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  • "Unlocking the Secrets of Our Origins" --A SciFi VIDEO from the European Space Agency

    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Imagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets. They levitate the worlds above their heads, spinning them in orbit around their symbolic Sun. “What is the key to life on Earth?” asks the Master. The Apprentice shakes her head. The answer is obvious: water. For a long time, the origins of water, and indeed life on our planet remained an absolute mystery. So we began searching for answers beyond Earth,” the Master continues. “In time we turned to comets. One trillion celestial balls of…
  • Most fascinating science news of the week (Dec 15, 2012)

    15 Dec 2012 | 5:04 pm
    Here are some of the most fascinating science news stories of the week:CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robotsUniversity of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Read more: discover 'missing link' of black holes The discovery of a bingeing black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy,…
  • There's no evidence heavy marijuana use causes a drop in IQ

    ScienceAlert - Latest Stories
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A 2012 study linking persistent cannabis use to neuropsychological decline has been discredited. 
  • Illusions in the cosmic clouds: New image of spinning neutron star

    Science Daily
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.
  • Snaking Staircase Nominated for Prestigious Engineering Award

    Scientific American Content: Global
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Miles Stair uses stronger, lighter concrete -- Read more on
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  • You lose more weight if you have ‘brown’ fat

    Karen Peart-Yale
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    In a new study, researchers show that neurons controlling hunger and appetite in the brain also control the “browning” of white fat. That discovery suggests that modulating this connection may be a new way to fight obesity. Previous research showed that energy-storing white fat has the capacity to transform into energy-burning “brown-like” fat. This process impacts how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose. Excess fatty tissue is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, neurological disorders, and cancer. People…
  • Blue light sets off ‘battle’ in your eyeball

    Lee-Ann Landis Donegan-Penn
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Researchers have teased apart the separate biological responses of the human eye to blue light, revealing an unexpected contest for control. Their work addresses the properties of melanopsin, a light-sensitive protein in the eye that establishes the rhythm of our day-night cycle and the familiar constriction of the pupil to bright light. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraCalculations find best phosphors for better LEDsUniversity of Michigan'Green Pea' galaxies overflowing with lightYale UniversityGiant sea scorpion was likely a lame predator They measured the…
  • Tarantula venom probe shows neurons in action

    Carole Gan-UC Davis
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    A cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound can help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. The probe binds to a voltage-activated potassium ion channel subtype, lighting up when the channel is turned off and dimming when it is activated. This is the first time researchers have been able to visually observe these electrical signaling proteins turn on without genetic modification. These visualization tools are prototypes of probes that could some day help researchers better understand the ion channel dysfunctions that lead to…
  • How the flu gets cells to crack open its shell

    Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The flu virus has a clever way to trick cells into cracking open its shell and releasing its genetic code. Until now, very little has been known about how the capsid of the flu virus is cracked open. Scientists say they’ve uncovered the details: the virus disguises itself as a bundle of waste, called an aggresome. Cells react by activating their “waste disposal system” and tearing open the capsid. The waste disposal system of a cell is essential for eliminating protein garbage. If the cell fails to dispose of these waste proteins (caused by stress or heat) quickly enough,…
  • School tests fail to catch teen hearing loss

    Matthew Solovey-Penn State
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Teenagers are routinely given hearing tests at school, but those tests aren’t very good at identifying high-frequency hearing loss, which comes from headphones and loud noises. The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Bright Futures children’s health organization, sets standards for pediatric preventive care and recommends screening adolescents with subjective questions and then following up with objective tests for those found to be at high risk of hearing loss. Related Articles On FuturityIowa State UniversityViolent games strongly linked to youth crimeDuke…
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    Science 2.0

  • In Overweight Kids, There Are Mistaken Asthma Symptoms - And Overuse Of Medication

    News Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When obese children with asthma run out of breath it could be due to poor physical health related to weight, yet it is considered asthma often enough that there could be high and unnecessary use of rescue medications, finds a paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  The researchers reviewed the lung function, treatment uses, symptom patterns, healthcare utilization, quality of life and caregiver perceptions of asthma-related quality of life in overweight/obese children with asthma (BMI ≥ 85th percentile) and lean counterparts (BMI 20-65th percentile). In total 58…
  • Germany’s Green Energy Gamble Could Really Use Some Vorsprung Durch Technik

    The Conversation
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
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  • Blood Vessel Transplant From Own Stem Cells - Now In A Week

    News Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Three years ago, a patient at Sahlgrenska University Hospital received a blood vessel transplant grown from her own stem cells. Two other transplants were performed in 2012. The patients, two young children, had the same condition as in the first case – they were missing the vein that goes from the gastrointestinal tract to the liver.  Professors Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson, Professor of Transplantation Biology at The Univerisity of Gothenburg, and Michael Olausson, Surgeon/Medical Director of the Transplant Center and Professor at Sahlgrenska Academy, came up with the idea, planned…
  • Shutting Off Blood To An Extremity Protects Hearts During Cardiac Surgery

    News Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    In a new study, researchers have shown that shutting off the blood supply to an arm or leg before cardiac surgery protects the heart during the operation. The research group wanted to see how the muscle of the left chamber of the heart was affected by a technique, called RIPC (remote ischemic preconditioning), during cardiac surgery. RIPC works by shutting off the blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery. The goal is to reduce risk during cardiac surgery in the future. The technique is not new, but its effects have never before been tested directly on the left chamber of the…
  • Climate Change Caused By The Ocean

    News Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Focus on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has led to a lot of confusion among the public: bad storms are caused by global warming but a lack of warming is not. There may be a reason things don't add up, according to a paper in Science. The circulation of the ocean plays an equally important role in regulating the earth's climate, it finds. In their study, the researchers say the major cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation of the ocean – which pulls in heat and carbon dioxide in the Atlantic…
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  • Who was Gerry Mander?

    David Bradley
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Moving the political goalposts – Gerrymandering is the deliberate design of voting districts to achieve a specific outcome other than fair representation in a governmental election. It is named for US Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, who signed the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Bill of 1812 that included several “creatively” drawn districts designed to ensure his political party’s continued majority in the state senate. This less than ethical approach to democracy continues unabated in many parts of the world to this day. In 1973, political scientist PJ…
  • Spiders on drugs

    David Bradley
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Back in the day, when I was freelancing regularly for New Scientist, the magazine covered the story of the errant webs created by spiders that had been exposed to (THC) from marijuana, LSD, speed and various other drugs including caffeine and alcohol . This was an issue in 1995, if I remember rightly. There was a follow up a “humourous” video many years later, which you can watch here: As you can see the spiders don’t do their best work when they’re stoned on various psychoactive drugs and the social outcomes are not optimal it has to be said. The original New…
  • Liquid energy

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    My latest news story for Chemistry World is on the topic of stationary energy storage and a rather unique concept – liquid metal batteries. Researchers at MIT have developed such a device, which could allow electricity generated by intermittent, but renewable sources, such as wind, solar and wave power. Such a battery could lower the overall costs of energy storage while also having the advantages of small physical footprint and mechanical simplicity. Stanford University materials scientist Robert Huggins was very positive of the development: “There is currently a large amount of…
  • A simple flowchart for trolls

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The end of all name-calling arguments during childhood is often the intervention of an adult with a phrase such as: “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. If only we could apply parental rule #4.6/d to the childish online, the twitter trolls, the youtube haters, the blog spammers and others. Here’s a handy flowchart you may cut out and keep and pin to your computer screen so that next time you are making a decision regarding a Twitter reply, a Facebook update or are commenting on a blog, a video or some other creative output, you will…
  • Did you fake your password?

    David Bradley
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    It’s an evergreen news story in the tech world: the top 25 idiotic passwords we use. Every tech magazine reports it and trumpets our global stupidity in the face of hackers. The articles usually beseech us to think about security, to batten down our virtual hatches, to make sure we use a good strong password like 6z!!jciBAOdGEy5EHE&6 or something equally unmemorable. The surveys and roundups of passwords usually show that simple alphanumeric strings are in widespread use purportedly protecting our Hotmail, GMail, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, Sony and every other online account, even…
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    Newswise: SciNews

  • UCLA Scientists Propose Benchmark to Better Replicate Natural Stem Cell Development in the Laboratory Environment

    UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    UCLA researchers have developed a benchmark to assess how well stem cell culture conditions in the lab resemble counterparts in the developing embryo
  • Numbers Meets CSI: Qualifying Value of Forensic Evidence

    South Dakota State University
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nick Stokes of CSI using fingerprints to identify the murdered and Charlie Eppes of Numbers solving crimes via mathematical equations lead many people to assume that forensic science is a highly technical field relying on experts that always have a definitive answer about culpability. In fact, forensic statistics is a relatively new field that is working to establish investigative techniques and quantitative methods that ensure accuracy in suspect identification. There are about 25 statisticians worldwide working in forensics science. Two of these happen to be in the mathematics and…
  • Diagnostic Tests Key to Helping Swine Producers Fight Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

    South Dakota State University
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    An emerging virus demands quick action. One week after the diagnostic lab at Iowa State confirmed that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus had spread to the United States, Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Lab researchers at South Dakota State University released a diagnostic test to differentiate PEDv genetic material from that of other viruses. A faster, more sensitive second-generation PCR test was commercially available within a few months.
  • A New Dent in HIV-1's Armor

    Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Salk scientists identify a promising target for HIV/AIDS treatment
  • Climate Change Impacts Countered By Stricter Fisheries Management

    Wildlife Conservation Society
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Nino, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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    Digg Science News

  • Does Slacktivism Really Drive Science Forward?

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Plus, how copper could lead to a cure for ALS.
  • Women In Data Science Are Invisible. We Can Change That

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    I have to admit that I never really gave the number of women in data science much thought until recently.
  • Losing 58.3 Pounds For Science

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    This morning was my final data collection for a randomized diet experiment I have been participating in for the last year.
  • The Bad Physics In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    I am going to suggest that the producers for the next "Spider-Man" movie think about science advisors. Ok, I know that is entirely possible that there are some awesome science advisors for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and that these people pointed out the problems I will talk about. It’s possible that the producers and directors just decided to ignore the science advisor. That happens.
  • A View From Nowhere

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    "As with the similarly inferential science s like evolutionary psychology and pop-neuro science , Big Data can be used to give any chosen hypothesis a veneer of science and the unearned authority of numbers. The data is big enough to entertain any story."
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  • Google’s Search Czar Just Smashed Felix Baumgartner’s Sky Dive Record

    Nick Stockton
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Google's search czar just broke the record for highest sky dive ever. As reported in the New York Times, Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon that was 135,908 feet above the Earth. The post Google’s Search Czar Just Smashed Felix Baumgartner’s Sky Dive Record appeared first on WIRED.
  • Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry

    Jason Kehe
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    For Italian artist Leonardo Ulian, this is our universe. At its center: a microchip. Beyond: resistors, capacitors, inductors, transistors. Ulian’s “technological mandalas”—webs of circuitry in the form of the Hindu or Buddhist symbolic diagrams of the cosmos—are icons for an electronic age, and he’ll be exhibiting them this fall in Milan. Each mandala, the biggest […] The post Visualizing Our Tech Worship With Giant Webs of Circuitry appeared first on WIRED.
  • Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History

    Max Ufberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A veteran EMT and ambulance driver in Boston, Ed McCarthy is in a great position to understand his hometown spatially. But he’s also a history geek, and while constantly driving around the city’s neighborhoods, he loves recognizing the streets, buildings and other locales from the history books he so often buries his nose in. The post Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History appeared first on WIRED.
  • Absurd Creature of the Week: The Vampire Frog That Devours Its Mother’s Eggs

    Matt Simon
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The frog they’d found wasn’t particularly remarkable. As far as flying frogs go, its feet weren’t as comically large and webbed as, say, Helen’s flying frog (which Rowley also discovered, and named after her mother). But once Rowley got a tadpole under a microscope, she realized she’d found the most unique larval frog on Earth. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The Vampire Frog That Devours Its Mother’s Eggs appeared first on WIRED.
  • Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption

    Nadia Drake
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star's surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth's direction. If they're powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Do You Suffer From Funnel Vision?

    Roger Dooley
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    They say if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. One of the favorite tools of marketers, the sales funnel, may produce the same kind of myopia, according to Unmarketing’s Scott Stratten. Stratten’s new book, Unselling: The New [...]
  • Packaging Power, Imaginative Imagery, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Here’s my latest content for the week, and hand picked items both I and my readers liked, too. My Stuff Brands often think about the retail packaging of their product, since they know it reflects on their brand and product. [...]
  • Weird Mood Effects, Psycho Trolls, Unselling, and More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Here’s the most compelling stuff we found all week, plus what I published. I hope that’s compelling, too! My Stuff Internet trolls are toxic to communities, and their antics can drive away productive and helpful members. The common assumption has [...]
  • Do Twitter And TV Shrink Your Brain?

    Roger Dooley
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Media multitasking, watching TV while using Twitter on a phone, for example, is becoming extremely common. A new study finds, however, that these multiple screen users have less gray matter in a specific area of the brain.
  • The Two-Pizza Rule, Costco’s Sampling Secrets, More… Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Diverse topics this week include a one-word motivator that boosts effort and results, why Costco gives you free food, how to create a call to action that gets results, the psychology behind Jeff Bezos's "two pizza" team rule, how music makes your brain work better, and more.
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 24-10-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ. Time magazine has a special features that…
  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
  • Hallucinating astronauts

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have been associated with the breakdown of crew coherence and space mission stress. In 1976, crew from the Russian Soyuz-21 mission were brought back to Earth early after they reported an acrid smell aboard the Salyut-5…
  • Spike activity 05-10-2014

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was America’s World War One. The latest edition of Nature NeuroPod is particularly good: psychosis, detecting animacy, network theory for brains. Livescience covers an interesting study finding that the uncanny valley effect is affected by loneliness. The US Government spend $300 million on BRAIN initiative…
  • A review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change”

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was asked to write a review of Susan Greenfield’s new book “Mind Change” for the October edition of Literary Review magazine which has just been published. You can read the review in the print edition and I did have the full text posted here but the good folks at the magazine have also put it online to read in full, so do check it out at the link below. Mind Change marshals many published sources to address these claims. However, this provides little scientific insight owing to Greenfield’s difficulty with synthesising the evidence in any meaningful sense, while she also…
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  • Comments of the Week #33: From Dark Energy to Bad Math [Starts With A Bang]

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    “Sexism was the only thing that kept Jerrie Cobb out of space in 1960, and it cannot be allowed to stand in her way now.” -Patricia Ireland It isn’t every week that you cover topics ranging from the birth of the Universe to the fundamental nature of space, and the go from sexism in NASA to the anthropic principle to… the math of reality television. But all that and more was on tap this past week at Starts With A Bang, with new articles on: What is dark energy? (for Ask Ethan), Had NASA believed in merit (for our Weekend Diversion), The Eagle Nebula, M16 (for Messier…
  • Ebola in the US Update [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Of the seven Americans who have contracted Ebola, five overseas and two in Texas, all seven have survived. Comments from President Obama, focusing on how we have to be guided by the science: “Here’s the bottom line. Patients can beat this disease. And we can beat this disease. But we have to stay vigilant. We have to work together at every level — federal, state and local. And we have to keep leading the global response, because the best way to stop this disease, the best way to keep Americans safe, is to stop it at its source — in West Africa.” CDC Update page for the West…
  • Ask Ethan #59: Double the flame, half the time? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long — and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy. Look at you: you’re the Prodigal Son; you’re quite a prize!” -Dr. Eldon Tyrell, Blade Runner Some questions that we look at are fun to consider because of how far outside our own experience they are, but others are fun for the exact opposite reason: because they ask about a very common phenomenon whose explanation isn’t so simple! Image credit: James Brittin. Think about fire, for example, and why a campfire with a single large log on it takes a certain amount of…
  • Upgrading to OSX Yosemite: Problems and advantages [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Problems with WiFi and Bluetooth Some problems with Bluetooth have been reported. I don’t think this is widespread, but in some cases people are experiencing lags on the order of a half second in the use of their Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. When this happens, it seems to relate to whether or not the computer is on battery or AC power. This problem is probably not widespread enough to worry about, so you may want to go ahead and do the upgrade with the expectation of rolling back to Mavericks if necessary, because a delay in keyboard or mouse operation essentially renders your computer…
  • Uncertain Dots 25: The Lightning Round [Uncertain Principles]

    Chad Orzel
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    I got the time for the regular hangout wrong, and then we had some weird computer difficulties, so we only had ten minutes for Uncertain Dots this week. Which was enough time for me to say disparaging things about comic book movies, so, you know, if that interests you… Here’s the making of Interstellar story about Kip Thorne. Here’s the Avengers 2 trailer. Also, a program note: I will be at MASS MoCA tonight talking about Particle Fever, if you’d like to hear me talk about real physics on film, or just take issue with my slagging off comic-book movies in person…
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  • 'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

    Bill Chappell
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Google's Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.» E-Mail This
  • Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.» E-Mail This
  • Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

    Stephanie Joyce
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Wind power is a growing part of the energy mix in the United States. And more wind turbines means there are new jobs for people to install and repair them. The job requires a unique skill set.» E-Mail This
  • 'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

    Scott Neuman
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.» E-Mail This
  • Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

    Maanvi Singh
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.» E-Mail This
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    EE Times

  • DIY Practical Joke Project Idea

    Max Maxfield
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
  • Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?

