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  • A simple trick to improve your memory

    Mind Hacks
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information. If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong. One of the interesting things about the mind is that even though we all have one, we don’t have perfect insight into how to get the best from it. This is in part because of flaws in our ability to think about our own thinking, which is called metacognition. Studying this self-reflective thought process…
  • Start 2015 on a high note with these tips

    AIChE SmartBrief
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Statistics show January and February are the top months for finding a new job and getting promoted, so spend the remainder of -More- 
  • The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulse

    Science | Smithsonian
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    The experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birds
  • #Rosettawatch: first snaps of Philae's arrival on 67P

    New Scientist - Online news
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    This first photo by ESA's Philae lander after its touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a warning sign that things hadn't gone to plan
  • World Health Organization Guidelines for Management of Acute Stress, PTSD, and Bereavement: Key Challenges on the Road Ahead

    PLOS Medicine: New Articles
    Wietse A. Tol et al.
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Wietse A. Tol, Corrado Barbui, Jonathan Bisson, Judith Cohen, Zeinab Hijazi, Lynne Jones, Joop T. V. M. de Jong, Nicola Magrini, Olayinka Omigbodun, Soraya Seedat, Derrick Silove, Renato Souza, Athula Sumathipala, Lakshmi Vijayakumar, Inka Weissbecker, Douglas Zatzick, Mark van Ommeren
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  • ‘High-rise’ chip could shrink supercomputers

    Tom Abate-Stanford
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford University team revealed how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and memory chips on today’s circuit cards. Those circuit cards are like busy cities in which logic chips compute and memory chips store data. But when the computer gets busy, the wires connecting logic and memory can get jammed. Engineers have created a four-layer prototype high-rise chip. In this representation, the bottom and top layers are logic transistors. Sandwiched between them are two layers of memory. The vertical tubes…
  • How ‘worms’ end up in fool’s gold fossils

    Jeff Sossamon-U. Missouri
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    How did ancient soft-body creatures become part of the fossil record? New findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed—often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years. Understanding the relationship between decay and fossilization will inform future study and help researchers interpret fossils in a new way. “The vast majority of the fossil record is composed of bones and shells,” says James Schiffbauer, assistant professor of geological sciences at the University of Missouri. “Fossils of…
  • Can hugs keep us from catching colds?

    Shilo Rea-Carnegie Mellon
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Greater social support and more frequent hugs may protect people from the increased likelihood of infection associated with stress, and result in less severe illness symptoms. Led by Sheldon Cohen, professor of psychology in Carnegie Mellon University, researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Related Articles On FuturityPenn StateHow to calm sibling squabbles Michigan State UniversityMicrobes give hyena clans a unique stinkCalifornia Institute of TechnologyStudy upends view that bone marrow cells are bystanders Cohen and…
  • Glacier beds get slippery when ice slides fast

    Mike Krapfl-Iowa State
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    As a glacier’s sliding speed increases, the bed beneath the glacier can grow slipperier, laboratory simulations show. Researchers say including this effect in efforts to calculate future increases in glacier speeds could improve predictions of ice volume lost to the oceans and the rate of sea-level rise. Lucas Zoet, a postdoctoral research associate, and Neal Iverson, a professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, at Iowa State University describe the results of their experiments in the Journal of Glaciology. The researchers used a newly constructed sliding simulator device to…
  • Cows and calves only need 3 calls to ‘chat’

    Tara De Cozar-Nottingham
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Cows and their calves basically communicate using three distinct calls, according to researchers who, for the first time, used detailed acoustics to eavesdrop on conversations between the two. A study of the way cows communicate with their young identified two distinct maternal calls. When cows were close to their calves, they communicated with them using low frequency calls. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of RochesterFood or sex? It's a no-brainer for male wormsUniversity of MelbourneFor female Komodo dragons, hard work killsUniversity of Arizona‘Missing link’ fossil preserves…
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    Science 2.0

  • You Can Self-identify With Any Ancestry You Want, But Genetically...

    News Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    There is a running joke in America that there are three times as many people in the U.S. claiming to be Irish as there are actual people in Ireland.  Though it's nice to claim to be Irish because of a last name, America is a melting pot. And it is so melted that the genetic ancestry of racial and ethnic groups varies significantly even across different geographic regions in the United States. A paper in the American Journal of Human Genetics, researchers analyzed the genomes of more than 160,000 African-Americans, Latin-Americans and European-Americans, providing insights into the subtle…
  • How Will Climate Change Impact Agriculture?

    News Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    Climate change impacts could mean uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by 2050, according to a new paper from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.  read more
  • 5 Common Misconceptions About Seasonal Flu

    The Conversation
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you're sick, stay home. ShutterstockBy Derek Gatherer, Lancaster UniversityIt’s that time of the year again. You probably think I mean Christmas, but as a virologist the sight of glitter, fairy lights and moulting pine trees immediately makes me think of the flu season. And if there’s one thing that can ruin your family’s Christmas, it’s the arrival of that particular unwanted guest. read more
  • Foldscope: A Microscope You Can Carry In Your Pocket

    Steve Schuler
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    I finally received a Foldscope beta test kit. “Foldscope is an origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that can be assembled from a flat sheet of paper,” according to the website. The Foldscope “can provide over 2,000X magnification with sub-micron resolution (800nm), weighs less than two nickels (8.8 g), is small enough to fit in a pocket (70 × 20 × 2 mm3), requires no external power, and can survive being dropped from a 3-story building or stepped on by a person.” The kit came with instructions, perforated cardboard for the microscope assembly parts, lenses, magnetic…
  • When Embryonic Stem Cells Don't Know What To Make Of Themselves

    News Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    A new paper has found that inhibiting or blocking stem cells ability to make a specific decision, leads to better cell growth and could lead to defined ways to differentiate stem cells. Th authors say their research is the first comprehensive analysis of a pathway important for stem and cancer cell decisions known as Erk. As a result, they hope the work could contain clues to cancer treatment as well as helping to establish a platform to make stem cell treatments for gut related disorders like the pancreas or the liver.  read more
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  • No news is good news

    David Bradley
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Depending on whether or not you’re a pessimist or an optimist, either the aphorism “no news is good news” holds true or the maxim “all publicity is good publicity” is more accurate. But, could whether news is good or bad be self-perpetuating, particularly in terms of business and financial news? UK researchers have analysed the impact of the financial crisis that began in 2008 by looking at news output in terms of company chair financial statements for the period 2006 to 2010 for financial companies. The regression analysis by Khaled Hussainey of the Plymouth…
  • Dave Bradley Music

    David Bradley
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you didn’t know, I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off and a musician by night. I’ve written and recorded a few songs over the last couple of years, which you can get hold of from the usual download sites: iTunes, BandCamp, Google Play, Amazon mp3, Spotify, SoundCloud etc. Mostly originals but a handful of covers licenced through Loudr for iTunes and others. Here’s a very short list of a few of the musicians, bands and artists I admire: Athlete, America, The Beatles, David Bowie, Kate Bush, John Denver, Elbow, Peter Gabriel, Led…
  • Science is not just a theory

    David Bradley
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    I say theory, he says theory but what do you think we mean when we talk about theories, like Big Bang theory, the theory of evolution by natural selection, the theory of relativity (both general and special) and quantum theory. Well, we don’t mean it’s “just” a theory, like some vague idea a bloke down the pub came up with to explain the woes of the world, it’s not some conspiracy theory. If only we could’ve been more positive and used another word without the negative connotations of the man on the Clapham omnibus’ conception of the word…
  • Put them on hold

    David Bradley
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:17 am
    Songs of Experience by Dave Bradley It’s a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but still lives are put on hold by those who will divide and subjugate us. Isn’t it time, once again, to reject their calls, put them on hold? Put them on hold I made the call that I’m a free man I talked wild of spirit, throughout the land I saw the wonders that were open to mankind I held up hope and love and life as gifts that we might shine Then days became much darker than the night The hope we had soon vanished from our sight The love we took for granted we’d never…
  • Is breast best?

    David Bradley
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Is it oversharing to tell you I wasn’t breastfed as an infant? Tough. I don’t feel that being bottlefed formula milk did me any harm. Breastfeeding is natural but it’s not always possible for new mothers and the push from the healthcare workers for breast is best waxes and wanes as any social fashion. There is a lot of guilt poured on mothers who (a) choose to breast feed their infant (b) choose not to breast feed their infant (c) cannot breast feed their infant. Take your pick, there’s guilt from every angle. If it’s physiologically possible it should be every…
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  • Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole

    Adam Mann
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    SAN FRANCISCO—Saturn’s moon Titan is a wet world, the only other place in the solar system that we know has flowing liquid on its surface. The colorful geomorphic map (above left) combines radar and topographic data of Titan’s north pole to show different features around a large sea called Ligeia Mare. The map, presented Dec. […] The post Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived

    Nick Stockton
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Using a model of the tides and currents in the San Francisco Bay, a trio of Dutch programmers recreated the night that three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz. The post This Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth

    Matt Simon
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    While beetles alone make up one in four animal species on Earth, the group they belong to, the invertebrates (animals lacking backbones), comprise 96 percent of all species. The post The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth appeared first on WIRED.
  • New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission

    Marcus Woo
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has released more images of the comet, including the first picture snapped by the Philae lander after its first bounce. The team discussed the images today, here at the American Geophysical Union meeting. The post New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood

    Nadia Drake
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    Scientists waging war against Ebola are mining a cache of microscopic weapons hidden in Ebola survivors’ blood. Made by the immune system, the weapons are antibodies, small proteins that target and neutralize invading virus particles. Scientists aren’t sure about the molecular specifics yet, but antibodies made by Ebola survivors appear to fight the virus more […] The post The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood appeared first on WIRED.
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  • 3 Ways to Convert Your Visitors with Targeted Copy

    Jennifer Havice
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    How do you write more targeted messages that will persuade your prospects to buy into what you’re selling? An important part of making more sales or getting more leads has everything to do with copy that not only connects with visitors, but connects immediately.
  • Dan Pink Persuasion, Tom Peters Wisdom, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:31 am
    Here’s your reading list, not to mention a few options for listening and viewing! My Stuff Have you ever started playing a video game and gotten so sucked into the action that you ended up playing for hours? Zane Claes [...]
  • Still More Brainfluence: 10 New Podcasts

    Roger Dooley
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:03 am
    It seems like no time at all since we did the last podcast wrapup… but here we are with 10 more episodes of The Brainfluence Podcast. Each podcast has a full text transcript, too, in case you prefer to read [...]
  • 3 Neuromarketing Lessons from Video Games

    Zane Claes
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    Games are uniquely adept at leveraging human psychology to motivate behavior. We play them for hours on end and enter into a state of flow with an ease not found in other fields. This is no accident: during my time studying game design and working in the field, neurological language like “dopamine hits” and “social proof” were commonplace. In this post, I’ll examine some of the common tools used by video game designers in order ensure engagement and ultimately drive sales.
  • Content Multiplication Magic, Happy Design, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    We’ve got a double dose of great content for you this week. We didn’t publish a roundup “picks” post last week due to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what you don’t want to miss: My Stuff The cover of Brainfluence [...]
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    Mind Hacks

  • Towards a nuanced view of mental distress

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    In the latest edition of The Psychologist I’m involved in a debate with John Cromby about whether our understanding of mental illness is mired in the past. He thinks it is, I think it isn’t, and we kick off from there. The article is readable online with a free registration but I’ve put the unrestricted version online as a pdf if you want to read it straight away. Much of the debate is over the role of biological explanations in understanding mental distress which I think is widely understood by many. Hopefully, amid the knockabout, the debate gets to clarify some of that.
  • Spike activity 12-12-2014

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The new trailer for upcoming Pixar movie Inside Out is very funny and has a remarkably accurate depiction of brain function. Neurocritic covers hipster neuroscience. Is the ‘bilingual advantage’ in cognitive performance a result of publication bias? Maybe, suggests the Science of Us. The Economist asks whether behavioural economics could be a tool to tackle global poverty. Why do friendly people usually lead happier lives? asks BPS Research Digest. Fastcompany has an interesting piece on the curious results from an online…
  • Snake oil salesmen selling torture

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    The US Government has just released its report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, aptly branded the “torture report”, which is available online as a pdf. It makes for appalling reading but sheds light on the role of two psychologists in the creation and running of what turned out to be genuinely counter-productive ‘enhanced interrogations’ that were used in preference to already productive non-abusive interrogations. In the report the psychologists are given the codenames Grayson SWIGERT and Hammond DUNBAR but these refer to James Mitchell and…
  • You won’t find the data in my pants

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The journal contexts has an excellent article on the long history of exploring the sex lives of sex researchers as a veiled attempt to discredit their work. …these stories suggest a troubling pattern: they tend to focus on researchers’ alleged sexual proclivities, spinning them as deviant motivations which compromise the research. For example, James Miller’s biography of Michel Foucault links Foucault’s work to unconventional sexual activities like sadomasochism. Thomas Maier begins his biography with Virginia Johnson losing her virginity, portrays her as a sexually conniving…
  • A simple trick to improve your memory

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information. If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong. One of the interesting things about the mind is that even though we all have one, we don’t have perfect insight into how to get the best from it. This is in part because of flaws in our ability to think about our own thinking, which is called metacognition. Studying this self-reflective thought process…
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  • Eureka: Radio, Radio [Uncertain Principles]

    Chad Orzel
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Two radio appearances upcoming as I continue to promote Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist: — Tomorrow, Friday the 19th, I’ll be going down to WAMC around 11am to be on Roundtable, talking with Joe Donahue. This will be live, but fairly short. This is available on a whole host of stations in the not-The-City part of New York, and streaming over the Internet. — A couple of days ago, I recorded some stuff for Voice of America’s Science World, which ought to air this weekend. This is available all over the world, and, again, streaming over the Internet. Publicity…
  • Advent Calendar of Science Stories 18: Third Time’s the Charm [Uncertain Principles]

    Chad Orzel
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    The winter solstice holidays are a time for family and togetherness, so building off yesterday’s post about the great Marie Skłodowska Curie, we’ll stay together with her family. Specifically her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie and her husband Frédéric. The Joliot-Curies are possible answers to a number of Nobel Prize trivia questions– only mother and daughter to win, one of a handful of married couples, etc.– but the scientific story about them that I find most fascinating is that their Nobel was for the third thing they did that could’ve earned them the prize,…
  • Congress polishes the turd that was NCCAM [Respectful Insolence]

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    With the way our dysfunctional federal government works, it’s not uncommon for the end of a fiscal year to come and go without there being a budget for the next fiscal year in place. This phenomenon is particularly common during election years, and this year was no different. September 30 came and went, followed by the beginning of FY2015 on October 1 with no budget in place, just a continuing resolution. Finally, this week, Congress acted and passed a budget, but, as is often the case given that the President does not have line item veto power, the omnibus spending bill funding the…
  • Best Science Books 2014: Wired [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

    John Dupuis
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I’ve done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. And here we are in 2014! As in previous years, my definition of “science books” is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science policy, history & philosophy of science, geek culture and whatever else seems to be relevant in my opinion. Today’s list is Wired: The Best Science…
  • The Demise Of The New Republic [EvolutionBlog]

