Concert revelers rejoice! All those years spent shunning earplugs may not mean permanent hearing loss after all.
Researchers have found a way to regrow hair cells in the inner ear, which become irreparably damaged due to aging, disease and exposure to loud sounds.
From the… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 29, 2008 at 3:07pm —
Researchers at Harvard have devised a way to turn normal pancreatic cells into insulin-producing ones.
From the article in the LA Times:
"The Harvard University scientists activated a trio of dormant genes that commanded the cells to transform themselves, much as a person might upload… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 29, 2008 at 2:28pm —
Anyone who works on a floor with a lab doing Drosophila research knows that those pesky little red-eyed creatures get in everything, and no matter how frantically you swat at them, they always seem to slip through your fingers. Now researchers know why they're so wily.
Michael Dickenson, a… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 29, 2008 at 2:20pm —
Ever have the urge to throw a rock at one of the thousands of crows in the San Diego area? Think again. It might be able to pick you out of a line up.
An article in the New York Times interviews Dr. John Marzluff, a professor of Ecosystem Sciences at the University of Washington, who studies… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 27, 2008 at 3:07pm —
Genome-wide association studies are useful for identifying genetic loci that may be contributing to a disease, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A News and Views article appearing in the latest issue of Nature Genetics discusses the breakthroughs this approach has supplied to a field whose… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 27, 2008 at 2:58pm —
Jeremy Jackson, an oceanography professor at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography is profiled in this week's UCSD News, discussing his hypothesis that pollution of the oceans by humans will cause mass extinctions beneath the waves.
From the UCSD News article:
"He cites the… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 26, 2008 at 12:21pm —
A research group headed by Dr. Frans de Waal at the Yerkes National Primate Research center at Emory University in Georgia have found that monkeys actually garner satisfaction from giving.
From the article in the Telegraph:
"Dr de Waal, director of the Living Links… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 26, 2008 at 12:06pm —
In the weeks leading up to the just-concluded Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government began cracking down on polluters, including car emissions and industrial pollution. This effort gave scientists a chance to see exactly how effective such clean-up efforts can be in such a short period of time. A researcher… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 25, 2008 at 6:03pm —
Even fledgling navigators know that moss grows on the North sides of trees, but now you can just look at a bunch of cows in a field. A recent article in PNAS describes how cows align to face magnetic north or south while grazing or resting.
From the NPR article:
"Eventually, his team… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 25, 2008 at 5:54pm —
Think of an elephant. Are you picturing it standing around grazing? Perhaps ambling slowly through an African valley towards a lazy stream. Did you picture it bolting through the grass at 15mph? No? You're not alone. Shakespeare, and even Aristotle, have described them as having inflexible columns… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 22, 2008 at 4:46pm —
We humans are one of the few animals capable of recognizing ourselves in the mirror. Recent research indicates that magpies, the first bird species, also has this ability.
From the LA Times article:
"In a series of tests, each bird -- Gerti, Goldie, Harvey, Lilly and Schatzi -- was… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 22, 2008 at 4:30pm —
From the NPR website:
"Is persuasion an art or a science? We talk to Robert Cialdini, a social psychologist, who thinks a little psychology can improve your shot at getting what you want."
Listen to the full story on NPR… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 22, 2008 at 4:11pm —
After coming back from a personal two week fiction writing retreat/vacation, where I finally finished a short horror story that had been sitting on my hard drive for a few months, I came across this little gem on NPR about how scientists have discovered an "alarm pheromone" and the neural cells… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 22, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Many researchers have been eager to use genomics
in order to understand the many and complex changes occurring between different experimental treatments or tissues. There's no lack of data out there these days, but the classic problem has been taking… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 4, 2008 at 11:17am —
Dr. Lawrence Krauss
, a Physics and Astronomy professor as well as author of The Physics of Star Trek
, has written a commentary in the latest issue of Science about… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 2, 2008 at 5:36pm —
A study published in the latest online edition of Science describes how researchers have reprogrammed the skin cells of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) patients with the goal of creating fresh motor neurons to replace diseased cells.…
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 2, 2008 at 5:25pm —
In the latest edition of PNAS, a study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Northumbria University have developed an experimental approach to study the cumulative cultural evolution of language.
From the abstract:
"...we provide the first experimental… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 2, 2008 at 4:51pm —
Further study of Jupiter's moon, Titan, has revealed further similarities to Earth. A study published in Nature describes open bodies of liquid on Titan's surface.
From the commentary in Nature:
"The Voyager probes were unable to get a peek at Titan's surface, as it was… Continue
Added by Kelly Lagor on August 1, 2008 at 3:41pm —