Meet the tardigrade, the toughest animal on Earth - Thomas Boothby. Vaccine Myths. Two Fungal Species Cooperate to Synthesize an Antibiotic. Microbiologists often study microbes in isolation.
Lysenko: Cautionary Soviet-Era Tale Of How Tragically Politics Can Pervert Science. Octopuses can basically edit their own genes on the fly. You're a complex organism.
You socialize with family and friends, you solve puzzles and make choices. 5 vital lessons scientists learn that can better everyone’s life. “I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.”
-Johannes Kepler Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the history of science isn’t merely a simple line filled with forward progress, but a meandering set of paths that intersects, loops back, dead-ends and more. Every once in a while, a new trip down a path leads you to a brand new destination, and if you can understand where you are and how you got there, the reward is a brand new discovery. Influence of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Planetary Wave Resonance and Extreme Weather Events : Scientific Reports. A series of persistent, extreme summer weather events in recent years including the 2003 European Heat Wave, the 2010 Pakistan flood/Russian heatwave, 2011 Texas drought and the unprecedented, ongoing drought in California, has led to a continuing discussion in the scientific literature regarding the relationship between anthropogenic climate change and the spate of recent weather extremes1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
Some of the increase in extreme events can be explained by relatively straightforward thermodynamics, wherein modest shifts in mean temperature lead to increases in the frequency of heatwaves9,10,11,12 or wherein rising temperatures favor more intense precipitation events via moist thermodynamics13,14,15. However, a growing number of studies suggests that these mechanisms alone are not sufficiently explanatory, and more complex mechanisms may be involved as well in some (or many) of the recent strong or even unprecedented extremes16,17,18,19. Cancer Is Partly Caused By Random Mutations, Study Finds. Cancer can be caused by tobacco smoke or by an inherited trait, but new research finds that most of the mutations that lead to cancer crop up naturally.
The authors of the study published Thursday poked a hornet's nest by suggesting that many cancers are unavoidable. The provocative findings by Bert Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, have stirred up a heated scientific debate that started two years ago, when they published a report along similar lines. Back then, critics said they were undercutting important messages about cancer prevention. So when these scientists had new results to report, Vogelstein addressed that concern head-on. "We all agree that 40 percent of cancers are preventable," he said at a news conference.
Herd Immunity: Why your vaccinations help others. The best signs from the science rally in Boston. Hundreds of scientists and supporters gathered Sunday in Boston’s Copley Square to rally for their work and against the perceived war on science by President Donald Trump.
New Federal Funds Support Targeted Research on Toughest Superbugs. The types of research projects that will be funded by NIAID are essential for understanding how to attack Gram-negative bacteria—an area that has stymied scientists working to develop new antibiotics for resistant infections.
Deepest-Ever X-Ray Image Captures Countless Black Holes (Photo) Huge numbers of supermassive black holes are visible in a stunning new photo that astronomers said is the deepest X-ray image of the sky ever captured.
The concentration of these light-gobbling monsters in the central region of the photo is unprecedented — the equivalent of 5,000 supermassive black holes over an area the size of the full moon, or 1 billion if extended across the entire night sky, researchers said. "With this one amazing picture, we can explore the earliest days of black holes in the universe and see how they change over billions of years," Niel Brandt of Pennsylvania State University, who led a team of researchers studying the image, said in a statement. [Images: Black Holes of the Universe] The image incorporates about 80 days' worth of data collected by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory spacecraft and covers a patch of sky 8.5 light-years across.
Humans and Supernova-Born Neutron Stars Have Similar Structures, Discover Scientists. As atoms in our bodies were made in stars millions of years ago, it’s been common to propose that we are, in fact, made of stars.
Now comes news of another mind-blowing cosmic relationship as physicists conclude that human cells and neutron stars share structural similarities, which look like multi-story parking garages. Neutron stars are quite strange space objects. They come to life as a result of supernova explosions of massive stars and are incredibly dense. While they are the smallest stars, they can pack as much mass as two Suns into a star with the radius of just 10 kilometers. What the scientists found is that material inside human cell cytoplasms (fluid around a cell nucleus) looks like helices connecting stacks of evenly spaced sheets, dubbed “Terasaki ramps”. Interestingly, computer simulations showed similar shapes, called “nuclear pasta” inside neutron stars. All hail the humble moss, bringer of oxygen and life to Earth. Scientists have identified the creature that gave the Earth its first breath of fresh, clean air and made life possible for everything ranging from ardvaarks to Olympic athletes and zebra finches.
