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Dec 17, 2018

New species of incredible ‘living tank’ dinosaur unveiled

Posted by in category: futurism

Even fierce tyrannosaurs would have been afraid of Zuul, a club-tailed Cretaceous beast known as the “destroyer of shins.”

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Dec 17, 2018

New research shows that tornadoes don’t form the way everyone thought

Posted by in category: climatology

Tornadoes are some of the most destructive weather events on the planet, so understanding how they form is vital in forming early warning systems that give people plenty of time to take cover. It’s long been thought that rotation in storm clouds is the very first sign that a twister is taking shape, but new research suggests that the cloud rotation might actually be the last piece of the tornado puzzle.

While monitoring a large tornado-producing storm in central Oklahoma, meteorologist Jana Houser of Ohio University gathered readings using a mobile Doppler radar that logged wind speeds twice per minute. This painted a detailed picture of the exact moment the clouds began to rotate, but it wasn’t until afterward that Houser and her fellow researchers noticed an anomaly.


Dec 17, 2018

Congratulations to Catriona Gray from the Philippines for winning Miss Universe

Posted by in category: futurism

#MissUniverse #MissPhilippines #MissUniverse2018 #ParaSaBayan

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Dec 17, 2018

What If We Terraformed Venus?

Posted by in category: space

Would you want your children to become Venusian cloud pirates?

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Dec 17, 2018

A ‘Roadless Trip’ in a 3D-Printed Solar-Powered Snow Rover

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, solar power, sustainability

A Dutch couple is traversing Antarctica at 5 miles per hour in their Solar Voyager, which they made from upcycled plastic and solar panels.

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Dec 17, 2018

China and Russia are working together to HEAT the atmosphere

Posted by in category: futurism

A terrifying wargame experiment.

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Dec 17, 2018

Loss of Autophagy Linked to Changes in Microglia

Posted by in category: life extension

Researchers have discovered a link between the cellular recycling system known as autophagy and the behavior of microglial immune cells during aging.

We have discussed the polarization of macrophages in a number of previous articles, and it has become quite a hot topic among researchers in the last few years. Microglia are tissue-resident macrophages in the central nervous system, and, like other macrophages, they also have a certain polarization state that essentially determines their behavioral patterns and activities.

There are two main polarizations in macrophages that are of interest: M1 and M2. In simple terms, M1 macrophages aggressively intercept pathogens and are proinflammatory, as they use various cellular weapons against invading bacteria and viruses. In contrast, M2 macrophages are focused on reducing inflammation to facilitate tissue repair and healing.

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Dec 17, 2018

An Underwater ‘Ghost Fleet’ of Shipwrecks Is On the Move, and Here’s Why

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

WASHINGTON — The history of maritime vessels in the U.S. is preserved in an unlikely place — at the bottom of a river.

Nearly 200 military shipwrecks — dating as far back as the Revolutionary War and including ships from the Civil War and both World War I and World War II — were deliberately sunk over centuries, in an area of the Potomac River called Mallows Bay, in Maryland. Over time, this so-called ghost fleet of wooden ships has come to serve as habitat for local wildlife.

But is this artificial ecosystem stable? Researchers recently investigated how the shipwrecks have changed over time; their findings, presented here on Dec. 13 at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), explained how the bodies of the ships weathered river conditions — in some cases for hundreds of years — and how that might affect the future of the ghost fleet ecosystem. [Mayday! 17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can See on Google Earth].

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Dec 17, 2018

WOW: Israeli Company Reports New Method Destroys Cancerous Tumors

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

An Israeli company has announced that it has created a technology that will destroy cancerous tumors.

As The Times Of Israel reports, Alpha Tau Medical has a new treatment called Diffusing Alpha-emitters Radiation Therapy (DaRT). To circumvent the problem of how to prevent alpha particles that kill cancer cells from decaying rapidly, Alpha Tau initiated a method of placing the alpha particles inside a needle containing radium-224, a radioactive isotope. Once the needle is inserted into the tumor, it takes the radium four days to vanish, but during that period the radium transmits “daughter atoms” that spit out alpha particles that rupture the DNA of the cancer cells.

CEO Uzi Sofer told The Times of Israel, “This is the first time in the world that you can treat solid tumors,” with alpha radiation. He asserted that the treatment can be given anywhere; there is no need for a hospital setting, concluding, “It is like going to the dentist.” The whole procedure can take between 30 minutes and two hours.

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Dec 17, 2018

Mathematicians Seal Back Door to Breaking RSA Encryption

Posted by in categories: encryption, mathematics, security

Digital security depends on the difficulty of factoring large numbers. A new proof shows why one method for breaking digital encryption won’t work.

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