Watch Seeds In 3DEmbryonic photosynthesis leads to the production of seed-internal oxygen that is important for seed development and quality. In order to visualise seed-internal structures that could serve for oxygen storage conventional microscopic methods could not be used because they require the seed to be cut thus leading to air escape. By using holotomography at the ESRF, researchers could get the full picture of an arabidopsis seed without any structural........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/15/2006 1:47:38 PM)
Earliest Writing In The New World DiscoveredUC Riverside Anthropologist Karl Taube helped confirm the earliest writing in the New World, carved into the flat surface of a stone block in a in a remote region in southern Veracruz, Mexico. The research would be reported in the Sept. 15 issue of the journal Science.
Taube, a professor at UC Riverside for 18 years, was part of a team of scientists who traveled in the Spring to examine 62 hieroglyphic signs, 28 of them distinct elements.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 8:52:01 PM)
Paleontologists Find 67 Dinosaurs In One WeekOne recent week in the Gobi Desert produced 67 dinosaur skeletons for a team of paleontologists from Montana and Mongolia who want to flesh out the developmental biology of dinosaurs.
Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner said Wednesday that the same area yielded 30 skeletons last year, so scientists at MSU and Mongolia's Science and Technology University now have about 100 Psittacosaurus skeletons. The skeletons ranged in........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 8:37:33 PM)
Drought as the New NormalBoulder, Colo. - Droughts are slow, tortuous emergencies that seem to sneak up on us. It doesn't have to be that way, say a climatologist and a political scientist who point to a better way.
It's perfectly possible to plan for droughts and minimize the losses they cause. In fact Australia has set in place policies that blaze a trail for the US follow to some extent, says Linda Botterill, a political scientist at the Australian National........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 8:13:28 PM)
Why do We Need a Revolution for if We Cannot DanceAgain a long trip by bus, to Macedonia this time, the town of Struga on Lake Ohrid.Thirty Women in Black and a young bus driver. It is his first drive, he is cautious and it is a good thing too, because he saves the lives of several reckless fools in the narrow mountain roads where the speeding fines exceed those in Los Angeles but slow down nobody.We stop several times, for "a piss and a smoke." We have no local money,.
Macedonian denars,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 7:01:43 PM)
Mechanisms of Sudden Oak DeathBy comparing the complete genome sequences of two plant-killing pathogens and related organisms, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and others, have uncovered crucial aspects of the disease-causing mechanisms of "Sudden Oak Death" (SOD) and soybean root rot disease. The research, the result of a four-year,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 6:23:17 PM)
The First Tree Genome is PublishedWood from a common tree may one day factor prominently in meeting transportation fuel needs, according to scientists whose research on the fast-growing poplar tree is featured on the cover of tomorrow's edition of the journal Science.
The article, highlighting the analysis of the first complete DNA sequence of a tree, the black cottonwood or Populus trichocarpa, lays the groundwork that may lead to the development of trees as an ideal........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 6:11:51 PM)
Warming might affect polar bear populationSome travel agencies touting Arctic tours have been revving up their recent promotions to tourists about the increased likelihood they will spot polar bears in this region where several populations of polar bears live. As per researchers from NASA and the Canadian Wildlife Service, these increased Arctic polar bear sightings are probably correlation to retreating sea ice triggered by climate warming and not due to population increases as some........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 4:33:01 AM)
Viruses Switch GripCarbohydrates can be attractive, particularly when they come packaged in candy bars or never-ending bowls of pasta.
Even viruses - those bits of occasionally harmful genetic material enclosed in shells of protein and fat - crave carbs. Except viruses aren't seeking a taste treat. They want to latch onto the carbohydrates that protrude from the surface of our cells and mount an invasion.
By changing which carbohydrates they attach to,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:58:10 PM)
Clean Up With Edible OilOil and water don't mix, and that could be the key to edible vegetable-based oil being the answer to contaminant clean-up.
