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Archive for February, 2011 :


Evolution Education vs. Intelligent Design, Who’s Winning?
February 28th, 2011

Five years after the Dover trial pushed intelligent design out of public school classrooms, how has evolution instruction fared?


Human Evolution Progressed Due to Subtle Shifts
February 28th, 2011

Classic selective sweeps, when a beneficial genetic mutation quickly spreads through the human population, are thought to have been the primary driver of human evolution.


Invading Fire Ants Didn’t Come from South America
February 28th, 2011

A new study shows that the invasive species has spread not from its original home in South America but from its beachhead in the southeastern U.S.


Atomic Antennas to Revolutionize Quantum Computing
February 28th, 2011

Scientists have now developed a revolutionary approach to make practical use of a quantum computer, using atomic antennas.


Fungus Carry the “Weapon” to Defeat Malaria, Bug-Borne Diseases
February 28th, 2011

At last, people in Malaria infested places can now breathe some relief. A fungus holds the secret to combating malaria and other insect-borne diseases.


Scientists Discover Potential Chikungunya Cure
February 28th, 2011

An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of two new fully human monoclonal antibodies which could battle Chikungunya, a disease that currently has no available vaccine or specific treatment.


Use of Gold Extends to Electronics and Drugs
February 28th, 2011

Nanometer-scale gold particles are currently intensively investigated for possible applications in catalysis, sensing, photonics, biolabeling, drug carriers and molecular electronics.


Keeping An Atom Still
February 28th, 2011

Nothing in nature is ever perfectly still. Atoms and molecules that make up every matter incessantly tumble, vibrate or collide with one another. Even though total stillness is physically impossible, scientists have edged ever closer to that ultimate limit.


Ancient Natural Global Warming According to the Arctic
February 28th, 2011

Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a contribution to this endeavour.


Green Chemistry Offers Route Towards Zero-Waste Production
February 27th, 2011

Novel green chemical technologies will play a key role helping society move towards the elimination of waste while offering a wider range of products from bio-refineries, according to a University of York scientist.


Newborn Heart Muscle Can Grow Back by Itself, Study Shows
February 26th, 2011

In a promising science-fiction-meets-real-world juxtaposition, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the mammalian newborn heart can heal itself completely.


Flies Carry Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria from Factory Farms
February 26th, 2011

What sort of antibiotic-resistant pathogens are growing on factory farms, along with all the cheap pork chops and chicken wings? And what level of threat do they pose to our health?


America’s New (Old) Terminator
February 26th, 2011

The American military’s public showroom of death machines will soon have a new model Terminator Robot designed to chase down its prey like a Cheetah. Democracy & environmental activists beware!


2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal
February 26th, 2011

With the age of fast computers ever becoming faster and more intelligent almost by the minute, techno-wizard Raymond Kurzweil believes that humanity — our bodies, our minds, our civilization, will be completely and irreversibly transformed about 35 years from now.


Which Nations Are Most at Risk from Climate Change?
February 26th, 2011

The international community faces the daunting task of determining which countries face the most significant impacts from global warming.


How Severe Can Climate Change Become?
February 26th, 2011

How severe can climate change become in a warming world? Worse than anything we’ve seen in written history, according to results of a study recently appearing in the journal Science.


Bizarre Friction-Free ‘Superfluid’ Found in Neutron Star’s Core
February 26th, 2011

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the first direct evidence for a superfluid, a bizarre, friction-free state of matter, at the core of a neutron star.


Arctic Fever: Far-North Food Web May Be Unraveling
February 26th, 2011

Climate change in the far north happens “one warm, rainy day at a time,” writes freelancer and author Bruce Barcott in an On Earth article about the effects of climate warming as experienced by the indigenous residents of Kotzebue, who rely greatly on wild food resources.


Arctic Environment During an Ancient Bout of Natural Global Warming
February 26th, 2011

Scientists are unraveling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming.


