Science & Technology

Neurons Developed From Stem Cells

Japanese Scientists Discover New Method to Create Stem Cells

Researchers in Japan have discovered a ground-breaking method for turning ordinary blood cells into stem cells. That’s according to a study called “Stimulus-Triggered Fate Conversion of Somatic Cells Into Pluripotency” published Jan. 29 in the scientific journal Nature. Experts in stem cell research worldwide are hailing this as a game-changing development for stem cell research […]
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The moon's sinus iridium plain

Chinese Soft Moon Landing May Be Imminent After Successful Launch

China appears right on course to join the United States and the former USSR in sharing the distinction of visiting the Moon – at least technologically. China announced Monday, Dec. 2, the successful launch of its first “soft moon landing” vehicle. According to BeijingAerospaceControlCenter, the Chang’e-3 launched from the XichangSatelliteLaunch Center had completed its initial […]
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NASA SAM instrument suite

Space Program Research Indicates Extraterrestrial Life Likely

Research findings by NASA scientists appear to raise the odds of confirming the existence of past life in the solar system, and of finding other biologically viable planets in the extended universe. NASA’s Curiosity rover has gathered soil materials from Mars that indicate at least a several percent presence of water by weight. Curiosity is the […]
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New South Wales bushfire

Australian Experts Link Climate Change to Wildfires

An independent climate science research group in Australia reports extreme climate change leading to hot, dry conditions is directly linked to the outbreak of bushfires in New South Wales. These findings fly in the face of the coalition government of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott who has denied any relationship between climate change and the […]
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Arctic Methane Sea Ice

Arctic Methane Burp May Slam World Economy

Methane release, due to ice melting in the Arctic, is likely to have a devastating impact on the world economy according to scientists studying the issue. Expected release of methane from thawing permafrost beneath the East Siberian Sea in the next several decades alone is estimated to cost $60 trillion. This is just 15 percent […]
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Dagan Wells

Test Tube Baby Births Easier With New Genetic Sequencing Technique

July 8, Dr. Dagan Wells of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the University of Oxford, UK announced the first birth achieved by analyzing embryos using a new genome sequencing technique known as “next generation sequencing”. A researcher said the advance “provides an unprecedented insight into the biology of embryos.” NGS is a powerful method […]
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Robotic, Lunar Lander Test-Bed

Robotic Lunar Lander Demanded by NASA

June 2, NASA issued a request for information regarding a robotic lunar lander. NASA appears to be chomping at the bit for funding. NASA’s proposed lander is expected to provide for both anticipated public and commercial uses. “U.S. industry is flourishing with innovative ideas based on NASA’s pioneering work to explore space, including low-Earth orbit […]
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Carbon Dioxide at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory Reaches New Levels

New CO2 Measures Raise Threats of Rising Seas and Species Die-Offs

Friday, March 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Scripps Institution reported their jointly operated observation post on Mauna Loa has recorded CO2 levels at more than 400 parts per million. This is the first time the Hawaiian post has recorded a daily average breaking this milestone. In 1958, the first measurement ever […]
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NIH diagram of Alzheimer's neurotangle

New Medical Strategies Emerge to Inhibit Dementia

In April, the National Institutes of Health announced new treatments to inhibit the advancement of Alzheimer’s disease. These have made possible blocking a regular protein called CD33, and therefore allowing support cells in the brain to clear away toxic plaques. Post-mortem human brain research shows that CD33 protein is overactive in cases of Alzheimer’s disease, […]
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