The Red Tea Detox

Robot Can Be Programmed Through Conversation

The idea of having a helper robot at home that can make fold your laundry or bring you breakfast in bed is kind of awesome, but in order to get to that point, it must be properly trained. In order to make the orientation process easier, Ashutosh Saxena of Cornell …

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Antarctic Ice Melt Could Be Worse Than We Realized

A new tipping point has been identified for the climate. The 420 protected species covered by the law include South China tigers, golden monkeys and Asiatic black bears. Some are in demand as traditional Chinese medicines, others are food items and still others are status symbols. Sixteen men were recently charged …

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Bird Cries Wolf, Then Steals Your Juicy Grub

The fork-tailed drongo is a master impersonator and a champion of deception. .While political obstacles may intervene, we now have the technology to provide electricity for virtually the whole world from non-polluting sources. With the rise of electric vehicles this can be transferred to land transport as well. However, air travel …

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Glassfrogs Hatch Early When They're Abandoned

Glassfrog embryos know when they’ve been abandoned. Now, a University of Pittsburgh team led by Stephen Badylak developed a different kind of stem cell treatment that doesn’t involve taking out and adding back stem cells; rather, the stem cells stay in the body. The technique relies on extracellular matrix (ECM) — …

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Whole Brain Use Reduces Fear

Rainbowfish that use both sides of their brain equally to analyze information are braver than those that prefer one side. Brown also thinks there may be value in rarity. Just as left-handers gain an advantage in certain sports because their opponents are not used to playing them, fish that have no …

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Using Seawater To Create Jet Fuel

Scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have demonstrated significant progress in their novel gas-to-liquid process, which simultaneously recovers carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater, and report that it can produce a fuel-like hydrocarbon liquid which may eventually offer a renewable replacement for petroleum based fuel in jet engines. They …

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Space Travel Makes Cherry Trees Bloom Years Early

Cherry stones taken into space have produced fruit trees that bloom six years earlier than trees from stones that never left the planet. In 2008 stones collected by young children from 14 cherry trees across Japan were taken aboard the International Space Station by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, now the station’s …

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Study Reveals Complexity Of Shark Sensing

A fascinating new study has revealed the interplay of the different senses that sharks use during predation, highlighting how different shark species use a combination of senses to guide the animal’s behavior from initial detection to attack.  Although sensing in aquatic animals is well documented, previous research has primarily focused on investigating one …

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Major Breakthrough Made In Stem Cell Research

Scientists have been making spectacular strides with stem cell research and are getting ever closer to creating replacement organs for patients who need them due to disease or injury. So how many signals were needed to spark the cellular processes needed for stem cells to begin forming a zebrafish embryo? Ten? …

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Two New Dwarf Planets Discovered in Outer Solar System

Astronomers have now confirmed the discovery of two new dwarf planets: 2013 FY27 and 2013 FZ27. In order to be categorized as a dwarf planet, a celestial body must orbit the sun directly (as opposed to a moon which would orbit the planet directly and the sun indirectly) and be massive …

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