The creation of a Human, usually takes two to Tango the dance of life. But recent advancements in medical science may open that dance for three. Doctors in Kiev, Ukraine helped deliver of newborn girl that technically has three parents. The main parents were unable to bear a child. Doctors were able to use a form of a Surrogate Mother to aid them. Doing so made the surrogate partly related to the child. This isn’t first time this has been done, but it is the first done in this manner. The newborn child in question, now just has a very close aunt.
Caffeine, a must have for many people every morning, the Wizards included. That addicting buzz of energy when you need it, in a drink that you enjoy. Either it’s through Coffee, Energy Drinks, or Tea, everyone has their drink of choice. And it may have just become more addicting, after Stanford researchers have found a link to Caffeine countering age-related inflammation. This inflammation is a root cause to multiple illnesses, cancers, and other unwanted afflictions. Much more research is need, but it’s another positive to look forward to in that morning drink.
Static Electricity is a common occurrence in our lives. You drag your feet or jump out of a car quickly, you’re bound to build a charge. For most cases, we just get a zap on our finger tips. But there are other uses for our innate electrical prowess. Here is a video demonstrating a few fun experiments using static electricity.
Home Automation is quickly becoming a must-have electronic this season. From Roomba’s to voice controlled assistant systems and everything in-between, they are becoming quite popular. One of the more popular devices this season is the Amazon Alexa System. From google searches to music, Alexa is quite the smart toy. But you may want to be careful using this device near your children. There have been a few reports of children using Alexa to buy toys using their parents Amazon accounts. You may want to put a confirmation pin to your account before considering these toys.
Good News, we’ll be having a guest arrive soon. By guest, we mean a passing star, Gliese 710. And by soon, I mean in Star time, in human time that’s about 1.35 million years. Astronomers from the European Space Agency have calculated that the visiting star will be about 13,365 astronomical units away at its closest. For comparison that’s over 300 times farther than Pluto is to Earth. The visiting star will dig up trillions of comets as it passes by. If humans are still on Earth during this time it will be quite the light show.
As we move forward to closing the year 2016, we can take some heart that in all the losses we have experienced, there have been some gains. Back in 2014 the world had one of the worst epidemic scares we have had in some time. The Ebola Virus spread far and wide, and infected some Doctors Without Borders, which frightened the world even more. From that scare, a renewed push was made for a vaccine of this deadly virus. Just recently researchers were able to test a prototype vaccine, when used it had a 100% success rating in protecting from the virus. Open for more testing, it’s a ray of light in this dark year.
Falling asleep on long car rides when you were young, made the trip just a bit more magical. You fell asleep at the start and woke up at the destination. Scientists are working on pulling off that same thing for long space journeys. Putting a full-grown person into hibernation is a bit more of a task than a young child taking a nap. Through a mix of temperature control and medicine, scientists are getting closer to creating this controlled hibernation. This something that we’ll need to consider for our eventual ride to Mars.
The internet is a global utility that connects everyone in the world to one another. The scale and size of creating an infrastructure to do so is immense. Most would think of the large amount of satellites we have around the world, would run most the internet of the world. But in fact, most of the internet is run through physical cable. These cables are run for thousands of miles, both across and below the oceans. And these are your normal internet cables that you can pick up at a store. Here is a quick video showing a cross section of a cable that would run across the continents.
We Minnesotans and Wisconsinites like to boast about our cold endurance to the rest of the states. But the recent blasts of cold are starting to make some of the more stalwart denizens shiver. But what is a Polar Vortex? The Vortex is a swirling mass frigid air from the North Pole. With Global Warming on the rise that Vortex is on the move. With the temperatures on the rise the invisible wall that once held that Vortex at bay is now weakening. We’ve experienced this once before back in 2014 and again now in 2016. Our future winters are starting to look a lot colder.
Whether you pronounce it with a hard G or a soft G, gifs are one of the internet’s favorite forms of media. From silly kittens to amazing stunts, these little video cuts won’t be going anywhere soon. So, Nasa is joining and adding their own archive of Space and Science based gifs. They range from simple experiments to astronauts on the space station. Be careful, they can be hypnotizing and before you know it you’ll wonder where the time went.