Membranes At The NanoscaleThe composition of lipid membranes, similar to those that surround living cells, can now be mapped at the nanometer scale. The work, by researchers at Stanford University, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UC Davis, is published in the Sept. 29 issue of the journal Science.
All living cells are wrapped in a double-layered membrane of fatty lipid molecules. Components of the membrane can move sideways and organize into patches or........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 8:38:58 PM)
Mel Gibson Screens and Talks About ApocalyptoAnything new from Mel Gibson is news. Lately he has been very silent. Read this blog post the movie blog.
We haven't heard much from Mel Gibson over the last little while (for obvious reasons). As far as I'm concerned the guy should be in jail for risking killing people and himself for driving drunk. but oh well. the laws in North America are totally screwed when it comes to stuff like that. But now Mel is out and about again screening his........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 4:47:11 AM)
Controlling Gun ViolenceReforms to the sales practices of a licensed gun store-which prior to May 1999, sold more than half of the guns recovered from criminals in Milwaukee-resulted in a 44 percent decrease in the flow of new guns to criminals in the city, according to a new study from researchers with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Gun Policy and Research. The study appears in the September/October 2006 issue of The New York Academy........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 9:18:06 PM)
Binge-drinking teenagersTeenagers who drink alcohol are at higher risk of becoming victims of violence, a Cardiff University study has observed.
A team from the School of Dentistry's Violence Research Group studied drinking habits in children aged 11-16 in England. They found not only a link between drink and aggression but also that children who drank were more likely to be hit, even if they weren't violent themselves.
The scientists are now calling for........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 9:13:23 PM)
More Efficiency In Harvest And HandlingKevin Shinners wants farmers to put less energy into harvesting and handling biofuel crops - less fuel, less time and less labor.
As a field machinery specialist, Shinners has worked to improve the efficiency of harvesting forage for animals. Harvesting biomass crops poses similar challenges, he says.
"The biggest problem is there are way too a number of operations in the field," says Shinners, a professor of biological systems........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 8:43:56 PM)
Wealth During Second Temple PeriodScientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Bar-Ilan University have discovered unusually high concentrations of silver in samples of many different types of pottery from excavations in Jerusalem of the late Second Temple period, the first century BCE (Before the Common Era) through 70 CE (Common Era). This is the first study ever conducted on silver in archaeological ceramics.
........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 8:09:23 PM)
Improving Patient's Meal ExperienceAnyone who had spent a day in the hospital knows about the quality of the hospital food. Now there is an innovative idea from the Rush University Medical Center.
Sometimes innovation in health care takes the form of advanced imaging technology or breakthroughs in drug treatments. Sometimes it takes the form of hamburgers cut into squares and soup served in a cup.
It may seem simple, but these innovations are making a big difference for........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 6:39:12 PM)
New Era For MIT Media LabMIT announced recently that it will break ground in spring 2007 for a new Media Lab designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. The expansion marks a new era of innovation for the Media Lab, which has become legendary for inventions that have ignited the digital revolution, are redefining the potential for creative expression, and, in the future, will push the boundaries of human augmentation.
This milestone signals........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 9:16:01 PM)
Boosting Safety Of Nuclear PowerWith U.S. electricity demand projected to increase by nearly 50 percent over the next 25 years, the Bush administration and others see nuclear power as an increasingly attractive energy option.
Nuclear power has the potential to help make the United States less dependent on foreign fuel and to cut the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.
Pilot models of next-generation nuclear plants are being built around the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 9:13:24 PM)
Cars Of The FutureThey looked incongruous as they pulled past the Chevrolets and Toyotas in East lot--an antique Stanley Steamer, a yellow-striped city bus, a motorcycle with a passenger seat made from a diner's counter stool, a tanker with a bucolic scene painted on the side and dozens more. In they rolled, horns honking amid the occasional deep "ooooh-gah" of the steam car's Klaxon.
