This article caught my eye for two reasons: 1. I am an incredibly nostalgic person and oftentimes will sink into deep rose-tinted reveries for a few minutes every hour or so and, 2. I was a Star Wars kid growing up.
I was among the legions of fans waiting in line for the first prequel to come out to catch it at midnight. I went and saw all three re-releases when they hit the theaters again. I dated a guy in college who had a Count Dooku replica lightsaber and a jedi cloak and I found… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on February 23, 2009 at 5:14pm —
This is absolutely wild.
From a recent article at LiveScience:
Canadian researchers say they can glean simple preferences from a person's brain by shining near-infrared light into the noggin.
The study, reported in the Journal of Neural Engineering, demonstrated the ability to decode a person's preference for one of two drinks with 80 percent accuracy by measuring the intensity of near-infrared light absorbed in brain tissue, the scientists said in a statement… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on February 18, 2009 at 3:12pm —
Today marks Darwin's Birthday Eve, so going down a different vein, I've found an article about why one of the greatest scientists (and adventurer!) has never graced the silver screen... until now!
From the article from the Times Online:
The Darwin we'll see in the film is, says Thomas, “a troubled character who knew that his ideas were going to trigger a profound change of balance in the status quo and it made him ill.” He is a tortured genius, far removed from the… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on February 11, 2009 at 4:19pm —
Today's installment is an article from the NY Times Science section about how Darwin's ideas were so ahead of their time.
From the article:
Biologists quickly accepted the idea of evolution, but for decades they rejected natural selection, the mechanism Darwin proposed for the evolutionary process. Until the mid-20th century they largely ignored sexual selection, a special aspect of natural selection that Darwin proposed to account for male ornaments like the peacock’s… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on February 10, 2009 at 3:07pm —
As many of you may already know, this Thursday is Darwin's 200th birthday! In honor of this great scientist, I will be posting a blog every day that deals with the man, the myth, the legend that was Charles Darwin.
First up is a great post from our very own San Diego Union Tribune: 20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Darwin
From the article:
5. Darwin loved collecting things, especially beetles. It's said he lost a girlfriend in college because he paid more… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on February 9, 2009 at 12:33pm —
I'm a musician and I grew up in an environment where music was ubiquitous, so while I have a great sense of rhythm, it's always confused me that my brother didn't (despite that he's a musician as well, with perfect pitch, no less ::grumbles::). Turns out, it might be something our environment had nothing to do with.
From the article from USA Today:
"Studying children's sense of musical timing has long been challenging. The babies in the study couldn't even grab their toes,… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on January 26, 2009 at 6:32pm —
The FDA has given the go-ahead to the biotech firm Geron to treat spinal cord injury patients with human stem cells.
From the Wired article:
"The approval is expected to the first of several trials involving embryonic stem cells. A recent CAMR report found that nine companies, including Geron, were in the process of developing human embryonic stem cell treatments.
Embryonic stem cells are like blank slates that can be transformed into different types of tissue.… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on January 23, 2009 at 3:16pm —
A really cool article from the New Scientist website covers the slow unraveling of Darwin's idea of the tree of life, where all living organisms (the branches of the tree) come from a single ancestor (the trunk). The author relates the story of how after the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, scientists began comparing DNA sequences of ribosomes to fill in the tree, they began noticing some inconsistencies.
From the article:
"The problems began in the early 1990s… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on January 23, 2009 at 10:49am —
I love articles like this. Sometimes I'm nostalgic for the less ethical days of science; the days of Zimbardo and his now infamous prison experiment. I understand why having safeguards in place are necessary for the safety of the subjects of research studies. The great thing about this article is that it turns this idea on its head - what about the safety of the researchers?
A particular study comes to mind (I can't remember the researcher who conducted it though - anyone know?)… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on January 17, 2009 at 4:58pm —
I'm just going to start off by saying that anything involving space-time or quantum physics hurts my brain. Many times, it's so beyond my every day experience with matter that my brain just puts its fingers in its ears and begins humming Camptown Races.
That having been said, an article appearing in a recent edition of New Scientist deals with a new discovery that bends the very idea of reality.
From the article:
"For many months, the GEO600 team-members had… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on January 17, 2009 at 4:47pm —
Ever take a nap and felt guilty about it afterwards? Ever felt jealous of other countries were napping is expected or even celebrated? Well, embrace the nap! It could improve the quality of your life significantly.
I was always resistant to the idea of napping during the day. I should be getting enough sleep at night; enough so that I could stay awake long enough to fall asleep tired and wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning. If I took a nap in the afternoon, I would be… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on December 29, 2008 at 3:06pm —
I don't think I could describe this better than the folks at Science Now so here ya go:
"Six weeks ago, the Gonzo Scientist challenged researchers around the world to interpret their Ph.D. research in dance form, film the dance, and share it with the world on YouTube (Science, 10 October, p. 186). By the 11 p.m. deadline this past Sunday, 36 dances--including solo ballet and circus spectacle--had been submitted online. A panel of nine judges--the three winners of the first "Dance… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on November 21, 2008 at 4:23pm —
This headline has been splashed across all major media outlets as of yesterday morning when it was announced the popular speculative fiction author lost his battle to cancer.
"The master of the "techno thriller," Michael Crichton, has died at the age of 66. He was battling cancer. Crichton was best known for scary stories of science gone wrong in popular books like The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park."
They include a recent interview with the author… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on November 6, 2008 at 1:11pm —
Three neat article appearing on the ScienceDaily website from yesterday and today. The first is about how the brain prevents verbal errors.
From the article:
"The researchers showed that the brain responds to such faulty utterances with a specific electrophysiological signal. It was already known that this wave occurs when making behavioural errors, such as pressing a wrong button by accident. This wave, called Error-Related Negativity, is informally known as the 'Oh-shit'… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on November 6, 2008 at 1:00pm —
A few weeks ago, I posted about how a team of researchers found a new function for junk DNA in encoding instructions for limb development. Another paper appearing in the latest issue of Genome Research theorizes that this DNA is involved in what makes us distinctly human.
From the… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on November 5, 2008 at 5:04pm —
Earlier this year, I read a great article
on the Smithsonian website about how researchers in New England were using Thoreau
's meticulous ecological notes… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on October 28, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Scientific American has a number of great ghoulish stories
out this week including:
Taking Wing: Uncovering the Evolutionary Origins of Bats
"Survey the sky at twilight on a summer’s eve, and you just might glimpse one of evolution’s most spectacular success stories: bats. With representatives on every continent except… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on October 28, 2008 at 3:48pm —
A previously unknown microorganism that lived between the Paleocene and Eocene epochs (about 55 million years ago) has been discovered at a dig in New Jersey. What's odd is that these fossils are magnetic.
From the McGill University press release:
Though they are only some four… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on October 22, 2008 at 6:02pm —
The largest genome study to date on adenocarcinoma
, the most common form of lung cancer, has been published in the journal, Nature.
The Tumor Sequencing Project (TSP), which includes research institutions from all over the country, found 26 genes that were frequently altered in tumors. This discovery doubled the number of genes that had already been linked to the disease.
From the Broad Institute's press… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on October 22, 2008 at 5:43pm —
I can still vividly recall the sense of wonder I felt when I first read about the Miller/Urey experiment
in my Biology textbook, where all the basic components of life were mixed together and energy applied,… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on October 21, 2008 at 4:32pm —