Entered By: grant on April 22, 2014 No Observations

Nature is sharing a fun little recipe for whipping up the super-material graphene in a kitchen blender:

In Nature Materials, a team led by [Jonathan] Coleman [at Trinity College, Dublin,] (and funded by the UK-based firm Thomas Swan) describe how they took a high-power (400-watt) kitchen blender and added half a litre of water, 10–25 millilitres of detergent and [...]

Entered By: grant on April 21, 2014 No Observations

Nature has published an article about a cave insect that combines the words “marathon sex session” with “the female’s spiky penis”:

In desolate caves throughout Brazil live insects that copulate for days, the female’s penetrating erectile organ sticking fast in a reluctant male’s genital chamber until he offers a gift of nutritious semen. Neotrogla seems to be unique among species [...]

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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 [...]

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