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A new subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal heralds the beginning of a cycle that will see the Atlantic Ocean close as continental Europe moves closer to America.... Read more »
Media Release Monash University. (2013) New 'embryonic' subduction zone found. Monash University. info:/
The newly unveiled genome of a medieval strain of the mycobacterium that causes leprosy is a technical triumph borne of next-generation sequencing machines and clever new techniques to extract target DNA from a soup of ancient molecules. Awash in data, several labs are racing neck-and-neck to cull DNA from a Most Wanted list of other legendary killers: tuberculosis, plague, cholera, Leishmania, the potato blight, and AIDS. They gather traces of these culprits from ancient teeth, bones, hair, fec........ Read more »
A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light.... Read more »
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. (2013) NASA-Led Study Explains Decades of Black Hole Observations. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. info:/
An international team of researchers, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer Brent Tully, has mapped the motions of structures of the nearby universe in greater detail than ever before. The maps are presented as a video, which provides a dynamic three-dimensional representation of the universe through the use of rotation, panning and zooming. The video was announced recently at the conference “Cosmic Flows: Observations and Simulations” in Marseille, France, that honor........ Read more »
Louise Good. (2013) A video map of motions in the nearby universe. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. info:/
Thanks to scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, audiences can hear a 200-year-old opera by composer Luigi Cherubini in full for the first time in centuries. The scientists blasted X-rays at the damaged musical score to peek at the musical notes hidden beneath a layer of smudgy black.... Read more »
THOMAS SUMNER. (2013) SLAC X-rays resurrect 200-year-old lost aria. Stanford University News. info:/
A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Many students now are not diagnosed until high school, at which point treatments are less effective.... Read more »
Karen N. Peart. (2013) Yale researchers unravel genetics of dyslexia and language impairment. Yale News. info:/
Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form (borate), boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, one of the building blocks for life.... Read more »
University of Hawaii at Manoa. (2013) UH Astrobiologists Find Martian Clay Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life. University of Hawaii at Manoa. info:/
Psychiatry — which uses well-intentioned coercion, unscientific diagnoses and psychoactive drugs that do as much harm as good — is a science that is off course, according to a new book co-written by Tomi Gomory, an associate professor in the Florida State University College of Social Work.... Read more »
Jeffery Seay. (2013) Down the wrong path : Book details psychiatry's lack of objective science. Florida State University. info:/
It is only a matter of time until idealism sees the release of confidential genetic data on study participants, says Steven E. Brenner.... Read more »
After approximately two months of preparations in Kiruna in the north of Sweden, the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise has lifted off successfully today at 7.37 a.m. CEST. For one week the team has been waiting for favorable weather conditions. Polar winds will now grasp the huge, helium-filled balloon and the gondola, carrying Sunrise westward around the North Pole at a height of more than 35 kilometers. Equipped with the largest solar telescope ever to have left the Earth’s surface........ Read more »
Dr. Birgit Krummheuer. (2013) A journey to the active Sun. Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau. info:/
Most of the matter in the universe may be made out of particles that possess an unusual, donut-shaped electromagnetic field called an anapole.... Read more »
David Salisbury. (2013) New, simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter. Vanderbilt University. info:/
The mechanisms by which speciation occurs have been a mystery because they are generally best uncovered after populations have diverged and are reproductively isolated.... Read more »
Study is first to pinpoint how coral make their mineral skeletons; process also works in more acidic water
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Carl Blesch. (2013) Rutgers Findings May Predict the Future of Coral Reefs in a Changing World. Rutgers Today. info:/
Using revolutionary new techniques, a team led by Carnegie’s Malcolm Guthrie has made a striking discovery about how ice behaves under pressure, changing ideas that date back almost 50 years. Their findings could alter our understanding of how the water molecule responds to conditions found deep within planets and could have implications for energy science. ... Read more »
Carnegie news office. (2013) Unfrozen mystery: H2O reveals a new secret. Carnegie Institution for Science. info:/
An international team of scientists using the most powerful telescope on Earth has discovered the moments just after the Big Bang happened more like the theory predicts, eliminating a significant discrepancy that troubled physicists for two decades.
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Steve Jefferson. (2013) International Team on Keck Observatory Strengthens Big Bang Theory. W.M. Keck Observatory. info:/
A property known as «entanglement» is a fundamental characteristic of quantum mechanics. Physicists and mathematicians at ETH Zurich show now how different forms of this phenomenon can be efficiently and systematically classified into categories. The method should help to fully exploit the potential of novel quantum technologies.... Read more »
Andreas Trabesinger. (2013) Spooky action put to order. ETH Life. info:/
Development is, literally, the journey of a life time, and it is a trip still as mysterious as it is remarkable. Despite new methods to probe how an animal or plant forms from a single cell, biologists have much to learn about the unimaginably complex process. To identify some of the field’s persistent riddles, Senior Editors Beverly Purnell and Stella Hurtley and the news staff of Science have consulted with developmental biologists on our Board of Reviewing Editors and elsewhere. The mys........ Read more »
Vogel, G. (2013) How Do Organs Know When They Have Reached the Right Size?. Science, 340(6137), 1156-1157. DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6137.1156-b
“…henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union between the two will preserve an independent reality.”... Read more »
Aiden Arnold. (2013) Decoding Space and Time in the Brain. Scientific American. info:/
It’s a staple of science fiction: people who can control objects with their minds.
At the University of Minnesota, a new technology is turning that fiction into reality.
In the lab of biomedical engineering professor Bin He, several young people have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring.
The technology, pioneered by He, may someday allow people robbed of speech and mobility by neurodegenerative ........ Read more »
University of Minnesota. (2013) Mind over mechanics. UM News. info:/
What if, like the individual threads that form a piece of cloth, all of nature’s forces can be woven together into one comprehensive force?... Read more »
Nitesh Soni. (2013) Unification of forces. Symmetry Magazine. info:/
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