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  • Brain implant allows paralysed man to sip a beer at his own pace

    New Scientist - The Human Brain
    21 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    A brain implant that decodes intention to move has allowed a man paralysed from the neck down to control a robotic arm with unprecedented fluidity - and enjoy a beer
  • This May Change What We Know About Evolution

    The Vision Times » Science
    Troy Oakes
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Stone tools made by our ancient ancestors have been dated to be around 3.3 million years old. Scientists have stated that this is a “new beginning to the known archaeological record.”  Scientists now believe that the dawn of culture has been pushed back by 700,000 years. This is a much earlier sign of human progress than previously known, and well before the first known member of our genus Homo. Archaeologist Sonia Harmand of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University in New York. (Screenshot/YouTube) Scientists made the discovery in desert badlands near Lake Turkana in…
  • Atheists Inspire Thoughts of Death in Many Americans

    23 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    The results of the study on atheism reveal that atheists in the United States have a real image problem.
  • Giant Black Holes May Be on a Collision Course

    Scientific American
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Astronomers have found what may be two supermassive black holes in a quasar due to become one in roughly 21 years -- Read more on
  • First Radiation Treatment Drug

    Nerdy Science Blog
    23 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    The memory of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still clear.  People are still worried about food coming from Japan are contaminated by radiation.  However, several years after the disaster, the radiation level in Tokyo today is actually lower than Paris. Neupogen® is an existing drug approved in 1991 to treat cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.  Dr. Thomas J. MacVittie and Dr. Ann M. Farese at University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology’s Division of Translational Radiation Sciences continued to research and find the drug is able to protect…
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  • Happy World Turtle day: How the turtle got its shell

    Eric Gershon-Yale
    23 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    New evidence pushes back the origin of the turtle’s shell by about 40 million years, linking it to a 260-million-year-old fossil reptile from South Africa. The connection to Eunotosaurus strengthens the fossil record and bolsters an existing theory about shell development while providing new details about its precise evolutionary pathway, researchers say. “Now we’ve got an intermediate shell, a transitional form that bridges the gap between turtles and other reptiles and helps explain how the turtle shell evolved,” says Tyler Lyson, a curatorial affiliate of the Peabody Museum…
  • Can good food protect your ears from loud noises?

    Morgan Sherburne-Florida
    22 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    A healthy diet may offer some protection from hearing loss due to noise exposure, however it can’t reverse hearing damage, a new study shows. Researchers examined the eating habits of 2,366 people who answered questionnaires about their health and were given a four-part hearing test. The findings showed a strong connection between a healthy diet, hearing, and noise exposure. The hearing of people who ate well but had higher noise exposure was comparable to the hearing of people with lower noise exposure who ate less healthy diets. For the study, published in the International…
  • Higher drug use among teens who go to raves

    Christopher James-NYU
    22 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    A new study finds that use of illegal drugs other than marijuana was about 20 percent higher among teenagers who attend raves, compared to those who don’t. In addition, those who go to raves were more likely to report more frequent use for each of 18 drugs asked about in a survey. Deaths among attendees of electronic dance music festivals (“raves”) have gone up in recent years, but no nationally representative studies have looked at potential associations between nightlife attendance and drug use. A new study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, is the first to examine…
  • Smokers 4x more likely to be emergency room ‘super-users’

    Marcene Robinson-Buffalo
    22 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    Smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers to frequently visit emergency rooms. A new study, which explores how much patients replace visits to a primary care physician with a trip to a hospital emergency room, also shows Americans with chronic diseases use both services equally. In fact, overall, medical care visits of all types have soared in recent years. “There are a few super-users who have been in the ER 40 or 50 times, but when we step back and look at the whole population, we see a different pattern,” says Jessica Castner, assistant professor of nursing at…
  • How herpes revealed coughing’s trigger

    Lynda Flower-UQ
    22 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    The herpes virus led researchers to discover the respiratory tract links two different parts of the nervous system. The findings could improve treatments for coughing. Led by the University of Queensland’s Stuart Mazzone, the team made the finding after setting out to learn more about the triggers behind excessive coughing. “Different physical sensations arise from the upper and lower respiratory tracts in people with respiratory diseases,” says Mazzone, from the School of Biomedical Sciences. “The irritating sensations from the upper respiratory tract are a major…
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    Science 2.0

  • UK Becoming Overweight And Obese At Younger Ages

    News Staff
    23 May 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Children born since the 1980s are two to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine. The study, conducted by researchers from CLOSER, a consortium of UK longitudinal studies, characterized population shifts in body mass index (BMI) using data from more than 56,000 people born in Britain from 1946 to 2001. read more
  • Antibiotic Resistance: Phages Can Transfer It In Chicken Meat

    News Staff
    23 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise and they pose a global threat to public health. Common antibiotics are often ineffective in treating infectious diseases because pathogens acquire resistance genes. These antimicrobial resistance genes are obtained in different ways. There are different explanations for how resistances are transferred and a now study found phages - viruses that exclusively infect bacteria - in chicken meat that are able to transfer antimicrobial resistance to bacteria.  Phages do not directly pose a risk to humans because they can only infect bacteria. No…
  • Mummy Madness In The Anatomical Record - All Open Access

    Hank Campbell
    23 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    If you like mummies (and who doesn't like mummies?) you are in luck: The Anatomical Record has a special issue with 26 articles devoted to them, all open access. You may not leave the house this weekend. read more
  • Seen And Clean: What People In Surveys Say They Want In Nutrition Labels

    News Staff
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A new survey finds that 87 percent of Americans look at the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages and 56 percent actively seek out nutritional information and guidelines.67 percent favor groceries with fewer and simpler ingredients, while roughly the same percentage take nutritional content statements, ingredient-free statements, and statements about health benefits into consideration when buying packaged foods and beverages. As is well known, food consumers who are buying for those reasons are vocal on social media, focus groups, consumer surveys, and even petitions.
  • The Case Of The Missing Booze: Brits Drink 12 Million More Bottles Per Week Than Previous Estimates

    The Conversation
    23 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Many of us have a tipple on special occasions but including these drinks in official data has been found to increase England’s alcohol consumption by 12 million bottles of wine per week.According to a new study published in BMC Medicine, alcohol consumption figures account for only 60% of alcohol sold in England, due to a discrepancy between self-reported consumption data and retail figures. The new research has discovered where the missing alcohol can be found. read more
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    David Bradley

  • Venus and beers

    David Bradley
    21 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Once you’ve had yer fill…it’s time to head for the chippy but snapping, en route, the crescent Moon and Venus watching dispassionately from the Heavens over the annual Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green. Just out of shot was also the planet Jupiter, all three first lights of the night sky as far as my eyes could make out after ales from Wold Top Brewery and others on the evening of 21st May 2015. Venus and beers is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • How not to have a middle age stroke

    David Bradley
    13 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    The number of middle-aged men and women suffering a cerebral stroke has apparently risen significantly in the last decade or so. It seems that the press release from the Stroke Association making this pronouncement which has been widely reported almost verbatim by the media is based on NHS hospital admission statistics, which could have all kinds of biases and errors. I couldn’t find an actual peer-reviewed research paper to support the numbers and neither could Adam Jacobs the stats guy. It may well be just scaremongering by the media and it’s sure to boost charitable donations…
  • Flakka and bath salts

    David Bradley
    13 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    Alpha-PVP (α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, alpha-PVP) is a synthetic stimulant of the cathinone class; the street drug – commonly known as flakka – is chemically similar to the illegal high MDPV (bath salts), but lacks the 3,4-methylenedioxy motif; the same difference that distinguishes methamphetamine (meth) from MDMA (ecstasy). Hype in the media have alluded to flakk leading to extreme violence, paranoid psychoses, compulsive nudity and “zombie-like” behaviour and worse. Now, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in California have demonstrated that alpha-PVP…
  • My Music

    David Bradley
    12 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    In case you didn’t know, I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off and a musician by night. I started trying to play guitar properly aged about 12, but only in recent years have I performed live and actually recorded my original songs. Some of my stuff originals and covers is available on : iTunes, BandCamp, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, Deezer, Rdio, Amazon mp3, Loudr, ReverbNation, SoundCloud and more Spotify etc. Here’s a very short list of a few of the musicians, bands and artists I admire: Athlete, The Beatles, bigMouth, Blur, David Bowie,…
  • Three reasons diets don’t work

    David Bradley
    5 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Interesting interview in The Washington Post that corroborates what I’ve thought about all these special weightloss diet scams and con tricks made to sell books and supplements. Here are the salient points: When you are dieting, you actually become more likely to notice food…and it actually begins to look more appetizing and tempting and harder to resist. As you lose body fat, hormone levels changes, in particular concentrations of the hormones that help you feel full decrease, while hunger hormones increase. As you diet, your metabolism slows down so as to get the most out of the…
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    Newswise: SciNews

  • Deciphering Clues to Prehistoric Climate Changes Locked in Cave Deposits

    Vanderbilt University
    22 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Jessica Oster and her colleagues have shown that the analysis of a stalagmite from a cave in north east India can detect the link between El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian monsoon.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Test Site Says New Policy Will Speed Research

    Virginia Tech
    22 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Officials with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech on Friday welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement that it will soon be simpler for the six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to conduct research.
  • Government of Bolivia & Wildlife Conservation Society Announce Biodiversity Expedition in Madidi National Park

    Wildlife Conservation Society
    22 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The Government of Bolivia, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and a number of Bolivian research and conservation organizations announced today (the International Day for Biological Diversity) the launching of a new scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi, into the heart of Madidi National Park--the most biodiverse protected area in the world--in an effort to describe still unknown species and to showcase the wonders of Bolivia's extraordinary natural heritage at home and abroad.
  • Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts Superconductivity

    Brookhaven National Laboratory
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Study shows how heavy-ion induced atomic-scale defects in iron-based superconductors "pin" potentially disruptive quantum vortices, enabling high currents to flow unimpeded. The study opens a new way forward for designing and understanding superconductors that can operate in demanding high-current, high magnetic field applications, such as zero-energy-loss power transmission lines and energy-generating turbines.
  • Five DOE Award Winners Pursuing Ph.D. Research at PNNL

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    22 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Five graduate students who have won DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) awards to supplement part of their Ph.D. thesis will conduct their research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 2015.
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  • Dan Ariely’s Irrationally Yours: Predictably Amusing

    Roger Dooley
    21 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Got problems? Author and behavior researcher Dan Ariely has answers. And, they are funny! His new book, Irrationally Yours, combines practical advice, behavior science, and humor.
  • How You Can Become A Thought Leader in 30 Days

    Roger Dooley
    20 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Want to be Seth Godin in a month? It's not going to happen. But, you can become a recognized expert in a surprisingly short time by using this approach from author Dorie Clark.
  • An Unexpected Way to Look Smarter

    Roger Dooley
    13 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    Want to look smarter? You might think performing this simple action will make you look dumb, but the opposite is true according to a Harvard Business School study.
  • Free To-Do List Apps and Expert Habit Hacks

    Roger Dooley
    5 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    My favorite free to-do app, reviews of other apps, advice from habit experts, and a few brain-based to-do productivity boosters.
  • Microsoft Glasses Read Your Emotions

    Roger Dooley
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Software giant Microsoft has been granted a patent for glasses that, the patent claims, can measure human emotions. Of particular interest is that the glasses are intended to work in both directions: they measure both the emotional state of the [...]
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 12-05-2015

    23 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: No, there is no evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease, reports HeadQuarters after recent media bungles. We’re still waiting to hear on SimCity and Parkinson’s disease though. The American Psychiatric Association has a new corporate video that looks like a Viagra advert. BPS Research Digest reports on a fascinating study that gives a preliminary taxonomy of the voices inside your head. What does fMRI measure? Essential piece from the Brain Box blog that gives an excellent guide to fMRI. New Republic…
  • Irregularities in Science

    20 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    A paper in the high-profile journal Science has been alleged to be based on fraudulent data, with the PI calling for it to be retracted. The original paper purported to use survey data to show that people being asked about gay marriage changed their attitudes if they were asked the survey questions by someone who was gay themselves. That may still be true, but the work of a team that set out to replicate the original study seems to show that the data reported in that paper was never collected in the way reported, and at least partly fabricated. The document containing these accusations is…
  • In the mind of a drone

    17 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Longreads has an excellent article on the psychology of drone warfare that looks at this particularly modern form of air-to-ground combat from many, thought-provoking angles. These include the effect of humanless warfare, how suicide bombers are being dronified, how reducing the risk to soldiers might make civilians a more inviting target, whether remote-drone-pilot PTSD is convenient myth, and most interesting, the reliance of ‘Pattern-of-Life Analysis’ on which to base strikes. Apart from these “personal strikes,” there are also “signature strikes,” here meaning strikes…
  • Spike activity 15-05-2015

    17 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: What does fMRI measure? Excellent fMRI primer on the Brain Box blog. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent profile of neuroscientist Sophie Scott and her research understanding laughter. Time has a piece on how rappers are de-stigmatising mental illness. A brilliant review of neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s book ‘Do No Harm’ from The New Yorker also works as a wonderful stand-alone article. APA Monitor has a great interview with cognitive psychology pioneer Jerome Bruner as he approaches his 100th birthday. The Brighter…
  • A less hysterical reaction

    16 May 2015 | 6:21 am
    There’s a fascinating article in The Guardian about one of the least understood aspects of human nature: experiences like blindness, paralysis and seizures that seem to mimic gross damage to the nervous system but aren’t explained by it. People can experience profound blindness, for example, but have no detectable damage to their visual system. These difficulties have various names: conversion disorder, hysteria, dissociative disorder, medically unexplained symptoms, functional neurological symptoms, somatoform disorder, or are denoted by adding the word ‘functional’…
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  • The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program? [Stoat]

    William M. Connolley
    23 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    So gushes Mother Jones, adding the enticing word “exclusive” to the story. But – weirdly enough, for a confection of spying and science reporting, both of which are normally so reliable – this appears to be a bit garbled. Firstly, the “climate research programme” looks to be more like the CIA had allowed civilian scientists to access classified data—such as ocean temperature and tidal readings gathered by Navy submarines and topography data collected by spy satellites. So, not CIA research at all: just data sharing. And presumably not CIA data mostly; if…
  • OSHA gives DuPont a 50% discount on penalty for death of 4 workers [The Pump Handle]

    Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
    23 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Last week OSHA announced citations and proposed a $99,000 penalty against DuPont for safety violations related to the November 2014 incident that killed four employees at its LaPorte, TX chemical plant. Wade Baker, 60, Gibby Tisnado, 48, Robert Tisnado, 39, and Crystal Wise, 53 were asphyxiated by methyl mercaptan because of gross failures in DuPont’s systems to manage highly hazardous chemicals. OSHA’s proposed penalty stems from one repeat, nine serious, and one other-than-serious violation. What baffles me is why OSHA didn’t propose the $70,000 maximum for the repeat violation. OSHA…
  • Fatal work injury that killed Tito Hernandez was preventable, OSHA cites Scott Materials [The Pump Handle]

    Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
    23 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Milton “Tito” Rafael Barreto Hernandez work-related death could have been prevented. That’s how I see the findings of Federal OSHA in the agency’s citations against his employer, Scott Materials (Central Rock Corporation/ Southwinds Express Construction.) The 22-year-old was working in October 2014 at the company’s concrete crushing facility in Scott, Louisiana. The initial press reports indicated Hernandez and a supervisor were trying to remove debris that was jamming up a conveyor belt. The equipment was turned back on and Hernandez was pulled into the machine. I wrote about the…
  • Comments of the Week #61: from the CMB to killer asteroids [Starts With A Bang]

    23 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    “An asteroid or a supervolcano could certainly destroy us, but we also face risks the dinosaurs never saw: An engineered virus, nuclear war, inadvertent creation of a micro black hole, or some as-yet-unknown technology could spell the end of us.” -Elon Musk We’ve covered a ton this week on Starts With A Bang, ranging from the earliest times to the ultra-theoretical to the present day and what’s going on right here on Earth. Take a look back if you missed anything, as we’ve covered: Where is the cosmic microwave background? (for Ask Ethan), Raw ingredients,…
  • Ask Ethan #89: The Universe’s Dark Ages (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    22 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    “[I]f there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” –C.S. Lewis The Universe had two periods where light was abundant, separated by the cosmic dark ages. The first came at the moment of the hot Big Bang, as the Universe was flooded with, among the matter, antimatter and everything else imaginable, a sea of high-energy photons, including a large amount of visible light. As the Universe expanded and cooled, eventually the cosmic microwave background was emitted, leaving behind the barely…
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    EE Times

  • Development Kit Targets Motion Control Design

    Rich Quinnell
    22 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    TI's DesignDRIVE gives motion control developers a sandbox in which they can experiment with sensor and motor control topologies.
  • New Tool Automates Register Verification Process for FPGA, SoC & IP Designs

    Max Maxfield
    22 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Registers are one of the first aspects of the design that must be tested because they contain the configuration settings for the hardware and are the basis of the hardware/software interface.
  • How the Apple Watch Can Collect Patient Data

    22 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    A project in southern New Jersey is using Apple Watches to better understand the factors influencing treatment outcomes among women with breast cancer.
  • Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks

    Rick Merritt
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore's Law and VR.
  • Huawei's Everything-Connected Game Plan

    Junko Yoshida
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China's telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • The Hydrophobic Temperature Dependence of Amino Acids Directly Calculated from Protein Structures

    Erik van Dijk et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Erik van Dijk, Arlo Hoogeveen, Sanne Abeln The hydrophobic effect is the main driving force in protein folding. One can estimate the relative strength of this hydrophobic effect for each amino acid by mining a large set of experimentally determined protein structures. However, the hydrophobic force is known to be strongly temperature dependent. This temperature dependence is thought to explain the denaturation of proteins at low temperatures. Here we investigate if it is possible to extract this temperature dependence directly from a large set of protein structures determined at different…
  • A Multiscale Model Evaluates Screening for Neoplasia in Barrett’s Esophagus

