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In the cut-throat world of mass communication, it is no secret that the newspaper of today is merely a shadow of what its former self represented. Whereas a century ago, the traditional, hard-copy newspaper was regarded as the cornerstone of human communication in much of the world, today it is seen as a somewhat outdated and inefficient mode of communication, outmuscled largely by television and the internet. So, naturally, it isn’t far-fetched to imagine a day in the not-so-distant future where the newspaper will be old news, and science is all too excited with how it may put millions of old print copies to good use.Read More
In the not so distant future, your average ‘pop for a pee moment’ might not be such a mundane experience after all. In fact, recent research has demonstrated that your pee can be used in the generation of electricity. Imagine a world where your next pee may contribute to the power that will heat your next cup of coffee. Yes, the one that makes you need to pee again.
Mark Post and his research team have suggested that, given what they have been able to accomplish, the creation of the world’s first lab-grown hamburger is just around the corner.
According to solar scientists, a NASA satellite has detected a large burst of X-rays coming from a solar spot (also known as a solar flare). It occurred on June 7th, and apparently there are many more bursts of solar flares to come. This isn’t often seen - the sun has been in a relatively inactive part of its cycle for the past few years, but the sun has become increasingly active since February.
Have you ever seen artist Salvador Dali’s famous paintings where he portrays objects as melting? I am pretty sure that is exactly how we all felt during that recent burst of heat in Canada and the United States.
It appears our tumultuous tug-of-war with greenhouse gases is set to deepen yet. In fact, new research from the University of Manchester suggests that current global agricultural practises are not quite digging to the bottom of the problem.
It may come as a surprise, but honey bees are an integral part of providing food for us. Nearly 70% of fruit and vegetable crops rely on them, and without them, we'd actually have a huge food crisis on our hands.
Unfortunately, honey bees are dying off and at huge numbers, which can have potentially catastrophic effects. There has been a notable decline in the honey bee population since 2006, and it is unknown why; the die-off is termed a “Colony Collapse disorder”.
Sockeye salmon, also called red salmon or blue-black salmon, is native to the North Pacific Ocean and the rivers that discharge into it. One of thse rivers, the Fraser River, contains a sizeable population of sockeye, which are under imminent threat. They could be getting sick or even dying a slow death due to a cocktail of chemicals that we use on a daily basis in our homes.