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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Caterpillar’s Bad Breath Scares Off Predators

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/30/caterpillars-bad-breath-scares-off-predators/

Elephants Use Their Trunks to Ace Intelligence Tests

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131228-elephant-trunk-science-think-cognition-food-smell/

Clouds Detected on Alien Planet --New Hubble Discovery 1e1340dcbec2c5465d6299894a1dcc90 (1) Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ 1214b would have an easy job. Today's forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago report they have definitively characterized the atmosphere of a super-Earth class planet orbiting another star for the first time. The scrutinized planet, which is known as GJ1214b, is classified as a super-Earth type planet because its mass is intermediate between those of Earth and Neptune. Recent searches for planets around other stars ("exoplanets") have shown that super-Earths like GJ 1214b are among the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Because no such planets exist in our Solar System, the physical nature of super-Earths is largely unknown. Previous studies of GJ 1214b yielded two possible interpretations of the planet's atmosphere. Its atmosphere could consist entirely of water vapor or some other type of heavy molecule, or it could contain high-altitude clouds that prevent the observation of what lies underneath. But now a team of astronomers led by University of Chicago's Laura Kreidberg and Jacob Bean have detected clear evidence of clouds in the atmosphere of GJ 1214b from data collected with the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble observations used 96 hours of telescope time spread over 11 months. This was the largest Hubble program ever devoted to studying a single exoplanet. The researchers describe their work as an important milestone on the road to identifying potentially habitable, Earth-like planets beyond our Solar System. The results appear in the Jan. 2 issue of the journal Nature. "We really pushed the limits of what is possible with Hubble to make this measurement," said Kreidberg, a third-year graduate student and first author of the new paper. "This advance lays the foundation for characterizing other Earths with similar techniques." "I think it's very exciting that we can use a telescope like Hubble that was never designed with this in mind, do these kinds of observations with such exquisite precision, and really nail down some property of a small planet orbiting a distant star," explained Bean, an assistant professor and the project's principal investigator. GJ 1214b is located just 40 light-years from Earth, in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus. Because of its proximity to our solar system and the small size of its host star, GJ 1214b is the most easily observed super-Earth. It transits, or passes in front of its parent star, every 38 hours, giving scientists an opportunity to study its atmosphere as starlight filters through it. Kreidberg, Bean and their colleagues used Hubble to precisely measure the spectrum of GJ 1214b in near-infrared light, finding what they consider definitive evidence of high clouds blanketing the planet. These clouds hide any information about the composition and behavior of the lower atmosphere and surface. The planet was discovered in 2009 by the MEarth Project, which monitors two thousand red dwarf stars for transiting planets. The planet was next targeted for follow-up observations to characterize its atmosphere. The first spectra, which were obtained by Bean in 2010 using a ground-based telescope, suggested that the planet's atmosphere either was predominantly water vapor or hydrogen-dominated with high-altitude clouds. More precise Hubble observations made in 2012 and 2013 allowed the team to distinguish between these two scenarios. The news is about what they didn't find. The Hubble spectra revealed no chemical fingerprints whatsoever in the planet's atmosphere. This allowed the astronomers to rule out cloud-free atmospheres made of water vapor, methane, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, or carbon dioxide. The best explanation for the new data is that there are high-altitude clouds in the atmosphere of the planet, though their composition is unknown. Models of super-Earth atmospheres predict clouds could be made out of potassium chloride or zinc sulfide at the scorching temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit found on GJ 1214b. "You would expect very different kinds of clouds to form than you would expect, say, on Earth," Kreidberg said. The launch of NASA's next major space telescope, the 6.5m James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), later this decade should reveal more about such worlds, Kreidberg said. "Looking forward, JWST will be transformative," she said. "The new capabilities of this telescope will allow us to peer through the clouds on planets like GJ 1214b. But more than that, it may open the door to studies of Earth-like planets around nearby stars." Source: "Clouds in the atmosphere of the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b," by Laura Kreidberg, Jacob L. Bean, Jean-Michel Désert, Björn Benneke, Drake Deming, Kevin B. Stevenson, Sara Seager, Zachory Berta-Thompson, Andreas Seifahrt, & Derek Homeier. The Daily Galaxy via http://news.uchicago.edu/ Image credit/artist's rendering: With thanks to Wallpaperup.com Related articles Super-Earths in Habitable Zones --Astronomers Zoom in on Planets' Dynamics and Climate Baffling Triple-Star System Reveals an Exoplanet and a Spectacular Ring of Comets Subtle Signals of Water Detected on Five Alien Worlds Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013 Posted at 06:00 AM | Permalink Comments I will never understand why they can't mess with solar flares of the alien planet's star. My Ozonator’s Drusilrnge Model predicts life on another planet through solar flares and volcanoes and directly on a planet from lightning and other homegrown flares. (Drusilrnge is pronounced ‘drew-sill’ ‘er-ng’ to rhyme with “orange for the crossword puzzle people.) Posted by: Robert Rhodes | December 31, 2013 at 06:14 PM Post a comment Name: Email Address: (Not displayed with comment.) URL: Remember personal info? Comments: « "Entire Solar Systems are Needed to Kick-Start Life" (A 2013 Most Popular) | Main | Half of All Sun-Like Stars are in Multiple-Star Systems --New Theory of Formation »

