A persistent hypothesis is that perhaps life did not 'originate' on Earth at all, perhaps its building blocks came from space.
In April, the public, fed by astronomy's runaway hype train, were excited by the discovery of water on an asteroid
- but it was
exciting, it was just the conjecture that followed was a little cloying.
Publishing is evolving and, of the big publishers (The Lancet
, etc.), no one is more forward-thinking than Elsevier
. They recently announced Article-Based Publishing, their new way to publish articles as final (and citable) without needing to wait for the full journal to be complete. Article-Based Publishing is the assigning of final citation data on an article-by-article basis, separate from production of the journal issue.
The discovery of Gliese 581g
was cause for rampant hype almost everywhere but here, along with some rather ridiculous claims that there was a 100% chance of life there.
The actual paper authors were more reserved, though astronomy is far bolder than biology in terms of its participants hyping findings and generally physics is pretty reserved (exception: LHC claims when it was being funded and built - now that the marketing is over, the call for perspective has set in) outside dark matter and dark energy, where anything goes.
A new study published in Cell Metabolism says it has increased the lifespan of middle-aged mice by 12% using a combination of three amino acids as supplements.
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) have extended life span in yeast but this is the first time these amino acids have been shown to work in mammals, the researchers say.
I had no idea there were entire languages left to discover. Then again, I had no idea there was a group called the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages either, but exist they both do.
The linguists, doing a project for National Geographic
, thought these people in the northeast corner of India were speaking a dialect of the Aka culture of the Himalayas - but it turns out they have a different vocabulary and linguistic structure.
Some of the most pressing questions in science aren't how to better treat cancer or solve global warming, they're instead practical things like why a stranger on the Internet takes you off of a pretend friend list.
In the old days, email lists had filters, so when your brother-in-law sent you the 50th forwarded list of lawyer jokes, you just sent them right into the trash. On Facebook, it is not so simple - okay, actually it is, there is a hide feature built right in so you never see some things. But people still unfriend someone, which can lead to drama.