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A daily updated blog of breaking science news mainly relating to astronomy and physics. You will find entertaining yet accurate spins and critique to science articles, and many links to other online sources for further reading.
We know that about half the the stars out there (with sizes close to that of our sun) are binary systems. However, for a long time we've been lacking information on how they develop, since it's not been easy to get a whole lot of data from surrounding scattered mass that's so damned far away! Congrats to all involved!... Read more »
Shigehisa Takakuwa, Masao Saito, Kazuya Saigo, Tomoaki Matsumoto, Jeremy Lim, Tomoyuki Hanawa, & Paul T. P. Ho. (2014) Angular Momentum Exchange by Gravitational Torques and Infall in the Circumbinary Disk of the Protostellar System L1551 NE. The Astrophysical Journal. arXiv: 1409.4903v1
Just like medical marijuana, another illicit drug heals.... Read more »
Mithoefer, M., Wagner, M., Mithoefer, A., Jerome, L., & Doblin, R. (2010) The safety and efficacy of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine-assisted psychotherapy in subjects with chronic, treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder: the first randomized controlled pilot study. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25(4), 439-452. DOI: 10.1177/0269881110378371
Reflectivity might work better at mitigating global warming than focus on CO2... Read more »
Millstein, D., & Menon, S. (2011) Regional climate consequences of large-scale cool roof and photovoltaic array deployment. Environmental Research Letters, 6(3), 34001. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/034001
Recently in the news, 4-MEI in cola's caramel coloring includes a carcinogen. I explain the severity, and follow it up with my proposal for the resurrection of Crystal Pepsi.... Read more »
Chan, P., Hills, G., Kissling, G., & Nyska, A. (2007) Toxicity and carcinogenicity studies of 4-methylimidazole in F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice. Archives of Toxicology, 82(1), 45-53. DOI: 10.1007/s00204-007-0222-5
National Toxicology Program (NTP, 2007). (2007) Chemical Meeting The Criteria For Listing As Causing Cancer Via The Authoritative Bodies Mechanism: 4-Methylimidazole. NTP Technical Report Series. info:other/NIH: 07-4471
Gardener, H., Rundek, T., Markert, M., Wright, C., Elkind, M., & Sacco, R. (2012) Diet Soft Drink Consumption is Associated with an Increased Risk of Vascular Events in the Northern Manhattan Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-011-1968-2
Why was Crystal Pepsi a failure?
The answer can be found by looking at experiments we've done on consumers' taste, expectations, and satisfaction with beverages on the market.... Read more »
Lawrence L. Garber Jr., Eva M Hyatt, & Richard G. Starr Jr. (2000) The effects of food color on perceived flavor. Journal of Marketing Theory And Practice, 59-75. info:other/ISSN: 10696679
Solar storm data has recently been translated through a process called sonification into audio. CERN uses this technology too. Here are videos and explanations for both.... Read more »
Alberto de Campo, Natascha Hormann, Harald Markum, Willibald Plessas, & Bianka Sengi. (2005) Sonification of lattice data: The spectrum of the Dirac operator across the deconfinement transition. Proceedings of Science. info:other/PoS: LAT2005-152
Katharina Vogt, Robert H¨oldrich, David Pirr`o, Martin Rumori, Stefan Rossegger, Werner Riegler, & Matevˇz Tadel. (2010) A SONIC TIME PROJECTION CHAMBER. SONIFIED PARTICLE DETECTION AT CERN. International Conference on Auditory Display. info:other/ISBN: 0-9670904-3-1
This discovery, in a nutshell, can be found in the last sentence of the abstract:
"Opioids thus not only temporarily dampen pain but may also erase a spinal memory trace of pain."... Read more »
Drdla-Schutting, R., Benrath, J., Wunderbaldinger, G., & Sandkuhler, J. (2012) Erasure of a Spinal Memory Trace of Pain by a Brief, High-Dose Opioid Administration. Science, 335(6065), 235-238. DOI: 10.1126/science.1211726
Where do you get your facts?
Hopefully, a reliable source.
So what's an online reliable source, and how can a regular Joe get a hold of this information?