    Junko Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
  • Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?

    Max Maxfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by constraints of yesteryear that are no longer of any consequence?
  • DesignCon Trick for a Treat Contest Opens

    Janine Love
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Got a quick design trick to share with the EDN/EETimes community? Now's your chance to show off. DesignCon has opened its Trick for a Treat giveaway.
  • Canceling Noise When Rubber Meets Road

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    An infotainment system vendor has applied noise cancellation technology, known mostly from headphones, to car interiors. The system, jointly developed with Lotus Engineering, minimizes noise generated when the rubber meets the road.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • A Homeostatic Sleep-Stabilizing Pathway in Drosophila Composed of the Sex Peptide Receptor and Its Ligand, the Myoinhibitory Peptide

    Yangkyun Oh et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Yangkyun Oh, Sung-Eun Yoon, Qi Zhang, Hyo-Seok Chae, Ivana Daubnerová, Orie T. Shafer, Joonho Choe, Young-Joon Kim Sleep, a reversible quiescent state found in both invertebrate and vertebrate animals, disconnects animals from their environment and is highly regulated for coordination with wakeful activities, such as reproduction. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has proven to be a valuable model for studying the regulation of sleep by circadian clock and homeostatic mechanisms. Here, we demonstrate that the sex peptide receptor (SPR) of Drosophila, known for its role in female…
  • A Synaptic Mechanism for Temporal Filtering of Visual Signals

    Tom Baden et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Tom Baden, Anton Nikolaev, Federico Esposti, Elena Dreosti, Benjamin Odermatt, Leon Lagnado The visual system transmits information about fast and slow changes in light intensity through separate neural pathways. We used in vivo imaging to investigate how bipolar cells transmit these signals to the inner retina. We found that the volume of the synaptic terminal is an intrinsic property that contributes to different temporal filters. Individual cells transmit through multiple terminals varying in size, but smaller terminals generate faster and larger calcium transients to trigger vesicle…
  • From “Silent Teachers” to Models

    Roos Eisma et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Roos Eisma, Tracey Wilkinson For decades, embalmed cadavers have played an important role in teaching anatomy to the scientists and doctors of the future. Most anatomy departments use a traditional formaldehyde-based embalming method, but formalin embalming makes the bodies very rigid, which limits their usefulness for procedures other than dissection. A more recent embalming method developed by W. Thiel has allowed these “silent teachers” to take on a further role in applied anatomy research and teaching: to act as models for surgical training and medical research.
  • Building Blocks of Temporal Filters in Retinal Synapses

    Bongsoo Suh et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Bongsoo Suh, Stephen A. Baccus Sensory systems must be able to extract features of a stimulus to detect and represent properties of the world. Because sensory signals are constantly changing, a critical aspect of this transformation relates to the timing of signals and the ability to filter those signals to select dynamic properties, such as visual motion. At first assessment, one might think that the primary biophysical properties that construct a temporal filter would be dynamic mechanisms such as molecular concentration or membrane electrical properties. However, in the current issue of…
  • Adaptive Management and the Value of Information: Learning Via Intervention in Epidemiology

    Katriona Shea et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Katriona Shea, Michael J. Tildesley, Michael C. Runge, Christopher J. Fonnesbeck, Matthew J. Ferrari Optimal intervention for disease outbreaks is often impeded by severe scientific uncertainty. Adaptive management (AM), long-used in natural resource management, is a structured decision-making approach to solving dynamic problems that accounts for the value of resolving uncertainty via real-time evaluation of alternative models. We propose an AM approach to design and evaluate intervention strategies in epidemiology, using real-time surveillance to resolve model uncertainty as management…
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Ten Simple Rules for Writing a PLOS Ten Simple Rules Article

    Harriet Dashnow et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Harriet Dashnow, Andrew Lonsdale, Philip E. Bourne
  • Chromatin Loops as Allosteric Modulators of Enhancer-Promoter Interactions

    Boryana Doyle et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Boryana Doyle, Geoffrey Fudenberg, Maxim Imakaev, Leonid A. Mirny The classic model of eukaryotic gene expression requires direct spatial contact between a distal enhancer and a proximal promoter. Recent Chromosome Conformation Capture (3C) studies show that enhancers and promoters are embedded in a complex network of looping interactions. Here we use a polymer model of chromatin fiber to investigate whether, and to what extent, looping interactions between elements in the vicinity of an enhancer-promoter pair can influence their contact frequency. Our equilibrium polymer simulations show…
  • Regression Analysis of Combined Gene Expression Regulation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

    Yue Li et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Yue Li, Minggao Liang, Zhaolei Zhang Gene expression is a combinatorial function of genetic/epigenetic factors such as copy number variation (CNV), DNA methylation (DM), transcription factors (TF) occupancy, and microRNA (miRNA) post-transcriptional regulation. At the maturity of microarray/sequencing technologies, large amounts of data measuring the genome-wide signals of those factors became available from Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). However, there is a lack of an integrative model to take full advantage of these rich yet heterogeneous data.
  • Linking Macroscopic with Microscopic Neuroanatomy Using Synthetic Neuronal Populations

    Calvin J. Schneider et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Calvin J. Schneider, Hermann Cuntz, Ivan Soltesz Dendritic morphology has been shown to have a dramatic impact on neuronal function. However, population features such as the inherent variability in dendritic morphology between cells belonging to the same neuronal type are often overlooked when studying computation in neural networks. While detailed models for morphology and electrophysiology exist for many types of single neurons, the role of detailed single cell morphology in the population has not been studied quantitatively or computationally. Here we use the structural context of the…
  • A Taxonomy of Bacterial Microcompartment Loci Constructed by a Novel Scoring Method

    Seth D. Axen et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Seth D. Axen, Onur Erbilgin, Cheryl A. Kerfeld Bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) are proteinaceous organelles involved in both autotrophic and heterotrophic metabolism. All BMCs share homologous shell proteins but differ in their complement of enzymes; these are typically encoded adjacent to shell protein genes in genetic loci, or operons. To enable the identification and prediction of functional (sub)types of BMCs, we developed LoClass, an algorithm that finds putative BMC loci and inventories, weights, and compares their constituent pfam domains to construct a locus similarity network…
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    PLOS Genetics: New Articles

  • The Not5 Subunit of the Ccr4-Not Complex Connects Transcription and Translation

    Zoltan Villanyi et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Zoltan Villanyi, Virginie Ribaud, Sari Kassem, Olesya O. Panasenko, Zoltan Pahi, Ishaan Gupta, Lars Steinmetz, Imre Boros, Martine A. Collart Recent studies have suggested that a sub-complex of RNA polymerase II composed of Rpb4 and Rpb7 couples the nuclear and cytoplasmic stages of gene expression by associating with newly made mRNAs in the nucleus, and contributing to their translation and degradation in the cytoplasm. Here we show by yeast two hybrid and co-immunoprecipitation experiments, followed by ribosome fractionation and fluorescent microscopy, that a subunit of the Ccr4-Not…
  • A Conserved Role for p48 Homologs in Protecting Dopaminergic Neurons from Oxidative Stress

    Peter Bou Dib et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Peter Bou Dib, Bettina Gnägi, Fiona Daly, Virginie Sabado, Damla Tas, Dominique A. Glauser, Peter Meister, Emi Nagoshi Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder characterized by the progressive loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Both environmental and genetic factors are thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of PD. Although several genes linked to rare familial PD have been identified, endogenous risk factors for sporadic PD, which account for the majority of PD cases, remain largely unknown. Genome-wide association studies have identified many…
  • Licensing of Yeast Centrosome Duplication Requires Phosphoregulation of Sfi1

    Jennifer S. Avena et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jennifer S. Avena, Shannon Burns, Zulin Yu, Christopher C. Ebmeier, William M. Old, Sue L. Jaspersen, Mark Winey Duplication of centrosomes once per cell cycle is essential for bipolar spindle formation and genome maintenance and is controlled in part by cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks). Our study identifies Sfi1, a conserved component of centrosomes, as the first Cdk substrate required to restrict centrosome duplication to once per cell cycle. We found that reducing Cdk1 phosphorylation by changing Sfi1 phosphorylation sites to nonphosphorylatable residues leads to defects in separation of…
  • It's All in Your Mind: Determining Germ Cell Fate by Neuronal IRE-1 in C. elegans

    Mor Levi-Ferber et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Mor Levi-Ferber, Yehuda Salzberg, Modi Safra, Anat Haviv-Chesner, Hannes E. Bülow, Sivan Henis-Korenblit The C. elegans germline is pluripotent and mitotic, similar to self-renewing mammalian tissues. Apoptosis is triggered as part of the normal oogenesis program, and is increased in response to various stresses. Here, we examined the effect of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress on apoptosis in the C. elegans germline. We demonstrate that pharmacological or genetic induction of ER stress enhances germline apoptosis. This process is mediated by the ER stress response sensor IRE-1, but is…
  • Nephronophthisis-Associated CEP164 Regulates Cell Cycle Progression, Apoptosis and Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition

    Gisela G. Slaats et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Gisela G. Slaats, Amiya K. Ghosh, Lucas L. Falke, Stéphanie Le Corre, Indra A. Shaltiel, Glenn van de Hoek, Timothy D. Klasson, Marijn F. Stokman, Ive Logister, Marianne C. Verhaar, Roel Goldschmeding, Tri Q. Nguyen, Iain A. Drummond, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Rachel H. Giles We recently reported that centrosomal protein 164 (CEP164) regulates both cilia and the DNA damage response in the autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease nephronophthisis. Here we examine the functional role of CEP164 in nephronophthisis-related ciliopathies and concomitant fibrosis. Live cell imaging of…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • Chromobacterium Csp_P Reduces Malaria and Dengue Infection in Vector Mosquitoes and Has Entomopathogenic and In Vitro Anti-pathogen Activities

    Jose Luis Ramirez et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jose Luis Ramirez, Sarah M. Short, Ana C. Bahia, Raul G. Saraiva, Yuemei Dong, Seokyoung Kang, Abhai Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, George Dimopoulos Plasmodium and dengue virus, the causative agents of the two most devastating vector-borne diseases, malaria and dengue, are transmitted by the two most important mosquito vectors, Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti, respectively. Insect-bacteria associations have been shown to influence vector competence for human pathogens through multi-faceted actions that include the elicitation of the insect immune system, pathogen sequestration by microbes,…
  • Listeria monocytogenes Dampens the DNA Damage Response

    Ascel Samba-Louaka et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ascel Samba-Louaka, Jorge M. Pereira, Marie-Anne Nahori, Veronique Villiers, Ludovic Deriano, Mélanie A. Hamon, Pascale Cossart The DNA damage response (DDR) is an essential signaling pathway that detects DNA lesions, which constantly occur upon either endogenous or exogenous assaults, and maintains genetic integrity. An infection by an invading pathogen is one such assault, but how bacteria impact the cellular DDR is poorly documented. Here, we report that infection with Listeria monocytogenes induces host DNA breaks. Strikingly, the signature response to these breaks is only moderately…
  • HPV16-E7 Expression in Squamous Epithelium Creates a Local Immune Suppressive Environment via CCL2- and CCL5- Mediated Recruitment of Mast Cells

    Anne-Sophie Bergot et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Anne-Sophie Bergot, Neill Ford, Graham R. Leggatt, James W. Wells, Ian H. Frazer, Michele A. Grimbaldeston Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 16 E7 protein promotes the transformation of HPV infected epithelium to malignancy. Here, we use a murine model in which the E7 protein of HPV16 is expressed as a transgene in epithelium to show that mast cells are recruited to the basal layer of E7-expressing epithelium, and that this recruitment is dependent on the epithelial hyperproliferation induced by E7 by inactivating Rb dependent cell cycle regulation. E7 induced epithelial hyperplasia is associated…
  • Candida albicans Ethanol Stimulates Pseudomonas aeruginosa WspR-Controlled Biofilm Formation as Part of a Cyclic Relationship Involving Phenazines

    Annie I. Chen et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Annie I. Chen, Emily F. Dolben, Chinweike Okegbe, Colleen E. Harty, Yuriy Golub, Sandy Thao, Dae Gon Ha, Sven D. Willger, George A. O'Toole, Caroline S. Harwood, Lars E. P. Dietrich, Deborah A. Hogan In chronic infections, pathogens are often in the presence of other microbial species. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common and detrimental lung pathogen in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) and co-infections with Candida albicans are common. Here, we show that P. aeruginosa biofilm formation and phenazine production were strongly influenced by ethanol produced by the fungus C.
  • Live Attenuated Francisella novicida Vaccine Protects against Francisella tularensis Pulmonary Challenge in Rats and Non-human Primates

    Ping Chu et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ping Chu, Aimee L. Cunningham, Jieh-Juen Yu, Jesse Q. Nguyen, Jeffrey R. Barker, C. Rick Lyons, Julie Wilder, Michelle Valderas, Robert L. Sherwood, Bernard P. Arulanandam, Karl E. Klose Francisella tularensis causes the disease tularemia. Human pulmonary exposure to the most virulent form, F. tularensis subsp. tularensis (Ftt), leads to high morbidity and mortality, resulting in this bacterium being classified as a potential biothreat agent. However, a closely-related species, F. novicida, is avirulent in healthy humans. No tularemia vaccine is currently approved for human use. We…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Serotype Distribution and Antibiotic Susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae Strains Carried by Children Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus

    Dodi Safari et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Dodi Safari, Nia Kurniati, Lia Waslia, Miftahuddin Majid Khoeri, Tiara Putri, Debby Bogaert, Krzysztof Trzciński Background We studied the serotype distribution and antibiotic susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates carried by children infected with HIV in Jakarta, Indonesia. Methods Nasopharyngeal swabs were collected from 90 HIV infected children aged 4 to 144 months. S. pneumoniae was identified by conventional and molecular methods. Serotyping was performed with sequential multiplex PCR and antibiotic susceptibility with the disk diffusion method. Results We identified S.
  • Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? How to Reverse the Effect of Glass Elongation on the Volume Poured

