NASA has served as a symbol of wonder and scientific enthusiasm. From landing on the moon to the exploration of our solar system, it has been the organization’s ultimate goal to make the unknown, known. As of this moment, one of the most pressing unknowns is the existence of extraterrestrial life. Avoiding discussion without a fact base, NASA has already launched several evidence-based research projects on the matter. From establishing a martian colony to diving into the seas of Europa—NASA is at work trying to find answers.
NASA will be holding a press conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, February Lees verder
When billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates gave a speech at the Munich Security Conference for the first time Saturday, he argued a very alarming possibility: the future of international security will be fought on the biological front. Specifically, Gates warned about the dangers of a bioterrorist attack that could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year and how we’re not prepared for it.
“We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril,” warned Gates, who Lees verder
When he was just 21-years-old, Andy Sandness attempted to take his own life. And though he survived, he lost his nose, mouth, and jaw in the process. Now, 10 years later, he has been given a new chance to blend into a crowd thanks to a face transplant at the Mayo Clinic.
Sandness had been a patient at the Mayo Clinic since the 2006 incident, undergoing 8 surgeries in the month following the tragic event. And while they tried to repair the damage the best they could, there was little they could do about his missing mouth and jaw. Then, in 2012, Lees verder
It’s barely a month into the Trump presidency and protests are becoming a regular occurrence in cities around the United States. On Sunday, February 19, thousands of scientists and supporters gathered in Boston’s Copley Square to “stand up for science”—a subject that’s repeatedly threatened under the current administration. The rally, like others before it, was full of concerned people who are scared at the new direction the country has taken. To amplify their voices, they made science rally signs that were poignant as well as clever.
There’s a lot of sun in Nevada, so it only makes sense to harness its power. That’s why long-time solar champion and Nevada legislature assemblyman Chris Brooks proposed AB 206, a bill that pushes the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from its current 22 percent goal to 80 percent by 2040.
The bill pushes an incremental increase in Nevada’s RPS goal on a two-year interval. This would start with a 4 percent increase in 2018-2019 that would put the RPS goal at 26 percent. In each subsequent Lees verder
In recent years, studies have show that humans were responsible for pumping as much as 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air per year and creating 3.5 million tonnes of solid waste per day. This activity has had such a dramatic and rapid impact on our environment that many scientific experts believe that we are no longer in the Holocene epoch and have moved into a new epoch, the Anthropocene.
More and more, scientists are becoming convinced that aging is a disease that can be stopped or, at least, slowed. Recently, researchers from Russia and Sweden investigated this idea further in a joint study by Lomonosov Moscow State University and Stockholm University. Their study, published in the journal Aging, focuses on the role of mitochondria in the aging of organisms.
Under the leadership of renowned Russian biologist Vladimir Skulachev, the researchers experimented with a special strain of genetically-modified mice. A single mutation was Lees verder
Attitudes towards robots, especially artificially intelligent (AI) robots, are mixed at best. As AI technology evolves and robots become eerily similar to living, breathing, thinking organisms, people seem to be less and less likely to trust them. Robots stir up unsettling memories of science fiction nightmares, images of robots surpassing humans in intelligence and taking over, lording over us and causing mass mayhem.