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  • Steven M. Johnson's idea for solar heating makes a lot of sense.

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    Lloyd Alter
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    It's reminiscent of some other crackpot ideas from the seventies.
  • Alien Supercivilizations Absent from 100,000 Nearby Galaxies

    Scientific American
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    The most far-seeing search ever performed for “Dyson spheres” and other artifacts of “astroengineering” comes up empty. Where is everybody? -- Read more on
  • ‘Melt’ gene could lead to new kinds of chocolate

    Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Scientists have discovered a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter, a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals. The finding could lead to new and improved products, say researchers. The finding by plant geneticists could also lead to new varieties of the cocoa plant that could extend the climate and soil-nutrient range for growing the crop and increase the value of its yield, they say, providing a boost to farmers’ incomes in the cocoa-growing regions of the world. Cacao, Theobroma cacao L., is an understory tropical tree…
  • Quantum Dots to Bring 1 Million Colors to TVs

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A new kind of quantum dot optics could give us LCD screens that have better color than we've ever seen before.
  • Star Formation Stops in Cores of Elliptical Galaxies First, Astronomers Say

    Breaking Science News |
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    A new study in the journal Science has revealed that 3 billion years after the Big Bang, elliptical galaxies still made stars on their outskirts, but no longer in their interiors. The authors of the study – Dr Sandro Tacchella of ETH Zurich in Switzerland and his colleagues from Italy, Germany, Israel, and the United [...]
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  • Stone Age toolmakers deserve more respect

    Carol Clark-Emory
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    Making a Stone Age hand axe took serious brain power, experts say. The skill of making a prehistoric hand axe is “more complicated and nuanced than many people realize,” says Dietrich Stout, an experimental archeologist at Emory University. “It’s not just a bunch of ape-men banging rocks together. We should have respect for Stone Age toolmakers.” A new study led by Stout and published in PLOS ONE shows the ability to make the hand axe depends on complex cognitive control by the prefrontal cortex, including the “central executive” function of working…
  • ‘Melt’ gene could lead to new kinds of chocolate

    Jeff Mulhollem-Penn State
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Scientists have discovered a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter, a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals. The finding could lead to new and improved products, say researchers. The finding by plant geneticists could also lead to new varieties of the cocoa plant that could extend the climate and soil-nutrient range for growing the crop and increase the value of its yield, they say, providing a boost to farmers’ incomes in the cocoa-growing regions of the world. Cacao, Theobroma cacao L., is an understory tropical tree…
  • 34% of women with ADHD report sexual abuse

    Michael Kennedy-Toronto
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    Adults who have ADHD are much more likely to report they were sexually and physically abused before they turned 16 than their peers without ADHD, according to a new study. Among women, 34 percent of those with ADHD reported they were sexually abused before they turned 18. In contrast, 14 percent of women without ADHD reported that they had experienced childhood sexual abuse. Twice as many women with ADHD reported that they had experienced childhood physical abuse than women without this condition (44 percent vs 21 percent). “These findings suggest there is a silent epidemic of abuse…
  • Stroke study confirms benefits of removing clots

    Anita Srikameswaran-Pittsburgh
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    A technique that removes blood clots from large brain blood vessels after stroke is highly effective at reducing disability. The results are from a trial conducted in Catalonia, Spain, and confirm findings from other recent large studies that were stopped early when the technique, called endovascular therapy or stent retriever thrombectomy, led to such improved outcomes, says Tudor Jovin, co-principal investigator. “This is a giant step forward that will change the way we approach triage and treatment of stroke patients,” adds Jovin, associate professor of neurology and…
  • Are women actually better at negotiation?

    U. Florida
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Women with successful negotiation experience are better negotiators than men, even when they rate themselves as average at it, a new study finds. The research got its start when University of Florida student Samantha Miller was listening to a lecture on a commonly held trope about negotiation—that women are bad at it. That conventional wisdom didn’t fit with her experience at all. “I hope people shut up about gender and talk about the framework that informs gender bias.” “I always ask what I feel I’m deserving of,” she says. “I had an idea that…
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    Science 2.0

  • Stomach Ulcers In Cattle

    News Staff
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Scientists at the Vetmeduni Vienna investigated whether stomach ulcers in cattle are related to the presence of certain bacteria. For their study, they analyzed bacteria present in healthy and ulcerated cattle stomachs and found very few differences in microbial diversity. Bacteria therefore appear to play a minor role in the development of ulcers. The microbial diversity present in the stomachs of cattle has now been published. read more
  • Epilepsy Drug Phenytoin May Preserve Eyesight For People With MS

    News Staff
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    A drug commonly taken to prevent seizures in epilepsy may surprisingly protect the eyesight of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015. For the study, the researchers randomly selected 86 people with acute optic neuritis within two weeks of having symptoms to receive either the epilepsy drug phenytoin or a placebo for three months. The researchers then used medical imaging to measure the thickness of the retina, the light sensitive nerve…
  • Ten Commandments For Airlines

    Fred Phillips
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Following my Ten Commandments for Tech Companies – which changed their behavior not one whit – I offer these shalt-nots for US airlines. read more
  • James Hansen: To Mitigate Climate Change, Nuclear Energy Should Be Included

    News Staff
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    James Hansen, a former head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies who was one of the first scientists to raise concerns about global climate change, spoke at MIT Tuesday in the biennial David J. Rose Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE). Hansen came to prominence in the late 1980s, when he first testified before Congress about the perils of accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. read more
  • Thorium Can Serve As A Nuclear Fuel For Commercial Electricity Generation

    Robert Hayes
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    The two heaviest naturally occurring radioactive elements on the earth are Uranium and Thorium.  Uranium is used as a fuel in modern commercial nuclear power reactors for electricity generation.  A lesser known fact is that thorium could also be used as a nuclear fuel .  Naturally occurring thorium is not fissile and so not able to undergo nuclear fission (separation) and as such it takes an initial nuclear reaction to enable this process. read more
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    David Bradley

  • Puffins and razorbills

    David Bradley
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    Apparently, puffins prefer to be deeper into rocky crevices on coastal cliff faces than razorbills (and guillemots) who cling to the edges. The puffin then has to wait until those other birds fly off, before it can get away itself to feed and socialise. Puffins and razorbills is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • RSPB Bempton Cliffs

    David Bradley
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Sheer coincidence that we were visiting the East Riding of Yorkshire last week when the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) opened its new visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs. We approached the reserve on two walks first from North Landing on Flamborough Head where I photographed coble fishers landing and unloading their boat and then from the village of Speeton with its tiny Anglo-Saxon church (St Leonard’s and its flock of rarebreed Leicester Longwool sheep). Bempton Cliffs plays host to England’s largest nesting colony of Northern Gannets (Sula bassana), graceful and…
  • Smartphone camera hacks

    David Bradley
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Some nice tricks to deviate from the norm with your smartphone camera: Drive-by panorama, water-drop macro lens, armless selfies with your headphone cable, cardboard “tripod”, underwater housing, binocular zoom and more Smartphone camera hacks is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • Do you like good music?

    David Bradley
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    When we’re in our teens, it’s common that we first discover the music we see as our own, discarding the vinyl our parents played, and kicking back on beats to our own tune. For me it was a migration from 60s pop to 70s prog and hard rock. But, when you get to middle age you might find yourself living in some kind of shack and you may ask yourself, well what do I listen to now, as you let the days go by? For me, I’ve revisited many of those “discs” my parents played, but digesting them via a stream of 1s and 0s rather than ass the amplified jitterings of a…
  • There may be treble ahead

    David Bradley
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    A catchy pop song of 2014 had the refrain “I’m all about that bass, no treble” or somesuch throwaway line. The accompanying video, much parodied and pastiched, was popular on teh interwebz and was apparently all about raising body image awareness and itself a pardoy of the modern pop culture in which certain characteristics of the female and male form are emphasised in a modern grotesque.. Anyway, in the spirit of scientific endeavour I did a quick frequency analysis of the song to ascertain whether it really was “all about the bass”. And, guess what?
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    Newswise: SciNews

  • Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown "remarkably low contaminant levels," based on FDA standards, and revealed that: * 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; * 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; * 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.
  • SD Mines to Host International 'Conference on Science at the Sanford Underground Research Facility'

    Department of Energy, Office of Science
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The conference will address scientific research related to the laboratory in nearby Lead, S.D.
  • Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast

    Florida Atlantic University
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Researchers from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have published findings on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.
  • Unprecedented Microbial Diversity Reported in Remote Amazonian Tribe

    NYU Langone Medical Center
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A multicenter team of U.S. and Venezuelan scientists, led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center, have discovered the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria yet in humans among an isolated tribe of Yanomami Indians in the remote Amazonian jungles of southern Venezuela.
  • Bacterial Flora of Remote Tribespeople Carries Antibiotic Resistance Genes

    Washington University in St. Louis
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    An international team of scientists, including researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have found antibiotic resistance genes in the bacterial flora of a South American tribe that never before had been exposed to antibiotic drugs. The findings suggest that bacteria in the human body have had the ability to resist antibiotics since long before such drugs were ever used to treat disease.
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    Digg Science News

  • How Jim Cantore Became America's Weatherman

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:08 pm
    No one revels in the harsh and beautiful science of climate more than the Weather Channel's franchise anchor. Just ask him about thundersnow.
  • Liquid Fire Races Across The Floor In This Chemistry Demonstration

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    It's a proven fact: Science is coolest and most effective when it is also dangerous. Always trust your educators.
  • The Weird Ways Science Is Trying To Improve Fertility

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    In the past decade, the number of techniques and procedures available to women and men trying to improve their fertility has exploded.
  • The Science Of Artificial Testicles

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Someday, in the not-so-distant future, we won't need sex or even sperm to make babies. All it will take to reproduce is a swab of the cheek, or a scrape of the skin, or some other way to collect a live cell carrying your DNA, and voila: a bouncing baby, without all that mess and fuss.
  • Aliens Are Enormous, Science Suggests

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:58 am
    Aliens, if they exist, are likely huge. At least that’s the conclusion of a new paper by cosmologist Fergus Simpson, who has estimated that the average weight of intelligent extraterrestrials would be 650 pounds or more.
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  • The Simple Sales Booster That Almost Nobody Uses

    Roger Dooley
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    A recent test described by WhichTestWon showed adding a single line of text to a web page could boost sales, from a few percent to 200+%. Yet, very few websites use this technique. Do you?
  • Neuromarketing Careers

    Roger Dooley
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Are you looking for a career in neuromarketing, or as some prefer to call it, consumer neuroscience? How should you pursue that goal? Is such a goal even a good idea? I’ll try to provide answers, or at least some [...]
  • Brainfluence Podcast: Shankman, Kawasaki, and 8 More

    Roger Dooley
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Latest Brainfluence Podcast episodes feature Guy Kawasaki, Peter Shankman, and 8 others discussing loyalty, social media, branding, habit formation, neuromarketing and lots more.
  • Want to Be More Attractive? Science Says Have a Drink.

    Roger Dooley
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Getting your business portrait photo taken? Meeting new people at a networking event? Here's some counter-intuitive advice...
  • Habit Summit 2015: My Deck, and a Surprise Takeaway

    Roger Dooley
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    This year’s Habit Summit, organized by Nir Eyal (author of the best-selling Hooked), proved to be one of the more interesting conferences I’ve attended or spoken at. The focus was on building habit-forming products, and the speakers were carefully selected [...]
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 17-04-2015

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The latest instalment of ‘the seductive allure of neuroscience’ has been released (aka the force awakens) – a solid study suggest spurious neuroscience adds weight to explanations. Great coverage from the BPS Research Digest. Aeon asks an interesting question: throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies? There’s an excellent Motherboard documentary on the contested future of autonomous military robots you can watch online. To the bunkers!
  • Long corridors of the mind

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve just read Barbara Taylor‘s brilliant book The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times which blends her own experiences as a patient in one of the last remaining asylums with an incisive look at the changing face of mental health care since the Victorian era. Taylor is a renowned historian but the book is not what you’d expect. It’s scandalous, searingly honest and often a exquisitely observed look at herself and others as they made shaky orbits around the mental health system. Through severe mental unwellness, the state mental health system, and a searching…
  • She’s giving me hallucinations

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last year I did a talk in London on auditory hallucinations, The Beach Boys and the psychology and neuroscience of hallucinated voices, and I’ve just discovered the audio is available online. It was part of the Pint of Science festival where they got scientists to talk about their area of research in the pub, which is exactly what I did. The audio is hosted on SoundCloud which gives you an online stream but there’s no mp3 download facility. However, if you type the page URL into the AnythingToMP3 service it’ll present you with you an mp3 to download. It was a fun talk, so do…
  • Spike activity 10-04-2015

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A new series of BBC Radio 4’s mind and brain magazine programme All in the Mind has just kicked off. The New York Times has an excellent piece on America’s mental illness fuelled, jail and treatment revolving door: For Mentally Ill Inmates, a Cycle of Jail and Hospitals. One of the few good, balanced pieces on the recent ‘genetics of sex offending’ study appeared in The Independent. Full open-access paper here if you want the original source. MIT Tech Review reports an example of how the newly cloudified IBM AI…
  • A fluctuating wellness

    6 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The New York Review of Books has an excellent new piece by Oliver Sacks where he describes the psychological effects of cancer treatment in terms of its effects on the ‘homeostasis of well being’. The article weaves together the role of the autonomic nervous system, the progression of migraine and the repressions and releases of cancer treatment. Indeed, everything comes and goes, and if one could take a scan or inner photograph of the body at such times, one would see vascular beds opening and closing, peristalsis accelerating or stopping, viscera squirming or tightening in…
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  • Comments of the Week #56: From dark energy’s existence to fine-tuning [Starts With A Bang]

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    “Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.” -Laurence J. Peter This past week was a super busy one on Starts With A Bang, from dark energy to stars to a fabulous book review and more! Just in the last seven days, we’ve looked at: What if dark energy isn’t real? (for Ask Ethan), The great yogurt tragedy (for our Weekend Diversion), The cosmic sombrero (for Mostly Mute Monday), Einstein, Schrödinger, and the story you never heard (a review of Paul Halpern’s new book), What the hell are baryon acoustic oscillations?, and…
  • Sketches of Boz [Aardvarchaeology]

    Martin R
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    In the second novel-length third of Stephen Jarvis’s hefty Death and Mr Pickwick, artist and caricaturist Robert Seymour starts in earnest to put ideas together for the Pickwick Papers. Yes, that’s right: here (as maybe in reality) it is the illustrator who comes up with the concept for the book, but being dyslexic and proud he doesn’t want to write it himself. Narrative pictures with brief “letterpress” text added by someone else afterwards is an established form at the time. Charles Dickens finally makes his entrance on the novel’s stage, first as as “Chatham…
  • The Real Access Problem with the Hugos [Uncertain Principles]

    Chad Orzel
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    There has been a lot of stuff written in response to the Hugo award nomination mess, most of it stupid. Some of it is stupid to such an impressive degree that it actually makes me feel sympathetic toward people who I know are wrong about everything. One of the few exceptions is the long essay by Eric Flint. This comes as a mild surprise, as I’ve always mentally lumped him in with the folks whose incessant political wrangling was a blight on Usenet’s rec.arts.sf.written back in the day; now I can’t remember if he was actually one of the annoying idiots, or if I’ve…
  • Friday Cephalopod: Another step in the fusion of cephalopod and technology [Pharyngula]

    PZ Myers
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 pm
    They know how to use gadgets!
  • Ask Ethan #84: Where did light first come from? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” -Terry Pratchett If you want, you can imagine back in the Universe to a time before it looked anything like ours did. Before there was life, before there were planets, galaxies, stars, or even neutral atoms. Yet going back even to those times, there was still light, and there were still photons. Image credit: the Cosmic Microwave Background of Penzias and Wilson, via…
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  • Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

    Geoff Brumfiel
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)» E-Mail This
  • Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Denise Kandel coined the term, often associated with marijuana, in a research paper 40 years ago. But her work suggested nicotine, not pot, was most likely to lead to the use of harder drugs.» E-Mail This
  • Why Water Markets Might Work In California

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    When Australia suffered a drought in the 2000s, it set up markets to trade water rights. NPR's Linda Wertheimer asks McKenzie Funk whether water markets could help California.» E-Mail This
  • How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

    Chris Young
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.» E-Mail This
  • WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

    Scott Neuman
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    A 29-month study of chimpanzees in Uganda's Kibale National Park reveals that many have learned a valuable survival skill — to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.» E-Mail This
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    EE Times

  • Qualcomm to Leverage Monolithic 3D for Smartphones

    Zvi Or-Bach
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Qualcomm is looking to leverage Monolithic 3D IC technology to win market share in the 8 billion dollar smart phone market.
  • Full Human Head Transplant May Be Closer Than You Think

