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Developing Countries Inundated with E-waste; Google Street View of Distant Galaxies; Setting Sun Gives Bats Direction

Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm (UTC+0)
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Where Does the World’s E-Waste Go? When you replace a PC, tablet, mobile or any kind of electronic device, do you ever wonder what happens to your old equipment? A new study finds that about 25 percent of all e-waste discarded by developed countries ends up in seven developing nations, posing severe health risks to people […]

Science Scanner: Curiosity’s Mars Selfie, Jurassic Caterpillar & an X-ray of Dark Matter?

Posted June 25th, 2014 at 7:26 pm (UTC+0)
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Odd X-ray Signal Might be Sign of Dark Matter Strange X-ray emissions from galaxy clusters– hundreds of galaxies connected to each other by gravity–are providing clues about mysterious dark matter. Dark matter–if it really does exist–is thought to be invisible, doesn’t produce or attract light, and makes up a majority, 84.5 percent, of the matter […]

Robotic Arm Has Split-Second Timing

Posted May 12th, 2014 at 6:09 pm (UTC+0)
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Swiss scientists have developed a robotic arm that can catch items thrown at it with split-second accuracy. Researchers say the new invention, described in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, catches various sized objects within 5/100 of a second. The mechanized arm has three joints, a complex and sophisticated hand with four fingers, and measures about 1.5 […]

Survey Reveals American’s Attitudes About Science and Technology

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 9:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Americans like scientists.  They’re really interested in learning all about the latest scientific breakthroughs too.  But, unfortunately, it appears that a number of them can also use some tutoring to learn and better understand science. This bit of insight into the American public’s perception and understanding of science was determined by a survey of more […]

Rainy-day Drivers Become Precipitation Gauges

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 8:39 pm (UTC+0)
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German scientists plan to use moving vehicles to measure precipitation on rainy days, after noticing that drivers control the speed of their windshield wipers according to the intensity of rainfall—faster for heavy rain and slower for light rain or drizzle. Writing in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, the University of Hanover scientists say they will […]

Scientists Make Progress on Artificial Limbs That Can Feel

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:13 pm (UTC+0)
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Chicago researchers have made significant progress developing prosthetic limbs that can feel and touch. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers say they’ve established a foundation to develop touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs. This research could lead to a direct interface with the brain that could someday allow those who have lost […]

Scientists Track Happiness with Cell Phones

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Every day it seems that people are coming up with new and innovative ways to use mobile devices like cell phones and smartphones. Researchers at Princeton University are looking for new ways to measure a person’s sense of well-being with mobile devices. To gain a better understanding of how cellphones and other mobile device can […]

NASA Builds Bridge to Future with LEGOs

Posted June 7th, 2013 at 5:30 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA is teaming up with LEGO to  inspire a new generation of space explorers. The US space agency and the LEGO group, creator of the popular building brick and model construction kits, are challenging young people to envision the future through a competition called NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build. The contest calls on young people […]

GROVER Robot Provides New tool for Exploring Greenland

Posted May 3rd, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA‘s newest rover could help scientists better understand changes in the massive Greenland ice sheet. Last summer, higher-than-normal temperatures caused surface melting across about 97 percent of the ice sheet. Scientists expect the robot to detect the layer of the sheet, which is buried beneath two miles of ice, that formed after last year’s extreme […]

Atoms Star in Smallest Movie Ever Made

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:45 pm (UTC+0)
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The World’s Smallest Stop-action Movie (IBM) Bigger is often better in Hollywood, but IBM is drawing lots of attention for making the smallest movie ever. A Boy and His Atom is a stop-motion, animated movie made with thousands of precisely positioned atoms in nearly 250 motion picture frames.  The folks at Guinness World Records®  verified […]

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