such studies can only show association, they can not prove that coffee caused the effects.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/why-coffee-good-you-here-are-7-reasons

    Earlier article on coffee: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103586346709495625226/110884604033336753419/posts/gHzt122N3Hz

    Picture courtesy: coffeechemistry.

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #coffee   #coffeechemistry   #goodmorning  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-28 04:52:16
    Learned behavior of plants : I read about this some time back, but am posting only after I did some digging. There is definitely some gaps in our knowledge of plants and how they get around to taking advantage of their environment. This is a surprising study and you can draw your own inferences from it...

    Article Extract: The researchers studied Mimosa pudica, which folds inwards when touched to protect itself from predators. The University of Western Australia study, which also involved Professor Stefano Mancuso at the University of Florence in Italy, found the action is not simply a reflex.

    They examined the species’ short and long-term memories under both high and low light environments by repeatedly dropping water on the plants using a custom-designed apparatus to look at their response. The strange fauna flora (sic) stopped curling up once it learned that the water was not a threat to its survival and no damage was done, according to the study, which was published in the journal Oecologia. Mimosa plants were able to acquire the learnt behaviour in a matter of seconds and as in animals, learning was faster in low light.
     
    ‘Most remarkably, these plants were able to remember what had been learned for several weeks, even after environmental conditions had changed,' the researchers said. The study shows that Mimosa pudica plants can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals, but of course, they do it all without a brain.

    Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2541210/Are-plants-INTELLIGENT-Tropical-fern-learn-remember-despite-having-no-brain.html

    Additional link: http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/sensitive_plant.htm

    Research Paper (Abstract only) : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-013-2873-7

    The Secret World of plants (earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/d2cjJ6tNZUL

    The Root brain hypothesis (Earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/RdiwERtVB6y

    Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

    +Google #science #plants #lpsamazingplantfacts  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-28 04:52:16
    Learned behavior of plants : I read about this some time back, but am posting only after I did some digging. There is definitely some gaps in our knowledge of plants and how they get around to taking advantage of their environment. This is a surprising study and you can draw your own inferences from it...

    Article Extract: The researchers studied Mimosa pudica, which folds inwards when touched to protect itself from predators. The University of Western Australia study, which also involved Professor Stefano Mancuso at the University of Florence in Italy, found the action is not simply a reflex.

    They examined the species’ short and long-term memories under both high and low light environments by repeatedly dropping water on the plants using a custom-designed apparatus to look at their response. The strange fauna flora (sic) stopped curling up once it learned that the water was not a threat to its survival and no damage was done, according to the study, which was published in the journal Oecologia. Mimosa plants were able to acquire the learnt behaviour in a matter of seconds and as in animals, learning was faster in low light.
     
    ‘Most remarkably, these plants were able to remember what had been learned for several weeks, even after environmental conditions had changed,' the researchers said. The study shows that Mimosa pudica plants can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals, but of course, they do it all without a brain.

    Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2541210/Are-plants-INTELLIGENT-Tropical-fern-learn-remember-despite-having-no-brain.html

    Additional link: http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/sensitive_plant.htm

    Research Paper (Abstract only) : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-013-2873-7

    The Secret World of plants (earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/d2cjJ6tNZUL

    The Root brain hypothesis (Earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/RdiwERtVB6y

    Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

    +Google #science #plants #lpsamazingplantfacts  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-28 04:52:16
    Learned behavior of plants : I read about this some time back, but am posting only after I did some digging. There is definitely some gaps in our knowledge of plants and how they get around to taking advantage of their environment. This is a surprising study and you can draw your own inferences from it...

    Article Extract: The researchers studied Mimosa pudica, which folds inwards when touched to protect itself from predators. The University of Western Australia study, which also involved Professor Stefano Mancuso at the University of Florence in Italy, found the action is not simply a reflex.

    They examined the species’ short and long-term memories under both high and low light environments by repeatedly dropping water on the plants using a custom-designed apparatus to look at their response. The strange fauna flora (sic) stopped curling up once it learned that the water was not a threat to its survival and no damage was done, according to the study, which was published in the journal Oecologia. Mimosa plants were able to acquire the learnt behaviour in a matter of seconds and as in animals, learning was faster in low light.
     
    ‘Most remarkably, these plants were able to remember what had been learned for several weeks, even after environmental conditions had changed,' the researchers said. The study shows that Mimosa pudica plants can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals, but of course, they do it all without a brain.

    Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2541210/Are-plants-INTELLIGENT-Tropical-fern-learn-remember-despite-having-no-brain.html

    Additional link: http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/sensitive_plant.htm

    Research Paper (Abstract only) : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-013-2873-7

    The Secret World of plants (earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/d2cjJ6tNZUL

    The Root brain hypothesis (Earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/RdiwERtVB6y

    Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

    +Google #science #plants #lpsamazingplantfacts  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-28 04:52:16
    Learned behavior of plants : I read about this some time back, but am posting only after I did some digging. There is definitely some gaps in our knowledge of plants and how they get around to taking advantage of their environment. This is a surprising study and you can draw your own inferences from it...

    Article Extract: The researchers studied Mimosa pudica, which folds inwards when touched to protect itself from predators. The University of Western Australia study, which also involved Professor Stefano Mancuso at the University of Florence in Italy, found the action is not simply a reflex.

    They examined the species’ short and long-term memories under both high and low light environments by repeatedly dropping water on the plants using a custom-designed apparatus to look at their response. The strange fauna flora (sic) stopped curling up once it learned that the water was not a threat to its survival and no damage was done, according to the study, which was published in the journal Oecologia. Mimosa plants were able to acquire the learnt behaviour in a matter of seconds and as in animals, learning was faster in low light.
     
    ‘Most remarkably, these plants were able to remember what had been learned for several weeks, even after environmental conditions had changed,' the researchers said. The study shows that Mimosa pudica plants can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals, but of course, they do it all without a brain.

    Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2541210/Are-plants-INTELLIGENT-Tropical-fern-learn-remember-despite-having-no-brain.html

    Additional link: http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/sensitive_plant.htm

    Research Paper (Abstract only) : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-013-2873-7

    The Secret World of plants (earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/d2cjJ6tNZUL

    The Root brain hypothesis (Earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/RdiwERtVB6y

    Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

    +Google #science #plants #lpsamazingplantfacts  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-28 04:52:16
    Learned behavior of plants : I read about this some time back, but am posting only after I did some digging. There is definitely some gaps in our knowledge of plants and how they get around to taking advantage of their environment. This is a surprising study and you can draw your own inferences from it...

    Article Extract: The researchers studied Mimosa pudica, which folds inwards when touched to protect itself from predators. The University of Western Australia study, which also involved Professor Stefano Mancuso at the University of Florence in Italy, found the action is not simply a reflex.

    They examined the species’ short and long-term memories under both high and low light environments by repeatedly dropping water on the plants using a custom-designed apparatus to look at their response. The strange fauna flora (sic) stopped curling up once it learned that the water was not a threat to its survival and no damage was done, according to the study, which was published in the journal Oecologia. Mimosa plants were able to acquire the learnt behaviour in a matter of seconds and as in animals, learning was faster in low light.
     
    ‘Most remarkably, these plants were able to remember what had been learned for several weeks, even after environmental conditions had changed,' the researchers said. The study shows that Mimosa pudica plants can learn and remember just as well as it would be expected of animals, but of course, they do it all without a brain.

    Article Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2541210/Are-plants-INTELLIGENT-Tropical-fern-learn-remember-despite-having-no-brain.html

    Additional link: http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/sensitive_plant.htm

    Research Paper (Abstract only) : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-013-2873-7

    The Secret World of plants (earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/d2cjJ6tNZUL

    The Root brain hypothesis (Earlier post) : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/RdiwERtVB6y

    Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

    +Google #science #plants #lpsamazingplantfacts  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-08-30 16:37:10
    Carl Warner's Human Bodies make up a landscape : Each landscape in the new series appears to include several bodies, and yet actually is created from photographs of a single person. “The scenes can simply be one shot of a part of their body or multiple shots that are composited together to make a more intricate scene,” Warner explains. “Once I have posed, lit and photographed the subject, I then take the image in to post production in order to grade and finesse it. I simply add a sky to the scene to give the image a sense of scale.”

    The texture of his models’ skin and the shapes that they can make—a bent knee or elbow, an arched back and a flexed abdomen, for instance—give Warner the elements he needs to piece together a barren desert or rocky Moab-like setting. He sketches out a composition before each photo shoot, but inevitably, during the shoot, he sees other poses, which he incorporates into a new drawing.

    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/08/carl-warners-mountains-are-made-of-elbows-and-knees/

    #scienceart #art #photography  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-08-30 16:37:10
    Carl Warner's Human Bodies make up a landscape : Each landscape in the new series appears to include several bodies, and yet actually is created from photographs of a single person. “The scenes can simply be one shot of a part of their body or multiple shots that are composited together to make a more intricate scene,” Warner explains. “Once I have posed, lit and photographed the subject, I then take the image in to post production in order to grade and finesse it. I simply add a sky to the scene to give the image a sense of scale.”

    The texture of his models’ skin and the shapes that they can make—a bent knee or elbow, an arched back and a flexed abdomen, for instance—give Warner the elements he needs to piece together a barren desert or rocky Moab-like setting. He sketches out a composition before each photo shoot, but inevitably, during the shoot, he sees other poses, which he incorporates into a new drawing.

    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/08/carl-warners-mountains-are-made-of-elbows-and-knees/

    #scienceart #art #photography  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-08-30 16:37:10
    Carl Warner's Human Bodies make up a landscape : Each landscape in the new series appears to include several bodies, and yet actually is created from photographs of a single person. “The scenes can simply be one shot of a part of their body or multiple shots that are composited together to make a more intricate scene,” Warner explains. “Once I have posed, lit and photographed the subject, I then take the image in to post production in order to grade and finesse it. I simply add a sky to the scene to give the image a sense of scale.”

    The texture of his models’ skin and the shapes that they can make—a bent knee or elbow, an arched back and a flexed abdomen, for instance—give Warner the elements he needs to piece together a barren desert or rocky Moab-like setting. He sketches out a composition before each photo shoot, but inevitably, during the shoot, he sees other poses, which he incorporates into a new drawing.

