October 09, 2016The largest study of genetically modified crops (GM crops) and pesticide/herbicide usage shows the reality of their impact on chemical use in farming.The words & 34;genetically modified& 34; typically bring controversy with them. However, with the promise of increased yields and protection from pests and diseases, GM crops have become a feature in modern agriculture.
September 20, 2016It& 39;s often disregarded that all of life exists on a massive rock 12, 714 km wide zipping through space at 30 km per second. All around the Earth day and night is the endless bounds of space stretching off into infinity in every direction. While the majority of space is empty, a lot of it contains similarly large masses that come dangerously close to Earth all the time.
This optical illusion includes 12 dots, but our brain doesn’t let us see all of them. The average person sees only 4!September 14, 2016Our life is limited by how much as our brain lets us do. Smells, light, shapes, colors, everything depends on our brain, and if it is not damaged or injured, we perceive everything in an average way, like others do.
September 12, 2016Beware clumsy food eaters, the 5-second rule isn& 39;t true. Bacteria latch on to food almost instantaneously, so it isn& 39;t necessarily safe to eat. For those of you unaware, the 5-second-rule states that if you drop food on the ground, you have 5 seconds to pick it up before it is infected with dangerous bacteria.
September 21, 2016Soap bubbles have always filled us with wonder. The enigmatic play of colors across their surface entrance children and inspire scientists to explore the forces at work in this stunning microcosm. From optics to fluid dynamics, great minds have studied the chaotic activity in this simple system for generations.
September 16, 2016Almost everybody has said or thought it: & 39;I just hate the sound of my own voice& 39;. We each hear our own voice more than anyone else& 39;s, so why should this be? Turns out it& 39;s all about anatomy. Image source: Pixabay You know the feeling: you record your outgoing voicemail message, play it back to check you didn& 39;t mispronounce your own name, and UGH - is that really what I sound like?
September 20, 2016 Image Source: Free Stock Photos An interesting fact of light is that it comes in forms of varying amplitude and frequency, giving off a range of effects which is perceived as light. It is commonly known that white light is the accumulation of all visible wavelengths, effectively making it contain all the colors.
September 18, 2016Who says you can& 39;t teach an old octopus new tricks? Wait, no one says that. Well, a group of scientists just taught one of our cephalopod friends how to take selfies with a camera.The crew spent weeks building custom rigs to allow the octopus to press the camera button on command, and it was well worth the time.
September 21, 2016High-temperature superconductivity could be one step closer thanks to the work of an international team of physicists. Studying spatial correlations of potassium atoms at temperatures just above absolute zero, the team& 39;s observations could help identify the ideal conditions required to induce superconductivity.
September 15, 2016The Port of Rotterdam is exploring ways to keep their harbor clean and running safely, so they have begun investigating possible drone use to patrol and clean the port. The main drone being investigated for use is called the AquasmartXL, which comes equipped with a camera to be used to patrol the port for safety and security concerns.
September 17, 2016Suzanne Simard spent all her life in the forests. She hung around in the forests of British Columbia with her grandfather who was a horse logger where she became deeply connected to trees. She became aware as a young child that a forest is not just a forest. As a result of this, she studied forestry and became a Professor of Ecology and tested many theories about how trees communicate with other trees.
September 23, 2016 Image Source: CBS/ REUTERS The world& 39;s first complete head transplant is taking place next year in order to save the life of a Russian programmer.Named Valery Spiridonov, he suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, which is a rare genetic disorder that causes his muscles to degenerate.
September 09, 2016Lycopodium powder is a collection of spores from a plant called club moss, and it is not only incredibly hydrophobic, but also very flammable.Spores are essentially single cells that contain massive stores of energy in order to help receptor plants grow further. This power behaves very oddly on water, so much so that you can light water on fire when the power is mixed with it.
September 22, 2016If you& 39;re tired of watching exercise videos on Youtube and having to loop them to understand properly, MuscleWiki is the solution you are looking for. It& 39;s a brilliant website, specially designed to provide specific exercises for different muscle groups and then shows them in basic gifs and instructions with just one click on!
September 17, 2016As human ingenuity leads to more and more sophisticated medical technology, the battle rages with our constant bacterial companions. Drawing inspiration from natural systems, researchers are using bactericidal nanostructures to win the war. Image source: ACS Biomedical implants are bombarded with cell activity upon addition to a human host.
September 26, 2016In a world first experiment using non-invasive technology, researchers out of the University of Washington have set up a working brain-to-brain interface that allows one participant to identify what is in the mind of another. Image source: University of Washington Using a game of question and answer, participants are able to transmit signals over the Internet using only their minds.
September 26, 2016The next phase of deep space exploration is due to begin, with the opening of the largest radio telescope ever built: the Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in China& 39;s Guizhou Province. Image source: Ou Donghu /News.CN Opening on Sunday, FAST is a monster. With an aperture of 500 metres, the telescope& 39;s 4,450-panel reflector is as large as 30 football fields.
September 28, 2016The man Elon Musk needs no introduction. The SpaceX founder is a shining star and inspiration to millions, he is well known for pushing the boundaries with his super-awesome projects. Image Source : Spacex/Youtube His speech at the International Astronautical Congress held at Guadalajara, Mexico was highly anticipated.
Mirny Mine, otherwise known as Mir Mine, is one of the larger man-made excavated holes in the world.It is an enormous open-pit Kimberlite Diamond mine and is located in the old Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, now Eastern Siberia.The Diamond rich deposit was discovered on June 13th, 1955 by Soviet geologists during the larger scale Amakinsky expedition to the Yakut ASSR.
Image Source: Edited/Schmidt Ocean Institute/Deep Sea Challenger The oceans are immense, covering over 70 of the Earth& 39;s surface, accounting for 362 million square kilometers. However, despite it covering more than 70 of the Earths surface, less than 5 has been explored.So what is at the bottom?
Muslim scientist, Al-Tusi, put forward a basic theory of the evolution of species almost 600 years before Charles Darwin was born.Science history is full of unknown heroes who we owe many things. Some of them are popular because of Western culture, but Muslim scientists especially are rarely if ever considered.