Clemson University researchers, in conjunction with the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), are testing vegetable oil as a way to prevent contaminants from getting into groundwater aquifers. They say the method has the potential to help clean up chlorinated solvents, which are among the most common groundwater........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:11:06 PM)
Sensors Based On Carbon NanotubesA team of researchers from Arizona State University and Motorola Labs, the applied research arm of Motorola Inc., has developed sensors based on carbon nanotubes, microscopically small structures that posses excellent electronic properties. In early tests, the new devices detected the presence of heavy metal ions in water down to parts per trillion levels.
Specifically, the researchers developed a method for applying peptides to single........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:07:47 PM)
Spring Fashion Week 2007 Day 4New American designer Hilton Hollis has been getting quite a bit of press lately, so when I received an email from a reader about his collection, I decided to take a peek. From a design perspective, the line doesn't look like anything new, but from a pr, branding and overall marketing perspective, what's interesting about Hollis' line is that he is directly targeting those who purchase in the mid price range-skipping higher end customers all........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 8:13:44 PM)
Iron Production through Greener PathMIT engineers have demonstrated an eco-friendly way to make iron that eliminates the greenhouse gases commonly linked to its production.
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) announced recently that the team, led by Donald R. Sadoway of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has shown the technical viability of producing iron by molten oxide electrolysis (MOE).
"What sets molten oxide electrolysis apart from other........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 5:15:28 AM)
Story TipsStory ideas from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. To arrange for an interview with a researcher, please contact the Communications and External Relations staff member identified at the end of each tip.
For more information on ORNL and its research and development activities, please refer to one of our Media Contacts. If you have a general media-related question or comment, you can send it to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 4:59:19 AM)
Closer To An Artificial CorneaIf eyes are "the windows of the soul," corneas are the panes in those windows. They shield the eye from dust and germs. They also act as the eye's outermost lens, contributing up to 75 percent of the eye's focusing power. On Sept. 11 in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, chemical engineer Curtis W. Frank will present a novel biomimetic material that's finding its way into artificial corneas. It's a hydrogel,........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/11/2006 10:21:55 PM)
Wearing A Helmet Puts Cyclists At RiskDrivers pass closer when overtaking cyclists wearing helmets than when overtaking bare-headed cyclists, increasing the risk of a collision, the research has found.
Dr Ian Walker, a traffic psychology expert from the University of Bath, used a bicycle fitted with a computer and an ultrasonic distance sensor to record data from over 2,500 overtaking motorists in Salisbury and Bristol.
Dr Walker, who was struck by a bus and a truck in the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/11/2006 10:13:37 PM)
Secrets Of KilimanjaroKilimanjaro in Tanzania is Africa's highest mountain, and eventhough it has been studied scientifically for over 100 years, it still hides some mysteries. Andreas Hemp has conducted extensive research on Kilimanjaro and reveals some of the mountain's secrets in an article published recently in the African Journal of Ecology.
The forests of Kilimanjaro are unusual for two reasons. One is that there is no bamboo zone, unlike the other East........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/11/2006 8:22:44 PM)
In Katrina's WakeChris' new book titled "In Katrina's Wake" was released in August by Princeton Architectural Press in New York. This collaborative project features Chris' Katrina photographs, essays by writers Bill McKibben and Susan Zakin, and poems by Victoria Sloan Jordan. One-hundred percent of Chris' proceeds from this book will be donated to Gulf Coast hurricane relief charities.
Chris has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Fellowship Award........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/9/2006 6:04:34 PM)
Storm At Climate MeetingOutraged scientists stormed out of a government-sponsored climate change conference dinner in Canberra last night, after female entertainers stripped down to their underwear as part of a burlesque show.
And one of the performers, who was covered in balloons, walked around the venue inviting scientists to burst parts of her costume.
Many of the women who attended the dinner at Old Parliament House left the room in horror or protested to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/9/2006 5:45:52 PM)
Scientists Take A Global View Of The EpigenomeA collaboration between researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of California at Los Angeles captured the genome-wide DNA methylation pattern of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana - the "laboratory rat" of the plant world - in one big sweep.
"In a single experiment we recapitulated 20 years worth of anecdotal findings and then some," says senior author Joseph Ecker, Ph.D., a professor in the Salk Institute's........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/9/2006 12:09:16 PM)
Water-life Connection A Close LookResearchers led by Ohio State University physicist Dongping Zhong revealed these interactions for the first time, and report the results in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
No one has ever seen exactly how water molecules interact with proteins - even though water is the essential element for life. that is, not until now.
