Archive for June, 2012 :

‘UFO’ At The Bottom Of The Baltic Sea ‘Cuts Off Electrical Equipment When Divers Get Within 200m’
June 29th, 2012

The divers exploring a ‘UFO-shaped’ object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say their equipment stops working when they approach within 200m.

Indie Publisher Prints Books With Disappearing Ink
June 29th, 2012

The specially-developed ink used in the books works via a chemical process, starting to disappear as it comes into contact with light and air.

Invention Makes It Possible To Live Without Breathing
June 29th, 2012

This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can’t breathe anymore.

Robots Join Hunt for Amelia Earhart’s Plane
June 27th, 2012

This summer, aviation archaeologists have enlisted the help of underwater robots to find the wreckage of Earhart’s aircraft.

Injected Proteins Protect Mice From Radiation Poisoning
June 27th, 2012

Two drugs increase survival of mice even after radiation exposure.

FDA Looks The Other Way While School Uses Electroshock Torture On Autistic Students
June 26th, 2012

In a statement responding to all the press, JRC has stated that aversive therapies like GEDs are only used as part of court-ordered treatments on students who “struggle with violent, abusive or mutilating behaviors toward themselves or others.”

Googie: Architecture Of The Future That Never Was
June 26th, 2012

Googie is a modern (ultramodern, even) architectural style that helps us understand post-WWII American futurism — an era thought of as a “golden age” of futurist design for many here in the year 2012.

Surprise! Big Asteroid That Flew By Earth Larger Than Thought
June 25th, 2012

A massive asteroid that zipped by Earth last week is actually twice as large as scientists originally thought, new radar images of the behemoth space rock reveal.

‘Aquanauts’ Complete Mock Asteroid Mission on Ocean Floor
June 25th, 2012

Four “aquanauts” returned to dry land today (June 22), after spending 12 days living on the ocean floor off the Florida coast as part of a NASA-led mock mission to an asteroid.

Parts of Mars Interior as Wet as Earth’s
June 25th, 2012

The interior of Mars holds vast reservoirs of water, with some spots apparently as wet as Earth’s innards, scientists say.

The Big Bang Didn’t Need God to Start Universe, Researchers Say
June 25th, 2012

Our universe could have popped into existence 13.7 billion years ago without any divine help whatsoever, researchers say.

Tesla CEO Sees EVs Being As Popular As Gas-Powered Cars
June 25th, 2012

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk, an entrepreneur known for his outsized ambition, on Friday made a stunning forecast: battery-powered cars will likely match the internal combustion engine in popularity by the middle of the next decade.

Alien Planet’s Hot, Evaporating Atmosphere Revealed
June 22nd, 2012

The atmosphere of a Jupiter-size planet outside of our solar system is dissolving faster than anticipated thanks to its parent star, a new study finds.

Odd Alien Planets So Close Together They See ‘Planetrise’
June 22nd, 2012

It is science fiction made fact: Astronomers have discovered two alien planets around the same star whose orbits come so close together that each rises in the night sky of its sister world like an exotic full moon.

Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Bounces Back from Glitch at Red Planet
June 22nd, 2012

NASA’s veteran Mars Odyssey spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet is out of the woods after a glitch stalled the probe’s science operations earlier this month.

Mock Asteroid Mission on Ocean Floor ‘Incredibly Realistic,’ Astronauts Say
June 21st, 2012

The ocean floor may seem a bit close to home for astronauts on a mission, but the underwater world provides a great dress rehearsal for a trek to an asteroid in deep space, two spaceflyers told NASA chief Charles Bolden today (June 20).

NASA Spacecraft Spies ‘Alien’ Prominence On The Sun
June 21st, 2012

Researchers are still unclear how and why prominences are formed, making these features intriguing subjects for solar physicists.

Hypno No-No: Schoolgirls Trapped In Hypnosis By Attractive Rookie Artist
June 21st, 2012

A hypnotism show at a private girls’ high school went strangely awry after a young hypnotist put several teenage students in a “mass hypnosis” trance and had to call in his mentor for help to bring them out.

