Posts tagged science
Fuelling Tomorrow with the News of Yesterday.

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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newspaper was regarded as the cornerstone of human communication in much of the world, today it is seen as a somewhat outdated and inefficient mode of communication, outmuscled largely by television and the internet.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.

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To Pee or not to Pee... Well now its obvious.

Manneken Pic (Brussels, Belgium). Photo by Lorenzo Blangiardi | flickr.com

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.

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So hot, It'll knock us out.

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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.

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Can you bee-lieve it?!

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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”.

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“Eppur Si Muove” – It Still Moves.

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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.

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