Science this Week

Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 3:27 AM

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/taac-mcb070611.php Texans looking at micro-algae as possible huge future crop source. Will they grow bigger in Texas?

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/tum-trd070611.php Nice work making pro-biotics cheaper to produce and thus, hopefully, healthy food less expensive for people.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoa-emh070511.php Eggs help prevent coronary disease and high blood pressure. This is the exact opposite of scientific wisdom a couple of decades ago. Of course, if healthy eating gurus had been able to outlaw eggs then, it would be as difficult to get them legalized as it is to get marijuana legalized. Stupid laws based on even the best science of the day are almost impossible to get off the books once they are there. Even after science has demonstrated that they are stupid laws. So lets not pass any more of these dumb 'good for you' laws and get rid of the ones we have.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/pu-tds070511.php Genius. I feel stupid that I did not think of it. Termite enzymes are great for breaking down wood for biofuel production. Doh. Really, genius is seeing the obvious that no one else does.

http://jgi.doe.gov/News/news_11_07_01.html Teaching cows not to fart by studying wallabies.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ps-aop063011.php Polar bears are Irish.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoe-gso070811.php A good reason to raise your children in the Church of Civilization.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/giot-dca070711.php Amazing stuff, using existing radio, television and similar signals to power small electronic devices or charge batteries. Pulling energy right out of the air.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/cu-dh070711.php Dangerous drugs that only activate when the enemy is present. Amazing.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ksu-dtb070611.php The platypus really is different. Amazing discovery about chromosome structures across all species, except the platypus, naturally.

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  1. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Jul 9, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Interesting
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  2. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Jul 16, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Another Week, more Science.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/hms-etg071111.php Editing genetic code becomes faster.

    http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wmshulcrambrosia/ Beetles that only eat dead wook in Asia killing living trees in the US. It shows how unexpected and surprising the world can be.

    http://www.uni-mainz.de/eng/14389.php Neptune buries Zeus. Site of the famous Temple of Zeus buried by Tsunamis in the past.

    http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2852&from=rss_home Rice grows better when colonized with fungi which adapt it to harsher environments. Nice technique, very promising.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ciot-wpp071311.php A major advance in wind turbine efficiency, by changing turbine design and placement.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/aa-wmp071511.php The Earth's orbit cannot be calculated after 60 million years. A problem for climate studies of the earths past as we cannot know how orbital changes may have effected the climate then.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/afot-ceo071411.php Promising work in doping nano-crystals.

    http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/galaxy_sized_twist/ It's a big galaxy, sometimes we don't see the galaxy because of the stars and planets, but it still has an effect.

    http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wmsdickeysoftmemory/ Soft memory, not a programming analogy, but memory which is physically soft, squishable and works in a damp environment.

    http://news.ku.dk/all_news/2011/2010.7/cancer-gene-therapy-from-camels/ Camels fight cancer, not the cigarette, the animal.

  3. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 5:39 AM

    http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=14959 Simulating the degradation of chemicals in the environment to see what they turn into, and if that poses a danger. Important idea.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/f-sf-8ow072011.php 80% of the world climate data not available on computers for research. Frustrating.

    http://www.a-star.edu.sg/Media/News/PressReleases/tabid/828/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1505/Default.aspx Working towards a cure for toxins, by preventing their action on cells. Promising.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/s-ert072111.php Turtle genes show history of being raised by people for food. Interesting idea for a meat source in the backyard.

    http://www.osc.edu/press/releases/2011/CAR.shtml Building an electric car that will break 400 MPH. Fun.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uom-cft072111.php Rich people ain't smart, they lucky. Even when returns on investments are random, wealth tends to concentrate.

    http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=15967&SnID=395284016 Developing shale gas resources strengthens the US in International Relations. Nice to know.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uota-uot072111.php Experts begin to study the effects of fraccing to extract natural gas.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/bc-sal072211.php Materials science magic. Very nice work on new supermaterials for building better energy absorbers and converters.

    http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-researchers-use-nanoplasmonic-whispering-gallery-break-emission-time-record-semiconductors More magic materials, very sophisticated structuring of nanomaterials to radically speed up transition time in switching elements in electronics. Amazing stuff.

    http://www.buffalo.edu/news/12733 Mathematics may tell us how to turn road noise into electrical energy. Amazing those mathematicians.

    http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/jul/preschool-age-kids-different-countries-improve-academically-using-self-regulation- Games which teach children to listen, pay attention, and practice self-control help with schoolwork. Whoda thunk it.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uonc-uri071911.php A more sensitive experiment reveals two more DNA bases. Science is limited to what it can see and measure. Gotta look close.

