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  • Liquid energy

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

    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation
    Carolyn Semmler, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Adelaide
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    You don't need to see the whole face to identify someone. Flickr/craig, CC BY-NDThe need to accurately identify people is important for security (and for not embarrassing yourself by hugging strangers). It was cited as the main reason for excluding and restricting the movements of individuals wearing religious head and face coverings in public spaces. A plan to make Muslim women wearing facial coverings sit in glassed enclosures at Parliament House has been dropped but the question remains: how good are we at identifying people from their facial features? A large body of psychological…
  • Let science decide the voting age

    New Scientist - The Human Brain
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Research on the adolescent brain can help us decide whether 16-year-olds should have the vote, says psychologist Laurence Steinberg
  • Killer Landslides

    NOVA | PBS
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Explore the forces behind deadly landslides—and the danger zones for the next big one.
  • Government official urges U.S. to clean up methane emissions

    ACC SmartBrief
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Despite "uncertainties about methane emissions," the U.S.  -More- 
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  • Rest your mind the right way to boost learning

    Marc Airhart-Texas
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Scientists have previously found that resting the mind, such as daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information. Now, research shows that the right kind of mental rest, which strengthens and consolidates memories from recent learning, may boost later learning. At the University of Texas at Austin, graduate student research Margaret Schlichting and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience Alison Preston gave participants in the study two learning tasks in which participants were asked to memorize different series of associated photo pairs. Related…
  • Milk fat detector uses fluorescent dye

    Karen Loh-NUS
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Scientists are building a fluorescent sensor that can rapidly identify the presence of fat in milk. The device, called “Milk Orange,” could one day be useful to milk producers in developing countries. The system under development will detect fat in milk by using the sensor to work like a digital thermometer, according to the team led by Professor Chang Young-Tae of the National University of Singapore. Fat content in milk is associated with the levels of protein and vitamins, thus has direct correlation with the nutritional and marketing value of milk. Related Articles On…
  • Super high-res MRI detects single atom

    Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    For the first time, researchers have detected a single hydrogen atom using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Conventional MRI technology, widely used in hospitals, can typically resolve details of up to one tenth of a millimeter, for example in cross-sectional images of the human body. Researchers are working on significantly increasing the resolution of the technique, with the goal of eventually imaging at the level of single molecules—a more than one million times finer resolution. Detecting the signal from a single hydrogen atom is an important milestone toward that…
  • Diabetes may raise risk for heart valve disease

    Mike Williams-Rice
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    There appears to be a link between high blood sugar and heart valve hardening. Scientists discovered that feeding cells that support heart valves too much glucose slows the cells down. The cells need just the right amount of nutrients to do their job: turning raw materials into heart valves. “We’ve seen in a variety of other cell types, like cells in the kidney, the retina and nerves, that high glucose concentrations can directly damage those cells and their activities,” says Peter Kamel, a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine who completed the research as an…
  • Different squid evolved to glow in similar way

    Julie Cohen-UC Santa Barbara
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    New research with cephalopods offers a preliminary answer to the question of whether of evolution is predictable. Last year two researchers profiled bioluminescent organs in two species of squid and found that while they evolved separately, they did so in a remarkably similar manner. The scientists—Todd Oakley, vice chair of the department of ecology, evolution and marine biology at University of California, Santa Barbara, and Sabrina Pankey, a PhD student at the time—used advances in sequencing technology and cutting-edge genomic tools to test predictability in the evolution of…
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    Science 2.0

  • True Cost Of Diverted Tobacco Payouts Measured In Lives

    The Conversation
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Not enough tobacco company money is going into public health campaigns. Credit: REUTERS/Daniel MunozBy Nicholas Freudenberg, City University of New YorkThe #20 Million Memorial created earlier this month by the United States Centers for Disease Control, is an online tribute to honor the 20 million spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, and friends who have died of tobacco-related diseases since 1964. read more
  • Data Transmission Gets A New World Record

    News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video is the goal of a microwave circuit that has set a new world record for data transmission.  read more
  • Hunters Unite: Global Warming Implicated In Animal Size

    News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size, according to scholars at Durham University, and that is due to global warming over the past 30 years, they say.   Young Chamois now weigh about 25 percent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s, they found, and note that in recent years, decreases in body size have been identified in a variety of animal species and have frequently been linked by other scholars to changing climate.  read more
  • Great Earthquakes Doubled In The Most Recent 10 Year Period - What That Means

    News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Since December 2004 there have been 18 quakes of 8.0 or greater on the moment magnitude (Mw) scale – a rate more than twice that seen from 1900 to mid-2004. Some of that difference could be due to unprecedented advances in technological and scientific capacity to detect earthquakes. Like the distance of Babe Ruth's homeruns, anecdotes about past earthquakes have the mist of legend shrouding them, but modern earthquakes have a variety of ways they can be understood - and that helps recalibrate risk for future earthquakes. read more
  • Viral Mutation: Why You May Be More Susceptible To Last Year's Flu

    News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Why were so many middle-aged adults hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season?  Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibody proteins against particles (called antigens) from an infectious agent, such as bacteria or a virus. The immune system saves the cells that produce effective antibodies, which then provide immunity against future attacks by the same or similar infectious agents. Seasonal influenza typically kills 36,000 Americans, alone, and nearly 500,000 individuals around the world each year.  read more
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  • Who was Gerry Mander?

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

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

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

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

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

  • "Virtual Internet" Tests Software Solutions for Real World Problems

    Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Cyber Security Division (CSD), the DETER testbed, described as the "Internet in a box" or a "virtual Internet," provides a safe and secure option to conduct critical cybersecurity experimentation and testing in the context of complex networks and cyber‐physical systems designed to protect the nation's critical cyber infrastructure.
  • When the Isthmus Is an Island: Madison's Hottest, and Coldest, Spots

    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In a new study published this month in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers highlight the urban heat island effect in Madison: The city's concentrated asphalt, brick and concrete lead to higher temperatures than its nonurban surroundings.
  • Middle-Aged Adults Were More Susceptible to the Flu Last Year Because of a New Viral Mutation

    Wistar Institute
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Wistar researchers have identified a new mutation in the H1N1 influenza virus that made it easily transmitted in middle-aged adults--those who should be able to resist the viral assault--during the 2013-2014 influenza season. .
  • U.S. Army Lab Plays Key Role in Helping to Fight the Spread of Ebola

    Montana State University TechLink
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass., invented a novel and potent disinfectant system that kills the Ebola virus on surfaces. The center transferred the process to a private company, which is manufacturing the portable "no power required" chemical compound and supplying it worldwide, including the front lines of West Africa.
  • New $1 Million NIH Grant Enables Clinical Trials of Artificial Pancreas for Individuals with Type 1 Diabetes

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    A multi-university research team led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct clinical trials of their closed-loop artificial pancreas for individuals with Type 1 diabetes.
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    Digg Science News

  • When Women Stopped Coding

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    ​Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men. But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.
  • What Happens To A Brain On MDMA

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    We already know what happens to your dance moves on molly, but ASAP Science breaks down why MDMA makes you feel good, and shortly thereafter, pretty damn awful.
  • Losing 58.3 Pounds For Science

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

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

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    "As with the similarly inferential science s like evolutionary psychology and pop-neuro science , Big Data can be used to give any chosen hypothesis a veneer of science and the unearned authority of numbers. The data is big enough to entertain any story."
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  • What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

    Kate Greene
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. I did a four-month tour at the NASA-funded HI-SEAS—that's Hawaii Space Exploration […] The post What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Best Biology Photos of the Year

    Betsy Mason
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The winners of the Society of Biology's third annual photography contest include amazing images of a haunting leopard, an otherworldly spider, and Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring. The post The Best Biology Photos of the Year appeared first on WIRED.
  • New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap

    Nick Stockton
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Theodore Gray's new book, Molecules, is dedicated to exploring chemistry's building blocks on their own terms. The post New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards

    Ashik Siddique
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sure, the label on your Côtes du Rhinoceros suggests that the grapes were tended by craggy, distant-eyed, French-accented wine savants who nurture the earth, as did their fathers and their fathers' fathers before them. But the truth is, if modern technology can make for better vino and cut costs, plenty of winemakers are going to buy it. (Anyway, between hotter summers and an influx of bulk wine from around the world, that French guy will soon be out of a job.) Here's how they keep the Tempranillo flowing. The post The Futuristic Gadgets Running Today’s High-Tech Vineyards…
  • Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Lays Eggs Inside Caterpillars and Turns Them Into Slaves

    Matt Simon
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Few parasitoids are more bizarre or disturbing than the wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles, whose females inject their eggs into living caterpillars. Once inside, the larvae mature, feeding on the caterpillar’s body fluids before gnawing through its skin en masse and emerging into the light of day. And despite the trauma, not only does the caterpillar survive---initially at least---but the larvae proceed to mind-control it, turning their host into a bodyguard that protects them as they spin their cocoons and finish maturing. Then, finally, the caterpillar starves to death, but only after the…
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  • Do You Suffer From Funnel Vision?

