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Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies Renowned scientist and television presenter Heinz Wolff has died, aged 89. The German-born inventor, famed for hosting The Great Egg Race, died of heart failure on December 15, his family said in a statement.
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Koch Brothers Are Cities' New Obstacle to Building Broadband The three Republican commissioners now in power at the FCC voted this week to erase the agency's legal authority over high-speed Internet providers.They claim that competition will protect consumers, that the commission shouldn't interfere in the "dynamic internet ecosystem," and that they are "protecting internet freedom." Now that the vote is done, the agency has little to do but mess around wi
Endelig: Fleksibel afregning åbner for mere grøn strøm i energisystemet Det er sent, men bedre end aldrig, at netselskaberne Radius i Københavnsområdet og NRGi Net i Østjylland nu som de første eldistributionsselskaber begynder at timeafregne deres netkunder og samtidig opkræve en højere pris for at levere strøm i timerne omkring spisetid. Dermed er vi nemlig så småt begyndt at praktisere en elmarkedsmodel, hvor private forbrugere og mindre virksomheder får mulighed
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Hi, Robot: Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley Guest bloggers Henry Wellman and Kimberly Brink reflect on their new study shedding light on how adults, older children and young children perceive human-like robots — and what the future might hold. (Image credit: Devrimb/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
I Aarhus bygger de fremtidens sexlegetøj Vi skal se os selv i aktion Inde på sit kontor viser Mathilde en ny produktserie frem, som snart skal lanceres. Smukke lilla silikone-vibratorer, der ligeså godt kunne stå hjemme i vindueskarmen ved siden af Kähler-vasen. For Mathilde handler det rigtige design af sexlegetøj meget om den følelse, man får, når man finder produktet frem fra skuffen. – Hvis der er en nøgen dame på emballagen, tror j
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Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights Image caption An "upside down volcano" (L) and an "upside down rocket" (R) What do volcanoes and rockets have in common? "Volcanoes have a nozzle aimed at the sky, and rockets have a nozzle aimed at the ground," explains Steve McNutt, a geosciences professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It explains why he and colleague Dr Glenn Thompson have installed the tools normally used to st
Mød Samantha: Sexrobotten med kunstig intelligens Jakob Olrik har boet sammen med sexrobotten Samantha i en måned. Her er nogle af hans tanker om oplevelsen: – Rent teknisk er det langt fra et menneske. Det oplagte sted at forbedre er kropsvarmen, flere sensorer og mimik i ansigtet. Derudover oplever jeg den kunstige intelligens mere som en gimmick a la Siri i en iPhone end noget, der rent faktisk er brugbart. – Selve vaginaen er utroligt naturt
Sexrobotten rykker ind på partnerens plads De seneste år er robotter og automatiske hjælpere rykket ind i vores liv. Det er især sket i form af robotstøvsugere og digitale assistenter på vores smartphones, som vænner os til at have bruge teknologien på en ny måde i hverdagen. Det er stadig meget spekulativt, men vi risikerer, at der forsvinder noget menneskeligt, hvis vi erstatter vores behov for menneskelig kontakt med robotter. Det gør
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Paleo Profile: Shouten's Marsupial Lion Wakaleo schouteni sounds like one of those animals that should be a myth. In fact, it resembles the legendary Australian drop bear more than just a little. This 50-pound marsupial would have looked something like a lanky version of a koala with meat-cleaver teeth, just as adept at climbing trees but preferring a diet of flesh to eucalyptus. Fantastic, perhaps, but the bones don't lie. Paleont
Ancient Wari Queen Brought to Life with Stunning Recreation of Head A forensic artist has recreated the likeness of the Wari queen, who lived about 1,200 years ago in what is now Peru. Credit: Oscar Nilsson At first glance, the wrinkled face of a dark haired-woman wearing round, gold earrings looks incredibly real. But it's not — it's a reconstruction crafted from modeling clay, based on the skull of a Wari queen who lived about 1,200 years ago in what is now P
California's Still Growing Thomas Fire Spews Brown Smoke in NASA Image This natural-color image shows the copious amount of smoke from the Thomas Fire in California. It was taken with the with NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). Credit: NASA A NASA satellite captured an image showing a thick curtain of brown smoke billowing from the Thomas Fire in Southern California Thursday (Dec. 14). The image shows the smoke blowing offshore, easi
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Space Photos of the Week: Where Stars Go to Live and Die As Carl Sagan once said, “We are made of star stuff.” And so is everything in the universe. When a star explodes, it leaves behind traces that can tell you about its elemental makeup, and Cassiopeia A is a great example of those supernova remnants. The Chandra X-ray observatory snapped this photo of Cassiopeia A in X-ray light. Each color represents a different element found in the star: silicon
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60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye Image copyright Simon Drake Image caption The size of the impact has still to be measured Geologists have found evidence of a 60 million-year-old meteorite impact on the Isle of Skye. They made the discovery while exploring volcanic rocks on the island, including at a site just south of Broadford. Meteoritic minerals found below layers of lavas, dated to volcanic activity as much as 61.54 million
How Avatar Therapy Helps People Confront the Angry Voices in Their Heads Patients with schizophrenia often experience verbal auditory hallucinations – about 65% of them hear voices in their heads. These voices are generally angry, negative and often downright hostile. And while some are helped by current therapies, a sizable portion of the patients do not get enough relief with treatment. To help these patients, a groundbreaking therapy was devised by UK researchers
Fysikernes store maskinerFor videnskaben var 2017 som for sporten et slags mellemår. Men tingene stod ikke stille, som det fremgår af en lille rundtur til de store forskningscentre.
