Sheep Can Recognize Celebrities From Photographs

sheep 11 10Sheep are surprisingly smart. New research from the University of Cambridge shows the animals can learn to recognise people from photographs, even people they’ve never seen in real life, such as celebrities.

Thousands Of Genes Act Differently In Men And Women

Thousands Of Genes Act Differently In Men And WomenMost of us are familiar with the genetic differences between men and women. Men have X and Y sex chromosomes, and women have two X chromosomes. But a recent paper claims that beyond just genes on X and Y, a full third of our genome is behaving very differently in men and women.

Is Daylight Saving Time Worth The Trouble?

Is Daylight Saving Time Worth The Trouble? Today the sun is shining during my commute home from work. But this weekend, public service announcements will remind us to “fall back,” ending daylight saving time by setting our clocks an hour earlier on Sunday, Nov. 5. On Nov. 6, many of us will commute home in the dark.

Offshore Farms Could Meet Global Fish Demand

Offshore Farms Could Meet Global Fish DemandEvery coastal country on Earth could meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture using just a small fraction of ocean territory, a new study suggests.

Why Do Our Computing Devices Seem To Slow Down?

Why Do Our Computing Devices Seem To Slow Down?Why do phones, tablets and computers always slow down as they get older, to the point that they become unusable, but when I back it up and restore it onto a brand new device, it’s fast again

Can You Be Hacked By The World Around You?

Can You Be Hacked By The World Around You?You’ve probably been told it’s dangerous to open unexpected attachment files in your email – just like you shouldn’t open suspicious packages in your mailbox. But have you been warned against scanning unknown QR codes or just taking a picture with your phone

3 Ways Electric Vehicles Will Change Our World

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China, the world’s largest car market, is working on a timetable to stop the production and sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels. India has declared its intention to make all new vehicles electric by 2030.

Why The FCC's Proposed Internet Rules May Spell Trouble Ahead

Why The FCC's Proposed Internet Rules May Spell Trouble AheadAs the Federal Communications Commission takes up the issue of whether to reverse the Obama-era Open Internet Order, a key question consumers and policymakers alike are asking is: What difference do these rules make?

5 Ways Ancient India Changed The World With Math

5 Ways Ancient India Changed The World With MathIt should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances were made in Europe, with its influence meanwhile spreading to China and the Middle East.

3 Reasons Why We Are Addicted To Smartphones

3 Reasons Why We Are Addicted To SmartphonesApple recently announced the launch of its iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which come with sleek, new features. Apple also hopes to start a new community around the iPhones.

4 Easy Steps Can Make You A Math Whiz

4 Easy Steps Can Make You A Math WhizWhat do you think of when you think about mathematics? Many people find mathematics daunting. If true, this piece is for you. If not, this piece is still for you.

How To Reduce The Risk Of Cognitive Decline With Age

How To Reduce The Risk Of Cognitive Decline With AgeResearch into how we can keep our brains healthy as we age has gained momentum in recent years. There is now an increased focus on the changes that we can make to our health and lifestyle...

The Time of Choice: Who Are You? And What Do You Want?

The Time of Choice is Here and NowThe physics and the astrology say we are going to become even more polarized. We are here, all of us, in this time, to take sides. And by the way, it’s too late to shirk your responsibility. By even...

4 Things To Know About Monday’s Eclipse

4 Things To Know About Monday’s EclipseA total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the continental United States on Monday. Your next chance to see such an event in the US won’t occur until April 8, 2024.

What We Can Learn From The 2017 Solar Eclipse

What We Can Learn From The 2017 Solar EclipseIf you you’ve never seen a solar eclipse before, you should make an effort to witness the breathtaking event on August 21

Microbes Have Their Own Version Of The Internet

Microbes Have Their Own Version Of The InternetCreating a huge global network connecting billions of individuals might be one of humanity’s greatest achievements to date, but microbes beat us to it by more than three billion years. 

