Every Thursday morning we dive into new and future Science trends that will change the world. Future medical procedures, to new advanced technologies and out into space. If you love science, technology and facts, then this is the show for you!
It's Raining Plastic:
Since the dawn of history, humankind has struggled to develop materials offering benefits not found in natural materials. The development of plastics started with the use of natural materials that had fundamental plastic properties, such as shellac and chewing gum. The next step in the evolution of plastics involved the chemical modification of natural materials such as rubber, nitrocellulose, and collagen. Finally, the full range of entirely synthetic materials that we would recognize as modern plastics started around 100 years ago.............
Scientists Are Making Fuel From Sunlight and Air
Few activities swell our carbon footprint quite like flying. A one-hour flight on a twin-engine jet aircraft burns almost 6,000 pounds of kerosene and adds nearly 19,000 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. The environmental impact of air travel is stark, but what if flying could be made zero carbon?
Hunt for Alien “Technological Civilizations”
A team of astronomers from Harvard and other institutions are collaborating on a new project to scan the skies for technological signatures from alien civilizations. It’s a noteworthy new project, as it’s the first to receive a NASA grant for SETI-specific research in more than 30 years.
Earth’s Magnetic Field: Magnetic fields around planets behave in the same way as a bar magnet. But at high temperatures, metals lose their magnetic properties. This fact makes it clear that Earth’s hot iron core isn’t what creates the magnetic field around our planet. Instead, a dynamo effect is what creates Earth’s magnetic field. To understand what a dynamo effect is, think of a bicycle light. Magnets in the dynamo, or generator, start spinning when a person pedals, which creates an electric current. The electricity generated powers the bicycle’s light. This process also works in reverse. If you have a rotating electric current, it will create a magnetic field.
Human Hibernation: The dream of suspended animation has long captivated the human imagination, reflected in countless works of mythology and fiction, from King Arthur and Sleeping Beauty to Captain America and Han Solo. By effectively pausing time itself for an individual, a state of stasis promises to enable the repair of lethal injuries, prolong life and allow for travel to distant stars.
Dads Experience Postpartum Depression: In the U.S., 1 in 7 fathers suffers from depression during the time of pregnancy and a child’s infancy. That number skyrockets to 1 in 4 men after birth around the three to six month period. If the mother experiences postpartum depression, 1 in 2 dads will also experience postpartum depression. Also, up to one-quarter of expecting fathers experience anxiety during pregnancy, and more than half have anxiety during their child’s infancy. These are worrisome statistics since research shows a strong correlation between anxiety and depression.
We live on a green planet. Today we may take plants for granted, but they are the most important living things on Earth. Their establishment onto land made it possible for all animal life to survive, from the smallest ants to the biggest dinosaurs. Humans and a few other animals make up the short category of omnivores. The best evidence of this is our teeth: we have biting/tearing/ripping incisors and canines (like carnivores) and chewing molars (like herbivores). Animals with such diverse teeth tend to be omnivores.
There are about 2,700 different species of mosquitos in the world. The United States is home to about 150 different species. For centuries mosquitoes have plagued people all over the globe, and eventually, humanity found out that these pests also carried deadly diseases.
In a sad sideshow to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities in the Netherlands began to gas tens of thousands of mink on 6 June, most of them pups born only weeks ago. SARS-CoV-2 has attacked farms that raise the animals for fur, and the Dutch government worries infected mink could become a viral reservoir that could cause new outbreaks in humans.
Since the very first humans roamed the Earth about 300,000 years ago, the tidal-locked face of the Moon silently watched all of humanity unfold. She has been the one single object that every living creature could see no matter where they were on planet Earth. She was there for every war, every natural disaster, every achievement. Hundreds of millions of people at one time or another have gazed at her in wonder.
Sea-level rise is a real problem. Observational data and changing conditions in such places as Greenland suggest if there is a problem there, then it is an underestimation of future sea-level rise elsewhere. The IPCC reports offer conservative projections of sea-level increase based on assumptions about the future behavior of ice sheets and glaciers, leading to estimates of sea level roughly following a linear upward trend mimicking that of recent decades.
Need an endless boost to your immune system? Growing culinary herbs on your balcony, backyard, or even your windowsill can be a great way to incorporate them into your cooking creations. There’s an added bonus: many herbs are beneficial to the immune system. Using these flavorful and aromatic herbs can give an extra oomph to a meal, as well as your health.
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US Military Kill an Aircraft With an Energy Weapon
The idea of using light as a weapon can be traced back to Hippocrates, commander of the Greek forces in 212 B.C. His forces supposedly set fire to the sails of the Roman fleet by focusing sunlight with mirrors. Weapons systems based on lasers and ray guns, long a staple of science fiction, have captured the imagination of people everywhere.
