The Future Of TV? How Feely-Vision Could Tickle All Our Senses

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Imagine a party on a warm summers evening. You can see the beautiful greenery and the dipping sun, you can smell the freshly cut grass and taste the cool drinks on offer. You hear someone walk up behind you and feel them tap you on the shoulder. Now imagine youre not really at the party but sat at home and the scene and all these sensations are coming from your TV.

Working out how television programmes could one day stimulate all our senses is an interesting question for researchers like myself, who are exploring the future of TV. But the bigger, more excitin Continue reading The Future Of TV? How Feely-Vision Could Tickle All Our Senses

Live From The International Space Station!

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The International Space Station (ISS) is a habitable satellite that was launched on October 31 2000 and has had continued human occupation ever since, the longest on record. It’s an observatory and research laboratory in low Earth orbit with crew conducting experiments in Biology, Physics and Astronomy, amongst other things. The station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, and in 2010 it had racked up almost 60,000 orbits, accruing a whopping 1.5 billion mil Continue reading Live From The International Space Station!

Climate Change Skepticism Unchanged Even After Experience With Extreme Weather

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The phrase “global warming” gives the impression that only hot weather is associated with the phenomenon. Many scientists have largely adjusted the language away from that phrase in favor of “climate change” to more accurately reflect what those warming temperatures actually entail. Weather to the extreme, including droughts, floods, and storms, are becoming more frequent as average global temperatures increase.

However, despite having experienc Continue reading Climate Change Skepticism Unchanged Even After Experience With Extreme Weather

Female Animals May Want Semen For More Than Just Sperm

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For many males in the animal kingdom, sex is a one-time thing, and they leave the females with DNA packaged in sperm and little else. But according to a new Trends in Ecology & Evolution article, these brief encounters may help supply females with beneficial resources. Ejaculate, even in the tiniest amounts, also contain potentially helpful proteins and molecules, and some females may have evolved ways to exploit these resources.

Recent studies found that seminal fluid (the li Continue reading Female Animals May Want Semen For More Than Just Sperm

Jupiter’s Core May Be Shrinking Faster Than Previously Believed

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Jupiter is renowned for being the largest planet in our solar system, making up 70% of all planetary mass. Most of this is a thick, gassy atmosphere, but it has been predicted to have a solid, rocky core. Scientists believe this core could be diminishing due to the intense atmospheric conditions near the core. A new study using updated modeling techniques has yielded evidence that the core may be dissolving much faster than previously believed, making the current state of the core unknown. Hugh Wilson of RMIT Uni Continue reading Jupiter’s Core May Be Shrinking Faster Than Previously Believed

Graphene Light Detector Could Lead To Heat Vision Contact Lenses

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Traditional devices for thermal imaging are relatively bulky, because the mechanisms that detect the mid- and far-infrared radiation need to be cooled significantly. A team of engineers from the University of Michigan have made a sensor that can detect the infrared spectrum at room temperature. Because the sensor is made of graphene and therefore extremely small, the Continue reading Graphene Light Detector Could Lead To Heat Vision Contact Lenses

What It’s Like To Fly Around The World On Nothing But Solar Power

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Can a solar powered plane make it around the entire Earth?Thats what two Swiss pilots are finding out at the moment and its all in the name of renewable energy.

Andr Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are the two pilots flying the groundbreaking Solar Impulse 2 plane around the world. It uses 17,000 solar cells to power itself by nothing other than the Sun, with this electricitybeing used to power propellers.

This all comes at a bit of a cost, though. Solar cells are not yet very efficient, so the plane has a rather modest t Continue reading What It’s Like To Fly Around The World On Nothing But Solar Power