    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/08/carl-warners-mountains-are-made-of-elbows-and-knees/

    #scienceart #art #photography  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-08-30 16:37:10
    Carl Warner's Human Bodies make up a landscape : Each landscape in the new series appears to include several bodies, and yet actually is created from photographs of a single person. “The scenes can simply be one shot of a part of their body or multiple shots that are composited together to make a more intricate scene,” Warner explains. “Once I have posed, lit and photographed the subject, I then take the image in to post production in order to grade and finesse it. I simply add a sky to the scene to give the image a sense of scale.”

    The texture of his models’ skin and the shapes that they can make—a bent knee or elbow, an arched back and a flexed abdomen, for instance—give Warner the elements he needs to piece together a barren desert or rocky Moab-like setting. He sketches out a composition before each photo shoot, but inevitably, during the shoot, he sees other poses, which he incorporates into a new drawing.

    Article Link: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/artscience/2013/08/carl-warners-mountains-are-made-of-elbows-and-knees/

    #scienceart #art #photography  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-03-31 20:31:57
    Brilliant Earth Time-lapse

    Using footage from the International Space Station, photographer Bruce W. Berry, Jr. created a stunning compilation of our planet

    Heaven meets the Earth in this moving time-lapse video showing gorgeous landscapes underneath an ever-changing night sky.

    A time lapse journey round the Earth, first during the day and then through the night - day time passes over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and California / Mexico, and night time passes over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Several night sequences feature the fabulous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and watch out for the Milky Way, and thunderstorms at night over mid-West USA.

    Photograph sequences were taken by the crews of Expedition 30 and Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station (ISS) between December 2011 and June 2012. Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center,  http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/Timelapse-Earth.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #earth #timelapse  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-03-31 20:31:57
    Brilliant Earth Time-lapse

    Using footage from the International Space Station, photographer Bruce W. Berry, Jr. created a stunning compilation of our planet

    Heaven meets the Earth in this moving time-lapse video showing gorgeous landscapes underneath an ever-changing night sky.

    A time lapse journey round the Earth, first during the day and then through the night - day time passes over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and California / Mexico, and night time passes over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Several night sequences feature the fabulous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and watch out for the Milky Way, and thunderstorms at night over mid-West USA.

    Photograph sequences were taken by the crews of Expedition 30 and Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station (ISS) between December 2011 and June 2012. Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center,  http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/Timelapse-Earth.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #earth #timelapse  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-03-31 20:31:57
    Brilliant Earth Time-lapse

    Using footage from the International Space Station, photographer Bruce W. Berry, Jr. created a stunning compilation of our planet

    Heaven meets the Earth in this moving time-lapse video showing gorgeous landscapes underneath an ever-changing night sky.

    A time lapse journey round the Earth, first during the day and then through the night - day time passes over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and California / Mexico, and night time passes over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Several night sequences feature the fabulous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and watch out for the Milky Way, and thunderstorms at night over mid-West USA.

    Photograph sequences were taken by the crews of Expedition 30 and Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station (ISS) between December 2011 and June 2012. Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center,  http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/Timelapse-Earth.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #earth #timelapse  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-03-31 20:31:57
    Brilliant Earth Time-lapse

    Using footage from the International Space Station, photographer Bruce W. Berry, Jr. created a stunning compilation of our planet

    Heaven meets the Earth in this moving time-lapse video showing gorgeous landscapes underneath an ever-changing night sky.

    A time lapse journey round the Earth, first during the day and then through the night - day time passes over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and California / Mexico, and night time passes over the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. Several night sequences feature the fabulous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and watch out for the Milky Way, and thunderstorms at night over mid-West USA.

    Photograph sequences were taken by the crews of Expedition 30 and Expedition 31 on board the International Space Station (ISS) between December 2011 and June 2012. Images courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center,  http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

    Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/Timelapse-Earth.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #earth #timelapse  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-03-04 08:01:51
    How fast is Spaceship Earth traveling through space? : The answer is not as simple as one would assume. Because all motion is relative. So it could be a variety of different answers. Depending on the frame of reference, the answer could be zero or a variety of different answers. We do know that everything is moving. The Earth, the Sun, the Milky way, the local galactic cluster..... all of it. Read on to look at the motion from different perspectives....

    Article Extract: The problem with motion is that “true motion” doesn’t exist.  The best we can do is talk about “relative motion” and that requires something else to reference against.  What you consider to be stationary (what you chose to define your movement with respect to) is a matter of personal choice.  The universe isn’t bothered one way or the other.

    Relative to the Earth: The Earth turns on its axis (you may have heard), and that amounts to about 1,000 mph at the equator.  The farther you are from the equator the slower you’re moving.  This motion can’t be “ignored using relativity”, since relativity only applies to constant motion in a straight line, and movement in a circle is exactly not that.On a planetary scale it’s responsible for shaping global air currents.

    Relative to the Sun: The Earth orbits the Sun at slightly different speeds during the year; fastest around new years and slowest in early July (because it’s farther from or closer to the Sun respectively).  But on average it’s around 66,500 mph.  By the way, the fact that this lines up with our calendar year (which could be argued to be based on the tilt of the Earth, which dictates the length of the day) to within days is a genuine, complete coincidence.  This changes slowly over time, and in several thousand years from now it will no longer be the case.

    Relative to the Milky Way: The Sun moves through the galaxy at somewhere around 52,000 mph.  This is surprisingly tricky to determine.  There’s a lot of noise in the the speed of neighboring stars (It’s not unusual to see stars with a relative speed of 200,000 mph) and those are the stars we can see the clearest.  Ideally we would measure our speed relative to the average speed of the stars in the galactic core (like we measure the speed at the equator with respect to the center of the Earth), however that movement is “sideways” and in astronomy it’s much much easier to measure “toward/away” speed using the Doppler effect.  Of the relative speeds mentioned in this post, the speed of our solar system around the galaxy is the only one that isn’t known very accurately.

    Relative to the CMB: The Milky Way itself, along with the rest of our local group of galaxies, is whipping along at 550 km/s (1.2 million mph) with respect to the Cosmic Microwave Background.

    Article Link and source: http://www.askamathematician.com/2014/02/q-how-fast-are-we-moving-through-space-has-anyone-calculated-it/

    Spaceship Earth concept: http://www.nhk.or.jp/co-pro/e/past/detail_20131129.html

    Spaceship earth from Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/spaceship-earth-we-are-interstellar-travelers-131014.htm

    From Urban Astronomer : http://www.urban-astronomer.com/articles/questions-and-answers/how-fast-is-the-earth-travelling-through-space

    Rotational motion (NASA) : http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970401c.html

    Earlier post on spaceship earth: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/V6ojUHcSBfR

    Our solar system's tail : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/W2JFbfhiccc

    Does the sun rotate? : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/LqjusEkzaR6

    Pics courtesy: Main pic on left - http://goo.gl/xasB25. Pic right top - from NASA via http://goo.gl/kYEktG. Pic right center: The solar system is not a vortex (artist's impression) - from rhysy.net http://goo.gl/ZqFQIh. Right bottom - from Chandra http://goo.gl/2EobKB.

    #space #science #earth #spaceship #speed #relativemotion  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-03-04 08:01:51
    How fast is Spaceship Earth traveling through space? : The answer is not as simple as one would assume. Because all motion is relative. So it could be a variety of different answers. Depending on the frame of reference, the answer could be zero or a variety of different answers. We do know that everything is moving. The Earth, the Sun, the Milky way, the local galactic cluster..... all of it. Read on to look at the motion from different perspectives....

    Article Extract: The problem with motion is that “true motion” doesn’t exist.  The best we can do is talk about “relative motion” and that requires something else to reference against.  What you consider to be stationary (what you chose to define your movement with respect to) is a matter of personal choice.  The universe isn’t bothered one way or the other.

    Relative to the Earth: The Earth turns on its axis (you may have heard), and that amounts to about 1,000 mph at the equator.  The farther you are from the equator the slower you’re moving.  This motion can’t be “ignored using relativity”, since relativity only applies to constant motion in a straight line, and movement in a circle is exactly not that.On a planetary scale it’s responsible for shaping global air currents.

    Relative to the Sun: The Earth orbits the Sun at slightly different speeds during the year; fastest around new years and slowest in early July (because it’s farther from or closer to the Sun respectively).  But on average it’s around 66,500 mph.  By the way, the fact that this lines up with our calendar year (which could be argued to be based on the tilt of the Earth, which dictates the length of the day) to within days is a genuine, complete coincidence.  This changes slowly over time, and in several thousand years from now it will no longer be the case.

    Relative to the Milky Way: The Sun moves through the galaxy at somewhere around 52,000 mph.  This is surprisingly tricky to determine.  There’s a lot of noise in the the speed of neighboring stars (It’s not unusual to see stars with a relative speed of 200,000 mph) and those are the stars we can see the clearest.  Ideally we would measure our speed relative to the average speed of the stars in the galactic core (like we measure the speed at the equator with respect to the center of the Earth), however that movement is “sideways” and in astronomy it’s much much easier to measure “toward/away” speed using the Doppler effect.  Of the relative speeds mentioned in this post, the speed of our solar system around the galaxy is the only one that isn’t known very accurately.

    Relative to the CMB: The Milky Way itself, along with the rest of our local group of galaxies, is whipping along at 550 km/s (1.2 million mph) with respect to the Cosmic Microwave Background.

    Article Link and source: http://www.askamathematician.com/2014/02/q-how-fast-are-we-moving-through-space-has-anyone-calculated-it/

    Spaceship Earth concept: http://www.nhk.or.jp/co-pro/e/past/detail_20131129.html

    Spaceship earth from Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/spaceship-earth-we-are-interstellar-travelers-131014.htm

    From Urban Astronomer : http://www.urban-astronomer.com/articles/questions-and-answers/how-fast-is-the-earth-travelling-through-space

    Rotational motion (NASA) : http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970401c.html

    Earlier post on spaceship earth: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/V6ojUHcSBfR

    Our solar system's tail : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/W2JFbfhiccc

    Does the sun rotate? : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/LqjusEkzaR6

    Pics courtesy: Main pic on left - http://goo.gl/xasB25. Pic right top - from NASA via http://goo.gl/kYEktG. Pic right center: The solar system is not a vortex (artist's impression) - from rhysy.net http://goo.gl/ZqFQIh. Right bottom - from Chandra http://goo.gl/2EobKB.

