Science this Week

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  1. Arrogathor

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    Solar greenhouses: China's winning solution to global energy crisis Solar greenhouses popular in China.
    Recycling perlite: New, improved method saves resources Lazy cheap way of recycling perlite in greenhouses works as well as other methods.
    Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire, says CU-Boulder-led study Neanderthals had control of fire 400,000 thousand years ago.
    A new evolutionary history of primates Scientists sequence genes from different primate species to build a map of primate evolution, illustrating what fits where and how.
    Stanford psychologists design 60-minute exercise that raises GPAs of minority students Minority students do remarkably better in college if they learn that the way they are treated is the same as other people are treated. Otherwise they tend to blame everything on racism, and underperform.
    Upgrading the vanadium redox battery A simple elegant improvement to energy storage for wind and solar systems.
    Green sludge can protect groundwater from radioactive contamination – University of Copenhagen Green rust, traps pollutants, even radioactive pollutants.
    Describing humor with an equation h=m x s. The mathematical equation of humor. I don't think it is exact. Just a rough estimate.​
     
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  2. Arrogathor

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    Another Week, some more science. Not a lot to mention this week.

    Study predicts large regional changes in farmland area Russia could gain as much as 67% more arable land from global warming while Africa might lose 18%. Hmm, if that is a consistent pattern, global warming might, in the long term be a net benefit, helping increase total farmland available.

    Envy holds back agricultural development Fear of the envy of others prevents farmers from adopting modern agriculture.

    U of M researchers close in on technology for making renewable petroleum Using bacteria to turn CO2 into oil.

    UCSF team shows how to make skinny worms fat and fat worms skinny Worm screening used to find compounds that regulate fat metabolism.
     
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  3. AstroCoaster

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    All we need now is some "If and then" answers. :) ..... Hmmm.. Where to start ?
     
  4. Arrogathor

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    Another Week, some more Science

    Ants and termites boost dryland wheat yields (Media Release) Ants and termites increase wheat yield by 35% under some circumstances.


    Advance toward making biodegradable plastics from waste chicken features Learning to make plastics from chicken feathers takes a step forward.


    Fatal respiratory infections in endangered gorillas are linked to human contact Gorillas catch flu from humans.


    Stanford researchers use river water and salty ocean water to generate electricity Grabbing electricity from the mixing of salt and fresh water for human use.


    nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NSF Announces New Awards That Will Investigate More Efficient Ways to Harvest Sunlight to Make New Biofuels and Biomaterials - US National Science Foundation (NSF) Scientists study how different plants do photosynthesis with the goal of taking the best from different plants and incorporating them into crop plants to increase yield. This might be how we feed the world in the future.


    University of Georgia: News & Information Cannibalism an advantage for invasive species. I wonder if this reflects on the history of hominids.


    New nanomaterial can detect and neutralize explosives Boom goes away. New method for detecting explosives also neutralizes them so they cannot explode. Logical but unexpected.


    Using live worms as bait: Voters swayed by interactive 'worm' graph during election debate. People more influenced by what other people seem to be saying about politicians than by what the politicians are saying.


    Fast-recharge, lithium-ion battery could be perfect for electric cars More progress towards batteries for electrical cars.


    'Bacterial dirigibles' emerge as next-generation disease fighters Bio-warfare at the microscopic level, using engineered e.coli strains to disrupt and destroy e.coli colonies.


    Safer, more effective skin-whitening creams from ancient Chinese herbal medicine In the East, China and so forth, women spends lots of money on skin whitening creams, many of which are potentially harmful to health. Scientists discovered a new compound which inhibits melanogenisis, making skin whitening much safer and less harmful. Clinical trials will begin soon. I suspect that this research would have produced a firestorm of controversy if conduced in the US.


    Biological Molecules Select Their Spin DNA has a strong interface with quantum spin. Very important to know, I expect.
     
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  5. Arrogathor

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    Another Week, some more science.

    Starch-controlling gene fuels more protein in soybean plants | www.news.iastate.edu A gene from arabidopsis may make higher protein potatoes and other common crop plants possible. Nice.


    Instant evolution in whiteflies: Just add bacteria Bacteria make bug into super-pest. Bug was already a super-pest. Interesting.


    NCSU News :: NC State News and Information » Facial Structure Of Men And Women Has Become More Similar Over Time Research on skulls in Spain show that women have become more masculine over time.


