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"We're tired of generating PowerPoint journeys that don't go anywhere."...
Not only is chickenpox a serious disease, but it can cause problems later in life....
Arcturus is a red giant that is one of the brightest stars in Earth's night sky....
In the developing world, about 10 percent of medications are actually inferior counterfeits of the real thing. Unfortunately, these same regions often lack the equipment needed for detecting those fakes. An inexpensive new system, however, could remedy that problem... Continue Reading Easily-obtained "chronoprints" could detect bogus medicine Category: Good Thinking Tags: American Chemical Society Counterfeiting Medication University of California Riverside ...
An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch the Italian Prisma Earth-observation satellite into orbit tonight (March 21) at 9:50 p.m. EDT (0150 GMT)....
In the not-too-distant future, when congestive heart failure patients are being released from hospital, they may be given a special toilet seat to take home. That device would measure their vital signs every time they sit on it, sending alerts if more heart trouble were detected... Continue Reading Techy toilet seat made to monitor heart patients Category: Medical Tags: Heart Failure Monitoring Rochester Institute of Technology Toilet ...
Italy's PRISMA Earth-observation satellite will take to the skies tonight (March 21), and you can watch the action live....
We spent a week in the new 2019 Ford Edge crossover and we like its upgrades, but it's still hard to see past them. Ford added some refreshed styling, more features, and a new eight-speed automatic to the Edge for the 2019 model year, but didn't change its primary safety need... Continue Reading Review: 2019 Ford Edge has a new look that you can’t see past Category: Automotive Tags: Crossover Ford Reviews SUV ...
We're edging closer to understanding entire Cambrian ecologies....
Medical artificial intelligence is brittle. Although it promises to quickly analyse medical scans, it can trip up on seemingly innocuous issues...
Nuclear retirements happen slowly, and the US fleet had more uptime than ever before....
A newly-published study has found a link between repeated episodes of anxiety and depression experienced in the first four decades of life, and a decline in memory function by the time a person reaches their 50s. The researchers behind the study have called for the UK government to invest in better protecting the well-being of young adults to help safeguard the brain health of the country's ageing population... Continue Reading Depression and anxiety linked to memory loss in later life Category: Health & Wellbeing Tags: Anxiety Brain Depression Memory University of Sussex ...
The Russian-built landing platform for the ExoMars rover now has a name: 'Kazachok.'...
Two years ago, California's Hi Power Cycles (HPC) set out to make a premier e-mountain bike. Four prototypes later, and the Scout Pro is born. Riders can engage the motor to zip up to 36 mph, or pedal hard for a top speed of 45 mph... Continue Reading Scout Pro hardtail e-bike can motor up to 45 mph Category: Bicycles Tags: Electric Bicycle Mountain Bikes Pedal-assisted ...
Rapa Nui islanders survived by building strong communities around limited resources....
Some version of the future of spaceflight is being built in South Texas....
Brain scans suggest that mistreatment during childhood is linked to changes in brain structure that may make depression more severe in later life...
A speedy pulsar moving 1100 kilometres per second is racing away from the supernova explosion that created it in this image taken by the Very Large Array radio telescope...
NASA is considering funding a mission that would send a satellite the size of a mini-fridge to the asteroid belt to examine an unexplored world: a massive asteroid scientists call Pallas....

