Monthly Archives: October 2012

16 million-year-old amber specimen reveals unknown animal behaviours The University of Manchester

Stunning images, including video footage, from a CT scan of amber have revealed the first evidence of any creature using an adult mayfly for transport. Researchers at the University of Manchester say this 16 million-year-old hitchhiker most likely demonstrates activity … Continue reading

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Drug From Chinese ‘Thunder God Vine’ Slays Tumors in Mice – Bloomberg

A drug made from a plant known as “thunder god vine,” or lei gong teng, that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine, wiped out pancreatic tumors in mice, researchers said, and may soon be tested in humans.Mice treated with … Continue reading

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ALPHA CENTAURI HAS A PLANET! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Alpha Centauri is triple-star system, composed of a binary star, two stars much like the Sun – one slightly larger and hotter, called Alpha Centauri A, and the other slightly smaller and cooler, called Alpha Centauri B – orbited themselves … Continue reading

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Mystery of Ball Lightning Solved | Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Sightings of ball lightning have been made for centuries around the world – usually about 10 cm in diameter and lasting up to twenty seconds – but no explanation of how it occurs has been universally accepted by science.Previous competing … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s drug ‘slows memory loss by a third’ – Telegraph

Combined results from two trials shows the drug, called solanezumab, slows the speed of mental decline by a third in those with mild-to-moderate disease. via Alzheimer’s drug ‘slows memory loss by a third’ – Telegraph.

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Biologist discovers mammal with salamander-like regenerative abilities

“The African spiny mouse appears to regenerate ear tissue in much the way that a salamander regrows a limb that has been lost to a predator,” said Ashley W. Seifert, a postdoctoral researcher in UF’s biology department. “Skin, hair follicles, … Continue reading

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CogSci Librarian: Scents & Sleep

The New York Times article Study Uncovers Memory Aid: A Scent During Sleep says that smells may help us remember things better. They quote a study recently published in Science: “The smell of roses — delivered to people’s nostrils as … Continue reading

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Lucid Dreaming Research – The Lucid Scribe Database Project

I designed a headband with a motion detector that is sensitive enough to pick up the heartbeat and can easily detect rapid eye movements. And I wrote a program that records my sleep and plays an audio track when it … Continue reading

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Biasing the content of hippocampal replay during sleep : Nature Neuroscience : Nature Publishing Group

These results indicate that sleep replay can be manipulated by external stimulation and provide further evidence for the role of hippocampal replay in memory consolidation. via Biasing the content of hippocampal replay during sleep : Nature Neuroscience : Nature Publishing … Continue reading

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Scientists develop world’s first ‘biological Internet’ | NDTV Gadgets

M13 is a packager of genetic messages. It reproduces within its host, taking strands of DNA strands that engineers can control wrapping them up one by one and sending them out encapsulated within proteins produced by M13 that can infect … Continue reading

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