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Moon dust - toxic abrasive and dangerous

One of the underreported problems with being on the moon is the abrasive and unusual qualities of moon dust The trouble with moon dust stems from the strange properties of lunar soil The powdery grey dirt is formed by micrometeorite impacts which pulverize local rocks into fine particles The energy from these collisions melts the dirt into vapor that cools and condenses on soil particles, coating them in a glassy shell These particles can wreak havoc on space suits and other equipment

Humans are born to run - we can outrun every animal on the planet

As a person who loves running its not just a sport, or recreation, we are born to run, our bodies are specifically tuned for long distance exercise - its a great article! Get outside and do what you were created to do, go for a run http://discovermagazinecom/2006/may/tramps-like-us When walking "Your center of gravity, which is basically near your belt buckle, r-i-i-i-ses"—he takes a slow-motion step forward with his right leg and pauses, now up on the ball of his right foot—"so t

The extended mind - the mind beyond the brain - science video lecture

Interesting science lecture that human minds are 'field like" and spread out around us to effect the environment This is the basis of telepathy and other mental abilities [flash=425x344]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/JnA8GUtXpXY[/flash] We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, e

Being a vegetarian may shrink your brain

It appears that nearly everything bad shrinks your brain as well So if you are an overweight vegetarian who likes their booze and smokes pot, then you probably will have trouble reading this article SCIENTISTS have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain - with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage Vegans and vegetarians are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and

NASA to keep the Shuttle alive for an extra 10 years?

NASA planned to end the Shuttle program in 2010 and instead rely on Russian shuttles until their new Constellation ships came into operation in 2015 Now however they are trying to see how to keep the shuttles alive an extra 5 years It looks like the Russian situation has caused some back tracking on their plans, which is for the good, as relying on the Russians for 5 years was risky at best CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin has ordered his subordinates to study how

What really goes on in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN - great video

Here in layman's language is what really happens in the LHC which is starting to be operated in Europe A great video Rock star physicist" Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive complex and describes his part in it -- and the vital role it's going to play in understanding our universe Err 60 billion neutrinos per second pass through

Herd animals face north or south when grazing.

Have you ever noticed that herds of grazing animals all face the same way Turns out they tend to face north or south, like little magnets : Using Google earth to find herds of animals is a great idea However the practicality of it when you are lost and trying to find north is limited because when you encounter herds of animals they will be running away from you : Images from Google Earth have confirmed that cattle tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction Wild deer a

How does it feel to die by different methods?

Whats it like to be hung, drowned, decapitated or burned alive This interesting, if gory, article addressess the more common ways of dying Death comes in many guises, but one way or another it is usually a lack of oxygen to the brain that delivers the coup de grâce Whether as a result of a heart attack, drowning or suffocation, for example, people ultimately die because their neurons are deprived of oxygen, leading to cessation of electrical activity in the brain - the modern definiti

20 Parts of Your Body You Don't Need

Who would have thought 1 VOMERONASAL ORGAN VNO or Jacobson’s organ, a tiny hole on each side of the nasal bridge that is considered to be connected to nonfunctional chemical receptors Could be all that is left from our once great ability to detect pheromones 2 EXTRINSIC EAR MUSCLES: These three muscles most likely made it possible for our ancestors to move their ears independently of their heads, as rabbits and dogs do We still have them, which is why most people can learn to

Engineer claims to get110MPG out of standard engine

Reports like this are often too good to be true, a backyard tinkerer modifies a stock engine to achieve amazing MPG Why have the engineers of the hugely resourced car companies never picked up the ideas Personally I think its BS Doug Pelmear has tweaked his Mustang to get 110 mpg, making the engine nearly five times as efficient as a traditional gas engine, he told the Toledo Blade newspaper [quote]We redesigned a lot of different things on the [engine] block It's still a rod-and-pis

A pill that makes you fit!

Amazing the military potential for this pill is huge - super soldiers, not to mention the civilian market Scientists have discovered what could be the ultimate workout for couch potatoes: exercise in a pill In experiments on mice that did no exercise, the chemical compound, known as AICAR, allowed them to run [b]44% farther [/b]on a treadmill than those that did not receive the drug [b]The drug appeared to change the physical composition of muscle, essentially transforming the t

Ability to live on Mars to be announced?

It seems that scientists are about to announce the 'potential for Mars to support life Why hold back the findings so far The White House has been alerted by NASA about plans to make an announcement soon on major new Phoenix lander discoveries concerning the "potential for life" on Mars, scientists tell Aviation Week & Space Technology Sources say the new data do not indicate the discovery of existing or past life on Mars Rather the data relate to habitability--the "potential"

CERN do it again, welcome to the super Internet

From the guys who made the internet, as we know it, comes the next version 10,000 times faster CERN have dome some amazing things as byproducts of their Large Hadron Collider Just shows that with $20 Billion dollars you can have fun : THE internet could soon be made obsolete The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, &am

Bling is a sign to your peer group that you are not poor

Why do some groups spend more on 'bling'- conspicious consumption, - than others To prove to their peers that they are not poor The poorer the group you come from the more you spend on bling Interesting study in why people buy stuff to show it off About seven years ago, University of Chicago economists Kerwin Kofi Charles and Erik Hurst were researching the “wealth gap” between black and white Americans when they noticed something striking African Americans not

New research discovers how antidepressants really work - they heal the brain

Prozac can work for people, but its success is because of a reason that no one ever realised It literally heals the brain and stops it from dying Like many other antidepressants, Prozac increases the brain's supply of serotonin, a neurotransmitter The drug's effectiveness inspired an elegant theory, known as the chemical hypothesis: Sadness is simply a lack of chemical happiness The little blue pills cheer us up because they give the brain what it has been missing There's only one
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