    People control thoughts better when they see their brain activity: UBC study Feedback helps people control their brains.
     
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  6. Arrogathor

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    Another Week Some More Science

    NASA - The Watched Pot and Fast CMEs Another note that the sun is back. You may not have noticed it was gone. However, solar watchers knew. The current solar cycle is starting after about 3 years of almost record low solar activity. This is the fourth slowest solar cycle to start since we started keeping records, the other three were during the Dalton minimum. I know I mentioned this a few months ago, when there were other shouts about activity on the sun, apparently, not a lot since they are shouting about this activity now.
    nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - "Jurassic Park" Had it Right: Some Dinosaurs Hunted by Night - US National Science Foundation (NSF) Dinosaurs hunted by night. At least some did. Not sure about T. Rex, not any fossils good enough to tell.
    https://www.llnl.gov/news/newsreleases/2011/Apr/NR-11-04-04.html Scientists demonstrate that, in theory, oil and gas could still be being created by geological processes in the Earth. The currently dominant view is that oil and gas are the remains of dinosaurs and forests from the distant past. There is some controversy on this issue. I tend to think the dominant view or common wisdom arose a century ago when we were ignorant and has since become entrenched. I suspect that petroleoum is still being generated at some rate in the earth through a number of different processes.
    Toward a more efficient use of solar energy Nice work on the physical structure of special materials which allow for better use of solar energy.
    New spin on graphene This strikes me as the most interesting and potentially useful use of graphene I have seen in a year or more.
    A chance discovery may revolutionize hydrogen production Scientists discover a cheaper way to make hydrogen by accident.
    Gangs don't protect against crime Being a gang member makes you a target. We needed a scientific study to tell us this? Ah, well.
    Ride-sharing for road freight - Research News 04-2011 Topic 2 Helping use the transport fleet more effectively.
    New fracture resistance mechanisms provided by graphene Another interesting application for graphene, here as a component of structural materials.
     
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    Another Week, More Science

    Researchers combine active proteins with material derived from fruit fly This is very interesting. A method of growing proteins in various configurations to produce many different things, like, possibly artificial hearts, or whatever.
    International scientists warn of growing threat of wheat rust epidemics worldwide New varieties of wheat rust decimating up to 40% of wheat grown in some countries.
    Ring around the hurricanes: Satellites can predict storm intensity |News Bureau | University of Illinois New knowledge of how to predict when a storm will become a major system like a hurricane.
    Gold prices spur six-fold spike in Amazon deforestation High gold prices destroying forests in south america.
    New approach to defeating flu shows promise A nice development in stimulating immune response to flu. Could be a game changer in treating infectious disease.
    Optical microscope without lenses produces high-resolution 3-D images on a chip Reinventing the microscope, lens free. Interesting and very interesting.
    NCSU News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Fat Turns Into Soap In Sewers, Contributes To Overflows Fat, Oil and Grease turn into soap in the sewers. Not a good thing, soap is hard, solid and created blockages in the sewers. Apparently soap is not the answer to clean sewers.
    MIT: Development in fog harvesting process Fog harvesting, providing water in a new way.
    Functional MRI shows how mindfulness meditation changes decision-making process Buddhist meditators use their brains differently in assessing fairness and acceptability than other people.
    Say hello to cheaper hydrogen fuel cells A cheap replacement for platinum in fuel cells, a major advance towards hydrogen as fuel.
    Rotten meat doesn The Frauenhauefer Institute provides a new tool for food safety. Nice.
    Material that if scratched, you can quickly and easily fix yourself, with light not heat Miracle materials which heal themselves when scratched over and over again. Nice.
    Limit to nanotechnology mass-production? A brave man speaks. Hopefully he is wrong, but criticism is a good thing.
     