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/12/clouds-observed-on-alien-planet-new-hubble-discovery.html

NASA Carbon Sleuth Gets Simulated Taste of Space

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-377

PBS Newshour | Tech’s next feats? Maybe on-demand kidneys, robot sex, cheap solar, lab meat

http://www.kurzweilai.net/pbs-newshour-techs-next-feats-maybe-on-demand-kidneys-robot-sex-cheap-solar-lab-meat

Clues to How Plants Evolved to Cope With Cold

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131222161805.htm

Rewriting our DNA promises amazing benefits, experts say By Dick Pelletier

http://www.positivefuturist.com/archive/522.html

New MRAM technology promises memorable consumer electronics

http://www.gizmag.com/mram-universal-memory/30261/

America’s new rising threat: Antibiotic resistan

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/30/beware_the_antibiotic_tipping_point_partner/

Top Scientists of 2013

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38650/title/Top-Scientists-of-2013/

Top 10 Retractions of 2013 A look at this year’s most memorable retractions

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38743/title/Top-10-Retractions-of-2013/

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/amazing-science-and-technology-innovations-coming-up-in-2014-29873072.html

"Human Brain Develops in Distinct Stages of Genetic Activity" --New Discovery

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/12/human-brain-found-to-develop-in-distinct-stages.html

Coca-Cola's Adorable Lies About Polar Bears

http://bigthink.com/experts-corner/coca-colas-adorable-lies-about-polar-bears

Waiting for a Supernova

http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/waiting-for-a-supernova

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/science/brainlike-computers-learning-from-experience.html

a robotic setting for the future of fashion manufacturing

http://sulia.com/channel/all-living/f/f7ac85c4-1610-4613-9cda-4ad39c9d396f/

Taiwan to phase out nuclear program by 2055

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/asia/radio/program/connect-asia/taiwan-to-phase-out-nuclear-program-by-2055/1105804

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The science behind The Hobbit’s fiery dragon

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/the-science-behind-the-hobbits-fiery-dragon

A real-life Jurassic Park? Birds could be theoretically 'de-evolved' back to dinosaurs

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/dinosaurs/10533240/A-real-life-Jurassic-Park-Birds-could-be-theoretically-de-evolved-back-to-dinosaurs.html

Science! New candy fights cavities

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/28/scientists_invent_magic_cavity_fighting_candy_partner/

Children at Lower Risk for Peanut, Tree Nut Allergies If Moms Ate More Nuts While Pregnant, Study Suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131223181813.htm

Common Disorders: It's Not the Genes Themselves, but How They Are Controlled

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220113207.htm

Biologists Find Clues to a Parasite's Inconsistency

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219200042.htm

Motor Excitability Predicts Working Memory

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131223083815.htm

Solitons in a Crystal: New Light Source Could Serve in Geo-Navigation, Search for Earth-Like Planets

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131223100741.htm

Resistance Makes Waves

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131223100707.htm

Making Sad Sense of Child Abuse

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131223181821.htm

Genetic Clue to Fighting New Strains of Flu

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131224183649.htm

Batteries as They Are Meant to Be Seen

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131226181610.htm

Super-yacht not big enough? 'Seasteads' offer libertarians the vision of floating cities for the future