    Kit Curtius et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Kit Curtius, William D. Hazelton, Jihyoun Jeon, E. Georg Luebeck Barrett’s esophagus (BE) patients are routinely screened for high grade dysplasia (HGD) and esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) through endoscopic screening, during which multiple esophageal tissue samples are removed for histological analysis. We propose a computational method called the multistage clonal expansion for EAC (MSCE-EAC) screening model that is used for screening BE patients in silico to evaluate the effects of biopsy sampling, diagnostic sensitivity, and treatment on disease burden. Our framework seamlessly…
  • Metabolic Needs and Capabilities of Toxoplasma gondii through Combined Computational and Experimental Analysis

    Stepan Tymoshenko et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Stepan Tymoshenko, Rebecca D. Oppenheim, Rasmus Agren, Jens Nielsen, Dominique Soldati-Favre, Vassily Hatzimanikatis Toxoplasma gondii is a human pathogen prevalent worldwide that poses a challenging and unmet need for novel treatment of toxoplasmosis. Using a semi-automated reconstruction algorithm, we reconstructed a genome-scale metabolic model, ToxoNet1. The reconstruction process and flux-balance analysis of the model offer a systematic overview of the metabolic capabilities of this parasite. Using ToxoNet1 we have identified significant gaps in the current knowledge of Toxoplasma…
  • Improving 3D Genome Reconstructions Using Orthologous and Functional Constraints

    Alon Diament et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Alon Diament, Tamir Tuller The study of the 3D architecture of chromosomes has been advancing rapidly in recent years. While a number of methods for 3D reconstruction of genomic models based on Hi-C data were proposed, most of the analyses in the field have been performed on different 3D representation forms (such as graphs). Here, we reproduce most of the previous results on the 3D genomic organization of the eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae using analysis of 3D reconstructions. We show that many of these results can be reproduced in sparse reconstructions, generated from a small…
  • The Opponent Channel Population Code of Sound Location Is an Efficient Representation of Natural Binaural Sounds

    Wiktor Młynarski
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Wiktor Młynarski In mammalian auditory cortex, sound source position is represented by a population of broadly tuned neurons whose firing is modulated by sounds located at all positions surrounding the animal. Peaks of their tuning curves are concentrated at lateral position, while their slopes are steepest at the interaural midline, allowing for the maximum localization accuracy in that area. These experimental observations contradict initial assumptions that the auditory space is represented as a topographic cortical map. It has been suggested that a “panoramic” code has evolved to…
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    PLOS Genetics: New Articles

  • Downregulation of the Host Gene jigr1 by miR-92 Is Essential for Neuroblast Self-Renewal in Drosophila

    Yeliz Yuva-Aydemir et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Yeliz Yuva-Aydemir, Xia-Lian Xu, Ozkan Aydemir, Eduardo Gascon, Serkan Sayin, Wenke Zhou, Yang Hong, Fen-Biao Gao Intragenic microRNAs (miRNAs), located mostly in the introns of protein-coding genes, are often co-expressed with their host mRNAs. However, their functional interaction in development is largely unknown. Here we show that in Drosophila, miR-92a and miR-92b are embedded in the intron and 3’UTR of jigr1, respectively, and co-expressed with some jigr1 isoforms. miR-92a and miR-92b are highly expressed in neuroblasts of larval brain where Jigr1 expression is low. Genetic…
  • Rescue of DNA-PK Signaling and T-Cell Differentiation by Targeted Genome Editing in a prkdc Deficient iPSC Disease Model

    Shamim H. Rahman et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Shamim H. Rahman, Johannes Kuehle, Christian Reimann, Tafadzwa Mlambo, Jamal Alzubi, Morgan L. Maeder, Heimo Riedel, Paul Fisch, Tobias Cantz, Cornelia Rudolph, Claudio Mussolino, J. Keith Joung, Axel Schambach, Toni Cathomen In vitro disease modeling based on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provides a powerful system to study cellular pathophysiology, especially in combination with targeted genome editing and protocols to differentiate iPSCs into affected cell types. In this study, we established zinc-finger nuclease-mediated genome editing in primary fibroblasts and iPSCs…
  • Parp3 Negatively Regulates Immunoglobulin Class Switch Recombination

    Isabelle Robert et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Isabelle Robert, Léa Gaudot, Mélanie Rogier, Vincent Heyer, Aurélia Noll, Françoise Dantzer, Bernardo Reina-San-Martin To generate highly specific and adapted immune responses, B cells diversify their antibody repertoire through mechanisms involving the generation of programmed DNA damage. Somatic hypermutation (SHM) and class switch recombination (CSR) are initiated by the recruitment of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) to immunoglobulin loci and by the subsequent generation of DNA lesions, which are differentially processed to mutations during SHM or to double-stranded DNA…
  • Monoallelic Loss of the Imprinted Gene Grb10 Promotes Tumor Formation in Irradiated Nf1+/- Mice

    Rana Mroue et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Rana Mroue, Brian Huang, Steve Braunstein, Ari J. Firestone, Jean L. Nakamura Imprinted genes are expressed from only one parental allele and heterozygous loss involving the expressed allele is sufficient to produce complete loss of protein expression. Genetic alterations are common in tumorigenesis but the role of imprinted genes in this process is not well understood. In earlier work we mutagenized mice heterozygous for the Neurofibromatosis I tumor suppressor gene (NF1) to model radiotherapy-associated second malignant neoplasms that arise in irradiated NF1 patients. Expression analysis…
  • The Centrosomal Linker and Microtubules Provide Dual Levels of Spatial Coordination of Centrosomes

    Marko Panic et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Marko Panic, Shoji Hata, Annett Neuner, Elmar Schiebel The centrosome is the principal microtubule organizing center in most animal cells. It consists of a pair of centrioles surrounded by pericentriolar material. The centrosome, like DNA, duplicates exactly once per cell cycle. During interphase duplicated centrosomes remain closely linked by a proteinaceous linker. This centrosomal linker is composed of rootletin filaments that are anchored to the centrioles via the protein C-Nap1. At the onset of mitosis the linker is dissolved by Nek2A kinase to support the formation of the bipolar…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • Vibrio cholerae Response Regulator VxrB Controls Colonization and Regulates the Type VI Secretion System

    Andrew T. Cheng et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Andrew T. Cheng, Karen M. Ottemann, Fitnat H. Yildiz Two-component signal transduction systems (TCS) are used by bacteria to sense and respond to their environment. TCS are typically composed of a sensor histidine kinase (HK) and a response regulator (RR). The Vibrio cholerae genome encodes 52 RR, but the role of these RRs in V. cholerae pathogenesis is largely unknown. To identify RRs that control V. cholerae colonization, in-frame deletions of each RR were generated and the resulting mutants analyzed using an infant mouse intestine colonization assay. We found that 12 of the 52 RR were…
  • Activation of Salmonella Typhi-Specific Regulatory T Cells in Typhoid Disease in a Wild-Type S. Typhi Challenge Model

    Monica A. McArthur et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Monica A. McArthur, Stephanie Fresnay, Laurence S. Magder, Thomas C. Darton, Claire Jones, Claire S. Waddington, Christoph J. Blohmke, Gordon Dougan, Brian Angus, Myron M. Levine, Andrew J. Pollard, Marcelo B. Sztein Salmonella Typhi (S. Typhi), the causative agent of typhoid fever, causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Currently available vaccines are moderately efficacious, and identification of immunological responses associated with protection or disease will facilitate the development of improved vaccines. We investigated S. Typhi-specific modulation of activation and…
  • L-Rhamnosylation of Listeria monocytogenes Wall Teichoic Acids Promotes Resistance to Antimicrobial Peptides by Delaying Interaction with the Membrane

    Filipe Carvalho et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Filipe Carvalho, Magda L. Atilano, Rita Pombinho, Gonçalo Covas, Richard L. Gallo, Sérgio R. Filipe, Sandra Sousa, Didier Cabanes Listeria monocytogenes is an opportunistic Gram-positive bacterial pathogen responsible for listeriosis, a human foodborne disease. Its cell wall is densely decorated with wall teichoic acids (WTAs), a class of anionic glycopolymers that play key roles in bacterial physiology, including protection against the activity of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). In other Gram-positive pathogens, WTA modification by amine-containing groups such as D-alanine was largely…
  • Gammaherpesvirus Co-infection with Malaria Suppresses Anti-parasitic Humoral Immunity

    Caline G. Matar et al.
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Caline G. Matar, Neil R. Anthony, Brigid M. O’Flaherty, Nathan T. Jacobs, Lalita Priyamvada, Christian R. Engwerda, Samuel H. Speck, Tracey J. Lamb Immunity to non-cerebral severe malaria is estimated to occur within 1-2 infections in areas of endemic transmission for Plasmodium falciparum. Yet, nearly 20% of infected children die annually as a result of severe malaria. Multiple risk factors are postulated to exacerbate malarial disease, one being co-infections with other pathogens. Children living in Sub-Saharan Africa are seropositive for Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) by the age of 6…
  • Influenza A Virus on Oceanic Islands: Host and Viral Diversity in Seabirds in the Western Indian Ocean

    Camille Lebarbenchon et al.
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Camille Lebarbenchon, Audrey Jaeger, Chris Feare, Matthieu Bastien, Muriel Dietrich, Christine Larose, Erwan Lagadec, Gérard Rocamora, Nirmal Shah, Hervé Pascalis, Thierry Boulinier, Matthieu Le Corre, David E. Stallknecht, Koussay Dellagi Ducks and seabirds are natural hosts for influenza A viruses (IAV). On oceanic islands, the ecology of IAV could be affected by the relative diversity, abundance and density of seabirds and ducks. Seabirds are the most abundant and widespread avifauna in the Western Indian Ocean and, in this region, oceanic islands represent major breeding sites for a…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • ProteINSIDE to Easily Investigate Proteomics Data from Ruminants: Application to Mine Proteome of Adipose and Muscle Tissues in Bovine Foetuses

    Nicolas Kaspric et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Nicolas Kaspric, Brigitte Picard, Matthieu Reichstadt, Jérémy Tournayre, Muriel Bonnet Genomics experiments are widely acknowledged to produce a huge amount of data to be analysed. The challenge is to extract meaningful biological context for proteins or genes which is currently difficult because of the lack of an integrative workflow that hinders the efficiency and the robustness of data mining performed by biologists working on ruminants. Thus, we designed ProteINSIDE, a free web service ( that (I) provides an overview of the biological information stored in public…
  • Noteworthy Facts about a Methane-Producing Microbial Community Processing Acidic Effluent from Sugar Beet Molasses Fermentation

    Aleksandra Chojnacka et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Aleksandra Chojnacka, Paweł Szczęsny, Mieczysław K. Błaszczyk, Urszula Zielenkiewicz, Anna Detman, Agnieszka Salamon, Anna Sikora Anaerobic digestion is a complex process involving hydrolysis, acidogenesis, acetogenesis and methanogenesis. The separation of the hydrogen-yielding (dark fermentation) and methane-yielding steps under controlled conditions permits the production of hydrogen and methane from biomass. The characterization of microbial communities developed in bioreactors is crucial for the understanding and optimization of fermentation processes. Previously we developed an…
  • Short-Term Complete Submergence of Rice at the Tillering Stage Increases Yield

    Yajie Zhang et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Yajie Zhang, Zhensheng Wang, Lei Li, Qun Zhou, Yao Xiao, Xing Wei, Mingyao Zhou Flooding is a major threat to agricultural production. Most studies have focused on the lower water storage limit in rice fields, whereas few studies have examined the upper water storage limit. This study aimed to explore the effect of waterlogging at the rice tillering stage on rice growth and yield. The early-ripening late japonica variety Yangjing 4227 was selected for this study. The treatments included different submergence depths (submergence depth/plant height: 1/2 (waist submergence), 2/3 (neck…
  • Motor Inhibition during Overt and Covert Actions: An Electrical Neuroimaging Study

    Monica Angelini et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Monica Angelini, Marta Calbi, Annachiara Ferrari, Beatrice Sbriscia-Fioretti, Michele Franca, Vittorio Gallese, Maria Alessandra Umiltà Given ample evidence for shared cortical structures involved in encoding actions, whether or not subsequently executed, a still unsolved problem is the identification of neural mechanisms of motor inhibition, preventing “covert actions” as motor imagery from being performed, in spite of the activation of the motor system. The principal aims of the present study were the evaluation of: 1) the presence in covert actions as motor imagery of putative…
  • The Ovary of Tubifex tubifex (Clitellata, Naididae, Tubificinae) Is Composed of One, Huge Germ-Line Cyst that Is Enriched with Cytoskeletal Components

    Anna Z. Urbisz et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Anna Z. Urbisz, Łukasz Chajec, Piotr Świątek Recent studies on the ovary organization and oogenesis in Tubificinae have revealed that their ovaries are small polarized structures that are composed of germ cells in subsequent stages of oogenesis that are associated with somatic cells. In syncytial cysts, as a rule, each germ cell is connected to the central cytoplasmic mass, the cytophore, via only one stable intercellular bridge (ring canal). In this paper we present detailed data about the composition of germ-line cysts in Tubifex tubifex with special emphasis on the occurrence and…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • Competence of Cimex lectularius Bed Bugs for the Transmission of Bartonella quintana, the Agent of Trench Fever

    Hamza Leulmi et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Hamza Leulmi, Idir Bitam, Jean Michel Berenger, Hubert Lepidi, Jean Marc Rolain, Lionel Almeras, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola Background Bartonella quintana, the etiologic agent of trench fever and other human diseases, is transmitted by the feces of body lice. Recently, this bacterium has been detected in other arthropod families such as bed bugs, which begs the question of their involvement in B. quintana transmission. Although several infectious pathogens have been reported and are suggested to be transmitted by bed bugs, the evidence regarding their competence as vectors is unclear.
  • Prevalence and Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi in People of Rural Communities of the High Jungle of Northern Peru

    Karen A. Alroy et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Karen A. Alroy, Christine Huang, Robert H. Gilman, Victor R. Quispe-Machaca, Morgan A. Marks, Jenny Ancca-Juarez, Miranda Hillyard, Manuela Verastegui, Gerardo Sanchez, Lilia Cabrera, Elisa Vidal, Erica M. W. Billig, Vitaliano A. Cama, César Náquira, Caryn Bern, Michael Z. Levy, Working Group on Chagas Disease in Peru Background Vector-borne transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi is seen exclusively in the Americas where an estimated 8 million people are infected with the parasite. Significant research in southern Peru has been conducted to understand T. cruzi infection and vector control,…
  • Drivers of Bushmeat Hunting and Perceptions of Zoonoses in Nigerian Hunting Communities

    Sagan Friant et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Sagan Friant, Sarah B. Paige, Tony L. Goldberg Bushmeat hunting threatens biodiversity and increases the risk of zoonotic pathogen transmission. Nevertheless, limited information exists on patterns of contact with wildlife in communities that practice bushmeat hunting, especially with respect to social drivers of hunting behavior. We used interview responses from hunters and non-hunters in rural hunting communities in Nigeria to: 1) quantify contact rates with wildlife, 2) identify specific hunting behaviors that increase frequency of contact, 3) identify socioeconomic factors that…
  • The Heme Transport Capacity of LHR1 Determines the Extent of Virulence in Leishmania amazonensis

    Rebecca L. Renberg et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Rebecca L. Renberg, Xiaojing Yuan, Tamika K. Samuel, Danilo C. Miguel, Iqbal Hamza, Norma W. Andrews, Andrew R. Flannery Leishmania spp. are trypanosomatid parasites that replicate intracellularly in macrophages, causing serious human morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Trypanosomatid protozoa cannot synthesize heme, so must acquire this essential cofactor from their environment. Earlier studies identified LHR1 as a Leishmania amazonensis transmembrane protein that mediates heme uptake. Null mutants of LHR1 are not viable and single knockout strains have reduced virulence, but…
  • Pan-phylum Comparison of Nematode Metabolic Potential

    Rahul Tyagi et al.
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Rahul Tyagi, Bruce A. Rosa, Warren G. Lewis, Makedonka Mitreva Nematodes are among the most important causative pathogens of neglected tropical diseases. The increased availability of genomic and transcriptomic data for many understudied nematode species provides a great opportunity to investigate different aspects of their biology. Increasingly, metabolic potential of pathogens is recognized as a critical determinant governing their development, growth and pathogenicity. Comparing metabolic potential among species with distinct trophic ecologies can provide insights on overall biology or…
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  • SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific with space station cargo

    22 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule made a parachute splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, wrapping up a five-week stay at the International Space Station.
  • Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

    22 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.
  • SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule leaves space station

    21 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule sailed away from the International Space Station on Thursday and headed for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive

    21 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.
  • Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

    21 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • Why backup on the cloud?