Image of the Day

Mar21
Space.com
It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, that's the International Space Station zooming past the moon at an impressive speed of about 5 miles per second....
Three-quarters of people in studies linking genetics and health are of white European descent, leading us to miss vital clues, says researcher Scott Williams...
A way of turning cellulose from plants into a superior jet fuel might help limit the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from flying...
A pair of United States postage stamps will mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing....
The world's smallest bears, sun bears, copy one another's facial expressions as a means of communication. Few other animals are known to do this...
Visitors to Norway can now dine both on and with fish in an impressive new restaurant by Snøhetta. Appropriately named Under, the building is part-sunk into the sea and is encased in a concrete shell designed to withstand the harsh conditions on the seabed of Norway's rugged southern coast. .. Continue Reading Europe's first underwater restaurant offers views of the seabed Category: Architecture Tags: Building and Construction Norway Restaurant Underwater ...
Though there are wireless ways to feed a guitar's output signal to an amplifier – including systems from Line 6 and Boss – you'd still have to loop in effects pedals using cables. If you want to interface with a computer or mobile device, Zoom and IK Multimedia can help. The latter's iRig Micro Amp allows bedroom guitarists or street performers to tap into a modeling universe of tone via a built-in digital interface... Continue Reading iRig Micro Amp comes with built-in USB interface Category: Music Tags: Amplifier Guitar IK Multimedia Interface ...
On March 21, 1965, NASA launched the Ranger 9 spacecraft on a mission to crash into a lunar crater. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space Video Series....
Construction has begun on a new Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)-designed bridge in Taiwan that's billed as the world's longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge. Due to begin operation in 2024, the Danjiang Bridge is a massive project with a considerable budget of NT$12.49 billion (US$405.2 million). .. Continue Reading Work begins on world's longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge Category: Architecture Tags: Bridge Building and Construction Taiwan Zaha Hadid ...
A powerful quasar has caused a raging storm in a distant cosmic structure known as the "Teacup."...
Can two versions of reality exist at the same time? Physicists say they can — at the quantum level, that is....
Best known for huge, highway-hogging motorhomes and travel trailers, Thor Industries became the world's largest RV manufacturer when it purchased Germany's Erwin Hymer Group earlier this year. Now it's showing a little bit of city-friendly European camper van sensibility with the Sequence concept, a loaded Ram ProMaster adventure van with solar power, mobile connectivity, sporty Thule accessories and even a slide-out dog bowl. .. Continue Reading Thor Motor Coach explores new roads with solar-powered, multi-sport camper van Category: Automotive Tags: Campervan Camping Concept Vehicle Motorhome Motorhomes New Atlas Audio RVX 2019 Thor Industries Travel ...
Revolutions is a series that brings together a hand-picked selection of recent articles bringing together cutting-edge insights into major scientific advances. This installment brings you up to date with the ground-breaking new discoveries made around the regenerative possibilities of induced pluripotent stem cells, which can theoretically be coaxed into any kind of cell in the human body... Continue Reading Revolutions: The incredible potential of induced pluripotent stem cells Category: Medical Tags: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS) Regenerative Medicine Revolutions Stem Cells ...
"This really isn’t a five-year decision. It’s more like a 10 or a 15-year decision."...
Emissions from downstream use of fossil fuels must be estimated, judge said....
She wrote 141 exemptions since 2015. The second highest number was 26....
A reversed ‘D’ shape plasma bottle leads to higher pressure, more stable plasma....
Until now, the focus has been on moving to greener means of transport, but some people are proposing that we need to cut back on travelling and stay in one place...
Drones near airports are grounding flights and leaving people miserable, but can we actually find a way to stop them?...
A swarm of bots inspired by the way living cells move can slither through gaps and keep moving if many of its parts fail...
A drug used for anaesthesia can make upsetting memories less vivid and may one day be used to help some people with post-traumatic stress disorder...
Sometimes you think a book is going to go one way, and then it goes another, and that turns out — perfectly fine, actually! Elizabeth Bear had a bit of that experience with her new novel Ancestral Night. Here she is to explain the zigs and zags. ELIZABETH BEAR: Ancestral Night had a hard time […]...
It’s a very New York view, I have to say. Also, yes, I was just here. Surprise! I’m back again. And the reason I’m back is that tonight I’m talking with V.E. Schwab about the re-release of her first novel, The Near Witch. I read it on the plane. It’s darn good. We’ll be at […]...
I was on the high seas for a week and while I was away the books and ARCs piled up — here’s about half of what came in since I was away. Anything here you’d like to take on a long cruise with you? Tell us all in the comments!...
The Netflix animated-but-really-not-for-kids series Love, Death & Robots came out last Friday, and three of the eighteen episodes were based on short stories of mine: “When the Yogurt Took Over,” “Alternate Histories” and “Three Robots.” So naturally folks are wondering how I got involved with the series and how these particular stories were chosen, as […]...
It was just the previous post. I put up some pictures that were meant to be seen only by a particular group of friends, and gave them a password to see them, that’s all. Also, the pictures were nothing salacious, just pictures. In any event you can access the rest of the site just fine. […]...
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Over the last week I was on the JoCo Cruise, and once again I took pictures of some of the concerts that happened on the boat. If you were also on the JoCo Cruise and want to relive the experience, or weren’t but just would like to see some pictures of the concerts, there are […]...
I’m still off on a cruise (which has been going swimmingly, thank you very much), but I would be remiss if I didn’t make you aware that Love, Death and Robots, David Fincher and Tim Miller’s brand-spanking-new animated series, is now up on Netflix for your streaming pleasure — and also, if you watch the […]...

