The March for Science was eerily religious. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images.
For all the anti-vaccine people on there, here's a little science for yah. Wild Brazilian Monkeys Are Making Knives Just Because. Wild bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil deliberately break stones and, in the process, unintentionally make sharp-edged objects that are similar to cutting tools made by early humans, new research finds.
The finding means humans are no longer considered the only makers of knife-like objects, according to the new study published in Nature. Lawyer says school district must allow after-school Satan club. MOUNT VERNON, Wash.
(KOMO) - A lawyer hired by the Mount Vernon School District has advised officials to allow the Satanic Temple of Seattle to start an after-school program at one of their elementary schools. The Skagit Valley Herald reports attorney Duncan Fobes said if the district were to deny the application, they would face costly litigation which would not end in their favor. Fobes said the district was one of nine throughout the country, including Mount Vernon's Centennial Elementary School, to receive such applications.
7 Strange And Surprising Ways That Humans Have Recently Evolved. When we learn about evolution in school, it feels old and slow.
(Charles Darwin's impressive beard later in life probably doesn't help here.) But evolution is very much still happening today — and it's happening to us. Right here, right now. It's too soon to say what humans will look like a few thousand years from now, but here are some of the most recent quirks — and even superpowers — we've acquired thanks to the power of selection. 1. Is It Possible to Measure Supernatural or Paranormal Phenomena? The history of science has beheld the steady replacement of the paranormal and the supernatural with the normal and the natural.
Weather events once attributed to the supernatural scheming of deities are now understood to be the product of natural forces of temperature and pressure. Plagues formerly ascribed to women cavorting with the devil are currently known to be caused by bacteria and viruses. Mental illnesses previously imputed to demonic possession are today sought in genes and neurochemistry. Accidents heretofore explained by fate, karma or providence are nowadays accredited to probabilities, statistics and risk. 10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing. Watch Uranium Emit Radiation. You’ve heard of the catastrophic effects of radiation on environments, animals and humans.
A seemingly silent and invisible destroyer, radiation can make whole cities inhabitable for hundreds of years. But have you ever wondered what radiation actually looks like? There may be one image that jumps to mind. Our Inner Viruses: Forty Million Years In the Making. Each year, billions of people get infected with viruses–with common ones like influenza and cold viruses, and rarer ones like polio and Ebola.
The viruses don’t stay all that long inside of us. In most cases, our immune systems wipe them out, except for a few refugees that manage to escape to a new host and keep their species alive. In some cases, the viruses kill their unfortunate hosts, and end their own existence as well. But in some exquisitely rare cases, viruses meld with the genome of their hosts and become part of the genetic legacy their hosts pass down to future generations. Scientists know this melding has happened because viruses have distinctive genes. Flying to the edge of space without an engine is an idea so crazy it might just work. The plan is for the Perlan Glider to soar 90,000 feet above the earth in 2016 — without an engine.
(Courtesy: Perlan Project and Airbus Group) If you thought that flying in the earth’s stratosphere requires super-powerful engines, think again. The new Perlan 2 Glider, which completed its first-ever test flight on Sept. 23 in Redmond, Oregon, is a tiny engineless aircraft that’s designed to reach the edge of space by “surfing” the strong air currents of the Polar Vortex. (Yes, the same Polar Vortex that everyone was talking about last winter.) Educational Tree of Life Homepage. Newly Risen From Yeast: THC. Photo.
Quantum Vibrations Controlled For The First Time Ever, Could Help Find Gravitational Waves. A remarkable experiment has successfully seen the effects of “quantum motion” at a relatively large scale.
These are essentially tiny vibrations caused on an atomic level when an object otherwise appears to be stationary. Among its many implications, the research – which was also able to temporarily stop the effect – could aid the hunt for elusive ripples in space-time called gravitational waves. The study, published in the journal Science, was carried out by a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and collaborators. Untitled. Author Affiliations Edited by David M. Karl, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, and approved August 4, 2015 (received for review March 7, 2015) Significance. Building Blocks Of Life Found Under The Seafloor. Researchers have found the building blocks of life deep below the seafloor, adding evidence to the theory that life is able to spring up wherever there is water, and of course the right chemistry. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could have implications for the chances of life existing on other worlds, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa.
The team of scientists, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Virginia Tech, and the University of Bremen in Germany, studied rock samples that had been gathered from the seafloor off the coast of Spain and Portugal in 1993, originating from 100 million years ago in the Early Cretaceous period. Analysis revealed that the rocks were rich in lipids, proteins and amino acids – the building blocks of life. DNA Data Storage Lasts Thousands of Years. A few years back, a multinational research team based out of Europe made a startling announcement: They had developed a process for storing massive amounts of digital data in microscopic DNA strands. Theoretically, according to the research, the process could store up to 300,000 terabytes of data in a fraction of an ounce of DNA — which could last for thousands of years.
By comparison, today’s most powerful desktop hard drives hold around 6 terabytes of data, and might last 50 years. Brainwaves, Heartbeat, DNA Turned Into Music This week, the researchers moved their theory a few steps closer to practical application. Researchers identify compounds in sweetgrass to keep mosquitoes away. Researchers have claimed that they have identified the compounds in sweetgrass that repel mosquitoes.
Sweetgrass, a plant used in traditional medicine, contains compounds that can repel mosquitoes. Researchers find intestinal symbionts induce distinct T-regulator cells. (Medical Xpress)—The body's subpopulation of T-regulatory (Treg) cells modulates the immune system, helps the body to recognize and tolerate self-antigens, and is believed to be responsible for the abrogation of autoimmune disease. Recently, immunology researchers have reported in the journal Science that symbionts of the gut microbiota induce a distinct population of T-regulatory cells that express the transcription factor Foxp3.
