Dormant monster Black Hole just woke up — Above is V404 Cygni, a binary system consisting of a star and a black hole, some 7800 light-years away. It has lain quiet for the last 25 years, but a week ago, NASA’s Swift satellite noticed a burst of new activity.
~ At least it’s had a beauty sleep.
Strange exoplanet has a tale — Astronomers have spotted a Neptune-sized planet with a rather unexpected feature: a comet-like tail that trails for millions of miles. Nothing quite like it has ever been seen before. GJ 436b, is located approximately 33.1 light-years away and in orbit around the red dwarf,Gliese 436.
~ The tail goes on.
What we might expect to find on Pluto — What sorts of landscapes might Pluto and Charon have in store for us? Dr Stern weighs in.
~ Thermal features, anyone?
NASA about to launch the HoloLens into space — Microsoft and NASA have announced a new joint effort called Sidekick that will empower astronauts in space to use the company’s future goggles. On June 28, two HoloLens devices will ride a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS), where astronauts are eagerly awaiting the ability to work in three-dimensional, holographic environments.
~ Not for play, presumably.
Self assembling nanobot gun inside people — In a paper presented last month at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, researchers from the University of Houston and Boston Children’s Hospital demonstrated a method for turning a small group of robots into a Gauss gun inside your body, capable of firing a projectile to clear up blocked arteries or inject drugs into specific sites.
~ An inffensive weapon …
Three news kinds of battery that could change (and charge) the future — Electric car makers are looking for cheaper, lighter, more powerful and durable cells. Electronics makers are looking for more reliable cells that can charge faster and last longer. For makers of medical implants and even wearable technology, it’s a battery small enough to “disappear.” Meanwhile, renewable energy companies are looking for batteries that can charge and discharge thousands and thousands of times and remain stable.
The three main contenders are …
~ Anything that lets you easily use a day’s solar charge once the sun has gone down can change the world.
Building a face from a DNA sample — Revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes may be closer than we think. In a process known as molecular photo fitting, scientists are experimenting with using genetic markers from DNA to build up a picture of an offender’s face. Dr Peter Claes, a medical imaging specialist at the University of Leuven, has amassed a database of faces and corresponding DNA and is now able to model how a face is constructed based on just 20 genes (this number will soon be expanded to 200).
~ Criminals might have an advantage: they already know how they look.
What’s your reasoning style? A comprehensive online quiz by ClearerThinking.org will not only provide you with the answer, it’ll also tell you which of 16 reasoning styles you belong to, where your strengths lie, and how to improve your thinking skills.
~ I’m apparently the sort that takes these stupid quizzes.