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/architecture/superyacht-not-big-enough-seasteads-offer-libertarians-the-vision-of-floating-cities-for-the-future-9026242.html

A “holy grail” of space discoveries: Exomoon possibly glimpsed

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/31/a_holy_grail_of_space_discoveries_an_exomoon_partner/

Friday, December 27, 2013

Can Machine Learning Fix a Broken Patent System?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/12/18/can-machine-learning-fix-a-broken-patent-system/

Pentagon’s DARPA Laying Framework For Creating A Robotic Army

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=15887

Kaleidoscopic view of the Sun reveals hidden features

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2013/12/20/kaleidoscopic-view-of-the-sun-reveals-hidden-features/

Why Women’s Immune Systems Are Stronger Than Men’s

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/12/23/why-womens-immune-systems-are-more-sensitive-than-mens/

Drone-spotting: Survival guide informs on new breed of aerial predators

http://rt.com/news/drone-survival-guide-published-774/

This glass sphere might revolutionize solar power on Earth

http://themindunleashed.org/2013/12/glass-sphere-might-revolutionize-solar-power-earth.html

NASA's next robot rover squishes like a child's toy

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/27/5246498/nasas-next-robot-rover-squishes-like-a-childs-toy

From solar-powered to hypersonic, a look at the top five aeronautical stories of 2013

http://www.gizmag.com/top-five-aeronatical-2013/30009/

Spike S-512 could be the world's first supersonic business jet

http://www.gizmag.com/spike-aerospace-s-512-supersonic-business-jet/30242/

Ninja Sphere: A one-stop intelligent Internet of Things platform for the home

http://www.gizmag.com/ninja-sphere-hub-internet-of-things/30240/

Google’s Schaft robot takes top spot at DARPA Robotics Challenge

http://www.gizmag.com/darpa-robotics-challenge-the-winners-are/30007/

Carmat self-regulating artificial heart implanted in first human subject

http://www.gizmag.com/carmat-self-regulating-artificial-heart/30237/

Scientists grow liquid crystal "flowers" to use as lenses

http://www.gizmag.com/liquid-crystal-flowers-to-use-as-lenses/30234/

CES debut for Avegant Glyph "Virtual Retinal Display" headsets

http://www.gizmag.com/avegant-glyph/30233/

Can A Fruit Fly Help Explain Autism

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/27/256904807/can-a-fruit-fly-help-explain-autism

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Scientists create Terminator-style muscle at 1,000 times human strength

http://rt.com/news/robotic-muscle-torsional-berkeley-626/

The French Pyrénées becomes the second-largest international dark sky reserve in the world

http://cosmicdiary.org/fmarchis/2013/12/19/the-french-pyrenees-becomes-the-second-largest-international-dark-sky-reserve-in-the-world/

Groundbreaking Study Shows How Gut Bacteria Can Ameliorate Autism-Like Symptoms

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/12/23/groundbreaking-study-shows-gut-bacteria-can-ameliorate-autism-like-symptoms/

Scientists Make Crude Oil in Laboratory in About an Hour

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/12/24/scientists-make-crude-oil-laboratory-hour/

From Costa Rica’s Great Balls to Death Valley’s wandering rocks: The 10 bizarre phenomena that still have scientists baffled

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/12/25/from-costa-ricas-great-balls-to-death-valleys-wandering-rocks-the-10-bizarre-phenomena-that-still-have-scientists-baffled/

Monday, December 23, 2013

Parasitic DNA proliferates in aging tissues

http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2013/12/rte

How your computer’s secrets could be cracked by a smartphone just LISTENING to it as it runs its encryption software

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/23/how-your-computers-secrets-could-be-cracked-by-a-smartphone-just-listening-to-it-as-it-runs-its-encryption-software

Laser demonstration reveals bright future for space communication

http://phys.org/news/2013-12-laser-reveals-bright-future-space.html

Harry Potter-Style Invisibility Cloaks: A Real Possibility Next Christmas?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218130229.htm

First Battery-Powered Invisibility Cloak Designed

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218130303.htm

With Surgical Robot, Similar Outcomes Higher Cost

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218170743.htm

Powerful Ancient Explosions Explain New Class of Supernovae

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218133835.htm

World's First Text Message Using Vodka: Messages Sent Via Molecules Can Aid Communication Underground, Underwater or Inside the Body

