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Jun 19, 2017

Did you know there are Ship Elevators?

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Jun 19, 2017

Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites

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Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces.

This same magnetic attraction or repulsion is also being considered as a safe method for multiple satellites to maintain close formations in space.

Such satellite swarms are being considered for future astronomy or Earth-observing missions – if their relative positions can stay stable they could act as a single giant telescope.

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Jun 18, 2017

Why Did an Enormous Chunk of West Antarctica Suddenly Start Melting?

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The researchers think this unseasonably warm air was due primarily to the powerful 2015–2016 El Niño. As they write in their paper, the El Niño climate pattern, which starts with high sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, tends to promote the advection of high pressure air masses over this part of Antarctica. But they’re not sure—after all, the comparably-strong 1997–98 El Niño event didn’t cause widespread melting in West Antarctica. And although the data points to a correlation between El Niño and melty ice in West Antarctica, that doesn’t necessarily imply causation.


300,000 square miles is nearly twice the area of California. It’s difficult to visualize a space that vast, but go ahead and give it a try. Now, imagine this California plus-sized chunk of land is covered in thousands of feet of ice. Then, all of a sudden, that frozen fortress becomes a wading pool.

In January 2016, over the course of just a few weeks, a 300,000 square mile chunk of the West Antarctic ice sheet started turning to slush, in one of the largest melt-outs ever recorded. Scientists with the ARM West Antarctic Radiation Experiment (AWARE), who reported the epic defrost in Nature Communications last week, believe it was related to the 2015–2016 El Niño. Troublingly, they think massive melts like this could be a harbinger of the future—but more research is needed before we can be sure.

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Jun 18, 2017

Meet the Gömböc: The World’s Only Artificial Self-righting Shape

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It’s nearly impossible to knock it over.

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Jun 17, 2017

This Tattoo Changes Colors As Your Blood Sugar Levels Change

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Whether or not you like tattoos (or have one yourself), you’ll have to admit—these are pretty cool. Scientists have developed something called a “biosensing” tattoo that could help change the lives of people living with types 1 or 2 diabetes. How could a tattoo do this, you ask? Well, by changing color along with the person’s blood sugar levels.

This new tattoo is the hard work of a team of researchers from Harvard and MIT who call the project Dermal Abyss. The researchers replaced traditional tattoo ink with color-changing “biosensors” that react to variations in the interstitial fluid, which surrounds tissue cells in the human body.

“It blends advances in biotechnology with traditional methods in tattoo artistry,” the team writes on their website. “Currently… diabetics need to monitor their glucose levels by piercing the skin, 3 to 10 times per day. With Dermal Abyss, we imagine the future where the painful procedure is replaced with a tattoo. Thus, the user could monitor the color changes and the need of insulin.”

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Jun 17, 2017

Piano Stairs

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Real piano keyboard stairs, will you still choose the escalator?

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Jun 17, 2017

Sculpted in Oculus Medium

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Jun 16, 2017

Car-Charging Roads

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These roads charge your car WHILE you drive.

Credit: Alex Klokus

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Jun 16, 2017

Weather Modification Is Real. Here’s How It Works

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The Beijing Weather Modification Office is tasked with weather control in Beijing, China. To accomplish their mission they use something known as ‘cloud seeding.’

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Jun 15, 2017

12 Habits That Help Chinese Women Stay Young

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