afkøling mod kræft

Putting cancer patients in hibernation could help tackle tumours
Tumour growth would slow right down or cease while healthy cells in the body become more resistant to radiation

alger tåler rumrejse

Alger fra Antarktis overlever rejse i rummet
En gruppe algestammer er blevet vækket til live efter at have tilbragt 16 måneder i rummet. Algernes DNA kan løfte sløret for nye måder at fremstille mad på Mars, hvis vi en dag koloniserer den røde planet.

B12-vitaminmangel øger risiko for nervesygdom hos diabetes-2 patienter

Vitaminmangel påvirker nervesystemet hos patienter med diabetes
Et nyt dansk studie viser sammenhæng mellem behandling med metformin og lavt B12-vitaminniveau hos type 2-diabetikere. Det øger risikoen for neuropati.

batterier grønnere

Ny kemi i batterier øger muligheden for at lagre grøn energi
Forskergruppe på Harvard kan gøre lagring af grøn energi i batterier billigere og mere effektiv, uden at batterierne mister kapacitet.

bier forsvinder i USA

Bee decline threatens US crop production
The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands.

bier forsvinder i USA

Bee decline threatens US crop production
The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands—from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.

bier forsvinder i USA

Save the bees? There's an app for that
Let's say a farmer wanted to plant wildflowers to nurture the bumble bees that pollinate her crops.

biobot

How to build a bio-bot: Researchers share design and development of biological machines
Creating tiny muscle-powered robots that can walk or swim by themselves -- or better yet, when prompted -- is more complicated than it looks.

celleatlas

The race to map the human body — one cell at a time
A host of detailed cell atlases could revolutionize understanding of cancer and other diseases.

CRISPR debat om anvendelser

CRISPR for Human Embryos? Diseases, Yes – Designer Babies, No
Creating a race of super soldiers is off the table, too. Read More

daptomycin antibiotika

Antibiotic effective against drug-resistant bacteria in pediatric skin infections
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial scourge that is resistant to most common antibiotics and thus difficult to treat, particularly in children where it commonly causes complicated skin and skin structure infections. In a randomized, controlled clinical trial -- the first of its kind -- a multi-institution research team reports that daptomycin, part of a new class of a

dolly det klonede får

More lessons from Dolly the sheep—is a clone really born at age zero?
In 1997 Dolly the sheep was introduced to the world by biologists Keith Campbell, Ian Wilmut and colleagues. Not just any lamb, Dolly was a clone. Rather than being made from a sperm and an egg, she originated from a mammary gland cell of another, no-longer-living, six-year-old Fynn Dorset ewe.

elefanter og mammut kimære

Prehistoric Woolly Mammoths About to Be Resurrected, Claim Harvard Scientists
Harvard scientists say they are two years away from creating a hybrid embryo with mammoth traits. Read More

fluorescence-metode påviser kviksølvforurening i fisk

Fluorescence method detects mercury contamination in fish
Researchers from the University of Burgos (Spain) have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples of swordfish and tuna. According to the conclusions of another Spanish study, mercury exposure is linked to reduced foetal and placental growth in pregnant women.

hvordan flåt ankrer sig fast med biologisk cement

Tick "cement" as a potential bioadhesive for human tissue
Ticks are well known for their ability to anchor themselves firmly to the skin, so that they can suck blood for several days. This anchoring mechanism is so effective because it is based on a cement-like substance with excellent adhesive properties, so that it works like a dowel for the mouthparts of the tick. Researchers from MedUni Vienna and Vienna University of Technology want to study this "t

mindfullness i mediterende mus

‘Meditating mice’ reveal secrets of mindfulness training
Mice are less on edge if their brainwaves are coaxed to resemble those patterns that meditation boosts in humans

myres evolution af social-gen

Scientists explore the evolution of a 'social supergene' in the red fire ant
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a single event rather than over time.

nanoprint

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics
A new technique uses liquid metals to create large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth to produce integrated circuits, report scientists in a new report.

Nationalt Genom Center

Nyt center skal sætte skub i brug af personlig medicin
Et nyt Nationalt Genom Center skal medvirke til, at patienter kan få mere effektiv behandling med færre bivirkninger.

plast i Arktis

Mængden af plastik-affald i Arktis eksploderer
På tolv år er mængden af plast på den arktiske havbund vokset med mere end 50 procent.

pseudovidenskab antivaccine-kennedy

Prove the scientific consensus and win a prize: A time-dishonored PR ploy used by cranks, quacks, and pseudoscientists (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. edition)
Last week, antivaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. teamed up with Robert De Niro to issue a challenge to provide one scientific study that proves thimerosal in vaccines is safe, with a cash prize of $100,000. They thus joined a long line of antivaxers, creationists, and climate science denialists offering money to "prove" the scientific consensus. Science doesn't work that way.

sandheder og løgne

The War for Science
It’s more than a skirmish over funding, censorship, and “alternative facts”—it’s a battle for basic decency, the people we love, and the future of our planet --

sandheder og løgne

'Alternative facts' not just in politics and media
A Michigan State University scholar is warning those who read about the latest groundbreaking research to proceed with caution.

Selenmangel pga klimaændringer

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium.

Selenmangel pga klimaændringer

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
Selenium is an essential micronutrient obtained from dietary sources such as cereals. The selenium content of foodstuffs largely depends on concentrations in the soil: previous studies have shown that low selenium concentrations are associated with high pH and oxygen availability and low clay and soil organic carbon content. In Europe, as is known from regional studies, selenium-poor soils are fou

sesquiterpener mod malaria, kræft og hjertesygdom

Labs could churn out plant compounds that fight cancer
Compounds called sesquiterpenes—found in spicy foods, insects, plant leaves, and beer—show potential for treating malaria, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even colds. Because they’re very sticky and bind to the enzyme that produces them, it’s been difficult and expensive to make sesquiterpenes in the lab. The team from Cardiff University may have the answer. They’ve come up with a new way of

Trump og science

Politics-Wary Scientists Wade into the Trump Fray at Boston Rally
Reluctant protesters say they no longer have the luxury of staying in the lab --

Trump og science

US scientists voice fears over how science will fare under Trump
Concerns over the impact of President Trump’s policies on science have been raised at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston

Trump og science

AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march
April's pro-science Washington rally has the full backing of the world's largest scientific membership organisation.