    Max Maxfield
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Suddenly, some of the things we read in science fiction books don't seem quite so far-fetched as once they did.
  • Automotive Chip Reliability: A Matter of Design Methods

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Up to 90% of all innovations today are generated through novel applications of semiconductors and electronic circuits. In the project Resilient Integrated Systems (RESIST), ten partners jointly strengthen the role of nanoelectronic components as the key to future developments. The research focuses on design processes for microchips and next-gen systems that will meet even higher requirements in terms of quality and reliability.
  • Paper Memory Ready to Roll

    Julien Happich
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    Researchers at the Finish VTT Technical Research Centre have demonstrated they could print memory circuits directly on paper, using simple roll-to-roll printing techniques with a particular mix of commercially available metallic inks.
  • Top 10 Robotics Projects on Kickstarter

    Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    EBN takes a look at the newest robots coming down the pike. These inventors are making everything from educational toys to industrial tools.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • Endothelial Cell Self-fusion during Vascular Pruning

    Anna Lenard et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Anna Lenard, Stephan Daetwyler, Charles Betz, Elin Ellertsdottir, Heinz-Georg Belting, Jan Huisken, Markus Affolter During embryonic development, vascular networks remodel to meet the increasing demand of growing tissues for oxygen and nutrients. This is achieved by the pruning of redundant blood vessel segments, which then allows more efficient blood flow patterns. Because of the lack of an in vivo system suitable for high-resolution live imaging, the dynamics of the pruning process have not been described in detail. Here, we present the subintestinal vein (SIV) plexus of the zebrafish…
  • Dynamic Endothelial Cell Rearrangements Drive Developmental Vessel Regression

    Claudio A. Franco et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Claudio A. Franco, Martin L. Jones, Miguel O. Bernabeu, Ilse Geudens, Thomas Mathivet, Andre Rosa, Felicia M. Lopes, Aida P. Lima, Anan Ragab, Russell T. Collins, Li-Kun Phng, Peter V. Coveney, Holger Gerhardt Patterning of functional blood vessel networks is achieved by pruning of superfluous connections. The cellular and molecular principles of vessel regression are poorly understood. Here we show that regression is mediated by dynamic and polarized migration of endothelial cells, representing anastomosis in reverse. Establishing and analyzing the first axial polarity map of all…
  • Colour As a Signal for Entraining the Mammalian Circadian Clock

    Lauren Walmsley et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Lauren Walmsley, Lydia Hanna, Josh Mouland, Franck Martial, Alexander West, Andrew R. Smedley, David A. Bechtold, Ann R. Webb, Robert J. Lucas, Timothy M. Brown Twilight is characterised by changes in both quantity (“irradiance”) and quality (“colour”) of light. Animals use the variation in irradiance to adjust their internal circadian clocks, aligning their behaviour and physiology with the solar cycle. However, it is currently unknown whether changes in colour also contribute to this entrainment process. Using environmental measurements, we show here that mammalian blue–yellow…
  • Never Settling Down: Frequent Changes in Sex Chromosomes

    Kevin H-C Wei et al.
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Kevin H-C Wei, Daniel A. Barbash
  • Numerous Transitions of Sex Chromosomes in Diptera

    Beatriz Vicoso et al.
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Beatriz Vicoso, Doris Bachtrog Many species groups, including mammals and many insects, determine sex using heteromorphic sex chromosomes. Diptera flies, which include the model Drosophila melanogaster, generally have XY sex chromosomes and a conserved karyotype consisting of six chromosomal arms (five large rods and a small dot), but superficially similar karyotypes may conceal the true extent of sex chromosome variation. Here, we use whole-genome analysis in 37 fly species belonging to 22 different families of Diptera and uncover tremendous hidden diversity in sex chromosome karyotypes…
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Interaction of the Antimicrobial Peptide Polymyxin B1 with Both Membranes of E. coli: A Molecular Dynamics Study

    Nils A. Berglund et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Nils A. Berglund, Thomas J. Piggot, Damien Jefferies, Richard B. Sessions, Peter J. Bond, Syma Khalid Antimicrobial peptides are small, cationic proteins that can induce lysis of bacterial cells through interaction with their membranes. Different mechanisms for cell lysis have been proposed, but these models tend to neglect the role of the chemical composition of the membrane, which differs between bacterial species and can be heterogeneous even within a single cell. Moreover, the cell envelope of Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli contains two membranes with differing compositions. To…
  • Simulation Predicts IGFBP2-HIF1α Interaction Drives Glioblastoma Growth

    Ka Wai Lin et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Ka Wai Lin, Angela Liao, Amina A. Qutub Tremendous strides have been made in improving patients’ survival from cancer with one glaring exception: brain cancer. Glioblastoma is the most common, aggressive and highly malignant type of primary brain tumor. The average overall survival remains less than 1 year. Notably, cancer patients with obesity and diabetes have worse outcomes and accelerated progression of glioblastoma. The root cause of this accelerated progression has been hypothesized to involve the insulin signaling pathway. However, while the process of invasive glioblastoma…
  • Transcriptional Dynamics Reveal Critical Roles for Non-coding RNAs in the Immediate-Early Response

    Stuart Aitken et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Stuart Aitken, Shigeyuki Magi, Ahmad M. N. Alhendi, Masayoshi Itoh, Hideya Kawaji, Timo Lassmann, Carsten O. Daub, Erik Arner, Piero Carninci, Alistair R. R. Forrest, Yoshihide Hayashizaki, the FANTOM Consortium , Levon M. Khachigian, Mariko Okada-Hatakeyama, Colin A. Semple The immediate-early response mediates cell fate in response to a variety of extracellular stimuli and is dysregulated in many cancers. However, the specificity of the response across stimuli and cell types, and the roles of non-coding RNAs are not well understood. Using a large collection of densely-sampled time series…
  • Emergent Systems Energy Laws for Predicting Myosin Ensemble Processivity

    Paul Egan et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Paul Egan, Jeffrey Moore, Christian Schunn, Jonathan Cagan, Philip LeDuc In complex systems with stochastic components, systems laws often emerge that describe higher level behavior regardless of lower level component configurations. In this paper, emergent laws for describing mechanochemical systems are investigated for processive myosin-actin motility systems. On the basis of prior experimental evidence that longer processive lifetimes are enabled by larger myosin ensembles, it is hypothesized that emergent scaling laws could coincide with myosin-actin contact probability or system…
  • MAGMA: Generalized Gene-Set Analysis of GWAS Data

    Christiaan A. de Leeuw et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Christiaan A. de Leeuw, Joris M. Mooij, Tom Heskes, Danielle Posthuma By aggregating data for complex traits in a biologically meaningful way, gene and gene-set analysis constitute a valuable addition to single-marker analysis. However, although various methods for gene and gene-set analysis currently exist, they generally suffer from a number of issues. Statistical power for most methods is strongly affected by linkage disequilibrium between markers, multi-marker associations are often hard to detect, and the reliance on permutation to compute p-values tends to make the analysis…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • A Redox Regulatory System Critical for Mycobacterial Survival in Macrophages and Biofilm Development

    Kerstin A. Wolff et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Kerstin A. Wolff, Andres H. de la Peña, Hoa T. Nguyen, Thanh H. Pham, L. Mario Amzel, Sandra B. Gabelli, Liem Nguyen Survival of M. tuberculosis in host macrophages requires the eukaryotic-type protein kinase G, PknG, but the underlying mechanism has remained unknown. Here, we show that PknG is an integral component of a novel redox homeostatic system, RHOCS, which includes the ribosomal protein L13 and RenU, a Nudix hydrolase encoded by a gene adjacent to pknG. Studies in M. smegmatis showed that PknG expression is uniquely induced by NADH, which plays a key role in metabolism and redox…
  • Correction: The RhoGAP SPIN6 Associates with SPL11 and OsRac1 and Negatively Regulates Programmed Cell Death and Innate Immunity in Rice

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS Pathogens Staff
  • Endopeptidase-Mediated Beta Lactam Tolerance

    Tobias Dörr et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Tobias Dörr, Brigid M. Davis, Matthew K. Waldor In many bacteria, inhibition of cell wall synthesis leads to cell death and lysis. The pathways and enzymes that mediate cell lysis after exposure to cell wall-acting antibiotics (e.g. beta lactams) are incompletely understood, but the activities of enzymes that degrade the cell wall (‘autolysins’) are thought to be critical. Here, we report that Vibrio cholerae, the cholera pathogen, is tolerant to antibiotics targeting cell wall synthesis. In response to a wide variety of cell wall- acting antibiotics, this pathogen loses its rod…
  • Neutrophil Recruitment to Lymph Nodes Limits Local Humoral Response to Staphylococcus aureus

    Olena Kamenyeva et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Olena Kamenyeva, Cedric Boularan, Juraj Kabat, Gordon Y. C. Cheung, Claudia Cicala, Anthony J. Yeh, June L. Chan, Saravanan Periasamy, Michael Otto, John H. Kehrl Neutrophils form the first line of host defense against bacterial pathogens. They are rapidly mobilized to sites of infection where they help marshal host defenses and remove bacteria by phagocytosis. While splenic neutrophils promote marginal zone B cell antibody production in response to administered T cell independent antigens, whether neutrophils shape humoral immunity in other lymphoid organs is controversial. Here we…
  • Transgenic Fatal Familial Insomnia Mice Indicate Prion Infectivity-Independent Mechanisms of Pathogenesis and Phenotypic Expression of Disease

    Ihssane Bouybayoune et al.
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Ihssane Bouybayoune, Susanna Mantovani, Federico Del Gallo, Ilaria Bertani, Elena Restelli, Liliana Comerio, Laura Tapella, Francesca Baracchi, Natalia Fernández-Borges, Michela Mangieri, Cinzia Bisighini, Galina V. Beznoussenko, Alessandra Paladini, Claudia Balducci, Edoardo Micotti, Gianluigi Forloni, Joaquín Castilla, Fabio Fiordaliso, Fabrizio Tagliavini, Luca Imeri, Roberto Chiesa Fatal familial insomnia (FFI) and a genetic form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD178) are clinically different prion disorders linked to the D178N prion protein (PrP) mutation. The disease phenotype is…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Gene Profiling Characteristics of Radioadaptive Response in AG01522 Normal Human Fibroblasts

    Jue Hou et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Jue Hou, Fan Wang, Peizhong Kong, Peter K. N. Yu, Hongzhi Wang, Wei Han Radioadaptive response (RAR) in mammalian cells refers to the phenomenon where a low-dose ionizing irradiation alters the gene expression profiles, and protects the cells from the detrimental effects of a subsequent high dose exposure. Despite the completion of numerous experimental studies on RAR, the underlying mechanism has remained unclear. In this study, we aimed to have a comprehensive investigation on the RAR induced in the AG01522 human fibroblasts first exposed to 5 cGy (priming dose) and then followed by 2 Gy…
  • Evaluation of the Diagnostic Accuracy of CareStart G6PD Deficiency Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) in a Malaria Endemic Area in Ghana, Africa

    Dennis Adu-Gyasi et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Dennis Adu-Gyasi, Kwaku Poku Asante, Sam Newton, David Dosoo, Sabastina Amoako, George Adjei, Nicholas Amoako, Love Ankrah, Samuel Kofi Tchum, Emmanuel Mahama, Veronica Agyemang, Kingsley Kayan, Seth Owusu-Agyei Background Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most widespread enzyme defect that can result in red cell breakdown under oxidative stress when exposed to certain medicines including antimalarials. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of CareStart G6PD deficiency Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) as a point-of-care tool for screening G6PD deficiency. Methods A…
  • Identification of New Genes Contributing to the Extreme Radioresistance of Deinococcus radiodurans Using a Tn5-Based Transposon Mutant Library

    Rémi Dulermo et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Rémi Dulermo, Takefumi Onodera, Geneviève Coste, Fanny Passot, Murielle Dutertre, Martine Porteron, Fabrice Confalonieri, Suzanne Sommer, Cécile Pasternak Here, we have developed an extremely efficient in vivo Tn5-based mutagenesis procedure to construct a Deinococcus radiodurans insertion mutant library subsequently screened for sensitivity to genotoxic agents such as γ and UV radiations or mitomycin C. The genes inactivated in radiosensitive mutants belong to various functional categories, including DNA repair functions, stress responses, signal transduction, membrane transport,…
  • Contrasting Diversity and Host Association of Ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycetes versus Root-Associated Ascomycetes in a Dipterocarp Rainforest

    Hirotoshi Sato et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Hirotoshi Sato, Akifumi S. Tanabe, Hirokazu Toju Root-associated fungi, including ectomycorrhizal and root-endophytic fungi, are among the most diverse and important belowground plant symbionts in dipterocarp rainforests. Our study aimed to reveal the biodiversity, host association, and community structure of ectomycorrhizal Basidiomycota and root-associated Ascomycota (including root-endophytic Ascomycota) in a lowland dipterocarp rainforest in Southeast Asia. The host plant chloroplast ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit (rbcL) region and fungal internal…
  • Genome-Wide Association Study of Serum Minerals Levels in Children of Different Ethnic Background

    Xiao Chang et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Xiao Chang, Jin Li, Yiran Guo, Zhi Wei, Frank D. Mentch, Cuiping Hou, Yan Zhao, Haijun Qiu, Cecilia Kim, Patrick M. A. Sleiman, Hakon Hakonarson Calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, chloride and phosphorus are the major dietary minerals involved in various biological functions and are commonly measured in the blood serum. Sufficient mineral intake is especially important for children due to their rapid growth. Currently, the genetic mechanisms influencing serum mineral levels are poorly understood, especially for children. We carried out a genome-wide association (GWA) study on 5,602…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • Correction: A Colour Opponent Model That Explains Tsetse Fly Attraction to Visual Baits and Can Be Used to Investigate More Efficacious Bait Materials

    Roger D. Santer
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Roger D. Santer
  • Using Hospital Discharge Database to Characterize Chagas Disease Evolution in Spain: There Is a Need for a Systematic Approach towards Disease Detection and Control

    Zaida Herrador et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Zaida Herrador, Eva Rivas, Alin Gherasim, Diana Gomez-Barroso, Jezabel García, Agustín Benito, Pilar Aparicio After the United States, Spain comes second in the list of countries receiving migrants from Latin America, and, therefore, it is the European country with the highest expected number of infected patients of Chagas disease. We have studied the National Health System’s Hospital Discharge Records Database (CMBD) in order to describe the disease evolution from 1997 to 2011 in Spain. We performed a retrospective descriptive study using CMBD information on hospitalizations including…
  • Social Pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in Rural Sierra Leone, and Some Implications for Containment

    Paul Richards et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Paul Richards, Joseph Amara, Mariane C. Ferme, Prince Kamara, Esther Mokuwa, Amara Idara Sheriff, Roland Suluku, Maarten Voors The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Upper West Africa is the largest ever recorded. Molecular evidence suggests spread has been almost exclusively through human-to-human contact. Social factors are thus clearly important to understand the epidemic and ways in which it might be stopped, but these factors have so far been little analyzed. The present paper focuses on Sierra Leone, and provides cross sectional data on the least understood part of the…
  • High Prevalence of HTLV-1 Infection among Japanese Immigrants in Non-endemic Area of Brazil

    Larissa M. Bandeira et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Larissa M. Bandeira, Silvia N. O. Uehara, Marcel A. Asato, Gabriela S. Aguena, Cristiane M. Maedo, Nikolas H. Benites, Marco A. M. Puga, Grazielli R. Rezende, Carolina M. Finotti, Gabriela A. Cesar, Tayana S. O. Tanaka, Vivianne O. L. Castro, Koko Otsuki, Ana C. P. Vicente, Carlos E. Fernandes, Ana R. C. Motta-Castro Background Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) has worldwide distribution and is considered endemic in many world regions, including southwestern Japan and Brazil. Japanese immigrants and their descendants have a high risk of acquiring this infection due to intense…
  • Release of Lungworm Larvae from Snails in the Environment: Potential for Alternative Transmission Pathways

    Alessio Giannelli et al.
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    by Alessio Giannelli, Vito Colella, Francesca Abramo, Rafael Antonio do Nascimento Ramos, Luigi Falsone, Emanuele Brianti, Antonio Varcasia, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Martin Knaus, Mark T. Fox, Domenico Otranto Background Gastropod-borne parasites may cause debilitating clinical conditions in animals and humans following the consumption of infected intermediate or paratenic hosts. However, the ingestion of fresh vegetables contaminated by snail mucus and/or water has also been proposed as a source of the infection for some zoonotic metastrongyloids (e.g., Angiostrongylus cantonensis). In the…
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    AIChE SmartBrief

  • Shell enters $70B merger deal with BG Group

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    Royal Dutch Shell announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal to acquire BG Group for about $70 billion, offering a 50% pr -More- 
  • Mylan offers to buy Perrigo for $29B

