Sunday, 9 December 2012

Synapse science news #10

Too busy to keep track of all the science news during the week? Don’t fear Synapse is here. Check out this week's news.

Urban adaptation - Birds are taking and using cigarette butts to repel pests. Read more.

Earth at night - NASA releases night-time satellite images of Earth. Check out what city lights look like from space here. See them here.

Catch-up with Curiosity - Curiosity is yet to find complex organic carbon-rich compounds essential for life. Check out the analysis of the Rover’s soil sample and the future plans for its Mars adventure. Read more.

Super solar power - Ghana government uses Feed-in-tariffs to incentivise building of largest African solar energy plant. It plans to provide electricity to 100000 homes, wow! More information.

Earth timeline from the BBC - Check out these stunning images illustrating the amazing events that changed our world through time here.

Invisibility cloaks coming soon? - Invisibility cloaks getting a step closer for all you Harry Potter fans. Scientists have been able to design a two-dimensional, unidirectional cloak. For more information, click here.

The life of a woolly rhinoA preserved woolly rhinoceros body reveals insights into how, the once most abundant mammal in Eurasia, lived. Read more.

Elephant concernsKenyan elephant numbers drastically decline in last 4 years. Check out how the demand for Ivory is threatening the existence on one of our planet’s most spectacular animals. Read more.

Saraansh Dave and Felicity Russell