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218170855.htm

Robotic Grasp: Robot Picks Up Castors as Fast as Blueberries

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219093424.htm

First Cancer Operation Room With Navigator Is Created

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219123045.htm

New Evidence That Computers Change the Way We Learn

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219130731.htm

Mathematical Perspective of Seasonal Variations in Lyme Disease Transmission

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219131043.htm

Advances in Nanotechnology's Fight Against Cancer

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219131227.htm

Ways of the Photoelectric Effect; How Physicists Have Learned How to Select Them

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219131229.htm

Survey Reveals Regulatory Agencies Viewed as Unprepared for Nanotechnology

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219131235.htm

Going Big: Growing Network of Giant Radars Protects Against Missiles

http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/feature/rtn13_radar/?sf1254071=1

New Data Compression Method Reduces Big-Data Bottleneck; Outperforms, Enhances JPEG

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219131237.htm

DNA Clamp to Grab Cancer Before It Develops

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219134451.htm

New Way to Map Important Drug Targets: Faster, More Accurate Imaging of Hard-To-Study Membrane Proteins

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219142140.htm

New Salt Compounds Challenge the Foundation of Chemistry

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219142138.htm

Opposing Phenomena Possible Key to High-Efficiency Electricity Delivery

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219142309.htm

Catching the Big Wave: 'Universal Ripple' Could Hold the Secret to High-Temperature Superconductivity

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219142315.htm

Graphene-Based Field-Effect Transistor With Semiconducting Nature Opens Up Practical Use in Electronics

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219154409.htm

A Micro-Muscular Breakthrough: Powerful New Microscale Torsional Muscle/Motor from Vanadium Dioxide

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219200116.htm

Early Detection of Blinding Eye Disease Could Be as Easy as Scanning Barcode

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220120835.htm

Prosthetic Hand With Sense of Touch Picks Stems From Cherries

http://singularityhub.com/2013/12/21/prosthetic-hand-with-sense-of-touch-picks-stems-from-cherries/

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

http://aeon.co/magazine/being-human/virtual-afterlives-will-transform-humanity/

Astronomers Still Puzzle Over 'Low Surface Brightness' Galaxies

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2013/12/22/astronomers-still-puzzle-over-low-surface-brightness-galaxies/

Youth-drug can 'reverse' ageing in animal studies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25445748

Scientists make significant step forward in biofuels quest

http://phys.org/news/2013-12-scientists-significant-biofuels-quest.html

Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20131205-inside-a-brain-circuit-the-will-to-press-on/

Wrong Molecular Turn Leads Down Path to Type 2 Diabetes

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220143530.htm

What the Genomic Revolution Means to You

http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/the-next-generation-of-dna-sequencing

Volcanic lightning captured in a bottle

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24792-volcanic-lightning-captured-in-a-bottle.html

Astrophile: Heavy metal asteroid is a spacecraft magnet

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24793-astrophile-heavy-metal-asteroid-is-a-spacecraft-magnet.html

2013 review: The year in technology

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24776-2013-review-the-year-in-technology.html

Why do men have nipples?

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131220-why-do-men-have-nipples

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The business of home automation is enabling the internet of things

http://gigaom.com/2013/12/21/the-business-of-home-automation-is-enabling-the-internet-of-things/

French company implants first artificial heart

http://www.infowars.com/french-company-implants-first-artificial-heart/

Researchers Generate Kidney Tubular Cells from Stem Cells

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219195924.htm

Driving Force Behind Mitochondrial 'Sex' in Ancient Flowering Plant

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131219195930.htm

Increasing Personal Savings, 'Groundhog Day' Way

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220115807.htm

Starless Cloud Cores Reveal Why Some Stars Are Bigger Than Others

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220143524.htm

Attack Drones, a Smelly Smartphone App and a Smart Paper Airplane-Jet

http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/230442

Artificial worm starts to wriggle

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25461358

Sun’s Current Solar Activity Cycle Is Weakest in a Century

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/20/suns-current-solar-activity-cycle-is-weakest-in-a-century/

