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Science Daily has yet more research on the heritability of stress, with research that shows the effects of stress on one pregnant mom can last four generations:

A first generation of rats were subjected to stress late in pregnancy. The following two generations were then split into two groups that were either stressed or not [...]

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Entered By: grant on August 8, 2014 No Observations

Scientific American reports on the technology that’ll help humans explore the Red Planet… first with fuel, then with air to breathe. The next machine to roll across Mars will help us figure out how to make oxygen:

Jack Mustard from Brown University suggests the Mars Oxygen In-situ resource utilization Experiment (MOXIE) technology could in [...]

Entered By: grant on August 6, 2014 No Observations

Orbiting a planet is not that big a deal – moons do it all the time. And everyone you’ve ever known has orbited a sun. Feh. But a comet? The little snowballs have their own weird paths around the sun, and, on that scale, they’re really pretty tiny. But CNN is reporting that the [...]

Entered By: grant on August 5, 2014 No Observations

Nature offers one of the least comforting explanations for a mysterious hole in Siberia. It wasn’t from an asteroid or a rogue telephone-pole-installing crew. The 30-meter-wide crater was caused by methane – a flammable, stinky greenhouse gas – being released from melting permafrost:

Over the past 20 years, permafrost at a depth of 20 [...]

Entered By: grant on August 4, 2014 No Observations

Science World Report takes a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed look at the mutation that makes some people chipper, functional early risers:

The researchers turned to 100 pairs of twins for this particular study…. All of these pairs of twins were the same sex and were healthy with no chronic conditions. In all, the scientists measured nightly [...]

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Entered By: grant on August 3, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Stephenson’s Patent</i>, 1850.

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From The Principles and Practice and Explanation of the Machinery of Locomotive Engines in Operation, found on archive.org.

The book seems to be part of an 1850 re-printing of Thomas Tredgold’s 1827 masterwork… (deep breath)… The steam engine : comprising an account of its invention and progressive improvement; with an investigation [...]

Entered By: grant on August 1, 2014 No Observations

VCU researchers have found a cool way to boost your body’s supply of (metabolism-raising) brown fat cells – by turning down your air conditioning:

Researchers found that mild, prolonged cold exposure – in the range commonly achieved in climate-controlled buildings – is sufficient to expand brown adipose tissue mass and activity, while exposure to [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 31, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily reveals the record-breaking brooding period of the deep-sea octopus:

In May 2007, during one of these surveys, the researchers discovered a female octopus clinging to a rocky ledge just above the floor of the canyon, about 4,600 feet below the ocean surface. The octopus, a species known as Graneledone boreopacifica, had not been [...]

Entered By: grant on July 29, 2014 No Observations

Nature shares satellite data that shows not only lakes, rivers and reservoirs shrinking across the whole U.S. Southwest, but even water underground is going away:

To track groundwater losses, researchers used data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), a pair of satellites operated by NASA and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) that measure [...]

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