    David Bradley
    12 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Twitter buddy Jeremy was lamenting the fact that the manufacturer of his new PC with its 1 terabyte hard drive was urging him to sign up for its cloud storage service. He suggested it was pointless with all those bytes to fill with his home stuff it was never going to be needed. I suggested that cloud storage gives him offsite backup of his files, but he suggested that made sense for businesses where mission-critical information might be lost, but he felt he’d have more to worry about if his house burned to the ground than his backup. Now, maybe I’m a neurotic paranoid or maybe…
  • Stronger password advice

    David Bradley
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Like backup advice after your hard drive fails, password advice comes thick and fast whenever there’s been a data breach. The usual line is: Don’t use the same password everywhere Don’t share password with others Don’t use names, pet’s names, birthdays, and other personal information Use letters, numbers, and symbols Have a different password for every account Store passwords in a safe place away from the computer Change passwords often (every 30, 60, 90 days) Make passwords 12, 14, 16 or more characters long We all know that’s good advice, provided the system we’re…
  • The “Old” Button

    David Bradley
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:37 am
    Forget “likes”, +s and RTs. What we need is a new button that’s a bit like an inverted like button, a thumbsdown, but wrinkly with liver spots, that lets your friends know that you know the latest, trendy thing that they just liked is actually already really old and that you saw it way before them, at least 24 hours ago. It would be an “Old” button rather than a “like” button. You would “Old” their posts and updates when they share a news story from wayback when, two days ago or pass on that viral video you saw ages ago (last week) or…
  • Who not to #Followback on Twitter

    David Bradley
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Here are my scribbled notes on who not to followback on Twitter. A Top 10. Obviously, they’re not realy scribbled, I just used a “Biro” font in my graphics program and typed them in. (You didn’t think I could still hold an actual pen in the real world, and actually write words down on an actual piece of paper, did you?) Top ten reasons I won’t follow back, original draft text pasted with Biro font and edited 1 If you ask for a followback 2 If you have a cartoon avatar 3 If you call yourself a guru 4 If you follow lots but have 0 followers 5 If you have no bio 6…
  • Patronising Google Chrome

    David Bradley
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    I clear my browser cache and cookies periodically, usually when I’m leaving the office so that should my computer be accessed by a third party logged in accounts, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc are not compromised. If you do a clear in Google Chrome (Ctrl+Shift+Del) too frequently, you get this snarky little message: “Psst! Incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N) may come in handy next time.” YES. I. KNOW. YOU PATRONISING B*ST*RDS. But, if I use incognito mode then I have to log back in to all those sites each time I close and re-open the browser…is there anyway…
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  • How far Frodo and Sam walked compared to real geography

    Nathan Yau
    22 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    If you read the books or watched the movies, you get the sense that Frodo and Sam walked pretty far to toss that ring in the fire. Imgur user mattsawizard compared the journey distance with some rough real-life geography. The journey was 1,350 miles, which is kind of like walking from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas. Or, from a European point of view, it'd be like a trip from London, England to Niš, Serbia. See the full trip breakdown. Tags: humor, Lord of the Rings
  • Rise of data art

    Nathan Yau
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Data art is on the rise. Jacoba Urist for the Atlantic gets into the beginnings and its current prevalence. Art is a constant march of expansion, according to Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University, whose research includes the sociology of art. Pop art incorporated comic books and ordinary soup cans. Edvard Munch's expressionist painting, The Scream captured the anxiety and isolation of modern life. "Now there's the digital self, the newest kid on the block and so of course, artists are there," he explained. "Art and environment are very much…
  • Power of the reveal

    Nathan Yau
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Hannah Fairfield, who does graphics at the New York Times, talks about using visualization to show specific narratives. Something more than just "here's some data." Tags: Hannah Fairfield, lunch talk
  • Testing broken computer colors

    Nathan Yau
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Computers can calculate an infinite number of colors, but our brains can only process and see so much. This is why color spaces are important in visualization. Your code might dictate different shades, but they might look the same when you look at the visual. And it's why Scott Sievert explored the various spaces and provides an interactive for comparing various shades. We see that certain color spaces are constrained by device limitations (RGB, HED). We see that other color spaces emphasize the pigments (HSV) or other elements like additive/subtractive color (LUV, LAB). We see that certain…
  • Graduate student makes up data for fake findings

    Nathan Yau
    20 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Last month, This American Life ran a story about research that asked if you could change people's mind about issues like same-sex marriage and abortion — with just a 22-minute conversation. The research was published in Science, but Donald Green asked the publication to retract the paper recently. It seems his co-author and UCLA graduate student, Michael LaCour, made up a lot of data. Green today told me if there was no survey data, what's incredible is that LaCour produced all sorts of conclusions and evaluations of data that didn't exist. For instance, he had "a finding comparing what…
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    Science Daily

  • Auroras on Mars

    23 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    One day, when humans go to Mars, they might find that, occasionally, the Red Planet has green skies. NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has detected evidence of widespread auroras in Mars's northern hemisphere. Unlike Earth, Mars does not have a global magnetic field that envelops the entire planet. Instead, Mars has umbrella-shaped magnetic fields that sprout out of the ground like mushrooms, here and there, but mainly in the southern hemisphere. These umbrellas are remnants of an ancient global field that decayed billions of years ago.
  • Mars rover's laser-zapping instrument gets sharper vision

    23 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Tests on Mars have confirmed success of a repair to the autonomous focusing capability of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
  • Curiosity rover adjusts route up Martian mountain

    23 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has just climbed a hill to approach an alternative site for investigating a geological boundary, after a comparable site proved hard to reach.
  • 'Deep web search' may help scientists

    23 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    When you do a simple Web search on a topic, the results that pop up aren't the whole story. The Internet contains a vast trove of information -- sometimes called the "Deep Web" -- that isn't indexed by search engines: information that would be useful for tracking criminals, terrorist activities, sex trafficking and the spread of diseases. Scientists could also use it to search for images and data from spacecraft.
  • Birds 'weigh' peanuts and choose heavier ones

    22 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Mexican Jays (Aphelocoma wollweberi) distinguish between heavier and lighter peanuts without opening the nuts. The birds do it by shaking the nuts in their beaks, which allows them to 'feel' nut heaviness and to listen to sounds produced by peanuts during handling.
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    The Why Files

  • New species explore biological limits

    20 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    New species explore biological limits The inch-long sea slug Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum is a "missing link" between sea slugs that feed on hydroids (small predators related to jellyfish) and on corals. This beauty lives in Japanese waters. Photograph: Robert Bolland About 18,000 species are named every year — adding to nearly 2 million that have already gotten a name. On May 21, the International Institute of Species Exploration at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry released its latest list of top-10 new species. As the institute said via press release, the goal is…
  • How climate drives bird migration

    14 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    How climate drives bird migration Pine siskins, a species of seed-eating boreal bird, will spend some winters in the pine, spruce and fir forests of Canada, and then arrive at bird feeders much farther south during others. Ornithologists suspected the irregular migrations tracked oscillating climate patterns, but a direct link was elusive, until now. Pine Siskin photo by PutneyPics Why do certain birds suddenly leave their winter territory -- sometimes in the middle of winter? The more familiar, "seasonal" migration is triggered by changes in day length, and birds tend to fly south in winter.
  • First animal ancestor discovered in deep mud!

    7 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    First animal ancestor discovered in deep mud! The evolutionary jump from prokaryotic to eukaryotic cells has eluded scientists searching for evidence of intermediate single-celled life. Discovery of Lokiarchaeota, the closest known prokaryotic relative of eukaryotes, confirms that eukaryotes evolved from Archaea. “Prokaryotic,” from the Greek pro- (before) and karyon (a nut or kernel), refers to cells that lack a nucleus for housing genetic material. Archaea are prokaryotes equipped to thrive in the harshest environments, like volcanic hot springs or the ocean deep. Eukaryotes (eu- =…
  • Bombardier beetle spray-bottle explained at last!

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    Bombardier beetle spray-bottle explained at last! Photograph of a bombardier beetle (Brachinus elongatulus) in action. The many species of Bombardier beetles inhabit moist ground layers of temperate forests and grasslands around the globe, with B. elongatulus calling Eastern Europe home. They feed on small insects nocturnally while keeping predators like tree frogs at bay with their explosive hind parts. Photo: Charles Hedgcock, © 2015 Wendy Moore In a development that's sure to catch fire in the growing market for organic self-defense sprays, a group at MIT has figured out how the…
  • Drought + food = instability?

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Drought + food = instability? A lawn in front of a California state agency building has been left to dry due to drought-induced water restrictions in Sacramento, 2014. Credit: Kevin Cortopassi The California drought is cinching down: On April 1, Governor Brown announced the first mandatory restrictions on water usage in the history of the Golden State. A winter with disastrously little snowfall after four years of drought forced the Governor's hand. The 25 percent cut-backs on residential usage come on top of long-term clampdowns on water for farming, which absorbs 80 percent of the state's…
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  • As antitrust case looms, 'Peak Google' debated

    24 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    As Google faces an antitrust probe from European regulators, some analysts are questioning whether the California tech giant's dominance has already peaked.
  • Uber drivers fined in Hungary

    24 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    The Hungarian tax authority fined Uber drivers in its first probe against the ride-sharing service which the economy ministry said Saturday "ignores passenger safety" and must be made to follow regulations.
  • Thousands worldwide march against Monsanto and GM crops

    24 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    Thousands of people hit the streets in cities across the world Saturday to protest against the American biotechnology giant Monsanto and its genetically modified crops and pesticides.
  • Architects to hatch Ecocapsule as low-energy house

    23 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Where people call home depends on varied factors, from poverty level to personal philosophy to vanity to community pressure. Ecocapsule appears to be the result of special factors, a team of architects applying their skills and imaginations to make investors and consumers re-think what can be a home.
  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

    23 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Memorial Day Meals: Expert Tips for Packing a Healthy Picnic

    23 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer and perhaps the unofficial start of the outdoor eating season. Picnics are appealing, especially to people in colder climates who don't get many chances to eat outside in nice weather and enjoy a slow, relaxing meal, and they could also bring back childhood memories, said Sara Haas, a dietitian and chef in Chicago and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. So pack up the red-checkered tablecloth, coolers and picnic basket, and bring along family and friends.
  • See Jupiter and the Moon in Night Sky Spectacle Tonight

    23 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    There, about half way up from the south-southwest horizon to the overhead point, you’ll see an eye-catching sight for the Memorial Day weekend: Jupiter and the moon in a celestial display. Tonight, a rather wide crescent moon, 34-percent illuminated will be visible against the darkening sky and hovering about 3 degrees almost directly above this lunar sliver will be a brilliant silvery white "star." But this isn't a star, but the planet identified with the supreme sky-god, Jupiter. To judge how far apart Jupiter and the moon will appear in the sky, remember that your clenched…
  • Squid 'Sees' with Its Skin (No Eyes Needed)

    23 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    Squid, cuttlefish and octopuses are masters of camouflage, capable of changing their skin colors and patterns in the blink of an eye. Two new studies, published this week in the Journal of Experimental Biology, find that cephalopod skin is chock-full of light-sensing cells typically found in eyes that help them "see." The cells likely send signals to alter skin coloration without involving the central nervous system, the researchers said. "It may be that the patterning is just generated directly on the spot, just by the cells," said Tom Cronin, a biologist at the University of Maryland and an…
  • Record-Breaking Energy Unleashed in Largest Atom Smasher

    23 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    The world's largest atom smasher is really cranking now: Protons zipped around the giant underground ring at near light-speed and collided head on, releasing record-breaking energies. The beauty of the fallout from these powerful particle smash-ups can be seen in images released yesterday (May 21) by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which oversees the 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This week during a test run, the protons sped into each other with energies of 13 tera-electronvolts (TeV), or double the collider's previous power.
  • What Are Those Bright Spots on Ceres? Go Vote!

    22 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    The puzzling white spots on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists said, but the cause of the marks remains a mystery. The newest batch of images from the Dawn spacecraft, which began orbiting Ceres on March 6, was released May 15. With the release of these new images, NASA has asked the public to submit a guess for what is creating the spots: volcanos, geysers, rocks, ice, salt deposits, or "other." As of this writing, 37 percent of people who took NASA's poll for what the white spots might be said "other." Alien…
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    Nerdy Science Blog

  • First Radiation Treatment Drug

    23 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    The memory of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is still clear.  People are still worried about food coming from Japan are contaminated by radiation.  However, several years after the disaster, the radiation level in Tokyo today is actually lower than Paris. Neupogen® is an existing drug approved in 1991 to treat cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.  Dr. Thomas J. MacVittie and Dr. Ann M. Farese at University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology’s Division of Translational Radiation Sciences continued to research and find the drug is able to protect…
  • Side Effect of Divorce: High Blood Pressure

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    A research team at University of Arizona published a report that divorce is linked to high blood pressure, which eventually leads to heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage and dementia.  Based on a survey with 138 people who recently separated, people with bad sleeping quality for up to 10 weeks after divorce more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.  It can be worse for those who already have high blood pressure. (news [pic])
  • What is Yellow Fever?

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    The term ‘yellow fever’ is basically used to denote a viral infection that is largely spread by mosquitoes. Here’s a look into its symptoms, causes and treatment: The symptoms of yellow fever The one thing that needs to be mentioned here is that there are three stages of yellow fever. The stages have been categorized on the basis of intensity of symptoms. Discussed below are a few details regarding all three separate stages: Stage 1 – Infection The very first stage is that of infection. This particular stage is characterized by symptoms including loss of appetite, headache, fever,…
  • Periodic Table of Storytelling

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Research work may not be as fun as you think.  There are many times researchers just spend time on countless waiting.  If you are really bored, why not write a science fiction?  The Periodic Table of Storytelling is a nerdy way of teaching people with different storytelling structure.  It should be fun for science nerds.
  • Who Invented Paper?

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Paper, as we all know, is commonly used for various purposes including printing, wrapping and writing. These days, it is normal for paper to be prepared using wood that is acquired from rapidly growing tress like: Pine Fir Spruce Now when it comes to the invention of paper, the one thing that we know is that the very first paper was produced in 3500 BC. It was the ancient Egyptians who did so. what they basically did was that they took strips of papyrus reeds, dampened them and produced a more so criss-cross pattern that was later pressed into sheets. Believe it or not, but the word paper has…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • Problems amplifying GC-rich regions? Problem Solved!

    Olwen Reina
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    No, it isn’t you that’s the problem, and you’re certainly not alone if you’re having trouble amplifying GC-rich sequence and/or understanding why GC-rich sequences are causing such problems in the first place! Amplification of GC-rich sequences by PCR has been an irritant for scientists for decades! When we say “GC-rich” we mean ?60% of the bases are either cytosine (C) or guanine (G.) There are several options available, which alone or in combination may help you to deal with this problem, but first let’s look at why GC-rich sequences are more difficult to amplify. The Cause of…
  • The Art of Approval: Getting a New Protocol Approved by Your Institution

    Ellen DeGennaro
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    All of your planning has paid off. You just got the green light from your PI to start work on a new experiment that you have been plotting for weeks, but it involves some new techniques that you’ll need to run past your institution’s scientific approval committee first. No problem, right? Not necessarily. While many may view this as yet another obstacle thrown in our way by evil bureaucrats that want to slow the pace of scientific progress, I promise you that there is nothing so sinister going on. Getting this kind of approval is a very important step in the modern scientific circle of…
  • Fast-track your Ampicillin Plasmid Transformations

    Nick Oswald
    19 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Most of us use pretty standard transformation protocols for E.coli. Yours probably goes something like this: – Thaw the competent cells on ice – Add DNA – Electroporate (or incubate then heat shock for chemically competent cells) – Add rich medium (LB or SOC) – Incubate at 37°C (or appropriate temperature) for 30-60 minutes – Spread onto antibiotic plates That 30-60 minute incubation can be pretty annoying, especially if you are performing the transformation late in the day. The good news is that if you are using ampicillin as your selection antibiotic,…
  • Capillary Gel Electrophoresis: An Alternative to SDS-PAGE?

    Olwen Reina
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you think about separating proteins, do you think about separating them using a gel? Specifically using SDS-PAGE? If you answered “yes”, it is for good reason. SDS-PAGE is ubiquitous in molecular biology labs because it is good at separating proteins. However, SDS-PAGE takes a lot of time and is labor-intensive. So let’s expand your toolbox and look at another way of separating proteins: Capillary gel electrophoresis. Capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE) a.k.a. capillary sieving electrophoresis a.k.a. SDS-capillary gel electrophoresis separates proteins in a gel via columns filled…
  • A Guide to Flow Cytometry Software: Becton Dickinson’s ‘Diva’

    Rachael Walker
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you use a Becton Dickinson (BD) cytometer in your lab, the chances are you are acquiring your data using ‘Diva’ software. Diva software is used to acquire your cytometry data on LSRII, LSRFortessa, CantoII and Aria cell sorters. As well as acquiring your data using Diva software, you can also analyse your data after you have run your samples. However, Diva doesn’t have as many tools for post-acquisition analysis as programs such as FlowJo or FCSExpress. You can use it for simple post-acquisition analysis such as gating, simple statistics and creating plots for your figures. Over the…
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    PHD Comics

  • 05/22/15 PHD comic: 'The Doctoral Dilemma'

    23 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "The Doctoral Dilemma" - originally published 5/22/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 05/18/15 PHD comic: 'What to call yourself in Academia'

    19 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "What to call yourself in Academia" - originally published 5/18/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 05/15/15 PHD comic: 'Missing Out'

    17 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Missing Out" - originally published 5/15/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 05/11/15 PHD comic: 'So wrong.'

    12 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "So wrong." - originally published 5/11/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 05/08/15 PHD comic: 'Enough.'

