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Turn Off Proteins Stretch A DNA Loop

Turn Off Proteins Stretch A DNA Loop
Biologists have discovered that the physical manifestation of DNA loops are a consequence of a number of biochemical processes in the cell, such as the regulation of gene expression. In other words, these loops indicate the presence of enzymes or other proteins that are turned on. Now physicists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that stretching the DNA molecule can also turn off the proteins known to cause loops in DNA.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 8:18:50 PM)

Can the Stanley Cup playoffs harm your hearing?

Can the Stanley Cup playoffs harm your hearing?
During last year's NHL playoffs, Edmonton Oilers' fans tried to earn the title of loudest arena in the game, but new University of Alberta research shows that even a few hours of exposure to that level of noise can be harmful.

Bill Hodgetts from the U of A's Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Dr. Richard Liu, from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry measured the noise levels during games three, four and six during the Stanley Cup........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 5:10:25 AM)

Clues to Pregnancy in Male Pipefish

Clues to Pregnancy in Male Pipefish
Genetic archaeology is providing a new clue to one of the greatest gender mysteries in the fish world: how did male pregnancy evolve in a family of fish?

A gene discovered in the gulf pipefish hints that a gene already busy with kidney and liver function may have learned new tricks in the male womb, said April Harlin-Cognato, a biologist at Michigan State University, and her colleagues. Their research results, funded by the National Science........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/4/2006 10:03:41 PM)

Robotic Pets May Be Bad Medicine

Robotic Pets May Be Bad Medicine
In the face of techno-doomsday punditry, Sherry Turkle has long been a proponent of the positive. In her books, "The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit" and "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet," Turkle has explored the relationship between human and machine and found much to ponder and even praise.

But now the director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self has a confession: "I have finally met technology........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/4/2006 5:08:36 AM)

Coffee and tea brewing wands

Coffee and tea brewing wands
Here's a drinking concept for tea and coffee lovers that I've never seen before -- brewing wands that you use to brew your hot drink then use as a straw to sip through. Normally, you don't drink hot beverages through a straw (I vaguely recall trying to once or twice and burning my throat because I couldn't guage the temperature before it was too late). And then there's the straw melting issue with normal straws. Makes me wonder how much of the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/4/2006 4:49:26 AM)

Obesity Major Problem

Obesity Major Problem
Obesity is a major health problem in North America and several European countries. Currently over half of the total population living in the United States is thought to be having either overweigt or obesity. Incidence of obesity continue to increase in both males and females. Of all U.S. women twenty years and older, about 64 million can be considered as overweight and more than 34 million are will fall in to the catagory of obese women.
........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:50:56 AM)

Seagrass ecosystems at a 'global crisis'

Seagrass ecosystems at a 'global crisis'
An international team of scientists is calling for a targeted global conservation effort to preserve seagrasses and their ecological services for the worlds coastal ecosystems, according to an article published in the recent issue of Bioscience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).

The article "A Global Crisis for Seagrass Ecosystems" cites the critical role seagrasses play in coastal systems and how costal........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:27:58 AM)

Elegant Leather-Coated Portable HDD

Elegant Leather-Coated Portable HDD
Prestigio Technologies Ltd. is already known for its mobile storage product line. It has added one more glorious product to its line by announcing the availability of is Data Safe II portable hard drive coated in smooth leather. The product features high capacity, additional security and easy back-up functions.

The device is available in 40, 60, 80, 100 or 120 GB capacity modifications based on 2.5" HDD. You can make a choice between the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/29/2006 9:27:48 PM)

A Sense Of Touch For Robotic Surgery Tools

A Sense Of Touch For Robotic Surgery Tools
By substituting mechanical instruments for human fingers, robotic tools give surgeons a new way to perform medical procedures with great precision in small spaces. But as the surgeon directs these tools from a computer console, an important component is lost: the sense of touch.

