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Artificial Joy, Scientific Fake Facts

Joy is a Spark, Literally, and Scientists Can Deliver it to You
PG Newser – If you want to be happy, if that’s all you want, and you don’t care why, and you don’t care how, try new spark joy, though it’s not been officially named spark joy, even though that would be a great name for it.  Researchers that haven’t  been identified in the Discover Magazine article have figured out how to make you happy with just a spark, and there’s video proof to boot.
Discover Magazine – Researchers say they’ve found a remarkably specific means of triggering the electrical fireworks that add up to happiness in our brains. By electrically stimulating a brain region known as the cingulum, scientists created spontaneous laughter and a sense of calm and joy in three different patients. | Get the Full Story

Quantum experiment suggests there really are ‘alternative facts’

NewScientist – There are no objective facts in the world. This isn’t a statement about fake news. Rather, it is the implication of an experiment that suggests the nature of reality depends on who is looking. The work is rooted in thought experiments about the nature of quantum mechanics, but this is the first time one has been done in the lab, with potentially profound implications. “I am very excited about it,” says theorist Carlo Rovelli at Aix-Marseille University in France. | Get the Full Story […] | Get the Full Story

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Moses Will Lead them to Space, Not that Moses…..

PG Newser – Moses, Beth Moses, that is, is gong to join the pilots of Virgin Galactic as they head into space, and Beth was the ‘passenger’ guinea pig leading the way for other passengers to follow.
NewScientist – Beth Moses, the spaceflight firm’s chief astronaut instructor, joined pilots Mike Masucci and Dave Mackay on the flight. “She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back,” said Virgin Galactic in a tweet.  | Get the Full Story

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Count to Three, Because So Can Bees

PGNewser – It looks like bees are just a few generations away from taking over the planet, now that we’ve learned they can do math.
Science Daily – Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.Building on their finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero, Australian and French researchers set out to test whether bees could perform arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. | Get the Full Story

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Quantum experiment suggests there really are ‘alternative facts’

NewScientist – There are no objective facts in the world. This isn’t a statement about fake news. Rather, it is the implication of an experiment that suggests the nature of reality depends on who is looking.
The work is rooted in thought experiments about the nature of quantum mechanics, but this is the first time one has been done in the lab, with potentially profound implications. “I am very excited about it,” says theorist Carlo Rovelli at Aix-Marseille University in France. | Get the Full Story

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Twas Air That Killed the Dinosaurs

Science Alert – …..scientists have demonstrated what obliterated the marine life: rising temperatures accelerated the metabolisms of ocean creatures, which increases their oxygen requirements, while simultaneously depleting the oceans of oxygen. | Get the Full Story

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Cooperation Versus Competition, and the Need for Mixing

Science Daily – Research has shown that two fundamental ways in which nodes in one system can influence nodes in another one are interdependence (or cooperation), as in critical infrastructures or financial networks, and antagonism (or competition), as observed in ecological systems, social networks, or in the human brain. | Get the Full Story

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Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop – The Guardian

Westfield’s Smartscreen network was developed by the French software firm Quividi back in 2015. Their discreet cameras capture blurry images of shoppers and apply statistical analysis to identify audience demographics. And once the billboards have your attention they hit record, sharing your reaction with advertisers. Quividi says their billboards can distinguish shoppers’ gender with 90% precision, five categories of mood from “very happy to very unhappy” and customers’ age within a five-year bracket. | Get the Full Story

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Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease – Science Daily

Unlike humans, who usually get hungry again only a few hours after eating, a female mosquito that has fed on human blood will lose her appetite for several days. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human — male mosquitoes do not consume blood — is the means by which mosquito-borne infections are passed along, researchers have theorized that reducing the frequency with which female mosquitoes feed is one way to lessen the spread of disease. | Get the Full Story

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Who’s listening? Mosquitoes can hear up to 10 meters away – Science Daily

Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University.

Their findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

Until now, scientists believed that organisms required eardrums for long-range hearing, and that the feathery antennae with fine hairs that mosquitoes and some insects use to hear only worked at close distances of several centimeters (a few inches).

A series of experiments has now provided neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — which transmit such diseases as yellow fever, Dengue, Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses — can hear specific frequencies as far away as 10 meters (32 feet) or more. | Get the Full Story

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Futureq Show Notes – Thursday, February 28th. 2019 – Pre 001

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Joy is a Spark, Literally, and Scientists Can Deliver it to You
PG Newser – If you want to be happy, if that’s all you want, and you don’t care why, and you don’t care how, try new spark joy, though it’s not been officially named spark joy, even though that would be a great name for it.  Researchers that haven’t  been identified in the Discover Magazine article have figured out how to make you happy with just a spark, and there’s video proof to boot. | Get the Full Story

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Joy is a Spark, Literally, and Scientists Can Deliver it to You

PG Newser – If you want to be happy, if that’s all you want, and you don’t care why, and you don’t care how, try new spark joy, though it’s not been officially named spark joy, even though that would be a great name for it.  Researchers that haven’t  been identified in the Discover Magazine article have figured out how to make you happy with just a spark, and there’s video proof to boot.
Discover Magazine – Researchers say they’ve found a remarkably specific means of triggering the electrical fireworks that add up to happiness in our brains. By electrically stimulating a brain region known as the cingulum, scientists created spontaneous laughter and a sense of calm and joy in three different patients. | Get the Full Story