The AltWheels caravan of 46 environmentally friendly vehicles had arrived........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 8:58:10 PM)
Powerful HP Graphing CalculatorHP recently introduced the HP 50g graphing calculator, which offers more connectivity options and greater configurability so users can share and work with mathematical data in the way that best suits their needs.
HP's most powerful calculator, the HP 50g is designed for engineering, math and science professionals and students. It features more connectivity options than other graphing calculators in its class, allowing users to transfer data........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 7:23:42 PM)
Featured Content For Google EarthGoogle Inc. recently released Featured Content for Google Earth, a new showcase of multimedia overlays in Google Earth that connect users to information about the world around them from a variety of premium content providers.
Users can access these informative overlays by clicking on the "Featured Content" checkbox in the Google Earth sidebar. In doing so, icons for each Featured Content provider will span the globe, enabling users to click........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 6:59:09 PM)
Improving Software Developers' ProductivityEuropean software developers have to stay technologically up-to-date if they are to maintain their competitive edge on world markets. Now an IST-sponsored research project has constructed a platform to help them deliver state-of-the-art software systems to end-users faster.
European software designers, often working in university laboratories, create some of the world's most sophisticated and reliable software systems. However, it usually........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 6:45:59 PM)
Sewage Management Through MetagenomicsFew stop to consider the consequences of their daily ablutions, the washing of clothes, the watering of lawns, and the flush of a toilet. However, wastewater treatment--one of the cornerstones of modern civilization--is the largest microbially-mediated biotechnology process on the planet. When it works, it is a microbial symphony in tune with humanity. When it fails, the consequences can be dire. Researchers from the U.S. Department of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 10:05:50 PM)
Avian Flu Vaccine Provokes Strong Immune ResponseWhen combined with an immune-boosting substance called an adjuvant, low doses of an experimental vaccine against a strain of avian influenza (H9N2) provoked a strong antibody response in human volunteers, report researchers supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The clinical trial of 96 adults was conducted at the NIAID-supported Viral Respiratory Pathogens........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 9:43:41 PM)
Polar Bear Habitat PreferencesThe Wildlife Society´s 13th Annual Conference & Trade Show is being held September 23-27, 2006 in downtown Anchorage, Alaska at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center.
Polar bear habitat preferences and prey availability in a changing sea ice environment. In the Beaufort Sea, polar bears (Ursus maritimus), ringed seals (Phoca hispida), and bearded seals (Eriginathus barbatus), inhabit a seasonably dynamic environment that has........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 9:20:59 PM)
Milano Moda Donna 2007An assay of the two paraded yesterday of Luciano Soprani and Clips whom it has seen to parade the splendid Bar Rafaeli fiancee of Leonardo di Caprio.
Good look counts!........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 7:35:38 PM)
London Fashion Week 2007The week of the London fashion has concluded and begins that from Milan one.
Not even a moment of pause for the footbridges that are ollowed phrenetic. Here the last ones paraded of London, in attended of Milan.
Important the participation of Emporio Armani, B-rude and Julien Macdonald.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 7:27:19 PM)
Latex-Free BalloonsVia Allergy blog.
Yesterday, my son celebrated his birthday in the kindergarten. We brought a cake, which I made sure was nut-free, becasue aside from my son, there was one other child with nut allergies. We also brought some ballons, which was a hit among the kiddies, but in hindsight, could have caused a problem.
What if there was a child with latex allergies? or among the teachers? I didn't even bother to ask, bad me! Good thing that........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 7:18:47 PM)
Life Cycle Of A SpiderThe spider life cycle progresses through three stages: the embryonic, the larval, and the nympho-imaginal.
The time between when an egg is fertilized and when the spider begins to take the shape of an adult spider is referred to as the embryonic stage. As the spider enters the larval stage, it begins to look more and more like an adult spider. It enters the larval stage as a prelarva and, through subsequent moults, reaches its larval form, a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 7:04:04 PM)
Improbable Buckyegg HatchedAn egg-shaped fullerene, or "buckyball egg" has been made and characterized by chemists at UC Davis, Virginia Tech and Emory and Henry College, Va. The unexpected discovery opens new possibilities for structures for fullerenes, which could have a wide range of uses.