Trump og science

Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science
Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S.

uran i havvand

Oceans hold ‘endless’ uranium for nuclear power
Trace amounts of uranium exist in seawater, but efforts to extract it for nuclear power haven’t produced enough to make it a viable source for countries that don’t have uranium mines. A practical method for extracting that uranium, which produces higher quantities in less time, could help make nuclear power a viable part of the quest for a carbon-free energy future. “Concentrations are tiny, on t

uran i havvand

Uranium from seawater factors into nuclear power
Trace amounts of uranium exist in seawater, but efforts to extract that critical ingredient for nuclear power have produced insufficient quantities to make it a viable source for those countries that lack uranium mines. A practical method for extracting that uranium, which produces higher quantities in less time, could help make nuclear power a viable part of the quest for a carbon-free energy fut

vaccineforskning i rummet

New legal powers could send UK scientists into space to research vaccines and medicines
British scientists will be able to fly to the edge of space to conduct vital medical experiments under new powers unveiled this week.

What Inequality Does to the Brain
Poverty may affect the size, shape and functioning of a young child's brain. Would a cash stipend to parents help prevent harm?

'Gravitational noise' interferes with determining the coordinates of distant sources
Our galaxy's gravitational field limits the accuracy of astrometric observations of distant objects. This is most apparent for objects that are obscured behind the central regions of the galaxy and the galactic plane, where the deviation can be up to several dozen microarcseconds. And more importantly, the effect of this gravitational "noise" cannot be removed. This means that beyond a certain poi

Postwar policies fueled prosperity decades later
Economists call it the Great Moderation: the long stretch of low inflation and steady growth in the United States and seven other developed nations from the mid-1980s until the recession hit in 2007.

Building privacy right into software code
When I was 15, my parents did not allow me to use AOL Instant Messenger. All of my friends used it, so I had to find a way around this rule. I would be found out if I installed the software on my computer, so I used the web browser version instead. Savvy enough to delete my internet history every time, I thought my chatting was secret.

What future for E numbers after Brexit?
How Brexit might create complications for the way food in the UK is labelled.

Space Elevators to Drone Delivery, Looking for Failure Inspires Innovation
What kind of madman would run a business on the mindset that all attempts to fail must be made as quickly as possible, as only then could they succeed? Meet Dr. Astro Teller. Read More

Gamification motivates consumers to reduce power consumption peaks - pilot sites in Helsinki, Nice and Vienna
In collaboration with the international CITYOPT project, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an energy planning tool for experts and an application for consumers. The tools have been piloted in Helsinki, Nice and Vienna, with promising results. Local energy costs were reduced by 15% and carbon dioxide emissions by 30% using the optimal planning feature of the tool for experts. U

What chess players can teach us about intelligence and expertise
Are experts more intelligent than non-experts or do they just work harder? And why do some people reach high levels of expertise, while others just remain amateurs? These are some of the questions that cognitive scientists have tried to answer for more than a century. Now our new research on chess players has started untangling the problem.

Breakthrough wireless sensing system attracts industry and government agency interest
Less than two years since its release, interest and demand for Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform created at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, is flourishing among research groups, industry and government entities, its creators say.

Discipline more effective than monetary investment in education: new research
Discipline in schools has a greater impact and is more important to educational performance when compared to monetary investment, a new study from Macquarie University has found.

With net neutrality, researcher says 'not every deal is bad'
Net neutrality advocates want to make sure internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon have minimal control over how users access content on the web. However, new, award-winning research by a Penn State College of Communications faculty member says giving these companies some leeway might not be all bad.

Nanostraws sample a cell's contents without damage
Cells within our bodies divide and change over time, with thousands of chemical reactions occurring within each cell daily. This makes it difficult for scientists to understand what's happening inside. Now, tiny nanostraws developed by Stanford researchers offer a method of sampling cell contents without disrupting its natural processes.

Buying green doesn't make you green, according to study
Company bosses need to walk the walk when it comes to greening their business with technology, with new QUT research finding that just buying green IT, doesn't make you green.

UAE grapples drones after airport closures
Dubai authorities are grappling with new ways of keeping the emirate's skies safe after drones halted air traffic at one of the world's busiest airports three times last year.

New rules needed as drones crowd the skies
As drones increasingly crowd the skies, the risk of collision with other aircraft has come to the fore. Here's an overview of international regulation aimed at limiting the dangers.

Japan zoo culls 57 monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes
A Japanese zoo has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an "invasive alien species", officials said Tuesday.

France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu
France's agriculture ministry has ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in a key poultry-producing region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of bird flu.

Solar power lights up lives in Nigeria
The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options.

Money-losing Toshiba selling medical leasing unit to Canon
Embattled Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. is selling its stake in a medical equipment leasing company to Canon Inc. for 31.4 billion yen ($277 million).

Minister inviterer til krisemøde om energispareordning
Blot to måneder efter at en ny energispareaftale er indgået, indkalder ministeren forligspartierne og branchen til møde for at stramme op på aftalen.

Researchers show that silicon can reproduce physical phenomena exploited by high-end telecommunications devices
The Semiconductor Industry Association has estimated that at current rates of increase, computers' energy requirements will exceed the world's total power output by 2040.

The brightest, furthest pulsar in the universe
ESA's XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible.

Probabilistic Models of Cognition

When Mismatched Voices and Lips Make Your Brain Play Tricks
Researchers tried to pin down why our brains can be susceptible to errors in perception that make us mix up mouth movements and sounds.

Enabling high-throughput image-based phenotyping
Nathan Miller, a scientist in the Spalding Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Department of Botany and Center for High Throughput Computing, works closely with CyVerse as he writes computer code to develop software programs that analyze images and videos of plants to determine plant phenotype, the measurable physical characteristics of plants.

Det danske medie Zetland bygger eget CMS
https://www.version2.dk/artikel/dansk-medie-sammensatte-eget-cms-vi-har-ikke-brug-alt-umbraco-kan-1073573 Fordelene ved et færdigpakket CMS er små, og at bygge sit eget giver simplicitet, fleksibilitet og frihed, fortæller Zetlands digitale chef.

Mystery eye disease is latest blow for Australia’s sick turtles
Green turtles on the Great Barrier Reef have developed a strange eye disease, which could be a result of a recent herpes outbreak or high levels of cobalt

Delay in hiring science advisers intensifies Brexit worries
Policy experts want scientists at the table when government decides on environmental protection and membership of international collaborations.

Wet winter may help Colorado River push off problems, but it will not end the drought
California is not the only place in the West confronting startling amounts of rain and snow.

Does cognitive science and behavioral economics make us more compassionate?
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Spooked by spike in cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin for payoffs
U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital currency, so that they can quickly meet ransom demands rather than lose valuable corporate data.

Kennewick Man skeleton may be on its way back to ancestral home
The 9,000-year-old skeleton Native Americans call The Ancient One and scientists refer to as Kennewick Man may be headed back to his ancestral home very soon.

Florida wildlife officials encouraged by high manatee count
Florida wildlife officials are encouraged by the results of a recent survey that counted 6,620 manatees in the state.