    8 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Enough." - originally published 5/8/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    ZME Science

  • Nasty, cannibal star reveals cosmic secrets

    Dragos Mitrica
    22 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Astronomers have captured a glimpse in the life of a massive star, a brief transitory stage in its evolution that might reveal the secrets of a unique class of stars. It’s called Nasty1, a name derived from its catalogue name, NaSt1; but the name is quite fitting, considering that the star itself has a pretty erratic behavior. Nasty1 is part of
  • Spectacular solar halo seen in Mexico [with explanation… and memes]

    Dragos Mitrica
    22 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    A stunning round solar halo caused a social media frenzy - people were out in the streets, taking photos, sharing them, while scientists were also excited to see such a rare phenomenon. But what are solar halos, and why did this one appear in Mexico?
  • Bronze Age Priestess Traveled Huge Distances

    Mihai Andrei
    22 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    In 1921, archaeologists found the remains of a Bronze Age priestess, dubbed the Egtved Girl. Now, a new study reveals that the priestess, who was found in Denmark, likely traveled hundreds of kilometers and was born somewhere in Germany. The Egtved Girl was, according to all clues, an extraordinary person. She only lived to be 16-18. She was slim, 160 cm tall
  • Ocean trek reveals the massive diversity of the oceanic plankton [with photos]

    Tibi Puiu
    22 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    In what's perhaps one of the most amazing marine science study, a team of researchers scoured the world's oceans fishing for microbes, viruses and other tiny life during a three and a half year trip aboard a schooner. The trip was long and arduous for sure, but ultimately it paid out - big time! The team collected 35,000 samples at 210 stations over the voyage, and found 35,000 species of bacteria, 5,000 new viruses and 150,000 single-celled plants and creatures. Most of these are new to science. Only a small fraction of the newly discovered and known species alike had been genetically…
  • Even more glaciers in Antarctica set to melt in the near future

    Mihai Andrei
    22 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Just a few days ago were telling you about a huge, 10,000 year old ice shelf that is set to collapse in less than 10 years and now... the same thing is happening again, a bit more to the south.
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  • T. rex vs. Prey: Imagining battles between ancient gladiators

    22 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    When I was super young, say around five or so, I remember playing in the bath tub with my plastic toys. Some were super heroes like He-Man or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, others were monster trucks and die-cast matchbox cars by Mattel, but most were dinosaurs. This might be TMI, this story about the kid in the bath tub with bubbles on his head, ramming plastic characters into one another and dreaming up their backstories, the bellows of challenge they traded, and the choreography of their battles, but I know there are other adult children out there with similar memories. During this epoch…
  • Take It: HMNS shopping trips rival Liam Neeson’s shakedown

    20 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    May is upon us, which means it is time for stocking up on mosquito repellent and sunscreen, flip flops and floppy hats, bathing suits and beach towels. For the education staff at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, it also means heavy lifting and preparing for the emotional gauntlet that is summer camp shopping. Julia does the bulk of the mass ordering, but there are some things we just have to go to a brick-and-mortar store to get. So off to the store we go! Usually three or four hours at a time. Generally, when we get to the store we take it. We take it all. Just like Liam Neeson The…
  • Saltwater SWAT team: Top 5 fascinating shark hunting techniques

    19 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I’ve been entranced by sharks since I was a little kid. From the first time I saw Jaws, I was hooked (pun intended). There are so many aspects of a shark’s physiology I admire, but my favorite point of fascination is probably the variety of hunting techniques they use to capture their prey. Though most of my friends are aware of my sharktastic obsession, others are surprised because I’m, well, a vegetarian. Yes, I’m a vegetarian with an intense interest and, dare I say, admiration for this aquatic carnivore’s feeding habits. This animal’s intelligence, grace, stealth, and prowess…
  • Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 5/18-5/24

    17 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week!  Behind-the-Scenes ToursTuesday, May 196:30 p.m. Samurai: The Way of the WarriorWitness the exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warriors of Japan in the special exhibition Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Museum master docents will lead you through the collection that includes full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes,…
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    Distillations Blog

  • George M. Whitesides is widely considered one of the most...

    20 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    George M. Whitesides is widely considered one of the most influential chemists living today. Last fall, Distillations talked to the Harvard professor about his use of biophysics, molecular electronics, microfluidics, and soft robotics to create practical solutions for real-world problems.For more from Whitesides, watch our video of his 2014 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture here.
  • Allergies to natural latex affect about 3 million Americans....

    15 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Allergies to natural latex affect about 3 million Americans. Life can be complicated for those people when they have to stay in hospitals where gloves, syringes, bandages, and intravenous tubes usually contain natural rubber. These folks also have to get creative with contraception; most condoms are also made from natural rubber.A protein named prohevein is the source of all this aggravation, and it’s found in the most common source of latex, the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). While many synthetic alternatives have been developed and are in use today, none have entirely imitated natural…
  • CHF Museum Dance-Off 2015

    12 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Our museum just won the Judge’s Choice for Best Mission Narrative at the Museum Dance-Off Video...
  • othmeralia: othmeralia: Selections from 1944 and 1945 editions...

    8 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    othmeralia: othmeralia: Selections from 1944 and 1945 editions of the Hercules Powder Company employee newsletter, The Hercules Mixer, honoring employees serving in the armed forces and Hercules’ contributions of the war effort. Happy Veterans Day to all who have served and continue to serve our country and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of V-E or Victory in Europe Day commemorating Germany’s surrender to Allied forces on May 8, 1945. Chemical companies like Dow and the Hercules Powder Company contributed significantly to the war effort,…
  • Young and Positive

    7 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Highly active antiretroviral drugs have turned HIV, once a death sentence, into a chronic...
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    NOVA | PBS

  • When Shark Fetuses Attack

    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sand tiger shark fetuses eat their siblings in the womb.
  • Rise of the Hackers

    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A new global geek squad is harnessing cryptography to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals.
  • Can Cocaine Make Your Ears Rot?

    13 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Cocaine is being mixed with a dangerous drug called levamisole.
  • Lethal Seas

    12 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea shows what the future may hold as oceans acidify.
  • Nazi Attack on America

    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.
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    2020 Science

  • I’m A Scientist comes to the USA – Don’t miss it!

    Andrew Maynard
    10 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    In an innovative science education initiative, five scientists vie for popularity with school-age students from across the US by answering their questions online, and in real-time chats, in an effort to be the "last scientist standing" The post I’m A Scientist comes to the USA – Don’t miss it! appeared first on 2020 Science.
  • Lubchenco – Delivering on Science’s Social Contact

    Andrew Maynard
    5 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    In 1998, then-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dr. Jane Luchenco called for a "New Social Contract with science". She argued that, in the face of emerging challenges, scientists needed to rethink their roles and responsibilities within society. Next Wednesday she will be examining how far we've come - and how far we still need to go - on delivering on science's social contract, at the University of Michigan meeting on Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse. The post Lubchenco – Delivering on Science’s Social Contact…
  • A new home for Risk Innovation

    Andrew Maynard
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Five years ago, I joined the University of Michigan School of Public Health as Director of the U-M Risk Science Center. It's been a good five years. However, last year, the good folks at Arizona State University made me an offer I couldn't refuse - the opportunity to expand substantially my work on risk and innovation, at one of the most exciting and progressive universities in the U.S. The post A new home for Risk Innovation appeared first on 2020 Science.
  • The Poetry of Innovating Responsibly

    Andrew Maynard
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    What have technology innovation, haiku, and this summer's blockbuster-in-waiting Jurassic World got in common? The answer: a short book of haiku on responsible technological innovation that a group of colleagues helped put together last summer. The post The Poetry of Innovating Responsibly appeared first on 2020 Science.
  • No New York Times, wearable computers couldn’t be as harmful as cigarettes!

    Andrew Maynard
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    I was taken aback- to say the least - by an article from the New York Times that crossed my Twitter feed today that suggested wearable electronics like the new Apple Watch could be has harmful as smoking. I have to wonder whether the author actually read the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on which it's based! The post No New York Times, wearable computers couldn’t be as harmful as cigarettes! appeared first on 2020 Science.
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in heart failure

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Cognitive impairment predicts worse outcome in elderly heart failure patients, reveals research presented today at Heart Failure 2015 by Hiroshi Saito, a physiotherapist at Kameda Medical Centre in Kamogawa, Japan. Patients with cognitive impairment had a 7.5 times greater risk of call cause death and heart failure readmission.
  • New survey shows 36-percent increase in pediatric patients treated with proton therapy

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Results from a new nationwide survey led by Scripps Proton Therapy Center indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Based on a survey of all proton therapy centers in the United States, the number of pediatric patients treated with proton therapy grew to 722 in 2013, a 36-percent increase from the 465 patients treated in 2010.
  • Depression associated with 5-fold increased mortality risk in heart failure patients

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Moderate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all-cause mortality in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today at Heart Failure 2015. The results from OPERA-HF show that risk was independent of comorbidities and severity of heart failure. Patients who were not depressed had an 80 percent lower mortality risk.
  • Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers.
  • Mapping poaching threats: York ecologists and WCS develop new method

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ecologists from the University of York, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Weekend 'Galaxy' Insight --"Enigma of the Universe"
    23 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    "There is a certain sense in which I would say the universe has a purpose. It's not there just somehow by chance. Some people take the view that the universe is simply there and it runs along-it's a bit as though it just sort of computes, and we happen by accident to find ourselves in this thing. I don't think that's a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it, about its existence, which we have very little inkling of at the moment." Roger Penrose is renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular for his…
  • Clues to Prehistoric Global Warming Locked in Subterranian Caves
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Holocene Climate Optimum was a period of global climate warming that occurred between six to nine thousand years ago. At that time, the global average temperatures were somewhere between four to six degrees Celsius higher than they are today. That is the range of warming that climatologists are predicting due to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activity. So information about the behavior of the monsoon during the Holocene could provide clues to how it is likely to behave in the future. This knowledge could be very important for the 600 million people living on…
  • The Most Luminous Galaxy in the Universe --"May Harbor a Behemoth Black Hole"
    22 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new class of objects recently discovered by WISE -- extremely luminous infrared galaxies, or ELIRGs. The brilliant galaxy, known as WISE J224607.57-052635.0, may have a behemoth black hole at its belly, gorging itself on gas. "We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," said Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, lead…
  • Strange Rapidly Aging Star Observed --"Never Seen Before"
    22 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed it "Nasty 1," a play on its catalog name of NaSt1. The star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution of extremely massive stars. First discovered several decades ago, Nasty 1 was identified as a Wolf-Rayet star, a rapidly evolving star that is much more massive than our sun. The star loses its hydrogen-filled outer layers quickly,…
  • Friday's 'Galaxy' Insight --"Why the Universe Exists"
    22 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    "In the beginning there were only probabilities. The universe could only come into existence if someone observed it. It does not matter that the observers turned up several billion years later. The universe exists because we are aware of it."   Martin Rees, British cosmologist and astrophysicist as well as Astronomer Royal of the Royal Observatory. The active galaxy Messier 82 from infrared observations by Spitzer Space Telescope in three wavelength bands coded in red (longest wavelength), green, and blue (shortest wavelengths). This galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Space Object Taxonomy Sought in $50K Challenge

    22 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Computer-generated image of space debris in orbit around the earth ( 22 May 2015. A new challenge on InnoCentive seeks a scientifically-based method for describing orbiting space objects with the fewest characteristics possible, but still predicts the objects’ behavior. The competition has a total purse of $50,000 and a deadline for submissions of 20 July 2015. InnoCentive in Waltham, Massachusetts conducts open-innovation, crowdsourcing competitions for corporate and organization sponsors. The sponsor, in this case, is Wright Brothers Institute in Dayton, Ohio that runs…
  • Study IDs Advanced Prostate Cancer Genome Mutations

    22 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Micrograph of prostatic acinar adenocarcinoma, the most common form of prostate cancer (Nephron, Wikimedia Commons) 22 May 2015. An analysis of biopsy samples from men with prostate cancer that spread to other parts of their bodies identifies genomic anomalies found in nearly 90 percent in men with the condition, for which treatments may be available. Findings from the team at eight institutions in the U.S. and U.K. appear today in the journal Cell (paid subscription required). The researchers led by Arul Chinnaiyan at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Charles Sawyers at Memorial Sloan…
  • Mobile App Data Provided for Chronic Pain Study

    21 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Manage My Pain app home screen (Google Play) 21 May 2015. Data collected by a mobile app designed to help individuals manage their pain are being provided to a research lab at York University to reveal patterns in painful experiences by the app’s users. York’s Human Pain Mechanisms Lab in Toronto, Ontario, Canada will analyze data provided by the app Manage My Pain, developed by ManagingLife Inc., also in Toronto. Financial and intellectual property details of their agreement were not disclosed. Manage My Pain is designed to capture real-time experiences of individuals with…
  • Orphan Status Granted Eye Cancer Treatment

    21 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Public Domain Pictures, Pixabay) 21 May 2015. Food and Drug Administration designated an experimental treatment for uveal melanoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer in the eye, as an orphan drug that qualifies for incentives to expedite its development. Aura Biosciences also revealed results of preclinical tests showing the ability of its lead biologic therapy code-named AU-011 to treat eye tumors in lab animals. Uveal melanoma, also called intraocular melanoma, is a disease where cancer cells form in the middle layer of tissue in the wall of the eye known as the uvea. Like the more…
  • Phillips, MIT Form Health Technology Collaboration

    20 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Henk van Houten, head of Philips Research, left, and MIT Associate Provost Karen Gleason at signing of research collaboration agreement (Dominick Reuter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 20 May 2015. Electronics manufacturer Royal Phillips and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are collaborating on research into health care technology and digital urban lighting systems. The 5-year, $25 million agreement also includes moving the company’s North American research and development center to Cambridge, Massachusetts near the MIT campus. Phillips, headquartered in the Netherlands,…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Scientists Study A Changing Lake Superior

    Daniel Kelly
    21 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Lake Superior has warmed over the past 30 years. The amount of surface ice that it experiences each year is down too. To investigate how those changes are affecting the water body and to collect snapshots of the lake’s health, scientists at the University of Minnesota are conducting a three-day research cruise, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Work began in the final weeks of May and relies on the Blue Heron, a research vessel overseen by the school. Scientists are taking the ship out over a period of three days to collect water samples from deep in Lake Superior at 12 different points…
  • New Vegetated Floating Islands For Lake LaVerne

    Daniel Kelly
    19 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Following an uptick in algal blooms on Lake LaVerne, which sits on the campus of Iowa State University, teachers and students at the school are launching a pilot project to help improve its water quality, according to a release. The heft of the work will rely on vegetated floating islands that those involved hope will reduce pollutants in the lake’s water. The project has brought together experts in soil and water science, as well as others who are versed in visual arts and landscape architecture. By combining their expertise, they looked to make vegetated islands for the lake that were…
  • Explaining Lake Michigan’s Chicago Mirage

    Daniel Kelly
    14 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Scientists at San Diego State University have explained an eerie floating image of the Chicago skyline that appeared upside down over Lake Michigan in mid-April 2015, according to the Detroit Free Press. The image on the horizon was a superior mirage, they say. Superior mirages are created thanks to an interaction between cold and warm air layers that distorts light rays. “A thermal inversion forms over the lake, bending the line of sight from the camera to Chicago back down, and producing the inverted image, which is typical of mirages,” explained Andrew Young, astronomer at San Diego…
  • Research Summary: Impact Of Lake Breezes On Air Quality In The Greater Toronto Area

    Guest Submissions
    13 May 2015 | 5:48 am
    ADepartment of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3H6, Canada BCloud Physics and Severe Weather Research Section, Environment Canada, 4905 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M3H 5T4, Canada The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to roughly 5.5 million people and is situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. The region is often afflicted with poor air quality during summer months as a result of high levels of ozone (O3) which is harmful to both humans and plants. O3 is formed from a series of complex chemical reactions involving nitrogen oxides (NOx,…
  • Lake Erie Algae Ups Asian Carp Vulnerability

    Daniel Kelly
    12 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Using remote sensing technology, water temperatures and biological models, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have found that there is enough food for Asian carp to survive if they make it into Lake Erie, according to a release from the agency. The findings come after another study that found evidence of carp breeding near the Great Lake in 2013. Asian carp have a penchant for algae, so scientists zeroed in on the availability of that food source in Erie. Given the lake’s history of algal blooms since 2000, they found that there was plenty of slimy green stuff for carp to snack on.
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    Frontier Scientists

  • Volcanoes in visual art

    Laura Nielsen
    20 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    May 20 2015, 9pm in Alaska, tune in to KAKM Science Wednesdays, Alaska Public Media, for Frontier Scientists’ COOK INLET VOLCANOES. Volcanologists and geologists explore volcanic activity along Cook Inlet from ancient history to modern-day, monitor volcanic activity to provide important warnings, and even take a look at volcanoes from space. The episode features USGS […]
  • Leftover Lunch for Microbes

    Laura Nielsen
    12 May 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A needle on lab equipment wavers as the machine tracks precise changes in carbon dioxide concentrations in a sample. Water flows through tubes. In every droplet of water there might be a million microbes swimming, feeding. It’s a zoo in there. University of Michigan researchers Dr. Collin Ward, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth […]
  • Frontier Scientists TV series premiers on KAKM May 6th!

    Laura Nielsen
    5 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    FRONTIER SCIENTISTS TV SERIES Welcome to Frontier Scientists, where new scientific discoveries in the Far North unfold before your eyes. A fascinating series of video programs brings Arctic science to life, following real scientists and their work. This is field science in one of the last great frontiers. TO BE AIRED on KAKM’s Science Wednesdays […]
  • New videos about Photochemistry & Arctic carbon

    Laura Nielsen
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    April 28 2015— The ice of Alaska’s waterways breaks up violently with spring thaw. A rush of brown dark water forges downstream. The color stain shows the presence of decaying plant and soil matter dissolved in the water called organic carbon. When it interacts with bacteria or sunlight, dissolved organic carbon can be converted into […]
  • Impact and the Arctic

    Laura Nielsen
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Arctic changes have global impacts. This month the United States assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council, a forum which promotes intergovernmental cooperation in the Arctic region. The U.S. will chair the council from 2015 to 2017. In conjunction a booklet titled Arctic Matters: The Global Connection to Changes in the Arctic has been released. The […]
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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha, Nebraska

  • Avian Influenza

    Pohlman Brent
    22 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Check out this news story and see how this issue is affecting our food production. The virus has killed more than 38.9 million birds. Questions still exist about how the virus is being spread. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the poultry industry […]
  • Organic Fertilizer Recipe

    Pohlman Brent
    21 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Check out this example of an organic fertilizer made with the following ingredients: Cottonseed Meal  (1.25 lb) Bone Meal (.6 lb) Kelp Meal (2.5 lb) Application 3/4 lbs for 50 sq. feet This video is very interesting and will give you some ideas for making your own organic fertilizer recipe. Over the past three years, […]
  • Plant Tissue Analysis Reminder

    Pohlman Brent
    20 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    This time of year, many growers try to decide if plant tissue testing is worth the effort. Many times the issue is the process. One plant tissue test is probably a waste of time. Effective plant tissue testing requires a commitment on a regular basis. If you want to learn more, check out this 4-minute […]
  • When is the best time to plant pumpkins?

