Australian Popular Science News news from, 27 Aug 2016 12:50:15 +100010If People Were Cockroaches, Adapting to Climate Change Would Be EasyAs the planet warms, insects will migrate into new habitats and environments as they adapt. However, the cockroach is already among the most adapted animals on the planet&#8212;will it weather climate change unfazed? For some insight into the not-so-humble cockroach and its future, <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Nexus Media News</a> reached out to journalist Richard Schweid, author of <em><a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore</a></em>.,435139Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:30 +1000Urban Pumping Raises Arsenic Risk in Southeast AsiaLarge-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia's aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentrations more than 100 times the limits of safety, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, MIT, and Hanoi University of Science.,435138Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:29 +1000Astronaut Jeff Williams Celebrates The National Parks On The ISSJeff Williams' father was a seasonal Park Ranger with the National Park Service, taking his family out to Wyoming every summer.,435137Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:28 +1000Interactive Map Shows How Animals Will Migrate In Response To Climate ChangeAs climate change warps the preferred habitats of mammals, birds and amphibians, these animals will be forced to flee. A beautiful but troubling new map predicts what this massive migration might look like for North and South America.,435136Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:27 +1000How We Could See The New 'Earth-Like' Planet Up CloseThe dramatic announcement that a small rocky planet might exist in the nearest star system to the sun, Alpha Centauri, raises the hope that we might be able to send probes to an alien world in our lifetimes.,435135Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:27 +1000You Need To Update Your iPhone Right NowIf you have an iPhone, stop what you're doing and update it to the latest operating system, <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">iOS 9.3.5</a> (to do this, go to your Settings app, tap "General," and then "Software Update." Then tap "Download and Install"). Why? As <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank"><em>Motherboard</em></a> reports today, security researchers have found a new malicious program that can secretly bypass the security on your iPhone and capture almost all of your data, including all your texts, phone calls, emails, even burrowing into your Facebook and Gmail apps.,435134Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:27 +1000Join US President Obama On A Virtual Reality Trip To YosemiteThe National Park Service's 100th birthday celebration continues. In case Google's 360-degree tours haven't sated your appetite for natural landscapes, you can now take a virtual reality tour of Yosemite narrated by President Obama.,435133Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:26 +1000Poop Reveals How Lobsters Can Safely Eat Stinging JellyfishTo protect themselves from the stinging jellyfish they dine on, young lobsters swath their poop in a special membrane, scientists in Japan <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">reported</a> today in the journal <em>Plankton and Benthos Research.</em>,435132Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:26 +1000Now You Can Explore US National Parks In Ranger-Guided 360 Degree ToursJust in time for the National Park Service's 100th birthday Google has released a new interactive project that takes viewers into five different national parks.,435131Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:25 +1000A Man's Thoughts Controlled Robots Inside A CockroachA man has used his thoughts to activate tiny robots inside a cockroach. This technology could eventually give people more control over when and where a medication is active in their body. The experiment, <a href=";id=10.1371/journal.pone.0161227.PDF" target="_blank">published</a> August 15 in <em>PLOS ONE</em>, demonstrates how nanobots made out of DNA can open and shut as needed to dispense drugs inside an animal.,435130Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:24 +1000North Korea Fires Missile From SubmarineWhen all of life feels like a war, every missile is a success. North Korea, a tightly controlled dictatorship locked in a shadowboxing match with the entire western world, keeps building and testing new missiles. Worse still, the missiles keep getting better. On Wednesday, a North Korean submarine fired missile traveled over 300 miles towards Japan, demonstrating an uncomfortable degree of success with the technology.,435129Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:24 +1000CIA Wants To Train AI To Analyse Satellite PhotosOn a clear day, the sky hides nothing from space. For more than half a century, spy