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  • Space Plane Tech Could Power Aircraft for US Military

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Engine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. military.
  • Eroded Earth: The Forge of Gravity

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Gravity-Defying Lanscapes Over millions of years, weathering and erosion of sandstone have produced unique landforms, such as arches, alcoves, pedestals and pillars.  Until now, the natural process remained a mystery.  It was difficult to study, because of the huge time-scales involved in the erosion of natural slabs of sandstone.  Gravity-induced stresses had been assumed not to play any role in landform preservation.  Instead gravity was thought to increase the rates of weathering and natural erosion...   Geologists have now shown that increased stress within a landform, as a result…
  • Five Reasons We Think Dark Matter Exists (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Whether you’ve been coming around to Starts With A Bang for years or whether you just discovered us a few weeks ago, chances are you’ve heard us take on the issue of dark matter — whether it exists and, if so, what its properties are — and how we think we know that. Image credit: CMB pattern for a universe with normal matter only compared do our own, which includes dark matter and dark energy. Generated by Amanda Yoho on the Planck CMB simulator at And while every professional in the field has the same information at their disposal,…
  • 08/13/14 PHD comic: 'Provable Vacation'

    PHD Comics
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Provable Vacation" - originally published 8/13/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 5 Animals That Prove God Is Actually Female
    Morgans Lists
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The Bible tells us we were formed in God's image. So if we are to believe the Bible and take it literally, exactly which of our two visages is it, male or female? Maybe both, or does just one of the sexes contain all the components we need? It is similar to the question "Did the chicken come first, or the egg?" But instead the question is, "Did the male come first, or the female?" The christian Bible strives to answer this question with a story about a man, some mud, and a rib bone. The man was formed out of mud and the woman from the man's rib bone. So therefore the man is said to have come…
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  • Did ‘pygmy genes’ help hunter-gatherers survive rainforests?

    A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Batwa hunter-gatherers may have evolved their small statures as a way to live in the rainforest, but probably did so more recently than previously thought. Scientists say the body size associated with the pygmy phenotype is probably a selective adaptation for rainforest hunter-gatherers, but new research indicates that all African pygmy phenotypes don’t have the same genetic underpinnings. Related Articles On FuturityRice UniversityNew genomes hint at evolution’s slimy pastWashington University in St. LouisA dash of cyanide with those beans?Johns Hopkins UniversityCould a blood test…
  • Abstinence changes how men define ‘manly’

    Molly McElroy-UW
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Bragging, dirty jokes, and sexual one-upmanship are ways young men, eager to assert their masculinity, often demonstrate their “manhood.” But how does masculinity work for young men who’ve pledged sexual abstinence before marriage? How do they handle sexual temptation, and what sorts of challenges crop up once they’re married? “Sexual purity and pledging abstinence are most commonly thought of as feminine, something girls and young women promise before marriage,” says Sarah Diefendorf, a sociology graduate student at the University of Washington. “But…
  • This fungus turns ants into ‘zombies’

    Chuck Gill-Penn State
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    After the “zombie ant fungus” kills a victim, it grows a stalk called the stroma, which protrudes from the ant cadaver. A large round structure, the ascoma, forms on the stroma. Infectious spores then develop in the ascoma and are released onto the forest floor below, where they can infect foraging ants from the colony. (Credit: David Hughes/Penn State) “After climbing vegetation and biting the veins or margins on the underside of leaves, infected ants die, remaining attached to the leaf postmortem, where they serve as a platform for fungal growth,” says lead author…
  • How to rescue rhinos without killing them

    Krishna Ramanujan-Cornell
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    To protect rhinos from poachers, wildlife experts capture and relocate them, but complications from anesthesia kill one or two a year. Positioning them on their bellies instead of their sides during anesthesia helps them breathe more efficiently and could limit unnecessary deaths, new research shows. Related Articles On FuturityStanford UniversityFearful fish picks a fight with its reflectionTulane UniversityRegrow limbs like a salamander?University of WashingtonEarthquake sensors on seafloor track whale songs While the number lost is only 1 to 2 percent of the animals moved each year, with…
  • Tool combines thousands of images into one photo

    Sarah Yang-Berkeley
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    A new tool generates single photos that can represent massive clusters of images and gives the viewer the gist of very common types of images, like housecats, kids on Santa’s lab, and newlyweds. The new software works by generating an image that literally averages the key features of the other photos. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillFor teens with autism, tablets could be a game changerCarnegie Mellon UniversityFind and fix 'bugs' in surgical robotsCornell UniversityPairing radar, acoustics to track birds near wind farms Users can also give extra…
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    Science 2.0

  • Common Antibiotic Clarithromycin Linked With Heart Deaths

    News Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The antibiotic clarithromycin is widely used for treating common bacterial infections and has been linked to an increased risk of heart deaths by a study on BMJ. The absolute risk is small and prescribing practice should not be changed until results have been confirmed in an independent study but the authors say their findings require urgent confirmation, given that many millions of people are prescribed the drug each year.  read more
  • Cloud Technology Is The Final Piece Of The Globalization Puzzle

    News Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you were a 1990s protester in a developed nation, you probably hate the idea of globalization, though democratization of culture and wealth have clearly been very good things. Globalization used to be controversial but by now no one sentient really thinks cultures that condone rape and stoning of women should be preserved.Cloud computing will take that globalization to the next level, because it is a key enhancer of innovation and economic development - and it gives groups without giant budgets for hardware a way to compete, just like food science that lets crops grow in inhospitable…
  • Astrobiology: Conspicuous Clay Ovoid In Nakhla And Implications For Life On Mars

    News Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Water has been detected on Mars in the form of permafrost and there is strong evidence that liquid water was a major component of the martian surface in the past.Clays are an important mineral group for discovering the past on Mars, not only to the presence of water, since clays are hydrous minerals, but they also provide clues as to the source, type, and volume of fluids, along with indications of timescale and mineral alteration. If you are going to search for textural and chemical biosignatures, clay is a good place to start. read more
  • African Dust Impacts South America Air Quality

    News Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A recent study analyzed concentrations of African dust transported to South America and finds large seasonal peaks in winter and spring, which provides new insight into the overall human health and air quality impacts of African dust, including climate change-induced human health effects. Researchers analyzed the dust concentrations in aerosol samples from two locations, French Guiana's capital city Cayenne and the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, to understand the amount, source regions, and seasonal patterns of airborne dust that travels across the North Atlantic Ocean. read more
  • Militarized Policing Is Not The Answer To Ferguson’s Problems

    The Conversation
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    By Chris Cocking, University of BrightonThe town of Ferguson, Missouri has now seen ten days of almost nightly disorder following the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by the police. The decision to bring in the National Guard has not quelled the disorder and in fact may be aggravating the situation. read more
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    Dave Bradley's Sciencebase

  • Anticancer Aspirin? Not so fast

    David Bradley
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    The news was full of the discovery that taking some aspirin every day for ten years could somehow reduce your risk of getting cancer, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. The stomach bleeding side-effect (for some) and other as yet unknown side-effects aside, I was skeptical from the start, it just looked like a review of reviews where they looked at the idea that taking aspirin for years and years might somehow correlate with not getting cancer. To me, this is like the inverse of so many other studies that purportedly “prove” that such and such an exposure to food,…
  • Virtual Art Conservation

    David Bradley
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    This tweet showing a partially restored painting where 500 years of grime, varnish and earlier conservation efforts got me thinking. We usually see all these fabulous old paintings through a patina of filth and there are people trying to strip them back to the artist’s original view…but with digital images and Photoshop could this be done virtually for a whole lot of artworks. We colourise old monochrome photographs, this would be akin to that, taking the image back to what it really looked like… More details about this specific restoration work here. Virtual Art…
  • Sciencebase Fifteenth Anniversary

    David Bradley
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    It was 20th July 1999 when I first registered the domain name and transferred my old Elemental Discoveries websites from various ISP and freenet type hosts to this super hub of science. Don’t the years just fly by? At that time, I was quite serious about building up a science portal (as they were then known) and publishing regular science news, views, and interviews in what would eventually become known as the blogging format. Quite by chance 20th July was the forty-fifth anniversary of a slightly more globally significant event – the first manned moon landing. When I…
  • The Real David Bradley

    David Bradley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    I feel awfully guilty calling myself “the real David Bradley” now that I’ve met the actor who played Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films and William Hartnell alongside actor Brian Cox in the BBC Dr Who period drama “An Adventure in Space and Time”. I just happened to bump into him in a pub whilst we were on a camping trip to North Norfolk. I introduced myself and he was more than happy to give me an autograph, but only if I gave him mine (apparently he knew of his namesake and the book Deceived Wisdom), which was rather gratifying. As two celebrities sharing a…
  • Dave Bradley Music

    David Bradley
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Click the button above to buy Dave Bradley’s Radio Edit EP from BandCamp or iTunes. Other original songs from DB are also available on ReverbNation and Dave Bradley (covers EP on Loudr.FM). In case you didn’t know, I wear three hats: a science journalist’s green eyeshade, a backwards turned baseball cap for shooting photographs and a really trendy felt hat for writing songs…well, not really. But I have written and recorded a bunch of acoustic and electric songs perhaps reflecting my eclectic tastes and influences. Genre? That’s a tough call – acoustic…
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    Newswise: SciNews

  • New Report Compares Global Food Traceability Regulations and Requirements of 21 Countries

    Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) just released a new report in the peer-reviewed journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, that evaluates and compares the traceability regulations of 21 Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) countries. One of its main findings is that European Union countries ranked highest when it comes to global food traceability regulations and requirements.
  • Global Food Traceability Center Issues Best Practices Guidance Document on Food Traceability

    Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) today issued a guidance document on the best practices in food traceability. This document provides a comprehensive framework for six food industry sectors--bakery, dairy, meat and poultry, processed foods, produce and seafood--and summarizes the similarities and differences among them in regards to traceability. Given the complexity of the global food system, guidance on improving traceability practices across the entire food industry is a challenge.
  • S&T Support of Cyber Competitions Embraces Technology and Cybersecurity

    Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    From February through April, the cyber equivalent of the NCAA's March Madness played out - keystroke by keystroke - at 180 colleges around the nation. The regional champions gathered at the National Collegiate Cybersecurity Defense Competition (NCCDC) in San Antonio Texas. While only one team emerged with the winner's trophy, everyone walked away with an increased appreciation and understanding of current cybersecurity needs and a preview of emerging technologies. This week, University of Central Florida, this year's NCCDC winner, will tour the nation's capital to learn how government…
  • New Vaccine Shows Promise as Stronger Weapon Against Both Tuberculosis and Leprosy

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A variant of the century-old vaccine Bacille Calmette-Guerin is superior to BCG in protecting against tuberculosis in animal models, and also cross protects against leprosy. Boosting that variant with a protein found in both TB and leprosy provides considerably stronger protection against leprosy.
  • Wildland Fire Modeling Can Lead to Better Predictions

    University of Alabama Huntsville
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If we can better understand scientifically how wildland fires behave, we'll have a better chance to accurately predict their evolution.
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  • What’s Up With That: How the Weather Guy Knows What It “Feels Like” in Your City

    Nick Stockton
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    How does the meteorologist know what the temperature feels like to me and you?
  • The Strange Blowpipe 19th Century Miners Used to Analyze Ore

    Greg Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Pretend for a minute that it’s 1875 and you’re a mining engineer whose job it is to figure out how much gold is in them thar hills. Get it wrong, and your company is going to waste a lot of time and money hunting for gold that’s not there—or worse yet, miss out on the mother […]
  • All You Can Eat

    Wired Magazine
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Adam Voorhes In January of this year, the first subject checked into the metabolic ward at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to participate in one of the most rigorous dietary studies ever devised. For eight weeks, he was forbidden to leave. He spent two days of each week inside tiny airtight rooms […]
  • Searching for Causes of the Ebola Outbreak, and for a Way to Stop the Next One

    Betsy Mason
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Every time Daniel Bausch, a virologist from Tulane University, went back to Guinea, things looked worse. The country’s few paved roads crumbled. The forests seemed thinner. Prices shot up on everything in the market. From 1998 to 2008, Bausch was working for the World Health Organization in West Africa, chasing a viral disease called Lassa. […]
  • How Scientists Upgraded Alvin Into a Superpowered Sub

    Jeffrey Marlow
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Bryan Christie Design Deep-sea explorers and scientists have long relied on the Alvin submersible, based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to visit the abyssal depths. But after 50 years of diving everywhere from hydrothermal vents to the wreckage of the Titanic, it was ready for a makeover. Three years and $41 million later, Alvin is back […]
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  • Cooties, Conversion, Brain Reboots, and Habits – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here are the most intriguing and useful articles I’ve found in the last week, plus a summary of my own new content. Enjoy! We know from Daniel Kahneman’s work that our brains will take mental shortcuts whenever possible, including when [...]
  • The Neuroscience of Conversion Optimization

    Nick Kolenda
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    [Guest post by Nick Kolenda] If you’re a digital marketer, then you know the feeling. You poured your heart and soul into a recent campaign, and you can’t wait to see the results. A few days later, you check the [...]
  • The Cootie Effect: Touch, Contagion, and Magical Thinking

    Roger Dooley
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I’ve written about product contagion – the weird ability of one product to “infect” another with its properties (or its “cooties“) when they touch in a shopping cart – but there’s a related phenomenon that is, if anything, even stranger. [...]
  • Videos That Convert, Worst ORM Strategy Ever, Monkey Takedown, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Here’s this week’s eclectic mix of worthwhile reading from around the Web. Also, things may look a bit different – check out our new, easier-to-read (we hope!) design. Let us know what you think in a comment! This may not [...]
  • How Top Conversion Experts Seduce You Into Giving Up Your Email

    Roger Dooley
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    These days, almost every website wants your email address. It might be for a newsletter, for blog updates, or special offers… whatever the reason, these site owners know that a good email list is a critically important business asset. But, [...]
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    Mind Hacks

  • Brain scanning the deceased

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how, a little surprisingly, the dead are becoming an increasing focus for brain scanning studies. I first discussed this curious corner of neuroscience back in 2007 but a recent Neuroskeptic post reminded me of the area and I decided to check in on how it’s progressing. It turns out that brain scanning the dead is becoming increasingly common in research and medicine and the article looks at how the science is progressing. Crucially, it’s helping us better understand ourselves in both life and death. For thousands of years, direct…
  • Spike activity 15-08-2014

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: An important editorial in Nature describes the pressing problem of how research is not being turned into practice for treating children with mental health problems caused by armed conflict. Not Exactly Rocket Science covers a swarm of self-organising autonomous robots that have the potential to rise up, rise up and threaten humanity with their evil buzzing. To the bunkers! A Malaysian language names odors as precisely as English does colors. Interesting finding covered by Discover Magazine. New York Magazine has a piece on the social…
  • One death too many

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    One of the first things I do in the morning is check the front pages of the daily papers and on the day following Robin Williams’ death, rarely have I been so disappointed in the British press. Over the years, we have gathered a lot of evidence from reliable studies that show that how suicide is reported in the mass media affects the chances of suicide in the population – likely due to its effect on vulnerable people. In other words, sensationalist and simplistic coverage of suicides, particularly celebrity suicides, regularly leads to more deaths. It seems counter-intuitive to many, that…
  • Drugs in space and sleepless in the shuttle

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    A fascinating study published in today’s Lancet Neurology reports on sleep deprivation in astronauts but also describes the drugs shuttle crew members use to keep themselves awake and help them fall asleep. The study looked at sleep data from 64 astronauts on 80 space shuttle missions along with 21 astronauts on 13 International Space Station missions, and compared it to their sleep on the ground and in the days before space flight. Essentially, in-flight astronauts don’t get a great deal of shut-eye, but what’s surprising is the range and extent of drugs they use to…
  • Hallucinating in the deep waters of consciousness

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    On Saturday I curated a series of short films about other inner worlds, altered states and the extremes of mental health at London’s Shuffle Festival. I discovered one of the films literally a couple of days before the event, and it completely blew me away. Narcose is a French documentary about a dive by world champion free diver Guillaume Néry. It documents, in real time, a five minute dive from a single breath and the hallucinations he experiences due to carbon dioxide narcosis.     Firstly, the film is visually stunning. A masterpiece of composition, light and framing.
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  • New study finds link between mass job losses and teen suicide behaviors [The Pump Handle]