    Pohlman Brent
    19 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    It is that time of year to plant those pumpkins for fall harvest. Pumpkins are becoming a popular produce around the country. From painting and carving pumpkins to new recipes being introdued daily on Pinterest. Many pumpkin growers I’ve talked to in the last couple of years really like the lawn and gaden test package.  (Cost […]
  • Soil Nitrate Level Testing

    Pohlman Brent
    18 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    Many growers look at the nitrate levels in their soil. This May has been an especially rainy one in this part of the country, (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri). Nitrate levels are highest in soils that have finer textures, such as clay and silt, rather than those with rough textures, such as sand. Because nitrates are […]
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  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
  • New Themes: Nucleare and Afterlight

    Caroline Moore
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nucleare Nucleare, by Cresta Project, is a classic blog theme with a crisp, elegant design and plenty of handy features. A built-in search box, links to your favorite social networks, four widget areas, and beautifully styled post formats make this an ideal theme for your personal blog. Check out Nucleare on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Afterlight Afterlight, designed by Takashi Irie, is a different take on his Cyanotype, featuring an option for a full-screen background image. Add your favorite background image or color to lend your personal…
  • All Sites Protected Against Zero Day Vulnerability

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    You may have seen news of a new zero-day vulnerability regarding comments in self-hosted versions of WordPress 4.2. All sites — including VIP sites — are not vulnerable: your sites are protected by the Akismet anti-spam service, which is already blocking those comments.Filed under: Security
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    weird thingsweird things | exploring science, technology, the strange and the unknown

  • how fundamentalists legalized child abuse

    Greg Fish
    22 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Are you a religious fundamentalist who despises modern science as the root of all evil? Do you think vaccines will give your children autism or allow them to become pawns of a sinister global cabal bent on world domination through population control? Do you believe that cancer is cured by prayer and sacred herbs instead of clinically proven surgery and chemotherapy? Do trials of engineered viruses capable of controlling malignant tumors make you fear the coming Rapture as man plays God? Do you want to protect your children from this unholy progress and stop a future in which we might become…
  • how not to hire a programmer, redux

    Greg Fish
    21 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Hiring people is difficult, no question, and in few places is this more true than in IT because we decided to eschew certifications, don’t require licenses, and our field is so vast that we have to specialize in a way that makes it difficult to evaluate us in casual interviews. With a lawyer, you can see that he or she passed the bar and had good grades. With a doctor, you can see years of experience and a medical license. You don’t have to ask them technical questions because they obviously passed the basic requirements. But software engineers work in such a variety of…
  • battling superbugs the evolutionary way

    Greg Fish
    20 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    We’re using far too many antibiotics. That has been the cry from the FDA and the WHO for the last several years as more and more antibiotic-resistant strains have been found after they had colonized or killed patients. Of course these bacteria aren’t completely immune to our arsenals of drugs, they’re just harder to kill with certain antibiotics or require different ones, but a rather small, yet unsettling number, have required doctors to use every last antibacterial weapon they had available to even make a dent in their populations. There’s not much we can do because…
  • do you really need college to code?

    Greg Fish
    19 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Every summer, there’s always something in my inbox about going to college or back to it for an undergraduate degree in computer science. Lots of people want to become programmers. It’s one of the few in-demand fields that keeps growing and growing with few limits, where a starting salary allows for comfortable student loan repayments and a quick path to savings, and you’re often creating something new, which keeps things fun and exciting. Working in IT when you left college and live alone can be a very rewarding experience. Hell, if I did it all over again, I’d have…
  • why my dog is smarter than your a.i.

    Greg Fish
    18 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    When we moved to LA to pursue our non-entertainment related dreams, we decided that when you’re basically trying to live out your fantasies, you might as well try to fulfill all of them. So we soon found ourselves at a shelter, looking at a relatively small, grumpy wookie who wasn’t quite sure what to make of us. Over the next several days we got used to each other and he showed us that underneath the gruff exterior was a fun-loving pup who just wanted some affection and attention, along with belly rubs. Lots and lots of belly rubs. We gave him a scrub down, a trim at the…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • Short, sharp shocks let slip the stories of supernovae

    Richard Scalzo, Skymapper Fellow, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Australian National University
    21 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    A Type Ia supernova designated SN 2014J in the galaxy M82, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA, ESA, A. Goobar (Stockholm University), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), CC BYWhen we look up at the night sky, it’s easy to feel as though the stars we see have always been, and always will be, there. But just like ourselves, stars are born and die. And when they die, they sometimes do not go gently but end their lives in supernovae – gigantic explosions that, at their brightest, outshine entire galaxies of stars. Supernovae bright enough to be seen with the unaided eye…
  • Social media sackings risk stifling journalistic expression

    Collette Snowden, Program Director in Communication and Media at University of South Australia
    21 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Journalists are often expected to engage with social media. Esther Vargas/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe one defining ideal of journalism is the belief that journalists should “speak the truth” even when the truth may be contested, unpopular or damaging. The ideal of freedom of expression is the bedrock of journalism, hard won since “freedom of the press” meant being able to own and operate a printing press, free of government control and without a licence. For nearly 500 years journalists have maintained a significant degree of autonomy despite the constant tension with the editorial,…
  • Television is changing, and viewer metrics need to change with it

    Marc C-Scott, Lecturer in Digital Media at Victoria University
    21 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Television is not like it used to be, but it's difficult to find accurate data on how it's changing., CC BYThe opening months of this year saw the first rumblings of a seismic shift in the Australian television market, with the introduction of three video-on-demand (VoD) subscription services: Stan; Presto; and Netflix. This is set to make 2015 a tipping point for television in Australia. Yet it’s difficult to gauge the impact these services will have on the Australian television market – particularly on the free-to-air (FTA) and pay TV incumbents – if we are…
  • Saturn at opposition with Venus and Jupiter

    Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria
    20 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Saturn appears as an extra 'claw' of Scorpius as they rise together in the east. Alex Cherney/MV, CC BY-NCSaturn is the most distant planet that can be seen with the naked eye and this weekend brings it closest to Earth for 2015. Seen as a small star, with a steady light and a slightly yellow-tinge, the planet is currently rising in the east as the sun sets in the west. In other words, Saturn is directly opposite the sun in the sky – what is known as opposition. The planet officially reaches opposition at 11:22am on Saturday morning, May 23 (AEST). Being opposite the sun, means that…
  • Publisher pushback puts open access in peril

    Virginia Barbour, Executive Officer, Australian Open Access Support Group at Australian National University
    20 May 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes. the.Firebottle/Flickr, CC BY-SADelegates at the The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference on the Gold Coast last week heard from futurist Bryan Alexander about four possible scenarios for the future of knowledge. Three of them sounded engaging: there was one where “open information architecture has triumphed”; another where automation is the primary driving force; and a third which is a renaissance of “digitally enabled creativity”. However, one was…
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    David Bradley

  • Venus and beers

    David Bradley
    21 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    Once you’ve had yer fill…it’s time to head for the chippy but snapping, en route, the crescent Moon and Venus watching dispassionately from the Heavens over the annual Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green. Just out of shot was also the planet Jupiter, all three first lights of the night sky as far as my eyes could make out after ales from Wold Top Brewery and others on the evening of 21st May 2015. Venus and beers is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • How not to have a middle age stroke

    David Bradley
    13 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    The number of middle-aged men and women suffering a cerebral stroke has apparently risen significantly in the last decade or so. It seems that the press release from the Stroke Association making this pronouncement which has been widely reported almost verbatim by the media is based on NHS hospital admission statistics, which could have all kinds of biases and errors. I couldn’t find an actual peer-reviewed research paper to support the numbers and neither could Adam Jacobs the stats guy. It may well be just scaremongering by the media and it’s sure to boost charitable donations…
  • Flakka and bath salts

    David Bradley
    13 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    Alpha-PVP (α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, alpha-PVP) is a synthetic stimulant of the cathinone class; the street drug – commonly known as flakka – is chemically similar to the illegal high MDPV (bath salts), but lacks the 3,4-methylenedioxy motif; the same difference that distinguishes methamphetamine (meth) from MDMA (ecstasy). Hype in the media have alluded to flakk leading to extreme violence, paranoid psychoses, compulsive nudity and “zombie-like” behaviour and worse. Now, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in California have demonstrated that alpha-PVP…
  • My Music

    David Bradley
    12 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    In case you didn’t know, I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off and a musician by night. I started trying to play guitar properly aged about 12, but only in recent years have I performed live and actually recorded my original songs. Some of my stuff originals and covers is available on : iTunes, BandCamp, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, Deezer, Rdio, Amazon mp3, Loudr, ReverbNation, SoundCloud and more Spotify etc. Here’s a very short list of a few of the musicians, bands and artists I admire: Athlete, The Beatles, bigMouth, Blur, David Bowie,…
  • Three reasons diets don’t work

    David Bradley
    5 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Interesting interview in The Washington Post that corroborates what I’ve thought about all these special weightloss diet scams and con tricks made to sell books and supplements. Here are the salient points: When you are dieting, you actually become more likely to notice food…and it actually begins to look more appetizing and tempting and harder to resist. As you lose body fat, hormone levels changes, in particular concentrations of the hormones that help you feel full decrease, while hunger hormones increase. As you diet, your metabolism slows down so as to get the most out of the…
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  • Career Spotlight: Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Graduate Student

    Lauren Farrar
    14 May 2015 | 10:49 am
      Elijah Martin is a second-year graduate student in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology program at University of California, San Francisco. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Deepak Srivastava at the Gladstone Institutes. Martin studies how the heart forms to try to understand the causes of heart disease in order to develop therapies. In the lab, he grows heart cells in petri dishes, which involves mixing together different chemicals and nutrients to get the cells to grow and develop into a heart. He uses microscopes to track the growth of the cells. Since he was a young child,…
  • Would You Eat Insects?

    QUEST Staff
    12 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: #DoNowInsects, agriculture, entomophagy, featured, food, full-image, insects, population increase
  • Science Spotlight: Bending Light with a New Kind of Microscope

    Adrienne Calo
    7 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Article by Lauren Farrar Manu Prakash, a bioengineer at Stanford University, has created a fully functional microscope out of waterproof paper that uses teeny-tiny lenses to magnify objects. He calls it a Foldscope. The different parts of the microscope are printed on paper, which the user punches out and folds together. The Foldscope requires no power outlets and works with standard microscope slides. A close up of the Foldscope. Microscopes are important tools that allow people to view objects that are so small that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to see them, like bacteria or blood…
  • Diagnosing Diseases with Origami Microscopes

    Adrienne Calo
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
      Article by Lauren Farrar “What if you could drop microscopes literally around the world from an airplane?” Manu Prakash, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University would often joke with his team. This musing actually heavily influenced the design of their new microscope, a paper origami microscope. They call it a Foldscope. The microscope is printed on waterproof paper. The user punches out the pieces and folds them together to create a fully functional microscope. It works with standard microscope slides and requires no batteries or electricity to operate. You simply…
  • Does California’s Agriculture Industry Need More Water Restrictions Due to the Drought?

    QUEST Staff
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: agriculture, drought, featured, full-image, water, water restrictions
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • The Ugly Butterfly Gets The Girl

    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – fluctuating asymmetry, mate selection, honest signal, directional asymmetry Facial symmetry supposedly plays a role in physical beauty, but may represent developmental stability, an ability to resist disease, and of genetic strength.The reasons that one human picks another as a mate are unique to the individual; personal history, social mores, and biology all play a role. No matter what e-Harmony or tell you, a complete understanding of how two people match for life is truly unknowable. Do opposites attract in a meeting of the minds? Is it all about chemistry…
  • Half Male, Half Female, Completely Weird

    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – sex determination system, gynandromorphs, non-disjunction, mitosis, bilateral symmetry, chimera, mosaicism Ardhanarishvara is just form of the god Shiva. As a male, he is considered the ultimate man, James Garner mixed with a little Steve McQueen. Parvati, his wife, wanted to share his experiences, so he became half her. That’s one progressive marriage.In the Hindu faith, Shiva is the destroyer. Anything that has a beginning must have and end, so as Brahma made the world Shiva must destroy it so that it can be remade. On a more positive note, Shiva is also the god of…
  • Plants Aren’t Just Male Or Female

    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – trioecy, sea anemone, sex determination systems, hermaphroditism, ecology, polyploidy We think of animals has having two sexes, male and female. Of course there are a few hermaphrodites too. But…. There are animals with three sexes or even four. The wrasse, like this sling jaw, is a fish with one female sex but three different males. We are finding that plants can have even more complicated breeding systems, including having three different sexes.In the past two weeks we have discovered that there are at least six different ways for a flowering plant to be monoecious…
  • The Flower Child Must Be Confused

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – dioecy, heterodichogamy, diphasy, plant breeding systems, evolution, botany Bananas grow from cuttings of the previous banana plant. Each plant produces just one bunch and is then cut down. None of the bananas grown by Chiquita or Dole are known to wear pajamas. Maybe the kids’ television program was a way of showing how genetically similar we are.Did you know that humans and bananas have about 25% of their genes in common? We share 50% of DNA sequence with this fruit, but a smaller percentage of genes. How can that be? The difference is one is sequence and the other is…
  • Boys Will Be Boys… And Then Girls

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – botany, monoecious, dichogamy, imperfect and perfect flowers, self-pollination, cross-pollination, self-incompatibility, heterostyly This clip shows the mating of hermaphroditic leopard slugs. Each may provide male gametes for the other, or it may just go one way. They hang from a branch to do this, and the male reproductive organs spiral around one another. The trait has gone mad – in some species, the male organ has reached 92 cm long!There are a few ways for animals to make new animals. Asexual reproduction is possible in a few species, while sexual reproduction is…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Rare particle decay found

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    After the four years of analysis of LHC data, scientists at CERN have detected a rare decay of a particle known as B0s particle. Scientist from the CMS and LHCb experiments used the 2011-2012 LHC data to discover the decay of the non-elementary B0s particle into two elementary particles known as muon particles. “It is testament to the excellent performance of the LHC, and the sensitivity of our experiments, that we have been finally able to observe this extremely rare but important decay”, said LHCb spokesperson Guy Wilkinson. The theory that describes the world of particles – the…
  • Blood test can predict future breast cancer

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have discovered that a method known as biocontour profiling can predict breast cancer. A research team at the University of Copenhagen used blood samples and found that metabolic profiling of blood plasma can forecast breast cancer 2-5 years prior to development. “The method is better than mammography, which can only be used when the disease has already occurred. It is not perfect, but it is truly amazing that we can predict breast cancer years into the future” said Rasmus Bro, a Professor of Chemometrics in the Department of Food Science at University of Copenhagen. In the…
  • Smartphones to predict earthquakes

    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Geophysicists have discovered that GPS sensors in smartphones could be used as an earthquake warning system. By using data from hundreds of smartphones, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey believe that sensors in smartphones and similar devices could be used to build a crowd-sourced earthquake alert system. “Crowd-sourced alerting means that the community will benefit by data generated from the community,” said research leader Dr Sarah Minson. In the study, published in the AAAS journal Science Advances, the team believes that combining the data from these devices can detect…
  • Just what colour is time?

    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Colour has been discovered to be a reliable sensory mechanism for telling the time of day. By constructing an artificial sky, a research team at the University of Manchester found that colour of light – rather than brightness – affects the body clock of mammals. Research leader, Dr Timothy Brown said: “This is the first time that we’ve been able to test the theory that colour affects the body clock in mammals. It has always been very hard to separate the change in colour to the change in brightness but using new experimental tools and a psychophysics approach we were successful.” In…
  • Metamaterial hails efficient wireless power transfer

    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    By using metasurfaces rather than antennas, scientists created an electromagnetic energy collector that can achieve full absorption of waves. A research team at the University of Waterloo in Canada used metamaterials to produce an electromagnetic energy collector that neither reflects nor transmits power enabling full absorption of incident waves. “More than 80% of our energy today comes from burning fossil fuels, which is both harmful to our environment and unsustainable as well. In our group, we’re trying to help solve the energy crisis by improving the efficiency of electromagnetic…
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    Breaking Science News from SciGuru Science News

  • This Slinky lookalike “hyperlens” helps us see tiny objects

    22 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement – called a metamaterial hyperlens – doesn’t climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects. Described in a research paper published today by the journal Nature Communications, the hyperlens may someday help detect some of the most lethal forms of cancer.
  • Human Stem Cell Model Reveals Molecular Cues Critical to Neurovascular Unit Formation

    22 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Crucial bodily functions we depend on but don’t consciously think about — things like heart rate, blood flow, breathing and digestion — are regulated by the neurovascular unit. The neurovascular unit is made up of blood vessels and smooth muscles under the control of autonomic neurons. Yet how the nervous and vascular systems come together during development to coordinate...
  • Thunder god vine used in traditional Chinese medicine is a potential obesity treatment

    22 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45% decrease in body weight in obese mice. The weight-loss compound, called Celastrol, produces its potent effects by enhancing the action of an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. The findings, published May 21 in Cell, are an early indicator...
  • It’s all in the head: increased sensitivity of obese adolescents’ brains to food advertising

    22 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    In adolescents, television commercials for food lead to greater stimulation in the brain regions associated with pleasure and reward when compared to non-food commercials, according to a new study in the journal Cerebral Cortex. This stimulation is significantly greater in overweight adolescents than in those with healthy weight. Moreover, in the overweight adolescents this reward- related...
  • Viral co-infection fatally reduces immunity to malaria parasites in mice

    21 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Acute infection with the mouse equivalent of Epstein Barr virus (EBV) reduces the immune response to malaria-causing Plasmodium infection, resulting in normally non-lethal Plasmodium yoelii XNL infection becoming lethal in mice. This is one of the findings of a new paper in the journal PLoS Pathogens from a team of researchers led by Tracey Lamb and Samuel Speck, both from Emory University,...
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    Citizen Science Center

  • Have You Got Your Finger On The Pulse?

