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, 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.

  2. Re: Science this Week

    Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Crazy thing about the cat urine....
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  3. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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?
    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????
    I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ?????????????????????????????????????????????????


    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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  6. Re: Science this Week

    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.

  7. Re: Science this Week

    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.