Brain scientists confirm your ‘personal identity’ survives throughout lifetime | Science | News

A second trial asked them to identify the life stage of the person: childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. Meanwhile, dozens of electrodes were examining the mix of brainwaves generated from their grey matter, painting a map of neural activity. The result strongly suggest our impression of our ‘I’ is updated throughout our lives, giving stability to or identity. And they also discovered intriguing similarities in how we process impressions of our past self and that of our close friend. This suggests a complexity in how time may play a key role…

Moon landing: Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 vault opening exposed ‘ancient lunar mystery’ | Science | News

The Apollo programme was the US human space project founded by NASA to fulfil US President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing man on the Moon. Armstrong and his fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin did just that, after touching down the lunar lander Eagle on the dusty surface on July 20, 1969. The pair spent two-and-a-quarter hours exploring and collecting more than 20kg of rock samples, before burying the US flag into the Moon’s surface and blasting back to Earth. Overall the Apollo programme returned 382kg of lunar rocks and soil,…

Yellowstone tsunami: Earthquake ‘sent 30ft waves’ over park ‘sounded like end of world’ | Science | News

The park is home to the daunting Yellowstone caldera – a supervolcano that gets its name due to its capability to inflict global devastation in the event of an eruption. Located below the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the area is constantly monitored by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) for signs that such an eruption is on its way. But, geologists were caught off guard on the evening of August 17, 1959, during the Hebgen Lake earthquake which would inevitably create a new lake on the Madison River…

US Army aiming to create mind-reading technology allowing for telepathic communication | Science | News

The US Army Research Office (ARO) has ploughed $6.25 million into a project which could eventually allow soldiers to communicate practically telepathically. Scientists are already making great strides, with experts at the ARO stating that they have learned to decode brain signals. The researchers monitored the signals of a monkey which was repeatedly reaching for a ball. Using algorithms and mathematics, the team of scientists were able to identify which brain signals were responsible for directing motion and which were relevant to one’s behaviour. The researchers then removed these signals…

Wars could arise between companies, countries and agencies for Moon resources – study | Science | News

The Moon has scant resources which can be used on Earth, but there are resources there which can be used for construction on the lunar satellite. For example, beneath the surface of the Moon are water and iron elements, which could be used for construction and to help colonise it. By mining these resources on the Moon, it would save potentially billions of pounds which it would cost in rocket fuel to transport them to the Moon. However, there are currently a lack of international policies and agreements as to…

Dinosaur discovery: T-rex went through growth spurts faster than its distant cousins | Science | News

Dr Cullen said: “Growth rate really varies, there’s no one size fits all. “Birds have super growth spurts and reach adult size really fast, while reptiles like alligators and various lizards and snakes have extended growth. “With them, a really, really big individual is probably old.” By studying SUE’s fossilised bones, the researchers determined the dinosaurs’ growth patterns depend on their families. The T-rex and its relative coelurosaurs hit massive growth spurts early on. SUE, for example, lived to the ripe age of 33 and T-rexes most likely reached adult…

Yellowstone volcano: Geologists expose ‘carnage’ at ‘pressure cooker’ Yellowstone Lake | Science | News

Two of the researchers’ sensors were deployed at the lake’s deepest part, an area known as the “Deep Hole”. There, the titanium-covered instruments were placed atop of hydrothermal vents where “unusually hot” water temperatures hit up to 150C (302F). Chunyang Tan, Andrew Fowler, and William Seyfried from the University of Minnesota likened the bottom of Yellowstone Lake to a pressure cooker. The researchers wrote in the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) Caldera Chronicles column: “The vent fluids formed where hot streams push through clay on the lake floor and then mixes…

China readies Chang’e 5 probe for Moon launch mission – how to watch? | Science | News

How to watch the Chang’e-5 rocket launch? China National Space Administration will live stream the Chang’e-5 Long March 5 rocket launch. This is available directly on YouTube or in the embedded link below. Weather permitting, the launch is expected to take place between 8pm and 9pm GMT tonight (4am and 5am local time tomorrow). If you miss the action, you can always watch a mother live stream capturing the moment the sample is returned to Earth. US space agency NASA has confirmed the Moon rock sample is expected parachute into…

NASA asteroid tracker: Space agency reveals 2,700FT space rock to make near-Earth approach | Science | News

This asteroid will be at its closet point to the blue planet at 7.04pm GMT (2.04pm ET). Measuring just 180ft (55m) across, it is significantly smaller than its predecessor. And its other stats are also less impressive, with asteroid zooming through the cosmos at ‘just’ 22.33km/s (50,500mph) The asteroid will also be far further away than Sunday’s earlier encounter, at 0.03582 AU (3,329,676 miles). Source link

Human steak kits are ‘not technically’ cannibalism say ‘grow-your-own’ makers | Science | News

Scientists and designers have joined forces to develop a prototype grow-your-own steak kit in an attempt to highlight the cultured meat industry’s potentially questionable ethics. Ouroboros Steak could be grown by the diner at home using the omnivore’s own cells, which can theoretically be harvested from the inside of their cheek and fed serum obtained from donated blood. The resulting bite-sized pieces of meat are therefore created without harming any animals. The creators point-out the same cannot be said for increasingly-popular cultured meat derived from animal cells. The lab-grown meat…