Entered By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Observations

Daily Beast looks over Washington University research that’s found that the singular diagnosis of schizophrenia is actually a compound disease, caused by eight different genetic disorders that “cluster” into different combinations:

As senior investigator Dr. C. Robert Cloninger notes, “[genes] don’t work by themselves. They function in concert much like an orchestra, and to [...]

Entered By: grant on September 16, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily blows the whistle on the MIT robotics engineers who let the robot cheetah off its tether to run and jump like a wild beast:

The team recently took the robot for a test run on MIT’s Killian Court, where it bounded across the grass at a steady clip.

In experiments on an indoor [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 14, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Figure 3, Transverse Section of a Single Cell</i> by F. Bauer, Esq., F.R.S., 1827.

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Take a deep breath.

This is the inside of your lung, seen really closely. At the time his was drawn, we weren’t really sure what it did, other than… breathe.

It’s from a An Examination into the Structure of the Cells of the Human Lungs; with a View to Ascertain the [...]

Entered By: grant on September 12, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily explores the weird, microscopic world of
making ceramics that can bend and twist and smush and reform:

Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her colleagues…explain how they used the method to produce a ceramic (e.g., a piece of chalk or a brick) that contains about 99.9 percent air yet is incredibly strong, and [...]

Entered By: grant on September 12, 2014 No Observations

Outside has a hopeful, intriguing report on an Australian company that’s figured out how to print electricity-generating solar cells on plastic… or whatever:

The Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) has developed a way to print solar cells directly onto plastic or other materials.

VICOSC is composed of scientists from Australia’s national science agency—the Commonwealth Scientific [...]

Entered By: grant on September 10, 2014 No Observations

BBC reports the in no way worrisome news that researchers have discovered a correlation benzodiazepines (pills for anxiety and sleep) and a hugely increased risk of dementia:

A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia.

“Benzodiazepine [...]

Entered By: grant on September 9, 2014 No Observations

It’s taken quite a while, but AP can finally report that blue whales off the coast of California have finally reached pre-whaling-industry levels:

Researchers previously assumed that the pre-whaling population was higher than that. However, the study using historical data to estimate the number of whales caught between 1905 and 1971 — when whaling [...]

Entered By: grant on September 8, 2014 No Observations

It helps, as the BBC points out, if you’re washing your hands in a river running through one of the world’s oldest civilizations. But for an 11-year-old boy in China’s Gaoyou County (not far from Nanjing), what could be cooler than finding a priceless ancient weapon:

“Some people even offered high prices to buy [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 7, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Echinodermata, Plate V</i> detail, by James A. Grieg, 1921

This is the heart (and brain and pretty much anything that’s not an arm) of a brittle star, as sketched for Echinodermata, a study of the sea urchins, sand dollars, sea stars and close relatives collected by the Michael Sars Deep Sea Expedition in the North Atlantic in 1910. It was published by [...]

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