How whale corpses feed ocean floors

Whales that end up on the beach make headlines. But those that sink to the bottom of the ocean make new homes for sea life. The brawn, blubber, and bone of these unlucky cetaceans—some 70,000 of which perish during harrowing seasonal migrations each year—nourish a vibrant, ­constantly evolving community of creatures. Opportunistic eaters can flourish on a decaying corpse for anywhere from a decade to a century. Marine ­biologists have discovered dozens of new critters in these deep-sea ecosystems since they first encountered one in 1987. For animals at the […]

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Six Grand Ideas To Fight The End Of Antibiotics

Overuse of antibiotics has led them to becoming less and less effective to treat us when we’re sick – leaving scientists scrambling for a fix. Here are some of the best ideas to tackle one of the 21st Century’s biggest challenges. The world is nearing a moment when antibiotics no longer work to treat infections. We are severely over-using the antibiotics we have – and that system is causing bacteria to evolve and develop resistance to the drugs intended to kill them. Appropriately, the phenomenon is referred to as antibiotic […]

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Could a hacker hijack your connected car?

By Emma WoollacottTechnology of Business reporter 6 October 2017 What if your self-driving car took on a mind of its own? As more carmakers adopt “over the air (OTA)” software updates for their increasingly connected and autonomous cars, is the risk of hacker hijack also increasing? Imagine jumping in your car but being taken somewhere you didn’t want to go – into oncoming traffic, say, or even over a cliff. That may seem like an extreme scenario, but the danger is real. Hackers showed two years ago that they could […]

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No Sweat: Small Doses is Exercise May Ward Off Depression

By Jasmin Malik Chua,  Anyone who has experienced the euphoric “runner’s high” that follows a satisfying workout will likely attest to a connection between physical activity and mental health. Studies have long borne this theory out: Endorphins, the opiate-like chemicals that flood the brain after intense or sustained exercise, appear to act as a buffer against depressive thoughts and feelings. But you don’t have to train to the point of collapse to reap the benefits of this “mind-body” relationship: A new study from Australia finds that even small doses of […]

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How chicken feathers could warm our homes

One of the world’s most under-exploited waste products – the feathers from poultry farms – is finding a clever new use inside buildings. Where there are people, there are chickens. Pretty much every country on Earth has poultry or their eggs on the menu. So, from Norway to New Zealand, and Cuba to Cambodia, chickens root around even the most isolated settlements, and fill giant farms in their thousands. One result of a huge chicken population is a huge amount of chicken feathers, which are normally burned or taken to […]

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Father loses IVF damages claim

By Katie SilverHealth  A father has lost a damages claim against a London IVF clinic after his ex-partner forged his signature to use frozen embryos. The High Court found IVF Hammersmith was not negligent. The couple broke up in 2010 but some months later the woman asked the clinic to implant an embryo, which they had stored. The man, who can only be identified as ARB, said he did not give his consent and was tricked by his former partner. After the couple had a son together through IVF at […]

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Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid with solar

Mr Musk says his solar storage technology is scalable for Puerto Rico’s needs Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico’s shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology. The vast majority of the island territory remains without power, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria. On Twitter, Mr Musk said his technology, which powers several smaller islands, could be scaled up to work for Puerto Rico. The island’s governor responded to Mr Musk with the message: “Let’s talk”. “Do you want to show the world […]

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The world’s oldest scientific satellite is still in orbit

Nearly 60 years ago, the US Navy launched Vanguard-1 as a response to the Soviet Sputnik. Six decades on, it’s still circling our planet.By Richard Hollingham 6 October 2017 From his desk at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, space debris analyst Tim Flohrer keeps track of the 23,000 or so catalogued objects currently orbiting the Earth. They range from spacecraft and satellites – some working, most not – to discarded rocket stages and fragmented space hardware. All of them the result of 60 years of space exploration. […]

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