(And I bet the “Daily Star” is a representative sample of the general population! 🙂 )
Plastic has proven itself to be exceedingly toxic for the planet and its inhabitants. We’re drowning in the stuff and it doesn’t look like our reliance on the material will end anytime in the near future. Radical solutions are needed — and soon. Recently, a team of students discovered what very well may be part of the answer: a plastic-eating fungus. By Contributing Writer Carolanne Wright You can follow Carolanne on Facebook via Thrive Living
Wow! Mr. Phelps, this drone will self-destruct in 60 seconds.
WINGS THAT MELT ARE A FEATURE, NOT A BUG
Sometimes, the best things are those that can be easily left behind. For rescue missions, whether battlefield or natural disaster, DARPA envisions using lightweight, cheap, and expendable single-use drones that can carry supplies to those in need and, once their mission is complete, fall apart into disposable uselessness. Building on VAPR, which wanted electronics that fell apart on command or when introduced to water, DARPA’s new ICARUS program reaches for the sky and hopes to fall apart before it gets there.
ICARUS is an acronym for “Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems,” but it’s also the tragic subject of a Greek myth. As the story goes, the young Icarus and his father Daedalus escaped from a prison by building wings from wax and feathers. Shortly after, Icarus ignored his father’s warnings and flew too close to the sun; his wings melted…
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Scientists Discover the First Biofluorescent Reptile, a ‘Glowing’ Hawksbill Sea Turtle
No this isn’t a clip from the latest Miyazaki anime, this is the first sighting of a real fluorescent turtle.
Marine biologist David Gruber of City University of New York, was recently in the Solomon Islands to film a variety of biofluorescent fish and coral, when suddenly a completey unexpected sight burst into the frame: a glowing yellow and red sea turtle. The creature is a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle, and until this sighting last July, the phenomenon had never been documented in turtles, let alone any other reptile.
Biofluorescence is the ability for an organism to reflect blue light and re-emit it as a different color, not to be confused with bioluminescence, where organisms produce their own light.
Many undersea creatures like coral, sharks, and some shrimp have shown the ability to…
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