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Computer can read letters directly from the brain

Originally published by EarthSky – By analyzing MRI images of the brain with an elegant mathematical model, it is possible to reconstruct thoughts more accurately than ever before. In this way, researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen have succeeded in determining which letter a test subject was looking at. Topic: Technology

Ducks were bird flu ‘melting pot’

Ducks were bird flu 'melting pot' Originally published by BBC – Ducks were the melting pot of viruses that led to the new bird flu emerging in China early this year, according to Chinese scientists tracking the evolution of the virus.

Grains colliding in mid-air create stronger sandstorms

Grains colliding in mid-air create stronger sandstorms Originally published by Physical Review Letters – The colliding of whipped-up grains of sand increases the strength of sandstorms, according to researchers from Brazil, China and Switzerland.

Intermittent Nature of Green Power Is Challenge for Utilities

Intermittent Nature of Green Power Is Challenge for UtilitiesOriginally published by The New York Times – The 21 turbines at the Kingdom Community Wind farm in Vermont soar above Lowell Mountain, a testament in steel and fiberglass to the state’s growing use of green energy.

Starbirth Surprisingly Energetic: New Insights Into Protostars

Starbirth Surprisingly Energetic: New Insights Into ProtostarsOriginally published by ScienceDaily – Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have obtained a vivid close-up view of material streaming away from a newborn star. By looking at the glow coming from carbon monoxide molecules in an object called Herbig-Haro 46/47 they have discovered that its jets are even more energetic than previously thought.

Copper linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease Originally published by BBC News- A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, US scientists say.

Scientists Relate Urban Population to Air Pollution

Scientists Relate Urban Population to Air PollutionOriginally published by ScienceDaily – Live in a large city like New York, London, Beijing or Mumbai, and you are likely exposed to more air pollution than people in smaller cities in surrounding areas. But exactly how a city’s pollution relates to the size of its population has never been measured, until now.

Sea Level Could Rise 3 Feet by 2100, Climate Panel Finds

Sea Level Could Rise 3 Feet by 2100, Climate Panel Finds Originally piblished by The New York Times – An international team of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.

On this planet, a new year every 8.5 hours

On this planet, a new year every 8.5 hours Originally published by EarthSky – In the time it takes you to complete a single workday, or get a full night’s sleep, a small fireball of a planet 700 light-years away has already completed an entire year.

Global Sea Level Rise Dampened by Australia Floods

Global Sea Level Rise Dampened by Australia Floods Originally published by ScienceDaily – When enough raindrops fall over land instead of the ocean, they begin to add up. New research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that when three atmospheric patterns came together over the Indian and Pacific oceans, they drove so much precipitation over Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably. Unlike other continents, the soils and topography of Australia prevent almost all of its precipitation from running off into the ocean.

First Driverless Vehicle to Hit the Roads

Nanyang Technological University Originally published by ScienceDaily – Singapore’s first clean and green driverless shuttle transportation system will soon see passengers shuttling between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation’s (JTC) CleanTech Park.

Heatwaves will become more common

Originally published by Environmental Research Letters (ERL) – Researchers in Germany and Spain predict that the world will suffer more extreme heat events thanks to climate change, regardless of the implementation of strong mitigation policies. The study suggests that societies must continue to adapt to heatwaves to prevent heat-related deaths, forest fires or harvest losses. […]