Entered By: grant on September 30, 2014 No Observations

Washington Post reveals a secret scientific conspiracy to sneak as many Bob Dylan lyrics into publications as possible:

While writing an article about intestinal gasses 17 years ago, Karolinska Institute researchers John Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg couldn’t resist a punny title: “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind”.

Thus began their descent [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 29, 2014 No Observations

Dezeen, the design magazine, gives the specs on a high-tech suit that cleans the air around the wearer:

Designers Borre Akkersdijk and Eva de Laat collaborated with Martijn ten Bhomer from the Eindhoven University of Technology, StudioFriso and Want to create a one-piece suit that has electrical threads woven into the fabric, enabling it to [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 28, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Fig. 2</i> from “Drawings, views and engine of the Levasseur transatlantic plane” in NACA Aircraft Circular #50, <i>Levasseur 8 Transatlantic Airplane</i>, 1927.

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This is from a government report – from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a precursor to NASA – on L’Oiseau Blanc, an aircraft used in an unsuccessful attempt to fly from Paris to New York.

The U.S. took a keen interest in what the French were trying to do. Two [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 27, 2014 No Observations

National Geographic reveals the newest Panamanian sensation to enter the world of science:

A new species of poison dart frog so teeny it can fit on a fingernail has been discovered in a rain forest in Panama, a new study says.

Scientists found the toxic, electric-orange amphibian in a single hilly area near the Caribbean [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 26, 2014 No Observations

Nature examines – and possibly answers – a long-standing archaeological puzzle. How did a bunch of unrelated paleolithic people in different parts of the world develop the same technological tricks at the same time? They didn’t have little caveman radios, did they? No. It might just be that it steam engines when it’s steam-engine time, [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 23, 2014 No Observations

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SOURCE: Based on“Anxiety and sleeping pills ‘linked to dementia’”, BBC News, 9 September 2014, as used in the post “Worried? Trouble sleeping? Congrats, you might have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.”

ABSTRACT: For the first week of September, [...]

Entered By: grant on September 22, 2014 No Observations

The skies over the Red Planet, as The New York Times and others are reporting, are getting downright crowded with satellites from Earth. The latest to set up shop – just ahead of the Indian mission – is the climate-change (and radio-boosting) project called MAVEN:

The spacecraft is healthy and currently in a big, [...]

Entered By: grant on September 21, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: Sarcoptes scabiei,  from <i>Brockhaus’ Konversations-Lexikon</i>, 1892.

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They itch. They dig in and they itch.

These are the mites that cause scabies, the tiny tunnelers, burrowing into the skin and digesting as they go. If your German’s good, you can read more about them in Brockhaus’ Konversations-Lexikon yourself.

Or, you can rely on a more modern source.

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Entered By: grant on September 19, 2014 No Observations

Nature reports on India’s preparations for their first interplanetary exploration:

Mangalyaan, known formally as the Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) last November. With 5 scientific instruments that collectively weigh just 15 kilograms, it is designed to image the planet and probe the composition of [...]

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