Archive for February, 2016

Watch Boston Dynamics’ new Atlas robot get beaten up, pick up boxes, generally be impressive

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

The Alphabet-owned robot maker has presented the next iteration of its humanoid robot

End Point of Black Ring Instabilities and the Weak Cosmic Censorship Conjecture

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

End Point of Black Ring Instabilities and the Weak Cosmic Censorship Conjecture

Pau Figueras, Markus Kunesch, and Saran Tunyasuvunakool

Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 071102 – Published 18 February 2016

http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.071102

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/19/five-dimensional-black-hole-breaking-einstein

Warming oceans are turning sea stars to goo and killing lobsters, scientists say

Friday, February 19th, 2016
 February 17

Warming waters in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have increased the prevalence of diseases that are turning sea stars to mush and killing lobsters by burrowing under their shells and causing lesions, two new studies say. The outbreaks are so lethal, according to a biologist involved in both studies, that at least one species of sea star has vanished off the coasts of Washington and British Columbia and the lobster fishery, already decimated in southern New England, will likely be threatened in Maine.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/17/warming-oceans-are-turning-sea-stars-to-goo-and-killing-lobsters-scientists-say/

journey-to-mars-next-steps-2015

Friday, February 19th, 2016

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/journey-to-mars-next-steps-20151008_508.pdf

Animals revived after being in a frozen state for over 30 years

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The oldest and longest record of nematodes revived after dried storage was for 39 years, which was reported in 1946. Another record reported on the revival and subsequent reproduction of nematodes from moss after having been frozen for 25 years. In regard to tardigrades, the previous longest records of revival after the long-term storage were 9 years for eggs in dried storage at room temperature and 8 years for animals in dried storage under a frozen condition. These animals have the ability to temporarily shut down their metabolic activities induced by certain physiological stimuli including desiccation and freezing, which is called “cryptobiosis.”

 

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/rooi-ara021516.php

January was the ninth straight month of record-breaking global warmth

Friday, February 19th, 2016

 February 17

 

January was another record-hot month for our planet, according to NOAA and NASA. Even more shockingly, it was also the most abnormally warm month ever recorded, and the ninth month in a row of record-breaking global temperature.

According NASA’s preliminary analysis, the global temperature departure was 1.13 degrees Celsius above average in January — a warmer departure than any other month on record. It’s the fourth month in a row that the global departure has been more than 1 degree Celsius, which is an incredibly significant benchmark after leaders agreed in Paris to not allow Earth’s temperature to rise above 2 degrees, and 1.5 degrees if possible.

NOAA reports that January’s global temperature was 1.04 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average, and the ninth month in a row to break a monthly global temperature record.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/angela-fritz

Nurugo Micro : The Smallest 400x Microscope for Smartphone

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Nurugo Micro is the smallest and lightest digital microscope with 400x magnification and high resolution.

 

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities

Monday, February 8th, 2016

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/france-to-force-big-supermarkets-to-give-away-unsold-food-to-charity

Green olives painted with copper sulphate seized by Italian police

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Green olives hanging on a branch
 Old olives from previous years’ harvests were ‘recycled’ with a coat of copper sulphate. Photograph: Harald Theissen/Alamy

Wednesday 3 February 2016 

Chemical was used to brighten colour on 85,000 tonnes of the fruit while huge quantity of illegal olive oil also discovered

Italian police have seized 85,000 tonnes of green olives treated with copper sulphate to brighten their colour, and thousands of tonnes of foreign olive oil being passed off as “Made in Italy”.

Nineteen people face charges over the “painted” olives, including the use of banned additives and planning to sell edible goods containing dangerous substances, the forestry police said on Wednesday.

Old olives from previous years’ harvests that had lost their colour were “recycled” with a coat of copper sulphate to give them an intense and uniform green colour.

Copper sulphate was a clever choice, police said, because it is not normally classified as a colourant so food control authorities do not usually test for it.

Italy has long struggled against counterfeiting of its prized culinary goods, and police estimate the domestic market for fake foodstuffs is worth about €1bn (£760m) a year.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/03/green-olives-painted-copper-sulphate-seized-italian-police

iiRobot Announces Sale of Defense & Security Business to Arlington Capital Partners

Friday, February 5th, 2016

BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Defense and Security business to Arlington Capital Partners for up to $45 million in total consideration, including a contingent payment based on achieving certain milestones.  This transaction enables iRobot to solidify its position as the leader in diversified Home Robots and focus on technologies for the connected home.

http://investor.irobot.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=193096&p=irol-news&nyo=0