Dozens of cities worldwide join March Against Monsanto (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT News

Hundreds of activists around the globe joined an international march against the multinational biotech and agribusiness corporation Monsanto. The demonstrations were held under the slogan, “Keep GMOs out of your genes.”

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we March Against Monsanto,” the organizers of the 6th annual march said in a statement. http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/home/

Source: Dozens of cities worldwide join March Against Monsanto (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) — RT News

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Antarctica’s land height explains the continent’s slower rate of warming – UPI.com

A new study suggests the Antarctica’s high elevations explain its slower rate of warming.

“On average, warming for the entire Antarctic continent has been much slower than Arctic warming so far,” Marc Salzmann, a researcher at the University of Leipzig’s Institute for Meteorology in Germany, said in a news release. “Moreover, climate models suggest that, by the end of this century, Antarctica will have warmed less compared to the Arctic.”

Source: Antarctica’s land height explains the continent’s slower rate of warming – UPI.com

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Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Theoretical physicists have long proposed that such a form of communication would be possible, but now, for the first time, researchers have been able to experimentally achieve it – transferring a black and white bitmap image from one location to another without sending any physical particles.

Source: Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

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Strange rock recovered from infamous Roswell crash site!

Alien artifact found by Robert Ridge, 40, near the area where the infamous Roswell crash had taken place.YouTube screenshot / secureteam10

UFOlogist busts infamous Roswell UFO crash cover up and reveals a mysterious alien artefact, allegedly recovered from the crash site.

In 2004, a man named Robert Ridge, 56, was in the desert around Roswell. He found a strange smooth stone that had some well-crafted, though unidentifiable, symbols carved on it.

Source: Strange rock recovered from infamous Roswell crash site!

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Rat lungworm disease: 9 cases confirmed in Hawaii – CNN.com

The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed six cases of rat lungworm disease on the island of Maui and three on the Big Island over the past three months.

Story highlights

  • 6 people on Maui and 3 on Hawaii have confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease
  • The parasite is often spread through consuming raw snails or slugs
  • It can cause a form of meningitis; no deaths have been reported among the latest cases

Source: Rat lungworm disease: 9 cases confirmed in Hawaii – CNN.com

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New neuron reprogramming technique could hold key to curing Parkinson’s disease, reveal scientists | The Independent

A “hugely promising” new technique in which brain cells are reprogrammed could one day provide a cure for Parkinson’s disease, experts have said. Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a way to modify neurons in the brains of people with Parkinson’s, a progressively worsening disorder of the nervous system that affects one in 500 people in the UK.

Source: New neuron reprogramming technique could hold key to curing Parkinson’s disease, reveal scientists | The Independent

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Red Blood Cells Can Now Be Mass-Produced

Many health conditions require blood transfusion. And though many people donate blood, the supply always seems insufficient. Which is why science had to step up through lab-made red blood cells.

As it is, the focus of research in this field is on stem cell donation, and growing these stem cells directly into mature red blood cells. However, this method presents two basic problems. First, it only produces a limited number of mature cells. Second, repeat donation is necessary because the donated stem cells eventually burn out and die.

The method developed by a team of researchers at the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant addresses both these problems.

Source: Red Blood Cells Can Now Be Mass-Produced

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Lab-Grown Chicken Strips Could Change the Meat Industry Forever

If these innovative food startups get their way, the days of the slaughterhouse may be over.

Bay Area company Memphis Meats and Netherlands-based Mosa Meats have made it their goal to replace farm animals with meat grown from self-producing cells. The cell-produced meats are created in stainless steel bioreactor tanks, and the companies have labeled these products as “clean meat,” which could essentially revolutionize the meat market.

Related: Challenges Faced By Food Tech Startups

Source: Lab-Grown Chicken Strips Could Change the Meat Industry Forever

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How to watch the upcoming total solar eclipse across the Pacific

On March 8 and 9, a total solar eclipse will darken the sky over the Pacific Ocean, but unfortunately, not too many people are well placed to see it.

Watch it online

Given few people will be able to see the totality of the eclipse, there are a number of online resources available. Telescope service Slooh will be live streaming the eclipse from an undisclosed location in Indonesia, hosted by astronomer Paul Cox, from March 8, 11 p.m. Universal Time. Panasonic will also live broadcast the event from Ternate Island, Indonesia from Tuesday, March 8, 8 p.m. Universal Time.

