Entered By: grant on August 29, 2014 No Observations

You might have heard, like many Discovery News readers, of the weird moving rocks of Death Valley – the ones with the long, curving trails behind them. No one’s ever seen how these huge boulders skate across the desert until now:

The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist [...]

Entered By: grant on August 27, 2014 No Observations

Young blood. New Scientist sketches out the future of rejuvenation with experiments based on using young blood to keep old brains lively:

Disregarding vampire legends, the idea of refreshing old blood with new harks back to the 1950s, when Clive McCay of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, stitched together the circulatory systems of an [...]

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Entered By: grant on August 26, 2014 No Observations

The National (of the UAE) reports on radical new ways to deal with climate change… from the dawn of civilization:

The Bronze Age transition from the Umm An Nar (2700 to 2000 BC) to the Wadi Suq (2000 to 1300 BC) period is hotly debated by archaeologists.

The popular view is that external forces – [...]

Entered By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>The moon’s influence on earth’s tides</i>, c 1930s.

A planetary self-portrait, apparently from Wonderland of Science, a book published in the 1930s.

[via scientificillustration.tumblr.com]

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Entered By: grant on August 24, 2014 No Observations

SONG: “Rosetta.” (To download: http://guildofscientifictroubadours.com/choons/grant-Rosetta2.mp3 )

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “‘We’re in orbit!’ Rosetta becomes first spacecraft to orbit comet”, CNN, 6 Aug 2014, as used in the post “Rosetta is orbiting a comet right now.”

ABSTRACT: This isn’t *really* a song about a friend’s child. It’s really a song about [...]

Entered By: grant on August 22, 2014 No Observations

The Atlantic, the Pacific… are sinks. Heat sinks. So says Scientific American, explaining that temperatures haven’t risen as sharply as they could have (YET) because the oceans are absorbing some of the excess heat:

The heat sink occurs when sun-warmed salty water from the tropics travels along ocean currents in the Atlantic to the [...]

Entered By: grant on August 21, 2014 No Observations

The Atlantic gives hope to the new generation of WebMD obsessives with a fascinating tale of an athlete who used the internet to figure out what was *really* going on in her malfunctioning body:

She cycled, ran, climbed and skied through the Rockies for hours every day, and was a veteran of Ironman triathlons. [...]

Entered By: grant on August 20, 2014 No Observations

A prehistoric worm with claws, says Live Science, has rewritten the origin story of crabs, spiders and mosquitos:

According to a new study of the creatures’ odd claws, Hallucigenia sparsa is the ancestor of modern-day velvet worms, which are strange, sluglike creatures with centipede-style legs.

The finding is surprising because it rewrites the evolutionary history of [...]

Entered By: grant on August 19, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily takes us humans out of the driver’s seat and puts the germs inside us in charge of the menu tonight:

In an article published this week in the journal BioEssays, researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of the recent scientific literature [...]

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