200-million-year-old Baby GalaxiesAstronomers have taken amazing pictures of two of the most distant galaxies ever seen. The ultradeep images, taken at infrared wavelengths, confirm for the first time that these celestial cherubs are real. The researchers* are now able to weigh galaxies and determine their age at earlier times than ever before, providing important clues about the evolutionary origins of galaxies like our Milky Way. The work appears in the October 1 issue of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 5:05:08 AM)
Pollinators Help One-third Of Crop ProductionPollinators such as bees, birds and bats affect 35 percent of the world's crop production, increasing the output of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide, finds a new study published recently (Wednesday, Oct. 25), in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and co-authored by a conservation biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.
The study is the first global estimate of crop production that is reliant upon........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 4:56:57 AM)
Exercise Protects From ColdsA moderate exercise program may reduce the incidence of colds. A study published in the recent issue of The American Journal of Medicine, led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, found that otherwise sedentary women who engaged in moderate exercise had fewer colds over a one year period than a control group.
Subjects in a group of 115 overweight and obese, sedentary, postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to either........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 4:43:47 AM)
Early Bronze Age Mortuary Complex DiscoveredAn ancient, untouched Syrian tomb that wowed the archaeological world on its discovery by Johns Hopkins University researchers nearly six years ago has revealed another secret: It is not alone.
The tomb, which was filled with human and animal remains, gold and silver treasures and unbroken artifacts dating back to the third millennium B.C., is actually one of at least eight located near each other in Umm el-Marra, archaeologist Glenn........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 8:52:24 PM)
Direct Proof Of Stellar Sorting In A Globular ClusterA seven year study with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided astronomers with the best observational evidence yet that globular clusters sort out stars as per their mass, governed by a gravitational billiard ball game between stars. Heavier stars slow down and sink to the cluster's core, while lighter stars pick up speed and move across the cluster to its periphery. This process, called "mass segregation", has long been suspected........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 8:32:15 PM)
Soot from wood stoves impacts global warmingNew measurements of soot produced by traditional cook stoves used in developing countries suggest that these stoves emit more harmful smoke particles and could have a much greater impact on global climate change than previously thought, according to a study scheduled to appear in the Nov. 1 issue of the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Perhaps as many as 400 million of these stoves, fueled by wood or crop........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 8:24:45 PM)
Trotting With Emus To Walk With DinosaursOne way to make sense of 165-million-year-old dino tracks may be to hang out with emus, say paleontologists studying thousands of dinosaur footprints at the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite in northern Wyoming. Because they are about the same size, walk on two legs and have similar feet, emus turn out to be the best modern version of the enigmatic reptiles that once trotted along a long-lost coastline in the Middle Jurassic.
"We don't have any........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 7:12:32 PM)
Cougar Predation Key To Ecosystem HealthThe general disappearance of cougars from a portion of Zion National Park in the past 70 years has allowed deer populations to dramatically increase, leading to severe ecological damage, loss of cottonwood trees, eroding streambanks, and declining biodiversity.
This "trophic cascade" of environmental degradation, all linked to the decline of a major predator, has been shown in a new study to affect a broad range of terrestrial and aquatic........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 7:05:27 PM)
Excalia Combination Therapy To Treat ObesityOREXIGENTM Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held clinical-stage neuroscience company developing novel strategic approaches to the therapy of obesity, today announced that ExcaliaTM, a combination of two centrally-acting medications intended to provide and sustain clinically important weight loss, demonstrated significant weight loss in a six month, double-blind, phase IIa clinical study. The magnitude of weight reduction........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 10:58:40 PM)
The Prestige ReviewsEarly The Prestige reviews are coming out, and they don't look great. As a matter of fact, I'm really disappointed in what I'm reading. The Prestige has been one of the films I've most been looking forward to seeing ever since watching the trailer a few months back. but so far no one I've talked to who has seen it is raving about it. A bunch of people like it. but didn't love it. Damn!!
