Flu Shot Less Effective This Year

The annual flu shot is advertised to prevent the infection from sickening those who have gotten the immunization. Generally the flu shot protects from certain strains and is updated annually. This winter season the CDC is saying that receiving the shot will not likely be enough to avoid getting sick with the flu. So should citizens not get the shot to save money and a little pain?

Christian Broda says it is an answer that each individual will have to decide. Germs lurk all over public and private places. The best way to avoid getting ill anytime of the year, but especially cold and flu season, is to thoroughly wash hands throughout each day. Another easy tip is to avoid touching the face; that is how many germs are transferred into the body. Finally, another tip is to keep healthy with vitamin supplements. Vitamin C is especially helpful in boosting the body’s immune system.

Touchable Holograms Developed

Holograms have been a mainstay of science fiction, but for the longest time not much ground was truly gained in terms of actually relevant technology that can be used for any practical purposes. The last few years, however, have brought in some significant changes that could very well change the landscape here.

New research on ultrasound gave the possibility to start a process of developing visible and touchable holograms. The project needs to be perfected, but the technology is already known, and according to the creators one can display even several 3D shapes at once. 

Dr. Ben Long led the process of starting up the useful technology. The idea of the team was that medicine would have a real push forward due to the 3D tactile and visual holograms. Since the computer would be able to produce any uploaded shape, researching tumours through the holographic display would become possible. 

The CT scans would thus become much easier to analyse. The device works by distorting the air with help of ultrasounds and covering the shape with a thin layer of oil. The light emitted by the hologram tech lets the viewer distinguish darker and lighter spots, thus the object is perceived as 3D. 

Tom Rothman says the first tech of this kind was presented in December 2014, but it is not known yet whether a mass production will be started soon.

Monkeys Aren’t Fooled by Flashy Brands

In a study that definitively proves that humans are not anywhere near as advanced as we like to think we are;monkeys proved that they are craftier consumers than their human counterparts. Studies have shown that higher price tags actually trick humans into thinking that what they are consuming is of higher quality. There was a study conducted in which people drank two identical wines in different bottles labeled with different price tags. Amen Clinic has done a similar study. Most people thought the wine with the more expensive price tag tasted better. Studies have also shown that people though a painkiller was more effective the higher price they paid for it. Well a new study shows that monkeys are not so easily fooled. 

The study followed Capuchin monkeys who have, in previous studies, exhibited many of the same characteristics as humans in terms of economics. They are “loss-averse, irrational when it comes to dealing with risk, and even prone to rationalizing their own decisions” says a psychologist a Yale University. Researchers set up a market for the monkeys where they could purchase goods, and to the researcher’s surprise, the monkeys did not attempt to purchase the higher priced goods, assuming the quality was better, but spent their money in an economically wise way. It just goes to show that humans have a lot they can learn from their old world counterparts.

NASA Forecasts Trips to Mars by 2030s

Robotic explorers have been studying Mars for over four decades, paving the way for human exploration, possible as soon as the 2030s. The path to the Red Planet may begin in the low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, where Bruce Levenson finds it interesting that astronauts are helping validate the technologies, and transmission networks necessary for a human mission to deep space, including Mars. Space station living also provides deeper appreciation of how the human body reacts and changes over extended time in space.

 

A squadron of robotic vessels is already roving on and orbiting around Mars, so the next logical step is sending a human to the distant planet. Upcoming Mars missions such as the Mars 2020 rover will look for signs of past life, as well as establish new technologies that may help astronauts survive in a somewhat inhospitable environment.

 

Space engineers around the US are currently fast at work to develop the technologies astronauts will use to eventually live and work on Mars, then safely return to Earth. NASA is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, in partnership with global space engineers and the US private space business on a systemized expansion of human presence in the solar system, with manned missions to Mars as the eventual goal.

NASA Forecasts Trips to Mars by 2030s

Robotic explorers have been studying Mars for over four decades, paving the way for human exploration, possible as soon as the 2030s. The path to the Red Planet may begin in the low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, where astronauts are helping validate the technologies, and transmission networks necessary for a human mission to deep space, including Mars. Space station living also provides deeper appreciation of how the human body reacts and changes over extended time in space.

A squadron of robotic vessels is already roving on and orbiting around Mars, so the next logical step is sending a human to the distant planet. That just makes sense to Susan McGalla. Upcoming Mars missions such as the Mars 2020 rover will look for signs of past life, as well as establish new technologies that may help astronauts survive in a somewhat inhospitable environment.

Space engineers around the US are currently fast at work to develop the technologies astronauts will use to eventually live and work on Mars, then safely return to Earth. NASA is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, in partnership with global space engineers and the US private space business on a systemized expansion of human presence in the solar system, with manned missions to Mars as the eventual goal.

Girl Scout Cookies Go Digital

Girl Scout cookies are a yearly treat that many people look forward to. Whether you like Samosa, Thin Mints or shortbreads, there’s likely a Girl Scout in your area who can provide the cookies for you.