    Kim Krisberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Previous research has documented a link between downturns in the economy and suicide among adults. But how do those downturns ripple throughout families and communities, and in particular, how do massive job losses affect the mental health of teens? A new study has found that, sadly, many teens are not immune to the stress of a struggling economy. Published online last week in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that increases in statewide job losses are associated with heightened suicide-related behaviors among adolescent girls and black teens. Specifically, the study…
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival Announces 2016 Event Dates and Plans for Expanded Outreach [USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog]

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The USA Science & Engineering Festival is proud to announce the return of Lockheed Martin as its 2016 Founding and Presenting Host and expanded outreach activities to engage our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). “The USA Science & Engineering Festival provides an essential introduction and gateway to the exciting world of STEM,” said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Lockheed Martin senior vice president and chief technology officer. “It’s an exhilarating event not only for the students, but also for the parents, teachers, and…
  • Five Reasons We Think Dark Matter Exists (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Whether you’ve been coming around to Starts With A Bang for years or whether you just discovered us a few weeks ago, chances are you’ve heard us take on the issue of dark matter — whether it exists and, if so, what its properties are — and how we think we know that. Image credit: CMB pattern for a universe with normal matter only compared do our own, which includes dark matter and dark energy. Generated by Amanda Yoho on the Planck CMB simulator at And while every professional in the field has the same information at their disposal,…
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Dinosaurs … [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    There is a fantastic paper just out in Science: “Sustained miniaturization and anatomoical innovation in the dinosaurian anceestors of birds” by Michael Lee, Andrea Cau, Darren Naishe and Gareth Dyke. I want to talk about this research but if you really want to know more about it, don’t rely on me; one of the co-authors of this important paper is Darren Naish, who happens to be a stupendous blogger, and he has written the research up here. So go read that for sure, and revel in the excellent graphics. Meanwhile I have a few random thoughts…. READ THE REST HERE
  • USA TODAY flubs it big time over right-to-try laws [Respectful Insolence]

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I hadn’t expected to write about this topic again so soon, but then I didn’t expect a major newspaper to have written such a boneheaded editorial about it. In a way, I hate to write this post, because USA TODAY did great things once. There, Liz Szabo wrote the single best science-based report on cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski. Still, even usually reliable news outlets make mistakes, and in this case the editorial board of USA TODAY made a huge one when it published an editorial entitled FDA vs. right to try: Our view. Seriously, if there’s a case to be made for right-to-try laws, this…
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  • Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

    Michaeleen Doucleff
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?» E-Mail This
  • Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

    Jenny Gold
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.» E-Mail This
  • Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

    Michaeleen Doucleff
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Using a new technology, scientists have created a vaccine for an emerging mosquito-borne virus. The vaccine was safe and produced some degree of immunity in a preliminary study.» E-Mail This
  • At The Nano Level, Wrinkles Aren't Always A No-No

    Joe Palca
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    What happens when you add folds to materials that are only a few atoms thick? Several scientists set out to find the answer — and discovered that these nano-wrinkles can be quite useful.» E-Mail This
  • Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

    Gregory Warner
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.» E-Mail This
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    EE Times

  • Creating an 8x8x8 3D LED Cube: It's All About the Jigs

    Steve Manley
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Creating an 8x8x8 3D tri-color LED cube from the ground up involves a variety of tasks; creating custom jigs can make things much easier.
  • Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board

    Michael Endler
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Former Microsoft CEO -- and newly minted LA Clippers owner -- Steve Ballmer steps down from the board but will remain Microsoft's largest individual shareholder.
  • Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer

    Peter Clarke
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
  • Engineers: Join Humanitarian Shout Out

    Erin LeMoine
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It's World Humanitarian Day: Share your stories with colleagues about efforts you, family, and colleagues make the world a better place. ESC's program manager gets the conversation started.
  • Startup Sees Enterprise Op for TLC NAND

    Gary Hilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    NxGnData looks to make TLC viable as cold storage for enterprises while moving data and computation closer with its In-Situ Processing.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • Bistable Expression of Virulence Genes in Salmonella Leads to the Formation of an Antibiotic-Tolerant Subpopulation

    Markus Arnoldini et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Markus Arnoldini, Ima Avalos Vizcarra, Rafael Peña-Miller, Nicolas Stocker, Médéric Diard, Viola Vogel, Robert E. Beardmore, Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, Martin Ackermann Phenotypic heterogeneity can confer clonal groups of organisms with new functionality. A paradigmatic example is the bistable expression of virulence genes in Salmonella typhimurium, which leads to phenotypically virulent and phenotypically avirulent subpopulations. The two subpopulations have been shown to divide labor during S. typhimurium infections. Here, we show that heterogeneous virulence gene expression in this…
  • The Cytoplasmic Capping Complex Assembles on Adapter Protein Nck1 Bound to the Proline-Rich C-Terminus of Mammalian Capping Enzyme

    Chandrama Mukherjee et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Chandrama Mukherjee, Baskar Bakthavachalu, Daniel R. Schoenberg Cytoplasmic capping is catalyzed by a complex that contains capping enzyme (CE) and a kinase that converts RNA with a 5′-monophosphate end to a 5′ diphosphate for subsequent addition of guanylic acid (GMP). We identify the proline-rich C-terminus as a new domain of CE that is required for its participation in cytoplasmic capping, and show the cytoplasmic capping complex assembles on Nck1, an adapter protein with functions in translation and tyrosine kinase signaling. Binding is specific to Nck1 and is independent of RNA.
  • Bugs Split to Attack and Gamble to Survive

    Roland G. Roberts
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Roland G. Roberts
  • Pyramidal Cells Make Specific Connections onto Smooth (GABAergic) Neurons in Mouse Visual Cortex

    Rita Bopp et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Rita Bopp, Nuno Maçarico da Costa, Björn M. Kampa, Kevan A. C. Martin, Morgane M. Roth One of the hallmarks of neocortical circuits is the predominance of recurrent excitation between pyramidal neurons, which is balanced by recurrent inhibition from smooth GABAergic neurons. It has been previously described that in layer 2/3 of primary visual cortex (V1) of cat and monkey, pyramidal cells filled with horseradish peroxidase connect approximately in proportion to the spiny (excitatory, 95% and 81%, respectively) and smooth (GABAergic, 5% and 19%, respectively) dendrites found in the…
  • A Leaky Membrane and a Sodium Transporter at Life’s Great Divergence

    Richard Robinson
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Richard Robinson
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Mechanical Cell-Matrix Feedback Explains Pairwise and Collective Endothelial Cell Behavior In Vitro

    René F. M. van Oers et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by René F. M. van Oers, Elisabeth G. Rens, Danielle J. LaValley, Cynthia A. Reinhart-King, Roeland M. H. Merks In vitro cultures of endothelial cells are a widely used model system of the collective behavior of endothelial cells during vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. When seeded in an extracellular matrix, endothelial cells can form blood vessel-like structures, including vascular networks and sprouts. Endothelial morphogenesis depends on a large number of chemical and mechanical factors, including the compliancy of the extracellular matrix, the available growth factors, the adhesion of…
  • Optimal Behavioral Hierarchy

    Alec Solway et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Alec Solway, Carlos Diuk, Natalia Córdova, Debbie Yee, Andrew G. Barto, Yael Niv, Matthew M. Botvinick Human behavior has long been recognized to display hierarchical structure: actions fit together into subtasks, which cohere into extended goal-directed activities. Arranging actions hierarchically has well established benefits, allowing behaviors to be represented efficiently by the brain, and allowing solutions to new tasks to be discovered easily. However, these payoffs depend on the particular way in which actions are organized into a hierarchy, the specific way in which tasks are…
  • Kinetic Memory Based on the Enzyme-Limited Competition

    Tetsuhiro S. Hatakeyama et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Tetsuhiro S. Hatakeyama, Kunihiko Kaneko Cellular memory, which allows cells to retain information from their environment, is important for a variety of cellular functions, such as adaptation to external stimuli, cell differentiation, and synaptic plasticity. Although posttranslational modifications have received much attention as a source of cellular memory, the mechanisms directing such alterations have not been fully uncovered. It may be possible to embed memory in multiple stable states in dynamical systems governing modifications. However, several experiments on modifications of…
  • The Protective Role of Symmetric Stem Cell Division on the Accumulation of Heritable Damage

    Peter T. McHale et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Peter T. McHale, Arthur D. Lander Stem cell divisions are either asymmetric—in which one daughter cell remains a stem cell and one does not—or symmetric, in which both daughter cells adopt the same fate, either stem or non-stem. Recent studies show that in many tissues operating under homeostatic conditions stem cell division patterns are strongly biased toward the symmetric outcome, raising the question of whether symmetry confers some benefit. Here, we show that symmetry, via extinction of damaged stem-cell clones, reduces the lifetime risk of accumulating phenotypically silent…
  • Epigenetic Landscapes Explain Partially Reprogrammed Cells and Identify Key Reprogramming Genes

    Alex H. Lang et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Alex H. Lang, Hu Li, James J. Collins, Pankaj Mehta A common metaphor for describing development is a rugged “epigenetic landscape” where cell fates are represented as attracting valleys resulting from a complex regulatory network. Here, we introduce a framework for explicitly constructing epigenetic landscapes that combines genomic data with techniques from spin-glass physics. Each cell fate is a dynamic attractor, yet cells can change fate in response to external signals. Our model suggests that partially reprogrammed cells are a natural consequence of high-dimensional landscapes,…
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    PLOS Genetics: New Articles

  • Transcriptome Sequencing from Diverse Human Populations Reveals Differentiated Regulatory Architecture

    Alicia R. Martin et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Alicia R. Martin, Helio A. Costa, Tuuli Lappalainen, Brenna M. Henn, Jeffrey M. Kidd, Muh-Ching Yee, Fabian Grubert, Howard M. Cann, Michael Snyder, Stephen B. Montgomery, Carlos D. Bustamante Large-scale sequencing efforts have documented extensive genetic variation within the human genome. However, our understanding of the origins, global distribution, and functional consequences of this variation is far from complete. While regulatory variation influencing gene expression has been studied within a handful of populations, the breadth of transcriptome differences across diverse human…
  • Gene Expansion Shapes Genome Architecture in the Human Pathogen Lichtheimia corymbifera: An Evolutionary Genomics Analysis in the Ancient Terrestrial Mucorales (Mucoromycotina)

    Volker U. Schwartze et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Volker U. Schwartze, Sascha Winter, Ekaterina Shelest, Marina Marcet-Houben, Fabian Horn, Stefanie Wehner, Jörg Linde, Vito Valiante, Michael Sammeth, Konstantin Riege, Minou Nowrousian, Kerstin Kaerger, Ilse D. Jacobsen, Manja Marz, Axel A. Brakhage, Toni Gabaldón, Sebastian Böcker, Kerstin Voigt Lichtheimia species are the second most important cause of mucormycosis in Europe. To provide broader insights into the molecular basis of the pathogenicity-associated traits of the basal Mucorales, we report the full genome sequence of L. corymbifera and compared it to the genome of Rhizopus…
  • EVA-1 Functions as an UNC-40 Co-receptor to Enhance Attraction to the MADD-4 Guidance Cue in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Kevin Ka Ming Chan et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Kevin Ka Ming Chan, Ashwin Seetharaman, Rachel Bagg, Guillermo Selman, Yuqian Zhang, Joowan Kim, Peter J. Roy We recently discovered a secreted and diffusible midline cue called MADD-4 (an ADAMTSL) that guides migrations along the dorsoventral axis of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. We showed that the transmembrane receptor, UNC-40 (DCC), whose canonical ligand is the UNC-6 (netrin) guidance cue, is required for extension towards MADD-4. Here, we demonstrate that MADD-4 interacts with an EVA-1/UNC-40 co-receptor complex to attract cell extensions. EVA-1 is a conserved transmembrane…
  • Inference of Transposable Element Ancestry

    Aaron C. Wacholder et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Aaron C. Wacholder, Corey Cox, Thomas J. Meyer, Robert P. Ruggiero, Vijetha Vemulapalli, Annette Damert, Lucia Carbone, David D. Pollock Most common methods for inferring transposable element (TE) evolutionary relationships are based on dividing TEs into subfamilies using shared diagnostic nucleotides. Although originally justified based on the “master gene” model of TE evolution, computational and experimental work indicates that many of the subfamilies generated by these methods contain multiple source elements. This implies that subfamily-based methods give an incomplete picture of…
  • Global Genetic Variations Predict Brain Response to Faces

    Erin W. Dickie et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Erin W. Dickie, Amir Tahmasebi, Leon French, Natasa Kovacevic, Tobias Banaschewski, Gareth J. Barker, Arun Bokde, Christian Büchel, Patricia Conrod, Herta Flor, Hugh Garavan, Juergen Gallinat, Penny Gowland, Andreas Heinz, Bernd Ittermann, Claire Lawrence, Karl Mann, Jean-Luc Martinot, Frauke Nees, Thomas Nichols, Mark Lathrop, Eva Loth, Zdenka Pausova, Marcela Rietschel, Michal N. Smolka, Andreas Ströhle, Roberto Toro, Gunter Schumann, Tomáš Paus, the IMAGEN consortium , the IMAGEN consortium Face expressions are a rich source of social signals. Here we estimated the proportion of…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • Correction: Ubiquitin-Mediated Response to Microsporidia and Virus Infection in C. elegans

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS Pathogens Staff
  • Inhibition of the TRAIL Death Receptor by CMV Reveals Its Importance in NK Cell-Mediated Antiviral Defense

    Shilpi Verma et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Shilpi Verma, Andrea Loewendorf, Qiao Wang, Bryan McDonald, Alec Redwood, Chris A. Benedict TNF-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) death receptors (DR) regulate apoptosis and inflammation, but their role in antiviral defense is poorly understood. Cytomegaloviruses (CMV) encode many immune-modulatory genes that shape host immunity, and they utilize multiple strategies to target the TNF-family cytokines. Here we show that the m166 open reading frame (orf) of mouse CMV (MCMV) is strictly required to inhibit expression of TRAIL-DR in infected cells. An MCMV mutant lacking m166…
  • Strain-Specific Properties and T Cells Regulate the Susceptibility to Papilloma Induction by Mus musculus Papillomavirus 1

    Alessandra Handisurya et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Alessandra Handisurya, Patricia M. Day, Cynthia D. Thompson, Michael Bonelli, Douglas R. Lowy, John T. Schiller The immunocytes that regulate papillomavirus infection and lesion development in humans and animals remain largely undefined. We found that immunocompetent mice with varying H-2 haplotypes displayed asymptomatic skin infection that produced L1 when challenged with 6×1010 MusPV1 virions, the recently identified domestic mouse papillomavirus (also designated “MmuPV1”), but were uniformly resistant to MusPV1-induced papillomatosis. Broad immunosuppression with cyclosporin A…
  • Schistosome Feeding and Regurgitation

    Patrick J. Skelly et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Patrick J. Skelly, Akram A. Da'dara, Xiao-Hong Li, William Castro-Borges, R. Alan Wilson Schistosomes are parasitic flatworms that infect >200 million people worldwide, causing the chronic, debilitating disease schistosomiasis. Unusual among parasitic helminths, the long-lived adult worms, continuously bathed in blood, take up nutrients directly across the body surface and also by ingestion of blood into the gut. Recent proteomic analyses of the body surface revealed the presence of hydrolytic enzymes, solute, and ion transporters, thus emphasising its metabolic credentials. Furthermore,…
  • Structure of CfaA Suggests a New Family of Chaperones Essential for Assembly of Class 5 Fimbriae

    Rui Bao et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Rui Bao, April Fordyce, Yu-Xing Chen, Annette McVeigh, Stephen J. Savarino, Di Xia Adhesive pili on the surface of pathogenic bacteria comprise polymerized pilin subunits and are essential for initiation of infections. Pili assembled by the chaperone-usher pathway (CUP) require periplasmic chaperones that assist subunit folding, maintain their stability, and escort them to the site of bioassembly. Until now, CUP chaperones have been classified into two families, FGS and FGL, based on the short and long length of the subunit-interacting loops between its F1 and G1 β-strands, respectively.
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • No Correlation between TIMP2 -418 G>C Polymorphism and Increased Risk of Cancer: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis

    Raju K. Mandal et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Raju K. Mandal, Naseem Akhter, Shafiul Haque, Aditya K. Panda, Rama D. Mittal, Mohammed A. A. Alqumber Aim Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP2) is involved in the regulation of matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) and shown to implicate in cancer development and progression. The results from the published studies based on the association between TIMP2 -418 G>C polymorphism and cancer risk are inconsistent. In this meta-analysis, we aimed to evaluate the potential association between TIMP2 -418 G>C polymorphism and cancer risk. Methodology We searched PubMed (Medline) and EMBASE web…
  • An E2F1-HOXB9 Transcriptional Circuit Is Associated with Breast Cancer Progression