Here is what some of the critics are saying in their........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 9:50:08 PM)
2007 Hyundai VeracruzHyundai has announced that its 2007 version of Veracruz will make its North American debut at next years Detroit International Auto Show.
A 3.8-liter V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission powers the 2007 Veracruz. The customer can also opt for an all-wheel drive.
The safety features include an ESC i.e. Electronic Stability Control, Standard side Airbags and Side-Curtain Airbags for all three passenger rows.
The Veracruz is........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 9:35:29 PM)
2006 Gumpert ApolloIt seldom happens that you drive a performance based car which gives you a soothing experience..... this is the kind of balance all super car manufacturers try to strike , which is a tough ask in it self..... Apollo has done it with flawless precision by developing a super car that not only flies but soothes.
The 2006 Gumpert Apollo is the new Sports car from Apollo that produces 650 horsepower with a Topspeed of 360 km/h. This car does 0 to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 9:30:32 PM)
2.8 Trillion Times Per SecondIt's taken 19 long years of painstaking, high-precision experiments, but it's finally official: Physicists have announced the observation of a subatomic particle known as the Bs (pronounced "B sub s") meson switching between matter and antimatter states at a mind-boggling 3 trillion times per second.
The work could lead to a better understanding of the early universe, in which these particles were present in great abundance. It will also........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 8:24:29 PM)
Fossilized Liquid AssemblyFrom a butterfly's iridescent wing to a gecko's sticky foot, nature derives extraordinary properties from ordinary materials like wax and keratin. Its secret is hierarchical topology: macroscale structures assembled from microscale components of varying sizes. Borrowing a page from nature's playbook, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a novel platform for the self-assembly of experimental........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 7:56:23 PM)
SRM Can Help Control Heavy Metal ContentA new reference material developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help the agriculture industry and state regulators monitor the concentrations of several potentially hazardous heavy metal contaminants in fertilizers.
Modern multi-nutrient fertilizers produced for home and agricultural use are formulated from multiple sources to provide significant amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, the major........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 7:47:01 PM)
Kartchner Caverns To Become Microbial ObservatoryUniversity of Arizona researchers will investigate the lives of Kartchner Caverns State Park's tiniest inhabitants with the help of a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
The five-year grant to the UA will add Kartchner Caverns, part of the Arizona State Parks system, to the National Science Foundation's worldwide network of Microbial Observatories.
Research at the networks' sites is revealing the goings-on of the........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 10:00:15 PM)
Fusion In The Fast LaneUsing fast digital imaging, scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany, together with researchers from Collge de France, have succeeded in developing two different protocols by which one can initiate the fusion process in a controlled manner and observe the subsequent fusion dynamics with a temporal resolution in the microsecond regime. For both protocols, the opening of the fusion necks was found to........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 9:22:15 PM)
Hyper-Cest MRI And Molecular ImagingResearchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new technique for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that allows detection of signals from molecules present at 10,000 times lower concentrations than conventional MRI techniques. Called HYPER-CEST, for hyperpolarized xenon chemical exchange saturation transfer, this new technique........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 9:08:56 PM)
Meet The Earliest Baby Girl Ever3.3 million years ago, a three year old girl died in present day Ethiopia, in an area called Dikika. Though a baby, she is providing us with unique accounts of our past as a grand mother would! Her completeness, antiquity, and age at death combined make this find unprecedented in the history of paleoanthropology and open many new research avenues to investigate into the infancy of early human ancestors. The extraordinary discovery reported this........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/18/2006 8:46:44 PM)
National Center for X-ray TomographyThe National Center for X-ray Tomography (NCXT) has officially been dedicated at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Located at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS), this new center features a first-of-its-kind x-ray microscope that will enable scientists to perform "CT scans" on biological cells, just one of many unprecedented capabilities for cell and molecular biology studies.