    Simone R. Caljouw et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Simone R. Caljouw, Ruud van Wijck To reduce the volume of drinks and the risk of overconsumption, health professionals recommend the use of tall skinny instead of short wide glasses. Yet the results of the present study contradict this health advice. Participants who generously filled up a glass with lemonade served 9% more in tall narrow compared with short wide glasses (p
  • Combinatorial Contextualization of Peptidic Epitopes for Enhanced Cellular Immunity

    Masaki Ito et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Masaki Ito, Kazumi Hayashi, Eru Adachi, Tamiko Minamisawa, Sadamu Homma, Shigeo Koido, Kiyotaka Shiba Invocation of cellular immunity by epitopic peptides remains largely dependent on empirically developed protocols, such as interfusion of aluminum salts or emulsification using terpenoids and surfactants. To explore novel vaccine formulation, epitopic peptide motifs were co-programmed with structural motifs to produce artificial antigens using our “motif-programming” approach. As a proof of concept, we used an ovalbumin (OVA) system and prepared an artificial protein library by…
  • Neuropilin-1 Expression Is Induced on Tolerant Self-Reactive CD8+ T Cells but Is Dispensable for the Tolerant Phenotype

    Stephanie R. Jackson et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Stephanie R. Jackson, Melissa Berrien-Elliott, Jinyun Yuan, Eddy C. Hsueh, Ryan M. Teague Establishing peripheral CD8 T cell tolerance is vital to avoid immune mediated destruction of healthy self-tissues. However, it also poses a major impediment to tumor immunity since tumors are derived from self-tissue and often induce T cell tolerance and dysfunction. Thus, understanding the mechanisms that regulate T cell tolerance versus immunity has important implications for human health. Signals received from the tissue environment largely dictate whether responding T cells become activated or…
  • BCR-ABL Promotes PTEN Downregulation in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

    Cristina Panuzzo et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Cristina Panuzzo, Sabrina Crivellaro, Giovanna Carrà, Angelo Guerrasio, Giuseppe Saglio, Alessandro Morotti Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by the t(9;22) translocation coding for the chimeric protein p210 BCR-ABL. The tumor suppressor PTEN plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of CML chronic phase, through non genomic loss of function mechanisms, such as protein down-regulation and impaired nuclear/cytoplasmic shuttling. Here we demonstrate that BCR-ABL promotes PTEN downregulation through a MEK dependent pathway. Furthermore, we describe…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • First WHO Meeting of Stakeholders on Elimination of Gambiense Human African Trypanosomiasis

    Peter Holmes
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Peter Holmes
  • Chemotherapeutic Potential of 17-AAG against Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Caused by Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis

    Diego M. Santos et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Diego M. Santos, Antonio L. O. A. Petersen, Fabiana S. Celes, Valeria M. Borges, Patricia S. T. Veras, Camila I. de Oliveira Background Leishmaniasis remains a worldwide public health problem. The limited therapeutic options, drug toxicity and reports of resistance, reinforce the need for the development of new treatment options. Previously, we showed that 17-(allylamino)-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG), a Heat Shock Protein 90 (HSP90)-specific inhibitor, reduces L. (L.) amazonensis infection in vitro. Herein, we expand the current knowledge on the leishmanicidal activity of 17-AAG…
  • A One Health Framework for the Evaluation of Rabies Control Programmes: A Case Study from Colombo City, Sri Lanka

    Barbara Häsler et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Barbara Häsler, Elly Hiby, Will Gilbert, Nalinika Obeyesekere, Houda Bennani, Jonathan Rushton Background One Health addresses complex challenges to promote the health of all species and the environment by integrating relevant sciences at systems level. Its application to zoonotic diseases is recommended, but few coherent frameworks exist that combine approaches from multiple disciplines. Rabies requires an interdisciplinary approach for effective and efficient management. Methodology/Principal Findings A framework is proposed to assess the value of rabies interventions holistically. The…
  • Caseating Granulomas in Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

    Jessica Aoun et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jessica Aoun, Robert Habib, Khalil Charaffeddine, Suad Taraif, Asif Loya, Ibrahim Khalifeh Background Caseating granulomas are often associated with a mycobacterial infection (TB) and are thought to be exceedingly rare in cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). However, no large series has accurately documented the incidence of caseating granulomas in CL. Methods A multiregional cohort consisting of 317 patients with CL [Syria (157), Pakistan (66), Lebanon (47), Saudi Arabia (43), Ethiopia (2) and Iran (2)] was reviewed. Clinical [age, sex, disease duration, lesion type and geographic and anatomic…
  • Evaluation of a Community-Based Trapping Program to Collect Simulium ochraceum sensu lato for Verification of Onchocerciasis Elimination

    Mario A. Rodríguez-Pérez et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Mario A. Rodríguez-Pérez, Monsuru A. Adeleke, Isabel C. Rodríguez-Luna, Eddie W. Cupp, Thomas R. Unnasch Background Collection of the black fly vectors of onchocerciasis worldwide relies upon human landing collections. Recent studies have suggested that the Esperanza Window Trap baited with a human scent lure and CO2 had the potential to replace human hosts for the collection of Simulium ochraceum sensu lato in Southern Chiapas focus, Mexico. The feasibility of utilizing these traps in a community-based approach for the collection of S. ochraceum s.l. was evaluated.
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  • SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific Ocean

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo ship ended a monthlong stay at the International Space Station on Saturday and splashed down on schedule in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico.
  • Google executive sets new stratosphere skydive world record

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    (Reuters) - A skydiving Google executive is safely back on Earth after jumping out of a giant balloon floating in the stratosphere more than 25 miles (40 km) above New Mexico, a feat that broke the sound barrier and shattered a world altitude record.
  • Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships.
  • Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides.
  • Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    LONDON (Reuters) - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • Top 10 Facebook updates to make me unfollow you

    David Bradley
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    I seem to have accrued a fairly large number of “friends” on Facebook over the years. Many of them are, of course, actual friends, family members, business contacts, acquaintances, fellow musicians and photographers and a few bands, many others are just people who asked to be my friend and are either trolls, spammers, bots, or saddos. Over the years I’ve unfriended nobody, but I had “unfollowed” a few people to cut down on the speed at which my timeline passes. I say, a few, in fact, of the 1026 friends, I’d “unfollowed”, but not unfriended, 623…
  • DropBox to SD card on Android

    David Bradley
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The new version of DropBox for Android has a useful feature that lots of users have apparently been asking for for some time: Exporting Dropbox files to your SD card gives you an easy way to transfer all your stuff — meeting agendas, trip photos, shopping lists, and more — as you move between Android devices, even without an Internet connection. And, it’s a great way to have important files with you offline when you can’t save any more favorites directly to your device. More details
  • WD 1TB My Passport Wireless

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A neat package just arrived from Western Digital’s rep containing a one terabyte (1 TB) “My Passport” Wireless. Wi-Fi Mobile Storage with USB 3.0 and an SD slot. The company website tells me that I can connect up to eight devices via my Wi-Fi network (the packaging says five, but I assume the latest firmware has upped that number since printing), backup an SD card while out and about (the battery is long lasting – 6 hours (continuous video streaming) and 20 hours standby are claimed – which is a real boon when you’re traveling). There’s also the…
  • Take two steps to better security

    David Bradley
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    To be more secure than is possible even with a “clever” password, you need to enable two-factor authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication) that uses a text message to your phone or a 3rd party app like Google Authenticator to create a second login layer. Fundamentally, this means that even if someone steals or guesses your password for a particular site they still won’t be able to login and abuse your account unless they have also stolen your phone or device on which you run Authenticator (such as an iPad or other tablet). UPDATE: Following the…
  • Simple modern-day timesaver

    David Bradley
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have discovered a simple trick that is so easy to implement it will leave you short of breath but raring to go and wondering why nobody has told you about it before. The trick costs nothing, will take mere seconds to implement and could change your life. Seriously, it will save you many hours of pointless, fruitless, soul-destroying hours of wasted time. The trick will also reduce the power demands of the wireless chip in your smart phone, the CPU grind and cut down on your data plan overhead. The battery will last so much longer you won’t need to charge up the phone anywhere near as…
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  • Job Board, October 2014

    Nathan Yau
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Looking for a job in data science, visualization, or statistics? There are openings on the board. Business Intelligence Analyst for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Maryland. Front End Developer for Seed Scientific in New York. Director of Visualization Services for North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh, North Carolina. Middleweight Designer for Information is Beautiful Studio in Shoreditch, London.
  • New York Times mapmakers

    Nathan Yau
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    When news breaks, maps often accompany stories (or the maps are the story), and cartographers and graphics people have to work quickly. The New York Times does this really well. Cartographer Tim Wallace of the New York Times describes some of the process for Wired. I like the bit about uncertainty. They also have to deal with incorporating uncertainty into their maps. A recent map of territory held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, for example, uses blurry red and yellow shading to indicate regions controlled by ISIS and areas of recurring attacks. The same map uses light grey hatching to indicate…
  • Visual summary of skateboarding tournament

    Nathan Yau
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    George Murphy visualized the results of this year's skateboarding tournament Battle at the Berrics 7. Even if you don't like or know anything about skateboarding, this is a fun one to scroll through. Skaters match up head-to-head in a bracket format, and compete in a style similar to the basketball game of H-O-R-S-E. One person does a trick, and if completed cleanly, the other person has to match. If the second person fails to match, he or she receives a letter. The first person to S-K-A-T-E loses. Murphy takes you through the tournament with video clips and transitions through a handful of…
  • Moving Past Default Charts

    Nathan Yau
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Customizing your charts doesn't have to be a time-intensive process. With just a teeny bit more effort, you can get something that fits your needs.Continue reading →
  • F1 racing winners and age

    Nathan Yau
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    So here's a sport I don't see or hear much about. F1 racing, which requires a different sort of strength and agility than say football or basketball, has a wide range of ages. Drivers can be in their teens. Some are in their late 40s (and successful). Peter Cook visualized the ages and races of drives through F1 racing history, since 1950. Each row represents a driver's career, and each color-coded dash in a row represents a race. Colors indicate wins, a trip to the podium, and a top 10 finish. My favorite part is the tour on initial load. The interactive points out highlights in the data,…
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    Science Daily

  • NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.
  • NASA's Fermi satellite finds hints of starquakes in magnetar 'storm'

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a rapid-fire "storm" of high-energy blasts from a highly magnetized neutron star, also called a magnetar, on Jan. 22, 2009. Now astronomers analyzing this data have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout the magnetar.
  • Illusions in the cosmic clouds: New image of spinning neutron star

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.
  • MAVEN ultraviolet image of comet Siding Spring's hydrogen coma

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft obtained this ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring on Oct. 17, 2014, two days before the comet's closest approach to Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument imaged the comet at a distance of 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers).
  • Mars Orbiter's spectrometer shows Oort comet's coma

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Compact Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) observed comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as the comet sped close to Mars on Oct. 19. CRISM recorded imaging data in 107 different wavelengths, showing the inner part of the cloud of dust, called the coma, surrounding the comet's nucleus.
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    The Why Files

  • Cold-War exclusive: Cuban lizards invade Florida

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Cold-War exclusive: Cuban lizards invade Florida A new study of lizards along Florida’s Atlantic Coast shows that a long- lasting genetic change — evolution — can occur in just 20 generations. Scientists have seen evolution among microbes or fruitflies in the lab, but demonstrating a change in gene structure is more difficult for larger organisms living beyond the lab. For decades, native Anolis carolinensis lizards have lived on islands built of sediment dredged during construction of the Intracoastal Waterway. In the 1940s, the closely related Cuban brown anole lizard…
  • Ebola on the march!

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Ebola on the march! UNITED NATIONS — Schools have shut down, elections have been postponed, mining and logging companies have withdrawn, farmers have abandoned their fields. The Ebola virus ravaging West Africa has renewed the risk of political instability in a region barely recovering from civil war, United Nations officials said Tuesday, hours after the World Health Organization reported that new cases could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate. New York Times, Oct. 14, 2014 Ebola has spread to a second Texas health care worker, and the World Health Organization…
  • Secrets of the sidewinder

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Secrets of the sidewinder Not science fiction: this robot snake charges up hill and spills a snake’s secrets. Photo: Nico Zevallos and Chaohui Gong By now, you know about robots that roll, fly, swim and walk, insect-like, on six legs. Are you ready for a robot that climbs a sandy hill in the fashion of the sidewinder rattlesnake? In research in this week’s Science, Daniel Goldman and company described using a robot to explore exactly how the sidewinder achieves the rare feat of climbing a steep, sandy slope. “For years, we’ve spent a lot of time on problems involving…
  • Smokin’ hot! Altered tobacco plants point toward race-car photosynthesis

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Smokin’ hot! Altered tobacco plants point toward race-car photosynthesis This tobacco plant was engineered to use a high-efficiency enzyme from cyanobacteria to transform carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into sugar. The researchers are not trying to spread lung cancer; tobacco, in fact, is a favorite “model” plant that is easy to manipulate. Credit: Rothamsted Research Solar-powered photosynthesis — the creation of sugars in plants — is the basic key to virtually all life on earth. You can — and should — say a lot of good things about photosynthesis,…
  • Population rising with no end in sight!

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Population rising with no end in sight! Rising populations in Africa = more crowding. Could Africa be as dense as China in 2100? Beijing 2010, Mauricio Pizard If the world is seeming crowded, you ain’t seen nothing yet. While many estimates foresee population growth running aground long before 2100, a new study drowns that idea by projecting that 9.6 to 12.3 billion people will cohabit the third rock from the sun by 2100. Current population is 7.26 billion, and rising fast. If you think more is better, that’s good news. But you worry if you think population growth feeds shortages…
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  • SpaceX ship leaves ISS for Earth loaded with lab results

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station to return to Earth on Saturday after a month in orbit, NASA said.
  • Russia turns back clocks to permanent Winter Time

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Russia on Sunday is set to turn back its clocks to winter time permanently in a move backed by President Vladimir Putin, reversing a three-year experiment with non-stop summer time that proved highly unpopular.
  • UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn on Saturday with just 14 months left to finalise a new, global pact.
  • Microsoft beefs up security protection in Windows 10

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    What Microsoft users in business care deeply about—-a system architecture that supports efforts to get their work done efficiently; a work-centric menu to quickly access projects rather than weather readings and movie trailers; and an architecture that helps protect their identity and information. Small wonder that Microsoft is talking up the security feature of its next-generation Windows 10 operating system. Its security measures are impressive in delivering two-factor authentication and other safeguards against malware and data theft.
  • Spain defends Canaries oil drilling plan

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Spain on Friday launched a legal challenge to defend plans to explore for oil and gas off the Canary Islands, a popular tourist destination.
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Huge Solar Flare Erupts from Biggest Sunspot in 24 Years (Photos)

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The solar flare occurred Friday afternoon, reaching its peak at 5:41 p.m. EDT (2141 GMT), and triggered a strong radio blackout at the time, according to the U.S. NASA's sun-watching Solar Dynamics Observatory captured stunning video of the huge solar flare. The flare erupted from a giant active sunspot known as AR 12192 and was classified as an X3.1-class solar storm — one of the most powerful types of solar storms on the sun — but it is not the first time the sunspot has made its presence known. "This is the fourth substantial flare from this active region since Oct. 19,"…
  • Google executive sets new stratosphere skydive world record

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    (Reuters) - A skydiving Google executive is safely back on Earth after jumping out of a giant balloon floating in the stratosphere more than 25 miles (40 km) above New Mexico, a feat that broke the sound barrier and shattered a world altitude record. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at the Mountain View, California-based company, was lifted up 135,890 feet (41,419 meters) by an enormous balloon shortly before dawn on Friday, the Paragon Space Development Corp said. ...
  • Splashdown! SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Spaceship Returns to Earth

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A private SpaceX Dragon capsule dropped into the Pacific Ocean today (Oct. 25), returning almost 2 tons of cargo and science experiments to Earth from the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon was released from the space station at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT). Its parachute-guided splashdown west of Baja California, which was confirmed around 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT), marked an end to SpaceX's fourth of 12 unmanned delivery missions to the space station for NASA under a $1.6 billion contract. Dragon had been attached to the orbiting lab for a little more than month.
  • SpaceX Dragon capsule splashes down in Pacific Ocean

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo ship ended a monthlong stay at the International Space Station on Saturday and splashed down on schedule in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico. Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore, astronauts with U.S. space agency NASA, used the station’s robotic crane to release the capsule, built and operated by California-based SpaceX, as the company is known, at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT) as the two vehicles soared 260 miles (418 km) over the northwest coast of Australia. “Dragon is free,” mission commentator Rob Navias said during a live broadcast on…
  • No Proof That 'Brain Training' Games Work, Some Experts Say

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Sixty-nine scientists from around the world issued a statement this week, saying that there's no compelling scientific evidence supporting the claims that playing brain games may actually help people enhance their mental powers or overcome the effects of aging on the brain. The scientists didn't indicate which brain-training products are making misleading claims and which aren't. California-based Happy Neuron has nearly 11 million users and offers brain training programs to stimulate the main five cognitive functions, including memory, attention, language, and logical thinking. Rosetta…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • Using Word to Write your Thesis: Making a Table of Contents, Inserting Captions, and Cross-referencing

    Lauren Tebay
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the last post I showed you how to make an outline for your thesis in Word. You should now have a document outline with a list of headings for your sections (maybe even a few sections filled in if you were feeling motivated to make a start!). From here, we can move on to: Setting up a Table of Contents, Learning to insert captions which will make compiling a List of Figures/Tables at the end a painless process Learning how to cross-reference your document, so that figures or paragraphs that you refer to in the body text are always numbered correctly, even when you move things around.
  • Insane in the Membrane! PVDF vs. Nitrocellulose – Which One Comes Out on Top?