    Aisulu Zhussupova et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Aisulu Zhussupova, Tetsu Hayashida, Maiko Takahashi, Kazuhiro Miyao, Hiroshi Okazaki, Hiromitsu Jinno, Yuko Kitagawa Homeobox B9 (HOXB9), a member of the homeobox gene family, is overexpressed in breast cancer and promotes tumor progression and metastasis by stimulating epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and angiogenesis within the tumor microenvironment. HOXB9 activates the TGFβ-ATM axis, leading to checkpoint activation and DNA repair, which engenders radioresistance in breast cancer cells. Despite detailed reports of the role of HOXB9 in breast cancer, the factors that regulate HOXB9…
  • A Canonical Circuit for Generating Phase-Amplitude Coupling

    Angela C. E. Onslow et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Angela C. E. Onslow, Matthew W. Jones, Rafal Bogacz ‘Phase amplitude coupling’ (PAC) in oscillatory neural activity describes a phenomenon whereby the amplitude of higher frequency activity is modulated by the phase of lower frequency activity. Such coupled oscillatory activity – also referred to as ‘cross-frequency coupling’ or ‘nested rhythms’ – has been shown to occur in a number of brain regions and at behaviorally relevant time points during cognitive tasks; this suggests functional relevance, but the circuit mechanisms of PAC generation remain unclear. In this paper…
  • Gender and Age-Related Differences in Bilateral Lower Extremity Mechanics during Treadmill Running

    Angkoon Phinyomark et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Angkoon Phinyomark, Blayne A. Hettinga, Sean T. Osis, Reed Ferber Female runners have a two-fold risk of sustaining certain running-related injuries as compared to their male counterparts. Thus, a comprehensive understanding of the sex-related differences in running kinematics is necessary. However, previous studies have either used discrete time point variables and inferential statistics and/or relatively small subject numbers. Therefore, the first purpose of this study was to use a principal component analysis (PCA) method along with a support vector machine (SVM) classifier to examine…
  • Selective HDAC Inhibition for the Disruption of Latent HIV-1 Infection

    Kirston M. Barton et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Kirston M. Barton, Nancie M. Archin, Kara S. Keedy, Amy S. Espeseth, Yan-ling Zhang, Jennifer Gale, Florence F. Wagner, Edward B. Holson, David M. Margolis Selective histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors have emerged as a potential anti-latency therapy for persistent human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection. We utilized a combination of small molecule inhibitors and short hairpin (sh)RNA-mediated gene knockdown strategies to delineate the key HDAC(s) to be targeted for selective induction of latent HIV-1 expression. Individual depletion of HDAC3 significantly induced…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • Nitric Oxide from IFNγ-Primed Macrophages Modulates the Antimicrobial Activity of β-Lactams against the Intracellular Pathogens Burkholderia pseudomallei and Nontyphoidal Salmonella

    Jessica Jones-Carson et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jessica Jones-Carson, Adrienne E. Zweifel, Timothy Tapscott, Chad Austin, Joseph M. Brown, Kenneth L. Jones, Martin I. Voskuil, Andrés Vázquez-Torres Our investigations show that nonlethal concentrations of nitric oxide (NO) abrogate the antibiotic activity of β-lactam antibiotics against Burkholderia pseudomallei, Escherichia coli and nontyphoidal Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. NO protects B. pseudomallei already exposed to β-lactams, suggesting that this diatomic radical tolerizes bacteria against the antimicrobial activity of this important class of antibiotics. The…
  • Is Plasmodium vivax Malaria a Severe Malaria?: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Cho Naing et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Cho Naing, Maxine A. Whittaker, Victor Nyunt Wai, Joon Wah Mak Background Plasmodium vivax is one of the major species of malaria infecting humans. Although emphasis on P. falciparum is appropriate, the burden of vivax malaria should be given due attention. This study aimed to synthesize the evidence on severe malaria in P. vivax infection compared with that in P. falciparum infection. Methods/Principal Findings We searched relevant studies in electronic databases. The main outcomes required for inclusion in the review were mortality, severe malaria (SM) and severe anaemia (SA). The…
  • MicroRNA-30e* Suppresses Dengue Virus Replication by Promoting NF-κB–Dependent IFN Production

    Xun Zhu et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Xun Zhu, Zhenjian He, Yiwen Hu, Weitao Wen, Cuiji Lin, Jianchen Yu, Jing Pan, Ran Li, Haijing Deng, Shaowei Liao, Jie Yuan, Jueheng Wu, Jun Li, Mengfeng Li MicroRNAs have been shown to contribute to a repertoire of host-pathogen interactions during viral infection. Our previous study demonstrated that microRNA-30e* (miR-30e*) directly targeted the IκBα 3′-UTR and disrupted the NF-κB/IκBα negative feedback loop, leading to hyperactivation of NF-κB. This current study investigated the possible role of miR-30e* in the regulation of innate immunity associated with dengue virus (DENV)…
  • Disease Progression in Plasmodium knowlesi Malaria Is Linked to Variation in Invasion Gene Family Members

    Atique M. Ahmed et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Atique M. Ahmed, Miguel M. Pinheiro, Paul C. Divis, Angela Siner, Ramlah Zainudin, Ing Tien Wong, Chan Woon Lu, Sarina K. Singh-Khaira, Scott B. Millar, Sean Lynch, Matthias Willmann, Balbir Singh, Sanjeev Krishna, Janet Cox-Singh Emerging pathogens undermine initiatives to control the global health impact of infectious diseases. Zoonotic malaria is no exception. Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite of Southeast Asian macaques, has entered the human population. P. knowlesi, like Plasmodium falciparum, can reach high parasitaemia in human infections, and the World Health Organization…
  • Long-term Sonographic and Serological Follow-up of Inactive Echinococcal Cysts of the Liver: Hints for a “Watch-and-Wait” Approach

    Luca Piccoli et al.
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Luca Piccoli, Francesca Tamarozzi, Federico Cattaneo, Mara Mariconti, Carlo Filice, Antonella Bruno, Enrico Brunetti Human cystic echinococcosis is a chronic, complex and neglected infection. Its clinical management has evolved over decades without adequate evaluation of efficacy. Recent expert opinion recommends that uncomplicated inactive cysts of the liver should be left untreated and solely monitored over time (“watch-and-wait” approach). However, clinical data supporting this approach are still scant and published mostly as conference proceedings. In this study, we report our…
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  • Spacewalking cosmonauts launch satellite, set up studies

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A pair of Russian cosmonauts began their work week on Monday floating outside the International Space Station to toss out a small satellite for a university in Peru, install science experiments and tackle some housekeeping chores.
  • 'Mission Blue' film charts scientist's quest to save oceans

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - From the Galapagos Islands to Australia's Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary "Mission Blue" navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet's threatened seas.
  • Experimental chikungunya vaccine shows promise in human trial

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An experimental vaccine being developed by U.S. government scientists to prevent the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya has shown promise in its first human trials but remains years away from approval for widespread use.
  • 'Mission Blue' film charts scientist's quest to save oceans

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - From the Galapagos Islands to Australia's Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary "Mission Blue" navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet's threatened seas.
  • Specks of star dust likely first from beyond solar system

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • Who cares about Wi-Fi security?

    David Bradley
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    Very few people according to a recent UK survey apparently. But, you should says AV company Sophos. Here are their top tips on staying safe when operating wirelessly outside your home or office: Get out of the habit of remembering Wi-Fi networks. If your computer automatically joins networks based only on their names, you may end up connected to imposter networks you didn’t realise were there Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you’re not using them. You can also use "flight mode" although you won’t be able to receive calls in flight mode. Consider using a Virtual…
  • Accelerating SnapSeed in Chrome

    David Bradley
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    If you’re trying to edit your Google+ photos in “SnapSeed” in the Google Chrome browser and you get a message that tells you “the photo editor cannot be loaded”, then go into Chrome settings –> Show Advanced Settings (scroll to the bottom) –> Check the box in the System Settings for “use hardware acceleration when available” and SnapSeed should now load. There is very little on the groups about this, although some users seem to think it’s only a Windows 8 issue (it’s not I’m on 64-bit Windows 7), it doesn’t seem to…
  • Google bullsh

    David Bradley
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    <rant>Google is forever tweaking its algorithm and yes that is a euphemism. They penalise sites they consider to be spamming their SERPs with practices that supposedly break their self-created internet rules. They do all this purportedly to make search a better experience for users. The real reason, of course, is so they can sell ad space to companies. Google is fundamentally an advertising company not a search engine. Bizarrely though one thing they could really do very easily that would significantly improve things for users without penalising legitimate websites is to filter out…
  • Feedly to Diigo via IFTTT

    David Bradley
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:44 am
    I have a large number of newsfeeds in the Feedly reader, I also exported the collection as an OPML so that I could have a backup version running in another reader, The Old Reader, as it happens. I also have my Feedly connected to IFTTT so that I can manipulate items I flag or otherwise “save for later” in Feedly. Indeed, various IFTTT recipes take those items and cook them up into Twitter and Facebook updates, send them to my Tumblr and WordPress sites etc etc. In addition, every link I save for later is added to my Diigo stream, so there is an ongoing searchable backup of the…
  • Do you trust your search engine?

    David Bradley
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:14 am
    A spot survey of non-techie friends suggests to me that a lot of people know that they should be concerned about the privacy of their data, but generally are not worried that Google or many other search engines are tracking them. The privacy issue only comes to light when their newspaper mentions Heartbleed, Facebook’s settings changing and getting a mention in the mainstream media or when Snowden and the NSA are suddenly back on the tabloid agenda. And, of course, if one of the sites they use gets hacked, then that suddenly brings the security and privacy issues to the fore. Search…
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  • Unintentional Venn diagram suggests opposite meaning

    Nathan Yau
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Most people probably wouldn't think much about this poster that shows the values of Thomson Reuters. But when you think of the graphic as a Venn diagram, it's hard to see much else. Tags: Reuters, venn diagram
  • Not automatic

    Nathan Yau
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It's an absolute myth that you can send an algorithm over raw data and have insights pop up. — Jeffrey Heer in For Big-Data Scientists, 'Janitor Work' Is Key Hurdle to Insights by Steve Lohr Tags: data wrangling, Jeffrey Heer, New York Times
  • Crisis Text Line releases trends and data

    Nathan Yau
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    Crisis Text Line is a service that troubled teens can use to find help with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and other issues via text messaging. The long-term hope was to anonymize and encode these text messages so that researchers and policy-makers could better understand something typically kept private to the individuals. Following through, the organization recently released a look into their data and a sample of encoded messages. (There's a link to download the data at the bottom of the page.) The visual part of the release shows when text messages typically come in, and you can…
  • Talking Ferguson on Twitter and localness

    Nathan Yau
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    For trending topics, Twitter likes to show an animated map of how a lot of people talked about something at once. They pushed one out for Ferguson tweets. Naturally, the map looks a lot like population density. So instead, Eric Huntley aggregated and normalized for a more useful view. Ultimately, despite the centrality of social media to the protests and our ability to come together and reflect on the social problems at the root of Michael Brown's shooting, these maps, and the kind of data used to create them, can't tell us much about the deep-seated issues that have led to the killing of yet…
  • Map of military surplus distribution

    Nathan Yau
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:25 pm
    With the situation in Ferguson, the New York Times mapped the distribution of military surplus through Defense Department program. Equipment, especially assault rifles, have gone to most parts of the United States. Tags: military, New York Times, weapons
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    Science Daily

  • College education not always about what you have, but how you use it

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Students who have books and computers at home, who take extramural cultural classes, and whose parents give advice and take part in school activities are most likely to enroll for a four-year college degree. Also, more American black students -- irrespective of their class or background -- will set off on this education path than their white counterparts.
  • Ruxolitinib for myelofibrosis: Indication of considerable added benefit

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    In comparison with 'best supportive care', there is an indication that the new drug is better at relieving symptoms, and a hint of longer survival. Myelofibrosis is a rare disease of the bone marrow, in which the bone marrow is replaced by connective tissue. As a consequence of this so-called fibrosis, the bone marrow is no longer able to produce enough blood cells. Sometimes the spleen or the liver takes over some of the blood production. Then these organs enlarge and can cause abdominal discomfort and pain.
  • Perampanel for epilepsy: Still no proof of added benefit

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    In its second dossier, the drug manufacturer deviated from the appropriate comparator therapy and again provided no relevant data for the assessment of the added benefit of perampanel, experts report.
  • Does love make sex better for most women?

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Love and commitment can make sex physically more satisfying for many women, according to a sociologist. The benefits of being in love with a sexual partner are more than just emotional. Most of the women in the study said that love made sex physically more pleasurable. Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality.
  • Fruit, vegetable intake still too low; human nutritionist says to focus on lunch

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Children between the ages of 2 and 18 are eating more whole fruits and drinking less fruit juice, a new report finds after the implementation of a new program. However, vegetable intake remains the same, they say. One expert says the switch from fruit juice to whole fruit has been a big improvement.
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    The Why Files

  • You don’t miss your water — till it turns toxic

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    You don’t miss your water — till it turns toxic ENLARGE Is this goop fit to drink? An eruption of harmful algae (cyanobacteria) at Pelee Island, Ohio, in Lake Erie, 2009. Photo: September 2009 NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory On Aug. 2, half-a-million residents of Toledo, Ohio were told to quit drinking city water that was laced with microcystin, a toxin produced by a carpet of blue-green algae in Lake Erie, Toledo’s water source. after concentrations dropped, the water ban that put the long-simmering problem of harmful algal blooms in the headlines was lifted on…
  • Flying south for the winter?

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Flying south for the winter? ENLARGE A fixture of temperate meadows and marshes, the unmistakable red-winged blackbird also jet sets to warmer winter weather, reaching as far as Guatemala. Unlike many passerines, the red-winged blackbird migrates during the day. Red-winged Blackbird photo from Shutterstock. In American slang, millions of “snowbirds” bail out of the North American winter and fly to a warmer climate. Now we learn that human snowbirds are simply emulating a pattern set by a large group of Western-Hemisphere birds. Hundreds of North American birds migrate south for…
  • Planet discoveries boost LifeSearch 2.0

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Planet discoveries boost LifeSearch 2.0 A newly discovered planet dubbed “mega-Earth” is shown in an artist’s conception. Kepler-10c orbits a sun-like star, has a diameter of about 29,000 kilometers (2.3 times larger than Earth), and weighs 17 times more. The solid planet may have a thin atmosphere that is unlikely to support life. 10c is located about 560 light years away and orbits its star every 45 days. Photo: David A. Aguilar (Center for Astrophysics) The search for life in space — boosted half a century ago by a series of grade “C” sci-fi horror films…
  • On the wing: Birds, skeeters, jet planes: Same design rule applies!

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    On the wing: Birds, skeeters, jet planes: Same design rule applies! The Boeing 787 under construction at the factory in Everett, Wash. Does aeronautical engineering respond to the same basic physics that governs bird evolution? Photo: Boeing Evolution through natural selection governs the “design” of flying creatures. Engineers design flying machines. But flying is about physics, and physics is the ultimate arbiter of both processes, says Adrian Bejan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University. And that produces parallels in mechanical and animal evolution. In…
  • Amphibian decline: Frogs fight back!

