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The Smell Of MoneyIt's not hard to recall the pungent scent of a handful of pocket change. Similar smells emanate from a sweat-covered dumbbell or the water emerging from an old metal pipe. Yet no one has been able to identify the exact chemical cause of these familiar odors.
Now, researchers supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) MUSES award and the UFZ Environmental Research Center in Germany have shown that these odor molecules come not from the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/21/2006 8:32:53 PM)
Fascinating Twin Star ExplosionsScientists using NASA's Swift satellite stumbled upon a rare sight, two supernovas side by side in one galaxy. Large galaxies typically play host to three supernovas per century. Galaxy NGC 1316 has had two supernovas in less than five months, and a total of four supernova in 26 years, as far back as the records go. This makes NGC 1316 the most prodigious known producer of supernovas.
The first supernova, still visible on the "right" in the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/20/2006 8:33:20 PM)
Wnt Reactivates Dormant Limb Regeneration Chop off a salamander's leg and a brand new one will sprout in no time. But most animals have lost the ability to replace missing limbs. Now, a research team at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies has been able to regenerate a wing in a chick embryo a species not known to be able to regrow limbs - suggesting that the potential for such regeneration exists innately in all vertebrates, including humans.
Their study, published in the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/19/2006 9:30:34 PM)
Virtual Biopsies Of Internal SurfacesA new optical imaging technique, developed at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), can provide three-dimensional microscopic views of the inner surfaces of blood vessels and gastrointestinal organs. In their report in the journal Nature Medicine, receiving early online release today, the MGH-Wellman researchers describe using optical frequency-domain imaging (OFDI) to visualize broad areas of the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/19/2006 9:07:39 PM)
Which Wasps Are Bad LosersWasps have more than just a sting in their tail according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, they also carry the insect version of pepper spray in their heads, which they can release when fighting other wasps. The research not only gives us a fascinating insight into insect behaviour but could also help us to use wasps to kill crop destroying pests.
For the first time scientists, funded by the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/19/2006 9:02:06 PM)
Money Causes Changes For Better And WorseMoney changes everything, and that includes changing people's motivations for the better and their behavior toward others for the worse, as per a new study reported in the international journal Science.
Florida State University psychology graduate student Nicole Mead in Tallahassee, Fla was among a group of scientists who observed that the concept of money brings about a state of self-sufficiency that allows people to work harder and more........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 7:48:03 PM)
Dieting Or ExerciseThose in their 50s and 60s who want to lose weight might consider heading to the cardio workout room instead of counting calories, suggests new research out this month.
Both those who dieted and those who exercised lost a significant amount of weight, as per findings from an NIH-funded study on whether a calorie-restriction diet can extend lifespan. However, while exercisers maintained their strength and muscle mass and increased aerobic........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 7:11:37 PM)
Relativistic Pinball MachineNew clues about the origins of cosmic rays, mysterious high-energy particles that bombard the Earth, have been revealed using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. An extraordinarily detailed image of the remains of an exploded star provides crucial insight into the generation of cosmic rays.
For the first time, astronomers have mapped the rate of acceleration of cosmic ray electrons in a supernova remnant. The new map shows that the electrons........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 4:35:05 AM)
Listening To Gunshots May Save LivesFrom the crack of a supersonic bullet, Montana State University electrical engineering professor Rob Maher is exploring how sound can be used for everything from saving soldiers from snipers to saving wilderness from noise pollution.
This fall, Maher presented the results of two years of research into gunshots at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society's annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/15/2006 9:45:00 PM)
Enriching Education For DisadvantedWhile studies have shown that disadvantaged children benefit from high-quality preschool programs, they would benefit even more if they had additional tutoring and mentoring during their elementary and high school years, according to research at the University of Chicago.
