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Moth eyeballs inspire glare-dimming gold-coating for solar panels

The glare from commonly used objects such as solar panels or electronics displays can be greatly reduced with the use of a newly developed transparent film black inspired by moth eyeballs. The new film — created by researchers at UC Irvine — can……

‘Star Trek’s Kate Mulgrew on geocentrist film: ‘I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one’

Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is The New Black star Kate Mulgrew released a statement online on Tuesday saying she was misled about her participation in the “geocentric” film The Principle. “I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism,” Mulgrew said in her…

Glucosamine supplement extends lifespan of mice, study finds

An over-the-counter supplement designed to ease osteoarthritis prolonged the lifespan of lab mice by nearly a tenth, scientists said Tuesday. This would translate into an average eight-year longevity gain if the result could be repeated in humans, Swiss researchers reported in the journal Nature Communications. A team led by Michael…

Researchers remove gamma ray images pixel by pixel for first-ever peek at dark matter

Scientists created what they say is the first image of dark matter by removing all explainable galactic phenomena from a photo recorded by a NASA telescope. The mysterious material makes up about 27 percent of the universe, but researchers understand more about what it’s not than what it actually is.…

Study finds honey bees death rates are lower than feared in Europe

By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU…

Scientists say Australia’s Tony Abbott is engineering an ‘environmental train wreck’

An “environmental train wreck.” That’s what leading environmental scientists say that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has engineered, in less than one year in office. They say the changes he’s implementing could result in irreversible damage to some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems.…

Mysterious light photographed on Mars by NASA rover excites UFO enthusiasts

NASA cameras have captured what appears to be artificial light shining on the surface of Mars. The photo was taken last week by one of two NASA rovers on the surface of the planet and beamed back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Cal, reported the Houston Chronicle. The…

Spinal implant may release some patients from ‘lifelong sentence of paralysis,’ doctors say

Four men who had each been paralyzed from the chest down for more than two years and been told their situation was hopeless regained the ability to voluntarily move their legs and feet – though not to walk – after an electrical device was implanted in their spines, researchers reported…

‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth

UPDATE: Kate Mulgrew releases a statement, saying she is not a geocentrist and was misled by the makers of The Principle. A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about…

Technological breakthrough? U.S. Navy says it can now convert seawater into fuel

The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would significantly shorten the supply chain,…

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