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

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

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

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

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

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. But in rap, schizophrenia means something else: a mode of defiance, a boast, or a threat. The term appears frequently when describing competition between rappers. In “Speak Ya Clout,” the duo Gang Starr rhymes that they are “schizophrenic with rhyme plus we’re well organized” as a way of warning that they…
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  • A small piece of interplanetary fiction [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    that I wrote is here.
  • What can we do about climate change? [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    I could rephrase this question. What should we do about climate change. The reason I might rephrase this is because we may not ben that sure of what we can do, but we should do something. Or, more accurately, some things. There are a lot of possible things we can do, and we have little time to do them. So, maybe we should do all of them for a while. We could spend years working out what the best three or four things we can do might be, and try to implement them. But there will be political opposition from the right, because the right is inexplicably opposed to any action that smells like…
  • Stem cell treatment of spinal cord injuries [Pharyngula]

    PZ Myers
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    I have to admit that my first response to these reports out of Britain that stem cells had been successfully used to repair a complete spinal cord transection was skepticism — incredulity even. They’re reporting that a man with a completely severed spinal cord at level T10-T11 is able to walk again! The Guardian gushes! The Daily Mail gets in the act (always a bad sign)! When I read that the patient had an 8mm gap in his spinal cord that had been filling up with scar tissue for the last two years, I was even more doubtful: under the best of conditions, it was unlikely that…
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Anthropic Principle (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    “The anthropic principle – the idea that our universe has the properties it does because we are here to say so and that if it were any different, we wouldn’t be around commenting on it – infuriates many physicists, including [Marc Davis from UC Berkeley]. It smacks of defeatism, as if we were acknowledging that we could not explain the universe from first principles. It also appears unscientific. For how do you verify the multiverse? Moreover, the anthropic principle is a tautology. “I think this explanation is ridiculous. Anthropic principle… bah,” said Davis. “I’m hoping…
  • How smart are parrots? [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch of the tin-roofed concrete block home of my friend Bwana Ndege, in Isiro, Zaire. “Nebo.” It sounded like an older woman, a somewhat crackly voice, insistent. “Nebo. Kuya. Nebo.” The old woman was calling the dog, in Swahili. Nebo, sleeping at first on the cool concrete floor under the dining room table startled awake, ears scanning. Nebo was a large Doberman who had never learned that one-man one-dog thing. He was gentle. And listening…
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  • When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.» E-Mail This
  • Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.» E-Mail This
  • Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

    Melissa Pandika
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.» E-Mail This
  • DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.» E-Mail This
  • Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

    Scott Neuman
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.» E-Mail This
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    EE Times

  • Circular Marketing

    Nanette Collins
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Nanette Collins continues on her brave quest to educate engineers as to the value of good PR and marketing.
  • Energizing the Young Engineers of Tomorrow

    Max Maxfield
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Young Jacob is working on programming the Arduino to make his robot's eyes flash messages in Morse code. We may have an engineer in the making.
  • Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick

    Gary Hilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
  • TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit

    Junko Yoshida
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Car OEMs' growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: "safety critical" and "informational" ADAS processors.
  • iPhones Drive Apple Record, iPads Drop 13%

    Jessica Lipsky
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Apple experienced a record fourth quarter with increased revenue, net profits, and margins. During a conference call, company officials speculated about mass handset and PC growth across regions, which has led to the strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • Occipital Alpha Activity during Stimulus Processing Gates the Information Flow to Object-Selective Cortex

    Johanna M. Zumer et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Johanna M. Zumer, René Scheeringa, Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, David G. Norris, Ole Jensen Given the limited processing capabilities of the sensory system, it is essential that attended information is gated to downstream areas, whereas unattended information is blocked. While it has been proposed that alpha band (8–13 Hz) activity serves to route information to downstream regions by inhibiting neuronal processing in task-irrelevant regions, this hypothesis remains untested. Here we investigate how neuronal oscillations detected by electroencephalography in visual areas during working memory…
  • Building Blocks of Temporal Filters in Retinal Synapses

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

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

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

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

  • Canonical Correlation Analysis for Gene-Based Pleiotropy Discovery

    Jose A. Seoane et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jose A. Seoane, Colin Campbell, Ian N. M. Day, Juan P. Casas, Tom R. Gaunt Genome-wide association studies have identified a wealth of genetic variants involved in complex traits and multifactorial diseases. There is now considerable interest in testing variants for association with multiple phenotypes (pleiotropy) and for testing multiple variants for association with a single phenotype (gene-based association tests). Such approaches can increase statistical power by combining evidence for association over multiple phenotypes or genetic variants respectively. Canonical Correlation…
  • Correction: Inferring on the Intentions of Others by Hierarchical Bayesian Learning

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS Computational Biology Staff
  • Reactive Searching and Infotaxis in Odor Source Localization

    Nicole Voges et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Nicole Voges, Antoine Chaffiol, Philippe Lucas, Dominique Martinez Male moths aiming to locate pheromone-releasing females rely on stimulus-adapted search maneuvers complicated by a discontinuous distribution of pheromone patches. They alternate sequences of upwind surge when perceiving the pheromone and cross- or downwind casting when the odor is lost. We compare four search strategies: three reactive versus one cognitive. The former consist of pre-programmed movement sequences triggered by pheromone detections while the latter uses Bayesian inference to build spatial probability maps.
  • Glycolysis Is Governed by Growth Regime and Simple Enzyme Regulation in Adherent MDCK Cells

    Markus Rehberg et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Markus Rehberg, Joachim B. Ritter, Udo Reichl Due to its vital importance in the supply of cellular pathways with energy and precursors, glycolysis has been studied for several decades regarding its capacity and regulation. For a systems-level understanding of the Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell metabolism, we couple a segregated cell growth model published earlier with a structured model of glycolysis, which is based on relatively simple kinetics for enzymatic reactions of glycolysis, to explain the pathway dynamics under various cultivation conditions. The structured model takes…
  • Likelihood-Based Gene Annotations for Gap Filling and Quality Assessment in Genome-Scale Metabolic Models

    Matthew N. Benedict et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Matthew N. Benedict, Michael B. Mundy, Christopher S. Henry, Nicholas Chia, Nathan D. Price Genome-scale metabolic models provide a powerful means to harness information from genomes to deepen biological insights. With exponentially increasing sequencing capacity, there is an enormous need for automated reconstruction techniques that can provide more accurate models in a short time frame. Current methods for automated metabolic network reconstruction rely on gene and reaction annotations to build draft metabolic networks and algorithms to fill gaps in these networks. However, automated…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • Chrysosporium-Related Fungi and Reptiles: A Fatal Attraction

    F. Javier Cabañes et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by F. Javier Cabañes, Deanna A. Sutton, Josep Guarro
  • Expression Profiling during Arabidopsis/Downy Mildew Interaction Reveals a Highly-Expressed Effector That Attenuates Responses to Salicylic Acid

    Shuta Asai et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Shuta Asai, Ghanasyam Rallapalli, Sophie J. M. Piquerez, Marie-Cécile Caillaud, Oliver J. Furzer, Naveed Ishaque, Lennart Wirthmueller, Georgina Fabro, Ken Shirasu, Jonathan D. G. Jones Plants have evolved strong innate immunity mechanisms, but successful pathogens evade or suppress plant immunity via effectors delivered into the plant cell. Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa) causes downy mildew on Arabidopsis thaliana, and a genome sequence is available for isolate Emoy2. Here, we exploit the availability of genome sequences for Hpa and Arabidopsis to measure gene-expression changes in…
  • APOBEC3D and APOBEC3F Potently Promote HIV-1 Diversification and Evolution in Humanized Mouse Model

    Kei Sato et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Kei Sato, Junko S. Takeuchi, Naoko Misawa, Taisuke Izumi, Tomoko Kobayashi, Yuichi Kimura, Shingo Iwami, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Wei-Shau Hu, Kazuyuki Aihara, Mamoru Ito, Dong Sung An, Vinay K. Pathak, Yoshio Koyanagi Several APOBEC3 proteins, particularly APOBEC3D, APOBEC3F, and APOBEC3G, induce G-to-A hypermutations in HIV-1 genome, and abrogate viral replication in experimental systems, but their relative contributions to controlling viral replication and viral genetic variation in vivo have not been elucidated. On the other hand, an HIV-1-encoded protein, Vif, can degrade these APOBEC3…
  • A Sialic Acid Binding Site in a Human Picornavirus

    Georg Zocher et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Georg Zocher, Nitesh Mistry, Martin Frank, Irmgard Hähnlein-Schick, Jens-Ola Ekström, Niklas Arnberg, Thilo Stehle The picornaviruses coxsackievirus A24 variant (CVA24v) and enterovirus 70 (EV70) cause continued outbreaks and pandemics of acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis (AHC), a highly contagious eye disease against which neither vaccines nor antiviral drugs are currently available. Moreover, these viruses can cause symptoms in the cornea, upper respiratory tract, and neurological impairments such as acute flaccid paralysis. EV70 and CVA24v are both known to use 5-N-acetylneuraminic…
  • Characteristics of Memory B Cells Elicited by a Highly Efficacious HPV Vaccine in Subjects with No Pre-existing Immunity

    Erin M. Scherer et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Erin M. Scherer, Robin A. Smith, Cassandra A. Simonich, Nixon Niyonzima, Joseph J. Carter, Denise A. Galloway Licensed human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines provide near complete protection against the types of HPV that most commonly cause anogenital and oropharyngeal cancers (HPV 16 and 18) when administered to individuals naive to these types. These vaccines, like most other prophylactic vaccines, appear to protect by generating antibodies. However, almost nothing is known about the immunological memory that forms following HPV vaccination, which is required for long-term immunity. Here,…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Activation of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors Regulates Ribosomes of Cochlear Nucleus Neurons

    Kathryn L. Carzoli et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Kathryn L. Carzoli, Richard L. Hyson The brain stem auditory system of the chick is an advantageous model for examining changes that occur as a result of deafness. Elimination of acoustic input through cochlear ablation results in the eventual death of approximately 30% of neurons in the chick cochlear nucleus, nucleus magnocellularis (NM). One early change following deafness is an alteration in NM ribosomes, evidenced both by a decrease in protein synthesis and reduction in antigenicity for Y10B, a monoclonal antibody that recognizes a ribosomal epitope. Previous studies have shown that…
  • Swabbing Often Fails to Detect Amphibian Chytridiomycosis under Conditions of Low Infection Load

