Bianca Medina

17 Flips | 2 Magazines | @Bianca9 | Keep up with Bianca Medina on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Bianca Medina”

Liquid Air – the future of motoring?

Liquid Air could be be a fuel for the future, says Andrew English.<p>Engineers call it disruptive technology, but Liquid Air is much more than that. Using cryogenic atmospheric air at minus 196 degrees Centrigrade as an energy store potentially inverts our idea of the piston engine and subverts the …

California’s native fish face extinction

<b>UC DAVIS (US) —</b> Salmon and other native freshwater fish in California will likely go extinct within the next century due to climate change if current …

Biodiversity

Guilt Detection Tests Can Be Beaten

Good news for the guilty, bad news for law enforcement.<p>The science of guilt is far from perfect. A new study says tests designed to prove guilt--tests that some law enforcement agencies use regularly--can be fooled. All it takes is a little will power.<p>Guilt tests rely on the same basic premise: …

Turning Sharks and Seals Into Scientists

Scientists have tagged and tracked animals for centuries, but new sensor technology will allow these unwitting explorers to send back data from the far reaches of the earth.<p><b>Since John James Audubon</b> first tied a string around the leg of a migrating bird in 1803, scientists have used metal bands, …

Give Voices In Your Head A Virtual Body And They'll Go Away

A recent study showed that schizophrenic patients who put an avatar to the voices they were hearing ended up hearing the voices less.<p>This might be an unexpected way to treat schizophrenics hearing a disembodied voice: embodying the voice.<p>In the U.K., psychiatrist Julian Leff tried an experiment to …

1 In 13 Humans Walk On Bendy Chimp Feet, Study Finds

Take to the trees!<p>Humans may have moved out of the trees, but some of us are still wandering around with vestiges of our arboreal ancestors: a flexible, chimp-like foot that bends in the middle.<p>As many as 1 in 13 people may be walking around with a midtarsal break in their foot characteristic of …

Reality: A Mere Illusion (Part 2)

<b>This is the second part in a II part series. Click here to read Reality: A Mere Illusion (Part 1)</b><p><i>“To them, I say, the truth would be nothing more</i> …

Mammoth blood? Siberian discovery sparks some wild and woolly claims

Russian researchers say they've recovered blood samples from a 10,000-year-old mammoth carcass found in Siberia, but outside experts are skeptical about the claims — and particularly about suggestions that the mammoth can be cloned.<p>"What makes the news here is that they have the liquid," Stephan …

Genetically-engineered mosquitoes find humans less attractive

Scientists worked with Aedes aegypti, which transmits dengue and yellow fever. Modified mosquitoes showed a reduced preference for humans’ …

Water-rock reactions may sustain life below Earth’s oceans, or on Mars

These chemical reactions, which produce hydrogen gas, are thought to have been one of the earliest sources of energy for life on Earth.<p>A chemical …

'Bioprosthetic' artificial heart combines synthetic materials and cow tissue

A French company will be moving forward with implanting a new artificial heart that incorporates biological tissue from a cow. Earlier this month Carmat won approval from four different cardiac centers in Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Poland, and Belgium. While synthetic hearts aren't new, what sets the …

Pareidolia: Why we see faces in hills, the Moon and toasties

<b>People have long seen faces in the Moon, in oddly-shaped vegetables and even burnt toast, but a Berlin-based group is scouring the planet via satellite imagery for human-like features. What's behind our desire to see faces in our surroundings, asks Lauren Everitt.</b><p>Most people have never heard of …

Approaching asteroid 1998 QE2 has its own moon

The 70-meter Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California picked up the moon for 1998 QE2 during the night of May 29-30.<p>Approaching asteroid …

DARPA's new mind-controlled prosthetics let patients feel again

Over the past decade, DARPA’s work on brain-controlled prosthetic limbs has led to some impressive breakthroughs, but with the development of novel neuromuscular interfaces, it’s making real headway toward mainstream bionic limbs in the near term. Today, the agency released some new information …

How to see a green flash

The green flash image at the top of this post was taken by Jim Grant, our friend on Facebook. He captured it off the coast of Ocean Beach, …

Mars mission astronauts face radiation exposure risk

Worrying news for anyone keen on taking a trip to Mars: flying to the Red Planet and back could, in a single mission, expose you to a dose of …