Videnskabeligt set var 2017 et 'mellemår' Julefreden er ved at sænke sig over verdens store forskningsanlæg. Det er tid til vedligehold, opgraderinger og status. For videnskaben var 2017 som for sporten et slags mellemår uden de helt store begivenheder i sammenligning med de forgangne OL-år, hvor vi blev præsenteret for banebrydende opdagelser som Higgsbosonen i 2012 og gravitationsbølger i 2016. Men tingene stod ikke stille, som det f
Fund a Kickstarter without losing your money—or your mind The crowdfunding website Kickstarter is a fantastic showcase for innovation and creativity. Through its interface, you can financially support the independent creators who make music , movies , and gadgets . In exchange, those creators promise you everything from swag to the final versions of their still-in-development music, movies, and gadgets. While many people treat Kickstarter like an online
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Who Wants a Pet Direwolf? Perhaps a Passenger Pigeon? For the past few years science writer Britt Wray has been delving into the strange field of “de-extinction,” traveling the world to meet with scientists who are working to bring back species ranging from the aurochs to the thylacine to the woolly mammoth . One of the most promising efforts is Revive & Restore , which hopes to create a living passenger pigeon by the year 2022. “That is what they h
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Committed to relatives: Hounds and wolves share their parasitesGrey wolves, as all wild animals, are hosts to a variety of parasites. The presence of grey wolves in German forests has little influence on the parasite burden of hunting dogs, according to a new study.
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More electronic materials opened up with new metal-organic frameworkMore materials for electronic applications could be identified, thanks to the discovery of a new metal-organic framework (MOF) that displays electrical semiconduction with a record high photoresponsivity, by a global research collaboration.
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Genetic study uncovers fungal sex secrets, which shed light on candidiasisA new genetic analysis of fungal yeast infections (candidiasis) from around the world has revealed surprising secrets about how these microbes reproduce and cause disease, according to a new study.
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Martti, developed for adverse weather conditions, is the first Finnish robot car to challenge snow and iceMartti, the robot car developed in Finland, is the first automated car to have driven fully autonomously on a real snow-covered road.
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Facebook Squashes 19-Year-Old Bug, and More Security News This Week The biggest story in tech this week—and maybe this year—was net neutrality, which the FCC effectively abolished by rolling back Obama-era rules that prevented the creation of internet “fast lanes.” They did so despite overwhelming evidence that the mandatory public comment period was overrun with bots, form letters, and over maladies. How bad was it? We tracked down all 39 Nicholas Thompsons who
Printer-teknologi med stor designfrihed har sin pris Printerne står linet op på rad og række, når man kommer ind i printerrummet i Danfoss’ nye center for 3D-print. Den p.t. mest spændende maskine gemmer sig dog nede bagest i lokalet i form af HP’s meget hypede Multi Jet Fusion-printer, der er kommet til Danmark her i efteråret. Multi Jet Fusion-teknologien minder om SLS-teknologien, hvor kompakte pulverlag smeltes ved hjælp af en infrarød laser. I
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A Believable Universe As the latest episode of our 40-year relationship with Star Wars thunders into movie houses in the US, it’s interesting to reflect for a moment on the many ways that we can accept scientific sleights of hand in the service of telling a decent human (and alien) story. I’m particularly attuned to this because of recently authoring The Zoomable Universe , which essentially does the opposite – it pre
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Heinz Wolff, scientist and Great Egg Race presenter, dies at 89 Heinz Wolff, the scientist who presented BBC2’s long-running show The Great Egg Race, has died aged 89. The German-born inventor and social reformer suffered heart failure on Friday, his family said in a statement released through Brunel University London. Wolff, who moved to Brunel from the Medical Research Council in 1983, was a former adviser to the European Space Agency and presented The Grea
Fatih Akin – This Blood-Drenched Earth – Think Again – a Big Think Podcast #129 Subscribe on Google Play , Stitcher , or iTunes Come talk to us on Twitter : @bigthinkagain All of us —you, me, everybody—we’re living our lives subject to often invisible forces beyond our control. Culture, politics, economics, history, even the weather. They all have the power to shape our lives or tear them suddenly to pieces. My guest today, Fatih Akin , has first-hand experie
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6 Ways to Deal with Panic Attacks 6 Ways to Deal with Panic Attacks Your heart races, you feel lightheaded, your sweat glands work overtime—is this the end? Nope, it's a panic attack. The Savvy Psychologist has 6 ways to fight this disabling disorder Credit: Peter Dazeley Getty Images Advertisement Panic is no picnic. You get hit with a tidal wave of fear, your body short-circuits, and you think this is the end – you’re eit
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Insights Into The Extinction Of The Passenger Pigeon Scientists have been searching through passenger pigeon DNA to try to explain how such a huge, abundant population of birds could go extinct so quickly.