    Chandra Clarke
    19 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Photo Credit: Constant314 via Wikimedia Commons Project: Place Pulse We are frequently admonished not to judge a book by its cover; with Place Pulse, you’re free to judge a city by its street views. Place Pulse, a project from the MIT Media Lab, wants to learn more about how people perceive their cities. According to principal investigator César Hildago, “Cities are not just collections of demographics, but places that people experience. Urban environments are known to elicit strong evaluative responses, and there is evidence and theories suggesting that these responses may…
  • Data Rescue

    Chandra Clarke
    5 May 2015 | 6:59 am
      Photo Credit: Niklas Bildhauer via Wikiamedia Commons Project: Data Rescue @ Home Pity the poor, unloved bit of historical data: Unloved, unanalysed, and *gasp* analog, instead of digital. Brother, can you spare some time? The Data Rescue @ Home project would like your help in digitizing historical weather data, to help researchers better understand climate change. The project is currently working with two historical data sources: German radiosonde data from the Second World War and meteorological station data from Tulagi (Solomon Islands) from the first half of the 20th century. The…
  • Cosmic Software: Turn Your Phone Into A Cosmic Ray Detector

    Chandra Clarke
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Photo Credit: NASA   Project: CRAYFIS Flip through any popular science magazine, and you’re sure to find a piece or two about the latest theories and findings in astrophysics and cosmology. That’s because the mysteries of the universe — and by extension our place in it — never fail to fascinate. In general, though, the ability to directly participate in research in these fields has been limited… until now. An intriguing new project called CRAYFIS wants you to turn your phone into a cosmic ray detector. When cosmic rays come to Earth, they hit the atmosphere and…
  • Thinking About Thinking

    Chandra Clarke
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
      Photo Credit: Serge Melki via Wikimedia Commons   Project: Online Wisdom Lab (OWL) If you have ever formally studied psychology, one thing probably stood out: the subjects of the studies you read about were nearly always college students. A forthcoming set of apps hopes to change that. The Online Wisdom Lab at the University of Birmingham is developing a series of surveys and games to learn about changes in thinking skills, decision making, and health behaviour during adulthood. “We currently have no idea how our thinking changes as we progress through adulthood, the time…
  • Hunt For Asteroids… At Your Desk

    Chandra Clarke
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Asteroids, we have a few. (Image credit: NASA) Project: Asteroid Data Hunter App A citizen science challenge has spawned a citizen science app. In 2014, NASA announced an Asteroid Grand Challenge. In a series of contests, participants were asked to develop improved algorithms to find asteroids in telescope images. The challenge offered more than $50,000 in prizes, and concluded in December. The winning solutions from each contest have now been combined to produce a desktop application to hunt asteroids. The app is available for Windows (7.1+) and Mac (10.2.X+) users, with a Linux Ubuntu…
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  • Researchers Observe Sudden Increase of Ice Loss on Southern Antarctic Peninsula
    22 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    Using measurements of the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet made by a suite of satellites, a group of scientists led by Dr Bert Wouters from the University of Bristol’s Glaciology Center found that the Southern Antarctic Peninsula showed no signs of change up to six years ago. Around 2009, multiple glaciers along a vast [...]
  • Scientists Announce First Results from Tara Oceans Expeditions
    22 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    In five papers published in the May 22 issue of the journal Science, marine biologists who spent 3.5 years sampling the ocean’s upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first analyses of the Tara Oceans international consortium. During expeditions from 2009 through 2013, the Tara Oceans biologists sampled viruses, microbes and microscopic eukaryotes – [...]
  • Dawn Captures Sharpest Image Yet of Mysterious Bright Spots on Ceres
    22 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has beamed back a stunning new picture of the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The new image was taken on May 16, 2015 from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 km) and has a resolution of 2,250 feet (700 m) per pixel. “Dawn scientists can now conclude that the [...]
  • Ancestors of Modern Dogs, Wolves Split at least 27,000 Years Ago
    22 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    A team of scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History and elsewhere sequenced and analyzed the draft genome of a 35,000-year-old wolf from the Taimyr Peninsula in northern Siberia, and found that this individual represents the most recent common ancestor of modern wolves and dogs. “Dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than is [...]
  • Nasty 1: Hubble Uncovers Surprising New Clues about Unique Wolf-Rayet Star
    22 May 2015 | 3:37 am
    Astronomers using the Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a pancake-shaped disk of gas around an extremely bright star in the Milky Way Galaxy. The star is nicknamed ‘Nasty 1,’ derived from its catalog name of NaSt1. Nasty 1 is also known as Wolf-Rayet 122 or WR 122. The star’s [...]
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    Labguru Blog

  • 5 Easy Steps to Make Your Next Research Presentation Painless

    Iestyn Lewis
    15 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Preparing your research for a presentation can be harrowing. Whether it’s a weekly lab group meeting, a departmental event, or a presentation at a national conference, there are 5 things that you can do to make your next talk engage your audience and communicate your research to them. Tell a story. Even if you think your research is as cut and dried as could possibly be, somewhere in there is a story waiting to be told. In general a research story should have four parts: Introduction - [about you and your interests, the 'why'] Method - [your process, the ‘how’] Results - [what you…
  • Reproducibility

    Xavier Armand
    5 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last 2 years. Scientific data output is currently increasing at an annual rate of 30%.How to effectively manage this data can no longer be an afterthought.  Practice safe science!
  • How to Facilitate better research collaborations

    Xavier Armand
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Scientific research is a team sport. You’d be hard pressed to find a scientist who doesn’t actively collaborate with at least one other lab. There are clear benefits. Within and across specialties, researchers that work together leverage knowledge sharing, expertise and facilities generating better and more interesting publications. It’s happening across sectors as well. Pharma and academia are welcoming collaborations which speed up discoveries and provide fresh ideas for industry, while generating the essential financial backing academics need to finance research. Science, as a…
  • AstraZeneca Licences Labguru

    Iestyn Lewis
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:16 am
    We are very pleased and excited to announce that AstraZeneca have licensed Labguru for use in their organization. Scientists will use the Labguru platform across multiple AstraZeneca sites in North America and Europe, replacing and consolidating several legacy systems spanning several scientific disciplines. Its modular web-based system offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections and materials, as well as streamlining collaboration between members of the lab and between institutions. Read the press release
  • Chemistry in Labguru - Notes from the Team

    Iestyn Lewis
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Being a web-based company that caters to a specific market lets us roll out useful stuff on a pretty fast timeline. This week, we pushed out an update that lets our researchers add chemical structures and chemical reaction drawings to their experiments. (More here). We're using MarvinJS from ChemAxon, one of the most respected names in the cheminformatics industry. This is the first step on our chemistry roadmap - which we'd like to share with you here: Structure Drawing - Step 1 You are here - if you are a Labguru subscriber (if not, the trial is free), you can add a "Compound" section to…
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    Just Science

  • MESSENGER’s Last Day on Mercury

    11 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The first to orbit Mercury, the MESSENGER spacecraft came to rest on this region of Mercury’s surface yesterday . Constructed from MESSENGER image and laser altimeter data, the scene looks north over the northeastern rim of the broad, lava filled Shakespeare… The post MESSENGER’s Last Day on Mercury appeared first on Just Science.
  • Full Moon in Earth’s Shadow

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Last week the Full Moon was completely immersed in Earth’s dark umbral shadow , just briefly though. The total phase of the April 4, 2015 lunar eclipse lasted less than 5 minutes, the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century . In fact, sliding just… The post Full Moon in Earth’s Shadow appeared first on Just Science.
  • 6 Benefits of Using the LED Lights

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    LED lighting is the sensible answer to offer an eco-pleasant, clear, and power-environment friendly illuminate within the house. This sort of digital mild can present quite a lot of superb advantages. Here are six of the highest advantages related to… The post 6 Benefits of Using the LED Lights appeared first on Just Science.
  • Why I’m Taking My Special Needs Kids To Walt Disney World This Year

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We are going to Disney World! Yes, it’s true, Disney World has the honor of Nove, Kat and I visiting for a week this coming September.   This is no small feat considering we live at or below the poverty line and that Nove has Autism. But, I’ve worked… The post Why I’m Taking My Special Needs Kids To Walt Disney World This Year appeared first on Just Science.
  • 25 Powerful Images Of Animal Love That Can Teach Us About Ourselves

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    We can learn so much about love and ourselves by observing animals. Their interactions are a sure sign of that expression through body language without verbal communication. One look at these pictures is all it takes to appreciate not only the love between… The post 25 Powerful Images Of Animal Love That Can Teach Us About Ourselves appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Climate Changed, Nature Inearth The Carbon Deep Down The Oceans

    19 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Now climate changed has often significantly. Many scientists continue to find ways to save life on earth from global climate. The presence of excess carbon in the atmosphere is making the world hotter and considered to be a trigger climate change. However, nature has its own way of reducing, by flushing and inearth the carbon in the long term. Through the river system in the world, these rivers
  • Penetrating The Relativity Einstein And Time Travel

    18 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Einstein put forward his theory, which is still a reference for scientists until present day. Penetrating The Relativity Einstein And Time Travel is a mystery that is still traced by scientists about how it works. The theory also has replaced Newton's law of gravity where the mathematics of differential geometry and tensor should be used to explain gravity. The theory of relativity also be a
  • The Early Viking Age, Polite And Maritime Trade

    12 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Archaeologists from the University of York, Dr Steve Ashby of the Department of Archaeology in collaboration with colleagues from York and Aarhus University, identify the first signs of the Viking Age about 70 years early before the first attack on Britain. The researchers assume that the Viking period may have been much earlier - and less of violence - than previously believed. Scientists
  • Buddha's Birth, Archaeologist Uncovered

    8 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    And the birth of the Buddha's life can finally be predicted with any evidence found by archaeologists on a historical site in the sacred temple of Maya Devi, Lumbini, Nepal. Evidence is expected to refer to the Buddha's birth who lived in the 6th BC. This site previously identified as the birthplace of Buddha, which was found during the excavation site the remains of a previously unknown.
  • Yellowstone Magma Reservoir 2.5 Times Greater Than It's Thought

    6 May 2015 | 12:21 am
    Seismologists, postdoctoral researcher Jamie Farrell and Hsin-Hua Huang, also a postdoctoral researcher in geology and geophysics have found and create an image of the Yellowstone magma reservoir in the form of hot rock which partially melted around 12-28 miles beneath Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times greater than the length of the magma chamber. Hot stone newly discovered, deeper
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  • The World Outside My Window… What a Window!!

    21 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    What a World!! Time to awake? Enjoy Part Deux of this amazing time footage flyover of the Earth from the International Space Station by David Peterson.  Uplifting... Enthralling stuff... Amazing timelapse footage of the Earth  including aurorae, lightning and city lights as seen from the International Space Station.  Just mesmerizing...   Published on YouTube on 3 Dec 2013 Images: Music: 'Fill My Heart' by Two Steps from Hell Editor: David Peterson           The post The World Outside My Window……
  • All Alone in the Night…

    21 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Late O' Clock at Night It's late o'clock at night. All alone in the night? Enjoy this amazing time footage flyover of the Earth from the International Space Station. Absolutely uplifting... Positively enthralling... Amazing timelapse footage of the Earth including aurorae, lightning and city lights as seen from the International Space Station.  Just awe-inspiring...   Uploaded to YouTube on 6 Oct 2011 Images: Music: 'Freedom Fighters' by Two Steps from Hell Editor: David Peterson         The post All Alone in the Night……
  • Rare Beauty Decays at CERN

    19 May 2015 | 2:59 pm
    The rare Bs0 → decay The Standard Model of Particle Physics describes the fundamental particles and their interactions via the strong, electromagnetic and weak forces, providing precise predictions for measurable quantities that can be tested experimentally.  Here's the latest!!  It's hot!!!  It's exciting!!!  At least, if you're a particle physicist... Writing in Nature, physicists working on the CMS Compact Muon Solenoid and LHCb Large Hadron Collider "beauty" experiments at CERN - the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire - announced the discovery…
  • Nitrogen – Nature’s Explosive Building Blocks

    14 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    "Lifeless" One of the all-time most interesting elements in the Periodic Table, nitrogen is a colourless, odourless, inert diatomic gas that makes up to 78% of the Earth's atmosphere.  We breathe it everyday, although an atmosphere of pure nitrogen is nefarious to animal and human life.  It is vital to life and plants simply strive on it.  Nitrogen compounds are explosive, and nations have gone to war over it.  It can feed... or kill. Nitrogen is a common element in the Universe - the seventh for total abundance in the Solar System and Milky Way. …
  • Coffee’s Up!

    9 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    #BlueDot Expedition 43 astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti snapped this photograph of herself wearing the Starfleet uniform from TV series "Star Trek: Voyager" aboard the International Space Station, and posted it on her Twitter account @AstroSamantha last month. The "Dragon" mentioned in her tweet is the SpaceX Dragon freighter, which arrived last week with supplies for the mission, including one of the most essential supplies of all: coffee. The freighter contained the ISSpresso, a new type of coffeemaker developed by Italian engineering firm Argotec and Italian coffee company Lavazza.
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    FiveThirtyEight » Science | FiveThirtyEight

  • Breaking Music Down To Its Genes

    20 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Meet Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist for Pandora and architect of the Music Genome Project. Gasser has categorized more than 500 unique genes across seven genres of music, and his genome project is the most extensive categorization of music in history. Now, Gasser is trying to create data-driven music therapy. “Musicology,” which is directed by Jamie Schutz, is part of the “Collectors” series from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films.
  • Everybody Calm Down About Breastfeeding

    Emily Oster
    20 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    In the run-up to my son’s birth a couple of months ago, I spent a lot of time sitting in my midwife’s office staring aimlessly at the posters on the wall. My favorite one depicted two scoops of ice cream with cherries on top, strategically set to look like breasts. The caption underneath suggested that exclusive breastfeeding for six months would lower a child’s risk of obesity. Presumably the implication was that if you chose to breastfeed, your child could later eat ice cream with impunity.It was a great visual, and given the current rate of obesity in the United States, a compelling…
  • How Data Nerds Found A 131-Year-Old Sunken Treasure

    13 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The SS Central America, a steamer carrying a cache of gold, sank off the southeast coast of the United States in 1857. Part mystery, part adventure story, “In Deep Water,” directed by Steven Leckart and presented by ESPN Films and FiveThirtyEight, recounts the tale of a group who used Bayesian theory to find the ship — and the gold.
  • IUDs Are More Affordable Than Ever, So Will More Women Get Them?

    Madeleine Schwartz
    11 May 2015 | 3:29 am
    Six years ago, Karen Clayton, a manager at a hospital in Chicago, thought about getting an IUD. She had had bad reactions to hormonal birth control in the past and had decided to stop using it, but she had recently entered a new relationship and was under the impression that her insurance would cover ParaGard, a copper IUD that does not release hormones. When she went to the doctor’s office, however, she was told that the device would actually cost $300 or $400, she recalls — more than she could afford at the time.One month later, Clayton found out she was pregnant. She returned to…
  • Baltimore’s Toxic Legacy Of Lead Paint

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    7 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    The red brick rowhouses on Inez Robb’s block in West Baltimore feature ornate cornices and detailed carvings above the doors and windows. Leaves are beginning to fill the trees along the median that divides the pristine block, though slender trunks betray their young age. Robb moved into her home in 1987 with a first-time home buyer’s grant from the city, just a few years before Freddie Gray and his family would move to a building that looks remarkably similar from the outside, just over a dozen blocks away.Both blocks are located in Sandtown-Winchester, a neighborhood less than a…
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    Green Planet

  • How can make your home environmentally friendly?

    Prasun Barua
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Making your home environmentally friendly can contribute to protect the environment significantly. You can follow and apply some techniques in order to make your home environmentally friendly. Required products for implementing these techniques are comparatively inexpensive. You can purchase these products at your local home improvement store. Following techniques should be followed and implemented in order to make your home environmentally friendlyMinimize your electrical usage: A large portion of a home utility bill is caused by electrical usage. For example, when you plug any…
  • How do solar cells work?