Researchers have previously noted that many of the advantages children receive from preschool experiences begin to wane as they continue through school. A study by James........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/15/2006 4:48:03 AM)
Young Children Don't Believe Everything They HearChildhood is a time when young minds receive a vast amount of new information. Until now, it's been thought that children believe most of what they hear. New research sheds light on children's abilities to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
Through conversation, books, and the media, young children are continually exposed to information that is new to them. Much of the information they receive is factual (e.g., the names of the planets........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/14/2006 4:32:45 AM)
No kidding - it's the Kid TreadmillNow here is a treadmill designed just for kids, the Kid Treadmill. Well, I never imagined I would see a product like this! I mean, I wonder if you could even convince your child to get on an exercise machine like this, even if you think he/she needs it. Aren't there more fun ways your child can get some physical activity than being on a boring treadmill? And isn't it an alarming indicator that obesity is setting in so early?
Nevertheless, if........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/13/2006 8:47:20 AM)
Memories: It's All In The PackagingResearchers at UC Irvine have found that how much detail one remembers of an event depends on whether a certain portion of the brain is activated to "package" the memory.
The research may help to explain why sometimes people only recall parts of an experience such as a car accident, and yet vividly recall all of the details of a similar experience.
In experiments using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the scientists were able........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/10/2006 5:14:23 AM)
Eye Of A Monster Storm On SaturnNASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet -- a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's south pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.
The "hurricane" spans a dark area inside a thick, brighter ring of clouds. It is approximately 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) across, or two thirds the diameter of Earth.
"It looks like a hurricane, but it doesn't behave like a hurricane," said Dr. Andrew........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/10/2006 4:54:34 AM)
Firefighters Face Increased Risk Of CancersUniversity of Cincinnati (UC) environmental health researchers have determined that firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields.
Their findings suggest that the protective equipment firefighters have used in the past didn't do a good job in protecting them against cancer-causing agents they encounter in their profession, the researchers say.
The researchers found, for........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/10/2006 4:06:33 AM)
Nanoparticle Hold Promise in Reducing Radiation Side EffectsWith the help of tiny, transparent zebrafish embryos, researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Medical College are hoping to prove that a microscopic nanoparticle can be part of a "new class of radioprotective agents" that help protect normal tissue from radiation damage just as well as standard drugs.
Reporting November 7, 2006 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/8/2006 9:40:03 PM)
Ethanol Production From Plant FiberJohn Verkade remembers just how it happened some 40 years ago: One of his Iowa State University graduate students, David Hendricker, stopped by to report somebody was stealing a little wooden applicator stick from a beaker.
Oh, Verkade said, that's just a prank. Go hide around the corner and do some peeking until the joker shows up again. Thirty minutes later Hendricker was back in Verkade's office.
"You've got to see this," Verkade........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 10:47:26 PM)
How about 'Die Another Day'?A fascinating new study from the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research is the first to conceptualize sequels as the movie equivalent of brand extensions. As per traditional branding research, extension evaluations improve when the extension is perceived to be similar to the parent brand. However, Sanjay Sood (UCLA) and Xavier Drze (University of Pennsylvania) find that the effect of similarity reverses when it comes to movies. In........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 7:39:24 PM)
Cambodia moves to protect endangered birdIn an effort to protect a large grassland bird from possible extinction, the government of Cambodia has recently moved to set aside more than one hundred square miles of habitat for the Bengal florican, a bird now classified as endangered, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The Bengal florican--a type of bustard--is restricted to tiny fragments of grassland scattered across Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal and India, which are........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 4:32:36 AM)
Could You Explain The Origins Of The Universe?Formative Evaluation of the Large Hadron Collider Communications Project.
PPARC has commissioned research that asked adults, teachers and young people about their interest in, knowledge of and concerns about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project. Due to start in late 2007, at CERN, Geneva, it will be one of the largest experiments in the history of science, and will investigate the Origin of the Universe.
Dr Ray Mathias (UK LHC........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 9:11:18 PM)
Holiday Gluttony Can Spell Disaster For Undiagnosed DiabeticsHearty feasts and couch-potato marathons are holiday traditions, but UT Southwestern Medical Center experts warn that packing on pounds and not exercising could be deadly for the 6 million Americans who have diabetes and don't even know it.