satellites have circled the globe, taking pictures of the world below. First launched by the United States and the Soviet Union as ways to keep tabs on each other, satellite photography progressed from a state secret to a common mapping tool, with public photos taken from space available to anyone with an internet connection. But what if satellites did more? What if, instead of just showing us what the world looks like from above, they interpreted those images to identify buildings and other objects?,435128Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:24 +1000Boeing Wants Artillery To Fight Forest FiresArtillery is a tool of destruction. Howitzers, in particularly, are a kind of weapon great for lobbing explosions up through the air and over objects to crash down on foes. So why is defense and aviation giant Boeing looking to howitzers as a way to fight forest fires?,435127Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:23 +1000China's Martian Lander Looks for 2020, and a NameOn August 23, the Chinese National Space Administration announced details of China's first Martian probe; a lander and rover. The Martian probe, whose name will be selected after a global contest, will be launched in 2020. That target is set for when Earth and Mars reach the closest proximity in 26 months. It will take off from the Wenchang Launch Center on Hainan island, and reach Mars in 2021 after a seven month voyage.,435126Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:21 +1000What To Do About The Potentially Big Storm Brewing In The AtlanticHow do you warn people in the path of a potential tropical storm or hurricane to get out of the way when that potential storm is nothing but a messy blob of clouds hundreds of miles away, and only several days from possible landfall in the U.S.?,435125Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:21 +1000Montana Shut Down Over 150 Miles Of River Because Of A Fish-Killing ParasiteThere might be wide open spaces all around you, but in Montana, the rivers are closed.,434984Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:24 +1000Glitches Are The Number One Cause of Airline DelaysCongress has found out something about the cause of airline delays that will be completely unsurprising to regular flyers: most of the delays come from glitches in antiquated systems.,434983Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:23 +1000DevBot Brings Roborace One Lap Closer to RealRoborace, the entirely autonomous electric car race that will run on the same courses as Formula E, took a big step toward reality when the series unveiled DevBot at the Formula E open practice sessions in Donington, UK. Devbot may not look like much -- it certainly doesn't look like the sexy green Robocar designed for the series by Daniel Simon -- but this test sled has everything but the skin of that car.,434982Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:22 +1000Good Drones Pilot Tests Refugee Drone To Save OthersIn the civilian world at least, a drone is a flying camera with a person on the other end. Everything we think about drones, really, depends on what the person on the other end decides to do with it. On the Greek Isle of Lesbos, in the Aegean Sea, Mehdi Salehi is using his drone to save incoming refugees.,434981Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:22 +1000Jeff Williams Breaks US Record For Most Days In SpaceCongratulations are in order. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams just broke the U.S. record for cumulative spaceflight hours, previously set by Scott Kelly.,434980Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:22 +1000Scientists Gave Beetles An Extra Eye By Deleting Their HornsIn a feat of freaky genetics, scientists have created beetles with extra eyes where their horns used to grow.,434979Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:22 +1000Scientists Want To Bring A Bird Back From ExtinctionAn organization dedicated to the &#8220;genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species&#8221; thinks it can bring the great auk back from the dead.,434978Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:22 +1000One Year Later, Face Transplant Recipient Just A Normal GuyIf you saw Patrick Hardison walking down the street, you probably wouldn't give him a second glance. That's a big change from his life just over a year ago.,434977Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:22 +1000Indoor Plants Could Work As Cheap Air Filters For OfficesYour plants could be doing more work around the office than you are.,434976Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:21 +1000Subtle Airplane Put Baltimore Under SurveillanceWhen it comes to the sky, there is no privacy. There hasn't been, really, since 1989, when the Supreme Court ruled in <em><a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">Florida v. Riley</a></em> that a helicopter flying above 400 feet didn't need a warrant for what it saw from above.,434975Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:21 +1000While Preserved for Generations, Yellowstone is Not Protected From a Changing ClimateWhen considering how to celebrate Yellowstone and the National Parks Centennial, National Geographic reached out to award-winning writer David Quammen. The author of ten books and a columnist for <em>Outside</em> magazine, <em>Rolling Stone</em>, and other publications, he is also a longtime resident of the Yellowstone area.,434973Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:20 +1000Ultrasounds Show What Zika Is Doing To Brains In The WombDoctors are getting a better look at the workings of zika and microcephaly as it ravages infected fetuses and infants thanks to brain scans and ultrasounds.,434972Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:20 +1000Why Joseph Gordon-Levitt Made A Short Film With Edward SnowdenActor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden collaborated on a short video project about issues of technology and democracy.,434971Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:19 +1000Another Volunteer Joins Mars' Robot Takeover China's unveiled illustrations of its Mars probe and rover, following earlier announcements of its plan to land on the trendiest planet for bots.,434970Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:19 +1000Robot Reporter Covered The Olympics For A Chinese News OutletThere are plenty of bots working today to produce basic, numbers-driven reports on sports and finance results, but the Olympics showed that one robo-reporter can be quite prolific. A single Chinese bot named Xiaomingbot produced 450 stories about results from the games.,434969Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:18 +1000Cultivated Carp 'Reverse Evolve,' Grow Scales Back The dense protective layer of scales covering the body of the common carp makes the fish a pain to eat. But centuries ago, clever European monks managed to breed this quality out, creating a cultivated variety with few to no scales. They called it the mirror carp due to its smooth sides. In 1912, mirror carp were brought to Madagascar for fish farming. With no native carp varieties to compete with, the mirror carp spread, living in the wild across the island.,434968Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:18 +1000Our Closest Neighboring Star Has A Rocky, Earth-Sized Planet In Its Habitable ZoneHey neighbour! Our lonely patch of the sky just got a little less lonely with the identification of a rocky, Earth-sized planet neighboring the star closest to our own Sun.,434967Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:17 +1000Harvard 3D Printed A Soft Robot OctopusImagine a robot. I'm guessing, after decades of droids and cylons and terminators, that the machine pictured was something metal, rigid, and human-shaped. It's the popular vision of robots, but clunky, rigid, metal bodies can only do so much. Soft robots is the field of squishier machines, and today a team of Harvard University researchers announced its latest floppy creation: an autonomous, 3D printed octopus-shaped robot nicknamed &#8220;octobot.&#8221;,434966Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:16 +1000New Rules Of Physics Apply In Leap Motion's Latest DevelopmentWhen you stick your bare, clumsy, flesh-suit hands into a virtual world, the physics engine reacts like an immune system trying to purge antibodies. What is this? How do I manipulate it? It doesn't fit here, get out!,434965Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:16 +1000How SciShow Explains The Science Of The World Around UsBy 2012, Hank Green had already been creating content on the <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">VlogBrothers YouTube channel</a> for five years, but he wanted to do more. Among the most popular videos he and his brother John have made are <a href=";list=PLMs_JcuNozJYGiolArnu7ACeVc7qOn8Dq" target="_blank">educational explainers</a>, but creating those takes significantly more time than a normal video, due to the need for research and fact-checking. "You need to try harder to make sure stuff is right in an educational video than when you're making a funny video," Hank tells <em>Popular Science</em>. But despite being more resource-intensive to produce, they continued to make these videos because "We felt like it was good for the world.",434964Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:15 +1000A Low-Tech Steam Machine Made Out Of Bubble Wrap And FoamMIT is known for its high-tech innovations. But sometimes, progress comes in very low-tech forms.,434963Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:15 +1000World's Longest Airship Goes Bottoms Up In CrashThe sky is forgiving. It's the ground that isn't. The Airlander 10, a long and bulbous airship that borrows design features both from flexible blimps and rigid zeppelins, is trying to fill a void in the sky largely abandoned after the Hindenburg crash. It's a large vehicle, faster than a cargo boat and slower than a cargo plane, and