Wednesday, April 23, 2014


What if we could tap into water as a source of clean energy? What if it could provide hydrogen that we could use in fuel cells or burn with no carbon dioxide messiness?
The key to unlocking water’s potential as an energy source is being able to split the water molecule, H2O, into its atomic components, hydrogen and oxygen. Plants do this all the time (and it’s a good job too because we breathe the oxygen). A new project is trying to split water molecules efficiently using just visible light – and borrowing a few tricks from the electronics industry along the way.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Almost-Earth Tantalizes Astronomers With Promise of Worlds to Come

Ever since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1996, astronomers have been scanning the heavens for another Earth: a rocky planet orbiting its star at just the right distance for it to harbor liquid water and thus, potentially, life. Now, sifting through data collected by NASA’s Kepler orbiting observatory, they have discovered just such a planet, although it’s not quite Earth 2.0. Named Kepler-186f, the planet orbits a star that is less than half the size of the sun and much cooler.
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Friday, April 11, 2014


Dynamic Brain Training

The purpose of this paper is to describe technical and theoretical aspects of Brainwave Optimization™, also known as High-resolution, Relational, Resonance-based Electroencephalic Mirroring™ (HIRREM™). HIRREM is an innovative, non-invasive approach to facilitating greater self-regulatory capacity for, by and through the human brain. The approach may be conceived as a high-resolution electronic mirror that reflects the brain’s activity back to itself in real-time. But rather than use light to reflect the brain’s changing visual appearance, as with a conventional household mirror, the technology instead uses sound to reflect the brain’s changing pattern of frequency-specific electrical activity.
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Healthy Cholesterol Levels In A Cuppa…

This one will go down well with all the tea-lovers out there. Now you can add one more reason to put the kettle on and make a brew… turns out that drinking Earl Grey tea could be as effective as statins to help control your cholesterol levels, but without the drug’s notorious side effects.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death by 42 percent

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new study
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Rainbow-catching waveguide could revolutionize energy technologies

The image shows a “multilayered waveguide taper array.” The different wavelengths, or colors, are absorbed by the waveguide tapers (thimble-shaped structures) that together form an array.
Credit: Image courtesy of University at Buffal
By  slowing and absorbing certain wavelengths of light, engineers open new possibilities in solar power, thermal energy recycling and stealth technology

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Research has figured out why breastfed babies are so smart

A NUMBER OF studies have confirmed that children who were breastfed score higher on IQ tests and do better in school than those who grew up on the bottle.
But scientists have been flummoxed on the why?
Is there something magical in the milk itself? Is it because of the close bonding time? Or is it something else entirely.
Sociologists at Brigham Young University claim they have the answer.
A new study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, pinpoints two parenting skills as the real source of the cognitive boost,

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