Diabetes, a metabolic disorder linked with obesity, can be a silent killer because its symptoms aren't sudden, but build up over time and lead to heart disease or other maladies.
That's bad news for........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/21/2006 5:22:35 AM)
Origins of LifeThe origin of life lies in unique ocean reefs, and scientists from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have developed an approach to help investigate them better. A new article published in the recent issue of Geology reveals how Dr. Miriam Andres' stromatolite investigation - the first of its kind - has begun to "fingerprint" ancient microbial pathways, increasing the understanding of how these reef-like........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/20/2006 5:17:26 AM)
Monarch Butterfly Migration And Forest RestorationUSDA Forest Service (FS) research in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas suggests that decades of fire suppression have reduced the area's food supply for migrating monarch butterflies-and that restoration efforts that include prescribed burning can reverse this trend. Craig Rudolph and Ron Thill, research ecologists with the FS Southern Research Station (SRS), along with SRS ecologists Charles Ely, Richard Schaefer and J. Howard Williamson,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/20/2006 5:13:03 AM)
Insights Into Periodic TableThe periodic table of chemical elements hangs in front of chemistry classrooms and in science laboratories worldwide. Yet much was unknown about its history and evolution until now.
"The moment I discovered there was this elegant, orderly chart that encompassed chemistry, I fell in love with the periodic table," said Eric Scerri, a UCLA chemist and author of the recently published "The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance" (Oxford........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/19/2006 9:27:16 PM)
Personality Traits And Heart DiseaseFrequent bouts of depression, anxiety, hostility and anger are known to increase a person's risk for developing coronary heart disease, but a combination of these "negative" personality traits may put people at particularly serious risk, as per a research studyby scientists at Duke University Medical Center.
"The risk of developing coronary heart disease due to a combination of negative personality traits in people has never before been........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 9:19:19 PM)
Relatives Of Protons And NeutronsA team of scientists, including four at The Johns Hopkins University, has discovered two new subatomic particles, rare but important relatives of the familiar, commonplace proton and neutron.
Named "Sigma-sub-b" particles, the two exotic and incredibly quick to decompose particles are like rare jewels mined from mountains of data, said team leader Petar Maksimovic, assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the university's Krieger........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 8:37:34 PM)
Satellite phones get a makeoverWith Verizon Wireless and Sprint's release of the KRZR, life just gets sexier and sexier in the land of mobile phones, but what about the necessary-but-oh-so-utilitarian-looking land of satellite phones?
Effective immediately, satellite phones have joined the world of the beautiful. Globalstar, Inc., a leading provider of mobile satellite phones, has introduced the new GSP-1700 mobile satellite telephone.
The newly designed GSP-1700........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 7:00:22 PM)
Grid computing 'Mappa mundi'Visitors to Supercomputing '06 in Tampa, Florida this week will be the first to see a new interactive map that shows nine of the world's largest computing Grids. The map, developed by researchers from GridPP in the UK and the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, in Geneva, uses Google Earth to pinpoint Grid sites on six continents, showing more than 300 sites overall. Like the medieval 'mappa mundi', which showed what was known of the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 4:53:20 AM)
Neanderthal Genome SequencingThe veil of mystery surrounding our extinct hominid cousins, the Neanderthals, has been at least partially lifted to reveal surprising results. Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have sequenced genomic DNA from fossilized Neanderthal bones. Their results show that the genomes of modern humans and Neanderthals are at least 99.5-percent........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/16/2006 4:22:15 AM)
Nanoparticles To Target Brain CancerTiny particles one-billionth of a meter in size can be loaded with high concentrations of drugs designed to kill brain cancer. What's more, these nanoparticles can be used to image and track tumors as well as destroy them, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Researchers incorporated a drug called Photofrin along with iron oxide into nanoparticles that would target cancerous brain tumors.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/15/2006 4:43:45 AM)
SimCity for realSocial policy makers and town planners will soon be able to play 'SimCity' for real using grid computing and e-Science techniques to test the consequences of their policies on a real, but anonymous, model of the UK population. Dr Mark Birkin and colleagues, who are developing the model at the University of Leeds, will be demonstrating its potential at the UK e-Science stand at SC06, the world's largest supercomputing conference in Florida,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/14/2006 5:07:05 AM)
Sports cheats bewareInjecting performance enhancing corticosteroid hormones for other than medical therapy is banned, and tests exist that can detect injected hormones. Injecting synacthen, which stimulates the body to produce extra amounts of its own corticosteroid hormones is also banned. But until now there has been no test that could detect it in a blood sample.
