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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 05:39:51 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Environment, Nick Lavars

Plastic particles have been discovered in human stool samples in a first-of-a-kind study

One the many reasons to be concerned about the monumental problem of plastic pollution is the uncertainty around its effects when consumed by organisms, including us humans. Scientists have suspected it can make its way into our bellies through the consumption of seafood, and one recent paper confirmed its presence in 93 percent of bottled water. A new study will do little to allay these fears, describing the presence of various microplastics in human stool samples across the globe for the first time.

.. Continue Reading First-of-a-kind study finds microplastics in human stool around the world

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 05:30:38 +0000 | Michael Irving
Science, Michael Irving

Australian researchers have revived 450-million-year-old enzymes to be better catalysts for chemistry

From animals and entire ecosystems, to building materials and beer recipes, scientists have long drawn on the past for inspiration for new breakthroughs. Now, researchers at the University of Queensland have looked to the past to help with the future of biochemistry, resurrecting enzymes from almost half a billion years ago to fill in where current ones can't.

.. Continue Reading Ancient enzymes resurrected to take the heat and make better biocatalysts

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 05:14:29 +0000 | C.C. Weiss
Automotive, C.C. Weiss

The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo gets the production green light

Earlier this year, we saw a very different type of Porsche – a rugged, 600-hp, all-wheel drive, all-road adventure wagon capable of kicking up dust under purely electric motor power. Now that concept is becoming a reality. Porsche will build a production Mission E Cross Turismo as the second vehicle in its fast-growing electric car lineup, which is expected to account for half its deliveries by 2025.

.. Continue Reading Porsche to make rugged AWD adventure wagon concept its second electric model

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 04:17:14 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Architecture, Nick Lavars

The National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Taiwan houses a huge public plaza under its ...

Billed as a new cultural hub for East Asia, the National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts in Taiwan is an expansive facility that references the local landscape and houses a huge public plaza under its undulating roof. Around 50,000 people attended the opening last week, with the center's large performances spaces playing host to an inaugural concert and ceremony.

.. Continue Reading World's largest performing arts center opens in Taiwan

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 03:48:23 +0000 | David Szondy
Military, David Szondy

Sounding rockets will be used for experiments and to test missile components

After a 15-year hiatus, Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is returning to flying sounding rockets. The centerpiece of the High Operational Tempo Sounding Rocket (HOT SHOT) program, the suborbital rocket launches are designed to cut the development time for new weapon systems by a third while lowering R&D costs.

.. Continue Reading Sandia brings back sounding rockets for missile tests

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:57:03 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Health & Wellbeing, Rich Haridy

The microscopic C. elegans worms, often used in anti-aging studies, had their lifespan almost doubled after ...

New research has found that a novel drug cocktail almost doubled the lifespan of a microscopic worm, the largest drug-induced lifespan extension in an animal ever reported. The study suggests that pharmacological intervention to help us live longer could be a realistic proposition.

.. Continue Reading Anti-aging drug cocktail teases significant lifespan extension in early experiments

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:36:29 +0000 | Loz Blain
Motorcycles, Loz Blain

Drone-eye view of the Ural Air

Iconic Russian sidecar manufacturer Ural has decided that what its classic retro outfits need is more technology in the form of a built-in drone launch platform. The Ural Air comes with its own DJI Spark, with a carry case and launch platform built right into the sidecar.

.. Continue Reading Ural builds a drone station into a motorcycle sidecar, in case you're into that sort of thing

Category: Motorcycles

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:27:03 +0000 | Michael Irving
Space, Michael Irving

An artist's render of the MarCO spacecraft in space

Back in May, NASA launched the InSight lander to Mars, which was carrying some extra luggage – two briefcase-sized CubeSats named MarCO-A and MarCO-B. These two little spacecraft are the first of their kind to venture into deep space, and now they've sent us back a post card of their first glimpse of the Red Planet.

.. Continue Reading Mars-bound CubeSats catch first glimpse of the Red Planet

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:39:29 +0000 | Rich Haridy
Health & Wellbeing, Rich Haridy

A new study suggests eating organic food may reduce a person's cancer risk by up to ...

A new epidemiological study published in the prestigious journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found that people who eat a high volume of organic food were 25 percent less likely to be diagnosed with cancer compared to those who eat little to no organic food. Many experts have questioned the study's conclusions, pointing out that a variety of other factors that could influence a person's cancer risk weren't taken into account.

.. Continue Reading Does eating organic food reduce your cancer risk?

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:18:34 +0000 | Nick Lavars
Urban Transport, Nick Lavars

The Boring Company’s first demo tunnel is set to open December 10, according to its CEO

The Boring Company's very first demonstration tunnel is apparently nearing completion, with CEO Elon Musk declaring on Twitter that it will open its doors on December 10, with free rides for the public to kick off the following day.

.. Continue Reading Musk declares first Boring Company demo tunnel will open December 10

Category: Urban Transport

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