Melissa Adler

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Biotech Company Working On A Cure For Colorblindness

Injectable genes may make life in Technicolor possible<p>People with congenital colorblindness can see about 1 percent of the colors that a typical person can, and the condition can have negative impacts on their lives. Colorblindness can prevent people from becoming pilots or electricians, as well as …

Color Blindness

Tides, and the pull of the moon and sun

Expect higher-than-usual tides in the days following the January 31, 2018, full supermoon.<p>In most places, but not everywhere, there are two high …

Astronomy

Longer telomeres linked to risk of brain cancer

New genomic research led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists reveals that two common gene variants that lead to longer telomeres, the caps on …

Two-In-One Wires Could Turn Clothes Into Batteries

The wires are able to conduct and store electricity at the same time.<p>A team of materials scientists has created a copper wire that’s able to store electricity as well as transmit it. Two in one! It’s like the shampoo/conditioner of the electronics world. Above, you can see the wire lighting an LED …

Nanotech

Targeting tumors using silver nanoparticles

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have designed a nanoparticle that has a couple of unique—and important—properties. Spherical in shape and silver in …

This Black Powder Will Make Natural Gas Greener

Researchers made a cheap carbon-based powder that could transform how we clean natural gas.<p><b>Here's something that may help states</b> follow the EPA's new plan to reduce carbon emissions: a new and inexpensive powder that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas and converts the CO2 from a gas to …

Advance in 'stretch' electronics uses basic sewing machine - Futurity

Regular sewing machines are key to a new advance toward creating "soft" robotics, wearable electronics, and implantable medical systems.

What’s The World To Do About Water?

The world's water problem, and how to solve it<p>In 2007, when my daughter was seven years old, we would brush our teeth together every night as part of our daily ritual. To conserve water, we would turn off the faucet after wetting our brushes and turn it back on only to rinse. One night, I didn’t …

John F. Kennedy

Better Know a Plague: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is in the news again, in part because you’re more likely to get the illness in the summertime. But what is it?<p>Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochete <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i>, which is related to the <i>Treponema pallidum</i> bacterium that causes syphilis. Most <i>B. burgdorferi</i> are …

Disease

New IBM Patent For Identifying You By The Way You Click Around On Websites

Noticing the little things—that's the way to win a person's heart, I always say.<p>IBM has a new patent for a program that watches your every move on a device, the company has announced. The patent is for techniques to recognize people by the way they click, swipe and navigate on websites.<p>Do you tend …

Information Systems

Not all fitness bands are equally accurate - Futurity

Researchers simulated real-world exercise and movement to test eight different kinds of fitness bands, including Fitbits and the Jawbone Up.

Material snags CO2 from natural gas - Futurity

Scientists create an Earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from natural gas at wellheads.

Sleep may help memories form by promoting new synapses

Research in mice suggests that sleep aids memory by promoting the formation of new nerve cell connections<p>If you’ve just learnt something new and want to improve your chances of remembering it, you’d do well to sleep on it. Whether you’re learning to play a musical instrument or revising for exams, …

Catfish Barbels Detect Breathing Of Buried Worms

This is the first example of a fish being able to measure pH changes in its environment.<p>Bristle worms can dig, but they can't hide--at least not from Japanese sea catfish. Although the seafloor mud into which these animals burrow hides them from view and withholds their scent, the worms still need …

Fishing

Knuckle sandwich: did fist fights drive evolution of human face? | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Current theory about the shape of the human face just got a big punch in the mouth.<p>University of Utah handout image shows frontal and lateral views of skull reconstructions comparing chimpanzees with four hominins: Pan troglodytes (top row), Australopithecus afarensis (second …

Roadside Laser Could Remotely Detect Drivers' Alcohol Breath

Spotting drunk drivers from a distance. With lasers.<p>It's a bad idea to drink and drive. No rocket science there. But with the goal of reducing drunken driving, researchers have gone high-tech, creating a laser device that can detect alcohol vapor within a moving car, from alongside the road. After …

Driverless Cars

What’s Up With That: How a Swinging Pendulum Proves the Earth Rotates

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.27.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Once upon a time, you were probably on an …

7 Theories On Why We Evolved to Love Music - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers — Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

In the late 1990’s, our own Steven Pinker ruffled feathers in the cognitive psychology community after he called music “auditory cheesecake.” He was …

To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected states

Anesthesia makes otherwise painful procedures possible by derailing a conscious brain, rendering it incapable of sensing or responding to a surgeon's …

Researchers create nanoparticle thin films that self-assemble in one minute

"Block copolymer-based supramolecules self-assemble and form a wide range of morphologies that feature microdomains typically a few to tens of …

Radioactive Leak Shuts Down Neutrino Study

Uncertainty is hanging over the future of a key particle physics experiment. The facility, a detector built for studying neutrinos, is housed deep …

Physics

Teasing Out Fact From Hype In The War On Fructose

The nitty-gritty on sugar<p>If you're feeling confused about sugar, join the club.<p>Nutrition professionals continue to say that processed, or added, sugar--as distinct from the sugars consumed while eating whole fruits and vegetables--should be a small part of a person's regular diet. But beyond that, …

Diabetes

Tomato extract relieves damaged arteries, finds Cambridge study

Researchers say they have shown that lycopene improves the function of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients<p>A substance found in tomatoes relieves impairment of blood vessels, which may explain why people who eat a Mediterranean diet have a notably reduced incidence of cardiovascular …

Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body

<b>A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.</b><p>The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week.<p>Writing in the journal PNAS, the researchers said the results …

University of Cambridge

Amazing Video Captures Polar Bear’s Point of View

Polar bears nuzzle potential mates and play soccer with a frozen seal carcass in an amazing new video captured by collar cameras attached to the iconic animals.<p>This rare peek at Arctic life is part of an ongoing research project led by the U.S. Geological Survey that aims to track the health of …

Wildlife

The Fish That Could Save Antarctica

As long as we save it first<p>A primeval predator patrols the dark, icy waters of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, antifreeze proteins coursing through its blood. An icon of the Southern Ocean, the Antarctic toothfish is a crucial link in the rich food web of the planet’s most pristine marine ecosystem. Since …

Conservation

This Microscope Is Made Largely From Paper

If ever a technology were ripe for disruption, it is the microscope. Benchtop microscopes have remained essentially unchanged since the 19th century--their shape a cartoonist's cliché of science akin to alchemical glassware and Bunsen burners.<p>That lack of change has costs. Microscopes are expensive …

Microscopy

Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark

By the spring of 1862, a year into the American Civil War, Major General Ulysses S. Grant had pushed deep into Confederate territory along the …