    #space #science #earth #spaceship #speed #relativemotion  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-03-04 08:01:51
    How fast is Spaceship Earth traveling through space? : The answer is not as simple as one would assume. Because all motion is relative. So it could be a variety of different answers. Depending on the frame of reference, the answer could be zero or a variety of different answers. We do know that everything is moving. The Earth, the Sun, the Milky way, the local galactic cluster..... all of it. Read on to look at the motion from different perspectives....

    Article Extract: The problem with motion is that “true motion” doesn’t exist.  The best we can do is talk about “relative motion” and that requires something else to reference against.  What you consider to be stationary (what you chose to define your movement with respect to) is a matter of personal choice.  The universe isn’t bothered one way or the other.

    Relative to the Earth: The Earth turns on its axis (you may have heard), and that amounts to about 1,000 mph at the equator.  The farther you are from the equator the slower you’re moving.  This motion can’t be “ignored using relativity”, since relativity only applies to constant motion in a straight line, and movement in a circle is exactly not that.On a planetary scale it’s responsible for shaping global air currents.

    Relative to the Sun: The Earth orbits the Sun at slightly different speeds during the year; fastest around new years and slowest in early July (because it’s farther from or closer to the Sun respectively).  But on average it’s around 66,500 mph.  By the way, the fact that this lines up with our calendar year (which could be argued to be based on the tilt of the Earth, which dictates the length of the day) to within days is a genuine, complete coincidence.  This changes slowly over time, and in several thousand years from now it will no longer be the case.

    Relative to the Milky Way: The Sun moves through the galaxy at somewhere around 52,000 mph.  This is surprisingly tricky to determine.  There’s a lot of noise in the the speed of neighboring stars (It’s not unusual to see stars with a relative speed of 200,000 mph) and those are the stars we can see the clearest.  Ideally we would measure our speed relative to the average speed of the stars in the galactic core (like we measure the speed at the equator with respect to the center of the Earth), however that movement is “sideways” and in astronomy it’s much much easier to measure “toward/away” speed using the Doppler effect.  Of the relative speeds mentioned in this post, the speed of our solar system around the galaxy is the only one that isn’t known very accurately.

    Relative to the CMB: The Milky Way itself, along with the rest of our local group of galaxies, is whipping along at 550 km/s (1.2 million mph) with respect to the Cosmic Microwave Background.

    Article Link and source: http://www.askamathematician.com/2014/02/q-how-fast-are-we-moving-through-space-has-anyone-calculated-it/

    Spaceship Earth concept: http://www.nhk.or.jp/co-pro/e/past/detail_20131129.html

    Spaceship earth from Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/spaceship-earth-we-are-interstellar-travelers-131014.htm

    From Urban Astronomer : http://www.urban-astronomer.com/articles/questions-and-answers/how-fast-is-the-earth-travelling-through-space

    Rotational motion (NASA) : http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970401c.html

    Earlier post on spaceship earth: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/V6ojUHcSBfR

    Our solar system's tail : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/W2JFbfhiccc

    Does the sun rotate? : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/LqjusEkzaR6

    Pics courtesy: Main pic on left - http://goo.gl/xasB25. Pic right top - from NASA via http://goo.gl/kYEktG. Pic right center: The solar system is not a vortex (artist's impression) - from rhysy.net http://goo.gl/ZqFQIh. Right bottom - from Chandra http://goo.gl/2EobKB.

    #space #science #earth #spaceship #speed #relativemotion  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-03-04 08:01:51
    How fast is Spaceship Earth traveling through space? : The answer is not as simple as one would assume. Because all motion is relative. So it could be a variety of different answers. Depending on the frame of reference, the answer could be zero or a variety of different answers. We do know that everything is moving. The Earth, the Sun, the Milky way, the local galactic cluster..... all of it. Read on to look at the motion from different perspectives....

    Article Extract: The problem with motion is that “true motion” doesn’t exist.  The best we can do is talk about “relative motion” and that requires something else to reference against.  What you consider to be stationary (what you chose to define your movement with respect to) is a matter of personal choice.  The universe isn’t bothered one way or the other.

    Relative to the Earth: The Earth turns on its axis (you may have heard), and that amounts to about 1,000 mph at the equator.  The farther you are from the equator the slower you’re moving.  This motion can’t be “ignored using relativity”, since relativity only applies to constant motion in a straight line, and movement in a circle is exactly not that.On a planetary scale it’s responsible for shaping global air currents.

    Relative to the Sun: The Earth orbits the Sun at slightly different speeds during the year; fastest around new years and slowest in early July (because it’s farther from or closer to the Sun respectively).  But on average it’s around 66,500 mph.  By the way, the fact that this lines up with our calendar year (which could be argued to be based on the tilt of the Earth, which dictates the length of the day) to within days is a genuine, complete coincidence.  This changes slowly over time, and in several thousand years from now it will no longer be the case.

    Relative to the Milky Way: The Sun moves through the galaxy at somewhere around 52,000 mph.  This is surprisingly tricky to determine.  There’s a lot of noise in the the speed of neighboring stars (It’s not unusual to see stars with a relative speed of 200,000 mph) and those are the stars we can see the clearest.  Ideally we would measure our speed relative to the average speed of the stars in the galactic core (like we measure the speed at the equator with respect to the center of the Earth), however that movement is “sideways” and in astronomy it’s much much easier to measure “toward/away” speed using the Doppler effect.  Of the relative speeds mentioned in this post, the speed of our solar system around the galaxy is the only one that isn’t known very accurately.

    Relative to the CMB: The Milky Way itself, along with the rest of our local group of galaxies, is whipping along at 550 km/s (1.2 million mph) with respect to the Cosmic Microwave Background.

    Article Link and source: http://www.askamathematician.com/2014/02/q-how-fast-are-we-moving-through-space-has-anyone-calculated-it/

    Spaceship Earth concept: http://www.nhk.or.jp/co-pro/e/past/detail_20131129.html

    Spaceship earth from Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/spaceship-earth-we-are-interstellar-travelers-131014.htm

    From Urban Astronomer : http://www.urban-astronomer.com/articles/questions-and-answers/how-fast-is-the-earth-travelling-through-space

    Rotational motion (NASA) : http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970401c.html

    Earlier post on spaceship earth: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/V6ojUHcSBfR

    Our solar system's tail : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/W2JFbfhiccc

    Does the sun rotate? : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/LqjusEkzaR6

    Pics courtesy: Main pic on left - http://goo.gl/xasB25. Pic right top - from NASA via http://goo.gl/kYEktG. Pic right center: The solar system is not a vortex (artist's impression) - from rhysy.net http://goo.gl/ZqFQIh. Right bottom - from Chandra http://goo.gl/2EobKB.

    #space #science #earth #spaceship #speed #relativemotion  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-03-04 08:01:51
    How fast is Spaceship Earth traveling through space? : The answer is not as simple as one would assume. Because all motion is relative. So it could be a variety of different answers. Depending on the frame of reference, the answer could be zero or a variety of different answers. We do know that everything is moving. The Earth, the Sun, the Milky way, the local galactic cluster..... all of it. Read on to look at the motion from different perspectives....

    Article Extract: The problem with motion is that “true motion” doesn’t exist.  The best we can do is talk about “relative motion” and that requires something else to reference against.  What you consider to be stationary (what you chose to define your movement with respect to) is a matter of personal choice.  The universe isn’t bothered one way or the other.

    Relative to the Earth: The Earth turns on its axis (you may have heard), and that amounts to about 1,000 mph at the equator.  The farther you are from the equator the slower you’re moving.  This motion can’t be “ignored using relativity”, since relativity only applies to constant motion in a straight line, and movement in a circle is exactly not that.On a planetary scale it’s responsible for shaping global air currents.

    Relative to the Sun: The Earth orbits the Sun at slightly different speeds during the year; fastest around new years and slowest in early July (because it’s farther from or closer to the Sun respectively).  But on average it’s around 66,500 mph.  By the way, the fact that this lines up with our calendar year (which could be argued to be based on the tilt of the Earth, which dictates the length of the day) to within days is a genuine, complete coincidence.  This changes slowly over time, and in several thousand years from now it will no longer be the case.

    Relative to the Milky Way: The Sun moves through the galaxy at somewhere around 52,000 mph.  This is surprisingly tricky to determine.  There’s a lot of noise in the the speed of neighboring stars (It’s not unusual to see stars with a relative speed of 200,000 mph) and those are the stars we can see the clearest.  Ideally we would measure our speed relative to the average speed of the stars in the galactic core (like we measure the speed at the equator with respect to the center of the Earth), however that movement is “sideways” and in astronomy it’s much much easier to measure “toward/away” speed using the Doppler effect.  Of the relative speeds mentioned in this post, the speed of our solar system around the galaxy is the only one that isn’t known very accurately.

    Relative to the CMB: The Milky Way itself, along with the rest of our local group of galaxies, is whipping along at 550 km/s (1.2 million mph) with respect to the Cosmic Microwave Background.

    Article Link and source: http://www.askamathematician.com/2014/02/q-how-fast-are-we-moving-through-space-has-anyone-calculated-it/

    Spaceship Earth concept: http://www.nhk.or.jp/co-pro/e/past/detail_20131129.html

    Spaceship earth from Discovery: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/spaceship-earth-we-are-interstellar-travelers-131014.htm

    From Urban Astronomer : http://www.urban-astronomer.com/articles/questions-and-answers/how-fast-is-the-earth-travelling-through-space

    Rotational motion (NASA) : http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970401c.html

    Earlier post on spaceship earth: https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/V6ojUHcSBfR

    Our solar system's tail : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/W2JFbfhiccc

    Does the sun rotate? : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/LqjusEkzaR6

    Pics courtesy: Main pic on left - http://goo.gl/xasB25. Pic right top - from NASA via http://goo.gl/kYEktG. Pic right center: The solar system is not a vortex (artist's impression) - from rhysy.net http://goo.gl/ZqFQIh. Right bottom - from Chandra http://goo.gl/2EobKB.