    Prasun Barua
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Solar cell is an electrical device which converts the light energy directly into electricity utilizing photovoltaic effect. It is also defined as the form of photoelectric cell having electrical characteristics like current, voltage and resistance.There are at least two semiconductor layers in solar cells. One layer contains a positive charge and the other layer contains a negative charge. A typical silicon solar cell consists of a thin wafer having phosphorus doped (N-type) ultra thin silicon layer on the top of boron-doped (P-type) thicker silicon layer. When these two materials are…
  • Ocean Energy

    Prasun Barua
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    What is Ocean Energy?All type of renewable energy which is acquired from the sea is called Ocean Energy. Constant flow of ocean currents contains huge amount of water across the earth's ocean.Technological development contributes to extract energy from ocean currents and convert it into usable power.Constantly moving ocean waters are affected by water salinity, wind, rotation of the earth, temperature and topography of the ocean floor. Wind and solar heating of surface water near the equator contribute to drive most ocean currents. Meanwhile, salinity and density variations of water…
  • Green Economy

    Prasun Barua
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    What is Green Economy?Green Economy is the economy wherein sustainable society exists with zero carbon emissions and a one-planet footprint. Here, naturally restored renewable resources are utilized to acquire energy. A green economy is applicable to people, planet and profits at the micro and macro-economic level of all organizations. Meanwhile, the foundation of “Black” energy economy exists with carbon-intensive fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. On the other hand, a low-carbon economy is different from a green economy as carbon emissions are still created by…
  • Green Business

    Prasun Barua
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    What is Green Business?A green business is a business which consists minimal negative impact on environment, community, society and economy. It develops business policies and demonstrates commitment to a healthy and sustainable future. A green business should contribute to enhance the quality of life for its employees and customers. Now a days, certification systems have been introduced which strive to standardize these policies.Green Business should meet following requirements:Business decisions and policies should be implemented following all the principles of sustainability.The business…
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  • 8 simple rules for Internet company promotion

    Mado Martinez
    20 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    In the Internet as well as offline communication separated tools should not be used because they are all linked together and interfere with other tools directly and indirectly. For example search engine promotion is supported by social network promotion, articles and press-releases publishing and is impossible without a specially created corporate website. The latter actively communicates with social networks, article ads and others. Event organization is needed to create news about the company and to support the loyalty programs, which in turn should be published at social networks and…
  • 4 scenarios of changes on luxury market customers behavior and loyalty in Russia

    Mado Martinez
    20 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    Changes in Russian economic status of population and market due to economic sanctions by western European countries against Russia make goods manufacturers, retailers adapt to the economic turbulence and recession, which certainly cannot but affect the premium and luxury goods and services market. What will the luxury goods consumption trends be in 2015? How will the luxury goods consumers behavior and their loyalty change after the introduced economic sanctions against Russia, which caused, in particular, the decline in economic growth and a sharp depreciation of the currency against the…
  • A Stellar Engine, Literally

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    19 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Often, in science fiction, it’s not easy to tell what came before: the science or the fiction. Many inventions appeared in the ink before they did in reality. The submarine, for example, surfaced in the 1870 Jules Verne classic, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” much before it made it to our naval fleets. The fiction came before in this instance. Take now a book of our age. In “Singularity Sky,” published in 2005, Charles Stross describes the Lord Vanek, the flagship of the imperial space-navy of a future civilization called the New Republic, as a 90,000 tonne-warship,…
  • Beyond the Horizon: the art of John Harris

    Mado Martinez
    12 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    I must confess: I wouldn’t mind having some paintings by John Harris on the walls of my office, because they make me dream of the cosmos. This luxury edition has a privileged place in my library. Their illustrations remind me that there is an outer space beyond Earth, a small place if you think about it, and this art book makes think you about it. The lucid landscapes and striking space-scapes represented in these pages caught my eye with the seduction of a starry space full of incredible colours. World-renowned visionary artist John Harris’ unique paintings capture the universe…
  • Environment under the Conservative Party

    Ellie Pownall
    11 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    The results of the election are in, and it is clear that Britain voted overwhelmingly for a Conservative government. But how do the results of this affect our environment? Although not a notoriously a ‘green’ party, there is argument to suggest the Conservative interest in the environment is developing. When the Conservatives came into power, they claimed they were going to become the “Greenest government” ever, and as David Cameron has expressed a growing interest in the use of wind turbines throughout the UK this reinforces the Conservatives promise. He stated “”Britain has…
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    AweSci - Science Everyday

  • Calorie Counting

    Anupum Pant
    21 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Well, calorie counting isn’t really a good idea because not all calories are the same. Or 100 calories from chocolate chip muffins would have meant the same as 100 calories coming off carrots. But our foods are a mix of so many different things that it is hard to keep a track of all the different calories you consumed. To keep a track of what goes in, the printed calorie count usually is enough, as long as you are making sure its good wholesome food you are eating. Restaurants these days are required to post calorie information adjacent to the mentioned food item in their…
  • No Reliable Tranquillizer for Humans

    Anupum Pant
    20 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant While animals are often tranquillized using tranquillizing darts, there’s no such reliable instrument for humans because of two main reasons: 1. The amount of dose has to be varied after the weight of the creature to be sedated is estimated. If the dose is far too less, there isn’t proper effect and if it is too much the animal would die. There’s no way of estimating the weight and changing the dose quickly enough to deal with humans of various sizes. 2. The tranquillizer has to go through the blood stream for it to take effect. So, it usually takes a couple…
  • Biggest Medical Mystery of all Time

    Anupum Pant
    19 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Encephalitis Lethargica, or sleepy sickness, is probably the biggest medical mystery of all times. In the 1920s a devastating illness struck throughout the world, and effected about a million people leaving them all like statues – motionless and speechless. It’s estimated that about a million people died and a million others were affected, lying like statues in different hospitals around the world. The cause of this disease wasn’t known. Probably because science and technology hadn’t progressed as much as it has today. But then in the year 1993 it…
  • Some Women Have Super Vision

    Anupum Pant
    18 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant There’s a game on Android and iOS called Blendoku. In it, you are given a bunch of colours and are expected to arrange them into a gradient. Most levels are doable. But at times you get stuck and only trial and error seems to get you ahead. That’s because sometimes when the colours given to you to arrange into a smooth gradient are so close to each other, it becomes very tough for you to distinguish between them. However, some women don’t seem to have that problem with arranging colours like this. These woman, due to a special gene found only in women, are…
  • The Story of a Bee’s Life

    Anupum Pant
    17 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Anand Varma, a photographer recently started keeping bees in his backyard. That was because National geographic had asked him to shoot a bee related video. He teamed up with a bee lab from UC davis and learned how to actually raise bees. After a couple of months living with the bees, and understanding the problems (pesticides, diseases and habitat loss, and a blood sucking parasite) they’ve been facing lately, Anand Varma came out with this amazing timelapse video of life of a bee, right from the day it is only an egg. The post The Story of a Bee’s Life appeared…
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    OMNI Reboot

  • The Best Quotes From Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

    Adam Wells
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here are some of the best Slaughterhouse-Five quotes for fans young and old. Written By ADAM WELLS  Adam is an avid film watcher and self-annointed movie critic. Adam dreams of a world where Jodorowsky's Dune set the standard for sci-fi films, but realizes the public would not be capable of such a universe. Adam only enjoys modern movies inasmuch as he enjoys pointing out their flaws, but every now and then he is happily surprised. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, one of the world's great anti-war books. Jumping through time with Billy Pilgrim, the book centers around the infamous…
  • Frommer’s Guide To The Top 25 Wall Street Films

    OMNI Reboot Staff
    23 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Not available in stores, this nearly 50-hour program includes 25 required viewing classes, and it's free. That's right, you heard it, free. In fact, we will even offer a money back guaranteed satisfaction clause if you do not believe that these 25 films are part of any Wall Street education. This course is not available in stores, and you need to act now and take advantage of buying or renting these 25 films. Free if you torrent. You can do it, it just takes 50 hours of commitment. Again, if you act now, we will double the offer and give you access to 25 clips, one from each film, free for…
  • Fiction: Yar’s Plume

    Vasileios Kalampakas
    21 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    In the fiction piece Yar's Plume, the main character is too valuable to throw away, too dangerous to let be. It was uncomfortably chilly on the night we saw each other last. I remember the methane snow flakes and the carbon ice, the first time around. The landscape around the Plume had unusually eerie feeling. Even a really long displacement such as the one I was going through now could not approximate the feeling. The memory somehow made the hair on my back rise. A distant, logical and pedantic part of my troubled, aching mind sought to inform the other part – the instinctive,…
  • How Good Are You At Scientist Trivia?

    Edward Simmons
    20 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Take this quiz to find out how good you are at scientist trivia. Written By EDWARD SIMMONS Having worked for several exhibitions merging the universes of science and art, Simmons is no stranger to the beauty of nature. Simmons now works for OMNI Reboot as a freelance curator, allowing him to pursue his passion for natural photography. Find out how good you are at scientist trivia by taking this quiz. A scientist, in a broad sense, is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge. In a more restricted sense, a scientist may refer to an individual who uses the scientific method.
  • Dune: the Most Important Science Fiction Art Ever

    Jeff Love
    20 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    If there's anywhere the old axiom about judging a book by its cover holds true, it's science fiction. Few authors and the artists employed to visualize their stories achieve a real dialogue; more often than not, throughout the history of science fiction, literature of real depth is sold with flashy aliens and cosmic exaggerations. An extraordinary illustrator, however, is capable of contributing to a piece of literature just as meaningfully as its author. In the case of an artist like John Schoenherr, he becomes the work's joint architect–and leaves a mark no less indelible. Schoenherr's…
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    Top stories

  • 'Deep web search' may help scientists

    23 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    When you do a simple Web search on a topic, the results that pop up aren't the whole story. The Internet contains a vast trove of information -- sometimes called the "Deep Web" -- that isn't indexed by search engines: information that would be useful for tracking criminals, terrorist activities, sex trafficking and the spread of diseases. Scientists could also use it to search for images and data from spacecraft. Subject:  Computer Science
  • This artificial intelligence pioneer has a few concerns

    23 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    In January, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
  • Sergio’s computational functionalism

    23 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Sergio has been ruminating since the lively discussion earlier and here by way of a bonus post, are his considered conclusions….. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • Curiosity rover adjusts route up Martian mountain

    23 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover climbed a hill Thursday to approach an alternative site for investigating a geological boundary, after a comparable site proved hard to reach. The drive of about 72 feet (22 meters) up slopes as steep as 21 degrees brought Curiosity close to a target area where two distinctive types of bedrock meet. The rover science team wants to examine an outcrop that contains the contact between the pale rock unit the mission analyzed lower on Mount Sharp and a darker, bedded rock unit that the mission has not yet examined up close. Subject:  Robotics
  • Auroras on Mars

    23 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    One day, when humans go to Mars, they might find that, occasionally, the Red Planet has green skies. In late Dec. 2014, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft detected evidence of widespread auroras in Mars's northern hemisphere. The "Christmas Lights," as researchers called them, circled the globe and descended so close to the Martian equator that, if the lights had occurred on Earth, they would have been over places like Florida and Texas. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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    The Vision Times » Science

  • This May Change What We Know About Evolution

    Troy Oakes
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Stone tools made by our ancient ancestors have been dated to be around 3.3 million years old. Scientists have stated that this is a “new beginning to the known archaeological record.”  Scientists now believe that the dawn of culture has been pushed back by 700,000 years. This is a much earlier sign of human progress than previously known, and well before the first known member of our genus Homo. Archaeologist Sonia Harmand of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University in New York. (Screenshot/YouTube) Scientists made the discovery in desert badlands near Lake Turkana in…
  • National Academy of Sciences Is Weighing In on Gene Editing

    Troy Oakes
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With the new technology called CRISPR-Cas9, the United States’ leading scientific organization the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and its Institute of Medicine, is responding to the concerns that have been expressed by scientists and ethicists on gene editing. CRISPR-Cas9 has allowed scientists to be able to edit virtually any gene they target. The technique is like a biological word-processing program where it can find and replace genetic defects. NAS has launched an initiative to recommend guidelines for the new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer…
  • Have Researchers Proved Charles Darwin Wrong?

    Troy Oakes
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Researchers at Yale have answered a long debated question about which competing model of evolution works best. They have come up with the answer by using a sophisticated modeling of genomic data from diverse species. In their study, which was published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, they suggest the “house of cards” model, which holds that mutations with large effects effectively reshuffle the genomic deck, explains evolutionary processes better than the theory that species undergo the accumulation of many mutations with small effects, wrote Yale News. Understanding…
  • Is Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano About to Erupt?

    Troy Oakes
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano has researchers and seismologists in Hawaii on edge. In the last few days, researchers identified small earthquakes at the highest rate to date, which has set a new record at one earthquake every couple of minutes. With these seismic changes, it has prompted the researchers with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to issue a special information statement: The summit lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater has dropped significantly over the past two days, as Kīlauea’s summit has deflated. The dropping lava level has allowed lava veneer on the walls of the…
  • Use These 75 Android Secret Codes in Your Mobile Devices

    Troy Oakes
    20 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Android is one of the best and most popular operating systems used in mobile devices, with most mobile phones now using the Android operating system. Many users are interested in Android development and learning more tricks. So the guys at Best Cell Phones have given up some of their Best Hidden Android Secret Codes. “Today, I am Sharing Some Best Hidden Android Secret Codes that help you to know about your phone’s information and some problems,” they wrote on their website. Here are their Best Hidden Android Secret Codes: *#*#778O#*#*—Factory Data Reset…
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    Evolution Talk

  • Genetic Drift

    Rick Coste
    18 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Frog populations remained pretty much the same in Podville until the Great Fire of 2015. After the fire the population of blue frogs increased. Welcome to genetic drift, the subject of this week's episode of 'Evolution Talk'. The post Genetic Drift appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Non-Overlapping Magisteria

    Rick Coste
    11 May 2015 | 2:02 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In 1997 Professor Stephen Jay Gould published an essay in Natural History which also appeared in his book Rocks of Ages. This essay was titled ‘Non-Overlapping Magisteria’. It’s commonly referred to as NOMA. The concept behind NOMA is that science and religion operate in two different, non-overlapping, realms. The post Non-Overlapping Magisteria appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Altruism

    Rick Coste
    4 May 2015 | 2:04 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Where does altruism come from? How did it evolve in a world ruled by 'selfish genes'? The post Altruism appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Survival of the Fittest?

    Rick Coste
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told The term 'Survival of the Fittest' was unleashed on the world in 1864 by Herbert Spencer when he published his work Principles of Biology. It was later picked up by Charles Darwin who used it himself in the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species five years later. But is it fair to say that the term "Survival of the Fittest" is synonymous with evolution by natural selection? In this episode of Evolution Talk we explore this very question. The post Survival of the Fittest? appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Putting the Selection in Sex

    Rick Coste
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told For Charles Darwin, the idea of sexual selection explained a lot of what he saw in the animal kingdom. He gave sexual selection just as much importance as natural selection. The post Putting the Selection in Sex appeared first on Evolution Talk.
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  • Mangroves: From the Late Cretaceous to the Eocene to Today – A Testament to Resilience

    Erica Hargreave
    13 May 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Fossil Mangroves in Egypt’s Valley of the Whales, as photographed by Erica Hargreave. Just like the next homo sapien I get excited over fossils, but I’ll admit it, I geek out even more over plant  fossils.  Why?  Well a couple of reasons actually … 1) As plants are typically comprised of softer tissue, than bone, I am always amazed that the right conditions existed to allow for the fossil formation of plants, rather than them decomposing, and 2) As many of these plants still exist today, showing what incredibly resilient organisms they are. Another reason to shake my…
  • When Whales Started to See the Ocean With Sound

    Brian Switek
    5 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    For dolphins and other toothed whales, the ocean is a vast soundscape. Even when they cannot visually see their surroundings, they can still picture what’s going on by sending out sound and listening to the image of the returns – echolocation. But when did whales gain this fantastic ability? A fossil skull described last year holds an important clue. Paleontologist Jonathan Geisler and colleagues named it Cotylocara macei –  a whale that swam the sea off South Carolina around 28 million years ago. The marine mammal wouldn’t have looked quite like a modern whale…
  • Tesnusocaris goldichi, a Paleontology Profile

    Brian Switek
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In celebration of Parallax Film’s new show Bahama Blue, premiering on Love Nature in Canada on May 6th, we’re doing things a little differently here at Dinologue this month. We’re calling it Marine May, and for our first paleontology profile we’re having a look at a fossil member of a living group: Tesnusocaris. From Neiber et al., 2011. Name: Tesnusocaris goldichi Meaning: Tesnusocaris means “shrimp of the Tesnus”, in reference to where it was found and its segmented appearance. The species name goldichi honors S.S. Goldich, who found the fossil in 1939.
  • Megadontosaurus – The Dinosaur That Wasn’t

    Brian Switek
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Reassembling a fossil skeleton is sometimes said to be like putting a puzzle together. It’s not an inaccurate analogy, but there are some significant differences. For example, you can never be totally sure what the animal is going to look like when you start. There’s no box to tell you what the end result should be. Sure, the basics of anatomy can help you differentiate between tooth, vertebra, femur, and other pieces, but if paleontologists don’t pay meticulous attention to all the parts, they might create a chimera of bones that don’t really fit together.
  • What’s in a Name – It Matters What We Call Prehistoric Species

    Brian Switek
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    To the glee of many, Brontosaurus came stomping back last week. A new analysis recovered the great “thunder lizard” from taxonomic exile, and there’s a definitely maybe a chance that it’ll stick around. A modern restoration of Brontosaurus. Art: Davide Bonadonna, CC- BY NC SA. But every party needs a pooper. Some palaeontologists and fossil fans aren’t especially happy with all the attention Brontosaurus has received. It’s just a name, after all, and the sauropod’s mythological girth overshadowed more important parts of the study that argued for the…
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  • Infant Gut Bacteria Influenced by Diet and Birth

    The Toombst
    16 May 2015 | 9:32 pm
    ByThe Toombst   A common topic on this site is advances in how our microbiome affect and influence us, either changing our behavior or increasing the risk of certain diseases. Every week there seem like more progress are made in gut bacteria research, finding more puzzle pieces on how “good” bacteria influence our lives. This week a new study from Sweden looks at how C-section delivery and food during the first year affect infant gut bacteria types. Our gut bacteria influence many things. Current researchers have found links between gut bacteria and obesity as well as changes…
  • Personalized Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

    The Toombst
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    ByThe Toombst   A small clinical trial evaluating a personalized cancer vaccine shows promising results. Recruiting your immune system to fight cancer isn’t a new concept. In recent years immunotherapy have been used to combat many forms of advanced cancers, but the treatment haven’t resulted in a panacea for all known forms of cancer as many hoped. Some already approved immunotherapies have managed to prolong survival in advanced forms of cancer but not cure it. Now a new study published in Science finds that a personalized cancer vaccine could help neutralize melanoma cells. A…
  • Cigarette Smoke Makes MRSA Bacteria Harder to Kill

    The Toombst
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    ByThe Toombst A new study finds that cigarette smoke makes MRSA bacteria harder to kill by immune cells. Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is becoming a huge health issue with growing numbers of hospital acquired infections each passing year. The antibiotic resistant “super-bug” causes about 5,500 deaths in the US each year, with about 94,000 infections reported in 2005. Now a new study finds that smoking could worsen prognosis of infections by making the “super-bug” even harder to kill. Cigarette Smoke Makes MRSA Bacteria Harder to Kill “We already know that…
  • Cancer Drug Restores Memory in Alzheimer’s Mice

    The Toombst
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    ByThe Toombst   A new study finds that a new cancer drug restores memory in mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of progressive dementia affecting more than 10% of Americans over the age of 65. It’s predicted that the disease will affect more than 3 million people aged 85 and older in the coming decades. Even more disappointing is the fact that so many trials for new drugs to treat the disease fail. Between 2002 and 2013 413 drug trials were conducted, of those a whopping 99.6% of trials failed, meaning they didn’t find a drug effective in This is a…
  • Faster Wound Healing with Silent Gene

    The Toombst
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    ByThe Toombst   New study finds that a drug combining siRNA and nanoparticles promotes faster wound healing. Nanoparticles are marvelously multi-purposed. Earliers studies have used the particles to fight different forms of cancer, used them as an antiseptic, to reduce inflammation or even replace certain blood cells . Now a new study combines siRNA with nanoparticles to engineer a drug that promotes faster wound healing. Faster Wound healing with siRNA and Nanoparticles “We envision that our nanoparticle therapy could be used to speed the healing of all sorts of wounds, including…
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    Secondhand Science

  • Viroid

    17 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    What I’ve Learned: “Viroid: the simplest is as the simplest does.” Everyone I know is trying to “simplify”, in any way they can. They’re downsizing their houses. Giving away old clothes. Cutting out cable. (But not Netflix, because come on, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, already.) Pretty much anything short of donating their kids to science and moving into a zen garden, these people are doing in the name of simplicity. And you know what? They’re amateurs. Because how “simple” are you, really, when you’re still human? There are all sorts…
  • WIMPs

    10 May 2015 | 5:04 pm
    What I’ve Learned: “WIMPs: Massive, dark and WIMPy is no way to go through life, son.” There are lab geeks, biology nerds and chemistry dorks. But did you know there are also particle physics WIMPs? And that they’re dark and mysterious, and not especially wimpy at all? (Also, they’re not particle physicists. Most of them couldn’t punch their way out of a wet bag full of hadrons. I’m just saying. Banging atoms together and scribbling down equations all day doesn’t exactly qualify as “cross-training”.) WIMPs are actually elemental…
  • Laser Capture Microdissection

    3 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    What I’ve Learned: “Laser capture microdissection: the best use of lasers this side of the Death Star.” The problem with biology is, it’s messy. You can open up some animal or person — well, not you, necessarily, but a surgeon or researcher with explicit permission, which is kind of important — and pluck out something you’re interested in. A tumor that needs diagnosis, say. Or a part of the brain not behaving itself. Maybe a gall bladder, because it’s infected or malignant or the doctor has a really weird Pandora bracelet thing going on.
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    Much Bigger Outside

  • How Many Papers Should You Review?

