Antibiotic Incentives: Marketing Vs. Education
As Philae Awakes, Where Might Life Hide?
2-TeV ZZ Signal A Techni-Rho?
Asteroid Day Today, 30th June - Let's Find These Rocks And Deflect Them
Today, 30th June is asteroid day, to raise awareness of the searches astronomers do to detect and eventually deflect asteroids. This is your chance also to actually do something about them by signing the 100x petition (which has been signed by many famous astronomers and astronauts).An asteroid ...
By Robert Walker
Oscillatory Chemical Reactions: What Your Clothes May Literally Say About You In The Future
Wearing a computer on your sleeve may be a lot cooler than a plastic watch with an Apple logo on it - researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have designed a responsive hybrid material fueled by an oscillatory chemical reactions. They can even perform computations based on changes in the ...
By News Staff
Lexus Hoverboard Gets Off The Ground
By Michael Greshko, Inside Science - In the classic 1989 film Back to the Future 2, intrepid time traveler Marty McFly jumps ahead a few decades, to October 21, 2015. Luxury car manufacturer Lexus appears to be ready for him. This week, they announced that they've built a "real, rideable" hoverboard ...
By Michael Greshko
Lego Optics Lab: Large Lens Holder
For my Lego Optics Lab I have so far built a beam splitter, and a small lens holder. The beam splitter article got a link on io9 (my name is misspelled) and on Scientific American. The small lens holder also got a link on Scientific American. Among the lenses I salvaged from the computer ...
By Steve Schuler
Collinsium Ciliosum: New Species Of ‘Super-Armored’ Worm Discovered
A new species of ‘super-armored’ worm, named Collinsium ciliosum, or Hairy Collins’ Monster after the palaeontologist Desmond Collins, who discovered and first illustrated a similar Canadian fossil in the 1980s, was a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients ...
By News Staff
Ocean Mixing Model Reveals Insight On Climate
Scientists have developed a computer model that clarifies the complex processes driving ocean mixing in the vast eddies that swirl across hundreds of miles of open ocean. The Lagrangian In-situ, Global, High-performance particle Tracking (LIGHT) model is a first-of-its-kind tool because of its ...
By News Staff
Tillamook Bay Floodplain Restoration Plan Would Reduce Flood Risk And Restores Salmon Habitat
Salmon are severely impacted by the loss of floodplain habitats near Oregon's Tillamook Bay, where nearly 90 percent of estuaries' tidal wetlands have been lost to development -- threatening the survival of coho salmon and the safety of the local community. Now, the Federal Emergency Management ...
By News Staff
Better Switchgrass Optimization Means Better Biofuel
Using biofuel is one way to decrease the United States' dependence on oil. And switchgrass is an excellent candidate for biofuel production. It is an adaptable plant that can grow on millions of acres of U.S. lands that cannot support crop or food production. It is also a renewable resource but ...
By News Staff
Acidification Stunts Growth Of Developing Pink Salmon
Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study. The risks of ocean acidification on marine species have been studied extensively but the impact of freshwater ...
By News Staff
You Are A Citizen Scientist Researcher In The Genetic Arms Race Between Humans And Mosquitoes
Every time you put on bug spray this summer, you're another front in the ongoing war between humans and mosquitoes - and being a citizen scientist in a complex evolutionary experiment. Scientists have found that between 5 and 20 percent of a mosquito population's genome is subject to evolutionary ...
By News Staff
A Single Mutation Helped Last Year's Flu Virus Gain An Advantage Over The Vaccine
The 2014-2015 flu vaccine didn't work as well compared to previous years because the H3N2 virus recently acquired a mutation that concealed the infection from the immune system. A study published on June 25 in Cell Reports reveals the major viral mutation responsible for the mismatch between the ...
By News Staff
Attractive Females Harmed By Male Sexual Harassment
Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new Australian and Canadian study on fruit flies. Associate Professor Steve Chenoweth from The University of Queensland's School of Biological Sciences said the study showed that male harassment of females hampered the species' ...