I, Frankenstein The uncanny, human inhumanity of Boston Dynamics’ androids.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/culturebox/2013/12/boston_dynamics_petman_and_bigdog_and_the_uncanny_valley.html

A Video Introduction to Aubrey de Grey: Renowned Gerontologist Moves Away from Immortality

http://www.singularityweblog.com/video-introduction-to-aubrey-de-grey/

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tomatoes May Lower Cancer Risk

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/tomatoes-may-lower-cancer-risk

HIV's Killer Tactics Revealed, New Therapy Approach Found

http://www.livescience.com/42101-how-hiv-kills-white-blood-cells-self-destruction.html

Turning back time: ageing reversed in mice

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24784-turning-back-time-ageing-reversed-in-mice.html

Why Apple’s Suburban Spaceship Could Lose the War for Tech Talent

http://www.wired.com/business/2013/12/apple-suburban-mothership/

Use of Tor pointed FBI to Harvard University bomb hoax suspect

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/12/20/use-of-tor-pointed-fbi-to-harvard-university-bomb-hoax-suspect/

See The Invention That Just Changed Biking Forever

http://sharepowered.com/community/copenhagen-wheel-mit-bike-invention/

Antarctica Diamonds? Discovery of kimberlite suggests they are there

http://www.aol.com/article/2013/12/19/antarctica-diamonds-discovery-of-kimberlite-suggests-they-are-t/20792501/

DNA Motor 'Walks' Along Nanotube, Transports Tiny Particle

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217155337.htm

The Most Amazing Science Images of 2013

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/12/20/the-most-amazing-science-images-of-2013/

Stuck for Words? Then try these tongue twisters: Why 'pad kid poured curd pulled cold' is so difficult to say By Harry Mount

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/no_author/the-toughest-tongue-twister-in-the-english-language/

Toe Fossil Provides Complete Neanderthal Genome

www.nytimes.com/2013/12/19/science/toe-fossil-provides-complete-neanderthal-genome.html

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Boosts Body's Immune System, Study Suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217171008.htm

Researchers Solve Longtime Mystery Of How Marijuana Causes Memory Loss

http://globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.ca/2013/12/researchers-solve-longtime-mystery-of.html

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

http://globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.ca/2013/12/how-brain-creates-personality-new-theory.html

FDA: Ritalin May Cause Extended Erections In Children

http://thelibertybeat.com/fda-ritalin-may-cause-extended-erections-in-children/

General Atomics tests UAV that can "sense and avoid" other aircraft

http://www.gizmag.com/uav-sense-avoid-test-general-atomics/30184/

Stem Cells Offer Clues to Reversing Receding Hairlines

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218171236.htm

3-D Tissue Printing: Cells from the Eye Inkjet-Printed for the First Time

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218100227.htm

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Significant Advance Reported With Genetically Modified Poplar Trees

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217134714.htm

Zebra stripes mystery 'explained'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/25260311

Sun will ‘flip upside down’ within weeks, says Nasa

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/18/sun-will-flip-upside-down-within-weeks-says-nasa/

Overworked Cellular Machines May Explain Gaucher Disease Link to Parkinson's Disease

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217123858.htm

Exposing the Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217134710.htm

Space Suit for Asteroid Work

http://globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.ca/2013/12/space-suit-for-asteroid-work.html

Cats Are Just as Loving as Dogs. Maybe More So

http://bigthink.com/experts-corner/cats-are-just-as-loving-as-dogs-maybe-more-so

The News About the Universe Isn't Good

http://bigthink.com/rightly-understood/the-big-squeeze-may-have-sarted-the-news-about-the-universe-isnt-good

The Future of Sex is Buried in the Sock Drawer

http://bigthink.com/amped/the-future-of-sex-is-buried-in-the-sock-drawer

IBM looks towards a learning world with annual "5 in 5" list

http://www.gizmag.com/ibm-5-in-5/30162/

Smoking Changes Our Genes

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217085225.htm

How Household Dogs Protect Against Asthma and Infection

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131216155042.htm

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

When Will Earth Lose Its Oceans?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131216142310.htm

Bonobos Stay Young Longer

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131216080425.htm

'Chemobrain' linked to disrupted brain networks

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-12-chemobrain-linked-disrupted-brain-networks.html

