Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

Marco Polo

Marco Polo was born in around 1254 into a wealthy and cosmopolitan Venetian merchant family. Polo’s father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, were jewel merchants. In 1260, they left Venice to travel to the Black Sea, moving onwards to central Asia and joining a diplomatic mission to the court of Kublai Khan, the Mongol ruler of China. Khan asked the Polo brothers to return to Europe and persuade the pope to send scholars to explain Christianity to him. They … Continue reading

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The LHC is back

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is operating again after its winter break. Early on Thursday, opposing stable beams of protons were smashed into each other at four observation positions.The total collision energy in these bunches of sub-atomic particles was eight trillion electron volts – a world record. Scientists expect the big boost in capability to significantly increase the collider’s chances of discovering “new physics”. The great expectation is that they will definitively confirm or deny the existence of the Higgs boson, the … Continue reading

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Most Well-Preserved Woolly Mammoths We’ve Ever Found

No, it’s not ‘ALF the Alien’ it’s a wooly mammoth - Deskarati – Rarely do researchers encounter a woolly mammoth that is as perfectly preserved as the one you see here; recently discovered entombed in the arctic steppes of Siberia, the juvenile mammoth (which has been named “Yuka”) has been so well protected throughout the millenia that its foot pads and hair are still intact. What’s more, researchers say its thick, strawberry blonde locks are unlike any they’ve ever seen. Researchers had … Continue reading

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Quantum computer built inside a diamond

Diamonds are forever — or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against “decoherence” — noise that prevents the computer from functioning properly. The demonstration shows the viability of solid-state quantum computers, which — unlike earlier gas- and liquid-state systems — may represent the future of quantum computing because they can be … Continue reading

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Snakes on a Plane

We thought you might like our mock up of the this latest news story from down under of a guy with a little problem whilst flying his plane – Deskarati – CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian pilot said he was forced to make a harrowing landing reminiscent of a Hollywood thriller after a snake popped out from behind his dashboard and slithered across his leg during a solo cargo flight. Braden Blennerhassett — unsure whether the snake was venomous — said … Continue reading

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Do we need pain?

Pain is not a nice experience, so why have we evolved to have so much of it? Because without it we might not survive for very long. Occasionally, babies are born that don’t feel pain and they end up damaging themselves. They sometimes bite through their own fingers and to stop this they have their teeth removed. Just learning to walk can lead to falls causing breaks and cuts leading to infections. It seems that life without pain is no life at … Continue reading

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Project Glass

Today Google shares with us it’s vision of the future with this new video from the ‘Project Glass’ team. We love the idea of interactive glasses, although standing on a roof top singing a song whilst talking to your girlfriend seems a bit risky! – Deskarati -

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