  4. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/f-sf-gpa072911.php Grapes protect from UV rays help prevent skin cancer.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uoic-moo072811.php Compounds from yeast cell walls help pigs immune systems. Who knows? Might work with humans as well.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/fhcr-ua072811.php A breakthrough which will probably allow for much, much earlier detection of cancer and save many, many lives.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/fd-hdt072811.php Possibly a universal flu vaccine good against all forms of flu.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/pci-prd072711.php A new class of miracle drugs is possible.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uos-sef072811.php Aircraft printed and flown. Amazing stuff, and probably a keystone technology for the future.

  5. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Another week, more science.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uom-uom080411.php Natural compound for fighting salmonella.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/taac-pta080411.php Scientists in Texas more than double average yields in potatoes.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/wcs-aru080211.php A rat which makes poison to treat its fur to keep predators away.

    http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2011/research/amino-acid/ New method for dating prehistoric events and climate variations. Useful.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoc-lvi080211.php From 4,000 to 8,000 years ago there was less sea ice in Greenland than there is today.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoa-bwm072711.php The magic of mathematics reveals possiblity of salt water on mars. Amazing what math can do.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/dnnl-anc072911.php very nice work on a new catalyst for producing useful compounds from biofuels.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/ghri-ghe080211.php More people died from Prescription Opioid drugs than from heroine and cocaine combined. IMO, no such thing as a drug free society. Humans did not evolve in a drug free environment. Just a struggle by some to maintain a monopoly on drugs for profit.

    http://www.osc.edu/press/releases/2011/Bonakdarian.shtml Evolution smarter than intelligent design on analyzing complex systems. Using computer algorithms based on the theory evolution allows for analyzing data sets too complex for 'intelligent' minds to handle.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoea-sfc080111.php Conformity does not equal cooperation. IMO conformity is fear driven, non-conformity is desire driven. Conformists seek social status and power. Non-Conformists want to do things. Conformity is the enemy of innovation and originality.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/vu-ddc080411.php Nano-Diamond transistors. Sounds as good as the name sounds. Very promising development.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoia-nsr072811.php Most people trust memory more than they should. Not surprising, what else do they have?

    http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/press_releases/2011/mojtabai_antidepressant_prescriptions.html Use of anti-depressants rising drastically. Again, no such thing as a 'drug-free' society. Just a struggle to see who makes money selling drugs.

  6. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    good information i guess you learn something new everyday

  7. Re: Science this Week

    Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    irishyouth wrote:
    good information i guess you learn something new everyday


    Yeah, science is fun.

  8. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    Another week, some more science.

    http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/08/dycast Sofware model predicts spread of diseases. But check out the pic, does the science guy look like he stepped out of a movie or what?

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoc--dsr081111.php A study of the diseases which effect plankton. Another example of a vast unknown about the ecology and climate just now being looked at.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/du-esw081111.php Very interesting ideas here. Using ideas for how to build invisibility cloaks to build more fuel efficient ships. It show how strangely science can work.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoia-sse080511.php Computerized tattoos. Computer circuits worn and applied like temporary tattoos. I can think of lots of things that can be used for some nice some really not nice.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/ru-mir081011.php A much faster way of making biofuels, due to a really interesting new approach to the challenge.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uoc--sa080911.php Knowing the ending of a story makes it more enjoyable, not less enjoyable. Contrary to popular belief.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/npl-sct081111.php Copying virus mechanisms for entering cells to put gene therapy into cells without using real viruses. Nice work.

  9. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 4:54 AM

    Another Week, more science.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/fsu-nba081711.php Prunes are good for your bones. At least for old women.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/s-sdt081711.php Living fossil discovered. Very primitive form of eel. Proves that there are strange beasties out there we don't know about yet.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/su-nmd081911.php Scientists can predict sunspots a couple of days before they appear by tracking acoustic waves as they move through the sun. Amazing stuff. I wonder how they track acoustic waves from a spacecraft orbiting in vacuom. Probably visible ripples or something.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/su-put081911.php Bacteria in rats triggers the neural pathways in male rats that female rats trigger, when the male rat smells cat urine. This tricks the rat into losing its fear of the cat. Cat eats rat, bacteria reproduce in the cats digestive system, and emerge to reinfect other rats. Man, the world is a nasty place. The bacteria could contribute to causing schizophrenia in people as well.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/s-pmb081811.php A scientist argues against putting boys and girls into different classrooms. Her argument is that young children are not that different. IMO, this is silly. Children should be educated the same till they are 12 or 13 years old. After they enter puberty, girls distract boys from their studies and boys distract girls from study. The presence of attractive girls causes men to release drugs in their system which lowers their IQs and encourages risk taking behavior. Attractive to girls, but not ideal for a classroom environment. So, her entire argument ignores the real issues about why girls and boys should attend different classrooms after puberty. IMO.

    http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2011/aug/football-analysis-leads-advance-artificial-intelligence Teaching computers to think by having them watch football. Science can be strange.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/niog-cmp081511.php Scientists now knowing how drugs express gene expression can compare drugs to diseases based on how diseases effect gene expression and find new uses and applications for old drugs. This is a fundamentally important development. One problem for it is that old drugs can be manufactured as generics, so drug companies will not like it very much, no monopoly profits on the new uses for old drugs.

    http://www.physedandrec.ualberta.ca/en/Faculty%20of%20Physical%20Education%20News/2011/08/Puttingdiabetestreatmentstothetest.aspx Two diabetes treatments work less well if combined. Doing two things that work doesn't always increase a good, sometimes they counter each other or otherwise inhibit the good effect that one would have by itself.