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism
Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers' Alliance are normally at odds on policy, but both criticise HS2

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head
Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

How do you cool a city in a warming world?
Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. In Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer during scorching heat waves that saw highs of 100 degrees for five days straight.

Daniel and Tana Amen’s Book The Brain Warrior’s Way: Standard Health Advice Mixed with Misinformation and Fanciful Ideas
Daniel Amen, the media-savvy psychiatrist and promoter of SPECT scans, has teamed-up with his wife Tana to write a self-help book that hopelessly muddles good medical advice with misinformation and speculation.

Snapchat Spectacles now sold online
If you didn't race out to Los Angeles to get them, or stand in an endless line in Santa Monica, Calif., or catch a helicopter ride to the middle of the Grand Canyon, or brave the Manhattan cold, or pay a premium on eBay, well, you finally can just go online to buy Spectacles.

Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed. Some of the current technologies that are potential

Transgender political candidates still likely face an uphill battle, study finds
New Hope, Texas, mayor Jess Herbst last month publicly came out as transgender, making her likely the first transgender elected official in the state.

Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed
Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and extreme climatic events, threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support.

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows—water that sustains a substantial share of the global population.

Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite
A prefecture in China's far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install a real-time GPS-like tracking system as part of an anti-terror initiative.

Taiwan 'White Terror' brought back to life for gamers
As the 70th anniversary of a bloody political purge in Taiwan looms, a new horror video game set during the island's "White Terror" is winning rave reviews.

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock
Gene editing, which has raised ethical concerns due to its capacity to alter human DNA, is being considered in the United States as a tool for improving livestock, experts say.

Fokus på risikopersoner finder mange med diabetes eller hjertesygdom
Erfaringer fra Storbritannien viser, at tilbud om helbredsundersøgelser finder et stort antal personer med behov for medicinsk behandling af uopdaget diabetes eller hjertekarsygdom.

On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens
We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes. (Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

How a College Kid Made His Honda Civic Self-Driving for $700
Who needs a Tesla when you can build your own automated copilot using free hardware designs and software available online?

Tag en jordbærpille mod infektioner
I fremtiden kan vi spise jordbær- og rødvinspiller mod Alzheimers og infektioner baseret på syntesebiologi, hvor de aktive bærstoffer er skabt af bakterier i laboratoriet.

Guppy Groups Provide Friendly Protection Against Foes
Guppies exposed to predators tend to aggregate into smaller, more tightly knit groups, which may allow them to coordinate their predator avoidance strategies.

Long-term heavy drinking may age arteries over time
Heavy alcohol drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease, compared to consistently moderate drinkers.

Child obesity '35-40 percent' inherited from parents
Around 35-40 percent of a child's BMI -- how fat or thin they are -- is inherited from their parents, a new study has found.

10 Cognitive Distortions to be aware of

An Efficient Method for online Detection of Polychronous Patterns in Spiking Neural Network
Polychronous neural groups are effective structures for the recognition of precise spike-timing patterns but the detection method is an inefficient multi-stage brute force process that works off-line on pre-recorded simulation data. This work presents a new model of polychronous patterns that can capture precise sequences of spikes directly in the neural simulation.

Pupil size behavior during on line processing of sentences
In the present work we analyzed the pupil size behavior of forty subjects while they read well defined sentences with different contextual predictability (i.e., regular sentences and proverbs). In general, pupil size increased when reading regular sentences, but when readers realized that they were reading proverbs their pupils strongly increase until finishing proverbs' reading.

A simple mathematical model inspired by the Purkinje cells: from delayed travelling waves to fractional diffusion
Recently, several experiments have demonstrated the existence of fractional diffusion in the neuronal transmission occurring in the Purkinje cells, whose malfunctioning is known to be related to the lack of voluntary coordination and the appearance of tremors. Also, a classical mathematical feature is that (fractional) parabolic equations possess smoothing effects, in contrast with the case of hyp

The Partial Entropy Decomposition: Decomposing multivariate entropy and mutual information via pointwise common surprisal
Obtaining meaningful quantitative descriptions of the statistical dependence within multivariate systems is a difficult open problem. Recently, the Partial Information Decomposition (PID) was proposed to decompose mutual information (MI) about a target variable into components which are redundant, unique and synergistic within different subsets of predictor variables.

Eye-Movement behavior identification for AD diagnosis
In the present work, we develop a deep-learning approach for differentiating the eye-movement behavior of people with neurodegenerative diseases over healthy control subjects during reading well-defined sentences. We define an information compaction of the eye-tracking data of subjects without and with probable Alzheimer's disease when reading a set of well-defined, previously validated, sentences

Poaching drives 80 percent decline in elephants in key preserve
Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest sanctuaries have declined between 78% and 81% because of poaching, a new study finds. More than 25,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park may have been killed for their ivory between 2004 and 2014. With nearly half of Central Africa's forest elephants thought to live in Gabon, the loss of elephants from the park is a considerab

How an Interoffice Spat Erupted Into a Climate-Change Furor
A retired scientist became a hero to some climate-change deniers after he criticized his former boss at NOAA over data handling.

Hack Your Own Facebook Data with This Spooky Tool
Facebook knows about your past, present, and likely future. But how do they know this information? Data Selfie is a creepy new tool that will give you an answer. The free plugin provides a gateway into the data mining and predictive analytics that is used by Facebook to create your online identity. Read More

Why Bill Gates Thinks This Is the Most Beautiful Chart in the World
Bill and Melinda Gates lay out the key accomplishments of their philanthropic foundation in response to Warren Buffet.

Tech Still Doesn’t Take Discrimination Seriously
A blog post accusing Uber of systematic failure to address sexual harassment bolsters the idea that the tech biz isn't taking care of its own The post Tech Still Doesn't Take Discrimination Seriously appeared first on WIRED .

Out There: Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
A small discrepancy in the value of a long-sought number has fostered a debate about just how well we know the cosmos.

Drones are what's next for plant breeders
Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, were used successfully to remotely evaluate and predict soybean maturity timing in tests of potential varieties. The use of drones for this purpose could substantially reduce the man-hours needed to evaluate new crops.

High-sensitivity cameras reveal the atomic structure of metal-organic frameworks
Highly sensitive electron cameras allow researchers to see the atomic structure of metal-organic frameworks.

The test used to see if animals are self-aware might not actually work | Popular Science

Shared: A Balm When You’re Expecting: Sometimes Pot Does the Trick
Five women describe why they used marijuana while pregnant, and how they assessed the risks and benefits before making that choice.

AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records
The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist
NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico.

An alternative to opioids? Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever
A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah have found a compound that blocks pain by targeting a pathway not associated with opioids. Research in rodents indicates that the benefits continue long after the compound have cleared the body.