Brain Neurons Subtract Images, Use Differences

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217104240.htm

The return of the female condom?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25348410

Severed hand kept alive on man's ankle

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25405543

Where no man had gone before: The 45th anniversary of Apollo 8

http://www.gizmag.com/apoll-8-45th-anniversary/29991/

No Two People Smell the Same With nearly a million variations on 400 smell receptors, everyone senses smell differently

https://today.duke.edu/2013/12/hiroodor

Is Alien Life Surfacing Nearby?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-shostak/is-alien-life-surfacing_b_4449910.html

New algorithm uses subtle changes to make a face more memorable without changing a person's overall appearance

http://phys.org/news/2013-12-algorithm-subtle-person.html

Wi-Fi Could Harm Your DNA

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/16/wi-fi-could-harm-your-dna/

8 Robotics Companies Acquired by Google in Last 6 Months — Humans to Become Obsolete

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/16/8-robotics-companies-acquired-by-google-in-last-6-months-humans-to-become-obsolete/

Scientists discover second, secret DNA code

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/12/17/scientists-discover-second-secret-dna-code/

Are the websites you're using tracking what you type?

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/12/17/are-the-websites-youre-using-tracking-what-you-type/

Monday, December 16, 2013

Yes, You Can Turn a Paper Airplane Into a Smartphone-Powered Jet

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230400

Top 10 things you CAN'T have for Christmas 2013

http://www.gizmag.com/top-10-christmas-wishlist-2013/30133/

Engineers Make Strides Toward Artificial Cartilage

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131213135518.htm

FDA: Antibacterial scrubs might be worse than plain soap

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2013/1216/FDA-Antibacterial-scrubs-might-be-worse-than-plain-soap

Heavy Marijuana Users Have Abnormal Brain Structure, Schizophrenia Link

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/heavy-marijuana-users-have-abnormal-brain-structure-schizophrenia-link

Researchers Print Fully Functional Loudspeaker

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2013/12/researchers-print-fully-functional-loudspeakerhttp://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2013/12/researchers-print-fully-functional-loudspeaker

World’s Largest Super Volcano In Yellowstone Park Could Wipe Out 2/3 Of America

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=15849

Here's what China's Yutu rover is doing on the Moon

http://io9.com/heres-what-chinas-yutu-rover-is-doing-on-the-moon-1483746967

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Want To Get Girls And Minorities Into Coding? Stop Making Computer Science An Elective

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023167/want-to-get-girls-and-minorities-into-coding-stop-making-computer-science-an-elective

Google buys a Mobile Military Robot Manufacturer

http://stockpumper.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/google-buys-a-mobile-military-robot-manufacturer/

Sonar Directly Impacts Whale Behavior, According to Military Study

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/12/14/sonar-directly-impacts-whale-behavior-according-military-study/

Shaken, Not Stirred: A Medical Diagnosis and Psychological Evaluation of James Bond

http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/shaken-not-stirred-a-medical-diagnosis-and-psychological-evaluation-of-james-bond

Are Tech Giants’ Offices the Cathedrals of the Future?

http://bigthink.com/Picture-This/are-tech-giants-offices-the-cathedrals-of-the-future

Man Versus Machine: When It Comes to Scale, It's Advantage Computers

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/15/the-great-game-and-the-conquest-of-eurasia-towards-a-world-war-iii-scenario/

Saturday, December 14, 2013

When Space Planes Come to Town

http://lisaleaks.com/2013/12/14/when-space-planes-come-to-town/

Scientists Improve Human Self-Control Through Electrical Brain Stimulation

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131213094949.htm

China’s First Moon Probe Makes Successful Landing

http://science.time.com/2013/12/14/chinas-first-moon-probe-makes-successful-landing/

Neurons in amygdala of autistic individuals have reduced sensitivity to eye region of others’ faces

http://www.psypost.org/2013/11/neurons-in-amygdala-of-autistic-individuals-have-reduced-sensitivity-to-eye-region-of-others-faces-21497

Microbiome insights add up to top science story of 2013

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/microbiome-insights-add-top-science-story-2013

Risk of Big Earthquakes May Be Underestimated, Scientist Says

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/13/risk-of-big-earthquakes-may-be-underestimated-scientist-says/

