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Laser Scanner to Convert Real-life Object into a 3D Model

Laser Scanner to Convert Real-life Object into a 3D Model
ZCorporation has come up with its ZScanner 700, an accurate handheld laser scanner to convert any real-life object into a 3D model, which may fulfill your dream to become a computer graphics artist. The handheld scanner can capture almost any object from any angle, and wherever you want.

All you have to do is connect the system to your laptop with FireWire-, add the reflective targets to the object, attune without wasting any time and start........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 8:12:14 PM)

Dried Plums As A Meat Preservative

Dried Plums As A Meat Preservative
To help satisfy consumer demand for more natural food products, scientists at Texas A&M University are investigating dried plums as a meat preservative.

"We observed that dried plums, when pureed, actually have a very good antioxidant capacity," said Dr. Jimmy Keeton, professor of animal science and leader of the research at Texas A&M.

"We've been experimenting with dried plums and plum juice in different types of products such as........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 7:49:02 PM)

Fossils From Ancient Sea Monster

Fossils From Ancient Sea Monster
A fossil-hunting trip to celebrate a son's homecoming resulted in the recent discovery of an ancient sea monster in central Montana.

Believed to be approximately 70 million years old, its skull and lower jaw represent the first complete skull of a long-necked plesiosaur found in Montana, according to Montana State University experts. The skull is said to be one of the best specimens of its kind in North America.

"It's a very important........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 5:04:23 AM)

Children's Belly Fat Increases More Than 65 Percent

Children's Belly Fat Increases More Than 65 Percent
Abdominal obesity increased more than 65 percent among boys and almost 70 percent among girls between 1988 and 2004. The finding of growing girth is significant because abdominal obesity has emerged as a better predictor of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes risk than the more commonly used Body Mass Index, a weight to height ratio that can sometimes be misleading.

As the first nationally representative study to document the increase........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 4:33:47 AM)

T-ray breakthrough

T-ray breakthrough
Researchers at the University of Bath, UK, and in Spain have said they have found a way to control the flow of terahertz radiation down a metal wire. Their findings are set out in a letter published in the current journal Physical Review Letters.

Terahertz radiation, whose frequency is around one thousand billion cycles a second, bridges the gap between the microwave and infrared parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Materials interact........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/3/2006 5:04:44 AM)

Where Seeds Store Iron

Where Seeds Store Iron
Biologists have learned where and how some plant seeds store iron, a valuable discovery for researchers working to improve the iron content of plants. Their research helps address the worldwide problem of iron deficiency and malnutrition in humans.

The team observed that iron is stored in the developing vascular system of the seed of Arabidopsis, a model plant used in research. In particular, iron is stored in the vacuole, a plant cell's........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/2/2006 8:54:06 PM)

Genes, Brain Chemicals And Complex Bee Behavior

Genes, Brain Chemicals And Complex Bee Behavior
Using a new combination of techniques, U.S. and European scientists have identified 36 genes that encode brain chemicals likely to play a role in the complex behaviors of the honey bee--from working in and defending the hive to foraging, displaying and interpreting dance language. Understanding the jobs these chemicals, called neuropeptides, carry out in the honey bee will help researchers understand what they do in humans, the scientists said.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 8:32:12 PM)

First Sunrise on Hinode's instruments

First Sunrise on Hinode's instruments
The Hinode (formerly Solar-B) satellite, a joint Japan/NASA/PPARC mission launched on 22nd September 2006, reported its first observations of the Sun with its suite of scientific instruments on 31st October 2006.

The satellite was renamed 'Hinode' which is Japanese for Sunrise, which is most appropriate since Hinode will watch at close hand massively explosive solar flares erupting from the Sun's surface and rising into interstellar space.
........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 8:13:51 PM)

Microscope Probes Nano-electronics

Microscope Probes Nano-electronics
A new form of scanning microscopy that simultaneously reveals physical and electronic profiles of metal nanostructures has been demonstrated at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado at Boulder. The new instrument is expected to be especially useful for analyzing the make-up and properties of nanoscale electronics and nanoparticles.

Scanning photoionization microscopy........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 7:42:45 PM)

Floating Lovers Count Too

Floating Lovers Count Too
In a paper from the recent issue of The American Naturalist, Vincenzo Penteriani, Fermin Otalora, and Miguel Ferrer, scientists at the Estacion Biologica de Donana (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain), focus on the forgotten and invisible side of animal populations - the floaters. Floaters are dispersed individuals who enter the reproductive population when breeding territory or a potential mate become available.