A new computer model explores how proteins are controlled 'at a distance'
EPFL scientists have created a new computer model that can help better design of allosteric drugs, which control proteins "at a distance".

A Conversation With: In Response to Trump, a Dutch Minister Launches ‘She Decides’
Liliane Ploumen, a trade minister in the Netherlands, mobilized support for global family-planning groups threatened by an executive order from President Trump.

Some widely publicized papers suggesting that fishes and fish catches will be smaller in the future are based on false assumptions
Some models show that fish will have a smaller size in the future due to climate changes. Three researchers are now pointing out that these models are built on false assumptions.

Empathy and moral choices: Study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions
Empathy and emotional awareness do not affect our moral decisions, suggests a new study. Our choices do not depend on our empathy, say the authors, adding that the difference, instead, lies in our emotional reactions, more pronounced in more empathic people. In particular if we opt for uncomfortable decisions for a greater good.

Prospect for more effective treatment of nerve pain
Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sharp, lancinating pain in the teeth or facial area. The standard treatment for this chronic nerve pain can cause burdening side effects. A novel substance inhibits the pain effectively and is well tolerated, as documented by the initial results of an international study.

Metabolism drives growth, division of cancer cells
The metabolic state of tumor cells contributes to signals that control the proliferation of tumor cells. In the 1920s, scientists observed that tumor cells radically change their metabolism. This process was termed "Warburg Effect", however neglected until recently by cancer research, but the latest results show it is indeed of fundamental importance for the development of aggressive tumors.

Those who help each other can invade harsher environments
Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. The research community has long believed this was the other way around -- that species in tough environments had to cooperate to survive. As a result the established view of why animals cooperate is turned upside-down.

Tick 'cement' as a potential bioadhesive for human tissue
Ticks are well known for their ability to anchor themselves firmly to the skin, so that they can suck blood for several days. This anchoring mechanism is so effective because it is based on a cement-like substance with excellent adhesive properties, so that it works like a dowel for the mouthparts of the tick. Researchers want to study this "tick cement" and recreate it chemically for use in bioma

Only one-third of parents think they are doing a good job helping kids eat healthy foods
If you know healthy eating is important for your kids, but you also feel like it's easier said than done, you're not alone. Many parents may not be following the recipe for encouraging healthy diets in their kids, and 1 in 5 don't think it's important to limit fast food and other junk food, outlines a new report.

Farverige Snapchat-briller kan nu købes online i USA
Snapchats Spectacles kunne tidligere kun købes i automater. Nu er de tilgængelige online.

Teacher body cams are not the answer to bad classroom behaviour
There is precious little evidence that equipping school staff with body-mounted video kit will help tackle disruptive students, says teacher Tom Bennett

Scientists 'solve' the ketchup problem
A super-slippery coating for bottles could make getting liquids out much easier, US scientists say.

Oil exporter Saudi starts hunt for solar, wind firms
The world's biggest oil exporter on Monday took the first step towards a goal of generating 9.5 GW of energy through solar and other renewable means.

Mapping the family tree of stars
Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking at how the stars formed and how they are connected to each other. The signatures act as a proxy for DNA sequences. It's akin to chemical tagging of stars and forms th

Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem
Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle.

Poaching drives 80 percent decline in elephants in key preserve
Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led study finds.

New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage
A new type of battery developed by scientists at Oregon State University shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage.

Ancient Roman House and Phallic Amulets Discovered in Israel
A house dating back around 1,900 years, which is decorated with frescoes showing scenes of nature, has been discovered at the site of Omrit in Israel.

Flying at Light Speed Is Pretty Much Impossible—Unless You’re Han Solo
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han needs crazy fast reaction time to get inside the Starkiller shields without crashing into the planet.

So You Want to Be a Genius
When it comes to cultivating genius, talent matters, but motivation may matter more --

The upstart asteroid who showed rings are for everybody
Rings were thought to belong only to an exclusive celestial club including flashy giants like Saturn – but then Chariklo crashed the party

California Dam Crisis Could Have Been Averted
A dismissed lawsuit to strengthen the dam because of climate change effects predicted catastrophic flooding --

Did Abraham Lincoln's Bromance Alter the Course of American History?
It was a friendship that proved redemptive for Lincoln, helping him through two serious, suicidal bouts of depression that threatened his relationship with his future wife and his political ambitions.

Family tree of stars helps reconstruct Milky Way’s formation
Using an array of chemical elements detected in stars as proxies for their “DNA”, stellar histories can be tracked around the galaxy, mapping a family tree

Method measures atomically thin ‘stacks’ used in nano-circuits
A breakthrough in how to measure the electronic structures of stacked 2D semiconductors could pave the way for highly efficient nano-circuitry—and smaller, flexible, more wearable gadgets. The 2D materials are atomically thin, highly conductive, and extremely strong. Multiple stacked layers of the materials—known as heterostructures—create highly efficient optoelectronic devices with ultrafast el

Venstre om nedskæringer på energiforskningen: Det var en nødforanstaltning
Regeringens barbering af energiforskningsmidlerne i 2016 og 2017 møder hård kritik fra oppositionen, mens Venstres energiordfører henviser til en tom kasse, da regeringen kom til.

New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe
The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems. (Image credit: NOAA)

Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System?
New work from Carnegie's Stephen Elardo and Anat Shahar shows that interactions between iron and nickel under the extreme pressures and temperatures similar to a planetary interior can help scientists understand the period in our Solar System's youth when planets were forming and their cores were created. Their findings are published by Nature Geoscience.

Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows.

Q&A: Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements
The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often complicated.

Skywire: Heart of Gold vs Heart of Steel
It’s a cog eat cog world, and having a suitable metal alloy to define yourself by is something every steampunk citizen should consider. Behind your steam-powered armature are you really a big softy with a shiny heart of gold? Do you fall easily for all those lovely and dapper ladies and gents? Or are you more of a cold, analytical realist with an impenetrable heart of steel? Do you value the scie

A Century Ago: Designing and Selling the Flying Car
Innovation and discovery as chronicled in Scientific American --

John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbit
John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.

Cantina Talk: A New Hope for a Last Jedi Trailer. Maybe
Rumors are circulating that it'll drop during Star Wars Celebration.

