Is 3D printing the answer to sustaining life on the Moon?

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By Jacob Paul Cherniayeff in Architecture on Thursday 10 April 2014

A consortium consisting of Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and design firm Foster + Partners has been busy exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as […]

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What if the human anatomy was part plants and animals?

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 20 March 2014

What if our lungs were made out of flowers instead of, uhhm, lungs? Or what if our arteries were clogged with weeds instead of cholesterol? Or cactus for brains (which some people I know might already have)? Mixed media artist Travis Bedel uses glue and razor blades to cut out vintage illustrations from science books to create anatomical collages. He takes anatomical, botanical, and other biological parts and recombines them into figures that are both familiar and alien to us. His work range in size, from 5 inches to 6 feet.

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Really, animals like to get drunk too

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 3 March 2014

It looks like humans are not the only species on Earth that love to get buzzed every now and then. In a new research published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’, there seems to be a few little critters in the forest of Malaysia who hunker for alcohol. The study says that […]

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Study links cat bites to depressed people

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 1 March 2014

Apparently a team of researchers from University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, who drew from the electronic health records of a pool of 1.3 million patients to single out those with depression or bites for a study, found a strong link between cat bites and depression.

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Scientists finally invent the lightsaber, sort of

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 28 February 2014

We might just live out our fantasies of wielding a lightsaber in the not-so-distant future if science plays their cards right. Mikhail Lukin and Vladan Vuletic, physics professors at Harvard and MIT, respectively, clumped together particles to form a unique molecule by accident. They say that this new form of matter has the properties and […]

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Do baboons really raise dogs as pets? Turns out, they can

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 12 February 2014

Turns out baboons are kinda like the mafia of the animal world. The following video shows a baboon kidnapping a puppy from its mother, dragging it by its tail and giving it their own version of hospitality. Animal lovers beware, the first minute of the video is pretty heart-breaking to watch, especially when you hear […]

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Just thinking you’re getting good sleep can make your brain run better

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 27 January 2014

A bunch of researchers have found that participants who were told their sleep quality was below average performed significantly worse on brain performance compared to their peers. Included in the study was a verbal fluency test where participants scored way better when told their sleep quality was above average. Looks to be the case that […]

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Jesus has company: Malaysians walk on water, technically

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Friday 24 January 2014

Okay, before you scream ‘heresy!’ and ‘burn him at the stake’, hear me out. Malaysians walked, ran, danced, and did all sorts of physics-defying on top of a pool of water. But this isn’t your typical swimming pool. The pool had a non-Newtonian fluid of corn starch and water, called ‘Oobleck’. So technically they still […]

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Attention, all cat owners: Your cat thinks you are just an oversized cat

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

As if it wasn’t depressing enough to know that our feline pals aren’t really that attached to us, biologist Dr. John Bradshaw, who has over 30 years of experience in domesticated animal behavior, has revealed in his book Cat Sense that cats really think of their owners as a ‘larger, non-hostile’ cat. In other words, […]

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Look closely, these remarkable images are synapses in the brain

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Saturday 18 January 2014

These incredible psychedelic images are synapse maps of the human brain at work. The Human Connectome Project has been exploring the brain’s conenctions using a high-resolution map since 2010, and the project seeks to examine the brains of 1,200 volunteers to create a database of healthy brain structure. These images show the Human Connectome Project’s […]

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‘And the Ig Nobel Prize goes to…’: Celebrating 2013’s most banal science discoveries

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 22 October 2013

The Ig Nobel Prizes, which takes the mickey out of the real Nobel Prizes as genuine Nobel laureates present awards to those who have made the most banal breakthroughs in the world, is a brilliant, brilliant — and did we say ‘brilliant’? — affair. This year’s Probability Prize, for instance, deservingly went to a team […]

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Oxford University puts the Science of Kissing under the microscope

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 17 October 2013

All in the name of science! Oxford University researchers have found that women are more likely than men to change their opinions of others after they kiss them. ‘Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex’, said researcher Robin Dunbar. ‘It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves, “Shall I carry […]

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Cam attached to clothing can capture calorie intake data in real time

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 16 October 2013

Lazy dieters who can’t be bothered to keep track of what they stuff in their mouth should love the fact that researchers from the University of Pittsburgh are now working on a tech invention — in the form of a tiny camera attached to their clothing — that can measure both food portions and calories […]

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Bat taxidermy: time-lapse from specimen to display

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By Annie Churdar in Video on Wednesday 9 October 2013

This time-lapse video created by LSA’s Museum of Zoology walks us through the science of bat taxidermy. Don’t watch this if you’ve just eaten a heavy lunch. It’s a bit gross but highly fascinating and beautiful in a weird way. The bat skeleton is so delicate and detailed, like a piece of lace. I loved seeing […]

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Get drunk without drinking: Your guts might be making beer right now

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 2 October 2013

We wish making beer straight from our guts was a sign of evolution and that we are all turning into super beings who produce what we consume — but no, auto-brewery syndrome (or gut fermentation syndrome) is really a health ailment. Barabara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Carthage’s Panola College, and Lubbock-based gastroenterologist Justin […]

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