Linking ‘Big Weather’ to Global Warming
February 25th, 2011

After the huge snowfalls in the northeastern United States over the past few months, many people can’t help but wonder: With a winter of such magnitude, how can scientists say the planet is warming?


Dinosaur with Powerful Legs Found in Utah
February 25th, 2011

A new dinosaur with enormously powerful thigh muscles has been discovered in America.


Magnetic Pole Angles Toward Russia
February 25th, 2011

There was a recent report that our planet’s magnetic pole is slowly moving away from the Arctic regions and heading toward Russia. These magnetic shifts are still not completely understood by scientists.


Unlocking Arctic Carbon
February 25th, 2011

Sometime in the next 20 years, Arctic soil that has been frozen since the last ice age will begin thawing in response to rapidly warming polar temperatures and start releasing a vast reservoir of carbon into the atmosphere.


Bones of Ice Age Child Found in Alaska
February 25th, 2011

Archaeologists in Alaska have found the remains of a young child from the Ice Age, in a discovery of the oldest human bones yet uncovered from sub-Arctic North America.


Experimental Cancer Drugs: Killing Far More People than Helping
February 24th, 2011

Experimental cancer drugs harm far more people than they help, according to a study conducted by researchers from Duke University Medical Center and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Heart Disease Risk Reduced by Olive Oil and Greens
February 24th, 2011

So, our mothers were right after all, when as young kids, they told us to eat our vegetables. If you stuck to it through the years, then you have a better chance of a long life.


Why Most Americans Are Deficient In this Vital Vitamin
February 24th, 2011

When it comes to optimum health, most of us are deficient in one key vitamin that can help unlock the mystery of many common ailments.


Farm-Raised Kids are Less Prone to Asthma
February 24th, 2011

Children raised on farms don’t suffer from asthma as much as their city- and suburb-dwelling counterparts, according to a paper published online Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Meditation Beats Dance for Harmonizing Body and Mind
February 24th, 2011

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation.


Emergency! New Pathogen Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops?
February 24th, 2011

USDA senior scientist sends “emergency” warning to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a new plant pathogen in Roundup Ready GM soybean and corn that may be responsible for high rates of infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock.


The Plight of the Bumblebee
February 24th, 2011

Major pollinators apart from the honeybee are suffering steep decline worldwide, chief among them the bumblebee, and neonicotinoid pesticides are a major culprit that should be banned.


Researchers Convince People They Have Three Arms
February 24th, 2011

The results show that, “the body representation can easily be updated to incorporate an additional limb,” offering future possibilities for a stroke patient paralyzed on one side of the body.


Solar Experts Detect Waves in Giant Magnetic Holes the Size of the UK
February 24th, 2011

Massive waves in giant magnetic holes on the surface of the Sun have been discovered for the first time by solar scientists from the University of Sheffield and Queen´s University Belfast, something that will bring experts a step closer to unlocking the secrets of the Sun.


Virus-Mimicking Nanoparticles Can Stimulate Long-Lasting Immunity
February 24th, 2011

Live viral vaccines such as the smallpox or yellow fever vaccines provide immune protection that lasts several decades, but despite their success, scientists have remained in the dark as to how they induce such long lasting immunity.


Researchers Seeking Cure for Forgetfulness
February 23rd, 2011

Researchers say people are becoming increasingly absent-minded due to information overload.


Berries and Grapes Improve Memory and Brain Health
February 23rd, 2011

Blueberries and grape seed extract show great potential in the fight against brain aging and cognitive decline.


Cocoa For Your Gut and Your Heart
February 23rd, 2011

The daily consumption of cocoa for 4-weeks significantly increased levels of bifidobacterial and lactobacilli in the gut.


Cell Phones Cause Brain-Activity Changes
February 23rd, 2011

Researchers from the National Institute of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna.


