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Liquid glass - protects any surface against dirt and bacteria - May revolutionize cleaning

It's a non-toxic spray invisible to the human eye that protects almost any surface against dirt and bacteria, whether it is hospital equipment and medical bandages or ancient stone monuments and expensive fabrics and is a form of "liquid glass", harmless to living things and the wider environment It may be one of the most important, environmentally-friendly products to emerge from the field of nanotechnology, which deals in objects at the molecular end of the size scale Such an inventi

NASA testing a new space crew module using composite materials

NASA said today its prototype space crew module made up of lighter and tougher composite materials handled tests simulating structural stresses of launch and atmospheric reentry The idea behind NASA's Composite Crew Module CCM project is to test new structural materials for possible future NASA spacecraft According to NASA, composite materials are being looked at because they are stiff and lightweight and can be formed into complex shapes that may be more structurally efficient In spa

Who really makes your decisions? - Your actions can be predicted up to 6 seconds before you actually decide

Neurobiology video on brain activity In the brain there is a pattern of brain activity that shows scientists, before you make up your mind, what you are going to decide At this stage it is accurate only on simple choices, but the fundamental lesson is your brain makes up your mind, long before you consciously do This implies that your conscious decision is a secondary action to your brain activity In this clip, Marcus Du Sautoy Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and c

Electromagentic gun - new Police tool to stop cars - video

Scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun that develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car's microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems Right now the prototype fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions There are, of course, some kinks to work out, such as how to ensure the car will still be able to stop safely--an increasingly valid concern with more widespread us

Magician David Blaine pushes the boundaries of human endurance -17 minutes without air- TED video

David Blaine was buried alive for a week living on water He also froze himself in a block of ice for 3 days, stood on top of a 100 foot pillar for 36 hours, and lived in a glass box for 44 days on nothing but water Finally he achieved the impossible, how long could he survive without air This isn't magic, its science and a fascinating lecture Here's how he did it [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/XFnGhrC_3Gs&hl=en_US&fs=1&[/flash] Original video here, if t

Guess what you and your kids are eating in your hamburgers?

What can you do with the off cuts of meat that used to go into pet food, the fat, the gristle, the intestines, and any old pieces of contaminated unwanted meat that are usually illegal to sell Thanks to the FDA you can douse it with ammonia, gind it up, and sell it to McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food giants for their hamburgers As well as grocery chains and the federal school lunch program which used an estimated 55 million pounds of the processed beef last year alone Yep

Panasonic reveal home battery which stores a weeks worth of electricity

Panasonic is announcing that it will launch a massive lithium-ion storage battery capable of powering an average home for up to a week If home batteries become commonplace renewable sources of energy like rooftop solar and residential turbines could finally take off Solar batteries for home use and fuel cells can generate power but cannot store electricity, making the development of a storage battery an urgent task for related businesses Panasonic, which says it has already thoroughly

Green Energy Machine (GEM) reduces waste up to 95% while producing energy

It is mobile, virtually emissions free, reduces garbage volume by 95% and turns waste into energy – its the Green Energy Machine GEM and it could be coming soon to an institution near you Produced by Massachusetts-based IST Energy, the GEM originated from a US military request for proposals to deal with its waste The military came through with three contracts worth a total of “$24 or $25 million,” says Cushman, The GEM is eight feet high, takes up three regular parking spaces and

Video of The Known Universe by The American Museum of Natural History

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Mil

Video footage of the last Shuttle liftoff (STS-129) magnificent footage

Great video of the last shuttle launch from differing perspectives, external cameras attached to the hull, and other scenes Up close and personal Great separation video taken at around 8 minutes in, no CGI needed [flash=600x450]http://vimeocom/moogaloopswfclip_id=7852885&server=vimeocom&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1[/flash]

European Space Agency developing magnetic heat shield to protect spacecraft reentering the atmosphere

European space agencies and an aerospace giant are developing a new re-entry heat shield that will use superconductor magnets to generate a magnetic field strong enough to deflect the superhot plasma formed during re-entry of returning spacecraft Welcome to science fiction becoming real As spacecraft re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at high speeds super-hot temperatures are produced through friction Traditional heat shields use temperature-resistant ablative coatings that burn off on re-

Faked climate change data finally exposed? A storm is developing in Climate Change research

The Climate Research Unit, a preeminent Climate Change Organization was hacked recently with many files stolen and released on the internet This is not going away and may snowball into a major issue One of the more interesting documents found refer to a famous "Hockey Stick" chart that preports to show the massive change in world temperature this century From the hack comes these cutting emails which appear to discuss altering the data to hide the fact that change has not been as dr

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) cured? A simple answer may save millions of people

A new way of thinking about Multiple Sclerosis has yielded stunning new treatments with a simple operation that may cure it Elena Ravalli was a seemingly healthy 37-year-old when she began to experience strange attacks of vertigo, numbness, temporary vision loss and crushing fatigue They were classic signs of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating neurological disease It was 1995 and her husband, Paolo Zamboni, a professor of medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, set o

Radioactive Batteries - power source of the future?

Minuscule amounts of radioactive elements could safely power handheld electrical devices for months or even years, according to new research from the University of Missouri Such electronics could help to eliminate mildly radioactive substances while providing cheap and reliable power [quote]This is not a nuclear reaction Nothing will explode; there won't be a mushroom cloud on your property We are using the radiation coming from the material and turning that into electricity[/quote] sa

Whats the visual difference between the $40,000 Hasselblad and Phase One 39 Megapixel back, and the $500 Canon G10? Nothing

Camera technology has finally reached a watershed moment, a $500 Canon produces prints indistinguishable by most people from a $40,000 Hasselblad Talent is now the defining attribute, not money spent In fact it was the H2 system's narrower depth of field that occasionally was the only clear give-away Some viewers eventually figured out that the prints with the narrower depth of field were from medium format, while other photographers chose the G10 images because with its wider depth of
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