5 Technologies That Could Shape Your Future

5 Technologies That Could Shape Your FutureFlying warehouses, robot receptionists, smart toilets… do such innovations sound like science fiction or part of a possible reality?

Self-driving Cars Are Coming But Are We Ready?

Self-driving Cars Are Coming But Are We Ready?It’s been 60 years since the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine gave us the promise of flying cars. But our personal mobility options remain, today and for the foreseeable future, earthbound.

Is America's Digital Leadership On The Wane?

Is America's Digital Leadership On The Wane?American leadership in technology innovation and economic competitiveness is at risk if U.S. policymakers don’t take crucial steps to protect the country’s digital future.

The Next Step In Sustainable Design: Bringing The Weather Indoors

The Next Step In Sustainable Design: Bringing The Weather IndoorsA building’s primary purpose may be to keep the weather out, but most do such an effective job of this that they also inadvertently deprive us of contact with two key requirements for our well-being and effectiveness: nature and change.

How We Can We Build Our Dream World by Adopting A Fresh Outlook

Can We Build Our Dream World by Adopting A Fresh Outlook?We now have reached the stage of evolution where we are ready to accept the world for what it must be: a product of our united imagina­tion. This thought is the sky above, the stars overhead, and the invisible canvas covering the world. The material science worldview is a stage in...

This Magic Alloy Could Mean Cheaper Solar Power

This Magic Alloy Could Mean Cheaper Solar PowerResearchers have developed a new kind of semiconductor alloy capable of capturing the near-infrared light located on the edge of the visible light spectrum.

10 Ways That Astronauts Are Helping You Stay Healthy

Is The World We Live In We've Created Giving Us Cancer?

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing crystals that could help develop new drugs for use on Earth. Here are ten healthcare technologies that have already come from space:

Who Feels The Pain Of Science Research Budget Cuts?

Who Feels The Pain Of Science Research Budget Cuts?Science funding is intended to support the production of new knowledge and ideas that develop new technologies, improve medical treatments and strengthen the economy.

How Facial Recognition Works?

How Facial Recognition Works?The Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration rules drew attention – and legal fire – for its restrictions on the ability of people born in certain majority Muslim countries

Is Walking Barefoot on the Earth Good for You?

Is Walking Barefoot on the Earth Good for Health, Heart & Soul?What happens when you take your shoes and socks off and walk barefoot on the surface of the Earth? As antioxidant electrons from the Earth enter the body through the bottoms of the feet, they neutralize the free radicals widely thought to be responsible for the...

New Cheaper Solar Battery Is Made With A Pee Ingredient

New Cheaper Solar Battery Is Made With A Pee IngredientA battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours.

How To Spot Alternative Facts In Science

How To Spot Alternative Facts In ScienceThe Volkswagen emissions scandal and past promotions of tobacco are two examples of “alternative facts” in science’s past, a researcher warns.

How The Internet Has Turned An Age-old Problem Into A New Threat

How The Internet Has Turned An Age-old Problem Into A New ThreatThe year 2016 will go down in history as the year in which fake news really took centre stage. It played a decisive role in major events such as the outcome of the US elections and the British Brexit vote.

Ready Or Not Here Come The Driverless Cars

Ready Or Not Here Come The Driverless CarsWhen a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars.

Getting A Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature Into Account

Getting A Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature Into AccountWe humans have collectively accumulated a lot of science knowledge. While this knowledge is impressive, it’s not distributed evenly. Not even close. There are too many important issues that science has reached a consensus on that the public has not.

How Virtual Reality Technology Is Changing The Way Students Learn

How Virtual Reality Technology Is Changing The Way Students LearnFor many years, schools and universities have had to change the way they work and teach in order to fit in with technology. Only more recently are we seeing technology being designed and utilized specifically for education contexts.

An Infinite Number of Possible Realities: How Do You Get There?

An Infinite Number of Possible Realities: What You See is What You GetIf you can imagine a future event in your life based on any one of your personal desires, that reality already exists as a possibility in the quantum field. This means that the quantum field contains a reality in which you are healthy, wealthy, and happy, and...