Proteins are complex molecules that form the main support structure for plant........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/15/2006 2:06:16 PM)
Ferns Provide Model For Tiny MotorsScientists looked to ferns to create a novel energy scavenging device that uses the power of evaporation to move itself -- materials that could provide a method for powering micro and nano devices with just water or heat.
"We've shown that this idea works," said Michel Maharbiz, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator in the group that built the device. "If you build these things they........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 8:48:13 PM)
Double Quantum Dots Control Kondo EffectTwo quantum dots connected by wires could help scientists better control the Kondo effect in experiments, according to a study by Ohio University and University of Florida physicists published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.
The Kondo effect occurs when electrons become trapped around the magnetic impurities in semiconductor materials, which prompts the electrons to change their spin. This phenomenon has intrigued scientists,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 8:22:25 PM)
Rodent's Bizarre Traits Deepen Mystery Of GeneticsA shadowy rodent has potential to shed light on human genetics and the mysteries of evolution.
Purdue University research has shown that the vole, a mouselike rodent, is not only the fastest evolving mammal, but also harbors a number of puzzling genetic traits that challenge current scientific understanding.
"Nobody has posters of voles on their wall," said J. Andrew DeWoody, associate professor of genetics in the Department of Forestry........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 7:41:37 PM)
Senecio RowleyanusThe longest running plant sale at the garden occurs today and tomorrow: the 29th Annual Indoor Plant Sale. I had a grand time yesterday trying to photograph a few of the plants available, since I don't often get the opportunity to work with indoor plants.
A native of southwestern Africa, "string of beads" grows in arid habitats. The succulent beads are actually the leaves, modified for living through extended periods of drought. Dr. T.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 7:07:12 PM)
Eclipsed Moon Rising Over EnglandLast Thursday, part of our Moon turned dark. The cause, this time, was not a partial lunar phase -- the Moon was full -- but rather that part of the Moon went into Earth's shadow. The resulting partial lunar eclipse was visible from the eastern Atlantic Ocean through Europe, Africa, and Asia and into the western Pacific Ocean. The darkest part of the lunar eclipse, when part of the Moon was completely shielded from sunlight, lasted about 90........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 6:57:44 PM)
Bank Robbers Meet Their MatchIn the lead article of the September 2006 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, Paul Musgrave tells the little-known story of how hundreds of Hoosiers in the 1920s and early 1930s became armed vigilantes, defending the state's banks against gangs of robbers.
Musgrave, assistant editor of the journal Foreign Affairs, writes that the combination of a state police force without adequate funding, staff or equipment, and a criminal class that........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 6:03:49 PM)
Serious Flaws In Electronic Voting MachinesA group of Princeton computer researchers said they created demonstration vote-stealing software that can be installed within a minute on a common electronic voting machine. The software can fraudulently change vote counts without being detected.
"We have created and analyzed the code in the spirit of helping to guide public officials so that they can make wise decisions about how to secure elections," says Edward Felten, the director of the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/14/2006 4:45:27 AM)
Arctic Sea Ice Diminishing RapidlyThe Arctic Ocean's perennial sea ice, which survives the summer melt season and remains year-round, shrank abruptly by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005, according to a newly published study. Researchers found that the loss of perennial ice in the East Arctic Ocean, above Europe and Asia, neared 50 percent during that time as some of the ice moved to the West Arctic Ocean, above North America.
The overall decrease in winter Arctic perennial........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:53:17 PM)
Expedition to polar researchWhat better way to engage students in science than to apply lessons learned from fieldwork? This is the philosophy of Alaska teachers participating in the Arctic Expedition for K-12 Teachers, a program organized by the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a handful of international agencies.
