Tag: Science


Abandoned Space – Photos of NASA’s Deserted Past

Roland Miller provides a revealing exploration of NASA’s deserted space and research facilities with the goal to preserve the historical significance of the early days of America’s effort to explore space.

via Deserted Space: Photos Document NASA’s Abandoned Launch Pads | Urbanist.

The Humans With Super Human Vision | DiscoverMagazine

Tetrachromacy, the ability to see a hundred million colors, would likely appear in women with sons or fathers who are colorblind. It’s estimated that 2 percent of women have the genetic mutation that results in the extra retina cone.

 

 

 

 

 

via The Humans With Super Human Vision | DiscoverMagazine.com.

How An “Impossible” Aviation Challenge Led To An Innovation Breakthrough

This is innovation: Atlas, the team that won the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition did what scores of aircraft designers and engineers failed to do for 33 years. They weren’t specialist. They cracked the problem by going beyond ‘thinking outside the box’, they won by zeroing in on the right box.

via How An “Impossible” Aviation Challenge Led To An Innovation Breakthrough | Co.Design.

Selling Your Most Personal Item: Your DNA | Wired

Minneapolis-based startup Miinome is already building a platform that will help consumers control what offers they get from retailers based on their genetic makeup, and to possibly cash in on the value of their DNA by selling the data back to marketers and researchers.

via Selling Your Most Personal Item: Your DNA | Wired.

That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think – NYTimes.com

Please keep your flipping cats indoors.  In a report that scaled up local surveys and pilot studies to national dimensions, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that domestic cats in the United States — both the pet Fluffies that spend part of the day outdoors and the unnamed strays and ferals that never leave it — kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of them native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles rather than introduced pests like the Norway rat.

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A domestic cat with a European rabbit. Domestic and feral cats are significant predators of a wide range of prey species, including rabbits. Photograph by James Morton.

via That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think – NYTimes.com.