Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

China Set to Approve 27.9 GW of Wind Power Projects

China’s National Energy Administration recently announced the inclusion of 491 wind power projects with a combined installed capacity of 27.9 GW into its approval plan for the 12th five-year period spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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Terry shows contempt for FA boss

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Solar-Powered Proteins Filter Antibiotics from Water

Cancer-causing chemicals and drugs like antibiotics pollute many of America’s lakes, rivers and drinking water supplies. Activated carbon filters can remove about 40 percent of carcinogens and antibiotics from these waters. But a tiny solar-powered filter made of two bacterial proteins absorbs more than 50 percent more of the pollutants. read more

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News in Brief: American Physical Society meeting

Highlights from the April physics meeting, Denver, April 13-16

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Circumcision changes penis biology

Altered mix of microbes might reduce susceptibility to viral infections

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How Physics Can Help Solve Crimes

Blood Splatter Nyki M, via wikimedia commons The key to better blood splatter analysis? Better science.

It turns out that the best way to understand the science of how blood splatters is, well, science. With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, researchers at Iowa State University are turning to physics to reduce uncertainty and guesswork in bloodstain pattern analyses. read more

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What Drugs You Like Depends On Where You Go Dancing [Infographic]

Drugs Used In The Last 12 Months MixMag A graphical look at clubgoers’ preferences in the US and UK

MixMag‘s annual Global Drug Survey came out yesterday, and it has the breakdown. The survey asked 22,000 people about their drug use habits, and MixMag packaged the data in this nice little infographic. Maybe not surprisingly, the drug of choice is the legally obtainable alcohol. Cannabis isn’t too far behind. read more

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Pick An App Just By Thinking About It With Samsung's Mind-Controlled Tablet

Tablet Accessory? A woman wears an EEG cap for a Sandia National Laboratories experiment. To use the mind-reading tablet below, people must wear an EEG cap, though a slightly different one that doesn’t require gel on the scalp. Photo by Randy Montoya For when touchscreens will be *so 2010s*

One of my friends already thinks that people look silly holding up tablets to take photos, so I’m not sure what he’d think of using a tablet with a wire-covered EEG cap on. The experience might be worth the side-eyes, though: Samsung is researching a system that lets people control a Galaxy Note 10.1 with their thoughts, MIT Technology Review reported. read more

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Should Police Scanners Be Public?

Police Scanner: Bad? Uniden Several innocent people have been accused of being responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing thanks to misinformation originating from police scanners. Why are these even broadcast?

The past week has seen a torrent of information, the majority inaccurate, gushing from the faucets of Twitter and Facebook and Reddit and cable news and tabloids and blog posts. The story has become not so much what happened as what didn’t happen; as BuzzFeed notes, the most valuable service a respectable publication can perform right now is not to be the first but to act as Virgil, guiding the public through the morass of information they already have. read more

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BigPic: What's This Smoky-Looking Photo From Space?

Icy Patterns Chris Hadfield on Twitter Mysterious blue-and-white marbling

These are swirls of ice photographed off the northern coast of Japan. This image was taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who tweeted it on April 19, 2013. read more

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Shark Attacks On Humans Vs. Human Attacks On Sharks [Infographic]

Shark Attacks By The Numbers Joe Chernov/Robin Richards via Adventure Journal You seriously have no idea how many more sharks are killed by people than people are killed by sharks.

Sharks have been mythologized in our culture as ruthless brutes and hunters, but the truth is humans are way, way more of a threat to sharks than sharks are to us. About 100 million sharks are killed annually, mostly related to “finning” (when the shark fins are sliced off and sold, often for soup). read more

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The Video Tech That Helped Find The Boston Bombing Suspects

One of the Boston bombing suspects, from a video the Federal Bureau of Investigation released yesterday Federal Bureau of Investigation Software that spots colored cars and hats, and even specific the ages and genders, helps analysts comb through hours of surveillance footage.

Three days after the Boston Marathon bombings, a security camera caught one of the suspects robbing a 7-11. Law enforcement recognized him from photos and videos released by the FBI yesterday. The identification led police to the manhunt now underway in the suburbs of Boston. read more

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Rooney not scoring when it matters

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‘I’m doing a good job as Pirates coach’

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