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In California, Android's earthquake detection will be a collaboration between Google and the same coalition that handles ShakeAlert, the back-end system that the MyShake client surfaces to users. California's ShakeAlert combines smartphone readings with a network of traditional seismometers, and now Android will be just another ShakeAlert client, pumping data into the system and showing alerts from it.

For everywhere else in the world, which doesn't have such an advanced earthquake-detecting infrastructure, Google's in-house Android Earthquake Alerts System will be on earthquake watch. The company says that "to start, we’ll use this technology to share a fast, accurate view of the impacted area on Google Search. When you look up “earthquake” or “earthquake near me, you’ll find relevant results for your area, along with helpful, credible resources on what to do after an earthquake."
 
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One of the auxiliary cables that helps support a metal platform in place above the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, broke on Monday (Aug. 10) causing a 100-foot-long gash on the telescope’s reflector dish. Operations at the UCF-managed observatory are stopped until repairs can be made.

The break occurred about 2:45 a.m. When the three-inch cable fell it also damaged about 6-8 panels in the Gregorian Dome and twisted the platform used to access the dome. It is not yet clear what caused the cable to break.
 

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Ooh ooh I have a story! According to the internets, the opening scene of the film 2010 was supposed to be shot at Arecibo (matching the novel). But after Peter Hyams visited the location in 1983, he felt it was too dirty to film there, so he decided to use the Very Large Array in New Mexico instead.

1983.
 
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Earthquakes occur when rocks suddenly break on a fault—a boundary between two blocks or plates. During large earthquakes, the breaking of rock can spread down the fault line. Now, an international team of researchers have recorded a 'boomerang' earthquake, where the rupture initially spreads away from initial break but then turns and runs back the other way at higher speeds.

The strength and duration of rupture along a fault influences the among of ground shaking on the surface, which can damage buildings or create tsunamis. Ultimately, knowing the mechanisms of how faults rupture and the physics involved will help researchers make better models and predictions of future earthquakes, and could inform earthquake early-warning systems.
 
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A team led by Hongmin Wang at Washington University set out to make a genuine power brick. More specifically, they wanted to see if they could use a vapor coating technique to turn ordinary red bricks into part of a supercapacitor. That actually isn’t quite as weird as it sounds, given that the red of a brick is an iron mineral, and iron is a common component of some battery chemistries. Bricks are often porous as well, meaning there is plenty of surface area where a thin coating could interact with that iron.
Sadly, their current tests don't hold a lot in regards to capacity.
 

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Ooh ooh I have a story! According to the internets, the opening scene of the film 2010 was supposed to be shot at Arecibo (matching the novel). But after Peter Hyams visited the location in 1983, he felt it was too dirty to film there, so he decided to use the Very Large Array in New Mexico instead.

1983.
My co-worker at Boeing, Dana Andrews, was a technical consultant for that film. He invented the inflatable aerobrake they used to get into orbit around Jupiter. So our whole team got a free showing of the film when it came out. We spent it nitpicking technical errors. :p
 

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Definitely the giant jellyfish aliens in the first episodes of Star Trek: Next Generation.

 
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People slept on comfy grass beds 200,000 years ago

Fragments of glassy petrified grass and microscopic traces of plant material, dating to around 200,000 years ago, are all that’s left of a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer’s bed in the back of Border Cave. In the same part of the rock shelter, archaeologists found layers of ash with more recent (as in only around 43,000 years old) and better-preserved leaves of dried grass laid on top, as if people had burned their old, dirty bedding and then laid fresh, clean sheaves of grass over the ashes—the rock shelter version of changing the sheets.
 
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I always knew those eyes I drew on the butts of my passed out friends was only to protect them.

Cattle herds in the Okavango delta region in Botswana are plagued by attacks by lions and other predators, prompting farmers to retaliate by killing the predators. An alternative nonlethal technique involves painting eyes on the butts of cattle to trick ambush predators like lions into thinking they've been spotted by their intended prey. It's called the "Eye-Cow Project," and a recent paper published in the journal Communications Biology provides some solid empirical evidence for the practice. There are now practical guides for using the "eye-cow" technique available in both English and Setswana, so farmers can try it out for themselves.
 
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The team said the key to proving that a supernova occurred would be to find the radioactive isotopes plutonium-244 and samarium-146 in the rocks and fossils deposited at the time of extinction. "Neither of these isotopes occurs naturally on Earth today, and the only way they can get here is via cosmic explosions," said undergraduate student and co-author Zhenghai Liu.

The radioactive species born in the supernova are like green bananas, Fields said. "When you see green bananas in Illinois, you know they are fresh, and you know they did not grow here. Like bananas, Pu-244 and Sm-146 decay over time. So if we find these radioisotopes on Earth today, we know they are fresh and not from here—the green bananas of the isotope world—and thus the smoking guns of a nearby supernova."
The radioactive species born in supernova are like green bananas... :cheers:
 

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Finally: genetic engineers have figured out a way on how to manipulate the sex determining gene of cattle, so that bulls treated and born with that manipulated genome are producing more male offspring than normal.

The reason for that? More steaks, because male cattles are producing more beef using the same energy compared to female ones. So this could be also potentially good for the environment.


...and might as well become a hit in India and China, where many families favor male offspring, because the same genome is in the human DNA.
As fucked up as it sounds this would be good for global warming - population growth is determined by it's number of females.
 

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What a bizarre take. Have these people completely written the space shuttle out of existence? We're talking about the program intended to replace the retired space shuttle; being at least as reusable as the space shuttle was, was practically a Day 1 requirement for moving forward.
But Elongated Muskrat is our new savior!

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That particular shark is not the one that was 393 (or 272, or "over 500") years old, because the study was of dead sharks caught as bycatch in fishing operations.
 

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Peer inside a mummified cat from ancient Egypt, courtesy of high-res 3D X-rays
The ancient Egyptians mummified animals as well as humans, most commonly as votive offerings to the gods available for purchase by visitors to temples. Many of those mummified remains have survived but are in such a fragile state that researchers are loath to disturb the remains to learn more about them. Now an inter-disciplinary team of scientists has managed to digitally "unwrap" three specimens—a mummified cat, bird, and snake—using a high-resolution 3D X-ray imaging technique, essentially enabling them to conduct a virtual postmortem, according to a new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports.
 

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Ooh ooh I have a story! According to the internets, the opening scene of the film 2010 was supposed to be shot at Arecibo (matching the novel). But after Peter Hyams visited the location in 1983, he felt it was too dirty to film there, so he decided to use the Very Large Array in New Mexico instead.

1983.
When they detected the first pulsar (which blew people away because how could natural signal be so regular?) the Arecibo researchers supposedly put some throw away line in their paper about pigeon droppings on the dish.