New advice is use fewer passwords – why the change of tack?
Unique, strong passwords, changed frequently, has been the mantra for all the websites we log into. Why is that advice under attack, wonders Paul Marks

Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait
Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). A comparison study soon to be published in Journal of Economic Entomology shows a water-resistant ant bait offers a significant advantage over currently availabl

You need more DEET to stop old mosquitoes with Zika
If you’re traveling to, or living in, a Zika virus-infested area, a new study offers guidelines for using mosquito repellant. It’s far better to use the mosquito repellent DEET rather than Picaridin and to use higher doses of DEET because lower doses do not work well with older mosquitoes, according to the study in Nature Scientific Reports . Walter Leal, professor in molecular and cellular biolo

Heat flow can levitate ice, glass, seeds, and lint
Two physics students have shown how to levitate a variety of objects between a warm plate and a cold plate in a vacuum chamber. They levitated ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands, and thistle seeds. They achieved a number of levitation breakthroughs, in terms of duration, orientation, and method. The levitation lasted for more than an hour, as opposed to a

More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change
Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ecosystems in this regard to date. The most obvious increases occurred among warm-dwelling birds, butterflies, beetles, soil organisms and lichens according to a new study. Thus, it appears possible tha

Study shows strong long-term survival rates for patients with GIST
Nearly one in four patients with incurable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) treated with Gleevec will survive 10 years, a new report outlines.

Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide | Yuval Noah Harari
How do we make sense of today's political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a broader context, against the ongoing disruption of our technology, climate, media -- even our notion of what humanity is for. This is the first of a series of TED Dialogues, seeking a thoughtful response to escalating political divisiveness. Ma

Diane Mathis (Harvard) 2: Transcription Factor Aire Orchestrates T Cell Tolerance
http://www.iBiology.org Part 1: Introduction to T Cell Tolerance: When immunological tolerance fails, autoimmune diseases such as diabetes result. Mathis explains how T cell tolerance develops. Part 2: Transcription Factor Aire Orchestrates T Cell Tolerance: Mutation in the transcription factor Aire results in autoimmune attacks on numerous organs. Mathis tells us how Aire determines T cell toler

The Download, Feb 20, 2017: Making VR Feel Real, Holographic 3-D Printing, and Robot Tax
The most fascinating and important news in technology and innovation delivered straight to your inbox, every day.

Racerløb for robotbiler endte med ulykke
Det første officielle racerløb mellem to robotbiler i Buenos Aires endte med at det ene bil forulykkede. Arrangørerne var hurtigt ude med en meddelelse om at 'ingen fører kom noget til'.

Score says if child’s head injury warrants time in ICU
When a child suffers a mild head injury, doctors have well-established protocols for determining whether that child should have a computed tomography (CT) scan to assess the damage. Most children with mild traumatic brain injury have normal CT scans—a scenario referred to as a concussion. If a CT scan is abnormal, however, a child’s condition is at higher risk of deteriorating, requiring monitori

MIT’s New Wheelchair Drives Itself
MIT researchers are working to change mobility for the elderly and disabled.

This Motorcycle Gear Will Bring Joy to Your Weekend Rides
The hottest gear for hitting the road, no matter the season.

Power to the Pedal: 2 New E-Bikes for Your Commute
In an ideal world, every human would have perfectly toned thighs and a flat cycle path on which to commute.

La Dolce Veloce: Meet Alfa Romeo’s New Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo's beastly new sedan will soon be hitting the streets in the US.

Take a 360-Video Tour of a Porsche Modder’s Sweet Rides
Magnus Walker is a Porsche remix artist.

‘Sexy’ stink lets camouflaged bugs find mates
For stick insects, a mate who smells good may be just as important as one who looks good. This finding could explain why, when looks are deceiving, the insects can still show a preference for mates from the same species—a key to evolutionary success. As reported in Nature Ecology and Evolution , scientists examined stick insect populations in California to try to better understand what drives the

'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, group argues
Last year, headlines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The 'Tully monster,' an ancient animal that had long defied classification, was in fact a vertebrate, two groups of scientists claimed. Specifically, it seemed to be a type of fish called a lamprey. The problem with this resolution? Ac

Friction in the vacuum?
(Phys.org)—When three physicists first discovered through their calculations that a decaying atom moving through the vacuum experiences a friction-like force, they were highly suspicious. The results seemed to go against the laws of physics: The vacuum, by definition, is completely empty space and does not exert friction on objects within it. Further, if true, the results would contradict the prin

Ultrafast laser pulses meet magnetic materials in new research
Researchers have studied ultrafast non-equilibrium magnetization in correlated spin systems in recent years. At both fundamental and application levels, ultrafast laser pulse excitation and dynamics measurement provide an effective path to fast optical detection, as well as control of magnetic order. Studies have been conducted with magnetic media measuring the time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr e

Differences in the rhetorical styles of candidates in the 2016 US presidential election
A new paper published in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities reveals and quantifies dramatic differences in the speaking styles of candidates in the 2016 United States presidential election. Lexical analysis indicates that President Donald Trump had a distinct communication style, and it was far more direct than any of the other candidates.

'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, group argues
Last year, headlines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The "Tully monster," an ancient animal that had long defied classification, was in fact a vertebrate, two groups of scientists claimed. Specifically, it seemed to be a type of fish called a lamprey.

Sharpening our knowledge of prehistory on East Africa's bone harpoons
A project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone harpoons ever assembled from the area. The collection offers clues about the behaviour and technology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers.

Basking sharks seek out winter sun
The winter habits of Britain's basking sharks have been revealed for the first time. Scientists have discovered some spend their winters off Portugal and North Africa, some head to the Bay of Biscay and others choose a staycation around the UK and Ireland.

Image: Star formation on filaments in RCW106
Stars are bursting into life all over this image from ESA's Herschel space observatory. It depicts the giant molecular cloud RCW106, a massive billow of gas and dust almost 12 000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Norma, the Carpenter's Square.

New internet security device launched to safeguard schools against child abuse
Computer experts at the University of Plymouth have created a new device that provides round-the-clock monitoring against online child abuse and radicalisation for primary and secondary schools.

Carbon uptake by Amazon forests matches region's emissions
Carbon emissions across all nine Amazon nations have been fully matched by carbon absorption by mature Amazon forests since the 1980s, new research shows.

Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds
Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study finds.

Link between lipoproteins and kidney stones in children, urology research team suggests
Excess lipoproteins and fatty acids may be associated with the development of painful and often chronic kidney stones in children, new research shows.

Alien particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronic devices
Alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphones, computers and other personal electronic devices, say researchers.

Study signals new hope for Rockall oil and gas exploration
A geological analysis of the Rockall area of the North Atlantic has revealed previously unknown insights that could lead to new oil and gas discoveries in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Winners and losers—climate change will shift vegetation
Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by a third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during agricultural growing season. These results have been presented in Nature Communications by an international collaboration led by the US Geological Survey and members from seven countries, including Scott Wilson

Cooperative species can invade harsher environments
Through cooperation, animals are able to colonise harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, together with researchers in England and USA. The research community has long believed this was the other way around - that species in tough environments had to cooperate to survive. As a result the established view of why anim

Scientists readying to create first image of a black hole
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from around the world is getting ready to create what might be the first image of a black hole. The project is the result of collaboration between teams manning radio receivers around the world and a team at MIT that will assemble the data from the other teams and hopefully create an image.

