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Space Fans Can Buy Apollo Program Mementos At Auction Today
RR Auction in Boston has a selection of pretty interesting Apollo program stuff, but you have to bid before 7PM.This is the perfect time to sell, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing is a month away, so it may not be the perfect time to buy. I have made a decent amount of money selling key ...
By Hank Campbell
Cool Halo Gas Kinematics Keeps Time With Galactic Disks
Astronomers using data from the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered a dizzying cosmic choreography among typical star-forming galaxies; their cool halo gas appears to be in step with the galactic disks, spinning in the same direction. This is the first-ever direct observational evidence ...
By News Staff
Immortal: Quasiparticles Decay, But Identical Particle Entities Emerge From The Debris
The concept of quasiparticles was coined by Nobel laureate Lev Davidovich Landau, who used it to describe collective states of lots of particles or rather their interactions due to electrical or magnetic forces. Due to this interaction, several particles act like one single one.The assumption has ...
By News Staff
Sodium Chloride On Jupiter's Moon Europa Means Its Subsurface Ocean May Be Like Ours
A familiar table salt ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, finds a recent analysis. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists have discovered that the yellow color visible on portions of the surface of Europa is actually sodium chloride ...
By News Staff
The Steep Climb Of Vertical Farms And Where Urban Ag Might Be Revolutionary
Comes the news that the British online food retailer Ocado is making major investments in two vertical farming companies. this week in a bid to become what it described as “a leader in the newly emerging vertical farming industry”​. First, the company’s ventures arm has signed ...
By Marc Brazeau
OOPS - Puerto Rican Insects In Forest Canopy Increase With Warmth - Not Decline - And Frogs Like The Warmth Too
This is about that much publicized insect collapse in Puerto Rico, which the authors blamed on climate change. It turns out that they made a natural but rather big mistake, not correcting for the effects of Hurricane Hugo, which increased the numbers of birds and insects before one of their main ...
By Robert Walker
600 Plant Species Extinct (0.15%) NOT 'Bad News For All Species' - Scary And Clickbait BBC News - Annotated
This article is scaring people, with the usual “all going to be extinct soon ” hype that we have had so many stories about this year. It is running in many news sources. I am not singling out the BBC as such but many people have come to rely on the BBC as a respected source on such ...
By Robert Walker
Nomads Helped Spread Agriculture Across Eurasia
When we think of agriculture, we don't think of nomadic hunter-gatherers who simply followed nature rather than harnessing it. But they engaged in trade also. Millet, originally domesticated in China, was likely consumed at low levels by pastoralists inhabiting the far-flung regions of ...
By News Staff
Immune System Slows Degenerative Eye Disease Retinitis Pigmentosa In Mice
A new exploratory study in mice found that the complement system, part of the innate immune system, plays a protective role to slow retinal degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited eye disease. Retinitis pigmentosa is an incurable and unpreventable blinding eye disease that affects 1 ...
By News Staff
Interdigital Cell Death: More Atmospheric Oxygen Is A Biological Signal To Leave Out Webbed Digits
Free fingers have obvious advantages on land, and don't even get us started on opposable thumbs, but provides aquatic or gliding animals with more suitable webbed ones. But both amphibians and amniotes, which include mammals, reptiles, and birds, can have webbed digits. A new study has found ...
By News Staff
A Microscope - What A Wonderful Toy
I have always been fascinated by optical instruments that provide magnified views of Nature: microscopes, binoculars, telescopes. As a child I badly wanted to watch the Moon, planets, and stars, and see as much detail as I could on all possible targets; at the same time, I avidly used a toy microscope ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Researchers Have Found A Wine Grape Once So Prized No One Genetically Modified It For 900 Years
Researchers set out to find a wine grape so popular no one wanted to change it. And they did, thanks to a genetic database of modern grapevines and 28 archaeological seeds from French sites dating back to the Iron Age. They discovered that Savagnin Blanc (not Sauvignon Blanc) from the Jura ...