Earth’s Rare Elements Are Running Out!
Let’s do a small thought experiment. Close your eyes a picture the condiment section in your local supermarket, specifically at the ketchup bottles. How many are on the shelf, two or three dozen? Most likely those bottles are replaced with new ones either weekly or bi-weekly. Now let’s look at just the Heinz Ketchup. Heinz Ketchup makes 650 million bottles each year. An estimated 1,000 bottles per minute.
There’s a Russian Volcano That Erupts Diamonds
Diamonds are remarkable, they formed over 3 billion years ago deep within the Earth's crust under conditions of intense heat and pressure that cause carbon atoms to crystallize, thus creating diamonds. They are brought to the surface in powerful explosive volcanic eruptions.
The octopus was a Graneledone boreopacifica, a species of octopus that we know very little about. But the scientists were not there for her, after making a note of what they saw they moved onto business. The team went back a month later and found the same octopus on a rock sitting on 160 eggs.
The human eye is a complex organ. Scientists have enough theoretical evidence to suggest the first eye-like structure was a light-sensitive pigmented spot on the skin. Through natural selection, this first eye has gone through changes to form the human eye we know today.
NASA is looking for participants to spend eight months together inside a spaceflight simulator at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow.
Today is Thursday, May 21st, 2020. If we were in a spaceship and approached Earth from the North pole in the summer, we would see a roughly circular mass of blue water dotted with ice, and almost encircled by landmasses. Some reflecting in a brilliant white from ice and snow, but mostly the landmasses are brown and green. What we cannot see from space is what lays just beneath the surface. It is the subsection of the Earth, we are discussing today.
A genetic Chimera is a single organism composed of cells with more than one distinct genotype. To produce a Chimera animal, scientists need to merge multiple fertilized eggs. If you are not quite sure what a Chimera is, let’s take a quick look into mythology. The centaur: chest and arms of a man attached to a horse. Or the three-headed hound of hell. The best example may be Medusa, the body of a woman merged with serpents. You get the idea.
Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources is warning residents that an invasive species of giant lizards has established in the state, posing a threat to wildlife and crops because they eat “anything they want.”
Today is Thursday, May 14th, 2020. The bond between dogs and humans can be traced back to about 15,000 years ago. These lovable and loyal animals have found their way into 48% of American households. For centuries canines have been listed as man’s best friend.
Neuralink is a device that will first be used to help paraplegics with simple tasks such as using an iPhone and making mouse clicks on a computer — by making no physical movement.
The Asian giant hornet can kill humans with its stings. It also decapitates bees methodically. Then they rip out the bee’s chest, which they bring back to their hive to feed their young. The hornets leave the honeybee hives vacant, all that remains is the honey.
Today is Thursday, May 7, 2020. When it comes to heart attack risk, how do you score? If you want a sneak peek into your risk of heart disease, here are your options: Your doctor can measure cholesterol and blood pressure, ask about your history of smoking and diabetes, and consider age and gender. For the 50-plus crowd, this approach works well, but these traditional risk factors do not account for heart attacks in those who are younger. Soon this may all change; scientists have an idea, based on your genes.
Each year thousands of patients face life-long losses in sensation and motor function from spinal cord injury and related conditions in which axons are badly damaged or severed. New research in mice shows, however, that gains in functional recovery from these injuries may be possible, thanks to a molecule known as Lin28, which regulates cell growth.
This week we can’t stop talking about Elon Musk saying the star link network will go live in six months.
Today is Thursday, April 30, 2020. How many times, especially lately, have you heard that copper kills viruses. Can this be true, or is it just another snake oil cure? The SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal but disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Let’s discuss why.
scientists made rice genetically engineered to resist heat waves, and can also produce up to 20% more grain.
United States Police testing Pandemic Drones that monitor your temperature and heart rate from the skies.
A gene drive is a genetic engineering technology that propagates a particular suite of genes throughout a population. Gene drives have been proposed to provide an effective means of genetically modifying specific populations and entire species. The new wheat strategy would be the world’s first use of a gene drive to control a pathogen in plants.
People with a gene variant that puts them at high risk for Alzheimer's disease are protected from its devastating effects if they also carry a variant of a completely different gene, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators reported in a large new study.
A new NASA telescope idea that could spot vegetation on distant exoplanets.
We have spoken about smart toilets before on the Joe and Craig Music Show. This smart toilet is much different than the ones we’ve spoken about in the past. The only difference, we may see this product available commercially within this decade.
Why doesn't the United States have any surgical masks? How can something like that happen to a superpower country like America?
A New Blood test can detect up to fifty different cancers. This could revolutionize the way we detect cancer.
Fact-checking disturbing claims that troubled us this week.