January 3, 2013

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Brainwave-Controlled Helicopter Project Funded By Kickstarter

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A brainwave-controlled helicopter project was fully funded by Kickstarter, and is hoping to come into homes very soon. The project was initially posted as a DIY hack on Instructables two years ago, and it’s supposed to be an educational toy. The company behind the project, Puzzlebox, will release guides and software to make it easy […]

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January 3, 2013

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Birdsongs Elicit “Emotional” Response From Birds

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Scientists indicate that birds listening to birdsong may be experiencing an emotional response akin to when humans listen to music. The study tracked the neural activity in sparrows. The neuroscientists from Emory University published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience¹. The scientists compared the effects of music on the human brain with […]

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January 3, 2013

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ALMA Views a Key Stage in the Birth of Giant Planets

Artist’s impression of the disc and gas streams around HD 1425

Using the ALMA telescope, scientists have made the first direct observations of the streams of gas that flow across a gap in the disc of gas and cosmic dust that surrounds a young star, discovering diffuse gas remaining in the gap and two denser streams of gas flowing from the outer disc, which is possibly […]

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January 2, 2013

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Carnivorous Neighbors Were Able to Coexist During the Miocene

A restoration of the large bear dog Amphicyon at a kill. Spain’s Magericyon anceps was a relative of this imposing carnivore. Credit: Charlene Letenneur, from Argot, 2010

Entombed within the 9 to 10 million year old rocks at Cerro de los Batallones in Spain’s Madrid Basin are at least nine different assemblages of large fossil mammals. Two of these deposits are rich in carnivore bones, and provide an interesting snapshot at how these apex predators coexisted. The scientists published their findings in […]

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January 2, 2013

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Compound in Panda Blood Could Fight Superbugs

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Researchers have discovered a potent antibody in panda blood, which could help fight increasingly prevalent drug-resistant strains of infections. Cathelicin-AM was discovered when researchers analyzed the DNA of pandas. It can kill fungi and bacteria. Scientists think that the antibiotic is released to protect the animals from infections in the wild. In studies, it was […]

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January 2, 2013

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Shape-Remembering Hydrogels Made Out of Synthetic DNA

Hydrogels made in the form of the letters D, N and A collapse into a liquid-like state on their own but return to the original shape when surrounded by water. Credit: Luo Lab

A new metamaterial created by researchers at Cornell University, is soft enough that it can flow like a liquid, but can then it can return to its original shape. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature Nanotechnology¹. The hydrogel is a mesh of organic molecules, with many small empty spaces, allowing it to […]

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January 2, 2013

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Lower Mortality Risk for Overweight People

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A new report on nearly three million people found that people whose BMI ranked them as overweight had less risk of dying than people of normal weight. Obese people had the greater mortality risk over all, but those at the lowest obesity level, a BMI of 30 to 34.9, were not more likely to die […]

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January 2, 2013

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Methane Gas Leaks Undermine Shift to Natural Gas

Natural-gas wells such as this one in Colorado are increasingly important to the US energy supply. Credit: David Zalubowski/AP Photo

Scientists report that there are alarmingly high methane emissions from oil and gas fields, undermining the environmental benefits of natural gas, which is transforming the current US energy system. The scientists, who hold joint appointments with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado in Boulder, reported their findings at a […]

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January 2, 2013

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Galactic Cosmic Radiation Poses Significant Threat to Astronauts, Could Accelerate the Onset of Alzheimer’s

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According to a new study from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, galactic cosmic radiation poses a significant threat to future astronauts and could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. As if space travel was not already filled with enough dangers, a new study out today in […]

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January 2, 2013

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Drug Resistant Tuberculosis On The Rise

A chest X-ray from a patient with tuberculosis (TB) in Lira, Uganda. Uganda is one of 22 countries accounting for roughly 80% of new TB cases each year. Credit: 
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Back in 2005, doctors at a remote hospital in the village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa, were puzzled when patients with HIV, who were initially responding well to antiretroviral drugs, began rapidly dying from tuberculosis. When patients contract ordinary TB, they start to feel better after a few weeks or months on a selection of […]

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January 2, 2013

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Hong Kong Temperatures to Rise by 2-3 Degrees Celsius in 30 Years

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The temperature in the inner urban areas of Honk Kong, China, is predicted to rise by two to three degrees Celsius in the next 30 years, according to researchers at the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The scientists used remote sensing technology as well as satellite […]

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January 2, 2013

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3D Printing Using DNA Could Make Drugs

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New technology that combines the computer-aided design software inSequio with nanoscale fabrication technology could allow for the 3D printing of drugs using DNA. The Parabon Essemblix Drug Development Platform allows for the rapid, and precise, specific placement of every atom in a compound it designs. The scientists used the inSequio software to design molecular pieces […]

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