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Archive for January, 2011 :


Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in 8 Weeks
January 31st, 2011

Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.


Breast-Feeding Debate Closed? Brain Science Weighs In
January 31st, 2011

If America knew what breast milk can do for the brains of its youngest citizens, lactating mothers across the nation would be enshrined, not embarrassed.


Quantum Entanglement Could Stretch Across Time
January 31st, 2011

Two physicists mathematically described how a spooky effect called entanglement, wherein two linked particles can share a single fate even when they’re miles apart, could also bind particles across time.


Researchers Find Smoking Gun of World’s Biggest Extinction
January 31st, 2011

Massive volcanic eruption, burning coal and accelerated greenhouse gas choked out life.


“Safe and Mild” Medication Causes Liver Failure and Death
January 30th, 2011

It’s not a big victory, but, hey, at least it’s a step in the right direction. The FDA has at last “admitted” that acetaminophen products carry a serious risk for severe liver injury.


Tests to Predict Disease: The Future of (Your) Health?
January 30th, 2011

A study published in Health Economics has assessed consumer’s willingness to pay for predictive tests that tell them whether they’re likely to develop diseases in the future.


Victory for Independent Science
January 30th, 2011

World-famous independent scientist researching the risks of GMOs wins libel case against biotech association fronting a concerted campaign to discredit and victimize him.


Breakthrough Synthetic Gasoline, Much Cheaper and Cleaner
January 27th, 2011

UK-based Cella Energy has developed a synthetic fuel that could lead to US$1.50 per gallon gasoline. And since it is hydrogen based, it produces no carbon emissions when burned.


Risk of Brain Tumors From Wireless Phone Use
January 27th, 2011

Research has proven conclusively that microwave radiation emitted by cell phones, wifi and other wireless devices causes DNA damage that can lead to cancer. But, it can take 10 years or more before most tumors are noticeable.


Wireless Industry Caught in Massive Fraud
January 27th, 2011

In 2010 the cell phone industry published the results of the widely touted ‘Interphone’ study to show that cell phones were safe, even though the data showed the opposite. Researchers have exposed the lie by doing a real analysis of the data.


A Creepy Monster of the Forest: Vampiric Redwood Tree
January 27th, 2011

Organisms with albino mutations are pretty weird in general, but albino plants are extra weird.


Common Garden Weed ‘Cures Skin Cancer’, say Scientists
January 27th, 2011

The sap from a plant known as petty spurge or milkweed – found by roadsides and in woodland – can ‘kill’ certain types of cancer cells when applied to the skin.


GMO Bacteria Creating Dangerous Mutants in the Gulf
January 25th, 2011

Genetically-modified (GM), oil-eating bacteria introduced into the Gulf is reportedly causing the emergence of various other mutant bacteria, as well as increasing severe harm to humans and the environment.


Pesticides Give Rise to Mutant Bed Bugs
January 25th, 2011

Pesticides and insecticides are jointly responsible for spawning a new breed of mutant bedbugs that is genetically-resistant to the very chemicals commonly used to eradicate it.


More Asteroids Could Have Made Life’s Ingredients
January 25th, 2011

A wider range of asteroids were capable of creating the kind of amino acids used by life on Earth, according to new NASA research.


Deepest Secrets of the Marianas Trench Revealed
January 25th, 2011

Scientists have unveiled the climate secrets of the deepest part of the ocean-the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.


Why Did Neanderthals Have Such Big Noses?
January 25th, 2011

For more than 100 years, scientists studying Neanderthals, humanity’s closest known relative, have pondered one question: Why did they have such massive noses?


Hot Jupiter Exoplanet Sheds Light on Planetary Systems Evolution
January 25th, 2011

New findings suggest that the discovery of a hot Jupiter exoplanet may hold the key to a clearer understanding of the evolution of common planetary systems.


Debris on Certain Himalayan Glaciers May Prevent Melting
January 24th, 2011

A new scientific study shows that debris coverage, pebbles, rocks, and debris from surrounding mountains, may be a missing link in the understanding of the decline of glaciers.


