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NIMH » News Latest Science News Brain “Relay” Also Key to Holding Thoughts in Mind • Press Release Column Glassy-eyed Optimists or Material Geniuses - 05-02 KNOWLEDGE CENTER Improving Productivity and Efficiency for Automotive Part Manufacturing According to consulting firm IRN Inc., the automotive industry is expected to launch an average of 120 new vehicles annually through 2020... Engineering The K900: Kia Goes Big & Up Gary S. Vasilash Once, Kia was all about comparatively innocuous, thrifty cars. Then it began to put stunning designs on the road. Now it is going after luxury buyers.

Journal home : Nature Raphael Lis, Charles C. Karrasch, Michael G. Poulos, Balvir Kunar, David Redmond, Jose G. Pirate Bay Announces IPREDATOR Global Anonymity Service As the online battle against file-sharers heats up with governments and ISPs forced into the arena, those opposed to being monitored are investigating counter-measures. Soon the Pirate Bay team will introduce IPREDATOR, a service that promises to make global Internet users more anonymous than with existing VPN services. As the entertainment industries turn their lobbying power towards ISPs and governments in their on-going battle against file-sharers, more and more people are looking at neutralizing the effects of monitoring and new legislation. Many file-sharers already pay a few dollars each month for a VPN service.

The Chameleon Effect and Chartrand & Bargh Experiments Also called unintentional mirroring, the chameleon effect usually applies to people who are getting along so well, each tend to mimic each other's body posture, hand gestures, speaking accents, among others. This was confirmed by the Chartrand and Bargh experiments. The perfect description of the chameleon effect is the cliché saying: "Imitation is the best form of flattery." In interpersonal relations, often times mimicking another's body language can increase our likeability. This phenomenon is what Chartrand and John Bargh calls the Chameleon Effect.

Lightcraft Technology Incorporated What is a Lightcraft? A Lightcraft is a 1kg launch vehicle, made from high temperature ceramic materials, that flies into space on a megawatt laser beam. The Lightcraft, shown here in flight, is both a single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle and a satellite. How does it work? A ground based laser is the power source that propels the Lightcraft into orbit. Lightcraft can deliver payloads into space for a fraction of the cost of traditional rockets because most of the engine stays on the ground, thereby unburdening the craft from having to lift the energy source for its propulsion system.

Constellation Exactly 1week to "Space Race - Yuri's Night 2014: Hunting Comets!" team challenge on BoincStats Hello everyone, in exactly one week the "Space Race - Yuri's Night 2014: Hunting Comets!" team challenge on BoincStats will start. The challenge will support our Comet Trails simulation by the Dust Team of the Insitute of Space Systems (IRS) at University of Stuttgart.

Panoramic pictures and virtual tour of World - 360 Cities Welcome to Earth! It's a planet having an iron core, with two-thirds of its surface covered by water. Earth orbits a local star called the Sun, the light of which generates the food supply for all the millions of species of life on earth. The dominant species on Earth is the human being, and you're one of the six billion of them! Humans have iron in their blood, and their bodies are composed of two-thirds water, just like the planet they live on. The physical composition of the Earth, its people and everything on it contains an electro-magnetic field which is not yet fully understood.

Even Yeast Mothers Sacrifice All for Their Babies A mother’s willingness to sacrifice her own health and safety for the sake of her children is a common narrative across cultures — and by no means unique to humans alone. Female polar bears starve, dolphin mothers stop sleeping and some spider moms give themselves as lunch for their crawly babies’ first meal. Now an unexpected discovery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows that even yeast “mothers” do it, giving all to their offspring — even at the cost of their own lives. As described this week in the journal Science, the UCSF scientists found that the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae ensures the health of its budding offspring by pushing essential internal structures known as mitochondria into them. Mitochondria are the mini powerhouses of living cells, supplying the chemical energy all yeast and higher life forms need to survive. Like all cellular life, yeast need these structures to survive.

News Release Firefly Light Helps Destroy Cancer Cells; Researchers Find That The Bioluminescence Effects Of Firef London (April 15th) -- Could the gentle firefly turn out to be a potent weapon against cancer? In a new study, researchers from London inserted the firefly gene that activates bioluminescent light into modified cancer cells, hoping to set off a chain of events that has a proven track record at fighting the disease. This light source, known as Luciferin, caused the modified cancer cells to glow much like it does with the firefly. When a photosensitizing agent was added, the combination proved lethal.

Physics Simulations and Artwork Here is a 3D view of a hydrogren atom in the 4f state. The left image was made in C++ using a technique described by Krzysztof Marczak to make it volumetric like a cloud of smoke. The right image was made in Mathematica by adding 2D cross-sectional layers. It’s Time To Start Thinking Of Twitter As A Search Engine At a dinner tonight with a friend the conversation turned to Twitter. He just didn’t get it, and he’s certainly not the first person to tell me that. Specifically, my friend didn’t understand the massive valuation ($250 million or more) that Twitter won in its recent funding.

Penguin Mexican waves follow traffic rules › News in Science (ABC Science) News in Science Tuesday, 17 December 2013 Katie SilverABC Penguin shuffle The co-ordinated way Emperor penguins move in a huddle follows the same stop-and-go movements of cars navigating their way through traffic, researchers have found. One small move by an individual penguin affects its neighbour and creates a wave of movement that ripples through the huddle, say the researchers publishing today in the New Journal of Physics. "A travelling wave can be triggered by any penguin in a huddle," says co-author Dr Daniel Zitterbart from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany.

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