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    Mylan made an offer to acquire Perrigo in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $29 billion, or $205 per share.  -More- 
  • Tips for conducting an under-the-radar job search

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    A stealthy job search should involve reaching out to hiring managers directly, bypassing the usual recruitment "Black Hole,"  -More- 
  • Surge in mega-refineries prompts traders to use supertankers, observers say

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    Major traders are increasingly relying on supertankers that can carry up to 1 million barrels of oil products as the number o -More- Tools for a HAZOP Study A HAZOP is a widely used PHA technique worldwide. It is a systematic, team-based Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) technique used to identify and analyze risks. It is used during the design stages of a new process/project, process modifications and for review of existing operations. The quality of a HAZOP is related to the ability of the HAZOP leader to ask the right questions. Access HAZOP tools from an industry leader- ioMosaic.
  • House subpanel to consider TSCA reform draft today

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
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  • Scientists create self-powering camera

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    New York, NEW YORK - Scientists at Columbia University in New York have successfully built a camera that is capable of producing images using power harvested from the surrounding incident light. 
  • U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The United States needs disruptive new technologies, new ways of acquiring equipment and bandwidth, and closer ties with global allies to stay ahead of growing challenges in space from China, Russia and others, the head of U.S. Air Force Space Command told Reuters.
  • NASA electric rover goes for a spin

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Texas, Houston, U.S. - Driving NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) looks out of this world - and the leading space agency say this might one day be a possibility.
  • Amazonian tribe study shows how human bodily bacteria is changing

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Everyone's body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. But modern diets, antibiotics and hygiene seem to be reducing the range of microbes occupying our anatomy.
  • ReNeuron stem cell therapy shows long-term promise for stroke

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    LONDON (Reuters) - A pioneering stem cell treatment for patients disabled by stroke has continued to show long-term promise in a clinical trial, the British biotech company behind the project said on Friday.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • 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…
  • When I die and they lay me to rest…

    David Bradley
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    “When I die and they lay me to rest, gonna find a friend in Facebook” — to paraphrase Norman Greenbaum’s classic 70s hit Spirit in the Sky. Apparently, the social media site is taking care of your online after life, now letting you choose (before you go) who your legacy contact should be. It’s definitely worth assigning an post mortem contact for your page sooner rather than too later, because under certain jurisdictions accounts are legally bound to be frozen in the event of your summary departure. Before you tune up to meet the choir invisible, before you cease…
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  • xkcd: U.S. of movie backgrounds

    Nathan Yau
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    xkcd sectioned the United States by the background in movies. Because xkcd. Tags: movies, xkcd
  • Quantified email

    Nathan Yau
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    There were a couple of similar quantified self articles last week about email. They're both joke-ish but kind of interesting with a this-is-kind-of-pointless undercurrent. In one, Paul Ford analyzes his email archive and deems it a failure after he finds nothing interesting. In the second, Emma Pierson analyzes her email in the context of a long-distance relationship. From Ford: This is the era of the quantified self and radical transformation. And I’ve made charts and counted and poked around. I can tell you the top 20 words for each of my years, the number of times I wrote about weight…
  • Really slow speed of light

    Nathan Yau
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    The "speed of light" typically means "really fast" but when it's relative to the scale of the universe, maybe not so much. Animator Alphonse Swinehart shows what it might look like to follow a photon from the sun to Jupiter, where the speed of light can sometimes feel really slow. Watch the 45-minute video below, or you know, set it aside for later and let it run in the background. In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in…
  • Sponsor: Beer, Pizza & Data Science →

    Nathan Yau
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Metis, known for their data science bootcamps in New York City, is holding a Data Science Open House the evening of Wednesday, April 29. Enjoy pizza and drinks as data science instructors Bo Peng and Aaron Schumacher walk you through a sampling of what students learn throughout their 12 weeks of project-based data science work at Metis. The Metis Data Science Bootcamp is an immersive experience, designed by world-class industry practitioners. Students receive intensive, on-site instruction, access to an extensive network of speakers and mentors, and ongoing career coaching and job placement…
  • Married couple tax bonuses and penalties

    Nathan Yau
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    Using calculations by Nick Kasprak from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Kyle Pomerleau from Tax Foundation, Amanda Cox shows tax penalties and bonuses for married couples. The x-axis is total earnings, and the y-axis is the split between the couples. Percentages for penalties and bonuses are versus what couples would pay if they were allowed to file individually. Make your way towards the low end or high end of total earnings, closer to a 50-50 split between the pair, and you run into higher penalties. Have a child? It gets more painful almost all across the board. Enter your…
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    Science Daily

  • Study reveals cause of poorer outcomes for African-American patients with breast cancer

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Poorer outcomes for African-American women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, compared with European-American patients, appears to be due, in part, to a strong survival mechanism within the cancer cells, according to a study.
  • Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Excessive movement common among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, a new study shows. The findings show the longtime prevailing methods for helping children with ADHD may be misguided.
  • Researchers make key malarial drug-resistence finding

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A molecular mechanism responsible for making malaria parasites resistant to artemisinins, the leading class of antimalarial drugs, has been discovered by researchers. Artemisinins are powerful drugs that have the most rapid action of all current drugs against the parasite species that causes the most dangerous form of malaria. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) are now standard treatment worldwide for P. falciparum malaria. Unfortunately, resistance to artemisinin has been detected in five countries across Southeast Asia.
  • Understanding thermo-mechanical properties of a new class of materials

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Scientists describe how an accurate statistical description of heterogeneous particulate materials, which is used within statistical micromechanics theories, governs the overall thermo-mechanical properties.
  • New research shows how to tackle obesity

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:59 pm
    One size does not fit all when it comes to tackling obesity, according to a new study. Researchers looking at how to tackle England's country's obesity issue and found that currently individuals are often treated the same regardless of how healthy they are, where they live or their behavioral characteristics.
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    The Why Files

  • Dogs and their owners: A chemical bond

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    Dogs and their owners: A chemical bond A student plays with Hook, a Labrador retriever. Hook's gazing behavior increased his owner’s urinary oxytocin, in the first demonstration of human inter-species hormonal feedback. Photo: Mikako Mikura Have dogs hijacked a communication system that bonds mother and infant? Apparently so, says a study in Science this week. The action centers on oxytocin, a hormone first identified as stimulating childbirth, but now known to play many "affiliative" roles in people and animals. Oxytocin is released into the blood (and can be detected in the urine) in many…
  • Continental connection: North, South America linked much earlier than thought

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Continental connection: North, South America linked much earlier than thought Panoramic view of the Cauca River canyon, Colombia, where rock layers contain crystals of zircon, sourced in the Panama arc of volcanoes seen in the background. Photo: Carlos Armando Rosero The map shows the Western-Hemisphere continents playing footsies at the freakishly slender Isthmus of Panama. Since continents and tectonic plates drift through the eons, scientists have long thought the Isthmus geologically young. Before the isthmus formed, a deep seaway between the oceans separated South and North America. By…
  • 2015 Cool Science Image Contest Winners

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    2015 Cool Science Image Contest Winning Images Click to view slideshow. Winning Video SEED GERMINATION: The Fast Plants program works to build open education resources that support conceptual understanding through science teaching, learning, and research using Wisconsin Fast Plants as a model. This video shows seeds germinating on moistened paper towel with a small amount of soil inside a vertically oriented Petri plate. The animation was produced over three days using time-lapse photography. It begins moments after the seeds were positioned on the plate. Observe the stages of seed…
  • Spring forward: birds and flowers in a warming world!

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Spring forward: birds and flowers in a warming world! Cherry blossoms in Tokyo bloomed five days earlier than average in 2015. Celebrating this blossoming is a long tradition in Japan. Photo: Ryo Fujita On March 29 -- five days earlier than average -- Japan's cherry blossoms were in full bloom. It's spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and nature knows the routine. Triggered by longer days and warmer temperatures, leaves and flowers bud out sooner. Using the same cues, migrating birds move north, mate and breed. Mammals emerge from hibernation with the same result. By themselves, early cherry…
  • The known universe requires black holes!

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The known universe requires black holes! Astronomers studying a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy found proof that the winds blown by the black hole are sweeping away the host galaxy's reservoir of raw material to form stars. This artist's impression shows the outflow of molecular gas (red) in a galaxy hosting a supermassive black hole at its core. The study is based on data from the Herschel and Suzaku space observatories. ©ESA/ATG medialab If you are smart enough to run a simulation of the birth of galaxies, you are smart enough to count, and when you count, you end up with…
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Evidence of Pre-Columbus Trade Found in Alaska House

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Bronze artifacts discovered in a 1,000-year-old house in Alaska suggest trade was occurring between East Asia and the New World centuries before the voyages of Columbus. Archaeologists found the artifacts at the "Rising Whale" site at Cape Espenberg. "When you're looking at the site from a little ways away, it looks like a bowhead [whale] coming to the surface," said Owen Mason, a research associate at the University of Colorado, who is part of a team excavating the site. The new discoveries, combined with other finds made over the past 100 years, suggest trade items…
  • Man Goes Exploring with Metal Detector, Finds Roman-Era Grave

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    A man in England went exploring with a metal detector and made the discovery of a lifetime: an exquisitely preserved Roman-era grave filled with artifacts, including bronze jugs, mosaic glassware, coins and hobnails from a pair of shoes, all dating to about A.D. 200. The grave likely belonged to a wealthy individual, said Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, the archaeology and outreach officer for the North Hertfordshire District Council. Once Fitzpatrick-Matthews and his colleagues located the grave, they also found evidence of a nearby building, likely a shrine or temple, attached to a villa. The…
  • Scientists: 3 wolves remain at Isle Royale National Park

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:34 pm
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday.
  • 2015 Already Setting Heat Records

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The first three months of 2015 set new global heat records, government officials announced today (April 17).
  • Scientists create self-powering camera

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    By Elly Park New York, NEW YORK - Scientists at Columbia University in New York have successfully built a camera that is capable of producing images using power harvested from the surrounding incident light.  The prototype self-powering camera takes an image each second, and in a well-lit scene it can operate indefinitely. The team is led by Shree Nayar, Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering,  "What we have designed here is an image sensor with pixels, with this new design that can not only capture pictures but also generate power from the pixels, in order to capture the…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • 10 Handy Tips to Help Keep Your PCRs Contamination Free

    Bhavyasri Vennapusa
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    PCR contamination can be your worst nightmare if you are not able to figure out the source of the bands in your negative control. Initially, when I had to setup PCRs, contamination was my main problem and it remained a mystery for a while, as no matter how many times I repeated it with a new set of everything, I was not able to get rid of it. After a lot of trial and error, I finally managed to solve the problem. So here are the steps I followed to prevent PCR contamination. 1. Wear Gloves that Fit Like a Second Skin I used to wear small size gloves since my correct size (XS) was not…
  • Five Simple Tips to Break Your Dissertation up into Manageable Parts

    Kristin Harper
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    You’ve got an advisor, you’re done with classes, you’ve finally passed your qualifying exams and your dissertation project is underway. Life is looking good, but it’s not too early to start thinking about how to tackle your dissertation. Chances are this is the biggest writing project you have ever undertaken, so breaking it up into small, manageable parts is the way to go. Here are some ideas to get you started. 1. Talk to Your Dissertation Committee About What They Expect to See You may be pleasantly surprised. In the sciences, many departments are moving toward more practical…
  • Live-Cell Imaging: Choosing the Right Technique

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you want to see in real time what is going on inside your cell then you should be performing live-cell imaging. These techniques allow real-time examination of almost every aspect of cellular function under normal and experimental conditions. With all live-cell imaging experiments, the main challenges are to keep your cells alive and healthy over a period of time while they are on the stage of the microscope. Your cells must be kept in a temperature- and pH-stable environment, which is usually achieved by using a chamber where the cells are placed, or larger environmental chambers around…
  • The Benefits of Being Single: Genomic Analysis of Single Cells

    Laura Fulford
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    You don’t need to be told about how next generation sequencing technologies have revolutionized the way we study the genome and the epigenome. Whether you want to look at transcription (RNA-seq), translation (Ribo-seq) genomes (DNA-seq), interactions of proteins and DNA (ChIP-Seq) or to study epigenetic features such as methylation (whole genome bilsulfite sequencing) there are a range of techniques available to you. Why Study Single Cells? All these techniques require vast numbers of cells (normally in the millions). This has several downsides: what if you are looking for rare mutations or…
  • Your 10 Step Guide to a More Motivated PhD

    Shoa Naqvi
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    If there is a job in the world that requires one of the highest levels of motivation, I would say it is doing a PhD. Pushing yourself out of bed daily to enter the lab ain’t an easy task, especially when your results are dodgy or you have unluckily found that your lab-mates or project colleagues are not the kind of people you really gel with. Anything from a tough project, elusive results to not-so-helpful colleagues can bring your motivation down. But I have always believed that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going! So on that Mantra, here I am, a PhD student, thinking about…
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    PHD Comics

  • 04/17/15 PHD comic: 'Teaching Pet Peeves, Part 1'

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Teaching Pet Peeves, Part 1" - originally published 4/17/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/13/15 PHD comic: 'Monday Morning'

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Monday Morning" - originally published 4/13/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/08/15 PHD comic: 'Acknowledgments'

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Acknowledgments" - originally published 4/8/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/01/15 PHD comic: 'Srsly, this happens.'

    4 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Srsly, this happens." - originally published 4/1/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 03/25/15 PHD comic: 'Class communication'

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Class communication" - originally published 3/25/2015 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    ZME Science

  • NASA can only make three more Plutonium batteries to power spacecraft in space

    Tibi Puiu
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    According to the Department of Energy, the plutonium-238 stockpile is enough to make only three more nuclear batteries. These are used to power long-term space missions, like Curiosity rover now studying Mars on site, the Voyager probes which were launched in the 1970s and are now almost out of the solar system or New Horizon which is close to making the first Pluto flyby in history. New Horizon is also the fastest spacecraft ever built, racing at one million miles per day. All these remarkable achievements were made possible thanks to plutonium-238 and the technology developed to harness its…
  • Book review: ‘Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet’

    Tibi Puiu
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    A sobering wake-up call: tax carbon!
  • Could you balance a pencil on a one-atom thick tip?

    Tibi Puiu
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    It's Saturday, so time for some fun physics. This non-trivial question is often asked in international physics contests and requires a bit of out of the box thinking.
  • The seemingly chaotic, but elegant movement of the octopus: how it pulls it off

    Tibi Puiu
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    Despite lacking a rigid skeleton, octopuses have a remarkable coordinated locomotion. Using high-speed cameras, a group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found the octopus achieves this by precisely and independently moving one or more of its eight legs to crawl its body, even when its facing a different direction. Moreover, there is no discernible rhythm or pattern to this undulating leg movement, making the octopus unique in this respect. It's controlled chaos, and only the octopus itself completely knows how it pulls all this off.
  • Blowing vapor: cigarette use plummets among youth in schools, but e-cigs take their place

    Tibi Puiu
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Electronic cigarettes have soared in use among high school and middle school kids, tripling relative in 2014, while cigarettes have reached an all time low. The report was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found 4.6 million middle and high school students were current users of any tobacco product, which includes e-cigs despite the fact that it doesn't burn or contain any tobacco - just the nicotine.
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  • King Richard III, Rediscovered: Forensic engineer to hold reburial lecture

    Amy P
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The remains of King Richard III, the last English king to die in battle, were discovered under a parking lot and identified in 2013 using DNA, radiocarbon dating and the identification of his distinctive curved spine by a team from the University of Leicester. What science revealed from Richard’s skeleton has triggered a revival of scholarship regarding his reign. Dr. Sarah Hainsworth, Forensic Engineer on the Richard III Project, will visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science Tuesday, April 21 to discuss the project’s findings and how history, archaeology and genetics were woven…
  • HMNS greenhouse teaches how to plant a butterfly oasis in your back yard

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    They float on the wind, decorate your back yard in the spring and summer, and inspire warm emotions with their delicate wings. They seem carefree, at home in any meadow, but butterflies have more specific needs than we might imagine. Monarch butterflies don’t live just anywhere; they need habitat, too! As urban sprawl continues to grow, reducing green space and native plant growth, natural butterfly habitats are shrinking. Butterflies require specific plants on which to feed and lay eggs. Caterpillars are finicky eaters. Soni Holladay, Houston Museum of Natural Science Horticulturist…
  • Girl Scouts earn badges for science at HMNS

    Guest Contributor
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    by James Talmage, Scout Programs After more than a year of hard work, Girl Scouts Heidi Tamm, Zoe Kass, Meredith Lytle and her sister Angela Lytle completed the entire Scouts@HMNS Careers in Science instructional series, earning each scout a total of seven badges. Careers in Science is the Scouts@HMNS series of classes for Girl Scouts that aims to introduce girls to different scientific fields, lets them meet women working in those fields, and shows them what it’s like to work at the museum. There are seven different classes: Archeology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Fossil Dig,…
  • Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 4/13-4/19

    12 Apr 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! NOW OPEN! Special Exhibition – China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery Of Sanxingdui The Sanxingdui culture left no written record or human remains and appears to have existed for only about 500 years before it vanished. In 2001, another archaeological discovery, this time in the city of Chengdu at Jinsha, revealed possible clues to the mystery of where they might have gone. This exhibition will present many of the most important…
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    Distillations Blog

  • Do these dolls look familiar? In 1997 Intel released the...

