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Earth algae can survive over a year in vacuum of space

February 9, 2017


Here’s one more clue that enhances the theory that life was seeded on earth from space. Algae from the Arctic Circle are used to tough weather, and it turns out they’re also able to survive the extreme conditions of outer space. Two specimens recently spent 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station […]

How to age more slowly

January 15, 2017


Centenarians reach age 100 because they age more slowly. Genetics play a part in resisting damage that accumulates over time, but there are things anyone can do to slow the aging process and improve health.   According to Israeli physician Nir Barzilai of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New […]

Is Mbah Gotho 146 years old?

January 5, 2017


A centenarian who claims to be the world’s oldest man says he recently celebrated his 146th birthday. According to his ID card, Mbah Gotho, from Indonesia, was born on 31 December 1870. If this is accurate, he is the oldest person to have ever lived, taking the title from French Jeanne Calment, who died at […]

Chilling Chile Christmas quake

December 26, 2016


Update: No deaths reported, but it did some damage. Original: I receive earthquake alerts on my phone and this is the largest I’ve seen in a while. An alert says hazardous tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters (9.8 feet) above the tide level are forecast for some coasts in Chile.  An earthquake at 7.9 on […]

Rudolph the radioactive reindeer reminds us …

December 25, 2016


Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded, radioactive reindeer walk the snow-capped mountains in Scandinavia. This is not unexpected. The explosion in 1986, which was, before Fukushima, considered the worst civilian nuclear disaster in history, coated the earth with toxic material, turned the reindeer radioactive. Chernobyl spewed streams of radioactive material into the […]

Study: Female doctors are ~5% better

December 21, 2016


Female doctors seem on average better than their male counterparts at treating patients in the hospital and keeping them healthy long-term, according to findings published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study, conducted by a team of researchers at Harvard, examined a random sample of Medicare patients hospitalized between January 2011 and December 2014 treated […]

New model of blood circulation offers cure for heart problems

December 18, 2016


Have we gone our whole lives misunderstanding the heart and blood circulation?  A new model involving a fourth phase of water explains blood movement in the body in a way that both addresses the real cause of heart attacks and explains how the heart, a relatively small pump, is able to move blood through a network of vessels that would reach […]

Cellular reprogramming reverses aging in living animals

December 16, 2016


For the first time, scientists have used cellular reprogramming to reverse the ageing process in living animals, enabling mice with a form of premature ageing to live 30 percent longer than control animals. The technique involves the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which lets scientists reprogram skin cells to a base, embryonic-like state. […]

What would be under water if the ice caps melted?

December 10, 2016


What would the Earth look like if sea level were 216 feet higher than today? Here are some maps of that scenario. As you can see, there is still plenty of land. Using the ice volume figures from above it is straightforward to estimate the effect on sea level were all this ice melted. Melting […]

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

December 10, 2016


Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be surprised […]

Mystery: Outbreaks of tornadoes in the USA getting worse

December 3, 2016


If you’re lucky, you and your family won’t ever be seriously threatened by a tornado – but if the worst happens, chances are that tornado probably didn’t come alone. Tornado outbreaks – mega-storms in which a cluster of six or more tornadoes occur in close succession – are responsible for nearly 80 percent of tornado-related […]

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

December 1, 2016


Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health. Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic made from coal tar was replaced by penicillin after the war. It fights both viral and bacterial infections in an entirely different way – one […]

Oldest living person at 117 is last born in 1800s 

November 29, 2016


Emma Morano, thought to be the world’s current oldest living person and the last to be born in the 1800s, is seen during her 117th birthday. Morano lives alone and has outlived all her eight brothers and sisters, including one who died at 102. She has thrived despite an unorthodox, unbalanced diet. “When I first […]

Survival using artificial glaciers

November 28, 2016


… Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate. Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during the […]

Fighting superbug bacteria with other bacteria

November 26, 2016


Want to save 10 million people? Find a solution to superbugs. … If things keep going as they are, antibiotic-resistant superbugs are expected to kill 10 million people by 2050, and so far, we have no solution. But researchers have found that we could actually fight fire with fire – a predatory bacterium has been […]

US phones to lock out drivers

November 23, 2016


Too many people are still using apps while driving.  Phone manufacturers are always looking for new features to build into their devices. According to a report from the New York Times, the federal government has a suggestion: a “driver mode” that prevents the phone from being a distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put […]

Thunderstorm Asthma is real, and a killer

November 23, 2016


You’d think that rain cleans the air, but not always. Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems. The condition is incredibly rare, but […]

Which is faster a charging rhinoceros or a moped? (Video)

November 21, 2016


If someone starts a game of Jumanji or you find yourself in Jurassic Park behind a charging rhino on a moped, you will possibly survive, if you can maintain your top speed long enough. On a moped, your top speed is about the same as a charging rhinocerous, but rhinos are not long distance runners. […]

Several immortal animal species, humans next?

November 21, 2016


Today’s candidates for immortal species are… the immortal jellyfish, hydras, flatworms, lobsters, turtles, bdelloids, tardigrades, Bowhead whales and the Greenland Shark.  Under the right conditions, they may never age, or at the very least they each have us beat in the biological anti-aging race. Flatworms are pretty amazing. They can regenerate any missing body part, […]

Scientists extend lifespan of lab mice by 40 percent

January 14, 2016


Scientists have discovered a way to extend the lives of lab mice by 40 percent and suggest that it could one day be used as a treatment to boost human lifespans. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers show that increasing levels of a […]

Why elephants could hold the cure for cancer

October 10, 2015


Elephants may hold the key to fighting cancer after scientists found that they carry a large number of genes which suppress tumors. Researchers have long puzzled over why elephants rarely develop cancer, even though they have lifespans that are similar to humans, living for around 70 years. Now a team at the University of Chicago […]

Genetically engineered virus ‘cures’ patients of skin cancer

May 27, 2015


 … A genetically engineered virus has ‘cured’ patients of cancer for the first time in a breakthrough which raises hopes of an end to chemotherapy. In a worldwide study which was led by the Institute of Cancer Research in the UK, scientists showed that the new treatment allowed some patients with skin cancer to live […]

Alex Jones: Memorial Day Is A Hoax

May 25, 2015


  Memorial Day commemorates soldiers killed in war. We are told that the war dead died for us and our freedom. US Marine General Smedley Butler challenged this view. He said that our soldiers died for the profits of the bankers, Wall Street, Standard Oil, and the United Fruit Company. Here is an excerpt from a […]

Researchers: Ten Percent of Ozone Pollution in California is from Asia

April 8, 2015


Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, particularly from Asia, according to preliminary research presented today, March 31, by the University of California, Davis. Secondhand smog from Asia and other international sources is finding its way into one of the […]

A Viet Nam War pilot who stopped a massacre

March 28, 2015


Just know this about the world: stop violence and you may be villified because many people are sleepwalkers. Thank you, Hugh, Glenn, and Laurence, and to everyone else working in whatever way you do to prevent wrongs and protect the stupid. We would be another extinct species if individuals didn’t do the right thing despite […]

Scientists turn dangerous cancer cells into harmless potentially cancer fighting immune cells

March 18, 2015


After a chance observation in the lab, … researchers found a method that can cause dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells known as macrophages. The findings are described in a paper that published online March 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a mutation […]