Source: How to watch the upcoming total solar eclipse across the Pacific

 

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Meteor Suspected as Mystery Flash Lights up Scottish Sky – ABC News

Scientists say a meteor was the cause of a bright flash of light reported by people across Scotland and northern England.

Police Scotland said the force began receiving calls about 6:55 p.m. Monday, with people reporting a loud bang, a sudden blue, green or white light or a fireball in the sky.

Several drivers caught the sudden flash and streak of light on their dashboard cameras. Driving instructor Bill Addison said it looked like “a bright, electric blue spark.”

“I thought it was a plane coming down at first, but it was moving too fast,” he said.

The U.K. weather forecasting service the Met Office said Tuesday the incident wasn’t weather-related and the U.K. defense ministry wouldn’t comment on whether the flash was linked to military activity in the area.

Steve Owens, manager of the Glasgow Science Centre planetarium, said the likely culprit was a chunk of space rock — “about the size of a tennis ball or maybe even a watermelon” — that was burning up in the atmosphere.

Source: Meteor Suspected as Mystery Flash Lights up Scottish Sky – ABC News

 

 

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(morning ticker) – Here’s what happens when two supermassive black holes collide

Here’s what happens when two supermassive black holes collide

Two black holes billions of light-years away are about to slam into each other, and it could gives us a front-row seat to an incredible event.

The scientific world is abuzz with news that two supermassive black holes that are circling each other and will collide in slow motion, releasing extraordinary amounts of energy, as we reported recently — but just what happens in this mysterious effect and how it does it affect the space-time fabric?

Scientists have spotted two black holes in the Virgo constellation billions of light-years away, spotting two quasars close to each other that seem to indicate the presence of two black holes circling each other at just a light-week apart, less than the size of our Solar System.

It’s not the first time supermassive black holes have collided in our universe’s history, but rarely has mankind been able to witness it about to happen. Most of the time scientists can only view the after-effects.

First, to understand what is really going on, you have to understand that supermassive black holes are often found at the center of galaxies — almost always, in fact. So when you see two supermassive black holes combining, you’re seeing two galaxies colliding and merging with each other, a tremendous cosmic event that is difficult for us to even comprehend.

The two black holes in particular are well within the galaxy merging process, circling each other at a very close distance, and after a period of time they will collide with each other, release a vast amount of energy and sending ripples through the space-time fabric.

Before this most recent discovery, the closest black hole pair was still 20 light years apart.

By this time, both black holes have entered the point of no return — there is no chance they escape each other’s gravity. No force exists that could possible separate them, and so it is inevitable they will collide to form a bigger black hole.

It’s an extremely violent event, and it’s a good thing we’re nowhere near it when it happens — in fact, since we’re viewing black holes that are billions of light-years away, this event already happened in our distance past, and we are only just witnessing it now.

Scientists don’t have a lot of answers on what happens when two black holes collide, other than that they form a new, larger black hole. After all, we’ve never actually witnessed one, and it certainly would not be possible to do anything but observe one at a great distance with a very powerful telescope.

However, we do know that the surface area of the new black hole will be at least the surface area of those two black holes added together. A law of black hole thermodynamics is that the total surface area of black holes can only increase.

So what exactly is a black hole anyway? Essentially, it’s a geometrically defined region of space-time that exhibits incredible gravitational effects — so great that nothing can escape its pull, not even light.

General relativity holds that a mass that is compact enough can cause space-time to be deformed to the point that it can collapse into a black hole.

Black holes are often formed when massive stars collapse at the end of a life cycle. This black hole can continue to grow as the mass of other stars and other black holes feeds it to become a behemoth, often known as a supermassive black hole. These are usually found at the center of galaxies, the center around which all of the untold amount of stars in the galaxy circle, so great is the gravity of this black hole.

It’s difficult to observe a black hole directly because it is invisible as it gives off no light, so scientists must observe it by how it interacts with other matter and visible light. An accretion disk can be formed when matter falls into a black hole, and it can be blasted out into space in the form of a quasar, which is one of the brightest known objects in the universe. Scientists can use stars orbiting the black hole to come up with some estimates on where it is located and what its mass is.

