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Archive for November, 2012 :


Resveratrol Essential Element In The Fight Against Prostate Cancer
November 28th, 2012

Resveratrol alters gene expression to protect against cancerous tumor formation and progression.


Funneling The Sun’s Energy
November 28th, 2012

New Way of Harnessing Photons for Electricity Proposed.


Life on Mars? Maybe not.
November 23rd, 2012

NASA downplayed talk of a major discovery by its Martian rover after remarks by the mission chief raised hopes it may have unearthed evidence life once existed on the Red Planet.


Algae Can Take Energy from Other Plants
November 21st, 2012

The alga secretes enzymes (so-called cellulose enzymes) that ‘digest’ the cellulose, breaking it down into smaller sugar components which are then transported into the cells and transformed into a source of energy: the alga can continue to grow.


Scientists Discover New Way Big Pharma Drugs Create Dangerous Superbugs
November 21st, 2012

Washington State University (WSU) researchers have found another way the massive use of the pharmaceutical industry’s antibiotics can spur on the growth of potentially dangerous superbugs.


New Nanoparticle Halts Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes and Asthma
November 20th, 2012

The new nanotechnology also can be applied to a variety of immune-mediated diseases including Type 1 diabetes, food allergies and airway allergies such as asthma.


Invisibility Cloaking to Shield Floating Objects from Waves
November 20th, 2012

A new approach to invisibility cloaking may one day be used at sea to shield floating objects such as oil rigs and ships from rough waves.


Neuroscience Says Buildings Can Reshape Our Brains
November 20th, 2012

Could neuroscientists be the next great architects?


‘Different Kind of Stem Cell’ Possesses Attributes Favoring Regenerative Medicine
November 20th, 2012

A research team at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say the new and powerful cells they first created in the laboratory a year ago constitute a new stem-like state of adult epithelial cells.


Plants’ Exposure to Light Influences Organic Weed Control Methods
November 19th, 2012

In this study, the three major constituents of clove bud oil, eugenol, β-caryophyllene, and α-humulene, were examined for their individual effects on plants.


Leap Forward in Brain-Controlled Computer Cursors
November 19th, 2012

New Algorithm Greatly Improves Speed and Accuracy.


Tiny Island Chain Becomes World’s First Solar-Powered Territory
November 18th, 2012

Tiny Tokelau will no longer rely on imported diesel, instead switching over to solar panels and coconut-based biofuel.


Mind-Controlled Robot Avatars Inch Towards Reality
November 15th, 2012

Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory are developing software that allows a person to drive a robot with their thoughts alone.


The Global Awakening
November 13th, 2012

According to a recent study it is possible parts of your mind have already been subcontracted out to the online world.


Researchers Build ‘Perfect’ Invisibility Cloak
November 13th, 2012

Duke University scientists say they’ve succeeded for the first time in building a truly effective invisibility cloak.


Self-Healing Plastic ‘Skin’ Points Way to New Prosthetics
November 12th, 2012

Researchers in California may have designed a synthetic version of Plastic Skin- a flexible, electrically conductive, self-healing polymer.


Possible Evidence That Our Universe Is A Computer Simulation
November 12th, 2012

They point out that simulations of the universe naturally put limits on physical laws.


Cockatoo ‘Can Make Its Own Tools’
November 7th, 2012

A cockatoo from a species not known to use tools in the wild has been observed spontaneously making and using tools for reaching food and other objects.


How Bacteria Talk To Each Other And Our Cells
November 7th, 2012

Bacteria can talk to each other via molecules they themselves produce. The phenomenon is called quorum sensing, and is important when an infection propagates.


The Post-Apocalypse Survival Machine Nerd Farm
November 6th, 2012

Jakubowski plans to start selling the brick presses and prove that the farm can make a profit of $5,000 per day from one of its machines.


Dating Encounters Between Modern Humans And Neandertals
November 6th, 2012

To discover why Neandertals are most closely related to people outside Africa scientists have estimated the date when Neandertals and modern Europeans last shared ancestors.


2013 Automobile of the Year: Tesla Model S
November 6th, 2012

To say there’s healthy skepticism regarding Tesla and its new wundercar is an understatement.


Pressure Builds For Better Oil Spill Clean-Up Technology
November 5th, 2012

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have come up with a novel gel that can absorb 40 times that is strong enough recover the oil.


Idaho Scientist Seeks To Launch Aerial Bigfoot Search With Blimp
November 5th, 2012

Meldrum is seeking to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the remote-controlled dirigible in hopes of catching an aerial glimpse of Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch.


Scientists Say Heartbeat, Not Battery, Could Power Pacemakers
November 5th, 2012

Your own beating heart may generate enough electricity to power a heart-regulating pacemaker, ending the need for expensive surgeries to replace expiring batteries, according to an early study of an experimental energy-converting device.


In Billions of Years, Aliens Will Find These Photos in a Dead Satellite
November 5th, 2012

The project is based on the idea that after billions of years, all signs of human civilization will have eroded away on Earth.


The Best Way to Find Aliens: Look for Their Solar Power Plants
November 5th, 2012

A team of astronomers is now looking for Dyson Spheres, massive star-scale solar power plants that extraterrestrial hunters hope alien civilizations employ.


Why Scientists Are in Alarm Mode Over the Keystone XL Pipeline
November 1st, 2012

Environmental science gets politicized because it has economic implications.


Testing the Waters
November 1st, 2012

After researching the subject for two years for a forthcoming book on climate change, is that far more serious scientists, backed by far deeper pockets, appear poised to actively tamper with the complex and unpredictable natural systems that sustain life on earth — with huge potential for unintended consequences.


Modern Alchemy Leaches Gold From Water
November 1st, 2012

It does so by extracting from industrial waste water the last traces of any rare — and increasingly valuable — metal.