NASA Mercury Announcement Imminent! NASA has just announced that MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, has confirmed the presence of ice covered by an unknown organic material inside craters near the planet's north pole - two major building blocks for life!
One current theory is that the ice and organic material could have been delivered to Mercury aboard an asteroid or comet perhaps hundreds of millions of years ago. Science vs. Religion: 50 Famous Academics on God. By Maria Popova Decoding divinity, or what the great intellectuals of our time have to say about science and spirituality.
The dialogue between science and religion is among humanity’s oldest and most controversial, drawing each era’s greatest thinkers into some of history’s most heated debates. We’ve previously looked at a BBC documentary on the complex relationship between the two and 7 essential books on the psychology of faith. Today, we turn to a fantastic mashup of 50 famous academics — including Brain Pickings favorites Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Oliver Sacks, Steven Pinker and Daniel Dennett — talking about spirituality and science, created by Jonathan Pararajasingham. I can’t believe the special stories that have been made up about our relationship to the universe at large, because they seem to be too simple, to connected, too local, too provincial. What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth? Pendulum waves. Science news and science jobs from New Scientist.
The Possible Discovery of the Higgs Will Shake the Foundations of Physics. We are all aware that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the most powerful machine on planet earth and not yet operating at its full capacity.
Since 2008, scientists at the CERN physics lab have slowing been increasing the intensity of the particle beams, with each time seeming to break its previous record. Stem Cell Information Home Page. ZeitNews. Sixty Symbols - Physics and Astronomy videos. Future technology. Grape-Sized Amoeba Raises Questions About Origins of Animal Life. Philip Zimbardo: The Secret Powers of Time (Animated) Bio Philip Zimbardo Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as a leading "voice and face of contemporary psychology" through his widely seen PBS-TV series, "Discovering Psychology," his media appearances, best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.
Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now an Emeritus Professor), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He continues teaching graduate students at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and at the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey). Understanding Evolution. Truth-Saves. London Gets First Electrified Roads That Charge EV's Wirelessly.
It's no secret that toxic, heavy, and expensive batteries are the Achilles' heel of electric vehicles.
But that's all about to change. Just yesterday we were talking about a super-lightweight car that draws its power from the road itself , but today we discover that it's not just a concept. The world's first commercially available wireless induction charging system is set to debut in London. The HaloIPT system will charge electric vehicles via Inductive Power Transfer (IPT). On a consumer level, you will be able to purchase a 2 piece system including a power source with charging pad and a pickup pad with controller switch. What this means is that your electric vehicle simply needs to be parked -- or even driven (more on that in a minute) -- over a charging pad and the battery begins charging automatically. Natural Swimming Ponds Ditch The Chemicals natural-swimming-pool-2 – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World.
This gorgeous swimming pool isn’t a typical chlorine-filled watering hole–it’s actually a natural swimming pond that relies on plants to filter the water.
(Don’t worry, you’re not swimming among the plants and stepping in squishy mud; the plant regeneration area is kept separate from the swimming area.) Even if you already have a swimming pool, you can enjoy the benefits of a chemical-free pond and relaxing natural environment using the structure you already have with a few design changes. Natural swimming ponds are already quite popular in Europe and are gaining interest in the US. Companies like Clear Water Revival (UK) and Total Habitat (US) can help you design your perfect dream pond, or revamp the pool you already have. The cost of new natural ponds versus conventional swimming pools is said to be comparable, but maintenance costs for a chemical-free pool will be much lower. . + Clear Water Revival + Total Habitat. RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us.
The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. Planets. Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky.