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Written By: grant on January 29, 2015 No Comment

Can’t beat NBC’s headline for this: Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science:

Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) provide incredibly detailed images of biological specimens, but the instruments have not been able to image living organisms because of the powerful vacuum environment required.

But now, a team of researchers has developed a way to image mosquitoes and other […]

Written By: grant on January 28, 2015 No Comment

Nature checks our DNA and finds that, yes, a lot of us are related to the Mongolian conqueror… but Genghis Khan ain’t the only big daddy:

“Lots of men have lots of sons, by chance. But what normally doesn’t happen is the sons have a high probability of having lots of sons themselves. You […]

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Written By: grant on January 27, 2015 No Comment

That, according to Nature, is the call issued by ecologist Stephen Heard, who wants researchers to keep their prose whimsical, funny, elegant and moving:

In a guest post on the Tree of Life blog, Heard wrote that “style and beauty are not incompatible with scientific writing” and offered a few examples to make […]

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Written By: grant on January 27, 2015 No Comment

Eurekalert releases results of a study that’s found hormonal birth control increases risk of brain tumors:

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focussed on women aged 15 -49 years […]

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Written By: grant on January 26, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>D ß ist der schneck auß dem grund…</i>, by Albrecht Duerer, from <i>Four Books on Measurement  (Underweysung der Messung mit dem Zirckel und Richtscheyt)</i>

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The full title of this appears to be: “D ß ist der schneck auß dem grund auf gezogen/mit allen notwendigen linien drauß er gemacht wirdet,” or “This is the spiral from the plan drawn into the room, with all necessary construction lines.”

It’s from a volume on making three-dimensional shapes out of numbers. […]

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Written By: grant on January 21, 2015 No Comment

It just ain’t sanitary. Science magazine plumbs the depths of the million-dollar treasure hiding at the municipal waste treatment plant:

Metals have long been known to concentrate in sewage, which mixes toilet water with effluent from industrial manufacturing, storm runoff, and anything else flushed down the drain. It’s a headache for sewage utilities that […]

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Written By: grant on January 20, 2015 No Comment

Science Daily explains how an orbital camera solved a decade-old Martian mystery:

Images taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, and initially searched by Michael Croon of Trier, Germany, a former member of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express operations team at the European Space Operations Centre, have identified […]

Written By: grant on January 19, 2015 No Comment

Probably us too, but Laboratory Equipment is only looking at the way babies need naps to remember new things:

In a study, which is the first of its kind, researchers from the Univ. of Sheffield and Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany, found that the notion of “sleeping like a baby” is extremely important in declarative […]

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Written By: grant on January 18, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fig. 10 (Theil eines Stockes von </i>Carchesium polypinum<i> mit zwei Individuen)</i>, by Carl Gegenbaur,1870

This is a little critter known as Carchesium polypinum, less formally a “stalked ciliate,” an organism that forms colonies that look like teensy tinesy trees, or maybe ferns, but found in little drops of water. This particular one was found in Grundzüge der vergleichenden Anatomie, published in Leipzig and preserved in the Heidelberg […]

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