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Written By: grant on July 25, 2014 No Comment

Investors are (quietly, says Scientific American) lining up support for companies figuring out the ins and outs of nuclear fusion:

…[T]he fragments of information that have filtered out make it clear that the building houses one of the largest fusion experiments now operating in the United States. It is also one of the most unconventional. [...]

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Written By: grant on July 21, 2014 No Comment

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 [...]

Written By: grant on July 20, 2014 No Comment
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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Written By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Comment

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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Written By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Comment

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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Written By: grant on July 16, 2014 No Comment

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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Written By: grant on July 16, 2014 No Comment

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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Written By: grant on July 14, 2014 No Comment

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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Written By: grant on July 13, 2014 No Comment
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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