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  • May 20, 2014
  • 03:05 PM

Dr. LoonyLabs Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fluoride

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

“Have you ever seen a commie with a glass of water?” In the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, […]... Read more »

  • May 20, 2014
  • 09:35 AM

Smart Coatings to Help Clean Up Oil Spills

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

In the wake of recent off-shore oil spills, and with the growing popularity of “fracking”—in which water is used to release oil and gas from shale—there’s a need for easy, quick ways to separate oil and water. Now, scientists have developed coatings that can do just that.... Read more »

  • May 19, 2014
  • 02:47 PM

A New Way to Read the Brain [in 3D!!]

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

What if you were trying to learn language, but you could only see one letter at a time. Nothing before that letter, nothing after that letter, just a single letter. You […]... Read more »

Prevedel Robert, Yoon Young-Gyu, Hoffmann Maximilian, Pak Nikita, Wetzstein Gordon, Kato Saul, Schrödel Tina, Raskar Ramesh, Zimmer Manuel, & Boyden Edward S. (2014) Simultaneous whole-animal 3D imaging of neuronal activity using light-field microscopy. Nature Methods. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.2964  

  • May 19, 2014
  • 09:53 AM

Drunk Fish Convince Sober Ones to Follow Them Around

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

It’s a good thing fish can’t operate a vehicle. Not only do drunk zebrafish swim extra fast, but they somehow get all the sober fish to follow them. Essentially, a drunk fish becomes the designated driver for the whole group. Although a fish is only marginally like a human, fish can be convenient subjects for […]The post Drunk Fish Convince Sober Ones to Follow Them Around appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Ladu F, Butail S, Macrí S, & Porfiri M. (2014) Sociality Modulates the Effects of Ethanol in Zebra Fish. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research. PMID: 24819037  

  • May 18, 2014
  • 05:06 PM

More atmospheric carbon prevents terrestrial carbon storage: a possible answer to where all the carbon goes

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere can lead to an increased rate of decomposition of organic carbon in the soil. This could lead to higher amounts of carbon concentration predicted to be in the atmosphere in current climate models. ... Read more »

  • May 18, 2014
  • 03:48 PM

Snail Venom and Pain Relief

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

There is no pain like nerve pain. Unfortunately my sister and me both know all too well how bad pain can actually get, her especially. After desperately trying everything from […]... Read more »

  • May 17, 2014
  • 03:15 PM

Herpes and Brain Tumors: Or What happens in Vegas?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Herpes, it isn’t just a pest that follows you home from Vegas, not anymore anyway. New research has found a [not so] new use for the virus. Harvard Stem Cell Institute […]... Read more »

Duebgen Matthias , Tamura Kaoru , Shah Khalid , Wakimoto Hiroaki , Redjal Navid , Martinez-Quintanilla Jordi , & Hingtgen Shawn . (2014) Stem Cells Loaded With Multimechanistic Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus Variants for Brain Tumor Therapy. Journal of the National Cancer Institute , 106(6). DOI: 10.1093/jnci/dju090  

  • May 16, 2014
  • 04:35 PM

Laser enhancement - A path to defect free diamond growth?

by Shannon Nicley Demlow in Blingtronics - Science, Engineering and Diamonds

In this post I'll take a look at an article titled "Control of crystallographic orientation in diamond synthesis through laser resonant vibrational excitation of precursor molecules" published recently in Scientific Reports. In the article, Zhi Qiang Xie and coworkers describe the potential benefits of using a laser to introduce resonant vibrations of molecules during the growth of diamond films. How can laser light improve the growth process, and does this technique hold promise for improving diamond growth in general?... Read more »

May, P. (2000) Diamond thin films: a 21st-century material. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 358(1766), 473-495. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2000.0542  

  • May 15, 2014
  • 05:18 PM

Nanoparticles Make Biofuel Refining Faster and Cleaner

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.... Read more »

  • May 15, 2014
  • 02:53 PM

Tearing down the [Blood Brain Barrier] Wall

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Ever wonder why you don’t see too many illnesses that affect the brain directly? You can give your head a nice pat and congratulate the blood brain barrier for keeping […]... Read more »

Ben-Zvi Ayal, Lacoste Baptiste, Kur Esther, Andreone Benjamin J., Mayshar Yoav, Yan Han, & Gu Chenghua. (2014) Mfsd2a is critical for the formation and function of the blood–brain barrier. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature13324  

  • May 14, 2014
  • 02:42 PM

Science Fact and Fiction behind Fat Loss

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Do you have some of that unwanted belly fat? Do you get nervous that you will exceed the weight limit in an elevator? Do you want to eat everything in […]... Read more »

