Author Archive for Science

Scientists have discovered the ability of plants to make sounds in dangerous situations

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

Courtesy It seems that Roald Dahl did guess something: when plants are harmed, they emit sound signals – not exactly as humans or animals do when they make screams, but in the form of beeping or clicking sounds at ultrasonic frequencies that go beyond human hearing. Photo: Openverse These sound signals are amplified as the plant is stressed. According […]

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Brain and Language

Tuesday, July 4th, 2023

By R. Madidaran Courtesy Ceylon Today It is crystal clear that the language is powerful engine of human intellect and creativity, allowing for ultimate combination of words to generate an endless number of new structures and ideas out of ‘old’ ones. It has the main role in the human brain. It directs how we specify […]

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Team of NASA scientists in Sri Lanka for research

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana A team of scientists from NASA is reportedly on a visit to Sri Lanka these days, in order to carry out research related to the alleged similarities in the stones found in Sri Lanka to those on the planet Mars. The team of experts is led by Mr. Sunithi Karunathilake, a Sri Lankan […]

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Voices: The killer robots are coming! So why doesn’t the British public seem to care?

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Opinion by Ed Dorrell  Courtesy The Independent If you are a certain age, the phrase artificial intelligence” will almost certainly bring up one specific mental image: the T-1000, a regenerating robot sent back in time to 1995 by Skynet to kill the future of the human resistance John Connor. Just about anyone who was a teenager in […]

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Please support this petition signed by world’s top tech experts

Friday, May 5th, 2023

Advancement of Artificial Technology (AI) If you have been fascinated by the advancement of Artificial Technology (AI), pause for a moment to learn a bit about the massive threat AI poses to our very existence right now. It is not a joke, AI is already being developed for very unethical and dangerous pursuits. One AI […]

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International project aims to investigate storm surge risk to three Sri Lankan coastal communities

Saturday, December 24th, 2022

Mr Alan Williams Media & Communications Officer University of Plymouth  The University is working with organisations in the UK and Sri Lanka on new research to develop compound flood hazard maps. An international team of engineers is joining forces with a disaster educationalist to investigate coastal flooding due to cyclones in three communities within the […]

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With dreams of Mars, this young activist works for a greener future on Earth

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

By Michelle Cohan, CNN When he was just 15, Kazumi Muraki created a small, portable device to capture carbon from the atmosphere. Seven years later, the Japanese chemist is researching how to convert this captured carbon into fuel. As a young boy, Muraki was never very interested in science, he tells CNN, until his grandfather gave […]

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US scientists reach long-awaited nuclear fusion breakthrough, source says

Monday, December 12th, 2022

By Ella Nilsen and René Marsh, CNN Courtesy CNN —  For the first time ever, US scientists at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California successfully produced a nuclear fusion reaction resulting in a net energy gain, a source familiar with the project confirmed to CNN. The US Department of Energy is expected […]

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Beaver Blood Moon lunar eclipse on November 8th at moonrise

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

Prof. Chandana Jayaratne Chairman-Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT)Head of the Department of Physics and Director, Astronomy and Space Science Unit, Department of Physics, University of Colombo, eclipse on November 8th at moonrise  (A lunar eclipse on the 8th full moon day) On November 8, 2022 full moon day, there will be a total lunar eclipse […]

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නොවැම්බර් 8 දා බීවර් රුධිර චන්ද්‍රග්‍රහණයක්

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022

කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයයේ තාරකා විද්‍යා සහ අභාවකාශ විද්‍යා ඒකකයේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මහාචාර්ය චන්දන ජයරත්න (නොවැම්බර් 8 දා බීවර් රුධිර චන්ද්‍රග්‍රහණයක් ) 2022 නොවැම්බර් 8 පුර පසළොස්වක පොහොය දිනයේදී ආසියාව, ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සහ ඇමරිකාව සහ යුරෝපයේ කොටසකට දර්ශනය වන පූර්ණ චන්ද්‍රග්‍රහණයක් සිදුවනු ඇත. කෙසේ වෙතත්, මෙම චන්ද්‍රග්‍රහණය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට දිස්වනුයේ අර්ධ චන්ද්‍රග්‍රහණයක් ලෙස t බව කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ භෞතික විද්‍යා […]