"It was a total surprise," said Christine Beavers, a chemistry graduate student working with Professors Alan Balch and Marilyn Olmstead at UC Davis. Beavers is first author on........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 9:26:31 PM)
End To Destructive High Seas Bottom TrawlingThe United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will debate as of next week various proposals to protect the deep sea environment and prohibit bottom trawling in the high seas until effective conservation and management measures are in place. This ban has been supported by many organizations, including the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and several states for the last few years to halt the highly destructive exploitation of our oceans.
"A recent........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/28/2006 5:10:31 AM)
Finger Length Ratio May Predict Women's Sporting ProwessThe difference between the lengths of a woman's index and ring fingers may indicate her sporting prowess, suggests research published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The finding supports other research indicating a possible link between this ratio and fertility, vulnerability to serious disease, intellectual ability, certain personality traits, and musical talent.
Most of the sporting research in this area has so........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 9:25:42 PM)
Glue Made From Ethanol More Than The Fuel ItselfMixing up a batch of ethanol from alfalfa or switchgrass isn't nearly as efficient as creating it from corn, but that doesn't mean growing grass crops for fuel won't pay, says Paul Weimer.
Rather than dwelling on finding ways to squeeze extra ethanol out of biomass from crops such as switchgrass, Weimer is concentrating his research on the leftovers. He thinks that the large heap of fermentation residue from the ethanol-making process -........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 8:58:29 PM)
Airbags, Antilock Brakes Do Not Reduce AccidentsResearchers have determined that airbags and antilock braking systems do not reduce the likelihood of accidents or injuries because they may encourage more aggressive driving, thwarting the potential benefits of such safety features.
The behavior responsible for this seeming paradox is called the offset hypotheses, which predicts that consumers adapt to innovations meant to improve safety by becoming less vigilant about safety, said Fred........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 8:26:11 PM)
Study Of Toxins In Houston AirA new report recommends immediate action to reduce levels of four toxic air pollutants because exposure to them poses a high risk to community health. Released today by Rice University and funded by Houston Endowment, the study proposes a new set of air quality standards based on the underlying toxicology of the four pollutants investigated.
Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Southern University, University of Houston Law Center and The........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/27/2006 8:14:44 PM)
Steps On The Accelerator PedalTwo major research centres opened today (19th September), bringing the UK to the forefront of international efforts in Accelerator Science and Technology. The Cockcroft Institute and the John Adams Institute will both be national focal points for UK scientists and companies to develop cutting-edge accelerator technologies for major new projects such as the International Linear Collider and a Neutrino Factory.
Prof Keith Mason, Chief........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 9:31:14 PM)
Intelligent Aircraft FlyingThe U.S. military depends on small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform such tasks as serving as "eyes in the sky" for battalion commanders planning maneuvers. While some of these UAVs can be easily carried in a backpack and launched by hand, they typically require a team of trained operators on the ground, and they perform only short-term tasks individually rather than sustained missions in coordinated groups.
MIT researchers, in........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 9:22:12 PM)
Ideas For Lauren's PoloLast semester, four MIT Sloan students found a way to bring some of Polo Ralph Lauren's many Internet shoppers back to the high-end designer's retail store: They devised an interactive kiosk that remembers consumers and addresses them personally.
"It is a new kind of customer experience," said Petra Gospodnetic, a Sloan student and one of four M.B.A. candidates who worked for Ralph Lauren during their spring semester as part of MarketLab, a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 9:03:16 PM)
Quantum Encryption Over Record DistancesUsing an innovative sensor for detecting single photons, the smallest particles of light, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Albion College (Albion, Mich.) have set two significant distance records for distributing "keys" (or codes) for quantum encryption, the most secure method known for protecting the privacy of information.
