Category Archives: Science

Popocatépetl blowing it’s top

Great video of Popocatépetl blowing it’s top on the 10th of November. Popocatépetl is an active volcano, located in the states of Puebla, Mexico.

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New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds

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Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the tiny organisms can share DNA that could help them grow and survive. The research, based on 18 months of water … Continue reading

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How Does a Heart Attack Happen

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NASA Caught The ISS Flying in Front of The Sun

NASA/Joel Kowsky/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) As the moon snuck in front of the sun during Monday’s total solar eclipse, a NASA photographer captured a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Joel Kowsky, one of the space agency’s photo editors, was in Banner, Wyoming, to watch the solar … Continue reading

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Spheres representing all of Earth’s water

Picture of Earth showing if all, liquid fresh, and the water in rivers and lakes were put into spheres..

The images below show blue spheres representing relative amounts of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. Are you surprised that these water spheres look so small? They are only small in relation to the size of … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know to be ready for Monday’s Great American Eclipse

You know the drill. On Monday 21 August the contiguous United States will experience a total solar eclipse – the first time the path of the Moon’s shadow will travel across the entire country since 1918. There will be hype, … Continue reading

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Study dates origin of plant photosynthesis to 2.1 billion years ago

Peer into a plant cell and you’ll find the engine at its heart is a stowaway. In size, shape, and the genes it carries it resembles a bacterium: a cyanobacterium, to be precise. It’s a very valuable stowaway. Known as … Continue reading

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Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist. Lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks said the … Continue reading

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Why do we have blood types?

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter? Carl Zimmer investigates. Listen to or download an audiobook of this story on SoundCloud and iTunes. When my parents informed me that … Continue reading

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The Incredible Biodiversity of the Oceans

Thanks to Phil Krause for bringing this to our attention.

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Scientists can now clone thousands of genes in a single reaction

Things are about to speed up dramatically in genetic research, with scientists developing a new technique that can clone thousands of genes in a single reaction. The new technology, called a LASSO probe, could be used to create libraries of … Continue reading

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Epigenetics between the generations: Researchers prove that we inherit more than just genes

We are more than the sum of our genes. Epigenetic mechanisms modulated by environmental cues such as diet, disease or lifestyle take a major role in regulating the DNA by switching genes on and off. It has been long debated … Continue reading

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Carbon nanotubes mimic biology

Proteins in lipid membranes are one of the fundamental building blocks of biological functionality. Lawrence Livermore researchers have figured out how to mimic their role using carbon nanotube porins. Using high-speed, atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM), the team showed that a … Continue reading

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Humans show no sign of a maximum age limit, says new study

Who wants to live forever – Highlander Global life expectancy rates continue to rise, which poses the question: will the trend ever stop? New research reports there’s no sign of a fixed age limit for the human body, with human … Continue reading

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From DNA to Protein

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The oldest living thing on Earth

Mayflies live a day, humans live a century, if we’re lucky, but what is the oldest living organism on the planet? For scientists, accurately proving the age of any long-lived species is a hard task. Under the boughs of a … Continue reading

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When a star meets a black hole

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5 very interesting facts about your thigh bone!

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First chance to take a picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy

Thanks to Phil Krause for sending us this article. Get ready to peek into the unknown this week as we get our first chance to take a picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. The … Continue reading

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