    Michelle van Geldermalsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Western blotting, there’s no denying it: Your membrane is a key player. After all it is the physical scaffold that holds your precious samples and it needs to be up to the challenges you throw at it. But depending on your protein’s properties and your downstream detection steps, finding the optimal membrane may take a bit of trial and error. To help you choose, I will pit two membrane heavyweights against each other, PVDF vs. Nitrocellulose. Find out which one comes out on top:  NitrocellulosePVDF What is it?Nitrocellulose (either alone or attached to an inert…
  • Part 2: The Who’s Who of Super Resolution Microscopy – Single Molecule Localisation techniques

    Kathryn Lagrue
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In part 1 of The Who’s Who of Super Resolution Microscopy I discussed one way to overcome the diffraction limit of light: ensemble technique. In this article I discuss another way to improve resolution: single particle localisation techniques. Single particle localisation techniques works by pin-pointing single molecules by reconstructing a super-resolution image from multiple frames (usually hundreds!). The concept behind the single molecule localisation techniques is that a single fluorophore, even though it is subject to the same diffraction limit as confocal microscopy, can be…
  • Where Are My Cells: Part 2

    Rachael Walker
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The golden rule of flow cytometry, especially cell sorting is: ‘Put good cells in and get good cells out’. When you sort you might not get good cells out and you may not get the numbers you were expecting. In my previous article I  touched on a few reasons why your cell numbers might be low after sorting, and in this current article I mention a couple more reasons why. Poor Viability As discussed in the article on how a sorter works, sorting has little effect on your cells. However, if they are poorly to start with, then they are unlikely to survive sorting. It’s important to use a…
  • Which Cytokine Will I Get? How to Stimulate Human Cytokine-Producing Cells

    Olwen Reina
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cells are like people: depending on their current environment, past experiences and their genetic make-up they will react differently. Treat cells in different ways, and they will produce different cytokines. There are a lot of protocols out there for stimulating cells. Depending on the species of cells you plan to stimulate, different protocols are available and each will result in a unique cytokine secretion profile. Never fear! For those of you interested in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), I have broken down the protocols and given you a simple table to follow: PROTOCOL…
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    PHD Comics

  • 10/22/14 PHD comic: 'Written Estimate'

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Written Estimate" - originally published 10/22/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/20/14 PHD comic: 'Percentage of your day you spend in meetings'

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Percentage of your day you spend in meetings" - originally published 10/20/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/17/14 PHD comic: 'Tenure Means'

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Tenure Means" - originally published 10/17/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/15/14 PHD comic: 'Teeming with Meetings'

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Teeming with Meetings" - originally published 10/15/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/08/14 PHD comic: 'The Netflix Effect'

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "The Netflix Effect" - originally published 10/8/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    ZME Science

  • EU commits to 40% less CO2 by 2030, yet Ambitions fall Short

    Tibi Puiu
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Friday morning, EU leaders finally reached an agreement for its 2030 energy target – member states have all agreed to reduce their green house gas emissions by 40%. Following the announcement, industry representatives voiced concerns that the decisions will affect the EU’s economy and competitiveness, while environmental groups on the other hand criticized the terms as falling too short. Personally, while I’m not impressed with the goal considering EU standards against climate change, I still feel like this is step forward in the right direction, one that I hope will spur…
  • Book review: ‘Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World’

    Tibi Puiu
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    “Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World”By John BroomeW. W. Norton & Company, 224pp | Buy on AmazonThe Arctic is melting, the oceans are acidifying, storms and droughts are intensifying and sea levels are on the rise. If left unchecked, global warming is set to threaten civilization as we know it within the next hundreds years, yet the world seems to do very little about it; not because it doesn’t care, but rather because it can’t seem to reach a consensus. Is global warming and climate change man-made or are we merely experiencing a natural climatic transition?
  • Killer whales are so smart they can learn to speak “dolphin”

    Mihai Andrei
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Killer whales are smart, we already know that; they’re also really scary. But a new study has shown that they are actually scary smart – up to the point where they can learn the language of another species.Killer SmartImage via Animal National.Killer whales are actually a species of dolphins found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. They have extremely diverse diets and can adapt to what the local environment can provide. Killer whales are notable for their complex societies. Only elephants and higher primates, such as humans, live in…
  • Roman Gladiators were mostly Vegetarian, Drank Sports Drinks from Bone and Ashes

    Mihai Andrei
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Roman gladiators – some of the most feared warriors in history were mostly vegetarian, a new anthropological study has shown.A retiarius (“net fighter”) with a trident and cast net, fighting a secutor (79 AD mosaic). Image credits: Wiki Commons.Gladiators fought to entertain audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations; they fought each other, wild animals, and convicted criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked not only their social standing, but also their lives, but most of them were actually slaves, schooled under harsh…
  • Fossils Reveal “Beer-Bellied” Dinosaur

    Mihai Andrei
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It was about as big as T-Rex, but not quite as fit – new fossils have revealed that Deinocheirus mirificus had quite a beer belly.Image via Scientific American.“This is an entirely new body plan” for such dinosaurs, says Stephen Brusatte, a vertebrate palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, UK.Indeed, few scientists would have imagined such a scientific appearance. The first fossils of Deinocheirus mirificus (which means ‘unusual horrible hand’ in a mixture of Greek and Latin) were dug in 1965 in the Gobi Desert, in Mongolia. The fossils were quite…
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  • STEM & GEMS: Stephanie Thompson Swims With Sharks

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Stephanie Thompson, Animal Care Technician at HMNS.  Make sure you mark your calendars for this year’s GEMS event, February 21, 2015! Stephanie Thompson with a Great White Shark model in HMNS’ SHARK! Touch Tank Experience HMNS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.Thompson: I have always wanted to become a marine biologist and work with sharks. I got my…
  • Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Why do we have empathy? Why do we rush to another’s aid? Why do we put our arm around others to support them?  Empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. In his work with monkeys, apes and elephants, anthropologist Dr. Frans de Waal has found many cases of one individual coming to another’s aid in a fight, putting an arm around a previous victim of attack, or other emotional responses to the distress of others. By studying social behavior in animals — such as bonding and alliances, expressions of consolation, conflict resolution, and a sense of…
  • There’s a Partial Solar Eclipse Happening October 23: Here’s what you need to know to see it!

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
      There’s a partial solar eclipse happening Thursday, October 23 and you can see it all from Houston*!  The New Moon of Thursday, October 23, 2014, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow towards Earth. However, no one will see a total eclipse for two reasons. First of all, the Moon was at apogee (greatest distance from Earth) on October 18, and is therefore smaller than usual in our sky. As a result, it is not quite big enough to cover the Sun, and the only eclipse possible would be an annular eclipse. Also, the Moon shadow is aligned to a point in space…
  • HMNS in the Classroom: Amazing arthropods model for middle schoolers

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post was written by HMNS Outreach Presenter Sahil Patel. Those expecting a typical runway show were in for a surprise; the models all had at least six legs, nobody was showing off the latest fall collection, and the paparazzi consisted of a group of art students at Johnston Middle School. A student concentrates while sketching one of the eight legs on Peanut, the Costa Rican Curly Hair Tarantula. Peanut was very cooperative and stood still the whole day for the classes. HMNS’ LyondellBasell Bugs On Wheels traveled to Christina Gutierrez Gonzalez’s art class October…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Adopt-a-Book

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Old books need help. Left to their own devices, they fall apart, get moldy, and decompose.  CHF recently launched an Adopt-a-Book program which asks donors to “adopt” one of the Othmer Library’s many books in need of preservation, essentially paying for their medical care. One side benefit of this program is that images of these beautiful tomes are now available online. Anyone can look at the covers and at some of the pages of these old texts, including some alchemical ones. Check them out on CHF’s Flickr page; maybe you’ll even figure out how to make a Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Fogs of War: the Chemical Weapons Podcast

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look.  We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the frontline during World War I—and discovers that for some people the war isn’t yet over. Then we talk to…
  • The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese...

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese researchers for developing the first commercial blue light-emitting diode (LED), but the original technology for a blue LED was developed in the early 1970s in Princeton, New Jersey.   In this video Benjamin Gross (fellow at CHF and curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey) and Jonathan Allen (a retired physicist) attempt to turn on the original blue LED built in 1972 at RCA’s laboratories in Princeton. Do they succeed? For more information, check out this article onWHYY’s The Pulse. By Mariel Carr
  • When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a...

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a German physicist and microscope manufacturer named Ernst Abbe stated that optical microscopes would never be capable of showing something smaller than 0.2 micrometers in size. He calculated this limit based on how small a glass lens could be built that still focused the wavelength of visible light. That’s small enough to let us see really tiny things, such as the main structures inside animal cells like mitochondria, but not small enough for us to see DNA and proteins. While Abbe’s calculations were accurate, his prediction…
  • The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground...

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground Life (1868) provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of miners just after the middle of the 19th century. As Simonin puts it (the book was translated from the French and adapted by H. W. Bristow) In the following pages we purpose to describe the struggle of the miner in its reality, without exaggeration of any sort. We shall follow him to the field of his labours, observe him in his subterranean life, and describe his habits in various countries; and as we would not only amuse, but instruct, we shall speak of the countries…
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    NOVA | PBS

  • Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A tame alligator named Bubba betrays the secrets of the largest predator that ever lived.
  • Killer Landslides

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Explore the forces behind deadly landslides—and the danger zones for the next big one.
  • Zombies and Calculus

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The zombie apocalypse is here, and calculus explains why we can't quite finish them off.
  • Zombies and Calculus, Part 2

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You're being chased by zombies, and understanding tangent vectors may save your life.
  • The Cybersecurity Lab

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Take cybersecurity into your own hands by thwarting a series of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • Be a Friend to Man’s Best Friend: Keep Marijuana Away from Your Dog

    The NIDA Blog Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As more communities allow medical marijuana, or decriminalize illicit marijuana, veterinarians are seeing an alarming trend. More and more dogs are arriving in emergency animal hospitals with marijuana toxicosis, or marijuana poisoning. A recent study in Colorado showed that 4 times as many dogs were treated for marijuana poisoning in 2010 than in 2005. Sadly, two dogs identified in that study died. Similarly, from 2008 to 2013, the Pet Poison Helpline—a poison control hotline for animals—has seen a 200% increase in calls related to pets eating marijuana. Most times, dogs ingest marijuana…
  • The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

    The NIDA Blog Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Why doesn’t everyone who is exposed to drugs become addicted? You can’t get addicted just from using a drug once. But some people who try drugs go on to take more and more, and become addicted as a result. Others don’t. Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. These include your genes, what kind of neighborhood you live in, what kind of school you attend, and what kinds of people you hang around with. These same factors can also protect you from getting the…
  • A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner

    The NIDA Blog Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    You already know the dangers of using marijuana before driving: Marijuana seriously impairs your motor skills and clouds your perception and judgment, all of which you need to safely operate a car. That’s why it’s illegal to drive high. But lots of people don’t know this … or they know it, but figure it’s okay “just this one time.” Whatever the case, it’s breaking the law, just like driving after drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of marijuana is a big problem. A 2007 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 8.7 percent of people…
  • It’s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV

    The NIDA Blog Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year the organizers are using the slogan, “It’s time 'To End AIDS, Commit to Act'/ 'Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.'    Why an HIV Awareness Day for Latinos?   Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account for 21% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in this country every day. What does that mean in real numbers?  It means that 1 in 36 Hispanic/Latino men and 1 in 106 Hispanic/Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Is HIV really MY problem? Lots of people don’t…
  • Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

    The NIDA Blog Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The winning projects of NIDA’s Addiction Science Award 2014, part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, tackled emerging topics in addiction science. While their projects impressed the judges, it is the teens’ passion and desire to help improve lives that makes them winners. First Place: Lily Wei Lee, a high school senior from New York, found that e-cigarettes left significant nicotine residue on glass, vinyl floors, wood, and other household surfaces—also known as third-hand exposure. Her study was recently published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
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    Naked Science Articles

  • App, app and Away

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Our new Naked Scientists App places our news stories, the answers to science questions you always wanted to ask, science articles and our extensive catalogue of audio and video podcasts at your fingertips. After you download it for free from the Play Store, your Naked Scientists App keeps tabs on our content to let you know when we've published something new.
  • Why we ignored Ebola...

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    This week the scientific Nobel prizes have been awarded, just as the Ebola death toll passes 7000.
  • Naked Scientists Training for Engineers

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Naked Scientists are offering candidates an opportunity to join their award-winning team to learn how to communicate science to broad audiences.
  • Fish schools: Not all seats in the class are equal

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Like our classrooms, fish tend to have their own place in the school, but what factors decide which fish gets the best spot?
  • No room in the Ark?

