Curiosity rover found a NEWWorthy bit of water in a soil sample on Mars, and there may be water in much of the soil on the planet. Some of the details on the science can be found on Science Magazine’s website. Below, DNews’ video provides a summary of the findings.
The U.S. Department of Treasury gives Treasury Rate history since 1990. Below, Khan Academy explains how when the price of a treasury bond goes up, the yield goes down.
Dr. Jeff Masters, on the WunderBlog, says “The National Hurricane Center (NHC) set a new record in 2012 for accuracy of their 1, 2, 3, and 4-day Atlantic tropical cyclone track forecasts, but had almost no skill making intensity forecasts”.
Below is a NASA video on the subject of hurricane intensity prediction.
USA Today introduced their choices for “10 best cruise-ship water slides“. Something fun to think about next time you’re considering a cruise. The Disney Aquaduck looks like a nice ride (below). I like that you can see the outdoors while you ride the tube.
MIT Technology Review reports on a new Evernote “mobile app that can easily digitize the ubiquitous office notes” — 3M (Scotch and Post-It brands). Though Post-It notes are OLDWorthy, Evernote has introduced a way to make them NEWWorthy.
Though it is OLDWorthy that an island might just appear one day — this has happened before — it is mostly NEWWorthy that this island formation was triggered by a far away earthquake. Below is a recent report from the Weather Channel on YouTube.
LatestSongNews.com listed their top workout songs for 2013 this year. They also provided a list of their choices for top workout songs of all time. It’s hard to imagine a workout world without “Gonna Make You Sweat” by C&C Music Factory.
MIT Technology Review blog reports on a new optical Bernoulli force and asks what this new force might be used for. I had one idea. With some way to magnify the force, it might be possible someday to use a light beam to impart additional spin on a plastic ball — such as in a game of ping pong. Take a look at the article to see what other cool ideas readers have proposed.
According to CNet, the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition laptop will be the first computer with Leap Motion gesture control built-in. Useful? That depends. CNet says that Leap Motion requires enough power that you will often have to leave your laptop plugged in. But is it neat technology? Absolutely!
Recently Southwest Airlines has been promoting Halloween (Oct. 31, 2013) fares. Check their website for the book-by-date.
In 2013, cow research received an Ig Nobel award. Ig Nobel awards are given for research that first makes you laugh and then makes you think. The research attempted to answer the following questions.
Are cows more likely to stand up the longer they lie down?
Are cows more likely to lie down the longer they stand?
One thing we know for sure. At some ponit, cows do lie down.
According to The Scientist magazine, “Researchers find that extracting dinosaur DNA from insects embedded in ancient amber is likely impossible.”
Likely or not, Jurassic Park is fun science fiction. Even if you can’t get dino-DNA from insects trapped in amber, there might be some other way to get it. But why would you want to unleash creatures into the wild that are so incredibly dangerous to humans? Just take a look at the “Jurassic World” (next movie in the Jurassic Park series) teaser trailer below. I can’t confirm that this is an authentic teaser trailer, but I think it gets my point across.
ABC Weather Blog reports on the fireball seen over Alabama recently. NASA caught the meteor flare on camera.
According to CNet, Twitter has filed for an initial public offering (IPO). Below, Bloomberg reports on the Twitter filing, although Twitter’s finances are not yet known. Will Twitter’s IPO be NEWWorthy? Time will tell.
Techcrunch reports on a new prototype technology, Cota, from Ossia which claims wireless charging from 30 feet away through doors and walls. Since the Cota delivers about 1 watt, according to Computerworld that’s only about one third what the device would get via a USB connection. Charging with the Cota may eventually be more convenient than other means, but it could also possibly be more expensive.
Allegiant Air announced “early bird” savings for certain flights. Among many destinations, they fly into St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport, for those interested in a Florida Gulf Coast fall/winter/spring vacation. It sounds like flights have to be booked very soon. Check their website for more information.
According to Medical News Today, scientists at Georgia State University in Atlanta and the University of Cincinnati “launched research on a fundamentally new approach for diagnosing flu and other viral disease…Their vision is for a package similar to a strep throat or pregnancy test that gives an easy-to-read color change.”
On a related note, Lockheed Corp. asks “What if wearing a small patch on your arm enabled the detection of an oncoming cold, allowing for treatment to deter the onset of symptoms?” Lockheed is experimenting with nanotechnology to attempt to make this happen. See more below.
The second Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival. Okay, it’s not totally NEWWorthy, since it is the second festival and not the first. But this is the first time we’ve reported on our local Clearwater Chalk Walk, and the results (see below for last year’s event) look pretty neat.