Maybe these Arctic squirrels aren’t invasive after all?
An investigation into bird populations on the Alaskan island of Chirikof has turned up evidence that the Arctic ground squirrel might not be an invasive species after all. When Catherine West, a research assistant professor in Boston University’s archaeology department, arrived on the small island in the Gulf of Alaska, she planned to study how the island’s bird population had changed over time.

New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealed
(Phys.org)—Astronomers have presented the results of new photometric and spectroscopic observations of the star V501 Aurigae (V501 Aur for short), providing new insights into the nature of this object. The findings show that V501 Aur, previously considered to be T-Tauri star, is most probably a field binary. The study was published Feb. 15 in a paper available on arXiv.org.

Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)
For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet "beautiful" is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be beautiful – and does it matter?

Rumforsker: Usædvanligt liv fundet i livsfarlig krystalhule
Det beviser hvor hårdført livet er, siger hun

Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs
Opinion: Between accounting professionals and truck drivers alone, about 4.5 million human jobs could be ceded to robots over the next few years.

The Walking Dead Recap: Enemies Don’t Always Stay That Way
Hardship can make bonds brittle, but it can also strengthen frayed ones—or forge new ones altogether.

Lessons from Making Brain Soup
A novel technique for counting neurons is changing our appraisal of just how special the human brain really is --

The universe has a lithium problem
Over the past decades, scientists have wrestled with a problem involving the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory suggests that there should be three times as much lithium as we can observe. Why is there such a discrepancy between prediction and observation?

An Interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum
Mike Fossum is a shining example for astronaut wannabes shooting for the stars. His story undeniably proves that dreams of space voyages come true if you have the motivation and courage to pursue them. In an interview with Astrowatch.net, the veteran NASA astronaut talks about his successful astronaut career, recollecting unforgettable and thrilling moments in space.

Unsung hero of science: Assessment
Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and society.

Wary of human-animal hybrids? It's probably just your own moral superiority
In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a goat emerging from its back.

Group introduces six new particles to standard model to solve five enduring problems
(Phys.org)—A quartet of researchers has boldly proposed the addition of six new particles to the standard model to explain five enduring problems. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Guillermo Ballesteros with Université Paris Saclay, Javier Redondo with Universidad de Zaragoza, Andreas Ringwald with Max-Planck-Institut für Physik and Carlos Tamarit with Durham Univers

Hints from the fossil record on how to re-oyster the Chesapeake
Rowan Lockwood is extracting pearls of data from long-dead oysters.

A comprehensive comparison of methodologies that quantify RNAs of single cells
Every cell has its own individual molecular fingerprint, which is informative for its functions and regulatory states. LMU researchers have now carried out a comprehensive comparison of methodologies that quantify RNAs of single cells.

'Brutally murdered' Pictish man brought back to life in digital reconstruction
Researchers from the University of Dundee's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) have reconstructed the face of a Pictish man they showed to have been brutally murdered 1,400 years ago.

Researchers navigating ways to avoid aircraft icing
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) think they are on the path to giving aircraft a way to avoid potentially hazardous icing conditions from a safe distance.

More warm-dwelling animals and plants as a result of climate change
Since 1980, populations of warm-dwelling species in Germany have increased. The trend is particularly strong among warm-dwelling terrestrial species, as shown by the most comprehensive study across ecosystems in this regard to date. The most obvious increases occurred among warm-dwelling birds, butterflies, beetles, soil organisms and lichens according to the study published recently in the scient

Solar geometry sheds new light on historic painting
A re-examination of the iconic John Constable work, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, has found that the original 1831 exhibited version of the painting did not have a rainbow – and that it was added later to correspond with the time of his best friend's death over a year later.

Alarm as climate sceptic named head of US environment agency
Scientists within the EPA say work continues as usual for now, but they worry about potential changes when Scott Pruitt – a climate change sceptic – takes charge

Controlling friction levels through on/off application of laser light
A National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) research group discovered that the amount of friction force between organic molecules and a sapphire substrate in a vacuum can be changed repeatedly by starting and stopping laser light irradiation.

35 years of data reveal economic inequality in the United States
University of Virginia economics professor James Harrigan is using more than 35 years of data to study economic inequality in the United States, seeking explanations and solutions for the rapidly widening chasm between the very rich and nearly everyone else.

Hukommelse i sensoren gør mobilkameraet meget hurtigere
Sony lægger 16 Gb hukommelse på chippen i mobilkameraet, som dermed giver spejlreflekskameraet konkurrence.

Simple etching technique for creating left-handed and right-handed nanostructures
Structures that just may be the world's smallest screws have been fabricated by researchers from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore.

Technique to characterize electrical potential distribution in composite electrodes of solid state lithium ion batteries
Major advancement in understanding the cause of high resistivity at the electrode–electrolyte interfaces, which has been hindering the development of high power density batteries.

DMC researchers test technique to determine lobster's age
Research professor Rick Wahle and graduate student Carl Huntsberger are testing a technique at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center to determine the age of lobsters.

Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology
Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21507

An Arms Dealer Says Life Under Trump Is a ‘Win-Win’
Business is good, if your business is weapons.

How Is the World Worse Off Now Than It Was in Watchmen?
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' pre-apocalyptic epic is now 30 years old. So why does it feel like it was written just minutes ago?

Refugees’ Stories Told Through Their Smartphones
Google Maps to escape an unsafe home, and photos to remember it.

Diabetes could cause up to 12% of US deaths
The proportion of deaths attributable to diabetes in the US is as high as 12 percent—three times higher than estimates based on death certificates suggest—a new analysis shows. For a new study, published in PLOS ONE , researchers used two large datasets that included more than 300,000 people to estimate the fraction of deaths attributable to diabetes among people ages 30 to 84 between 1997 and 20

I spent a week exploring how we'll have to live in post-water America
Environment Cutting water consumption requires more consideration than you'd think One Saturday morning in December, I walked to a hardware store to purchase the 18-gallon ­storage container I would use to take showers for the next seven days.

Print your own body parts
John Nhial was barely a teenager when he was grabbed by a Sudanese guerrilla army and forced to become a child soldier. He was made to endure weeks of walking with so little food and water that some of his fellow captives died. Four more were killed one night in a wild-animal attack. Then the boys were given military training that involved "running up to ten kilometres in the heat and hiding" befo

Researchers develop unique model to customize common industrial process
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have published a precise computer model of a deposition process using electrically charged particles that will provide scientists and engineers with unprecedented insights into the method.