The........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 4:13:44 PM)

Rock Climbing Does Not Increase Risk Of Osteoarthritis

Rock Climbing Does Not Increase Risk Of Osteoarthritis
A study in the US has found there is no greater risk of osteoarthritis in rock climbers compared to non climbers, contrary to previous theory.

The study, published in the recent issue of Journal of Anatomy, examined osteological changes in the hands and fingers of rock climbers that result from intense, long-term mechanical stress placed on these bones. Specifically, whether rock climbing leads to increased cortical bone thickness and joint........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 4:41:31 AM)

Snake on a Galactic Plane!

Snake on a Galactic Plane!
Something scary appears to be slithering across the plane of our Milky Way galaxy in this new Halloween image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The snake-like object is actually the core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems. In fact, astronomers say its "belly" may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.

"The snake is an ideal place to hunt for massive forming stars as they have not had........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 6:58:49 PM)

New Species Discovered Inhawaiian Islands

New Species Discovered Inhawaiian Islands
A three-week scientific expedition to French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument returned to Honolulu on Sunday with the discovery of many new species and a better understanding of marine biodiversity in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

An all-star team of world-renowned taxonomists (biologists specializing in identifying and naming organisms) and an experienced support crew collected and photographed many........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 5:06:42 AM)

Teenage Girls' Use Of Diet Pills

Teenage Girls' Use Of Diet Pills
A study released recently by the University of Minnesota's "Project EAT" (Eating Among Teens) shows startling results of 2,500 female teenagers studied over a five-year period. The study found that high school-aged females' use of diet pills nearly doubled from 7.5 to 14.2 percent. By the ages of 19 and 20, 20 percent of females surveyed used diet pills.

"These numbers are startling, and they tell us we need to do a better job of helping our........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:43:09 AM)

Laptops Will Link Global Learners

Laptops Will Link Global Learners
The real star at an Oct. 19 lecture by Nicholas Negroponte was not the Media Lab co-founder and computer-aided design pioneer himself but what he brought to the Department of Architecture classroom at MIT--a model from his One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.

After Negroponte finished outlining plans for creating and distributing the inexpensive computer to children in developing nations, the audience crowded the podium to examine the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:36:16 AM)

Study Shows Brain's Response To Pleasing

Study Shows Brain's Response To Pleasing
We all have tastes we love, and tastes we hate. And yet, our "taste" for certain flavors and foods can change over time, as we get older or we get tired of eating the same old thing.

Now, a new University of Michigan study gives new evidence about what's going on in the brain when we taste something we like, or develop a liking for something we once hated.

And eventhough the study used rats instead of people, it has direct implications........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/30/2006 8:45:37 PM)

New insight into cell division

New insight into cell division
When cells divide, control mechanisms ensure that the genetic material, in other words the chromosomes, is correctly distributed to the daughter cells. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have now explained the molecular principles of these control processes. The so-called checkpoint kinases, i.e. the enzymes which perform this controlling, are not directly associated only with the chromosomes, as was........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/29/2006 8:11:40 PM)

Mind of the Bumblebee

Mind of the Bumblebee
Rebecca Flanagan has probably come as close as a human can to reading the mind of a bumblebee.

Flanagan, a graduate student in biological sciences, and Associate Professor Jeffrey Karron are studying the behaviors of bees as they gather pollen - which plant species the bees forage on, which flowers they probe and in what order, and how many blooms they visit before moving on to another plant. In doing so, the bees make plant reproduction........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/29/2006 6:53:59 PM)

Vitamin C and Water Healthy for Plastics, Too

Vitamin C and Water Healthy for Plastics, Too
Two new laboratory breakthroughs are poised to dramatically improve how plastics are made by assembling molecular chains more quickly and with less waste. Using such environmentally friendly substances as vitamin C or pure water, the two approaches present attractive alternatives to the common plastic manufacturing technique called free radical polymerization (FRP).

"The methods both present novel and complementary ways to dramatically........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/27/2006 9:27:51 PM)

What Killed Dinosaurs 65 Million Years Ago

What Killed Dinosaurs 65 Million Years Ago
Growing evidence shows that the dinosaurs and their contemporaries were not wiped out by the famed Chicxulub meteor impact alone, according to a paleontologist who says multiple meteor impacts, massive volcanism in India and climate changes culminated in the end of the Cretaceous Period.

