Entered By: grant on April 10, 2014 No Observations

ABC (the Australian network) muses on the next generation… wondering why the kids are avoiding alcohol nowadays:

The findings of a survey of more than 2,500 young people published today in the medical journal Addiction shows half of Australian teens do not drink.

Between 2001 and 2010 the number of teens aged 14 to 17 abstaining from alcohol rose from [...]

Entered By: grant on April 9, 2014 No Observations

Laboratory Equipment on a low-tech material that solves a high-tech problem, as chemical engineers figure out ways to make supercapacitors out of wood:

OSU chemists have found that cellulose – the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees – can be heated in a furnace in the presence of ammonia, and turned into the building [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 8, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily tries to find the evolutionary roots of …oooh, shiny! I’ll finish this tomorrow:

From an evolutionary standpoint, impulsivity makes sense: Our ancestors should have been inclined to seek immediate rewards when the next day was uncertain.

Procrastination, on the other hand, may have emerged more recently in human history. In the modern world, we have many distinct goals [...]

Entered By: grant on April 7, 2014 No Observations

That, National Geographic has come out and said, is the sorry state of our oceans, as the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines 370 has tragically demonstrated:

“This is the first time the whole world is watching, and so it’s a good time for people to understand that our oceans are garbage dumps,” says Kathleen Dohan, a scientist at Earth [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 6, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Hubble Views Stellar Genesis in the Southern Pinwheel</i>


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This is a galaxy named M83, which is usually a faint smudge in the constellation Hydra. Up close, however, Hubble Space Telescope was able to see that it’s “ablaze with star formation.”

The image is also cool for another reason:

This image is being used to support a citizen science project titled STAR DATE: M83. [...]

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Entered By: grant on April 3, 2014 No Observations

Laboratory Equipment (and a bunch of other folks online) is following the story of NASA severing ties with Russia… except for the Space Station:

NASA employees can’t travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice. They’re also barred from emailing or holding teleconferences with their Russian counterparts because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, according to a memo sent [...]

Entered By: grant on April 2, 2014 No Observations

Laboratory Equipment wards off bad weather with a new finding… that lasers can be used to divert lightning strikes:

Currently, high-intensity lasers, produced with modern technology essentially disappear over distances greater than a few inches or several feet at best when focused tightly, due to diffraction – the same effect that makes a stick seem to “bend” when dipped [...]

Entered By: grant on April 1, 2014 No Observations

The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice is turning back the hands of time with the latest study that promises to reverse aging:

The study was published in the peer reviewed science journal Cell after researchers from both the U.S and Australia made the breakthrough discovery. Lead researcher David Sinclair of the University of New South Wales says he is hopeful [...]

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Entered By: grant on March 31, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily twists the archaeological order of things around a little. Humans came out of Africa, humans in Africa have domesticated cattle for thousands of years, the easy assumption is that cattle were first domesticated in Africa and kind of moved out with us into the Fertile Crescent, where they helped us settle down and build the first cities. Fresh [...]

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