By News Staff
Obese Teens Are Less Likely To Use Contraception
A study of nearly 1,000 teens found that sexually active obese adolescents were significantly less likely to use contraception than normal weight peers, putting them at higher risk of unintended pregnancy. Obese adolescents who did use contraception were also less likely to use it consistently ...
By News Staff
Gene Therapy For Cystic Fibrosis Shows Beneficial Effect On Lung Function
For the first time gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has shown a significant benefit in lung function compared with placebo, in a phase 2 randomized trial. The technique replaces the defective gene response for cystic fibrosis by using inhaled molecules of DNA to deliver a normal working copy of ...
By News Staff
Sepsis Is Largely Unknown But It Puts One Million People In The Hospital Each Year
Most Americans have never heard of it, but according to new federal data, sepsis is the most expensive cause of hospitalization in the US.Sepsis is a complication of infection that leads to organ failure. One million patients are hospitalized for sepsis each year (across all types of health insurance) ...
By The Conversation
Vegan Diets Works Better For Weight Loss Than Vegetarian Or Atkins
A vegan diet remains controversial because it is in defiance of our evolutionary mandate - it is unnatural in humans to only eat meat the same way it is in cats.But diets are popular for lots of reasons that defy scientific explanation and regardless of the evidence basis, they work. People who ...
By News Staff
Why Horror Games Give Us The Fright We're Looking For
Why play horror-themed videogames designed to shock and scare? As with horror films or novels, they provide a means to indulge in the pleasure of frightening ourselves. Freakish, monstrous characters programmed to challenge and destroy the player gratifies the fear-induced thrill-seeking that drives ...
By The Conversation
Is Abortion In America About To Get Restricted?
The Supreme Court seems poised to take on the abortion issue again, and with reason. On June 29, by a five-to-four vote, the Court temporarily blocked a Texas law that would force many clinics to close, guaranteeing that the state’s new law would not take effect until the justices decide whether ...
By News Staff
Women's Faces Get Redder At Ovulation, But Human Eyes Can't Pick Up On It
Studies have shown that men find female faces more attractive when women are ovulating, but how they might know - the visual clues that allow this - are unclear. New research research sought to show it might be subtle changes in skin color and that women's faces do increase in redness during ovulation ...
By News Staff
Qualitative Research: Lessons From Rashomon
In Akira Kurosawa's timeless 1950 masterpiece (, a murder and a rape appear to have occurred in the deep woods of 12th-century Japan. A priest, a woodcutter and a man the script calls “the commoner” are taking shelter from a rainstorm in the ruined shell ...
By Fred Phillips
Protein-Based Elastic Gel Heals Wounds
A team of bioengineers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), led by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, and Nasim Annabi, PhD, of the Biomedical Engineering Division, has developed a new protein-based gel that, when exposed to light, mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue, such as skin and blood ...
By News Staff
Flying Feminism: Drones Drop Abortion Pills On Catholic Poland
A Dutch feminist pro-choice activist organization, Women on Waves, has been using a drone to drop abortion pills across the Polish-German border.The aim of the flight has been to highlight Poland’s restrictive abortion laws – a consistent topic of debate since the fall of communism in 1989 ...
By The Conversation
It's Time For Racism In College Admissions To Go
The Shackled Man hypothesis rightly notes that if two people are running a race, and one has leg irons on, the shackled person is going to perform poorly. 50 yards into the race, if we remove the leg irons, claiming that everyone now has an equal chance to win is silly. For that reason, affirmative ...
By Hank Campbell
For Ph.D. Physicists, Careers Outside Academia Are Terrific
Government-funded science spends a lot of money promoting the idea that only government-funded science is real science, even though almost 60 percent of basic research and almost 100 percent of applied research is done by the private sector.It has worked. When people picture a hard science like ...
By News Staff
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