January 25, 2013

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Scientists Create a Star Trek Style “Tractor Beam”

Scientists Create Star Trek Style Tractor Beam

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and the Institute of Scientific Instruments in the Czech Republic have discovered a technique that allows them to provide ‘negative’ force acting upon minuscule particles, creating a miniature Star Trek like “tractor beam.” A team of scientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic has created a real-life “tractor” […]

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January 25, 2013

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New Insights into How Retrograde Planets May Form and Endure

An Artists Rendition of the HAT P 7 System

Astronomers continue to research the HAT-P-7 planetary system, looking for new insights into how retrograde planets may form and endure. Astronomers have used the Subaru Telescope to show that the HAT-P-7 planetary system, which is about 1040 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, includes at least two giant planets and one companion star […]

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January 25, 2013

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Stem Cell Biologists Turn One Form of Neuron into Another

Researchers Turn One Form of Neuron into Another in the Brain

New research from stem cell biologists at Harvard University demonstrates the ability to turn one type neuron into another within the brain of young mice, possibly providing another step towards the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. A new finding by Harvard stem cell biologists turns one of the basics of neurobiology on its head by demonstrating […]

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January 25, 2013

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Study Shows that Dung Beetles Use Stars for Orientation

Dung Beetles Use Stars For Orientation

Researchers at Wits University demonstrated the use of the starry sky for orientation in dung beetles and provided the first documented use of the Milky Way for orientation in the animal kingdom. An insect with a tiny brain and minimal computing power has become the first animal proven to use the Milky Way for orientation. […]

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January 25, 2013

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Switching Behavior of Pulsar Challenges Emission Theories

A Pulsar That is Able to Dramatically Change the Way in Which it Shines

Astrophysicists at the University of Vermont have identified a pulsar that is able to quiet its radio waves while at the same time making its X-ray emissions much brighter, dramatically changing the way it shines. Pulsars — tiny spinning stars, heavier than the sun and smaller than a city — have puzzled scientists since they […]

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January 25, 2013

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Red Novae Help Explain the Secret Life of Binary Stars

Hubble Space Telescope Images Show an Expanding Burst of Light from a Red Supergiant Star

A newly published study from the University of Alberta examines what happens when binary stars come together in a common envelope, provides a way to identify common envelope events (CEEs) and explains the luminosity generated during the common envelope event. (Edmonton) A University of Alberta professor has revealed the workings of a celestial event involving […]

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January 25, 2013

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Seasonal Thawing Transforms Mars Surface

A Series of False Color Pictures of Sand Dunes in the North Polar Region of Mars

A new video from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the springtime thaw of seasonal carbon dioxide ice on Mars that allows dust and gas to escape and reshapes the surface of the dunes. Pasadena, California — Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter see seasonal changes on far-northern Martian sand dunes caused by warming of a […]

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January 24, 2013

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Personal Experience of Climate Change May Influence Opinion of It

Perceiving Climate Change

A study from scientists at Yale University examined the extent to which 91,000 individuals in 89 countries on five continents detected recent changes in average local temperatures, finding that public opinion of climate change may shift in response to the personal experience of climate change. Human beings around the world are observing and accurately detecting […]

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January 24, 2013

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First USA Alzheimer’s Patient Implanted with Brain Pacemaker

The First Brain Pacemaker To Treat Alzheimer's

A new study that involves implanting a pacemaker in the brain is underway to determine if deep brain stimulation (DBS), the same technology used to successfully treat about 100,000 patients worldwide with movement disorders, can be used to treat Alzheimer’s patients. Columbus, Ohio – During a five-hour surgery last October at The Ohio State University […]

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January 24, 2013

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Discovery of ‘Bird-Dinosaur’ Eosinopteryx Challenges Bird Evolution Theory

Eosinopteryx

Findings related to the newly discovered ‘bird-dinosaur’ Eosinopteryx suggest that the origin of flight was much more complex than previously thought. The discovery of a new bird-like dinosaur from the Jurassic period challenges widely accepted theories on the origin of flight. Co-authored by Dr Gareth Dyke, Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of […]

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January 24, 2013

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Mathematical Model May Explain What Dark Matter Consists Of

A Revolutionary Theory of Dark Matter

University of Oslo’s leading theorist in astroparticle physics, Are Raklev, has launched a model that explains what dark matter may consist of and how one can discover the invisible particles experimentally. Astrophysicists have known for the last 80 years that most of the universe consists of an unknown, dark matter. The solution to the mystery […]

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January 24, 2013

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Scarecrow Gene May Lead to New Varieties of Staple Crops with Higher Yields

A Cross Section of a Mature Maize Leaf

Scientists at Cornell University believe that the Scarecrow gene – the first gene discovered to control Kranz anatomy, which leads to more efficient photosynthesis – may lead to new varieties of staple crops with higher yields. With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050, humankind faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths […]

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