Science

According to a recent rumor, physicists have started to find ripples within the fabric of space-time called “gravitational waves.” Although these can’t’ be fully confirmed by scientists, they have been see and people at a California lab are looking for these waves.

A recent email has spoken of the results that might be shared, but it might take months to analyze the data, interpret the results and then review them, and the chance that this could be out there is a thrilling concept for many scientists everywhere.

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There have been many gravitational waves thought about, but none have ever been fully seen, and if this is true, it could be the biggest breakthrough in physics seen in over a century. Einstein did have a theory of general relativity that suggested that the huge objects can curve the space-time fabric around them. Think of it as similar to a bowling ball sinking into a taut sheet. It can be seen like that, and it does allude to the possibility of a warped space-time with some crazy implications.

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The implications of this are shocking, and they are of note to say. For one, when an object accelerates, it might result in the creation of ripples within the space-time, and these ripples will be similar to raindrops on a lake’s surface. According to physicists who are looking to detect these ripples, they’re looking at the time of a star explosion or the collision of two objects such as black holes. The detection isn’t easy, but the physicists are using complex instruments to try to find these. There is a big L-shaped laser powered detector that is searching for gravitational waves. It’s been around since 2001, but so far it hasn’t realized anything. However, there was a more powerful one that went online in September, and this one is working even harder to find these gravitational waves. It’s a much more powerful one and superior to the other one that was recently released, and this complex instrument is searching out for these waves in hopes to find them.

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These machines will be monitoring the atmosphere so that if there are any ripples that do pass by the planet, the instruments can detect these kinds of occurrences and then will be able to record them. From there, many of the scientists who are studying this can look at each of the ripples and disturbances, analyze them, and then come to a conclusion with this.

All of our thoughts on gravity and this sort of occurrence can be completely changed with this theory. If the data and information does hold true over the next few years, and if there is something that does get discovered by this team of scientists, this could mean a whole different way of thinking, a new change, and these gravitational waves can help us measure occurrences and disturbances in the atmosphere that otherwise had never been seen or predicted up to this point.

A computer intelligence might be what we need to allow us to solve many of the big changes and problems within the world, such as climate change, and geopolitical conflict. in a recent article in the journal Science, the authors have now taken it upon themselves to give out a new vision of human computation which goes past traditional limits and also takes on some of the hard problems up until not out of reach.

The human mind can surpass the machines in many areas, such as simple pattern recognition and creative abstraction, but with these computers these cognitive patterns that people have can also be combined into multidimensional networks that can achieve what normal problem-solving cannot. Many of the human computation done today is based off of “micro-tasks” which are basically a bunch of people putting together results. For example, a whole bunch of volunteers have worked together to help build a map of the human retina and their neurons. It’s a touch challenge for many, especially in the realm of micro tasking.
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For many problems out there, these new problems need more than just a multitude of static information that is connected, but instead you need something that can have a lot of changes and also unforeseen consequences. With these new human technologies, you can now get real-time solutions and crowd-based inputs that are happening now. These can be processed by a computer and sent to another person to either improve or analyze these different types of information. This allows more constructive and collaborative environments to be created to help with very challenging issues.

It’s currently being used to help tackle the major global conservation problems, and it allows people to see the potential of different working and living landscapes, and it allows the people to build on each other’s work, something that just simple crowdsourcing can’t get. This is a bottom-up way of looking at the different models, and it will allow these scalable changes to be put in on residential areas. It’s a way to allow a person to have an interactive analytic formation, and it will allow people to see where things go.

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In another way, there is the stardust@home system, which is used to look for comet dust in one million images of aerogel, and it’s being adapted to look for stalled blood vessels which will then be found by the brain.

Through this, you’re giving people a simple task to do, and you will get real-time answers to things, and it will allow people to look for treatment and discovery in a fraction of the time. This will allow others to make changes almost immediately, taking the matters into their own hands. This can also help people find the solution to the problem and fix it immediately before things get any worse, and it will allow the community to not only connect to one another better, but allow everyone to come together as new discoveries are found each day.