    #space #science #earth #spaceship #speed #relativemotion  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-26 15:46:02
    Special characters on Googleplus
    A lot of people have asked 'How do I insert special characters?' and there are shortcuts and combinations of keys to be pressed which a number of people have posted about.

    But I remembered this site which has all the characters one could possibly need, and decided to post it here. (please note I am in no way associated with this site!)

    ✔ Have a ☕ and enjoy these ❤. This is not a comprehensive screenshot ✌ so do take a look at the link... http://copypastecharacter.com/

    #googleplus #googleplushelp #googleplushelp #googleplustipsandtricks  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-26 15:46:02
    Special characters on Googleplus
    A lot of people have asked 'How do I insert special characters?' and there are shortcuts and combinations of keys to be pressed which a number of people have posted about.

    But I remembered this site which has all the characters one could possibly need, and decided to post it here. (please note I am in no way associated with this site!)

    ✔ Have a ☕ and enjoy these ❤. This is not a comprehensive screenshot ✌ so do take a look at the link... http://copypastecharacter.com/

    #googleplus #googleplushelp #googleplushelp #googleplustipsandtricks  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-26 15:46:02
    Special characters on Googleplus
    A lot of people have asked 'How do I insert special characters?' and there are shortcuts and combinations of keys to be pressed which a number of people have posted about.

    But I remembered this site which has all the characters one could possibly need, and decided to post it here. (please note I am in no way associated with this site!)

    ✔ Have a ☕ and enjoy these ❤. This is not a comprehensive screenshot ✌ so do take a look at the link... http://copypastecharacter.com/

    #googleplus #googleplushelp #googleplushelp #googleplustipsandtricks  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-26 15:46:02
    Special characters on Googleplus
    A lot of people have asked 'How do I insert special characters?' and there are shortcuts and combinations of keys to be pressed which a number of people have posted about.

    But I remembered this site which has all the characters one could possibly need, and decided to post it here. (please note I am in no way associated with this site!)

    ✔ Have a ☕ and enjoy these ❤. This is not a comprehensive screenshot ✌ so do take a look at the link... http://copypastecharacter.com/

    #googleplus #googleplushelp #googleplushelp #googleplustipsandtricks  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-10-04 15:26:34
    Wireless electricity : Wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899,  Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. After he flipped the switch, flashes of lightning leaped from the coil, but no one was harmed.

    In 2006, Marin Soljacic, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sent wireless electricity across a room to light a 60-watt bulb. Soljacic used electromagnetic induction, but with a twist. By tuning the sending and receiving coils in his electromagnetic field to resonate at the same frequency and engage only at that frequency (the way glass will shatter when struck by sound waves of just the right pitch), the current is focused and bypasses everything else, humans included. Resonant coupling, as Soljacic's process is known, is far more efficient than Tesla's attempts, and safer too.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-09/fyi-can-wireless-electricity-kill-people

    Earlier post on wireless power reaching the tipping point : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Fz3674xvmmg

    Related article: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/13/the-future-of-wireless-power/

    Fun with lightbulb trick : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/MUYAo3FNbsd

    Soljacic's company : http://www.witricity.com/

    Pic courtesy: Yale.edu. (Medical use : http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/bonde/multimedia/video/freed.aspx )
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-10-04 15:26:34
    Wireless electricity : Wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899,  Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. After he flipped the switch, flashes of lightning leaped from the coil, but no one was harmed.

    In 2006, Marin Soljacic, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sent wireless electricity across a room to light a 60-watt bulb. Soljacic used electromagnetic induction, but with a twist. By tuning the sending and receiving coils in his electromagnetic field to resonate at the same frequency and engage only at that frequency (the way glass will shatter when struck by sound waves of just the right pitch), the current is focused and bypasses everything else, humans included. Resonant coupling, as Soljacic's process is known, is far more efficient than Tesla's attempts, and safer too.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-09/fyi-can-wireless-electricity-kill-people

    Earlier post on wireless power reaching the tipping point : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Fz3674xvmmg

    Related article: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/13/the-future-of-wireless-power/

    Fun with lightbulb trick : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/MUYAo3FNbsd

    Soljacic's company : http://www.witricity.com/

    Pic courtesy: Yale.edu. (Medical use : http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/bonde/multimedia/video/freed.aspx )
  • 277 plusses - 60 comments - 128 shares | Read in G+
  • Lacerant Plainer2013-10-04 15:26:34
    Wireless electricity : Wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899,  Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. After he flipped the switch, flashes of lightning leaped from the coil, but no one was harmed.

    In 2006, Marin Soljacic, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sent wireless electricity across a room to light a 60-watt bulb. Soljacic used electromagnetic induction, but with a twist. By tuning the sending and receiving coils in his electromagnetic field to resonate at the same frequency and engage only at that frequency (the way glass will shatter when struck by sound waves of just the right pitch), the current is focused and bypasses everything else, humans included. Resonant coupling, as Soljacic's process is known, is far more efficient than Tesla's attempts, and safer too.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-09/fyi-can-wireless-electricity-kill-people

    Earlier post on wireless power reaching the tipping point : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Fz3674xvmmg

    Related article: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/13/the-future-of-wireless-power/

    Fun with lightbulb trick : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/MUYAo3FNbsd

    Soljacic's company : http://www.witricity.com/

    Pic courtesy: Yale.edu. (Medical use : http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/bonde/multimedia/video/freed.aspx )
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-10-04 15:26:34
    Wireless electricity : Wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899,  Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. After he flipped the switch, flashes of lightning leaped from the coil, but no one was harmed.

    In 2006, Marin Soljacic, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sent wireless electricity across a room to light a 60-watt bulb. Soljacic used electromagnetic induction, but with a twist. By tuning the sending and receiving coils in his electromagnetic field to resonate at the same frequency and engage only at that frequency (the way glass will shatter when struck by sound waves of just the right pitch), the current is focused and bypasses everything else, humans included. Resonant coupling, as Soljacic's process is known, is far more efficient than Tesla's attempts, and safer too.

    Article Link: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-09/fyi-can-wireless-electricity-kill-people

    Earlier post on wireless power reaching the tipping point : https://plus.google.com/110884604033336753419/posts/Fz3674xvmmg

    Related article: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/13/the-future-of-wireless-power/

    Fun with lightbulb trick : https://plus.google.com/103586346709495625226/posts/MUYAo3FNbsd

    Soljacic's company : http://www.witricity.com/

    Pic courtesy: Yale.edu. (Medical use : http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/bonde/multimedia/video/freed.aspx )
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-15 11:28:54
    Thorne-Zytkow objects : Still not 'news' but astronomers have a candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object. What is it? When a superdense neutron star is captured by a red giant or supergiant star. One star is then nested in the other. This was first theorized in 1975, but no such star had been found...yet..... read on!

    Article Extract: Once the neutron star is eaten, it settles in the core of the supergiant, interrupting normal fusion processes inside the star’s guts. This, according to the theorists, should create a very specific chemical signature in the “host” star’s chemical make up. What’s more, there should be a few dozen Thorne-Żytkow object specimens in our galaxy.

    Emily Levesque, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, has reported the discovery of another Thorne-Żytkow object candidate, the strongest candidate to date. Levesque announced her discovery at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., but fell short of naming the particular star as her research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    What is known, however, is that the star is one of 22 supergiants surveyed in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy next door to the Milky Way, by the Magellan telescopes in Chile. The mystery oddball stellar behemoth has elevated quantities of lithium, rubidium and molybdenum — elements that are theorized to arise from the presence of a neutron star inside a red supergiant, forcing the old star to carry out different forms of fusion processes.

    Article Link: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/has-the-weirdest-star-in-the-universe-been-discovered-140107.htm

    Nature Article : http://www.nature.com/news/bizarre-star-could-host-a-neutron-star-in-its-core-1.14478

    Abstract from paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/doi/10.1086/181839

    Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorne%E2%80%93%C5%BBytkow_object

    Pics from Nature : Thorne-Zytkow objects could form when a red giant swallows a neutron star (right). John Foster/Science Photo Library

    #stars #science #physics #astronomy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-15 11:28:54
    Thorne-Zytkow objects : Still not 'news' but astronomers have a candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object. What is it? When a superdense neutron star is captured by a red giant or supergiant star. One star is then nested in the other. This was first theorized in 1975, but no such star had been found...yet..... read on!

    Article Extract: Once the neutron star is eaten, it settles in the core of the supergiant, interrupting normal fusion processes inside the star’s guts. This, according to the theorists, should create a very specific chemical signature in the “host” star’s chemical make up. What’s more, there should be a few dozen Thorne-Żytkow object specimens in our galaxy.

    Emily Levesque, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, has reported the discovery of another Thorne-Żytkow object candidate, the strongest candidate to date. Levesque announced her discovery at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., but fell short of naming the particular star as her research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    What is known, however, is that the star is one of 22 supergiants surveyed in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy next door to the Milky Way, by the Magellan telescopes in Chile. The mystery oddball stellar behemoth has elevated quantities of lithium, rubidium and molybdenum — elements that are theorized to arise from the presence of a neutron star inside a red supergiant, forcing the old star to carry out different forms of fusion processes.

    Article Link: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/has-the-weirdest-star-in-the-universe-been-discovered-140107.htm

    Nature Article : http://www.nature.com/news/bizarre-star-could-host-a-neutron-star-in-its-core-1.14478

    Abstract from paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/doi/10.1086/181839

    Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorne%E2%80%93%C5%BBytkow_object

    Pics from Nature : Thorne-Zytkow objects could form when a red giant swallows a neutron star (right). John Foster/Science Photo Library

    #stars #science #physics #astronomy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-15 11:28:54
    Thorne-Zytkow objects : Still not 'news' but astronomers have a candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object. What is it? When a superdense neutron star is captured by a red giant or supergiant star. One star is then nested in the other. This was first theorized in 1975, but no such star had been found...yet..... read on!

