News Desk

New ‘Little Ice Age’ coincides with fall of Eastern Roman Empire and growth of Arab Empirec
9th February 2016 popular-archaeology.com | Ancient

Researchers from the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) project write in the journal Nature Geoscience that they have identified an unprecedented, long-lasting cooling in the northern hemisphere 1500 years ago. The drop in temperature immediately followed three large volcanic eruptions in quick succession in the years 536, 540 and 547 AD. Volcanoes can cause climate cooling by ejecting large volumes of small particles – sulfate aerosols – that enter the atmosphere blocking sunlight.

Sea-level rise ‘could last twice as long as human history’
9th February 2016 | theguardian.com | Earth

Huge sea-level rises caused by climate change will last far longer than the entire history of human civilisation to date, according to new research, unless the brief window of opportunity of the next few decades is used to cut carbon emissions drastically.

Could 80-year-old ether experiments have detected a cosmological temperature gradient?
9th February 2016 phys.org | Space

In a new study, scientists have proposed that tiny residual effects measured by ether-drift experiments in the 1920s and ’30s may be the first evidence of a temperature gradient that was theorized in the 1970s, but never before detected in a laboratory. The theorized temperature gradient is thought to be caused by the solar system moving at 370 km/sec through the cosmic background radiation (CBR), which is the faint electromagnetic radiation that fills the universe.

China’s nuclear fusion machine just smashed Germany’s hydrogen plasma record
9th February 2016 | sciencealert.com | Tech

Just last week, we reported that Germany’s revolutionary nuclear fusion machine managed to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees Celsius, and sustain a cloud of hydrogen plasma for a quarter of a second. This was a huge milestone in the decades-long pursuit of controlled nuclear fusion, because if we can produce and hold onto hydrogen plasma for a certain period, we can harness the clean, practically limitless energy that fuels our Sun.

This Bacteria-Powered Microrobot Navigates via Electric Fields
9th February 2016 motherboard.vice.com | Tech

Engineers from Drexel University have devised a bacteria-powered microrobot that can be steered through fluids with applied electric fields. Imagine a tiny, tiny robotic system covered over by even tinier biomolecular arms (flagella) working cooperatively as a “bacterial surface” to move the biobot from place to place, and then, just as importantly, imagine an algorithm that can steer the thing.

This robot cockroach could eventually help search-and-rescue teams
9th February 2016 | theverge.com | Tech

The sight of a cockroach on the run may strike fear into your heart, but what if it were running to save you? That’s what researchers at UC Berkeley had in mind when they designed CRAM, a robot prototype that looks just like a cockroach. CRAM (“compressible robot with articulated mechanisms”) has a jointed exoskeleton and a soft shell that allow it to shape shift and move through small spaces. The researchers think CRAM, whose existence was partially funded by the US Army, could be the first step in creating an incredibly effective search-and-rescue robot.

‘Bionic spine’ could enable paralysed patients to walk using subconscious thought
9th February 2016 | theguardian.com | Tech

Australian scientists hope that a tiny device just 3cm long and a few millimetres wide will enable paralysed patients to walk again by allowing them to control bionic limbs with the power of subconscious thought.


Alt: Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

Cure for jet lag: a strobe light in the eyeballs while you sleep
9th February 2016 | theguardian.com | Humans, Tech

Timed flashes of light during sleep may be the best way to combat jet lag, a study has found.

Researchers found that exposing volunteers to short “camera flashes” of light as they slept reset their body clocks.

Mindfulness training cools inflammation
9th February 2016 | futurity.org | Humans

There’s evidence that mindfulness meditation can improve how we age and even fight disease. Yet, little is known about the brain changes behind the effects.

A new study may offer clues. The results suggest this type of meditation lowers levels of interleukin-6, which is involved in inflammation.

Energy from cellphone towers amplify pain in amputees
9th February 2016 | sciencedaily.com | Humans

For years, retired Maj. David Underwood has noticed that whenever he drove under power lines and around other electromagnetic fields, he would feel a buzz in what remained of his arm. When traveling by car through Texas’ open spaces, the buzz often became more powerful.

Study: Suspects shocked by Taser “more likely” to waive Miranda Rights
9th February 2016 arstechnica.com | Humans

17,000 US police departments stunned more than 2 million people in the past decade


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Scientists and Silicon Valley want to prove psychoactive drugs are healthy
9th February 2016 | theguardian.com | Humans

Finding safe, new uses for psychoactive drugs, well-known chemical compounds that can alter the mind, is a fashionable occupation for a niche group of tech enthusiasts called biohackers. Biohackers are hobbyists that typically experiment with psychoactive drugs, among other life-enhancing tools, outside of institutional laboratories.


Related: Meet the psychiatrists who are bringing LSD back to the medical mainstream

Your Brain May Work Differently in Winter Than Summer
9th February 2016 | livescience.com | Humans

The way your brain works may vary from season to season, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when people in the study did certain cognitive tasks, the ways that the brain utilizes its resources to complete those tasks changed with the seasons.

From genes to latrines—Vikings and their worms provide clues to emphysema
9th February 2016 phys.org | Ancient

Archaeological excavations of Viking latrine pits in Denmark have revealed that these populations suffered massive worm infestations. The way that their genes developed to protect their vital organs from disease caused by worms has become the inherited trait which can now lead to lung disease in smokers.

People are saying this ancient Greek “laptop” is proof of time travel
9th February 2016 | sciencealert.com | Ancient

A conspiracy theorist’s YouTube video about how this ancient Greek grave marker depicts a laptop more than 2,000 years before personal computers were even a thing has resurfaced, and went viral over the weekend.

We obviously don’t need to tell you that this definitely is not a laptop, and no, the ancient Greeks didn’t possess the technology to go time travelling in search of a better way to communicate with the Oracle of Delphi – a divine being who acted as the official conduit between man and the gods – but what the hell is it?

German tourist who climbed Giza pyramid to face life ban
8th February 2016 | heritagedaily.com | Ancient

The Ministry of Antiquities has addressed the German Embassy in Egypt and other concerned authorities to take necessary action towards banning the German teen, Andrej Ciesielski from entering Egypt for life.

Ciesielski, an adrenaline junkie who engages in “roofing” or “urban exploration” from Munich, scaled the Cheops pyramid at Giza without permission and shot an 8 minute video and photos documenting him climbing the 138.8 metre structure.

Egypt Arrests 3 for Selling Stones From Giza Pyramids
8th February 2016 | nytimes.com | Ancient

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have arrested three people after they appeared in a video selling stones from the 4,500-year-old Giza Pyramids to undercover journalists.

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