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Solar Stories Tell Different Tales

Len Rosen's picture

The Dog Days of summer have arrived here in Toronto and still with more than 14 hours in which the Sun is above the horizon I thought a few solar stories making the news might interest you. Each of the three I have selected tells a very different tale. The first is about a state energy utility offering free solar panels to home owners.

Interesting Biomedical Advances Announced in the Past Ten Days

Len Rosen's picture

It's been a busy ten days: A universal blood test to rule out or confirm cancer, a vaccine to prevent malaria, and more

Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing Unlocks the Key to Ubiquitous 3-D Printing

Len Rosen's picture

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is using 3-D printing with multiple materials, proving that additive manufacturing is not just the future of manufacturing, but also the present.

A Global Calculator To Help Countries Understand How To Strategize for Climate Change

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The purpose of the Global Calculator website is to gather evidence about our impact on global climate. An open source tool, its developers are seeking public feedback to ensure that its modelling improves in accuracy over time. They are providing it to the world community under open license.

Who Will Play God in the Middle East? The Path to Long-Term Peace Is through Three Paradigm Shifts

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What happens in the Middle East reverberates across the world. There lie the roots and holiest historical places of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There lies the frontier between East and West. And much of the world’s remaining oil is found in this prized and disputed region.

All Information Ever Created Is Still in Existence

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When we look into space we are actually looking back in time. This is because we are looking at old light traveling towards us at 186,000 miles/second. We already know that if someone is watching us through a large telescope on the Moon, they’re seeing events that happened 1.3 seconds earlier because that’s how long it takes light to reach Earth. Using this as a very crude proof, we already know that information does indeed transcend the here and now, but can we ever access it and reassemble it into a useful form?

In the Biomedical World There is an Elephant in the Room Called Ebola

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The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has implications for world health that cannot be ignored. The disease has killed more than 660 and infected almost 1,100 in four countries since March of this year and new cases are cropping up every day.

Martian Soils Very Earthlike

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Len Rosen's picture

The images that Curiosity is sending back from Gale Crateris showing soil profiles similar to the ancient soil found in the dry valleys of Antarctica and in the alto-Plano of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. The soil images and data indicate chemical weathering and accumulations of clay just as one would find them here on Earth. Phosphorus depletion, associated with microbial activity here on Earth, is evident from the information Curiosity has gathered.

Will Humans Achieve a Type 1 Civilization by 2100?

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Nikolai Kardashev, a Soviet astrophysicist born in 1932, devised a method of rating advanced civilizations. Technological advances, according to Kardashev, could theoretically create conditions where a society could maximize use of energy. He categorized each of these stages as Type 1 through Type 4. Based on Kardashev's speculations where does our civilization sit today?

GMO Wheat Resists Deadly Fungus

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Len Rosen's picture

Powdery mildew-resistant wheat has been created using a pair of DNA-clipping and insertion tools. These are tools developed by Editas Medicine for editing defective DNA and are being used in the fight against a number of genetic diseases. And with wheat they are proving to be useful in overcoming the devastating impact of mildew.

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