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Jan 23, 2019

Scientists Reconstruct an Object

Posted by in category: entertainment

Taking a page from film noir spycraft, a team of researchers found a way to photograph an object while pointing a camera in the opposite direction.

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Jan 23, 2019

Cancer-slaying virus may fight childhood eye tumor

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Clinical trial tests new approach to treat potentially fatal cancer.

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Jan 23, 2019

What’s inside nothing? This laser will rip it up to find out

Posted by in category: particle physics

Far from being empty, the vacuum of space could be brimming with mysterious virtual particles. We now have a machine powerful enough to tear it apart and see.

By Jon Cartwright

IMAGINE a place far from here, deep in the emptiness of space. This point is light years from Earth, vastly distant from any nebula, star or lonely atom. We have many words for what you would find in such a place: a void, a vacuum, a lacuna. In fact, this nothingness is a sea of activity.

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Jan 23, 2019

New information surfaces on black hole at the center of our galaxy

Posted by in category: cosmology

Astronomers have announced that they have gathered new data on the black hole that lies at the center of our galaxy. The new information was gleaned when the scientists added the ALMA telescope into the array of telescopes being used to study the black hole. The discovery has found that the emissions from the supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A (Sgr A), comes from a smaller region than previously believed.

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Jan 23, 2019

Peat Bogs Are Freakishly Good at Preserving Human Remains

Posted by in category: futurism

What makes these spongy, waterlogged areas of decaying plant matter so perfect at preservation? In a word: science.

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Jan 23, 2019

‘Great Wave’ depicted in Hokusai’s masterpiece recreated by scientists

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For nearly 200 years, Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa has inspired wonder partly because the event it depicts, a towering freak wave, has defied scientific explanation.

Now, a team at Oxford and Edinburgh universities claim to have laid the mystery to rest by successfully creating one for themselves — and it looks remarkably similar.

The achievement is being hailed as a significant breakthrough because, so far, meteorologists and sailors have had no means of predicting the likelihood of violent waves that are unexpectedly large compared to their surroundings.

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Jan 23, 2019

It’s the End of the Gene As We Know It

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

We’ve all seen the stark headlines: “Being Rich and Successful Is in Your DNA” (Guardian, July 12); “A New Genetic Test Could Help Determine Children’s Success” (Newsweek, July 10); “Our Fortunetelling Genes” make us (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 16); and so on.

The problem is, many of these headlines are not discussing real genes at all, but a crude statistical model of them, involving dozens of unlikely assumptions. Now, slowly but surely, that whole conceptual model of the gene is being challenged.

We have reached peak gene, and passed it.

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Jan 23, 2019

From fruit flies to Boy Scouts: A brief history of science in space

Posted by in categories: science, space

The formal handover of the Chinese payload to NanoRacks at the Space Life Sciences Lab in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo credit: NanoRacks.

Small effort, big gains

Clearly, a lot of progress has been made toward making the space lab more analogous to the Earth lab in the past few years, and NanoRacks has played no small part in those improvements. Despite the challenges that still remain for microgravity research, some truly significant work has been accomplished. With just a little more investment, Carruthers believes, much larger gains can be made.

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Jan 23, 2019

Amazon has made its own autonomous six-wheeled delivery robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Amazon enters the robot delivery fray.

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Jan 23, 2019

In surprising reversal, scientists find a cellular process that stops cancer before it starts

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Just as plastic tips protect the ends of shoelaces and keep them from fraying when we tie them, molecular tips called telomeres protect the ends of chromosomes and keep them from fusing when cells continually divide and duplicate their DNA. But while losing the plastic tips may lead to messy laces, telomere loss may lead to cancer.

Salk Institute scientists studying the relationship of telomeres to cancer made a surprising discovery: a cellular recycling process called autophagy—generally thought of as a —actually promotes the death of cells, thereby preventing cancer initiation.

The work, which appeared in the journal Nature on January 23, 2019, reveals autophagy to be a completely novel tumor-suppressing pathway and suggests that treatments to block the process in an effort to curb cancer may unintentionally promote it very early on.

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