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:13 pm
    While it’s hardly the most important thing going on in the world right now, we should take a moment to note the effective demise of The New Republic. There was a time when TNR was one of the best liberal journals of opinion to be found. In the late seventies and eighties, when the magazine was edited by people like Rick Hertzberg and Michael Kinsley, it was the place to go for consistently intelligent commentary from a center-left perspective. More than that, they also had impressive coverage of culture and the arts. My parents were subscribers for a while, and I can recall reading in…
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  • NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.» E-Mail This
  • Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.» E-Mail This
  • Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

    Jeff Brady
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.» E-Mail This
  • Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

    Shankar Vedantam
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.» E-Mail This
  • Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

    Christopher Joyce
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:36 am
    Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.» E-Mail This
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    EE Times

  • Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming

    Junko Yoshida
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
  • Power Week: Popular Gaming Consoles' Energy Use Compared

    Rich Pell
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Just in time for the holidays, engineers at the Electric Power Research Institute tested three of the most popular gaming consoles to see how much power they consumed.
  • Make This Engineering Museum a Reality

    Martin Rowe
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Help turn the first house to have a telephone into a museum.
  • Industrial IoT Framework Near

    Rick Merritt
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
  • Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module

    Jessica Lipsky
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • Coevolution Drives the Emergence of Complex Traits and Promotes Evolvability

    Luis Zaman et al.
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Luis Zaman, Justin R. Meyer, Suhas Devangam, David M. Bryson, Richard E. Lenski, Charles Ofria The evolution of complex organismal traits is obvious as a historical fact, but the underlying causes—including the role of natural selection—are contested. Gould argued that a random walk from a necessarily simple beginning would produce the appearance of increasing complexity over time. Others contend that selection, including coevolutionary arms races, can systematically push organisms toward more complex traits. Methodological challenges have largely precluded experimental tests of these…
  • Perception of Odors Linked to Precise Timing in the Olfactory System

    Michelle R. Rebello et al.
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Michelle R. Rebello, Thomas S. McTavish, David C. Willhite, Shaina M. Short, Gordon M. Shepherd, Justus V. Verhagen While the timing of neuronal activity in the olfactory bulb (OB) relative to sniffing has been the object of many studies, the behavioral relevance of timing information generated by patterned activation within the bulbar response has not been explored. Here we show, using sniff-triggered, dynamic, 2-D, optogenetic stimulation of mitral/tufted cells, that virtual odors that differ by as little as 13 ms are distinguishable by mice. Further, mice are capable of discriminating a…
  • Distinguishing Odors with High Temporal Precision

    Janelle Weaver
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Janelle Weaver
  • A Structural Model of the Genome Packaging Process in a Membrane-Containing Double Stranded DNA Virus

    Chuan Hong et al.
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Chuan Hong, Hanna M. Oksanen, Xiangan Liu, Joanita Jakana, Dennis H. Bamford, Wah Chiu Two crucial steps in the virus life cycle are genome encapsidation to form an infective virion and genome exit to infect the next host cell. In most icosahedral double-stranded (ds) DNA viruses, the viral genome enters and exits the capsid through a unique vertex. Internal membrane-containing viruses possess additional complexity as the genome must be translocated through the viral membrane bilayer. Here, we report the structure of the genome packaging complex with a membrane conduit essential for viral…
  • Life in a World without Microbes

    Jack A. Gilbert et al.
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jack A. Gilbert, Josh D. Neufeld
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Competing ParA Structures Space Bacterial Plasmids Equally over the Nucleoid

    Robert Ietswaart et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Robert Ietswaart, Florian Szardenings, Kenn Gerdes, Martin Howard Low copy number plasmids in bacteria require segregation for stable inheritance through cell division. This is often achieved by a parABC locus, comprising an ATPase ParA, DNA-binding protein ParB and a parC region, encoding ParB-binding sites. These minimal components space plasmids equally over the nucleoid, yet the underlying mechanism is not understood. Here we investigate a model where ParA-ATP can dynamically associate to the nucleoid and is hydrolyzed by plasmid-associated ParB, thereby creating nucleoid-bound,…
  • Segregating Complex Sound Sources through Temporal Coherence

    Lakshmi Krishnan et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Lakshmi Krishnan, Mounya Elhilali, Shihab Shamma A new approach for the segregation of monaural sound mixtures is presented based on the principle of temporal coherence and using auditory cortical representations. Temporal coherence is the notion that perceived sources emit coherently modulated features that evoke highly-coincident neural response patterns. By clustering the feature channels with coincident responses and reconstructing their input, one may segregate the underlying source from the simultaneously interfering signals that are uncorrelated with it. The proposed algorithm…
  • Symmetry Restoring Bifurcation in Collective Decision-Making

    Natalia Zabzina et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Natalia Zabzina, Audrey Dussutour, Richard P. Mann, David J. T. Sumpter, Stamatios C. Nicolis How social groups and organisms decide between alternative feeding sites or shelters has been extensively studied both experimentally and theoretically. One key result is the existence of a symmetry-breaking bifurcation at a critical system size, where there is a switch from evenly distributed exploitation of all options to a focussed exploitation of just one. Here we present a decision-making model in which symmetry-breaking is followed by a symmetry restoring bifurcation, whereby very large…
  • Immuno-epidemiological Modeling of HIV-1 Predicts High Heritability of the Set-Point Virus Load, while Selection for CTL Escape Dominates Virulence Evolution

    Christiaan H. van Dorp et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Christiaan H. van Dorp, Michiel van Boven, Rob J. de Boer It has been suggested that HIV-1 has evolved its set-point virus load to be optimized for transmission. Previous epidemiological models and studies into the heritability of set-point virus load confirm that this mode of adaptation within the human population is feasible. However, during the many cycles of replication between infection of a host and transmission to the next host, HIV-1 is under selection for escape from immune responses, and not transmission. Here we investigate with computational and mathematical models how these…
  • Metadynamics Simulations Reveal a Na+ Independent Exiting Path of Galactose for the Inward-Facing Conformation of vSGLT

    Ina Bisha et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ina Bisha, Alex Rodriguez, Alessandro Laio, Alessandra Magistrato Sodium-Galactose Transporter (SGLT) is a secondary active symporter which accumulates sugars into cells by using the electrochemical gradient of Na across the membrane. Previous computational studies provided insights into the release process of the two ligands (galactose and sodium ion) into the cytoplasm from the inward-facing conformation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus sodium/galactose transporter (vSGLT). Several aspects of the transport mechanism of this symporter remain to be clarified: (i) a detailed kinetic and…
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    PLOS Genetics: New Articles

  • SCL, LMO1 and Notch1 Reprogram Thymocytes into Self-Renewing Cells

    Bastien Gerby et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Bastien Gerby, Cedric S. Tremblay, Mathieu Tremblay, Shanti Rojas-Sutterlin, Sabine Herblot, Josée Hébert, Guy Sauvageau, Sébastien Lemieux, Eric Lécuyer, Diogo F. T. Veiga, Trang Hoang The molecular determinants that render specific populations of normal cells susceptible to oncogenic reprogramming into self-renewing cancer stem cells are poorly understood. Here, we exploit T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) as a model to define the critical initiating events in this disease. First, thymocytes that are reprogrammed by the SCL and LMO1 oncogenic transcription factors into…
  • Epistatic Adaptive Evolution of Human Color Vision

    Shozo Yokoyama et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Shozo Yokoyama, Jinyi Xing, Yang Liu, Davide Faggionato, Ahmet Altun, William T. Starmer Establishing genotype-phenotype relationship is the key to understand the molecular mechanism of phenotypic adaptation. This initial step may be untangled by analyzing appropriate ancestral molecules, but it is a daunting task to recapitulate the evolution of non-additive (epistatic) interactions of amino acids and function of a protein separately. To adapt to the ultraviolet (UV)-free retinal environment, the short wavelength-sensitive (SWS1) visual pigment in human (human S1) switched from detecting…
  • Distinct Genealogies for Plasmids and Chromosome

    Mark Achtman et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Mark Achtman, Zhemin Zhou
  • Genetic Basis of Haloperidol Resistance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Is Complex and Dose Dependent

    Xin Wang et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Xin Wang, Leonid Kruglyak The genetic basis of most heritable traits is complex. Inhibitory compounds and their effects in model organisms have been used in many studies to gain insights into the genetic architecture underlying quantitative traits. However, the differential effect of compound concentration has not been studied in detail. In this study, we used a large segregant panel from a cross between two genetically divergent yeast strains, BY4724 (a laboratory strain) and RM11_1a (a vineyard strain), to study the genetic basis of variation in response to different doses of a drug.
  • Genome Wide Meta-analysis Highlights the Role of Genetic Variation in RARRES2 in the Regulation of Circulating Serum Chemerin

    Anke Tönjes et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Anke Tönjes, Markus Scholz, Jana Breitfeld, Carola Marzi, Harald Grallert, Arnd Gross, Claes Ladenvall, Dorit Schleinitz, Kerstin Krause, Holger Kirsten, Esa Laurila, Jennifer Kriebel, Barbara Thorand, Wolfgang Rathmann, Leif Groop, Inga Prokopenko, Bo Isomaa, Frank Beutner, Jürgen Kratzsch, Joachim Thiery, Mathias Fasshauer, Nora Klöting, Christian Gieger, Matthias Blüher, Michael Stumvoll, Peter Kovacs Chemerin is an adipokine proposed to link obesity and chronic inflammation of adipose tissue. Genetic factors determining chemerin release from adipose tissue are yet unknown. We…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • Loss of Arabidopsis thaliana Dynamin-Related Protein 2B Reveals Separation of Innate Immune Signaling Pathways

    John M. Smith et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by John M. Smith, Michelle E. Leslie, Samuel J. Robinson, David A. Korasick, Tong Zhang, Steven K. Backues, Peter V. Cornish, Abraham J. Koo, Sebastian Y. Bednarek, Antje Heese Vesicular trafficking has emerged as an important means by which eukaryotes modulate responses to microbial pathogens, likely by contributing to the correct localization and levels of host components necessary for effective immunity. However, considering the complexity of membrane trafficking in plants, relatively few vesicular trafficking components with functions in plant immunity are known. Here we demonstrate that…
  • Extreme Divergence of Wolbachia Tropism for the Stem-Cell-Niche in the Drosophila Testis

    Michelle E. Toomey et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Michelle E. Toomey, Horacio M. Frydman Microbial tropism, the infection of specific cells and tissues by a microorganism, is a fundamental aspect of host-microbe interactions. The intracellular bacteria Wolbachia have a peculiar tropism for the stem cell niches in the Drosophila ovary, the microenvironments that support the cells producing the eggs. The molecular underpinnings of Wolbachia stem cell niche tropism are unknown. We have previously shown that the patterns of tropism in the ovary show a high degree of conservation across the Wolbachia lineage, with closely related Wolbachia…
  • HSV-2-Driven Increase in the Expression of α4β7 Correlates with Increased Susceptibility to Vaginal SHIVSF162P3 Infection

    Diana Goode et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Diana Goode, Rosaline Truong, Guillermo Villegas, Giulia Calenda, Natalia Guerra-Perez, Michael Piatak, Jeffrey D. Lifson, James Blanchard, Agegnehu Gettie, Melissa Robbiani, Elena Martinelli The availability of highly susceptible HIV target cells that can rapidly reach the mucosal lymphoid tissues may increase the chances of an otherwise rare transmission event to occur. Expression of α4β7 is required for trafficking of immune cells to gut inductive sites where HIV can expand and it is expressed at high level on cells particularly susceptible to HIV infection. We hypothesized that HSV-2…
  • HTLV-1 Tax-Mediated Inhibition of FOXO3a Activity Is Critical for the Persistence of Terminally Differentiated CD4+ T Cells

    David Olagnier et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by David Olagnier, Alexandre Sze, Samar Bel Hadj, Cindy Chiang, Courtney Steel, Xiaoying Han, Jean-Pierre Routy, Rongtuan Lin, John Hiscott, Julien van Grevenynghe The mechanisms involved in the persistence of activated CD4 T lymphocytes following primary human T leukemia/lymphoma virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that the HTLV-1 Tax oncoprotein modulates phosphorylation and transcriptional activity of the FOXO3a transcription factor, via upstream activation of the AKT pathway. De novo HTLV-1 infection of CD4 T cells or direct lentiviral-mediated…
  • Cellular Oxidative Stress Response Controls the Antiviral and Apoptotic Programs in Dengue Virus-Infected Dendritic Cells

    David Olagnier et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by David Olagnier, Suraj Peri, Courtney Steel, Nadine van Montfoort, Cindy Chiang, Vladimir Beljanski, Michael Slifker, Zhong He, Carmen N. Nichols, Rongtuan Lin, Siddharth Balachandran, John Hiscott Dengue virus (DENV) is a re-emerging arthropod borne flavivirus that infects more than 300 million people worldwide, leading to 50,000 deaths annually. Because dendritic cells (DC) in the skin and blood are the first target cells for DENV, we sought to investigate the early molecular events involved in the host response to the virus in primary human monocyte-derived dendritic cells (Mo-DC). Using…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • HCV 3a Core Protein Increases Lipid Droplet Cholesteryl Ester Content via a Mechanism Dependent on Sphingolipid Biosynthesis

    Ursula Loizides-Mangold et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ursula Loizides-Mangold, Sophie Clément, Alba Alfonso-Garcia, Emilie Branche, Stéphanie Conzelmann, Clotilde Parisot, Eric O. Potma, Howard Riezman, Francesco Negro Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients often develop steatosis and the HCV core protein alone can induce this phenomenon. To gain new insights into the pathways leading to steatosis, we performed lipidomic profiling of HCV core protein expressing-Huh-7 cells and also assessed the lipid profile of purified lipid droplets isolated from HCV 3a core expressing cells. Cholesteryl esters, ceramides and glycosylceramides, but not…
  • Urinary LTE4 Levels as a Diagnostic Marker for IgE-Mediated Asthma in Preschool Children: A Birth Cohort Study

    Chih-Yung Chiu et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Chih-Yung Chiu, Ming-Han Tsai, Tsung-Chieh Yao, Yu-Ling Tu, Man-Chin Hua, Kuo-Wei Yeh, Jing-Long Huang Objectives Leukotrienes play a central pathophysiological role in allergic asthma. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of measuring urinary leukotriene E4 (LTE4) levels in the diagnosis of atopic diseases in early childhood. Methods Children aged 0 through 4 years from a birth cohort in the Prediction of Allergies in Taiwanese Children (PATCH) study were enrolled. Urinary LTE4 levels were measured and its association between total serum IgE levels, allergen-specific IgE…
  • Prevalence of Hypertension in Rural Areas of China: A Meta-Analysis of Published Studies

    Xiaofang Chen et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Xiaofang Chen, Lezhi Li, Tao Zhou, Zhanzhan Li Background Hypertension is one of the leading causes of disease burden across the world. In China, the latest nationwide survey of prevalence of hypertension was ten year ago, and data in rural areas is little known. More information about hypertension prevalence could help to improve overall antihypertensive health care. We aimed to estimate the pooled prevalence of hypertension in rural areas of China. Methods Comprehensive electronic searches of PubMed, Web of Knowledge, Chinese Web of Knowledge, Wangfang, Weipu and SinoMed databases were…
  • Improved Quantification of Cerebral Hemodynamics Using Individualized Time Thresholds for Assessment of Peak Enhancement Parameters Derived from Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Christian Nasel et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Christian Nasel, Klaudius Kalcher, Roland Boubela, Ewald Moser Purpose Assessment of cerebral ischemia often employs dynamic susceptibility contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DSC-MRI) with evaluation of various peak enhancement time parameters. All of these parameters use a single time threshold to judge the maximum tolerable peak enhancement delay that is supposed to reliably differentiate sufficient from critical perfusion. As the validity of this single threshold approach still remains unclear, in this study, (1) the definition of a threshold on an individual patient-basis,…
  • The Application of the Open Pharmacological Concepts Triple Store (Open PHACTS) to Support Drug Discovery Research