The Chicxulub impact may have been the lesser and earlier of a series of meteor impacts and volcanic eruptions that pounded life on Earth for more than........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/27/2006 5:19:00 AM)

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Pseudo French iPod Cases

Pseudo French iPod Cases
What to do if you feel your cool factor on the wane? Get your Francophilia on. Le Pod by Your Sister's Mustache is a kicky little iPod holder with four designs to choose from. But be forewarned: none of them has anything to do with France, French culture, or anything remotely French-related. Or at least I don't think so. (hmm). Seriously though, who cares about the throwaway Franglish used to promote this product.

The important thing is you........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 8:20:47 PM)

Silent Eco-friendly Plane

Silent Eco-friendly Plane
MIT and Cambridge University researchers will unveil the conceptual design for a silent, environmentally friendly passenger plane at a press conference Monday, Nov. 6, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.

"Public concern about noise is a major constraint on expansion of aircraft operations. The 'silent aircraft' can help address this concern and thus aid in meeting the increasing passenger demand for air transport," said Edward M.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 7:32:16 PM)

Who Would Cut The Cake?

Who Would Cut The Cake?
Suppose a cake is to be divided between two people, Alice and Bob. A fair procedure is to have Alice cut the cake and then have Bob choose whichever piece he prefers. Alice has an incentive to cut the cake exactly in half, since she will be left with whichever piece Bob does not take.

This "you cut, I choose" method, known since time immemorial, has been used in dispute resolutions ranging from land division in the Bible to children's........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 4:49:57 AM)

Toddlers Learn Complex Actions From Picture-book

Toddlers Learn Complex Actions From Picture-book
Parents who engage in the age-old tradition of picture-book reading are not only encouraging early reading development in their children but are also teaching their toddlers about the world around them, as per a research studyin the recent issue of Developmental Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). This finding shows that interactions with life-like color pictures can aid in children's learning.

Parents of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/5/2006 9:18:43 PM)

Which Is More Annoying, Spam Or Direct Mail?

Which Is More Annoying, Spam Or Direct Mail?
You open up your e-mail inbox and are inundated with spam that offers everything from inkjet cartridges to "investment opportunities" that are obviously too good to be true. You open up your mailbox at home to find more unsolicited ads, everything from pizza coupons to credit card offers.

Ever wonder which is more annoying?

As per a new study by a researcher in the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/2/2006 9:09:22 PM)

You Can't Judge Biodiversity By Its Bird

You Can't Judge Biodiversity By Its Bird
The canary in the coal mine, the supposed harbinger of threat for all those around it, isn't as true as it seemed for biodiversity conservation, according to a sweeping study in which a Michigan State University ornithologist participated.

A global group of scientists including Pamela Rasmussen, of the Department of Zoology, has done the most detailed study yet of how rare and threatened species of birds, mammals and amphibians are........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/2/2006 5:14:23 AM)

Serotonin Child Abuse Link

Serotonin Child Abuse Link
A research team observed that when baby rhesus monkeys endured high rates of maternal rejection and mild abuse in their first month of life, their brains often produced less serotonin, a chemical that transmits impulses in the brain. Low levels of serotonin are linked to anxiety and depression and impulsive aggression in both humans and monkeys.

Abused females who became abusive mothers in adulthood had lower serotonin in their brains than........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/2/2006 5:03:57 AM)

New Study Forecasts Democratic Takeover

New Study Forecasts Democratic Takeover
A new study, "Forecasting House Seats from Generic Congressional Polls" authored by Dartmouth Professor of Government Joseph Bafumi and his colleagues at Columbia and Temple universities, predicts that based on current ballot polling data, the Democratic Party can expect to gain 32 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 7 mid-term congressional elections. Such a gain would guarantee the Democrats a House majority and exceed a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 8:23:16 PM)

Why There Are More Species In The Tropics?

Why There Are More Species In The Tropics?
Why are there more species in the tropics than in the temperate regions of the globe? A number of of the world's species live in the tropics (perhaps more than half), but the reason has been debated for more than 100 years.

A number of scientists have hypothesized that climatic factors somehow cause species to originate more quickly in tropical regions. In a paper appearing in the recent issue of The American Naturalist, John Wiens and a........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/1/2006 5:27:00 PM)

Save Threatened Turtles

Save Threatened Turtles
Ecology and conservation experts from the University of Exeter today urge international governments to work together to protect threatened Caribbean sea turtle populations.

The Cayman Islands, a UK Overseas Territory, once supported one of the world's largest sea turtle rookeries, which comprised some 6.5 million adult green and loggerhead turtles. These populations were driven into decline from the mid-1600s onwards, when massive harvesting........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 9:25:17 PM)

Download Soundflavor DJ

Download Soundflavor DJ
Windows only: Freeware application Soundflavor DJ is an iTunes companion designed primarily as a playlist generator.

