Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Human brain gets drawn to mediocrity!

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Click Here to Read:   Human brain gets drawn to mediocrity! By Sumit Paul on the The Milli Gazette Online website on October 21, 2017.

Insects Are In Serious Trouble

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Insects Are In Serious Trouble: In western Germany, populations of flying insects have fallen by around 80 percent in the last three decades by Ed Yong on the Atlantic Monthly website on October 19, 2017.

A dragonfly in the sunset
Todd Korol / Reuters

Schizophrenia disrupts the brain’s entire communication system, researchers say

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Schizophrenia disrupts the brain’s entire communication system, researchers say: Wiring is frayed in more than just one region, according to a new international study — the largest analysis of white matter to date — by USC and other institutions
BY Zen Vuong on the USC News website on October 17, 2017.

Fiber pathways in the brain are altered in schizophrenia, a mental illness in which patients may experience hallucinations, psychosis and depression. (Courtesy of Paul Thompson, Neda Jahanshad and Conor Corbin, USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute)

Neutron star merger observed through gravitational waves and light

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Neutron star merger observed through gravitational waves and light By Don Barrett on the World Socialist Web Site on October 18, 2017.

Artist’s rendition of two merging neutron stars showing both the rippling in spacetime and the beams of gamma rays shot out seconds after the gravitational waves. Credit: NSF/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet

 Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   Observation of gravitational waves wins Nobel Prize in physics By Bryan Dyne on the World Sociast Web Site on October 6, 2017.

The most recent detection of a gravitational wave was made by both LIGO and Virgo, allowing astronomers to more accurately locate the wave’s source. Credit: LIGO- Virgo Collaboration—Optical Sky Data: A. Mellinger

A Meteor in the Saturnian Sky

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   A Meteor in the Saturnian Sky by Chris Lintott on the London Review of Books blog on September 12, 2017.

One of Cassini’s last looks at Saturn from a distance. © NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Benzene Ring: Dream Analysis

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Benzene Ring: Dream Analysis By Malcolm W. Brown in The New York Times on August 16, 1988,

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7 questions about how science sees the so-called ‘gay cure’

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  7 questions about how science sees the so-called ‘gay cure’: American Psychiatric Association took homosexuality out of the list of diseases in 1973; WHO officialised measure in 1990 Carolina Dantas from the GazetaWeb website on September 21, 2017.

FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Click Here to Read: FDA recommends approval of new leukemia treatment By Benjamin Mateus on the World Socialist Web Site on September 23, 2017.

Blood is extracted from the patient so their T-cells can be engineered to fight leukemia and then reintroduced into the body

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Click Here to Read: What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science by Jeffrey Kluger on the Time Magazine website on September 12, 2017.

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   Earth dodges a cosmic bullet — for now By Don Lincoln on the CNN Website on  September 15, 2017.

An X8.2 class solar flare flashes in the edge of the sun on September 10.

The algae that terraformed Earth

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The algae that terraformed Earth By Roland Pease on the BBC News Radio Science Unit website on on August 17, 2017.

The biomolecules were contained in oil extracted from deeply buried rock Image copyright STUART HAY/ANU

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey, but it’s a huge part of the story

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Climate change did not “cause” Harvey, but it’s a huge part of the story: 9 things we can say about Harvey and climate.
by David Roberts on the Vox website Aug 28, 2017.

A young Houston couple, adapting to climate change.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A New Video Starkly Illustrates the Impact of Climate Change

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Click Here to Read: A New Video Starkly Illustrates the Impact of Climate Change: Finnish researcher Antti Lipponen’s recently released video presents a century’s worth of data on global temperatures in just 30 seconds by Diana Sett on the HyperAllergic on August 24, 2017.

Eclipses, Comets, and Dragons in a 16th-Century Chinese Text

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Click Here to Read:   Eclipses, Comets, and Dragons in a 16th-Century Chinese Text: A manuscript compendium from China, currently available for purchase from Jonatha A. Hill, Bookseller, records prognostications related to astronomic phenomena, including the possible meanings of eclipses by Jonathan A. Hill on the HyperAllergic website on August 16, 2017.

A rich and finely illustrated manuscript entitled Yu zhi tian yuan yu li xiang yi fu [trans.: “Essay on the Astronomical & Meteorological Presages by Emperor Renzong of Ming Dynasty”] on paper with 878 vividly colored illustrations, 10 volumes, tall agenda format (360 x 190 mm.), original wrappers preserved in modern wrappers, modern stitching

Curiosity marks fifth year on Mars

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Curiosity marks fifth year on Mars By Bryan Dyne on the World Socialist Web Site on August 9, 2017.

Curiosity’s self-portrait at Rocknest, the site of the mission’s first sampling of Martian soil. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

 The Eclipse That Revealed the Universe

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Eclipse That Revealed the Universe: In 1919, British astronomers photographed a solar eclipse and proved that light bends around our sun — affirming Einstein’s theory of general relativity by Dennis Overbye in The New York Times on July 31, 2017.

A view of the 1919 solar eclipse, observed in Sobral, Brazil. Arthur Eddington set out to verify Einstein’s prediction that gravity could affect the course of starlight. CreditArthur Eddingto

Five Decades of Research Confirms: Spanking Produces Similar Outcomes in Children as Physical Abuse

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Five Decades of Research Confirms: Spanking Produces Similar Outcomes in Children as Physical Abuse on the Earth Based Mom Blog on March 8, 2017.

Albert Einstein’s life, or parts of it, in the first season of National Geographic’s Genius

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Albert Einstein’s life, or parts of it, in the first season of National Geographic’s Genius By Bryan Dyne on the World Socialist Web Site on July 20, 2017.

Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans by Jon Hamilton on the NPR website on July 16, 2017.

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and endure stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.  Leland Bobbe/Getty Images