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    Another Week, More Science

    Fish livers contain beneficial fatty acids Fish livers contain fatty oils good for health. Sometimes we need scientists to tell us the obvious. The habit or tradition of just gutting fish and throwing away the innards is so established that this has been overlooked till now.
    Chernobyl's radioactivity reduced the populations of birds of orange plumage Birds with orange plumage more susceptible to radiation poisoning. Interesting.
    Maternal obesity puts infants at risk Fat women have stupid babies. Or, children of obese women have infants deficient in iron which is necessary for the development of the brain. Is this for real or just a sign that any study of the negative effects of obesity gets traction?
    Researchers discover mechanism that could convert certain cells into insulin-making cells A possible cure for diabetes, finding how to make more insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Promising. Not very soon though.
    Shielding body protects brain from 'shell shocking' blast injuries Scientists discover physical causes for shell-shock, related to brain trauma from the body being exposed to explosions.
    Our own status affects the way our brains respond to others Rich people show more brain activity when listening to other rich people, and poor people show more brain activity when talking to other poor people. Scientific proof humans judge books by their cover.
    Social media can alter research priorities, according to paper in Nature Scientific proof that Canadians are not an intelligent form of life. j/k, nah, just that they are as stupid as anyone else.
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory - New ORNL solar cell technology cranks up efficiency Nano-tech design nearly doubles efficiency of solar cells.
    A Surprise: China China's growing demand on the world economy will stabilize around 2030, if this study is correct.
    LED efficiency puzzle solved by UC Santa Barbara theorists Researchers discover reason why commercial LED lighting not working right yet. Discovery should help design physical structure of LED to minimize problem. I wonder if some nanotech people could help?
    Adult-supervised drinking in young teens may lead to more alcohol use, consequences Kids who learn to drink in Australia more likely to get drunk and fight than kids who don't learn to drink from the US. Supposed to prove that parents drinking with their kids does not teach them to drink responsibly. Compared to kids from Australia, really, be serious.
    The Rewards of Doing Idle hands are the devil's workshop.
    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/solar-virus-0425.html Viruses used to farm nanotubes for better solar cells, about a 1/3rd improvement in efficiency. Fascinating technique.
    Sweet chemistry: Carbohydrate adhesion gives stainless steel implants beneficial new functions New materials tech which will make stainless steel safer for implanting into the body. Very nice.
     
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    It Takes a Community of Soil Microbes to Protect Plants From Disease « Berkeley Lab News Center Scientists use phylochip to learn more about how plants fight disease. They phylochip is a truly sciencefiction worthy sensor device.
    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/acs-net050411.php Caffeine is good for you, and can help prevent alzheimer's and various other diseases. That's a new one.
    Market Lighting Affects Nutrients / May 3, 2011 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service Plants in the supermarket exposed to light have more nutrients than those kept in the dark.
    When self-esteem is threatened, people pay with credit cards People who feel bad about themselves buy luxury goods to make up for it. Frequently using credti cards.
    Measurement of 'hot' electrons could have solar energy payoff New nanotech way to get solar cells to make electricity from infrared light.
    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/switch-conductivity-0429.html A new way to make heat switches and similar things. Very elegant.
     
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    Solar cells more efficient than photosynthesis -- for now Solar cells more efficient than photosynthesis. Surprising that, and we are making better solar cells, and maybe they will make some plants with more efficient photosynthesis.
    Silver cycle: New evidence for natural synthesis of silver nanoparticles Silver nano-particles occur in nature. Interesting.
    'Liquid smoke' from rice shows potential health benefits Using rice hulls to make liquid smoke flavoring for foods. Nice.
    Vitamins may hitch a protected ride on corn starch Using corn starch to deliver vitamins and drugs to the body. Interesting.
    University pond reveals hidden history of fungi New technology DNA sequencing is revealing a new, hidden, unknown world of biology to researchers.
    Scientists design new anti-flu virus proteins using computational methods More of the medicine from Star Trek, remarkable artificial anti-viral mechanism.
    Study finds therapies using induced pluripotent stem cells could encounter immune rejection problems Flawed study, saying that because a strain of mice is inbred the phenotype has no effect on the immune system of adult mice. The phenotype of cells from one adult mouse may be different enough to generate immune response from a different adult mouse even if they are inbred enough to lack genetic differences. To say on such a basis that adult stem cells from the same individual will produce an immune response is a bit weak.
    Enhanced electrical energy storage may result from professor's research Supercapacitor. Very important if it works out. Another article on this had more detail. It looks very promising.Activated graphene makes superior supercapacitors for energy storage
    Strong, tough and now cheap: Caltech researchers develop a new way to process metallic glass A new way of handling metal to make parts. Somehow it strikes me as being quite impressive.
    Perfect welds for car bodies Amazing science using neural networking to analyze high speed photographic data a laser beam is controlled precisely to make perfect welds. Every element of the system is impressive.
    Study shows evolutionary adaptations can be reversed, but rarely Very important work on the mathematics of mutation, evolution and reversal.
     
