Innovative methods of drug discovery do not always take place in an academic laboratory. They may start there, but they can also happen in orbit aboard the International Space Station, as protein crystallization research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is about to demonstrate once again. “The human body contains many proteins known to …
Deep-sea finds, baby turtles & a wildlife fatwa
From the creepy creatures found in the depths of the Pacific’s New Hebrides trench, to mass turtle hatchings, dolphin superpods and an epic reptilian wrestling match (and more!), here are some of the week’s headline-grabbing stories from the world of nature.
via Earth Touch.
The World’s Largest Salamander
"Beautiful, awesome, and disgusting," is how I like to describe the Chinese Giant Salamander—the largest amphibian on the planet, reaching lengths of up to six feet.
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via Unusual Creatures.
There it is. Our home. To us it seems like such a huge place where we will never meet all our neighbors. A place where we live our daily lives consumed with news and opinions from all directions. We work. We play. We do silly stuff like fight wars or think we are the […]
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, […]
Your Space Babies Would Die Of Fungus!
Ever wonder what would happen if a baby was born in space? Well, recent studies show that there could be some harmful side effects…including the inability to fight off infection! Join Trace and Anthony as they take a look at what the negative effects of fruit flies born into space could mean for humans.
via DNews Channel.
Chocolate Hates You!
It’s classier than eating pure sugar and the only truly decadent bean. Chocolate is what Mama thought the world was a box of and Chocolate Hates You!
via Nature Hates You.
Killing Cancer - New Brain Cancer Treatment Targets Tumors
Targeting brain tumors with enough anti-cancer medication is no easy task. But Stefan Bossmann and Deryl Troyer at Kansas State University are developing a novel materials treatment method for persons with brain cancer that uses a type of white blood cell to deliver anticancer drugs to particularly virulent brain tumors.
via Videos at NSF.
"The owl is truly a messenger, and in an irruption, the messenger comes to us", says wildlife photographer Paul Bannick.The first time most people hear the word, "irruption", they tend to conflate it with a similar-sounding word and visions of volcanoes and hot lava erupt into their minds. But the word "irruption" describes a different sort of explosive event: it applies to a sudden, sharp and unpredictable increase in the relative numbers of a population. Irruptions can be triggered by the
Group genius: Why fish are smarter in swarms
When animals swarm they exhibit a complex collective intelligence that could help us build robots, heal wounds and understand the brain
Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129540.800
via New Scientist Video.
Starfish on the West Coast have been dying in startling numbers. Some observers have documented sea star bodies turning to mush, others described the creatures disintegrating. It's "sea star wasting disease," and scientists don't know what causes it.
Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 5 - The Padian Paper
Myles discussed the Padian paper and the claims in the movie House of Numbers that no one contracted HIV in the study.
via Myles Power.