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Jul 9, 2019

Has metallic hydrogen been made at long last?

Posted by in category: physics

Physicists in France claim convincing evidence for the elusive transition.

Jul 9, 2019

Fast new directed evolution technique makes viruses create drug proteins in days

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution

Evolution is one of nature’s most impressive forces, allowing organisms to adapt to changing environments to survive. By harnessing and guiding that process scientists have managed to manipulate micro-organisms into producing useful new drugs and materials, but it’s still a time-consuming process. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) have developed a new tool that speeds up the process in mammalian cells, creating new therapeutics in a matter of days.

Jul 9, 2019

MIT Appoints Five out of Eight Heads of Engineering Department as Women

Posted by in category: futurism

In great news, five women have been appointed as the heads of the eight engineering departments at MIT.

Jul 9, 2019

There’s an area of the Arabian sea the size of Scotland that has no oxygen

Posted by in category: futurism

Suffocating under the surface.

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Jul 9, 2019

These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2019

Posted by in category: futurism

Many of the technologies we once saw in science fiction are now becoming a reality.

Jul 9, 2019

62°C Celsius Temperatures in Kuwait burn trees into Flames

Posted by in category: futurism

In July 2017, social media users shared videos and images of burning trees and melting streetlights — the purported results of a record-breaking heatwave in…

Jul 9, 2019

539 AD and 1014 AD… the tsunamis from hell

Posted by in category: space

An interesting article on how tsunamis caused by comets wiped out civilization in what is now the southeastern U.S. twice, in 539 and again in 1014. The bit about ammonia in the atmosphere also reminded me of the Norse prophecy about Thor wrestling with the Midgard Serpent, accompanied by poison in the air that kills many. I wonder how many strange things were witnessed by our ancestors for which they left us records that we are simply unable to understand.

Two massive comet or asteroid strikes in the past 1500 years altered Eastern North America’s history. The one in 539 AD devastated the South Atlantic Coast and permanently changed its geography. It left the South Atlantic Coastal Plain almost uninhabited. Hundreds of Uchee and Muskogean communities were wiped off the face of the earth. For obvious reasons, survivors headed north to the mountains.


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Jul 9, 2019

British submarine which stays underwater for 25 years makes us wonder

Posted by in category: existential risks

What will the crew do until 2039 if there IS a nuclear war?

Jul 9, 2019

Scientists successfully edit a long-locked part of plant DNA, improving crop security

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food, genetics, security

Think of DNA and chances are the double helix structure comes to mind, but that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Another major part is mitochondrial DNA, and in plants that’s even more important – and so complex that scientists haven’t yet been able to edit the genes in there. Now a team of Japanese researchers has managed to do just that, which could help improve the genetic diversity of crops.

Jul 9, 2019

Climate Facts

Posted by in category: climatology

Research on oceans.