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    Another week more science

    Iowa State engineer scales up process that could improve economics of ethanol production | www.news.iastate.edu Making animal feed, possibly human feed, while producing ethanol. Another study suggests that this kind of animal food may increase the incidence of e. coli in cattle.Studies Focus on Feed Ingredient's Effects on Levels of E. coli O157:H7 in Cattle / May 19, 2011 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service
    Hebrew University researchers show octopuses make some pretty good moves Building robots without rigid skeletons. Must take some interesting materials.
    It's not easy being green Heme, the key ingredient in hemoglobin in our blood is used in plants to turn on photosynthesis.
    UCSB scientists track environmental influences on giant kelp with help from satellite data New scientific study of kelp made possible by making satellite images free. Profit motives can stimulate investment, or cripple research.
    Better buildings for extreme climates will be focus of researcher's talk Building better buildings.
    Sun protects against childhood asthma Lack of sunshine causes lack of vitamin C which can cause asthma in young people.
    Breaking rules makes you seem powerful Why nice guys don't get laid.
    Women entering the workforce expect less than men, study finds Why Women's Liberation has lowered wages and lengthened the work week.
     
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  12. Arrogathor

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    Another Week More Science

    Population genetics reveals shared ancestries Genetic proof that the Jews from Europe are actually Jews descended from Jews in Palestine long ago. Apparently there was some doubt on this subject. Palestinians, in particular, want to deny that the Jews of Israel are actually the Jews of the Bible.
    Cystic fibrosis bacteria could help fight back against antibiotic resistance Using bacteria to kill bacteria. Nice work.
    Super-sticky 'ultra-bad' cholesterol revealed in people at high risk of heart disease There is a new super-bad form of cholesterol. As we continue we learn and become better. The cholesterol saga has go from all bad to bad and good to now, bad, good and superbad.
    Solar inverters: Losses are cut in half Cutting loss in converting DC to AC current through inverters in half. Nicely done.
    Flexible films for photovoltaics Flexible protective coating for solar cells on a roll.
    New research on Christian school graduates yields surprising results Protestants having more children than Catholics.
    NASA - NASA is Making Hot, Way Cool Solid-State, (No moving parts) cooling technology for electronics, very nice.
    MIT - Researchers butter up the old Scientists scratch the surface of materials fracture restistance. A new test to measure fracture resistance from simple actions.
    The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University | News It is amazing what the revolutions in communications technology and genetics are making possible. This might be the real future of biofuels right here.
    The hand as a joystick The key is in the algorithms. Teaching computers to read hand gestures.
    Economic recovery is stronger in states where people are more optimistic, says UM study Optimism controls economic growth. I discovered this years ago, throughout history, nations successful in war experienced economic booms due to an increase in national optimism. Similarly, whenever the national alpha male shows signs of virility the stock market rises. It rose every time a new affair was announced for Bill Clinton. Etc. Now scientists are also looking at this phenomenon.
    WSU physicists devise new way to analyze a bloody crime scene Squeamish physicists discover new method of analyzing blood spatter. Apparently rather simple mathematically, I guess forensic people don't ask mathematicians and physicists for help very often.
    Whites Believe They Are Victims of Racism More Often Than Blacks | Tufts Now Whites believe that racism against blacks has decreased more than blacks do. Obviously true since Obama being elected President, reflecting real reduction, totally shocked and astounded Mrs. Obama who reflects the belief that racism has not really changed much. I would have to say that the white peoples analysis of current race attitudes is far more accurate than that of non-whites. The researchers want to see this as whites projecting a zero-sum system on race relations. No, I think it came as a surprise to whites to start finding active race prejudice against them, it is more just an accurate observation of what is actually happening. Non-whites totally lack any cultural restraints on their own racist behaviors and fail to recognize racist behaviors in themselves.
    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/new-composite-materials-0526.html More breakthroughs in materials science method for making new composite materials. Impressive.
     