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Scientist wins Nobel for showing that reality isn’t real

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

BY NURY VITTACHI Courtesy A VISITING HONG KONG scientist has just won the Nobel prize for experimentally proving that the real world… isn’t real. Wait, what? The world isn’t real? Correct. And even though the physical world is not real, it has nonetheless given scientist Alain Aspect the Nobel Prize for Physics, along with […]

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Pfizer pays $179m for Brisbane company behind smartphone app that claims to diagnose COVID

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

By Audrey Courty Courtesy ABC News A Brisbane-based company that invented a smartphone app it says can diagnose COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses by listening to someone cough has been purchased by Pfizer for nearly $180 million. ResApp Health Limited uses diagnostic technology developed by Associate Professor Udantha Abeyratne and his research team at the University of Queensland […]

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How To Make A Rain Fuel Generator

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

Robert Murray-Smith This is the original article A droplet-based electricity generator with high instantaneous power density

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Controversial New Theory Says Human Consciousness Is … Electromagnetic?

Friday, April 8th, 2022

BY CAROLINE DELBERT Courtesy Popular Mechanics It may sound crazy, but it’s based on science. KATERYNA KOVARZHGETTY IMAGES A molecular geneticist at the University of Surrey says the human “mind” is electromagnetic. Mind-body dualism is one of philosophy’s oldest questions, boosted this time by science. Is the answer as simple as our brains forming an electromagnetic “cloud” during […]

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Scientists Finally Have Clues About What We See When We Die

Friday, April 8th, 2022

Daisy Hernandez Courtesy For the very first time, scientists have recorded the brain waves of a dying person. The recordings indicate that there could be some truth to the statement my life flashed before my eyes” when someone has a near-death experience. The findings, which have been published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, are not comprehensive because the patient […]

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Presidential Committee contradicts natural law of hydrocarbon explosions.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Lankaweb The Committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to probe the recent gas explosions, concluding that the change in the composition of gas was the primary reason for the recent gas-related explosions. But this conclusion contradicts the basic law of gas explosions. Here is a simple demonstration. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. The demonstration was […]

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Unmasking the dangers of facial analysis tools

Monday, December 20th, 2021

Courtesy Ceylon Today The Governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Québec recently ordered facial recognition Company Clearview AI to stop collecting — and to delete — images of people obtained without their consent. Discussions about the risks of facial recognition systems that rely on automated face analysis technologies tend to focus on corporations, national governments […]

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Exploding Gas Appliances in Sri Lanka

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Sarath Bulathsinghala 4 Dec 2021 The ‘experts’ – the politicians, the administrators, and the businessmen are trying to ‘rediscover the wheel’! A few days ago, we witnessed parliamentarians, administrators, and perhaps businessmen with vested interests in the ‘gas saga’ sitting together to find solutions for the gas explosions happening throughout Sri Lanka. Is this the […]

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Plane Truth or Flight of Fancy? Sri Lanka to Resume Research on ‘Aviator’ Ravana, India Invited to Join

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Courtesy News18 Sri Lanka wants to reclaim its ancient glory by conducting a detailed scientific research into its aviation past. Many Sri Lankans believe that King Ravana was the world’s first seasoned aviator and that during his days, the island had aircraft and airports. Dismissing the argument that these are mythological beliefs with no scientific […]

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සූම් අධිකරණ‍ය සහ ඉස්මතු කරගත යුතු අපේ කම

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

ෂම්මි උයනගේ (පරිගණක විද්‍යා විශේෂවේදී – කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලය) පරිගණක මෘදුකාංග ඉංජිනේරු කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ අධිකරණ කටයුතු ඉදිරියට පවත්වාගෙනයාම සඳහා සූම් තාක්ෂණය භාවිතා කිරීම සම්බන්ධව මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන් මහතා විසින් ලියන ලද ලිපියක් ලංකා වෙබ් අඩවියෙහි පළ වී තිබුණි (එම ලිපිය සඳහා මෙතනින් පිවිසෙන්න). සූම් ආයතනයේ අයිතිකරු වන චීනයේ උපත ලද අවුරුදු 50ක් වයසැති එරික් […]

