The Smell of Victory
As a new tactic for crowd control, the Pentagon is investigating stench warfare, reports New Scientist. One difficulty: culture determines-at least in part-how people respond to various smells, so the military is searching for a weapon offensive to all the noses of the world.
Police in Tampa, FL, are watching you. The New York Times details how a new network of publicly mounted cameras compares pedestrians to an electronic mug shot database, flagging matches for investigation. The city used a similar system to surveil attendees at last year’s Super Bowl. Insert paranoid prophesy here.
A mineral remedy, concocted to treat aggressive pigs, may help treat human manic-depressive disorders, a Canadian researcher told the British Psychological Society. Although some scientists dismiss the mix as “snake oil,” reports Reuters, others signed on after preliminary tests showed promising results. Sooie!
Old stars may be bigger than previously thought, say scientists who mixed starlight and laser light to make superfine measurements on three Red Giants. According to Space.com, the findings may make astronomers rethink how stars evolve.
Eat My Shorts
There are bacteria living in your clothes-and not just the ones hanging in your gym locker. Now a Massachusetts researcher wants to put them to work, by engineering strains that feed on human sweat and other grime, reports New Scientist. If he succeeds, you may end up feeding your shirt instead of washing it.
Last week: Moo River
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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