Can Dreams Predict the Future?
February 23rd, 2011

When disaster strikes, people often claim that they foresaw the tragedy. But are such premonitions really possible? In an extract from his new book Paranormality, psychologist Richard Wiseman explains how our sleeping minds can trick us.


Welcome to the Multiverse!
February 23rd, 2011

Get used to the idea of an infinite number of universes, says superstring theorist Brian Greene in his new book, “The Hidden Reality.” Alexander Fabry presents a handy guide to the mind-bending new science.


Rare Stellar ‘Water Fountain’ Discovered
February 23rd, 2011

Three new water masers have been discovered in the Milky Way, including what could be one of the fastest ever found – reaching speeds of up to 350 km per second – and a rare ‘water fountain’ type.


Study Shows Welsh Sheep ‘More Clever Than Thought’
February 23rd, 2011

Sheep aren’t viewed as the cleverest of creatures, but new research has found they might be a lot more intelligent than previously thought. Do you still want them for your dinner?


T. Rex More Hyena Than Lion
February 23rd, 2011

Contrary to previous assumptions, the Tyrannosaurus Rex was an opportunistic feeder, not the top predator, Paleontologists say.


Next-Gen Biofuels from Inside Cow Stomachs
February 23rd, 2011

By analyzing samples taken directly from a cow’s cellulose-digesting foregut, the authors of a new study elucidated a new catalogue of nearly 30,000 enzymes that could lead to more efficient production of cellulosic biofuel.


Mobile Phone Radiations Health Risk – Government Agrees
February 22nd, 2011

Cell phone radiations could be harmful even to butterflies, bees, insects and sparrows; and not just human being cells and biological mechanisms.


Rivers in the Sky
February 22nd, 2011

Like freight trains loaded with water vapor, atmospheric rivers are long, narrow bands whose winds funnel huge amounts of moisture through the sky. These rivers can drop their moisture as rain and cause destructive flooding.


Is the Big Dipper Scooping Dark Matter?
February 22nd, 2011

How much dark matter is needed to build a young galaxy whose rate of star birth is set to overdrive?


Arctic Ocean Current Temperatures Traced Back to Roman Empire
February 22nd, 2011

Using as tiny climate sensors the miniscule bodies of hard-shelled protozoa deposited on the sea floor over millennia, an international research team has made a startling discovery off the coast of Greenland.


Arctic Climate Variation Under Ancient Greenhouse Conditions
February 22nd, 2011

Tiny organisms preserved in marine sediments hold clues about Arctic climate variation during an ancient episode of greenhouse warming.


Organic Molecules Lead to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Cells
February 21st, 2011

Solar cells aren’t cheap. However, a new method of producing cells developed by researchers at Stanford could lead to less costly and more efficient green energy production.


The Green Machine: Algae Clean Wastewater, Convert to Biodiesel
February 21st, 2011

Algae really does the dirty work. It cleans wastewater and converts it into biofuel.


Making Music With the Sun
February 21st, 2011

The sun. We haven’t seen much of it these past few months, but with Craig Colorusso’s help we can hear it.


Warning: Dangerous New Pathogen and Monsanto’s Roundup
February 21st, 2011

A plant pathologist warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn.


Its Official, Cell Phone Radiation is Deadly
February 21st, 2011

The results are out and they are not pleasing at all. It has been found that radiation from mobile towers pose grave health risks including memory loss, lack of concentration and digestive disturbances.


Air Force Ordered Software to Manage Army of Fake Virtual People
February 21st, 2011

To help destroy secrets outlet WikiLeaks and discredit progressive bloggers, the sinisters crafted detailed proposals for software that manages online “personas,” allowing a single human to assume the identities of as many fake people as they’d like.


Researchers Use “Avatar” to Hunt for Self
February 21st, 2011

That feeling of being in, and owning, your own body is a fundamental human experience. But where does it originate and how does it come to be?


