Sci-tech

Rare Meteor Shower May Be Visible From Illinois Tonight

While there's no guarantee it will be exactly the same this time, scientists believe this event may be very impressive, with several meteors visible per second during the peak. The Earth's orbit rarely interacts with the debris trail directly. The conditions are lining up the way they did in 1995, so the meteor scientists are hopeful, but remind everyone that this is only a prediction. [Full Article...]

People with half a brain. Literally

Now while there's a slew of existing theories and debates surrounding this, a new research shows that people with half their brain removed have extra strong neural connections. Researchers believe there were more connections between the brain networks of those who have had hemispherectomies compared to those of healthy individuals. [Full Article...]

Ontario court quashes province's post-secondary student fee opt out order

Ontario court quashes province's post-secondary student fee opt out order The CFS and York Federation of Students (YFS) filed a legal challenge against the Ontario government's Student Choice Initiative (SCI), which was first announced in January by Merrilee Fullerton, former minister of training, colleges and universities. [Full Article...]

China put human brain genes in monkeys to study intelligence evolution

China put human brain genes in monkeys to study intelligence evolution In the wake of the genetically modified human babies scandal, Chinese scientists are drawing fresh condemnation from philosophers and ethicists, this time over the announcement they've created transgenic monkeys with elements of a human brain. [Full Article...]

Spacewalking astronauts cutting into cosmic ray detector

Spacewalking astronauts cutting into cosmic ray detector The International Space Station's Luca Parmitano sliced through eight stainless steel tubes, using hardware store-type bolt cutters. A third spacewalk, which is scheduled for December 2, will involve attaching the new pump module and modifying new coolant lines. [Full Article...]

SpaceX satellites interfering with Earth's view of other galaxies

SpaceX satellites interfering with Earth's view of other galaxies This is not cool!" Starlink is a project run by SpaceX to provide internet via satellite, using a variety of techniques to keep latency down and bandwidth high. "A full constellation of Starlink satellites will likely mean the end of Earth-based microwave-radio telescopes able to scan the heavens for faint radio objects", Swinburne University astronomer Alan Duffy told ScienceAlert in May afte... [Full Article...]

NASA underwater rover could aid in search for life

NASA underwater rover could aid in search for life NASA is preparing to test a prototype of its robot called Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE) in Antarctica's sea ice with hopes that the rover will then be sent to other planets where it will gather samples and take pictures while searching for alien life. [Full Article...]

Alnylam's rare genetic disorder drug gets early U.S. approval

Hepatic porphyrias are those in which the deficiency occurs in the liver and - along with painful attacks that often require hospitalisation and treatment with intravenous hemin therapy - can sometimes lead to patients requiring a liver transplant. [Full Article...]


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