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Do these dolls look familiar? In 1997 Intel released the Pentium II processor and advertised it with commercials starring “BunnyPeople.” That name is not a reference to the animals with floppy ears; bunny suits are protective clothing worn by lab technicians who build microprocessors. The suits are designed to protect the processors from contamination, not the people wearing them.Intel stopped using this ad campaign around the same time overalls went out of style, but you can still buy BunnyPeople merch at Intel’s online store.Tomorrow, April 19, is the 50th anniversary of Moore’s law…
  • Check out our trailer of CHF’s new video about Gordon Moore and...

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Check out our trailer of CHF’s new video about Gordon Moore and his influence on the world. Go to after 4:30 p.m. EDT to watch the full film.Tomorrow we revisit an Intel advertising gem from the 1990s.
  • Three Reasons Why Moore’s Law Might Be Doomed

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    On April 19, 1965, Gordon Moore published a prediction that would shape the computer industry for the next 50 years: every year the number of transistors that fit on a microchip will double. (A transistor is basically an electric switch that allows a computer chip to make calculations.) In 1975 he revised this rate to every two years. So far Moore has been right. However, many computer scientists and engineers believe that Moore’s prediction has become a self-fulfilling prophesy. The public and the media expect processing power to double every two years, and any computer that does not…
  • Moore and the Microprocessor

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Gordon Moore first published the article containing what would become his namesake law 50 years ago this week. At the time he was serving as research director at Fairchild Semiconductor. Fairchild had pioneered the development of the modern microchip, which replaced the discrete components used in earlier electronic equipment with a single piece of silicon chemically etched with multiple transistors. As head of R&D, Moore oversaw Fairchild’s push to reduce the size—and increase the quantity—of transistors on each chip. His familiarity with the technical issues associated with these…
  • A graph from Gordon Moore’s “The Future of Integrated...

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    A graph from Gordon Moore’s “The Future of Integrated Electronics” from 1965: an article that lays out Moore’s belief that the number of transistors on a microchip would double every year. Click here to read the entire paper.Come back Wednesday to see a circuit board from CHF’s collections and learn about how Intel built the first computer chip.
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    NOVA | PBS

  • The Poop Cure

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Fecal transplants are surprisingly effective cures for a dangerous bacterial infection.
  • Lethal Seas

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea shows what the future may hold as oceans acidify.
  • What Does Disease Smell Like?

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes doctors can diagnose you based on how you smell.
  • The Great Math Mystery

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe?
  • The Three-Foot-Long Footworm

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Guinea worms have plagued humans for millennia, but they’re almost extinct.
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • A call to US educators: Learn from Canada

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In contrast to the contentious debates over education reform in the US, the Canadian province Ontario has taken a cooperative route to improving schools that often rank among the top performers on international assessments, according to a Boston College expert on educational change.
  • NYU study evaluates the influence of college experiences on career outcomes

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Meaningful college experiences, including internships and studying abroad, may not matter as much as your major and what school you attend when it comes to job satisfaction and earnings, according to research by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
  • College rankings go under the microscope

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    While parents, students and admissions officials annually comb through college and university rankings, education researchers have largely ignored the controversial yet influential listings. That's about to change, according to a Boston College expert in educational measurement.
  • Study reveals a cause of poorer outcomes for African-American patients with breast cancer

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Poorer outcomes for African-American women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, compared with European-American patients, appears to be due, in part, to a strong survival mechanism within the cancer cells, according to a study.
  • Potential migraine therapy to be presented April 22 by Achelios Therapeutics

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Achelios Therapeutics will announce results from a Phase IIa placebo-controlled clinical trial in moderate and severe migraine sufferers treated with TOPOFEN (TM), the company's proprietary topical anti-migraine therapy. The data to be presented demonstrate that the simple application of a well-known non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, using the company's proprietary formulation on the skin, over the trigeminal nerve branches, can be a safe and effective alternative treatment for patients suffering from acute migraine.
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    FriendFeed Blog

  • 9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    FriendFeed was shut down on April 9, 2015. We maintained the service since we joined Facebook in 2009, but the number of people using FriendFeed had been steadily declining and in the end, the community was just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we decided that it was time to start winding things down. We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support. - The FriendFeed team
  • 9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Dear FriendFeed community, We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We've been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that it's time to start winding things down. Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages, and photos until April 9th. On April 9th, we'll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available. We want…
  • Custom FriendFeed themes and a way to show them off

    13 Aug 2009 | 3:41 pm
    When we launched FriendFeed themes we mentioned some improvements we wanted to make, and here they are! Choose how people see your FriendFeed profile Starting today, people who visit your profile will see it in the theme you've chosen. If you'd prefer visitors not to see your theme, you can turn it off on your settings page. You can also choose themes for the groups that you're an admin for (looks like the So You Think You Can Dance admin wasted no time!). If you'd rather not see other people's profiles, you can make that selection in your settings page. Create your own themes Of course, we…
  • FriendFeed accepts Facebook friend request

    Bret Taylor
    10 Aug 2009 | 12:22 pm
    We are happy to announce that Facebook has acquired FriendFeed. As my mom explained to me, when two companies love each other very much, they form a structured investment vehicle... The FriendFeed team is extremely excited to become a part of the talented Facebook team. We've always been great admirers of Facebook, and our companies share a common vision. Now we have the opportunity to bring many of the innovations we've developed at FriendFeed to Facebook's 250 million users around the world and to work alongside Facebook's passionate engineers to create even more ways for you to easily…
  • FriendFeed API v2: Out of beta, OAuth for installed applications

    5 Aug 2009 | 9:51 am
    Two weeks ago, we launched version 2 of the FriendFeed API in beta. Since then, we've watched how developers have been using the API and collected a lot of their feedback. We've implemented some changes, and now, we're ready to remove the beta label! In addition to removing the beta label, we also added support for using OAuth in applications installed on a user's desktop or device. The way it works is similar to Google's ClientLogin for Installed Applications; read all about it in our API documentation. During the beta period, a number of developers took advantage of the new API to develop…
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Search for "Messengers from the Universe" --The Antarctica Ice-Cube Observatory
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Neutrinos are a type of particle that pass through just about everything in their path from even the most distant regions of the universe. The Earth is constantly bombarded by billions of neutrinos, which zip right through the entire globe, houses, animals, people - everything. Only very rarely do they react with matter, but the giant IceCube experiment at the South Pole can detect when there is a collision between neutrinos and atoms in the ice using a network of detectors. New research results from the Niels Bohr Institute among others have measured the neutrinos at the South Pole and have…
  • Massive "Zombie" Galaxies --"Harbor Half of All Stars the Universe Ever Produced"
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    "Massive dead spheroids contain about half of all the stars that the Universe has produced during its entire life," said Sandro Tacchella of ETH Zurich in Switzerland, lead author of the article. "We cannot claim to understand how the Universe evolved and became as we see it today unless we understand how these galaxies come to be." Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in "dead" galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that three billion years after the Big Bang, these galaxies…
  • Is Our Universe Fine-Tuned for Life? --"Protosuns Found Teeming with Prebiotic Molecules"
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Complex organic molecules such as formamide, from which sugars, amino acids and even nucleic acids essential for life can be made, already appear in the regions where stars similar to our Sun are born. Astrophysicists from Spain and other countries have detected this biomolecule in five protostellar clouds and propose that it forms on tiny dust grains. One of science's greatest challenges is learning about the origin of life and its precursor molecules. Formamide (NH2CHO) is an excellent candidate for helping to search for answers as it contains four essential elements (nitrogen, hydrogen,…
  • Dark Matter --"Is a Parallel Universe That Could Harbor Rich Physics and Complex Behavior"
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    This is an approximately real-color image from the Hubble Space Telescope, of galaxy cluster Abell 3827. The galaxy cluster is made of hundreds of yellowish galaxies. At its core, four giant galaxies are smashing into each other. As the topmost of the four galaxies fell in, it left its dark matter trailing behind. The dark matter is invisible in this image, but its position is revealed by tell-tale gravitational lensing of an unrelated spiral galaxy behind the cluster, whose distorted image is seen as a blue arc. Trailing dark matter is predicted by theories in which dark matter is not…
  • Image of the Day: "I Was Here" --An Unknown Story 30,000 Years Old
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We can imagine the story of the life behind this image of a human hand print made some 30,000 years ago during the Aurignacian period (30,000–32,000 BP) on the wall of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in southern France. The cave  was closed off by a rock fall approximately 20,000 years BP and remained sealed until its discovery in 1994. The cave houses 1,000 of the earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world.
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  • "University of Pennsylvania Unleashes Robot Jerboa Upon the World" in IEEE Spectrum

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  04/16/2015 University of Pennsylvania Unleashes Robot Jerboa Upon the World By Evan Ackerman Posted 16 Apr 2015 | 17:25 GMil
  • Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker profiled for her research in the Circuit Cellar Magazine

    6 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  03/03/2015  
  • Dr. Vijay Kumar named Dean of Penn Engineering

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  03/03/2015 Vijay Kumar Named Dean of Penn Engineering Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658March 3, 2015 Vijay Kumar has been named dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of E
  • Science Friday highlights PhD students Elizabeth Beattie and Denise Wong in "Dawn of the Cyborg Bacteria"

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  02/27/2015 In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two roboticists have harnessed the sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots. Even though their work sounds like the premise of a dark science fiction film, Ph.D. students Elizabeth Beattie and Denise Wong hope these initial experiments with nano bio-robots will provide a platform for future medical and micro-engineering endeavors.
  • Penn News announces "Penn Trustees Approve Design for Pennovation Center at Pennovation Works Site"

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  02/26/2015 The design development for the new Pennovation Center has received approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. This 58,000-square-foot, three-story facility is located in the heart of the Pennovation Works, Penn’s 23-acre site along the southern bank of the Schuylkill River and adjacent to the University campus.
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Taking a break

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    (rhythmuswege/Pixabay) 16 April 2015. We will be traveling for the next two weeks, to recharge our batteries and see some of the world beyond beyond science and business. Regular posting will resume on 30 April.
  • Plant Science Biotech Gets Genome Editing Technology

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Dan Voytas (Cellectis Plant Sciences) 16 April 2015. Cellectis Plant Sciences, a biotechnology company in Minnesota developing higher quality crops through genetic engineering, licensed CRISPR genome editing technology from University of Minnesota. Financial details of the agreement between Cellectis and the university were not disclosed. The technology licensed by Cellectis covers techniques known asCRISPR, short for clustered, regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, applied to genomic engineering of plants. CRISPR is adapted from a natural process used by bacteria to protect…
  • Aduro Biotech Raises $108 million in IPO

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Listeria bacteria ( 15 April 2015. Aduro Biotech Inc., a developer of immunotherapies to treat cancer, issued its initial public stock offering today that expects to net the company some $108 million, after issuing 7 million shares priced at $17.00. The Berkeley, California enterprise trades on the Nasdaq exchange under symbol ADRO. As of the Nasdaq closing bell at 4:00 pm ET today, Aduro shares were priced at $41.06. Aduro’s immunotherapy technology creates therapeutic vaccines from an engineered form oflisteriabacteria targeting specific tumor cells. Listeria, in its natural form,…
  • Trial Shows Multiple Sclerosis Drug Improves Optic Nerves

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    ( 15 April 2015. A clinical trial testing a new therapy for multiple sclerosis shows the drug improves the performance of optic nerves in patients with acute optic neuritis, a condition highly associated with multiple sclerosis. Researchers from the biotechnology company Biogen present their findings next week at the annual meeting of American Academy of Neurology in Washington, D.C. Multiple sclerosisis an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the central nervous system and damages myelin, the fatty, protective substance around nerve fibers, as well as nerve cells…
  • Smart Treadmill Adjusts to Running Speed Changes

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    Steven Devor, right, with automated treadmill during tests of the system (Ohio State University) 14 April 2015. Researchers at Ohio State University designed an automated treadmill that adjusts to changes in running speed by users, thus making the experience more like running outdoors. Steven Devor, professor of kinesiology, with former graduate student Cory Scheadler (now on the faculty at Northern Kentucky University), describe tests of a prototype model of the treadmill in an article published last week in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (paid subscription…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Thousands Of Goldfish Thrive In Teller Lake

    Daniel Kelly
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Years after someone dumped goldfish into the Teller Lake reservoir in Colorado, the common aquarium fish species has expanded rapidly in the lake, according to a release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Officials say the fish now number in the thousands and may need to be removed to safeguard the health of indigenous creatures there. “Non-native species can be devastating to native populations by causing disease outbreaks and creating competition unbalance,” said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist at the state’s parks and wildlife department, in the statement. “It’s an issue…
  • Research Summary: Updated Invasion Risk Assessment For Ponto-Caspian Fishes To The Great Lakes

    Guest Submissions
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    A Department of Biology, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA B Great Lakes Center, SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA C New York Sea Grant Extension, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126, USA A majority of invasive species discovered in the Great Lakes since 1985 are native to the Ponto-Caspian region of Eastern Europe (Mills et al., 1993; Ricciardi, 2006). This includes species that have had strong negative impacts in the Great Lakes such as dreissenid mussels and the round goby. The diverse fish communities of the Ponto-Caspian region…
  • Scientists Track Toxicity Of Lake Erie Algae

    Daniel Kelly
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Hydrogen peroxide is something that many of us keep in our home medicine cabinets, but the common disinfectant plays a different role in lake ecosystems. It’s produced by the interaction between sunlight and organic carbon in surface waters. In Lake Erie, scientists at the University of Michigan suspect that it may play a hand in making cyanobacteria blooms more toxic, according to a release from the school. But they don’t yet have definitive proof. Researchers at the university were involved in sampling efforts days before high levels of toxic cyanobacteria made water unfit to drink for…
  • Drought Ups Lake Tahoe Clarity

    Daniel Kelly
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    Water clarity measurements at Lake Tahoe have shown their biggest improvements in more than 10 years, according to a release from the University of California, Davis. But the news is shaded by ongoing drought conditions in the state. After measuring Tahoe’s clarity with Secchi disks, scientists at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency report that the lake’s average annual clarity for 2014 was 77.8 feet. The clarity level is a 7.5-foot increase in average annual clarity over the previous year, and nearly 14 feet clearer than Lake Tahoe was in…
  • Lake Michigan-Huron Up 20 Inches Since 2014

    Daniel Kelly
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Following the nearly complete ice cover of the last two winters and lowered fall evaporation rates that came with that, the Great Lakes have rebounded to unexpectedly high levels. Lake Michigan-Huron alone is 20 inches higher than it was in 2014, according to a weekly report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District. The higher levels have already surprised many who work on the Great Lakes, including one boat captain who says he’s never seen water levels so high, according to the Detroit Free Press. And tour groups who survey Muskegon Lake from a Grand Valley State University…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • How thick is sea ice?