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The Future Of Polar Bears NPR's Scott Simon asks Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup if the animals can survive if sea ice continues to melt.
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The Mystery Of The 'Oumuamua' Asteroid NPR's Scott Simon asks the SETI Institute's Seth Shostak about what scientists have learned so far about a recently detected interstellar object.
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Harvey Dumped Up To 127 Billion Tons Of Water On Texas Scientists say they know the amount of rain that fell on Houston during Harvey through the pressure all that water put on the Earth's crust.
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Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment Farmers pick crops at Soul Fire Farm in New York state. It's run by Leah Penniman, a farmer and activist working to diversify the farming community and reconnect people to their food. Soul Fire Farm hide caption toggle caption Soul Fire Farm Farmers pick crops at Soul Fire Farm in New York state. It's run by Leah Penniman, a farmer and activist working to diversify the farming community and recon
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VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been Psychedelic drugs are getting a makeover, with scientists exploring their potential in treating debilitating conditions like cluster headaches, addiction or anxiety, with promising results. That's despite the fact that very few researchers are legally allowed to study psychedelics, largely because of LSD's decades-old reputation as a counterculture drug that sparked bad trips. Back in the 1960s,
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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us The ploughshare tortoise of Madagascar is down to perhaps 100 adults in the wild. Poachers sell the tortoises as pets for up to $4,000 apiece on the black market. Tim Flach hide caption toggle caption Tim Flach Earth is facing an extinction crisis – and humans shoulder the blame. Wildlife poaching and illegal trade. Climate change. Urbanization. Mining. These are some of the myriad things we do t
The 9 Best Cookbooks of 2017 The year’s instructional book—the one that increases basic understanding of cooking and comfort and confidence in the kitchen—is Samin Nosrat’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat , which won over my skeptical colleague Joe Pinsker, who had long searched, dissatisfied and Goldilocks-like, for such a manual. What won me over was Nosrat’s ability to transmit her unshakably sunny cooking personality to the page,
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Two rare sea lion attacks shut down cove in San Francisco Bay Two unusual sea lion attacks in a San Francisco Bay cove led authorities to close the popular area to swimmers Friday as officials try to determine the reason for the aggressive behavior. A sea lion bit a man in the groin area Friday as he swam in the waters off San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, park spokesman Lynn Cullivan said. It was "a very serious bite," and the man was taken to
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Sonia Gandhi Leaves the Stage In 1994, Sonia Gandhi published a book of photographs from her private life with her late husband, Rajiv Gandhi. It included a dozen pictures from their trips to Italy, where she had grown up in the suburbs of Turin. Here she was in a speedboat in 1980, wearing crimson-framed sunglasses and a matched paisley shawl. Here was their son Rahul, just seven or eight years old, on a beach pushing goggle
Spørg Scientariet: Hvorfor bliver mælk sødere efter opvarmning? Vores læser Mathias Bust Skyttä spørger: Hvordan kan det være, at mælken altid bliver sødere, når man opvarmer den? Er der evt. en kemisk begrundelse for dette fænomen? Hilsen ham den nysgerrige huskemiker. Flemming Bundesen , Uddannelsesleder på Kold Colleges mejeriafdeling, svarer: Det er Maillard-reaktioner, der forekommer. Maillard-reaktionen er en kemisk reaktion, der opstår, når mad brunes.