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Amphibian decline: Frogs fight back! In the worldwide extinction crisis, the most depressing stories concern amphibians — four-legged animals like frogs and salamanders that undergo metamorphosis to reach their adult form. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says about 30 percent of the 6,285 amphibian species are threatened with extinction. A Cuban tree frog acquired immunological resistance to the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus during a study just published in Nature. Photo: Joseph Gamble Climate change — especially warming and drying in tropical highlands…
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources. The Republican governor, who disputed the human impact on climate change in his 2010 campaign, agreed recently to meet with the scientists after his main Democratic challenger for re-election this year, former Governor Charlie Crist, proclaimed himself a firm believer in global warming. “I’m inherently an…
  • Flu Shot Recommended for All Pregnant Women

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Pregnant women should get the flu shot, regardless of how far along they are in their pregnancies, according to updated guidelines released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The new guidelines by ACOG also state that vaccination is important for women who are trying to become pregnant. Preventing the flu is an essential element of care during preconception, as well as during pregnancy and after delivery, according to a statement from ACOG. "The flu virus is highly infectious and can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as it can cause pneumonia,…
  • Like a Virgin: Chaste Men Sexually Confused After Marriage

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Men who make virginity pledges get strong social support to abstain from sex before the wedding night, but that backing disappears soon after they tie the knot, new research suggests. As a result, male virginity pledgers can be somewhat confused and lost when it comes to sex after marriage, said study researcher Sarah Diefendorf, a sociology doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in Seattle. "They spend the first 20-something years of their lives being told that sex is wrong," Diefendorf told Live Science. Small, focused groups who make virginity pledges have a better track record…
  • 'Beam Me to Mars' Lets You Send Martian Messages to Fund Space Exploration

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    The space-funding company Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration. The first successful Mars mission, NASA's Mariner 4, launched on Nov. 28, 1964. "Beam Me to Mars" celebrates that landmark effort in a new and original way, Uwingu representatives said. "We want it to inspire people," said Uwingu CEO Alan Stern, a planetary scientist and former NASA…
  • Kids' Drawings May Paint a Picture of Later Intelligence

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Their ability to draw a picture of a child may be linked to their intelligence at age 14, a new study suggests. The study, which involved more than 7,700 pairs of identical and nonidentical twins, found that genes play a role in the link between early drawing ability and later measures of intelligence. "The correlation is moderate, so our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly," Dr. Rosalind Arden, a professor of psychiatry at King's College London, in the U.K., and lead author of the study published yesterday (Aug.
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    Science: This Week's News

  • [Special Issue News] Parenting: The taste of things to come

    Emily Underwood
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Expectant mothers are barraged with advice from friends, family, and physicians about what to eat while pregnant and breast-feeding. Most of that advice is focused on nutrition, but in recent years scientists have begun to explore another important aspect of early food experience—flavor. Although some preferences, such as a love for sweetness and an aversion to bitterness, are genetically determined, a growing body of evidence suggests that the majority of our idiosyncratic inclinations for different flavors are not innate, but rather learned. Indeed, studies in human infants and animals…
  • [Special Issue News] Parenting: Unsettled questions trail IVF's success

    Kelly Servick
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In vitro fertilization (IVF) and associated techniques are a medical success story, with more than 5 million apparently healthy babies born this way. The known risks of these technologies are relatively small: a slight increase in pregnancy complications, preterm birth, and low birth weight, and possibly an increased risk of birth defects. But as researchers learn more about the sensitivity of early embryos, they have begun to wonder if the manipulations of IVF may have additional subtle effects that appear as children grow. Animal studies hint that people conceived this way may be at higher…
  • [Special Issue News] Parenting: Nature's first functional food

    Trisha Gura
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The study of mother's milk is booming, thanks to new analytical techniques, a growing interest in milk-microbiome connections, and the resurgence of breast-feeding. Building upon a century-old study that first indicated that milk nourished certain bacteria in infants, the new work has characterized the complexity of breast milk carbohydrates called oligosaccharides, or HMOs, that particularly nourish one species of beneficial bacteria. That microbe in turn encourages the growth of other beneficial bacteria and promotes a healthy gut immune system. These HMOs also protect the gut against…
  • [Special Issue News] Parenting: An experiment in zero parenting

    Eliot Marshall
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A study of orphans carried out in Bucharest has been described as the best controlled—and most controversial—analysis of institutionalized child care. Led by Harvard Medical School neuroscientist Charles Nelson, the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) tracks children who were raised for a time with essentially no parenting. BEIP intervened in 2000 to offer high-quality foster care to a randomly selected group of these Romanian orphans; it also tracked a group who lived in institutions. (This was controversial; some critics thought that it was improper to study any children in…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • Know Your Western Blot Jargon! A Quick Review.

    Melanie Laederich
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has been said that "Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession" (Kingman Brewster, Jr) and while I cannot speak for other professions, as a biologist I am inclined to believe it. So whether you need to cover your qualifying exam bases, want to avoid looking like an idiot to your coworkers, or need to explain Western blotting to that new undergrad – you need to know your Western blotting basics and you need to know the jargon that goes with it! Lucky for you, I put together this quick review of SDS-PAGE (Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis) Western blotting including…
  • Take Control of Your World – Five Controls for Flow Cytometry

    Tim Bushnell
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    No, this is not a call for Geeks to take over the world – just a tiny part of it – the part that ensures success in all experiments or at least a good way to analyze them if they fail. There are all too many entry points for error and variability that can be introduced into experimental measurements – and it's critical to control those points. This is especially true in Flow Cytometry where there are multiple controls essential for proper interpretation of the data. Flow cytometry controls can be divided into 5 major classes. The purpose of these controls to ensure the instrument…
  • Help: My Gal Promoter Doesn’t Work

    Aunt Yersinia
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dear Aunt Yersinia, I work with a yeast vector where my gene is under a Gal promoter. My boss told me to grow yeast in medium with sucrose, and then add galactose to induce the promoter. I did it, but my protein is not induced; the Western blot is empty. I sequenced a part of the vector and found out that the promoter and the gene are correct. What can I do? Anni   Dear Anni, The Gal1 promoter from fission yeast is used in many vectors for regulated gene expression. The working of the promoter is caused by the fact that for yeast, nothing beats glucose as a source of carbon and energy.
  • Dpn I The Strange

    Vicki Doronina
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    If you ever used a site-directed mutagenesis kit or ligation-independent cloning, then you also used restriction enzyme Dpn I. But what does it do and more interestingly, why? Restriction enzymes and methylases: the yin and yang of bacteria Usual restriction enzymes, the toolkit of genetic engineering, are one half of the “yin and yang” pair of enzymes, which together with a methylase make up a restriction-modification system. Both members of the pair recognize one sequence in the DNA. Methylase modifies the DNA sequence by adding a methyl group to a specific nucleotide. In nature, methyl…
  • The A-Z of PCR variants

    Olwen Reina
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The wide range of applications of PCR has led to an ever-growing list of variants of the technique. While some are optimizations to suit specific requirements and are very similar to basic PCR, others completely turn the technique on its head to formulate novel creative applications in various fields. This article lists some variants of PCR alphabetically in the hope of creating an awareness of the variations that have been created for very specific purposes but may have other applications, as well as to assist in increasing awareness of the broad range of applications for this technique in…
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    PHD Comics

  • 08/13/14 PHD comic: 'Provable Vacation'

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Provable Vacation" - originally published 8/13/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 08/06/14 PHD comic: 'Do you have a minute?'

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Do you have a minute?" - originally published 8/6/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 07/28/14 PHD comic: 'The Neurobiology of Writing'

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "The Neurobiology of Writing" - originally published 7/28/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 07/23/14 PHD comic: 'Writing shortcut'

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Writing shortcut" - originally published 7/23/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 07/21/14 PHD comic: 'Writing'

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Writing" - originally published 7/21/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    Brain And Consciousness Research

  • Is empathy in humans and apes actually different?

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whether or not humans are the only empathic beings is still under debate. In a new study, researchers directly compared the 'yawn contagion' effect between humans and bonobos -- our closest evolutionary cousins. By doing so they were able to directly compare the empathic abilities of ourselves with another species, and found that a close relationship between individuals is more important to their empathic response than the fact that individuals might be from the same species.
  • Can fiction stories make us more empathetic?

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, discussed how exposure to narrative fiction may improve our ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling in his session at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention.
  • Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months. The tissue could provide a superior model for studying normal brain function as well as injury and disease, and could assist in the development of new treatments for brain dysfunction.
  • Want to kill creativity of women in teams? Fire up the competition

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Women tend to outperform men when it comes to collaboration and creativity in small working groups, but force teams to go head to head in highly competitive environments and the benefits of a female approach are soon reversed, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    People learn better and recall more when given the impression that they will soon have to teach newly acquired material to someone else, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.
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    ZME Science

  • Today, we have finished all the natural resources for the entire year. The rest is environmental debt

    Mihai Andrei
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The world has reached what is called ‘World Overshoot Day‘ – the point in the year when humans have exhausted supplies such as land, trees and fish and outstripped the planet’s annual capacity to absorb waste products including carbon dioxide. Image via the Global Journal. But that’s not half of it – things are actually getting worse, with the planet slipping into ecological debt sooner and sooner. In 2000, the Overshoot Day was in October, and now, it’s in mid-August. Back in the 1960s,, humans used only around three-quarters of the capacity Earth has…
  • How a jellyfish sting works in microscopic slow motion

    livia rusu
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Destin of SmarterEveryDay meets with toxinologist Dr. Seymour to investigate how jellyfish stings work using microscopic, slow motion video footage. A thorough, humorous and exciting explanation of how it works: Image Source. How a jellyfish sting works in microscopic slow motion is a post from ZME Science. (c) ZME Science - All Rights Reserved. Thank you for being a subscriber, Download your very own FREE copy of our recently released e-book "Our Incredible World, Like You've Never Seen It Before". Follow ZME Science on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  • One third of fracking chemicals are of unknown toxicity

    Tibi Puiu
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Pump jacks dot oil fields between the California towns of Taft and Maricopa. The very deep petroleum would be hard to reach. Methods such as fracking would bring environmental concerns and no guarantees. Photo: Los Angeles Times A while ago I wrote about the disheartening status quo of energy today: frack now, ask questions later. In the article, I argue that there’s a disproportion between the amount of hydraulic fracturing (9 out of 10 wells in the US are fracking wells) and the number of research articles that discuss the bio impact of the practice in the long term. A new study…
  • This bacterium shoots wires out of its body to power itself

    Mihai Andrei
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    This bacterium has a lot in common with power companies. Power companies use copper wires to channel electricity (and therefore, electrons), and this bacterium developed a mechanism to do something similar: in the absence of oxygen, it grows nanowires from its own body through which it pushes electrons to nearby rocks. This is how it obtains energy, as opposed to almost all organisms, which use internal processes to produce their energy. This being said though, researchers have long known that bacteria can swap electrons with minerals, but the details and specific cases were quite rare. Even…
  • Meet an awesome blonde penguin

    Dragos Mitrica
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Seafarers on a 2012 National Geographic-Lindblad expedition to Antarctica found this amazing and rare “blond” penguin on a colony on Aitcho Island. < The penguin actually suffers from a condition called isabellinism or leucism – not albinism.Though technically separate conditions, isabellinism and leucism are used interchangeably In albinism, there is a complete or partial lack of the skin pigment called melanin (responsible for the color black). In leucism however, there is a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin. A further difference between albinism…
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  • Educator How-to: Tectonic Chocolate Bars

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The earth is vast and its surface seems huge. However, the earth’s crust only makes up 1% of the earth’s mass — subsequent layers (the mantle and the core) make up the other 99%. So, why do we care about the earth’s crust (besides the fact that we live there)? It consists of tectonic plates that move around, and where they hit, we get nature’s most impressive formations — Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Because the crust is so vast, it is hard to see the minor changes that occur daily. We tend to notice the big changes like mountains and effects from earthquakes. In Houston, we…
  • Shark Week: Of Fins and Fiction

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    At the risk of sounding obvious — it’s Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual plug for the much maligned (but secretly awesome) top predators of the deep! Started in 1988, as a way for the station to capitalize on the lack of summer competition for programming while aiding conservation efforts for the infamously finned and fanged fellows, the sharks and Discovery Channel have had what you may call a symbiotic relationship. Sharks get the station viewers and the viewers provide better ratings for the station while becoming better educated about sharks and the need for strong…
  • Off With Its Head! The “De-restoration” of the MCCM Coffin Lid

    14 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Greetings, and welcome to my second post on the conservation of a Third-Intermediate-Period coffin lid at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. If you missed the first installment, you can hop over here to catch up. Cut-away diagram of restoration over After the documentation, research and planning stage, the treatment of the Third-Intermediate Period Coffin Lid is well underway. Solvent tests, chemical spot tests, and pre-restoration photographs helped us to design the treatment. The goal is to reverse all but the most necessary, stabilizing additions to the object. It is clear that this object…
  • Sharing The Love: HMNS Outreach fan mail shows kids and teachers agree, hands-on science is FUNdamental

    Guest Contributor
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Editor’s Note: This post was written by HMNS Outreach Presenter Sahil Patel. Even with a brand new school year just around the corner, students, teachers, and parents alike are still raving about last year’s HMNS Outreach programs. During the 2013-14 school calendar, HMNS Outreach conducted about 500 presentations, helping foster a love of learning and science in thousands of children. But you don’t have to take our word for it; check out these comments, pictures and thank you notes, all from satisfied customers from around the Houston area and beyond! The cards, letters, comments,…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • The Teeth Beneath Your Feet: The Urban Archaeology Podcast

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Where can you find a teacup, the molar of a goat, and an arrowhead all in one place? At an urban archaeology site, that’s where. This episode of Distillations goes underground, and reveals the fascinating worlds beneath our city shoes. “The Teeth Beneath Your Feet: Oddities in Urban Archaeology” features urban archaeologists Doug Mooney, senior archaeologist at URS corporation and president of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, and Deirdre Kelleher, who is finishing her doctorate at Temple University. We visit an artifact processing lab where volunteers are dusting off thousands…
  • Archaeology Exhibit

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The photographs above are from an archaeology exhibit at the First Presbyterian Church of Kensington on July 17. These artifacts were found by Doug Mooney’s Digging I-95 project. The latest episode of Distillations podcast goes into more depth about the project and urban archaeology.
  • In a Philadelphia basement a family buried their pet dog and...

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    In a Philadelphia basement a family buried their pet dog and hamster with a doll’s head. More than 200 years later, archaeologists excavated the basement and found the curious burial ground. Why did the family bury their pets inside their home? What significance did the doll head have? No one knows, but a group of archaeologists working on the Digging I-95 project are studying a plethora of artifacts to learn about the lives of Philadelphians from the 1800s. Working for the URS Corporation and led by Doug Mooney, these archaeologists are excavating sections of I-95 to ensure that valuable…
  •  Most people associate earthworms with nutrient-rich soil,...

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
     Most people associate earthworms with nutrient-rich soil, healthy gardens, and compost piles. It turns out these creatures, which can be so helpful to backyard gardeners, may be harming North American forests. Researchers suspect that the last ice age wiped out the vast majority of earthworm species in North America; almost no native earthworms can be found living in parts of the continent once covered by glaciers. European settlers reintroduced earthworms to regions that had developed worm-free ecosystems for thousands of years. Many of the worms likely hitched a ride in the soil used for…
  • kidsneedscience: Happy Birthday OXYGEN.  I guess.  Words enter...

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    kidsneedscience: Happy Birthday OXYGEN.  I guess.  Words enter language and sometimes words disappear-often as quickly as they appeared.  In the transition from the ancient ideas of the ‘four elements’ of earth, air, fire and water, to the modern Periodic table, scientists struggled to understand basic chemical reactions such as oxidation.  In 1730 the word phlogiston entered the scientific vocabulary, meaning a hypothetical inflammatory principle, formerly believed to exist in all combustible matter, and later extended to cover reactions such as oxidation.  The word came into…
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    YouTube: Science

  • Explained: 5 Fun Physics Phenomena

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Explained: 5 Fun Physics Phenomena Explanations for Follow me on twitter: or Instagram: or Facebook: From: Veritasium Views: 507450 17444 ratings Time: 06:11 More in Education
  • Interstellar Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan Sci-Fi Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Interstellar Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan Sci-Fi Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 493053 4128 ratings Time: 02:34 More in Film & Animation
  • Milking the WORLD'S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! - Smarter Every Day 117

    26 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    Milking the WORLD'S MOST VENOMOUS FISH! - Smarter Every Day 117 The Stonefish is the World's most venomous fish. We milked it. Want to support me? Free Audio Book ⇒ Tweet⇒ FB⇒ From: SmarterEveryDay Views: 768577 13934 ratings Time: 06:24 More in Science & Technology
  • 10 Apocalyptic Events That Could End the World TOMORROW!

    Matthew Santoro
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:57 am
    10 Apocalyptic Events That Could End the World TOMORROW! Subscribe! New videos every Saturday: Facebook (Like): Facebook (Follow): From: Matthew Santoro Views: 2173824 67824 ratings Time: 08:34 More in Education
  • Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3.