Johns Hopkins researchers are trying to change that by adding such sensations, known as haptic feedback, to medical robotic systems. "Haptic" refers to the sense of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/29/2006 5:10:29 AM)

Public School Or Private School

Public School Or Private School
In the first study to examine differences in learning gains at the kindergarten level, William Carbonaro (University of Notre Dame) finds that publicly schooled kindergarteners post the same or greater learning gains than privately schooled kindergarteners. These findings come as a surprise because, as Carbonaro writes in the recent issue of the American Journal of Education, Both the financial costs of private schooling and other........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/29/2006 4:49:16 AM)

Venturi Eclectic car

Venturi Eclectic car
This interesting article is worth discussion:

I was once called the "Gay Inspector Gadget" (don't ask). You see I have this belief that the perfect car for me will be laden with gadgets, keep me connected to the world and have a neutral impact on the environment. Aside from the gadgets thing, I don't see anything else I have in common with Inspector Gadget. I mean I don't have a little blond girl shadowing me with a brainy dog, so the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 8:53:50 PM)

True HD in Your Pocket

True HD in Your Pocket
The name Canon has always meant photographic and broadcast television cameras with optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance, and the latest in technological advancements. Canon's new High Definition video camcorder is no exception.

The stylish Canon HV10 gives you the ultimate in HD video and digital photo quality - in the world's smallest HDV camcorder*. Its 10x optical zoom lens and 2.96 Megapixel CMOS image sensor........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 8:42:37 PM)

Perennial wheat research

Perennial wheat research
Annual wheat, which is traditionally grown in the Great Plains, is planted in the fall and dies after harvest in mid-summer. But Dr. Charlie Rush, Experiment Station plant pathologist, is testing some perennial lines of wheat bred in Washington state.

These perennial lines regrow after harvest and may survive for up to five years, Rush said. And eastern Washington is climatically similar to the Texas Panhandle, except it has harsher winters.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 4:45:18 AM)

Humpback Whale Brain Cells

Humpback Whale Brain Cells
Cetaceans, the group of marine mammals that includes whales and dolphins, have demonstrated remarkable auditory and communicative abilities, as well as complex social behaviors. A new study published online November 27, 2006 in The Anatomical Record, the official journal of the American Association of Anatomists,compared a humpback whale brain with brains from several other cetacean species and found the presence of a certain type of neuron........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/27/2006 4:47:52 AM)

Wheat Gene To Boost Foods' Nutrient Content

Wheat Gene To Boost Foods' Nutrient Content
Scientists at the University of California, Davis; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the University of Haifa in Israel have cloned a gene from wild wheat that increases the protein, zinc and iron content in the grain, potentially offering a solution to nutritional deficiencies affecting hundreds of millions of children around the world.

Results from the study would be published in the Nov. 24 issue of the journal Science.

"Wheat is........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/26/2006 7:53:02 AM)

New Meaning To Term 'Older Than Dirt'

New Meaning To Term 'Older Than Dirt'
A particularly resilient type of carbon from the first plants to regrow after the last ice age and that same type of carbon from all the plants since appears to have been accumulating for 11,000 years in the forests of British Columbia, Canada.

It's as if the carbon, which comes from the waxy material plants generate to protect their foliage from sun and weather, has been going into a bank account where only deposits are being made and........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/26/2006 7:36:24 AM)

Unique View Of Underwater Eruption

Unique View Of Underwater Eruption
A combination of luck and being in the right place at the right time allowed a University of Florida geologist and other scientists to capture and record an undersea volcanic eruption for the first time ever.

The eruption, which took place early this spring thousands of feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, is described in a paper set for release Thursday in Science Express, the journal Sciences online magazine.

Never before have........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/26/2006 7:03:18 AM)

On the cutting edge: Carbon nanotube cutlery

On the cutting edge: Carbon nanotube cutlery
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) have designed a carbon nanotube knife that, in theory, would work like a tight-wire cheese slicer. In a paper presented this month at the 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition*, the research team announced a prototype nanoknife that could, in the future, become a tabletop tool of biology, allowing........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/23/2006 5:30:20 AM)

FTC Halts Unlawful Spyware Operations

FTC Halts Unlawful Spyware Operations
Defendants involved with operations that secretly downloaded spyware that changed settings on consumers' computers, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their practices violated federal law. The settlements bar secret software downloads in the future, bar the operators from exploiting security vulnerabilities to download software, and bar misrepresentations. In addition, the operators will give up a total of $50,000 in........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/22/2006 4:55:20 AM)

Safer Ways To Detect Uranium Minerals

Safer Ways To Detect Uranium Minerals
The threat of 'dirty' bombs and plans to use nuclear power as an energy source have driven Queensland University of Technology researchers to discover a new, safer way of detecting radioative contamination in the ground.

Professor Ray Frost, from QUT's School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, has found a way of identifying, from a remote location, uranium deposits that have leached into the soil and water.

