Archive for December, 2010 :

Bacterial Methane Synergy
December 31st, 2010

A University of Massachusetts (UMass) research team have discovered anaerobic bacteria that devour their food at a faster rate if they work together, and believe it can help produce methane for renewable energy use.

Virus Implicated in Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
December 29th, 2010

Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen.

As Intended, The Gulf of Mexico is Dying
December 28th, 2010

The continuing BP oil spill is causing the collapse of the Gulf of Mexico eco-system and is reducing the Earth’s oxygen generation ability because most oxygen is produced by ocean plankton.

Fluoride Exposure Causes Lower IQ
December 27th, 2010

Another study confirms that fluoride is a powerful neurotoxin that enters the brain and impairs brain function.

Why is the North Magnetic Pole Racing Toward Siberia?
December 27th, 2010

The north pole is moving rapidly towards Siberia.

Breastfed Boys Perform Better
December 25th, 2010

There is no substitute for mother’s milk for healthy child development.

Placebos Work – Even Without Deception
December 23rd, 2010

A new study has shown that placebos work even if the person taking them knows they are a placebo.

Chinese Weather Manipulation Experiments To Increase
December 22nd, 2010

Chinese officials have vowed to ramp-up efforts to control the weather, announcing on Thursday that they intend to try to use technology to reduce natural disasters and combat droughts.

Turning Cells Into Energy-Burning Brown Fat
December 21st, 2010

Researchers are continuously conducting studies hoping to find that miraculous weight-loss therapy, and for once, a team of scientists from the Joslin Diabetes Center, found a group of cells in mice, that can be transformed into energy-burning brown fat.

Beam Me Up: ‘Teleportation’ Is 2010’s Biggest Breakthrough
December 21st, 2010

Thanks to physics, and the truly bizarre quirks of quarks, those Star Trek style teleporters may be more than fiction.

Ancient Waves of Mountain Building Discovered
December 21st, 2010

Isotopic ratio analyses conducted on old raindrops have revealed that the onset of a large wave of mountain building began more than 49 million years ago in British Columbia, Canada.

Pluto Has Oceans Under Ice?
December 21st, 2010

Frigid Pluto, home to some of our solar system’s chilliest real estate, may well harbor an ocean beneath its miles-thick ice shell, new research suggests.

Earth’s Final Growth Spurt
December 21st, 2010

What led to water on the interior of the Moon or the formation of the Borealis basin that covers 40 percent of the surface of Mars?

Huge Eruption Rocks the Sun
December 20th, 2010

After a three-month study of the incident that sent shock waves racing across the solar surface, physicists have just presented their findings of what they’re calling the “Great Eruption,” NASA reports.

Astronomers Find First Evidence Of Other Universes
December 20th, 2010

Our cosmos was “bruised” in collisions with other universes. Now astronomers have found the first evidence of these impacts in the cosmic microwave background.

Life’s Building Blocks Discovered on Surprising Meteorite
December 20th, 2010

Scientists have identified amino acids, a fundamental building block of life, in a meteorite where none were expected.

No Evidence of Time Before Big Bang
December 16th, 2010

Our view of the early Universe may be full of mysterious circles — and even triangles — but that doesn’t mean we’re seeing evidence of events that took place before the Big Bang.

Does Earth’s Surface Interact With Its Interior?
December 16th, 2010

The processes that churn away inside the Earth’s interior are notoriously difficult to study, buried under all that rock, and so remain largely mysterious.

First Measurement of Magnetic Field in Earth’s Core
December 16th, 2010

A University of California, Berkeley, geophysicist has made the first-ever measurement of the strength of the magnetic field inside Earth’s core, 1,800 miles underground.

How TSA Scanners Rip Apart Your DNA
December 16th, 2010

The scanners used at airports across the USA cause severe and permanent DNA damage that will lead to cancer and a wide range of other serious ailments.

Sunscreen Chemicals Absorbed Into Body, Found in Human Milk
December 15th, 2010

A study published in the international science journal Chemospherehas shown that a group of chemicals known as UV filters are turning up in humans internally, and the phenomenon is widespread.

Virus Boosts Battery Output 10x
December 10th, 2010

Researchers have discovered that a virus can greatly boost the output of lithium-ion batteries.

Nanosatellite Successfully Ejected from Free-Flying Microsatellite
December 10th, 2010

NASA successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite, demonstrating the capability to deploy a small cubesat payload from an autonomous microsatellite in space.

‘Lightfoil’ Idea Shows Light Can Provide Lift
December 10th, 2010

Just as air causes lift on the wings of an aeroplane, light can do the same trick, researchers have said.

Could Bacteria Destroy the Titanic, Ultimately?
December 10th, 2010

The tip of the iceberg was really just…the tip of the iceberg. For the second time, the R.M.S. Titanic could be seeing its last days.

NASA’s Arsenic Microbe Science Slammed
December 10th, 2010

A recent high-profile astrobiology discovery led by a NASA scientist is being called into question by a B.C. microbiologist, who says the science was sloppy. Even the peer review smelled fishy, sort of.

Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets
December 9th, 2010

The Oriental hornet has a unique ability to harvest solar energy, scientists have discovered.

X Particle Explains Dark Matter and Antimatter
December 9th, 2010

A new hypothetical particle could solve two cosmic mysteries at once: what dark matter is made of, and why there’s enough matter for us to exist at all.

Death of Gene Patents?
December 6th, 2010

It took more than a decade to expose this legal monstrosity; all patents on DNA sequences natural or synthetic should be banned on the ground that they usurp the ‘laws of nature’ embodied in the DNA coding mechanisms that have evolved through billions of years of evolution.

New Discovery Prevents Symptoms of Rare Genetic Disorder
December 6th, 2010

A new study offers hope for children born with a rare genetic disease, according to a paper published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

University of Toronto Physicists Create Supernova in a Jar
December 3rd, 2010

A team of physicists from the University of Toronto and Rutgers University have mimicked the explosion of a supernova in miniature.

Study Predicts Distribution of Gravitational Wave Sources
December 3rd, 2010

A new study led by an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, predicts for the first time where such mergers are likely to occur in the local galactic neighborhood.

Sustainable Agriculture Essential for Green Circular Economy
December 2nd, 2010

No attempt to build a green economy can succeed unless it is fully integrated with sustainable primary agricultural production based on nature’s own circular economy.

Find Could Change Search for Alien Life
December 2nd, 2010

A U.S. researcher says she has found an Earthly bacteria that breaks the biochemical “rules” all life on the planet was thought to follow.

Eyewitness To A Black Hole
December 2nd, 2010

A press release suggests that the reporter was an eyewitness to the outburst of a supermassive blackhole.

Earth Oceans Were Homegrown
December 1st, 2010

Astronomers have long contended that icy comets and asteroids delivered the water for them during an epoch of heavy bombardment that ended about 3.9 billion years ago.