Jack Mehof

19 Added | 1 Magazine | @JackMehof | Keep up with Jack Mehof 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 “Jack Mehof”

European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Mute Schimpf doesn't want to eat American chicken. That's because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.<p>"In Europe …

What happens when you're struck by lightning

Our picks of the week from around the web, including future food, the strangest brains you can imagine, and the victims of lightning strikes.<p>Artificial Intelligence <br>When a robot writes you a letter <br>Clive Thompson | Medium | 23 September 2014<br>An alternative Turing test: handwriting. Can you tell …

Artificial Intelligence

Engineers mimic the amazing camouflage abilities of the octopus

Beyond military motives to copy animal hiding techniques, scientists foresee fabrics, cars and walls that change colour<p>At first glance, the thumbnail-size grids of 256 minuscule black squares seem to have nothing to do with the octopus, squid and cuttlefish that inspired them. But these hi-tech …

Use A 3-D Printer To Turn Your Smartphone Into A 1000X Microscope

Simple and powerful<p>The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released printable files that will help turn your smartphone into a microscope of up to 1000X magnification. If you have access to an 3-D printer--which you may through your local library or community center--this is something you …

3D

Does My Voice Really Sound Like That?

Scientists use fiber-optic cables to measure ice loss in Antarctic

A slice of ice core from the McMurdo Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Data on the melting rates of ice shelves provides scientists with critical …

600-year-old canoe found in New Zealand linked to Polynesian sailors

Centuries before Captain Cook explored the South Pacific, Polynesian seafarers in canoes crossed vast swaths of water to colonize lonely islands from Samoa and New Zealand all the way to Hawaii. But how they managed such a daring feat remains something of a mystery.<p>Now, a roughly 600-year-old canoe …

This New Oxygen-Hoarding Crystal Is the Future of Breathing Underwater

Just a bucket of this stuff can steal all of the oxygen in a room.<p>It only takes about 10 liters of a newly-developed form of crystalline cobalt salt to steal the air from a room, or at least the 21 percent or so of that air comprised of oxygen. Given the right conditions, with the temperature and …

Mount Everest

Geneticists solve 40-year-old dilemma to explain why duplicate genes remain in the genome

Geneticists at Trinity College Dublin have made a major breakthrough with important implications for understanding the evolution of genomes in a …

Battlefield DIY – the homemade armoured vehicles fighting Isis

Kurdish peshmerga soldiers are battling the well-equipped militants in Syria with crudely modified tractors and trucks, part of a long tradition of wartime armoured improvisation<p>If you think 21st-century warfare is all remote-controlled drones, consider the Kurdish fighters attempting to take on …

Modeling MEMS and Piezoelectric Devices

Robot Learns To Grab Objects By Asking The Internet

A survey of human opinions about how to grasp things trained a robot hand nearly as well as real-life experience did.<p>Some things are just harder for robots to do. You know, things like appreciating literature, or writing music. Or grasping objects with their fingers.<p>There are a lot of elements that …

Robotics

UV light removes 80% of allergens from peanuts - Futurity

Scientists are using pulsed light to remove allergens from peanuts in the hope that most people will be able to eat them safely.

Allergies

Has Half of World's Wildlife Been Lost in Past 40 Years?

The "2014 Living Planet Report" tracked population trends among species.<p>A compilation of wildlife trends suggests that populations of some wild animals have fallen by half in the past four decades, according to a report released Tuesday by the advocacy group World Wildlife Fund.<p>The <i>2014 Living</i> …

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

<b>Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of further cancers, say researchers.</b><p>Genetic screening of tumours would save lives and would be cost-effective for the NHS, a new study has confirmed.<p>Lynch syndrome raises the risk …

Cancer

BRAIN initiative is underway, funding new ways to map cells, circuits

Scientists will aim to capture the workings of the human brain in comprehensive recordings, to watch the brain while in motion and to reimagine the world's most complex biological organism as a buzzing network of interlocking circuits with the award of $46 million in study grants announced …

'Bash' bug could let hackers attack through a light bulb

Say hello to the bash bug, a lesson in why Internet-connected devices are inherently unsafe.<p>Computer security researchers have discovered a flaw in the way many devices communicate over the Internet. At its most basic, it lets someone hack every device in your house, business or government building …