"The ability to be able to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/21/2006 9:05:31 PM)

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Nanotechnology's Potential Threatened

Nanotechnology's Potential Threatened
"Nanoscale science and engineering promise to be as important as the steam engine, the transistor, and the Internet, and have the potential to revolutionize all other technologies" as per Neal Lane, former science advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton. "But that outcome is not guaranteed".

Dr. Lane made his remarks today at a Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies event at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The program........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 8:23:22 PM)

Not Everyone Enjoys A Murder Mystery

Not Everyone Enjoys A Murder Mystery
Not everyone enjoys a murder mystery with a surprise ending, new research suggests.

People who have lower levels of self-esteem prefer crime and detective stories that confirm their suspicions in the end, while those with higher self-esteem enjoy a story that goes against expectations.

"Personality plays a role in whether a person wants to be confirmed or surprised when they read mysteries," said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, co-author of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 7:32:32 PM)

Dreaming Of A Nanotech Christmas

Dreaming Of A Nanotech Christmas
Will parents put an iPod Nano or Head Nano Titanium tennis racket under the Christmas tree for their children this year? Will holiday revelers hang a Nano-Infinity stocking on their fireplace mantle for Santa Claus to fill? Just what does compel shoppers to either buy nanotechnology products, or avoid them because of real or imagined risks?

With over 350 manufacturer-identified nanotechnology consumer products available for purchase this........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/5/2006 4:42:11 AM)

Strontium Atomic Clock

Strontium Atomic Clock
Using an ultra-stable laser to manipulate strontium atoms trapped in a "lattice" made of light, researchers at JILA have demonstrated the capability to produce the most precise "ticks" ever recorded in an optical atomic clock-techniques that may be useful in time keeping, precision measurements of high frequencies, and quantum computers using neutral atoms as bits of information.

The JILA strontium lattice design, described in the Dec. 1........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/4/2006 9:53:04 PM)

How Mirrors Can Light Up The World Guardian

How Mirrors Can Light Up The World Guardian
I have to admit that I am not up-to-date on the latest alternative energy solutions. However that said, I was surprised to find out the latest on solar technology. If this BBC article is accurate, then the solution to the energy crisis may be closer than fusion energy.

Again, I am not up on the technology here and do not know if the costs are prohibitive for these mirrors. Here is an excerpt from the article to get you started:

Most........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/3/2006 8:58:11 PM)

Glucocorticoid, Skin Abnormalities And Stress

Glucocorticoid, Skin Abnormalities And Stress
Inhibiting glucocorticoid, a type of steroid, can prevent skin abnormalities induced by psychological stress, as per a new study from the recent issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. The new study also shows how psychological stress induces skin abnormalities that could initiate or worsen skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

The study, "Glucocorticoid blockade........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/1/2006 4:55:13 AM)

Go To Church To Breathe Easier

Go To Church To Breathe Easier
Going to church might help you breathe easier. A new study by Temple Universitys Joanna Maselko, Sc.D., observed that religious activity may protect and maintain pulmonary health in the elderly.

Pulmonary function is an important indicator of respiratory and overall health, yet little is known about the psychosocial factors that might predict pulmonary function. At the same time, religious activity is emerging as a potential health........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/30/2006 5:02:55 AM)

World's Oldest Ritual Discovered

World's Oldest Ritual Discovered
A startling archaeological discovery this summer changes our understanding of human history. While, up until now, scholars have largely held that mans first rituals were carried out over 40, 000 years ago in Europe, it now appears that they were wrong about both the time and place.

Associate Professor Sheila Coulson, from the University of Oslo, can now show that modern humans, Homo sapiens, have performed advanced rituals in Africa for........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/30/2006 4:54:33 AM)

Placement Of Rainforest Trees

Placement Of Rainforest Trees
The apple might not fall far from the tree, but new research shows that how it falls might be what is most important in determining tree distribution across a forest. This study of the seed dispersal methods of rainforest trees demonstrates that these methods play a primary role in the organization of plant species in tropical forests.

Joshua B. Plotkin, a junior fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and co-author........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/29/2006 5:05:45 AM)

Survival Of Many Universities At Risk

Survival Of Many Universities At Risk
The survival of many developing country universities, especially in Africa, is at risk if they are not quickly strengthened and geared to help address regional development problems through research, warns the head of advanced studies at the United Nations University.