    Laura Nielsen
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    A new data set shows central Arctic Ocean sea ice thinned 65% between between 1975 and 2012. The study, authored by University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory scientists, combined observations gathered through many means and incorporated them into a consistent format. Data came from sources including submarine-born sonar, airborne measurements, satellite imagery, and instruments moored […]
  • Ancient footprints on Beringia

    Laura Nielsen
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    You can see the depressions in the earth when the archaeologists point them out. Each house had a central room connected by tunnels to side rooms. Female relationships guided living arrangements: in a grandmother’s house, each of her daughters’ families would occupy one of the small side rooms. When they gathered there in rooms partially […]
  • Testing Alaska’s Sagavanirktok and Kuparuk rivers

    Laura Nielsen
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    “We are interested in studying what happens to this material as it makes its way to the ocean… The transformations that it undergoes.” Jason Dobkowski, lab manager in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, explained his work as he crouched on treacherous muddy ground to collect water at a […]
  • Tea water in Arctic rivers– carbon pathways

    Laura Nielsen
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At the turn of the season as snow and ice melt, Alaska’s waterways open up. “This is the highest this river will be this season,” Jason Dobkowski said. “Here is this giant flush of particulate and nutrients that flow through the river. So we are trying to make sure we sample at this big flush […]
  • Mercury, cod, and climate change

    Laura Nielsen
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    It’s hard to imagine stalking the shores of Alaska hunting with spear or net more than four millennia ago. Harder still to know that the people living in that already-harsh time faced an even more insidious threat than hunger or the fierce elements. New archaeological findings show elevated levels of toxic mercury in Pacific Cod […]
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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha, Nebraska

  • Shelf Life Testing

    Pohlman Brent
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Are you trying to make decisions regarding your packaging? How long your product can sit on the shelf? Do you need this information soon and cannot wait several months to find out what type of results you will get? Consdider inquiring about Shelf Life Testing at Midwest Laboratories. At Midwest Laboratories these type of questions […]
  • Soil Temps and Safe Planting

    Pohlman Brent
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Everyone keeps looking up at the sky for the weather, but the real key to temperatures is looking at the soil. This video looks at what can happen if you plant too early and the soil temperature drops. Pay close attention to what happens to the seed, itself. It is a very informative video. Picture […]
  • Corn Planting in April

    Pohlman Brent
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:51 pm
    With warmer than normal spring temperatures, it is looking like a lot of corn planting might be ocurring before the end of April. What a difference a year can make. If you need a reminder of how cold temperatures and colder soil temperaturs can affect crops, check out this video. I came across this article, Corn […]
  • Add A Grub Killer To Your Lawn Soon

    Pohlman Brent
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Think about applying a grub killer to your lawn before situation gets out of control.
  • Getting rid of Clover in Your Lawn

    Pohlman Brent
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:31 pm
    This weed ranks right up there with crab grass in my opinion. This year, I have finally won the battle. I found a 4 inch square area and it is now gone. Here is my advice if you permanently want to remove this weed. You can try conventional sprays, but once the sprouts come up, […]
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  • Social Media Icons Widget

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
  • Keep Connected! Expats and Nomads Blog Around the World

    Michelle W.
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    We don’t write blogs purely for ourselves — we write them to be read. For people who live far from family and friends, blogs serve twin readerships: they give the intrepid traveler a simultaneous way to chronicle travels for a broad audience and update those back at home. We love following the worldly adventures of these four expats and nomads, and we’re sure their friends appreciate the virtual lifeline, too! Wish I Were Here Writer J.D. Riso is a self-identified dromomaniac — a person with an uncontrollable desire to wander. Wish I Were Here is her record of…
  • Field Notes: Hispanicize 2015

    Marjorie R. Asturias
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Two weeks ago, Happiness Engineers Karen Arnold, Marjorie R. Asturias, and Jamil Abreu, as well as Code Wrangler Damian Suarez, attended the sixth annual Hispanicize conference in downtown Miami, Florida. The event, which took place from March 16-20, is billed as the “largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment,…
  • New Theme: Lingonberry

    Caroline Moore
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to present a brand new free theme for your enjoyment. Lingonberry Lingonberry is a bright, personable blogging theme by Anders Norén with bold colors and accents and a playful, modern twist. Formatted posts stand out from the rest, space for your site logo adds a personal touch, and footer widget areas for additional content give your posts and pages plenty of room to shine. Lingonberry also adapts to your device, for a flawless reading experience no matter the screen size. Get to know Lingonberry on the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by…
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    weird thingsweird things | exploring science, technology, the strange and the unknown

  • when no one really knows if you broke the law

    Greg Fish
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse we’re told when we try to defend ourselves by saying that we had no idea that a law existed or worked the way it did after getting busted. But what if not even the courts actually know if you broke a law or not, or the law is just so vague or based on such erroneous ideas of what’s actually being talked about, that your punishment, if you would even be sentenced to one, is guaranteed to be more or less arbitrary? This is what an article over at the Atlantic about two cases taken on by the Supreme Court dives into, asking if there will be a…
  • what we can learn from the mars one fiasco

    Greg Fish
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    By now, we’ve all heard that Mars One is a basically a scam. Well, maybe not a scam by intent, because it seems like the people behind it really did want to do something amazing and start a genuine Martian colony, but got caught up in their own hubris and are now desperately trying to salvage whatever’s left of their original mission. They don’t want to admit defeat after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to figure out how to get to Mars, but the more they try to salvage their organization, they deeper of a hole they dig. But just because those of us who did…
  • the still fuzzy future of organized skepticism

    Greg Fish
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Since I’ve been quiet for a long time and a whole lot of things have happened, there’s a sense that before moving forward, we might want to take a quick look back and address a few major issues that have been brewing in atheist and skeptical blogospheres. Sadly, the muddled focus for the future of organized skepticism is still as much a problem as it was over a year ago. It’s unnervingly telling that columns about JREF have been drying up and there’s still no articulated vision for where we go from debunking homeopathy and UFOs, though it would be unfair not to…
  • why you should keep your head where it is

    Greg Fish
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has been planning to do something that sounds like a scene straight out of Frankenstein: transplanting a head onto a new body. He’s been trying to figure out how to do it for many years, publishing a paper detailing how he sees the procedure could work a bit over a year ago, and making his case to the medical community since then. As of a few days ago, however, his work has exploded into the mainstream because there is a public volunteer for this radical surgery, Valery Spiridonov, a Russian programmer suffering from a rare genetic condition which…
  • the birds, the bees, and the bureaucrats

    Greg Fish
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Over the years, this blog took the occasional stab at the way Americans deal with sex, and how downright bipolar the relationship often tends to be. Until the last few years, watching porn was far and away the biggest use of bandwidth on the web, and even now, with social media taking adult entertainment’s crown, it’s still gathering billions of views every week. If anything, we can safely argue that porn has been spilling over into social media as well with the sheer number of sexually explicit content across virtually every social platform, and find a way to show that it still…
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  • Reform needed after Stephen Dank's AFL anti-doping tribunal verdict

    Julie Tullberg, Digital journalism coordinator at Monash University
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    Sports scientist Stephen Dank outside his Ascot Vale home in Melbourne in, 2013. AAP Image/Julian SmithIf Stephen Dank’s NRL life ban is any indication, the controversial sports scientist faces the daunting prospect of never working with AFL footballers again. Dank, who has been found guilty of 10 breaches of the AFL anti-doping code, will receive his penalty when AFL’s anti-doping tribunal sits on May 5. The tribunal found that Dank’s charge of administering Thymosin beta-4 to Essendon players in 2012 could not be proven. This decision followed the clearance of 34 Essendon footballers,…
  • Giant galaxies die from the inside when they stop making stars

    Amanda Bauer, PhD; Astronomer and Outreach Officer at Australian Astronomical Observatory
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Elliptical galaxies, like this one, are burnt out and no longer making stars. Judy Schmidt and J Blakeslee (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), CC BY-SAGalaxies are star factories. But for some, such as massive elliptical galaxies, their star-forming days are now over. All of their available gas has already been turned into more than a hundred billion stars. Collectively, these galaxies contain about half of all the stars that have ever existed in the universe. In a new study, published in Science, astronomers have tracked down how the fire of star formation burnt out within these galaxies.
  • Brainy bones: the hidden complexity inside your skeleton

    Pascal Buenzli, Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Monash University
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Your bones are cleverer, and more complex, than you might think. Michael Dorausch, CC BY-SAYour bones are savvy. They are light yet strong and they repair themselves when they break. What’s more – although you can’t tell – your bones continually renew themselves, replacing old bone for new. This isn’t unique. Other tissues and cells (most noticeably skin) replace themselves. But bones do it with adaptation, adjusting to meet the body’s mechanical and physiological needs. How does the skeleton achieve something so remarkable? New imaging technology is revealing a previously…
  • Space treaties are a challenge to launching small satellites in orbit

    Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law at University of Western Sydney
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    An artist's concept of two NASA Earth-orbiting cube satellites with a typical volume of just one litre (10cm x 10cm x 10cm). NASA/JPL-CaltechUntil recently the idea of launching a satellite into space was an expensive business and the preserve of governments, international space organisations and multi-million dollar companies. But now, thanks to advancements in microelectronics and miniaturisation, tiny satellites called nanosats or cubesats – some the size of a 10cm cube – are being built at far less expense and launched by university researchers and start-up companies. Australia is…
  • Shedding new light on the search for the 'invisible' dark matter

    Alan Duffy, Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Looking for dark matter in the galaxy collisions such as in Abell 2744, dubbed Pandora's Cluster. X-ray: NASA/CXC/ITA/INAF/J.Merten et al, Lensing: NASA/STScI; NAOJ/Subaru; ESO/VLT, Optical: NASA/STScI/R.DupkeWe can map it, weigh it and simulate it, yet we still have no idea what it is. But dark matter is coming into the spotlight as never before. Astronomers now know that for every grams worth of atoms in the universe, there are at least five times more of a new, invisible matter neither shining or blocking light. We can also create model universes inside supercomputers that reproduce in…
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    David Bradley

  • Puffins and razorbills

    David Bradley
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:59 am
    Apparently, puffins prefer to be deeper into rocky crevices on coastal cliff faces than razorbills (and guillemots) who cling to the edges. The puffin then has to wait until those other birds fly off, before it can get away itself to feed and socialise. Puffins and razorbills is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • RSPB Bempton Cliffs

    David Bradley
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    Sheer coincidence that we were visiting the East Riding of Yorkshire last week when the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) opened its new visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs. We approached the reserve on two walks first from North Landing on Flamborough Head where I photographed coble fishers landing and unloading their boat and then from the village of Speeton with its tiny Anglo-Saxon church (St Leonard’s and its flock of rarebreed Leicester Longwool sheep). Bempton Cliffs plays host to England’s largest nesting colony of Northern Gannets (Sula bassana), graceful and…
  • Smartphone camera hacks

    David Bradley
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Some nice tricks to deviate from the norm with your smartphone camera: Drive-by panorama, water-drop macro lens, armless selfies with your headphone cable, cardboard “tripod”, underwater housing, binocular zoom and more Smartphone camera hacks is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • Do you like good music?

    David Bradley
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    When we’re in our teens, it’s common that we first discover the music we see as our own, discarding the vinyl our parents played, and kicking back on beats to our own tune. For me it was a migration from 60s pop to 70s prog and hard rock. But, when you get to middle age you might find yourself living in some kind of shack and you may ask yourself, well what do I listen to now, as you let the days go by? For me, I’ve revisited many of those “discs” my parents played, but digesting them via a stream of 1s and 0s rather than ass the amplified jitterings of a…
  • There may be treble ahead

    David Bradley
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    A catchy pop song of 2014 had the refrain “I’m all about that bass, no treble” or somesuch throwaway line. The accompanying video, much parodied and pastiched, was popular on teh interwebz and was apparently all about raising body image awareness and itself a pardoy of the modern pop culture in which certain characteristics of the female and male form are emphasised in a modern grotesque.. Anyway, in the spirit of scientific endeavour I did a quick frequency analysis of the song to ascertain whether it really was “all about the bass”. And, guess what?
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  • Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

    QUEST Staff
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: apps, clinical trials, data, Do Now, featured, full-image, Health, iPhones, privacy
  • E-book: Engineering Is Bringing Fish Up from the Deep

    Andrea Aust
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    View the E-book Collecting live fish to study from near-surface waters is a fairly easy task for biologists. The same cannot be said about fish from the ocean's twilight zone, 200-500 feet beneath the surface. Fish in this region are subject to pressure changes when brought up from their deep water home, which can result in injury or death. Scientists at the California Academy of Sciences were eager to find a way to collect these fish without causing any harm. They needed a decompression chamber that they could bring with them on their dives and use to transport the fish. The only…
  • Activity: Air Pressure, It's in the Bag

    Lauren Farrar
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    Activity written by Kathryn Danielson and Clea Matson from California Academy of Sciences Air Pressure Activity  In this activity, students are asked to create a change in air pressure using a garbage bag and vacuum cleaner, then create an illustration, model or concept map that explains what is happening. Students can also capture the process in “before and after” videos or photos, then share the videos and/or their models on the KQED website or with @KQEDedspace via Vine, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #kqedpressure. Visit KQED's community voices to see experiences and…
  • To What Extent Should Organisms Be Collected from the Wild?

    QUEST Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: aquarium, collection, featured, full-image, species
  • Career Spotlight: Biologist

    Lauren Farrar
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
      Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms. He was a key scientist in developing a portable decompression chamber for fish that allows divers to safely transport fish from deep in the ocean’s twilight zone up to the surface. Getting paid for what he loves to do makes this his dream job, he says. This video is part of our…
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Boy Plants Are From Mars …..

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, plants, monoecious, dioecious, pistil, stamen, floral scent, ecology, ecological selection Charles Darwin missed the boat on linking his sexual and natural selection in animals to plants as well. This is odd because he was quite the botanist and spent many years studying grasses and such with his son. The parallels between selection in plants and animals might have strengthened his initial argument, but there would still be dissent about the descent of man.Charles Darwin was a smart guy. He had a lot to do with recognizing sexual dimorphism and natural…
  • Why Do Males And Females Look Different?

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – sexual dimorphism, phenotype, evolution, sexual selection, secondary sex characteristics, reproductive success, natural selection Elephants are an animal that we can picture easily in our head. But is this a male or a female? Don’t answer quickly, in African elephants both the males and females have tusks, but in the Asian elephants, it’s only the males (usually).We all know what a hippo looks like, an elephant, a duck. In most cases, if you name a species, you can picture the animal in your head. But are you picturing a male or a female? Sometimes they look the same,…
  • The Bird Jaws of Life

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – ecology, radiative speciation, talpid, tomia, temporomandibular joint, cranial kinesis, bilateral symmetry, asymmetry You’ve heard the phrase, “As scarce as hen’s teeth?” Well, you’ve heard it if you’re as old as I. Hens don’t have teeth, so the phrase means something so rare as to be fictitious. Sort of like Will Ferrell’s chances of winning an Oscar. Chicks don’t’ peck their way out of their shell. They use an egg tooth to pip the shell, putting a small hole in it. This destroys the integrity of the shell, and they can push their way out.Are there…
  • This Nose Knows

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – evolution, asymmetry, bilateral symmetry, phonic lips, whales, echolocation, encephalization quotient, density This picture gives you a good idea of just how big a spermaceti whale is. Captain Ahab wanted to take this guy on mano y mano. He was nuts.Captain Ahab had an obsession for the white whale in Moby Dick. It was a killer, but not a killer whale. It swamped boats, rammed ships, and generally made a nuisance of itself. But it seemed to be intelligent as well, the way it planned attacks and how it looked at him sometimes. Is that weird for a whale? Not for Moby Dick;…
  • The Search For The Unicorn - Slightly Off Center

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – teeth, narwhals, unicorns, bilateral symmetry, evolution, mechanosensing, asymmetry The movie Legend starred Tom Cruise and Mia Sara, as well as a bunch of little people – you know, actors that were small, not small actors. The unicorn pair represented light and goodness, and kept the devil at bay. Until Mia got cocky and touched one. Then Cruise had to save the day.It’s no secret that some pretty odd and awful stories have come out of North Korea in the past few years. Kim Jung Un and his recent ancestors have done some amazing things….. supposedly. Un’s father,…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Podiatry experts hit high demand

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The demand for forensic podiatry expertise has increased significantly since the 1990s.  The University of Huddersfield’s Professor Wesley Vernon – one of the world’s leading forensic podiatrists – is now consulting on a regular basis with investigators in Europe, Australia and the USA. “In the mid-1990s I was getting maybe one or two cases a year. Now I am getting requests for assistance most weeks, so it has increased quite dramatically,” said Professor Wesley Vernon at the University of Huddersfield. Forensic podiatry is the study of a footprint evidence, and is mainly used to…
  • Double dome points to largest asteroid impact

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The world’s largest asteroid impact zone – invisible at the earth’s surface – has been found in central Australia. By studying drill cores, geophysicists at the Australian National University (ANU) discovered a 400 km wide impact zone – hidden deep in the earth’s crust – that resulted from the collision of two asteroids with Earth. “Large impacts like these may have had a far more significant role in the Earth’s evolution than previously thought,” said research leader Dr Andrew Glikson at the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. In the study, published in…
  • Mini-lungs to help the study of cystic fibrosis

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    By using stem cells, scientists have created what they refer to as mini-lungs to aid cystic fibrosis studies. Scientists at the University of Cambridge used stem cells derived from the skin of patients with cystic fibrosis – a lung disorder that triggers excessive mucus secretions – and successfully created the distal section of a lung. “In a sense, what we’ve created are mini-lungs. While they only represent the distal part of lung tissue, they are grown from human cells and so can be more reliable than using traditional animal models, such as mice. We can use them to learn more…
  • A peak below the surface…

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have designed a technique for recovering destroyed serial numbers on metal objects. A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado used a scanning electron microscope to read the crystal structure pattern of damaged metal imprints. They believe that this method could help forensic scientists in reconstructing vehicle identification numbers or imprints on ammunition casings. “A method which can observe the crystalline structure of materials with very high sensitivity may allow the reconstruction of heavily damaged and destroyed serial…
  • Underground ocean found on Jupiter’s largest moon

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have used a new approach to find evidence for a subsurface saltwater ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon. By using the NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, researchers at University of Cologne in Germany have discovered that aurorae – optical emissions caused by solar particles penetrating a magnetosphere – provide evidence for the presence of an underground ocean on Ganymede. Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system and the only moon with its own magnetic field. The magnetic field causes aurorae in regions, circling the north and south poles of the moon which oscillate…
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  • New genetic mutation could signal start of malaria drug resistance in Africa

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Early indicators of the malaria parasite in Africa developing resistance to the most effective drug available have been confirmed, according to new research published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites with a mutation to the gene Ap2mu were less sensitive to the antimalarial...
  • Fruit fly studies shed light on synaptic plasticity

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    Neurons in the eye change on the molecular level when they are exposed to prolonged light. The researchers could identify that a feedback signalling mechanism is responsible for these changes. The innate neuronal property might be utilized to protect neurons from degeneration or cell death in the future. Changes in the functional connections between neurons – ‘synapses’...
  • Study Shows Two Drugs Reduce Teacher-Rated Anxiety, in Addition to ADHD, Aggression

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    Previous research published by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and three other institutions showed that when children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and serious physical aggression were prescribed both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug, along with teaching parents behavior management techniques, they had a reduction of aggressive and...
  • Research Finds No Correlation between Regulatory T Cells and Survival in Glioblastoma

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Using a novel methodology of epigenetic quantitative analysis, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center's interdisciplinary team of investigators led by Camilo Fadul, MD, found no correlation between regulatory T cells (Tregs) and survival in the tumor microenvironment or blood, even when adjusting for well-known prognostic factors. Titled, "Regulatory T Cells Are Not a...
  • Could maple syrup help cut use of antibiotics?