At the center of a black hole there is something called a gravitational singularity, which is where the space-time curvature suddenly becomes infinite. This single point can be described as having infinite density. Once anything is caught in the event horizon, it cannot escape being dragged into the singularity. It is then crushed into infinite density, and the mass is added to the total mass of the black hole. The immense power of the gravity will stretch out or tear apart anything that reaches this point, which is often called “spaghettification.”

Black holes have entranced the scientific community for decades. They are fundamental to understanding the laws of physics, and the difficult of observing these bodies makes them all the more mysterious.

The popular film “Interstellar” dove into the subject of both space travel and black holes. The film was a hit, grossing nearly $700 million, showing how interested the public was in such scientific questions.

 

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(pioneer news) – Scientists Report Discovery of Oldest Galaxy Yet Known

Just this week, a team of researchers out of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has reported the discovery of a new galaxy—which they call EGS8p7—estimated to be in the distant space “neighborhood,” and has been estimated to be about 13.2 billion years old. Scientists say, then, that this universe must be about the same age as the universe—born about 600,000 years later than the Big Bang.

“We report the discovery of Lyman-alpha emission (Lyα) in the bright galaxy EGSY-2008532660 (hereafter EGSY8p7) using the Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration spectrograph at the Keck Observatory,” explains the study researchers. Furthermore, the research paper adds, “Redshift results from the Doppler effect, the same phenomenon that causes the siren on a fire truck to drop in pitch as the truck passes.”
Galaxy EGS8p7 as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope
Galaxy EGS8p7, as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope (wide and top right) and Spitzer Space Telescope (inset, bottom right), taken in infrared. Credit: I. Labbé (Leiden University), NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech

In addition, NASA Hubble astronomy post-doctoral scholar Adi Zitrin comments, “If you look at the galaxies in the early universe, there is a lot of neutral hydrogen that is not transparent to this emission. We expect that most of the radiation from this galaxy would be absorbed by the hydrogen in the intervening space. Yet still we see Lyman-alpha from this galaxy.”

Of course, this is just a new discovery so much more research is necessary before reaching any conclusions. At the same time, scientists know that data from this galaxy will certainly provide us with new insights into the evolution of our solar system.

Zitrin concludes, “We are currently calculating more thoroughly the exact chances of finding this galaxy and seeing this emission from it, and to understand whether we need to revise the timeline of the reionization, which is one of the major key questions to answer in our understanding of the evolution of the universe.”

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(daily mail) – ‘Sasquatch’ found in Maine! Graffiti artist who had spray painted Bigfoot around small coastal town tracked down and charged

  • Freeman Hatch, 36, charged with criminal mischief and drug possession 
  • Residents of Kennebunk, Maine, had seen his alleged graffiti for a year
  • Police appealed for help from populace after historical sign defaced
  • Hatch had previously posted pictures of Sasquatch on his social media 

Though the search for the real Sasquatch continues, police have tracked down the graffiti artist behind a number of spray-painted sightings of the mythical creature in coastal Maine.

Police in the town of Kennebunk grew tired of graffiti featuring Bigfoot and charged Freeman Hatch, 36, with counts of criminal mischief and possession of drugs.

He’s due in court in November after more than a dozen images of the beast began popping up over a year ago on the sides of businesses, in the street and on a historical sign.

Freeman Hatch, 36 (right), has been charged with criminal mischief and drug possession__Police say they found the man behind Sasquatch graffiti (left) that had been appearing in the coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine

Freeman Hatch, 36 (right), has been charged with criminal mischief and drug possession after police accused him of being behind Sasquatch graffiti (left) that had been appearing in the coastal town of Kennebunk, Maine

More than a dozen of the stenciled graffiti tags had appeared in the small town of 10,000, though police appealed for help after a sign about Kennebunk history was defaced

More than a dozen of the stenciled graffiti tags had appeared in the small town of 10,000, though police appealed for help after a sign about Kennebunk history was defaced

Police Chief Robert MacKenzie says the Sasquatches defaced public and private property and cost ‘time and money to repair or replace.’

Authorities grew particularly upset after one of the eight-inch-tall yetis could not be fully removed from a sign about the town’s history, according to WCSH.

They said the sign could cost $500 to replace.

After reaching out for tips on social media, police found enough evidence in Hatch’s home to charge him with the graffiti based off of a Bigfoot silhouette popular online.

Sasquatch is the folkloric beast thought by some people to roam the forests, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

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