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:02 am
    Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3. Download This Song: ▻◅ Visit for news on Al's NEW ALBUM! And visit for info on Chali 2na's latest album and project!... From: ERB Views: 20538335 252657 ratings Time: 02:48 More in Entertainment
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    NOVA | PBS

  • Tiny Tattoo Vaccines

    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    New miniature vaccines may be administered like painless tattoos.
  • Brushes with Death

    7 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dorothy Roseman describes her close encounters with vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Patterns in Nature’s Networks

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Science shows it's a small world after all—and nature's networks follow a similar pattern.
  • Vaccines—Calling the Shots

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out.
  • Knotty Thrills

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Three physicists untie a 150-year-old tangle of a puzzle.
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    Comments on: 2020 Science

  • By: EHS Plus Andrew Maynard’s 2020 Science blog reinvigorated

    EHS Plus Andrew Maynard&#8217;s 2020 Science blog reinvigorated
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    […] 2020 Science has recently found a new home with the U-M Risk Science Center and, after a brief slow-down during the last academic year, has roared back to life with 12 new posts this month (so far)! Recent posts have included ripped-from-the-headlines topics such as the world’s darkest material as well as nanoparticles in sunscreens and in Dunkin’ Donuts. […]
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    Naked Science Articles

  • Say that again? The seed that grew inside an ear

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    In Dr Shahid's line of work they see plenty of people who get things stuck in their ears, ranging from bugs to batteries. Now Dr Shahid presents the case report from a very unusual incident...
  • Sleep on it!

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:25 pm
    What does sleep do to your ability to make new memories? Alice Kay investigates...
  • Minister Willetts in the Windy City

    24 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago...
  • When science goes Captain Planet for conservation

    9 Jan 2014 | 3:46 am
    In the hearts of forests and jungles around the world there exist members of a feral strain of scientist who grew up on a steady diet of the Captain Planet cartoons. They've swapped lab coats for khaki shirts, plastic shoe covers for walking boots, and safety goggles for binoculars in order to study and help protect the creatures surviving in the most biodiverse, but threatened, habitats in the world...
  • The Polar Icecaps are Melting

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:56 am
    The Polar icecaps are melting, but is the news all bad?
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • Laser optical tweezers reveal how malaria parasites infect red blood cells

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Little is known about how malaria invades one red blood cell after another because it happens so quickly. In a new study, researchers used laser optical tweezers to study interactions between the disease-causing parasite and red blood cells. The findings reveal surprising new insights into malaria biology and pave the way for the development of more effective drugs or vaccines for a disease that affects hundreds of millions of people around the world.
  • Guiding Stars

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Can nutrition rating systems be used in supermarkets to encourage healthier spending habits? A new study by Cornell University researchers sought to answer that very question by tracking the purchasing records in a supermarket chain that uses the Guiding Stars System to rate the nutritional value of foods for sale.
  • Rates of heart disease and stroke continue to decline in Europe

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Deaths from heart disease and stroke are declining overall in Europe, but at differing rates, according to research, published in the European Heart Journal. The research, which provides an update for 2014 on the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe, shows that death rates from CVD (diseases of the heart and blood vessels) vary enormously.
  • Markey researchers develop web-based app to predict glioma mutations

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new web-based program developed by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers will provide a simple, free way for healthcare providers to determine which brain tumor cases require testing for a genetic mutation.
  • Exporting US coal to Asia could drop emissions 21 percent

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Under the right scenario, exporting US coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning it at less energy-efficient US plants. Other emissions, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, could also drop. But this success, Duke researchers say, depends on which fuel source the coal replaces in South Korea, and which fuel is used to replace it in the US.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Harvard Astronomers Study Mystery Signal from No Known Element --"Is it the Long-Sought Dark Matter Particle?"
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    It came as something of a surprise when Center for Astrophysics astronomers and their colleagues discovered a faint line corresponding to no known element. Esra Bulbul, Adam Foster, Randall Smith, Scott Randall and their team were studying the averaged X-ray spectrum of a set of seventy-three clusters (including Virgo above) looking for emission lines too faint to be seen in any single one when they uncovered a line with no known match in a particular spectral interval not expected to have any features. The scientists propose a tantalizing suggestion: the line is the result of the decay of a…
  • "Music of Black Holes" --Astronomers Observe a Rhythmic Pattern of Light Pulses
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    The universe has so many black holes that it’s impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our galaxy alone. Nearly all black holes fall into one of two classes: big, and colossal. Astronomers know that black holes ranging from about 10 times to 100 times the mass of our sun are the remnants of dying stars, and that supermassive black holes, more than a million times the mass of the sun, inhabit the centers of most galaxies. This image of the galaxy Messier 82  below is a composite of data from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Hubble…
  • "Preparing for Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life" --World's Scientists Gather to Discuss
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    How might humanity prepare for the possibility of discovering microbial or complex life beyond Earth? Scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians from around the world will convene at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center for two days in September to discuss: “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth." “The science of astrobiology has revealed new discoveries about the conditions and possibilities for life, both extremophile life on Earth and potentially habitable exoplanets beyond Earth,”…
  • Higgs Boson --"May Explain the Earliest Moments of Our Universe"
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Fedor Bezrukov from the RIKEN–BNL Research Center and Mikhail Shaposhnikov from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne propose that the Higgs boson, which was recently confirmed to be the origin of mass, may also be responsible for the mode of inflation and shape of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. “There is an intriguing connection between the world explored in particle accelerators today and the earliest moments of the existence of the Universe,” explains Bezrukov. The Universe started with a giant explosion known as the Big Bang, and has been expanding ever…
  • The 'Daily Galaxy' Twitter Followers Soar Above 300,000!
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    Join the 314,000 Daily Galaxy fans around the world who follow us via their Twitter page. Our followers include many of the planet's leading astronomers and scientists, astronauts, space observatories, news organizations, universities and governmental space organizations such as NASA, JPL, ESO, SETI, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and Royal Astronomy Society members. Follow us daily at
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  • "Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme" in PennNews

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  07/28/2014 Penn Robotic Soccer Team Reigns Supreme Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604July 28, 2014 The University of Pennsylvania’s
  • Dr. Lee and our RoboCup team featured in "One day, a robot could hoist the World Cup" in the Tampa Bay Times

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  07/10/2014 One day, a robot could hoist the World CupTampa Bay Times - Associated Press "Those algorithms can translate off the field into technology like self-driving cars or delivery drones, said University of Pennsylvania engineering professor Dan Lee.
  • Dr. Vijay Kumar as one of "The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today" in the Business Insider

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  06/23/2014 "The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today" in the Business Insider...Read MoreVijay Kumar,
  • Dan Lee of GRASP showed off Penn's robot soccer team in D.C. and explained the value for students

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  06/13/2014 As reported by Agence France-Presse in the Bangkok Post, check out the video, In Yahoo! Sports...Football-playing robots eye their own cup, and beyond
  • "Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania" in the Penn News

    30 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Is this an award?:  No Is this from an external media source?:  Yes Article Date:  04/29/2014 "Robotics at the University of Pennsylvania" in the Penn NewsIn this four-part multimedia series, produced by Penn’s Office of University Communications, we explore robotics at Penn in four ways: through the technology, history, education, and real-world applications. Read about technology on April 29, history on May 1, education on May 6, and real-world applications on May 8. Check it out!
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    Science and Enterprise

  • New Medical Technologies Investment Fund Raises $110M

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    (A. Kotok) 19 August 2014. HealthQuest Capital, a spin-off investment firm, says it raised $110 million for funding in technology-based start-ups serving the health care industry. The company was spun off from Sofinnova Ventures in Menlo Park, California and founded by Garheng Kong, a Sofinnova general partner. HealthQuest plans to invest in companies developing medical devices, diagnostics, patient-care products, mobile health, and health care information technologies. The company says it is particularly interested in new enterprises that can show quantifiable benefits in terms of patient…
  • Novartis Acquires Stake in Stem Cell Therapy Company

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Microscopic view of umbilical cord (Josef Reischig, Wikimedia Commons) 19 August 2014. Gamida Cell, a developer of therapies from umbilical cord stem cells, says the global pharmaceutical company Novartis is buying a 15 percent interest in the company, with an option to acquire the entire company later. The deal brings Gamida Cell, located in Jerusalem, Israel, $35 million immediately, with a total potential return of $600 million if the full acquisition goes through. Gamida Cell designs therapies based on stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood, a potentially rich source of regenerative…
  • Engineered Fluid Devised for Lubricating Joint Cartilage

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Jennifer Elisseeff (Johns Hopkins University) 18 August 2014. Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore developed a synthetic lubrication fluid for natural or artificial joints in the body that emulates the properties of natural substances. A team led by Johns Hopkins medical professor Jennifer Elisseeff published its results earlier this month in the journal Nature Materials (paid subscription required). Knees, hips, and elbow joints have a naturally-produced lubricant called hyaluronic acid found in the joints’ synovial fluid, a viscous substance that resembles…
  • $500K Challenge Seeks Techniques to Track Single Cells

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    (Daniel Borman/Flickr) 18 August 2014. A new challenge sponsored by National Institutes of Health is looking for better ways to follow and predict the functioning of a single cell in a complex multi-cell environment, such as in a tumor or a response to treatment. The competition, managed by the open-innovation/challenge company InnoCentive, expects to award prizes totaling up to $500,000. The first deadline for submissions is 15 December 2014 (free registration required). The challenge, says NIH, is driven by the need to more precisely determine the actions of cells as they behave in the…
  • Trial Testing Genetic Profiles for Personal Cancer Therapy

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Apostolia M. Tsimberidou (MD Anderson Cancer Center) 15 August 2014. MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Foundation Medicine in Cambridge, Massachusetts are testing the benefit of genetic profiles of tumors in determining personalized therapies for patients with metastatic cancer. The researchers conducting the trial also believe genetic profiling can better match cancer patients to studies of new treatments, and lead to faster and less expensive clinical trials. The study, called Initiative for Molecular Profiling in Advanced Cancer Therapy or Impact2, aims to enroll 1,362 patients with…
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  • Climate Change Spurring Toxic Algal Blooms In Great Lakes

    Daniel Kelly
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    The impacts of climate change to the Great Lakes are expected to be broad and far-reaching, affecting heat waves, crop production and air quality in the region. Harmful algal blooms, like the one impacting Toledo’s drinking water in early August, are also expected to become more frequent. But how is climate change linked to the scourges of green sludge? Lake Erie’s western basin as seen from space, August 1, 2014. (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory) According to WKYC, the realities of a shifting climate influence Great Lakes toxic algal blooms in several ways: Rising water temperatures…
  • High School Senior’s Class Project Finds Lake Champlain Is On The Rise

    Daniel Kelly
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Utilizing public data available from the U.S. Geological Survey, high school senior Brendan Murphy has found that Lake Champlain has risen nearly a foot since 1971, according to Seven Days Vermont. His work confirms what many living near the lake have observed for decades. During the early ‘70s, Lake Champlain’s average water level was 95.5 feet above sea level, assessed by researchers at the University of Vermont using technology of the era. That number, outdated today, has been used as a legal standard in property disputes and zoning issues well into the 21st century. Sail boats on Lake…
  • Research Summary: Challenges Associated With Modelling Outburst Floods From Moraine-Dammed Glacial Lakes

    Daniel Kelly
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    1 Geography, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK 2 Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK Introduction Climatic change is causing the widespread retreat of glacier ice at the global scale. Observed glacier recession and associated mass loss is particularly dramatic in many high-mountain regions, such as the Hindu Kush Himalaya, the South American Cordillera and the European Alps, where glacial meltwater forms the headwaters of some of the world’s largest rivers, in turn sustaining many millions of people. Figure 1. Supraglacial melt ponds on the…
  • Study to Focus On Lake Tahoe’s Threatened Nearshore Waters

    Daniel Kelly
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    A lot of research has focused on the deep waters of Lake Tahoe, with recent work finding the lake’s long-term clarity has seemingly stabilized. But most people never make it out to its middle on a research boat. They’re more familiar with the waters they see washing up on the beach. These nearshore waters, scientists say, are incredibly complex. Compared to Lake Tahoe’s deep waters, they are in the crosshairs of stormwater flow and runoff and are battling aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels, quagga mussels and non-native snails. Cluster of Zebra mussels. (Credit: D. Jude,…
  • USGS Commissions New Research Vessel For Lake Ontario

    Daniel Kelly
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    A new U.S. Geological Survey Research Vessel, Kaho, was recently christened and commissioned in Oswego Harbor on Lake Ontario, according to The new boat replaces an older vessel with the same name used on the lake since the 1970s. The new R/V Kaho. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey) Officials with the USGS say the new vessel will provide a more reliable platform for scientists and researchers to study Lake Ontario. It is equipped with marine instruments, hydro-acoustic systems for detecting fish, gear for taking water and contaminant samples and wet and dry labs. The R/V Kaho,…
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  • Acceleration, and age-old frozen debris lobes

    Laura Nielsen
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Less than one mile upslope from Alaska’s Dalton Highway, there are 23 frozen debris lobes looming. Frozen debris lobes (FDLs) are something like a cross between a landslide and a glacier. They’re silty sand and gravel, stones, icy frozen soil as well as liquid water kept from freezing by the intense pressure of the slow-motion push downhill. […]
  • The merits of plasticity

    Laura Nielsen
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Whether a species thrives or flags can have resounding consequences. When we think of our changing world, we imagine an ecosystem occupied by organisms which are interlinked. Photosynthesizers like plants and phytoplankton which harvest energy from the Sun occupy the lowest trophic level, while the herbivores that eat them are on the second trophic level, supporting higher […]
  • Biological clocks: Where arctic ground squirrels meet ‘social jet lag’

    Laura Nielsen
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Arctic ground squirrels may seem like little more than a brief thrill for your dog on a hike up Flat Top, but scientists are convinced they’re worth a serious second look. Ongoing research at UAA, funded jointly with UAF through a National Science Foundation grant, has documented their amazing biological clocks—unique among vertebrates—and prompted questions […]
  • When your only highways are ice

    Laura Nielsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    “The first half of the trip was in the forest and the second half on the tundra. The difference that those ecosystems imposed on the snow cover was beautifully manifest,” Matthew Sturm reminisces. He’s referencing a long snowmobile journey from Fairbanks, Alaska to Hudson Bay in Canada, chronicled in his book Finding the Arctic (University […]
  • Matthew Sturm – insight into the Arctic

    Laura Nielsen
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Over four decades after entering the Arctic Circle for the first time, Matthew Sturm, snow scientist and University of Alaska professor, still looks on the Arctic as a place of wonder. In Finding the Arctic (University of Alaska Press, 2012), a story of history and culture along a 2,500 mile snowmobile journey from Alaska to […]
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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha

  • Ever had ice cream that did not melt?