Climate Projections Show Health Impacts Possible Within 30 Years
February 21st, 2011

A panel of scientists unveiled how climate change could increase exposure and risk of human illness originating from ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems, projecting impacts to be felt within 30 years.


Ancient Mesoamerican Sculpture Uncovered in Southern Mexico
February 21st, 2011

With one arm raised and a determined scowl, the figure looks ready to march right off his carved tablet and into the history books. If only we knew who he was — corn god? Tribal chief? Sacred priest? Sky Being?


Skin Color: Handy Tool for Teaching Evolution
February 21st, 2011

Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools, according to a Penn State anthropologist.


Reverse Genetics Allow Scientists to Slow Spread of Rubella Virus
February 21st, 2011

Scientists have identified the gene that allows the Rubella virus to block cell death and reverse engineered a mutant gene that slows the virus’s spread.


Magnetic North Is on the Move. Time to Panic?
February 21st, 2011

The earth’s magnetic field is weakening at an accelerating rate. It is 15% weaker than it was at the time the north magnetic pole was “discovered”–and claimed for King William IV–by a British explorer in 1831. Should we be worried?


X-Class Flare Bounces Off North Pole
February 21st, 2011

A wave of charged plasma particles from a huge solar eruption has glanced off the Earth’s northern pole, lighting up auroras and disrupting some radio communications, a NASA scientist said.


Health Fears Over Microwave Devices Outside Schools
February 20th, 2011

Concerned parents are outraged that they have not been consulted about proposals for the installation of microwave antennae at their children’s schools.


Study Links Premature Baldness to Prostate Cancer Risk
February 20th, 2011

A new study has found a link between premature baldness, and an increased risk of prostate cancer later in life.


Get Out of My Way, You Jerk!
February 20th, 2011

Researchers study ‘Sidewalk Rage,’ seeking insights on anger’s origins and coping techniques.


Scheduled Deliveries Raise Risks for Mothers, Bad for Newborns
February 20th, 2011

Inducing labor without a medical reason is associated with negative outcomes for the mother, including increased rates of cesarean delivery, greater blood loss and an extended length of stay in the hospital, and does not provide any benefit for the newborn.


Birth Size Linked to Mental Health Problems Later in Life
February 20th, 2011

Scientists have discovered the first evidence linking brain function variations between the left and right sides of the brain to size at birth and the weight of the placenta. The finding could shed new light on the causes of mental health problems in later life.


Scientists Bioengineer a Protein to Fight Leukemia
February 20th, 2011

Scientists at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles today announced a breakthrough discovery in understanding how the body fights leukemia.


Asthma Tied to Bacterial Communities in the Airway
February 20th, 2011

Asthma may have a surprising relationship with the composition of the species of bacteria that inhabit bronchial airways, a finding that could suggest new treatment or even potential cures for the common inflammatory disease, according to a new UCSF-led study.


The Methane Monster Under Arctic Ice
February 20th, 2011

A new study out of the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado, shows that melting permafrost in the Arctic is adding even more carbon to the atmosphere than previously thought. It will eventually equal half of all the human-generated emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution


Hibernating Bears Could Help Human Rescues
February 20th, 2011

Scientists are studying how the bears’ bodies work during hibernation in order to help doctors rescue people in trauma situations.


America’s Silent Killing Fields 2011
February 19th, 2011

America’s silent killers are deadly, and do not discriminate. They target anybody, regardless. They poison livestock, pets, and wildlife, and the people behind them deny complicity in the carnage. Who or what are these silent, deadly killers?


It’s Time Man Stopped to Consider Earth’s Health
February 19th, 2011

What’s Good for Man may wreck the planet, and with the mushrooming expansion of humans numbers, increasingly seems likely to.


Could Eating Bugs Help Slow Climate Change?
February 19th, 2011

Scientists think that eating insects, a practice that’s common place in most developing nations, could be one way to ease food insecurity and slow the negative effects of climate change.