This Treg population constrains immuno-inflammatory responses in the gut, and is induced by a specific array of bacterial species. Unexpectedly, this induction requires a transcription factor called RORγ, which has previously been known to antagonize the Foxp3 transcription factor in other contexts. The authors point out that Treg cells in various kinds of tissue serve varying purposes beyond immuno-regulatory functions; those found in visceral adipose fat tissue, for instance, regulate metabolic parameters. Scientists Sequence Genome of California Two-Spot Octopus. Coke is bankrolling health researchers who play down sugar's role in obesity. Supersymmetry Dealt Another Blow By LHC.
The “supersymmetry” theory has just been dealt another blow by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). New data from ultra-high-speed proton collisions has provided fresh evidence of subatomic activity and this new insight is consistent with the mainstream Standard Model of particle physics. Globe-trotting researchers make a mark with their work. A succession of bibliometric studies carried out in recent years suggest that international collaboration has a significant positive effect on the quality of research. For instance, Elsevier’s report International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base – 2011, carried out for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, reveals that the 46 per cent of UK academics who published with overseas collaborators in 2010 garnered twice as many citations for their papers as those who collaborated only within their institution.
They also had 40 per cent more citations than those who collaborated with academics at other institutions in the UK. Not Scared About the Pacific Northwest's Impending Quake? You Should Be. 5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science.
Pseudoscience. Scientists Create Solid Light. Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked. Later this year, the U.S. Well.blogs.nytimes. Bizarre balls of worms form on road after texas flooding. Large Hadron Collider turns on 'data tap' The Large Hadron Collider has re-started scientific investigations after a two-year pause. What we SHOULD have been taught in our senior year of high school. Tinkling Spoons Can Trigger Seizures in Cats. The United Kingdom-based charity International Cat Care reached out to veterinary specialists after receiving surprising complaints from cat owners: Their feline companions were apparently having seizures in response to high-pitched sounds. U. researchers: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' has another, bigger magma reservoir.
Scientists create cheese from human toe bacteria. Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical Education. In the Pipeline: MRI Scans of Produce are Completely Amazing. 3-D printer for small molecules opens access to customized chemistry. Gives children mini-computers in Make it Digital scheme. Photo First: Light Captured as Both Particle and Wave. 1210.1847v2.pdf.
5 Sci-Fi Dystopias We've Actually Created (For Animals) Population Density and Social Pathology. Free Online Dictionaries * Corrected List of Philias - Fears, Loves, Obsessions. Data can tell you how to up your online dating game. Scientists find oddly behaving 'inner-inner core' at Earth's center - CNET. Fun with homeopaths and meta-analyses of homeopathy trials. Cannibalism evidence found at Jamestown settlement. Www.rinconartesanal.com/cacaoaroma/pdf/8.pdf. The Future of Nuclear Power Runs on the Waste of Our Nuclear Past. K-bigpic.jpg (970×546)
The Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts. Researchers Give Super Mario a Brain. Scientific American's Top 10 Science Stories of 2014. 9 Ways Humanity Could Bring About Its Own Destruction. 10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist. When They Brought These Wolves Into The Park, They Had No Idea This Would Happen. Scientists discover an ocean 400 miles beneath our feet that could fill our oceans three times over.
Schrödinger's Cat Comes into View with Strange Physics. Boehner Accidentally Explains Why His Deficit Position Is Phony. Study: If You Want to Save Babies, Care for the Poor. Underground river 'Rio Hamza' discovered 4km beneath the Amazon. Self-Assembling Minirobots Swim and Manipulate Objects. News Story. Nanomotors controlled inside living human cells for the first time. Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions.
Super-Cheap Paper Microscope Could Save Millions of Lives. Duke University researchers create the world's first acoustic invisibility cloak. Researchers Create Quantum Droplet that Exists for 25 Trillionths of a Second : Science. The cloning of quantum information from the past may be Achilles' heel of quantum cryptography. Is the Universe a Simulation? Wild dolphins found getting high on pufferfish toxin, redefining the 'puff pass' Dreams May Be Linked To Health Problems, Experts Say. Researchers break Newton’s third law — with lasers. Scientists uncover frozen mammoth, blood flows out. 15,000-Year-Old Words? Video: Watch Harvard's Teeny-Tiny Robotic Insect Take Flight. Possibly the most epic science video you'll watch this week. How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA.
BBC - Earth News - Ant mega-colony takes over world. David Swenson's electrostatic "invisible wall" New Studies Suggest the Speed of Light is Variable : Science. ‘Frankenstorm’: Why climate change will not be denied in this election - Guest Voices. 27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012. MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism. Researchers build 'perfect' invisibility cloak. House mice found to be able to ‘sing’ like humans. Bill Nye the Science Guy asks parents not to raise creationist kids.
BwXbe.gif (800×600) Google science fair entrants focus on health, environment. Elusive Element 113 Finally Created, Researchers Say. Interview with holographic expert Ikuo Nakamura. Jellyfish Hints at Fix for Damaged Hearts. Russell Stannard: Science: A Call for Humility. Plain tomatoes taste… plain. Gamma ray optics: A viable tool for a new branch of scientific discovery. Why Huge Dinosaurs Had Such Tiny Babies.
Richat Structure: Mysterious Geologic Formation Seen From Space Station (PHOTO) Barrier to faster graphene devices identified and suppressed. No Surprise: Pot Messes With Memory. Surprise: It’s Not by Affecting Neurons.