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Geography in the News: Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>Svalbard’s “Doomsday Seed Vault”</b><p>The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, nicknamed the “Doomsday Seed Vault” by some, has opened its doors and is accepting seeds. The seed vault was created to preserve samples of seeds from …

Top 10 New Species of 2014

A raccoon relative, an ice-loving anemone, and a tough but tender shrimp head up this year's list.<p>Forty years ago, Ringerl the olinguito had a problem: Her human matchmakers kept setting her up on bad dates. How bad? They weren't even males of her own species.<p>That indignity was belatedly righted …

A Tiny Rabbit Pacemaker That Charges Wirelessly

The technique could soon power implants in humans.<p>Scientists have implanted a tiny pacemaker in a rabbit and wirelessly powered it to regulate the animal's heart beat. It's the first time such a device has been powered this way in a living animal, suggesting that the same technique could run …

As heavy as 14 elephants, as long as 2 tractor trailers: Meet Mr. Titanosaur

They may be the biggest boys on any block -- any block, ever.<p>In fact, the dinosaurs unveiled Saturday by Argentina's Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio may be the largest to grace the Earth. At about 130 feet (40 meters) long and 180,000 pounds (80,000 kilograms), it's no wonder, then, that these …

New Roller Coaster Sends You On A 60-MPH Face-First Fall

<i>Weeeeee</i><p>The 335-foot Falcon’s Fury, which opens this spring at Busch Gardens Tampa, isn’t the tallest drop tower in the world. That honor goes to 415-foot Zumanjaro at Six Flag’s Great Adventure. But the Fury offers a thrill no other ride does: a 60-mph, face-first free fall.<p><b>1) Slow brake</b><p>After about …

Turning light into matter

Stuart Gary<p>Related Stories<p>Diamonds are a laser's best friend, Science Online, 05 May 2014<br>• Could the Higgs have an anti-particle?, Science Online, 10 …

Google Glass goes after prescription eyewear market

Google Glass has an image problem.<p>Since its debut two years ago, the perception of the wraparound eye-level device has devolved from interesting futuristic gizmo to invasive spywear tool, despised by privacy advocates and banned in numerous bars and casinos. Google Inc. even had to post online tips …

New to nature No 123: Cyathea moranii

A species of tree fern discovered in Ecuador in 2003 has finally been proved to be distinct from its Costa Rican cousin<p>Perhaps it was marvelling at Zallinger's famous Yale University mural of a Carboniferous landscape as a child that makes me associate tree ferns with an earlier geologic time. It …

What Are the Most Unexpected Brewery Cities in the U.S.?

<i>A:</i><p>Portland, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and Milwaukee might be the U.S.’s most widely acknowledged beer cities, but don’t discount the underdogs. Here are five unexpected brewery towns worth rooting for.<p>Albuquerque, New Mexico<p>Marble Brewery (Alejandro de la Cruz/Flickr)<p>With two dozen breweries …

To sleep, perchance to control your dreams

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nighttime dreams in which you show up at work naked, encounter an ax-wielding psychopath or experience other tribulations may become a thing of the past thanks to a discovery reported on Sunday.<p>A man attempts to sleep on his suitcase at John F. Kennedy International Airport in …

Dark matter and drugs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

A critique of a recent dark matter 'hint' provides a CoGeNT argument for open data<p>Dark matter is an enduring and exciting puzzle in physics. Multiple astrophysical observations give really strong evidence that most of the matter out there in the universe is invisible – or, more precisely, only …

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Scio Pocket Molecular Scanner Is a Google-like Device for Physical Objects

A couple weeks ago I had a fascinating video call with a gentleman named Dror Sharon, the CEO of a company called Consumer Physics. He showed me a …

Physics students design real-world Star Wars deflector shields

<i>(Credit: LucasFilm)</i><p><b>Physics students at the University of Leicester designed a concept for fully operational deflector shields, but there's one</b> …