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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
Plastics May Be Making Men Infertile - Or Not
Recent research has reignited concerns that exposure to chemicals from plastics might be to blame for low sperm counts in young men. I share the concerns about the high prevalence of low sperm counts (one in six young men), and my research is directed at trying to identify what causes it. But whether ...
By The Conversation
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
Understanding Subduction Zone Earthquakes, Like Sumatra In 2004
The December 26th 2004 Mw ~9.2 Indian Ocean earthquake, also known as the Sumatra-Andaman or Aceh-Andaman earthquake and generated massive, destructive tsunamis, clearly demonstrated the need for a better understanding of how frequently subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis occur. Using ...
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Earth's 24 Hour Daily Rotation Period Found Encoded In Cyanobacterial Cells
A collaborative group of Japanese researchers has demonstrated that the Earth's daily rotation period (24 hours) is encoded in the KaiC protein at the atomic level, a small, 10 nm-diameter biomolecule expressed in cyanobacterial cells. The results of this joint research will help elucidate a ...
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High-Fat Diet And Natural Hormone May Alleviate Mitochondrial Disease
Mice that have a genetic version of mitochondrial disease can easily be mistaken for much older animals by the time they are nine months old: they have thinning gray hair, osteoporosis, poor hearing, infertility and heart problems. Despite having this disease at birth, these mice have a “secret ...
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Rats Dream Paths To A Brighter Future
When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society. The researchers monitored brain activity in rats, first as the animals viewed food in a location they could not reach, then as they rested ...
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Calcium Channel Cav3.1 Essential For Deep Sleep
Sleep seems simple enough to define, it is a state of rest and restoration that almost every vertebrate creature must enter regularly in order to survive. Yet the brain responds differently to stimuli when asleep than when awake, and it is not clear what brain changes happen during sleep. A key ...
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
I Don't Use The Term 'Miracle' Very Often, But...
This isn't the Dr. Oz show or some nutrition site selling Vitamin D supplements or whatever the big Superfood/Miracle Vegetable craze is this week, 'miracle' is a bit of a dirty word in science. But when it fits, you have to use it.And Hepatitis C may have gotten its miracle. It's not well ...
By Hank Campbell
Is Marriage Good Or Bad For Your Weight? A Comparison By Countries
If you ask some people why they would never want to get divorced, they joke that they would not want to have to 'get back down to dating weight', but do married people really give up and get heavier?It seems to be just the opposite. Marriage is correlated with a positive influence on health and ...
By News Staff
Access To Electricity - And Artificial Light - Is Linked To Reduced Sleep
We can blame smartphone alerts, constant connectivity and a deluge of media for sleep deprivation but that is talking about the symptoms rather than the disease. The root cause is instead the thing that has led to cultural and social improvements for over 100 years - artificial light.It is no secret ...
By News Staff
Qualitative Research: Lessons From Rashomon
In Akira Kurosawa's timeless 1950 masterpiece (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042876/), 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
Will More Incentives Mean A Return To High Scientific Standards?
Was America at its greatest scientifically when academics made far less money and were politically representative? Not if science output, Nobel prizes and adult science literacy are the measures, because America leads in all categories.Yet with six figure incomes for faculty and less diversity ...
By News Staff
What Gets Credit For Smoking Declines? Big Pharma And Taxes, Says UCSF Paper
Are some people unable or unwilling to quit?  A popular sociological belief has been that by making smoking uncool or difficult, it will become unpopular and people will quit, and only those unable to quit would remain. If so, products like e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco make sense as alternatives ...
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What 3-Year-Olds Teach Us About Justice
Toddlers have a reputation for being stubborn, selfish, and incapable of sharing. But researchers have found that children as young as three actually will show a surprising level of concern for others and an intuitive sense of restorative justice. Young children prefer to return lost items to ...
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
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 ...
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Artificial Blood For Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal on the planet due to the diseases they spread. Why feed them?By using science, giving them an artificial buffet may lead to fewer of them, says Stephen Dobson, a University of Kentucky professor of medical and veterinary entomology. His work ...
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Had Spinal Fusion? There Is Good News For Your Golf Handicap
If you suffer from chronic low back pain and need spinal fusion surgery, there is good news for your golf game. A new study shows an overwhelming majority of spinal fusion patients returned to play golf as well, if not better, than before surgery. During spinal fusion surgery, two vertebrae ...
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