Hvad har 2017 budt på for 3D-print? Part 1 Når man som jeg har arbejdet med 3D-print i så mange år, er det helt fantastisk at kunne mærke den forøgede interesse for mit felt. Hvert år gør vi året op og konkluderer på, hvordan udviklingen har været, og hvad der har fået størst fokus. Så her er et lille oprids af, hvad jeg har set som mest betydningsfuldt og hvad jeg forventer, der vil komme mere af de næste år. Automatisering rykker Det, j
Am I Pregnant? | Taking a Home Pregnancy Test A home pregnancy test is a quick and easy way for a woman to find out if she might be having a baby. The do-it-yourself kits, which are sold over-the-counter at drug stores, grocery stores and discount stores, check a woman's urine and can detect a pregnancy in its early weeks not long after she misses her period. Home tests are marketed to women as a tool to use to see if they are pregnant
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Distinct human mutations can alter the effect of medicineAbout one third of all medicine binds to the same type of receptor in the human body. An estimated three percent of the population have receptors of this type that are so genetically different that they are predisposed to altered, ineffective or adverse responses to medicine, a new study shows.
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Real-time observation of collective quantum modesWhen symmetries in quantum systems are spontaneously broken, the collective excitation modes change in characteristic ways. Researchers have now directly observed such Goldstone and Higgs modes for the first time.
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Erectile dysfunction is red flag for silent early cardiovascular diseaseDespite decades long prevention and treatment efforts, cardiovascular (CV) disease continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide. Early detection of CV disease can allow for interventions to prevent heart attack and stroke, including smoking cessation, medications such as a statins, blood pressure control, weight management, exercise, and improved diet. A new study focuses on a novel risk f
Størrelsen gør en forskel: Vinglasset er vokset syv gange på 300 år Det er blevet en ordentlig balje, rødvinen bliver serveret i, når vi går ind på en vinbar eller god restaurant og bestiller et glas Barolo. Nu viser ny forskning ifølge avisen The Guardian , da også, at vores vinglas er vokset gevaldigt med årene. Tilbage i 1700-tallet kunne et vinglas indeholde beskedne 66 ml, mens det i dag er helt normalt, at et vinglas kan indeholde lige knap en halv liter –
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Genetic instructions from mom set the pattern for embryonic developmentA new study indicates an essential role for a maternally inherited gene in embryonic development. The study found that zebrafish that failed to inherit specific genetic instructions from mom developed fatal defects earlier in development, even if the fish could make their own version of the gene.
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After searching 12 years for bipolar disorder's cause, research team concludes it has manyNearly six million Americans have bipolar disorder, and most have probably wondered why. After more than a decade of studying over 1,100 of them in-depth, a team of scientists has an answer — or rather, seven answers.
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How much soil goes down the drain: New data on soil lost due to waterAccording to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem.
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Heavy-petroleum fuels raising vanadium emissionsHuman emissions of the potentially harmful trace metal vanadium into Earth's atmosphere have spiked sharply since the start of the 21st century due in large part to industry's growing use of heavy oils, tar sands, bitumen and petroleum coke for energy, a new Duke study finds. These emissions now exceed those from all natural sources combined. Growing evidence suggests exposure to vanadium-rich aer
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Dark Fiber Networks Can Sense Seismicity When an earthquake hits or a volcano erupts, scientists traditionally record the shaking using a specially designed instrument called a seismometer. These sensors are extremely sensitive, but they’re also expensive and distributed unevenly around the world. So scientists are working on another strategy to monitor earthquakes: using fiber optic cables—like the ones that form the backbone of the in
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California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume Image copyright COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA (2017) – KNMI/ESA Image caption The smoke plume heads out of the ocean and then turns north Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite has captured a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from the devastating California wildfires. It is a powerful demonstration of 5P's ability to sense the atmosphere. The plume is seen to sweep westwards out over the Pacific
Photos: Children's Graves Discovered in Ancient Egypt The body of a child between the ages of 6 and 9 found at Gebel el Silsila, an ancient Egyptian quarry site. The child's coffin has long since been destroyed by flooding and beetles, but he or she was buried with multiple plates and vessels as well as bronze ornaments, including bracelets, scarabs and a nefer amulet, commonly used to wish the deceased good tidings in the afterlife. [ Read more abo
11 lies you may have heard about net neutrality Yesterday, the FCC voted by a margin of 3-to-2 to approve the Restoring Internet Freedom Order put in place back in 2015. This act kills the net neutrality rules that govern the internet. It’s a controversial act opposed by the majority of Americans, according to major polls and a large-scale effort by citizens to voice their dissent. The issue is hard to talk about, especially since it’s so pola
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Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women – according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). A new study published today in The Lancet reveals that a simple questionnaire, combined with bone mineral density measurements for some, would help identify those at risk of hip fracture. The research, which involved more th
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Dementia with Lewy bodies: Unique genetic profile identified Dementia with Lewy bodies has a unique genetic profile, distinct from those of Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease, according to the first large-scale genetic study of this common type of dementia. The genome-wide association study, conducted by a UCL-led collaboration of 65 academics in 11 countries and funded by Alzheimer's Society and the Lewy Body Society, is published today in The La
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