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Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change

Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change  – Science Daily
“We have recently discovered that while (bacteria infected with viruses) are in the process of dying, microbes can produce new viruses that then go to attack their original invader. This is a form of resistance we had not observed before,” said Buchan.This type of competitive interaction, Buchan said, is important for stabilizing the size of microbial populations in marine systems. This balance may be crucial for biogeochemical processes, including many related to climate change. | Get the Full Story

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After More than 10 Years, The Quest for Room Temp Magnet Reversal is Over

Magnetization reversal achieved at room temperature using only an electric field- Phys.org
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have achieved magnetization reversal in cobalt-substituted bismuth ferrite by applying an electric field. Researchers have sought such a technique for over a decade in order to make new types of low-power-consumption magnetic memory devices. | Get the Full Story

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Decentralizing-Empowering Nebulas Could Save Blockchain

Nebulas could be the Future of Improving The Efficiency of Blockchain Upgrades  – the-blockchain
Pertaining to the issue of system upgrades, Nebulas believes that “the decision makers of a blockchain upgrade should not be centralized. It belongs to every participant in the community. Every token user of Nebulas has the right to participate in and choose the future direction of Nebulas.”
One of the many new features that Nebulas NOVA will include is the Nebulas Blockchain Runtime Environment (NBRE) and is the first version of Nebulas Force as stated in Nebulas’ whitepaper. NBRE is the execution environment for the Nebulas core protocols and algorithms; based on the JIT (Just In Time) LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) compiler, making it possible to manage, execute and submit LLVM Intermediate Representation (IR) to the Nebulas blockchain. | Get the Full Story

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Quantum Leaping Your Way Thanks to Quantum of Light

In the blink of an eye: Team uses quantum of light to create new quantum simulator  – Science Daily
Imagine being stuck inside a maze and wanting to find your way out. How would you proceed? The answer is trial and error. This is how traditional computers with classical algorithms operate to find the solution to a complex problem. Now consider this: What if, by magic, you were able to clone yourself into multiple versions so that you were able to go through all the various paths at the same time? You’d find the exit almost instantly. | Get the Full Story

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Your Glowing Pea Could End Needle Biopsies

Fluorescing urine signals organ transplant rejection, could replace needle biopsies – Science Daily
A new screening method using sensor particles and a urine test could catch rejection much earlier, more comprehensively, and without a biopsy needle.
When the body’s immune system has just begun attacking cells of a transplanted organ, the new method’s particles send a fluorescent signal into the urine. In a new study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University validated the method in a mouse model, and they have engineered the sensor with highly biocompatible components, which could make the path to potential future trials easier. | Get the Full Story

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How You Smell Things Could Determine How Long You Live

The smelling of food controls cellular recycling and affects life expectancy – Science Daily
The smell of food induces a variety of physiological processes in our body. Thus, the production of saliva and digestive enzymes is stimulated before the actual food intake in order to prepare the gastrointestinal tract for the upcoming digestive process. In a healthy organism, this coordination depends on a dynamic balance between formation and degradation of proteins (proteostasis). This plays an important role for the recycling of cells and during the aging process. | Get the Full Story

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Solar Winds Teaching Scientists to Make New Chemical Factory

Ingredients for water could be made on surface of moon, a chemical factory  – Science Daily
Using a computer program, scientists simulated the chemistry that unfolds when the solar wind pelts the Moon’s surface. As the Sun streams protons to the Moon, they found, those particles interact with electrons in the lunar surface, making hydrogen (H) atoms. These atoms then migrate through the surface and latch onto the abundant oxygen (O) atoms bound in the silica (SiO2) and other oxygen-bearing molecules that make up the lunar soil, or regolith. Together, hydrogen and oxygen make the molecule hydroxyl (OH), a component of water, or H2O | Get the Full Story

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Israeli Mission to the Moon Fueled by Spacex

Spacex is on schedule to place an Israeli lander on the moon by mid April of 2019.
SpaceX Falcon Successful Launch of Israeli Moon Mission and Indonesia Satellite – Next Big Future
If there is a successful launch today it will take the small and weak rocket engine almost two months to get the Israeli lander to the moon. It will have to circle out in larger orbits to get captured by the moon’s gravity. Lunar landing would be April 11, 2019. | Get the Full Story

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The Virgin Birth of Mary the Fish’s Offspring

Mary the fish has apparently given birth to babies that were not fertilized by a male fish.  The birth would cost Mary her life.
Scientists solve mystery of a fish called Mary’s ‘virgin’ birth  – Science Daily
A female stickleback fish, nick-named ‘Mary’, has produced offspring from eggs that appear to have been fertilised while they were still inside her, according to scientists at the University of Nottingham.Mary’s unusual pr | Get the Full Story

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Cows Need Love Too, and So there’s Tudder, Tinder for Cows

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love  – Reuters
A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.
Called “Tudder” – a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of.
They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy. | Get the Full Story