Science, Technology and Innovation

Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process

There is this idea that Alzheimer’s is a gentle sort of process. Old people, smiling in a friendly, confused fashion at family members they recognise but can’t quite place or name. That there is, perhaps, more quietness, instead of chatter. A growing confusion that is mild and curious. This couldn’t be further from the truth. My experience of Alzheimer’s was violent and chaotic… Source: Alzheimer’s is not a gentle process Read More »

Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan

Öndörkhaan| Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure. Forensic experts and archaeologists were called on… Source: Mongolia: Archaeologists Unearth Tomb of Genghis Khan – World News Daily Report Read More »

The UK’s network of secret fuel pipes that helped win WWII

A huge, little-known network of underground pipes spans the UK – officially still a state secret, and bringing fuel to the plane that takes you on holiday.. By Stephen Dowling If you flew over it, you’d have no idea it was there. One of the great British engineering projects of the 20th Century is completely hidden from view, traversing hundreds of miles across the country. There’s no trace of it except for a.. Source: BBC – Future – The UK’s ... Read More »

‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power?

Australian projects are viable already – now the industry needs investors willing to take a risk on large-scale renewable energy.. Companies working on large-scale solar thermal projects in Australia say they are tantalisingly close to achieving the dream of building plants big enough to replace coal-fired energy in Australia… Source: ‘Tantalisingly close’: is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian Read More »

Steer, Kent

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Kent works as a researcher in the area of Intelligent Transport Systems. A large part of his work is focussed on providing analytical support to decision makers in the emergency management space. He is also a proponent of public transport, bike lanes and self-driving vehicles. Previously he worked on projects in the energy sector, including electric vehicle charge scheduling, distributed generation and district heating/cooling. He was awarded a PhD by Melbourne University in 2011 for his contributions in this area ... Read More »

‘Dismay’: NASA appeals to CSIRO not to cut global climate efforts

EXCLUSIVE A top scientist from US space agency NASA has appealed to CSIRO to abandon plans to cut a key monitoring program that it says will undermine Australia and the world’s ability to monitor and predict climate change. The cost to our international reputation is immense Kim Carr, ALP’s shadow science minister Brent Holben, the project scientist in charge of NASA’s Aerosol Robotic Network, urged CSIRO to reconsider any plans it had to cut or withdraw its contribution to the… Source: ... Read More »

Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years

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IN the week of Scott Morrison’s first budget, 330 scientists in Hobart were focusing on the astonishingly rapid shift in global ocean chemistry. The fourth international conference on “the ocean in a high-CO2 world” looked at how rising carbon dioxide levels are affecting oceans… Source: Talking Point: Ocean acidity rising at the most rapid rate in 300 million years | The Mercury Read More »

End of World: May 9 transit of Mercury

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A NEW theory has emerged to suggest the transit of Mercury overnight was linked to the Bible’s prophecy of destruction. Shame it held no merit.. YouTube channel The Prophetico released a video last week analysing the correlation between the alignment of the planets and star constellations, suggesting this natural phenomenon could be of grave significance… Source: End of World: May 9 transit of Mercury Read More »

Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK

As 200th anniversary of artefacts’ removal approaches, Greek culture minister says government will appeal to courts and the likes of UN.. Greece has not abandoned the idea of resorting to international justice to repatriate the Parthenon marbles and is investigating new ways in which it might bring a claim against the British Museum… Source: Greece looks to international justice to regain Parthenon marbles from UK | Art and design | The Guardian Read More »

The Amateur Cloud Society That (Sort Of) Rattled the Scientific Community

An improbable tale of how a British maverick harnessed crowdsourced meteorological discoveries to reveal the poetic wonders of the sky.. Gavin Pretor-Pinney decided to take a sabbatical. It was the summer of 2003, and for the last 10 years, as a sideline to his graphic-design business in London, he and a friend had been running a magazine called The Idler. The Idler was devoted to the “literature for loafers.” It argued against busyness and careerism and for the ineffable value ... Read More »

Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward

Watching loved ones with dementia slowly fade away is heartbreaking, but the use of doll therapy is emerging as a powerful way to put a sparkle back in patients’ eyes by giving them something to care about and hold close. Some may find the thought a family member or patient caring for an… Source: Doll therapy halves use of antipsychotics in an ACT dementia care ward Read More »

Weasel stops biggest scientific instrument in the world

The Large Hadron Collider – the world’s biggest, most powerful particle accelerator – is going to be out of commission for a few days. Scientists are blaming a weasel. No, they’re not using old-timey slang to accuse their fellow researchers of subterfuge. It was an actual weasel. “The #LHC will be down for at least a week because a weasel chewed into a 66kV transformer near LHCb, causing an LHC-wide power cut. #CERN,” a Tweet from scientist Becky Douglas announced… ... Read More »

BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology

BP’s new super fuel could signal better times ahead for the troubled oil giant.. Analysts have given a cautious thumbs-up to its Ultimate brand with ACTIVE technology, a dirt-guzzling compound that works with vehicles of all ages, cleaning and prolonging engine life, improving performance and cutting consumption… Source: BP set to clean up with new super fuel Ultimate with ACTIVE technology | City & Business | Finance | Daily Express Read More »

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »

Nine Years Later Kythera Museum Up ‘n’ Running

It took nine years to get the Archaeological Museum on the island of Kythera back in shape and at noon on May 7, Culture Minister Aristides Baltas will hand it over to the public… Source: Nine Years Later Kythera Museum Up ‘n’ Running – GTP Headlines Read More »

Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city

In the ancient Greek City, Zeugma, which is located in today’s Turkey, unbelievable mosaics were uncovered,  dating back to the 2nd century BC, but incredibly… Source: Beautiful 2,200-year-old mosaics discovered in ancient Greek city Read More »