The Geological Society has announced the winners of this year’s competition, which for the first time allowed in images taken from around the world. According to the society, the photographs showcase the rich diversity of environments in which scientists, live, work and travel.#photography #GeologicalSociety #EarthScienceWeek #science #geology #environment
The images will appear in the society’s 2020 calendar and will also feature in a free exhibition at its London HQ to mark Earth Science Week
Japanese researchers said they have developed artificial blood that can be transfused into patients regardless of their blood type and can vastly improve the chances for survival of seriously injured people.http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909290001.html
The artificial blood created by a team of scientists primarily from the National Defense Medical College has proved effective in experiments on rabbits.
For possible applications on humans, the artificial blood gets around problems with identifying blood types in emergency situations and overcomes limits on storing real blood from donors.
A team of researchers from the University of Utah have made a major breakthrough in optics by developing a new kind of flat lens that’s only ten microns thick, making it “a thousand times thinner than regular lenses.” And apparently, it doesn’t sacrifice performance.#science #optics #photography #smartphone
A dose of aspirin can do more than just soothe your headache, a new study suggests—it might also protect your lungs from air pollution.#science #medicine #health #aspirin #pollution #COPD
Air pollution harms our bodies in all sorts of ways, both short-term and long-term. One of these ways is through irritating and inflaming lung cells. So it makes sense that aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could have a protective effect. There’s even research showing that the daily use of aspirin is linked to a reduced risk and slower progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung condition characterized by chronic inflammation which can be caused or worsened by air pollutants like tobacco smoke.
Low grade "journalism" is making another victim. Philosopher and activist Richard Matthew Stallman is having his ideas distorted and his writings taken out of context just so a "journalist" can get re-tweets from people that didn't even read their article.
Now to what actually happened. In chronological order. (Not as long as it seems. Most of it are quotations from original sources because I'm not an incompetent "journalist".)
Poppy Northcutt’s headset crackled as a fellow mission controller again directed his colleagues to turn to a specific camera channel on their consoles.https://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/space/mission-moon/article/Blazing-a-trail-First-woman-at-Mission-Control-14055864.php
It was 1968 and the 25-year-old Northcutt often was too busy running Apollo 8 simulations to pay this channel any heed. But on this particular day, she wasn’t quite so busy.
What she saw made her breath catch in her throat. Her male colleagues had trained a Mission Control room camera directly on her. And they had been watching it for months.
Northcutt didn’t tell anyone about the camera — or how it made her feel. As the first and only woman working in Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, she knew the treatment could be a lot worse.