    Joseline Ratnam et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Joseline Ratnam, Barbara Zdrazil, Daniela Digles, Emiliano Cuadrado-Rodriguez, Jean-Marc Neefs, Hannah Tipney, Ronald Siebes, Andra Waagmeester, Glyn Bradley, Chau Han Chau, Lars Richter, Jose Brea, Chris T. Evelo, Edgar Jacoby, Stefan Senger, Maria Isabel Loza, Gerhard F. Ecker, Christine Chichester Integration of open access, curated, high-quality information from multiple disciplines in the Life and Biomedical Sciences provides a holistic understanding of the domain. Additionally, the effective linking of diverse data sources can unearth hidden relationships and guide potential research…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • Functional Activity of Monocytes and Macrophages in HTLV-1 Infected Subjects

    Camila F. Amorim et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Camila F. Amorim, Anselmo S. Souza, Angela G. Diniz, Natália B. Carvalho, Silvane B. Santos, Edgar M. Carvalho The Human T lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1) infects predominantly T cells, inducing proliferation and lymphocyte activation. Additionally, HTLV-1 infected subjects are more susceptible to other infections caused by other intracellular agents. Monocytes/macrophages are important cells in the defense against intracellular pathogens. Our aims were to determine the frequency of monocytes subsets, expression of co-stimulatory molecules in these cells and to evaluate microbicidal…
  • Golgi-Located NTPDase1 of Leishmania major Is Required for Lipophosphoglycan Elongation and Normal Lesion Development whereas Secreted NTPDase2 Is Dispensable for Virulence

    Fiona M. Sansom et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Fiona M. Sansom, Julie E. Ralton, M. Fleur Sernee, Alice M. Cohen, David J. Hooker, Elizabeth L. Hartland, Thomas Naderer, Malcolm J. McConville Parasitic protozoa, such as Leishmania species, are thought to express a number of surface and secreted nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (NTPDases) which hydrolyze a broad range of nucleoside tri- and diphosphates. However, the functional significance of NTPDases in parasite virulence is poorly defined. The Leishmania major genome was found to contain two putative NTPDases, termed LmNTPDase1 and 2, with predicted NTPDase catalytic…
  • Yemen: Fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases against All Odds

    Elisa Baring et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Elisa Baring, Peter J. Hotez
  • Using a Non-Image-Based Medium-Throughput Assay for Screening Compounds Targeting N-myristoylation in Intracellular Leishmania Amastigotes

    Daniel Paape et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Daniel Paape, Andrew S. Bell, William P. Heal, Jennie A. Hutton, Robin J. Leatherbarrow, Edward W. Tate, Deborah F. Smith We have refined a medium-throughput assay to screen hit compounds for activity against N-myristoylation in intracellular amastigotes of Leishmania donovani. Using clinically-relevant stages of wild type parasites and an Alamar blue-based detection method, parasite survival following drug treatment of infected macrophages is monitored after macrophage lysis and transformation of freed amastigotes into replicative extracellular promastigotes. The latter transformation…
  • Bayesian Risk Mapping and Model-Based Estimation of Schistosoma haematobium–Schistosoma mansoni Co-distribution in Côte d′Ivoire

    Frédérique Chammartin et al.
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Frédérique Chammartin, Clarisse A. Houngbedji, Eveline Hürlimann, Richard B. Yapi, Kigbafori D. Silué, Gotianwa Soro, Ferdinand N. Kouamé, Eliézer K. N′Goran, Jürg Utzinger, Giovanna Raso, Penelope Vounatsou Background Schistosoma haematobium and Schistosoma mansoni are blood flukes that cause urogenital and intestinal schistosomiasis, respectively. In Côte d′Ivoire, both species are endemic and control efforts are being scaled up. Accurate knowledge of the geographical distribution, including delineation of high-risk areas, is a central feature for spatial targeting of…
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  • Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.
  • SpaceX delays planned cargo run to space station to early January

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday.
  • India tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry.
  • U.S, China making progress on biotech crop talks: USDA's Vilsack

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States and China are making progress in talks over Beijing's acceptance of new biotechnology for crops, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
  • SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:22 am
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a sea platform following launch on Friday, company officials said, a vital step to prove its precision landing capabilities needed before it can gain a ground landing license.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • Billions upon billions

    David Bradley
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    “Billions upon billion”…to “quote” the late, great Carl Sagan. Of course, he meant lots of 1 000 000 000. But, the billion ain’t what it used to be as a child of the 60s dragged up in Britland, a billion used to mean a million, million, so that was a lot more. A thousand million (what Amercuns call a billion) used to be known as a milliard, although I don’t think I ever heard anyone use that archaic term. But. We now talk of deficits and public debt amounting to trillions, which the BBC helpfully call “thousand billions”…no, no, no,…
  • How to crumble cookies

    David Bradley
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    Most of us know something about browser cookies, they’re variously useful, allowing us to login to a favourite website, but they can also be persistent and allow sites to track us across the web. Not everyone knows how to delete them and even less well known is the insidious Flash Player cookie that can also follow us around the web tracking our browsing habits and invading our privacy. Naked Security has a crib sheet for crumbling all kinds of cookies, including those hidden Flash particles. How to clear out cookies, Flash cookies and local storage | Naked Security. Post from: David…
  • Twitter bios I don’t get

    David Bradley
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    I am always appreciative of new Twitter followers, seriously, it’s great to have new people to talk to (at?). But, there are a lot of bots, spammers and scammers that follow me on a daily basis. I try to filter them out and certainly never follow back. Oftentimes I am confusled by the bios of new followers that speak volumes, just not in a language that I understand. I thought I’d share a few from recent converts to the @sciencebase timeline in case anyone can shed any light for me on what they actually mean: “i am 19 years old im a cas lad and im a cas fan and i like jack…
  • 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
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  • Collection of physical visualizations

    Nathan Yau
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:26 am
    I'm pretty sure there's a ton of untapped potential in data represented physically. Maybe not in the analytical insights sense but in that fuzzy unmeasured way of feeling data somehow. That might be my new point of interest for next year, and it'll probably involve beer and LEGOs. Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen maintain a chronological list of physical visualization, dating back to 5500 BC up to present. Tags: physical
  • Using baseball bats to display data

    Nathan Yau
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    When a baseball player is hitting well, commentators will sometimes say that it looks like he's hitting with a bigger bat out there. The ACME Catalog, a creative technology studio, took the phrase to a more literal sense. They used baseball bats to represent on-base plus slugging (OPS), "the ability of a player both to get on base and to hit for power," for standout players during the regular season versus the World Series. The standard baseball bat is about two and a half inches in diameter, which was used to represent the league average OPS. With a quick calculation, find how much greater a…
  • Increasing rates of men who don’t work

    Nathan Yau
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    Recent data from the Census Bureau suggests the rate of non-working men has increased. As more women go to work and more men stay at home to take care of the kids, you'd expect for the number of stay-at-home dads to contribute significantly to that rate. But maybe not. There are more noticeable factors to consider like retirement age, disability, and going to school. Amanda Cox for the Upshot has graphs for you. See also where the men aren't working. Tags: Amanda Cox, employment, Upshot
  • When data gets creepy

    Nathan Yau
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    You make and publish bits of data about yourself, intentionally and unintentionally, and it goes to the indexed public web or to companies' private black boxes. Ben Goldacre explains why it's worth caring about these traces. It's less hoorah and more example-driven than these sort of articles tend to be, and there's isn't a single mention of being awash in data. At the simplest level, even the act of putting lots of data in one place — and making it searchable — can change its accessibility. As a doctor, I have been to the house of a newspaper hoarder; as a researcher, I have been…
  • Revealing location history via your phone’s Wi-Fi

    Nathan Yau
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you have your phone's Wi-Fi turned on, even if you're not connected to anything, you broadcast the networks you've connected to, which in turn can reveal your location history. Ars demonstrated with a handful of test phones and a low-powered Wi-Fi monitor. The results were not surprising to us, but they are still eye-opening, and indicative of the security and privacy risks that result from wandering around with Wi-Fi turned on but not connected. We were able to match specific devices with recent (and some not really recent) movements of the owners of the phones—where they worked,…
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    Science Daily

  • Switching to spintronics: Electric field switching of ferromagnetism at room temperature

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Researchers have used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature, a demonstration that points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper ways of storing and processing data.
  • Satellites measure increase of Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    NASA satellite instruments have observed a marked increase in solar radiation absorbed in the Arctic since the year 2000 -- a trend that aligns with the steady decrease in Arctic sea ice during the same period.
  • 49 percent of patients withhold clinically sensitive information

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    In the first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records, almost half of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in their medical records from some or all of their health care providers.
  • Satellite sees holiday lights brighten cities

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Even from space, holidays shine bright. With a new look at daily data scientists have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons -- Christmas and New Year's in the United States and the holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East.
  • Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at cellular level

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    A lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes, has been developed by researchers. The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens. It may prove especially useful in remote areas and in cases where large numbers of samples need to be examined quickly.
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    The Why Files

  • Europe: Return of the carnivores!

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Europe: Return of the carnivores! The Eurasian lynx is Europe’s largest cat. The new study finds them abundant in Finland, Sweden and Norway, the Baltics, Balkans and Romania. Copyright: Miha Krofel, Slovenia A surprising new study shows that four big carnivores (brown bear, lynx, wolverine and wolf) are doing quite nicely in Europe, thank you very much, even without the wilderness protection that benefits some large predators in the United States. “We find that in Europe we have twice as many wolves as in the lower 48 (American) states, on half the land area, with two times the…
  • Happy holidays: Inventions we need now!

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Happy holidays: Inventions we need now! Can’t decide if you want a scarf or a fruitcake? Aim higher! The Why Files cooked up a science-lab wish list for the season. Let’s meet ‘n greet The Why Files big four inventions for a happier, healthier tomorrow! Pie in sky? Why not stash carbon dioxide in the basement? Adopting a method used to increase flow of oil to the surface, carbon capture and storage places liquefied carbon dioxide from coal plants deep beneath Earth’s surface, in porous rock formations under dense “cap” rocks that should permanently hold the…
  • The deadly jolt of the electric eel

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    The deadly jolt of the electric eel The electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) has three uses for the electric field it generates. Courtesy Kenneth Catania, Vanderbilt University Long before the first battery, the electric eel was an ambassador from the unknown world of electricity. So Kenneth Catania, a professor of biology at Vanderbilt University who has just published a study on the hunting behavior of the eel, was a bit surprised that nobody had studied exactly how the eel attacks its prey. While teaching about eels, he says, “I got fascinated by their behavior. Under high-speed…
  • Eating to extinction (Happy Thanksgiving, bird eaters!)

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Eating to extinction (Happy Thanksgiving, bird eaters!) 1890 lithograph by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum, Harry T. Peters “America on Stone” Lithography Collection Sept. 1, 1914: The passenger pigeon goes extinct after billions were shot to feed hungry urban markets during the preceding century. Nov. 27, 2014: Thanksgiving, the day we gobble gobblers (AKA turkeys) and wonder: Is the original Thanksgiving meat now extinct? Hint: It’s not the wild turkey. The turkey, supposedly the focus of the Pilgrim’s first feasts, was eliminated across much of its wild realm by…
  • Bankers: dishonest when banking is on their minds?

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Bankers: dishonest when banking is on their minds! Be honest: Do you look at banking and other financial institutions and imagine the swishing sound of billions of dollars and euros flushing down the drain? Lies, thefts and frauds are not getting any scarcer grow among the people who handle money, so we ask: When a bank pays interest on your savings account, or charges interest on a loan, who sets the interest rate? The bank, usually based on Libor (London interbank offered rate). So tempers flared when major London-based bank Barclay’s was caught rigging Libor. Former Barclay’s…
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  • Timeline of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It's been four weeks since hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace began their cyberterrorism campaign against Sony Pictures Entertainment. In that time thousands of executive emails and other documents have been posted online, employees and their families were threatened, and unreleased films were stolen and made available for illegal download. The hackers then escalated this week to threatening 9/11-like attacks against movie theaters scheduled to show the Sony film "The Interview." That fanned security fears nationwide and resulted in the four top U.S. theater chains pulling the film…
  • Two more former Sony workers sue over data breach

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company over the massive data breach in which their personal and financial information was stolen and posted online.
  • Research aims to improve rechargeable batteries by focusing on graphene oxide paper

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries.
  • Study on world's biggest animal finds more than one population in the southeastern Pacific

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the Universidad Austral de Chile, the Blue Whale Center, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), NOAA, and other organizations are examining molecular clues to answer a big question: how many types of blue whales exist in the waters of the southeastern Pacific?
  • Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday.
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Songbirds fly coop long before tornadoes arrive in Tennessee

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame. Scientists said on Thursday that little songbirds known as golden-winged warblers fled their nesting grounds in Tennessee up to two days before the arrival of a fierce storm system that unleashed 84 tornadoes in southern U.S. states in April. The researchers said the birds were apparently alerted to the danger by sounds at frequencies below the range of human hearing. ...
  • NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. The spacecraft has been incredibly successful to date, finding nearly 1,000 confirmed planets — more than half of all known alien worlds — along with about 3,200 other "candidates," the vast majority of which should turn out to be the real deal. The spacecraft finds planets by the…
  • Strange Fossil Shows How Life Responded After Mass Extinction

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    A strange marine reptile from the age of dinosaurs that was recently unearthed in China may shed light on how life recovered after the greatest mass extinction in Earth's history, researchers say. The creatures were odd-looking predators that grew to about 6 feet (2 meters) in size, and have so far only been found in the province of Hubei in central China. "Hupehsuchia is a group of bizarre marine reptiles unlike anything living today," said study co-author Ryosuke Motani, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of California, Davis.
  • Ancient Farmhouse Found in Israel Reveals Agricultural Secrets

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Over the past few weeks, archaeologists have uncovered the sprawling stone house in Rosh Ha-'Ayin, in central Israel. Archaeologists found the farmhouse during an excavation that the government required be done before construction could begin to enlarge the modern city. The house, which measures 98 by 131 feet (30 by 40 meters), is "extraordinarily well preserved," Amit Shadman, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement. The farmhouse dates back to the time of the Assyrian conquest, when the Assyrians conquered Northern Israel, the…
  • Parents: How to Help a Shy Kid

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Shy babies and toddlers are at greater risk of developing anxiety later in life, compared with outgoing kids. In fact, shyness and withdrawal from new situations is linked to later anxiety only in babies and toddlers without a secure attachment to their caregivers, according to new research published today (Dec. 18) in the journal Child Development. A secure attachment is a warm, nurturing relationship in which kids feel confident to explore when their mom or dad is around, and also feel comfortable seeking reassurance from them when upset. "For those [kids] that do show inhibition across…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • qPCR: RNA quality and why it matters