    Mario Barbatti
    24 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Peer-review is essential to keep science on track. But it can be too demanding on scientists, who are asked to do it for free and anonymously. How many papers are fair to review or to decline? Not long ago, I asked a top-notch scientist how often he accepted papers to review. His answer was curious. He told me: “I publish 30 to 40 papers a year. Each one takes two or three reviewers, making about 100 reports. I feel that I have to give this same quantity of reports back to keep the system working. Therefore, I review about 100 papers a year.” I was a bit surprised. First by the…
  • Let Science Manage Scientists

    Mario Barbatti
    17 May 2015 | 12:11 am
    After attaching to a comfortable spot on the sea bottom, a tunicate eats its own brain, as it won’t need it anymore. As the joke goes, it’s just like getting tenured. (Photo: Chika Watanabe, Los Altos, USA) Quantitative evaluation of scientific production isn’t disrupting science. On the contrary, it’s the best we can do. The alternative is to give in to bias and prejudice. It’s enough that two or more scientists meet in a social gathering for them, within a couple of minutes, to start complaining about how the pressure to publish more, better, and sexier papers…
  • As Small As an Atom

    Mario Barbatti
    2 May 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Things have no well-defined position; light doesn’t illuminate. Seen from the Angstrom scale—the size of an atom—the universe is a pretty weird place. Not long ago, I did a quick exercise relating the femtosecond, the time scale in which atomic phenomena take place, to diverse other aspects of life, universe and everything. But since Einstein taught us that we can’t speak of d’Artagnan without speaking of the other three musketeers, that exercise wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t extend it for the space scale of the atoms too. Then, today, let’s…
  • Atheism Is Faith, Not Arrogance

    Mario Barbatti
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:53 pm
    For an atheist, a world with gods feels wrong as if Superman showed up in a Yogi Bear cartoon. Atheism is a faith. It’s a deep personal feeling, prior any reasoning, that everything has a material basis. As such, should atheism deserve the same respect as any religion? I’m an atheist. This is not a secret, but l also don’t tell it too often. To be an atheist may be dangerous in some places, can be reason for discrimination in others. In Europe, fortunately, it’s fine to be an atheist. A lot of people are. But even there, the heart of the civilized world, if you declare…
  • Tell Me What You Eat and I’ll Tell You Whom You Vote For

    Mario Barbatti
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    Liberals like arugula, conservatives go for meatloaf. How much does biology define our tastes and votes? One of the reports of the defunct website brought aggregate statistics about food preferences by liberals and conservatives. Working on inputs from thousands users of the service, Hunch found out some interesting correlations. For example, a liberal is more than twice as likely to prefer arugula than a conservative (who prefer iceberg lettuce). A conservative, on the other hand, is twice as likely to prefer country-style chicken. A liberal goes for modern-style chicken. I…
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    Johnson Matthey Technology Review

  • Computer Simulation of Automotive Emission Control Systems

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    Computer simulation has become an important tool for designing automotive emission control systems. This paper highlights some of the key developments made in modelling of diesel emissions control components and catalysts by Johnson Matthey. The general methodology for model development involves determination of the reaction kinetics using laboratory reactor data, followed by validation of the resulting model against vehicle or engine data. The development of models for diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs), ammonia selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts, lean nitrogen oxides (NOx) traps…
  • Guest Editorial: Applications of Modelling at Johnson Matthey

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    The theme for this issue of the journal is modelling and its usefulness to Johnson Matthey in a wide range of research and development (R&D) areas. Modelling is one of three core competencies within Johnson Matthey, together with the ability to control materials at the atomic scale, and to characterise materials using state of the... The post Guest Editorial: Applications of Modelling at Johnson Matthey appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
  • “Understanding Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalysis: Computational and Experimental Tools”

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    This review is about the book “Understanding Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalysis: Computational and Experimental Tools” edited by Valentine P. Ananikov, a professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences who has contributed much to the field of catalysis in the past decade. His work has received international attention along with many awards and research grants. He has been working on developing new concepts in transition metal and nanoparticle catalysis, sustainable organic synthesis and mechanistic studies of complex chemical transformations, which gives him the required…
  • SAE 2014 Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Symposium

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    1. Introduction The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2014 Heavy-Duty Diesel Emission Control Symposium was, like its predecessors, hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden. This biennial two-day event attracted around 160 delegates. Most of the delegates (>95%) came from catalyst system and component suppliers as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). A few delegates came from academia,... The post SAE 2014 Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Symposium appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
  • Johnson Matthey Highlights: April 2015

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    EMISSION CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES Is Reactor Light-Off Data Sufficiently Discriminating Between Kinetic Parameters to be Used for Developing Kinetic Models of Automotive Exhaust Aftertreatment Catalysts? The Effect of Hysteresis Induced by Strong Self Inhibition J. E. Etheridge and T. C. Watling, Chem. Eng. J., 2015, 264, 376 LINK Kinetic parameters used to predict CO oxidation... The post Johnson Matthey Highlights: April 2015 appeared first on Johnson Matthey Technology Review.
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    Spin and Tonic

  • Simulating an electromagnet in MATLAB

    Debi Pattnaik
    19 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    Simulating an electromagnet in MATLAB It will be quite a lie to say that there is any person in the world who is not fascinated... The post Simulating an electromagnet in MATLAB appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
  • Electric field lines in a coaxial cable

    Debi Pattnaik
    12 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Electric field lines in a coaxial cable Originally posted in:, This is the first post in an occasional series to simulate a cyclotron. Before... The post Electric field lines in a coaxial cable appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
  • Microwave goodbye to inefficient spintronic microwave detectors

    Bryn Howells
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) which comprise of a free magnetic layer (whose magnetization orientation can be manipulated) and a fixed magnetic layer (whose magnetization is... The post Microwave goodbye to inefficient spintronic microwave detectors appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
  • The heat is magnon at magnetic/non-magnetic interfaces

    Bryn Howells
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    A magnon is a quantised spin wave, i.e. a collective excitation of the spin angular momentum that is associated with electrons in a crystal structure. ... The post The heat is magnon at magnetic/non-magnetic interfaces appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
  • Drifting towards spintronic polarimeters

    Bryn Howells
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    In electronics, a drift current is one where the motion of charge carriers is dictated by an applied electric field. In contrast, a diffusive current... The post Drifting towards spintronic polarimeters appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
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    Deep Stuff

  • Scientists turn blood into neural cells

    23 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Scientists at McMaster University have discovered how to make adult sensory neurons from human patients simply by having them roll up their sleeve and providing a blood sample. Specifically, stem cell scientists at McMaster can now directly convert adult human… The post Scientists turn blood into neural cells appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • The Dreadful Beauty of Medusa

    23 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into… The post The Dreadful Beauty of Medusa appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • A Gravitational Atom in the Sky

    23 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Particles are tiny. They are nature’s most itsy-bitsy building blocks, of which all bigger things – people and pachyderms and planets – are made. Right? Well, yes and no. “Particles can be huge,” explains Perimeter Institute Faculty member Asimina Arvanitaki,… The post A Gravitational Atom in the Sky appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient’s Intentions

    22 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb—one that can be either connected to or separate from the patient’s own limb.… The post Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient’s Intentions appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • Iris scanners can now identify us from 40 feet away

    22 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Biometric technologies are on the rise. By electronically recording data about individual’s physical attributes such as fingerprints or iris patterns, security and law enforcement services can quickly identify people with a high degree of accuracy. The latest development in this… The post Iris scanners can now identify us from 40 feet away appeared first on Deep Stuff.
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  • Arranged Marriage and Its Effect on Genetic Diversity

    12 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
    We are all well aware of the detrimental genetic consequences of inbreeding such as hemophilia, color blindness and many other genetic disorders especially amongst British and Russian monarchies, however the impact of marriage rules on genetic diversity has never been studied. Now a team of researchers led by Murray Cox, professor at Massey University, has examined the effects of arranged marriage on genetic diversity. This study is the first of its kind. Given the importance at the traditional culture of the Indonesian Rindi, which marriage rules dictate at a man ideally marries his first…
  • Fun Science Fact: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? It’s The Chicken And Here Is Why

    11 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    This age-old scientifically and philosophically challenging riddle: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? was first unshadowed by researchers at Sheffield and Warwick universities. According to the researchers, the protein which makes egg shells is only produced by chickens, so the egg can only exist if it has been created inside a chicken. Therefore, it’s the chicken that came first, not the egg. The post Fun Science Fact: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? It’s The Chicken And Here Is Why appeared first on Sparkonit.
  • Some Quirky Genetics Facts and the Role of DNA in Making Life on Earth Possible

    7 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Last time, we wrote about introduction to genetics that explains certain facts about genes and how possibly the DNA made the life on earth possible; and also answers to: What makes us “us”? What is responsible for producing startling inherited resemblances between the members of a family as well as distinctive variations in different generations? Why are identical twins so ‘identical’? Why do some diseases tend to run in families? What causes diseases like cancer, diabetes, AIDS and Alzheimer’s so difficult to cure? How is production of clones possible? Well, here is another video…
  • Talking and Writing are Independent, See How Brain Separates Our Ability to Talk and Write

    5 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Writing is a system of human visual communication that represents language using signs and symbols. The human ability to write evolved from our ability to speak and since it is an evolutionary human invention, its underlying principle cannot be determined by the genetic code. Now, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that writing and talking are two independent systems that someone who can’t write a grammatically correct sentence may be able say it aloud flawlessly. For example, when someone says, “The man is catching a fish.” The same person then takes pen…
  • Google Asks Who Invented The Piano In Today’s Google Doodle

    3 May 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Born on May 4, 1655 in Padua, Republic of Venice, Bartolomeo Cristofori was an Italian manufacturer of various musical instruments and one of his greatest creations was the pianoforte, ancestor of the modern piano. Google is celebrating his birthday today in today’s Google Doodle: Who Invented the Piano? A very brief history of  Bartolomeo Cristofori: The portrait of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1726), the inventor of the piano. (via Wikipedia) At the court of Prince Ferdinand de’ Medici, son of the duke of Tuscany, Bartolomeo Cristofori maintained a variety of instruments as a…
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  • Nasa discovers most luminous Galaxy

    Rony Mattar
    22 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    A remote galaxy shining brightly with infrared light equal to more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA’s WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer). This galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date. “We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution” said Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA’s Jet Propulsion [...]
  • What’s the nearest solar system to ours and does it have an alien life?

    Rony Mattar
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Since years scientists are searching the space trying to find an Earth-like planet that supports life. In 2013, a team of European astrophysicists has discovered the most extensive planetary system to date that orbits star KOI-351 which is 2500 light years away from Earth, with seven planets assembled in a similar way as our Solar System, with small rocky [...]
  • Telescopes crash course

    Rony Mattar
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    I saw this crash course by Astronomer Phil Plait on YouTube about Telescopes and how they work, so I liked sharing it with you:  
  • Dreadnoughtus, the gigantic sauropod dinosaur

    Rony Mattar
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:40 am
    Dreadnoughtus is a genus of giant titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous, discovered in the (Campanian-Maastrichtian; 84–66 Ma) Cerro Fortaleza Formation of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is one of the largest of all known terrestrial vertebrates, possessing the greatest mass of any land animal that can be calculated with reasonable certainty, using limb bone [...]
  • 1,000-year-old mummified monk revealed inside a statue for Buddha

    Rony Mattar
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    A statue of a sitting Buddha that came from China to Netherlands, shocked the scientists after CT scan when it revealed a mummified Buddhist monk sitting in a lotus position inside the statue. After the CT scan, the scientists found out that Liuquan’s internal organs had been removed, and they still don’t know how this [...]
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    Science vs Hollywood

  • Can clones fall on different parts of the sexuality spectrum?

    Phil Nista
    22 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
    We’ve considered an awful lot about what makes Orphan Black Wikia - Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany - IMDb Page), Orphan Black Wiki - Alison Hendrix, (Tatiana Maslany - IMDb Page), and the swelling multitude of clones in the Orphan Black universe so dang diverse. Essentially, each week we’ve asked the science questions on the minds... The post Can clones fall on different parts of the sexuality spectrum? appeared first on Science vs Hollywood.
  • Is it legal to own clones?

    Phil Nista
    14 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    So far, this series on the science behind Orphan Black has made a number of conclusions, or should I say clone-clusions? To very briefly summarize: (1) it’s hard to make a synthetic genome; (2) it’s harder to make viable clones, even without first synthesizing their genomes; (3) clones can be wildly different from each other... The post Is it legal to own clones? appeared first on Science vs Hollywood.
  • Does epigenetic variation explain differences among clones?

    Phil Nista
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In a recent a blog post (nature vs. nurture), I outlined how it is that we aren’t much closer to understanding what makes each of the clones of Orphan Black totally unique. Though they sure do look alike, Orphan Black Wikia - Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) is a rebel, Orphan Black Wikia - Alison Hendrix... The post Does epigenetic variation explain differences among clones? appeared first on Science vs Hollywood.
  • What is "Evo-Devo's" role in Orphan Black

    Phil Nista
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Season 2 of Orphan Black left us with a couple of doozies. First and foremost, we found there is But we also found out that the scholarly clone Orphan Black Wikia - Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany) is perhaps . Luckily, Cosima is a biologist currently working from inside the maligned Dyad Institute so at least... The post What is "Evo-Devo's" role in Orphan Black appeared first on Science vs Hollywood.
  • Does Nature vs Nurture explain differences among clones?

    Phil Nista
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The third season of BBC America’s critically acclaimed Orphan Black picked up right where it left off. Once again the defiant Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany), brainy Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany), and straight-laced Alison Hendrix (also, somehow, Tatiana Maslany) are cascading through the Orphan Black universe as technologically impossible clones (as discussed in two previous blog... The post Does Nature vs Nurture explain differences among clones? appeared first on Science vs Hollywood.
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    Sci Fi Generation TV

  • SPACEX Releases POV Video of Crew Dragon Abort TestOn May 6,...

    23 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    SPACEX Releases POV Video of Crew Dragon Abort TestOn May 6, SpaceX completed the first key flight test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, a vehicle designed to carry astronauts to and from space. The successful Pad Abort Test was the first flight test of SpaceX’s revolutionary launch abort system, and the data captured here will be critical in preparing Crew Dragon for its first human missions in 2017.Lasting less than two minutes, the test simulated how Dragon would carry astronauts to safety if an emergency occurred on the launch pad. Crew Dragon’s abort system is powered by eight…
  • Photo

    23 May 2015 | 4:26 am
  • NGC 7822 In Cepheus via the-wolf-and-moon

    23 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    NGC 7822 In Cepheus via the-wolf-and-moon
  • Impact crater or supervolcano caldera?At first glance, the...

    23 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    Impact crater or supervolcano caldera?At first glance, the region covered by this latest Mars Express image release appears to be pockmarked with impact craters. But the largest structure among them may hold a rather explosive secret: it could be remains of an ancient supervolcano. The images presented here were taken by the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA’s Mars Express on 26 November 2014, and focus on the Siloe Patera feature in the Arabia Terra region of Mars. Siloe Patera comprises two large nested craters, close to the centre of the main colour image. The outer rim measures about…
  • SHORT  FILM: “AMBITION” (2014)Ambition is a collaboration...

    23 May 2015 | 2:43 am
    SHORT  FILM: “AMBITION” (2014)Ambition is a collaboration between Platige Image and ESA. Directed by Tomek Bagiński and starring Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi, Ambition was filmed on location in Iceland, and screened on 24 October 2014 during the British Film Institute’s celebration of Sci-Fi, at the Southbank, London.
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