    Jaehyub Shin et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jaehyub Shin, Arnaud Bataille, Tiffany A. Kosch, Bruce Waldman The pathogenic chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (denoted Bd), causes large-scale epizootics in naïve amphibian populations. Intervention strategies to rapidly respond to Bd incursions require sensitive and accurate diagnostic methods. Chytridiomycosis usually is assessed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) amplification of amphibian skin swabs. Results based on this method, however, sometimes yield inconsistent results on infection status and inaccurate scores of infection intensity. In Asia and…
  • Identification of Antigenic Proteins of the Nosocomial Pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae

    Sebastian Hoppe et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Sebastian Hoppe, Frank F. Bier, Markus von Nickisch-Rosenegk The continuous expansion of nosocomial infections around the globe has become a precarious situation. Key challenges include mounting dissemination of multiple resistances to antibiotics, the easy transmission and the growing mortality rates of hospital-acquired bacterial diseases. Thus, new ways to rapidly detect these infections are vital. Consequently, researchers around the globe pursue innovative approaches for point-of-care devices. In many cases the specific interaction of an antigen and a corresponding antibody is…
  • The Endogenous Nitric Oxide Mediates Selenium-Induced Phytotoxicity by Promoting ROS Generation in Brassica rapa

    Yi Chen et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Yi Chen, Hai-Zhen Mo, Liang-Bin Hu, You-Qin Li, Jian Chen, Li-Fei Yang Selenium (Se) is suggested as an emerging pollutant in agricultural environment because of the increasing anthropogenic release of Se, which in turn results in phytotoxicity. The most common consequence of Se-induced toxicity in plants is oxidative injury, but how Se induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) burst remains unclear. In this work, histofluorescent staining was applied to monitor the dynamics of ROS and nitric oxide (NO) in the root of Brassica rapa under Se(IV) stress. Se(IV)-induced faster accumulation of NO…
  • Re-Sequencing Data for Refining Candidate Genes and Polymorphisms in QTL Regions Affecting Adiposity in Chicken

    Pierre-François Roux et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Pierre-François Roux, Morgane Boutin, Colette Désert, Anis Djari, Diane Esquerré, Christophe Klopp, Sandrine Lagarrigue, Olivier Demeure In this study, we propose an approach aiming at fine-mapping adiposity QTL in chicken, integrating whole genome re-sequencing data. First, two QTL regions for adiposity were identified by performing a classical linkage analysis on 1362 offspring in 11 sire families obtained by crossing two meat-type chicken lines divergently selected for abdominal fat weight. Those regions, located on chromosome 7 and 19, contained a total of 77 and 84 genes,…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • Mapping the Potential Risk of Mycetoma Infection in Sudan and South Sudan Using Ecological Niche Modeling

    Abdallah M. Samy et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Abdallah M. Samy, Wendy W. J. van de Sande, Ahmed Hassan Fahal, A. Townsend Peterson In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized mycetoma as one of the neglected tropical conditions due to the efforts of the mycetoma consortium. This same consortium formulated knowledge gaps that require further research. One of these gaps was that very few data are available on the epidemiology and transmission cycle of the causative agents. Previous work suggested a soil-borne or Acacia thorn-prick-mediated origin of mycetoma infections, but no studies have investigated effects of soil type…
  • Early Double-Negative Thymocyte Export in Trypanosoma cruzi Infection Is Restricted by Sphingosine Receptors and Associated with Human Chagas Disease

    Ailin Lepletier et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ailin Lepletier, Liliane de Almeida, Leonardo Santos, Luzia da Silva Sampaio, Bruno Paredes, Florencia Belén González, Célio Geraldo Freire-de-Lima, Juan Beloscar, Oscar Bottasso, Marcelo Einicker-Lamas, Ana Rosa Pérez, Wilson Savino, Alexandre Morrot The protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi is able to target the thymus and induce alterations of the thymic microenvironmental and lymphoid compartments. Acute infection results in severe atrophy of the organ and early release of immature thymocytes into the periphery. To date, the pathophysiological effects of thymic changes promoted by…
  • Hepatotoxicity in Mice of a Novel Anti-parasite Drug Candidate Hydroxymethylnitrofurazone: A Comparison with Benznidazole

    Carolina Davies et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Carolina Davies, Nilay Dey, Olga Sanchez Negrette, Luis Antonio Parada, Miguel A. Basombrio, Nisha Jain Garg Background Treatment of Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, relies on nifurtimox and benznidazole (BZL), which present side effects in adult patients, and natural resistance in some parasite strains. Hydroxymethylnitrofurazone (NFOH) is a new drug candidate with demonstrated trypanocidal activity; however, its safety is not known. Methods HepG2 cells dose response to NFOH and BZL (5–100 µM) was assessed by measurement of ROS, DNA damage and survival. Swiss mice were…
  • Systems Biology Studies of Adult Paragonimus Lung Flukes Facilitate the Identification of Immunodominant Parasite Antigens

    Samantha N. McNulty et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Samantha N. McNulty, Peter U. Fischer, R. Reid Townsend, Kurt C. Curtis, Gary J. Weil, Makedonka Mitreva Background Paragonimiasis is a food-borne trematode infection acquired by eating raw or undercooked crustaceans. It is a major public health problem in the far East, but it also occurs in South Asia, Africa, and in the Americas. Paragonimus worms cause chronic lung disease with cough, fever and hemoptysis that can be confused with tuberculosis or other non-parasitic diseases. Treatment is straightforward, but diagnosis is often delayed due to a lack of reliable parasitological or…
  • The Evolutionary History and Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the Fever, Thrombocytopenia and Leukocytopenia Syndrome Virus (FTLSV) in China

    Xueyong Huang et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Xueyong Huang, Licheng Liu, Yanhua Du, Weili Wu, Haifeng Wang, Jia Su, Xiaoyan Tang, Qi Liu, Yinhui Yang, Yongqiang Jiang, Weijun Chen, Bianli Xu Background In 2007, a novel bunyavirus was found in Henan Province, China and named fever, thrombocytopenia and leukocytopenia syndrome virus (FTLSV); since then, FTLSV has been found in ticks and animals in many Chinese provinces. Human-to-human transmission has been documented, indicating that FTLSV should be considered a potential public health threat. Determining the historical spread of FTLSV could help curtail its spread and prevent future…
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  • 23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history.
  • Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    LONDON (Reuters) - A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose.
  • Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies.
  • Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland.
  • GMO labeling foes spend big on campaigns in Oregon, Colorado

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    (Reuters) - Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • Top 10 Facebook updates to make me unfollow you

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

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

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

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

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

    Nathan Yau
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The BBC has a fun piece that shows changes over your lifetime. Enter your date of birth, gender, and height, and you get personalized data nuggets, categorized by how you changed, how the world changed, and how people changed the world during your years on this planet. For me: 161 major volcano eruptions, 72 solar eclipses, and a 2.7 billion increase in global population. Naturally, as with most global numbers, these are based on estimates from a wide range of sources, so keep that in the back of your mind as you scroll. Tags: BBC, personalization, time series
  • A healthy versus unhealthy office environment

    Nathan Yau
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    In an interesting use of the before-and-after slider, this Washington Post graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton contrasts an unhealthy office environment against a healthy one. As a whole, the graphic represents a full office, and the section is broken into categories for an unhealthy environment on the left and a healthy one on the right. For each section, slide all the way to the left or right to see a fuller picture of the respective habit, covering topics such as ergonomics, hygiene, and air quality. FYI: Rats and dead plants send the wrong message to your employees. Tags:…
  • Data Fluency, Coming Soon

    Nathan Yau
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    There's a new addition to the FlowingData book series on the way. It's called Data Fluency: Empowering Your Organization With Effective Data Communication. It's by the founders of Juice Analytics Zach and Chris Gemignani and is available for pre-order at the major online booksellers. Copies are also making their way to the brick-and-mortars. Nice. As I assumed the technical editor role for the first time, I'll talk more about the book soon, but Zach and Chris probably sum it up best: Our hope is that this book starts a new kind of conversation in the analytics field — one that…
  • Map of book subjects on Internet Archive

    Nathan Yau
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    The Internet Archive makes millions of digitized books available in the form of scanned pages, and these books are categorized into thousands of subjects. Focusing on book images, Mario Klingemann mapped subjects, based on tag similarity. Browse and discover new reading material. This map offers an alternative way to browse the 2,619,833 images contained in the Internet Archive's book collection. It shows 5500 different subjects which have been algorithmically arranged by their thematic relationships. The size of each link resembles the amount of images that are available for that topic.
  • How basketball rebounds work

    Nathan Yau
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Kirk Goldsberry, with help from Andy Woodruff, looked at how rebounds work in the NBA from a statistical perspective. When a player shoots the ball and misses, there's a tendency for the ball to go in certain directions and distances. Long shots for example often mean long rebounds away from the basket. After years of experience, players gain an intuition for these sort of bouncebacks and can try to position themselves for a rebound. These days more detailed data (via camera technology) is available, which is what these court maps show. The interactive version in the middle of the article is…
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    Science Daily

  • Let there be light: Evolution of complex bioluminescent traits may be predictable

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable. A team of researchers from University of California Santa Barbara may have found a preliminary answer. The genetic underpinnings of complex traits in cephalopods may in fact be predictable because they evolved in the same way in two distinct species of squid.
  • Novel approach for treating non-cardiac chest pain suggested

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Chest pain doesn't necessarily come from the heart. An estimated 200,000 Americans each year experience non-cardiac chest pain. New research suggests a novel approach to treating non-cardiac chest pain due to esophageal hypersensitivity. The treatment involves a drug called dronabinol, a cannabinoid receptor activator that has traditionally been used to treat nausea and vomiting in HIV patients and for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Could I squeeze by you? Scientists model molecular movement within narrow channels of mesoporous nanoparticles

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Scientists have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine the optimal diameter of channels within the nanoparticles to maximize catalytic output.
  • Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new article.
  • Impressions shaped by facial appearance foster biased decisions

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Research in recent years has shown that people associate specific facial traits with an individual's personality. People consistently associate trustworthiness, competence, dominance, and friendliness with specific facial traits. According to a new article, people rely on these subtle facial traits to make important decisions, from voting for a political candidate to convicting a suspect for a crime. The authors present its real-world consequences and discuss potential ways of overcoming it.
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    The Why Files

  • Ebola on the march!

