November 2013

Solar energy continues to grow as a valuable resource amid concerns over a depleting fuel supply and the decline in the earth’s environment. Although improvements in how solar energy is collected and used have been implemented, solar is still a long way from being our primary source of energy. Thanks to the discovery of researchers...

The bacterium staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as MRSA, has been deemed a “superbug” because of its resistance to antibiotics. Affecting 1 million Americans every year, MRSA causes serious infections of the bone, heart, and implanted medical devices. Due to the inability of the bacterium to be effectively treated and the seriousness of the deep-seated...

An article reporting the results of a study focusing on how the brain works made science news this month, when researchers found that the human brain has the capacity to process and understand things that we see, without being consciously aware of them. The article was printed in the science journal Psychological Science, detailing how...

Source: https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/d5d3dc850933 http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.4691 It is ironic that two of Albert Einstein’s most famous works – the respective theories of general relativity and special relativity – have been prisoner to a seemingly irreconcilable difference in the century since they were each postulated.  The problem is time.  Or, rather, how each model approaches and is affected by the concept...

Source: http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2013fall/article10.html Imagine going to your doctor for a routine physical examination.  At some point your physician asks you to imbibe some exotic concoction.  A few hours later, you have a bowel movement: one that your doctor collects and shines ultraviolet light upon.  He’s looking for your solid waste material to shine back at him; you...

Source: http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/10/30/microsoft-research-uses-kinect-translate-spoken-sign-languages-real-time/ YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnkQyUo3134 “The street finds its own uses for things,” William Gibson wrote three decades ago.  The acclaimed science-fiction author was musing on humanity’s penchant for taking new technology and appropriating (or misappropriating) it toward uses not foreseen by the original creators.  If so, then few items have demonstrated Gibson’s appraisal with such revolutionary...

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2480236/Forget-prosthetic-limbs-theres-artificial-BLOOD-Liquid-water-salt-protein-successfully-used-mice.html “I do not drink… wine.” - Count Vlad Dracula And thanks to research by his modern-day countrymen, the good count won’t have to feed on the precious vino of his victims, either.  Romanian researchers have formulated artificial blood: a substance that can accomplish all of the classic capabilities of real blood.  There have been successful tests...

Source: http://www.nature.com/news/large-magma-reservoir-gets-bigger-1.14036 Be of good cheer: this will not mean that Yellowstone is twice as likely to cataclysmically erupt as a mega volcano (or that it will become next month’s big premiere movie on SyFy, for that matter).  However, it does mean that the chances of a massive earthquake in the area are much larger than...

As daylight savings time comes to an end for the year, people enjoy the extra hour of sleep that comes with the change. However, according to a Live Science news article, the change in quantity of sleep is not the only impact that the practice of changing the time has. It turns out that the...

For the many people who avoid eating meat because of the potential for contamination, new findings by studies conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration are going to be disappointing, if not startling. Spices have now been added to the list of potentially tainted foods, containing salmonella, along with rodent hair and insect parts....