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Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Energy Hearing – Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

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Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing - Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and TechnologyDate:Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 10:00amLocation:2318 Rayburn House Office BuildingSubcommittees:Subcommittee on Energy (115th Congress)Subcommittee on Environment (115th Congress)Opening Statements:Full Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)Environment Subcommittee Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.)Energy Subcommittee Chairman Randy Weber (R-Texas)Witnesses:Dr. Phil Rasch, chief scientist for climate science, Laboratory Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory [Truth in Testimony]Dr. Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy, Niskanen Center [Truth in Testimony]Dr. Douglas MacMartin, senior research associate, Cornell University [Truth in Testimony]Ms. Kelly Wanser, pri...

Object passes earth at 15 million MPH (24 million KMH) and has astronomers baffled

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A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers. This unusual object – for now designated A/2017 U1 – is less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. Astronomers are urgently working to point telescopes around the world and in space at this notable object. Once these data are obtained and analyzed, astronomers may know more about the origin and possibly composition of the object. A/2017 U1 was discovered Oct. 19 by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, during the course of its nightly search for near-Earth ob
Superfast lightwaves can be slowed to store data – study (VIDEO)

Superfast lightwaves can be slowed to store data – study (VIDEO)

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Transferring information from the optical to acoustic domain and back again inside a chip is critical for the development of photonic integrated circuits: microchips that use light instead of electrons to manage data. These chips are being developed for use in telecommunications, optical fibre networks and cloud computing data centres where traditional electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic interference, produce too much heat or use too much energy. “The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain,” said Dr Birgit Stiller, research fellow at the University of Sydney and supervisor of the project. “It is like the difference between thunder and lightning,” she said. This d
MIT researchers could change the way babies are given vaccines

MIT researchers could change the way babies are given vaccines

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Microparticles created by new 3D fabrication method could release drugs or vaccines long after injection. MIT engineers have invented a new 3-D fabrication method that can generate a novel type of drug-carrying particle that could allow multiple doses of a drug or vaccine to be delivered over an extended time period with just one injection. The new microparticles resemble tiny coffee cups that can be filled with a drug or vaccine and then sealed with a lid. The particles are made of a biocompatible, FDA-approved polymer that can be designed to degrade at specific times, spilling out the contents of the “cup.” “We are very excited about this work because, for the first time, we can create a library of tiny, encased vaccine particles, each programmed to release at a precise, predictab
FRBS: Repeating Radio Signals Coming From Distant Galaxy Detected By Astronomers

FRBS: Repeating Radio Signals Coming From Distant Galaxy Detected By Astronomers

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Repeating radio signals from a mysterious source in a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away have been detected by astronomers. Using the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, scientists with the Breakthrough Listen initiative—a massive project dedicated to finding signs of intelligent alien life—recorded 15 repeating fast radio bursts (FRBs) on August 26. The FRBs only last a few milliseconds, appearing to be coming from deep space. Because FRBs have an extremely short duration, and because scientists usually find them in data only after the event has taken place, pinpointing their origin has not been possible. Almost two dozen FRBs have been recorded. Most often, they are one-off events, but in 2016 scientists announced in the journal Nature that they had found a repeating rad
‘Breakthrough’ penny-sized nanochip pad is able to regrow organs and heal injuries

‘Breakthrough’ penny-sized nanochip pad is able to regrow organs and heal injuries

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Scientists have hailed a “breakthrough” technology capable of regrowing damaged organs and healing serious wounds with the single touch of a penny-sized pad. The new device uses nanochips to reprogramme skin cells which then generate any type of cell necessary for medical treatment. The non-invasive procedure takes less than a second and in laboratory trials was found to restore the function of badly damaged blood vessels within days. Dubbed tissue nanotransfection (TNT), the technique works by placing a small pad of nanochips over a damaged area. A small electric current then fires DNA into the skin cells, converting them into the specific building block cells of any other part of the body, such as arteries, or even organs like the heart. It promises to transform the
UGA Using Robots, Drones To Increase GMO Food Production

UGA Using Robots, Drones To Increase GMO Food Production

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These researchers suggest humans have 30 years to double our food supply, and a local university said robots will help get the job done. Engineers at the University of Georgia have developed robots and software that will monitor crops to gather information for geneticists to help increase food and fiber production. “Arable land that is in production worldwide is a finite resource,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said. According to WSB-TV's report, Black suggested growers must be more productive with the farm land they already have. Black also believes, crops can be genetically developed to increase yields, resistance to pests and to withstand droughts and high temperatures. “We’re very certain we’ve got to increase this food and fiber production somewhere between 7
Tower of human skulls unearthed beneath Mexico City.

Tower of human skulls unearthed beneath Mexico City.

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  MEXICO CITY: A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. The tower is believed to form part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive array of skulls that struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city under Hernan Cortes, and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts. Historians relate how the severed heads of