We've been seeing a lot of playlist generators for iTunes lately, but so far Soundflavor has impressed me the most. Like the rest, Soundflavor fingerprints your music and builds playlists based on similarity of fingerprints (with the option to populate playlists with more or less similar music); by now this whole things become........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 7:24:21 PM)

Esperanza Fire

Esperanza Fire
Waves of gray-brown smoke washed over the mountains southeast of Los Angeles and out over the Pacific on Oct. 26, 2006, on the same day on which four firefighters were killed fighting the blaze. West of Palm Springs, Calif., the Esperanza Fire had ballooned under the influence of Santa Ana winds to encompass more than 19,000 acres as of the morning of Oct. 27, according to the daily report from the National Interagency Fire Center. Racing........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 6:48:59 PM)

Halloween For Nebula

Halloween For Nebula
The dark nebula SH2-136 appears to be celebrating Halloween all of the time. The complex process of star formation create dust clouds of many shapes and sizes -- it is human perception that might identify a ghoulish creature, on the right of the above image, chasing humans.

Halloween's modern celebration retains historic roots in dressing to scare away the spirits of the dead. Since the fifth century BC, Halloween has been celebrated as a........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 6:39:42 PM)

Global Warming And Insect Population Growth

Global Warming And Insect Population Growth
Insects have proven to be highly adaptable organisms, able through evolution to cope with a variety of environmental changes, including relatively recent changes in the world's climate. But like something out of a scary Halloween tale, new University of Washington research suggests insects' ability to adapt to warmer temperatures carries an unexpected consequence - more insects.

It appears that insect species that adapt to warmer climates........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:52:08 AM)

Technique Harnesses 3-d Game Engines

Technique Harnesses 3-d Game Engines
Student researchers working with Beth Coleman, assistant professor in comparative media studies and in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, are exploring machinima, one branch of the rapidly evolving world of computer animation. As members of the Machinima Work Group, they are experimenting in the medium to find new modes of cinematic expression.

Machinima (pronounced "machine-ima," the word is coined from "machine" and "cinema")........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:26:04 AM)

Microwaving Your French Fries Before You Fry Them

Microwaving Your French Fries Before You Fry Them
Microwaving your French fries before you fry them reduces the levels of a cancer-causing substance, reveals findings published recently in the SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The discovery of acrylamide - a possible carcinogenic in humans - has led to much research being done to investigate the benefits of alternative cooking methods. Acrylamide forms during processes such as frying, baking and roasting where........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/31/2006 4:08:51 AM)

3-D ultrasound and robotic surgery

3-D ultrasound and robotic surgery
Duke University engineers have shown that a three-dimensional ultrasound scanner they developed can successfully guide a surgical robot.

The scanner could find application in various medical settings, according to the researchers. They said the scanner ultimately might enable surgeries to be performed without surgeons, a capability that could prove valuable in space stations or other remote locations.

"It's the first time, to our........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 10/30/2006 8:30:05 PM)

See What A Three-legged Tortoise Got

See What A Three-legged Tortoise Got
Tina the tortoise has been given a lift after being fitted with a suspension system and a pneumatic tyre to help her cope with muddy terrain.

The three-legged reptile can now go 'off-road' after the 4×4-style system was attached to her shell.

Tina was fitted with a plastic wheel four years ago to replace her rear right leg.

But our increasingly warmer autumns mean Tina hibernates later in the year, leaving her battling to cope with........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/29/2006 7:59:43 PM)

Mate-attracting Chemicals in Silk worms

Mate-attracting Chemicals in Silk worms
It's all about "the birds and the bees." And now, "the silkworm moths and the fruit flies".

A chemical ecologist and a genetics researcher at the University of California, Davis, have joined forces to trick fruit flies into thinking that silkworm moths are potential mates.

Groundbreaking research in the labs of chemical ecologist Walter Leal and genetics researcher Deborah Kimbrell shows that genetically engineered fruit flies responded........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/27/2006 9:02:44 PM)

Latest views of the V838

Latest views of the V838
Hubble has returned to the intriguing V838 Monocerotis many times since its initial outburst in 2002 to follow the evolution of its light echo. Two new images provide the most astonishing views of V838 to date.

The unusual variable star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) continues to puzzle astronomers. This previously inconspicuous star underwent an outburst early in 2002, during which it temporarily increased in brightness to become 600,000 times........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 10/27/2006 5:04:26 AM)

   
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