Amid flashing lightning and booming thunder, storms emit a very powerful but little understood form of energy — gamma radiation. These terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) produce short-lived but immensely powerful bursts of energy that could zap airplane passengers with unhealthy doses of radiation. Now, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz think they might be able to use a smartphone app to learn more about these mysterious bursts.
Here is the first installment of a new feature here at BiotechDueDiligence, the "Journal Watch." Similar to the Weekend Biotech Reading List, I'll curate and post collections of recent scientific / medical articles published in the literature than contain key [...]
The above photo is of Apolemia lanosa a type siphonophore belonging to phylum Cnidaria that also includes corals and jellies. It’s basically the ocean’s way of celebrating Christmas all year long. Like many other Cnidarians, siphonophores bud new individuals—exact clones themselves. In a manner similar to Christmas elves although this is not proven by science. […]
Researchers have designed a new model to predict the riskiest areas of Al-Madinah, the second holy city of Islam that sits at the northern tip of a dangerous volcanic field. The model could improve evacuation and building planning for the city.
I am currently polishing a manuscript for submission (hence the obvious necessity of working on a blog post, next I will clean my bathroom tile). I am delving deep into the literature to precisely contextualize my results. I often despair that I will never be able to read all the scientific literature that is relevant to my research. For example, entering two key search terms- ‘lactation’ and ‘glucocorticoids’- returns 24,800 results in Google Scholar. John Medbury