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    Purdue Newsroom - Climate change allows invasive weed to outcompete local species Yellow starthistle grows to six times its normal size when exposed to higher levels of CO2. This would make a great piece of an SF story. Pretty impressive. Someone should analyze the plant to see if it has any beneficial uses.
    From seawater to freshwater with a nanotechnology filter Promising research using nano-tech for desalinazation of seawater.
    UZH Mediadesk - Parental Conflict in Plants: Maternal Factors Silence Paternal Genes An important mechanism for understanding plant breeding.
    New synchrotron technique could see hidden building blocks of life An important development in non-destructive testing of rock samples.
    Non-independent mutations present new path to evolutionary success More mutations good? and
    Work by UH evolutionary biologist may one day help with chronic diseases More mutations bad. These two studies apparently contradict each other. The resolution of the conflict would be interesting.
    Study finds copper proves effective against new E. coli strains Copper and its alloys kill e coli effectively.
    U of T scientist leads international team in quantum physics first Quantum physics becomes a little less crazy as we are able to measure it more accurately.
    Penn Researchers Help Nanoscale Engineers Choose Self-Assembling Proteins | Penn News Very interesting development in developing nano-tech.
    New findings by UCR scientists hold big promise for fight against mosquito-borne diseases Nice developments in messing with mosquitoes.
    Professor says ethicists working in hospitals need to have standards | Queen's University News Centre Medical Ethicists need Standards. Hmm, one would think that the purpose of Medical Ethicists was to provide standards. So, they now write standard standards for Medical Ethicists, which group of religious fanatics, the atheists or the theists writes them, and will anyone be safe from standardized ethical abuse?
     
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    'Super varieties' of wheat expected to boost yields and block deadly threat to food security UG99 is still with us, and destroying wheat crops in Africa and the Middle East. Resistant varieties of wheat sent to Yemen died in quarantine. Muslim paranoia about the West will cause famine and death throughout Islam soon, but they will blame it on the West. Scientists have developed varieties which are resistant, but need aid from governments to get them in distribution.
    Children eschew the fat if dads aren't lenient The social cost of making men into wimps.
    ESA - Observing the Earth - Earth from Space: A gush of volcanic gas Huge plume of SO2 into the atmosphere from Chilean Volcano. Google SO2 and climate change, see what you think.
    U-M researchers find potential new way to fight sepsis | University of Michigan Health System Important work on controlling the bodies immune response to treat associated diseases.
    NCSU News :: NC State News and Information » New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability To Model Biological Systems New computer programs for using computers more efficiently to model biological systems. Nice work.
    A New Way To Make Lighter, Stronger Steel -- In A Flash Amateur Metallurgist invents new better steel. Shocking and refreshing.
    New genetic technique converts skin cells into brain cells - Lund University Eureka. This strikes me as a Eureka development in stem cell therapy. Bypassing the stem cell stage entirely and converting one kind of adult cell into another kind. Made possible only by studying stem cells and how they changed into other cells, now that the triggers are know, it is becoming possible to go directly from one mature cell type to another. Possibly the real path for all those miracle cures we have been promised so long.
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches protoplanet Vesta / UCLA Newsroom A nice piece of space exploration. I want to move to Vesta, lol.
     
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    Evidence of a natural origin for banned drug that plumps up livestock Plants in the cabbage family contain a drug which increases weight gain by water absorption. I wonder if women are sensitive to this?
    eScienceCommons: Dawn of agriculture took toll on health The transition from nomadic hunter/gatherer to agriculture resulted in widespread malnutrition of various micronutrients. IMO It seems likely that it also decreased the amount of drugs and drug like compounds in our food, resulting in malnutrition in mood altering substances.
    Restoring memory, repairing damaged brains Scientists build a circuit they can implant into the brain of rats to turn learned memories on or off. It can also help create stronger memories. Scary but interesting.
    Graphene may gain an 'on-off switch,' adding semiconductor to long list of material's achievements Graphene can be used to convert optical to electrical signals.
    New study supports Darwin's hypothesis on competition between species The origins of sexual morality as an animal instinct. Though the authors do not know that that is one of the implications of their experiment. Their experiment demonstrated that closely related species struggle for dominance until one is extinct. Changes in sexual preferences is one of the primary drivers of speciation. Therefore attacking and destroying sexual 'deviants' prevents the rise of competitive species, and helps in the preservation of the parent species. Thus an instinct to persecute sexual 'deviants' comes from animal evolution, not 'God'. To counter this, animals entering puberty develop a desire for privacy, to conceal possible deviance from the group. A sort of sexual morality arms race created by evolution. Moral people are not acting in accord with the will of 'God' but in accord with their primitive animal instincts.
    Home learning experiences boost low-income kids' school readiness Poor kids whose parents read to them do better than poor kids whose parents don't.
    Learning to count not as easy as 1, 2, 3 It has been known and forgotten for the last century or so that people naturally count, 1, 2, 3, many. The human mind grasps numbers up to three easily, but has to start counting with numbers greater than that. Parents who expose their children to larger numbers in their childhood have children who do better in math. Many human languages do not have words for numbers greater than four.
    Researchers improve method for finding genetic mistakes that fuel cancer A better method for searching for genetic mistakes that make cancers.
     