Pollution Triggers Genetic Resistance Mechanism in a Coastal Fish
February 19th, 2011

Some 50 years after two General Electric facilities released about 1.3 million pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into New York’s Hudson River, devastating and contaminating fish populations — except one type of fish.


Fountain of Youth from the Lithium Tap?
February 19th, 2011

A regular uptake of the trace element lithium can considerably promote longevity. This is the result of a new study by scientists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena.


Mystery Planet: Is a Rogue Giant Orbiting Our Sun?
February 19th, 2011

Talk about Planet X is buzzing in the scientific community and even going viral in the internet. But is it really there? If so, how does it affect us?


GMO Analysis Part of Food Security
February 18th, 2011

What we are asking for is an analysis. That seems like a perfectly reasonable and responsible way to approach any introduction of new technology.


Fluoridation: The Scam of the Century
February 18th, 2011

The question posed to the CDC, the EPA, and the Public Health officials of “why then do we have to ingest flouride?” NEVER gets answered.


Send Kids Outside Reduces Their Risk of Nearsightedness
February 18th, 2011

Studies show that children who spend more time outdoors are less at risk for developing myopia.


More Bad News About Bread
February 18th, 2011

Most bread lists Malted Barley Flour as an ingredient, typically the second one–which means it’s the second most prevalent ingredient. Translated? There’s a bunch of it in there, and it’s bad stuff.


WHO Cell Phone Research Urge Precautions in Using Cell Phones
February 18th, 2011

A report by two leaders of the World Health Organization’s Interphone study, the largest research study to date on cell phone risks, warn that people should be careful in how they use cell phones now while additional research is carried out by WHO and others.


Boy Without a Cerebellum Baffles Doctors
February 18th, 2011

Doctors are scrambling for answers to the amazing case of a boy who is completely missing his cerebellum — the part of the brain that controls motor skills, balance and emotions.


Huge Solar Flare Jams Radio, Satellite Signals: NASA
February 18th, 2011

A powerful solar eruption that has already disturbed radio communications in China could disrupt electrical power grids and satellites used on Earth in the next days, NASA said.


Simple Seaweeds May Be Earth’s First Plants
February 18th, 2011

A trove of seaweed-like fossils unearthed in southern China may be some of the oldest plants ever discovered.


Child Soldier Trauma in Uganda Shares Similarities with N. Ireland
February 17th, 2011

Psychology students at Queen’s University have discovered similarities between child soldier trauma in Uganda and those children caught up in Northern Ireland’s Troubles.


Human DNA Found in Gonorrhea Bacteria
February 17th, 2011

Now medical researchers at Northwestern University have found human DNA in the gonorrhea genome.


NASA Releases Images of Human-Made Crater on Comet
February 16th, 2011

NASA’s Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission. The images also showed the comet has a fragile and weak nucleus.


Spinach Hydrogen Fuel
February 16th, 2011

Spinach has always been a healthy food choice, full of iron and vitamins, but now it may also help make hydrogen fuel for a cleaner planet.


Malay Scientists Use Tropical Fruits to Make Batteries
February 16th, 2011

Malaysian engineers are harnessing the country’s biodiversity to find alternative raw materials for high-tech electronic products such as electric vehicle batteries.


The Gobsmackingly Gargantuan Challenge of Shifting to Clean Energy
February 16th, 2011

Saul Griffith’s extraordinary presentation on clean energy gives a clear sense of just what an enormous task lies ahead of us this century.


Experts Determine Age of Book ‘Nobody Can Read’
February 15th, 2011

While enthusiasts across the world pored over the Voynich manuscript, one of the most mysterious writings ever found, penned by an unknown author in a language no one understands, at least a research team at the UA solved the mystery of when the book was made.


A New Class of Magic Atomic Clusters Are Discovered
February 15th, 2011

An international team of researchers has discovered a new class of magnetic superhalogens, which may be used to advance materials science.