    Karen O'Hanlon Cohrt
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gene expression analysis plays a pivotal role in a wide range of studies, including biomedical analysis and diagnostics. Of all the methods available for gene expression analysis, quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) is the most rapid, sensitive, and accurate to measure mRNA, and its use in clinical diagnostics is rising steadily. RNA quality entails both purity and integrity. Both play a critical role in the accuracy, reproducibility and relevance of downstream analyses, and isolation of high quality RNA is therefore an essential prerequisite for the techniques used in gene expression and…
  • 20 Ways to Increase your Productivity

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    No matter how efficient you are, it's always possible to improve your productivity and improving your productivity means that you get more of the rewards you are trying to obtain: results, publications… or dare I say it, money. Here are 20 ways to improve your productivity. Some are focussed toward improving the productivity of bench research, but most are applicable in many other jobs. This list is based on much longer general list that can be found at Steve Pavlina's excellent personal development website. 1. Set daily goals to allow you to focus on the challenges ahead. 2.
  • Saying goodbye to 454: how to choose your next NGS platform

    Kristin Harper
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Rise and Fall of the 454 Sequencer The GS20 454 sequencer, released in 2005, was the first next-generation DNA sequencer to hit the market, and its feats quickly dazzled the scientific community. As new sequencing platforms proliferated, however, many researchers opted for less expensive options and 454 market share fell. About a year ago, Roche announced that it was closing its 454 facility in Branford, Connecticut and phasing out the sequencers by mid-2016. Many researchers are discovering that their core labs are already retiring 454 sequencers, while other scientists have decided on…
  • PIER, HIER and Mannich: Antigen Retrieval in Immunohistochemistry

    Martin Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    When you fix your tissue samples with paraformaldehyde (PFA) the proteins in your sample become covalently cross-linked. This is good to preserve the ‘architecture’ of your tissue sample. However, this cross-linking can become a problem when you carry out immunohistochemistry (IHC). Cross-linking can ‘mask’ or hide your antigens-of-interest and make them ‘invisible’ to your IHC detection antibody. This is where ‘antigen retrieval’ or ‘unmasking’ is essential to know. For over 20 years I worked in the field of contraceptive vaccines examining sperm/egg recognition. Much of…
  • Overview of Protein Turnover using 35S: how to prevent trashy data and uh-oh moments

    Melanie Laederich
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The half-life of a protein is an important factor in many molecular biology studies. If your thesis has anything to do with proteins then your graduate advisory committee will ask about half-life, so start planning your 35S experiment today. To help you here is my overview of the major steps of 35S labeling complete with tips, common mistakes and how to stop other people from messing you up (because no one likes working with radioactivity)! Step 1: Plan your experiment I know you are saying “duh” but with radioactivity this is especially true. There is nothing worse than hopelessly…
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    PHD Comics

  • 12/15/14 PHD comic: 'Holiday Parties'

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Holiday Parties" - originally published 12/15/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 12/11/14 PHD comic: 'The Biggest Fish In The World'

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "The Biggest Fish In The World" - originally published 12/11/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 12/10/14 PHD comic: 'Bacteria Power'

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:53 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Bacteria Power" - originally published 12/10/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 12/08/14 PHD comic: 'Level Up.'

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:46 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Level Up." - originally published 12/8/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 12/05/14 PHD comic: 'Problem'

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Problem" - originally published 12/5/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    ZME Science

  • Quadriplegic instructs robot hand to flex, move, rotate or grip objects with her thoughts

    Tibi Puiu
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    The latest in brain-computer interface technology was recently demonstrated after woman with quadriplegia shaped a sophisticated robotic hand with ten degrees of freedom using her thoughts. Through the interface, she instructed the robotic hand to move up, down or sideways, pick up small or big objects and even squeeze them. In just a couple of years, brain-computer interfaces have shown they
  • Where Biology Meets Art: BioScapes

    Mihai Andrei
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    When science meets art, some seriously coolness happens – and the perfect example for this is BioScapes, an annual competition ran by Olympus. BioScapes hosts some of the most spectacular images of life seen through a microscope, as exemplified below. “Each fall, four individuals widely respected in the fields of microscopy and imaging are invited to select the winners and
  • Holiday season weight gain myth busted – it’s a lot less than most people think

    livia rusu
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    It seems like every year, at least one major TV station cautions us that the average person gains between 7 and 10 pounds during the holiday season and as such we should all be careful. In reality, studies show this is a myth and only one pound is gained on average.
  • Experimental flow of water along Colorado River leads to Green Rebirth

    Mihai Andrei
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    In March 2014, the US and Mexican governments decided to release a flow of water down the Colorado River, in an experimental attempt called “Minute 319″. The river has been experimented record droughts in 2014, but surprisingly, this initiative reversed a 13-year decline in the greenness along the delta. The Colorado River stretches along 1,450-miles (2,330 km), encompassing seven US and two
  • Magic bullet changes direction mid-flight to hit enemy anywhere

    Henry Conrad
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    The United States Department of Defense just demonstrated one of the scariest weapons ever – a ‘magic bullet’ that can change trajectory in mid flight on command and hit a target no matter what. Shots can be fired from as far as 1.2 miles, and snipers can remain hidden without risk of getting spotted. In fact, shots can be fired even
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  • Einstein Scavenger Hunt: Guess That Hall!

    Guest Contributor
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Editor’s note: This post was created by HMNS Concierge and Discovery Guide Corey Green.   Our good friend Einstein came to visit the museum and went through many of our exhibit halls. Can you name the halls he’s pictured in? (Click the pictures for answers!)  Want to go on a scavenger hunt with your very own Einstein? Good news! You can get him at the Museum Store!    
  • Mark Your Calendars for these events happening this week (12/15-12/21) at HMNS

    Sheila George
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 Screening ends December 18Don’t miss your chance to see the award winning film D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944. Screening ends Thursday, December 18. Free ticket to Active Military/Veterans through December 18 courtesy of Gallery Furniture. Click here to purchase tickets.  Holiday Trunk Show – Glam Rock Saturday, December 2012:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.We’re closing out the shopping season and getting ready for the…
  • F-stops and Fabergé: Getting snap happy at HMNS

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    After-hours at the Museum on November 2, we had another one of our exclusive Pixel Parties — where we open select exhibits just for photographers (both amateur and professional). This time around, we gave our photographers access to our newly re-opened Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg exhibit. And here’s a sampling of what they gave us in return: Photo by Kirsten Tucker.   Photo by Eddie Abbott Imagery     Photo by Dwayne Fortier Photo by James Woody   Photo by Allison Buchtien   Photo by Reed’s Photography     To see more photos from…
  • ‘Tis The Season: Get 20% Off Select Designers from 12-4 at Today’s Holiday Trunk Show

    13 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Swipe and smile at the Museum store Trunk Shows, where we’re giving you exclusive access to unique designer jewelry at exclusive prices. Find original designs, sure to be the perfect gift — all at 20 percent off (plus member discounts). Jewelry by Mirta Tummino As a part of our Holiday Trunk Shows, this week we’re featuring designers Mirta Tummino and Sarah Stewart. Houston favorite Mirta Tummino’s delicate wirework showcases colorful gemstones, showing us the meaning of elegance through her understated yet captivating designs. Sarah Stewart designs beautiful silk and wool…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Distillations Podcast: Life with HIV: Success without a Cure?

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Thirty years ago an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence. Today, sophisticated drug cocktails known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART, have dramatically changed the fates of people with the disease.  Yet in many ways we’re treading water: each year the U.S. sees around 50,000 new HIV cases, and estimates show that 20-25% of these people don’t know they’re infected. And, while the drugs are effective, many people throughout the world can’t afford them. So should we consider our response to HIV a complete success story? This episode of Distillations tries to find the…
  • Penn State’s attempt to auction off 112 of its 540 active...

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Penn State’s attempt to auction off 112 of its 540 active patents was disappointing. Only two bids were publically placed, one purchasing a license for a “metal-electroactive ceramic composite transducer” for $5,000. Penn State is the first institution in the country to sell patent licenses through an online auction modeled after eBay. In fact this was their second attempt. In April 2014 the University sold only 2 of 73 engineering patents. The winning bidder received an exclusive license to commercialize them. Penn State stopped paying the maintenance fees for unsold patents after the…
  • The Art of Advertising!

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    The Art of Advertising!: othmeralia: Our library intern discovered several advertisements in the familiar style of Dr. Seuss. Indeed, Theodor Geisel began his career in advertising. From the January and February 1942 issues of Tech Engineering News: The full advertisements [shown below] were created for New Departure Our colleagues at Othmeralia also found examples of Dr. Seuss’s advertising days in the Othmer Library at CHF.
  • An anthropomorphic fly with a beard lectures a younger fly from...

    5 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    An anthropomorphic fly with a beard lectures a younger fly from an easy chair. An elephant resembling the main character in Horton Hears a Who! poses for a photograph in the jungle.  These fantastical drawings contain the distinct character and tone imparted by their creator, Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), but they didn’t appear in any of his children’s books. Before Seuss became a celebrated author, he worked in advertising. Seuss drew advertisements from 1928 through the 1940s for Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and created a successful campaign for the…
  • In the latest edition of On the Record, we asked readers to...

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    In the latest edition of On the Record, we asked readers to submit their personal experiences with laboratory glassware. We’ve received some great anecdotes, but the touching story of Ernest G. Barr and his handcrafted McLeod gauge especially moved us. In my second year of graduate studies Purdue University offered a course in glassblowing that attracted me, as I had always admired the glassblower at the university, who made various items as requested by researchers. The course required the mastering of various skills, which included connecting different diameter glass tubes to each other…
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    YouTube: Science

  • Women Try On Vintage Bras

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Women Try On Vintage Bras We asked some brave women to try on old-time bras and corsets. This is what happened. Check out more awesome BuzzFeedBlue videos! From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 2351761 25477 ratings Time: 03:09 More in Science & Technology
  • Early Birds vs Night Owls

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Early Birds vs Night Owls Does the early bird really get the worm? Watch our Pop Music Experiment: SUBSCRIBE! It's free: ---Links to ... From: AsapSCIENCE Views: 1149822 27388 ratings Time: 03:09 More in Science & Technology
  • Kevin Delaney Makes a Cloud

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kevin Delaney Makes a Cloud Jimmy and Lucy Liu perform science experiments with Kevin Delaney, including making a giant cloud in Studio 6B. Subscribe NOW to The Tonight Show Starring Ji... From: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Views: 1833444 25812 ratings Time: 04:39 More in Comedy
  • How to Eat Chicken Without Wanting to Kill Yourself

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    How to Eat Chicken Without Wanting to Kill Yourself Bro Science #58: chicken again :( New GNAR PUMP pre-workout: Facebook: T-shirts: http://www.DomMer... From: BroScienceLife Views: 1226218 23293 ratings Time: 06:51 More in Comedy
  • People You Hate At The Gym

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    People You Hate At The Gym Bro Science #57: the worst people in the gym. New GNAR PUMP pre-workout: Shirts: Facebook: From: BroScienceLife Views: 1626262 24789 ratings Time: 06:38 More in Comedy
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • Teens—Keep Up the Good Work!

    The NIDA Blog Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you were in 8th, 10th, or 12th grade in January, you might have filled out a long survey asking (anonymously) whether you had used different drugs—including alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs—and what your attitudes about drugs were. Every year NIDA asks more than 40,000 students in about 400 schools around the country to take part in our big survey, called Monitoring the Future, which helps us know what students think about drugs and how many people take them. Well, the 2014 results are in … and it’s mostly good news! For several years straight, teens have been drinking less…
  • Crossing the Line: Athletes Risk Their Health When Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

    The NIDA Blog Team
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Athletes want to win—sometimes taking extreme measures to push through the pain and perform at their best. But when has an athlete gone too far? When it gives the athlete an unfair advantage—and threatens his or her health. Painless Play Abusing drugs to overcome pain or inflate athletic abilities is definitely an unfair advantage. This doesn’t include the appropriate use of doctor-prescribed treatments, such as cortisone injections or prescription opioid pain medications. However, using prescription pain medication in a way other than prescribed is not only unfair, it’s dangerous.
  • NIDA’s on VINE!

    The NIDA Blog Team
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’re kicking off our new VINE videos with our much anticipated results of our Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders. Every year in mid-December NIDA announces the new MTF information—-this is our survey of more than 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders. Scientists go to more than 400 schools and ask teens to fill out an anonymous survey in their classrooms.   The VINE video shows an interesting statistic from our 2013 MTF survey on marijuana use by teens within the past year. In addition to marijuana, MTF looks at alcohol and tobacco use, prescription…
  • The Art of Meditation: Focusing Your Brain

    Eric Wargo, Ph.D.
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve always been a huge Star Trek fan. When I was a teenager, my hero was Mister Spock—cool, analytical, even-tempered, and smarter than everyone around him. Being raised in his ancient society of the planet Vulcan made him a force to be reckoned with. He was kind and compassionate, but his mind was unswayed by human passions and fears, and he was always in control. When he was alone, he often sat, eyes closed, deep in meditation. Vulcan is a fictional planet, but I later came to learn that there are real people on Earth kind of like Mister Spock, who possess many of his qualities and…
  • Marijuana Use Can Lower Your Grades

    The NIDA Blog Team
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school than those who don’t use. Those who use it regularly may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time.   Check out NIDA's new infographic that explains what that means in the classroom, and how that can affect your life.     [Click here to view larger version of this infographic or the text-only version]    
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • Scientists locate homing signal in brain, explaining why some people are better navigators

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The part of the brain that tells us the direction to travel when we navigate has been identified by University College London scientists, and the strength of its signal predicts how well people can navigate. In other words, the researchers have found where our 'sense of direction' comes from in the brain and worked out how to measure it using functional magnetic resonance imaging, fMRI.
  • Protection of the mouse gut by mucus depends on microbes

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The quality of the colon mucus in mice depends on the composition of gut microbiota, reports a Swedish-Norwegian team of researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo. The work, published in EMBO reports, suggests that bacteria in the gut affect mucus barrier properties in ways that can have implications for health and disease.
  • NASA's IMAGE and Cluster missions reveal origin of theta auroras

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun's effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to the joint European Space Agency and NASA's Cluster mission combined with data from a past NASA mission called the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, or IMAGE, a particular type of very high-latitude aurora has now been explained.
  • Birds sensed severe storms and fled before tornado outbreak