    Article Extract: Once the neutron star is eaten, it settles in the core of the supergiant, interrupting normal fusion processes inside the star’s guts. This, according to the theorists, should create a very specific chemical signature in the “host” star’s chemical make up. What’s more, there should be a few dozen Thorne-Żytkow object specimens in our galaxy.

    Emily Levesque, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, has reported the discovery of another Thorne-Żytkow object candidate, the strongest candidate to date. Levesque announced her discovery at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., but fell short of naming the particular star as her research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    What is known, however, is that the star is one of 22 supergiants surveyed in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy next door to the Milky Way, by the Magellan telescopes in Chile. The mystery oddball stellar behemoth has elevated quantities of lithium, rubidium and molybdenum — elements that are theorized to arise from the presence of a neutron star inside a red supergiant, forcing the old star to carry out different forms of fusion processes.

    Article Link: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/has-the-weirdest-star-in-the-universe-been-discovered-140107.htm

    Nature Article : http://www.nature.com/news/bizarre-star-could-host-a-neutron-star-in-its-core-1.14478

    Abstract from paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/doi/10.1086/181839

    Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorne%E2%80%93%C5%BBytkow_object

    Pics from Nature : Thorne-Zytkow objects could form when a red giant swallows a neutron star (right). John Foster/Science Photo Library

    #stars #science #physics #astronomy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-15 11:28:54
    Thorne-Zytkow objects : Still not 'news' but astronomers have a candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object. What is it? When a superdense neutron star is captured by a red giant or supergiant star. One star is then nested in the other. This was first theorized in 1975, but no such star had been found...yet..... read on!

    Article Extract: Once the neutron star is eaten, it settles in the core of the supergiant, interrupting normal fusion processes inside the star’s guts. This, according to the theorists, should create a very specific chemical signature in the “host” star’s chemical make up. What’s more, there should be a few dozen Thorne-Żytkow object specimens in our galaxy.

    Emily Levesque, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, has reported the discovery of another Thorne-Żytkow object candidate, the strongest candidate to date. Levesque announced her discovery at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., but fell short of naming the particular star as her research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    What is known, however, is that the star is one of 22 supergiants surveyed in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy next door to the Milky Way, by the Magellan telescopes in Chile. The mystery oddball stellar behemoth has elevated quantities of lithium, rubidium and molybdenum — elements that are theorized to arise from the presence of a neutron star inside a red supergiant, forcing the old star to carry out different forms of fusion processes.

    Article Link: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/has-the-weirdest-star-in-the-universe-been-discovered-140107.htm

    Nature Article : http://www.nature.com/news/bizarre-star-could-host-a-neutron-star-in-its-core-1.14478

    Abstract from paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/doi/10.1086/181839

    Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorne%E2%80%93%C5%BBytkow_object

    Pics from Nature : Thorne-Zytkow objects could form when a red giant swallows a neutron star (right). John Foster/Science Photo Library

    #stars #science #physics #astronomy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-01-15 11:28:54
    Thorne-Zytkow objects : Still not 'news' but astronomers have a candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object. What is it? When a superdense neutron star is captured by a red giant or supergiant star. One star is then nested in the other. This was first theorized in 1975, but no such star had been found...yet..... read on!

    Article Extract: Once the neutron star is eaten, it settles in the core of the supergiant, interrupting normal fusion processes inside the star’s guts. This, according to the theorists, should create a very specific chemical signature in the “host” star’s chemical make up. What’s more, there should be a few dozen Thorne-Żytkow object specimens in our galaxy.

    Emily Levesque, of the University of Colorado in Boulder, has reported the discovery of another Thorne-Żytkow object candidate, the strongest candidate to date. Levesque announced her discovery at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., but fell short of naming the particular star as her research has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

    What is known, however, is that the star is one of 22 supergiants surveyed in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy next door to the Milky Way, by the Magellan telescopes in Chile. The mystery oddball stellar behemoth has elevated quantities of lithium, rubidium and molybdenum — elements that are theorized to arise from the presence of a neutron star inside a red supergiant, forcing the old star to carry out different forms of fusion processes.

    Article Link: http://news.discovery.com/space/astronomy/has-the-weirdest-star-in-the-universe-been-discovered-140107.htm

    Nature Article : http://www.nature.com/news/bizarre-star-could-host-a-neutron-star-in-its-core-1.14478

    Abstract from paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/doi/10.1086/181839

    Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorne%E2%80%93%C5%BBytkow_object

    Pics from Nature : Thorne-Zytkow objects could form when a red giant swallows a neutron star (right). John Foster/Science Photo Library

    #stars #science #physics #astronomy  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-15 05:45:56
    3D Printed Moon base

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to build a lunar base with 3D printing using local materials on the moon. The 3D structures are built layer-by-layer. The lunar material would be combined with magnesium oxide, which turns it into a "paper" to be printed with. Then, for the "ink," a binding salt is added to transform the material into a solid. The architects are trying to create a structure that can handle the harsh weather and environment that the moon can have. “3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth,” said Scott Hovland of ESA’s human spaceflight team.

    Dini's Plans for a Moonbase
    Dini has lunar plans for the D-shape, and is in discussions with La Scuola Normale Superiore, Norman Foster (a UK architecture firm), and Alta Space, as part of the Aurora program run by the European Space Agency (ESA), to build a modified D-Shape that could use lunar regolith (moon dust) to build a moon base. Dini will carry out trials in a vacuum chamber at Alta Space’s facility in Pisa to ensure the process is possible in a low-atmosphere environment such as the moon.

    Giant NASA spider robots could 3D print lunar base
    Sintering is quite cheap, in terms of power as well as materials, and an Athlete rover should be able to construct a bubble volume in only two weeks, Rousek estimates. He said: "It would have a very good cost-value ratio as you don't need to import as much material from Earth. The whole expandable module, with the membranes to cover the base when built, would be carried by the same rocket that would bring other modules of the outpost, but it can build a volume four times bigger than a rigid cylindrical module. Since we don't have the necessary transport capacity to the Moon at the moment, estimating a price now would be very inaccurate.


    ESA program article link: http://www.dailytech.com/ESA+May+Print+3D+Lunar+Base+out+of+Moons+Soil/article29806.htm

    Dini's ESA program link: http://phys.org/news190873132.html

    NASA Spiderbot 3D program link: http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/giant-nasa-spider-robots-could-3d-print-lunar-base/

    NASA official program page: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask/issues/43/43i_international_partnerships_exploration.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #moon #moonbases #robots #robotics #3dprinting #base #space #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-15 05:45:56
    3D Printed Moon base

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to build a lunar base with 3D printing using local materials on the moon. The 3D structures are built layer-by-layer. The lunar material would be combined with magnesium oxide, which turns it into a "paper" to be printed with. Then, for the "ink," a binding salt is added to transform the material into a solid. The architects are trying to create a structure that can handle the harsh weather and environment that the moon can have. “3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth,” said Scott Hovland of ESA’s human spaceflight team.

    Dini's Plans for a Moonbase
    Dini has lunar plans for the D-shape, and is in discussions with La Scuola Normale Superiore, Norman Foster (a UK architecture firm), and Alta Space, as part of the Aurora program run by the European Space Agency (ESA), to build a modified D-Shape that could use lunar regolith (moon dust) to build a moon base. Dini will carry out trials in a vacuum chamber at Alta Space’s facility in Pisa to ensure the process is possible in a low-atmosphere environment such as the moon.

    Giant NASA spider robots could 3D print lunar base
    Sintering is quite cheap, in terms of power as well as materials, and an Athlete rover should be able to construct a bubble volume in only two weeks, Rousek estimates. He said: "It would have a very good cost-value ratio as you don't need to import as much material from Earth. The whole expandable module, with the membranes to cover the base when built, would be carried by the same rocket that would bring other modules of the outpost, but it can build a volume four times bigger than a rigid cylindrical module. Since we don't have the necessary transport capacity to the Moon at the moment, estimating a price now would be very inaccurate.


    ESA program article link: http://www.dailytech.com/ESA+May+Print+3D+Lunar+Base+out+of+Moons+Soil/article29806.htm

    Dini's ESA program link: http://phys.org/news190873132.html

    NASA Spiderbot 3D program link: http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/giant-nasa-spider-robots-could-3d-print-lunar-base/

    NASA official program page: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask/issues/43/43i_international_partnerships_exploration.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #moon #moonbases #robots #robotics #3dprinting #base #space #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-15 05:45:56
    3D Printed Moon base

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to build a lunar base with 3D printing using local materials on the moon. The 3D structures are built layer-by-layer. The lunar material would be combined with magnesium oxide, which turns it into a "paper" to be printed with. Then, for the "ink," a binding salt is added to transform the material into a solid. The architects are trying to create a structure that can handle the harsh weather and environment that the moon can have. “3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth,” said Scott Hovland of ESA’s human spaceflight team.

    Dini's Plans for a Moonbase
    Dini has lunar plans for the D-shape, and is in discussions with La Scuola Normale Superiore, Norman Foster (a UK architecture firm), and Alta Space, as part of the Aurora program run by the European Space Agency (ESA), to build a modified D-Shape that could use lunar regolith (moon dust) to build a moon base. Dini will carry out trials in a vacuum chamber at Alta Space’s facility in Pisa to ensure the process is possible in a low-atmosphere environment such as the moon.

    Giant NASA spider robots could 3D print lunar base
    Sintering is quite cheap, in terms of power as well as materials, and an Athlete rover should be able to construct a bubble volume in only two weeks, Rousek estimates. He said: "It would have a very good cost-value ratio as you don't need to import as much material from Earth. The whole expandable module, with the membranes to cover the base when built, would be carried by the same rocket that would bring other modules of the outpost, but it can build a volume four times bigger than a rigid cylindrical module. Since we don't have the necessary transport capacity to the Moon at the moment, estimating a price now would be very inaccurate.