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

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

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl Arthur Allen • 2014, Norton, 384 pp. Science books often tell how a scientist has explored one bit of the world. Medical stories tell how a valiant doctor struggled to cure one disease. But this scientific-medical history tells us how one courageous scientist beat the odds and saved hundreds of scientists from deportation and death. The scene in Arthur Allen’s new book was World War II Poland, a country wracked by oppression, occupation and deportation. In the city of Lwow, Rudolf Weigl’s lab made vaccine against typhus, a dreaded…
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  • Atom-width graphene sensors could provide unprecedented insights into brain structure and function

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama's brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulation of neuronal signaling is a mainstay technique for studying brain function, while emerging optical techniques—which use photons instead of electrons—are opening new opportunities for visualizing neural network structure and exploring brain functions. Electrical and optical techniques offer distinct and complementary advantages that, if used together, could offer profound benefits for studying…
  • Apple sees iCloud attacks; China hack reported

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Apple said Tuesday its iCloud server has been the target of "intermittent" attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system.
  • Ancient Greek well yields rare wooden statue

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Archeologists in Greece have uncovered a rare wooden statue preserved in the muddy depths of an ancient well in Piraeus, the port of Athens.
  • US state reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    North Dakota reached a $3 million deal to keep a rare fossil of a duckbilled dinosaur on display at the state's heritage center, where it will serve as a cornerstone for the facility's $51 million expansion, officials said Tuesday.
  • When the isthmus is an island: Madison's hottest, and coldest, spots

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As Dane County begins the long slide into winter and the days become frostier this fall, three spots stake their claim as the chilliest in the area.
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Orionid Meteor Shower: See Halley's Comet Crumbs Online Tonight

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Some skywatchers captured incredible views of the Orionid meteor shower earlier this week, but even if you can't catch the peaking shower outside tonight (Oct. 21), you can still see it live online. You can watch the broadcast — which will feature views from telescopes in the Canary Islands and Arizona — live directly through Slooh ( starting at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 Oct. 22 GMT). "The Orionids are usually the year’s third-richest meteor shower," Slooh astronomer Bob Berman said in a statement. Astrophotographers around the world have already been…
  • See the Partial Solar Eclipse Thursday with a Pinhole Camera (Video)

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    A potentially amazing partial solar eclipse is due to darken skies above North America Thursday (Oct. 23), and you can build and easy tool to help you view it safely. Instead of looking straight at Earth's closest star, observers still interested in seeing the partial eclipse can use a pinhole camera — an easy tool made with household items. A pinhole camera projects sunlight through a small hole in a box onto the other side of the box, allowing you to see a view of the sun safely without risking your eyesight. To create a pinhole camera, all you need is a shoebox, some white paper and…
  • 500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, mollusk shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, new research finds. The quake, likely a magnitude 9.0, sent the mighty waves toward Hawaii sometime between 1425 and 1665, the study found. It's possible that another large Alaskan earthquake could trigger a comparable tsunami on Hawaii's shores in the future, experts said. There's a 0.1 percent chance it could happen in any given year,…
  • Virtual Reality Could Let Astronauts 'Go to the Beach'

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Spending long periods of time in space can be a psychologically demanding experience, but a new virtual reality system could give NASA astronauts a welcome escape. The system, which features the super-advanced Oculus Rift virtual reality display, would allow spacefarers to virtually visit friends and family at home, or places such as the beach — complete with the sounds of waves breaking, the smell of saltwater and the feel of an ocean breeze, the researchers said. "When you wear the Oculus Rift, it feels like you are in whatever scene you see," said Lorie Loeb, a computer…
  • The Tech Behind Apple Pay: Is Your Money Secure?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, launches today (Oct. 20), and while some have questioned whether the technology is safe, security experts say it may actually be safer than swiping your credit or debit card. Apple Pay lets iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users make purchases in stores with their smartphones, using near-field communication (NFC) technology. A tiny antennain the phone transmits encrypted credit card data without consumers having to swipe their card. Apple Pay uses a security protocol — known as the EMV standard — that other mobile wallets don't use,…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • Insane in the Membrane! PVDF vs. Nitrocellulose – Which One Comes Out on Top?

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

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

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

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

    Vicki Doronina
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Consider a jigsaw puzzle. While most of the pieces have a different picture on their surface, all pieces fit together in an interlocking pattern. As unlikely as it may seem, restriction enzymes from different organisms can produce interlocking pieces of DNA – so called compatible cohesive ends (CCE). These are pieces of DNA, which fit together and can be ligated, creating a hybrid molecule. It's all about isoschizomers The recognition sequences of type II restriction enzymes used in molecular biology are palindromic, e.g. symmetrical. Further constraints on the restriction enzymes are…
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    PHD Comics

  • 10/17/14 PHD comic: 'Tenure Means'

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

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "The Netflix Effect" - originally published 10/8/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/06/14 PHD comic: 'Inevitable'

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Inevitable" - originally published 10/6/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/03/14 PHD comic: 'On Failure'

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "On Failure" - originally published 10/3/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    Brain And Consciousness Research

  • Researchers identify brain changes involved in alcohol-related sleep disturbances

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A review article published online in Behavioral Brain Research provides novel insight into changes that happen in the brain as a result of chronic alcohol exposure that can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle.
  • Sleep twitches light up the brain

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new UI study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.
  • Single-neuron 'hub' orchestrates activity of an entire brain circuit

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    New Tel Aviv University research makes a major contribution to efforts to navigate the brain, offering a precise model of the organization of developing neuronal circuits. If researchers can further identify the cellular type of 'hub neurons,' it may be possible to reproduce them in vitro and transplant them into aged or damaged brain circuitries in order to recover functionality.
  • Modeling shockwaves through the brain

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new scaling law helps estimate humans' risk of blast-induced traumatic brain injury.
  • Using the brain to forecast decisions

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In a research published on Sept. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists show that neural recordings can be used to forecast when spontaneous decisions will take place. 'Experiments like this have been used to argue that free will is an illusion,' says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, who led the study, 'but we think that interpretation is mistaken.'
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    ZME Science

  • Just 1 in 10 Alpine Rivers still flow Today

    Mihai Andrei
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    The Alps may seem like a paradise, but the environmental situation is extremely dire. Just one in ten rivers are healthy enough to maintain water supply and to cope with climate impacts according to a report by WWF. The study is the first ever to take a look at all the Alpine rivers.The choked rivers of the AlpsAlpine river bank. Photo: FlickrNaturally, there are over 2600 km of rivers in the Alps; but out of these, only 340 kilometers remain ecologically intact, while the rest of 2300 are heavily modified or dried out. The environmental consequences are huge, as rivers are biodiversity…
  • Researchers make 32 differently-shaped DNA crystals – is this the Future of Nanotech?

    livia rusu
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    A team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering demonstrated the latest advances in programmable DNA self-assembly by crystallizing 32 structures with precisely prescribed depths and complex 3D features. The DNA crystals could potentially be used as the basis of a programmable material platform that would allow scientists to build extremely precise and complex structures rivaling the complexity of many molecular machines we see in nature – all from the bottom up!Nanotechnology like LegoResearchers have achieved 32 different–shaped crystal structures…
  • Only Six Northern White Rhinos left in the World

    Tibi Puiu
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Suni, a 37-year-old northern white rhino and only the second male of his kind left in the world, died recently of natural causes in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy reserve in Kenya. After his death merely six other specimens are now alive that still carry the legacy of this subspecies.Suni at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.Conservation efforts were heavily direct towards Suni, but now that the rhino is dead, all hope for the species lies with only one male and, of course, frozen sperm samples. All of the northern white rhino left in the world can only be find in captivity; the last wild…
  • How you get Ingrown Toenails, explained by Science

    Tibi Puiu
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Having a ingrown toenail could ruin your day and a lot after if you don’t have it fixed. Yet, even though ingrown nails and other nail-related conditions are common and pesky, very little is known about them. Now, a team at University of Nottingham have published a mathematical model that explains what forces are tugged beneath your finger nails and what exactly happens when this delicate interplay is upset. Of course, there’s a piece of practical advice: always trim your nails with the curve bits following a parabola.A gruesome pain at your fingertipsThe Greek physician Paul…
  • This electric generator is only a few atoms thick

    Tibi Puiu
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report the first experimental proof of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), making the experimental setup, in effect, the thinnest electrical generator in the world. The resulting generator is optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable. In the future, such generators could be used to power extremely tiny devices harnessing energy from the environment, be them remote sensors or nanotech that travels through your…
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  • Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post was written by HMNS Outreach Presenter Sahil Patel. Those expecting a typical runway show were in for a surprise; the models all had at least six legs, nobody was showing off the latest fall collection, and the paparazzi consisted of a group of art students at Johnston Middle School. A student concentrates while sketching one of the eight legs on Peanut, the Costa Rican Curly Hair Tarantula. Peanut was very cooperative and stood still the whole day for the classes. HMNS’ LyondellBasell Bugs On Wheels traveled to Christina Gutierrez Gonzalez’s art class October…
  • 14 Ways to Look Awesome for Halloween at Spirits & Skeletons Friday 10/31

    Guest Contributor
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Having trouble deciding on your costume for Spirits & Skeletons? I got you, bro. Houston’s favorite Halloween party — the one and only Spirits & Skeletons — is back at HMNS! With the entire museum open you can shake your stuff with a stegosaurus, grab a drink with a skink and get spellbound by bewitching gems, all to live music and your favorite hits played by DJs with fantastic food trucks parked right outside. Whether you go with scary and spooky or fab and kooky — dress up, party the night away at HMNS and we’ll put a spell on you!   Here are 14 costume ideas,…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese...

