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Written By: grant on February 26, 2015 No Comment

New Scientist seems to be going a little around the bend with transplants this week (witness hand enthusiasm), especially when it comes to the prospect of putting your head on an all-new body:

The idea was first proposed in 2013 by Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy. He wants […]

Written By: grant on February 25, 2015 No Comment

L.A. Times examines the biochemical power that love – or at least the “love hormone” oxytocin – has to neutralize alcohol and beat alcoholism:

…[N]ew research finds that, in male rats at least, oxytocin also blunts the inebriating effects of moderately heavy doses of alcohol. It does so, the study found, by suppressing the […]

Written By: grant on February 21, 2015 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment preaches the (newly embraced) health benefits of a cholesterol-laden, high-caffeine breakfast, championing the joys of coffee and eggs, hold the sugar, not the salt:

Recommendations this week from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on […]

Written By: grant on February 20, 2015 No Comment

Washington Post reveals the natural substance that beats spider silk for toughness, and diamonds for hardness – and it’s limpet teeth:

In a study set to come out this month in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, British researchers announced that the teeth of shelled, aquatic creatures called limpets are the strongest biological […]

Written By: grant on February 18, 2015 No Comment

Science Daily introduces us to a brand new sea creature, bright red and fantastically delicate, dubbed the ruby seadragon:

Using DNA and anatomical research tools, Scripps graduate student Josefin Stiller and marine biologists Nerida Wilson of the Western Australia Museum (WAM) and Greg Rouse of Scripps Oceanography found evidence for the new species while […]

Written By: grant on February 17, 2015 No Comment

New Scientist marvels at the ability of DNA to store information, with a realization that glassed-in genes could safely store information for millennia:

Just 1 gram of DNA is theoretically capable of holding 455 exabytes – enough for all the data held by Google, Facebook and every other major tech company, with room to spare. […]

Written By: grant on February 16, 2015 No Comment

They’re not exactly pretty yet, but New Scientist has the skinny on a real James Bond-style super-gadget, telescopic contact lenses:

Developed by a team led by Eric Tremblay at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the rigid contact lens covers the sclera, or whites of the eyes, making it larger than an […]

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Written By: grant on February 15, 2015 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Variation of the Electron Density with Altitude in the Venusian Ionosphere</i>, 1975.

A look at the solar wind – charged particles whipping off our nearest star – and what they do to the second planet out, Venus.

From a NASA technical document, a translation of a Russian overview of observatons from Venus probes. “Hey guys!” it starts. “Not so hospitable down there as we thought!”

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