    ESA program article link: http://www.dailytech.com/ESA+May+Print+3D+Lunar+Base+out+of+Moons+Soil/article29806.htm

    Dini's ESA program link: http://phys.org/news190873132.html

    NASA Spiderbot 3D program link: http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/giant-nasa-spider-robots-could-3d-print-lunar-base/

    NASA official program page: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask/issues/43/43i_international_partnerships_exploration.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #moon #moonbases #robots #robotics #3dprinting #base #space #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-05-15 05:45:56
    3D Printed Moon base

    The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to build a lunar base with 3D printing using local materials on the moon. The 3D structures are built layer-by-layer. The lunar material would be combined with magnesium oxide, which turns it into a "paper" to be printed with. Then, for the "ink," a binding salt is added to transform the material into a solid. The architects are trying to create a structure that can handle the harsh weather and environment that the moon can have. “3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating lunar settlement with reduced logistics from Earth,” said Scott Hovland of ESA’s human spaceflight team.

    Dini's Plans for a Moonbase
    Dini has lunar plans for the D-shape, and is in discussions with La Scuola Normale Superiore, Norman Foster (a UK architecture firm), and Alta Space, as part of the Aurora program run by the European Space Agency (ESA), to build a modified D-Shape that could use lunar regolith (moon dust) to build a moon base. Dini will carry out trials in a vacuum chamber at Alta Space’s facility in Pisa to ensure the process is possible in a low-atmosphere environment such as the moon.

    Giant NASA spider robots could 3D print lunar base
    Sintering is quite cheap, in terms of power as well as materials, and an Athlete rover should be able to construct a bubble volume in only two weeks, Rousek estimates. He said: "It would have a very good cost-value ratio as you don't need to import as much material from Earth. The whole expandable module, with the membranes to cover the base when built, would be carried by the same rocket that would bring other modules of the outpost, but it can build a volume four times bigger than a rigid cylindrical module. Since we don't have the necessary transport capacity to the Moon at the moment, estimating a price now would be very inaccurate.


    ESA program article link: http://www.dailytech.com/ESA+May+Print+3D+Lunar+Base+out+of+Moons+Soil/article29806.htm

    Dini's ESA program link: http://phys.org/news190873132.html

    NASA Spiderbot 3D program link: http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/03/giant-nasa-spider-robots-could-3d-print-lunar-base/

    NASA official program page: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/oce/appel/ask/issues/43/43i_international_partnerships_exploration.html

    #science #scienceeveryday #moon #moonbases #robots #robotics #3dprinting #base #space #exploration  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-28 05:03:09
    When will wireless power reach the tipping point?

    If you’re waiting to see when wireless power will hit the mass market, then you’re not alone. Delivering power wirelessly is perhaps one of the most hyped, long anticipated changes to the way we design and use products and machinery since the invention of electricity itself. But if you’ve been watching this space, you’ll know these solutions have been slow in coming to market and are anything but commonplace.

    Why is that? What’s it going to take for this technology to hit the mainstream? Over the past two years we have witnessed first generation implementations of wireless power, mostly in the smartphone after-market. These come in the form of sleeves and charging pads but are rarely sighted amongst early adopters. Each claims to be supporting the best technology — the one that will lead the world in becoming completely unplugged. Yet, in my view, what we have seen and heard so far are a combination of impossible claims and poor end-user functionality.

    WiTricity CEO Eric Giler imagines a future where power devices are embedded in the walls and carpets of homes, making for a truly wire-free household. He says with a big enough power supply and small wireless repeaters, one could even power a grocery store or office building. Conventional charging devices such as the cord for a cell phone use electromagnetic induction to transmit power. Through electromagnetic induction, an electric current is sent through a magnetic field generated by a power conductor to a smaller magnetic field generated by a receiving device. (See related quiz: "What You Don't Know About Electricity")

    Eric Giler demo: Eric Giler demos wireless electricity

    Article Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/05/when-will-wireless-power-reach-the-tipping-point/

    Natgeo article: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/energy/2012/12/121228-wireless-power/

    WiTricity website: http://www.witricity.com/index.html (MIT commercial venture).

    Thanks to +James Brine  and +Jonah Miller for mentioning Tesla.... well it got me thinking and researching!

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #electricity #wireless #wirelesscharging #wirelesselectricity  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-28 05:03:09
    When will wireless power reach the tipping point?

    If you’re waiting to see when wireless power will hit the mass market, then you’re not alone. Delivering power wirelessly is perhaps one of the most hyped, long anticipated changes to the way we design and use products and machinery since the invention of electricity itself. But if you’ve been watching this space, you’ll know these solutions have been slow in coming to market and are anything but commonplace.

    Why is that? What’s it going to take for this technology to hit the mainstream? Over the past two years we have witnessed first generation implementations of wireless power, mostly in the smartphone after-market. These come in the form of sleeves and charging pads but are rarely sighted amongst early adopters. Each claims to be supporting the best technology — the one that will lead the world in becoming completely unplugged. Yet, in my view, what we have seen and heard so far are a combination of impossible claims and poor end-user functionality.

    WiTricity CEO Eric Giler imagines a future where power devices are embedded in the walls and carpets of homes, making for a truly wire-free household. He says with a big enough power supply and small wireless repeaters, one could even power a grocery store or office building. Conventional charging devices such as the cord for a cell phone use electromagnetic induction to transmit power. Through electromagnetic induction, an electric current is sent through a magnetic field generated by a power conductor to a smaller magnetic field generated by a receiving device. (See related quiz: "What You Don't Know About Electricity")

    Eric Giler demo: Eric Giler demos wireless electricity

    Article Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/05/when-will-wireless-power-reach-the-tipping-point/

    Natgeo article: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/energy/2012/12/121228-wireless-power/

    WiTricity website: http://www.witricity.com/index.html (MIT commercial venture).

    Thanks to +James Brine  and +Jonah Miller for mentioning Tesla.... well it got me thinking and researching!

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #electricity #wireless #wirelesscharging #wirelesselectricity  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-28 05:03:09
    When will wireless power reach the tipping point?

    If you’re waiting to see when wireless power will hit the mass market, then you’re not alone. Delivering power wirelessly is perhaps one of the most hyped, long anticipated changes to the way we design and use products and machinery since the invention of electricity itself. But if you’ve been watching this space, you’ll know these solutions have been slow in coming to market and are anything but commonplace.

    Why is that? What’s it going to take for this technology to hit the mainstream? Over the past two years we have witnessed first generation implementations of wireless power, mostly in the smartphone after-market. These come in the form of sleeves and charging pads but are rarely sighted amongst early adopters. Each claims to be supporting the best technology — the one that will lead the world in becoming completely unplugged. Yet, in my view, what we have seen and heard so far are a combination of impossible claims and poor end-user functionality.

    WiTricity CEO Eric Giler imagines a future where power devices are embedded in the walls and carpets of homes, making for a truly wire-free household. He says with a big enough power supply and small wireless repeaters, one could even power a grocery store or office building. Conventional charging devices such as the cord for a cell phone use electromagnetic induction to transmit power. Through electromagnetic induction, an electric current is sent through a magnetic field generated by a power conductor to a smaller magnetic field generated by a receiving device. (See related quiz: "What You Don't Know About Electricity")

    Eric Giler demo: Eric Giler demos wireless electricity

    Article Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/05/when-will-wireless-power-reach-the-tipping-point/

    Natgeo article: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/energy/2012/12/121228-wireless-power/

    WiTricity website: http://www.witricity.com/index.html (MIT commercial venture).

    Thanks to +James Brine  and +Jonah Miller for mentioning Tesla.... well it got me thinking and researching!

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #electricity #wireless #wirelesscharging #wirelesselectricity  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-28 05:03:09
    When will wireless power reach the tipping point?

    If you’re waiting to see when wireless power will hit the mass market, then you’re not alone. Delivering power wirelessly is perhaps one of the most hyped, long anticipated changes to the way we design and use products and machinery since the invention of electricity itself. But if you’ve been watching this space, you’ll know these solutions have been slow in coming to market and are anything but commonplace.

    Why is that? What’s it going to take for this technology to hit the mainstream? Over the past two years we have witnessed first generation implementations of wireless power, mostly in the smartphone after-market. These come in the form of sleeves and charging pads but are rarely sighted amongst early adopters. Each claims to be supporting the best technology — the one that will lead the world in becoming completely unplugged. Yet, in my view, what we have seen and heard so far are a combination of impossible claims and poor end-user functionality.

    WiTricity CEO Eric Giler imagines a future where power devices are embedded in the walls and carpets of homes, making for a truly wire-free household. He says with a big enough power supply and small wireless repeaters, one could even power a grocery store or office building. Conventional charging devices such as the cord for a cell phone use electromagnetic induction to transmit power. Through electromagnetic induction, an electric current is sent through a magnetic field generated by a power conductor to a smaller magnetic field generated by a receiving device. (See related quiz: "What You Don't Know About Electricity")

    Eric Giler demo: Eric Giler demos wireless electricity

    Article Link: http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/05/when-will-wireless-power-reach-the-tipping-point/

    Natgeo article: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/energy/2012/12/121228-wireless-power/

    WiTricity website: http://www.witricity.com/index.html (MIT commercial venture).

    Thanks to +James Brine  and +Jonah Miller for mentioning Tesla.... well it got me thinking and researching!

    #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #electricity #wireless #wirelesscharging #wirelesselectricity  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-02 05:48:12
    Want a better G+ experience? ..... Here is how.... add this circle!

    My VIP circle of top engagers melded with the circle of people who are my friends, supporters and essentially those who make what G+ is for me.

    Wonderfully supportive of my writing, posting and most of them are now close friends. When I started out, it was all about engagement, I did not expect so many friends! (I may have missed some people here due to oversight, please just comment and I will rectify it. No sleight is intended).

    Thank you all for being who you are and for the wonderful time on Googleplus!! Share if you like the circle :)

    #sharingcircle #vip #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharingiscaring #awesomepeople #awesomesauce #topcircles #circle #circleshare #suggesteduserlist  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-02 05:48:12
    Want a better G+ experience? ..... Here is how.... add this circle!

    My VIP circle of top engagers melded with the circle of people who are my friends, supporters and essentially those who make what G+ is for me.

    Wonderfully supportive of my writing, posting and most of them are now close friends. When I started out, it was all about engagement, I did not expect so many friends! (I may have missed some people here due to oversight, please just comment and I will rectify it. No sleight is intended).

