Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hundreds of mysterious stone structures discovered near ancient volcanoes in Saudi Arabia

Like all things, technology is a double-edged sword. Without it, however, Professor David Kennedy of the University of Oxford would never have discovered hundreds of mysterious structures located near ancient lava domes in Saudi Arabia. Using the resource Google Earth, Kennedy found there are approximately 400 stone walls on ancient lava domes that are believed to be more than 9,000 years old. Because the structures appear similar to others found in the Middle East, they have been dubbed “gates” The...

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Newly-discovered hermit crab species uses living coral as shells

For the first time ever, a hermit crab has been documented to have found its “forever” home. Off the coast of Japan, a new species of the crab has partnered with a living coral. The coral grows as the crab ages, which means it has no need to continue searching for a bigger shell to live in. Unlike its counterparts, this new species has a perfectly symmetrical body to fit the coral that grows with it. The discovery of the Diogenes heteropsammicola is described in the journal PLOS...

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11-year old inventor becomes "America's Top Young Scientist" for lead-detecting sensor

Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year old resident of Lone Tree, Colorado, earned the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" when she won the this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her inspired invention of a sensor that can more efficiently detect lead in water than traditional methods. Rao was first inspired to create such a tool after learning about the Flint water crisis. "I feel every individual has the right to know if their drinking water is safe," said Rao in her National...

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3,000 new solar-powered homes in Arizona to be equipped with Sonnen batteries

Prescott, Arizona has around 277 days of sunshine every year. Arizona-based house builder Mandalay Homes plans to take advantage of all that sunshine in 3,000 new homes to be built in the city, all equipped with rooftop solar panels and batteries from German company Sonnen GmbH. The companies said the community would be the first one like it in America. Related:

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Plummeting insect population signals potential "ecological Armageddon"

Over the past three decades, the insect population has collapsed by 75% in nature reserves studied by scientists in Germany. Although the data gathered for this study was from a specific region of the world, it carries implications for a global ecology struggling to adapt to rapidly changing climate and environmental conditions. While many entomophobes may cheer the decrease in numbers of insects, it may have grave consequences for the broader ecosystem. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land...

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Antony Gibbon's Lucent House is a serene minimalist retreat made of glass and stone

"The Lucent house comprises of a series of geometric forms which twist and turn creating a series of angled rooms supported by 4 stone walls that form the main structure of the building. Minimal glass windows throughout the structure create a very exposed open space opening out onto the terrace which runs all around the outside with the shelter from the over hanging roof. The Lucent house can be built in any environment not just on the edge of water. It can be scaled, resized and extended...

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LEGO launches Women of NASA set

Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA's space program are being honored in a very fun way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design, with an official launch date for the 231-piece set which includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Related:

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