For 33 days teachers from Alaska, Canada, France, Gera number of, Russia, Sweden and England will take........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:15:12 PM)
Dieting More Likely to Cause Stress FracturesFemale college athletes on low-calorie diets could be putting themselves at risk for stress fractures, as per new Saint Louis University research published in this month's The American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Scientists studied risk factors for exercise-related leg pain, including stress fractures in women participating in four popular fall sports - cross-country running, field hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Women with "disordered........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 9:04:27 PM)
Oh KirstenMost of the online chatter about these pictures have been about how silly she looks flipping off the photographers or about Spiderman reshoots, but I am more concerned about the bag she is carrying.
Why on earth would Kirsten Dunst be carrying around almost the exact same Vera Bradley bag (or worse, a Vera knock off) that I myself had circa 2000? Now at the time I was pleased as punch with my little cotton bag. It cost me a bundle of my........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 8:03:46 PM)
Violence In The Home And Childhood BullyingChildren who were exposed to violence in the home engaged in higher levels of physical bullying than youngsters who were not witnesses to such behavior, according to a study by researchers from the University of Washington and Indiana University.
The study is one of the first in the United States to specifically examine the association between child exposure to intimate partner violence and involvement in bullying. It also is one of the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 5:06:49 AM)
High-tech to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisionsAs part of a six-year study, researchers at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University have helped test and develop an animal-detection system that may give motorists the upper hand in avoiding crashes with wildlife across the nation.
The system, by Sensor Technologies & Systems of Scottsdale, Ariz., reliably detected elk on U.S. Highway 191 in Yellowstone National Park. How effective the system is in reducing........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/13/2006 4:46:14 AM)
Direct-to-consumer Drug AdsTelevision ads for prescription drugs are everywhere, enticing people to ask their doctors for this drug or that one, but the effect this type of ad has on American healthcare may be more complicated than simply inducing patients to choose one brand or the other, according to a team of researchers.
"Up until 1997, manufacturers could not say both the product's name and what it was used for, in a TV ad," says Andrew N. Kleit, professor of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/12/2006 4:51:22 AM)
Insights Into Research Of Sir Issac NewtonKnown primarily for his foundational work in math and physics, Sir Issac Newton actually spent more time on research in alchemy, as well as its interrelationships with science, history and religion, and its implications for economics.
Alchemy, as Newton practiced it in the 17th and 18th centuries, was research into the nature of chemical substances and processes primarily the transmutation of materials from one type of matter to another.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/11/2006 9:49:03 PM)
Bio-sensitive NanofibersDetecting bacteria, viruses and other dangerous substances in hospitals, airplanes and other usually contaminated places could soon be as easy as wiping a napkin or paper towel across a surface, says a researcher from Cornell University.
"It's very inexpensive, it wouldn't require that someone be highly trained to use it, and it could be activated for whatever you want to find," said Margaret Frey, the Lois and Mel Tukman Assistant Professor........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/11/2006 9:41:40 PM)
See Who Is The Divinity School DropoutIn 1976, a deeply religious child named Thomas Cruise Mapother IV enrolled in a Franciscan seminary in New Jersey. Within five years, he'd ditched the church, dropped the Mapother, and landed a part in Endless Love. And in spite of his diminutive height (5 feet 7 inches) the man who might have been a priest became one of Hollywood's top leading men.
Around 1986, though, he abandoned Catholicism altogether, embracing the Church of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/9/2006 6:49:45 PM)
Nice looking Lemur software cloneIf you're lusting after a JazzMutant Lemur controller, but don't have €2,000, here is a cheap alternative. Mono Touch Live runs on any PC with any touchscreen monitor, and it's set up to control Ableton Live. It's not the first, but it's (nearly) a real commercial product, and it certainly has the look.
It was developed by Argentinian DJ Pablo Martin (DJ Grobe), and should be available in October. Obviously it's single touch only (one of the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/9/2006 5:51:27 PM)
I Think Your Lower Intestine Is RingingFour prisoners in an El Salvador jail hid cellphones, a phone charger and spare chips in their bowels so they could coordinate crimes from their cells, prison officials said on Wednesday.
The four men, all gang members, wrapped their phones and accessories in plastic and inserted them into their rectums "far enough to reach their intestines," Ramon Arevalo, director of the maximum security Zacatecoluca prison, said.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 9/9/2006 5:41:07 PM)