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Thursday, October 23, 2014

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 02:01 PM PDT

New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one.

New ultra-thin 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 12:47 PM PDT

Researchers have devised an ultra-thin LCD screen that operates without a power source, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information. The technology may one day have applications in products such as e-book readers, flexible displays or as a security measure on credit cards.

Hospital logs staggering 2.5 million alarms in just a month

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 12:47 PM PDT

Following the study of a hospital that logged more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month, researchers have, for the first time, comprehensively defined the detailed causes as well as potential solutions for the widespread issue of alarm fatigue in hospitals.

Wild chimps use innovative strategies to raid neighboring agricultural fields undetected

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 11:36 AM PDT

Wild chimpanzees living in a disturbed habitat may use innovative strategies, like foraging crops at night, to coexist with nearby human activities.

Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 11:36 AM PDT

A new study provides the first known evidence of how a similar acoustic characteristic in the cry sounds of human infants and rat pups may be used to detect the harmful effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on nervous system development.

A 'Star Wars' laser bullet -- this is what it really looks like

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 07:35 AM PDT

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings?

Sight neurons recorded in jumping spider brain

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 06:30 AM PDT

For the first time, a team of interdisciplinary researchers have made recordings of neurons associated with visual perception inside the poppy seed-sized brain of a jumping spider using a hair-sized tungsten recording electrode.

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