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  • Scientists Discover First Super Salty Subglacial Lakes in Canadian Arctic

    Scientists Discover First Super Salty Subglacial Lakes in Canadian Arctic

    via ScienceDaily: An analysis of radar data led scientists to an unexpected discovery of two lakes located beneath 550 to 750 metres of ice underneath the Devon Ice Cap, one of the largest ice caps in the Canadian Arctic. They are thought to be the first isolated hypersaline subglacial lakes in the world. “We weren’t looking for subglacial lakes. The ice is frozen to the ground underneath that part of the Devon Ice Cap, so we […]

  • Why Your Knuckles Make That Satisfying Cracking Sound, According to Science

    Why Your Knuckles Make That Satisfying Cracking Sound, According to Science

    via mentalfloss: Scientific curiosity is not always burdened by matters of great consequence. Over the years, considerable money and time has been applied to matters involving facial recognition between sheep, whether the flow of urine is impeded by someone watching you pee, and whether humans can capably swim in a pool full of syrup. (They can, almost as well as water.) Now, researchers from Stanford University and Ecole Polytechnique in France have turned the roving eye […]

  • Boffins Discover Chemistry That Could Have Produced Building Blocks of Life in Space

    Boffins Discover Chemistry That Could Have Produced Building Blocks of Life in Space

    via The Register: A team of researchers carried out a series of experiments to study how complex hydrocarbons, an important class of molecules needed to create the building blocks for life, formed in space. Hydrocarbons, compounds made up of differing amounts of carbon and hydrogen, are common on Earth but also outside it. Some hydrocarbons, such as benzene or naphthalene, have been detected in meteorites floating around the solar system, leading scientists to wonder how they […]

  • Scientists Link Genes to Brain Anatomy in Autism

    Scientists Link Genes to Brain Anatomy in Autism

    via ScienceDaily: A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has discovered that specific genes are linked to individual differences in brain anatomy in autistic children. Previous studies have reported differences in brain structure of autistic individuals. However, until now, scientists have not known which genes are linked to these differences. The Cambridge team analysed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans from more than 150 autistic children and compared them with MRI scans from similarly […]

  • Are Happy Lab Animals Better for Science?

    Are Happy Lab Animals Better for Science?

    via Science Mag: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN—If they weren’t in the windowless basement of a cavernous biomedical research building, the “Aquatic Suites” might sound like a cushy vacation destination. But the zebrafish here at the University of Michigan (UM) still have it pretty good. In a large room full of aquaria, the striped, pinkie-size swimmers flit past fake green plants, white plastic tunnels, and multicolored marbles that may remind them of the bottoms of lakes and streams. […]

  • New method developed to detect bacteria in food and water

    New method developed to detect bacteria in food and water

    via NEWS MEDICAL: Researcher Lili He and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have devised a low cost, easy to administer method that could help detect the presence of bacteria in food and water samples. This would be a boon for aid workers in areas affected by natural disasters where food and drinking water conditions are at high risk. It would also be very useful for cooks and chefs to ensure food safety, explained He. […]

  • Researchers Map Genetic ‘Switches’ Behind Human Brain Evolution

    Researchers Map Genetic ‘Switches’ Behind Human Brain Evolution

    via Laboratory Equipment : UCLA researchers have developed the first map of gene regulation in human neurogenesis, the process by which neural stem cells turn into brain cells and the cerebral cortex expands in size. The scientists identified factors that govern the growth of our brains and, in some cases, set the stage for several brain disorders that appear later in life. The human brain differs from that of mice and monkeys because of its large […]

  • 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, […]