has a distinctive shape that calls to mind a certain human part of human anatomy, to the delight of journalists everywhere.,434962Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:14 +1000Space Dust Could Destroy Our Best Shot At Getting To Proxima CentauriWhen you're flinging a tiny circuit board 25 trillion miles through the universe, it's bound to hit some stuff. And when it's moving at one fifth the speed of light, even the tiniest speck of space dust can hurt.,434985Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:32:00 +1000Tesla's Model S Now Drives Like A Ferrari, Thanks To Bigger BatteryTesla took Ludicrous Mode to new heights today. Some subtle wiring changes and a major battery upgrade improved mileage and gave the Model S enough oomph to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds&#8212;within fractions of seconds of Ferrari and Porsche models.,434826Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:16 +1000Can You Eat Spotty Fruits and Vegetables?Blemished food may be a stigma we should erase. Marks on produce scare shoppers into health concerns, but a lot of food may be harmless, and wasted for aesthetic reasons.,434825Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:15 +1000How Long Would It Take To Fall Through The World?Would you fall through the world if there was a giant hole, or just die in the center? That's a question Life Noggin took on for Youtube.,434824Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:15 +1000Pok&#233;mon Go Just Lost A Third Of Its UsersPok&#233;mon Go is having a rough time with the long-haul game plan. After setting plenty of records and monopolizing the news in July, the game has lost some 15 million regular users.,434823Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:14 +1000Amazon Has Begun Testing Drones At This English FarmFlying machines are hard secrets to keep. By their very nature, they soar into the heavens, above the heads of those below. America's military tends to keep its secret planes secret by only flying them in vast swathes of empty desert, until they're ready for public debut.,434822Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:13 +1000NOAA Captures The Extent Of Louisiana's Flooding In Aerial ImagesAs US President Obama prepares to tour the areas of Louisiana and get a close-up look at the communities hit hard by last week's flooding, NOAA released <a href=";src=syn" target="_blank">aerial imagery</a> of the flood, offering a broader perspective.,434821Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:13 +1000'Pokemon Go' Finally Puts Its Team Leaders To Work<em>Pokemon Go</em> is still massively popular with mobile gaming savants, and developer Niantic remains on top of things by continuing to roll out new updates to keep things fresh. But up until now the Team Leaders, appointed to each team, haven't seemed to serve any real purpose beyond letting me rep a special team by slapping a sticker on the back of my car or sporting a T-shirt with their logo emblazoned on it. Niantic is changing this, as the Team Leaders will now be tasked with evaluating which one of your Pokemon is prime for training with special items called Candy and Stardust earned in-game.,434820Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:12 +1000Microsoft's Latest Acquisition Could End Your Scheduling Nightmares ForeverMicrosoft has acquired 2-year-old scheduling startup Genee, and will kill the service and integrate its functionality into Office 365 next week. As part of the Office suite, it could be the missing link among all the pieces.,434819Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:12 +1000Meet Alrobot, Iraq's New Anti-ISIS WeaponMosul wasn't supposed to fall again. The city in Northern Iraq saw intense fighting between American forces and Saddam Hussein's sons in 2003, and in 2008 saw major campaign by American troops against insurgent forces.,434818Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:11 +1000Edible Battery To Power Internal Medical DevicesImagine taking a pill that includes an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose accordingly. Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many more, but a big challenge is making their power sources safe for our bodies.,434817Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:11 +1000Boeing And Saab Hint At New Jet Fighter TrainerBlack metal faintly lit against a dark backdrop gives just the slightest hint of an airplane. The glimpses are parts of a teaser trailer for the Boeing and Saab designed T-X, their entry into a trainer jet competition for the Air Force. If the video is slowed down just enough, it's possible to see just the tip of the plane:,434816Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:10 +1000NASA Re-establishes Contact With Lost Craft After Two YearsAfter nearly two years, NASA has re-established contact with the other partner of a two-craft mission to study the sun.,434814Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:31:09 +1000