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Insight Into Posttraumatic Stress DisorderNew research into Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is leading to a better understanding of its underlying neurobiology, risk factors and long-term implications. The findings appear in a recent issue of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and were revealed at a conference jointly sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Scientists are studying many previously unexplored topics, including........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 5:08:36 AM)
Nuclear Receptors In Bee GenomeSusan Fahrbach, a Wake Forest University biologist, is among the more than 170 scientists who helped decode the honey bee genome. She contributed to the article on the bee genome sequence that appears in the Oct. 26 issue of Nature.
Her piece of the puzzle -- analyzing the nuclear hormone receptors found in the bee genome -- also appears in the current issue of Insect Molecular Biology.
The honey bee was chosen to have its genome........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 4:51:46 AM)
World's Most Intense ThunderstormsA summer thunderstorm often provides much-needed rainfall and heat wave relief, but others bring large hail, destructive winds, and tornadoes. Now with the help of NASA satellite data, scientists are gaining insight into the distribution of such storms around much of the world.
By using data from the NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, researchers identified the regions on Earth that experience the most intense........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/26/2006 4:47:29 AM)
Twins More Likely To Have Premature MenopauseTwins are more likely to have a premature menopause than other women, as per research published on line today (Wednesday 25 October) in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction.
In a study of more than 800 Australian and UK twin pairs, lead by Dr Roger Gosden, Professor of Reproductive Biology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, premature ovarian failure was between three and five times........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/25/2006 4:49:24 AM)
A Supersolid Not Quite So Super?A deceptively simple experiment, recently published in the journal Science, has moved physics one step closer to explaining the odd behavior of supersolid helium. The unusual state of matter - in which a portion of the atoms are able to flow through a solid crystal with no resistance - was predicted as early as 1969 but not observed until recently.
In 2004, Eunsong Kim and Moses Chan from Penn State University published the first........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 8:45:20 PM)
Amazon River Reversed FlowAsk any South American dinosaur which way the Amazon River flows and she would have told you east-to-west, the opposite of today. That's the surprising conclusion of scientists studying ancient mineral grains buried in the Amazon Basin.
The once westward roll of what is now the world's largest river was caused by a long-gone highland near what today is the river's mouth. That highland was created by the breaking away of South America from........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 8:19:54 PM)
New Theory For Mass ExtinctionsA new theory on just what causes Earth's worst mass extinctions may help settle the endless scientific dust-up on the matter. Whether you favor meteor impacts, volcanic eruptions, cosmic rays, epidemics, or some other cause for the worst mass extinction events in Earth's history, no single cause has ever satisfied all researchers all the time for any extinction event. That may be because big extinctions aren't simple events.
The new........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 7:20:08 PM)
Skin Tone Influences Perception Of BeautyA new study is revealing that wrinkles aren't the only cue the human eye looks for to evaluate age. Facial skin color distribution, or tone, can add 10-12 years to a woman's perceived age.
The study, reported in the latest issue of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, used three-dimensional imaging and morphing software to remove wrinkles and furrows from pictures of women, leaving skin tone as the only variable. Scientists were then........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 6:18:20 PM)
Electronic Chip Interacting With The BrainScientists at the University of Washington (UW) are working on an implantable electronic chip that may help establish new nerve connections in the part of the brain that controls movement. Their most recent study, would be reported in the Nov. 2, 2006, edition of Nature, showed such a device can induce brain changes in monkeys lasting more than a week. Strengthening of weak connections through this mechanism may have potential in the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/24/2006 6:10:05 PM)
Marie Antoinette ReviewsThe early Marie Antoinette reviews are coming in, and they don't look too bad. Not fantastic, but pretty solid. I've got to admit I haven't had one shred of interest in this film ever since I saw the first trailer for it a few months ago. The fact that Sofia Coppola is directing it gets my attention, but nothing I've seen so far has solidified that. Looks like it might be worth watching after all.