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments by researchers at McGill University. The findings, which will be published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, suggest that combining maple syrup extract with common antibiotics could increase the microbes’ susceptibility, leading to...
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    Citizen Science Center

  • 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…
  • Featured TED: How cognitive surplus will change the world

    Chandra Clarke
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I mentioned Clay Shirky’s concept of “cognitive surplus” in my own TEDx here. If you’re not familiar with the concept and what it will mean for the future, check out this video.   The post Featured TED: How cognitive surplus will change the world appeared first on Citizen Science Center.
  • Bring out your inner iNaturalist

    Chandra Clarke
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    What will you discover? (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grand Teton National Park Service, via Wikimedia Commons) Project: When we were children, we naturally spent a great deal of time exploring the world around us. Everything was a delight. The robins in our backyard were new to us; the spiders in the houseplants were fascinating; the squirrels at the park were endlessly entertaining. Over time, of course, we became accustomed to such sights, and other things distracted us. Luckily, there is now a way to recapture the wonder of our youth and contribute to the scientific…
  • Build Your Own Robot Submarine

    Chandra Clarke
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    What will you discover underwater? (Photo Credit: Gunter Küchler, via Wikimedia Commons) Project: OpenROV It’s a project that would make MacGyver proud: a do-it-yourself underwater exploration vehicle. OpenROV stands for Open Remotely Operated Vehicle, and it is an open-source, underwater robot. Founded by Eric Stackpole, David Lang, and Matteo Borri, OpenROV was originally designed to explore an underwater cave. Following a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the project is now a large community of exploration enthusiasts, makers, DIY experts, and tinkerers who are using the bitty…
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  • Star Formation Stops in Cores of Elliptical Galaxies First, Astronomers Say
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    A new study in the journal Science has revealed that 3 billion years after the Big Bang, elliptical galaxies still made stars on their outskirts, but no longer in their interiors. The authors of the study – Dr Sandro Tacchella of ETH Zurich in Switzerland and his colleagues from Italy, Germany, Israel, and the United [...]
  • NASA’s Dawn Probe Sees North Pole of Ceres
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned stunning new images of the sunlit north pole of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt. The new images were taken on April 10, 2015 from a distance of 33,000 km (21,000 miles). They represent the highest-resolution views of this planetary body to date. Subsequent [...]
  • Scientists Create Artificial Photosynthesis System
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    A team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, has created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that mimics the natural photosynthetic process. “We believe our system is a revolutionary leap forward in the field of artificial photosynthesis. Our system has [...]
  • Bouvier’s Red Colobus Monkey Rediscovered in Congo, Photographed for First Time
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    It’s not often that a mammal thought extinct, appears once again in the wild. But that’s what happened to the Bouvier’s red colobus (Piliocolobus bouvieri). The Bouvier’s red colobus monkey was discovered by the Italian-born explorer Giacomo Savorgnan di Brazza in the years 1883–1886, and described in 1887 by the French botanist and zoologist Alphonse [...]
  • Octopuses Use Unique Strategies to Coordinate Their Arms in Crawling
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    Octopuses can crawl in any direction relative to the body orientation, says a team of marine biologists headed by Dr Binyamin Hochner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Octopuses are fast learners, have large brains, and are among the most developed invertebrates. With eight arms and no rigid skeleton, they perform many tasks like [...]
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    Tighter Science

  • How To Suck Less: Use line charts to increase self-awareness

    Amanda Krebs
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Self awareness: good.Line charts: good.Updating this blog: good.Combine these three things and you have a wholesome recipe for sucking less.In a perhaps futile attempt to breathe life back into this withering husk of a blog, I paused and asked myself: why I haven't been writing anything? This blog is awesome and has two loyal followers that are probably devastated by the sudden and lengthy radio silence.I soon became tired and went to bed, but not before I decided that I'd dedicate about 15 minutes to taking a crack at figuring this all out using Excel line charts.1.
  • Aluminum Foil's Potential to Reduce Phantom Limb Pain

    Amanda Krebs
    18 Jun 2013 | 1:44 pm
    Aluminum foil is poised to valiantly charge into battleagainst Phantom Limb Pain.(Photo from The Art of Aluminum Foil by Jane Hintonand Hugh Oliver, General Publishing Co.,Don Mills, Ontario, 1974 via this blog).Researcher Robert C. Minnee and friends recently published an article in the British Journal of Pain that explores the question: can placing a tin foil barrier at the end of an amputated stump reduce phantom limb pain and/or block alien mind control?  (Fine, I made that second one up - maybe it could be a follow-up study.)The article defines phantom limb pain (PLP)…
  • Cute Scientist Round-up: Admit you want to look at attractive smart people

    Jackie Brahe
    13 Apr 2013 | 5:58 pm
    Do a Google image search for "leading scientist." (For the lazy, click here.) Ignoring the flotsam and jetsam of random Matt Damon and Peewee Herman images, what do you observe?Neither of us want to say it, but we both know what I'm getting at.For comparison's sake, try "realtor." Try "attorney." If you want to be a little frightened, try "news anchor." (No matter where you're standing... the eyes... they follow you everywhere...)Yes, I know, our collective cultural obsession with physical appearance is appalling. This is shameful and superficial and sad. But... wouldn't you like to look at…
  • Selfie Determination: are your iPhone photos artistic?

    Jackie Brahe
    11 Apr 2013 | 2:14 pm
    Meryl Streep takes a portrait of the right side of her face and the left side of Hilary Clinton's, thereby proving...something.   (Photo from Gawker)Researchers Nicola Bruno and Marco Bertamini have recently published a zippy little article on PLoS ONE that examines trends in self-portraits taken by non-artists.Apparently it has long been established that artists tend to paint the left side of other people's faces, while favouring the right side when they're painting their own faces. Bruno and Bertamini decided to see if pedestrian, uncreative folks would do the…
  • Looking on the Bright Side: Spectacular New England autums are a side-effect of climate change, new study finds

    Jackie Brahe
    9 Mar 2013 | 10:02 am
    You and I will likely never live to see it, but if your grandkids are planning a trip to New England for the end of this century, you'll want to remind them to charge up their camera implants, because they're in for a treat!Yup, if you're not in one of those poor developing nations, autumns in 2099are going to be super-fantastic!Tourists flock to the eastern United States and Canada every year to check out the autumn leaf displays. These tourists, charmingly known as "leef peepers," spend billions of dollars on their vacations, making a significant contribution the the region's economy.
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    Labguru Blog

  • 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…
  • 20,000 Tubes Under A Deep Freeze

    Iestyn Lewis
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Labguru lets you manage all kinds of inventory containers – from cabinets to bottles. The most popular container by far, though, is the tube. Our researchers have cataloged a combined 1.5 MILLION of them, and the average lab has 20,000 to deal with. The standard tube is 10 mm. in diameter and 30 mm. high. It is destined to be stored in a freezer and live in boxes and racks with hundreds of other tubes. Unless you have a side job writing names on grains of rice, hand-labeling these tubes is a nightmare. They’re small, slippery, and – let’s be honest – penmanship is not taught in…
  • 9 Reasons to switch to Electronic Lab Notebooks

    Labguru Staff
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) were created to solve a number of limitations that scientists face when using traditional paper notebooks to track the progress of their research. Due to a variety of reasons, there hasn't been a signifcant adoption of eNotebooks (ELNS) in academic or government labs. On the other hand, about 1/3rd of the biopharmaceutical industry has reported that it has adopted the electronic notebook as its method for recording and maintaining data. Here we talk about why. Though the familiarity of paper lab notebooks makes them attractive to scientists, many other reported…
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    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.
  • 13 Recycling Life Hacks You Can’t Live Without

    6 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    1. You can upcycle your duct tape into a jar opener. 2. Melt down your dad’s records and turn them into bowls. Karen Mardahl (CC BY-SA 2.0 ) / Via Flickr: kmardahl Then put chips in the bowls, and eat the chips while you listen to… The post 13 Recycling Life Hacks You Can’t Live Without appeared first on Just Science.
  • “OctoPlus” Fun and Educational App for Your Child ( Special Needs Compatible)

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    Description Introducing OctoPlus, a gaming app that makes math addition fun and engaging for kids. OctoPlus places your child in an underwater water world where you have to battle turtles to score points. OctoPlus reinforces key math skills within an… The post “OctoPlus” Fun and Educational App for Your Child ( Special Needs Compatible) appeared first on Just Science.
  • The War on Biofilm in Your Home!

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Biofilm. Even sounds nasty. By definition, biofilms are a gaggle of microorganisms during which cells stick to one another on a floor. They are sticky cells that are regularly embedded inside a self-produced matrix of EPS’s or extracellular polymeric… The post The War on Biofilm in Your Home! appeared first on Just Science.
  • How To Enjoy the Writing and Content Creation Process

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    If there’s one factor that used to intimidate me greater than something, it was the considered making an attempt to determine the best way to write plenty of articles with out being bored to tears. There is greater than sufficient info on-line about… The post How To Enjoy the Writing and Content Creation Process appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Sunrise over an African Power Revolution

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    The Rise of Solar Power Farms This is the Jasper Project.  Over 325,000 photovoltaic panels capable of producing 180,000 MWh of clean energy every year and support the needs of almost 80,000 households.  More and more solar farms are being built across Africa.  Solar energy is on the rise. Over the past decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic PV capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold - from 97 megawatts in 2003 to over 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013.  In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74% of all the new…
  • That Mysterious Missing Matter – Cocktail Party Physics

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Dark Matter "Dark matter?"  You cannot see it.  But there is something there.  As for what it is, it's anybody's guess!  Dark matter does not interact with light.  At all.  Which makes it difficult to detect.  But if you cannot see it?  How do you know it is in fact there?"  Well, it does interact with gravity, and as it does so it bends the path of any light ray passing nearby...  "And did it really kill the dinosaurs...?"  Just like dark matter, you never see it coming...  And then suddenly... "BAM"!! …
  • The Real-Life Space Twin Paradox

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Twin Astronauts A ground-breaking one-year space mission involving twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly should help doctors, scientists and mission planners better understand the physical and psychological impacts of a long-duration spaceflight. Scott Kelly and Expedition 26 Crew Both 51-year-old Kelly twins are experienced astronauts.  Scott was a pilot on space shuttle Discovery's STS-103 mission in 1999, which serviced NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, and also commanded the shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 flight to the space station in 2007.  He stayed aboard the…
  • The Basics of the Higgs Boson Explained

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:52 am
    Two Guys Walk Into a Bar... That's how this TED video on the Higgs boson begins.  I say two guys...  It's more like one physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN - the European laboratory for Particle Physics - aka Dave Barney, and a Blues singer, aka Steve Goldfarb, in the guise of a pink slug... Anyway, Dave asks Steve about the Higgs boson - something physicists have discovered with the LHC - and Dave begins to explain... The Higgs boson is a fundamental particle. Not just any fundamental particle, because the Higgs boson is one of two…
  • 400 – Anatomy of a Solar Eclipse

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Orbiting Spheres Right on cue, day turned into a sudden eerie twilight as a great swathe of the Earth's surface quickly plunged into transient darkness.  The magic number is 400.  For many observers, weather conditions were far from ideal.  Clouds obscured the much awaited spectacle of the 2015 eclipse.  Thankfully, alternatives were available to astronomers keen not to miss the big event...  Weather conditions did not play nice in Central Scotland... The Sun finally emerges from the clouds and rain at the end of the eclipse. On the day of the…
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  • How To Be Funnier

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    What makes something funny? Can you make yourself funnier?University of Colorado professor Peter McGraw is trying to answer those questions and solve other mysteries in humor. The latest “Collectors” film from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films, “Good Humor,” directed by Jamie Schutz, follows McGraw as he tries to help David, an unfunny brewery owner, become funnier. But this isn’t all a big joke — as McGraw said: “To understand what makes things funny is actually to understand people.”
  • Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Umami … And Fat?

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    Remember the tongue maps that showed where we perceive different tastes? Sweet on the tip, bitter in the back? The ones you can still find in textbooks across the country? They’re not accurate. We have receptors for all tastes spread around our tongues — for the tastes we know about, at least.To date, those include salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami, the tongue-coating, pleasantly savory flavor most commonly associated with monosodium glutamate, or MSG. Umami was the most recent addition to the group, after unique receptors were identified in the early 2000s. Since then, scientists…
  • Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions

    Christie Aschwanden
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:01 am
    Paul Offit likes to tell a story about how his wife, pediatrician Bonnie Offit, was about to give a child a vaccination when the kid was struck by a seizure. Had she given the injection a minute sooner, Paul Offit says, it would surely have appeared as though the vaccine had caused the seizure and probably no study in the world would have convinced the parent otherwise. (The Offits have such studies at the ready — Paul is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of “Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens…
  • The Fight To Save The Mighty Honeybee

    Carla Correa
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Perhaps you don’t like honey (and certainly you don’t enjoy being stung), but you should thank bees for the work they do and be worried about their fate. The 2.5 million colonies of honeybees in the United States help feed the country; female bees pollinate about $18 billion worth of crops every year. That’s about one in every three bites of food we eat.But there’s a threat to that system that director Steven Cantor chronicles in the latest short film in our “Collectors” series, “Beekeeper.” The film was accepted into the Sundance Film…
  • It’s Hard To Know Where Gluten Sensitivity Stops And The Placebo Effect Begins

    Emily Oster
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
    Thirty percent of Americans say they’re trying to reduce or eliminate gluten in their diets. But only about 1 percent of the population has an autoimmune response to gluten. Somewhere in that gap, a diet fad is thriving.There are two groups of people who should definitely avoid gluten: those diagnosed with wheat allergies and those who have celiac disease. The latter is more common, affecting about 1 percent of the population. The former affects perhaps 0.1 percent of people and is more common in children, who often grow out of it.What is less clear is whether there is another group of…
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    Green Planet

  • 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…
  • Green City

    Prasun Barua
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Green City is the system of creating a green and sustainable city by utilizing and implementing green technologies and policies. It includes renewable energy generation, environmental impact per person, environmentally friendly green transport used by people, recycling programs, constructing green building and reserve green spaces.Following implementations are necessary in order to create a Green City:Appropriate urban planning should be made comprehensively.Location with green natural beauty makes people feeling a connection to their surroundings.Going green not only save the planet but also…
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  • Breaking It Down To The Basics

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    In 1803, John Dalton, an English chemist, made a landmark discovery. Matter, he declared, couldn’t be broken down into anything more elemental than atoms. They were the tiniest, indivisible units possible. Today, of course, we know that they’re not the solid billiard balls they were once believed to be. They have complex innards. Inside, each atom has a nucleus, which, again, is made of neutrons and protons. And around this tight core, energetic electrons, one or more, zip around in concentric orbits. The matryoshka doll-like nesting structure continues on. Neutrons and protons, in…
  • The main strength of Russia is situated in megapolises