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    With thousands of species going extinct how do we choose which ones to try and save?
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • For brain hemorrhage, risk of death is lower at high-volume hospitals

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For patients with a severe type of stroke called subarachnoid hemorrhage, treatment at a hospital that treats a high volume of subarachnoid hemorrhage cases is associated with a lower risk of death, reports a study in the November issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
  • Ebola's evolutionary roots are more ancient than previously thought, study finds

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola's family history. The research shows that Ebola and Marburg are each members of ancient evolutionary lines, and that these two viruses last shared a common ancestor sometime prior to 16-23 million years ago.
  • Prognostic factors identified for peripheral squamous cell carcinomas of the lung

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A better survival outcome is associated with low blood levels of squamous cell carcinoma antigen, or absence of tumor invasion either into the space between the lungs and chest wall or into blood vessels of individuals with a peripheral squamous cell carcinoma, a type of non-small cell lung cancer.
  • APIC Ebola readiness survey findings

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Only 6 percent of US hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at US hospitals conducted Oct. 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
  • Climate change caused by ocean, not just atmosphere, new Rutgers study finds

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere. Read about a Rutgers study published in Science that reveals another equally important factor in regulating the earth's climate.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • "Unlocking the Secrets of Our Origins" --A SciFi VIDEO from the European Space Agency
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Imagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets. They levitate the worlds above their heads, spinning them in orbit around their symbolic Sun. “What is the key to life on Earth?” asks the Master. The Apprentice shakes her head. The answer is obvious: water. For a long time, the origins of water, and indeed life on our planet remained an absolute mystery. So we began searching for answers beyond Earth,” the Master continues. “In time we turned to comets. One trillion celestial balls of…
  • "Titan's Alien Ice Cloud Similar to Those Above Earth's Poles" --NASA (Weekend Feature)
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    "The idea that methane clouds could form this high on Titan is completely new," said Carrie Anderson, a Cassini participating scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study. "Nobody considered that possible before." NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles. This lofty cloud, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, was part of the winter cap of condensation over Titan's north pole. Now, eight years after spotting this…
  • "The Ring of Fire" --X-Ray Footage of Thursday's Solar Eclipse (VIDEO)
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole.The Hinode spacecraft was in the right place at the right time to catch the solar eclipse. What’s more, because of its vantage point Hinode witnessed a “ring of fire” or annular eclipse. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun but doesn’t cover it completely because the moon appears too small. (The apparent size of the moon depends on its…
  • The Event Horizon of a Black Hole --"An Exit Door from Our Universe"
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Once an object fall through the event horizon of a black hole, they’re lost forever. “It’s an exit door from our universe," said Shep Doeleman, assistant director at the MIT Haystack Observatory and research associate at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. "You walk through that door, you’re not coming back.” Supermassive black holes are the most extreme objects predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity — where, according to Doeleman, “gravity completely goes haywire and crushes an enormous mass into an incredibly close space.” In September of 2012, an…
  • Strange Triple Asteroid System Observed
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    “Combined observations from small and large telescopes provide a unique opportunity to understand the nature of this complex and enigmatic triple asteroid system,” said Franck Marchis, senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute. “Thanks to the presence of these moons, we can constrain the density and interior structure of an asteroid, without the need for a spacecraft’s visit. Knowledge of the internal structure of asteroids is key to understanding how the planets of our solar system formed.” Combining observations from the world’s largest telescopes…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Costs to Support Stroke Survivors Stay High for 10 Years

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Dominique Cadilhac (Monash University) 24 October 2014. Researchers at Monash University in Australia calculated long-term costs to stroke patients, finding the financial burden on patients and their care givers remains significant for 10 years following the stroke episode. The team led by Monash medical school professor Dominique Cadilhac reported its findings in yesterday’s issue of the journal Stroke (paid subscription required). Cadilhac, with colleagues at Monash and affiliated institutions in Australia, sought a longer-term estimation of financial burdens faced by stroke patients…
  • Paper-Based Synthetic Bio Sensors, Circuits Developed

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Paper strip with color-indicated proteins (Wyss Institute, Harvard University) 24 October 2014. Biomedical engineers at Harvard University designed systems with simple sensors applied on paper to detect complex cellular reactions that can speed use of point-of-care diagnostics in the field. Findings from the team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, with colleagues from Boston University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, appear in two articles published yesterday in the journal Cell (paid subscription required). Both papers, from…
  • Biotech, McGill Univ Partner on Soil Enhancement Microbes

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Soybean field (Agricultural Research Service/USDA) 23 October 2014. Inocucor Technologies Inc. and McGill University are collaborating on development of new types of microbes that improve soil for greater yields of large-scale crops such as corn and soybeans. Financial details of the research and licensing agreement between the company and university, both in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, were not disclosed. Inocucor Technologies produces soil enhancement products based on microbial consortia, communities of engineered microbes, similar to bacteria or yeast, designed to produce desired outcomes…
  • IBM, Health Tech, Univ Designing Critical Care Mobile System

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    ( 23 October 2014. IBM, University of Michigan, and mobile health technology company AirStrip are developing a system to provide real time monitoring and analytics for patients with chronic or critical disorders. The system is being designed to collect data directly from patients and provide early warning initially for hemodynamic decompensation, a type of heart failure and potentially lethal complication for critically ill and injured people. Financial and intellectual property aspects of the collaboration were not disclosed. Hemodynamic decompensation results in a sudden…
  • Clinical Trial Proposals Sought for ALS Treatments

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    3-D brain wiring illustration (NIH) 22 October 2014. A group of U.S. organizations promoting research on therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS are seeking proposals from academic-industry research teams for intermediate stage clinical trials to test treatment candidates for the disease. The organizations — ALS Association, ALS Accelerated Therapeutics or ALS ACT, and Northeast ALS Consortium — plan to award up to $1.5 million in research support, with letters of intent due by 9 January 2015. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a…
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  • Is The Chupacabra Real?

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Is the Chupacabra real? The video below explains the possible species connections the Chupacabra could have. For example, is it a rat/kangaroo mix? Or what? Is the Chupacabra a new species all together? Is it a cross between two species?Many of the sightings that are hyped in the media are always proven false. That doesn't mean the Chupacabra isn't real. Nature can do weird things, and the idea of strange mutations isn't a crazy one. Until caught, the Chupacabra will remain reclusive, and mythological. The truth is out there.
  • The Real Sounds Of Hell

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Researchers from a remote part of Siberia claim to have recorded real sounds from hell. They drilled a hole roughly 14 kilometers deep into earth's crust. The researchers noted an unusual amount of heat coming from the hole. After dropping ultra-sensitive microphones into the hole--to measure the earth's movements--they discovered strange feedback coming into the mics. The video below is a sample of what they recorded. It's the real sounds of hell. Maybe...If you get scared easily, don't watch the video. I warned you.'The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking to our ears, so much…
  • Cold Weight Loss Benefits Without The Cold

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Brr-brr-brr! Scientists have discovered a way to make the body of mice burn calories as if they were exposed to the freezing cold. A potential future treatment for obesity in humans!White fat to brown fat Humans are born with a decent amount of brown fat. Brown fat is the fat best used for insulation from the cold. White fat stores energy, while brown fat is the energy burner--which comes in really handy when you want to lose some weight. Sadly, as we humans get older, brown fat seems to disappear. Ajay Chawla (UC), San Fran, and his team injected obese mice with interleukin-4 (a…
  • Most fascinating science news of the week (Dec 15, 2012)

    15 Dec 2012 | 5:04 pm
    Here are some of the most fascinating science news stories of the week:CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robotsUniversity of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Read more: discover 'missing link' of black holes The discovery of a bingeing black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy,…
  • Geminid meteor shower live stream

    13 Dec 2012 | 6:34 pm
    The Geminid meteor shower occurs on an annual basis, when the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon sprinkles the Earth with its debris tail. Get outside tonight between midnight and 3 a.m. to catch a glimpse of this amazing spectacle.Expect to see roughly 100+ meteors per hour during the peak at 2-3 a.m.If you can't get out to see Geminid, NASA will be live streaming the event via a camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Below is the embedded live stream:If you would like to go directly to the NASA live stream event, here's the link:…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Temporary Lakes: Is Antarctic Melt Water Weakening Ice Shelf Density?

    Daniel Kelly
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    On Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf, researchers from Aberystwyth University will use warm water drills to study the effects that shallow, temporary lakes have on ice there, according to a release from the school. The lakes, which have been spotted on satellite images as large dark spots, have yet to be seen by humans. Scientists with the university hypothesize that the temporary formation of the meager water bodies each year, typically in January or February, is weakening ice layers below. Their investigation will confirm or dispute that notion and reveal whether or not the lakes’…
  • Research Summary: Lake Sediments Provide A Natural Seismometer For Earthquakes On A Plate Boundary Fault

    Guest Submissions
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    1Department of Active Landscapes, GNS Science, PO Box 30-368, Lower Hutt, New Zealand 2Department of Geography, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand The Alpine Fault is one of the longest and fastest slipping plate boundary transform faults on Earth and represents the largest source of seismic hazard for New Zealand’s South Island (Berryman et al., 2012; Fig, 1). Despite its high seismic hazard, little is known about the spatial extent of rupture and magnitude of earthquakes that occurred before the last Mw>8 earthquake in 1717 A.D. Traditional paleoseismic approaches…
  • Experimental Lakes Area Study Charts Estrogen’s Negative Effects On Freshwater Ecosystems

    Daniel Kelly
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Lakes take a lot of pollution from areas surrounding them, including runoff from farms, city streets or mining activities. One investigation, a statewide study looking at Minnesota lakes, charted contaminants from wastewater treatment plants. It found lakes containing the bug repellent known as DEET, BPA and even cocaine. Those substances have been shown to impact lakes and their ecosystems in a host of ways. For example, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey found that runoff from mountaintop mining sometimes causes fish living in nearby waterways to switch genders. In a similar…
  • Stronger Lake Erie Phosphorus Targets Could Reduce Harmful Algae Susceptibility

    Daniel Kelly
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Results of a study by scientists at the University of Michigan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate that solving Lake Erie’s harmful algae problem may be more difficult than conventional solutions would suggest, according to a release from U. Mich. Researchers have found that nutrient-reduction targets for the lake, which is very susceptible to the blooms, may be inadequate. “Our results suggest that current phosphorus loading targets will be insufficient for reducing the intensity of cyanobacteria blooms to desired levels, so long as the lake remains in a…
  • Japan’s Lake Mashu Losing Its Famous Clarity

    Daniel Kelly
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Japan’s Lake Mashu, which has long reigned as one of the world’s clearest, is losing some of its transparent wake, according to The Asahi Shimbun. Changes in water circulation patterns, as well as the introduction of foreign fish appears to have created conditions that don’t support its clarity. At its clearest, the crater lake reached secchi depth measurements of 40 meters in 1930. According to scientists with the country’s National Institute for Environmental Studies, that depth measurement has dwindled to about 22 meters in 2014. Lake Mashu (Mashuko Lake). (Credit: Flickr User…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • Droughts and fish highways

    Laura Nielsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    “I grew up on the shores looking into the tidal pools and trying to figure out where the animals were moving to and from and why. I even once tracked my cat out the window on the 3rd floor to see how she was getting to my bedroom at night. So I’ve always been curious […]
  • The chemical map of otoliths

    Laura Nielsen
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    It’s about the size of a diamond and comes from the inner ear of a fish. This tiny construction holds a treasure trove of information, a calcium carbonate microchip made of bone and accessed by a laser. Let’s take a look at the science of otoliths. An otolith is a fish ear bone (from oto- […]
  • The Frontier Scientists TV series is premiering October 6th!

    Laura Nielsen
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The Frontier Scientists TV series is premiering October 6th! Frontier Scientists programs will be featured weekly on 360 North, streaming online at and available in Alaska over the air in Anchorage and Juneau, and on GCI Cable, DirectTV, & Dish Network. Mondays at 8pm {5am UTC} Oct.6th – Dec.8th 2014, catch ten installments of […]
  • Grayling and the great commute

    Laura Nielsen
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    I remember vivid visuals which manage to compress something immense into the space of seconds: the cosmic force of a big bang flinging matter across the universe, Ice Age glaciers clamoring down from the north then retreating again, time-lapse footage of the tides’ rhythmic breathing. Even commuters dancing the stop-and-go of a traffic light. An […]
  • How to catch an Arctic ground squirrel – for science!

    Laura Nielsen
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    At Atigun River, north of the Arctic Circle, the sandy soil is run through with an interlaced network of burrows. The Arctic ground squirrels which call those burrows home have encountered something mundane to you or me, but no-doubt wondrous to them: big tasty taproots, stunningly orange. Carrots! Trapping squirrels The carrots are bait, placed […]
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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha

  • Phosphorus Application to Your Soil

    Pohlman Brent
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Looking at a soil test report closely. What are the relationships to phosphorus?
  • Midwest Labs Mobile App

    Pohlman Brent
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Here is a way to follow your samples after you send them for analysis to Midwest Labs. Check out the features in the Midwest Labs Mobile App.
  • Submitting Soils to Midwest Labs

    Pohlman Brent
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Here are some ways to insure fewer delays with your soil samples being received at Midwest Laboratories
  • Growing A Large Pumpkin

    Pohlman Brent
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Ever thought of growing a large pumpkin. Check out this story and see what it takes. A great story!
  • Am I Done Working on my Lawn

    Pohlman Brent
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Time to winterize your lawn. What final steps should you be focused on?
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  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • Infection projections: how the spread of Ebola is calculated

    Jonathan Keith, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    A Liberian health worker disinfects a street corner where a suspected Ebola patient was picked up by an ambulance. EPA/Ahmed JallanzoThe number of reported Ebola cases is doubling roughly every five weeks in Sierra Leone, and in as little as two to three weeks in Liberia. The number of reported cases globally is projected to reach 10,000 by the end of October. The actual number of cases may be twice the official figure. So how are such figures estimated – and what can bioinformatics do to help control the disease? The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa appeared suddenly and spread rapidly,…
  • Copyright in the Trans-Pacific Partnership echoes past mistakes

    Kimberlee Weatherall, Associate Professor of Law at University of Sydney
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    We've had a decade to learn from our mistakes. jazbeck/Flickr, CC BYTen years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and where we stand today on the brink of a number of significant new trade deals. Deja vu: last week a new version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was leaked. Even as experts try to make sense of 77 pages of complex text,…
  • When parallel worlds collide ... quantum mechanics is born

    Howard Wiseman, Professor in Physics at Griffith University
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Many different worlds but a finite number. Flickr/fdecomite, CC BYParallel universes – worlds where the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit, or where Australia was colonised by the Portuguese – are a staple of science fiction. But are they real? In a radical paper published this week in Physical Review X, we (Dr Michael Hall and I from Griffith University and Dr Dirk-André Deckert from the University of California) propose not only that parallel universes are real, but that they are not quite parallel – they can “collide”. In our theory, the interaction between nearby worlds is the…
  • Jarryd Hayne's code-shift and the 'unscrupulous diner' in NRL

    Stephen Woodcock, Lecturer at University of Technology, Sydney
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Parramatta Eels player Jarryd Hayne when he announced he was quitting the NRL to pursue an NFL career in the US. AAP Image/Paul MillerFormer Parramatta and Australia fullback Jarryd Hayne is in the United States trying to swap his National Rugby League (NRL) colours for a chance to play in the National Football League (NFL). A two-time Dally M Medallist as the league’s Player of the Year, Hayne shocked the rugby league world by announcing his immediate departure from the Australian game to pursue a career on the gridiron. Hayne’s bold decision reignited recent arguments about the possible…
  • The Great World Wide Star Count

    Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    How many stars can you see at night? Right now people all over the world are being asked to go out and count them! It’s part of a dark-sky awareness campaign that’s been held each October for the past seven years. The motivation behind the Great World Wide Star Count is to raise awareness of the impact light pollution has on the night sky, and also on our health and the environment. Thankfully you don’t have to count every single star you can see. Our target in the southern hemisphere is the constellation of Sagittarius. Its bright stars form the shape of a teapot that can be seen high…
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  • Who was Gerry Mander?

