Monthly Archives: March 2012

Computer outperforms humans at detecting lies in the eyes

If the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey taught us anything, it’s that computers know when we’re telling a lie. While that may not actually be the case for most computers in real life, it could be if they’re running a … Continue reading

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Mysteries of The Redshift Desert

Some of the faintest spectra in the universe raise a glaring question: Why do Galaxies in the early universe appear old? Until recently, astronomers have been nearly blind when looking back in time to survey an era when most stars in … Continue reading

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Is there anything inside Quarks?

Quarks  were discovered  inside protons and neutrons in the early 1970s, and it is suggested by some theorists that they might themselves contain particles known as ‘preons’. The idea wasn’t entirely unrealistic, but raised further questions, as-yet-unanswered; it is our understanding … Continue reading

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Progress in fingerprint analysis

It has long been well established that fingerprints can be used to identify people or help convict them of crimes. Things have gone a lot further now: fingerprints can be used to show that a suspect is a smoker, takes … Continue reading

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London Underground’s Real Map

London’s underground transit system, locally known as ‘The Tube’ is the oldest underground railway in the world. As such you are probably aware of the iconic Tube Map below, based on Harry Beck’s original. But what you might be not … Continue reading

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Age of oldest rocks off by millions of years

Two of the solar system’s best natural timekeepers have been caught misbehaving, suggesting that the accepted ages for the oldest known rock samples are off by a million years or more. According to two new studies, a radioactive version of … Continue reading

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Will Robots Ever Replace Humans?

Last week Amazon announced it was buying a robot maker called Kiva Systems for $775 million in cash. Before you get excited that Amazon may start offering a robot that can tuck you into bed at night and read Kindle … Continue reading

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Bendable e-books almost here

LG Display has set the production clock ticking for a plastic EPD (electronic paper display) product which in turn is expected to set e-book marketability fast-forward. In an announcement Thursday, Korea-based LG Display, which manufactures thin film transistor liquid crystal … Continue reading

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Why is gold called a ‘heavy’ metal although it is comparatively soft?

Gold is classified as a heavy metal because of its high density, this comes from the fact that each of its atoms are individually very heavy. As a comparison, the density of tungsten is almost identical, but tungsten is hard … Continue reading

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Key mechanism involved in Type 2 diabetes identified

Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have discovered a key protein that regulates insulin resistance — the diminished ability of cells to respond to the action of insulin and which sets the stage for the development of the most common form … Continue reading

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The Brain’s Blood Vessels

A corrosion cast of blood vessels in the brain made from resin is displayed at the Wellcome trusts new ‘Brains’ exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on March 27, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images. via  i09

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Louvre unlocks last da Vinci work

An intense and controversial restoration of the last great work by Leonardo da Vinci goes before the public Thursday at the Louvre Museum, revealing “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne” in the full panoply of hues and detail painted … Continue reading

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Water world is new type of planet

red dwarf - waterworld

An artist’s conception of the new water world orbiting its red dwarf star. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA) The Hubble space telescope has found one of the steamier spots in the Universe – a planet that is a big ball … Continue reading

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Google Earth Alphabet

The Google Earth alphabet has Upper and Lower Cases plus Numbers and more see here

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Let’s Travel Through the Virtual Cell

We invite you to explore our virtual cell and the processes contained within it by taking a guided virtual tour. Inside you will be introduced to many of the basic functions going on within the cell as well as the … Continue reading

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‘New’ Rembrandt portrait to be unveiled

An oil painting of an old man that has been newly authenticated as a work by Rembrandt is to go on public display at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, England this week. The painting – known as The Old Rabbi – … Continue reading

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Don’t give your Dad an ipad!

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New Hammerhead Shark Confuses Conservationists

hammerhead shark

There’s good and bad shark news. The good news is that a new, as of yet unnamed, species has been discovered. The bad news is that it looks just like the scalloped hammerhead shark, curtailing efforts to save that endangered … Continue reading

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‘Ordinary’ black hole discovered 12 million light years away

An international team of scientists have discovered an ‘ordinary’ black hole in the 12 million light year-distant galaxy Centaurus A. This is the first time that a normal-size black hole has been detected away from the immediate vicinity of our … Continue reading

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Ferreira Gullar

Ferreira Gullar

Ferreira Gullar is the pen name for José Ribamar Ferreira (born in São Luís, Maranhão, Northeast Brazil on September 10, 1930), Brazilian poet, playwright, essayist, art critic, and television writer. In 1959 he formed the “Neo-Concretes” group of poets. The … Continue reading

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