World Health Organization says dementia is the fastest growing global health epidemic of our age. Alzheimer’s with no cure and medicines that aren’t much effective is quite high on the list. The first study for human vaccination against the disease revealed too many side effects and had to be discontinued. However, there is new hope this time as a new vaccine, the CAD106 is proving itself to be effective against the disease.
On June 5, Venus made a trek across the face of the sun (as seen from earth). That may not sound like much, but it’s a rare celestial event that happens in pairs of eight year gaps, and then again after 105 or 121 years. The last such trek was in 2004, and the next will be visible in 2117. Obviously, most of us would be pushing daisies at that time, but thanks to the power of YouTube and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, those of us who missed it can still have a look at the rare event.
Traffic is the bane of modern driving. No matter how hard we try, or how many lights and systems we put in place, we are very likely to get stuck in a traffic jam. Honda has come to our rescue with the announcement of a system that can detect possible traffic congestions and take steps to correct the problem.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the future is here. A lot of science fiction has objects that seem to repair or grow themselves even after being utterly destroyed, much like the robot we saw in Terminator 2 (as pointed out by the good folks over at FastCoDesign). A team at MIT has developed a similar substance that they like to call “Smart Sand.”
This is one of those images that are rarely seen, and are a total treat for the eyes. Earthshine is when reflected light from the Earth illuminates the moon’s night, much like what moonlight does for us. This image was taken on March 20 from Esfahan, Iran.
In under three minutes, this video from NASA explains the 4.5 billion years history of the moon. It covers the formation of the moon after a Mars-sized planet rammed into the earth, and the numerous events that finally shaped the moon to be what it is today. That satellite has seen some serious bombardment throughout its life.
This animation is a depiction of NASA’s proposed test flight of the Orion Exploration in 2014. Orion will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, reach heights greater than any capsule made for human use since 1973. It will perform two orbits and then return to Earth, landing in the Pacific Ocean.
Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about the “most astounding fact about the universe.” He was asked the question during an interview with TIME magazine, and later made a video to better project his answer.
Guns are a great way to shut people up, although they tend to do this by the way of gore and blood, which isn’t cool. That facility now comes in a non-fatal form with this crazy gun that works as a Speech Jammer. Developed at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, the speech jammer plays with the way we speak creating an effect called Delayed Auditory Feedback.
Talking space elevator isn’t new, but showing a serious interest in the construction of one probably is. Tokyo based construction firm Obayashi Corp. has displayed interest in building a space elevator. The project would make liberal use of carbon nanotubes, and have a cable stretched up 96,000 kilometers into the air, or probably space would be a better word here.