Here is what some of the critics are saying........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 9:58:44 PM)
EXT Still The Stupid Of TrucksThe Detroit News reports: EXT still the Cadillac of trucks. We're well aware how dim we are, but isn't calling an item "The Cadillac of (whatever)" supposed to mean it's the best at what it is meant for? As in, "The new MacBook is the Cadillac of laptops" or "Google is the Cadillac of search engines" or "Alison Krauss is so smokin' hot we'd fake our own death, move to Tennessee, and change our name to be with her".
Anyway, are aren't trucks........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 9:44:49 PM)
Portable 'lab on a chip'Testing soldiers to see if they have been exposed to biological or chemical weapons could soon be much faster and easier, thanks to MIT scientists who are helping to develop a tiny diagnostic device that could be carried into battle.
By tweaking the design of a tiny pump, scientists affiliated with MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have taken a major step towards making an existing miniature "lab on a chip" fully portable, so the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 8:48:59 PM)
Smoking Impedes HealingOrthopaedic surgery scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified yet another reason not to smoke. Studying rotator cuff injury in rats, the research team found exposure to nicotine delays tendon-to-bone healing, suggesting this could cause failure of rotator cuff repair following surgery in human patients.
Smoking is implicated in a host of physical problems, from cardiovascular disease to lung........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 8:33:45 PM)
Molecular Spintronic Action In NanostructureResearchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made the first confirmed "spintronic" device incorporating organic molecules, a potentially superior approach for innovative electronics that rely on the spin, and associated magnetic orientation, of electrons. The physicists created a nanoscale test structure to obtain clear evidence of the presence and action of specific molecules and magnetic switching behavior.
........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2006 7:50:57 PM)
A Road Is More Than A RoadStanding by the edge of Susie Wilson Road in Essex, Anthony Gervais eyes a line of cars stopped at a light. Like a giant strand of metal beads pulled from one end, the cars start to move and spread when the light changes, accelerating away toward Colchester.
Aiming his radar gun carefully at an approaching pick-up truck, Gervais stares with a calculating concentration at the read-out on screen. He writes a few figures in his notebook and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 10:04:49 PM)
Malaria in the Middle EastMalaria is not commonly thought of as a major disease in the Middle East, but a study from Yemen in this week's BMJ reveals worryingly high levels of severe malaria in children.
In fact, the figures show that as a number of as 4 out of 10 children attending hospital with severe illness could be affected during the peak season. This is comparable to a number of areas of Africa.
Scientists identified over 2,000 children aged 6 months to 10........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 9:52:16 PM)
How Pathogens Spread In Human BodyResearchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered a new, more accurate, method of mapping how bacteria spread within the body, a breakthrough that could lead to more effective treatments and prevention of certain bacterial infections.
Dr. Pietro Mastroeni, Professor Duncan Maskell at the Centre for Veterinary Science, and their teams have pioneered the integration of mathematical models with observational data to predict the spread........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 9:30:14 PM)
Connection Between Sound And A RewardIf you've ever wondered how you recognize your mother's voice without seeing her face or how you discern your cell phone's ring in a crowded room, researchers may have another piece of the answer.
Their work indicates that once you figure out your mother's voice is a good thing - most days - fairly significant changes occur in the sensory cortex, the part of the brain that responds to sound.
"When something starts to predict a good........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 9:15:32 PM)
Affymetrix 500K Array And Memory GeneAffymetrix Inc. announced recently that scientists at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona have used the Affymetrix 500K Array to discover a gene--called Kibra--linked to memory performance in humans. The team's findings may be used to develop new medicines for memory-based diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by providing researchers with a better understanding of how memory works at the molecular........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/19/2006 9:00:00 PM)
More Currency Than Gold On Columbus's TravelsThe humble device that prevents shoelaces from fraying was deemed to be worth more than gold by the indigenous Cubans who traded with Columbus's fleet, a study led by UCL (University College London) archaeologists has discovered.
Reporting in next month's edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers analysed burial material - such as beads and pendants - excavated from one of the largest burial sites in northeast Cuba.........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 10/18/2006 8:36:14 PM)