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Jul 7, 2019

Mysterious Deep-Sea Shark Captured in Incredibly Rare Footage, And It’s Breathtaking

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Down in the deep ocean, where the Sun’s rays don’t penetrate, there dwells a beast so perfectly efficient it has remained practically unchanged for 200 million years. It’s called the bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus), and, like many deep-sea creatures, its lifestyle remains something of a mystery.

Scientists have managed to bring them up to the surface to tag them for tracking in the past. But under normal circumstances, they prefer the darker waters of the meso- and bathypelagic zones (up to 2,500 metres or 8,200 feet deep), coming into shallower waters only under the cover of night to feed.

Since being brought up to the surface can disorient and discombobulate the sharks, the data collected afterwards may not be a true representation of their normal movements. So a team of scientists sought to do something that’s never been accomplished before: tag a sixgill shark in its natural habitat.

Jul 6, 2019

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Jul 5, 2019

Amazon is Selling Tiny Homes for Less Than $20,000

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Amazon is selling a slew of tiny homes on its Website for different price points including ones that are under $20,000.

Jul 3, 2019

How Humans Will Bring the Internet to Space

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In the future, orbiters, rovers, deep space probes, and even human space habitats will be nodes on the internet of things.

Jul 1, 2019

Vital-Radio: Smart Homes that Monitor Breathing and Heart Rate

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Vital-Radio can use vital sign information to enhance our health-awareness, answering questions like “Do my breathing and heart rates reflect a healthy lifestyle?”, “Does my child breathe normally during sleep?” or “Does my elderly parent experience irregular heartbeats?”

Jun 28, 2019

Wasp Colony Given Colored Construction Paper Builds an Amazing Rainbow Nest

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Biology student Mattia Menchetti performed an experiment on a colony of European paper wasps which yielded some very colorful results. Paper wasps are known for their water-resistant nests constructed out of fibers of dead wood and plant stems which have been chewed into a pulp and mixed with saliva. Menchetti provided a captive colony of these wasps with colored paper and in a beautiful display of entomological artwork, the insects produced a vibrant, rainbow nest.

Menchetti began by giving the wasps bits of yellow paper, and slowly introduced more and more multicolored sheets. The colony happily made use of the material to construct a sturdy, technicolor home to house their larvae. Paper wasps are some of the most common wasp species, typically seen in backyards around North America. They tend to establish a single nest across multiple seasons and generations; for this reason, their homes must be incredibly durable. A protein found in the saliva of these wasps is actually so effective at waterproofing their nests that it has been used by scientists to construct a biodegradable drone.

Menchetti has performed a variety of scientific studies about insects, mammals, and the ecology of alien species, which he explains in further detail on his website.

Jun 27, 2019

NASA Identifies What Kind of Fungi Could Grow in a Mars Habitat

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Wherever there are people, the party is sure to follow. Well, a party of microbes, at least. That is what scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found after a 30-day microbial observation of the inflatable lunar/Mars analog habitat (IMAH).

What is an “analog habitat?” For NASA, analogs are experiments and processes that are developed and tested on the ground in the confines of special laboratories on Earth. Because of the danger, distance, and expense of space flight, it makes good sense to test out conditions that space travelers will face — before they ever launch.

For NASA, there are five different space stresses evaluated in analog missions. These stresses are the subject of analog missions that often make use of a carefully designed habitat to replicate space conditions. These five challenges are:

Jun 27, 2019

How Russia’s Citizens Can’t Escape Their Largest Tech Company

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Five years ago, Yandex was just a search engine trying hard to fend off Google in its local market. Since then it has bought Uber Technologies Inc.’s Russia business, built its voice assistant into cars and home appliances, and more than doubled its revenue. Yandex now claims to have 108 million monthly users, which is about 75% of Russia’s population.


I’m woken up by an alarm on a home speaker designed by Yandex NV. I go to work in Yandex taxi listening to the company’s music-streaming service. My lunch is delivered by Yandex. Eats. I buy sneakers on the company’s Beru marketplace, and catch up on a series on its Kinopoisk smart-TV app in the evening.

You get the picture. Not so long ago, most decisions in Russia were decided by the state. Now, Russia’s largest tech company can cater to your every need.

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Jun 26, 2019

Home: Innovating an extraordinary future

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Jun 23, 2019

The Baron Trump 3 In 1 Collection: The Last President (Or 1900), Travels And Adventures Of Little Baron Trump, Baron Trumps Marvellous Underground Journey

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This collection contains the THREE novels by INGERSOLL LOCKWOOD that have surprised the world of the XXI century. This author wrote over 120 years ago, during the 1890‘s, these three novels, in which the characters are first, a kid, whose name was Baron Trump, and his Master is Don; and a separate novel about a president who resides in 5th avenue, New York, in a tower with his name, who surprisingly wins an election…The Baron Trump novels recount the adventures of the German boy Wilhelm Heinrich Sebastian Von Troomp, who goes by “Baron Trump”, as he discovers weird underground civilizations, offends the natives, flees from his entanglements with local women, and repeats this pattern until arriving back home at Castle Trump. Chris Riotta noted in Newsweek that Baron Trump’s adventures begin in Russia, and also mentioned another book of Ingersoll’s, The Last President, in which the president’s home city of New York is riven by protests against a rigged presidential election. Jaime Fuller wrote in Politico that Baron Trump is “precocious, restless, and prone to get in trouble”, often mentions his massive brain, and has a personalized insult for most people he meets. These novels, and some of its phrases and situations, really make people wonder if there are authors who have a window to the future, true prophets like Verne and his “From Earth to the Moon”, Poe with his Arthur Gordon Pim (a story that occurred with names and last names 50 years later); and Robertson in Futility or the Wreck of the Titan, a novel about the wreck of the Titanic, with locations, names and descriptions, written 20 years! before the actual events.

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