A British couple has created a new way of life by having their puppies cloned from a dead pet using the tissue that is extracted from them two weeks after it dies.

Before all of this, the limit for cloning was five days after death, but this couple, who were grief-stricken when their boxer named Dylan died at the age of eight this past June, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, found out about this amazing technique.  This procedure is expensive though, costing almost 150K for just one cloning and it had never worked for dogs that had been dead for longer than five days.  But against all of the odds was a success, and they not only had one puppy embryo, but two of them as well.  The couple went to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, which is a dog-cloning service, and it’s the only laboratory of this nature out there.

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The male has been named Chance, and he is to be joined on the 29th another cloned puppy named Shadow, both named after two dogs in the movie homeward bound.

The feeling is so surreal for the couple.  Imagining losing your favorite animal, and then you’re able to have another one in due time.  Many people don’t realize how long this might take, and it even made the owner of the puppies feel very disoriented, losing a sense of time and not understanding how long it took.  The owner did cling to her husband an hour after the first puppy was born.  She couldn’t believe that it happened, but once the puppy started making noises it was real.  It was only a few minutes old, but it looked just like Dylan.  All of the colorings and the patterns were actually the same as the original dog.  It’s an overwhelming feeling, and the two parents were shocked at how it felt.

Right now, the puppy is still feeding well from the surrogate mother, and it has the same DNA as the original dog.  It’s quite confusing, especially since they had them since Dylan was a puppy, but the couple is happy to have this new life.

The couple decided to store more samples of Dylan’s DNA at the laboratory, with the firm providing a kit to take a biopsy of the abdomen.  They went to South Korea to deliver it, with the cells packaged up and the flight booked.  She was shocked that she could have the same genetic copy of Dylan as well, and it even put her mind at rest.  The first samples did fail, and before the second biopsy arrived it was past the point for successful cloning.  However, they took the chance, and soon their dog was born.  The research facility has over 700 dogs cloned for commercial purposes, with the data being implanted into a “blank” dog egg that has the nucleus removed.  It’s a revolutionary process and it shows just how far cloning and diversity of animals has come.

Darwin’s finches may face the risk of extinction in the next 200 years. It was revealed in a new study which was published in Applied Ecology Journal at 18 Dec. According to this study, birds race face an imminent threat due to existence of parasitic flies. One main attribute of these flies is their toxic nature which can even diminish the small birds’ race in a couple of decades.

Nevertheless, the chief of this research, Dale Clayton, has a reason to believe that use of word extinction for small birds, especially Darwin’s finches, is a bit of exaggeration, also suggesting that birds’ species can be saved from being even reduced.

According to Clayton, human beings can play an important role in stopping the extinction of these birds by practically discouraging dominance of parasitic flies. Moreover, Clayton has also welcomed the concept of natural development of birds’ defense against parasitic flies and their toxic larvae.

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Even if the human interaction is required, which is the case most likely, in this fight against parasitic nest flies; it is not going to be an easy process at all. These flies are believed to have originated from Galapagos Islands in 1960s and are given the official name of Philornis downsi.

Although Clayton expresses hope in finding the way against prevalence of these flies, he doesn’t underestimate the threat posed by these flies. According to Clayton, these flies usually lay their eggs in nostrils of baby birds. Larvae gets their feed from the flesh of bird and this process ultimately leads to the development of punctures which are life threatening for birds. Clayton further mentioned that these flies came into the limelight when these were found on the islands in 1990s.

Clayton said that there are several other factors which too are threatening for finches such as rats that prey nestlings and growing unsuitability of environment. However, dominance in existence of parasitic flies seems the biggest threat which needs to be dealt with on the first priority. While any solution to enhance birds’ capacity to resist their extinction from the hands of these flies could be found, it is imperative to work on restricting these flies from growing in number.