Franz Eilhard Schulze had a laboratory full of beautiful sea creatures. In the 1880s, he was one of the world’s top experts on ocean sponges. He found many new species and filled saltwater aquariums at the University of Graz in Austria with these simple sea animals. They were striking — brightly colored with exotic shapes. Some looked like flower vases. Others resembled miniature castles with pointy towers.
But today, Schulze is best remembered for something very different — a drab little animal no larger than a sesame seed.
He discovered it one day by pure accident. It was hiding in one of his fish tanks. Creeping along the inside of the glass, it was dining on the green algae that grew there. Schulze named it Trichoplax adhaerens (TRY-koh-plaks Ad-HEER-ens). That’s Latin for “hairy sticky plate” — which is about what it looks like.
Read Article: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/living-mysteries-meet-earths-simplest-animal
Impressively, all of Apple's stores, data centers, and corporate offices now are powered solely by clean energy.
Apple has made good on its promise to go green.On Monday, the tech giant announced that all of its retail stores, data centers and corporate offices now run on 100% clean energy.
The milestone includes facilities in 43 countries, such as the US, UK, China and India. Overall, Apple uses a variety of clean energy sources, such as solar technology, wind farms and new concepts like biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro generation systems for generating electricity.
Read Article: http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/10/technology/apple-renewable-energy/index.html?sr=twCNN041018apple-renewable-energy0133PMStory
Nearly 4,000 people in the US are waiting for heart transplants. And on average, it takes about six months to get one, during which time some patients will die.
So researchers have been trying for decades to make an artificial heart that can be permanently implanted. But building one that imitates a real heart over a long period of time without breaking or causing infections or blood clots is incredibly difficult. One problem is that the more parts there are, the more things could go wrong.
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A rare white moose was spotted in Gunnarskog, Varmland province, Sweden, July 31, 2017. There are only around 100 white moose in Sweden. They aren't albino but instead grow white fur due to a genetic mutation.
Read Article: https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/photos/photos-amazing-animals-8537483/image-rare-white-moose-spotted-sweden-49213587
By Matthew Field
30 MARCH 2018 • 1:37PM
It may seem like the entire adult population is glued to their smartphone screens, but getting the next generation interested in the practical aspects of technology, in particular coding, has proved a roadblock to tackling the UK’s skills gap.
School leavers with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths are in short supply, and just 2pc of UK A-level students sit computing exams.
Which is why coding for kids has emerged as an in-demand area for start-ups. The mantra that “everyone can code” has been embraced all the way up to tech giants like Apple.
Read Article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/03/30/built-it-yourself-computer-bringing-coding-kids/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Why does a Blue Moon happen? The moon changes phases as it orbits the Earth, according to the amount of light reaching it from the sun. The moon circles Earth every 27 days, but the geometry of the positioning of the Earth, sun and moon is the same every 29.5 days.
In other words, there are 29.5 days between one full moon and the next full moon. So it’s unusual to have two full moons in a 30- or 31-day month. Also, February, which has only 28 or 29 days (during leap years), will never have a Blue Moon. Enjoy tonight’s spectacle, because the next Blue Moon won’t happen until Oct. 31, 2020.
Read Article: https://www.livescience.com/62187-what-is-a-blue-moon.html
The role of facilities management is changing, with building owners increasingly expecting facilities management teams to be stakeholders and collaborators for business growth. The focus is shifting to highly efficient operations and an elevated occupant experience, with teams being expected to extend their roles as smart solution providers.
Read Article: https://www.forbesmiddleeast.com/en/ai-and-iot-are-the-future-of-facilities-management/
Read about NASA's newest probe, to be launched this Sunday, which will actually skim the surface of the sun.
EARLY ON EASTER Sunday, around 4 am local time, a C-17 transport plane carrying a cargo worth $1.5 billion will take off from Joint Base Andrews near Washington, DC, and head south to Cape Canaveral. On board, a carefully wrapped and padded spacecraft headed for a rendezvous with the sun.
The Parker Solar Probe—designed and built by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and managed by NASA—is scheduled to launch on July 31 aboard a Delta IV rocket. On its solar journey, it will reach speeds up to 450,000 miles per hour by using Venus’ gravitational pull as a slingshot. This speed will allow the probe to pass through the sun’s hazy atmosphere, or corona, at just 4 million miles above its surface—the closest a spacecraft has ever gotten to the fireball.
Read Article: https://www.wired.com/story/nasas-new-parker-probe-will-skim-the-suns-surface/
A recently discovered organ in the human body may help explain the spread of cancer through the body.
A newly discovered network of fluid-filled channels in the human body may be a previously-unknown organ, and it seems to help transport cancer cells around the body.
This discovery was made by chance, from routine endoscopies – a procedure that involves inserting a thin camera into a person’s gastrointestinal tract. Newer approaches enable doctors to use this procedure to get a microscopic look at the tissue inside a person’s gut at the same time, with some surprising results.
Read Article: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2164903-newly-discovered-human-organ-may-help-explain-how-cancer-spreads/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=SOC&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1522192103