Mitchel Alan Herron

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New Technology Sends Ads Directly Into Your Brain

The next time you press your head against the window of a train or bus, you might hear voices. You’re not going crazy, but you are experiencing a new kind of advertising: a message that’s transmitted via sensor into your brain, which only you can hear.<p>To promote Sky TV’s new TV streaming app, Sky …

Prospect of one-way Mars trip captures the imagination

<b>Twenty years ago when scientists at Cern created the first page for the World Wide Web no one could have imagined how easily it would transform the ability of humankind to have conversations around the globe.</b><p>Nor could they have predicted that a web-based debate would have explored the apparently …

Mars

Antigravity gets first test at Cern's Alpha experiment

<b>Researchers at Cern in Switzerland have tested a novel way to find out if antimatter is the source of a force termed "antigravity".</b><p>Antimatter particles are the "mirror image" of normal matter, but with opposite electric charge.<p>How antimatter responds to gravity remains a mystery, however; it may …

Physics

Robotic insect: World's smallest flying robot takes off

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/975000/975155_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524671702_e9b7da0ef458fa7d0e86e28a83aafb08<p><b>Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects.</b><p>This …

Robotics

Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly'

<b>The Arctic seas are being made rapidly more acidic by carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report.</b><p>Scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) monitored widespread changes in ocean chemistry in the region.<p>They say even if CO2 emissions stopped now, it would take …

Global Warming

Curiosity Mars rover to investigate classic rock type

<b>Things have been a bit quiet on Mars of late. During most of April, Nasa's Curiosity rover enjoyed some R&R while the Red Planet moved behind the Sun as viewed from Earth.</b><p>This conjunction, as it is known, plays havoc with communications and the robot was forced to park up while the celestial …

Imperial College London

'Dirty' stars hint at Sun's future

<b>Scientists have studied two dead stars that give us a glimpse, they say, of what our Solar System might look like a few billion years from now.</b><p>Our Sun will expand outwards when its nuclear fuel runs low and will ultimately blow off its outer layers.<p>Some of the inner planets will be consumed in the …

Universe

Malaria hope: Bacteria that make mosquitoes resistant

<b>Researchers have found a strain of bacteria that can infect mosquitoes and make them resistant to the malaria parasite.</b><p>The study, in the journal Science, showed the parasite struggled to survive in infected mosquitoes.<p>Malaria is spread between people by the insects so it is hoped that giving …

Public Health

Fungus network 'plays role in plant communication'

Mycorrhizae are mutualistic - they both need and are needed by the plants whose roots they inhabit<p><b>Plants can communicate the onset of an attack from aphids by making use of an underground network of fungi, researchers have found.</b><p>Instances of plant communication through the air have been documented, …

Gardening

ISS: Space station's cooling system leaking ammonia

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/977000/977166_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524657300_6ba89229cdf54d7bd776d754f247e17f<p><b>Astronauts on the International Space Station are dealing with a leak in the orbiting platform's cooling system.</b><p>The crew spotted particles of ammonia …

Space Science

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Engineering

APOD: Cape York Annular Eclipse (2013 May 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Courtesy Cameron McCarty MWV Observatory, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus State University Eclipse Team http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130511.html Explanation: This week the shadow of the New Moon fell on planet Earth, crossing Queensland's Cape York in northern Australia ... for the second time in six months. On the morning of May 10, the Moon's apparent size was too small to completely cover the Sun though, revealing a "ring of fire" along the central path of the annular solar eclipse. Near mid-eclipse from Coen, Australia, a webcast team captured this telescopic snapshot of the annular phase. Taken with a hydrogen-alpha filter, the dramatic image finds the Moon's silhouette just within the solar disk, and the limb of the active Sun spiked with solar prominences. Still, after hosting back-to-back solar eclipses, northern Australia will miss the next and final solar eclipse of 2013. This November, a rare hybrid eclipse will track across the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130511 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0511