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

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground Life (1868) provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of miners just after the middle of the 19th century. As Simonin puts it (the book was translated from the French and adapted by H. W. Bristow) In the following pages we purpose to describe the struggle of the miner in its reality, without exaggeration of any sort. We shall follow him to the field of his labours, observe him in his subterranean life, and describe his habits in various countries; and as we would not only amuse, but instruct, we shall speak of the countries…
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    13 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
  • Ebola Before The Outbreak

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    With the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa this year, it is important to put the disease in historical perspective. The first major outbreak of Ebola occurred in the 1970s in Sudan and Zaire near the Ebola River, from which the virus gets its name. Doctors were shocked by symptoms that mirrored the flu at first but quickly escalated to vomiting, diarrhea, and internal hemorrhaging within a matter of days. Compounding the danger, these fluids had the potential to transmit the disease. The origin of the outbreak was never discovered, but scientists suspected that direct contact…
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    NOVA | PBS

  • Zombies and Calculus

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

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

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Take cybersecurity into your own hands by thwarting a series of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
  • Emperor's Ghost Army

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China's first emperor.
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner

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

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

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

    The NIDA Blog Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Marijuana has long been seen as an “alternative” drug. It was illegal for everyone, and those who used it regularly were seen as “stoners” or “hippies” or “partiers” and were somehow different than “regular” people. There was a stereotype of people who used marijuana and most people didn’t think much about it. And then came the rise of medical marijuana, and that began to change marijuana’s reputation. It was seen, by some, as medicine, and in some states people were able to get a prescription for it and use it to help them with specific health problems. Marijuana…
  • Stephen Strasburg’s Commitment To Quit Tobacco

    The NIDA Blog Team
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today, there are more former smokers than current smokers. But many of them didn’t say “I need to quit smoking” once or twice—it took several attempts. And for “dippers” (people that use chewing tobacco), it can be just as hard, if not harder. In fact, dip and chew contain more nicotine than cigarettes. Tobacco addiction is drug addiction—and it’s very hard to stop. Washington Nationals’ star Stephen Strasburg knows this struggle well. In June 2011, he vowed to quit after his mentor, Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn, was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer, which…
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    Naked Science Articles

  • App, app and Away

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Naked Scientists are offering candidates an opportunity to join their award-winning team to learn how to communicate science to broad audiences.
  • No room in the Ark?

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    With thousands of species going extinct how do we choose which ones to try and save?
  • Catalysing change

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Every chemical reaction on earth, from digesting food to powering a car requires a catalysis. We use man-made catalyses in industry, which can have far reaching consequences, even life and death.
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • 11 million will lose health insurance if ACA subsidies are eliminated, study finds

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Several lawsuits have challenged the legality of the subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy private healtah insurance through marketplaces set up under the federal Affordable Care Act. A new study finds that eliminating those subsidies would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance.
  • Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges.
  • New viral mutation made middle-aged adults more susceptible to last year's flu

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A team of scientists, led by researchers at The Wistar Institute, has identified a possible explanation for why middle-aged adults were hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer evidence that a new mutation in H1N1 viruses potentially led to more disease in these individuals.
  • NC State researchers advance genome editing technique

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Customized genome editing -- the ability to edit desired DNA sequences to add, delete, activate or suppress specific genes -- has major potential for application in medicine, biotechnology, food and agriculture.Now, in a paper published in Molecular Cell, North Carolina State University researchers and colleagues examine six key molecular elements that help drive this genome editing system, which is known as CRISPR-Cas.
  • World record in data transmission with smart circuits

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record. Tomorrow the results will be presented at a conference in San Diego.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Searching Kepler Mission's 4,000 Planets for Hints of Habitable Moons
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    A wealth of moons exist in our own solar system that could host life. Icy Europa, which is circling Jupiter, was recently discovered to have plumes of water erupting from its surface. Titan, in orbit around Saturn, is the only known moon with an atmosphere, and could have the precursor elements to life in its hydrocarbon seas that are warmed by Saturn’s heat. Other candidates for extraterrestrial hosts include Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Ganymede, as well as Saturn’s satellite Enceladus. But René Heller, an astrophysicist at the Origins Institute at McMaster University, belives some…
  • Astrophysicists Using Big Bang's Primordial Light to Probe Largest Structures in the Universe
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    An international team of physicists has measured a subtle characteristic in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation that will allow them to map the large-scale structure of the universe, determine the masses of neutrinos and perhaps uncover some of the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. The POLARBEAR team is measuring the polarization of light that dates from an era 380,000 years after the Big Bang, when the early universe was a high-energy laboratory, a lot hotter and denser than now, with an energy density a trillion times higher than what they are producing at…
  • What is Venus Hiding Beneath Its Brilliant Shroud of Clouds?
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Venus is hiding something beneath its brilliant shroud of clouds: a first order mystery about the planet that researchers may be a little closer to solving because of a new re-analysis of twenty-year-old spacecraft data. Venus's surface can't be seen from orbit in visible light because of the planet's hot, dense, cloudy atmosphere. Instead, radar has been used by spacecraft to penetrate the clouds and map out the surface – both by reflecting radar off the surface to measure elevation and by looking at the radio emissions of the hot surface. The last spacecraft to map Venus in this way was…
  • New Organic Molecule, the Precursor to Life Detected in Interstellar Space
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Researchers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have teased out the faint signal of a new organic molecule lurking in interstellar space. The molecule, known as iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN), is a variant (isomer) of a molecule already known to be quite prevalent in space. The key difference between the two is that the carbon backbone upon which the molecule is built is "branched" in this newest detection. This distinction is very significant, according to the researchers, because it suggests that branched carbon-chain molecules may be fairly abundant in…
  • Have Scientists Just Replicated the Oldest Ancestor of Life on Earth?
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If we can create artificial living systems, we may not only understand the origin of life - we can also revolutionize the future of technology. Protocells are the simplest, most primitive living systems, you can think of. The oldest ancestor of life on Earth was a protocell, and when we see, what it eventually managed to evolve into, we understand why science is so fascinated with…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Genomic Data Analysis Service Launches, Hosts Autism Data

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (Wikimedia Commons) 20 October 2014. NextCode Health, a start-up informatics company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, unveiled its NextCode Exchange, a shared online genomics database and analysis service for diagnostics and research with sequencing data. The 1 year-old company also is hosting a genomics database of people with autism for online access to researchers. NextCode Health says its databases have data from 350,000 whole genomes representing some 40 million known variants, which can be accessed from ordinary Web browsers. The company, begun in October 2013 as a spin-off from deCode…
  • FDA Exemption Sought for Ebola Blood Plasma Device

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) 20 October 2014. Cerus Corp., a developer of blood safety devices, is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow its system for removing pathogens from blood plasma be used to treat patients in the U.S. with Ebola, while the device is under review. The provision, called a Compassionate Use Investigational Device Exemption, allows physicians to allow the use of medical devices still under review in cases of serious or life-threatening conditions, and where no other alternatives are…
  • Better DNA Sample Prep Methods Sought in Challenge

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    (James. J. Caras, National Science Foundation) 17 October 2014. A new challenge on InnoCentive is seeking methods that make it possible to prepare DNA samples in the field for sequencing, based on smaller quantities of microbial evidence. The challenge has an award of $25,000 and a deadline of 7 December 2014. InnoCentive in Waltham, Massachusetts conducts open-innovation, crowdsourcing competitions for corporate and organization sponsors. The sponsor, in this case, is not disclosed. Innocentive calls this type of competition a theoretical challenge that requires a written proposal. The…
  • Simple 3-D Graphene Construction Process Devised

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Electron microscope image of porous graphene-based structure created by diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly (Kyoto University) 17 October 2014. Materials scientists at Kyoto University in Japan developed a new process that simplifies the building of three-dimension structures with graphene, a light, strong, conductive material with many industrial and commercial applications. Franklin Kim and Jianli Zou from Kyoto’s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences  published their findings yesterday in the journal Nature Communications (paid subscription required). Grapheneis a…
  • Personalized Leukemia Immunotherapy Gets 90 Pct Remission

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    T-cell (NIAID/NIH) 16 October 2014. Nine in 10 children and adults in early-stage clinical trials of a personalized therapy harnessing the patients’ immune systems achieved full remission of their acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The findings of the team from University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are reported today in New England Journal of Medicine (paid subscription required). The trials tested a personalized therapy code-named CTL019 with 30 patients having relapsed or unresponsive cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of blood and bone…
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  • Is The Chupacabra Real?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Experimental Lakes Area Study Charts Estrogen’s Negative Effects On Freshwater Ecosystems

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

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

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

    Daniel Kelly
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Five lakes in New Zealand’s Rotorua Te Arawa lake district have met long-term water quality goals, according to Radio New Zealand News. They include Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Okaro, Rerewhakaaitu and Rotomahana. Officials with the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme are pleased with the outcomes, but more work is needed in some spots, they say. For example, dosing streams that run into the lakes with alum has reduced algae blooms, but farmland runoff needs to be mitigated for improvements to be truly sustainable. Lake Rotorua, as seen from the air. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons User Follash)…
  • Research Summary: The Effect Of Cyanobacteria Blooms On Zooplankton Species Diversity In Two Northern Kentucky Lakes

    Daniel Kelly
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Water quality is an important aspect of a lake ecosystem, and can be degraded by nutrient loading of phosphorous and nitrogen that results from anthropogenic land use (Beaver et al. 2014). This eutrophication can lead to Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB’s) of potentially toxic phytoplankton known as cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are the most problematic, widespread nuisance algae and possess physiological traits like nitrogen-fixation and luxury consumption of phosphorous that allows exploitation of nutrient-deficient and enriched environments (Paerl et al. 2001). HAB’s can produce an array…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • The chemical map of otoliths

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

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

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

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

    Laura Nielsen
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    They survive colder core body temperatures than any other known vertebrate, sustaining a temperature below freezing yet not becoming frozen. They emerge from hibernation with clock-like accuracy despite having spent 8 months in underground burrows below Arctic tundra and layers of snow, out of sight of the Sun. The Arctic ground squirrel is an adorable […]
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  • A New My Sites Section

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

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

    Min Wei
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google Apps for Work right in their dashboards. A powerful suite of tools With the Google Apps for Work integration you’ll be able to set up your own custom email address based on your…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • 'Cloud first' sounds like a breeze, but it's not always smooth sailing

    Dan Jerker B. Svantesson, Co-Director Centre for Commercial Law at Bond University
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Cloud computing will be mandatory for most government departments and agencies, but there are privacy concerns. Brian Moore/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe Australian government’s all about the cloud, with the Attorney-General and Ministers for Finance and Communications announcing their “cloud first” policy earlier this month: agencies now must adopt cloud where it is fit for purpose, provides adequate protection of data and delivers value for money. The government’s goal is to reduce the current spending of approximately A$6 billion on information and communications technology services annually…
  • What's next for the smartphone in a rapidly changing market?

