26 Dec

"The hoovering capabilities of the NEYK are second to none," reads a blurb on the Web site of Ocean Submarines, which bills itself as specializing in the development and designs of underwater craft -- particularly those, it appears, for the private use and enjoyment of the uber-wealthy.

One of the company's projects, for instance, involved the building of an entirely new line of submarines that boasted a length of 64 feet that could plunge to depths of 1,000 feet.

Below this description, a large photo depicts one of the company's submarines nestled alongside of an anchored yacht, with a person stepping onto the sub's deck. While the sub looks dramatically smaller by comparison, 60+ feet of length is nothing to sneeze about. Nor is the well-appointed interior.

24 Dec

For what is believed to be the first time, scientists from the British Geological Survey and Lancaster University have better determined the degree to which the presence of nitrate, a variation of nitrogen with potentially harmful effects, impacts the public water supply of England.

And while England's public water infrastructure currently removes significant quantities of nitrogen, water that leaks from pipes may be a major source of nitrogen being transmitted into the environment.

In fact, researchers say, nitrogen levels in the lakes, groundwater, rivers, and soils of England has increased sharply over the last hundred or so years, mostly because people use inorganic forms of nitrogen fertilizer to boost crop production in farming operations.

22 Dec

Biomedical engineers have come up with a non-invasive method to detect anemia in humans.

The app, an alternative to a blood test, analyzes photos of fingertips captured on a smartphone to figure out whether the amount of hemoglobin is low enough to signal an alarm.

Principal investigator Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, said, “All other ‘point-of-care’ anemia detection tools require external equipment, and represent trade-offs between invasiveness, cost, and accuracy. This is a standalone app that can look at hemoglobin levels without the need to draw blood.”

20 Dec

The propriety material known as ALLITE Super MAGNESIUM, is poised to become an alloy of choice for the cycling industry.

The Ohio-based Allite is led by cycling great Bruno Maier, who recently helped introduce the new material. In addition to being lighter than aluminum, the material is also stiffer. And because of its lower cost as well as its modest carbon footprint, the material could become the premium go-to for other industries, such as sporting goods, automotive, and aerospace.

In a press release, Maier, President of Allite, Inc., said, “With an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and high-performance composition, Allite Super Magnesium is simply the best choice for any distinguished brand seeking materials to make their products lighter, faster, stronger, and more environmentally friendly.”

18 Dec

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, but it could become all too real during the year 2023, a new report says. According to a newspaper called Express, experts are concerned about an asteroid that could hit Earth in the year 2023. The asteroid would have a force that’s approximately 1,500 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs combined.

But before you start building an underground shelter, other experts are debunking the report. NASA’s website says the asteroid will, indeed, come close to Earth as much as 62 times between the years 2023 and 2117, with the pass on August 8, 2023 coming closest. But the chance of that asteroid hitting Earth on that day is only one in 370 million.

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