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Golden-winged warblers apparently knew in advance that a storm that would spawn 84 confirmed tornadoes and kill at least 35 people last spring was coming, according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Dec. 18. The birds left the scene well before devastating supercell storms blew in.
  • Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Four pulses of laser light on nanoparticle photocells in a University of Oregon spectroscopy experiment has opened a window on how captured sunlight can be converted into electricity.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • NASA's Kepler Mission 2.0 Spies a New Super-Earth
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries. Even better, the planet it found is ripe for follow-up studies," says Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). The report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a new super-Earth using data collected during Kepler's "second life." NASA's Kepler spacecraft detects planets by looking for transits, when…
  • Milky Way Star Cluster Discoveries Confound Astronomers
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    A decade ago, astronomers actually thought that the stars within any cluster should all be about the same age, but that idea fell out of favor when clear evidence of the presence of stars of different ages within a single cluster was discovered, at least for the oldest and most populous clusters in our Milky Way. A close look at the night sky reveals that stars don’t like to be alone; instead, they congregate in clusters, in some cases containing as many as several million stars. Until recently, the oldest of these populous star clusters were considered well understood, with the stars in a…
  • An Alien Water World --"Could It be Habitable?" Asks MIT Team
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether any of these exoplanets are hospitable to life depends on a number of criteria. Among these, scientists have thought, is a planet's obliquity the angle of its axis relative to its orbit around a star.The more extreme the tilt, the less habitable a planet may be or so the thinking has gone. Scientists at MIT have found that even a high-obliquity planet, with a nearly horizontal axis, could potentially support life, so long as the planet were completely covered by an ocean. In fact, even a shallow ocean, about 50…
  • "Search for Earth's Deep Life" --Ancient, Hydrogen-Rich Waters Discovered Deep Underground
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Precambrian rocks make up over 70% of the surface of the Earth's crust in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. The team says their findings provide a "global network of sites" with hydrogen-rich waters that can be targeted in the search for deep life over coming years. They also point to the implications for life on Mars. The Red Planet has ancient rocks with hydrogen-producing potential, so could also host microbial life: "If the ancient rocks of Earth…
  • Origin of Earth's Oceans --"From Plate Tectonics or Icy Comets?"
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The relationship between Earth's plate tectonics and surface water is one of the great mysteries in the geosciences. But a new study supports researchers’ growing suspicion that mantle convection somehow regulates the amount of water in the oceans. It also vastly expands the timeline for Earth’s water cycle. “If all of the Earth’s water is on the surface, that gives us one interpretation of the water cycle, where we can think of water cycling from oceans into the atmosphere and into the groundwater over millions of years,” Wendy Panero, associate professor of earth sciences at Ohio…
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  • Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Chooses BenchFly

    Alan Marnett
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re very excited to announce our new partnership with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) to help bring two new video-based services to scientists. For more information, see the original release below. To learn more about how you can participate in Product Pioneers or Rising Stars of Science, please contact us at: Believe in Video.Then Dominate It Join thousands of scientists and marketers already keeping up withthe latest trends, best practices, and freshest ideas in video. Free Registration This is just the beginning... Share your opinions,…
  • New Trend Alert: Using Video to Introduce Data

    Emily Poulin
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Here at BenchFly, we’re always looking for new ways to use video to improve scientific research. During a recent conference in Europe, the value of using video to simply introduce a research topic hit home with me. An exciting part of being a researcher of any level is the opportunity to travel to research conferences held all over the country and the world. However, the tricky part about a conference is that while the audience is typically knowledgeable about the general topic, there are so many contexts in which the specific topic can be covered. Do you work in animals? Cell culture? The…
  • The ART of Video Funded by the Gates Foundation

    Alan Marnett
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    When we started BenchFly five years ago, in 2009, our mission was to make research a better career for current and future generations of scientists. Today we continue to work toward this goal using video as the primary means to educate scientists in companies, in universities and now in high schools! In the fall of 2013, we were incredibly fortunate to have met Kentucky teacher Tricia Shelton (thank you, Twitter!) arguably one of the most energetic, passionate, and dedicated teachers out there. In less than 12 months, our collaboration has resulted in a new video-based curriculum, called…
  • Pipetting with Your iPhone?

    Emily Poulin
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    “Set timer for ten minutes.” Instead of the kitchen timers the rest of us use, the post-doc sitting behind me regularly uses Siri to time his experiments. As it turns out, it’s actually easier to tell a computer to set a timer for you than to do it yourself, and Siri is quickly becoming our lab’s newest research assistant. With a new iPhone model out each year, it’s not hard to believe that we’ll soon have everything we need on the little 2¼” x 4¾” device we can no longer go anywhere without. But what does that mean for us lab rats? And how can we leverage new technology to…
  • Stay Tuned…

    David Shifrin
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Summer, 2014…what a great moment in history. Apple announced “Continuity” at WWDC, the 2016 US Presidential election is starting to ramp up (wait, WHAT!?), England and Spain were knocked out of the World Cup so fast I didn’t even have time to write a joke about bad refereeing and corrupt FIFA officials, and “Fargo” blazed through ten spectacular episodes on FX. While all that’s been going on, the BenchFly team has been…well, watching Tim Cook’s WWDC keynote, trying to avoid stories about politicians’ book tours, enjoying replays of Robin van Persie’s swan-dive…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Simpler, Lens-Free Microscope Developed

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Aydogan Ozcan (UCLA) 18 December 2014. Engineers and medical researchers at University of California in Los Angeles designed a new type of microscope that combines holograms with computational techniques to generate images of pathology samples with quality comparable to lens-type microscopes. The team led by electrical and biomedical engineering professor Aydogan Ozcan published its findings yesterday in the journal Science Translational Medicine (paid subscription required). Four of the paper’s authors, including Ozcan, filed a patent application for the technology. Ozcan also…
  • Janssen, Biotech Partner on Drug Delivery Technology

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    ( 17 December 2014. Halozyme Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in San Diego, is licensing its drug delivery technology for under-the-skin injections to Janssen Biotech, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies and a division of Johnson & Johnson. The deal is expected to bring Halozyme up to $581 million in initial and milestone payments. Halozyme develops synthetic enzymes, proteins that affect the matrix or framework of cells. Its technology platform, called Enhanze, focuses on the enzyme hyaluronidase that acts by degrading hyaluronan, a naturally occurring gel-like…
  • Eye Tracking System Devised to Diagnose Brain Injuries

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Uzma Samadani (VA New York Harbor Healthcare System) 17 December 2014. Researchers at New York University Medical Center designed a technology that spots brain injuries in patients by tracking their eye movements while watching a few minutes of videos. The team led by neuroscience and physiology professor Uzma Samadani, with colleagues from other NYU departments and VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, published its proof-of-concept findings last week in Journal of Neurosurgery (paid subscription required). Samadani — also Chief of Neurosurgery at VA New York Harbor Heathcare System…
  • Spin-Off Building Simplifed Signal Processing Connections

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Peter Kinget (Columbia University) 16 December 2014. An engineering lab at Columbia University in New York is spinning off a new company aiming to design simpler connections between analog and digital signals as systems get smaller and performance becomes more demanding. Seamless Devices Inc., founded by electrical engineering professor Peter Kinget and former graduate student Jayanth Kuppambatti, began in business at the end of October 2014. Kinget’s research group is part of Columbia’s Integrated Systems Laboratory that studies analog, radio-frequency, and power circuits for…
  • Pfizer, Opko Partner on Growth Hormone Drug

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Human growth hormone, molecular graphic (National Center for Biotechnology Information) 16 December 2014. The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is licensing an engineered compound to treat human growth hormone deficiency in adults and children from Opko Health Inc., a provider of therapeutics and diagnostics. The deal has a potential value to Opko of $570 million, plus royalties from sales. Opko Health, based in Miami, offers drugs and diagnostic tests, that it commercializes from investments in and acquisition of intellectual property developed by other enterprises. In April 2013, Opko acquired…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Study: Wind Is Biggest Weather Driver Of Great Lakes Algal Blooms

    Daniel Kelly
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Scientists at Ohio State University have ranked the potency of weather changes in driving Great Lakes algal blooms, according to a release from the university. The most influential driver, they’ve found, is wind. Unlike other investigations that have zeroed in on the roles of algae-feeding nitrogen and phosphorus, the study takes a closer look at weather because its factors remain important throughout the year, researchers say, whereas nutrient levels can vary. Lake Ontario, as seen from the campus of Appleby College. (Credit: Cecilia Pang via Wikimedia Commons) The real question in the…
  • Higher Arctic Temperatures To Push Greenland’s Glacial Lakes Inland

    Daniel Kelly
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    As Arctic temperatures rise, researchers say, supraglacial lakes covering Greenland will double in area, according to The lakes will spread much farther inland than they reach today – about 110 kilometers, or just over 68 miles. Impacts of the supraglacial lakes had long been assumed to be small, but a study led by scientists at the University of Leeds has shown the lakes will have dramatic impacts on the flow of the continent’s ice sheet. With higher temperatures and faster ice melting, changes are expected. Greenland Ice Sheet. (Credit: Flickr User Bernt Rostad via…
  • Great Lakes End 15-Year Streak Of Low Levels

    Daniel Kelly
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    After 15 years of below-average water levels, the Great Lakes have rebounded to normal depths, according to the Toledo Blade. The changes should help with shipping and boating on the waterways. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environment Canada say that an increase in seasonal precipitation appears to be the main driver. An expanding network of offshore evaporation monitoring stations have recorded typical rates, they say, despite recent low temperatures and high ice cover. Lake Huron. (Credit: Flickr User Charles Pence…
  • Research Summary: Spatial And Temporal Trends In Invertebrate Communities Of Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands

    Guest Submissions
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    1Institute for Great Lakes Research and Department of Biology, Central Michigan University Throughout the Laurentian Great Lakes, lacustrine wetlands form where coastal geomorphology provides protection from hydrologic energy and where sediments are conducive to macrophyte growth. Great Lakes coastal wetlands (GLCWs) are important habitat for fish, amphibians, reptiles, wading birds, and waterfowl. Invertebrates make up a large component of the diets of these animals—linking algal and detrital energy sources to higher trophic levels. Therefore, identifying the natural and anthropogenic…
  • Exposed Salts Spell High Albedo For Russia’s Lake Elton

    Daniel Kelly
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Russia’s Lake Elton is one of the largest and saltiest inland lakes in Europe. But it is probably better known for its reflective properties, according to a release from NASA’s Earth Observatory. This reflectance is called albedo, essentially the proportion of sunlight an object receives related to the amount of sunlight it reflects back. And Lake Elton has an almost unreal level of albedo, as seen in this satellite photo from August 2014: Lake Elton as seen from space in August 2014. (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory, Landsat 8) A team of researchers looked into Lake Elton’s reflectance…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • Science Storytelling Workshop at AGU14

    Laura Nielsen
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:19 pm
    “What does this look like?” “Zombies!” one of the scientists suggested. “Right,” the cinematographer agreed. He reinforced the idea of shifting the frame to give the person on camera space for their gaze to travel – ‘Lookroom’. He’d noted before that when there’s an empty space looming behind a person’s back it creates tension. Perhaps […]
  • Where is Lake El’Gygytgyn? TV science special

    Laura Nielsen
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    WHERE IS LAKE EL’GYGYTGYN?  Monday, December 8th 2014, watch the FrontierScientists science special about drilling for ancient climate data by tuning in to 360 North. Watch over the air from Alaska, or watch online from anywhere in the world by visiting at 5am UTC. This 30 minute installment features real scientists and their cutting edge work. […]
  • Lab fridge Arctic ground squirrels

    Laura Nielsen
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    “They do their best to approximate a sphere,” Loren Buck explained as he removed the ground squirrel from its lab-made hibernaculum. Hibernating Arctic ground squirrels can sustain a core body temperature of just -2.9°C [26.78°F]. “It’s cold… Do you want to touch it?” Buck uncurled the animal carefully. “He knows he’s being handled, it just takes a […]
  • Many angles to decode frozen debris lobes

    Laura Nielsen
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    “Something chewed on the casing,” Margaret Darrow explained. “Probably a bear.” Blue chips were scattered from the cracked ABS pipe. Inside the casings that protect the holes drilled in and around frozen debris lobe -A there’s non-toxic propylene glycol. Propylene glycol, this brand a clear greenish liquid, prevents freezing – helpful for scientific instruments – […]
  • Effective stress and FDL science

    Laura Nielsen
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    “It’s a very dynamic slope,” Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it’s the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to […]
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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha, Nebraska

  • Biodiesel Oxidation

    Pohlman Brent
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    This particular attribute is important with respect to the shelf life of biodiesel. Time, temperature, moisture, air and contaminants all contribute to accelerated oxidation. A rule of thumb for hot, humid regions like the Gulf Coast is that biodiesel shelf life is six months; in colder, dryer regions, it can be longer. But if you […]
  • Germs at Work

    Pohlman Brent
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    This news story is very alarming! If you are a germaphobic, you may not be able to stomach all of the places that germs reside at your office place. Remember, where moisture can reside, so can bacteria. It is always a good idea to be conscious of the places you come in contact with and […]
  • Honey without Pollen?

    Pohlman Brent
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    I came across this article, “Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition” and was a bit surprised that ultrafiltration was removing so much pollen. When honey is pasteurized it is heated to such high temperatures that it kills a majority of the […]
  • Ever considered a major in food science

    Pohlman Brent
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:07 am
    As I see more and more food samples being received at Midwest Laboratories, I see this whole industry of food science really growing exponentially. As I take different tour groups through the lab, many science students are looking at food as an exciting area of science to pursue. Food is the one area that touches […]
  • Soil Sampling – Conquering Your Fears

    Pohlman Brent
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    The cold blast we experienced in November is gone and now many growers are going back to their land to pull samples for analysis. If you need a gentle reminder of how important it is to understand the makeup of your soil, check out this article from HoosierAg that was released a few weeks ago, […]
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  • Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. “Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine “Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated…
  • Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges. Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.
  • One Central Hub for All Your Content

    Andy Peatling
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Last week, we announced a few updates to the interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices. Our push to make all sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using. From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we…
  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 9

    Mark Armstrong
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Here’s more great reading for you: five stories we love from across all of WordPress. 1. Spaces of Freedom in Iran Jake Threadgould An account of one traveler’s stay in Iran: On my second night in Iran I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner (yours truly) in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous when we stepped out of the car and onto the street. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic. 2. Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of Boogie…
  • New Theme: Twenty Fifteen

    Ian Stewart
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    It’s that time of year again. The snow has started falling in northern countries, friends are gathering together to exchange presents, and it’s time to launch a beautiful new annual theme for WordPress. Hello World, Twenty Fifteen is here. Twenty Fifteen is all about the details. Everything you publish is elegantly set in Noto Sans and Noto Serif, keeping the design harmonious and balanced in multiple languages around the globe. That polylingual pixel perfection is matched by its responsive design. From device to device, Twenty Fifteen will look smart and polished. The attention…
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  • Los edulcorantes artificiales inducen intolerancia a la glucosa mediante la alteración de la microbiota intestinal

    Francisco P. Chávez
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
      Los edulcorantes artificiales, promovidos como ayudas a la pérdida de peso y la prevención de la diabetes, en realidad podrían acelerar el desarrollo de la intolerancia a la glucosa y el síndrome metabólico. Lo increíble es que lo hacen de una manera sorprendente: cambiando la composición y función de la microbiota intestinal, es decir, la población de bacterias que residen en nuestros intestinos. Los resultados de los experimentos en ratones y en seres humanos se publicaron en la revista Nature. Según los autores el uso generalizado de los edulcorantes artificiales en…
  • Cerca de 80 millones de bacterias se transfieren durante un beso de 10 segundos

    Francisco P. Chávez
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Nada menos que 80 millones de bacterias se transfieren durante un beso de 10 segundos. Esto según un estudio publicado en la revista Microbiome. El estudio también encontró que las parejas que se besan al menos nueve veces al día comparten comunidades similares de bacterias orales. Un ecosistema de más de 100 billones de microorganismos que viven en nuestro cuerpo y llamado microbioma es esencial para la digestión de los alimentos, la síntesis de nutrientes, y la prevención de enfermedades. Se forma no solo por la genética, la dieta y la edad, sino también por las personas con las…
  • Trasplante de neuronas derivadas de células madre embrionarias restaura función motora en la enfermedad de Parkinson

