Archive for May, 2012 :

Today’s Environment Influences Behavior Generations Later
May 31st, 2012

Chemical Exposure Raises Descendants’ Sensitivity to Stress.

Scientists Deploy Genetics In Search For Bigfoot
May 29th, 2012

Scientists are turning to genetic testing to see if they can prove the existence of the elusive hairy humanoid known across the world as bigfoot, yeti and sasquatch.

Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Muscle
May 29th, 2012

Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition.

Italy Doctors Save Baby With Smallest Artificial Heart
May 29th, 2012

Italian doctors have saved the life of a 16-month-old boy by implanting the world’s smallest artificial heart to keep the infant alive until a donor was found for a transplant.

Intelsat Buys Ride On New SpaceX Heavy-Lift Rocket
May 29th, 2012

Intelsat Global Holdings S.A. will buy a ride for a future communications satellite on Space Exploration Technologies’ planned heavy-lift rocket, the companies said on Tuesday.

Meet ‘Flame,’ The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers
May 29th, 2012

A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation.

You’re The Drive: Digital Data Can Now Be Stored In DNA
May 28th, 2012

A trio of scientists successfully demonstrated the ability to flip the direction of DNA molecules in sample E.coli bacteria in two directions, mimicking the “1s” and “0s” of binary code, which is at the root of all modern computer calculations.

Solar Powered Plane Flies Over Mediterranean
May 28th, 2012

Solar Impulse, a solar powered plane dreamed up by Bertrand Piccard, takes off for its “last rehearsal” before a round-the-world attempt in 2014.

Selling Software That Kills
May 28th, 2012

The government of Syria uses made-in-California technology from BlueCoat Systems to censor the Internet and spy on its pro-democracy activists (who are regularly arrested and tortured, not to mention slaughtered wholesale.)

Rewritable Digital Data Storage In Live Cells Via Engineered Control Of Recombination Directionality
May 23rd, 2012

The use of synthetic biological systems in research, healthcare, and manufacturing often requires autonomous history-dependent behavior and therefore some form of engineered biological memory.

Possible New Evidence That Earth Is A Giant Living Organism
May 21st, 2012

The Gaia hypothesis — first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s — holds that Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably connected to form a self-regulating, essentially sentient, system.

New Technology Can Detect As Little As 0.1 Percent GMO Contamination in Crops, Food
May 21st, 2012

Identifying the presence of genetically-modified (GM) contaminants in food and food crops could soon become a whole lot easier and more accurate.

Ring of Fire: Rare Eclipse Sparks Craze
May 20th, 2012

Witnessing a total solar eclipse is considered one of the planet’s most spectacular sights, but many who’ve seen both say that a ring-of-fire eclipse is just as dramatic.

Land-Sea Ecological Chain Fragile
May 19th, 2012

What we do on land can have a huge negative impact on the oceans.

Paralyzed Woman Uses First Mind-Controlled Robot Arm
May 17th, 2012

Using BrainGate, the world’s most advanced brain-computer interface, a woman with quadriplegia has used a mind-controlled robot arm to serve herself coffee — an act she hasn’t been able to perform for 15 years.

Man Builds Tesla Gun That Can Shoot 20,000 Volts of Electricity
May 15th, 2012

It may not make as much fashion statement as this crazy-looking Tesla coil hat, but it sure looks dangerous.

Sea Shepherd Founder Arrested – Needs Your Help!
May 15th, 2012

Urgent Call to Sea Shepherd Supporters – Help Save Captain Watson from Extradition to Costa Rica!

Russian Satellite’s 121-Megapixel Image of Earth is Most Detailed Yet
May 14th, 2012

The satellite takes a full image of Earth from its stationary point over 35,000 kilometers above the Indian Ocean every 30 minutes, providing the material for the video below.

Nanosheet Catalyst Discovered to Sustainably Split Hydrogen from Water
May 13th, 2012

Low-cost non-noble electrocatalyst efficiently generates hydrogen gas for fuel.

Non-genetic Inheritance of Longevity
May 13th, 2012

This study highlights the importance of environmental factors in the inheritance of complex traits. Our interaction with the world could have effects well beyond our life time.

Antarctic Octopuses 10,000km Apart “Genetically Similar”
May 10th, 2012

Data on octopuses from other parts of Antarctica, not separated by this particular ice sheet, support the theory that the creatures are genetically different.

Secrets Of The First Practical Artificial Leaf
May 10th, 2012

The artificial leaf has a sunlight collector sandwiched between two films that generate oxygen and hydrogen gas.

Babies’ Brains Benefit From Music Lessons
May 10th, 2012

The great thing about music is, everyone loves it and everyone can learn simple interactive musical games together.

Ontario Has New Strategy To Entice Motorists To Go Electric
May 10th, 2012

The province has set aside $60 million over the next three years for electric vehicle incentives and the charging infrastructure.

Light from Alien Super-Earth Seen for 1st Time
May 9th, 2012

Light from an alien “super-Earth” twice the size of our own Earth has been detected by a NASA space telescope for the first time in what astronomers are calling a historic achievement.

Dinosaur Farts May Have Warmed Prehistoric Earth
May 7th, 2012

The gassy emissions from these giant dinosaurs may have been enough to warm the Earth, the researchers say.

The Origin of Mysterious, Dark-Skinned Blonds Discovered
May 7th, 2012

Now, researchers have found the single gene that explains these fair tresses.

Nanoscientists Find Long-Sought Majorana Particle
May 4th, 2012

Nanoscientist Leo Kouwenhoven already caused great excitement among scientists in February by presenting the preliminary results at a scientific congress.