Hydrogen Aeromodeller II
January 24th, 2011

The ability to live in the clouds might one day become a reality when the innovative and ethereal zeppelin design concept from Belgian engineer and architect Lieven Standaert becomes a reality.


250,000 Swedes Heat a Building with Their Bodies
January 24th, 2011

What if all the body heat from about 250,000 travelers in a train station will be recycled as clean, renewable energy? Impossible? Guess again.


The Chilling Future of GMO Testing and Traceability
January 24th, 2011

The CEO of a global leader in the testing and certification of non-GMOs, talked about the challenges of GMO testing and future trends.


GMO Analysis Lab Opens in Western Turkey
January 24th, 2011

The first laboratory for analyzing genetically modified organisms, or GMO, in Turkey was recently opened at Ege University’s Agriculture Faculty in the Aegean province of İzmir.


Leeches Could Save a Limb — or Your Life
January 24th, 2011

Leeches were approved as a “medical device” in 2004 by the Food and Drug Administration and have been marketed as such ever since.


Your Lying Eyes: Can This Be Happening?
January 23rd, 2011

We have two eyes, yet, each eye sees a slightly different world. Our brains decide what we see. In an experiment, Kokichi Sugihara shows exactly how our eyes and brain deceives us.


Pairs of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered in Merging Galaxies
January 23rd, 2011

This new discovery provides astronomers a glimpse into how black-hole pairs and their host galaxies merge — a crucial part of understanding the evolution of the universe.


Scientists Say Tidal Generators Could Confuse Sea Life
January 22nd, 2011

Tidal and wave-powered generators may possibly interfere with the internal compasses of sea creatures, which rely on the earth’s magnetic fields to navigate vast distances.


Solar Cell Development Inspired by Moth Eyes
January 22nd, 2011

Scientists in Japan have used moth eyes as their inspiration for a new type of solar cell.


Deadly Avian Cholera Threatens Ducks in Canadian Arctic
January 21st, 2011

A new bird disease has arrived in Canada’s Arctic, one so lethal it can kill thousands of ducks in a dense colony in a lightning-fast outbreak.


Eggs Show Arctic Mercury Cycling May Be Linked to Ice Cover
January 21st, 2011

An international research team has suggested for the first time that mercury cycling in the flora and fauna of the Arctic may be linked to the amount of ice cover present.


Make Way for the Arctic’s Mighty Mammal
January 21st, 2011

They may be small and cute but in the Arctic food web, lemmings are a mighty keystone species whose future depends on snow — and plenty of it.


Industry Aware of Cellphone Cancer Risk in 1994
January 20th, 2011

The cell phone industry knew back in 1994 that their phones caused DNA damage, but chose to ignore the facts and continue to lie about cell phone hazards.


Wi-fi in Schools: an Invisible Threat?
January 20th, 2011

Despite industry and govt. claims to the contrary, microwave radiation from WiFi and cell phones causes DNA damage that can result in cancer, headaches, heart arrhythmia, nausea and and a host of other serious ailments.


Unplugged Teens More Functional & Happier
January 20th, 2011

A Mom’s experiment in communications tech deprivation helped her kids regain their focus and enjoyment of life.


Remembrances of Lives Past
January 20th, 2011

Peter Bostock and his wife, Jo-Anne, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He believes they loved each other in past lives working on an estate in 1880s Derbyshire, England.


Sundiving Comet Storm
January 20th, 2011

The sun has just experienced a storm—not of explosive flares and hot plasma, but of icy comets.


Trust Your Gut—If You’re Aware of Your Heartbeat
January 20th, 2011

In a new study, results show that test subjects who were more conscious of their heart rates were more likely to “trust their guts” when making decisions—and in some cases that intuition paid off.


Exercising to Music Improves Balance in Older Adults
January 20th, 2011

Balance rapidly declines as people age, it’s obvious that cultivating good balance should be a must for them. The good news is that several things can help with this including exercising to music.


Acetaminophen Can Cause Liver Failure in Infants
January 20th, 2011

Repeatedly giving a baby Tylenol or other acetaminophen products could be putting the child at risk for liver injury, including acute liver failure.