Video: A Potato Battery Can Light Up a Room For Over a Month

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/14/video-a-potato-battery-can-light-up-a-room-for-over-a-month/

Hubble Space Telescope Sees Evidence of Water Vapor Venting Off Jupiter Moon

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212113349.htm

Most Widely Used Cellphone Encryption Technology ‘Easily Cracked’ by the NSA to Listen in on You!

http://vineoflifenews.com/most-widely-used-cellphone-encryption-technology-easily-cracked-by-the-nsa-to-listen-in-on-you/

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Definition for Old Age

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212100144.htm

Genetics accounts for more than half of variation in exam results

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/dec/11/genetics-variation-exam-results1

Protein Triggers Rapid Evolution in Fish

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/protein-triggers-rapid-evolution-fish

A 47-Year-Old Prediction Comes True

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131213160729-4444200-a-47-year-old-prediction-comes-true

Combining Mutants Results in 5-Fold Lifespan Extension in C. Elegans

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212123309.htm

From Friend to Foe: How Benign Bacteria Evolve Into Virulent Pathogens

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212185831.htm

Mars One: the dream of a reality-TV funded colony in space gets closer

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/12/13/mars-one-the-dream-of-a-reality-tv-funded-colony-in-space-gets-closer/

The TSA Is No Match For This Mad Scientist: Man Builds Deadly Weapons With Items He Bought AFTER Going Through Airport Security

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/12/13/the-tsa-is-no-match-for-this-mad-scientist-man-builds-deadly-weapons-with-items-he-bought-after-going-through-airport-security/

Forget the Big Bang - 'Rainbow Gravity' theory suggests our universe has NO beginning and stretches out infinitely

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2521901/Forget-Big-Bang--Rainbow-Gravity-theory-suggests-universe-NO-beginning-stretches-infinitely.html

HEL-MD takes out mortars and UAVs with vehicle-mounted laser

http://www.gizmag.com/hel-md-vehicle-mounted-laser-test/30116/

Micro laser sintering technology to 3D print tiny metal parts

http://www.gizmag.com/micro-laser-sintering-3d-prints-tiny-metal-parts/30115/

Rinspeed shows what the self-driving car will be like to ride in

http://www.gizmag.com/rinspeed-self-driving-concept/30104/

Store Mannequins With RFID Tracking Now Recording Everything You Do (VIDEOS)

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=15838

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Top 10 Science Stories of 2013

http://discovermagazine.com/galleries/2013/dec/top-10-science-stories-of-2013

How strong is tech relationship between Israel and US?

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/business/2013/12/technology-relation-israel-us-patents-investments-academy.html

Weird object hints at Saturn's moon-making skill

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24738

Poverty Influences Early Brain Development

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/12/poverty-influences-early-brain-development

3D Motion Tracking System Follows You Through Walls

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2013/12/3d-motion-tracking-system-follows-you-through-walls

Mystery Object Blocking Five-Story Tall ‘Bertha’ Tunnel-Boring Machine in Seattle

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/12/mystery-object-blocks-bertha-the-giant-tunnel-boring-machine-in-seattle/

New Wi-Fi Technology Can Track You Through Walls

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/12/new-wi-fi-technology-can-track-you-through-walls/

Yellowstone Super-Volcano is FAR Bigger Than Previously Thought

http://globalresearchreport.com/2013/12/12/yellowstone-super-volcano-is-far-bigger-than-previously-thought/

Archaeology vs. Physics: Conflicting roles for old lead

http://www.gizmag.com/relics-physics-archaeology-roman-lead/30032/

Spanking Children Slows Cognitive Development and Increases Risk of Criminal Behavior, Expert Says

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131211103958.htm

Lizard Has One-Way Breathing; Hints at How Dinosaurs Breathed?

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/11/lizard-has-one-way-breathing-hints-at-how-dinosaurs-breathed/

A Cybernetic Implant That Repairs Brain Damage

http://io9.com/a-cybernetic-implant-that-restores-function-to-damaged-1480353775

Considering the humanity of nonhumans

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/10/science/considering-the-humanity-of-nonhumans.html

Chameleons Use Colorful Language to Communicate: Chameleons' Body Regions Are 'Billboards' for Different Types of Information

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131211134233.htm