Speaking at UNESCOs Paris headquarters Nov. 29, Prof. A.H. Zakri, Director of UNUs Yokohama-based Institute for Advanced Studies, appealed for international help to foster........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/29/2006 4:30:56 AM)

Old Engravings Of Animals Are Charmingly Strange

Old Engravings Of Animals Are Charmingly Strange
Mark Frauenfelder:

Bibliodyssey has an excellent gallery of 18th century engravings from 'Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen' at Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Lyon (named as 'Histoire naturelle des quadrupedes'.

The absurd rendering of a number of of the animals comes about because the engravers/artists working on the project did not actually see the animals. They had to rely on descriptions and their imagination and, as was the fashion of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 8:48:36 PM)

Big Magnet Ready To Face The Big Questions

Big Magnet Ready To Face The Big Questions
The largest superconducting magnet ever built has successfully been powered up to its operating conditions at the first attempt. Called the Barrel Toroid because of its shape, this magnet is a vital part of ATLAS, one of the major particle detectors being prepared to take data at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator scheduled to turn on in November 2007. ATLAS will help researchers probe the big questions of the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 8:12:32 PM)

Biocontrol of wavyleaf thistle being studied in Texas

Biocontrol of wavyleaf thistle being studied in Texas
Wavy leaf thistle was difficult to find along Panhandle highways five years ago. But now the noxious weed can be found moving into pastures, said a Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researcher.

Dr. Jerry Michels, Experiment Station entomologist at Bushland, along with Nagendra Earle, a West Texas A&M University graduate student, began looking at controlling the intruding noxious weed with natural controls about two years ago.

Michels'........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 4:54:57 AM)

Brains Respond Better To Name Brands

Brains Respond Better To Name Brands
Your brain may be determining what car you buy before you've even taken a test drive. A new study gauging the brain's response to product branding has observed that strong brands elicit strong activity in our brains. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"This is the first functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) test examining the power of brands," said Christine........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/28/2006 4:31:30 AM)

Dramatic Shift In Marine Ecosystems Occurred 250m Years Ago

Dramatic Shift In Marine Ecosystems Occurred 250m Years Ago
The earth experienced its biggest mass extinction about 250 million years ago, an event that wiped out an estimated 95% of marine species and 70% of land species. New research shows that this mass extinction did more than eliminate species: it fundamentally changed the basic ecology of the world's oceans.

Ecologically simple marine communities were largely displaced by complex communities. Furthermore, this apparently abrupt shift set a new........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/26/2006 7:57:41 AM)

First Look At Seafloor Formation

First Look At Seafloor Formation
Ordinarily, losing almost all of one's instruments would be considered a severe setback to any scientist. But when Maya Tolstoy, a marine geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, recently learned that two-thirds of the seismometers she placed on the floor of the Pacific Ocean were trapped more than 8,000 feet (2500 meters) underwater, it turned out to be an extremely good........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/26/2006 7:29:23 AM)

Women Preists To 'Save Church From Sinking'

Women Preists To 'Save Church From Sinking'
Whether or not ordained women have had a significant impact over the past decade, they will save the Church from sinking in the future, according to ESRC-sponsored research at the University of Manchester.

Dr David Voas, a senior researcher at the universitys School of Social Sciences said: Nearly half of all priests ordained in recent years have been women. Close to a quarter of male parish priests are 60 or older, and their average age is........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/26/2006 6:41:20 AM)

The Power Behind Insect Flight

The Power Behind Insect Flight
Researchers from Rensselaer and the University of Vermont have discovered a key molecular mechanism that allows tiny flies and other "no-see-ums" to whirl their wings at a dizzying rate of up to 1,000 times per second. The findings were reported in last week's online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

"We have determined important details of the biochemical reaction by which the fastest known muscle........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/22/2006 5:12:09 AM)

First Live HDTV Broadcast From Space

First Live HDTV Broadcast From Space
Images from the world's first high definition television (HDTV) broadcast from space flashed across the screen on Nov 15th in Times Square. On Nov. 15, 2006, NASA made history with the first live HDTV broadcasts from space, in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Discovery HD Theater and Japanese broadcast network NHK.

The two HDTV broadcasts featured Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria on the International........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/22/2006 4:32:57 AM)

Watching TV can improve parenting and child behavior

Watching TV can improve parenting and child behavior
Watching television parenting programmes like ITV's Driving Mum and Dad Mad really can help improve parenting skills and modify children's behavioural problems, according to a study at The University of Manchester.

The six-part series followed the progress of five families whose children showed clear behavioural problems through Professor Matt Sanders' 'Triple P-Positive Parenting Programme,' which provides guidance on parenting skills which........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/21/2006 8:48:20 PM)

   
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