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NASA is packing the boxes, or rather the GeneBox, for a new era of space tourism.
The space agency sent up a so-called GeneBox, a micro-lab, with Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis I last week, piggybaggying a ride on the commercial spaceflight test.
The Genebox is about the size of a shoebox and is attached to the internal structure of Bigelow's 14-foot inflatable spacecraft, which the company launched from Russia as a demonstration of an affordable human space complex it hopes to launch by 2015. NASA's GeneBox contains a miniature laboratory of sensors and optical systems that can detect … Read more
By design or by accident, the idea of asking consumers to create ads and design products has already become an accepted practice. The phenomon's immediate adoption is even more remarkable considering that it has taken place in an ossified industry.
Just yesterday, for example, Yahoo launched a campaign urging the public to submit ads featuring its redesigned home page. Other companies have asked customers to design their own products, some of which are even being tracked on blogs dedicated specifically to the trend.
These initiatives typically tout the importance of companies creating new interactive relationships with their consumers in … Read more
A financial services firm has published a report forecasting far-reaching and "dire" impacts from the prospect of rapid climate change.
Toronto-based Sprott Asset Management recently released a report called "Investment Implications of Abrupt Climate Change," which said that there is potential for disruptions to the global economy if there is a rapid change in climate from global warming.
Increasingly, businesses are adapting to climate change. Insurance firms, for example, are reevaluating their risk from natural disasters. Investors, meanwhile, are pouring money into renewable energy, like solar, and other clean technologies.
The Sprott study compiles scientific data … Read more
What sounds worse to you: fingernails dragged across a chalkboard or the incessant honking of a broken car alarm? It is this kind of distinction that Professor Trevor Cox of Manchester's Salford University is studying with his BadVibes site, which solicits votes from the public in "the hunt for the worst sound in the world."
Let the Midas and Goldfinger jokes abound: CNN is reporting that scientists believe they have found a microorganism capable of contributing to the formation of gold nuggets.
If there's gold already present, the bacterium known as Ralstonia metallidurans can make more, according to the team led by Frank Reith. The scientists came to this hypothesis while investigating gold grains from two mines in Australia, and consider it the strongest evidence yet that gold nuggets may owe their growth in part to microorganisms.
The average U.S. suburban house requires about 45 kilowatt hours of electricity per day. But according to this post by Treehugger, a model home on display at the National Building Museum in Washington can run on a miserly 800 watt hours a day. One of the many corner-cutting secrets: A stove with a built-in toaster.
Some of the most fascinating photography, as we have shown in this space, comes from deep beneath the sea. And no one knows this better than the people at a U.K. organization called SERPANT, which describes itself as a scientific and environmental partnership. So they began a competition for underwater photography and video, and it has drawn some amazing entries.
As you swelter in the mid-summer heat, it may (or may not) be of interest to know that humankind has been obsessed with the science of weather for centuries. The evidence can be found in this post by BibliOdyssey, which includes pages from reference books dating back to the 1600s from around the world that examine the origins of everything from lightning to hurricanes.
Radioactive venom from an Israeli scorpion species might not be the first thing one would think of to treat a form of brain cancer called glioma. A company called TransMolecular that's pushing the idea, though, announced "favorable safety results" from a second-phase trial of such a substance (click for PDF).
The substance, called 131I-TM-601, is actually a synthetic version of a chemical in the scorpion venom. It's coupled with a radioactive isotope of iodine with an atomic weight of 131. The 131I-TM-601 binds with receptors in the cancer cells but leaves healthy cells alone, TransMolecular said. … Read more