    Francisco P. Chávez
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    La enfermedad de Parkinson es un trastorno del movimiento incurable que afecta a millones de personas en todo el mundo, pero las opciones actuales de tratamiento pueden causar efectos secundarios graves y perder eficacia con el tiempo. En un estudio publicado por la revista Cell Stem Cell, científicos demostraron que el trasplante de neuronas derivadas de células madre embrionarias humanas (hESCs) puede restaurar la función motora en un modelo de rata de la enfermedad de Parkinson, allanando el camino para el uso de terapia de reemplazo celular en ensayos clínicos humanos. El estudio…
  • Marihuana puede ofrecer tratamiento para la enfermedad de Alzheimer

    Francisco P. Chávez
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
      Extremadamente bajos niveles del compuesto de la marihuana conocida como delta-9-tetrahidrocannabinol, o THC, puede retrasar o detener la progresión de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, según un estudio reciente de los neurocientíficos de la Universidad del sur de la Florida. Los resultados de los experimentos, utilizando un modelo celular de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, se reportaron en línea en el Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Investigadores en Alzheimer mostraron que dosis extremadamente bajas de THC reducen la producción de beta-amiloide, que se encuentra en una forma…
  • Descubierto el dinosaurio terrestre más pesado del mundo

    Francisco P. Chávez
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
      Los científicos han descubierto y descrito una nueva especie de dinosaurio súper masivo con el esqueleto más completo que se ha encontrado en su tipo. A los 85 pies (26 m) de largo y un peso aproximado de 65 toneladas (59.300 kg) en vida, Dreadnoughtus schrani sería el animal terrestre más grande para el cual una masa corporal se puede calcular con precisión. Su esqueleto es excepcionalmente completo, con más del 70 por ciento de los huesos, con exclusión de la cabeza, representada. Debido a que todos los dinosaurios supermasivos descubiertos con anterioridad sólo se conocen…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • Facebook and Google have a moral duty to stop online abuse

    Nicolas Suzor, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    There's a balance between service providers' responsiveness and responsibility when it comes to online abuse. Stefan/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDIt’s the stuff of nightmares: your intimate images are leaked and posted online by somebody you thought you could trust. But in Australia, victims often have no real legal remedy for this kind of abuse. This is the key problem of regulating the internet. Often, speech we might consider abusive or offensive isn’t actually illegal. And even when the law technically prohibits something, enforcing it directly against offenders can be difficult. It is…
  • Rise and shine! New Horizons awakes ahead of a date with Pluto

    Jonti Horner, Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at University of Southern Queensland
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Artist's impression of New Horizons as it swings past the dwarf planet Pluto, in July 2015. NASAWhile the Mars Rovers and the Rosetta spacecraft will continue to make headlines in 2015, the stage is set for the solar system’s next great mission – the Pluto-bound New Horizons. Discovered in 1930, it was assumed that Pluto was a planet, with a mass comparable to that of the Earth. This was partially based on its brightness, along with the mistaken assumption that it was perturbing the orbits of Neptune and Uranus. As the decades passed, and our observations of Pluto improved, its…
  • How to teach all students to think critically

    Peter Ellerton, Lecturer in Critical Thinking at The University of Queensland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Something to ponder – how to teach critical thinking. Brittany Randolph/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAll first year students at the University of Technology Sydney could soon be required to take a compulsory maths course in an attempt to give them some numerical thinking skills. The new course would be an elective next year and mandatory in 2016 with the university’s deputy vice-chancellor for education and students Shirley Alexander saying the aim is to give students some maths “critical thinking” skills. This is a worthwhile goal, but what about critical thinking in general? Most tertiary…
  • A Christmas comet to be seen from dark skies

    Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you are away from the bustle of the city these holidays, then try your luck at spotting a faint comet in the northern sky. Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 is the fifth comet to be discovered by Brisbane amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Comets are the only astronomical objects that are automatically named for the person who found them. Lovejoy found the comet last August using an 8-inch telescope. It was about the same distance from the sun as the asteroid belt and was located around 420 million km from Earth. At that distance, the comet’s brightness was measured at 15th magnitude, which is…
  • From disgust to deceit – a shorter path than you might think

    Lisa A Williams, Lecturer, School of Psychology at UNSW Australia
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Our reaction to disgusting things may be evolutionarily-derived. Flickr/Rainja, CC BY-NC-NDFeeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours such as lying to get more money. At first look, these findings would suggest that feelings of disgust are to be avoided (such as dealing with that mouldy food container in the work fridge before the holiday break). On deeper reflection, though, the takeaway message isn’t one of “emotions are bad” but instead is one of the significance of our emotional system for helping us…
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  • No news is good news

    David Bradley
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Depending on whether or not you’re a pessimist or an optimist, either the aphorism “no news is good news” holds true or the maxim “all publicity is good publicity” is more accurate. But, could whether news is good or bad be self-perpetuating, particularly in terms of business and financial news? UK researchers have analysed the impact of the financial crisis that began in 2008 by looking at news output in terms of company chair financial statements for the period 2006 to 2010 for financial companies. The regression analysis by Khaled Hussainey of the Plymouth…
  • Dave Bradley Music

    David Bradley
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you didn’t know, I’m a science journalist by day, a photographer on my days off and a musician by night. I’ve written and recorded a few songs over the last couple of years, which you can get hold of from the usual download sites: iTunes, BandCamp, Google Play, Amazon mp3, Spotify, SoundCloud etc. Mostly originals but a handful of covers licenced through Loudr for iTunes and others. Here’s a very short list of a few of the musicians, bands and artists I admire: Athlete, America, The Beatles, David Bowie, Kate Bush, John Denver, Elbow, Peter Gabriel, Led…
  • Science is not just a theory

    David Bradley
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    I say theory, he says theory but what do you think we mean when we talk about theories, like Big Bang theory, the theory of evolution by natural selection, the theory of relativity (both general and special) and quantum theory. Well, we don’t mean it’s “just” a theory, like some vague idea a bloke down the pub came up with to explain the woes of the world, it’s not some conspiracy theory. If only we could’ve been more positive and used another word without the negative connotations of the man on the Clapham omnibus’ conception of the word…
  • Put them on hold

    David Bradley
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:17 am
    Songs of Experience by Dave Bradley It’s a quarter of a century since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but still lives are put on hold by those who will divide and subjugate us. Isn’t it time, once again, to reject their calls, put them on hold? Put them on hold I made the call that I’m a free man I talked wild of spirit, throughout the land I saw the wonders that were open to mankind I held up hope and love and life as gifts that we might shine Then days became much darker than the night The hope we had soon vanished from our sight The love we took for granted we’d never…
  • Is breast best?

    David Bradley
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Is it oversharing to tell you I wasn’t breastfed as an infant? Tough. I don’t feel that being bottlefed formula milk did me any harm. Breastfeeding is natural but it’s not always possible for new mothers and the push from the healthcare workers for breast is best waxes and wanes as any social fashion. There is a lot of guilt poured on mothers who (a) choose to breast feed their infant (b) choose not to breast feed their infant (c) cannot breast feed their infant. Take your pick, there’s guilt from every angle. If it’s physiologically possible it should be every…
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  • Silicon Valley Goes to Space

    Sheraz Sadiq
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
      A new generation of entrepreneurs – sprung from the high-risk, high-tech culture of Silicon Valley – is launching private, for-profit ventures to open up space for tourism, transportation, rapid earth imaging and even mining the moon. It's a far cry from the early days of space exploration, where NASA led the way, culminating in Neil Armstrong's first bold steps on the moon in July 1969. Companies such as Virgin Galactic, which bills itself  as the world's first commercial spaceliner, and rocket maker SpaceX, which in 2012 became the first private company to…
  • What Is Climate Change?

    QUEST Staff
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Click on the interactive map above to see major climate zones in the United States. Within these zones there may be microclimates, areas where the climate differs from the surrounding climate. There's a lot of talk about climate change in the news, but it's a topic that can be really hard to understand. What exactly is climate change? Put simply, climate change is a change in average weather patterns over a long period of time. However, people often confuse natural variations in weather with climate change. In order to understand the distinction, you have to understand the…
  • Evidence of Global Warming

    QUEST Staff
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
      Click on the text boxes above to learn more about the evidence that supports global warming. Scientists around the globe have noticed that over the last 40 years Earth, as a whole, has been warming. This phenomenon, known as global warming, is affecting regional climates differently. For example, some regions may experience warmer summers, while other regions may see winters with heavier snowstorms. A rise in Earth's average temperature isn't always immediately apparent. For example, some places still get snowy winters which might appear to contradict the idea of global warming.
  • What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?

    QUEST Staff
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
      Click on the touch icons in the above interactive to see sources of the main greenhouse gases. Climate change is primarily caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gases, or heat-trapping gases, in the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are certain molecules in the air that have the ability to trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere. Some greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), occur naturally and play an important role in Earth's climate. If they didn't exist, the planet would be a much colder place. However, some human activities, such as mining and burning…
  • The Keeling Curve Explained

    QUEST Staff
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Click on the red circles above to learn more about the Keeling Curve, which plots CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere over time. The Keeling Curve is one of the most compelling pieces of scientific evidence that shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) is accumulating in our atmosphere. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere and help keep the planet warm. More greenhouse gas molecules in the air means more heat is trapped, leading to an overall warming of the planet. CO2 is a molecule made up of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms, and it moves in and out of the…
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Christmas Greenery - Friend Or Foe?

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – toxin, botany, cancer chemotherapies, pregnancy, evergreen Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23. The townspeople carve radishes into shapes, characters or scenes and then they are judged.  It began as a suggestion by a couple of monks to bring people in to the market to buy the produce that the farmers had raised, so it’s a Christmas plant tradition that really has little to do with Christmas.In the middle of Northern hemisphere’s winter we use plants to help celebrate Christmas, but the practice is much older…
  • Christmas Trees Have Trouble Seeing The Light

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – photoprotection, photosynthesis, non-photochemical quenching, reaction center, yule, evergreen, chlorophyll Yule was/is a pagan celebration in midwinter. Krampus was the spirit who came during Yule to punish children who had misbehaved. Yule celebrations used evergreens (note his headdress) and this has continued in the modern Christmas celebration, but the Krampus became paired with good Saint Nicholas, so they kind of went the other way with that one.Christmas trees are pagan holdovers from when early Christianity adopted December 25th as the date of the holiday. Pagan…
  • How Slime Molds Our World

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – Protista, fungus-like protists, penicillin, undulipodia, serendipity, potato famine, networks, co-evolution, slime mold It’s one thing for Dr. Fleming to have discovered pencillin by accident. It’s another to admit to everyone – most people would just say, “I meant to do that.” Fleming was great at serendipity; he discovered human lysozyme when some snot dripped from his nose when he had a cold onto a bacteria filled agar plate and they died.Have you ever had the fortunate experience of looking for one thing and finding something better? Your find wasn’t what…
  • As A Bird - It's No Turkey

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mr. Carlson and Herb Tarlek had to deal with the aftermath of bombing Cincinnati with live turkeys. The line about turkeys being able to fly is one of the most famous in TV history. But he should have at least questioned whether they could fly, there are more than 50 species of flightless bird alive as we speak.In a famous 1978 episode of the TV sitcom, WKRP In Cincinnati, station manager Arthur Carlson releases turkeys from a helicopter to a waiting crowd below as part of a holiday publicity stunt. The birds crashed to the ground (off camera), as intrepid reporter Less Nessman described the…
  • A Meal More Powerful Than The NFL

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – genetic code, neurotransmittersA turkey dinner with all the fixins can lead to a satisfying nap. But the meal usually takes a little longer than this to have an effect. This fellow might be more affected by last night’s activities than today’s meal.Turkeydinner at Thanksgiving brings the family together, celebrates the bountiful harvest, and puts you to sleep just as the NFL games are ready to start. Many people think that if you eat less turkey and fill up on the other goodies you can escape the post-Thanksgiving meal sleepiness. Other people look forward to eating…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Solving the vanadium dioxide conundrum

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers have shed new light on a long standing conundrum in condensed-matter physics by combining electron microscopy and laser spectroscopy in novel ways. Vanadium dioxide has intrigued the scientific community since the late 1950s; it acts as a semiconductor at low temperatures, but transforms into a highly conductive metal at around 60°C, meaning a range of potential applications from high-speed optical switches to heat sensitive smart coatings. Researchers at McGill University have developed instrumentation uniting electron microscopy and laser spectroscopy which has enabled them to…
  • X-ray absorption reveals water structure mystery

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new twist on x-ray absorption spectroscopy has allowed American scientists to reveal the molecular structure of water at gold electrodes. When a solid is immersed in liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from the bulk of the liquid – when the solid surface is charged it can drive further changes, but elucidating the molecular structure at the interface has proved difficult. Now, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have observed this molecular structure at a gold surface under different conditions. The team used a 100nm x-ray transparent window with…
  • AMS shows modern humans and Neanderthals overlapped

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Strong evidence that Neanderthals overlapped with modern humans for up to 5,400 years has been revealed using an improved accelerator mass spectrometry technique. Researchers from the University of Oxford dated over 200 samples of bone, charcoal and shell from 40 key European archaeological sites linked to Mousterian (Neanderthal tool-making sites) or transitional sites related to either early modern humans or Neanderthals. “Using accelerators we are able to undertake direct ion counting. We can measure the 14C abundance directly,” Professor Thomas Higham told Laboratory News. “We…
  • New hypothesis of the origin of life

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    New research has shown that deep-reaching interconnected fault systems provide the right conditions for the origin of life. The fluid mixture in the system, consisting of water, carbon dioxide and other gases, rises constantly to the surface potentially allowing different stages of synthesis and providing all necessary ingredients for prebiotic chemistry. Prof Christian Mayer, leader of the research said: “It is the first model on the origin of life which includes a complete process leading from inorganic chemistry to a protocell where the problems of molecule formation, local…
  • A corker of an infrared spectroscopy study…

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers have employed infrared spectroscopy techniques to determine how a cork might perform in a wine bottle. A team from the Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid, INIA-CIFOR and the Universidad de Córdoba have used the techniques to calculate equations allowing them to estimate the properties of corks faster than traditional methods. Stoppers are generally made from cork, a tissue made of bark from the cork oak. Like all materials directly extracted from nature, it has a high variability compared to synthetic products. Typically they are treated with silicon or a combination of paraffin…
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    Breaking Science News from SciGuru Science News

  • Protection of the mouse gut by mucus depends on microbes

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    The quality of the colon mucus in mice depends on the composition of gut microbiota, reports a Swedish-Norwegian team of researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo. The work, published in EMBO reports, suggests that bacteria in the gut affect mucus barrier properties in ways that can have implications for health and disease.
  • Islet cell transplantation restores type 1 diabetics' blood sugar defense mechanisms

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published online in Diabetes....
  • Atrial disease and hypertension links

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Preamyloid oligomers – precursors of the insoluble, misfolded proteins linked to aging-related degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer disease – are present in human heart atria, according to new findings from Vanderbilt investigators. While atrial amyloidosis (accumulation of amyloid) can develop with aging, the presence of preamyloid oligomers in atrial tissue had not been...
  • Study Hints that Ancient Earth Made Its Own Water—Geologically

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system?
  • Researcher to cancer: “Resistance will be futile”

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Turning the tables, Katherine Borden at the University of Montreal's Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) has evoked Star Trek's Borg in her fight against the disease. “Cancer cells rapidly evolve a multitude of defense mechanisms to evade the effects of the oncologist's drug arsenal. Unfortunately, clinical strategies to overcome these lag far behind,...
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    Citizen Science Projects

  • Can You Spot a City?