    Mado Martinez
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Russian scientists claim that nowadays there is gradually shifting of political priorities to the megalopolises in Russia. It results in strengthening of political subjectivity of megalopolises in XXI century and forming numerous agglomerations. Head of Department of Political Science and Sociology Russian University of Economics them. Plekhanov, PhD Andrey Koshkin with colleagues revealed and described the features of the process and prospects of economic development of big cities in Russia. He supposes that one of the main reasons of this occurrence is exploding rate of scientific and…
  • No More Deadly Tornado’s in the USA

    Ellie Pownall
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Much of the southeastern United States faces a lower risk of tornadoes during El Niño years. The effects are strongest in Oklahoma, Arkansas and northern Texas. Damaging hail is also less likely during a strong El Niño, researchers report on the 16th of March in the journal Nature Geoscience. In America, there are frequently more tornados than the rest of the world, with 3 in every 4 taking place in the USA. The El Nino season, is an irregularly occurring and complex series of climatic changes affecting the equatorial Pacific region and beyond every few years, characterized by the…
  • Free E-Book for astronomy beginners: master the basics

    Mado Martinez
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Telescope 101: An introduction to the world of telescopes: This is the title of a free e-book written by Marcus Schenk for helping another amateur astronomers to master the basics. That is how I consider myself, an amateur, so I went into the reading of the book, and I have to say that I found it quite helpful. In 11 chapters and only 67 pages Schenk shows us the advantages and disadvantages of different telescope designs, in order to help you choose before buying your first telescopes. “Many beginners have not yet dealt so intensively with telescopes. They are overwhelmed by the huge range…

    John Sims
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Sir George Hubert Wilkins (1931) Firstly, the term ‘telepathy’ is not new. It was first used in 1882 by Frederic W.H. Myers, a founder of the Society for Psychical Research. So it’s been around a while. I’m not including ‘mediums’ in this article. I think that’s a slightly different field and should be dealt with in an article of its own. For the record though, I think it’s all bunkum until I find evidence to the contrary. I have to confess that I used to be sceptical about telepathy until I looked into it and it seems that there’s more to it than I thought. I was expecting…
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    Draw Science


    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Yisela Alvarez TrentiniFounder, DesignerGeek GiftViputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article:W. Howard Levie, & Richard Lentz (1982). Effects of text illustrations: A review of research Educational Technology Research & Development, 30 (4), 195-232 : 10.1007/BF02765184

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article:W. Howard Levie, & Richard Lentz (1982). Effects of text illustrations: A review of research Educational Technology Research & Development, 30 (4), 195-232 : 10.1007/BF02765184SPONSOR THE JOURNAL

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science. Science communication is broken. Let's fix it.I've already ranted about the problems with science communication. Even when a layperson gets access to a paper despite all the pay-per-view journals, the use of esoteric jargon makes it practically impossible for the public to read fresh-from-the-lab-bench science. For the last few months, I've been working on a solution through Draw Science. Now it's time to take off the band-aid and treat the wound.I want to make an open access infographic journal.We're talking the whole sha-bang: trademarks,…

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Yuan, T., Ormonde, C., Kudlacek, S., Kunche, S., Smith, J., Brown, W., Pugliese, K., Olsen, T., Iftikhar, M., Raston, C., & Weiss, G. (2015). Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies ChemBioChem DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201402427

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Thomas CrouzierFounderConnected ResearchersViputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.FigShare: Crouzier, Thomas; co, Julia (2014): Mucus, it's snot what you think. figshare.
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    AweSci - Science Everyday

  • Fact vs Factoid

    Anupum Pant
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Fact is something that’s unquestionably true. A universal truth that can’t be denied. Like, the sun rises from the east. Factoid, like a duckling, seems to be like a quick fact. It isn’t. It’s important to remember that it is very different from a fact. A factoid is something that’s repeatedly used wrong at many places. It is a word that is believed to have been coined in the biography of Marilyn Monroe, by Norman Mailer. As the Guardian puts it… A true factoid should sound credible, and be assumed to be true by a significant…
  • Interesting Ping-Pong Balance Question

    Anupum Pant
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Experimentation gives you so many answers that you couldn’t have known otherwise! Consider a simple experiment like this one. There’s a balance. Both the sides have exactly the same kind of beakers and both the beakers have been filled by exactly the same kind of water, to exactly the same level. The balance is still balanced. Now, the balance is clamped to the balanced position and the following is done: One beaker’s base is tethered to a ping-pong ball which is completely inside the water. The other beaker, on the right has an acryllic ball of the same size,…
  • Look at How This Bird Kills Goats

    Anupum Pant
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant This eagle seems to have perfected the art of grabbing goats by their weakest parts and pushing them off a cliff to serve itself dinner. Who said a bird can’t kill a big animal like a goat? Reminds me of that fish which jumps out of water and grabs a bird flying in mid air. The post Look at How This Bird Kills Goats appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
  • The Crooked Forest

    Anupum Pant
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant In a part of Poland there’s a forest called the crooked forest which has about four hundred pine trees which grow with their bases crooked at about 90 degrees. These pine trees are surrounded by several other pine trees which grow fine. There have been several theories about what might have caused the weird bent in only about 400 of these trees. Some seem bizarre, others seem quite plausible. But there’s not a single one which absolutely explains the whole phenomenon.   [Unusual places] The post The Crooked Forest appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
  • World’s Simplest Electric Train

    Anupum Pant
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant To make a simple electric train you just need a very long copper wire, a pencil cell and a few magnets. Making the train itself is as simple as sticking the magnets at both the ends of the cell. The track is the wound copper wire with an internal radius that is just enough to fit the “train”. If you make it into a loop and send in your train, it just keeps running till the cell runs out. The post World’s Simplest Electric Train appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
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    Pioneer Scientific

  • Biomarkers in Basic Research and Drug Development

    James Maliakal
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Biomarkers are a very powerful tool in clinical diagnostics for diseases, especially cancer. More and more sensitive biomarkers are identified and applied in diagnostic assays providing valuable information about the disease status and helping doctors to identify suitable therapeutic modalities.  … read more
  • How to increase uniformity and reduce variability in the assay with large number of samples

    James Maliakal
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    One of the problems in assays using 96 samples in a culture plate or PCR tubes and PCR tray is that it creates variability and increases the standard deviation. If the standard deviation of the samples is too high or … read more
  • Direct Reprogramming of cells in stem cell technology

    James Maliakal
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    One of the significant developments in the life science research has been to take embryonic and adult fibroblasts and reprogram them into pluripotent stem cells. These pluripotent cells can be differentiated into other cell types such as neural cells, cardiomyocytes … read more
  • The Evolution of Sequencing Technology and its Impact on Health Care

    James Maliakal
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    DNA sequencing technology is at the core of the modern personalized medicine. DNA from various cancer cells of the patients can be sequenced very rapidly, efficiently and cost effectively. This in turn improves diagnosis and prognosis accuracy with a better … read more
  • High Content Analysis – A Powerful Tool for Basic Research and Drug Discovery

    James Maliakal
    4 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    High content analysis (HCA) is a versatile tool used in basic research, primary screen for drug discovery efforts where the effect of certain drug compounds are tested on the cells, or target identification, and predicting clinical outcomes. High content analysis … read more
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    OMNI Reboot

  • Roadside Attractions: Hawaii

    Esther Kim
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    HAWAII'S ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE A LANDING ZONE FOR UFOS. Written By ESTHER KIM Esther is a Ph.D candidate in Philosophy/Science of Philosophy. She prefers not to philosophize during her free time, enjoys creating new muffin recipes, and obsesses over small puppies (specifically Huskies). As a writer for OMNI Reboot, I am always scanning for the next big thing to assimilate in the world of science fiction. This weekend, I have set course for Hawaii. With six islands to chose from, there are no limits on the amount you can have when visiting this tropical state. From lava tours to…
  • The Top 10 Reasons The New Star Wars Trailer Is Badass

    Teacher Preacher
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    THE BADASS NEW STAR WARS TRAILER AND THE 10 REASONS IT MAKES YOU WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE Written By The Teacher Preacher Teacher Preacher is a lifelong activist, a bawdy troubadour, a voice for the people, and mildly degenerate. Like Socrates and Diogenes of ancient times, he sees it as his mission to expose hypocrisy, greed, and folly wherever it may be found. Pray that you never fall within his sights. The Teacher Preacher loves Star Wars! Like most fans I have been eagerly awaiting J.J. Abrams' newest installment of George Lucas’ epic space opera, The Force Awakens. I just got a load of…
  • Movie Review: Ex Machina Is One Of The Best Sci Fi Films

    Josh Epstein
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Reviewing the movie Ex Machina is a sci-fi experience in and of itself. Artificial intelligence is here, and she is beautiful. On April 10, 2015, the highly anticipated sci-fi movie, Ex Machina, was released exclusively to only four theaters. Directed by the talented Alex Garland, Ex Machina catapulted into its opening weekend by selling out Thursday sneaks and maintained that trend throughout Friday and Saturday, grossing close to 250k. It has been reported that audiences were blown away by the visionary storytelling by Garland, making it the highest limited release opening of the year.
  • The Best Sci-Fi Romance Novels For Amazon’s Kindle

    Andrew Seel
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The best Science Fiction romance novels every sci-fi reader should have on their Kindle. Written By ANDREW SEEL Andrew is a self-diagnosed sci-fi fanatic. He and his Dad watched late night reruns of Star Trek. An avid model builder, his Enterprise model adorning his dresser is stained from Earl Grey Tea. He studied creative writing at the University of Michigan. Andrew hopes to write a science fiction novel. Love knows no boundaries, or different gravitational pulls. Science fiction romance books is still a relatively new category which can make it difficult to find well-written and original…
  • OMNI Quiz: The Hardest Back To The Future Quiz You’ll Ever Take

    Edward Simmons
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    This is the hardest Back To The Future quiz you will ever take. 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. Test your knowledge of Back To The Future with this hard OMNI quiz. Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox,…
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    Top stories

  • How a Toronto professor’s research revolutionized artificial intelligence

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Artificial intelligence research using neural networks has taken off, with a $400-million boost from Google, in part thanks to Canadian Geoffrey Hinton. Three summers ago, at the age of 64, Geoffrey Hinton left his home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood to become an intern at Google. He received a propeller beanie stitched with the word “Noogler” and attended orientation sessions populated mostly by millennials, who seemed to regard him, in his words, as a “geriatric imbecile.” Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
  • How to disregard extremely remote possibilities

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    In 1% Skepticism, I suggest that it's reasonable to have about a 1% credence that some radically skeptical scenario holds (e.g., this is a dream or we're in a short-term sim), sometimes making decisions that we wouldn't otherwise make based upon those small possibilities (e.g., Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • Telling the time of day by color

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    Research by scientists at The University of Manchester has revealed that the colour of light has a major impact on how the brain clock measures time of day and on how the animals' physiology and behavior adjust accordingly. The study, for the first time, provides a neuronal mechanism for how our internal clock can measure changes in light colour that accompany dawn and dusk. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • The hidden complexity inside your skeleton

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Your bones are savvy. They are light yet strong and they repair themselves when they break. What’s more – although you can’t tell – your bones continually renew themselves, replacing old bone for new. Subject:  Biology & Aging
  • Quantum physics – hot and cold at the same time

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Researchers from Heidelberg and Vienna investigate statistical description of quantum systems. Subject:  Technology
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    The Vision Times » Science

  • Will a Volcanic Eruption Beat Out Climate Change?

    Troy Oakes
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    In a new report, scientists have warned that there is a probability of 5 to 10 per cent of a significant volcanic eruption occurring. Experts from the European Science Foundation have said that such an eruption would be massive enough to cause large numbers of deaths. An eruption of this scale would alter the climate, as well as poison the atmosphere. Scientists believe such a scenario will play out by the end of this century. The ash cloud of an eruption of this size would be thrown more than 26 miles (43km) into the atmosphere. The summer that followed the Tambora…
  • How Would You Explain This Weird Red Sky in Inner Mongolia? (Photos)

    Jane Tseng
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    An eerie red sky appeared over the area around Aer Mountain in Inner Mongolia at around 2 p.m. on April 15. It then went very dark and “black rain” followed, finally returning to normal about an hour later. We can see dust left by the rain on windows and roads. Apparently this scene is so rare that most people have never seen it in their lifetime. Some Chinese media described it as special and spectacular. However, bloggers said it wasn’t auspicious, making comments like: “Of course it’s not because black clay appeared in the rain, and the air had been…
  • Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Gives NASA Data on Climate Change

    Troy Oakes
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    NASA sent the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) aboard its Aqua satellite into space back in 2002. It has been gathering measurements of global temperatures, greenhouse gases, and clouds.  AIRS has been collecting data for over 12 years now. This data is helping researchers better understand the role cloud cover and water vapor play in global warming. “The big goal is to gauge how the atmosphere responds to changes, and to fully understand the long-term trends, you’d better understand the short-term trends really well,” said Eric Fetzer, a project scientist at NASA’s Jet…
  • Siri Can Be So Humanized That It Might Just Personally Dislike You

    Jane Tseng
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    You’ve probably already used the Siri app on your iPhone to answer questions, get recommendations, listen to and identify songs, work as a personal assistant, and get navigation help. What people love about this app is that it adapts to the user’s individual language usage, searches and preferences with continual use, and gives results that are individualized. Since the responses by Siri are unique, Chinese bloggers love to play around and share their Siri conversations online. Usually they’re sweet or funny. However, this Weibo user posted a series of screenshots on…
  • China Has a New Internet Weapon Against Freedom of Speech

    Troy Oakes
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    GitHub was the target of a malicious distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack a few weeks ago. The attack focused on pages owned by pro-Chinese free speech websites to stop Chinese citizens from accessing outside information. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab have released a report about a Chinese cyber-weapon they call the “Great Cannon,” which seems to be the source of the attacks. The report said that the Great Cannon is similar to Quantum, which is a tool developed by the U.S. to track potential terrorists and criminals abroad. Edward Snowden, a…
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    Evolution Talk

  • Warm Blooded Dinosaurs

    Rick Coste
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:24 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In 1986 Professor Robert Bakker, a paleontologist, published 'The Dinosaur Heresies'. According to Professor Bakker there have been waves of extinction, and these extinction events mainly attacked, or affected, one particular type of animal... warm blooded animals. The post Warm Blooded Dinosaurs appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Where Are the Dinosaurs?

    Rick Coste
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:11 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told What killed off the dinosaurs? There are many competing theories yet there is no ‘smoking gun’. There is evidence however, and with each bit of evidence comes another theory. Dinosaurs didn’t disappear overnight. It took a few millions years for them to die out. Perhaps six million years. The post Where Are the Dinosaurs? appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • A Whale of a Tale

    Rick Coste
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Today’s episode of Evolution Talk is brought to you by all of those animals out there who exhibit vestigial features (which is pretty much every animal out there). Our DNA contains traces of our past - switches in our genes that have either been shut off or turned over the years while natural selection’s fingers hovers over the controls. The post A Whale of a Tale appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • An Interview With Charles Darwin

    Rick Coste
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told To mark the occasion of Evolution Talk's 30th episode, Rick Coste steps into the past to interview Charles Darwin. The post An Interview With Charles Darwin appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Mistakes Were Made

    Rick Coste
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In the X-Men movies the X-Men are mutants. Mistakes were made during DNA replications that brought out features and abilities which were not present in the population prior to their births. Defects which enhanced their chances of survival. The post Mistakes Were Made appeared first on Evolution Talk.
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  • 10 வித்தியாசமான அச்ச உணர்வுகள்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    ஒவ்வொருவருக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு விதமான அச்ச உணர்வுகள் உண்டு. அதிலும் சிலரின் அச்சங்கள் மற்றவர்களையும் அச்சம் கொள்ளச் செய்யும். அந்த வகையில் இன்று உங்களுக்கு 10 வகையான வித்தியாசமான அச்சங்கள் பற்றி அறியத் தருகின்றேன்,…
  • வானவியலில் சிறந்த சாண வண்டுகள்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    உங்கள் எல்லோருக்குமே சாண வண்டுகளைத் தெரியும் அல்லவா? ஆனால், இந்தச் சாண வண்டுகளுக்கும் வானியலுக்கும் என்ன சம்பந்தம் என்று உங்களுக்குத் தெரியுமா? இல்லை என்றால் கண்டிப்பாக இந்த அறிவு டோஸைப் படியுங்கள்!ன நம்மைப்…
  • ஆமைகள் டைனோசருக்கு முன்பே வாழ்ந்தனவா?

