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Probing The Antarctic With Drones

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We need drones. It’s a subject of much debate in the U.S., as well as around the globe, with 2014 expected to be a huge year for the drone industry as they work to convince us of their relevance. Drones have the potential to be so much more than fire-and-forget weapons of war. Their scientific and commercial applications are unparalleled in certain areas, and they aren’t as scary as many in the media have the lead the public to believe. Just recently, a 37-kilogram drone was used by research teams in the Antarctic tundra to map the ice with radar soundings…. read more

Software That Shows How A Living Cell Works

Software That Shows How A Living Cell Works

Developments in medical research can provide significant discoveries that lead to innovative applications in the real world. Researchers from Stanford University have designed a new way of seeing how cells operate. They have developed an inclusive model of a specific type of bacterium, a single-celled microbe called Mycoplasma genitalium. The computer based simulator replicates a single-celled organism and demonstrates how it works. The program includes entire sets of data from over 3,000 model simulations that show development and division processes. The video provides a glimpse into the whole-cell model. This impressive endeavor is made accessible by the creators through WholeCellViz,… read more

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Weather events have been extreme over the past few weeks, with many experiencing either blazing hot temperatures or frozen days, depending on which side of the globe you are on. It can be easy for kids to become bored being indoors, and introducing a few new things to do can break a case of the stuck in the house doldrums. Family Education has a good roundup of imaginative things to do, and many just require some time and household items. Kids will enjoy games like coming up with unnecessary inventions and spin the globe. For silly conversation, everyone will want… read more

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Emotions play into our everyday lives and are wide-ranging. Research looking into human emotions is helpful in furthering understanding of how we are all wired. Emotional states can produce various physiological changes, and a new study showed that emotions are connected to certain reactions that can be measured in the body. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 701 participants were involved in the study which included body mapping assessments as related to certain human emotions. The reactions were found to be similarly felt across the participants, who resided in different parts of the globe. Language and… read more

These scientists share their top concerns

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Each year, the scientific online magazine ‘Edge’ asks a question in which top scientists, researchers, professors, and journalists share their opinion. This year, Edge asked ‘What Should We Be Worried About?” Responses were quite diverse, and ranged from worrying about the end of the world, to an increasing drop in the human attention span. We’ve listed a few of our favorite answers below. The Underpopulation Bomb Kevin Kelly, the editor of Wired magazine, predicts that by the year 2050, our population will peak at approximately 9.2 billion. However, he also states that once we reach that peak, our population will then… read more

What Will We Miss When We’re Gone?

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The circle of life. Kicking the bucket. Moving on to the “Great Blue Bayou”. Whatever you call it, we all pass away someday, leaving behind an entire future for our children to explore. Since the human body only lives for 70 – 90 years on average, this doesn’t give us much time to enjoy the world we inhabit. So just what will we miss out on? Vsauce created an extraordinary video showing us how exciting the universe is going to get in the near future (and by near, I mean the next few billion years). The video is a wonderful tool showing… read more

This Machine Revolves Every 2.3 Trillion Years

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Along the lines of our perpetual motion machines article, here’s another mind-blowing device: a machine whose final gear won’t complete its rotation for 2.3 trillion years. It’s a study in energy, specifically the science behind creating an energy source with the ability to run forever. We encourage you to read the article on perpetual motion, as it explains just how the theory collides with the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics (unfortunately). Perpetual energy, if ever fully realized, has the potential to completely revolutionize how we harness electricity, kinetic energy, etc. Imagine planes, trains, and automobiles that never run out of juice. … read more

Neuroscience Design And The Colors In Our Mind

Neuroscience Design And The Colors In Our Mind

Retailers have long used techniques like incorporating scent, product placement and special sales to lure in shoppers and curtail their in store experience. Architects and designers also work these practices in when considering lifestyle, layout and color, among other considerations. Neuroscience design is an exciting field that utilizes research and scientific processes and applies them to the area of design. Color perception and processing are facets that receive a lot of attention in both neuroscience and design. One recent study looking into color processing sought to find out our brain’s capacity for seeing color. The research investigated whether or not… read more

Harsh Reality, Not Theory

Harsh Reality Not Theory

It is no longer excusable for anyone to believe climate change isn’t happening, nor is it excusable to think human activity is not causing it—or at the very least exacerbating natural climate change. For the purposes of this writing, regardless if one denies the existence of climate change or if one denies human activity is responsible for making it worse, they will be coupled together and regarded as a “skeptic.” It was allowable for skeptics to spew their scientifically unfounded opinions on climate change when the effects were just theoretical—no one knew better; it was a theory. However, it is… read more

When Science And Art Come Together

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Science doesn’t always have to be visualized as the crunching of numbers and data, or a lab full of beakers and white coats. In fact, science is actually quite beautiful (as anyone who’s ever studied science says, “duh!”). Thanks to Fabian Oefner and TED, we have these stunning images of science in action. Check them out: A combustion of alcohol. Sound coming from the surface of speakers. Ferrofluid is a magnetic fluid that looks like this when combined with a magnetic surface and watercolor paint. A beautiful mixture of liquid and spray paint hanging in mid-air. Oil marbles sitting in… read more