Is It Safe To Microwave Your Food?

Is It Safe To Microwave Your Food?Today every kitchen would seem “under-equipped” without a microwave, with its efficient ability to cook, defrost and reheat a variety of different foods.

Mass Data In Garbage Out Is The Nemesis Of Big Data

Big data is big news these days. But most organisations just end up hoarding vast reams of data, leaving them with a massive repository of unstructured – or “dark” – data that is of little use to anyone.

The Biggest Mistake In The History Of Science

The Biggest Mistake In The History Of ScienceScience is one of the most remarkable inventions of humankind. It has been a source of inspiration and understanding, lifted the veil of ignorance and superstition, been a catalyst for social change and economic growth, and saved countless lives.

How To Protect Your Privacy During These Turbulent Times

How To Protect Your Privacy During These Turbulent TimesProtecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, ruled that a man’s house is his castle.

Bits Of Your Brain Go To Sleep While You’re Awake

Bits Of Your Brain Go To Sleep While You’re AwakeWhen we are in a deep slumber our brain’s activity ebbs and flows in big, obvious waves, like watching a tide of human bodies rise up and sit down around a sports stadium.

This Tiny WiFi Radio Could Get Us Closer To The Internet Of Things

This Tiny WiFi Radio Could Get Us Closer To The Internet Of ThingsUntil now, there’s been no way to control all sorts of devices, wirelessly, via the internet because there’s been no two-way radio smart and small enough to make this possible. A new technology called HitchHike could change that.

Which Electric Car Is Greener The Battery Or The Fuel Cell?

Which Electric Car Is Greener The Battery Or The Fuel Cell?Communities would be better off investing in electric vehicles that run on batteries instead of hydrogen fuel cells. The reason? Hydrogen offers few additional energy benefits besides clean transportation.

How One Dark Corner Of The Internet Is Spreading Its Hate

How One Dark Corner Of The Internet Is Spreading Its HateThe internet is full of dark places. There are websites where people gather to share illegal images, buy illicit drugs and air offensive opinions that wouldn’t be tolerated on most mainstream sites.

Sustainable Aquaculture Is Possible, With The Right Science

Sustainable Aquaculture Is Possible, With The Right ScienceAquaculture is in the spotlight again, with an ABC investigation raising concerns over the sustainability of the expansion of Tasmania’s salmon-farming industry.

What Is The Dark Web And How Does It Work?

What Is The Dark Web And How Does It Work?We often hear about the dark web being linked to terrorist plots, drug deals, knife sales and child pornography, but beyond this it can be hard to fully understand how the dark web works and what it looks like.

Your Brain Has Been Lying to You!

Your Brain Has Been Lying to You!Did you know that you actually “see” the world upside down? Well, you do. You just don’t know it because your brain has fiddled around with your perceptions so that you think you see the world right-side up. This is one of many examples of how the brain rethinks what it sees.

What Do Sugar And Climate Change Have In Common?

What Do Sugar And Climate Change Have In Common? Why do we think that climate sceptics are irrational? A major reason is that almost none of them have any genuine expertise in climate science (most have no scientific expertise at all), yet they’re confident that they know better than the scientists.

New COF Material Could Mean Electric Cars Charge Faster

New COF Material Could Mean Electric Cars Charge FasterAn electric car currently relies on a complex interplay of both batteries and supercapacitors to provide the energy it needs to go places. But chemists are developing a new material that could change that.

Finding Better Ways To Get Hydrogen Fuel From Water

hydrogen from water9 9With hydrogen power stations in California, a new Japanese consumer car and portable hydrogen fuel cells for electronics, hydrogen as a zero emission fuel source is now finally becoming a reality for the average consumer.

Machines No Longer Need Our Help To Learn

Machines No Longer Need Our Help To LearnResearchers working with swarm robots say it is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by observing them—without being told what to look for.

Will Tesla Put A Solar-powered Battery In Every Home?

solar house 8 28One year ago Tesla Motors announced plans to build its Gigafactory to produce huge numbers of batteries, giving life to the old saying, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.”