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    University of Georgia: News & Information Nice work on predicting weather seasonally which also illustrates how complicated the climate can be.
    University of Minnesota engineering researchers discover source for generating 'green' electricity Very interesting work on converting heat to electricity directly.
    http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/web-teaching-tool-0622.html Nice way for teachers to share.
    In Europe and the U.S., consumer views on cloned products breed different results A study on eating meat from cloned animals found, "The strength of opposition to cloning was much stronger for those who morally opposed cloning than for those who opposed it for food safety concerns, Fox said." People always defend irrational 'moral' convictions more passionately than those based on reason. A lot of scientists got burnt at the stake because of that in the past.
    'Orca ears' inspire Stanford researchers to develop ultrasensitive undersea microphone Very nice work developing a new hydrophone.
    Chemist solves riddle of killer diseases – University of Copenhagen Very nice and exhaustingly complex and difficult chemical synthesis of organic compounds to analyze and eventually fight infections.
    Drug side effect linked with increased health risks for over 65s Yeowtch, anti-depressants baaad. I mean really, really bad, smoke grass instead, lol.
    Effects of stress can be inherited, and here's how The stresses your grandfather felt may be influencing how your genes express themselves and who you are.
    Caltech-led researchers measure body temperatures of dinosaurs for the first time Taking dinosaurs temperatures. Pretty amazing.
    A galactic crash investigation Would make a great setting for a science fiction novel.
    Astronomers Discover That Galaxies Are Either Asleep or Awake Do galaxies just nap, or do they wake up after a bit?
     
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    Microalgae could be Texas' next big cash crop Texans looking at micro-algae as possible huge future crop source. Will they grow bigger in Texas?
    TUM researchers develop environmentally friendly process to improve storage stability of probiotics Nice work making pro-biotics cheaper to produce and thus, hopefully, healthy food less expensive for people.
    Eggs may help prevent heart disease and cancer Eggs help prevent coronary disease and high blood pressure. This is the exact opposite of scientific wisdom a couple of decades ago. Of course, if healthy eating gurus had been able to outlaw eggs then, it would be as difficult to get them legalized as it is to get marijuana legalized. Stupid laws based on even the best science of the day are almost impossible to get off the books once they are there. Even after science has demonstrated that they are stupid laws. So lets not pass any more of these dumb 'good for you' laws and get rid of the ones we have.
    Termites' digestive system could act as biofuel refinery Genius. I feel stupid that I did not think of it. Termite enzymes are great for breaking down wood for biofuel production. Doh. Really, genius is seeing the obvious that no one else does.
    DOE Joint Genome Institute: A Microbiological “Template” for Mitigating Methane Emissions Teaching cows not to fart by studying wallabies.
    Ancestry of polar bears traced to Ireland Polar bears are Irish.
    Gene study offers clues on memory puzzle A good reason to raise your children in the Church of Civilization.
    Device captures ambient electromagnetic energy to drive small electronic devices Amazing stuff, using existing radio, television and similar signals to power small electronic devices or charge batteries. Pulling energy right out of the air.
    Drug 'shield' helps target antibiotic resistant bacteria Dangerous drugs that only activate when the enemy is present. Amazing.
    Discovering the bigger picture in chromosomes The platypus really is different. Amazing discovery about chromosome structures across all species, except the platypus, naturally.
     