High Cholesterol is NOT a Disease
February 15th, 2011

Statins do lower cholesterol, but there’s no evidence that they do anything to protect you against heart disease. High cholesterol is NOT a DISEASE! For most people it’s not even a problem! In fact, driving cholesterol levels too low–THAT’S a real problem.


Yale Researchers Look At Cause Of Premature Deliveries
February 15th, 2011

Yale University researchers believe that excessive formation of calcium deposits could be linked to some premature births.


Do You Have Hypomania?
February 15th, 2011

If in the late hours of the night you still find yourself not a bit sleepy and is feeling “energetic” instead, you could possibly have “hypomania.” No idea what it is? Let’s ask the doctor.


Fixodent Denture Cream Named in Zinc Poisoning Lawsuits
February 15th, 2011

Fixodent denture cream has been associated with severe nerve damage, and even neuropathy. Proctor & Gamble, the maker of Fixodent, had been named in lawsuits alleging that zinc in the product caused users to suffer debilitating injuries.


Metal Toxins in LED Products
February 14th, 2011

A new study from the University of California (UC) Irvine shows that LED bulbs contain lead, arsenic, and a dozen more potentially hazardous substances.


Gene Mutations Linked to High Blood Pressure
February 14th, 2011

Yale University researchers have identified two novel genetic mutations that can trigger hypertension in up to a third of patients suffering from a common cause of severe high blood pressure.


Offspring Rats Given Folic Acid Develop More Breast Cancer
February 14th, 2011

The daughters of rats who took folic acid supplements before conception, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding have breast cancer rates twice as high as other rats, according to a new study.


Putting Trees on Farms Fundamental to Future Agricultural Development
February 12th, 2011

Growing trees on farms can provide farmers with food, income, fodder and medicines, as well as enriching the soil and conserving water.


Virus, Parasite May Combine to Increase Harm to Humans
February 12th, 2011

A parasite and a virus may be teaming up in a way that increases the parasite’s ability to harm humans.


Robots to Get Their Own Internet
February 12th, 2011

Robots could soon have an equivalent of the internet and Wikipedia.
European scientists have embarked on a project to let robots share and store what they discover about the world.


Machines That Eat Living Things for Energy
February 12th, 2011

With the exponential growth of robotic technology and AI it seems tempting fate to give robots a taste of organic matter as an energy source. If we’re to make eating robots, at least let’s make them vegetarian only.


NASA Finds Earth’s Cirrus-Like Ice Clouds on Saturn’s Moon Titan
February 12th, 2011

Experts at NASA have sighted thin, wispy clouds of ice particles similar to Earth’s cirrus clouds on one of Saturn’s moons, Titan.


CF Light Bulbs’ Mercury Content, a Serious Health Hazard
February 11th, 2011

f broken indoors, compact fluorescent (CF) light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study.


AAP Plays Down Probiotics Health Benefit for Children
February 11th, 2011

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledges evidence of health benefits of probiotics for children, but plays it down by emphasizing that the science is not yet strong enough to recommend many uses.


Honey Bee Collapse Threatens Global Food Security
February 11th, 2011

Einstein was right. As the UN’s index of food prices hits an all time-high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food security.


Specific Jobs Cause Excessive Lung Cancer Deaths in Women
February 11th, 2011

Women employed in certain occupations in the United States face a higher risk of dying from lung cancer, report researchers in the American Journal of Independent Medicine.


Vital Role of Antioxidants for Optimum Health and Longevity
February 11th, 2011

After insuring the basic nutritional needs through having healthy organic food and whole food supplements, the body must then have adequate anti-oxidants to achieve optimum health and longevity.


Pesticides Inhibit Proper Childhood Development
February 11th, 2011

Mothers exposed to high levels of pesticides bear children with lower intelligence levels than children born to mothers not exposed, says a new study published online in the journal Pediatrics.


