Science

Magnesium variability extends findings to Earth’s past temperatures

SAN FRANCISCO–A new study affirms that magnesium variability is linked to the day/night, namely light/dark, cycle in simple, single-celled forams and extends the findings to more complex multi-chambered foraminifera. The new findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, are related to one of the most common methods for obtaining data about the Earth’s past temperature, …

Technique developed for turning Mars or moon rocks into concrete

SAN FRANCISCO–Civil engineers at Stanford University have worked with colleagues at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop a form of concrete that humans could produce on Mars or the moon. If humans do reach Mars, as NASA has planned for 2030, or even establish settlements on the moon, they would need …

Antarctic ice melting much faster than previously believed

MOSCOW–Researchers at Columbia University’s Earth Institute have discovered that the melting of the Antarctic ice is happening at a much faster rate than previously believed. The researchers, who published in the journal Nature, found enormous amounts of meltwater in places where they didn’t expect it, including a 400-foot-wide waterfall on the Nansen ice shelf. Previously, …

Scientists, academe push for ‘blue economy’

CEBU CITY–The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and some members of the academe are pushing for a “blue economy” for the country. “Blue economy”, as compared to “green economy”, focuses on seas and oceans, and emphasizes on the sustainable management of marine resources. NAST acting president, Fabian Dayrit, said the Philippines is among …

Canadian glacier melt rerouted in rare case of ‘river piracy,’ scientists say

WASHINGTON — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call “river piracy” and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to another. That changed the Slims River from a three-metre deep, raging river to something so …

3D printing helps treat young heart disease patients

SHANGHAI–Ma Chengqiang, 16, and eight-month-old Yang Youhong from northwest China’s Qinghai Province have both undergone life-saving heart surgery in Shanghai thanks to 3D printing advances. “Our children have had the world’s latest 3D printing technology heart surgery. We are so lucky,” said Ma Wenming, grandfather of Ma Chengqiang. “Moreover, the fees including transportation, accommodation, diagnosis …

Scientists are giving up on saving Australia’s great barrier reef

MOSCOW–Climatologists and scientists studying the increasingly dire coral bleaching event in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have given up finding ways to express the urgency surrounding the mass die-off, and are now simply throwing up their hands in despair, as those in a position to take action to mitigate the extinction do nothing. Referring to the …

ISS expedition 50 crew members return to earth

MOSCOW–Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying three International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 50 crew members landed in Kazakhstan on Monday. Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a US astronaut landed in Kazakhstan over three hours after undocking from the International Space Station (ISS), the Roscosmos space corporation said Monday. “We have landing! Cosmonauts Andrei …

Scientists develop artificial skin with sensitivity

SEOUL–A group of South Korean scientists has developed an artificial skin with sensitivity, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the science ministry as saying Tuesday, a development that could be a boon to a variety of robots and products in numerous fields. The team led by Kim Do-hwan at Soongsil University and Jung Hee-tae at …

A ‘sci fi’ cancer therapy fights brain tumors, study finds

WASHINGTON –It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many doctors are skeptical of the therapy, called tumour treating fields, and it’s not …

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