Does Peeing on a Jellyfish Sting Really Work?
Microsoft Surface: Tech giant's latest attempt to crack lucrative tablet market
What's worse than the searing pain of getting stung by a jellyfish? The searing pain of getting stung by a jellyfish, plus getting urinated on in a failed attempt to alleviate said pain. No: urine isn't an effective sting ointment. In fact, it can make matters worse.
NASA's Juno Mission to Probe Jupiter's Biggest Secrets
Microsoft has tried for years to make a popular tablet style computer with limited success. It hopes to change that with its new model: the Surface.
Microsoft's Surface Tablets Appeal, But Questions Remain
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A NASA probe that is traveling through space on its way to Jupiter is expected to help astronomers unlock mysteries about the largest planet in our solar system when it arrives there in...
- Sci-Tech Today
- 12/6/19 18:39
Giving makes young children happy
Microsoft on Monday unveiled two Windows-based tablets it hopes can grab market share from the iPad. Microsoft is positioning its new Surface tablets as "PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows."
Designed and engineered by Microsoft employees, Surface promises advances in industrial design. For example, Surface lets software take center stage by supporting a full-sized USB port and a...
- 12/6/19 18:38
Infants can't distinguish between large and small groups
If it is indeed nobler to give than to receive, it may also make you happier – even if you're a toddler, according to a new study.
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Eco and Love Among Most Desirable Domain Extensions
Human brains process large and small numbers of objects using two different mechanisms, but infants have not yet developed the ability to make those two processes work together, according to new research.
An ant scientist's picnic: The highly diverse ant fauna of the Philippines
Corporations and organizations fell over one another to stake out the most desirable real estate in cyberspace when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers opened up the Internet's naming system for new additions in January. The scramble for new top-level generic domain names — these are the letters such as "com" or "org" that follow the last dot in an Internet address — only...
Crisis in academic publishing
Intensive field work by researchers David General of the Palawan State University, The Philippines and Gary Alpert of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University has led to the discovery of nine genera of ants that had never been recorded before in the Philippines. Another two new genera were discovered by other researchers in a remote mountain region. The study was published as the...
Demonstrating value remains elusive goal
"In almost every country in the world, research is supported by public funds. When researchers publish their results in academic journals, they do so for free. The results are also reviewed by peers for free. And journals often require researchers to give up their rights to these articles. Then, major publishers or learned societies sell their journals at exorbitant prices to libraries... which...
Microsoft's long and tortured history in tablets
Providing evidence of value remains an elusive goal for academic libraries across geographic borders, according to a new report published today. The findings are the results of a six-month research project commissioned by SAGE, which sets out recommendations for academic libraries to enhance their working relationship with academic teaching and research staff. 'Working together: evolving value for...
Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America
(AP) For decades, the tablet computer was like a mirage in the technology industry: a great idea, seemingly reachable on the horizon, that disappointed as hopeful companies got closer. Microsoft has experienced this cycle of hope and disappointment many times.
Sustainable denim manufacturing process creates 'green' jeans
An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite data. Preliminary results from the new system reveal that in parts of Colombia, deforestation has increased by 340 per cent since 2004; and over a million hectares of forest have been lost in the Gran...
To ensure safety of offshore drilling and production, government should modify oversight practices
Like sausage, making denim jeans isn't pretty. Some estimates suggest that producing one pair of jeans requires more than 2,500 gallons of water, nearly a pound of chemicals and vast amounts of energy. Multiply that by 2 billion the number of jeans produced worldwide every year and you get a snapshot of an industry that contributes a hefty share of wastewater and greenhouse gases to...
Where to put nuclear waste? Yes to my back yard
To ensure the effectiveness of recently mandated Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) programs for offshore drilling and production operations, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) should take a holistic approach that modifies some of its existing practices, says a new report from the National Research Council. These should include inspections, operator audits,...
U.S. Students Know What, But Not Why
Researchers in Finland have found that acceptance of the site of a spent nuclear fuel repository can depend on gender and economic background. Writing in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, the team reports that affluent men more often have a positive opinion on the location of such facilities than women or disadvantaged people.
'Agreement reached' at Rio summit
NAEP science test uses interactive questions to probe understanding of concepts
Dot Earth Blog: Americans Polarized on Climate, Tuned Out on 'Fracking'
Negotiators at the Rio+20 sustainable development summit agree a deal to be ratified by world leaders later this week, the BBC understands.
- NYT > Science
- 12/6/19 18:19
Government efforts to scrub Google content, obtain user data on rise
A new polling project focuses on American attitudes and awareness on climate and energy.
Border agency told to halt eavesdropping on travellers
A request from Passport Canada to remove a YouTube video of a person peeing on his passport is just one of thousands Google has received from government agencies around the world seeking to take down content from its websites or obtain information about users, the company's latest transparency report...
Are you a 'screen slave' to your smartphone?
Canada's public safety minister has ordered the Canadian Border Services Agency to halt audio monitoring of travellers until a privacy assessment can be completed.
Offensive Adidas Shackle Shoes: DNews Nuggets
As the use of smartphones, tablets and laptops increasingly extends beyond office hours, people are risking their health and turning into "screen slaves," an organization representing British physiotherapists warned this week.
Is It Time to Go Back to the Moon?
Will the shackles on these shoes cause Adidas' reputation to plummet?
Mars weather report: Size of particles in Martian clouds of carbon dioxide snow calculated
The scientific case for returning man to the moon has never been stronger.
- 12/6/19 18:01
Green Blog: Activist Artist vs. Pipeline
New research shows that, much like Earth, the polar caps of Mars change with the seasons. In the dead of a Martian winter, clouds of snow blanket the Red Planet's poles -- but unlike our water-based snow, the particles on Mars are frozen crystals of carbon dioxide. Most of the Martian atmosphere is composed of carbon dioxide, and in the winter, the poles get so cold -- cold enough to freeze...
- NYT > Science
- 12/6/19 17:52
Drawing on themes from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," an artist contends that environmental policy in Canada is growing curiouser and curiouser.