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Desert renewable energy plan is altered to win counties' support

The California desert may be a green energy developer's dream, but county officials have serious concerns about a plan to manage renewable energy projects on 22 million acres of the state's sunniest public and private lands.<p>In an effort to maintain county support, state and federal sponsors of the …

Renewable Energy

Will the search for dark matter end with this galaxy?

A newly discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way appears to be radiating gamma rays—a sign that dark matter may be lurking at the galaxy’s …

Secret Service Tries Jamming Drone Signals Near White House

A no fly zone within a no fly zone<p>How exactly do you protect the president from a dangerous toy? Ever since a drone crashed onto the White House lawn, the Secret Service has been looking for an answer to that question. To figure out just how to keep quadcopters from the executive mansion, last week …

Drones

Soon You'll Be Able To Buy A Tiltrotor Aircraft

Takes off like a helicopter, flies like an airplane, comes in colors other than camouflage<p>For years the military's V-22 Osprey had a monopoly on the ability to take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane. Now, thanks to AgustaWestland, civilians will soon be able buy their own …

Aviation

'Anthropocene' epoch for Earth etches human impacts in stone

Man's tenure on Earth is brief on the astronomical time scale, but the changes wrought by Homo sapiens have been measurable and profound.<p>Now, a growing number of scientists propose renaming the present geologic epoch to reflect that human influence: the Anthropocene.<p>The revision of geology's …

Eating a Burger or Driving a Car: Which Harms Planet More?

Up to 93 million cows and counting—find out how our reliance on industrial feedlots is affecting the environment.<p>They provide us with beef and milk, the gel coating for pills, soap, ice cream, baseballs, and printing ink. But our dependence on cattle, especially the beef we consume in larger …

The Human Epoch: when did it start? | @BobOHara & @GrrlScientist

A new paper investigates when humans started screwing up the environment, and uses this as the symbol for the beginning of a new geologic age: the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans.<p>Humans, and scientists in particular, love classifying things. Biologists devised the Linnean system for stuffing …

World's Most Complex Machine Smashes Atoms Once Again

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News (U.S.)

NASA Testing Out Company's Air Traffic Control System For Drones

Keeping on an eye on your machine when it can't be seen<p>It’s hard to imagine a future of flying robots in a world where every single drone needs a specific human pilot. The FAA’s new drone rules, released earlier this year, offer a lot of promise for the drone industry, but they come with one huge …

Air Traffic

Science, climate change and controversy | @GrrlScientist

Science,Peer review and scientific publishing,Royal Society,History of science,Controversies,Biology,Evolution,Climate change,Climate change,Environment,Darwin<p>It’s inevitable: as science progresses, controversy happens. But sometimes, the public sees controversy where none exists. How to remedy …

Science

Why Is Canada Winning The Drone Race?

In the push to get commercial drone operations off the ground, America has fallen far behind.<p>For one shot in the upcoming movie <i>Age of Adaline</i>, starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, a camera drone hovered at 2 feet off the ground, then soared up to 125 feet. The dramatic shot wouldn’t have been …

Here’s How Apple Lost $533 Million to a Patent Troll

Earlier this week, Apple was ordered to pay $532.9 million to patent licensing company <i>Smartflash LLC</i>, after a federal jury found that iTunes had …

Google’s Canadian CFO to embark on the adventures of early retirement

Giving in to an insurmountable urge to explore a long list of travel destinations and spend more time with family, the Canadian behind Google Inc.'s finances is heading into early retirement.<p>Patrick Pichette, 52, who has served as the tech giant's senior vice-president and CFO since 2008, explained …

Confessions of a mathematical Olympian: an insider view of film X+Y

Photograph: Joseph Myers/Adam P Goucher<p>The British IMO team (together with the team leader and two other helpers) in 2011. Adam, then aged 17, is fifth on the left. Photograph: Joseph …

32 photos that will make you want to travel to Iceland

Most of the island is an uninhabited landscape of jagged lava rock, fields of bright green moss, hot springs, towering waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes.<p>Many visitors say that the country is reminiscent of another world.<p>Plus, it is a perfect place for any adventurous traveler — visitors to the …

European Travel

How photosynthesis inspires solar power research | @GrrlScientist

Plants capture sunlight and turn it into starch. Scientists are now adapting the photosynthetic process to improve the way we harness solar energy<p>The impacts that people have upon the global environment has been a concern to scientists for more than 100 years. These impacts are due, in large part, …

Ghosts of a nuclear disaster: Haunting scenes from Japan’s Fukushima ruins | Salon.com

• Previous<br>• Next<p>UCLA<p>The formerly bustling urban center Namie City.<p>Previous<br>• Next<p>UCLA<p>A huge field of debris remains to be cleared.<p>Previous<br>• Next<p>UCLA<p>Abandoned buildings dot the landscape.<p>Previous<br>• Next<p>UCLA<p>The sign reads “Disaster Waste Sorting Operation.” Hundreds of construction trucks in the evacuation zone …

Abandoned Buildings

Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

Earlier this month the U.S. Navy's research office rented out a conference center in Washington, D.C., to show off some of its hottest new technology.<p>On display was an electromagnetic gun, and drones that could swarm around an enemy ship. But it wasn't all James Bond-style gadgets.<p>In a little side …

Global Warming

Soldiers could have their bones copied and 3D printed in case of injury

Experts say that soldiers could be scanned before deploying and a 'twin' kept online so that new bones could be 3D printed if they are injured<p>Soldiers could be scanned before they enter the battlefield and a virtual 'twin' kept online so that new bones could be 3D printed when they get injured, …

True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators<p>True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.<p>Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial …

Insurers prove laggards in technology race

LONDON (Reuters) - At a time the financial sector is racing to embrace digital technology to boost sales and drive profits, the traditionally staid insurance industry is in danger of falling behind.<p>Some insurers are using developments such as telematics, or social media sources, to increase the …

Telematics

Dark Matter: an Axion to grind? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Dark matter is high on the list of possible discoveries in the next run of Cern’s Large Hadron Collider. However, depending on what dark matter actually is, shining light through walls might get there first<p>I’m reading Philip Pullman’s trilogy, <i>His Dark Materials</i>, to my daughter, and am again …

The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Digitally speaking, we're not even plodding along yet.<p>Why, AT&T is throttling my data this month and my phone still won't work too well in half of California's Wine Country.<p>However, Eric Schmidt, Google's …

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Stephen Hawking is working on a new theory of everything

Stephen Hawking is at it again: In a Facebook posting, the wheelchair-riding British physicist says he’s working on a theory of cosmic origins that …

When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter future

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Oh, Snapdragon! Qualcomm warns the 810 has been dropped from a 'flagship phone'

Earlier this month, there were rumours that Samsung had dropped Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip from its upcoming flagship phone because of issues …