George Orriz

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Why People Are Kissing Camels On Social Media

Doesn't seem like a good idea<p>Health authorities in Saudi Arabia recently warned people to stay away from (sick) camels and to avoid raw camel meat and milk, after research suggested that the animals carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral respiratory illness that has sickened at …

This Microchip Heart Has A Rare Genetic Disease

The heart was created, in part, using skin cells from people with Barth syndrome.<p>It doesn't look much like a heart, but it works—a little bit—like one. Researchers have created a microchip heart that has a rare genetic disease. Using the chip, the researchers were able to learn some basics about …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

The ability to selectively recycle a structural component of a material could have an especially significant impact in the semiconductor and advanced …

This date in science: Dramatic space photos of Pavlof Volcano

As Pavlof Volcano poured out lava and ash, ISS astronauts managed to capture these seldom-seen oblique views of the volcano.<p><b>May 18, 2013.</b> On this …

Scientists unearth world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina

Dinosaur fossils found in Patagonia provide the first evidence that long-necked, whip-tailed diplodocid sauropods survived well beyond the Jurassic period, when they were thought to have gone extinct, according to Argentine paleontologists.<p>Scientists announced the discovery of the fossilized …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Lucid Dreaming, The Science Of Lucky Streaks, And More

<b>40 hertz</b>: the frequency of electrical brain stimulation most likely to induce lucid dreaming, according to a a recent study<p><b>$65</b>: cost to hack your Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures<p><b>2030</b>: the year Russia plans to colonize the moon<p><b>1969</b>: year of NASA's Apollo 10 mission (here's …

Illuminating neuron activity in 3-D

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. …

Your corporate internet nightmare starts now

<i>Boop boop beep boop — *snap* — boop boop.</i> You stare at the decaying paint chips on your bedroom ceiling while that stupid jingle loops again. It’s the only ringtone that comes free with your AT&T phone, and you hear it everywhere. You hear it when you wake up. You hear it when you’re walking down …

Two drugs offer hope for fatal lung disease

(HealthDay)—A pair of drugs offers new hope to patients with a progressive, fatal disease that robs their breath by scarring the lungs, according to …

My God. It’s Full of Stars!

Look. I’m an astronomer, and a science communicator. I think about this stuff a <i>lot</i>, and it comes up in my life all the time. I’m also an amateur …

Nasa would speak out if private manned missions to Mars too risky

It’s like an interplanetary re-telling of the famous tortoise and hare story. Nasa and the world’s other space agencies are pursuing a careful, long-winded programme aimed at landing astronauts on Mars by 2035. Private organisations, such as the not-for-profit Mars One, are claiming that they can …

Fossilised bones of sauropod, the largest-ever dinosaur, go on display in Argentina – video

Edinburgh University experts say asteroid hit Earth at a time when ecosystems had been weakened by a loss of biodiversity<p>Published: 28 Jul 2014<p>520 million year-old fossil reveals early predator had a brain simpler than that of a velvet worm<p>Published: 16 Jul 2014<p>Scientists say remains of creature …

Scientists propose way to turn light to matter

Scientists believe light transformed to matter shortly after the Big Bang. Two UK physicists say they now know how to change light to matter here on …

Imperial College London

What is the electromagnetic spectrum?

The electromagnetic spectrum describes all the wavelengths of light. From dark nebulae to exploding stars, it reveals an otherwise invisible universe.<p>…

Why stars twinkle, but planets don’t

Stars and planets both shine steadily, when seen from outer space. But – from Earth – stars twinkle while planets (usually) don’t. Why?<p>Stars twinkle, …

Exoplanets made of diamonds: Do they exist?

Scientists believe most exoplanets, which are located far beyond our solar system, are composed of elements similar to those found on Earth. But …

Global "Selfie" to Be Beamed to Outer Space

The crowd-sourced message will be uploaded to New Horizons spacecraft.<p>If you had the chance to send a message to aliens in outer space, what would you say? What would you tell them about life on Earth? How would you explain who we are?<p>These are not hypothetical questions.<p>This summer, you will get …

Why Saturn has auroras

After a three-year observing campaign of Saturn using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have confirmed that auroras on Earth and Saturn have a …

Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

Imperial physicists have discovered how to create matter from light - a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorised 80 years ago.<p>In …

A Second Life For Exoplanet Hunter Kepler

The Kepler space telescope, famed for its exoplanet discoveries, gets a new mission after equipment troubles put it out of commission last year.<p>After five years' work, and a disappointing mechanical failure, NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler telescope is moving into the second phase of its …

Ongoing Friendship Between a Girl and Her Adorable Cats

Since we first wrote about the heartwarming friendship between a girl and her cat, Russian photographer Andy Prokh has continued to enchant us with charming photos of his daughter Katherine growing up with her adorable British Shorthair cat LiLu. Although both Katherine and LiLu are now one year …

Matter will be created from light within a year, claim scientists

Researchers have worked out how to make matter from pure light and are drawing up plans to demonstrate the feat within the next 12 months.<p>The theory underpinning the idea was first described 80 years ago by two physicists who later worked on the first atomic bomb. At the time they considered the …