The Crank Shaft

Mar12
Real Climate
This is a thread for collecting the oddball theories, tinfoil hat level conspiracies and other climate-related nonsense in the comments that would otherwise derail substantive discussion. Keeping them all in one spot might be of interest to future researchers....

Happy Death Day 2U

Mar10
Bear McCreary Blog
2017’s inventive horror-comedy Happy Death Day told the story of a college girl named Tree who keeps reliving the same day in a perpetual time loop, only to be murdered each night by a baby-masked serial killer. This year’s sequel, … Continue reading →...

Sherlock Holmes - Star Trek Fact

Mar04
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Elementary, Dear Data is a play on 'Elementary, my dear Watson' in Star Trek The Next Generation. This often quoted phrase brings Sherlock Holmes up for speculation. However, neither Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr or Jeremy Brett ever uttered the words in any of Conan Doyles Tv series, movies or canon. So lets be clear. Sherlock never said it!!!! Ahh ha!  but what about Star Trek?Well then ...  The Game Is Afoot.... so....Which actor said: "Elementary, Dear Data" ?Benedict CumberbatchPatrick StewartJeremy BrettDiana MuldaurBrent SpinerLeVar BurtonDaniel Davis(the clues are staring you guys in the face with one of the actors who appears the most)Live Long and Prosper ...
This month’s open thread on climate science topics....
The core rulebook PDF was updated yesterday to take the latest errata into account. I really appreciate that Cubicle 7 decided to take this route after indicating that they wouldn't update the PDF.Grab the updated rulebook from drivethrurpg.com!...
The “end of the world” or “good for you” are the two least likely among the spectrum of potential outcomes. Stephen Schneider Scientists have been looking at best, middling and worst case scenarios for anthropogenic climate change for decades. For instance, himself took a turn back in 2009. And others have postulated both far more […]...

STAR TREK DISCOVERY - SECTION 31

Feb18
Star Trek: Sci Fi Blog
Star Trek Discovery has a Section 31. Surprised? You should be because these guys should be invisible. Continuity changes in CBS/Netflix StarTrek are boldly going with clandestine operations laced with advanced technology. So whats normal for Starfleet these days? and why get bothered about it? So lets examine the facts.... Technology we have today started out in Top Secret army projects way back when in the 1960's. It was like deep, deep undercover Top Secret, stuff. I mean no-one, except the army guys knew what on earth was going on. Starting with computers to satellites, Top Secret stuff was passed on down to intelligence agencies like the NSA and CIA before eventually becoming "de-classified" for civilian use later on. So for Star Trek....... Believe it or not, this happens in the real world we know today! Now we're watching it on Star Trek Discovery! The reason we know this to be true,  DARPA a branch of the Department of Def... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/StarTrek-SciFiBlog/~3/3sRzypLbvXE/star-trek-discovery-section-31.html...

Update day

Feb08
Real Climate
So Wednesday was temperature series update day. The HadCRUT4, NOAA NCEI and GISTEMP time-series were all updated through to the end of 2018 (slightly delayed by the federal government shutdown). Berkeley Earth and the MSU satellite datasets were updated a couple of weeks ago. And that means that everyone gets to add a single additional […]...
Chatter in the Ratcatcher’s Guild has revealed that Cubicle 7 have started work on an Altdorf sourcebook! That is all we know, and it follows nicely from Andy Law’s call for help in compiling a list of Altdorf references in official works. So it will be very interesting to see where this goes! Other things talked about by C7 staff indicates that they are thinking about adopting the “it is un-mappable” stance, but I fully expect them to do some sort of spectacular overview map. ...