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  • Recycling Urine May be a Way to Boost Plant Growth

    Recycling Urine May be a Way to Boost Plant Growth

    via SN : Every time you pee in a toilet, you flush away potentially valuable chemicals. One day, you might not have to. Human urine is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. Plants need these nutrients to grow. Now researchers in Finland have a new way to pull them out of human pee. And, they say, this process can turn a profit. Pee is mostly water. The rest of it are wastes that urine ferries out of […]

  • Green for Wellbeing – Science Tells Us How to Design Urban Spaces That Heal Us

    Green for Wellbeing – Science Tells Us How to Design Urban Spaces That Heal Us

    via The Conversation : One in five Australians will suffer from a mental health issue this year and living in a city makes it far more likely. Research shows that city dwellers have a 20% higher chance of suffering anxiety and an almost 40% greater likelihood of developing depression. Promisingly, however, research has also found that people in urban areas who live closest to the greatest “green space” are significantly less likely to suffer poor mental […]

  • The Role Of Entrepreneurship In Ending Poverty And Homelessness

    The Role Of Entrepreneurship In Ending Poverty And Homelessness

    via Forbes : “Social entrepreneurship has proven to provide impactful innovations for poverty alleviation ,” says Abby Maxman, President of OxFam America. Maxman was among a diverse group of people working on poverty eradication who contributed to a recent roundtable discussion on ending extreme poverty and homelessness. The idea of ending poverty seemed absurd a generation ago. Today, the idea has been enshrined officially in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs as something the […]

  • The Mathematics of Golf

    The Mathematics of Golf

    via PHYS : (Phys.org)—The official Rules of Golf, which are continually being revised and updated as new equipment emerges, have close ties to mathematics. In many cases, math is used to place limitations on golf equipment, such as restricting the distance the ball will travel, as predicted by mathematical models. The Rules also place limits on a value called the coefficient of restitution, which measures the efficiency of the impact between a club and ball. In […]

  • How Science Found a Way to Help Coma Patients Communicate

    How Science Found a Way to Help Coma Patients Communicate

    via Guardian : In 20 December 1999, a young man pulled away in his car from his grandfather’s house in Sarnia, Ontario, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat beside him. Scott Routley, who was 26, had studied physics at the University of Waterloo and had a promising career in robotics ahead of him. But at an intersection just a few blocks from his grandfather’s house, a police car travelling to the scene of a crime […]

  • Smart Shades: High-Tech Windows Can Turn Dark in Just 1 Minute

    Smart Shades: High-Tech Windows Can Turn Dark in Just 1 Minute

    via LIVESCIENCE : New smart-window technology that can tint glass, changing it from fully transparent to dark in less than 1 minute, could help cut the costs of heating and cooling buildings by up to 20 percent, according to a new study. The smart windows, developed by engineers at Stanford University and described in a study published online Aug. 9 in the journal Joule, rely on a completely different principle compared to existing alternatives known as […]

  • 3,200-year-old Pagan Ritual Hall Found in Israel, Archaeologists Confirm

    3,200-year-old Pagan Ritual Hall Found in Israel, Archaeologists Confirm

    via HAARETZ : The discovery of masks and more cultic vessels has bolstered confidence that ritual activity was taking place 3,200 years ago at Libnah, a Canaanite city that would become Judahite in the biblical era. Previously the archaeologists had been uncertain as to whether they had found a cultic site featuring ritual feasting, or simply a house sporting cultic objets d’art. The excavators exploring Tel Burna are not saying they necessarily found a temple per […]

  • A vegetable seller reaches for money from a customer at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta

    New Technology to Keep Fruit, Vegetables Fresh For 1,000 Days

    Via News18.com : Saahil Peerzada and Sachin Adhikari of Viztar Agritech have tied up with Spain-based Nice Fruits to offer new technology in cold storage plants in the Indian subcontinent, with the first two to become operational in Hyderabad in the next seven months. When efforts are being made to reduce wastage of perishable commodities by boosting cold chain system, an Indian company has introduced “Black Box” technology, which can ensure the preservation of any agriculture […]

  • Are Stem Cells The Link Between Bacteria and Cancer?

    Are Stem Cells The Link Between Bacteria and Cancer?

    via ScienceDaily : New mechanism of stomach gland regeneration reveals impact of Helicobacter pylori infection. Gastric carcinoma is one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths, primarily because most patients present at an advanced stage of the disease. The main cause of this cancer is the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which chronically infects around half of all humans. However, unlike tumour viruses, bacteria do not deposit transforming genes in their host cells and how they are […]

  • What Made the Moon? New Ideas Try to Rescue a Troubled Theory

    What Made the Moon? New Ideas Try to Rescue a Troubled Theory

    via Quanta Magazine : Textbooks say that the moon was formed after a Mars-size mass smashed the young Earth. But new evidence has cast doubt on that story, leaving researchers to dream up new ways to get a giant rock into orbit. n Dec. 13, 1972, Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt walked up to a boulder in the moon’s Sea of Serenity. “This boulder’s got its own little track, right up the hill,” he called to […]