By Hank Campbell
Why Maple Syrup, Honey, And Cranberries Are Getting A Free Pass On FDA Sugar Labels
Is honey healthier than bleached white table sugar or brown sugar or high fructose corn syrup? If you ask people selling nutritional fads yes, but if you ask your mitochondria, sugar is sugar. It's the total, which means calories, that matter. in our increasingly wealthy, sedentary society.Yet ...
By Hank Campbell
The Chinese Were Smoking Genetically Engineered Cannabis 2,500 Years Ago
Cannabis, known as marijuana in the U.S., Cannabis has been cultivated for millennia in East Asia and like many drugs exported from there to become one of the most widely used psychoactive drugs in the world today. But now archaeologists have tracked down its earliest known use:  ...
By News Staff
Hybrid MRI Approach Better Than Ultrasound For Detecting Prostate Cancer
Each year, 1 million men in the U.S. undergo biopsies to determine whether they have prostate cancer because ultrasound imaging cannot clearly display the location of tumors in the prostate gland.Ultrasound has been used to visualize the prostate in order to take a representative sampling of tissue ...
By News Staff
Health Advisory: Marijuana And Infertility
People who smoke marijuana and are considering having children in the future need to be aware about four serious issues that may impact both men and women according to an article ("Five things to know about ... marijuana and fertility" - the title says five things, but there are only four, the ...
By News Staff
Overcrowding, Infectious Disease, Violence And Environmental Issues - Welcome To Urban Life In 7000 BC
Many people feel the need to live in important times, so they complain about how much worse things are today. But scientists studying the ancient ruins of Çatalhöyük, in modern Turkey, found that its inhabitants - 3,500 to 8,000 people at its peak - experienced overcrowding, infectious diseases ...
By News Staff
With "Regulatory Determinations Based On Risks" President Trump May Be The Pro-Biotech President We Need
With a new executive order, President Trump has done something that the science community has wished would have been done since the 1980s; he has ordered his administration to streamline the federal regulatory process for agricultural biotechnology so that every new product is not treated like ...
By Hank Campbell
If You Want To Seem More Dominant, Tilt Your Head
Social psychologists say we send out social cues not just with our facial expressions, but with the tilt of our heads as well.An otherwise neutral expression looks more dominant when the head is tilted down. The authors speculate that is because tilting one's head downward leads to the artificial ...
By News Staff
Gender Inequality Has Been Around Since The Stone Age
The Neolithic period, the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of civilizations, began about 12,000 years ago with the advent of agriculture in the Epipalaeolithic Near East. It spread to other parts of the world.It provides not just the first evidence of farming, it also provides early evidence ...
By News Staff
Half Face Daddy Shaming But It Gets A Lot Less Attention Than Mommy Shaming: Happy Father's Day
Women will more often rush to the defense of mothers who give their kids formula, stick to the vaccine schedule, or who let their pre-schoolers play in the yard without a wall to protect them from predators they read about one time on the Internet. Women defend mothers against mommy shaming more ...
By Hank Campbell
Living Photos: Tech Showing How 2D Single Photo Images Can Be 3D Animated Is The Best Thing You'll See Today
If you read the Harry Potter series of novels or saw the films, you've known that fiction has people moving in and out of photographs - now that magic has been brought to real life.The University of Washington algorithm Photo Wake-Up was posted in preprint form on arXiv in December and created ...
By News Staff
Would You Pay 47% More To Eliminate Child Labor From Your Cocoa?
No one is for child labor but people are unfailingly for lower prices rather than higher. That is why the organic industry is a tiny fraction of the overall food market. With no benefit other than paeans to health halos or holistic beliefs about urban people about farming, most remain unconvinced ...
By Hank Campbell
Most Gun Owners Will Buy Personalized 'Smart Guns' - Once They Actually Work
In a new survey, 80 percent of gun owners support the concept of personalized guns, referred to as "smart" guns because they include safety features like fingerprint locks to help prevent use by unauthorized individuals. But only 18 percent are willing to buy them.The authors framed it as though ...
By News Staff
Understanding the Voynich Manuscript #1 Tom, Dick and Harry explain a statistical method. ...  more »
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