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‘Bacterial nanowires’ could revolutionise bioelectronics

August 8, 2011

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Lead microbiologist Derek Lovley says the bacterial filaments, known as microbial nanowires, can move charges as efficiently as synthetic organic metallic nanostructures – and over remarkable distances, thousands of times the bacterium’s length. “The ability of protein filaments to conduct electrons in this way is a paradigm shift in biology and has ramifications for our […]

Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices

August 8, 2011

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The job was gone, the gun was loaded, and a voice was saying, “You’re a waste, give up now, do it now.” It was a command, not a suggestion, and what mattered at that moment — a winter evening in 2000 — was not where the voice was coming from, but how assured it was, […]

Do you see what I see?

August 8, 2011

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Proof that colors are all in our mind: The grey tiles on the left look blue, and the grey tiles on the right look yellow Roses are red, violets are blue – or are they? The colours you see may not always be the same as the colours someone else sees… as we see colour […]

Dow Skids 600, Worst Day Since Credit Crisis

August 8, 2011

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Stocks took a sharp nosedive in another choppy day Monday to finish at session lows as investors fled from risky assets following S&P’s downgrade of U.S.’s credit rating last week in addition to ongoing economic jitters. via CNBC Wall Street had its worst day since the 2008 financial crisis, as fearful investors reacted to the […]

Fish farm breakthrough that could save the bluefin

August 8, 2011

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The prospect of farming the endangered bluefin tuna from eggs to fully mature adults has come a step closer with the first natural mass spawning of the species in captivity. A brood stock of bluefin tuna, used in highly-prized sashimi, have produced millions of eggs that have hatched into larvae at a research facility on […]

Scots experts decode biological clock and predict menopause – Scotsman.com News

August 8, 2011

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SCOTTISH academics have found a new method that may help women to beat the biological clock by predicting how long they have left to have a baby. A team of researchers from St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh has found how levels of a hormone, which can reveal how many eggs a woman has remaining, change […]

Guy steals $21 million of lunar rocks to have ‘sex on the moon’

August 8, 2011

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We don’t know how we missed this story, but a few years ago, a NASA intern was convicted of moon rock theft—specifically, he stole moon rocks so he could have sex with his girlfriend on them. Author Ben Mezrich, who also wrote The Accidental Network (which was turned into the movie The Social Network), recently […]

Wind Power Gains as Gear Improves

August 8, 2011

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The electric wind turbines built 30 years ago, after the 1970s oil-price shocks increased interest in the industry, often experienced serious problems. Some came apart in bad storms, some did not work well, even in good weather, and still others found insects piling up on the blades, slowing power production. Bird deaths at some early […]

Impact on special forces of Navy Seals helicopter loss

August 8, 2011

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Placing the Seals team in a Chinook was a reversal of normal practice The destruction of a US forces helicopter with 38 people on board demonstrates the degree to which the Coalition campaign in Afghanistan has become dependent on special operations raids. It also effectively marks the loss of an entire squadron of Seal Team […]

‪Explosive Eye Witness Account – Tottenham Riots, UK

August 8, 2011

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Riot sparked after police beat 16 year old girl protester seeking answers after police murder young Black father of three in public. BBC News: Explosive Eye Witness Account – Tottenham Riots, UK‬‏ – YouTube.

Aeroplane created using a 3D printer in world first: Scientists create aircraft with 100mph max speed

August 8, 2011

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This plane is the first in the world to be created using the groundbreaking new technology of ‘3D printing’. The aircraft was built using only a computer – but it can get up to a speed of 100mph and has a two-metre wingspan. It was produced using a special nylon laser printer that builds up […]

Antimatter belt around Earth discovered by Pamela craft

August 8, 2011

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A thin band of antimatter particles called antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time. The find, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters, confirms theoretical work that predicted the Earth’s magnetic field could trap antimatter. The team says a small number of antiprotons lie between the Van Allen belts of trapped “normal” matter. […]

Exercise a ‘wonder drug’ that can stop cancer coming back

August 8, 2011

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Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is a cancer survivor who promotes health and fitness Exercise is a “wonder drug” for cancer survivors and may even prevent the disease coming back, according to a new report. Macmillan Cancer Support said physical activity should be “prescribed” by doctors after “hard evidence” showed it can significantly […]

Turning off the death genes: Science breakthrough could mean humans live for hundreds of years

August 8, 2011

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By tweaking our DNA, we could soon survive for hundreds of years – if we want to. Steve Connor reports on a breakthrough that has the science world divided A genetically engineered organism that lives 10 times longer than normal has been created by scientists in California. It is the greatest extension of longevity yet […]

Gene discovery to identify women with cancer risk

August 8, 2011

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A single genetic fault in a gene that normally helps the body to repair its DNA increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer six-fold, a study has found. One in every 11 women who carry the faulty gene is likely to develop ovarian cancer at some point in her life compared with a typical risk […]

E.T. Researchers Say ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Distorts Truth About Aliens In Wild West

August 8, 2011

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Just like “Cowboys & Aliens” was not the first western movie ever made, UFO encounters did not begin with the alleged Roswell UFO crash in 1947. In fact, there were hundreds of reported sightings of UFOs and extraterrestrials between 1840 and 1900, according to Noe Torres, a librarian in South Texas, and John LeMay, a […]

Fertility landmark as scientists make sperm from stem cells

August 8, 2011

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Scientists have made sperm in a laboratory from converting stem cells, and used them to produce healthy offspring in mice, in technology that could be adapted to help infertile men. It is believed to the the first time that sperm cells made in the laboratory with stem-cell techniques have been used to generate offspring free […]

Child finds flaws in mobile games

August 8, 2011

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A novel class of security problems have been found lurking in many mobile games by a ten-year old hacker. Going by the handle CyFi, the hacker presented her findings at the DefCon hacker conference held in Las Vegas. She found that advancing the clock on a tablet or phone can, in many games, open a […]