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    Editing the genome Editing genetic code becomes faster.
    NCSU News :: NC State News and Information » Spread Of Fungus-Farming Beetles Is Bad News For Trees Beetles that only eat dead wook in Asia killing living trees in the US. It shows how unexpected and surprising the world can be.
    Olympia hypothesis: Tsunamis buried the cult site on the Peloponnese Neptune buries Zeus. Site of the famous Temple of Zeus buried by Tsunamis in the past.
    USGS Release: Climate Adaptation of Rice (7/13/2011 12:37:41 PM) Rice grows better when colonized with fungi which adapt it to harsher environments. Nice technique, very promising.
    Wind-turbine placement produces tenfold power increase, Caltech researchers say A major advance in wind turbine efficiency, by changing turbine design and placement.
    When minor planets Ceres and Vesta rock the Earth into chaos The Earth's orbit cannot be calculated after 60 million years. A problem for climate studies of the earths past as we cannot know how orbital changes may have effected the climate then.
    Conducting energy on a nano scale Promising work in doping nano-crystals.
    Galaxy sized twist in time pulls violating particles back into line - University of Warwick research It's a big galaxy, sometimes we don't see the galaxy because of the stars and planets, but it still has an effect.
    NCSU News :: NC State News and Information » Soft Memory Device Opens Door To New Biocompatible Electronics Soft memory, not a programming analogy, but memory which is physically soft, squishable and works in a damp environment.
    Cancer gene therapy from camels – University of Copenhagen Camels fight cancer, not the cigarette, the animal.
     
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    American Friends of Tel Aviv University: Environmental Pollutants Lurk Long After They "Disappear" Simulating the degradation of chemicals in the environment to see what they turn into, and if that poses a danger. Important idea.
    80 percent of world climate data are not computerized 80% of the world climate data not available on computers for research. Frustrating.
    A*STAR Scientist Discover How to Combat Hospital-Acquired Infections, Deadly Food Poisoning And Bioterrorism Toxins > Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) > Press Releases Working towards a cure for toxins, by preventing their action on cells. Promising.
    Endangered river turtle's genes reveal ancient influence of Maya Indians Turtle genes show history of being raised by people for food. Interesting idea for a meat source in the backyard.
    OSC lifts OSU land speed racer toward 400-mph goal Building an electric car that will break 400 MPH. Fun.
    Chance favors the concentration of wealth, U of M study shows Rich people ain't smart, they lucky. Even when returns on investments are random, wealth tends to concentrate.
    Rice University | News & Media Developing shale gas resources strengthens the US in International Relations. Nice to know.
    University of Texas faculty bring science and policy to hydraulic fracturing debate Experts begin to study the effects of fraccing to extract natural gas.
    Shining a light on the elusive 'blackbody' of energy research Materials science magic. Very nice work on new supermaterials for building better energy absorbers and converters.
    Penn: Nanoplasmonic More magic materials, very sophisticated structuring of nanomaterials to radically speed up transition time in switching elements in electronics. Amazing stuff.
    University of Texas faculty bring science and policy to hydraulic fracturing debate Experts begin to study the effects of fraccing to extract natural gas.
    New UB Research Outlines Mathematical Framework That Could Help Convert "Junk" Energy Into Useful Power - UB NewsCenter Mathematics may tell us how to turn road noise into electrical energy. Amazing those mathematicians.
    http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archi...es-improve-academically-using-self-regulation- Games which teach children to listen, pay attention, and practice self-control help with schoolwork. Whoda thunk it.
    UNC researchers identify seventh and eighth bases of DNA A more sensitive experiment reveals two more DNA bases. Science is limited to what it can see and measure. Gotta look close.
     
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    Arrogathor New Member

    Another Week, More Science

    Grapes protect against ultraviolet radiation Grapes protect from UV rays help prevent skin cancer.
    Mannan oligosaccharides offer health benefits to pigs Compounds from yeast cell walls help pigs immune systems. Who knows? Might work with humans as well.
    Using a 'systems biology' approach to look under the hood of an aggressive form of breast cancer A breakthrough which will probably allow for much, much earlier detection of cancer and save many, many lives.
    Humabs discovers the first antibody to neutralize both group 1 and group 2 influenza A viruses Possibly a universal flu vaccine good against all forms of flu.
    Permeon reveals discovery of Intraphilins as new approach to intracellular biologic drugs A new class of miracle drugs is possible.
    Southampton engineers fly the world's first 'printed' aircraft Aircraft printed and flown. Amazing stuff, and probably a keystone technology for the future.
     
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