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Sri Lanka defends move to build artificial reef

Sunday, June 20th, 2021

Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu It is not only the government that defended the move, but also Jaffna-based fisher cooperatives. Days after Tamil Nadu fishermen protested Sri Lanka’s efforts to build an artificial reef off Delft island, west of Jaffna peninsula, authorities defended the move aimed at enhancing fish breeding”. Last week, Sri Lanka’s Department […]

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Five reasons why you don’t need to panic about coronavirus variants

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

by Cassandra Willyard Courtesy The hype around scariants” is overblown. But we also shouldn’t be too complacent. On May 10, the World Health Organization added a new virus to its list of covid-19 variants of global concern. The variant, B.1.617, is being blamed for the runaway infections in India. It is the fourth addition […]

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China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars.

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday. The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet’s northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent. The […]

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A Harvard professor says an alien visited in 2017 and more are coming

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror When the first sign of intelligent life first visits us from space, it won’t be a giant saucer hovering over New York. More likely, it will be an alien civilization’s trash.  Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Astronomy, believes he’s already found some of that garbage.  In his upcoming […]

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සූර්යයා බබළවන්න: මිනිසාගේ ප්‍රයෝජනයට නොගෙන එක ෆෝටෝනයක් වත් නාස්ති වීමට ඉඩ නොදෙන්න

Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Rohan Abeygunawardena Professor Ravi P. Silva  (පරිවර්තනය කළේ ගම්පහ ආනන්ද වික්‍රමාරච්චි විසිනි) කොරෝනා වයිරස් හෝ කොවිඩ්19 වසංගතය මුළු ලොවටම අහිතකර ලෙස බලපා බොහෝ රටවල් සම්පූර්ණයෙන් වසා දැමීමට භේතුවී ඇත. දැන් ආර්ථික විශේෂඥයන්  සාකච්ඡා කරන්නේ ‘නව ආර්ථික පිළිවෙලක්’ ස්ථාපිත කිරීම සහ ඉදිරියට යා හැකි මාර්ග පිළිඹඳවය. වර්තමාන පරම්පරාව දැනුවත් කරලීම සඳහා උතුරු මැද පළාතේ වැසි ජලය […]

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කෘතීමව හදපු ලංකාවේ පළමු අශ්වයත් ඉන්න අක්කර 80ක අශ්ව පාරාදීසය

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

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Unusual amounts of radiation in soil: Amaraweera orders probe

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

By Thameenah Razeek  Courtesy Ceylon Today Minister of Environment, Mahinda Amaraweera, has instructed the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) and the Atomic Energy Board (AEB) to conduct an investigation regarding the claims made by the heads of certain authorities that the sand distributed and sold locally for construction purposes, subsequent to the removal of […]

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Astronomers capture exact moment supermassive black hole DEVOURED entire star

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy RT Through constant vigilance and some good fortune, astronomers have managed to capture the moment a supermassive black hole in a galaxy 215 million light-years away tore a star apart. The so-called ‘tidal disruption event’ (TDE) is the closest such death of a star humanity has ever witnessed.  Astronomers were alerted by the intense […]

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Scientists discover 24 ‘superhabitable’ planets that might be BETTER for life than Earth

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Courtesy RT It turns out that Earth might not be so special after all, as scientists have identified a plethora of planets outside our solar system with conditions that make them more suitable for life than our home. A study published in the journal Astrobiology identified two dozen planets with conditions which may be more […]

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Special unit to bring technology, research and innovation related services closer to general public

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation has initiated measures to setup a coordinating unit to bring Technology, Research and Innovation related services closer to the general public, as well as to provide technical guidance in addressing the issues related to the said fields faced by the general public, in pursuance […]

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