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  • Life On Earth Began With A Strange Change In Chemistry, New Theory Proposes

    Life On Earth Began With A Strange Change In Chemistry, New Theory Proposes

    via Newsweek : Scientists believe that life on Earth first formed about 3.8 billion years ago with simple, single-celled organisms. But how did the complex processes necessary for life begin in the first place? Scientists from NASA and the National Science Foundation have found a possible explanation of how the citric acid cycle, or the Krebs cycle, could have formed in early Earth. Every aerobic organism on Earth today needs the Krebs cycle, which uses a […]

  • The Physics of Plastics Sheets…And Their Invisible Force Fields?

    The Physics of Plastics Sheets…And Their Invisible Force Fields?

    via WIRED : WHEN YOU WANDER around the internet, sometimes you can find some crazy stuff. Check this out: It’s an old account of a weird phenomena created by giant plastic sheets at 3M Corporation. In short, these fast-moving, electrically-charged plastic sheets created some type of effect that prevented humans from passing through an invisible wall. It sounds a lot like some type of force field, right? I’m honestly skeptical that this is real, but let’s […]

  • MIT Engineers Develop Glowing Plants Using Nanoparticles

    MIT Engineers Develop Glowing Plants Using Nanoparticles

    via Futurism : GLOWING PLANTS What if, as the sun went down, the unassuming plants in your windowsill began to glow, lighting up the space around them like tiny botanical lamps? Thanks to recent innovations by engineers at MIT, these living lamps could soon become a reality. The team of researchers embedded specially designed nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, lead by Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, […]

  • Action Games Expand The Brain’s Cognitive Abilities, Study Suggests

    Action Games Expand The Brain’s Cognitive Abilities, Study Suggests

    via ScienceDaily : The human brain is malleable — it learns and adapts. Numerous research studies have focused on the impact of action video games on the brain by measuring cognitive abilities, such as perception, attention and reaction time. An international team of psychologists, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, has assembled data from the last fifteen years to quantify how action video games impact cognition. The research has resulted in two meta-analyses, published […]

  • This Baby Hunter May Be The World’s Toughest Snake

    This Baby Hunter May Be The World’s Toughest Snake

    via Science Magazine : If you’re going up against a mama mouse, it pays to have a tough skin. That’s how the Calabar burrowing python (Calabaria reinhardtii), a 1-meter-long African serpent that eats nothing but baby rodents, withstands bites from their fierce mothers. Now, a new study suggests the Calabar’s skin may be thicker and harder to pierce than that of any other snake. To measure its toughness, a team of scientists pitted it against the […]

  • Scientists Have Created Brain Implants That Could Boost Our Memory By Up To 30%

    Scientists Have Created Brain Implants That Could Boost Our Memory By Up To 30%

    via Business Insider : Our memories could one day get a boost from a new brain implant device, according to a new study. Researchers looked at how our brains naturally process memories in order to mimic what they do with micro-electric shocks. The device can boost performance on memory tests by up to 30%, according to the study. We’d all love to have a better memory. If there was a tool that could make us […]

  • Can Humans Live FOREVER? Scientists Finally Have The Answer

    Can Humans Live FOREVER? Scientists Finally Have The Answer

    via Express : Scientists have continually looked at ageing as if it were a disease and have tried to cure it. From enhancing certain proteins which protect cells from ageing to extending telomeres – fragments of DNA which cap both ends of each chromosome and protect against the wear and tear of natural ageing – scientists have tried to halt the ageing process. But now, experts say they have conclusive proof there is no way […]

  • Flowers Use ‘Blue Halo’ Optical Trick To Attract Bees, Say Researchers

    Flowers Use ‘Blue Halo’ Optical Trick To Attract Bees, Say Researchers

    via The Guardian : Flowers might seem like one of life’s simple pleasures, but it turns out there might be more to them than meets the eye. Researchers have discovered that certain species of flowering plants boast tiny ridges on their petals that, thanks to variations in their height or spacing, scatter light to cast a blueish hue over the blooms. While the effect is not always visible to humans, it can be spotted by bees […]

  • Researchers Have Designed a Type of Aluminum That’s Lighter Than Water

    Researchers Have Designed a Type of Aluminum That’s Lighter Than Water

    via Futurism : A team of researchers from the U.S. and Russia have discovered a way to make aluminum that’s lighter than water. The team accomplished the task using computational modeling, and replaced the carbon atoms in a diamond with aluminium tetrahedron. A WHOLE NEW ALUMINUM The aluminum we have at our disposal will sink when placed in water, but a team of researchers from Utah State University (USU) and the Southern Federal University (SFU) in […]

  • How Science Found a Way to Help Coma Patients Communicate

    How Science Found a Way to Help Coma Patients Communicate

    via Guardian : In 20 December 1999, a young man pulled away in his car from his grandfather’s house in Sarnia, Ontario, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat beside him. Scott Routley, who was 26, had studied physics at the University of Waterloo and had a promising career in robotics ahead of him. But at an intersection just a few blocks from his grandfather’s house, a police car travelling to the scene of a crime […]