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Earth’s mysterious ‘deep biosphere’ may harbor millions of undiscovered species

December 19th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Scientists say the underground ecosystems are a “subterranean Galapagos” just waiting to be studied. This unidentified nematode from the Kopanang gold mine in South Africa lives 1.4 kilometers below the surface.Gaetan Borgonie / Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium Life on Earth takes billions of shapes, but to see most of them you’ll have to dig deep […]



China plans to build a deep sea base run entirely by AI

December 17th, 2018 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Robots, not humans, will run the show. Artificial intelligences are about to get a place to call their own — and it’s located somewhere humans are unlikely to want to visit. According to a story published Monday in the South China Morning Post, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences plan to construct a research […]



FinalStraw on’Shark Tank’: A look inside the first reusable straw

October 15th, 2018 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

FinalStraw is the world’s first collapsible, reusable straw. The product’s website boasts a mission to “reduce plastic straws use by giving you a convenient, collapsible, reusable alternative.” The product comes in a small and keychain-friendly container that allows you to bring FinalStraw with you wherever you go. It is also available in five different colors: […]



Scientists tweak seat cushion material to clean oil spills

March 19th, 2017 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

Federal researchers have created a new tool to clean up oil spills by tinkering with the kind of foam found in seat cushions. The modified foam can soak up oil floating on water and lurking below the surface, and then can be repeatedly wrung out and reused, the researchers say. It “just bounces back like […]



Robots are transforming how we see wildlife

January 24th, 2017 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas had long wanted to add up-close-and-personal images of iconic African animals to his portfolio. But to get those intimate shot of lions and leopards, he would need to crawl up right next to their sharp-toothed faces. So Burrard-Lucas devised a far less deadly alternative.



Beer Company Invents Six-Pack Rings That Feed, Rather Than Kill, Marine Life

October 10th, 2016 at 6:14 am » Comments Off

A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean. Are you aware that 80% of the plastic humans throw away ends up in the oceans? The sad reality is made worse when one learns that, as a result, billions of […]



Like a nuclear submarine, flying drone can hide underwater for months

March 29th, 2016 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

A submarine’s periscope is a useful tool, however it puts the vessel at risk since it can only be used when the sub surfaces. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created a waterproof drone that can float up from the murky depths and then take to the skies.



Fish farms have become a bigger business than the open sea

September 9th, 2015 at 7:50 pm » Comments Off

People around the world are eating more fish from farms than from the open sea for the first time ever. This has spurred billions of dollars of takeovers as one of the largest food companies seeks to capitalize on rising demand.



Algae used to extract metals from mine tailings

December 30th, 2014 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

England’s Cornish Tin Mine Jamie Doward – A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals in its toxic water, while simultaneously producing biofuel. If the project, which is at a very early stage, is proven to work, it could have huge environmental […]



Surprising huge diversity in aging revealed in nature

December 8th, 2014 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

Not all species weaken and become more likely to die as they age. Most people would probably describe aging as when we our in our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die. But, in nature, the phenomenon of aging shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, […]



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