The Many Wonderful Health Benefits of Black Cumin
February 11th, 2011

Black cumin (Nigella sativa) have remarkable healing and health properties that make it one of the most powerful medicinal plants known to man.


Vitamin C For Stronger Joints
February 10th, 2011

Vitamin C is needed to make collagen, the most abundant protein in your body. Collagen is the basis for your skin, bones, teeth, blood vessels, eyes, heart … essentially all parts of your body.


Fruits and Veggies May Not Lower Kids’ Allergy Risk
February 10th, 2011

Eating more fruits and vegetables may not protect children from developing allergies, according to a large Swedish study that questions earlier hints of benefit.


Scientists Recreate Heart Defect in a Lab Dish
February 10th, 2011

Using skin cells taken from children with a rare heart defect, U.S. researchers have created beating heart cells in the lab with the same heart defect, allowing researchers to test new drugs in human cells instead of mice.


Lack of Sleep is a Heart Attack Time Bomb
February 10th, 2011

Sleeping for less than six hours a night greatly increases the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, a study has found.


Drink Beer to Lose Weight and Fight Diabetes?
February 10th, 2011

It’s not exactly a beer-based diet. A new study finds that people who enjoy a couple of brews a day (or night) as part of a healthy lifestyle aren’t more likely to gain weight, and may even lose a few pounds.


No ‘Tipping Point’ for Arctic Sea Ice – Latest Science
February 10th, 2011

According to the latest research by German climate scientists, it seems that even in the case of a completely ice-free summer with the sun shining down onto an unprotected Arctic Ocean 24 hours a day (as it does in summer time up there), the heat absorbed by the sea would not be enough to permanently remove the ice cap. It would recover, in fact, within two years: there is no tipping point.


Brain’s ‘Radio Stations’ Have Much to Tell Scientists
February 10th, 2011

Like listeners adjusting a high-tech radio, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have tuned in to precise frequencies of brain activity to unleash new insights into how the brain works.


Microsponges from Seaweed May Save Lives
February 10th, 2011

Microsponges derived from seaweed may help diagnose heart disease, cancers, HIV and other diseases quickly and at far lower cost than current clinical methods.


Firefly Protein Leads to Improved Detection of Blood Clots
February 10th, 2011

Now, scientists and doctors can better detect blood clots, thanks to a protein from the fireflies for shedding the light.


Rare Meteorites Reveal Mars Collision Caused Water Flow
February 10th, 2011

Exactly a century after the first discovery of a rare meteorite sample, University of Leicester team uses it to reveal new insights into water on the red planet.


In the Future, Your Car May Be Made of Mushrooms
February 10th, 2011

Believe it or not, scientists who are trying to find more sustainable ways to build car parts believe the answers may be found in things such as mushroom roots.


Pure Water from Solar Power; Will It Catch On?
February 9th, 2011

Remote villages in developing countries might benefit from a water purification system driven by solar power, a better substitute to trucks bringing in water or people spending hours every day walking to fetch water.


What Could Possibly Go Wrong: Immortal Micro-Organisms
February 9th, 2011

Pentagon’s advanced research arm, DARPA, brings synthetic biology to a new level of creepiness. They say we need not worry because they’ll just implement a nice kill-switch, and everything will be fine. But would it really?


Advance of the Sea, Swallows Beaches in Ceará
February 9th, 2011

On the coast of Ceará urban areas are disappearing, buildings, houses, streets are swallowed by the accelerated advance of the sea. At least one city has declared a state of emergency right now.


Birds Use Quantum Theory While Flying to ‘See’ Earth’s Magnetic Field
February 9th, 2011

Birds may be able to ‘see’ the Earth’s electromagnetic field as they fly through the sky, scientists have suggested.


Apophis Asteroid Not a Danger but ‘A Real Chance’ for Study
February 9th, 2011

Russian scientists last week said that the Apophis asteroid may collide with the earth in 2036 but a report came out this week which said the chance of it striking the earth is highly unlikely.