A Surprise Finding: Endothelial Cells Rejuvenate Your Liver
January 20th, 2011

Your liver is the “brain of your body” and its healthy function is required for your ongoing well being. For the first time, a process by which your liver can regenerate itself has been identified.


New Solar Reactor Potential CO2 Scrubber & Fuel Creator
January 19th, 2011

A new reactor can produce fuel from sunlight and process CO2


Is Dreaming a Form of Survival?
January 18th, 2011

Dreaming could have begun as a form of survival in the wild, according to evolutionary psychologists. Some people credit their dreams for helping solve real-life problems.


Scientists Warn California Could Be Struck by Winter ‘Superstorm’
January 18th, 2011

A group of more than 100 scientists and experts say in a new report that California faces the risk of a massive “superstorm.”


New Doubts Cast on Safety of Common Driveway Sealant
January 18th, 2011

Playgrounds, parking lots and driveways are coated every spring and summer with coal tar, a toxic byproduct of steelmaking that contains high levels of chemicals linked to cancer.


Zinc May Help Ward Off Pneumonia in Elderly
January 18th, 2011

A research study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found nursing facility residents with normal levels of zinc were about fifty percent less likely to develop pneumonia.


More Evidence of Intelligent Design?
January 18th, 2011

The value of the cosmological constant suggests that the laws of nature could not have been fine-tuned for life by an omnipotent being, says a cosmologist.


Turns Out That Music Really is Intoxicating
January 18th, 2011

Music can have profound effects on the brains of listeners.


Eating Veggies Makes You Look Prettier
January 18th, 2011

Most people have heard the same old reasons used for eating more vegetables since they were kids. Eat veggies to grow big and strong, to be healthy or simply “because they’re good for you.”


Super Creepy: Remote Controlled Worms
January 17th, 2011

Geekazoids at Harvard have created genetically engineered worms that they remotely control. Which is nothing compared to the US military’s super-secret remote controlled genetically engineered cyber super-soldiers that have been seen in Iraq and a few other places.


Creepy: Face-Recognition Vending Machine
January 17th, 2011

Vending machines in Taiwan can tell you what to purchase based on your appearance and communications devices and then track what you purchase.


Scientists Find Success Putting Liquor On Their Superconductors
January 17th, 2011

Wine makes superconductors better at their jobs. And apparently, it makes some scientists better at their jobs too.


Can Orange Juice Cure Cancer?
January 17th, 2011

An apple a day keeps the doctor away–but orange juice cures cancer. At least that’s what researchers at the National Institutes of Health are reporting.


Marine Plants for a Long Life?
January 15th, 2011

A study, on why a Japanese island’s elderly have long lives, revealed an interesting secret: They eat edible plants from the sea.


Pregnant Women Are Carrying Toxic Chemicals, Study Finds
January 15th, 2011

A new study identifies 163 environmental chemicals — such as PCBs and even the long-banned DDT — that pregnant women might be carrying along with their fetuses.


Residents in Higher Altitudes at Greater Risk for Suicide – Study
January 15th, 2011

Living at a higher altitude may be a risk factor for suicide, a recent study.


DNA Molecules Can Teleport?
January 13th, 2011

A researcher has ‘discovered’ what leading scientists have known for decades – DNA is electromagnetic and can transmit its information.


Planck Telescope Observes Cosmic Giants
January 13th, 2011

The Planck space telescope has identified some of the largest structures ever seen in the Universe.


Fish Compete with College Students on Math Test
January 13th, 2011

According to National Geographic, common mosquitofish show roughly the same numerical skills as college students in some laboratory tests.


New Glass Stronger and Tougher Than Steel
January 13th, 2011

A new type of damage-tolerant metallic glass, demonstrating a strength and toughness beyond that of any known material, has been developed and tested by researchers.


Antimatter Caught Streaming from Thunderstorms on Earth
January 11th, 2011

A space telescope has accidentally spotted thunderstorms on Earth producing beams of antimatter.


