City: London Background: This is the second tallest building in the City of London. Opened in 2004, it is commonly referred to as the Gherkin, after the cucumber-like fruit. Its suggestive shape also earned it the nickname "Towering Innuendo." Strange Buildings and Architecture - Guggenheim, Habitat 67 and Other Strange Buildings
DIY Air Conditioners – How to Make your Own Air Conditioner September 7, 2010 5:00 PM The California Cooler The California Cooler is a revival of an old technology driven by an insight that's overlooked in these days of engineered indoor environments: Cool air keeps things cool. In the days before refrigerators, pantries in Northern California homes had outside vents that preserved perishables throughout cool nights.
(Also see: "Naps Clear Brain's Inbox, Improve Learning." ) In a recent study, people who took naps featuring REM sleep—in which dreams are most vivid—performed better on creativity-oriented word problems. That is, the REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep helped people combine ideas in new ways, according to psychiatrist Sara Mednick , who led the study. Part of the experiment's morning round involved a word-analogy test, similar to some SAT problems. Dreams Make You Smarter, More Creative, Studies Suggest
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- Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known animal fossils, dating to 650 million years ago. - The fossils, likely sponges, push back the fossil record for animals by about 70 million years. - The sponges existed before, and probably after, a severe "Snowball Earth" event that covered much of the globe in ice. Oldest Animal Life on Earth Found?
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If we ever decide to colonize Mars, it might be fairly simple to grow crops in that red soil, according to a new study. Mars' reduced gravity could let us use less water and fertilizer than we do on Earth. Visions of future space farms usually involve greenery thriving inside hydroponic systems, but as bio-geo researchers Federico Maggia and Céline Pallud note, using old-fashioned soil has plenty of advantages. Martian Environment Is Ideally Suited For Crop Farming, Study Says
AMPERE, The First System for Tracking Space Weather in Real Time, Goes Live The solar flare that slammed into Earth's atmosphere earlier this month was a prescient reminder that solar weather -- though sometimes beautiful -- can have serious impacts on the Earth. So perhaps the timing is right for something like AMPERE, the first space-based system capable of monitoring the Earth's immediate space environment in real-time. The system is the first step in a process that will enable around-the-clock monitoring and eventual prediction of solar and space weather and its effects on Earth. AMPERE -- short for Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment -- is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Iridium Communications, and Boeing, funded by a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Let's ask Betsy Dresser, the senior vice president of research at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, who has raised several litters of small African wildcat clones. "Oh yes, the clones are very much wild animals with wild instincts," she says. "They bite and scratch. You can't handle them without gloves and nets." Do Cloned Wild Animals Have Instincts?
20 Things You Didn't Know About... Leonardo da Vinci | Physics & Math 1 Leonardo was the love child of Caterina, a peasant, and Ser Piero, a lawyer and landlord. He was homeschooled and lacked a formal education in Greek and Latin. 2 He was an accomplished lyre player. When he was first presented at the Milanese court, it was as a musician, not an artist or inventor.
1 The practice of burying the dead may date back 350,000 years, as evidenced by a 45-foot-deep pit in Atapuerca, Spain, filled with the fossils of 27 hominids of the species Homo heidelbergensis, a possible ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans. 2 Never say die: There are at least 200 euphemisms for death, including "to be in Abraham's bosom," "just add maggots," and "sleep with the Tribbles" (a Star Trek favorite). 3 No American has died of old age since 1951. 20 Things You Didn't Know About... Death | Aging
1. Child-safety seat manufacturers are starting to make bigger models after a recent study showed that over 250,000 U.S. children age 6 and under are too fat to use them. 2. According to a study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, nearly half the 4,000 people responding to an online survey about obesity said they would give up a year of their life rather than be fat. 3. 20 Things You Didn't Know About... Obesity | Obesity
1 Engineers with the U.S. Olympic Committee keep improving timing and measurement technology. Light beams now record racers’ times to within a thousandth of a second. 20 Things You Didn't Know About... Sports Technology | Gadgets
1 The average American eats 61 pounds of refined sugar each year, including 25 pounds of candy. Halloween accounts for at least two pounds of that. 2 Trick: Sugar may give you wrinkles via a process called glycation, in which excess blood sugar binds to collagen in the skin, making it less elastic. 3 Or treat: Cutting back on sugar may help your skin retain its flexibility. So actually, no treats. 20 Things You Didn't Know About... Sugar | Nutrition
24 Years After Chernobyl, Radioactive Boars Still Roam Germany | 80beats A quarter-century after the catastrophe, Chernobyl can’t stay out of the news. When fires broke out in Russia this month, people worried that the flames would spread to areas still affected by the radiation, with unknown consequences. And this week, we learned that Chernobyl-related radiation is actually on the rise somewhere else: in German boars. Yes, that’s right, boars. Boars are among the species most susceptible to long-term consequences of the nuclear catastrophe 24 years ago. Unlike other wild game, boars often feed on mushrooms and truffles which tend to store radioactivity and they plow through the contaminated soil with their snouts, experts say [AP].
Add salt as required: the recipe for fresh water - tech - 18 August 2010 Using desalination to slake the world's thirst has been an uphill struggle, but now we're learning to go with the flow STROLLING along Williamsons beach, a quiet strip of sand about 100 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, Australia, you would never guess that a monster lurks just behind the dunes. Nestled at the bottom of a 27-metre-deep pit is a 500-tonne mechanical giant that is about to begin burrowing under the beach and out to sea. In its wake the machine will leave a 4-metre-wide, 1.5-kilometre-long tunnel, the inlet for one of the world's largest plants to turn seawater into drinking water.
First gold-iron alloy shows power of magnetic attraction - tech - 19 August 2010 GOLD readily forms alloys with the precious metals silver and palladium, but it normally blends with cheap iron about as well as oil mixes with water. That has now changed, with the creation of a gold-iron alloy that is held together by magnetism. The arrangement of atoms in an alloy changes the chemical properties of its constituent metals and makes it potentially useful to catalyse reactions.
Darwinian medicine: Does intensive care kill or cure? - health - 19 August 2010
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How collapsing bubbles could shoot cancer cells dead - health - 20 August 2010
Killer T-cells, the fix for organ rejection? - health - 21 August 2010
25,000 New Asteroids Found by NASA's Sky Mapping
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