Entered By: grant on April 18, 2014 No Observations

Universe Today celebrates a Goldilocks discovery. The Kepler mission has found a planet just the right size and in just the right place to have life on it:

The newly-confirmed extrasolar planet has been dubbed Kepler-186f. It is the fifth and outermost planet discovered orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186, located 490 light-years away. Kepler-186f completes one orbit around [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 17, 2014 No Observations

Science magazine turns on yet another way electromagnetism can alter the way we think and remember – by switching on vivid visual hallucinations:

A 22-year-old male was receiving deep brain stimulation to isolate where his daily seizures originated. His disorder appeared after he caught West Nile virus at the age of 10 and subsequently suffered from brain inflammation. His [...]

Entered By: grant on April 16, 2014 No Observations

Nature reveals how parents who live through something horrible can have children who inherit depression and anxiety – biologically, through their RNA – from traumas they never personally experienced:

A study published this week in Nature Neuroscience finds that stress in early life alters the production of small RNAs, called microRNAs, in the sperm of mice (K. Gapp et al. [...]

Entered By: grant on April 15, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has the skinny on how we might wind up using fast-growing, high-density tobacco to save the planet from global warming – by creating bioethanol:

In the course of the research, which has been echoed by the journal Molecular Breeding, tobacco plants of the Virginia Gold and Havana commercial cultivars have been grown. The plants were genetically modified to [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 13, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Ventral view of an adult small hive beetle</i>, Aethina tumida<i> Murray</i>, by Josephine Ratikan.

Florida beekeepers, know your enemy.

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Entered By: grant on April 11, 2014 No Observations

The Verge explains how a Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer have joined forces to make some pretty good music… and to save us all from an epic, planet-destroying cataclysm:

…Broken Bells will donate $1 from every ticket sold for their upcoming tour to help protect its fans from asteroids. The band is looking to accomplish this by [...]

Entered By: grant on April 10, 2014 No Observations

ABC (the Australian network) muses on the next generation… wondering why the kids are avoiding alcohol nowadays:

The findings of a survey of more than 2,500 young people published today in the medical journal Addiction shows half of Australian teens do not drink.

Between 2001 and 2010 the number of teens aged 14 to 17 abstaining from alcohol rose from [...]

Entered By: grant on April 9, 2014 No Observations

Laboratory Equipment on a low-tech material that solves a high-tech problem, as chemical engineers figure out ways to make supercapacitors out of wood:

OSU chemists have found that cellulose – the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees – can be heated in a furnace in the presence of ammonia, and turned into the building [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 8, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily tries to find the evolutionary roots of …oooh, shiny! I’ll finish this tomorrow:

From an evolutionary standpoint, impulsivity makes sense: Our ancestors should have been inclined to seek immediate rewards when the next day was uncertain.

Procrastination, on the other hand, may have emerged more recently in human history. In the modern world, we have many distinct goals [...]

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