Polarizing politics prompts 'louder and more frequent calls for political action'
In the weeks since President Donald J. Trump's inauguration, grassroots movements of the social and political variety have cropped up en masse across the country. But American history is dotted with protests, boycotts, and political upheaval dating back to the nation's birth in 1776.

Image: Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon spacecraft vertical at Launch Complex 39A
NASA provider SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff of SpaceX's tenth Commercial Resupply Services cargo mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for 10:01 a.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Crowdsourcing effort helps researchers predict how a molecule will smell
You can anticipate a color before you see it, based solely on the length of light waves. Music can be interpreted from notes on a page without being heard. Not so with odor. The only way to tell if something will smell like roses or turpentine, sea breeze or gasoline, is to sniff it.

Virus inspires new way to deliver cancer drugs
Drugs disguised as viruses are providing new weapons in the battle against cancer, promising greater accuracy and fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

NASA saves energy and water with new modular supercomputing facility
Though there's been some recent relief in California's long-standing drought, water conservation techniques continue to be a hot topic for facilities that require significant amounts of water for day-to-day operations. The task of powering up and cooling down a high-end computing facility consumes large amounts of electricity and water. NASA is adopting new conservation practices with a prototype

Image: liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon from Launch Complex 39A
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Scientists end long-standing controversy about a ubiquitous reaction involved in catalysts, corrosion, and more
ater is behind creating certain biofuels, sequestering carbon, and forming corrosive rust. If and how water (H2O) breaks when it hits a metal oxide surface, such as a catalyst or a pipe, matters. In a pioneering study, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), led by Dr. Zdenek Dohnálek and Dr. Roger Rousseau, definitively measured the stability of adsorbed water compared to the

New catalog of administrative data sets for rigorous evaluations of social programs
Hospitals, governments, school systems, and many other institutions gather a wealth of data on individuals for operational purposes. MIT-based J-PAL North America recently launched a catalog of administrative datasets to provide researchers with clear information on data access and content, including costs and indicators. Together with J-PAL North America's guide to using administrative data for r

ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon
Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA.

Dating the Milky Way's disc
When a star like our sun gets to be very old, after another seven billion years or so, it will no longer be able to sustain burning its nuclear fuel. With only about half of its mass remaining, it will shrink to a fraction of its radius and become a white dwarf star. White dwarfs are common, the most famous one being the companion to the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. As remnants of some of th

Study on prehistoric violence published
A longtime Cal Poly Pomona anthropology professor who studies violence among prehistoric people in California has been published in a prestigious journal.

Art and space enter a new dimension
ESA's involvement in the world of art is entering a new dimension, thanks to the cooperation with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, with the idea of making space activities as inclusive as possible for more of the public on Earth.

Diabeteslægemiddel kan øge risikoen for tåamputation
Patienter med type 2-diabetes, der bruger canagliflozin, har større risiko for infektion, sår og amputationer i forhold til placebobehandlede. I Danmark anvendes midlet kun i begrænset omfang.

Hjerneskadeområdet får kvalitetstjek
Genoptrænings- og rehabiliteringsindsatserne til mennesker med erhvervet hjerneskade skal gennemgå et servicetjek. Og det er der meget brug for, siger to aktører på området.

Smart meter tracks when the kettle’s on to check grandpa’s OK
A monitoring system, tested in hundreds of UK homes, builds profiles of energy use and sends alerts if someone’s routine changes in a worrying way

Trekantet molekyle blev beskrevet for 64 år siden: Nu har IBM lavet det
Det trekantede molekyle triangulen har interessante magnetiske egenskaber. Nu er det endelig lykkedes IBM at lave det molekyle, som mange havde opgivet på grund af dets ekstreme reaktivitet.

Chrome-udvidelse viser dig, hvem du er på Facebook
Ved hjælp af front-end monitorering af din ageren på Facebook, kan Chrome-udvidelsen Data Selfie give dig et billede af, hvordan du egentlig opfører dig på Facebook - og hvad det siger om dig. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/chrome-udvidelse-viser-dig-hvem-du-paa-facebook-1073526 Version2

Slut med vifte af nøglekort: Mange selvstændige kan nu nøjes med privat NemID
Det er ikke længere nødvendigt at have et erhvers-NemID, hvis man er ene ejer af en virksomhed. Det skal løsne for det administrative arbejde, oplyser Erhvervsministeriet.

We need slow science to sow the seeds of future prosperity
It's tempting to invest in rapid development at the cost of slow and steady research – but good things come to those who wait

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes
Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice. (Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

Switched-on DNA: Sparking nano-electronic applications
DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices.

Basking sharks seek out winter sun
The winter habits of Britain's basking sharks have been revealed for the first time.

Dansk-cambodiansk skovprojekt vinder førstepris i USA
Et dansk-cambodiansk skovprojekt har vundet den fornemme pris ”The International Society for Tropical...

Medicinrådet vil sætte større krav til habilitet
Et forslag til en regulær habilitetspolitik for Medicinrådets medlemmer vil blive præsenteret på det kommende møde. Formand lægger op til stramninger af de nuværende habilitetsregler.

Mercedes-Benz klar med elektrisk lastbil
Sidste år blev den lille lastbil Urban eTruck præsenteret, og nu går lastbilen i produktion. Den bliver nu fulgt af flere andre elektriske last- og varebiler.

Atlanta, other cities eye test tracks for self-driving cars
Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology.

New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling
A New Zealand judge has upheld an earlier ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

Moth gift: Winner of an eBay auction thanks his mother by naming a new species after her
Winner of an eBay auction Steve Mix received the opportunity to pick the name for a new species of satiny-white winged moth collected from the white gypsum dunes of the White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. A fan of butterflies and moths himself, he chose to honor his supportive and encouraging mother Delinda Mix, so the moth is now formally listed under the species name delindae. It is descr

Studie skal undersøge mindfulness mod tilbagefald af depression
Forskning viser, at mindfulness kan reducere risikoen for tilbagefald af depression på niveau med antidepressiv medicin. Kommende studier skal undersøge terapiformens forebyggende potentiale.

If You Love Driving in Hellish Traffic, Visit These Cities
Your dreams of slogging through a commute, fulfilled.

Using Virtual Reality Underwater Is Weird (but Fun)
Sure, you can soar or swim in VR. Just put on a headset and jump in a pool.

Robothær løfter tonsvis af idiot-opgaver i Københavns Kommune
https://www.version2.dk/artikel/robothaer-loefter-tonsvis-idiot-opgaver-koebenhavns-kommune-1073401 Medarbejdere i Danmark største kommune har fået selskab af robotter, der kan udføre monotone opgaver igen og igen uden fejl.

Rapport: Naturgas velegnet til CO2-fangst
Ny rapport fra Dansk Gasteknisk Center konkluderer, at tiden er moden til CCS. Men incitamentet mangler.