    Thank you all for being who you are and for the wonderful time on Googleplus!! Share if you like the circle :)

    #sharingcircle #vip #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharingiscaring #awesomepeople #awesomesauce #topcircles #circle #circleshare #suggesteduserlist  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-02 05:48:12
    Want a better G+ experience? ..... Here is how.... add this circle!

    My VIP circle of top engagers melded with the circle of people who are my friends, supporters and essentially those who make what G+ is for me.

    Wonderfully supportive of my writing, posting and most of them are now close friends. When I started out, it was all about engagement, I did not expect so many friends! (I may have missed some people here due to oversight, please just comment and I will rectify it. No sleight is intended).

    Thank you all for being who you are and for the wonderful time on Googleplus!! Share if you like the circle :)

    #sharingcircle #vip #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharingiscaring #awesomepeople #awesomesauce #topcircles #circle #circleshare #suggesteduserlist  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-06-02 05:48:12
    Want a better G+ experience? ..... Here is how.... add this circle!

    My VIP circle of top engagers melded with the circle of people who are my friends, supporters and essentially those who make what G+ is for me.

    Wonderfully supportive of my writing, posting and most of them are now close friends. When I started out, it was all about engagement, I did not expect so many friends! (I may have missed some people here due to oversight, please just comment and I will rectify it. No sleight is intended).

    Thank you all for being who you are and for the wonderful time on Googleplus!! Share if you like the circle :)

    #sharingcircle #vip #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharingiscaring #awesomepeople #awesomesauce #topcircles #circle #circleshare #suggesteduserlist  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-24 04:18:00
    Swarm robotics

    Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

    If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

    Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the key-aspects of Symbrion is inspired by the biological world: an artificial genome that allows to store and evolve (sub)optimal configurations in order to achieve an increased speed of adaptation.

    Dr Roderich Gross, head of the Natural Robotics Lab, in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, says swarming robots could have important roles to play in the future of micromedicine, as 'nanobots' are developed for non-invasive treatment of humans. On a larger scale, they could play a part in military, or search and rescue operations, acting together in areas where it would be too dangerous or impractical for humans to go. In industry too, robot swarms could be put to use, improving manufacturing processes and workplace safety.

    Sources: Wikipedia. Symbrion.eu, Newscientist, Phys.org

    Further reading: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-swarming-robots-servants-future-video.html

    Alicebots on NewScientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/swarming-alice-bots.html

    Reference : http://www.symbrion.eu/tiki-index.php

    #science #scienceeveryday #robots #robotics #swarm #swarming #artificialintelligence  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-24 04:18:00
    Swarm robotics

    Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

    If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

    Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the key-aspects of Symbrion is inspired by the biological world: an artificial genome that allows to store and evolve (sub)optimal configurations in order to achieve an increased speed of adaptation.

    Dr Roderich Gross, head of the Natural Robotics Lab, in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, says swarming robots could have important roles to play in the future of micromedicine, as 'nanobots' are developed for non-invasive treatment of humans. On a larger scale, they could play a part in military, or search and rescue operations, acting together in areas where it would be too dangerous or impractical for humans to go. In industry too, robot swarms could be put to use, improving manufacturing processes and workplace safety.

    Sources: Wikipedia. Symbrion.eu, Newscientist, Phys.org

    Further reading: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-swarming-robots-servants-future-video.html

    Alicebots on NewScientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/swarming-alice-bots.html

    Reference : http://www.symbrion.eu/tiki-index.php

    #science #scienceeveryday #robots #robotics #swarm #swarming #artificialintelligence  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-24 04:18:00
    Swarm robotics

    Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

    If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

    Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the key-aspects of Symbrion is inspired by the biological world: an artificial genome that allows to store and evolve (sub)optimal configurations in order to achieve an increased speed of adaptation.

    Dr Roderich Gross, head of the Natural Robotics Lab, in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, says swarming robots could have important roles to play in the future of micromedicine, as 'nanobots' are developed for non-invasive treatment of humans. On a larger scale, they could play a part in military, or search and rescue operations, acting together in areas where it would be too dangerous or impractical for humans to go. In industry too, robot swarms could be put to use, improving manufacturing processes and workplace safety.

    Sources: Wikipedia. Symbrion.eu, Newscientist, Phys.org

    Further reading: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-swarming-robots-servants-future-video.html

    Alicebots on NewScientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/swarming-alice-bots.html

    Reference : http://www.symbrion.eu/tiki-index.php

    #science #scienceeveryday #robots #robotics #swarm #swarming #artificialintelligence  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-04-24 04:18:00
    Swarm robotics

    Swarm robotics is a technological technique of using multiple simple robots to work as a team and follow instructions. This technology has been greatly inspired by the nature. There are many animals, insects and fishes which live in a swarm.

    If you've ever seen a trail of ants streaming up a wall or over a counter, you'd be forgiven for thinking they were working in strict, militant harmony. Not so. A robotic test bed developed at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark shows that this apparent order can emerge in artificial bodies following just a few simple rules.

    Symbrion (Symbiotic Evolutionary Robot Organisms) is a project funded by European Commissions to develop a framework in which a homogeneous swarm of miniature interdependent robots can co-assemble into a larger robotic organism to gain problem-solving momentum. One of the key-aspects of Symbrion is inspired by the biological world: an artificial genome that allows to store and evolve (sub)optimal configurations in order to achieve an increased speed of adaptation.

    Dr Roderich Gross, head of the Natural Robotics Lab, in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, says swarming robots could have important roles to play in the future of micromedicine, as 'nanobots' are developed for non-invasive treatment of humans. On a larger scale, they could play a part in military, or search and rescue operations, acting together in areas where it would be too dangerous or impractical for humans to go. In industry too, robot swarms could be put to use, improving manufacturing processes and workplace safety.

    Sources: Wikipedia. Symbrion.eu, Newscientist, Phys.org

    Further reading: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-swarming-robots-servants-future-video.html

    Alicebots on NewScientist: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/03/swarming-alice-bots.html

    Reference : http://www.symbrion.eu/tiki-index.php

    #science #scienceeveryday #robots #robotics #swarm #swarming #artificialintelligence  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-08 03:47:26
    Scientific illustrator Danny Quirk creates breathtaking anatomical illustrations on peoples bodies using Sharpie markers and acrylic on latex.

    Description of Danny's work on his blog
    My anatomical works combine classic poses, in dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, with a very contemporary twist... illustrating what's underneath the skin, and the portrayed figure dissects a region of their body to show the structures that lay beneath. 

    Article h/t: http://designyoutrust.com/

    Original Artist blog: http://www.behance.net/dannyquirk

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #scienceart  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-08 03:47:26
    Scientific illustrator Danny Quirk creates breathtaking anatomical illustrations on peoples bodies using Sharpie markers and acrylic on latex.

    Description of Danny's work on his blog
    My anatomical works combine classic poses, in dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, with a very contemporary twist... illustrating what's underneath the skin, and the portrayed figure dissects a region of their body to show the structures that lay beneath. 

    Article h/t: http://designyoutrust.com/

    Original Artist blog: http://www.behance.net/dannyquirk

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #scienceart  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-08 03:47:26
    Scientific illustrator Danny Quirk creates breathtaking anatomical illustrations on peoples bodies using Sharpie markers and acrylic on latex.

    Description of Danny's work on his blog
    My anatomical works combine classic poses, in dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, with a very contemporary twist... illustrating what's underneath the skin, and the portrayed figure dissects a region of their body to show the structures that lay beneath. 

    Article h/t: http://designyoutrust.com/

    Original Artist blog: http://www.behance.net/dannyquirk

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #scienceart  
  • 232 plusses - 37 comments - 106 shares | Read in G+
  • Lacerant Plainer2013-01-08 03:47:26
    Scientific illustrator Danny Quirk creates breathtaking anatomical illustrations on peoples bodies using Sharpie markers and acrylic on latex.

    Description of Danny's work on his blog
    My anatomical works combine classic poses, in dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, with a very contemporary twist... illustrating what's underneath the skin, and the portrayed figure dissects a region of their body to show the structures that lay beneath. 

    Article h/t: http://designyoutrust.com/

    Original Artist blog: http://www.behance.net/dannyquirk

    #science   #scienceeveryday   #scienceart  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-06-25 16:20:03
    Love me love my microbiome : Some researchers are now considering the microbiome as a separate organ.  What is the microbiome really? The human microbiome is the is the sum total of microorganisms, that resides in the skin, saliva, GI tract, in fact all over and inside the body. They include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for us. However, the majority have been too poorly researched for us to understand the role they play.

    How does it all work? : We used to think our relationship with bacteria was simple; there were good ones that kept our digestive tracts healthy and there were bad ones that made us sick. We now know that many bacteria can play both roles, living happily in us or on us as part of a healthy microbiome, but capable of turning nasty under certain conditions. Now there are claims that a truly villainous bacterium – Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB – is actually symbiotic and helped us evolve our large brains. (NewScientist source : http://goo.gl/ziuLmM and related NCBI research: http://goo.gl/iQ3SAM)

    Your mobile phone carries your microbiome : James Meadow and colleagues from University of Oregon used DNA sequencing to compare bacteria living on the skin of smartphone users with those living on their phones. “We found that we each have more bacteria in common with our own phones than with anyone else’s,” Dr Meadow said. “This opens up the possibility that we might be able to use this biological connection to understand more about the microbes that are carried around on our bodies and on our personal effects.”  (Article source: http://goo.gl/KZr4Au and related paper https://peerj.com/articles/447/ )

    You share your microbiomes with your pets : Well dogs at least.... A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs. The study shows how the people and pets you live with affect the microscopic bacteria, fungi and other creatures living all over your body. As with other family members, adults share more microbes with their own dogs than they do with other people's dogs. But the researchers also found that simply owning a dog seems to have an effect on overall microbe-sharing. Cohabiting couples shared more microbes with one another if they had a dog, compared with couples that didn't have dogs. Dog owners also had more species in common with other dog owners than they did with puppy-less people. ( Popsci source: http://goo.gl/kxjyfs )

    Soil microbiomes can set plant flowering times : Scientists grew plants in soil inoculated with microbes to study the flowering time phenotype. Researchers wanted to learn more about the impact of soil, and specifically of the microbial communities in soil, on a plant's flowering time. Flowering time has been known to been affected by factors such as temperature, water availability and pathogens, and the team wondered if microbes could also affect this particular trait in a plant's phenotype. ( From Phys.org : http://goo.gl/1mV32k )

    You are more bacteria than you are you : http://goo.gl/1wSXQU

    Evidence points to microbes playing a role in evolution: http://goo.gl/8Vi4fK

    The Microbial World: http://goo.gl/jqOoFD

    Events from your past determine which microbes live on you: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/events-your-past-determine-which-microbes-live-you

    Curiosity took 65 bacteria species to Mars: http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/curiosity-took-65-bacteria-species-trip-mars

    What is a Mircobiome (from Wikipedia) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiome

    Pic detail: ‘The Hungry Microbiome’ animates how resistant starch works in our bodies. From http://csironewsblog.com/2014/04/10/big-screen-premiere-for-lifes-micro-marvels/

    #microbiome #science #microorganisms  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-06-25 16:20:03
    Love me love my microbiome : Some researchers are now considering the microbiome as a separate organ.  What is the microbiome really? The human microbiome is the is the sum total of microorganisms, that resides in the skin, saliva, GI tract, in fact all over and inside the body. They include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for us. However, the majority have been too poorly researched for us to understand the role they play.