  10. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Crazy thing about the cat urine....
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  11. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    I don't think seperating boys from girls is the solution, i think it's kind a worst.
    If you don't get used to the opposite sex presence at a young age, what it will be at work? You could be more attracted, no?
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  12. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Hi-Man2.0 wrote:
    I don't think seperating boys from girls is the solution, i think it's kind a worst.
    If you don't get used to the opposite sex presence at a young age, what it will be at work? You could be more attracted, no?
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    It is an interesting point. Humans are complicated. Still, why make teachers jobs harder than they are? Classroom time is not the time to be socializing with the opposite sex. Let them do that at games, clubs, etc. I didn't suggest separate schools, just separate classrooms.

  13. Re: Science this Week

    Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Arrogathor wrote:
    Hi-Man2.0 wrote:
    I don't think seperating boys from girls is the solution, i think it's kind a worst.
    If you don't get used to the opposite sex presence at a young age, what it will be at work? You could be more attracted, no?
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    It is an interesting point. Humans are complicated. Still, why make teachers jobs harder than they are? Classroom time is not the time to be socializing with the opposite sex. Let them do that at games, clubs, etc. I didn't suggest separate schools, just separate classrooms.


    Good idea. Like that i agree.
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    Sat, Aug 27, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Another week, some more science.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/teia-cca081911.php Effected countries twice as likely to have a civil war during bad El Nino weather cycles.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/nsf-lot082311.php Poor people live around public parks in poor countries. Do the parks cause the poverty? According to this study no, poor people living elsewhere do not do as well as those living close to the parks. Maybe the parks attract the poor because there is a little more opportunity there.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/sfgm-coc082211.php Coriander oil helps keep food safe, and has health benefits.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/drnl-mf082311.php Dark skin, I.E. melanin, may hold key to protecting spacecraft from gamma radiation, and generate electricity at the same time.

    http://www.bc.edu/offices/pubaf/news/2011_jun-aug/petergray_freeplay08252011.html Let the chidren play, a lack of free play is hurting childrens physical and psychological development.

    http://www.poultryscience.org/pr081511.asp?autotry=true&ULnotkn=true Free range eggs not more nutrituious than eggs from hens in cages? The study only looked at cholesterol, Vitamin A and E, it did not really an examination of micronutrients, or other possible health factors. It looks like a study designed to get the desired conclusions.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/tu-ccr082511.php TU-103 can make car fuel, butanol, out of old newspapers, or other forms of cellulose in the presence of oxygen.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/uol-fwd082311.php Regrowing teeth to fill cavities instead of drilling and filling cavities. Amazing stuff.

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    Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    Another Week, some more science.

    http://www.eng.vt.edu/news/microbes-travel-through-air-it-would-be-good-know-how-and-where Important work on how the atmosphere effects the movement of bacteria. Many uses from agriculture to analyzing threats from NBC weapons vectored through the atmosphere.

    http://esciencecommons.blogspot.com/2011/09/hominid-skull-hints-at-later-brain.html Ancient hominid has developed hands and undeveloped brain surprising scientists. Decades ago I concluded that the hands and bipedal movement developed first followed by the brain. A computer without peripheral equipment cannot do much. It takes equipment attached to the computer for it to be able to act on the envioronment and confer a survival advantage, so the hands and bipedal movement had to come first. Still scientists are surprised at this finding.

    http://www.dana-farber.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Novel-approach-scores-first-success-against-elusive-cancer-gene.aspx Looks like an important development in fighting cancer.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/kki-eme090811.php Early motor skill exercise can possibly treat autism. Not raised in the study, but raised by the study, is a change in child nurturing behavior, caused by changes in society, a possible cause of an increase in autism?

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/cu-shg090811.php Homeschooled children do better than above average students in public schools in Canada. Sending people to school, or giving them diplomas is not the same as an education.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/uooh-rfp090711.php This looks like a promising development in treating artheroschlerosis.

    http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=16123&SnID=935081149 Nanotubes can replace copper and other metal wires to carry current. The world it is a-changing.

    http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2011/2011_krausz.html Using light as a tool to manipulate electrons in atoms. Very interesting new stuff. Pretty mind-blowing.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/drnl-onm090811.php Promising new material for batteries.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/cu-pbs090711.php A new binder for electrodes in lithium batteries. I wonder if it would work with the new material above? Ah well.