Entered By: grant on July 21, 2014 No Observations

Yep. Scientific American has more on a painful consequence of temperatures swinging upward unexpectedly:

In a study published earlier this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, [Gregory] Tasian [of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia] and his collaborators reported that higher average daily temperatures increased the relative risk of forming kidney stones. The results [...]

Entered By: grant on July 20, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Figure Showing Anterior Ethmoidal Artery</i>, 2013.

Ever feel congested? Here’s where it happens – the paranasal sinuses. These ones are under your eyes. And the artery we’re specifically looking at here comes from the main artery to the eyes, but branches off to feed the nose. Where things get all coily and spirally.

From “Anatomy of Orbit”, [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Observations

Salk Institute scientists have discovered an injectable protein that reverses diabetes for two days:

In mice with diet-induced diabetes — the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans — a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days.

“Controlling glucose is [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has more on the prehistoric plaque that’s teaching us about our ancestors’ diets:

The research was carried out at Al Khiday, a pre-historic site on the White Nile in Central Sudan. It demonstrates that for at least 7,000 years, beginning before the development of agriculture and continuing after agricultural plants were also available [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 16, 2014 No Observations

Q (from Nature): What’s 100 cm long, has long feathers and flew with four wings?

Here we describe a new ‘four-winged’ microraptorine, Changyuraptor yangi, from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China. With tail feathers that are nearly 30?cm long, roughly 30% the length of the skeleton, the new fossil possesses the longest known feathers [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 16, 2014 No Observations

Nature reports that the Centers for Disease Control have ceased all shipments of infectious disease pathogens until they can get them shipped right:

Workers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, accidentally shipped highly dangerous H5N1 influenza virus to another government laboratory in March, the agency revealed today. The [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 14, 2014 No Observations

New Scientist locates the specific place where knowledge and self-awareness sits – in a brain region called the claustrum:

In a study published last week, Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues describe how they managed to switch a woman’s consciousness off and on by stimulating her [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 13, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Two hundred bones form the framework of your body</i>, 1958.

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Tennis, a different perspective. From All About the Human Body, 1958, found in the reference library of Newhouse Design.

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Entered By: grant on July 11, 2014 No Observations

The Guardian opens the classicists’ bathroom door to reveal a Greek discovery – world’s oldest erotic graffiti:

Certainly, Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, didn’t think so when he began fieldwork on the Aegean island four years ago. Until he chanced upon a couple of racy inscriptions and large phalluses carved into [...]

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