    David Tuffley, Lecturer in Applied Ethics and Socio-Technical Studies at Griffith University
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    What's in store from the future smartphone? Flickr/Andreas Nadler, CC BY-NC-NDIt should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months – the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, high-turnover market and planned obsolescence is how it is kept moving. Being high turnover means new models with new features can be brought to market and readily consumed by users conditioned to want the latest and greatest. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It simply means that we will see a lot of new…
  • Wake up and smell the coffee ... it's why your cuppa tastes so good

    Don Brushett, Research Associate at Southern Cross University
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The smell of freshly brewed coffee is hard to beat. Michael Yan/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDWelcome to our three-part series Chemistry of Coffee, where we unravel the delicious secrets of one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. So while you enjoy your morning latte, long black or frappe, read on to find out why it tastes so good – you might be surprised to discover what’s in your cup. Most of what we taste we actually smell. The only sensations that we pick up in our mouth are sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Without its smell, coffee would have only a sour or bitter taste due…
  • Facial recognition is possible even if part of the face is covered

    Carolyn Semmler, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Adelaide
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    You don't need to see the whole face to identify someone. Flickr/craig, CC BY-NDThe need to accurately identify people is important for security (and for not embarrassing yourself by hugging strangers). It was cited as the main reason for excluding and restricting the movements of individuals wearing religious head and face coverings in public spaces. A plan to make Muslim women wearing facial coverings sit in glassed enclosures at Parliament House has been dropped but the question remains: how good are we at identifying people from their facial features? A large body of psychological…
  • Copulate to populate: ancient Scottish fish did it sideways

    John Long, Strategic Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    So ... how 'bout it? Wendi Kelly/Flickr, CC BY-SAThe intimate act of copulation is old – very old. In fact, it first evolved in ancient armoured placoderm fishes called antiarchs 385 million years ago. Fossils of the antiarch Microbrachius dicki show males with large bony L-shaped claspers for transferring sperm, whereas females bore small paired bones to help dock the male organs into position. These discoveries, published today in the journal Nature, represent the first appearance of sex involving copulation in vertebrates (back-boned animals). It’s also the first time in…
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  • Who was Gerry Mander?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Frankenstein Meets Genetic Modification

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

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

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – bacteria, motility, flagella, quorum sensing, bacterial swarming, biofilms, pathogenesis Nomads are wanderers. They come in different flavors. Hunter-gatherers follow the animals as they graze in different places. Pastoral nomads have animal herds and move them around to where the grazing is best. But the interesting ones are the peripatetic nomads. These are people that move around within cities and other populated areas, often to sell services or trades. Romanis, or gypsies as they are sometimes called, are a group of peripatetic nomads.We humans have complex…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Fire at UEA chemistry lab

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Just like Hansel and Gretel followed the trail of breadcrumbs to the witch’s house, melanoma cells follow the trail of a naturally-occurring molecule allowing it to metastasise in the body. Melanoma cells are able to move through the body using a fatty chemical lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a team from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute at the University of Glasgow found. “Our exciting findings show that skin cancer cells create their own ‘green light’ signal to start spreading, and are lured to travel around the body by a trail of these fatty molecules,” said…
  • Parkinson’s gut origin given boost

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A disputed hypothesis which pinpoints the gut as the origin of Parkinson’s disease has gained support thanks to new research from Lund University. In 2003, German neuropathologist Professor Heiko Braak suggested that Parkinson’s disease (PD) was triggered by a slow, hard-to-detect virus which infects the gastrointestinal tract via eating and drinking, or via the nose or saliva. From here, the virus is able to spread via the vagus nerve to the dorsal motor nucleus and other brain regions. Braak’s hypothesis is supported by the fact that symptoms associated with PD – poor digestion and…
  • New type of stem cell discovered

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The naïve-like stem cell – a type so elusive it was thought not to exist – has been found by scientists from Bath and Berlin in what they have termed a Eureka moment. The new type of stem cell can develop into any type of cell and has huge potential for regenerating damaged tissue or reducing the need for organ transplant. Human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are capable of transforming into several different types of cell but their fate is pre-determined. These new naïve-like cells – previously only found in mice – can differentiate into any cell type. “Most stem cells are primed to…
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    Breaking Science News from SciGuru Science News

  • Treating Non-Cardiac Chest Pain with Dronabinol

    Science News Desk
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    New research authored by Temple University Hospital gastroenterologist Ron Schey, MD, FACG, suggests a novel approach to treating non-cardiac chest pain due to esophageal hypersensitivity. The treatment involves a drug called dronabinol, a cannabinoid receptor activator that has traditionally been used to treat nausea and vomiting in HIV patients and for cancer patients undergoing more
  • Successful cell transplantation: Paralysed man now walking

    Science News Desk
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. An outstanding example of the true power of translational medicine, where great science in the form of successful cell transplantation is brought direct to real clinical more
  • Disease outbreaks: Could adaptive management strategies improve responses?

    Marie-Therese Walsh PhD
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Disease outbreak management is a subject of intense international interest at present in the context of the devastating Ebola outbreak. A new study in the journal PLoS Biology suggests that the flexibility of an adaptive management approach, in which real-time information is used to update the ongoing interventions, would improve response to and management of disease outbreaks. The study comes from a team of epidemiologists based in the USA and the more
  • New study shows CD8 T cells can be part of innate immune system during viral infection

    Science News Desk
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    CD8 T cells are known for becoming attuned to fight a specific pathogen (“adaptive immunity”), but a new study shows that in that process they also become first-responders that can fend off a variety of other invaders (“innate immunity”). The findings suggest that innate immunity changes with the body’s experience and that the T cells are more versatile than thought and CD8 T cells can be part of innate immune system during viral more
  • A new approach to hazardous materials transportation using hazmat routing simulator

    Science News Desk
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Safety often takes a back seat to speed in hazardous materials transportation; hazmat such as radioactive materials, gasoline or medical waste from hospitals. But a hazmat routing simulator that University at Buffalo researcher Changhyun Kwon is developing aims to place safety at the forefront of shipping dangerous more
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    Patexia Rss Feed

  • New Patent: Start Your Car Remotely Using Your Phone

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote starts cars, performs high-level functions An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,868,254 for "Accessory control with geo-fencing," which basically turns an...
  • Missing Link Awarded New Algae Biomass Patents

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Texas-based Missing Link Technology was recently awarded four patents related to algae biomass technology. The patents cover portions of the company's deep water growth, harvesting, oil extraction, and biocrude extraction solution suite. Missing Link awarded four patents for algae biomass technology : Biofuels Digest
  • Microsoft Gets SurfCast Display Patent Nixed In AIA Review

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Microsoft Gets SurfCast Display Patent Nixed In AIA Review - Law360 The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Tuesday that a SurfCast Inc. graphical user interface patent is invalid, in a win for Microsoft Corp., whose Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 operating systems are accused of infringing the patent.All 52 claims of SurfCast's patent, which covers a computer display that organizes content from a variety of sources into a grid of tiles that is constantly updated, are invalid as...
  • Amgen Files Patent Infringement Suit Over Cholesterol Drug

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Amgen Files Patent Infringement Suit Over Cholesterol Drug Amgen Inc. said last Friday that it has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi over their experimental cholesterol drug, alirocumab. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, comes as Amgen and Regeneron and Sanofi race to be the first to get their cholesterol drugs to the market. The suit alleges that Regeneron and Sanofi are violating three Amgen patents...
  • Canon Patent Describes Tech to Choose Between JPEG and RAW For You

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Canon Patent Describes Tech to Choose Between JPEG and RAW For You RAW or JPEG? JPEG or RAW? Too. Many. Decisions. Fortunately, a new Canon patent suggests technology that could make that choice for you.Discovered by Egami, the patent explains a feature for DSLRs that could, if you wanted it to, automate the choice between JPEG and RAW file types. The idea is simple: when acquiring hundreds of images, it pays to save the best ones as RAW and the less good ones as JPEGs, but nobody...
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    Citizen Science Projects

  • Guest Lecture: University of Miami

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

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

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

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

    Chandra Clarke
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Birdwatchers are kind of the original citizen scientists, at least as far as the Audubon Society is concerned: the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a grassroots effort to monitor bird populations, has been going on since the early 1900s. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to note that there are several citizen science initiatives that focus on birds. This week, I round up several taking place across the US this month. Grab your binoculars! Vaux’s Happening Named after Sir William Vaux, this bird is a member of the swift species, and is…
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    Breaking Science News |

