Entered By: grant on June 30, 2014 No Observations

OK, maybe “spilling” is a little imprecise, but Scientific American has the details on how to use a blood plasma extract to clean E. coli out of drinking water:

The elegant method, devised by Teruyuki Komatsu and co-workers at Chuo University, Tokyo, begins by depositing microtubes made from alternating layers of human serum albumin [...]

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Entered By: grant on June 29, 2014 No Observations

As the U.S. Geological Survey puts it:

This video was edited and compiled from raw footage recorded by a camera equipped radio collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea during April 2014 by the US Geological Survey. The video, which is the first ever from a free-ranging polar [...]

Entered By: grant on June 27, 2014 No Observations

Scientific American lauds the state long linked with oil money for breaking wind power production records:

The Lone Star State hit “peak wind” at 8:48 p.m. on March 26, when the state’s wind farms produced 10,296 megawatts of electricity. At that moment, wind turbines provided enough electricity to supply power for 29 percent of the [...]

Entered By: grant on June 27, 2014 No Observations

Stop studying. Take a nap. That’s the message from Catholic University of Leuven researchers who found that one more hour of sleep makes a big difference to your grade:

Additionally, the number of hours slept – and not the quality of sleep during that time – played a significant role in exam performance. “Students who [...]

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Entered By: grant on June 24, 2014 No Observations

SONG: “Colonies.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Bees build mental maps to get home”, Nature, 2 Jun 2014, as used in the post “Bees know their way. As in they *know*. They remember.”

ABSTRACT: Bees. I’d been keeping them for the past few months (like [...]

Entered By: grant on June 22, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Peppergrass</i>, by Zoe Keller

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I love peppergrass. This is a great illustration of the middle part of the plant – there are actually some narrow, spiky-looking leaves that are even tastier. (I am not alone in this. The roots can apparently be used like the plant’s cousin, horseradish.)

Discovering peppergrass was probably one of the best [...]

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Entered By: grant on June 20, 2014 No Observations

Or so says National Geographic-profiled biopsychologist Lori Marino, an expert in the brains of “lesser” animals:

Formerly a full-fledged research scientist who found measuring the braincases of dolphin skulls utterly absorbing, Marino has become a self-described “scientist-advocate” for all animals, large and small.

While she’s continuing to do research (for instance, she’s doing a comparative study [...]

Entered By: grant on June 19, 2014 No Observations

Live Science hails a bold new step in connectivity as researchers in New York City successfully transmitted a smell to Paris… via the internet:

NEW YORK — The first transatlantic “scent messages” were exchanged today (June 17) between New York City and Paris, and they smelled like champagne and macaroons.

At the American Museum of Natural [...]

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Entered By: grant on June 18, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily has MRI proof that all those *boring* scales help switch on problem-solving, better-judgement brain areas:

Executive functions are the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviors, make good choices, solve problems, plan and adjust to changing mental demands.

“Since executive functioning is a strong predictor [...]

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