Five Stories You Don’t Want to Miss
One Wild Ride
Airbus recently won a patent to make air travel the speediest we’ve seen yet. Ultra-rapid Air Vehicle, also known as Concorde 2.0, could transport passengers from New York to London in just one hour (compare that to the 3½-hour flight of the original Concorde). Better yet, Concorde 2.0 will operate with less noise pollution than its predecessor, making it less of a nuisance to those on the ground.
Click here to find out the astronomic ride passengers will go on, and when the project is planned for completion.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has come up with a surprisingly low-tech way to fight California’s recent water woes. The department has spent nearly $35 million releasing millions of “shade balls,” as they are calling them, into local reservoirs. The tactic will protect water from outside elements like bacteria and wildlife and also prevent evaporation.
Find out who’s behind the idea, and the science behind these little orbs by clicking here.
Paying in a Heartbeat
Your heartbeat could soon be as good as your credit card at the register. The Nymi Band is a wearable authentication device that uses the wearer’s unique heartbeat to authenticate credit card payments at increasingly popular “Tap & Go” terminals. The band uses ECG sensors to read your heart rate and syncs with your smart device.
It’s not only made for convenience and ease. Find out why researchers say it will be a new level of fighting credit card fraud here.
Fighting Mosquito With Mosquito
Scientists have an odd-sounding solution to fighting off disease-carrying mosquitoes: More mosquitoes. The pesky Aedes aegypti mosquito can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue virus and chikungunya virus, cases of which have risen in the last decade.
Find out more about the odd strategy, and where researchers plan on starting first by clicking here.
Can Fish Oil Combat Schizophrenia?
A new study published in Nature Communications suggests that fish oil may help in reducing the effects of psychosis and schizophrenia in young adults. Researchers credit the increase in Omega-3 fatty acid for the results. “These fatty acids may normally help dampen inflammation in the brain and protect neurons from damage, and lower levels in the brain have been implicated in several mental illnesses.” Omega-3 has also been shown to enhance the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs.
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