    Chandra Clarke
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    The researchers at the Extragalactic Astrophysics and Astronomical Instrumentation Group at the Universidad Coplutense de Madrid need your help to georeference the position of cities that appear in ISS images. According to Jose Gomez Castano, the “Lost at Night” project is part of a study of light pollution and the energy consumption derived from it. “We use images taken from the International Space Station as part of our investigations, provided by Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA-Johnson Space Center,” says Castano. “To compare the images with the…
  • Are you up for a challenge?

    Chandra Clarke
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many of the citizen science projects covered on this site are designed to allow anyone to participate. This week, I have one that is designed to pique the interest of those of you in IT: the computer scientists, the developers, and the people who like to think in terms of big data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence. In the Climate Resilience Data Challenge, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) want to know how you want to access the boat-loads of data they have…
  • The Mysterious Rakali

    Chandra Clarke
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    A bitty rakali. (Photo credit JJ Harrison via Wikimedia Commons) Here’s your excuse to go and visit Australia: The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) needs your help to learn more about a shy and little known water rat called the rakali. The WWF and the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife have launched a citizen science effort called “The Rakali Community” to collect more information about the rodent, in order to better understand where they live, and how populations might be faring. “Rakali are mysterious, shy creatures, so it can be difficult to study…
  • Featured video: SETI Talks About Citizen Science

    Chandra Clarke
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Moderated by Dane Glasgow, this five-member panel discusses SETI and citizen science. The post Featured video: SETI Talks About Citizen Science appeared first on Citizen Science Projects.
  • It’s a fair question: why do I do citizen science?

    Chandra Clarke
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
    A guest post by Sharman Apt Russell Citizen science enlarges my world. When I am in the mood, I classify galaxies at the online site Galaxy Zoo, looking at images from the Hubbell Space Telescope or Sloan Sky Digital Survey. In summer, once again I will be looking for tiger beetles along the banks of the Gila River as part of a personal research project under the mentorship of two entomologists, David Pearson and Barry Knisley, co-authors of The Field Guide to Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada. My task is to fill in a small blank spot on the world map of tiger beetles: the larval…
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  • Eohupehsuchus brevicollis: Paleontologists Discover Short-Necked Triassic Marine Reptile
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Paleontologists led by Dr Xiao-hong Chen of the China Geological Survey’s Wuhan Center have discovered a new species of marine reptile that lived in what is now China during the Lower Triassic, about 245 million years ago. The newly-discovered creature belonged to Hupehsuchia, a group of enigmatic Triassic marine reptiles that is known exclusively from [...]
  • Scientist Discovers New Species of Sea Lily, Auctioning Off Naming Rights on eBay
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    Prof Charles Messing from the Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center is auctioning off the naming rights on eBay to a new species of sea lily he discovered at about 800 meters deep off the Bahamas. As is customary in the scientific world, the expert in the specific field has the honor of naming a new [...]
  • Secrets of Roman Architectural Concrete Uncovered
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    A group of scientists led by Dr Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University has revealed clues to the longevity and endurance of such Imperial Roman monuments as the Colosseum and Pantheon. The Romans developed a standard formula for making mortar about two millennia ago. This mortar binds cobble-sized fragments of tuff and brick, and it was [...]
  • Astronomers Capture New Image of Open Star Cluster Messier 47
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Astronomers using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory have snapped a spectacular new image of a Messier object known as M47, or Messier 47. Messier 47, also known as NGC 2422, is an open star cluster located in the constellation Puppis, about 1,600 light-years away. It [...]
  • Early Inhabitants of Easter Island Thrived on Sweet Potato Diet
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    Ancient Easter Islanders had a diet of mostly sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) before European contact, according to researchers Dr John Dudgeon from Idaho State University and Monica Tromp from the University of Otago, New Zealand. The team has just published a new paper clearing up their previous puzzling finding that suggested palm may have been [...]
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  • These are the top tech gifts of the past 20 years

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I remember growing up there were certain gifts that I would prefer more than others. Like any average young kid, most of the presents I wanted were either gaming consoles, games to go with the console, toys, or some sort of gadget. That was the common… The post These are the top tech gifts of the past 20 years appeared first on Just Science.
  • Top 5 Tech Toys for Kids 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    As we all know around the holiday season kids are going to go crazy over all the new toys and gadgets that are being sold. I have collected up a few tech toys that I’m sure any kid would enjoy for a great gift. Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying… The post Top 5 Tech Toys for Kids 2014 appeared first on Just Science.
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    When I set up my business I also thought I would do more to create awareness around Autism, which is a spectrum. I have since discovered that just one person running around and doing workshops is really not going to make… The post Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder appeared first on Just Science.
  • What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
      Human nature is, ‘if there is a problem you fix it’. My son’s medical history was a nightmare.   Born with the cord wrapped around his neck and by emergency caesarean.    He was very small so got sick easily and… The post What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder appeared first on Just Science.
  • What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
      Human nature is, ‘if there is a problem you fix it’. My son’s medical history was a nightmare.   Born with the cord wrapped around his neck and by emergency caesarean.    He was very small so got sick easily and… The post What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Do Concussions Lead To Suicide?

    Emily Oster
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Nov. 30, Kosta Karageorge, a defensive lineman for Ohio State, was found dead of a gunshot wound — an apparent suicide. His family cited his multiple sports-related concussions (Karageorge was also a wrestler) as contributing to confusion and depression that may have led to his death.If confirmed as a suicide, Karageorge’s death would be the latest in a series of suicides among current and former football players. As a result, players and advocates have increasingly linked depression and suicide to the long-term impact of repeat concussions. In recent years, the NFL has…
  • We Could See More And More ‘Hot Droughts’ Like California’s

    Christie Aschwanden
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Last week, California’s dry spell got a temporary reprieve thanks to an onslaught of Pacific storms. But the storms won’t be enough to turn back the state’s drought — one that, researchers say, is the region’s worst in the last 1,200 years.California’s drought began in late 2011 and rapidly intensified. Reservoirs stand empty, and as of this month, the U.S. Drought Monitor has classified conditions in 79.7 percent of the state as being in “extreme” or “exceptional” drought.To compare the current drought’s severity to that of previous ones, University of Minnesota…
  • Organic Eating In The Alley Behind Your Apartment

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Data has parents. Someone decides what are and what are not assists during a basketball game, tallying them from the sidelines. Headlines about the number of people who have died from Ebola probably began with an aid worker counting cases. Understanding a stat means exploring its origin story.The Collectors, a series of 10 short documentaries from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films, tells these stories. The films profile passionate people scrounging for information to save the world’s bees or find the formula for funny. The first documentary, “Food Cartographers,” directed by…
  • Which City Has The Most Unpredictable Weather?

    Nate Silver
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Most every American has some basis to complain about unpredictable weather. As a mid-latitude country with shining seas and majestic mountain ranges and fruited, wind-swept plains, we’re subject to pretty much every type of weather meteorologists have thought to identify. So perhaps you’ve heard the line: “If you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait five minutes.” Or you’ve heard it applied to a city nearer to you: Denver or San Francisco or Atlanta or Boston.But where in the country is the weather truly the most unpredictable?We’re going to answer this question in a specific…
  • How Skyrocketing Gun Sales Are Helping To Conserve Butterflies

    Christie Aschwanden
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.The Nature Conservancy has a project in the works near Saratoga, New York, that will preserve an area that’s already home to these lupines and…
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  • Where Was Earth’s Water Born?

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Photo:Comet 67/P Copyright:ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM The question of where all of Earth’s water came from has been a scientific puzzle. It was long presumed that the planet wasn’t born with it, but that it appeared some 700 million years later—likely from comets. But data sent back by Rosetta from comet 67/P refutes that theory, reports The New York Times. The water on it—which exists in the form of ice and vapor—is different from terrestrial water. That water has thrice the concentration of “heavy water” (a form of water in which its hydrogen is replaced by deuterium, a heavier…
  • Where, To Be A Square, Is An Honor

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Edwin A. Abbott’s “Flatland,” published in 1884, is an obscure Victorian gem that very few have heard of. A rare geometrical fantasy, the brilliant little book describes a cramped world of two dimensions, whose inhabitants can’t conceive of a third dimension and nor would they like to. Its charming narrator, A. Square, takes readers on a tour of his straitjacketed country. All its citizens are geometric figures—triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, dodecagons—reside in a plane that knows not the mildest thickness. There, they mill about freely, “but without the power of…
  • NASA To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    A couple of years ago, NASA announced that it was developing a “warp drive” that would enable “faster-than-light” travel. A few months back, it revealed what a spacecraft, equipped with such a technology, might look like. The project—a collaboration between starship designer Mark Rademaker and NASA aerospace engineer Harold White—has yielded the I.X.S. Enterprise. The I.X.S. Enterprise. Credit: Mark Rademaker/ Flickr Though not quite as streamlined as its science-fictional namesake, U.S.S. Enterprise, its disc-shaped flight deck instantly conjures the bridge from where Captain…
  • Silent Suffering:Marine Parks

    Ellie Pownall
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Throughout the world there are over 30 sea life centre’s housing hundreds of different species. The 2004 study of UK public aquariums found that a massive 79% of animals in the aquariums studied were wild-caught. Wild life experts such as Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) are increasingly concerned about the treatment of animals in Sea Life facilities. Although Sea Life aquariums have many conservation projects such as “Sea Life trust” and projecting global schemes such as “Beach Clean”, “Back from the brink” and “Conversation of turtle nests”, CAPS have found that…
  • No Windows, But One Breathtaking Vista

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    CPI, a U.K.-based technology incubator is developing an airplane fuselage that has no windows. In place of portholes, it’ll have a series of high-resolution digital-display panels, lining the cabin walls, which will project the scene outside the aircraft, captured by outboard cameras, reports The Economist. This would make the plane seem as if it had one long, continuous window. Cameras on the inside would track the movements of a passenger’s head and automatically adjust it for parallax so as to enhance of sensation of looking out of a window. The technology could be ready within a…
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    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    7 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Holmes, D., Ripple, A., & Manheimer, M. (2013). Energy-Efficient Superconducting Computing—Power Budgets and Requirements IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 23 (3), 1701610-1701610 DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2013.2244634

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.The American Museum of Natural History recently created Shelf Life, an original series about the history and importance of scientific collections. They asked me to share the series with other science enthusiasts via social media, but after watching the video for the first episode, "33 Million Things," I couldn't resist talking a little more about what Shelf Life is. Read the infographic below to get a short preview of what you can see and learn from Shelf Life.Watch Shelf Life

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Lee, J., Loya, P., Lou, J., & Thomas, E. (2014). Dynamic mechanical behavior of multilayer graphene via supersonic projectile penetration Science, 346 (6213), 1092-1096 DOI: 10.1126/science.1258544 [Full Text (HTML)]

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Troxel WM (2010). It's more than sex: exploring the dyadic nature of sleep and implications for health. Psychosomatic medicine, 72 (6), 578-86 PMID: 20467000 [Full Text (PDF)]Putilov, A., Donskaya, O., & Verevkin, E. (2015). How many diurnal types are there? A search for two further “bird species” Personality and Individual Differences, 72, 12-17 DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.08.003 [Full Text (HTML)]Wang, C., Sun, Y., & Zang, H. (2014). Music therapy improves sleep quality in acute and chronic sleep disorders:…

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Emily GallowayColumnistThe Wannabe ScientistViputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Until the late 19th century, it was odd for doctors, let alone people in general, to wash their hands. But in 1847, Dr. Semmelweis discovered that the spread of puerperal fever, a fatal disease commonly contracted by women in labor, was reduced when obstetric nurses disinfected their hands. Dr. Semmelweis proposed that microbes transferred between people could spread infection, and his solution was the invention of hand disinfection (2).Good hygiene leads to less disease? This sounds like a…
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  • Largest Rock Ever Moved

    Anupum Pant
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Anupum Pant The story of the largest rock ever moved by man goes back to the year 1768 – A time when even ball bearings weren’t around. It’s hard to believe that no one has topped it after that. Not even after immense technological advancement of the twenty first century has man moved a rock larger than that one. In 1768, in order to build a huge statue for Peter the great, a three million pound stone was required to be moved into St. Petersburg. This would later serve as a platform to put up the equestrian statue on it. But before everything, a rock that huge needed to…
  • Wood Turned to Stone

    Anupum Pant
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Anupum Pant For a whole semester I had not noticed a huge 5500 pound log in front of one of the buildings at college which I used to pass by everyday. Probably because trees are everywhere and to prevent me from getting overwhelmed with excess information, my subconscious chose to filter it out. Today, while parking my bike I did chose to give it a conscious look. There was a board by the log which mentioned what it was and it was clearly something that was worth displaying. This thing I was looking at was a petrified wood specimen. Yes, a piece of wood that turned into rock several…
  • How Long can a Straw be?