  • Scientists Build ‘Long-Distance’ Optical Tractor Beam
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    A team of researchers led by Dr Vladlen Shvedov of the Australian National University’s Laser Physics Center in Canberra, Australia, has built what they say is the first long-distance optical tractor beam. “Demonstration of a large scale laser beam like this is a kind of holy grail for laser physicists,” said Prof Wieslaw Krolikowski, a [...]
  • NASA’s HI-SEAS Team Training in Hawaii for Manned Mars Mission
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Six astronaut-like members of NASA’s Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) team have embarked on the longest dedicated space travel simulation ever conducted in the United States. On October 15, 2014, HI-SEAS members closed the door to their faux Mars habitat and shut out the rest of life on Earth. In so doing, they [...]
  • Name Rosetta’s Landing Site on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Win Trip to Germany
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting the public to suggest a name for the spot where the Rosetta mission’s lander Philae will touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on 12 November 2014. The winner will have an opportunity to travel to ESA’s Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, to follow the landing live from the [...]
  • Ornithologists Map Family Tree of Mysterious Cotinga Birds
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Yale University ornithologists Prof Richard Prum and Jacob Berv have mapped out the first large-scale evolutionary family tree for the Neotropical cotingas – some of the brightest, loudest, oddest-looking birds in the world. There are more than 60 species of the cotingas, a highly diverse group of birds that make up the family Cotingidae. They [...]
  • NASA’s Mars Fleet Studies Comet Siding Spring
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Three NASA Mars orbiters – Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN orbiter – and two Mars rovers are part of a campaign to study Comet Siding Spring and possible effects on the planet’s atmosphere from gases and dust released by the comet. On 19 October 2014, Siding Spring hurtled past the Red Planet at 56 [...]
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  • Super Mario, Minions, and Labguru

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

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

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

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

    Chen Guttman
    12 Dec 2013 | 12:25 am
    Reflecting on my Ph.D studies, I realize how much time I spent in the lab, in the presence of my lab colleagues. In effect, I spent more time with my colleagues than with my spouse and son! Considering the life style of scientists, working long hours with more frustrations than happiness, sometimes a lab colleague can understand your predicament better than your friends back home. With so much time at the lab and a common interest at hand, it is not surprising that you hear about scientists finding love in between their experiments and classes. Whither Love or Science?Many ponder whether to…
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  • Gamification in Education

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

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

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
  • Rosettas Comet Landing Gets Its Own Cinematic Trailer

    Matthew Russell
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    This trailer for the Rosetta comet mission was just released. And well if you aren’t already excited about the first human made probe landing on a comet, then you surely will be after seeing this. Enjoy Few things could be more fascinating or demanding…The post Rosettas Comet Landing Gets Its Own Cinematic Trailer appeared first on Just Science.
  • What Are The Best Toys for Kids with ADD or ADHD

    Matthew Russell
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
      Kids with ADD or ADHD have a tough time keeping still and/or concentrating on a specific task. Some of them have a lot of trouble learning new things or accomplishing schoolwork because of this. Investing in some toys for kids with ADD or ADHD…The post What Are The Best Toys for Kids with ADD or ADHD appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Misshapen Food Waste: It’s What’s Inside That Counts

    Jessica S
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When I was strapped for cash and working in a little town on the East-coast of Australia, I found ways to cut my budget. On my way to the local [...]The post Misshapen Food Waste: It’s What’s Inside That Counts appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Study Identifies Gene Potentially Responsible for Human Language

    Livia Rusu
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A recent study in neuroscience suggests that a gene mutation which arose over half a million years ago could be the key to the unique ability that humans have to [...]The post Study Identifies Gene Potentially Responsible for Human Language appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Mind Over Body: Can Meditation Help Cure Cancer?

    Jessica S
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Cancer is no stranger to the list of common health concerns present in today’s society.  With 1 in 3 people in the UK alone developing some form of cancer during [...]The post Mind Over Body: Can Meditation Help Cure Cancer? appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • My Beautiful Western Face: The Rise in De-racialisation Surgery

    Jessica S
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
      The pressure to look beautiful has become increasingly present in today’s society. With TV shows, movies and magazines flaunting some of the best looking people in the world, it’s [...]The post My Beautiful Western Face: The Rise in De-racialisation Surgery appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Testosterone Therapy: Is It Worth The Risk?

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    We have all seen the ads. The commercials that come on in between your favorite Breaking Bad episodes, your adrenaline rushing and bravado showing. How about during your online browsing [...]The post Testosterone Therapy: Is It Worth The Risk? appeared first on Wondergressive.
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  • Just what did the X-37B do up there for 674 days? The Air Force isn’t telling.

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

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

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

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

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    6 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    "What are the new clever inventions that people don’t know about? Here are some of the innovative solutions to common problems. Many of them are perfect to solve some of your serious problems like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • “Looks Like a Great Day, Scotland!”

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

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    Make the Perfect Hollandaise Sauce Eggs Benedict!  The perfect breakfast item.  Probably.  If both you and I love this indulgent breakfast staple, it's down to that wonderful creamy and tangy garnish that is really the glue that holds the eggs benedict together.  The perfect Hollandaise sauce... My liking for eggs benedict is tantamount to an obsession, I confess!  If I'm out for brunch, and they are on the menu, I become oblivious to the other dishes on offer.  Now I suspect the scientists who undertook the following research may suffer from the same... erm... "condition".  Judge…
  • Scotland’s Quiet Revolutions – One Nation with Sovereign Achievements… and a Pure Dead Brilliant Future!

    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Scotland's Quiet Revolutions It seems quiet at first, and even dull.  Not much happening...  Dreich, as one might say!  Sad.  Grim.  Bleak.  Not much to do...  Not much to see here...  Just sheep...  But wait!!  Look closer!  Is that Dolly in this field?  Now, that's interesting!  Oh, Aye, we're in Scotland!  It changes EVERYTHING...  Scotland is an ancient nation.  Internationally renowned for the ingenuity and creativity of her people, the eerie breath-taking beauty of her land and the utter brilliance of her scientists, engineers and scholars, Scotland is home to many…
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  • Rating Chili Peppers On A Scale Of 1 To Oh Dear God I’m On Fire

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

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

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

    Hayley Munguia
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 promised to be “the largest climate march in history.” If media coverage is any indicator, it was. According to Google Trends, news headlines in September mentioned the phrase “climate march” more than any time in the history of the service’s data collection.But how many people attended the event? We don’t exactly know. A LexisNexis search shows that 2,021 articles written on or after Sept. 21 mention the words “People’s Climate March.” The New York Times wrote that 311,000 people were there. The Wall Street…
  • You Don’t Need 8 Glasses Of Water A Day

    Emily Oster
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Some central tenets of good health: more vegetables, less soda, lots of exercise. And let’s not forget water: at least eight glasses a day. Much ink is spilled over the first three of these recommendations, but the last sometimes seems to be taken for granted by all the people lugging around Nalgene bottles. Is drinking so much water necessary? Is reaching eight glasses per day crucial to good health?The short answer — at least to the specific question of eight glasses versus, say, seven or nine — is no, there is nothing special about eight. This threshold appears to be a…
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  • Making The Energy Of The Sun, On A Truck

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

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

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Sherlock Holmes is about as old as Dracula is, in terms of their literary birth. The curved pipe-smoking detective made his appearance in “A Study in Scarlet,” in 1887 and the dark aristocrat in all-black, in 1897. Both these personages have been made wildly famous by a plethora of reel adaptations, even reincarnating as action figures. Sure, that helps to keep them alive in our 21st century pop culture and beyond. But does it not as well eclipse some of the aura of their true fictional selves? Few realize that “Dracula” is a Victorian gothic horror classic, written by Bram…
  • Electricity, By Way Of The Moon

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    The population clock is ticking away. By 2050, the number of people, who call Earth home, is projected to reach 9.6 billion. Together, they’ll use some 20 terawatts of electricity. More people, more consumption. More consumption, more depletion. We can’t run on fossil fuels forever. Oil will dry out by 2049. Our caches of coal will be gone by 2054. To keep the mammoth economic machinery from coming to a grinding halt, silent but substantial research is being done in the area of exploring a new source of energy to power the future. Nuclear fusion—a process that occurs deep down in…
  • Half of world’s Wildlife have disappeared in the last 40 years

    Ellie Pownall
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    It has recently come to the world’s attention, just how severe animal population is suffering due to aspects such as deforestation, pollution and poaching. White Tiger Mike Barrett, director of science and policy at the WWF states “People in Britain need to realise they are not just impacting their own country. The footprint of western societies is seen in every other part of the world.” Scientist’s suggest that dozens of species are dying out daily, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading towards extinction by mid-century. It seems a bleak future for the…
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    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E., Johnson, A., Morton, J., Swope, K., Bohorov, O., Bohorova, N., Goodman, C., Kim, D., Pauly, M., Velasco, J., Pettitt, J., Olinger, G., Whaley, K., Xu, B., Strong, J., Zeitlin, L., & Kobinger, G. (2014). Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp Nature, 514 (7520), 47-53 DOI: 10.1038/nature13777[Full Text (PDF)]

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

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

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

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

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

    Anupum Pant
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Abraham de Moivre was a famous French mathematician who’s known even today for his  de Moivre’s formula. Besides that he’s also known for his work in  normal distribution and probability theory. Moivre’s another area of interest involved making mortality tables. He spent a considerable amount of time connecting death with numbers and was said to have formulated a theory that could predict the day on which a person would die. When he was 87 years old he noticed a slight change in his sleeping duration. He found that he had started sleeping for 15…
  • The IKEA Effect

    Anupum Pant
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Believe it or not, the liking you have for something is not objectively based on just what the thing is. A great part of it comes from the amount of effort you put in it. The more effort you put in, the more you like something. To test this out, scientists gave a group of people one sheet each, with instructions on it, teaching them how to fold an origami crane. The people followed instructions well, and did the best they could. Of course, since these people hardly had any experience with origami, their paper cranes didn’t come out too well. The researchers then showed…
  • Estimating the Radius of Earth at the Beach