    Pohlman Brent
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    You have to see this news story! Have you seen ice cream sandwiches that do not melt?
  • Fighting Tree Disease

    Pohlman Brent
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    I thought this news story on tree disease was particularly interesting. It focuses on an effort by Linn County Officials to insure the potential speed of tree disease stays  localized. See the process first-hand. photo credit: Heather F via photopin cc
  • Stalk Nitrate Sampling Tips

    Pohlman Brent
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Thinking about stalk nitrate testing...Here are some tips.
  • Enteric Bacteria in Lakes and Beaches

    Pohlman Brent
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Every year, toward the end of summer, numerous lake properties and beaches are closed for a short period of time because of an enteric bacteria issue. The source of enteric bacteria is typically fecal matter from run-off or pet waste. It is something that should be taken with caution and typically there is some type […]
  • Plan Now For Fall Lawn Seeding

    Pohlman Brent
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Time to start thinking about a fall lawn seed application.
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  • Peligro de gran terremoto en el Norte de Chile sigue siendo alto

    Francisco P. Chávez
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
      En sendos artículos publicados en la revista Nature dos grupos independientes de científicos que el potencial de que ocurra un gran terremoto (>8,5) sigue intacta: Esto porque los niveles de tensión entre las placas de la región siguen siendo peligrosamente altas a pesar del terremoto de 8,2 que ocurrió a principios de año. Durante el terremoto de 8,2 con epicentro en Pisagua al norte de Chile, seis personas perdieron la vida y unas 13.000 viviendas fueron destruidas o dañadas en el evento que también provocó un tsunami. Dos equipos han revisado todos los datos…
  • Las células madre son prometedoras para los accidentes cerebrovasculares

    Francisco P. Chávez
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
      Una terapia que utiliza células madre extraídas de la médula ósea de los pacientes ha mostrado resultados prometedores en el primer ensayo de este tipo en los seres humanos. El estudio clínico se realizó en cinco pacientes que recibieron el tratamiento realizado por un grupo multidisciplinario de médicos del Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust y por científicos del Imperial College de Londres. La terapia fue segura, y todos los pacientes mostraron mejoras en las medidas clínicas de la discapacidad. Los hallazgos aparecen publicados en la revista Stem Cells Traslational…
  • El análisis del microbioma mejora la detección del cáncer colorrectal invasivo

    Francisco P. Chávez
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
      El análisis del microbioma intestinal, es decir, el conjunto de microorganismos que habitan en nuestro intestino, nos permite distinguir con más éxito los individuos sanos de aquellos con pólipos adenomatosos precancerosos e incluso de los con cáncer colorrectal invasivo. Esto si evaluamos este análisis en comparación con la evaluación actual de los factores de riesgo clínicos y las pruebas de sangre oculta en heces. Los resultados fueron publicados en la revista Cancer Prevention Research , de la Asociación Americana para la Investigación del Cáncer. El microbioma…
  • Bioingenieros crean tejido cerebral funcional en 3D

    Francisco P. Chávez
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
      Un grupo de bioingenieros han creado un tejido cerebral tridimensional que funciona y tiene características estructurales similares a los tejidos en el cerebro de la rata. El tejido pudo mantenerse vivo en el laboratorio durante más de dos meses. Como primera demostración de su potencial, los investigadores utilizaron el tejido cerebral para estudiar los cambios químicos y eléctricos que ocurren inmediatamente después de una lesión traumática del cerebro y, en un experimento por separado, los cambios que se producen en respuesta a un fármaco. El tejido podría proporcionar un…
  • Desacreditan múltiples evidencias de Pie Grande mediante pruebas de ADN

    Francisco P. Chávez
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Hasta que finalmente llegaron las pruebas de ADN para analizar la controvertida leyenda de Pie Grande. Las noticias no son muy alentadoras para los creyentes en estas criaturas. Después que los científicos analizaron más de 30 muestras de cabello según atribuídos a bestias míticas similares como Pie Grande, el Yeti y el Sasquatch. El resultado es negativo ya que las muestras del supuesto animal mitológico que se analizaron, todos provenían de las criaturas más mundanas de la tierra como osos, lobos, vacas y mapaches. En 2012, los investigadores de la Universidad de Oxford y del…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • Lizards help us find out which came first: the baby or the egg?

    Oliver Griffith, PhD Candidate Evolutionary Biology at University of Sydney
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Australia's southern grass skink gives birth to live young and a valuable species for understanding placenta evolution.Jacquie Herbert, Author providedHave you ever wondered why we give birth to live young rather than lay eggs? Scientists have pondered this for a long time and answers have come from an unlikely source: some of Australia’s lizards and snakes! In research published this month in the American Naturalist, my colleagues and I at the University of Sydney studied reptile pregnancy to identify the factors necessary for a placenta to evolve. Although most reptiles lay eggs, live…
  • Where's the real value in Tesla’s patent pledge?

    Tyrone Berger, PhD candidate (Law) at Monash University
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Will anyone jump on the Tesla patent bandwagon?raneko/Flickr, CC BYWith the much-anticipated arrival next month of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla’s Model S to Australian shores, it’s a good time to revisit Tesla’s pledge to freely share patents. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, wrote a statement on the company’s blog entitled All Our Patent Are Belong To You back in June. In a short announcement giving some context to the company’s decision, Musk claims that the electric vehicle industry as a whole would benefit from an “open source” approach towards…
  • What I learned from debating science with trolls

    Michael J. I. Brown, ARC Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Monash University
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you debate with trolls you soon learn some of their tactics.Flickr/Kenny Louie, CC BYI often like to discuss science online and I’m also rather partial to topics that promote lively discussion, such as climate change, crime statistics and (perhaps surprisingly) the big bang. This inevitably brings out the trolls. “Don’t feed the trolls” is sound advice, but I’ve ignored it on occasion – including on The Conversation and Twitter – and I’ve been rewarded. Not that I’ve changed the minds of any trolls, nor have I expected to. But I have received an education in the tactics…
  • Passport staff miss one in seven fake ID checks

    David White, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW Australia
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Passport officers had to decide if a person facing them was the same as the one pictured in the identity card. In this case, yes.David White, CC BY-SAStaff responsible for issuing passports are no better than the average person at identifying if someone is holding a fake passport photo, my colleagues and I report in a study published in PLOS ONE today. We also found large differences in ability between individual passport-issuing officers on this task. Some staff performed extremely well, suggesting that selecting staff that are particularly good at matching faces would provide large…
  • In Conversation with astronaut Chris Hadfield

    Alice Gorman, Lecturer at Flinders University
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Chris Hadfield spent nearly five months on the International Space Station.NASA, CC BY-NDColonel Chris Hadfield is one of the most famous astronauts on Earth. Through the creative use of social media, he’s made space exciting and accessible to new generations of enthusiasts, most notably through his performance of David Bowie’s Space Oddity while on board the International Space Station. In this interview, I ask Chris about human-machine relations, lessons for the Australian space program and his favourite bit of space junk. Chris Hadfield is a guest at the Melbourne Writers Festival.
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  • Anticancer Aspirin? Not so fast

    David Bradley
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    The news was full of the discovery that taking some aspirin every day for ten years could somehow reduce your risk of getting cancer, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. The stomach bleeding side-effect (for some) and other as yet unknown side-effects aside, I was skeptical from the start, it just looked like a review of reviews where they looked at the idea that taking aspirin for years and years might somehow correlate with not getting cancer. To me, this is like the inverse of so many other studies that purportedly “prove” that such and such an exposure to food,…
  • Virtual Art Conservation

    David Bradley
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    This tweet showing a partially restored painting where 500 years of grime, varnish and earlier conservation efforts got me thinking. We usually see all these fabulous old paintings through a patina of filth and there are people trying to strip them back to the artist’s original view…but with digital images and Photoshop could this be done virtually for a whole lot of artworks. We colourise old monochrome photographs, this would be akin to that, taking the image back to what it really looked like… More details about this specific restoration work here. Virtual Art…
  • Sciencebase Fifteenth Anniversary

    David Bradley
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    It was 20th July 1999 when I first registered the domain name and transferred my old Elemental Discoveries websites from various ISP and freenet type hosts to this super hub of science. Don’t the years just fly by? At that time, I was quite serious about building up a science portal (as they were then known) and publishing regular science news, views, and interviews in what would eventually become known as the blogging format. Quite by chance 20th July was the forty-fifth anniversary of a slightly more globally significant event – the first manned moon landing. When I…
  • The Real David Bradley

    David Bradley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    I feel awfully guilty calling myself “the real David Bradley” now that I’ve met the actor who played Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films and William Hartnell alongside actor Brian Cox in the BBC Dr Who period drama “An Adventure in Space and Time”. I just happened to bump into him in a pub whilst we were on a camping trip to North Norfolk. I introduced myself and he was more than happy to give me an autograph, but only if I gave him mine (apparently he knew of his namesake and the book Deceived Wisdom), which was rather gratifying. As two celebrities sharing a…
  • Dave Bradley Music

    David Bradley
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Click the button above to buy Dave Bradley’s Radio Edit EP from BandCamp or iTunes. Other original songs from DB are also available on ReverbNation and Dave Bradley (covers EP on Loudr.FM). In case you didn’t know, I wear three hats: a science journalist’s green eyeshade, a backwards turned baseball cap for shooting photographs and a really trendy felt hat for writing songs…well, not really. But I have written and recorded a bunch of acoustic and electric songs perhaps reflecting my eclectic tastes and influences. Genre? That’s a tough call – acoustic…
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  • Local Farmer Sets His Sights on a New Crop: Crickets

    Anne Glausser
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Big Cricket Farms in Youngstown, Ohio is the first U.S. farm to grow insects exclusively for human consumption. When you’re hungry, do you reach for potato chips or peanuts? What about a handful of crickets? One daring entrepreneur is bucking the “yuck” factor and opening the first U.S. farm to grow insects exclusively for human consumption. I went to visit this intrepid cricketeer at Big Cricket Farms, located in an old warehouse in Youngstown, Ohio. It’s the perfect place to grow crickets, according to owner Kevin Bachhuber. “So these are our babies. They’re actually hardening…
  • 5 Things Everyone Should Know About Washing Food

    Matt Shipman
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everybody eats, and no one wants to eat something that could make you sick.  But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about how and whether you should wash your food. Food safety is an important issue.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year one in six people in the United States will get sick because of food-borne illness.  And risks can be increased or decreased at every point between the farm and your fork.  Yes, you want to make sure to cook your food to the appropriate temperature, but here are some other tips to help you make good…
  • From Squalor to Shiitakes: the World's First Biocellar

    Anne Glausser
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
      Mansfield Frazier couldn’t wait to tear down his house. That’s because he’s turning it into what could be the world’s first “biocellar.” A biocellar is essentially a greenhouse made from the remains of a demolished home. Cleveland, like many Rust Belt cities hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, is speckled with abandoned homes and vacant lots. Many of the properties are beyond repair. A biocellar is a way to salvage the foundation of a house and put it to productive reuse. With permaculture designer Jean Loria and architect Robert Donaldson, Frazier carefully deconstructed…
  • Shrimp from Wisconsin? New Aquatic Farming Methods Are Making It Possible

    Maureen McCollum
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Forbes Adam says one of the reasons he started Dairyland Shrimp was to provide his family with a safer product that he trusted. (Maureen McCollum/WPR) The aquaculture industry in Wisconsin could be in for a boost, as techniques for growing marine life in artificial ponds are leading to the state's first indoor shrimp farm. Every morning inside a big red building near downtown Westby, you'll find Forbes Adam feeding his 14,000 shrimp. These shrimp are about two months old. Forbes Adam gets the juveniles from Matt Weichers at Northern Iowa Shrimp, which raises the larvae in a…
  • The Future of Sustainable Food: Q&A with Wendell Berry

    Liz Roth-Johnson
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Guy Mendes Farmer and environmentalist Wendell Berry is known to many as the father of the sustainable food movement. He is an outspoken advocate for an agrarian revolution to end industrialized practices that he says are poisoning the land and destroying rural communities. In recent years Berry has promoted a 50-Year Farm Bill, which presents a long-term plan to reduce soil erosion and land pollution by replacing annual crops with perennials. His latest book, Distant Neighbors, chronicles his 40-year correspondence with poet Gary Snyder, and discusses everything from faith and…
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Getting High On Life

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – bacteria, climate, respiratory, birds, arthropods, astrobiology, clouds Carl Sagan wasn’t just the host of the original Cosmoson TV. He solved the riddles of Venus’ high temperature, the seasons on Mars, and the color of Titan. He also wrote one of my favorite speculative fiction novels, Contact. The movie is good; the book is better.The astrophysicist Carl Sagan said, “There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a…
  • Biology Position available

    8 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I was asked by the Adella Ramirez, the chairperson fo the science department at Waller High School to post the following:Waller High School in Waller ISD, Waller Texas is in need of an AP and duel credit Biology teacher due to a late resignation (our teacher left to go to a private school). The schedule is quite favorable.Contact info: Brian Merrell (Principal)Waller High School 20950 Field Store RoadWaller, TX 77484ph 936-372-3654
  • Fall Leaves And Orange Flamingos

    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – pigment, carotenoids, flamingos, cyanobacteria, bacteriophage, trophic cascade effect, spirulina, alga These are the two species of Old World flamingos, the greater (upper left) and the lesser (bottom right). Their ranges are included, pointed out by the convenient arrows. Even though the pictures don’t show it because I couldn’t get them to stand next to one another, the greater is twice the height of the lesser, hence the names. Notice the color variation as well. However, color isn’t based on species.There are two species of flamingos in Asia and Africa, the…
  • Does Life Come In XXXS?

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – characteristics of life, archaea, bacteria, mycoplasma, synthetic biology, symbiosis, parasitism, nanobacteria, genomeAs part of this blog, we have talked about some pretty small life. Wolffia globosa is the smallest flowering plant, only 0.6 mm long. We also talked about archaea, a different kingdom than bacteria, but still on the smallish side of life. The tardigrade is the toughest animal, but is also one of the smallest, at 100 µm (0.00394 inch). The organism on the top is T. dieteri, and arthropod, just as is any crab or spider. The size is deceiving. The pictures…
  • Let's Get Loud

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – vocalizations, mechanical sounds, sonar, decibels, stridulation Today it seems that truth is more complex than ever. van Goethe was a German statesman and a very successful writer. He wrote novels, scientific treatises, lyric poems, as well as dramas. Born in 1749, one might say that his quote was true for his day; it was a simpler time. But think how simple our time will seem to those who live a hundred years from now – unless we’ve found our way back to the Stone Age.I have worked for years in science, and I’m supposed to be a big boy and realize that things are…
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  • How Ebola blocks immune system

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    American researchers have developed a detailed map of the Ebola protein VP24, which has revealed how the virus dodges the body’s antiviral defences – an insight which could lead to new therapies. VP24 binds to a host protein that takes signalling molecules in and out of the cell nucleus, say researchers from Washington University in St Louis. The map reveals the viral protein removes the host protein’s ability to carry an important immune signal to the nucleus. This signal helps to activate antiviral defences, and blocking it is believed to contribute significantly to Ebola’s…
  • Thin-film technique for delivering pain medication

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    For those who suffer chronic pain, frequent pill popping helps ease the discomfort but a new advanced thin-film capable of delivering drugs over a period of months could provide an alternative. Developed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the biodegradable nanoscale thin-film could provide localised, steady doses and can be directly injected or used to coat implantable medical devices. “It’s been hard to develop something that releases medication for more than a couple of months,” said Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering. “Now we’re…
  • Treating cancer with wasp venom

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wasp venom is proving to be a novel source of inspiration for a new therapy for breast cancer. Scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Research in Barcelona (IRB Barcelona) have carried out in vitro tests on tumour cells using wasp venom, and plan to test its efficacy in mouse models. The therapy is based on a peptide derived from the wasp venom. “We were looking for a potent cytolytic peptide, which cancer cells could not produce resistance to, avoiding, in this way, the potential problem of many cancers that is cancer drug resistance,” Miguel Moreno told Laboratory News. “We…
  • New bacteria-filled sensor for water monitoring

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A small sensor filled with bacteria could be used to monitor the quality of drinking water in real time without expensive lab equipment. Developed by researchers at the University of Bath and Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of the West of England, the sensor is filled with bacteria that produce a small measurable current as they feed and grow. When disturbed by incoming toxins and pollutants, the electric current drops, alerting researchers to the presence of unwanted contaminants. “The sensor works through the action of specific bacteria called electrigens because they are…
  • Potential BRCA3 found

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A third gene related to breast cancer risk has been identified by an international team of researchers. Women with mutations in the PALB2 gene have on average a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70, and researchers suggest it is a ‘potential candidate to be BRCA3’. Led by Dr Marc Tischkowitz from the University of Cambridge, researchers analysed data from 154 families without BRCA1 and BRCA2, including 362 family members with PALB2 gene mutations. Analysis revealed women carrying rare mutations in the gene had on average a 35% chance of developing breast cancer…
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  • Laser Optical Tweezers Reveal How Malaria Parasites Infect Red Blood Cells

    Science News Desk
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by a parasite that invades one red blood cell after another. Little is known about this infection process because it happens so quickly, potentially explaining why there is currently no approved malaria vaccine. In a study published by Cell Press August 19th in the Biophysical Journal, researchers used a tool called laser optical tweezers to study interactions between the disease-causing parasite and red blood more
  • Happiness in Schizophrenia

    Science News Desk
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Schizophrenia is among the most severe forms of mental illness, yet some people with the disease are as happy as those in good physical and mental health according to a study led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The study is published online this week in the journal Schizophrenia Research. “People tend to think that happiness in schizophrenia is an oxymoron,” said senior author Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and more
  • Compromise Needed On Roads through Sensitive Wild Areas

    Science News Desk
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Compromise solutions must be found when it comes to roads built through sensitive tropical and subtropical areas, say experts writing in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on August 18. While developing nations need to deploy adequate transportation infrastructure to develop mineral and energy resources, the researchers write, governments too often put development ahead of wildlife without thinking about the long-term more
  • New Mouse Model Points to Therapy for Liver Disease

    Science News Desk
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common affliction, affecting almost 30 percent of Americans, with a significant number suffering from its most severe form, called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH, which can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. In recent years, NASH has become the leading cause of liver more
  • Applying new cholesterol guidelines to a patient population reduces heart attacks, strokes

