Category Archives: Science

New device converts DC electric field to terahertz radiation

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Terahertz radiation, the no-man’s land of the electromagnetic spectrum, has long stymied researchers. Optical technologies can finagle light in the shorter-wavelength visible and infrared range, while electromagnetic techniques can manipulate longer-wavelength radiation like microwaves and radio waves. Terahertz radiation, on … Continue reading

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An inconvenient truth about Earth 2.0: it’s really far away

NASA’s discovery of Earth’s so-called ‘cousin’, Kepler–452b, is a huge astronomical achievement, no matter which way you look at it. Announced just a little over a week ago, the space agency’s stunning new find is the most Earth-like exoplanet we’ve … Continue reading

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Australian scientists have reportedly found a hangover cure

The CSIRO, Australia’s peak science body, might have stumbled across the most sought of cures in human history – the hangover remedy. The scientists have been researching pears with Horticulture Innovation Australia to discover the hidden benefits of the humble … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

Just been playing around with my graphics software. After this week’s Blue moon, this how I wished it would have looked. – Deskarati

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Researchers have engineered the world’s first artificial ribosome

Researchers in the US have developed a synthetic molecular structure called the Ribo-T, and it can be placed inside a living cell to produce specialised proteins and enzymes at almost the same efficiency as an actual ribosome. Found inside all … Continue reading

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Prostate cancer: Five types ‘found’

Scientists have identified five types of prostate cancer, each with a distinct genetic signature. And by comparing 250 samples removed in surgery with the patients’ subsequent progress, they have identified some types that are more likely to recur. Until now, … Continue reading

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Lightning in Super Slow Motion

A clip from Discovery Channel’s “Raging Planet” on the subject of lightning. If you find lightning a fascinating beautiful force, then check this clip out. The camera technology has gotten to where scientists have been able to record and playback … Continue reading

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Immortality is one step closer as scientists turn off the ageing process in worms

Will we one day be able to disable the ageing process? It sounds like an impossible goal, but scientists from Northwestern University in the US have found a way to turn off the ‘genetic switch’ that causes us to get … Continue reading

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The Decade Volcanoes

The Decade Volcanoes

The science of volcanology is relatively young when you consider our species has a knack for building where we shouldn’t. Volcanic soils are well known for their fertility and as such many societies throughout history have settled in volcanic regions, … Continue reading

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New technology lets scientists easily rewrite living organisms’ genetic code

With a few easy tweaks, scientists can cut-and-paste DNA inside living cells, thanks to a promising new technique that could make possible everything from testing new drugs or curing genetic diseases. And researchers just discovered a way to make the … Continue reading

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Why do mitochondria retain their own genome?

It sounds like science fiction to suggest that every cell in the human body is occupied by a tiny genome-equipped organelle, with which we exist in symbiosis. But in actuality, eukaryotic life is dependent on mitochondria, which provide energy to … Continue reading

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‘Earth 2.0’ found in Nasa Kepler telescope haul

A haul of planets from Nasa’s Kepler telescope includes a world sharing many characteristics with Earth.Kepler-452b orbits at a very similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most … Continue reading

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Scientists have developed an eye drop that can dissolve cataracts

Researchers in the US have developed a new drug that can be delivered directly into the eye via an eye dropper to shrink down and dissolve cataracts – the leading cause of blindness in humans. While the effects have yet to … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Acupuncture Partly Explained In Rat Study

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A biological mechanism explaining part of the mystery of acupuncture has been pinpointed by scientists studying rats. The research showed that applying electroacupuncture to an especially powerful acupuncture point known as stomach meridian point 36 (St36) affected a complex interaction … Continue reading

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Heart Muscle Cell

Heart Cell

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cardiac myocyte. Cardiac muscle is a specialised type of striated muscle found in the heart. It is the constant contraction of cells like this that pump blood around the body with each beat … Continue reading

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Life in a sinkhole

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The karst landscapes of China have been an essential part of their figurative art and painting since time immemorial, capturing the imagination and providing a sense of wonder at nature. The sinkholes here form when underground rivers carve out underground … Continue reading

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Odds of an obese person attaining a healthy weight are incredibly slim

The chances of an obese person being able to attain a healthy weight are incredibly low, and they get even lower once a person reaches the point of severe obesity. These findings, which were the result of a new study … Continue reading

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Georges Lemaître

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It’s the birthday of Georges Lemaître, who was born in 1894 in Charleroi, Belgium. Lemaître studied civil engineering at the Catholic University of Louvain before serving in the Belgian army during World War I. After the war he trained to … Continue reading

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Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect

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A ‘mini ice age’ is coming in the next 15 years

A new model that predicts the solar cycles more accurately than ever before has suggested that solar activity will drop by 60 percent between 2030 and 2040, which means in just 15 years’ time, Earth could sink into what researchers … Continue reading

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