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 [...]

Entered By: grant on July 28, 2014 No Observations

That’s what Sci-News.com and Science Daily are reporting that University of Toronto researchers have found. A trove of thousands of really really old tools:

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Steven James Walker from the Department of Archaeology at UCT, lead author of the journal paper, says: “The site is amazing and it is threatened. We’ve been working [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 27, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>The Englishman Watt wanted to make a steam engine…</i>, 1873.

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Translation: The Englishman Watt wanted to make a steam engine. He spent so much time on it that he upset his aunt. Finally, however, he was successful.

From Public Domain Review‘s collection of prints of Western inventors, artists and scholars produced by the Japanese Department of Education.

In part, to demonstrate [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 25, 2014 No Observations

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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Entered By: grant on July 23, 2014 No Observations

SONG: “Step Into The Sky.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance”, Nature Communications, 15 July 2014, as used in the post “A: Prehistory’s largest micro-raptor. (Four wings!).”

ABSTRACT: It had four [...]

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Entered By: grant on July 21, 2014 No Observations

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 [...]

Entered By: grant on July 20, 2014 No Observations
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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Entered By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Observations

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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