Fringe science articles: Interesting & weird facts and disputable scientific theories about Human, Earth and Universe
A team of IT-specialists from Media Development Investment Fund has developed a project of a new network access to the Internet, which will be completely free of charge and will cover the entire planet.
The product called Outernet provides placing miniature devices CubeSats on the orbit of the Earth, which will be capable of receiving data from ground stations and transferring them to the users. Outernet is something like a huge Wi-Fi-router, covering all continents. (more…)
Several studies have suggested that there is a relationship between a person’s height and… the role he or she plays in a romantic relationship. But how can the person’s height affect an emotional state of his or her mind? A recent survey by the University of Oxford studied how short people perceive the world around them. With the help of avatars, the researchers put the participants to a virtual experience, during which they were in metro along with other people… being a few inches shorter than their actual height. (more…)
These sequences, which proved to be part of a sophisticated immune system used by bacteria to fight viruses, give scientists an unprecedented opportunity to rewrite the code of life. Just a year ago, it was discovered that bacteria can be used to perform specific changes in the DNA of plants, animals, and people.
The molecular system known as Crispr has already made the production of genetically modified animals a much easier process. The first experimental results (more…)
A British cancer patient astonished doctors when 70 potentially lethal tumors disappeared from his body in just twelve weeks.
In 2001, 47 year-old Ian Brooks manifested a rare form of non- Hodgkin lymphoma – a cancer that attacks the immune system. The treatments effectively fought the disease then, but in 2008 the cancer reappeared more aggressive than ever. (more…)
American engineers believe that the thermal energy of the Earth, which is released into the environment, can be used as a renewable energy source for electricity production in some areas of the planet.
The new technique, developed by Federico Capasso and his colleagues at Harvard University (USA), allows to produce electricity from the heat radiated by Earth into the environment. The experts came up with this idea when they discovered that the planet is “heating” space with a capacity of 100 million gigawatts.
At present there are no technologies to extract electricity from the heat of the Earth. The authors of this study created a special scheme of (more…)