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App Lets Phone Owners Participate In Scientific Projects

 

 

” Android smartphone owners can be citizen scientists and participate in important scientific research every time they charge their phones, U.S. researchers say.

A new phone app created at the University of California, Berkeley, will allow users to donate a phone’s idle computing power to crunch numbers for projects that could lead to breakthroughs ranging from novel medical therapies to the discovery of new stars, a university release said Tuesday.

The app was created by a Berkeley project called Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, known for its computer software that supports more than 50 volunteer computing projects around the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men Who Are Physically Strong Are More Likely To Have Right Wing Political Views

 

 

Right Wing

 

” Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.

Men’s upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.

The principal investigators – psychological scientists Michael Bang Petersen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, and Daniel Sznycer, of the University of California in the U.S., believe that the link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in response to our early ancestral environments and continue to influence behaviour today.

Professor Petersen said: ‘While many think of politics as a modern phenomenon, it has – in a sense – always been with our species.’

In the days of our early ancestors, decisions about the distribution of resources were not made in courthouses or legislative offices, but through shows of strength.

  • Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution
  • Link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in our ancestors
  • Strength was a proxy for ability to defend or acquire resources
  • There is no link between women’s physical strength and political views”

Left Wing

 
 
 

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Scientists Discover How To Make Fuel From Sunlight

 

 

” Scientists at the University of California, Davis have discovered how to make fuel from sunlight and engineered cyanobacteria — commonly known as blue-green algae.

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have discovered how to create chemical precursors for fuel and plastic using sunlight and cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae.

“Most chemical feedstocks come from petroleum and natural gas, and we need other sources,” said Shota Atsumi, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis.

By 2025, the U.S. Department of Energy hopes to obtain a quarter of industrial chemicals using biological processes.

The premise behind this discovery is photosynthesis — the forming of carbon-carbon bonds through carbon dioxide and the power of sunlight. “

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