As described in the recent issue........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 8:48:11 PM)
Pink SatNav For Female DriversIf you think, you can guide your own way without a GPS unit with you then this CarTrek 400s Hot Pink SatNav might hook you into getting one for your Pink VW Beetle. This hot pink GPS Navigation System features an LCD touchscreen and it features NavTech technology and maps, which cover the whole of Europe.
The SatNav unit even tells you about points of interests along your route. And, with the plug-n-play simplicity, its an easy candy to deal........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 7:43:40 PM)
Smallest Multimedia ComputerNokia today introduced the Nokia N75, its smallest multimedia computer, offering digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and rich internet communication. The Nokia N75 provides a complete multimedia experience in a thin and elegant clamshell, while utilizing Nokia's renowned ease of use.
"By combining people's entertainment and leisure needs into the Nokia N75, Nokia is affecting the lifestyles of mobile device users in a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/26/2006 7:15:19 PM)
Most Complex Protein Knot Ever SeenAn MIT team has discovered the most complicated knot ever seen in a protein, and they believe it may be linked to the protein's function as a rescue agent for proteins marked for destruction.
"In proteins, the three-dimensional structure is very important to the function, and this is just one example," said Peter Virnau, a postdoctoral fellow in physics and an author of a paper on the work that appears in the Sept. 15 issue of the Public........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 10:16:44 PM)
Keep an ey on the plateDid you know that we consume most of what is served on our dinner plate, no matter what the size of the plate?
Previous research has established that serving sizes of practically all foods and beverages offered at restaurants have dramatically gone up over the last twenty years. Also the actual size of the lunch packs for one time meal has gone up dramatically as well. For example, portions of orange juice are greater than forty percent........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 9:57:20 PM)
New Study For Multiple SclerosisAcorda Therapeutics, Inc. today announced positive results from its Phase 3 clinical trial of Fampridine-SR on walking in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Statistical significance was achieved on all three efficacy criteria defined in the Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A significantly greater proportion of people taking Fampridine-SR had a consistent improvement in walking speed, the study's........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 9:37:52 PM)
World Warmth Going To Ancient LevelsA new study by NASA climatologists finds that the world's temperature is reaching a level that has not been seen in thousands of years.
The study appears in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, authored by James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, N.Y. and colleagues from Columbia University, Sigma Space Partners, Inc., and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). The study........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 9:27:43 PM)
Groundbreaking Study By On Lions Mane VariabilityIn a groundbreaking study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Zoology sheds light on several longstanding misconceptions regarding the controversial topic of mane variability among wild lions. This comprehensive scientific assessment of mane variation--including "manelessness"--is a first and took nearly seven years to complete.
According to the overall findings of the study, wild lions generally develop manes in accordance with........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 9:17:10 PM)
Nintendo T-shirts!Jean Snow blogged about the Nintendo T-shirts about a fortnight ago, then Kotaku and Game Set Watch picked up on it and then I guess the interest in the T-shirts from The King Of Games must have skyrocketed in Western countries because the website has spawned an English section where it will accept Paypal payments and ship overseas.
I've mentioned before that Japan is famous for it's T-shirt designs. This is another example of it. Plus it........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 7:22:18 PM)
Prince Edward IslandAND SO BEGINS Your Guide to Familiar Birds of Prince Edward Island, a pocket-sized, colour guide to some of the most sought out birds in the province. The book was compiled and written by legendary Island naturalist, the late Geoff Hogan, and published in 1991 by Ragweed Press, 222 Grafton St., Charlottetown.
In this handy, take-along paperback, Mr. Hogan has included 90 colour photos of everything from Eastern Kingbirds to Greater........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 7:12:38 PM)
Galapagos IslandsThe following section gives you parameters based on allowed activities for visitors to the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos is one of the few sites in the world where tourism is orientated distinctly around the nature, constituting a educational activity.
Tourism in the Galapagos was started in 1969 with the arrival of the first tourist boat the "Lina A", and today it is the principal force of the economy of the region and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/25/2006 6:36:50 PM)