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Germany Unveils The World's Largest Artificial Sun

By Kim Bussing on May 15, 2017
Germany Unveils The World's Largest Artificial Sun

The Earth’s natural power plant — the sun — bathes the planet with more than enough green energy to fulfill all our power needs. However, while we have managed to harness some of it through solar panels, most of its potential remains untapped. Finding new ways to capture more of this unlimited sustainable energy has proven tricky given that the sun doesn’t work at night, often hides behind clouds, and in some areas of the world, disappears altogether for months at a time. Now, scientists and engineers at the German Space Center (DLR) in Jülich have built a more reliable and controllable substitute to enable researchers to discover new ways to capture the sun’s energy.

The Giant Panda's Striking Coloration May Stem From Its Poor Diet

By Daksha Morjaria on May 13, 2017
The Giant Panda's Striking Coloration May Stem From Its Poor Diet

Tim Caro, Professor of Wildlife Biology at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), has made it his mission to understand the evolution of coloration in mammals. The researcher spent twenty years investigating why zebras sport black and white stripes (to ward off flies) and even wrote a book, Zebra Stripes, about his epic discovery. Now, Caro has solved the age-old mystery of why giant pandas also sport the dual coloration.

Emmanuel Macron Is France's Youngest Leader Since Napoleon Bonaparte

By Kim Bussing on May 11, 2017
Emmanuel Macron Is France's Youngest Leader Since Napoleon Bonaparte

On May 7, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest leader since 35-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor in 1804. The former economy minister is also the first president in modern French history who does not belong to the country’s two mainstream political parties — the conservative Republicans and the left-wing Socialists. Macron, who quit the government in 2016 to form Centrist party, “En Marche!” (“On the Move”), identifies himself as a radical outsider and promises to overhaul the country’s “failing” political system and revive the shrinking economy.

Mother's Day Gifts Will Earn U.S. Retailers $23.6 Billion!

By Meera Dolasia on May 10, 2017
Mother's Day Gifts Will Earn U.S. Retailers $23.6 Billion!

Every Mother’s Day, Americans show their appreciation for the special woman in their lives by showering her with lavish gifts. This Sunday (May 14) is going to be no exception. A National Retail Foundation (NRF) study of 7,400 people revealed that consumers plan to spend an average of $186 for the holiday, totaling to an astounding $23.6 billion. This is the highest amount since the survey began 14 years ago, and easily topples 2016’s record spend of $21.4 billion.

Astronauts Demonstrate First 4K Video Live Stream From Space

By Meera Dolasia on May 8, 2017
Astronauts Demonstrate First 4K Video Live Stream From Space

On April 26, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer starred in the first 4K ultra-high-definition live stream broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS). The highly anticipated event that occurred at 10:30 AM PDT (1:30 PM EDT) was part of a special show at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas to demonstrate the advanced technology and promote space science and filmmaking. Though the broadcast lasted just a few minutes, the astronauts impressed the ground audience with some fun experiments that looked stunning, thanks to the high resolution imaging.

Italian Architect Envisions "Forest Cities" To Combat China's Air Pollution

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on May 8, 2017
Italian Architect Envisions "Forest Cities" To Combat China's Air Pollution

Ever since Malaysian ecologist-architect Ken Yeang introduced the concept in the 1990’s, living walls and rooftops have become an increasingly common sight in both residential and commercial buildings. In addition to looking good, planted exteriors also help cut energy costs, and in the case of rooftop farms provide urban dwellers with homegrown produce. Now, Stefano Boeri wants to take green architecture to the next level with “Forest Cities” to combat China’s air pollution woes.

Guess What? Your Brain May Have 100 Times More Computing Power Than You Thought

By Maitreyi Mantha on May 5, 2017
Guess What? Your Brain May Have 100 Times More Computing Power Than You Thought

Given that scientists have been studying the human body for thousands of years, one would think that they have uncovered all there is to know. It turns out that is not the case. The latest surprising news comes from a team of researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), who have discovered that our brains might be ten times more active and possess 100 times more computing power than previously believed.

Indonesian Activists Rescue Rare Albino Orangutan

By Meera Dolasia on May 4, 2017
Indonesian Activists Rescue Rare Albino Orangutan

On April 29, officials at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) received a tip from the local police chief that some villagers in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province were holding a Bornean orangutan captive. When the rescue team arrived at the Tanggirang village they discovered that instead of the signature orange-reddish brown hair, the great ape had white hair, a paler skin color, and blue eyes. The mammal was also very sensitive to light.

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