How Drones Will Change Life In Our Cities
June 21st, 2012

Ready yourself to hear, “Pizza incoming from above”. Animal New York on how petite unmanned drones are poised to reshape the urban environment, possibly as soon as three years from now.

Carbon Is Key For Getting Algae To Pump Out More Oil
June 20th, 2012

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory show that ramping up the microbes’ overall metabolism by feeding them more carbon increases oil production as the organisms continue to grow.

Peaches, Plums, Nectarines Give Obesity, Diabetes Slim Chance
June 20th, 2012

Peaches, plums and nectarines have bioactive compounds that can potentially fight-off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to new studies by Texas AgriLife Research.

Key Part of Plants’ Rapid Response System Revealed
June 20th, 2012

Science has known about plant hormones since Charles Darwin experimented with plant shoots and showed that the shoots bend toward the light as long as their tips, which are secreting a growth hormone, aren’t cut off.

Chemists Use Nanopores to Detect DNA Damage
June 20th, 2012

University of Utah scientists have adapted this “nanopore” method to find DNA damage that can lead to mutations and disease.

Robots Get a Feel for the World
June 20th, 2012

With the right sensors, actuators and software, robots can be given the sense of feel — or at least the ability to identify different materials by touch.

Compact Blue Dwarf Can’t Hide from Hubble
June 20th, 2012

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks a bit like salt sprinkled on black velvet in the image.

Detector of DNA Damage: Structure of a Repair Factor Revealed
June 20th, 2012

Double-stranded breaks in cellular DNA can trigger tumorigenesis. LMU researchers have now determined the structure of a protein involved in the repair and signaling of DNA double-strand breaks.

Inhibitors of Shuttle Molecule Show Promise in Acute Leukemia
June 20th, 2012

A novel family of experimental agents that blocks a molecule from shuttling proteins out of the cell nucleus might offer a new treatment for people with acute leukemia, according to a study by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

Size of Particles in Martian Clouds of Carbon Dioxide Snow Calculated
June 20th, 2012

In the dead of a Martian winter, clouds of snow blanket the Red Planet’s poles — but unlike our water-based snow, the particles on Mars are frozen crystals of carbon dioxide. Most of the Martian atmosphere is composed of carbon dioxide, and in the winter, the poles get so cold — cold enough to freeze alcohol — that the gas condenses, forming tiny particles of snow.

Tropical Lakes on Saturn Moon Could Expand Options for Life
June 18th, 2012

A subsurface source of liquid methane may be replenishing equatorial lakes on Titan, which might be a crucible for life.

Human-Eye Precursor Grown from Stem Cell
June 18th, 2012

The achievement, with an ‘optic cup’ that contains multiple layers of photoreceptors, raises hopes for repairs of damaged eyes in the clinic.

Arctic Expedition To Prove That The Earth Is Hollow
June 18th, 2012

The discovery that the earth is hollow would forever shatter our long-held beliefs about how planets are formed.

Mysterious Electric Blue Clouds Appear Again Over the Poles
June 18th, 2012

Every year around this time, mysterious electric blue clouds appear over the North and South pole. They are called noctilucent clouds and they can only be seen in deep twilight, when the Sun is below the horizon.

The Mysterious Arc of Venus
June 8th, 2012

By analyzing the lightcurve of the arc, researchers can figure out the temperature and density of this critical layer from pole to pole.

A Flying Cat? Dutch Artist Turns Dead Feline Into A Helicopter
June 7th, 2012

We’ve seen a lot of strange things on the Internet, but this dead cat turned into a remote-control flying helicopter may be the strangest yet.

Americans’ Heads Getting Bigger In Size, Changing Shape, Anthropologists Say
June 4th, 2012

Did the 20th century make us big-headed? Maybe so, since forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that white Americans’ heads are getting bigger and bigger…in size, that is.