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  • Science Isn’t About ‘The Truth’ – It’s About Building Models

    Science Isn’t About ‘The Truth’ – It’s About Building Models

    via WIRED: YOU MIGHT THINK you can just leave the science stuff to scientists—but you can’t. We live in a world that is surrounded by science and we use toys that depend on science (like that fancy smartphone in your hand). Other issues, like climate change and vaccinations, can have a significant impact on any one of us. You don’t have to be science nerd, but you have to at least know the important parts of […]

  • Lightweight haptic glove gets to grips with virtual touch

    Lightweight haptic glove gets to grips with virtual touch

    via the Engineer: Known as DextrES, the device was designed and built by engineers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich. With a thickness of just 2mm, the nylon glove compares favourably to existing haptic devices that are bulky and unwieldy. It is capable of generating up to 40 Newtons of holding force on each finger with just 200 Volts and only a few milliWatts of power. Although currently powered from mains supply, […]

  • Self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air

    Self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air

    via MIT News: A material designed by MIT chemical engineers can react with carbon dioxide from the air, to grow, strengthen, and even repair itself. The polymer, which might someday be used as construction or repair material or for protective coatings, continuously converts the greenhouse gas into a carbon-based material that reinforces itself. The current version of the new material is a synthetic gel-like substance that performs a chemical process similar to the way plants incorporate […]

  • Biology Week 2018: the scientists studying what makes cancer tick

    Biology Week 2018: the scientists studying what makes cancer tick

    via ICR: Looking back to the Royal Society of Biology’s 7th annual Biology Week, Sarah Wells met with Professor Jon Pines, Head of the ICR’s Division of Cancer Biology, to find out what the division has been working on, and where he sees our fundamental biology research going next. Here at the ICR, we are making great inroads in finding new treatments and improving the lives of people who have cancer. To make sure that we […]

  • Three Types Of Imaginativeness Important In Entrepreneurship

    Three Types Of Imaginativeness Important In Entrepreneurship

    via Forbes: Imaginativeness may be widely acknowledged as a vital entrepreneurial trait, but what exactly is it and what role does it play? A new study has identified and assessed three separate types of imaginativeness – creative, social and practical – as important in generating valuable entrepreneurial ideas. Researchers developed an “imaginativeness scale” and measured these three cognitive abilities in more than 500 people in the United States, ages 19 to 88, with varying degrees of […]

  • How nature, nurture shape the sleeping brain

    How nature, nurture shape the sleeping brain

    via Eurek Alert: Some patterns of electrical activity generated by the brain during sleep are inherited, according to a study of teenage twins published in JNeurosci. Pinpointing the relative contributions of biology and experience to sleep neurophysiology could inform therapies for numerous psychiatric disorders in which alterations in brain activity during sleep can be detected. Leila Tarokh and colleagues used electroencephalography to measure the brain activity of 11- to 14-year-old pairs of identical and fraternal twins […]

  • How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters?

    How do natural hazards cascade to cause disasters?

    via nature: This has been an exceptional year so far for natural disasters. Typhoons in Asia and Hurricane Florence hitting the US east coast have caused extensive damage, flooding and mudslides. In the past two months, Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal, the United Kingdom, North America and South Africa experienced fierce forest blazes. Just outside Athens in July, one of the deadliest conflagrations in recorded history raged through coastal towns, killing 99 people. In the same month […]

  • Mathematician allegedly solves 159yrs old mathematics

    Mathematician allegedly solves 159yrs old mathematics

    via Vanguard: British mathematician Michael Atiyah claims he has a “simple proof’’ for the Riemann hypothesis, which has been one of the greatest challenges in maths since German mathematician Bernhard Riemann brought it out in 1859. According to a tweet posted by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from the entire world, the British-Lebanese mathematician will address the forum on Sept. 24 and show the world his proof of the […]

  • Planet Earth Wobbles As It Spins, and Now Scientists Know Why

    Planet Earth Wobbles As It Spins, and Now Scientists Know Why

    via LIVESCIENCE: Humans are responsible for some of the wobble in Earth’s spin. Since 1899, the Earth’s axis of spin has shifted about 34 feet (10.5 meters). Now, research quantifies the reasons why and finds that a third is due to melting ice and rising sea levels, particularly in Greenland — placing the blame on the doorstep of anthropogenic climate change. Another third of the wobble is due to land masses expanding upward as the glaciers […]

  • Scientists discover natural plant-based food preservative

    Scientists discover natural plant-based food preservative

    via Phys: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have discovered a plant-based food preservative that is more effective than artificial preservatives. The organic preservative comprises naturally occurring flavonoids, a diverse group of phytonutrients found in almost all fruits and vegetables. The flavonoids created by NTU scientists have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, two key traits of preservatives that inhibit bacterial growth and extend food freshness. In tests carried out on on meat and fruit juice […]