X-Rays Reveal Hidden Leg of an Ancient Snake
February 9th, 2011

A novel X-ray imaging technology is helping scientists better understand how in the course of evolution snakes have lost their legs.


How Microscopic Plankton Explain the Opening of the Northwest Passage
February 9th, 2011

Why is the Arctic melting so fast? There are a number of reasons, but a new study in Science shows that part of the reason is that the ocean currents are pumping heat from the rest of the world straight into the Arctic.


Texas Student Attends School as a Robot – A Sign of Things to Come
February 8th, 2011

Freshman Lyndon Baty’s immune system is so fragile he can’t risk being surrounded by people his own age, yet he attends classes at his high school in Knox City, Texas every day. All thanks to a robot.


The Environmental Causes of Cancer
February 8th, 2011

At last – the idea that most cancer is caused by environmental factors is becoming mainstream.


Alcatel-Lucent Shrinks Cell Tower
February 8th, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent found a way to shrink the cell site tower. Does this mean we won’t have to worry with the microwaves frying our brains and growing tumors because of it?


Wurdi Youang Rocks Could Prove Aborigines Were First Astronomers
February 8th, 2011

After years of meticulous examination, a group of Australia’s most distinguished astro-physicists is starting to believe that the Aborigines were the world’s first astronomers.


Teenager Builds ‘Death-Ray’ Which Can Burn Through Almost Anything
February 8th, 2011

While many teenagers are content to sit at home playing computer games, this one has set his sights on something a little more ambitious.


Recalling Memories While Asleep Helps Lock Them in Place
February 8th, 2011

Some memories get locked into our brains, persisting for decades. Others slip out by the next day. Researchers have found that the process of recalling a memory actually contributes to this process.


NASA Spots Six Planets in Tight Orbits Around Sun-Like Star
February 8th, 2011

The team running NASA’s Kepler observatory is announcing the largest collection of planets yet spotted orbiting a single star.


Engine that Harnesses Sound Waves
February 5th, 2011

A startup company has developed a new type of engine that could generate electricity with the efficiency of a fuel cell, but which costs only about as much as an internal combustion engine.


Think Again Before Getting a Flu Shot
February 4th, 2011

The facts reveal that flu shots do no good at all and may do harm.


Warming North Atlantic Water Tied to Heating Arctic
February 3rd, 2011

New study finds that the temperatures of North Atlantic Ocean water flowing north into the Arctic Ocean are likely related to global warming.


Arctic Home to Mysterious Mercury Deposits
February 2nd, 2011

More mercury is deposited in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet. Norwegian NTNU researchers think one explanation for this may lie in the meteorological conditions in the Arctic spring and summer.


High Arctic Avian Athlete Gives Lessons About Animal Welfare
February 2nd, 2011

Researchers report that an arctic relative of the grouse has evolved to cope with its extreme environment by moving efficiently at high speeds or when carrying winter weight.


Tracks of Two Prehistoric Birds Found in Alaska
February 2nd, 2011

Fossilized tracks from two newly discovered prehistoric birds have been found in Alaska’s Denali National Park, according to findings released by an expert in Arctic paleontology.


Universe Now 250 Times Bigger?
February 2nd, 2011

The universe is way bigger than it looks, according to a study of the latest observations.


Tumor Risk to the Young from Using Mobile Phones
February 1st, 2011

Children who use mobiles could be up to five times more likely to develop a brain tumor than adults, experts claim.


Dinos Were Alive Much Later than Previously Thought
February 1st, 2011

Researchers at University of Alberta have discovered a dinosaur fossil in New Mexico that indicates they were alive about 700,000 years after the mass extinction.


Ancient Body Clock That Keeps All Living Things on Time, Discovered
February 1st, 2011

The mechanism that controls the internal 24-hour clock of all forms of life from human cells to algae has been identified by scientists.