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    ஆமைகள் அதிக காலம் வாழும் என்பது எல்லோருக்குமே தெரிந்த விஷயம் ஆகும். ஆனால் அவை டைனோசர் வாழ்ந்த காலத்தில் கூட இருந்திருக்கக்கூடுமா? ஆம், நிச்சயமாக! ஆமைகள் டைனோசர் வாழ்ந்த காலகட்டங்களிலும் வாழ்ந்துள்ளன. இன்றைய அறிவு டோஸில்…
  • பறவையினை பாய்ந்து பிடிக்கும் புலிமீன்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    பார்த்தவுடனே பயத்தினை ஏற்படுத்தும் விலங்கு புலி. அதன் உருவம், சத்தம் மற்றும் பற்கள் போன்றவற்றை பார்க்கும்போதே நமக்குக் கண்டிப்பாகப் பயத்தினை ஏற்படுத்தும். நிலத்தில் புலி இருப்பது போன்று கடலிலும் ஒரு மீன் வகை உள்ளது.
  • பூமியிலுள்ள தண்ணீரின் வயது சூரியனை விட அதிகம்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    14 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    இந்த உலகத்தில் நாம் வாழ்வதற்கு முக்கியத் தேவைகளுள் ஒன்று தண்ணீர். தண்ணீரினை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டுதான் நம் உலகில் எப்படி உயிரினங்கள் தோன்றியிருக்கும் என யூகித்து வைத்துள்ளோம். தற்போதைய கண்டுபிடிப்பு ஒன்று, நமது பூமி…
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  • How Technology is Changing the World of Science

    Sanjay Kumar Negi
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Technology is the backbone of modern scientific advancement. With each new breakthrough in tech comes new insights into how science can better grapple with many of the questions still alluding scientists. Whether it is the latest microscope lights at, or it is a more accurate electronic measuring tool, technology paves the way to gaining […] The post How Technology is Changing the World of Science appeared first on
  • How Activated Carbon Can Clean Up the Environment

    Sanjay Kumar Negi
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    Also known as activated charcoal, activated carbon has been used as a purification material since at least 1500 BC. In modern times, it was heavily used in the European sugar refining industry beginning in the early 1800s, and was used to clear noxious tastes from drinking water soon after. Today, activated carbon has many applications, […] The post How Activated Carbon Can Clean Up the Environment appeared first on
  • What’s Next After the First Successful Indian Mission Mangalyaan

    Sanjay Kumar Negi
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    India finally made a history by inserting the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Mars Orbiter, Mangalyaan in the Mars orbit which is famously known as Red planet. The spotlight eventually shifted towards the same after Nasa’s safe insertion of the Maven spacecraft to the Mars orbit. It is India’s first interplanetary mission which was due to […] The post What’s Next After the First Successful Indian Mission Mangalyaan appeared first on
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    Sanjay Kumar Negi
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    The need of energy is undoubtedly is the biggest topic of discussion in today’s world. All the nations are looking for development and for that they sure need the energy, but the limited sources of power are hurting their process. To counter such conditions, countries are looking for alternatives and the solar energy is the […] The post Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy appeared first on
  • India and the Weapons of the Mass Destruction – Is the World Safe?

    Prashant Talreja
    4 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    The world today has grown both ways, that is, good and bad with the help of technology. The good part has got us many gifts like, internet, smartphones, better health, transport and others. While the worst part has made sure that weapons developed over the time for the so called self defense have the ability […] The post India and the Weapons of the Mass Destruction – Is the World Safe? appeared first on
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  • Daspletosaurus Had a Hard-Knock Life

    Brian Switek
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    In the annals of prehistory, one of the best titles of all is “Tyrannosaur.” The moniker perfectly describes the immense, toothy carnivores that ruled the northern hemisphere during the Late Cretaceous – the largest predators ever to stalk the land. And, as you might expect from true tyrants, they didn’t get along very well with each other. A skeleton described by palaeontologists David Hone and Darren Tanke illustrates in painful detail how these dinosaurs suffered at each others’ jaws. One Daspletosaurus feeding on another. Art by Tuomas Koivurinne. The…
  • Galeamopus hayi, a Paleontology Profile

    Brian Switek
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    The skull of Galeamopus from Tschopp et al., 2015. Name: Galeamopus hayi Meaning: Galeamopus translates to “needs helmet”, in reference to the sauropod’s fragile brain case. The name hayi was named in honour of paleontologist Oliver Hay, when the dinosaur was thought to be a species of Diplodocus. Age: Late Jurassic, between 157 and 152 million years old. Where in the world?: The Morrison Formation of Colorado and Wyoming. What sort of critter?: Galeamopus belonged to a subset of sauropods called diplodocids, known for their long snouts, peg-like teeth, and…
  • Carnufex carolinensis, a Paleontology Profile

    Brian Switek
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    A restoration of Carnufex. Art by Jorge A. Gonzalez. Name: Carnufex carolinensis Meaning: Inspired by the creature’s teeth and the place where it was found, Carnufex carolinensis means “Carolina butcher”. Age: About 231 million years old. Where in the world?: The Pekin Formation of North Carolina. What sort of critter?: Not a dinosaur, a crocodylomorph – the ancient group that contains alligators, crocodiles, and their close relatives. Size: About 10 feet long, but possibly larger as the first individual known was still growing when it died. How much of the…
  • Gather Your Carnegie Dinosaurs While Ye May

    Brian Switek
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    I was torn. My parents told me that I could pick one dinosaur to bring home, but there were two equally-awesome Dilophosaurus to choose from. The two miniature dinosaurs stood snarling at each other, and one seemed incomplete without the other. Still, I didn’t think my salesmanship skills were going to work this time, so I picked the one that was rearing back to intimidate its rival. That Dilophosaurus was one of the first Safari Carnegie Collection dinosaurs I brought home. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve probably seen these dinosaurs. They’ve been museum…
  • R.2395, a Paleontology Profile

    Brian Switek
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Pterosaur R.2395, as restored by Mark Witton. Name: R.2395 Meaning: This pterosaur does not have a formal scientific name yet, so palaeontologists refer to it by its specimen number. Age: Between 72 and 66 million years old Where in the world?: Romania’s Haţeg Basin What sort of critter?: Not a dinosaur, but a pterosaur belonging to a large-bodied subgroup called azhdarchids. Size: Unknown, but R.2395 is estimated to have had a wingspan of about 10 feet. How much of the creature’s body is known?: A single neck vertebra. Claim to fame: Describing a new animal on the basis of a single…
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  • 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…
  • Concussion Blood Test = Easy Diagnosis

    The Toombst
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    ByThe Toombst New study finds elevated proteins in the blood of people with concussions, this discovery could result in a concussion blood test in the near future. Concussions are a big problem especially in professional sports. Today, diagnosing a concussions involves subjective measures, like cognition tests. A more precise way to diagnose the condition could simplify the diagnosing and help avoid further brain injuries. Earlier studies have found substances that indicate the seriousness of a concussion, but haven’t found a way to diagnose the condition. A new study from Brown…
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  • Faraday Cage

    12 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    What I’ve Learned: “Faraday cage: If you can’t keep your wavelength in your pants, keep it in your Faraday.” They say too much of anything can be bad. Sunshine. Children. Tribbles. Jalapeno chili dogs, probably, though I frankly can’t imagine how. Too much electromagnetic radiation can be a problem, too. Whether in the form of a devastating lightning strike, a searing high-voltage current or dangerously delicious microwaves, some sorts of electricity you don’t want zapping through you. Because it might sting. Or leave a hole. When you need to avoid…
  • Mitochondrial Eve

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    What I’ve Learned: “Mitochondrial Eve: Making DNA from an ooooooold family recipe.” Imagine your DNA is a brown bag lunch. Your parents packed it with everything you need. A banana, if you like those. PB&J, maybe — unless your particular DNA makes you allergic to peanuts, in which case, I don’t know. Pizza? Fish heads? Who am I, Andrew freaking Zimmern? The point is, your DNA comes from both your parents, in more or less equal amounts, and it’s stored in each of your body’s cells in something called a nucleus. That’s the bag in this…
  • Orbital Decay

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    What I’ve Learned: “Orbital decay: Life’s a drag, and then you burn. Or worse.” Gravity is scary. Like, horror movie monster scary. Think about it; gravity is relentless. Just when you think you’ve lost it, there’s gravity behind you, shaking its chainsaw or hockey mask or Lee Press-On fingerblades at you. And it’s sneaky; even if you make it to the abandoned cabin where the lights don’t work and the caretaker killed a busload of nuns exactly fifty years ago tonight, gravity will be inside, lurking in the shadows. You can hide under the covers,…
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    Much Bigger Outside

  • Scientific Data Visualization: A Revolution in Standby

    Mario Barbatti
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Data visualization in science is at the edge of a revolution. But it depends on scientists, editors, and publishers to take the next step. Next week I’ll be in Berlin speaking about data visualization in science in an interdisciplinary workshop. I’ve been invited to this event due to my experience developing Newton-X . To speak about data visualization will be a challenge for me, as l am no specialist on this field. Data visualization is something l do intuitively as a side aspect of my work. Nonetheless, it’s not insignificant. On the contrary, in some ways it’s a…
  • News from Austria

    Mario Barbatti
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Sorry, there’s no MBO today. We took one week holidays with friends in Villach. Pity, it’s ending today. Till next Sunday. MB
  • An Epistemic Search for the True Carbonara

    Mario Barbatti
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    People often speak of the “True Italian Carbonara” (or “True Pizza”, or whatever). Does such claim about an ideal dish make sense? Is it possible to establish objective criteria to define the original version of anything? As anyone, every time I’m tired or stressed after an especially long working day, I look for some comfort food. Spaghetti carbonara is one of my favorite of such comforting dishes. Hearty and easy to prepare. Beautiful and affordable. Delicious and relaxing. I have had carbonara everywhere. From a trattoria in Rome to a Mexican in Vienna. From a fine…
  • Is Global Warming a Delicious Nightmare?

    Mario Barbatti
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Isadora, my newborn niece, is one of the heirs of the world we’re making right now. The best action against the global warming is doing nothing. The next generations will just thank us for not messing their world up. Have you ever wondered about how difficult and costly it is to do what we believe is right? This is specially hard if we are talking about public policies. Recently, l attended a talk by an IPCC director. He discussed the risks and costs of fighting global warming with a dramatic hypothetical scenario: India and China are the countries contributing the most for emissions…
  • Stop Asking for Letters of Recommendation

    Mario Barbatti
    7 Mar 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Manimekhala would probably give Phra Mahachanok a good letter of recommendation. We can’t say the same about the other poor bastards lost to the sea. A letter of recommendation is one of the most useless, costly, and biased instruments for selecting academic staff. Why do we still insist on asking for it? Every time that a call for PhD, postdoc or any other junior position brings a request like “…interested candidates should arrange for two or three letters of recommendation…,” it puts in motion a crazy bureaucratic machine involving a lot of people —…
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    Johnson Matthey Technology Review

  • 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.
  • Platinum Investment Casting, Part II: Alloy Optimisation by Thermodynamic Simulation and Experimental Verification

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Two widely used jewellery investment casting alloys (platinum with 5 wt% ruthenium (Pt-5Ru) and platinum with 5 wt% cobalt (Pt-5Co)) suffer from poor castability and other drawbacks. In this work thermodynamic calculations of alloy properties were employed to optimise the alloy compositions. Segregation behaviour appeared to be important for the melting range. Scheil simulations were used to simulate segregation under typical casting conditions. Based on these simulation results, small additions of Co were found to significantly improve the castability of PtRu. Casting trials proved that…
  • How Good is Your Model?

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Models, which underpin all chemical engineering design work, vary widely in their complexity, ranging from traditional dimensionless number correlations through to modern computer based techniques such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and discrete element method (DEM). Industrial users require confidence in a model under the conditions it is to be applied in order to use it for design purposes and this can be a reason for slow acceptance of new techniques. This paper explores the validity of models and their validation using a variety of examples from heat transfer, reaction kinetics as…
  • Platinum Investment Casting, Part I: Simulation and Experimental Study of the Casting Process

    Johnson Matthey Technology Review
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    This paper summarises the results of collaborative research on investment casting of widely used platinum alloys (platinum with 5 wt% ruthenium (Pt-5Ru) and platinum with 5 wt% cobalt (Pt-5Co)) for jewellery purposes. To enable the simulation of the casting process, a materials database was developed as a first step. Casting simulation tools based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) were used to optimise the casting process parameters and develop an improved understanding of their role. Selected casting trials were conducted using industrial tilt and centrifugal casting machines and the…
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    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.
  • The Fallen Heroes of Magnetic Storage

    Duncan Parkes
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    MRAM seems set to be the next big thing for the spintronics industry. But what can we say about the fallen heroes of magnetic storage... The post The Fallen Heroes of Magnetic Storage appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
  • Heusler alloys: A hot topic

    Bryn Howells
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    A-Heusler there matey Heusler materials are becoming increasingly interesting for use in spintronics.  These materials have X2YZ stoichiometry (where Y is a magnetic ion) and... The post Heusler alloys: A hot topic appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
  • Interface time: Finding the source of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

    Bryn Howells
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    As touched upon in last week’s Pick of the Week, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) may be important for spin transfer torque MRAM (STT-MRAM) as it... The post Interface time: Finding the source of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
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    Deep Stuff

  • Harvesting Energy from Electromagnetic Waves

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    In the future, clean alternatives such as harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves may help ease the world’s energy shortage For our modern, technologically-advanced society, in which technology has become the solution to a myriad of challenges, energy is critical not… The post Harvesting Energy from Electromagnetic Waves appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into… The post Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • Scientists decipher key steps in cancer development to improve treatment

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Francis Crick Institute scientists, funded by Cancer Research UK, have discovered the timing of key genetic mistakes that fuel tumour growth, according to research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine today. The findings begin to reveal patterns that are common in many… The post Scientists decipher key steps in cancer development to improve treatment appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • New lab technique reveals structure and function of proteins critical in DNA repair

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive answers… The post New lab technique reveals structure and function of proteins critical in DNA repair appeared first on Deep Stuff.
  • Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano ‘sandwich’

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny “sandwiches” made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team are… The post Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano ‘sandwich’ appeared first on Deep Stuff.
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  • First Signs Of Self-Interacting Dark Matter Suggests It Is Not Completely Dark After All

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Scientists have found dark matter interacting with other dark matter in an entirely new way other than just the force of gravity. This first potential signs of self-interacting dark matter suggests that dark matter may not be completely dark after all. Astronomers used a technique known as gravitational lensing to deduce the location of dark matter and using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s very Large Telescope along with images from the ASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope which is in orbit, they were able to study simultaneous collision of four other galaxies in a cluster known as Abell 3827,…
  • Highly Trained Dogs Detect Prostate Cancer With More Than 90 Percent Accuracy

    11 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Two highly trained German shepherd dogs have uplifted the hope why dogs are man’s best friend with their outstanding sniffing ability to detect compounds linked to prostate cancer. The two 3-year-old German Shepherd Explosion Detection Dogs, both females, were strictly trained and with their enhanced olfactory system, they were able to identify prostate cancer specific volatile organic compounds in urine samples of 900 men, of which 360 of them have prostate cancer and 540 do not – with more than 90 percent accuracy. The study was published in the Journal Of Urology and the…
  • New Drug That Can Mollify Effects Of Alzheimer’s Disease

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    A combined team of researchers from the University of South Australia and Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China, have discovered a drug that can mollify the advancement of cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s Disease. The drug is known as Edaravone. According to the researchers, the drug Edaravone can significantly improve functions of learning and memory; and it can suppress the toxic functions of amyloid beta to nerve cells by inhibiting the amyloid beta production enzyme and bind the toxic amyloid peptide – an intercellular deposit of starch-like material in the…
  • Scientists Turn Off Genes That Spur Deadly Brain Cancer

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Scientists at Northwestern University have discovered a small RNA molecule known as miR-182 that has the ability to quash cancer-causing genes in mice with glioblastoma mulitforme (GBM), an incurable and deadly type of brain cancer. Unlike standard treatment with chemotherapy drugs that stop cancer cells from reproducing which often results in damage of DNA, the new method implements sperical nucliec acids (SNAS) to safely deliver miR-182 across the blood-brain barrier to reach tumor cells. This way, it stops the expression of several oncogenes that encourage the development of cancerous…
  • Blood Moon Moment: Get a Quick Glimpse Of Lunar Eclipse On Saturday, the Shortest of the Century

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    On Saturday, you will be experiencing the shortest lunar eclipse of the century. According to NASA , the eclipse will begin at 4.57 am PDT in San Francisco Bay Area and it will last only 4 minutes and 43 seconds which then will soon turn into dusky red. During a lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth and the moon stay aligned in the sky and when the moon passes slowly behind the shadow of the Earth, the surface of the moon will be completely covered. During this phase, due to refraction caused by Earth’s atmosphere with the sunlight, the lunar surface sometimes is seen as a deep orange-red. This…
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