    David Bradley
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Moving the political goalposts – Gerrymandering is the deliberate design of voting districts to achieve a specific outcome other than fair representation in a governmental election. It is named for US Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, who signed the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Bill of 1812 that included several “creatively” drawn districts designed to ensure his political party’s continued majority in the state senate. This less than ethical approach to democracy continues unabated in many parts of the world to this day. In 1973, political scientist PJ…
  • Spiders on drugs

    David Bradley
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Back in the day, when I was freelancing regularly for New Scientist, the magazine covered the story of the errant webs created by spiders that had been exposed to (THC) from marijuana, LSD, speed and various other drugs including caffeine and alcohol . This was an issue in 1995, if I remember rightly. There was a follow up a “humourous” video many years later, which you can watch here: As you can see the spiders don’t do their best work when they’re stoned on various psychoactive drugs and the social outcomes are not optimal it has to be said. The original New…
  • Liquid energy

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    My latest news story for Chemistry World is on the topic of stationary energy storage and a rather unique concept – liquid metal batteries. Researchers at MIT have developed such a device, which could allow electricity generated by intermittent, but renewable sources, such as wind, solar and wave power. Such a battery could lower the overall costs of energy storage while also having the advantages of small physical footprint and mechanical simplicity. Stanford University materials scientist Robert Huggins was very positive of the development: “There is currently a large amount of…
  • A simple flowchart for trolls

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The end of all name-calling arguments during childhood is often the intervention of an adult with a phrase such as: “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. If only we could apply parental rule #4.6/d to the childish online, the twitter trolls, the youtube haters, the blog spammers and others. Here’s a handy flowchart you may cut out and keep and pin to your computer screen so that next time you are making a decision regarding a Twitter reply, a Facebook update or are commenting on a blog, a video or some other creative output, you will…
  • Did you fake your password?

    David Bradley
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    It’s an evergreen news story in the tech world: the top 25 idiotic passwords we use. Every tech magazine reports it and trumpets our global stupidity in the face of hackers. The articles usually beseech us to think about security, to batten down our virtual hatches, to make sure we use a good strong password like 6z!!jciBAOdGEy5EHE&6 or something equally unmemorable. The surveys and roundups of passwords usually show that simple alphanumeric strings are in widespread use purportedly protecting our Hotmail, GMail, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, Sony and every other online account, even…
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  • In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients

    Lindsey Hoshaw
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
      PORT HUENEME — Frank Oakes is betting his future on a snail. Thousands are suctioned onto the walls of 19 outdoor aquaculture tanks behind his office in Port Hueneme, California, south of Santa Barbara. Shaped like oblong cinnamon rolls, the black, tan, and striped snails may live up to 60 years, although their population may be dwindling. “This fragile California resource could be the basis of multiple life-saving drugs,” said Oakes, who is the CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies Inc., a biomedical company. Giant keyhole limpets contain a valuable protein called KLH, or keyhole…
  • Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

    QUEST Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: featured, full-image
  • Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

    Eleanor Nelsen
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Excess phosphorus in lakes can cause destructive algae blooms big enough to be seen from satellites. NOAA image. We depend on big farms for our food. For crops, that means a lot of fertilizer; for animals, that means a lot of waste. For the lakes near these farms, that means a lot of phosphorus. Phosphorus washes into lakes with manure and fertilizer and the erosion of phosphorus-rich, fertilized soil. Cyanobacteria feast on that glut of nutrients and their populations explode, with dramatic consequences for the aquatic life in the lake and the people who depend on it. The toxic bloom of…
  • Glowing Plants? City Streets Lit by Trees

    Lindsey Hoshaw
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    San Francisco-based Glowing Plants hopes to engineer  trees that can light city streets. For now, the team is working with smaller plants. (Lindsey Hoshaw/KQED) In the basement of a startup lab in San Francisco, scientist Kyle Taylor stands in a dark, windowless room. “I kind of like to have a big reveal,” he said, taking out a small plant that shined like a nightlight. The mouse-ear cress had been injected with firefly DNA so it emitted a soft green glow. “It looks like it’s getting brighter, but actually your eyes are adjusting,” he said, “although one day we hope to make the…
  • How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

    Andrea Aust
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: Climate, climate change, Environment, featured, full-image
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Death By Haunted House

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween is a time when fear is invited. The rush of adrenaline in a controlled environment is life-affirming. Not much else to comment on here, except that he seems to have excellent oral hygiene for a chainsaw-wielding maniac.A big man with the chainsaw and the gaping wound on his face jumps out from around the corner and growls. You leap backward and scream, your heart pounding in your ears. You’re ready to either take that power tool and teach him a lesson or to run like the kid from Home Alone. Sure you're scared, but could it kill you?Haunted houses are great examples of stimuli that…
  • Frankenstein Meets Genetic Modification

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – Frankenstein, asystole, ethics, genetically modified organisms, genetically modified foods, synthetic biology, decomposers, electroconvulsive therapy Mary Shelly was wedded to Percy and friend to Lord Byron, one of the great poets of the early 19th century. But she was a fair writer on her own. Note the bolts on the monster's neck. These were added by make-up artist Jack P. Pierce. He said they were electrodes, not bolts, even though Mary Shelly never actually wrote that the good doctor used electrodes on the body.Can you think of anything scarier for Halloween than an…
  • A Tale Of Two Tails

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – flagella, bacteria, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, undulipodia, axoneme, basal body, centriole Everyone has the dream where you show up for a class that you didn’t know was on your schedule, only to be having a test. But in second place is the dream where you are back in elementary school, or maybe the principal’s office. Above is a picture of every teacher I had in elementary school.You find yourself transported back to sixth grade grammar class. You barely fit in the desk and your clothes are out of style.... again. You don’t know how you got there, but the immediate…
  • One Thing Is Just Like The Other – Sort Of

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – undulipodia, convergent evolution, parallel evolution, homologous structures, re-emergent evolution, atavism, flagella, eukaryote, prokaryote This represents the evolution of cell phones over the last couple of decades. The latest models aren’t there since things are changing so fast. Evolution in biology doesn’t always work this way, one thing leading directly to another, sometimes you have to go back to a rotary phone go forward to an iPhone, and sometimes two phones (species) will look exactly alike although they were designed in secret by different companies.Two…
  • Chase The Good, Evade The Bad

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Biology concepts – motility, flagella, bacteria, chemotaxis, magnetotactic, monotrichous, amphitrichous, lophotrichous, peritrichous, run and tumble, coccus The Princess Bride had everything – good guys, bad guys, rodents of unusual size, ex-professional wrestlers. Vizzini was supposed to be brilliant, so why didn’t he cure his own speech impediment? Inconceivable!Proximity is a good relative indicator of danger or benefit. As Vizzini said to Wesley in The Princess Bride, “As a student you must have learned that man is mortal and you would therefore put the poison as far from you as…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Precursor to life created in virtual lab

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A virtual molecular laboratory has created a possible precursor to life say Danish scientists, which could have important implications for creating artificial living systems. Protocells are the simplest, most primitive living systems, and if scientists can create an artificial protocell, they gain a very basic ingredient for creating more advanced artificial life. But no one has yet managed to create an artificial protocell because it is challenging to create information strings – DNA or RNA – that can be inherited by offspring, including protocells. Scientists from the University of…
  • CD8 T cells in in for the long haul

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like soldiers trained for a specific mission, CD8 T cells become tuned to fighting an exact pathogen but rather than bail out once the job is done, they stay in service fending off other invaders. CD8 T cells are a key part of the adaptive immune system, but also form part of the body’s innate immune system, becoming first responders to the calls of cytokines set off by a wide variety of infections scientists from Brown University said. Scientists tracked how CD8 T cells acquire both sensitivity for a specific virus – adaptive immunity ­ and the ability to respond to more general…
  • Liquid DNA behind virus attacks

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    New studies show viruses convert their DNA into liquid form to be injected into host cells, findings which could lead to new therapies that avoid resistance. In a previous study Dr Alex Evilevitch – a researcher at Lund University and Carnegie Mellon University – and his team found that DNA pressure inside a virus is five times higher than in an unopened champagne bottle. This pressure serves as a trigger that enables the virus to eject its DNA into a cell in the host organism. The same team of researchers, led by Evilevitch, have now successfully observed a phase transition from…
  • Fire at UEA chemistry lab

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    A fire has broken out in a third floor chemistry laboratory at the University of East Anglia. This is the second time this year that the Fire Service has been called to the Chemistry section of the Teaching Wall at the University. A hazardous substance officer is also believed to be at the scene say EDP24. A UEA spokesperson said: “The Fire Brigade is currently dealing with a fire in the Chemistry Section of the Teaching Wall. The building has been evacuated,” while a second reports that there were no injuries. The BBC report 12 fire engines were in attendance following the 999 call at…
  • Floppy proteins linked to ALS

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    A loss of protein stability has been linked to muscle-destroying disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by American researchers. Mutations in a gene coding for protein superoxide dismutase SOD is linked to the more severe forms of the disease, which destroys muscle-controlling neurons, the PNAS study states, providing evidence that these proteins are structurally less stable and more prone to form clusters or aggregates. “Our work supports a common theme whereby loss of protein stability leads to disease,” said John A. Tainer, professor of structural biology at The Scripps Research…
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    Breaking Science News from SciGuru Science News

  • Most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients

    Science News Desk
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    A new study finds that most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, and those with disabilities have even worse nutrition than average. An estimated 10 to 25 percent of U.S. adults fit into one or more category of disability, from those who have difficulties with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating, to those who cannot use their legs or struggle to accomplish routine tasks, such as money management or household more
  • Lithium-ion grid energy storage system evaluated for capacity

    Science News Desk
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque, N.M. Project lead David Rosewater said Sandia will evaluate the 1 megawatt, lithium-ion grid energy storage system for capacity, power, safety and reliability. The lab also will investigate the system’s frequency regulation, which grid operators need to manage the moment-to-moment differences between electrical supply and more
  • ELT-2 transcription factor helps recover from an acute bacterial infection

    Science News Desk
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    When pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella or Staphylococcus invade a host, the host organism should respond by going into a state of high alert, altering its metabolism to defend against the attack. But if the host doesn't reverse course once the battle is won, its efforts will be wasted on defense rather than on repairing the damage done by bacterial invaders. read more
  • New protein Ssu72 identified as part of a switch to awaken HIV-1

    Science News Desk
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Like a slumbering dragon, HIV can lay dormant in a person’s cells for years, evading medical treatments only to wake up and strike at a later time, quickly replicating itself and destroying the immune system. Scientists at the Salk Institute have uncovered a new protein that participates in active HIV replication, as detailed in the latest issue of Genes & Development. The new protein, called Ssu72, is part of a switch used to awaken HIV-1 (the most common type of HIV) from its slumber. read more
  • 23 million years old Ebola virus diverged from Marburg virus: Study

    Science News Desk
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola’s family history. The research shows that filoviruses — a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative, Marburg, belong — are at least 16-23 million years old. Filoviruses likely existed in the Miocene Epoch, and at that time, the evolutionary lines leading to Ebola and Marburg had already diverged, the study more
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    Citizen Science Projects

  • Guest Lecture: University of Miami

    Chandra Clarke
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Late last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the fine students at the Exploration Science Program Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami. In a wide-ranging discussion about citizen science, led by the center’s director, Keene Haywood, Ph.D, we explored the state of citizen science and what may be in its future. The talk has been posted online at the Exploration Science Program’s site, and you can listen to the whole thing via SoundCloud. The post Guest Lecture: University of Miami appeared first on Citizen Science Projects.
  • Hang Out With Penguins (Hot Chocolate Optional)

    Chandra Clarke
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    What you lookin’ at? Photo credit: Ben Tubby  via Wikimedia Commons Project: Penguin Watch It’s cold in Antarctica. I mean really cold. The mean temperatures of the coldest months are −20 to −30 °C on the coast and −40 to −94 −40 to −70 °C in the interior; the best summer time temperature you can hope for on the coast is around 0°C. As you can imagine, it’s not an easy place to do research; in addition to the extreme temperatures and remoteness, it’s also very ecologically sensitive. That’s why scientists want to make the most out of information…
  • How to Become an Archeologist

    Chandra Clarke
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    “20091105 Belfort (0013)” by Donar Reiskoffer – via Wikimedia Commons Even before the Indiana Jones movies came out, archeology had broad popular appeal. The tools of the trade seemed simple, and the possibilities it held out (Maybe I’ll find a fortune in treasure! Maybe I will make a famous discovery!) were seductive. Add to the mix the allure of exotic destinations, and you have a hard-to-resist package. I am sure that archeology departments worldwide were inundated with calls from Jones wannabes after that first movie hit the silver screen. Of course, in this now…
  • Citizen Science Funding

    Chandra Clarke
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Funding agencies are slowly catching up with the citizen science movement. In today’s post, I round up some sources for citizen science grants and other funding sites to help you or your organization get a project off the ground. If you have additional US grant sources, or grants available in other regions around the world, please contact me and I’ll add them here! Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grants Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG…
  • August is For the Birds

    Chandra Clarke
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Birdwatchers are kind of the original citizen scientists, at least as far as the Audubon Society is concerned: the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a grassroots effort to monitor bird populations, has been going on since the early 1900s. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to note that there are several citizen science initiatives that focus on birds. This week, I round up several taking place across the US this month. Grab your binoculars! Vaux’s Happening Named after Sir William Vaux, this bird is a member of the swift species, and is…
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  • Scientists Determine ‘Perfume’ of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    European scientists using the Rosetta Orbiter Sensor for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) have found that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target comet of ESA’s Rosetta mission, smells like a combination of rotten eggs, alcohol, horse urine, bitter almonds and vinegar. “The perfume of this comet is quite strong, with the odor of rotten eggs, of horse [...]
  • Archaeologists Discover Two 12,000-Year-Old High-Altitude Settlements in Peru
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Archaeologists from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Peru, have discovered two ancient settlements in the Pucuncho Basin in the southern Peruvian Andes – named Cuncaicha and Pucuncho – which they say are the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world. One scientific theory about high altitude colonization suggests that people cannot live [...]
  • Easter Island Inhabitants Had Contact with South Americans in 1300-1500
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Evidence for contact between the ancient Rapanui people (inhabitants of Easter Island) and the indigenous peoples of South America sometime between approximately AD 1300 and AD 1500 has been found in the genomes of 27 living Rapanui, according to a new genetic study published in the journal Current Biology. Easter Island, also known as Rapa [...]
  • Genetic Researchers Sequence Genome of 45,000-Year-Old Siberian Man
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A large team of genetic scientists led by Dr Qiaomei Fu of Harvard Medical School has recovered and sequenced the DNA from a thighbone of a male hunter-gatherer who lived in what is now Siberia 45,000 years ago. The thighbone was found on the bank of the Irtysh River in the Ust’-Ishim region, Siberia, in [...]
  • Astronomers Intrigued by Mysterious Zones of Organic Molecules on Titan
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    A multinational team of astronomers studying the chemical make-up of the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan has revealed large zones of two organic molecules – hydrogen isocyanide (HNC) and cyanoacetylene (HC3N) – near the moon’s north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn [...]
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  • 4 Ways to Reliably Reproduce Research

    Josh Phillipson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Copyright Recent studies indicate that at least 70% of certain types of research (particularly around life sciences) is not reproducible. Funders, reviewers, and researchers are increasingly demanding improved processes to improve reproducibility rates. Rather than just talking about the problem, we'd like to share some practical effective tips for improving your lab's research reproducibility.Register to attend our free webinar on October 29, and join the discussion! Webinar - Register Now!
  • Super Mario, Minions, and Labguru

    Josh Phillipson
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    Earlier this week, we released a new plate element to Labguru's experiments and protocols modules. We claimed it's versatile and powerful. Did we mention it's also fun? Check out Stas's plate art: Want to try your hand at plate art? Signup for a Labguru trial, open a project, add a plate to an experiment procedure, then share your results in the comments below!
  • Labguru Steps up to the Plate

    Josh Phillipson
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Though Jeter is no longer stepping up to the plate, we're just getting started. In close consultation with customers including Victoria Yoon from Gladstone's Huang Lab and Alexander Chamessian from Duke's Ji Lab we've rolled out the ability to add a plate element to your protocol and experiment layouts. You may select the plate size, and quickly define the contents of each well. Here's a short video to see it in action:Well, well, well. Researchers may now easily and intuitively define the contents of each well in their plates, and link each sample and plate to its experiment. As always,…
  • Annotate Images on @labguru

    Jonathan Gross
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:27 am
    Requested by many users, Labguru now supports image annotations. No matter where your image belongs - whether in a document, milestone, protocol or an experiment's result - you can now quickly annotate it. Draw attention and better document what is seen. We know that you generate tons of images, now it is easier to embed these and draw / write on them, highlighting key features. Once you annotate your images, you can download the annotated file or the original: Also annotated images will appear on your timeline, pdf reports for projects and experiments. If you've already uploaded…
  • Lenny and ZappyLab: His Twisted Path to Science Start-Up Success

    Josh Phillipson
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:08 am
    A college math major isn’t the most likely candidate to help establish a growing and successful suite of products supporting life science research. And hearing him describe it, the twisted path from math to biology start-up seems like an adventurous hike up a mountain. In the early days of millennium, Lenny Teytleman was a math major at Columbia with a serious disdain for biology. His path began to warp in his final year of college. While picking up a CompSci minor on the side, he “accidentally took a computational biology class,” and realized…“Oh crap! Biology is what I want to…
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  • The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future

    Matthew Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Umbrella technology hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years, but a crouwdfunding campaign on Kickstarter is looking to change that. The Air Umbrella is a real”invisible umbrella”, which takes advantage of the air flow it produces as shelter from…The post The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future appeared first on Just Science.
  • Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear

    Matthew Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear. Though it’s probably something that most people are unfamiliar with, he was named after the real Christopher Robin’s (that’s right, there was a real life Christopher Robin)  teddy bear . But surprisingly,…The post Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear appeared first on Just Science.
  • Gamification in Education

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gave Zichermann [i] Teaching is a command and control mechanism. It is one way communication and lacks…The post Gamification in Education appeared first on Just Science.
  • Tricks to putting your toddler to bed

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
  • Tricks to putting your toddler to bed

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Just what did the X-37B do up there for 674 days? The Air Force isn’t telling.

