Author Archives: Deskarati

More Hidden Paintings in Books

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Creating An Inverted Aquarium For Pond

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Embryo in the eye of a needle

Embryo in needle’s eye, by Yorkos Nikas

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Gut bacteria could be affecting the body’s response to a new type of cancer treatment

Cancer immunotherapy – treatments that harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer – has been gaining traction in recent years as a new approach to treating the disease. But one of its major drawbacks is its variability: for some … Continue reading

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Neural networks promise sharpest ever images

Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using ‘neural nets’, a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, … Continue reading

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3D gif of IC410

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Ruptured venule under the scanning electron microscope

Magnification x2300, by Steve Gschmeissner

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Archaeologists just made the “find of a lifetime” buried beneath Scotland

A bronze sword, a gold-decorated spearhead, well-preserved sheath fittings, and fur skins – all thought to date back to around 3,000 years – are some of the remarkable finds uncovered at a dig currently underway in the UK. Archaeologists on … Continue reading

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Smartphones are revolutionising medicine

Researchers are finding new benefits to smartphone features such as camera and flash, which can help examine and diagnose patien

Smartphones are revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say: “If you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone… they all are getting better … Continue reading

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Wireless power transmission safely charges devices anywhere within a room

A new method developed by Disney Research for wirelessly transmitting power throughout a room enables users to charge electronic devices as seamlessly as they now connect to WiFi hotspots, eliminating the need for electrical cords or charging cradles. The researchers … Continue reading

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The microscopical beauty of our kidneys

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Dubai Is Set to Launch the World’s First Hover-Taxis Within Months

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Invisible TV

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Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle shrouded in fog, taken by Matthew Hyde from his vantage point of the 14th floor of Capital Tower. Via BBC Wales Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of … Continue reading

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Hans Rosling: Data visionary and educator dies aged 68

Sad news today. Hans Rosling, our favourite statistician, has died from pantriatic cancer. We would urge you to watch any of Hans’ great presentations, like this one on population. It’s very, very good. Thanks to Phil Krause for bringing this … Continue reading

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ATP tattoo

ATP hummingbird moths Tattoo by Jessa Huebing-Reitinger Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is an energy-bearing molecule found in all living cells. Formation of nucleic acids, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and many other energy-consuming reactions of metabolism are made possible by … Continue reading

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Electron micrograph of blood

Mindblowing electron micrograph of blood (single erythrocytes) inside a micro needle 🙂 We think many people would like blood a lot more if we could see it like this! Image by Science photo library via ILA

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Flipping the switch on ammonia production: Process generates electricity instead of consuming energy

Nearly a century ago, German chemist Fritz Haber won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a process to generate ammonia from hydrogen and nitrogen gases. The process, still in use today, ushered in a revolution in agriculture, but now consumes … Continue reading

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This monster wind turbine just set a new record for energy output

A new offshore wind turbine has produced more energy over a 24-hour period than any other commercially available turbine, generating close to almost 216,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in a single day. That’s enough to power around 7,200 homes in the US … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Human Condition – René Magritte

The Human Condition (La condition humaine) generally refers to two similar oil on canvas paintings by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. One was completed in 1933 and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. … Continue reading

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