    Science News Desk
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    A study from UT Southwestern researchers found that recently introduced cholesterol guidelines would significantly reduce new cardiovascular events, when compared to treatment based on previous cholesterol more
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  • BlackBerry Forms New IP-Centric Business Unit

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    BlackBerry said yesterday that it has created a new business unit called BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS) which will include 44,000 patent assets and several software projects. Sandeep Chennakeshu, the former President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and CTO of Sony Ericsson, has been named President of BTS and will be in charge of helping the struggling handset manufacturer find new revenue streams. New BlackBerry unit to focus on patents, software - CNET
  • Samsung, Microsoft in ‘Working Level’ talks to agree new Android Patent-Licensing Deal

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Samsung, Microsoft in 'Working Level' talks to agree new Android Patent-Licensing Deal |   A little over two weeks ago, we ran an article detailing how Samsung had stopped making its scheduled payments to Microsoft for licensing its patent
  • Lawyers Suing Google Say Proof Is in the Post-its

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Lawyers Suing Google Say Proof Is in the Post-its | The Recorder After deal talks went south, a London-based company says Google returned files littered with Post-it notes describing plans to copy valuable technology.
  • ViaSat Damages Award Reversed

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    The $283M in damages awarded in April to ViaSat by a jury that found Space Systems/Loral infringed upon their patents has been reversed. US District Court judge Marilyn Huff rejected the award but let the original verdict stand, and has stated that a new trial would be limited to determining the amount of damages that Loral should pay ViaSat. Loral wins major ViaSat patent reversal | Advanced Television
  • TracBeam Goes After Apple

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Colorado based TracBeam is continuing a series of patent infringement lawsuits, which have targeted Google, AT&T, and T-Mobile so far, with a new case against Apple. The lawsuit asserts that Apple has infringed four of TracBeam's wireless location technology patents through use of location services in MacBooks with Siri, Apple Maps, and Safari. TracBeam Sues Apple For Infringing Several Patents : News : Headlines & Global News
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  • Beautiful New Species of Tree Frog Discovered in Madagascar

    Sergio Prostak
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    A multinational team of scientists headed by Dr Goncalo Rosa of the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology has described a new species in the tree frog genus Boophis from the hidden streams of Ankarafa Forest on the Sahamalaza Peninsula in northwest Madagascar. Boophis is a genus of tree frogs belonging to [...]
  • M82 X-1: Astronomers Zoom in on Rare Intermediate-Mass Black Hole in Messier 82
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Astronomers led by Dr Dheeraj Pasham at the University of Maryland have determined the mass of a black hole known as M82 X-1, which is located in the nearby irregular galaxy Messier 82. Scientists know that black holes ranging from about 10 times to 100 times the Sun’s mass are the remnants of dying stars, [...]
  • Astronomers Create Maps of Milky Way’s Interstellar Material
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    A group of astronomers from Europe, Australia and the United States led by Dr Janez Kos of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia has produced pseudo-3D maps of the material located between the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. Analyzing bands of starlight that have passed through space gives scientists information about the makeup of [...]
  • Biologists Discover New Form of Plant Communication
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    U.S. biologists led by Prof James Westwood of the Virginia Tech’s Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science have found that parasitic plants can communicate with their hosts on a molecular level. Prof Westwood and his colleagues examined the relationship between the parasitic plant Cuscuta pentagona, commonly known as dodder, and two host plants [...]
  • Scientists Turn Pure Metal into Glass
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    A team of materials scientists headed by Prof Scott Mao from the University of Pittsburgh has managed to make metallic glasses from pure, monoatomic metals. Metallic glasses are unique in that their structure is not crystalline as it is in most metals, but rather is disordered, with the atoms randomly arranged. They are sought for [...]
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  • 30 Inspirational Sayings about Life, Fear and Failure

    Matthew Russell
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    30 Inspirational Sayings about Life, Fear and Failure To be truly alive, we need two capabilities: To swim against the tide and to float downstream. – Zen Buddhist Saying An intelligent person understands others, A brilliant person understands himself….The post 30 Inspirational Sayings about Life, Fear and Failure appeared first on Just Science.
  • Success Has No Age Limit [Infographic]

    Matthew Russell
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Do you think your age supports you or is against you? Are you too old (or too young) to reach your dreams? What’s the right age to  change the course of your life? Many times we can get hypnotized by the hollywood image of success;…The post Success Has No Age Limit [Infographic] appeared first on Just Science.
  • What To Do When Your Dog Gets Stung

    Matthew Russell
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    What To Do When Your Dog Gets Stung   Minor Swelling Is Normal Stings are fairly common for dogs; most of the time it can be relieved by quickly removing the stinger and using some cold compresses for a few hours. As with humans some dogs are severely…The post What To Do When Your Dog Gets Stung appeared first on Just Science.
  • Climate Change Threatens California

    Matthew Russell
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    The Golden State faces an onslaught from Mother Nature. Two California residents console each other in the aftermath of the Eiler fire on August 5, 2014, in Hat Creek, California. Lack of water has led to more and larger wildfires in the state. SACRAMENTO,…The post Climate Change Threatens California appeared first on Just Science.
  • How to Study to Remember

    Matthew Russell
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Want to learn how to make your studying time more effective? Make things stick faster to your brain? Well this is the post for you. Let’s begin! Your memory works in three stages: Attention Encoding : Storing/associating with other info Retrieval…The post How to Study to Remember appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Canada’s Hitchhiking Robot Completed Its Trip Without Getting Murdered

    Tommylandz ツ™
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    "On July 27, a brave robot named hitchBOT bid goodbye to its creators on the shoulder of a highway in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With limbs made from pool noodles, a beer-cooler body, and legs clad in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An App That Locks Down Your Teens Phone Until They Call You

    Tommylandz ツ™
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    "Frustrated-mother-turned-evil-genius Sharon Standifird has developed Ignore No More, an Android app that gives parents the ability to lock their kid’s smartphone from afar, making it unwise to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pretty Much the Coolest & Unique Star Wars Stuff You Can Buy

    Tommylandz ツ™
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    "This is some of the coolest and unique Star Wars things you can buy. Take a look at the list we got from the guys at" The post Pretty Much the Coolest & Unique Star Wars... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Meet Baxter – He Will be Your Personal Assistant, Soon.

    Tommylandz ツ™
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    "Baxter can do what you do, better but slower. So, what would you use Baxter for if he was your personal assistant?" The post Meet Baxter – He Will be Your Personal Assistant, Soon. appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Make Super Duper Easy Pizza Rolls

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    13 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "If you are looking for something that is super easy to make, AND that tastes like Pizza, this is it... A super easy recipe to make Pizza Rolls" The post How To Make Super Duper Easy Pizza Rolls... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Ancient Life Ever Existed On The Moon?

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    What if the fossils in the Moon turned out to have a common past with the earth? All forms of ancient life on lunar surface, at least a physicist of the University of Kent began to prove it through a process that uses a replica of meteorites.  In the studies, physicists University of Kent has been tested and get an answer that would occur if a piece of rock containing fossils of microscopic
  • Pygmy Grasshopper Found In Amber 20 Million Years

    1 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    An amber (stone resin) was found 50 years ago in the Dominican Republic, when the scientists get a collection of 20 million years old amber are generating new insights about ancient tropical insects and the world that we never see today. Amber has been fully preserve fossils Pygmy grasshopper over the years, scientists say that the amber collection is the largest in the Dominican science. 
  • Trees Saving 850 Human Lives A Year

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    A recent study of US Forest Service scientists and collaborators have estimated that more than 850 trees saved human lives in a year and prevent 670,000 acute respiratory symptoms. According to this study, shade trees planted in urban areas is more important than rural trees because the functions and benefits can be directly felt by the townspeople. Meanwhile, pollution prevention through the
  • Discovery Ancient Artifacts 1 Million Years In South Africa

    28 Jul 2014 | 10:17 pm
    This month, the world was shocked by findings of the archaeological excavation of a site in Kathu, Northern Peninsula province of South Africa. Archaeologists have found tens of thousands of ancient artifacts were thought to have come from the Stone Age, including hand axes and other tools that were made about 1 million years ago. The excavation was carried out by archaeologists from the
  • Is Earth In Early Stages Of Mass Extinction Event?

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    It's 3,5 billion years ago, there was a major disaster, mass extinction event which left the evolution, biodiversity lost much of its history and maybe reach crisis point. It is estimated that approximately 16-33 percent of the species living on Earth will be threatened or even endangered. Large animal described as megafauna, including elephant, rhino, polar bears and countless other species
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  • Eroded Earth: The Forge of Gravity

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Gravity-Defying Lanscapes Over millions of years, weathering and erosion of sandstone have produced unique landforms, such as arches, alcoves, pedestals and pillars.  Until now, the natural process remained a mystery.  It was difficult to study, because of the huge time-scales involved in the erosion of natural slabs of sandstone.  Gravity-induced stresses had been assumed not to play any role in landform preservation.  Instead gravity was thought to increase the rates of weathering and natural erosion...   Geologists have now shown that increased stress within a landform, as a result…
  • Friends or Fourth Cousins

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Do your Friends have Similar Genomes? Do you know who your fourth cousins are?  The chances are you don't.  But do you know who your friends are?  Of course, you know that much.  But did you ever stop and think why or how your friends are your friends?  Could your friends actually share part of your DNA, to the same extent a distant family member does?  Is your DNA more similar to that of your friends, or to that of your fourth cousins?  A controversial study from two US researchers claims that we are more genetically similar to our friends than we are to strangers. Looking at…
  • Satellite of Love – It’s Up, Up and Away for Scotland’s UKube-1

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Scotland's First Nano-Satellite Earlier this month, UKube-1, a satellite built by Glasgow-based technology firm Clyde Space, successfully launched on a test flight from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.  It is the first ever spacecraft to be fully assembled in Scotland. UKube-1 is a cubesat, packing six payloads into a space not much bigger than a shoebox, with scientific experiments including a study of space weather and even a project to let school pupils interact with the satellite.  It was commissioned by the UK Space Agency and built by Glasgow company Clyde Space. The UK Space Agency's first…
  • Van der Waals and the Gecko

    4 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The Sticky Physics of Van der Waals Forces Geckos are amazing creatures.  They scamper up walls, scuttle along ceilings and hang upside down on polished glass surfaces.  However, the secret of their amazing climbing ability remained a mystery until relatively recently.  The secret lies in weak intermolecular forces, described by Van der Waals in 1873. Johannes Diderik van der Waals was born in Leiden in The Netherlands in 1837.  Despite the constraints of his working class education, Van der Waals rose up to become the first Physics professor of the University of…
  • Calculating Entropy – The Energy of Change

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It's About Heat and Temperature What is the difference between heat and temperature?  Heat is thermal energy.  Temperature is a measurement of the average kinetic energy of the particles which compose the matter being tested.  When heat flows into a material, one of two things happen: either the temperature of the material can rise, or there may be a change in its state such as from ice to liquid, or liquid to vapour. The difference is heat is thermal energy transferred from one object to another because of a temperature difference, and temperature is a relative…
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  • Why States Should Aim For 100 Percent Vaccination

    Emily Oster
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The United States and most of the rest of the developed world enjoy very high vaccination rates for routine childhood illness — typically over 90 percent. But in the last decade or two, these vaccination rates have stagnated and even declined in some locations. The measles vaccination coverage in the United Kingdom, for example, went from a high of 92 percent in the mid-1990s to just 81 percent by the mid-2000s (it has since recovered). Poor countries often can’t achieve complete vaccination because of cost, but non-universal vaccination in the developed world is more often a…
  • Is Sunscreen A Lifesaver Or A Poison?

    Emily Oster
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    The past 50 years have seen rapid evolution in medical opinion on sun exposure. My mother tells stories of spending entire summers lying on the beach coated in baby oil. I recall using sunscreen as a kid, but I also remember that I typically got one really bad sunburn per summer. In contrast, my 3-year-old daughter is not permitted to leave the house without a heavy coating of sunscreen and ideally a large, floppy hat. When she was a baby, I forced her to wear a “bathing suit” with long sleeves and pants.This change in behavior has been prompted in part by the growth in skin cancer rates,…
  • When A Flight Vanishes From The Sky, Amateur Trackers Know It Instantly

    Carl Bialik
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Twice this year a Malaysia Airlines jet has disappeared. And each time, anyone with an Internet connection could discover, immediately, the plane’s last known location, other planes in the area, where they came from, what time they took off, and where they were going.This rich repository of flight data, available free on websites such as Flightradar24, FlightAware and Plane Finder and related apps, comes courtesy of aviation enthusiasts around the world who set up equipment in their homes to scan the skies. Particularly valuable are plane geeks who live near airports, on remote oceanic…
  • The Odds Of Winning The Indianapolis Colts’ Weather Challenge

    Matt Lanza
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    Football season is nearly here, which for many of us means that weekend productivity is about to hit an annual low. Every so often teams will put on contests for tickets or merchandise, but one NFL team is engaging fans in a different way this year. The Indianapolis Colts are offering half a million dollars to whoever can accurately predict the outdoor kickoff temperature for the team’s 20 games, from the preseason through the end of the regular season.Entries are due Thursday at 12:01 p.m. EDT. On top of submitting temperatures, you also need to correctly predict whether the roof of…
  • In Science, It Matters That Women Come Last

    Emma Pierson
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    People tell me that, as a female scientist, I need to stand up for myself if I want to succeed: Lean in, close the confidence gap, fight for tenure. Being a woman in science means knowing that the odds are both against you being there in the first place and against you staying there. Some of this is due to bias; women are less likely to be hired by science faculty, to be chosen for mathematical tasks and to have their papers deemed high quality. But there are also other barriers to success. Female scientists spend more time rearing children and work at institutions with fewer resources.One…
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  • 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…
  • Bio electricity

    Prasun Barua
    21 May 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bio electricity is the process of producing electromagnetic energy by living organisms. The bio electric activity which happens throughout the human body is very necessary to life. Living cells can produce electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields which enable the action of muscles and the transmission of information in the nerves. This is the concept of quick signaling in nerves. It produces physical processes in muscles or glands. There is some similarity among the muscles, nerves and glands of all organisms. The early development of fairly efficient electrochemical systems is the…
  • Solar Boat

    Prasun Barua
    17 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    Solar boat is an electrical boat which is powered by solar energy utilizing solar photovoltaic modules, batteries and other necessary electrical accessories. They are quiet, independent and clean engines. Here, batteries store free energy from the sun.The available sunlight is converted into electric power by solar cells which is temporarily stored in batteries. It is used to drive a propeller through an electric motor. Typically, power levels are within a few hundred watts to a few kilowatts. A specific solar boat can run on solar energy depends on its technical design, the amount of…
  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
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  • How Does a Gene Become a Protein?

    9 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Proteins are the workhorses of biological function and carry out the majority of biological functionality. But how do proteins achieve their diverse functionality? Where does the information to build proteins stored? How do cells go about building proteins? I’ll explore […] The post How Does a Gene Become a Protein? appeared first on Citewave.
  • What are the basic biomolecules of life?

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    There are four major categories of biomolecule that exist in organisms: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Biomolecules are also subdivided into two types of structural arrangement: polymers and monomers. Polymers (many parts) consist of many identical repeating subunits called monomers. […] The post What are the basic biomolecules of life? appeared first on Citewave.
  • Why is Water Essential to Life?

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Water’s importance to life begins with it’s chemical properties. Water (H2O) consists of one oxygen and two hydrogens bonded covalently, which means that the atoms all share electrons in a cloud around the molecule. But water is also a polar […] The post Why is Water Essential to Life? appeared first on Citewave.
  • What does a wave of scientific research look like?

    5 Jun 2014 | 5:48 pm
    What exactly does a “wave” of scientific research look like? To answer that question I’ve selected two research topics that do not have much in common other than they are both currently very active areas of research in their respective […] The post What does a wave of scientific research look like? appeared first on Citewave.
  • Two Years in Climate Change: The Decline of Global Warming and Rise of Soil Science

    3 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Climate change is back in the news with the recent release of the EPA’s proposal to reduce pollution associated with coal powerplants in the U.S. 30% by 2030. While this is only a proposal and might change, this ambitious plan […] The post Two Years in Climate Change: The Decline of Global Warming and Rise of Soil Science appeared first on Citewave.
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  • 7 talks to make you love science

    Mado Martinez
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Ted talks has selected 7 amazing talks from its database that will make you love science. Here they are: Ed Yong Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales Mar 2014 We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence … and yet there’s a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It’s more than likely. Suzana Herculano-Houzel What is so special about the…
  • The forgotten psychologist

    Rob Hutchinson
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Psychology is a vast field with many researchers, scientists and collaborators working through the past two hundred or so years to advance our knowledge, so it’s not surprising that with so many people involved some of the famous contributors tend to slide away out of view. Otto Selz is one of them. The strange thing about his case is that he broke new ground in the area of cognitive psychology, and deserves to be remembered for his contribution. The likes of Noam Chomsky and Allen Newell are frequently credited with starting the cognitive revolution but it was Selz and his contemporaries…
  • Breaking social norms – Does it feel good?

