Congratulations to the Bright Products team for winning the 2014 Usability Award with the SunBell Solar Lamp!
Can you imagine living in a bubble for two years? Well, these people did it. Back in the 90s, Jane Poynter wanted to understand the delicate balance of the Earth’s ecosystem. So she and seven others moved into a sealed biosphere for 2 years and 20 minutes. (That last twenty minutes matters when you’re stuck in a giant bubble.) The challenges they faced — from spending 4 months making a single pizza to being short on oxygen — make for a pretty incredible story.
The maned wolf is the largest canine species in South America and closely resembles a red fox on stilts because of its long legs. It is neither a wolf, fox, coyote, or dog but rather a member of its own Chrysocyon genus, making it a truly unique animal. They possess a mane that runs from the back of the head to the shoulders which can be erected to intimidate other animals when displaying aggression or when they feel threatened.
Unlike other wolves that live in packs, maned wolves do not form or hunt in packs but prefer to live alone. Maned wolf is considered as the last surviving species of the Pleistocene Extinction, which wiped out all other large canids from the continent.
Homemade Lego and smartphone machine solves the Rubik’s cube in record time
Healing. What an amazing process!
For teaching: anatomy and physiology
[WARNING: injury, blood]
Europa’s possibly tectonic-y surface, from NASA.
Europa may contain Earth-like tectonic plates, according to a new study, making it even more likely that the icy moon of Jupiter could support extraterrestrial life. In a paper published in Nature Geoscience, scientists write that “Europa may be the only Solar System body other than Earth to exhibit a system of plate tectonics.”
Plate tectonics (the scientific theory which says Earth’s crust is broken up into distinct plates, which shift to cause earthquakes and other phenomena) would explain how Europa’s surface has changed over time.
Illustration of the subduction (in which one tectonic plate is force under another) which could be taking place on Europa courtesy of Noah Kroese, INK for NASA.
The discovery has important implications for the possibility of life on Europa. Alexandra Witze, writes in Nature:
If [subduction] turns out to be common, it might mean that the moon could be cycling life-friendly compounds between the surface and the deep, and that substantially increases the chance that its ocean is habitable, says [planetary scientist] Michael Bland.
Or, in the words of the report’s lead author Simon Kattenhorn, “Europa may be more Earth-like than we imagined.”
Written by Danielle Wiener-Bronner; Edited by Margarita Noriega. This post is part of Space Mondays™, where we talk about space on Mondays.
The Rose of Jericho [VIDEO] is a species of desert moss that has the amazing ability to ‘resurrect’ itself after bouts of extreme dehydration lasting months or even years. After just a few hours of exposure to moisture the plants burst to life, uncurling from a tight ball of dry leaves to a green flower-like shape. Videographer Sean Steininger shot this timelapse of several plants as he exposed them to water.
"I’ll just leave that there"
damn homie just ripped his arm off and walked away that is some hardcore shit right there
As fresh water disappears from the ground, a group of Russian inventors is looking up, to the clouds, that is. A new crowdfunded project called Cloud Power aims to extract water from clouds and pipe it to earth, where it could be used to generate hydroelectric power and provide fresh drinking water for people in isolated areas. The system, currently in prototype phase, can collect about five liters of water per hour — but developers hope to ramp up that number with a larger scale project.
New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatrysuggests that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each of them with its own set of symptoms. The finding could result in improved diagnosis and treatment, while also shedding light on how genes work together to cause complex disorders.