    Anupum Pant
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Vat19, a fun online store, sells this set of DIY connectible straws which can be used to make the most elaborate straw contraptions to wither mix two drinks in real-time or something else. Of course the better thing you could do with them is get two sets or more of these straws. But how long can you go before your straw no longer works? Well, horizontally you could make it as long as you want it. Also, on some other planet you could make extremely long vertical straws too. But here on earth, there’s a limit to the longest vertical straw you can make. You can make a…
  • Massive Amounts of Gold in the Sea

    Anupum Pant
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Anupum Pant We’ve been mining gold for about 6000 years now. It isn’t totally clear how much has been mined yet. Still, there are a few reliable estimates which say that about 150,000 to 170,000 tonnes of gold has been mined till date. The 170,000 tonnes figure is the most reliable estimate, which would mean that the amount of gold ever mined can fit in a not-so-massive cube with each side measuring 21 meters. However, some estimates take the figure up to 2.5 million tonnes. That said, how much more is yet to be mined then? A good estimate is that about 52000 tonnes of gold is…
  • Coffee Powered Engine

    Anupum Pant
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Well, this is not really coffee powered, rather heat-from-coffee-powered. This is a Stirling engine. An engine like any other heat engine which converts heat into mechanical energy. For a Stirling engine to work, all you need is a relatively tiny amount of temperature difference on its two sides. The lower part of the engine setup can be heated using the heat from a coffee cup, and the upper part is exposed to the room temperate. As the lower part of it gets heated, the air expands, pushes the piston. Next, it cools, the air contracts and the piston comes back. This…
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  • OMNI Magazine December 1990: Special UFO Edition

    Andrew Seel
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The December 1990 Issue of OMNI Magazine investigates the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. If extraterrestrial intelligence is out there somewhere, OMNI magazine wanted to be the first to know in the December 1990 issue. The first messages from space will probably arrive in the form of radio waves, or an invading fleet of flying saucers hungry for a habitable world. Jill Tarter was a radio astronomer devoted to the search for life in the cosmos. The logic behind listening for radio signals works as follows. If radio technology is the entrance exam to be a galactic explorer, then…
  • Smooth-On Special Effects Are In Every CGI Film

    Adam Wells
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Nearly every CGI film contains polymer from the special effects company Smooth-On. Films are not just CGI and green screens. There are numerous artists who work diligently to create mind-boggling and realistic effects that engage the senses. Smooth-On is one of the most famous companies creating polymer products in the special effects industry. Almost every film that has employed special effects in the last two decades can trace its roots back to Smooth-On. From Star Wars to Alien, there is a touch of their polymer in almost every CGI film. They have not just pervaded the special effects…
  • The Dvorak Keyboard Says People Are Typing Wrong

    Esther Kim
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    People are exerting too much effort to type according to proponents of the Dvorak keyboard. According to proponents of the Dvorak keyboard people are wasting time with the standard QWERTY keyboard. The rearranged keys on the Dvorak keyboard are said to use less finger motion, increase typing rate, and reduce errors when compared to standard keyboards. Research has shown it improves typing efficiency up to 50 percent. Is the cult-following keyboard really a shortcut to higher productivity? California ergonomist Kathleen Potosnak, of the Koffler Group in San Diego consultants on office…
  • Sci-Fi Artists: Andrei Sokolov Painted The Stars Red

    Melissa Weyland
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Soviet artist Andrei Sokolov painted the stars red with the first art exhibition to be featured in space. After the launch of the Earth's first artificial satellite in 1957 Andrei Sokolov painted the stars red by dedicating all of his creative efforts to space exploration. Russia's foremost space artist had his artwork carried by cosmonauts Romanenko and Grechko into orbit in March 1971 aboard Soyuz 11. The paintings were gouache on nonfolding cardboard, measured 47 centimeters by 36 centimeters, and weighed 130 grams each. They were transferred to the orbiting space laboratory Salyut, to…
  • The Future Of Walker Stalker Con

    Melissa Weyland
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Walker Stalker Con may become a huge convention to rival Comic Con in the future. Walker Stalker Con was an enormous success but the convention could have been called Walking Dead Con and it would have been equally gigantic. There are a plethora of zombie television shows, films, and video-games that were not represented. While some classic films were highlighted at the convention, such as Night of the Living Dead, other contemporary zombie television shows were nowhere to be seen like the empty streets of Atlanta after the apocalypse. Where are other zombie shows like Z Nation or…
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  • Kepler proves it can still find planets

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a new super-Earth using data collected during Kepler's "second life." "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries. Even better, the planet it found is ripe for follow-up studies," says lead author Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Subject: …
  • Stunning zinc fireworks when egg meets sperm

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off. The fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in "zinc sparks," one wave after another, found a Northwestern University-led interdisciplinary research team that includes experts from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. Subject:  Biology & Aging
  • How to teach all students to think critically

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    All first year students at the University of Technology Sydney could soon be required to take a compulsory maths course in an attempt to give them some numerical thinking skills. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • Why not Cynicism?

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    If there’s one thing that a lot of people are sure they know about Cynicism, it’s that it’s nothing other than a usually unwarranted, almost totally negative attitude about life in general, and most of its individual elements. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • The US Navy just tested a robotic shark

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    The U.S. Navy has finished testing an underwater drone that looks and acts like a big fish. The robotic GhostSwimmer can be used for a variety of tasks, and in recent tests the Navy used it to collect data on tides, currents, wakes, and weather conditions. A Massachusetts-based engineering firm called Boston Engineering designed and built the device, using the principles of "bio-mimicry"—designing machines that imitate the features and behavior of plants and animals. Subject:  Robotics
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  • The Challenges Of A Human Mission To Mars

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    After many notable space missions in the last few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in spaceflight among the general public. With the stunning success of the Curiosity mission, and the…
  • An Introduction To Comets, Asteroids, And Meteors

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Of all of the objects floating through space, the most abundant are the comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. While these objects are the subject of numerous movies like Armageddon, many people…
  • Brain-to-Brain Interface Used To Control Another Person's Hand

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Back in August, I wrote about a team that used brain waves to send an email from one person to another. Now, another team has taken brain interfaces a step further and successfully used a direct…
  • DARPA Creates The World's Fastest Circuit

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Yesterday, DARPA announced that it has been recognized as the new world record holder for the world's fastest circuit. They have develop circuitry that can operate at 1 terahertz, or one trillion…
  • Testing A Business Idea

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

  • We All Want Data Roll-Over, Right? T-Mobile Has That Covered

    Des Ford
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    A rude and profane rant from T-Mobile CEO John Legere almost hid the benefits to the carrier’s customers. Already, America’s smallest and fastest growing wireless carrier has set the pace: It’s eliminated 2-year contracts   It’s eliminated early termination fees It’s introduced very cheap international roaming in its plans It’s provided data-free access to streaming music services With this most recent announcement, T-Mobile is offering “Data Stash,” allowing customers to “roll over” unused data each month, giving a year to use it…
  • How Astronaut Poop Can Power a Rocket’s Return Flight to Earth

    Des Ford
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    NASA enlisted the aid of researchers at the University of Florida to reduce the weight of spacecraft leaving Earth. They came up with a way to make rocket fuel from human waste (especially poop). Enough to power the return flight, saving on carting all that fuel into space. An added bonus was not having to carry all that waste back to Earth where it’s usually burned up during re-entry. Researchers found an anerobic digester process that could produce 290 liters of methane per crew per day, all from human waste. This must be useful here on Earth. Methinks high-rise buildings with lots…
  • Wow! Those UFO’s Are so Fast, Now NASA Wants to Play in That Space Too

    Des Ford
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    NASA scientist Harold White enlists the creative skills of artist Mark Rademaker to design a space ship capable of traveling faster than light. That’s right, WARP speed, just like the Starship Enterprise does in ‘Star Trek.’ The warp drive vehicle is called the IXS Enterprise, and NASA is busy with experiments to bring it to fruition. A report in The Washington Post quoted Rademaker as saying: “It does have some sci-fi features that might never transfer to a possible final design, unless we really want to.” The concept of a warp ship seeks to exploit a “loophole” in…
  • Russian Military Found What Appears to Be a Small Crashed UFO (Video)

    John Andress
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    This is footage from one of four reels of film recently obtained in Russia of what is possibly a small crashed UFO being filmed and inspected by the Russian military at the behest of the KGB, which means the event occurred before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Judging by the number of Russian military present, including the KGB, there was a great deal of interest in this object. There were two cameramen present, one filming with a handheld camera from a Russian military truck, and the other filming with a camera on a tripod on the ground. The object is half buried in the frozen…
  • Did the Movie ‘Back to the Future’ Predict the 9/11 Events?

    John Andress
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is for all you who are into conspiracy theories, and there are many around the Twin Trade Center. This video is very interesting, and points out many “coincidences.” The premise is as follows. There are many references in the film that seem to presage the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks. The numbers 9/11 appear many times throughout Back to the Future, so many times that you start to question whether they are all really just a coincidence. There are many references to the Twin Towers themselves, some indirect and some direct. One is the terrorist attack at the Twin Pines Mall…
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  • Darwin and God

    Rick Coste
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:55 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Charles darwin questioned everything when it came to the origin of species and the evolution of life here on earth. That questioning led him into some pretty dark places. As he grew more and more certain that nature was fully capable of producing the abundance of life around us without the assistance of a deity, the more he became afraid to say anything on the subject. The post Darwin and God appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • More Than a Theory

    Rick Coste
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told There have been many books and articles produced about […] The post More Than a Theory appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Darwin or Design

    Rick Coste
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told As a young man, the more Charles Darwin learned about nature the more he began to question things. If species were immutable, meaning they never changed, then how was it that breeders were able to change the forms of dogs or pigeons? What if something similar occurred in nature? According to William Paley nature required a designer. Charles began to think that Nature was the designer. A blind designer with no goal in mind at all. The post Darwin or Design appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Darwin’s Doubts

    Rick Coste
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Throughout his life Charles Darwin suffered bouts of anxiety and often went off alone by himself to think. His work afforded him the perfect escape and he dove into it at every opportunity. The post Darwin’s Doubts appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • The Beginning: Out of the Sea

    Rick Coste
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told The sea was full of life a half a billion years ago. Arthropods fought to survive and there were some interesting things happening on land as well. We have here our first plants. And they spread like wildfire. The quiet life on land enjoyed by the plants looked appealing to that first vertebrate that poked its head out of the water as it supported itself with its new backbone and fins. The post The Beginning: Out of the Sea appeared first on Evolution Talk.
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  • கரப்பான் பூச்சிகளைப் பற்றிய சுவாரசியமானத் தகவல்கள்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    பெரும்பாலான மக்களுக்குப் பிடிக்காத உயிரினங்களின் வரிசையில் முதலில் இருப்பது கரப்பான் பூச்சிகள் தான். வெறும் ஒரு கரப்பான் பூச்சி கூட பலம் வாய்ந்ததாக இருக்கும். அத்துடன் மேலும் நன்றாகத் தாவும். இது அவற்றின் பண்புகள்…
  • உயரமான கட்டிடத்தில் நகரம் – எதிர்கால வசிப்பிடம்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    சாதாரணமாக நமக்குத் தெரிந்த உயரமான கட்டிடங்கள் எல்லாம் எப்படியிருக்கும்? ஒவ்வொரு அடுக்காக ஒன்றன் மேல் ஒன்றாக அடுக்கி வைத்தது போல் இருக்கும், சரி தானே? அத்துடன் மேலே செல்வதற்கு லிஃப்ட் அல்லது மாடிப்படிக்கட்டுகள்…
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    Niroshan Thillainathan
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    ஆஸ்கார் முனோஸ் அவர்கள் 2003 ஆம் ஆண்டு, “லா நொரியா” என்றழைக்கப்படும் அடகாமா பாலைவனப் பகுதியில் ஒரு எலும்புக்கூடினைக் கண்டுபிடித்தார். 15 செ.மீ க்கும் குறைவாக இருக்கும் இந்த எலும்புக்கூடு கடினமான பற்களையும், பெரிய…
  • பூச்சி ஏன் விளக்கினை சுற்றுகின்றது?

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    இரவு நேரங்களில் நமது வீட்டிலுள்ள விளக்குகளைச் சுற்றி, குறிப்பாக சமையலறை விளக்குகளைச் சுற்றி பூச்சிகள் சத்தமிட்டுக் கொண்டே சுற்றிக்கொண்டிருக்கும். இதற்குப் பல காரணங்கள் கூறப்பட்டாலும் அவற்றில் பெரும்பாலானவை…
  • உடற்பயிற்சி செய்வதால் மூளைக்கு என்ன பயன்?

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    நமது உடல்நிலை சரியாக இயங்குவதற்காக நாம் உடற்பயிற்சி செய்கிறோம். இந்த உடற்பயிற்சியால் நமது உடலுக்கு மட்டும் தான் நன்மையா? இதனால் நமது மூளையில் ஏதேனும் நன்மை ஏற்படுமா? இந்தக் கேள்விகளுக்குப் பதில்கள் அறிய விரும்பினால்,…
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  • Haplocanthosaurus in Snowmass, a Fortunate Find Uncovers a Jurassic Rarity

    Brian Switek
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A reconstruction of Haplocanthosaurus at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, complete with speculative skull. Photo by Scott Robert Anselmo, CC BY-SA 3.0. Snowmass, Colorado recently became known as a fossil hotspot thanks to the fortuitous discovery of an Ice Age bonebed nearby. But mastodons and mammoths aren’t the only fossils in the area. Another, far-older discovery has just been described by paleontologists John Foster and Mathew Wedel in the Jurassic rocks just a mile from the ski town. The bones in question – including parts of the spine and ribs – belonged to a…
  • Behind the Scenes of ‘Saurian’, a Dinosaur Simulator

    Brian Switek
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Have you ever imagined what being a dinosaur would feel like? Forgive the silly question. Who hasn’t? Whether you’ve tried to get into the mindset of a terrifying Tyrannosaurus or peaceful Parasaurolophus, part of the fun of dinosaurs is acting the dramas the real animals must have played out so many millions of years ago. And that’s why I’m especially excited about Saurian – a game that wants to give players the ability to be dinosaurs. Saurian isn’t out yet, but the in-game footage they’ve released so far is amazing. Their dinosaurs are not…
  • Rukwatitan bisepultus, a Paleo Profile

    Brian Switek
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Rukwatitan lazing about in the Cretaceous sunshine. Art by Mark Witton. Name: Rukwatitan bisepultus Meaning: ‘Rukwa’ for Tanzania’s Lake Rukwa and ‘titan’ for the dinosaur’s size. The species name ‘bisepultus’ means ‘twice buried’ for the fact that part of the skeleton used to name the species was washed out of its original position and reburied in a river channel. Age: Cretaceous, about 100 million years ago. Where in the world?: Tanzania’s Rukwa Rift Basin. Size: Approximately 30 feet long, with forelimbs measuring about 6…
  • Unlucky Protoceratops Help Reveal Dinosaur Social Lives

    Brian Switek
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    This poor young Protoceratops was buried alive with three others. From Hone et al., 2014. The young Protoceratops did not meet a swift end. The four of them struggled against the sand that trapped them, trying to push their heads up into the air. But they were hopelessly stuck. Hidden by the entombing sand, they died together. This is the tale of four juvenile Protoceratops that died over 70 million years ago in a desert that once existed where Mongolia’s own Gobi Desert resides today. They’re not the first of their kind to be found like this. Palaeontologists have uncovered…
  • DinoMovember Album

    Erica Hargreave
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:37 pm
    With dinosaurs constantly being a source of excitement and amazement to us, it really shouldn’t have come to any great surprise to us that when we began to first notice the odd DinoMo sporting dinosaurs in the month of Dinovember and Movember, that more and more dinos would regale us with their grand staches, and that they did. Here’s an album of just a few we spotted, in order of which they were revealed to us … #1 Hitlersaurus from the talented @BlackMudPuppy. #2 A cute little fellow, care of @scurvytown. #3 A dashing #DinoMo by @brontostacho. #4 Even Battle of the…
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  • Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farther Distances

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    No quantum teleportation isn’t a thing of science fiction. Not anymore. Quantum teleportation has actually been around for a while. Recently, however, a breakthrough has been made. A recent experiment broke the record for the farthest successful quantum teleportation yet. In this experiment, the quantum The post Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farther Distances appeared first on The Science Post.
  • Maglev Elevators Can Move Sideways

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Remember the elevator from Willy Wonka that is able to move in any direction? Too bad elevators like that don’t exist, right? Or do they? The world’s first cable-free elevator will soon be seen in German buildings thanks to advancements in maglev technology. The elevators The post Maglev Elevators Can Move Sideways appeared first on The Science Post.
  • Biodegradable Drones Dissolve After Landing

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Can you imagine growing a drone? Recently a team of researchers have developed a drone that you can grow, fly, and the have it dissolve when you’re done. This new technology was developed by a team of researchers participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM). This The post Biodegradable Drones Dissolve After Landing appeared first on The Science Post.
  • Orion Launches Successfully

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Early this morning at 7:05 AM EST, Orion successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was a huge success compared to yesterday’s failed attempt. Everything went perfectly according to plan. No glitches, no errors, only success. The Orion spacecraft traveled The post Orion Launches Successfully appeared first on The Science Post.
  • NASA Scrubs Orion’s Launch

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Manned space travel took a slight step backwards this morning when NASA made the decision to postpone Orion’s launch. NASA’s Orion spacecraft was designed to take humans into the depths of space, further than ever before. Orion will carry crew members into space as they The post NASA Scrubs Orion’s Launch appeared first on The Science Post.
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