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A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

September 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system. According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about […]



Scientists turn bad memories into good ones in mice

September 4th, 2014 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

“Now we can go inside the brain and change the way the mice reacts to a memory.” Memories can be good, bad, or neutral. And now, they can be changed from good to bad, and vice versa, from within the brain—in genetically engineered mice, at least.    



Bird sound used to create beautiful 3D animations

August 23rd, 2014 at 8:42 am » Comments Off

Andy Thomas creates “audio life forms” from bird sounds. The sound of chirping and singing birds can be enough to inspire a feeling of peace and tranquility. Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas specializes in  creating “audio life forms” and such dulcet tones have inspired something more in him: curiosity about what they might look like as sound-driven […]



New transparent solar cells can be used on windows, smartphone screens to produce solar energy

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

Transparent solar cell. Developed by researchers in Michigan State University, a new material, called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, can be used to cover anything that has a flat, clear surface. Transparent solar cell technology has been attempted before, but the energy the cells produced was poor and the materials they were made out of […]



Design flaw turns solar plant into a death trap for birds

August 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Super-concentrated sunbeams from BrightSource Energy Plant are deadly for birds flying overhead. In February, the $2.2 billion BrightSource Energy Plant opened up in the Mojave Desert with good intentions: to harvest clean, sustainable solar power, by using 300 mirrors to reflect sunbeams onto a steam-producing water boiler. But a design flaw has turned the plant into a death trap […]



Top 14 Photos of the Week

August 10th, 2014 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around! Quote of the Day:  “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” […]



Where cats are more popular than dogs around the world

August 4th, 2014 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

There are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. Data from Euromonitor, a market research firm, suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too. (Video)    



Growing trend among young singles who treat pets like girlfriends and boyfriends

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Lucy, a 1 year old Burmese Mountain dog and her owner Alfred Pretrone. There’s “something special” about Lucy, says Alfred Pretrone about his female companion. She’s good-looking, “chill” and she makes the stress melt away at the end of a long day. But Lucy isn’t Mr. Petrone’s girlfriend. She’s his dog.    



Comfy – a new app that solves the No. 1 complaint about offices

June 20th, 2014 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Comfy You go to work on a hot summer day, but as soon as you sit at your desk, your are freezing. Or it’s winter and the heater keeps you too hot. The heating and cooling system is designed to keep you comfortable but it’s not doing a very good job, and it wastes massive […]



Top 14 Photos of the Week

June 10th, 2014 at 7:40 pm » Comments Off

Sometimes the big picture is even bigger than the BIG picture! Quote of the Day:  ”Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” – Bertrand Russell



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