It was a moss. Atoms As Big As Mountains — Neutron Stars Explained. The New Drug That Could Treat Alzheimer's - Introducing NTRX-07. In Brief Five million people, in the US alone, could be significantly helped by a new drug to treat Alzheimer's Disease. There have been many recent breakthroughs in the study and treatment of nuerodegenerative disorders. From medication to gene therapy, new solutions are continually popping up to instill greater hope. Targeting Inflammation New developments and research into treating Alzheimer’s disease are always welcome. The Most Radioactive Places on Earth. Time might only exist in your head, say physicists. Out of all the pressures we face in our everyday lives, there’s no denying that the nature of time has the most profound effect.
As our days, weeks, months, and years go by, time moves from past to present to future, and never the other way around. But according to the physics that govern our Universe, the same things will occur regardless of what direction time is travelling in. And now physicists suggest that gravity isn’t strong enough to force every object in the Universe into a forward-moving direction anyway. How hormones work. BBC Earth - Timeline - The Earth formed from a vast gas and dust cloud. Earth Temperature Timeline. Meet LUCA: Scientists Discover the Common Ancestor to All Life on Earth. Scientists may have identified the ancestor that started all life and where it lived. We are talking about LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, also known as the “microbial Eve”.
Gravitational Waves and How They Distort Space - Universe Today. It’s official: on February 11, 10:30 EST, there will be a big press conference about gravitational waves by the people running the gravitational wave detector LIGO. New drug 'wakes up' immune system to fight one of deadliest cancers. A new drug that “wakes up” the immune system to attack cancer has extended the lives of people with metastatic pancreatic cancer and has no side-effects, raising hopes for a new and powerful tool against the most intractable form of the disease. The drug, IMM-101, is considered groundbreaking because pancreatic cancer which has spread to other parts of the body usually kills within a few months. Unlike other immunotherapy treatments, IMM-101 is not thought to have any side-effects, which have been hugely debilitating for many patients and even led to long-term disability in some cases. The patients who were given the new immunotherapy drug actually felt better than those who were on standard chemotherapy, said Angus Dalgleish, professor of oncology at St George’s, University of London, who led the research.
An Epochal Discovery: A Habitable Planet Orbits Our Neighboring Star. How did feathers evolve? - Carl Zimmer. Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other. LIGO again detects gravitational waves. Rosalind Franklin: DNA's unsung hero - Cláudio L. Guerra. VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization. How the choices you make can affect your genes - Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna. Physicists Find More Evidence That DNA’s Hidden Layer is Real.
0009 Understand molecular and cellular life processes. Riccardo Sabatini: How to read the genome and build a human being. Watch: River Explodes Into Flames From Methane Coming From Nearby Fracking Sites. So much methane gas is now bubbling up through the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia that it exploded with fire and held a large flame. Gas seeping into the river began shortly after coal seam gas operations started nearby and is growing in volume and the stretch of river affected is expanding in length.
New state of water molecule discovered. Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have unveiled unique and unexpected behaviour of water molecules that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states. Science. Missing links brewed in primordial puddles? Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry - BillMoyers.com. Monkey teeth hint at a miraculous marine migration to North America. Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 — Atomic Comics. We're More than Stardust — We're Made of the Big Bang Itself.
Networks of Genome Data Will Transform Medicine. Breakthrough Technical standards that let DNA databases communicate. Startling new finding: 600 million years ago, a biological mishap changed everything. Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago. This Telescope Could See Back to the Beginning of Time by 2022. If You Think Science Is the Enemy, You Don’t Know What Science Is. Scientists make huge discovery of ‘cosmic web’ holding our universe together. Genome Sequencing of Acorn Worm Reveals Evolution of Gill Slits of Human Pharynx.
Tree of life branches out online. Quantum computer. Nikola Tesla Describes a Modern Smartphone... in 1926. The Lost Book of Archimedes : Documentary on the Lost Manuscript of the Mathematical Genius. Scientists just smashed the distance record for quantum teleportation. Eubacteria.
Science. 8 amazing facts about Supermassive Black Holes — two are about to collide. Scientists create the first digital 'tree of life' Open Tree of Life. Inner Life of the Cell (Full Version - Narrated) Might Alien Life Evolve Like the Incredible Octopus? Physics Flash Animations. Science. BRAIN Initiative Bets On Wearable Scanners, Laser-Controlled Cells. Ed and Periodic Videos. Innovative Brain Imaging Combines Sound And Light.
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