Research Predicts Climate Change to Continue to Year 3000
January 11th, 2011

New research indicates the impact of rising CO2 levels in Earth’s atmosphere will cause unstoppable effects to the climate for at least the next 1000 years, causing researchers to estimate a collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet by the year 3000.


Rocky Exoplanet Milestone in Hunt for Earth-Like Worlds
January 11th, 2011

Astronomers have discovered the smallest planet outside our Solar System, and the first that is undoubtedly rocky like Earth.


Mummified Forest Discovered in Arctic Circle
January 11th, 2011

On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic where no trees now grow, a newly unearthed mummified forest is giving researchers a peek into how plants reacted to ancient climate change.


Can Sun’s Gravity Help Us Call ET?
January 10th, 2011

It might be possible to use the sun as a long-distance telephone to reach out and talk to aliens, some scientists believe.


Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Not So Carnivorous After All
January 10th, 2011

Tyrannosaurus rex may have been a flesh-eating terror but many of his closest relatives were more content with vegetarian fare, a new analysis by Field Museum scientists has found.


Pluto May Have Ocean Beneath Its Ice Shell
January 10th, 2011

New research has suggested that Pluto may be warm enough to contain an ocean beneath its miles-thick ice shell.


Ancient Humans, Dubbed ‘Denisovans’, Interbred with Us
January 10th, 2011

Scientists say an entirely separate type of human identified from bones in Siberia co-existed and interbred with our own species.


Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago?
January 9th, 2011

A study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago.


Journal’s Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage
January 9th, 2011

The publication by one of psychology’s most respected journals of a paper presenting strong evidence for extrasensory perception, delighted believers in so-called paranormal events, but is mortifying scientists.


Missing Link Between Big Bang & Star Creation Found
January 9th, 2011

The “missing link” between the Big Bang and the evolution of the universe has been uncovered by a team of international scientists.


Moon Has a Liquid Core?
January 8th, 2011

New research suggests that the moon may have a core similar to Earth’s.


Russian Team Prepares to Penetrate Lake Vostok
January 7th, 2011

Lake Vostok, which has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years, and whose conditions very similar to the conditions on Europa and Enceladus, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit.


Scientists Find Evidence for ‘Chronesthesia,’ or Mental Time Travel
January 7th, 2011

Researchers have found evidence for “chronesthesia,” which is the brain’s ability to be aware of the past and future, and to mentally travel in subjective time.


Invasive Alien Species Triggers Mass Extinctions
January 7th, 2011

An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, say research results published December 29 in the journal PLoS ONE.


In a Giant’s Story, a New Chapter Writ by His DNA
January 6th, 2011

When tumors start growing in children or adolescents, they can result in gigantism because they make the gland churn out growth hormone, prodding bones to keep growing.


New Blood Test That Can Detect a Single Cancer Cell
January 5th, 2011

A liquid biopsy? That’s what developers are calling a new blood test for cancer that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately.


Atlantic Currents Have Seen ‘Drastic’ Changes: Study
January 5th, 2011

Scientists have found evidence of a “drastic” shift since the 1970s in north Atlantic Ocean currents that usually influence weather in the northern hemisphere, Swiss researchers said.


The Infant Vaccination Controversy
January 4th, 2011

The facts clearly show that infant vaccinations can pose a much greater long-term risk than the diseases being vaccinated for.


A Tower Ready to Fall?
January 4th, 2011

In an effort to prove one theory or another, physicists,have constructed ever more powerful particle accelerators, imagining that they will soon reach some final truth. But, over and over, there have been more questions and problems than answers.


Electric Biology
January 4th, 2011

A book recently published in Switzerland, detailed experiments that demonstrate how a changing electric field can alter gametes so much that new species are created.


Blood Test To Spot Cancer Gets Big Boost
January 3rd, 2011

A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor’s office.


Some Scientist Lie and Lie
January 3rd, 2011

Besides all of the corporate sponsored junk science pretending to be real science, real scientists lie, lie often and lie well.


Using Technology To Enforce Good Behavior?
January 3rd, 2011

Many people can’t control their behavior and are turning to technology to keep themselves out of trouble.