Animals #6: The Intelligent Chimp

Chimpanzees Credit: BBC Earth At the Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, England we’re going to look at chimpanzees. The basis of the video is the communication between chimps which is mainly non-verbal and consists of gestures and facial expressions. Dr. Katja Liebal is studying the chimps in the video and hopes to write up the first…

Science

Non-European Blondes Blonde isn’t just for the Europeans Alien Hunt Let’s find some aliens! MIT Sets Nuclear Record MIT sets another record Spray on Skin! Spray on skin! Asgardia Update 1 An update on Asgardia Genos Sell your genome A Second Skin An artificial skin You Have A New Organ The Mesentery Bee Soccer Watch…

Space Findings: Ghana, Exomoon

Ghana in Space This is a press conference and the man speaking is part of the team behind the satellite Credit: GhanaWeb TV Ghana is entering the space race. After taking a trip to the ISS thanks to Space X, Ghanasat-1 has launched into space. The satellite was built by students at the All Nations…

Newsroll #5

Heracles sarcophagus brought back to Turkey https://www.dailysabah.com/history/2017/09/14/sarcophagus-of-heracles-finally-returns-home-to-turkey The SH3P2 protein in plants https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810104838.htm Ancient submerged Greek building found near Salamis http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/trends/26937-sunken-ruin-described-by-pausanias-discovered-in-greek-island-of-salamis.html The bacterium Amoebophilus shoots daggers https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141531.htm Large rock-cut Mycenaean tomb http://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2017/09/12/a-significant-archaeological-discovery-was-made-near-orchomenos-of-boeotia/ The CSR will make your tomatoes bigger https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170817141813.htm Voynich Manuscript Deciphered? http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/researcher-claims-to-have-deciphered-the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-/ Archaeon DNA folding https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170810141715.htm New Egyptian Mummy http://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2017/09/11/newly-unearthed-ancient-tomb-with-mummies-unveiled-in-egypt/ The domestication of…

Animals #4: The Sugar Reward & 1 White Owl

Bats I hope these videos give you a more positive view of bats but, as instructed, don’t handle bats unless you know what you’re doing. Asha, a baby black flying fox (a type of bat), is being fed fruit and is very excited. Credit: Megabattie Jeddah, a grey-headed flying-fox (another bat), likes to be petted….

Newsroll #4

vshivkova / 123RF Stock Photo New nanoantenna can speed up gaming graphics, improve connectivity. Nanoantenna Mystery of the Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse Expedition Solved. La Pérouse  One Chinese town processes 80% of Africa’s ivory trade. Shuidong New modeling for Alfven waves disturbances in nuclear fusion reactors may lead to enhanced reactors Alfven waves…

Newsroll #3

Credit: MIT 3-D printed electronics which fold themselves. Electronics A B The ancient city of Hasankeyf in eastern Turkey faces destruction from a controversial dam. Dam New bat species finally gets a name. Its nickname was Yoda bat. Yoda New find suggests that the Vikings were selling cod to Europeans much earlier than expected. Cod…

SEKA Museum: AR Sandbox

Here are several videos showcasing my experimenting (or screwing around, either way) with an augmented reality sandbox. By analyzing sand it creates a digital map overlaid on the sand depicting an elevation map symbolized with color along with topographical lines and moving (not real) water. The end result is highly addictive just because you can…

Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi

I recently had the chance to visit a museum near where I live in Turkey called the Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi (Kocaeli Science Center). The museum is not actually a new facility but rather a conservation of an older building. It used to be a large paper factory in Izmit that produced tens of thousands of…

Science Findings: A Cleaner Ocean & Mouth

Gas Breathing Bacteria Deep in the Gulf of Mexico, around volcanoes, scientists have found mussels and sponges living with oil-loving bacteria. Part of the Cycloclasticus genus, the bacteria focus in on butane, ethane, and propane and live within sponges and mussels so that they can filter water rich in these short chain alkanes to the…

Scientific Findings: Midichlorians Are Not Real

Midichlorian: A New Scam This story is pretty disappointing but necessary for science to move forward. A blogging neuroscientist who goes by the pseudonym Neuroskeptic created a scientific paper which he then published to numerous journals. The article was titled, “Mitochondria: Structure, Function and Clinical Relevance” a fairly innocuous title given the importance the mitochondria…

Newsroll #2

ktsdesign / 123RF Stock Photo In the ancient Greek city of Perge (Antalya, Turkey) a new mosaic was discovered depicting, “…sacrifice of Iphigenia, the daughter of King Agamemnon in Greek mythology, during the Trojan War.” The excavation is headed by Antalya Museum Director, Mustafa Demirel. Perge Mosaic Aspendos shops yield new finds Shops Chinese tomb…