    Anupum Pant
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant For centuries we’ve known that the surface of earth is curved. That means even after the sun sets on land, you could see a second sunset by somehow quickly transporting to a higher place. Take for example the Burj Khalifa, the tallest object humans have ever constructed. It is so tall that you could watch the sunset at the base of it, at some point in time, and the sun would set about two to three minutes later for someone living on the top floor of the building. So, in theory you could see the sunset once at the base and somehow quickly go up to see a second sunset, on…
  • The Most Strangest Lava on Earth

    Anupum Pant
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Common basaltic magmas are red hot. Their temperatures can range anywhere from  1000 to 1200 degrees centigrade. Whereas much cooler ones like Andesitic magma and the coolest silicate magma, Rhyolitic magma, range from 800 to 1000 degrees and  650 to 800 degrees respectively. Sampling these viscous and sticky lavas can be a tough job. But when it comes to the most strangest lava you could find on earth, things get really strange. Presently, Tanzania’s Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only volcano that erupts the strange natrocarbonatite lava – a type of igneous rock rich…
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  • Dark Matter X-Ray Signature From Beyond The Standard Model Revealed By Space Observatory

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Astronomers analyzing 12 years worth of X-ray data from the European Space Agency Multi Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) have found excess detected emissions comparing between two locations around the Earth.  In one location, at the Sun-side, more emissions were detected versus in the other location, at the far side.  Ruling out known sources of X-rays such […] The post Dark Matter X-Ray Signature From Beyond The Standard Model Revealed By Space Observatory appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Gut Bacteria Found To Be Causal Factor In Weight Gain

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Metagenomic sequencing of gut microbiota in previous studies have shown over-representation of Clostridium bacteria species in people with Type 2 diabetes, and obese adults (the studies were performed by Swedish scientists led by Fredrik Backhed and a consortium including MetaHIT, both published in Nature, see references below). Now a research team from the German Institute […] The post Gut Bacteria Found To Be Causal Factor In Weight Gain appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Novel Molecule For Anti-Obesity Genetic Therapy Improves Metabolic Profile And Significantly Reduces Weight 

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Bioengineers from the Institute for Bioengineering and Biopharmaceutical Research in Hanyang University, Korea, have created a new therapeutic molecule that can target a specific cell type and attenuate the activity of genes causing a disease condition.  In this case, the heart of the biotechnology is a complex oligopeptide molecule that targets fat cells and delivers […] The post Novel Molecule For Anti-Obesity Genetic Therapy Improves Metabolic Profile And Significantly Reduces Weight  appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Robotically-Controlled Swimming Nanomotors Carve Out Next-Generation Nanoscale Computer Chip Lithographic Features

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    University of California San Diego researchers have imagined and realized a low cost, innovative solution to next-generation nanofabrication that could be applied to advanced computer chip creation using tiny nanomotors inspired by biology.  The researchers showed that it is possible to carve out well-defined, nanoscale features such as ridges and trenches in a substrate, basic components […] The post Robotically-Controlled Swimming Nanomotors Carve Out Next-Generation Nanoscale Computer Chip Lithographic Features appeared first on Neomatica.
  • New Omnidirectional Broadband 2D Crystal Efficiently Absorbs 85% Of Photon Energy

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Research engineers at MIT have developed a novel solar material in the form of a 2D metallic, dielectric photonic crystal.  The material has remarkable properties of broadband absorption of sunlight, from visible to near infrared portions of the spectrum, with little dependence on the angle of the incident light.  Efficiencies in these bands were measured to […] The post New Omnidirectional Broadband 2D Crystal Efficiently Absorbs 85% Of Photon Energy appeared first on Neomatica.
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  • Images of the Most Beautiful Cockroaches From Around the Internet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Stegosaurs might be portrayed as lumbering plant eaters, but they were lethal fighters when necessary, according to paleontologists who have uncovered new evidence of a casualty of stegosaurian combat. The evidence is a fatal stab wound in the pubis bone of a predatory allosaur. The wound – in the conical shape of a stegosaur tail spike – would have required great dexterity to inflict and shows clear signs of having cut short the allosaur's life. Subject:  Animal Research
  • Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial intelligence is as elusive as ever

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    In 1966, some MIT researchers reckoned that they could develop computer vision as a summer project, perhaps even get a few smart undergrads to complete the task. The world has been working on the problem ever since. Computer vision is where computers recognize objects like people do. That's a tree. He's Carlos. And so on. It's one of a number of tasks we consider essential for generalized artificial intelligence, in which machines can act and reason as humans do. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
  • See-through sensors open new window into the brain

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers' efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging from neuroscience to cardiac care and even contact lenses, in the Oct. 20 issue of the online journal Nature Communications. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • What’s next for the smartphone in a rapidly changing market?

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months – the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, high-turnover market and planned obsolescence is how it is kept moving. Being high turnover means new models with new features can be brought to market and readily consumed by users conditioned to want the latest and greatest. Subject:  Technology
  • How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    If you're reading this, it's possible you'll live for a few hundred years. Maybe even thousands. Even better: you could live those years at your peak physical state. At first glance, that's an absurd statement, going against the experience of all human history. However, Oxford University's Aubrey de Grey, a leading theoretician of aging, believes there is a 50 percent chance that someone alive today will live for 1,000 years. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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  • How Climate Change Happens

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner for their breakthroughs in the field of fluorescent microscopy. Using their techniques, scientists…
  • Now Is The Time To Teach Entrepreneurship

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Research done by Gallup has shown that young people have a desire to start businesses, but our education system does not prepare them to do so. This comes at a time when new businesses are exactly…
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  • This Is What Your Used Cardboard, Plastics, and Paper Get Turned Into (Carpet and Egg Cartons!) [Infographic]

    Ben Grinberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ever wonder what happens to all that recyclable junk? Does it just reappear in the same form? Do magazines and plastic bottles just get recycled into the same things? Does everything eventually end up as toilet paper? You’d be surprised, but that Coke bottle may actually be the carpet you’re standing on now. Or part of the chair you’re going to buy at Ikea. Here’s how it breaks down:   Source:
  • Top Secret Air Force Shuttle Returns From 2-Year Space Mission

    Ben Grinberg
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A top-secret U.S. Air Force unmanned “space plane” completed a classified mission lasting 674 days in-orbit. The x-37B aircraft, one of two, is similar to a mini-spaceship, about 1/5th the size of a space shuttle. Once in orbit, the plane unfurled solar panels to charge its batteries. The plane landed at the air force’s Vandenberg Airbase on southern California’s coast. Experts have theorized that the mission might have had spying objectives and that it carried a payload of spy gear in its cargo bay. There are also James Bond-sounding theories, such as that the…
  • Sophisticate Your Gaming Habit: Turn Your PS4 or Xbox One Into a Laptop

    Colin Fredericson
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    For all you video game addicts, who wish you had a laptop, or computer geeks who wish you had a game console, your solution has arrived. Introducing the Playbook 4 and Xbook One, the laptop solutions to your gaming needs. Ed Zarick creates these modifications from home. He pulls the pieces out from the console case and puts them in his custom cases with an attached 22-inch screen. The deal killer is that there is no portable battery for these things. You’ll have to sit at home and use them. I don’t know why anyone would want an Xbox that simply looks like a laptop, without that…
  • Beijing Smogathon: Brave Runners Compete in Gas Masks (Video)

    Cassie Ryan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Around 25,000 people ran in the 34th Beijing International Marathon on Oct. 19, despite warnings of hazardous pollution. Starting in Tiananmen Square, many of the runners were seen wearing face masks, and some even had gas masks. Ethiopia’s Girmay Birhanu, the defending champion, took the men’s title in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 42 seconds, while fellow countrywoman Fatuma Sado won the women’s race in 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 3 seconds. Some runners reportedly gave up because the conditions were so bad  
  • DIY Home Theater That Will Not Burn a Hole In Your Wallet

    Siew Wah
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Sometimes you just have to make a choice between going surfing in some wonderful island or getting a big screen TV to watch your favorite game. One of it has to go. Hey but it’s different now. Here’s how you can make your own cheap projector and screen as an alternative solution. You’ll need: a laptop, smart phone or tablet a cardboard box a roll of duct tape simple magnifying sheets a 40″ flat screen TV – just kidding 0.02″ high impact styrene sheet(this will be your projection screen) Let us know how did it turn out for you in the comment section below!
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  • Contest Winner October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    உலகில் வாழும் எல்லோருக்குமே புரிகின்ற ஒரு வார்த்தை இருக்கிறது. அது வேறு ஒன்றுமே இல்லை, “OK” என்று நாம் சாதாரணமாகப் பயன்படுத்தும் ஆங்கில வார்த்தை தான். ஆனால், உண்மை சொல்லப் போனால், இந்த வார்த்தைக்குப் பின்னால் […] The post OK…
  • பூமியைப் பற்றி நமக்குத் தெரியாத சில அரிய விஷயங்கள்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    நாம் வாழும் நாடு, மாநிலம் மற்றும் வேறு சில இடங்களைப் பற்றி நாம் பேசும்போது உள்ள அறிவை விட, நமது பூமியைப் பற்றி நாம் குறைவாகவே தெரிந்துள்ளோம் என்பதில் சந்தேகமே இல்லை நண்பர்களே. இந்த அறிவு […] The post பூமியைப் பற்றி நமக்குத்…
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  • What’s Next After the First Successful Indian Mission Mangalyaan

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

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

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

    Prashant Talreja
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Indians are known as the best minds on the earth. For the last century or so the Indians have earned the respect of the world in every department of the world, be it science or sports, technology or innovation. India has also produced some the best scientists in the world who have done a great […] The post Top Indian Scientists and Their Achievements appeared first on
  • India Vs China – In Technology, Science and Space

    Prashant Talreja
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    India and China are the two most emerging nations on the global front these days. The two countries are growing 3 times the world’s average, but still there are lots of difference between the position of India and China. Both countries together account for the 38% of the world’s population and this is the only […] The post India Vs China – In Technology, Science and Space appeared first on
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