Duke University: All brain activity studies are wrong. Published on June 29, 2020 Written by Arianne Cohen You know all those studies about brain activity?
The ones that reveal thought patterns and feelings as a person performs a task? Free science is here and growing fast – Watts Up With That? By David Wojick Most of my readers are interested in science.
Many of my blog articles are scientific and these are often followed by lengthy technical discussions in the comments. Some of my scientific articles have had thousands of comments; one article was over 5,000 when comments were closed. And there are many other blogs like this. Thanks to the miracle of online commenting the discussion of science, especially related to policy, is now a major popular pastime. The good news is that the scientific community is responding big time to this extensive popular interest. Science.
A Solar Science Timeline – sunspots, cycles, and solar wind. Humankind has studied the Sun for millennia.
Ancient Babylonians recorded eclipses on stone tablets. Renaissance scientists peered through telescopes, tracking sunspots. Eventually we took to space, and the first satellites captured solar particles streaming past Earth. Each generation ran against the limits of their tools. So they built new ones, and a new bounty of questions emerged. View an interactive version of this timeline. This Professor’s ‘Amazing’ Trick Makes Quadratic Equations Easier. The quadratic equation has frustrated math students for millenniums.
But a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh may have come up with a better way of solving it. Earth’s Ice Ages. Seismologists Search for the Indian Ocean’s “Missing Mass” As our knowledge of Earth’s geometry has become more precise, we have come to realize that our planet is not a uniform sphere, as was previously believed.
Lab Accident Creates the first-ever Permanently Magnetic Liquid. Published on July 30, 2019 Written by Yasemin Saplakoglu The permanently magnetized liquid droplets spin in perfect unison.
(Xubo Liu et al. /Berkeley Lab) For the first time, scientists have created a permanently magnetic liquid. We typically imagine magnets as being solid, said senior author Thomas Russell, a distinguished professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our Sun's Mysterious 11-Year Cycle Appears to Be Driven by Alignment of The Planets. Mice, Medical Research & the Media. How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology. Israeli company creating water from plain air eyes global expansion. Earth's Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected. Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm.
The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000 kilometers) above the planet's surface — have sprung up over the Western Hemisphere, while the field has strengthened over areas like the southern Indian Ocean, according to the magnetometers onboard the Swarm satellites — three separate satellites floating in tandem.
The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is that Earth's magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA's Swarm mission manager. In fact, the data suggest magnetic north is moving toward Siberia. Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Sign up for Scientific American’s free newsletters. Fake science on fake fish from James Cook Uni? Third World Science with First World Funding Is James Cook University a grants machine or a research institute?
James Cook University reviews ex-student’s ‘fishy’ findings, by Graham Lloyd, The Australian. Reclaiming lost calories: Tweaking photosynthesis boosts crop yields. What if your ability to feed yourself was dependent on a process that made a mistake 20 percent of the time?
We face this situation every day. That’s because the plants that produce the food we eat evolved to solve a chemistry problem that arose billions of years ago. Plants evolved to use carbon dioxide to make our food and the oxygen we breathe – a process called photosynthesis. Is a Dog's Mouth Cleaner Than a Human's? Get the Facts. When Julie McKenna arrived at the hospital in Mildura, Australia, in 2007, she could barely speak.
Her arms and legs were cold and mottled, and her face was turning purple. Doctors quickly determined that Julie was in septic shock—bacteria in her bloodstream were attacking her from within. Even after starting on antibiotics, the purple kept spreading, and her organs began to fail. Eventually, parts of her arms and legs began turning black. How an outsider bucked prevailing Alzheimer's theory, clawed for validation. Robert Moir was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t.
The Massachusetts General Hospital neurobiologist had applied for government funding for his Alzheimer’s disease research and received wildly disparate comments from the scientists tapped to assess his proposal’s merits. It was an “unorthodox hypothesis” that might “fill flagrant knowledge gaps,” wrote one reviewer, but another said the planned work might add little “to what is currently known.” A third complained that although Moir wanted to study whether microbes might be involved in causing Alzheimer’s, no one had proved that was the case. As if scientists are supposed to study only what’s already known, an exasperated Moir thought when he read the reviews two years ago. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Researchers: Up to 40 percent of DNA results from consumer tests could be “bogus”
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