Embracing Open Innovation By Expanding Citizen Science Involvement

Since 1900 the Audubon Society has sponsored its annual Christmas Bird Count, which relies on amateur volunteers nationwide. USFWS Mountain-Prairie, CC BYOver the years, citizen scientists have provided vital data and contributed in invaluable ways to various scientific quests. But they’re typically relegated to helping traditional scientists complete tasks the pros don’t have the time or resources to deal with on their own.

How Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than Humans

How Algorithms Can Be More Fair Than HumansAmazon recently began to offer same-day delivery in selected metropolitan areas. This may be good for many customers, but the rollout shows how computerized decision-making can also deliver a strong dose of discrimination.

How Human Should Robot Companions Be?

How Human Should Robot Companions Be?What would your ideal robot be like? One that can change nappies and tell bedtime stories to your child? Perhaps you’d prefer a butler that can polish silver and mix the perfect cocktail?

Is The Next Solar Revolution Replacing Fossil Fuels In Mining?

The Next Solar Revolution Could Replace Fossil Fuels In MiningRecently Sandfire Resources, a gold and copper producer based in Western Australia, announced its new solar power plant will soon start powering its DeGrussa mine. By replacing diesel power, the 10-megawatt power station, with 34,000 panels and lithium storage batteries, is expected to reduce the mine’s carbon emissions by 15%.

What Happens If The San Andreas Fault Cracks

What Happens If The San Andreas Fault CracksThe director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, Thomas Jordan, made an announcement recently that would have sent a chill down the spine of every Californian: that the San Andreas fault appears to be in a critical state and as such, could generate a large earthquake imminently.

Is Internet Freedom A Tool For Democracy Or Authoritarianism?

Is Internet Freedom A Tool For Democracy Or Authoritarianism?The irony of internet freedom was on full display shortly after midnight July 16 in Turkey when President Erdogan used FaceTime and independent TV news to call for public resistance against the military coup that aimed to depose him.

The Victorians Had The Same Concerns About Technology As We Do

 John Orlando Parry, ‘A London Street Scene’, 1835. © Alfred Dunhill Collection (Wikimedia Commons)We live, we are so often told, in an information age. It is an era obsessed with space, time and speed, in which social media inculcates virtual lives that run parallel to our “real” lives and in which communications technologies collapse distances around the globe.

Is Technology Making Us Dumber Or Smarter? Yes

Is Technology Making Us Dumber Or Smarter?The smartphone in your hand enables you to record a video, edit it and send it around the world. With your phone, you can navigate in cities, buy a car, track your vital signs and accomplish thousands of other tasks. And so?

How We Walk And Talk May Predict Trends

How We Walk And Talk May Predict TrendsMobile phone data may reveal an underlying mathematical connection between how we move and how we communicate. This could make it easier to predict how diseases—and even ideas—spread through a population.

What Social Insects Can Teach Us About Resilient Infrastructure

What Social Insects Can Teach Us About Resilient InfrastructureAccidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow.

Did Our Helpless Babies Make Humans Smarter?

Did Our Helpless Babies Make Humans Smarter?"Our theory explains specifically why primates developed superintelligence but dinosaurs—who faced many of the same environmental pressures and had more time to do so—did not. Dinosaurs matured in eggs, so there was no linking between intelligence and infant immaturity at birth," says Celeste Kidd.

Science Is Best When The Data Is An Open Book

Science Is Best When The Data Is An Open BookIt was 1986, and the American space agency, NASA, was reeling from the loss of seven lives. The space shuttle Challenger had broken apart about one minute after its launch.

Science Relies On Computer Modelling – So What Happens When It Goes Wrong?

Science Relies On Computer Modelling – So What Happens When It Goes Wrong?From the transforming discovery of penicillin to the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, science progressed with mind-boggling speed even before there were computers. Much of this is down to the robustness of the scientific method: scientific results are validated by being replicated and extended by other scientists.

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