    How does it all work? : We used to think our relationship with bacteria was simple; there were good ones that kept our digestive tracts healthy and there were bad ones that made us sick. We now know that many bacteria can play both roles, living happily in us or on us as part of a healthy microbiome, but capable of turning nasty under certain conditions. Now there are claims that a truly villainous bacterium – Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB – is actually symbiotic and helped us evolve our large brains. (NewScientist source : http://goo.gl/ziuLmM and related NCBI research: http://goo.gl/iQ3SAM)

    Your mobile phone carries your microbiome : James Meadow and colleagues from University of Oregon used DNA sequencing to compare bacteria living on the skin of smartphone users with those living on their phones. “We found that we each have more bacteria in common with our own phones than with anyone else’s,” Dr Meadow said. “This opens up the possibility that we might be able to use this biological connection to understand more about the microbes that are carried around on our bodies and on our personal effects.”  (Article source: http://goo.gl/KZr4Au and related paper https://peerj.com/articles/447/ )

    You share your microbiomes with your pets : Well dogs at least.... A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs. The study shows how the people and pets you live with affect the microscopic bacteria, fungi and other creatures living all over your body. As with other family members, adults share more microbes with their own dogs than they do with other people's dogs. But the researchers also found that simply owning a dog seems to have an effect on overall microbe-sharing. Cohabiting couples shared more microbes with one another if they had a dog, compared with couples that didn't have dogs. Dog owners also had more species in common with other dog owners than they did with puppy-less people. ( Popsci source: http://goo.gl/kxjyfs )

    Soil microbiomes can set plant flowering times : Scientists grew plants in soil inoculated with microbes to study the flowering time phenotype. Researchers wanted to learn more about the impact of soil, and specifically of the microbial communities in soil, on a plant's flowering time. Flowering time has been known to been affected by factors such as temperature, water availability and pathogens, and the team wondered if microbes could also affect this particular trait in a plant's phenotype. ( From Phys.org : http://goo.gl/1mV32k )

    You are more bacteria than you are you : http://goo.gl/1wSXQU

    Evidence points to microbes playing a role in evolution: http://goo.gl/8Vi4fK

    The Microbial World: http://goo.gl/jqOoFD

    Events from your past determine which microbes live on you: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/events-your-past-determine-which-microbes-live-you

    Curiosity took 65 bacteria species to Mars: http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/curiosity-took-65-bacteria-species-trip-mars

    What is a Mircobiome (from Wikipedia) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiome

    Pic detail: ‘The Hungry Microbiome’ animates how resistant starch works in our bodies. From http://csironewsblog.com/2014/04/10/big-screen-premiere-for-lifes-micro-marvels/

    #microbiome #science #microorganisms  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-06-25 16:20:03
    Love me love my microbiome : Some researchers are now considering the microbiome as a separate organ.  What is the microbiome really? The human microbiome is the is the sum total of microorganisms, that resides in the skin, saliva, GI tract, in fact all over and inside the body. They include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for us. However, the majority have been too poorly researched for us to understand the role they play.

    How does it all work? : We used to think our relationship with bacteria was simple; there were good ones that kept our digestive tracts healthy and there were bad ones that made us sick. We now know that many bacteria can play both roles, living happily in us or on us as part of a healthy microbiome, but capable of turning nasty under certain conditions. Now there are claims that a truly villainous bacterium – Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB – is actually symbiotic and helped us evolve our large brains. (NewScientist source : http://goo.gl/ziuLmM and related NCBI research: http://goo.gl/iQ3SAM)

    Your mobile phone carries your microbiome : James Meadow and colleagues from University of Oregon used DNA sequencing to compare bacteria living on the skin of smartphone users with those living on their phones. “We found that we each have more bacteria in common with our own phones than with anyone else’s,” Dr Meadow said. “This opens up the possibility that we might be able to use this biological connection to understand more about the microbes that are carried around on our bodies and on our personal effects.”  (Article source: http://goo.gl/KZr4Au and related paper https://peerj.com/articles/447/ )

    You share your microbiomes with your pets : Well dogs at least.... A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs. The study shows how the people and pets you live with affect the microscopic bacteria, fungi and other creatures living all over your body. As with other family members, adults share more microbes with their own dogs than they do with other people's dogs. But the researchers also found that simply owning a dog seems to have an effect on overall microbe-sharing. Cohabiting couples shared more microbes with one another if they had a dog, compared with couples that didn't have dogs. Dog owners also had more species in common with other dog owners than they did with puppy-less people. ( Popsci source: http://goo.gl/kxjyfs )

    Soil microbiomes can set plant flowering times : Scientists grew plants in soil inoculated with microbes to study the flowering time phenotype. Researchers wanted to learn more about the impact of soil, and specifically of the microbial communities in soil, on a plant's flowering time. Flowering time has been known to been affected by factors such as temperature, water availability and pathogens, and the team wondered if microbes could also affect this particular trait in a plant's phenotype. ( From Phys.org : http://goo.gl/1mV32k )

    You are more bacteria than you are you : http://goo.gl/1wSXQU

    Evidence points to microbes playing a role in evolution: http://goo.gl/8Vi4fK

    The Microbial World: http://goo.gl/jqOoFD

    Events from your past determine which microbes live on you: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/events-your-past-determine-which-microbes-live-you

    Curiosity took 65 bacteria species to Mars: http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/curiosity-took-65-bacteria-species-trip-mars

    What is a Mircobiome (from Wikipedia) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiome

    Pic detail: ‘The Hungry Microbiome’ animates how resistant starch works in our bodies. From http://csironewsblog.com/2014/04/10/big-screen-premiere-for-lifes-micro-marvels/

    #microbiome #science #microorganisms  
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  • Lacerant Plainer2014-06-25 16:20:03
    Love me love my microbiome : Some researchers are now considering the microbiome as a separate organ.  What is the microbiome really? The human microbiome is the is the sum total of microorganisms, that resides in the skin, saliva, GI tract, in fact all over and inside the body. They include bacteria, fungi, and archaea. Some of these organisms perform tasks that are useful for us. However, the majority have been too poorly researched for us to understand the role they play.

    How does it all work? : We used to think our relationship with bacteria was simple; there were good ones that kept our digestive tracts healthy and there were bad ones that made us sick. We now know that many bacteria can play both roles, living happily in us or on us as part of a healthy microbiome, but capable of turning nasty under certain conditions. Now there are claims that a truly villainous bacterium – Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes TB – is actually symbiotic and helped us evolve our large brains. (NewScientist source : http://goo.gl/ziuLmM and related NCBI research: http://goo.gl/iQ3SAM)

    Your mobile phone carries your microbiome : James Meadow and colleagues from University of Oregon used DNA sequencing to compare bacteria living on the skin of smartphone users with those living on their phones. “We found that we each have more bacteria in common with our own phones than with anyone else’s,” Dr Meadow said. “This opens up the possibility that we might be able to use this biological connection to understand more about the microbes that are carried around on our bodies and on our personal effects.”  (Article source: http://goo.gl/KZr4Au and related paper https://peerj.com/articles/447/ )

    You share your microbiomes with your pets : Well dogs at least.... A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs. The study shows how the people and pets you live with affect the microscopic bacteria, fungi and other creatures living all over your body. As with other family members, adults share more microbes with their own dogs than they do with other people's dogs. But the researchers also found that simply owning a dog seems to have an effect on overall microbe-sharing. Cohabiting couples shared more microbes with one another if they had a dog, compared with couples that didn't have dogs. Dog owners also had more species in common with other dog owners than they did with puppy-less people. ( Popsci source: http://goo.gl/kxjyfs )

    Soil microbiomes can set plant flowering times : Scientists grew plants in soil inoculated with microbes to study the flowering time phenotype. Researchers wanted to learn more about the impact of soil, and specifically of the microbial communities in soil, on a plant's flowering time. Flowering time has been known to been affected by factors such as temperature, water availability and pathogens, and the team wondered if microbes could also affect this particular trait in a plant's phenotype. ( From Phys.org : http://goo.gl/1mV32k )

    You are more bacteria than you are you : http://goo.gl/1wSXQU

    Evidence points to microbes playing a role in evolution: http://goo.gl/8Vi4fK

    The Microbial World: http://goo.gl/jqOoFD

    Events from your past determine which microbes live on you: http://www.popsci.com/article/science/events-your-past-determine-which-microbes-live-you

    Curiosity took 65 bacteria species to Mars: http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/curiosity-took-65-bacteria-species-trip-mars

    What is a Mircobiome (from Wikipedia) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_microbiome

    Pic detail: ‘The Hungry Microbiome’ animates how resistant starch works in our bodies. From http://csironewsblog.com/2014/04/10/big-screen-premiere-for-lifes-micro-marvels/

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