That has just changed. Research published this week in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/13/2006 8:35:55 AM)
Shopping With Your HeartGoing with your "gut feeling" when making a major purchase isn't a bad thing after all, says Queen's University School of Business researcher Laurence Ashworth. In fact - contrary to popular belief - listening to your heart when shopping can make you happier in the long run.
And emotion can play just as big a part when purchasing a house or a car as when buying a bottle of shampoo.
The results of a series of studies, reported in the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/10/2006 5:01:01 AM)
Making Robotic Movement More AcceptableRobots running amok and destroying property may be a staple in science fiction films, but they aren't welcome in factories, warehouses and other places where automatic guided vehicle (AGV) forklifts are used. Under a cooperative research and development agreement with Transbotics, a Charlotte, N.C., AGV manufacturer, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing advanced sensor processing and modeling algorithms to........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/10/2006 4:24:41 AM)
Audio Telescope Heeds Call Of The Wild BirdsResearchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Intelligent Automation, Inc. (Rockville, Md.) and the University of Missouri-Columbia have modified a NIST-designed microphone array to make an "audio telescope" that could help airports more efficiently avoid costly and hazardous bird-aircraft collisions by locating and identifying birds by their calls. The prototype system was described in a recent paper.*.
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Good Fences Do Make Good NeighborsA new study led by a UC Irvine economist debunks a popular argument against urban sprawl - that living farther from neighbors decreases social interaction. In fact, the data shows that suburban living is better for one's social life.
Using data from 15,000 Americans living in various places across the country, researchers found that residents of sprawling suburban spaces actually have more friends, more contact with neighbors and greater........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/8/2006 9:47:52 PM)
Happy People Are HealthierHappiness and other positive emotions play an even more important role in health than previously thought, as per a research studyreported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine by Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Professor Sheldon Cohen. The paper will be available online at www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/.
This recent study confirms the results of a landmark 2004 paper in which Cohen and colleagues observed that people who are happy,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 10:12:54 PM)
How about 'Die Another Day'?A fascinating new study from the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research is the first to conceptualize sequels as the movie equivalent of brand extensions. As per traditional branding research, extension evaluations improve when the extension is perceived to be similar to the parent brand. However, Sanjay Sood (UCLA) and Xavier Drze (University of Pennsylvania) find that the effect of similarity reverses when it comes to movies. In........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 7:38:09 PM)
Green Plants Share Bacterial ToxinA toxin that can make bacterial infections turn deadly is also found in higher plants, scientists at UC Davis, the Marine Biology Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass. and the University of Nebraska have found. Lipid A, the core of endotoxin, is located in the chloroplasts, structures that carry out photosynthesis within plant cells.
The lipid A in plant cells is evidently not toxic. The human intestine contains billions of Gram-negative bacteria,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 11/7/2006 4:20:41 AM)
Tiffany Silver Coffee BeanThe Handbag.com win a gorgeous gift every day from now up until Christmas competition continues and today you have the chance to win this fab Tiffany silver coffee bean necklace. And what better Christmas present could you wish for, a silver necklace as has been spotted around the necks of a number of a celeb including Linda Evangelista, Liz Hurley, Cindy Crawford and Elle Macpherson!!
Just think you could be unwrapping this great Christmas........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/6/2006 8:46:53 PM)