Measures of spike train synchrony for data with multiple time-scales
Background: Measures of spike train synchrony are widely used in both experimental and computational neuroscience. Time-scale independent and parameter-free measures, such as the ISI-distance, the SPIKE-distance and SPIKE-synchronization, are preferable to time-scale parametric measures, since by adapting to the local firing rate they take into account all the time-scales of a given dataset. New M

Time Fractional Cable Equation And Applications in Neurophysiology
We propose an extension of the cable equation by introducing a Caputo time fractional derivative. The fundamental solutions of the most common boundary problems are derived analitically via Laplace Transform, and result be written in terms of known special functions. This generalization could be useful to describe anomalous diffusion phenomena with leakage as signal conduction in spiny dendrites.
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Fractional Cable Model for Signal Conduction in Spiny Neuronal Dendrites
The cable model is widely used in several fields of science to describe the propagation of signals. A relevant medical and biological example is the anomalous subdiffusion in spiny neuronal dendrites observed in several studies of the last decade. Anomalous subdiffusion can be modelled in several ways introducing some fractional component into the classical cable model. The Chauchy problem associa

A reaction-diffusion model for the progression of Parkinson's disease
The temporal and spatial development of Parkinson's disease has been characterised as the progressive formation of {\alpha}-synuclein aggregations through susceptible neuronal pathways. This article describes a new model for this progression mechanism in which Parkinsonian damage moves over time through the nervous system by the combined effect of the reaction kinetics of pathogenesis and molecula

A Biased Look at Phase Locking: Brief Critical Review and Proposed Remedy
A number of popular measures of dependence between pairs of band-limited signals rely on analytic phase. A common misconception is that the dependence revealed by these measures must be specific to the spectral range of the filtered input signals. Implicitly or explicitly, obtaining analytic phase involves normalizing the signal by its own envelope, which is a nonlinear operation that introduces b

Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole
German research vessel Polarstern is set for a remarkable year-long expedition in the Arctic.

Historic detection of gravitational waves
A scientist who has been involved with nearly every aspect of the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), will give a talk about the project's historic detection of gravitational waves.

Forget LinkedIn, It May be Time to Find a Job on Facebook
The world's largest social network now has a feature, Jobs on Facebook, that is free for both job posters and job seekers. For millions of underemployed workers already on Facebook, it may be a welcome feature. Read More

Are Sexual Fetishes Psychologically Healthy?
So far, 549 separate paraphilias have been officially identified. Read More

Researcher unveils tool for a cleaner long island sound
A new model released today at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by UConn ecologist Jamie Vaudrey pinpoints sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate it.

This Science Team Wants You to Never Have to Buy Another Pair of Glasses
These glycerin "smart glasses" may be the only specs you'll need – although they do need a design intervention at some point. Read More

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'
Can statistics increase the value of science to society?

Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus
Imagine being able to view microscopic aspects of a classical nova, a massive stellar explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star (about as big as Earth), in a laboratory rather than from afar via a telescope. Cosmic detonations of this scale and larger created many of the atoms in our bodies. A safe way to study these events in laboratories on Earth is to investigate the exotic nuclei or 'rare

Mapping a path to better oral health
Dentists aren't the only people who influence how we take care of our teeth; our friends and family play a big role, too.

Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics
A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic.

Tool for a cleaner Long Island Sound
Ecologists have pinpointed sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate it.

Repetitive head injuries may not cause movement problems for former NFL players
Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not have significant problems with motor functions later in life, according to a preliminary study.

Molecular phenomenon discovered by advanced NMR facility
Cutting edge technology has shown a molecule self-assembling into different forms when passing between solution state to solid state, and back again -- a curious phenomenon in science.

Juno to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days.

Gene sequences reveal secrets of symbiosis
Advances in genomic research are helping scientists to reveal how corals and algae cooperate to combat environmental stresses. KAUST researchers have sequenced and compared the genomes of three strains of Symbiodinium, a member of the dinoflagellate algae family, to show their genomes have several features that promote a prosperous symbiotic relationship with corals.

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'
Can statistics increase the value of science to society? Georgetown University's Rochelle Tractenberg, PhD, MPH, PhD, chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Statistical Association, will discuss "Promoting Ethical Science and Policy With Ethical Statistical Practice" on a panel presenting three disciplinary perspectives on Sunday, February 19, as part of a day long symposium

CUNY linguist to speak on second language acquisition and loss
Dr. Gita Martohardjono of Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) will speak at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to take place in Boston from February 16 - 20, 2017. Dr. Martohardjono will present "Regression in Second Language Acquisition and Loss" on Sunday, February 19.

Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans - that's the central message a leading marine ecologist delivered today in Boston during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

GBSI reports encouraging progress toward improved research reproducibility by year 2020
One year after the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) issued its Reproducibility2020 challenge and action plan for the biomedical research community, the organization reports encouraging progress toward the goal to significantly improve the quality of preclinical biological research by year 2020. "Reproducibility2020 Report: Progress and Priorities," posted today on bioRxiv, identifies a

Stanford researcher to examine unsung hero of science: assessment
Katharine Mach, who served as co-director of science on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will present her most recent findings on the trials and triumphs of achieving a consensus on climate science.

LIGO veteran gives talk about gravitational waves
Caltech's Stan Whitcomb, who has been involved with nearly every aspect of the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), will give a talk about the project's historic detection of gravitational waves on February 19 at the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston.

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky
Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars.

Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs
Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms.

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad
A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago.

Is the human brain hardwired to appreciate poetry?
In 1932 T.S. Eliot famously argued, 'Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.' But can we really appreciate the musical sound of poetry independent of its literary meaning? Apparently yes. A recent study has shown that the brain displays a positive electrophysiological response when presented with sentences that conform to certain poetic construction rules. It is the first demonstra

Tumor suppressor promotes some acute myeloid leukemias, study reveals
A tumor suppressor protein thought to prevent acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can actually promote a particularly deadly form of the disease, researchers have discovered. The study suggests that targeting this protein could be an effective treatment for certain AML patients.

Role of rogue protein PAK4 confirmed in pancreatic cancer cells
The role of a protein called PAK4 in the movement and growth of pancreatic cancer cells could help researchers find new ways to tackle the disease, a new study that confirms.

Novel socio-ecological approach helps identifying suitable wolf habitats in human-dominated landscapes
About one third of the Swiss landscape offers suitable wolf habitat. Nonetheless, there is only a small fraction thereof where the wolf is tolerated by local communities. Those regions – characterized by both favorable environmental conditions and a positive attitude towards the wolf – are identified as candidate regions for the successful short to medium-term wolf expansion, according to a study.



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