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Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room

Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such as lung patients with oxygen machines and fuel

Germany Just Scrapped ALL Their Tuition Fees- Can We Can Get A Break Here in the US??

While the average college graduate in the United States is graduating with about $30,000 in student loan debt, Germany has decided that even much lower levels of tuition are simply unacceptable. The state of Lower Saxony, in northwest Germany, was the last of the country’s 16 states to do away with tuition fees. Dorothee Stapelfeldt is a senator in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. She is also head of Hamburg’s Department of Science and Research. She spoke to The Times about the

The World Has Lost HALF of Its Wildlife In the Past 40 Years, According to the WWF

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) made a truly heartbreaking announcement yesterday: according to a new analysis, the number of wild animals living on our planet has been reduced by half in just the past 40 years. The findings come from extensive research done by scientists at the WWF and the Zoological Society of London. The report states that creatures, both on land and in the water, have been decimated by unsustainable hunting practices. At the same time, industrial processes and rapid development have been shrinking

University Of Rochester Researchers Make Cloaking/Invisibility Device (Video)

University of Rochester Ph.D. student Joseph Choi 

Photo Credit:  J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester

Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to cloak large objects from sight, using what they call a “Three-dimensional, Transmitting, Continuously Multidirectional Cloaking Device”. Cloaking is the process by which an object becomes hidden from view, while everything else around the cloaked object appears undisturbed. What is most amazing is that the device can be created using inexpensive and readily available technology. The cloaking device requires four specific lenses, but it only cost researchers John Howell and

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Agricultural Breakthrough

Every year, Google sponsors a global science fair in the hopes of finding young scientist with innovative ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.  Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow (all 16) took the top prize with their project “Combating the Global Food Crisis”. The trio figured out a way to cut seed germination time in half, while also producing crop yields nearly 75% greater than normal. So how’d they do it? For starters, all three

Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10x Faster Than Previously Thought

We often take it for granted that the North Pole is at the top of the globe and the South Pole is at the bottom. But in reality, these poles have flip-flopped a number of times in Earth’s history, the most recent being about 780,000 years ago. Each flip is preceded by a gradual weakening of the magnetic field. Since the early 2000s, scientists have been predicting that the next polar flip would happen in the next 5,000 years or so, based

MRI’s Reveal How Some People Have a 6th Sense for Predicting Market Bubbles

In 2008, the American economy fell into a major recession following the collapse of the housing bubble. How did this bubble form? Basically, the government made it extremely easy to get a home loan, even if you didn’t really have the means to pay it back. As a result, everybody started buying and selling houses like hot cakes. Even when real estate prices became clearly higher than the actual value of the properties, people kept buying, in the hopes that they could re-sell at an

What Are These Strange Creatures and Why Are They Washing Up On the Shores of Monterey Bay?

Meet the velella velella. These odd creatures, which are often called by-the-wind sailors, are a species of invertebrate closely related to Portuguese Man-o-wars. Basically, they’re jellyfish that spend the entirety of their adult lives on the surface of the water. Their only form of navigation is the sail on their back, which is how they got their nickname. When winds get violent, velella velellas are pretty much at the mercy of the ocean, and are often stranded by the thousands along beaches

Did You Know You Can Take A Virtual Tour of One of The US’s Coolest Museums!?!

The Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History located in Washington, D.C. opened in 1910 and is still one of the United State’s most visited and celebrated museums. The museum itself is pretty massive. According to Smithsonian’s website… “The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees.”   At the heart of

UK Sets Plans To Launch Their First Commercial Spaceport As Soon As 2016

At the Farnborough International Airshow’s Space Day Conference this past July, UK Space Agency Director General David Parker announced a timetable which laid out the groundwork for the Agency’s first commercial spaceport. The Agency made the decision to build a spaceport in anticipation of the growing demand for space tourism and the expanding space plane industry. The timetable estimates that by 2030, space tourism will be bringing in about $65 million a year and the space plane industry will be worth around $33.9 billion. These potential future

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