A very easy way to be confident is to make sure that you're reading from an .edu or .gov page. One of the easiest (and quickest) ways to find your topic is through the citations on Wikipedia. Some people doubt the validity of Wikipedia in fear of hecklers. The nature or self-maintaining issue of Wikipedia aside, the citation........ Read more »
Bonhoeffer J, & Heininger U. (2007) Adverse events following immunization: perception and evidence. Current opinion in infectious diseases, 20(3), 237-46. PMID: 17471032
Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Rivetti A, & Price D. (2005) Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online). PMID: 16235361
Committee on Revising Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (2008) Science, Evolution, and Creationism. The National Academies Press. info:/9780309105866
Boykoff, M., & Boykoff, J. (2004) Balance as bias: global warming and the US prestige press. Global Environmental Change, 14(2), 125-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2003.10.001
A brilliant and game changing set of experiments on anti-prejudice efforts has been released in the Journal Psychological Science. The hypothesis, which proved to stand up, said that self-motivated reasoning provides a greater influence against prejudice than a "controlled" approach, pressure exerted from outside sources.... Read more »
Legault, L., Gutsell, J., & Inzlicht, M. (2011) Ironic Effects of Antiprejudice Messages: How Motivational Interventions Can Reduce (but Also Increase) Prejudice. Psychological Science, 22(12), 1472-1477. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611427918
The unification of forces, sought after for a long time, and the incompatibility of standard mechanics of gravity on the quantum scale has been a holy grail of sorts for physicists to resolve. Now if we look at the nature of standard black holes, not protons, we can't forget that they exist as a singularity on a quantum level. All we know of black holes then should apply to these schwarzschild protons. This new theory debunks black hole evaporation. Stephen Hawking will be angered.
Stro........ Read more »
Nassim Haramein. (2010) The Schwarzschild Proton . AIP. info:other/
Sapolsky admits that this brilliant lecture is often met with considerable resistance by some religious types. Here, my goal is to dissect his lecture and provide adequate scholarly references to clarify and validate his argument; to reaffirm that his lecture is based on unbiased science.... Read more »
Wright, P., Gill, M., & Murray, R. (1993) Schizophrenia: Genetics and the maternal immune response to viral infection. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 48(1), 40-46. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.1320480110
Torgersen, Svenn. (1985) Relationship of Schizotypal Personality Disorder to Schizophrenia: Genetics. Schizophrenia Bulletin , 11(4). info:/
Laguerre A, Leboyer M, & Schürhoff F. (2008) [The schizotypal personality disorder: historical origins and current status]. L'Encephale, 34(1), 17-22. PMID: 18514146
Kurotaki, N., Tasaki, S., Mishima, H., Ono, S., Imamura, A., Kikuchi, T., Nishida, N., Tokunaga, K., Yoshiura, K., & Ozawa, H. (2011) Identification of Novel Schizophrenia Loci by Homozygosity Mapping Using DNA Microarray Analysis. PLoS ONE, 6(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020589
Descriptions of the science behind a phenomenon concerning the human eye, which stands to be the root cause of a portion of "ghost sightings."... Read more »
Vic Tandy, Tony R. Lawrence. (1998) The Ghost in the Machine. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. info:/
This experiment in the fluid dynamics video demonstrated that a three-dimensional flame can be reconstructed by combining images from multiple cameras using synthetic aperture imaging.... Read more »
Preston Murray, Jonathon Pendlebury, Dale Tree, & Tadd Truscott. (2011) Flame Reconstruction Using Synthetic Aperture Imaging. arXiv. arXiv: 1110.3700v1
I explain an experiment in fluid dynamics, accompanied with a video... Read more »
Drelich J, & Chibowski E. (2010) Superhydrophilic and superwetting surfaces: definition and mechanisms of control. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 26(24), 18621-3. PMID: 21090661
Using cameras able to film in the ultra-slow-motion we've all come to love, this study has produced something truly beautiful.... Read more »
Nuclear fission reactors are building up quite a bad reputation at the moment. Instead of dissecting the flaws and strengths of our current nuclear power plants, I like to focus on the near future, perhaps as close as the 2030's, where nuclear FUSION plants might reign. ... Read more »
Michael Dittmar. (2011) The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction: An update using 2009/2010 Data. arXiv. arXiv: 1101.4189v1
Frame Dragging, an effect spinning black holes have on spacetime and on the light in its vicinity, is causing a measurable corkscrew effect on photons, newly discovered and published in this issue of Nature Physics. "Twisting of light around rotating black holes"... Read more »
Lately I've noticed a decent amount of technological innovation resulting from biomimicry. Aeronautics traditionally seems to reap the most benefit from this process, but that field is by no means the only one benefiting. We often come up with designs inspired by nature, but how often is our end result superior than our inspiration?... Read more »
Pulsifer, D., Lakhtakia, A., Martín-Palma, R., & Pantano, C. (2010) Mass fabrication technique for polymeric replicas of arrays of insect corneas. Bioinspiration , 5(3), 36001. DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/5/3/036001
2 to 3 billion people, about half the world's population, have a brain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis. ... Read more »
An in depth look at Quantum Teleportation... Read more »
DJ Busby. (2010) Quantum Teleportation: Science Fiction? NOPE! It's been here, is real, is documented, here's the proof, and here's how it works!. http://www.astronasty.com. info:/
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