    Rob Hutchinson
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Not so long ago in my first year of studying Psychology at university we were given the task of breaking a social norm and recording people’s responses to it. A social norm is an expected behaviour pattern within a society in given situations, for example in almost every society there is the social norm that in the cinema you don’t answer your mobile phone or shout out in the middle of the movie. Social norms can be something as small and insignificant as using a knife and fork to eat with and not our hands or forming a queue for the bus. Norms build the fabric of our everyday existence…
  • Could a blood test predict Alzheimer’s

    Rob Hutchinson
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    A major breakthrough has been made in efforts to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, with British scientists discovering a set of proteins that can predict the start of the disease with 87% accuracy. The research in the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Journal is being heralded as the first big development in the field for years, with much of the research since 2002 yielding no useful results. Alzheimer’s is rapidly becoming a problem at the forefront of the medical profession.With an aging population across the globe the number of sufferers is expected to increase dramatically, yet still…
  • Visit Places: Relieve and Revive Yourself!

    Stacy Eva
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    “I don’t mind doing the Who tours when they come along but I want to get out there and play”, was said by John Entwistle, a renowned musician of English origin. A change in the daily routine Everyone wants to have a time of their life when any such trip is on the cards, be it with family or friends. The need to relax and enjoy the drunken stupor is inevitable, after a long as well as hectic schedule for over half a year. This not only gives the human anatomy, a change in the daily routine but, provides mental relief, which is hard to find these days. More than 50 million people…
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    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Wang L, Waltenberger B, Pferschy-Wenzig EM, Blunder M, Liu X, Malainer C, Blazevic T, Schwaiger S, Rollinger JM, Heiss EH, Schuster D, Kopp B, Bauer R, Stuppner H, Dirsch VM, & Atanasov AG (2014). Natural product agonists of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ): a review. Biochemical pharmacology PMID: 25083916 [Full Text (HTML)]Suggested By: Dr. Atanas G.

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.For some reason, it seems scientists feel they’re too good for social media. Apparently, the traditional dogmatic, restricted, and expensive dissemination of research via academic journals is far superior to the hyper-efficient, rapid, and completely free spread of knowledge via social media. Apparently, burying a new research article amongst hundreds of issues of one among thousands of journals in one among millions of scientific fields generates more attention than broadcasting it right to the smartphones, tablets and computers of…

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Hingorani SR, Jacobetz MA, Robertson GP, Herlyn M, & Tuveson DA (2003). Suppression of BRAF(V599E) in human melanoma abrogates transformation. Cancer research, 63 (17), 5198-202 PMID: 14500344 [Full Text (PDF)]Suggested By: Emily Galloway

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Huang, F., Wetzstein, G., Barsky, B., & Raskar, R. (2014). Eyeglasses-free display ACM Transactions on Graphics, 33 (4), 1-12 DOI: 10.1145/2601097.2601122 [Full Text (PDF)]Suggested By: Adithya Nott

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Baird, J., Fox, B., Sanders, K., Lizotte, P., Cubillos-Ruiz, J., Scarlett, U., Rutkowski, M., Conejo-Garcia, J., Fiering, S., & Bzik, D. (2013). Avirulent Toxoplasma gondii Generates Therapeutic Antitumor Immunity by Reversing Immunosuppression in the Ovarian Cancer Microenvironment Cancer Research, 73 (13), 3842-3851 DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-12-1974 [Full Text (PDF)]Suggested By: Adithya Nott
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  • One Tree, Forty Different Fruits

    Anupum Pant
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Certain kinds of similar trees can be grafted onto each other into a single tree which produces all of the grafted fruits. For example oranges and lemons trees can be grafted onto each other, but not apple and oranges. In fact there is a company I found on the internet that sells such trees. They call them the fruit salad trees. Usually such companies stop at a point where they have about 6-8 different fruits grafted on to a single tree. However, one person, Sam Van Aken wanted to save a few varieties of fruits which could have otherwise been lost for ever. He grafted 40 of…
  • Reproducing Sound From a Video of Leafs

    Anupum Pant
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Sound is a series of compressions and rarefactions travelling through a medium. It is actually a physical entity. When sound moves, physical object, like the molecules of air move. So, when sound hits an object, it makes the object move. But the movements a normal volume sound can produce in an object are really very tiny. Most times the naked eye sees no difference. However if the tiny movements can be sensed by a very sensitive algorithm by processing data from a video of that object, the sound can probably be reproduced to some extent. A few researchers at MIT did just that.
  • Door to Hell

    Anupum Pant
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant For more than 40 years now, a 250 feet hole in the ground in Turkmenistan has remained glowing with a yellow-orange flame. They call it the door to hell. It started in the year 1971 when soviet scientists set up a rig to extract natural gas at that place, and the rig collapsed. When that happened, the scientists feared the spread of huge amounts of methane gas, and set the place on fire. They estimated that the fire would go out in a couple of hours. But it lasted, and has lasted for more than 40 years. The fire in it is still burning strong. The hole is in a very isolated…
  • Bizarre Starfish Wasting Syndrome

    Anupum Pant
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Up in the Washington state a videographer and also a diver, Laura James noticed a couple of  dead Starfish on the coast one day. The dead bodies looked like something mysterious had happened. There were broken bodies and splats all over the place as if the fish had been zapped by a laser. Laura videographed some of the tens of thousands of starfish bodies all over the north america’s pacific coast. No one was sure what was actually happening. And then there were reports of these mysterious starfish deaths from all over the west coast of North America. For some time, only…
  • The Highest Unclimbed Mountain

    Anupum Pant
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Gangkhar Puensum, meaning three mountain siblings, is the tallest mountain in Bhutan with an elevation of 7,570 meters. Since the 80s several attempts have been made to climb this mountain – a part of which lies in Bhutan and the other part in Tibet. None of the attempts have ever been successful. However in the year 1999, a team of climbers from Japan, after a protracted attempt to get a permit, were able to reach the top of one of the three peaks - Liankang Kangri – from the Chinese side of the mountain. Later, protests from local people in Bhutan made them…
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  • Neural Patterns Show Odor Detection Is Like Picking Up Voices At A Noisy Cocktail Party

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    A team of scientists led by Professor Venkatesh Murthy at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, found that odor molecules activate specific patterns of neurons, and that the ability of a mouse to distinguish between a learned, target odor and random, background odors, depends on the strength of neural pattern overlap between the two odors.  Dr. Dan Rokni was the primary author. “There is a continuous stream of information constantly arriving at our senses, coming from many different sources,” Professor Murthy said. “The classic example would be a…
  • Rare Observation Of Fast X-Ray Blurring Around Markarian 335 Black Hole

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    NASA’s NuSTAR satellite witnessed an extremely rare event around a supermassive black hole: in a matter of days, its compact X-ray emitting corona tightened up around the center, better illuminating the accretion disc around it but showing a drop in brightness due to the intense light-bending black hole gravitational field. Subsequent observations by Professor Fiona Harrison from Caltech, NuSTAR Principal Investigator, and other scientists from across the world including Michael Parker from the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, U.K., showed that the corona remained in this close…
  • Spatial Attention, A Right Hemisphere Skill, Remains Unchanged Throughout Aging

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    At the University of Adelaide, Dr. Joanna Brooks, Visiting Research Fellow for the University’s School of Medicine and School of Psychology, discovered through a research study that the part of the brain responsible for spatial attention remains unchanged as the brain ages. She recruited sixty people of varying age groups, and measured their responses to both visual and non-visual stimuli, for the purposes of quantifying their spatial attention skills. Spatial attention is a cognitive skill localized to the right hemisphere that is used for coordinating vision and motion including tasks…
  • Genetic Switch Found For Foxp3 Which Maintains T-Reg States And Holds Back Autoimmune Disorders

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    When pathogens invade the body, the immune system kicks into gear and sends out swarms of cells to fight the invader.  These swarms consist of two types of cells; fighters, known as killer T cells, and peacemakers, known as regulatory T cells, sometimes referred to as Tregs.  The purpose of the Tregs is to send a signal to the killer cells to stop the attack when the pathogen has been eliminated.  Without a signal from the Tregs, when the pathogen is gone, the killer T cells turn their attack on the body, resulting in everything from inflammation to allergies, asthma, MS, rheumatoid…
  • Megascale 1.2 Kilometer Tall Icebergs Touched Arctic Sea Bed 800,000 Years Ago

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Geoscientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research report evidence that gigantic icebergs once towered 1.2 kilometers high and reached 1000 meters into the Arctic Sea to the bottom where they scoured deep tracks during a recent glacial period.  The tracks were found between Greenland (part of Denmark) and the Svalbard Archipelago (north and part of Norway). These tracks add new understanding to geophysics of the Ice Age, and dimensions of the Arctic ice sheet from that time.  The measurements also inform on the movement of non-sea water from the…
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  • What Did Ancient Greek Music Sound Like? - Listen Here

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    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    David Creese of the University of Newcastle plays an ancient Greek song taken from stone inscriptions constructed on an eight-string "canon" (a small stringed instrument) with movable bridges. (Audio file is ©BBC)Music is a part of human nature, and evidence of musical instruments shows up consistently in the archaeological record. We can track the first flute-like instrument all the way back to the Neanderthals. The ancient Greeks played their music on stringed instruments like a zither or the lyre as well as reed pipes, and percussion mediums. We know about the use of some of these…
  • 5 Animals That Prove God Is Actually Female

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    17 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The Bible tells us we were formed in God's image. So if we are to believe the Bible and take it literally, exactly which of our two visages is it, male or female? Maybe both, or does just one of the sexes contain all the components we need? It is similar to the question "Did the chicken come first, or the egg?" But instead the question is, "Did the male come first, or the female?" The christian Bible strives to answer this question with a story about a man, some mud, and a rib bone. The man was formed out of mud and the woman from the man's rib bone. So therefore the man is said to have come…
  • 5 Ancient Mammal-Like Reptiles

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    16 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Mammal-like reptiles were the highly varied and widely distributed prehistoric reptilian ancestors of mammals, and were once the dominant land animals around 260 million years ago. Many assume that the presence of these mammal like characteristics proves the theory that mammals arose from one or more of the mammal-like reptiles called synapsids. #1 OligokyphusName: OligokyphusAge(s): 227-180 million years agoPeriod: Late Triassic-Early JurassicSize: 1.5 feetLocation(s) found: UK, Germany, ChinaNotes: Oligokyphus were the last members of the non-mammalian synapsids. It is…
  • 10 Interesting Dog Breeds That Originated In India

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    15 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    #1 Alangu MastiffVery rare and believed to have existed since ancient times, the Alangu Mastiff, also known as the South Indian Mastiff or the Sindh Mastiff, was developed in the Thanjavur area of Southern India. They are essentially a cross between the Sindh Mastiff and the Alangu Hound. They were employed as war dogs by the Persian army, and are now primarily used as a property guardians, large game hunters, and are unfortunately used as a fighting dogs. In antiquity they were used extensively by the the Persian Army for guarding soldier’s camp-sites and enemy prisoners-of-war. In 486 to…
  • Top 6 Worst Species of Mosquito in the U.S.

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    14 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Anopheles gambiae mosquito feedingThere are over 3,000 species of mosquito found throughout the world, divided among 28 genera. The genus Aedes contains some of the worst pests, and many members of the genus Anopheles have the ability to transmit human malaria. Currently, 176 of those species occur in the United States. Mosquitoes are insects and belong to the order Diptera, and as such are an example of True Flies. Some are harmless or even beneficial to the human race, but many are considered pests due to the fact that the females of the species use the blood of vertebrates to feed.
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  • The Health Benefits of Tea

    Cindi Dameshek
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    The Health Benefits of Tea A cup of tea can be just the thing you need to warm up on a cold day, but it also offers plenty of health benefits. When you reach for your next bag of Tetley tea, keep these great benefits in mind. Antioxidants Tea is packed with antioxidants, making it […] The post The Health Benefits of Tea appeared first on .
  • A Happy Mind Makes A Healthy Body

    Cindi Dameshek
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Don’t you agree with the saying “Health is Wealth”? Of course, we all do. Who doesn’t want to be healthy today? The health industry today is growing tremendously, as the awareness of fitness and health is becoming an important part of human life. People are giving a serious thought to their health and not taking […] The post A Happy Mind Makes A Healthy Body appeared first on .
  • Getting A Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis – What Happens Next?

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    13 Jun 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Getting a bipolar disorder diagnosis may lead to you feeling that your world has just collapsed. How Do You Diagnose Bipolar Disorder Many cannot deal with getting a bipolar disorder diagnosis and may choose to ignore the diagnosis all to their detriment. If you are asking yourself “What now?” or “What happens next?” it is […] The post Getting A Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis – What Happens Next? appeared first on .
  • Easy Ways To Treat Lupus Quickly

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    13 Jun 2014 | 8:44 am
    Lupus is really a frequent disease yet many individuals have not even heard about it. It really is explained that lupus has an effect on far more folks than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and leukemia. The remedy of lupus is hard as a result of this substantial ignorance when it comes to the disease. What […] The post Easy Ways To Treat Lupus Quickly appeared first on .
  • 12 Home Remedies For Acne

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    12 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    12 Really Easy But Effective Homemade Best Acne Treatment Acne is a recurring annoyance for many people. Acne can drive you nuts if not treated and can leave scars that are just as annoying as the redness and inflammation. Here are some ridiculously easy Home Remedies For Acne recipes that are great for neutralizing acne […] The post 12 Home Remedies For Acne appeared first on .
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  • Where’s the real value in Tesla’s patent pledge?

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    With the much-anticipated arrival next month of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla’s Model S to Australian shores, it’s a good time to revisit Tesla’s pledge to freely share patents. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, wrote a statement on the company’s blog entitled All Our Patent Are Belong To You back in June. Subject:  Technology
  • 500 million year reset for the immune system

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
    A single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged. Subject:  Genetics
  • Forget Passwords. Now Banks Can Track Your Typing Behavior On Phones

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Password theft is an ongoing problem. Finger print and voice recognition is still years away. What’s a bank to do if it wants to verify the thousands of customers using its mobile app? One way is their behavior — or at least their typing behavior. Subject:  Technology
  • Walk or cycle for a healthier daily commute

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Commuting to work by active (walking or cycling) and public modes of transport is linked to lower body weight and body fat composition compared with those using private transport, suggests a UK study published on today. The researchers point out that the benefits were similar for both active (walking and cycling) and public transport, which may have important implications for transport and health policy. Subject:  Health & Medicine
  • Biomarker in an aggressive breast cancer is identified

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Two Northwestern University scientists have identified a biomarker strongly associated with basal-like breast cancer, a highly aggressive carcinoma that is resistant to many types of chemotherapy. The biomarker, a protein called STAT3, provides a smart target for new therapeutics designed to treat this often deadly cancer. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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  • An In-Depth Guide To Ebola: What You Should Know

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Of all of the diseases on the planet, few have created the same amount of fear as Ebola. With the help of various movies like Outbreak, Hollywood has given the public a lot of misunderstandings…
  • The Thousand Robot Swarm

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:39 pm
    One of the most fascinating behaviors of animals is the tendency for groups of animals to function as one coherent mass-- what some people would call a "hive mind". Schools of fish, flocks of birds,…
  • The Fields Medal: Math's Highest Award

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The math world is abuzz today with news that the Fields Medal was awarded to a woman for the first time in its history. But few people have ever heard of the Fields Medal, despite being so prestigious…
  • Powering The Next Generation Of Spacecraft

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Advanced space travel is going to require innovative new solutions to old problems. One such area of innovation is energy storage. To help push forward with energy research, NASA has accepted four…
  • Stellar: Why Digital Currency Might Finally Work

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Digital currency advocates have been talking lately about a new tool that could finally make such currencies catch on. The tool is called Stellar, and it has support from Stripe-- one of the biggest…
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