Posts Tagged ‘science’

Keep your eyes peeled this month because you might be able to spot two comets skimming the night sky, and if we’re really lucky we might even witness a dazzling meteor storm. In order to give you the best chance of catching a glimpse of these events, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has kindly released a video detailing where to look

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Heads up!

They will be visible from ALL OVER THE WORLD, and no you don’t need a telescope to view them! Just find somewhere as far from light pollution as you can, and stare up at the sky.

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More information and a live stream of the April 15th eclipse here: http://bit.ly/1i1itCb

Original image by Oliver Stein.

Battery

A battery that uses nanotechnology to charge your smartphone in 30 seconds may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie but an Israeli startup claims to have created just that.

StoreDot unveiled its battery charging prototype Monday at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv.

Click here to read more at Mashable.com

Return to Zero: Equipment Rebuild

Science.. It's in our nature.

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Check out Mars on April 8th!

For more info and a cool video of Mars coming Into Opposition click here!

Elephant in Tsavo National Park. Credit: ian 1602

 

Drones To Be Employed in Kenyan Anti-Poaching Effort

When it comes to protecting wildlife, those who work to protect animals against poaching are up against some serious obstacles. Lack of funds often leave rangers overworked and underpaid, often not even with adequate equipment to patrol such an expansive area. In some countries, rangers aren’t even allowed to carry firearms even though they are up against armed poachers. Some poachers have even gained employment as rangers in order to have better access to the animals. Even the rangers with the best of intentions are struggling to combat poaching and keep the animals alive. For the rangers in Kenya, however, help is on the way.

 

Government officials have stated that rangers will soon be getting assistance from drones to use for surveillance purposes. Patrick Omondi, who serves as Deputy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the Kenya Wildlife Service has stated that the first drones to be put into use will be in Tsavo National Park. At 40,000 square kilometers, this is one of the largest parks in the world, making it a challenge to stop poachers. In 1967, Tsavo National Park was home to over 35,000 elephants. That number has been cut down to about 12,500 today and represents a third of all elephants in Kenya.

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Photo Credit: Nanyang Technological University

Scientists have discovered that a new material originally investigated for use in solar cells is also capable of emitting light, raising the possibility for its use in display screens.

 

At a time where we are needing to decrease our dependency on fossil fuels, solar cells at first glance look like a great alternative. But a major hurdle exists in ensuring that the cost of the cell is balanced against its efficiency. Traditional solar cells use silicon, but alternatives are desirable since the cost of both sourcing this material and manufacturing it into solar cells can be high. This is where Perovskite comes in. Perovskite is composed of calcium titanate, and it’s around five times cheaper to use than silicon in solar cell manufacture. It’s also versatile and seems to be highly efficient. They used this as the base for the solar cell material. 

Read more at I Love Science

Shiva Nathan’s new prosthetic can read patterns in the wearer’s brainwaves and transmit them to a robotic arm, allowing the user to flex the mechanical fingers with nothing more than their thoughts. And if this project needed any more cool points, its creator is 15 years old.

Read more at I Love Science

Photo Source: Shiva Nathan via Parallax