Bahadori Babak, McCarty Mark F., Barroso-Aranda Jorge, Gustin John C., & Contreras Francisco. (2009) A “mini-fast with exercise” protocol for fat loss. Medical Hypotheses, 73(4), 619-622. DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.09.063  

Aleixandre Amaya, & Miguel Marta. (2008) Dietary Fiber in the Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome: A Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 48(10), 905-912. DOI: 10.1080/10408390701761886  

Foltran F., Verduci E., Ghidina M., Campoy C., Jany K.-D., Widhalm K., Biasucci G., Vogele C., Halpern G., & Gregori D. (2010) Nutritional Profiles in a Public Health Perspective: A Critical Review. Journal of International Medical Research, 38(2), 318-385. DOI: 10.1177/147323001003800202  

  • May 14, 2014
  • 11:50 AM

Genetic Test Shows Who’s Who in Cheese Bacteria (and Fungus)

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Before you enjoy your next slice of gouda or wedge of brie, you might take a moment to think of all the organisms that have nibbled it before you. Cheeses get the flavors you love from the bacteria and fungi that live on and inside them. And thanks to genetic testing, those microscopic workers are […]The post Genetic Test Shows Who’s Who in Cheese Bacteria (and Fungus) appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Schornsteiner E, Mann E, Bereuter O, Wagner M, & Schmitz-Esser S. (2014) Cultivation-independent analysis of microbial communities on Austrian raw milk hard cheese rinds. International journal of food microbiology, 88-97. PMID: 24794620  

  • May 13, 2014
  • 12:00 PM

Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuel: A Temporary Fix to a Big Problem

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Biofuels seem to be all the rage these days, not a bad thing since that whole global warming thing [that people are scared to admit is real] is going on. […]... Read more »

Kandel Kapil, Anderegg James W., Nelson Nicholas C., Chaudhary Umesh, & Slowing Igor I. (2014) Supported iron nanoparticles for the hydrodeoxygenation of microalgal oil to green diesel. Journal of Catalysis, 142-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2014.04.009  

  • May 12, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Deepwater Horizon Oil spill: The Environmental Impact

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

It was a disaster that ended up as one of the worst oil spills in modern history, the Deepwater Horizon didn’t just leak, it gushed. The depth of the well made […]... Read more »

Crespo-Medina M., Meile C. D., Hunter K. S., Diercks A-R., Asper V. L., Orphan V. J., Tavormina P. L., Nigro L. M., Battles J. J., & Chanton J. P. (2014) The rise and fall of methanotrophy following a deepwater oil-well blowout. Nature Geoscience. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2156  

  • May 12, 2014
  • 11:59 AM

New High-Efficiency Thermoelectric Material Discovered

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 °C, or about 573 °F.... Read more »

Zhao, H., Sui, J., Tang, Z., Lan, Y., Jie, Q., Kraemer, D., McEnaney, K., Chen, G., & Ren, Z. (2014) High thermoelectric performance of MgAgSb-based materials. Nano Energy. DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2014.04.012  

  • May 11, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Genetically Modified Food: Myth and Legend

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Vermont, not quite the armpit of the United States, but not a place I would live [personally speaking of course]. Still, looking at history Vermont was the first to ban […]... Read more »

  • May 10, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Colony Collapse Disorder and Pesticides, Or Save the Bees!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Bees, who needs them? They are scary, they sting and they seem to find magical ways into your securely locked home. I’m not bias, even though I run screaming like […]... Read more »

  • May 9, 2014
  • 08:45 AM

Berkeley Lab Develops Nanoscope to Probe Chemistry on the Molecular Scale

by Perikis Livas in Chilon

New technique uses infrared synchrotron light and atomic force microscopy to study batteries, cell membranes, stardust, and other complex systems on the nanoscale.

News release May 07, 2014 By Kate Greene Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... Read more »

Bechtel, H., Muller, E., Olmon, R., Martin, M., & Raschke, M. (2014) Ultrabroadband infrared nanospectroscopic imaging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1400502111  

  • May 8, 2014
  • 12:08 PM

Chemically Modified Wood Absorbs Spilled Oil

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new absorbing material from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) could be of assistance in future oil spill accidents. This chemically modified nanocellulose sponge absorbs the oil spill, remains floating on the surface and can then be recovered.... Read more »

  • May 7, 2014
  • 02:56 PM

Researchers Replace Lead With Tin in Promising Solar Cell

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made easily using “bench” chemistry—no fancy equipment or hazardous materials.... Read more »

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