Latest Brett Smith Stories

Happiness Comes From Extroversion In Any Culture
2014-04-15 10:24:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Western cultures consider being extroverted as a desirable quality associated with happiness, but what about other cultures that tend to prize close-knit relationships and group dynamics? According to a new large international study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, acting outgoing and outwardly happy makes a person feel happy – regardless of culture. "We are not the first to show that being more extroverted in...

Seniors Are Increasingly Embracing The Internet And Mobile Technology
2014-04-04 14:47:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While some people may think of seniors as technology-averse, a new Pew Research study has revealed that Americans 65 and older are increasingly embracing the Internet and mobile technology – particularly seniors who are younger and more educated. According to the new report, 59 percent of seniors said they use the Internet, a six-percent increase over the last year, and 47 percent say they have a high-speed broadband connection where...

Spiral Galaxy M81 is an example of a fat bulgy galaxy
2014-02-28 11:19:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A pair of Australian astrophysicists has shown that the shape of a galaxy is determined by how fast it spins, according to a new report in The Astrophysical Journal. Part of “The Evolving Universe” research series at the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) in Australia, the new study concluded that fatter spiral galaxies are relatively slow spinning, while thinner spiral galaxies are rotating are higher...

Hackers Flood, Crash Smartphones Using New Snapchat Security Flaw
2014-02-10 12:37:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A security vulnerability in the popular Snapchat messaging app allows hackers to disable or slow smartphones by flooding a user with incoming messages, according to a new report from Spanish cyber-security researcher Jamie Sanchez. Snapchat is a messaging service that allows users to pass photo and video messages back and forth. These images or videos are typically set to disappear a few seconds after they are opened by their...

Last Glacial Age Decimated Global Killer Whale Population
2014-02-05 09:53:07

[ Watch the Video: Ice Age Decimated Killer Whales ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from an international team of researchers has found that killer whale populations around the world were decimated by the last Ice Age that occurred around 40,000 years ago. The study, which was published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, is based on a genetic analysis of archival DNA that showed significant genetic diversity bottlenecks in orca...

Lawsuit Lands US Navy's Potentially Harmful Sonar Training Exercises
2014-01-28 10:58:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In December, the National Marine Fisheries Service authorized Navy sonar training exercises off the coasts of Hawaii and California through 2018. This authorization came despite admittance by the Navy that the work will kill up to 155 marine mammals, cause more than 2,000 lasting injuries and generate approximately 9.6 million instances of temporary hearing loss – as well as disruptions of natural activities. On Monday, groups led by...

Nine Swedish Women Have Successful Uterus Transplants
2014-01-13 14:05:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Doctors in a Swedish medical initiative have announced that nine women have received successful womb transplants. The recipients were either born without a womb or had theirs removed due to cervical cancer. While doctors have been performing successful transplants of other organs for years, the newly developed procedure marks a shift toward performing these operations with the focus primarily being on a quality of life issue like child...

Ancient Peruvian Skull Surgery
2013-12-20 10:30:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Brain surgery is a procedure so complicated that we use the term as shorthand for something almost unfathomably complex. However, surgically opening a person’s skull isn’t a recent phenomenon, as a new study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology has revealed that people living in ancient Peru spent time learning how to conduct such a delicate operation. In the new study, University of California, Santa Barbara...

Harvesting Wasted Power Using TriboElectrification
2013-12-12 12:54:03

[ Watch the video: Harvesting the World's Mechanical Energy ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From ocean waves to the action of walking across a floor, energy is all around us. Now, a materials scientist from Georgia Tech has developed a system to capture that “wasted energy” and convert it into electricity. By using a phenomenon known as the triboelectric effect, a team led by Zhong Lin Wang has been able to create significant amounts of electric power by...

Taking Pictures Doesn't Help Remember
2013-12-09 10:50:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Next time you go to a museum – look around and notice how many people are taking pictures of the exhibits. Ironically, the act of taking a picture, perhaps as a memento, actually ruins the ability to later recall the object, according to a new study. "People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to capture a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening right in front of them," said study researcher Linda...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'