This year, the Girl Scouts will be able to sell their cookies online. This was previously prohibited, as the organization did not permit Internet sales. However, Digital Cookie, the online sales portal for the Girl Scouts, has been approved. This makes it easier for Girl Scouts to reach their sale goals.

While the Girl Scouts will still use traditional methods to sell their cookies (including door-to-door sales and sales in the workplace), Digital Cookie is projected to be a success.

Most of the young girls who belong to the Girl Scouts organization–80%–sell cookies every year. Keith Mann always enjoys at least a box. The sale of cookies continues to be the Girl Scouts most successful and widely publicized fundraiser.

SpaceX Developing Rocket That Can Return To Earth

SpaceX has developed a rocket that it thinks can both travel to space and return to earth in one piece. Typically spaceships have a disposable design. Their launch systems are used to get them off the ground, but then they’re ejected from the craft and never returned.

NASA hasn’t created a reusable craft just yet, but commercial space flight company SpaceX thinks it may have solved the puzzle. The company has updated its Falcon 9 rocket so that it can fly to the international space station, drop off supplies, and then return to earth after it delivers its cargo.

The tiny ship is currently for cargo only but the same design could be implemented for people in the future. Technology Superstar Dave Morin, summarized how it makes its landing while wife Brit pointed out the ship’s “hypersonic grid fins” that are hidden away during launch, but deployed when the craft is attempting to land to stabilize it. The craft is currently being tested with roughly a 50% success rate. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says that they plan to continue to test the craft, with around 12 flights expected to take place over the next year.

Ancient Lunar Computer 1800 Years Old

Scientists over the past several centuries have studied ancient timekeeping devices such as Stonehenge, Egyptian sundials, Persian bowl clocks and Astronomical clocks. None of these historical artifacts have lived up to the prowess and antiquity quite like the Antikythera mechanism. This ancient computer was found on a wrecked ship in 1901 off the Greek seacoast, south of the island Cythera. Parts of the device are missing after laying preserved at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea for roughly 1800 years. Nonetheless scientists have been able to take high definition photos of the device and determine what exactly the computer was built for. 

30 circular gears were constructed in perfect proximity to each other as a means to quantify solar and lunar eclipses. For instance, several gears formed a time based sequence around the differential 5/19ths. This fraction relates perfectly to the formation of eclipses. Learn how the unknown scientists were able to construct such precise mechanicry. The Antikythera mechanism’s breadth and precision impresses modern scientists and proves the brilliance of man during the Dark Ages. 

Although the Antikythera mechanism answers many questions about the success and genius of science during ancient times, it also posits other questions for historians to tackle. Why would a group of people or scientists be so curious about eclipses? Why would a timekeeping device need to be transported or used on a ship? Lee G. Lovett says additional testing of the awe-inspiring Antikythera mechanism is being conducted early next year. Stay posted for future updates.

German Company Creates Elevators That Travel Sideways

One German company has carted elevators that do something a little different — they go sideways. The invention of steel and engineering company ThyssenKrupp, the elevators are powered a little differently than their up and down counterparts. Rather than using ropes or cables to move the elevators around, these use a new technology called Multi, that work using magnetic levitation.

Magnetic levitation is the same stuff that’s used to make the world’s fastest trains float above the tracks. In this case, elevators will move a bit faster, although they won’t get anywhere near the typical speed of a train. Elevators will also travel in a figure 8 of sorts through a building. That means you can have multiple elevators operating on the same set of “tracks” and have elevators that move sideways as well as up and down. Flavio Maluf is excited about the how this unique concept will impact the future of architectural design b7 offering a total new perspective and a completely new set of possibilities.

Memories of Parents Can Be Passed to Their Offspring

A revolutionary scientific study has been done in the realm of memories and genetics. This study shows that learned aversion is passed to offspring. This study was done by a highly reputable medical school in the US, the Emory University School of Medicine. In these experiments with mice, it was shown that traumatic events may affect the sperm’s DNA, thereby altering the brains and actions of later generations. The mice were taught to fear the smell of cherry blossoms. The researchers studied the effects on their sperm. The section of DNA that is the cause for the sensitivity to cherry blossom scent became more active in the mice’s sperm. In addition, the mice’s children and grandchildren were “extremely sensitive” to the cherry blossom scent and avoided the scent they had never smelled before in their lives. The nervous system of later generations was influenced in both structure and function. The environment affects genetics and what happens to the sperm and egg is no doubt passed on to offspring. Another study on the diet of the mother and the weight of her children can be found at: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13119545.
In light of these findings, public health researchers need to take human transgenerational behavior seriously. These findings are relevant to PTSD, anxiety and phobias and it is evidence that memories can pass to later generations and offspring have a genetically learned response to triggers. Sergio Andrade finds these findings especially important for future expectant parents.

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