    Tommylandz ツ™
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Returns to Earth After Nearly Two Years one seems to know much about the Air Force’s X-37B secret space plane except that it appears to be working exactly as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Won’t Believe What You Support When You Eat At Jimmy Johns

    Tommylandz ツ™
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The man in the photos smiles broadly as he poses behind the hulking carcass of an elephant, and, in another picture, he wears the same grin as he hoists a leopard's limp body for display. Repulsed, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smartphones Turn These Masks Into Incredible Animated Halloween Costumes

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    9 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Mark Rober, the guy who made the gaping hole in your gut costume using two iPads a few years ago, is back with even more easy but impressive costume ideas. And that includes a line of Halloween masks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Watch: Guy Pranks Girlfriend By Pretending Her Cat Fell Out A Window And Died

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    7 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    "In this prank, Jesse pretended to drop Jeana’s beloved cat out of a window. He accomplished this by making a life-like cardboard cutout of the cat. Jeana fell for it hook, line and sinker. " The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 25 Clever Inventions To Make Your Life Easier

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    6 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    "What are the new clever inventions that people don’t know about? Here are some of the innovative solutions to common problems. Many of them are perfect to solve some of your serious problems like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Four Minutes and 27 Seconds of Freefall Fun – Two Years after Baumgarten, a New Record!

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Falling from Outer Space Since October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace holds the World Records for vertical speed reached during freefall with a peak velocity of 1,321 kilometres per hour 822 mph and total freefall distance of 123,414 feet - lasting four minutes and 27 seconds. The Google executive - a veteran pilot and parachutist - had been planning this jump for several years, working in secret with a small group of people trained in parachute and balloon technology.  He set off from an abandoned runway in Roswell, New Mexico, at 07:00 connected to a balloon module, which…
  • Ebola NOW! The Exponential Growth of a Deadly Outbreak

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The Ebola Crisis is Growing Exponentially "The West Africans are scared" said Ban Ki-moon at a meeting of the United Nations in Washington U.S., discussing the growing threat of Ebola.  And you could feel the sense of urgency as World leaders discussed the Ebola crisis.  Not enough money has been put forward to tackle the disease.  We are late in our response.  And the clock is ticking...   The "good" thing about Ebola is that the virus is unlikely to mutate into a version that can spread through the air, as other viruses have done.  And infected…
  • “Looks Like a Great Day, Scotland!”

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    #BlueDot This beautiful image of Scotland was tweeted by a German astronaut from the International Space Station today, as it drifted over Europe.  Alexander Gerst is a European Space Agency geophysicist and a volcanologist spending six months aboard the I.S.S.  His Blue Dot mission includes experiments to help prepare humanity for greater exploration of the Solar System.  The German astronaut tweeted from the ISS: "Greetings to #Scotland - looks like a great day down there! #BlueDot".     The mission is called Blue Dot after US astronomer Carl Sagan's…
  • CRISPR, the New Antibiotics Generation – Resistance is Futile!

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Seek-and-Destroy Antibiotics Forget about the threat of Ebola for a moment and consider something much closer to home...  Meet MRSA - a "superbug", the bacterium of the decade, the Nemesis of hospitals and operating theatres.  A single cell organism that can colonize the living tissues and have a devastating or even fatal impact on the human body.  Now.  Meet CRISPR - also bacteria.  A friend that can potentially help you fight and repel an otherwise deadly bacterial invasion... Surprisingly perhaps, the human body houses ten times more…
  • Leviathan: The Energy Giant that Sleeps under the Mediterranean

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Leviathan Natural Gas Field The Leviathan is a large natural gas field located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  Together with the nearby Tamar gas field, the Leviathan has been seen as an opportunity for Israel to become a major energy power in the Middle East.  This is the Leviathan - a giant gas field with the titanic potential to change Israel's foreign relations towards a closer collaboration with Turkey and Egypt.  Good news in an uncertain energy security climate... Off the coast of Israel, about 47 kilometres 29 miles south-west of the Tamar gas field, the Leviathan gas…
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  • Is 21 Days Long Enough For Ebola Quarantine?

    Carl Bialik
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    In Dallas this week, 43 people who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan after he contracted Ebola were released after 21 days of quarantine. In Madrid, people who were exposed to an infected nurse could be released from isolation soon if they get through 21 days without showing symptoms. The paramedics who brought Craig Spencer, the New Yorker diagnosed with Ebola this week, to the hospital will have their temperatures taken twice a day for 21 days.Why 21 days? And is 21 days enough?Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization say Ebola’s…
  • Rating Chili Peppers On A Scale Of 1 To Oh Dear God I’m On Fire

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    As I traveled the country this summer in search of America’s Best Burrito, I heard time and time again that the chiles in the United States weren’t spicy enough. It was an odd complaint, given the headlines last year about world-record-setting peppers from South Carolina. A Mexican family in Kentucky complained they couldn’t make the food they had in Zacatecas. In El Paso, a restaurateur told tales of crossing the border to Juarez just to get a burrito that packed some heat. I wondered, why were certain peppers spicier in some places than others?I’d been victim to dud…
  • We Still Can’t Predict Earthquakes

    Carl Bialik
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Twenty-five years ago, millions of baseball fans around the country turned on their televisions expecting to watch a World Series game — and saw live footage of a deadly earthquake instead. The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s, and the 62,000 fans watching them in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, felt the ground under them shake. The baseball commissioner thought it was a jet flying overhead. Oakland’s manager thought the crowd was stomping its feet. Then a section of the right-field stands separated in two by a few inches. Players ran to gather their family…
  • Which Diet Will Help You Lose The Most Weight?

    Emily Oster
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Almost 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese. At any given time, 51 percent of Americans say they’d like to lose weight, and 25 percent say they’re actively trying to lose weight. It’s not surprising, then, that diets abound.In fact, it can sometimes seem like there are as many ways to lose weight as there are people trying to lose it — whether with named diets (Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Weight Watchers), generic diets (low fat, low carb, paleo) or fad diets (grapefruits, cabbage soup). In a very broad sense, these all work the same way: They decrease caloric…
  • How Many People Really Showed Up To The People’s Climate March?

    Hayley Munguia
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 promised to be “the largest climate march in history.” If media coverage is any indicator, it was. According to Google Trends, news headlines in September mentioned the phrase “climate march” more than any time in the history of the service’s data collection.But how many people attended the event? We don’t exactly know. A LexisNexis search shows that 2,021 articles written on or after Sept. 21 mention the words “People’s Climate March.” The New York Times wrote that 311,000 people were there. The Wall Street…
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  • Why is Antarctic sea ice increasing ?

    Ellie Pownall
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Over the last century there has been no lack of evidence related to the extent in which the breakdown of the ozone layer has damaged the sustainability of the earth. The assessment of Antarctic Climate Data states; “Climate change in polar regions is expected to be among the largest and most rapid of any region on the Earth, and will cause major physical, ecological, sociological, and economic impacts, especially in the Arctic, Antarctic Peninsula, and Southern Ocean” This suggests potential decline in sea ice and therefore a rise in sea levels around the Globe.   However, Antarctic…
  • World’s Worst Environmental Disasters

    Ellie Pownall
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Recently there has been a far higher level of environmental disasters. Areas particularly affected being the Gulf of Mexico, Bhopal and New York. It seems that whilst some natural factors such as the flooding in Bhopal are unavoidable there are also social problems which the government are yet to face.   Love Canal A protest by Love Canal residents, ca. 1978. The love Canal in New York caused hundreds of families to evacuate the area and sell their property due to the 21,000 tons of industrial waste flooding from underground into their homes. According to state experts, landfills were…
  • Making The Energy Of The Sun, On A Truck

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, America’s most secret aerospace lab—which gave us the U-2 spy plane and the stealth fighter—has unveiled a ground-breaking design for a fusion reactor that can fit on a truck. The device isn’t the first of its kind, but when ready, will be the most compact built to date. The largest of these machines, known as ITER (short for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), under construction in southern France, is, well, very large. When completed, in 2020, it’ll weigh 23,000 tons and stand about 100 feet tall and would generate 500 megawatts. For…
  • 68 Days On Mars

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Building a human colony on Mars is easier said than done, says a team of engineers at M.I.T., who’ve studied the technical feasibility of a human settlement of Mars, as envisioned by the “Mars One” project, led by a Dutch non-profit. The ambitious mission aims to establish an outpost on Mars by 2025. A crew of four astronauts would migrate to the new cosmic neighborhood on a one-way trip and spend the rest of their lives there, building it up into a base. “We’re not saying, black and white, Mars One is unfeasible,” study co-author, Olivier de Weck, professor of aeronautics…
  • Syringes, Crosses, And Cylinders, In Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Sherlock Holmes is about as old as Dracula is, in terms of their literary birth. The curved pipe-smoking detective made his appearance in “A Study in Scarlet,” in 1887 and the dark aristocrat in all-black, in 1897. Both these personages have been made wildly famous by a plethora of reel adaptations, even reincarnating as action figures. Sure, that helps to keep them alive in our 21st century pop culture and beyond. But does it not as well eclipse some of the aura of their true fictional selves? Few realize that “Dracula” is a Victorian gothic horror classic, written by Bram…
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    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E., Johnson, A., Morton, J., Swope, K., Bohorov, O., Bohorova, N., Goodman, C., Kim, D., Pauly, M., Velasco, J., Pettitt, J., Olinger, G., Whaley, K., Xu, B., Strong, J., Zeitlin, L., & Kobinger, G. (2014). Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp Nature, 514 (7520), 47-53 DOI: 10.1038/nature13777[Full Text (PDF)]

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Lin, H., Abad, G., & Loeb, A. (2014). Detecting industrial pollution in the atmospheres of earth-like exoplanets The Astrophysical Journal, 792 (1) DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/792/1/L7 [Full Text (PDF)]

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Emily GallowayColumnistThe Wannabe ScientistViputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.What if the majority of patients could walk into hospitals before they are sick rather than after they have suffered from disease symptoms? What if oncologists could be confident that each of their patients’ conditions will be improved after therapy? What if physicians could design unique treatments for patients? Soon, all this may be possible thanks to the combination of rapidly-advancing technology and a burgeoning, new medical philosophy:Personalized medicine uses genetic profiling to create…

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Grau C, Ginhoux R, Riera A, Nguyen TL, Chauvat H, Berg M, Amengual JL, Pascual-Leone A, & Ruffini G (2014). Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies. PloS one, 9 (8) PMID: 25137064 [Full Text (HTML)]Suggested By: Adithya Nott

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Ghareeb, P., Bourlai, T., Dutton, W., & McClellan, W. (2013). Reducing pathogen transmission in a hospital setting. Handshake verses fist bump: a pilot study Journal of Hospital Infection, 85 (4), 321-323 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.08.010 [Full Text (PDF)]Suggested By: Samarth Rawal
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  • Seaborgium

    Anupum Pant
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Until now I hadn’t even heard about an element called Seaborgium. That is because it is one of the most unstable elements which don’t usually exist naturally. Since doesn’e last for too long, to study Seaborgium, it has to be artificially made (which itself is very difficult) and then studied in the laboratory very quickly before it goes away. Here’s is more about it, “periodic videos” explains. The post Seaborgium appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
  • [Video] Producing Electricity From Falling Droplets

    Anupum Pant
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant If you could set this up in your shower, you could probably generate about  5,000 to 10,000 volts of electricity (but not so much current). Based on Kelvin’s Thunderstorm, Derek from Veretasium explains how this can be done. It’s fairly easy and is a very innovative method to generate electricity. The post [Video] Producing Electricity From Falling Droplets appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
  • Cosmic Ray Detector at Home

    Anupum Pant
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Cosmic rays are a very interesting form of radiation. They are a stream of extremely high energy particles, travelling at almost the speed of light, originating from very high energy events in our universe. It is believed that supernovae are a major source of cosmic rays. However, a lot about these particles is still a mystery. An incredible three million of these particles, each with energy as much as a fast baseball, go through you every day. And yet, we are never aware of something like that happening. The earth magnetic field protects us from the full brunt of these rays,…
  • Rivers That Meet But Do Not Mix

    Anupum Pant
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil. The city is situated at about a 10 kilometre distance from the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers – two big tributaries of the Amazon river. While these are two names which you must haven’t probably heard of, the place where they meet is a very interesting place. The first river, Rio Solimões is a water body full of sediments that wash down with it from the Andes mountains. Thanks to the sand, mud and silt that comes washing with it, the river looks muddy, the colour is light brown,…
  • Ice Circles

    Anupum Pant
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Perfect circles of ice have been seen spinning on top of water bodies for quite some time. They aren’t perfectly round most times. Recently, in the month of November last year, a huge 17 meter spinning ice disk was spotted on the river Sheyenne in North Dakota. Several such ice disks have also been seen in the past in Canada, England and Sweden. Similar ice swirls were also seen in the Charles river, Boston. Some times they are huge, other times you see a number of tiny clusters of such ice swirls. As always, even ice circles aren’t the work of aliens or…
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  • Biofuels Advancement: Cress Plant Engineered To Yield 150-Fold More Energy-Dense Biodiesel Molecules

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Biodiesels are fuels used in standard combustion engines and usually are generated from an esterification reaction combining an alcohol with vegetable oil and animal fat among other biolipids.  Vegetable oils in turn are extracted from plants, in particular their seeds, as the lipid content of leaves, stems and stalks are low in oil. Now scientists […] The post Biofuels Advancement: Cress Plant Engineered To Yield 150-Fold More Energy-Dense Biodiesel Molecules appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Acoustic Metamaterial Superenhances Sound Detection Limits By More Than 10 Fold

