Entered By: grant on March 26, 2015 No Observations

Nature analyzes the new World Health Organization (WHO) determination that Roundup weedkiller causes cancer:

The cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization last week announced that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. But the assessment, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, has […]

Entered By: grant on March 25, 2015 No Observations

Science Alert reports on a new train in China – not a design, an actual vehicle – that runs on hydrogen and leaves water for exhaust:

Manufactured by the Sifang Company, which is a subsidiary of the China South Rail Corporation, in conjunction with several research institutions around the country, it gets enough power from […]

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Entered By: grant on March 24, 2015 No Observations

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SOURCE: Based on “Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material“, Washington Post, 18 February 2015,as used in the post “Stronger than spider silk”.

Two things happened that went into this. First, Allison said, “Can we have one about […]

Entered By: grant on March 22, 2015 No Observations
Science Art: <i>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passes Pluto and Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, in July 2015</i>, by NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben.

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This is happening now. This summer.

A little flying robot is going to Pluto, the planet that wasn’t a planet, then it sort of was again.

From the NASA New Horizons page:

“We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are […]

Entered By: grant on March 20, 2015 No Observations

Science Daily reports on UC Berkeley research into a chemical that makes you a nicer person:

A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such […]

Entered By: grant on March 19, 2015 No Observations

A bit of a jawbone (and a bit of computer modeling) has given us a long-awaited glimpse of our new oldest ancestor:

On 29 January 2013, scientists combing a stretch of northeastern Ethiopia’s Afar region found a 2.8-million-year-old jawbone that may belong to the earliest of the Homo species — perhaps the first ancient […]

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Entered By: grant on March 19, 2015 No Observations

Science Daily plunges into the fun, fun research into how toxoplasmosis pulls your strings:

The parasite is Toxoplasma gondii, which has infected an estimated one in four Americans and even larger numbers worldwide. Not long after infecting a human, Toxoplasma parasites encounter the body’s immune response and retreat to a latent state, enveloped in […]

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BBC looks into our brains, watching scans that show how one memory can literally replace a different, but similar one:

“People are used to thinking of forgetting as something passive,” said lead author Dr Maria Wimber from the University of Birmingham.

“Our research reveals that people are more engaged than they realise in shaping what […]

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Entered By: grant on March 16, 2015 No Observations

Sci-News.com showcases the gene that gave us (and our Neanderthal and Denisovan cousins) big brains:

A gene that is responsible for brain size in modern Homo sapiens and their ancient relatives, Neanderthals and Denisovans, has been identified by a team of scientists from Germany led by Dr Wieland Huttner of the Max Planck Institute […]

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