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Metamaterials are composite materials with exacting, repetitive subwavelength structural patterns that have properties not found in nature.  Thus far, they have been used to create novel optical materials with negative index of refraction, thus permitting “superlenses” that have enhanced optical resolution beyond conventional lenses, and “invisibility cloaks” that bend at least a narrow band of […] The post Acoustic Metamaterial Superenhances Sound Detection Limits By More Than 10 Fold appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Iridescence Camouflages A Lizard’s Head Against Overhead Predator But Increases Visibility To Co-Level Mates

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The phenomenon of iridescence is caused by microscopic regularities on the surface that scatter light in an angle-dependent fashion.  Scientists from Valencia University have discovered that not only are the heads of the Iberian emerald lizard iridescent, but the lizard seems to exploit the angle dependence by being innocuous when viewed above as from the […] The post Iridescence Camouflages A Lizard’s Head Against Overhead Predator But Increases Visibility To Co-Level Mates appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Human Skin Contains An Odor Receptor That Responds To Sandalwood Smells By Enhanced Healing

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The skin is an important major organ, the function of which includes acting as a protective covering against injury for underlying tissue, as well as a sensing, cooling, and water retention among others.  Now German researchers have discovered that there is an odor receptor expressed in at least keratinocytes, a major skin cell type, and that […] The post Human Skin Contains An Odor Receptor That Responds To Sandalwood Smells By Enhanced Healing appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Noncovalent, Self-Assembled, Robust, Porous Material That Adsorbs Greenhouse Gas

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston have created noncovalent organic frameworks, a new type of porous material that overcomes some barriers in the development of porous material technologies.  The new wonder material is highly processable, self-assembled, possessing of a superstructure with large, 16 angstrom pores (Figure above).  The material has a […] The post Noncovalent, Self-Assembled, Robust, Porous Material That Adsorbs Greenhouse Gas appeared first on Neomatica.
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  • Images of the Most Beautiful Cockroaches From Around the Internet

    Morgans Lists
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Trilobite CockroachYellow Porcelain RoachNeotropical CockroachBlue CockroachCanopy CockroachBlue-lined CockroachTrilobite CockroachDomino CockroachEllipsidion CockroachBush CockroachForest CockroachBlattodea CockroachBlattodea CockroachTropical CockroachBlattodea CockroachBlattoptera CockroachRainforest CockroachGreen Banana CockroachEucorydia aenea dasytoides CockroachWasp-Mimic CockroachPerisphaerus CockroachCloud Forest Cockroachbeautiful cockroaches, beautiful roaches, cockroaches, colorful cockroaches, Neotropical Cockroach, roaches, Trilobite Cockroach, Cloud Forest…
  • 60 Examples Of Real Medieval Clothing - An Evolution Of Fashion

    Morgans Lists
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Linen tunic with embroidered "jewelry" from grave of Queen Bathildis. (d. 680; buried at Chelles Abbey)Leggings from the 8th century A.D.Photograph of Skjoldehamn decorated trouserlegs. (Skjold harbor, Norway, ca 1050-1090)Hose belonging to German Emperor Heinrich III., Speyr Dom, 1056.Caftan of a chieftain, covered with Syrian silk featuring senmurvs Early 9th century Moshchevaya Balka burial ground, North-Western Caucasus, Stavropol Region Silk (samite), squirrel fur.Tunic belonging to Heinrich II, first half of the 11th C. Abegg-Stiftung Foundation, Bern.A tunic of the infante Don García…
  • 5 Modern Reptiles That Give Birth To Live Young

    Morgans Lists
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    A female Adder giving birth to live young.Ovoviviparous is the term used for reptiles that give birth to live young, which only represents about 20 percent of the modern scaled reptile population. Ovoviviparous species are similar to viviparous species, in that there is internal fertilization and the young are born live, but differ because the young are nourished by egg yolk, as there is no placental connection. Most reptiles give birth to live young, but there are some reptiles that do have placenta like structures capable of transferring nutrients and are therefore considered…
  • When Predators Become Prey - 4 Animals That Twist The Food Chain

    Morgans Lists
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    #1 Frog Devours SnakeNear Queensland, Australia Ian Hamiliton of Australia's Daily Mercury captured these photos of what several articles identify as a Cane Toad, but what may actually be a type of Tree Frog (Litoria), devouring a Brown Tree Snake or a Keelback snake, in a bizarre twist of the normal food chain. The non-venomous Brown Tree Snake usually feeds on birds and even amphibians, so it was a surprise and a treat for many interested parties. A veterinary surgeon interviewed in one newspaper commented, "We have seen snakes eating frogs here but not the other way around. We have…
  • 6 Organisms That Can Survive The Fallout From A Nuclear Explosion

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    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    An animal's ability to survive the fallout from a nuclear explosion is usually dependent on its ability to withstand radiation, otherwise know as radioresistance. Radioresistant life forms or ionizing-radiation-resistant organisms (IRRO) are a group of organisms that require large doses of radiation, 1000 gray (Gy), to achieve a 90% reduction in their survival rate. To put it in perspective, a human would need anywhere between 4-10 (Gy) to achieve the same result and a dog could withstand even less, about 3.5 (Gy). Gray, with the symbol of (Gy), is a unit of measurement used to describe the…
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  • Suffering from chronic post nasal drip ?

    Paid Clinical Study
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Understanding of the causes of chronic post nasal drip is important before learning how to deal with the condition. At the same time, the most basic thing to know is what the condition is. Every day, the wall linings of the stomach, nose and the intestinal tract produce mucus. The purpose of the mucus is […]The post Suffering from chronic post nasal drip ? appeared first on .
  • Can celebrex be taken with ibuprofen?

    Paid Clinical Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Can I Use Celebrex with Advil or Tylenol? Interaction with Celebrex and IbuprofenThe post Can celebrex be taken with ibuprofen? appeared first on .
  • How is your blood pressure during heart attack

    Paid Clinical Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Ever wondered what is your blood pressure during a heart attack?   More ressources on blood pressure can be found here wikipediaThe post How is your blood pressure during heart attack appeared first on .
  • Cymbalta and Imitrex adverse reactions

    Paid Clinical Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Can Cymbalta and Immitrex be used together? It is highly recommended to speak with a physician before combining SUMAtriptan together with DULoxetine. It has been reported that a serious but rare condition called serotonin syndrome (hallucinations, seizure, change in blood pressure, fever, heart beat change, excessive sweating) can be contracted while combining these 2 drugs. […]The post Cymbalta and Imitrex adverse reactions appeared first on .
  • Can abilify cause lupus symptoms?

    Paid Clinical Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Can Abilify cause lupus symptoms? What is Abilify? Abilify is a medicine often use to treat severe or mild depression. It contains a compound called aripiprazole. Interaction with Lupus Since the cause of Lupus is unknown it is hard to tell with accuracy if Abilfy can cause lupus. A recent study from the FDA on […]The post Can abilify cause lupus symptoms? appeared first on .
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  • World first: Australian surgeons transplant a dead heart

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    In a world first, Australian researchers and surgeons have successfully transplanted a heart that had stopped beating. The donor heart was dead for 20 minutes before it was resuscitated with ground breaking preservation fluid and then transplanted. Researchers say up to 30 per cent more lives will be saved as a result of this new technique. It was developed by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital. READ MORE Subject:  Health & Medicine
  • Elon Musk speaks at MIT Oct. 24, 2014

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    The founder of Tesla and SpaceX spoke at MIT for an event marking the 100th anniversary of its Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • When parallel worlds collide … quantum mechanics is born

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Parallel universes – worlds where the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit, or where Australia was colonised by the Portuguese – are a staple of science fiction. But are they real? Subject:  Technology
  • New compounds reduce debilitating inflammation

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Six Case Western Reserve scientists are part of an international team that has discovered two compounds that show promise in decreasing inflammation associated with diseases such as ulcerative colitis, arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Subject:  Health & Medicine
  • MRI detects a single atom for the first time

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    For the first time, researchers have succeeded to detect a single hydrogen atom using magnetic resonance imaging, which signifies a huge increase in the technology's spatial resolution. In the future, single-atom MRI could be used to shed new light on protein structures. Subject:  Technology
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  • Testing A Business Idea

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    In a previous post, I discussed how to come up with a good business idea based on problems encountered in your everyday life. But before you go and risk a bunch of money on your idea, you have…
  • How Climate Change Happens

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Climate change is a global change in climate that is being caused by rising levels of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane trap heat near the surface…
  • Lockheed Claims A Breakthrough In Fusion Reactor Technology

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    On Wednesday, Lockheed Martin Corp announced that they have made breakthroughs in nuclear fusion technology, and that they expect to have a fusion reactor available within 10 years.
  • Finding A Business Idea

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    In a previous post, I discussed the reasons why you should consider starting a business. If the idea of entrepreneurship sounds intriquing to you, then it is time to start learning how to do it. The…
  • The 2014 Nobel Prize In Chemistry

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner for their breakthroughs in the field of fluorescent microscopy. Using their techniques, scientists…
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    The Vision Times » Science

  • China Emits More Carbon Per Capita Than U.S. and E.U. Combined, But U.S. Still Emits Twice As Much Per Capita

    Ben Grinberg
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For the first time, China emitted more CO2 than the U.S. and Europe combined. With over a billion people, that’s not surprising. Per capita, however, the U.S. still emits twice as much as China. But, also for the first time, China has surpassed the EU’s per capita carbon emissions. This does show how Europe’s greater reliance on nuclear power as opposed to China’s overwhelming continued reliance on coal has effected emissions. It also speaks of the U.S.’s overall greater energy and gasoline use. And also how vastly more industrialized China is compared to India,…
  • Invisible Air ‘Umbrella’ Blows Away the Rain

    Ben Grinberg
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A Chinese inventor has invented an invisible umbrella which looks more like a light saber. I wonder how well it actually works.
  • Chinese Company Claims It Has Discovered Herbal Ebola Cure. Is It a Hoax?

    Ben Grinberg
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A Chinese company is saying that it has discovered an herbal cure for Ebola using Chinese traditional medicine. Chinese traditional medicine is known to be effective in treating symptoms such as fever and inflammation. This remedy has apparently been used on patients in Indonesia to treat Dengue Fever. The medicine’s primary ingredients are claimed to be those that treat fever, inflammation, and pain. No word as to how effective the remedy actually is against Ebola. Modern China is also infamous for producing not only cheap knock-offs, but outright fake and dangerous foods and…
  • ‘Time Traveler’ on the Street Just Appears From Behind Other Guy … Which Explanation Do You Believe?

    Ben Grinberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This video is called: “Time Traveller Filmed in Russia Taken By Surprise.” Whatever he is, he definitely just appears behind the guy in the shot. No if’s about it. He doesn’t come from anywhere but straight behind the guy’s back—riding a bicycle. Did they stop the film? The guy on the bike got behind the dude in the center. Then they restarted the film? Could be. But the truth is definitely “out there” whether or not these guys are hoaxers.
  • Experiment Proves That Plants Respond To External Stimuli With Electronic Signals

    Ben Grinberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the video, the Mimosa plant is seen being burned with a lighter. Once the flame hits the leaf, the plant sends an electric signal down its stem, which is measured with a computer that’s attached to the plant with electrodes. Plants were previously not believed to use electric signals. Now that this has been disproven the mystery remains: how are they able to sense things and respond to stimuli without nerves? Currently there is no evidence of plants having nerves. Are they able to sense things through sensory organs that science has not yet been able to understand? Click on the…
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    Evolution Talk

  • Contest Winner October 2014

    Rick Coste
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told First off, thank you to all who left feedback on iTunes and who sent in emails.  Second, thank you to the listeners who download the show on an Android device and still sent in feedback even though they were not able to leave comments in iTunes (I entered them into the contest as well). All of […] The post Contest Winner October 2014 appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • The Beginning: Life

    Rick Coste
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In the beginning the Earth wasn’t exactly a hospitable place. It was hot, volcanic, and oxygen was a rare commodity. So the question now is how did life emerge from these conditions? We are still asking this 4.6 billion years later. Darwin proposed a primordial pond that was teeming with the just the right materials for life to form. If so, what happened in this little pond 3.9 billion years ago set the stage for everything the followed. The post The Beginning: Life appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Only A Theory

    Rick Coste
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Charles Darwin had a hypothesis was that animals evolved due to a process he called natural selection. He strengthened his hypothesis with tests and observation. Evolution by natural selection has held up to every test. It is because of this that it long ago graduated from being a hypothesis to being a theory. It is a valid explanation for the fact of evolution. The post Only A Theory appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Alfred Russel Wallace

    Rick Coste
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In 1858, Charles Darwin received a paper authored by a young naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace. In it, Darwin found that the young man had reached the same conclusions about evolution that he had been working to prove for the previous two decades. The post Alfred Russel Wallace appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Why Darwin Matters

    Rick Coste
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Over the last 150 plus years there is one subject which has caused its advocates and detractors to butt heads, often with incredulity at their opponents stance, and sometimes with animosity. That subject of course is evolution by natural selection. But what does it mean? The post Why Darwin Matters appeared first on Evolution Talk.
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    Arivu Dose - அறிவு டோஸ்

  • மர்மச் சுரங்கப்பாதைகள்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    ஐரோப்பாவில் புதைபொருள் ஆராய்ச்சியாளர்கள் கண்டறிந்த ஒரு சுரங்கப்பாதை 1000 வருடங்களுக்கு முந்தைய காலத்தினைச் சேர்ந்தது. ஏறத்தாழ நூறுக்கும் மேற்பட்ட எண்ணிக்கையில் இருக்கும் இவை யாரால் எப்போது உருவாக்கப்பட்டது என்பது…
  • அழுவது உடலுக்கு நல்லது

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    நமக்கு ஏதாவது எதிர்மறையாக நடக்கும் போது நாம் பெரும்பாலும் அழுவதுண்டு. ஆனால், அழுகை என்பது எவ்வளவு ஓர் முக்கியமான செயல் என்பது உங்களில் எத்தனை பேர்க்குத் தெரியும், நண்பர்களே? ஓர் ஆராய்ச்சியின் படி பெண்கள் சராசரியாக […] The…
  • ஃபேஸ்புக் எனும் நாடு

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    டிஜிட்டல் உலகில் நாடு, மதம், மொழி, இனம் என எந்தவித பேதங்களும் இல்லை. இதனால் தான் தற்போதைய இணையத்தின் வலிமைமிக்க சமூக வலைதளங்களில் ஒன்றான ஃபேஸ்புக் (Facebook) எண்ணிலடங்கா மக்களை வாடிக்கையாளர்களாகக் கொண்டுள்ளது. இதில் ஆச்சரியம்…
  • உட்கார்ந்த இடத்திலே வேலை பார்த்தால் அது உங்களைக் கொல்லும்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    பெற்றோர்கள் தங்களது ஆற்றல் மிக்க குழந்தைகளிடம் அடிக்கடி சொல்வது ”ஒரு இடத்தில் அமைதியாய் இரு” என்று. ஆனால் அவர்கள் அதைக் கேட்பதில்லை. அதுவும் ஒருவகையில் நல்லது தான், ஏனென்றால் உடல் உழைப்பு அல்லது உடலால் வேலைகளைச் […] The post…
  • உலகின் மிகப்பெரிய குடும்பம்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    நம்முடைய வாழ்க்கை முறையும், குடும்ப வாழ்க்கையும் நாளுக்கு நாள் மாறிக்கொண்டே வருகிறது. அந்தக் காலத்தில், நமது முன்னோர்கள் வீட்டில், குறைந்தபட்சம் 4 முதல் 8 குழந்தைகள் வரை இருந்தனர். பின்னர் படிப்படியாகக் குறைந்து ‘நாம்…
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