Laura Langway Ackerman

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Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …

Can a piece of gum help you lose weight?

An oral spray or piece of chewing gum that contains a compound that naturally occurs in the body may be all it takes to curb appetite and spark …

University of Florida

This gene helps some of us never forget a face

The oxytocin receptor, a gene known to influence mother-infant bonding, also plays a role in the ability to remember faces.<p>The finding has important …

Neuroscience

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

<b>Listen · 4:01</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There's growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.<p>Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that …

How Jewelry Production Hurts the Environment, Eco-Friendly Options

Mining can harm the environment in addition to its impact on the workers, whose plight in various regions has been highlighted by human rights …

The Science Behind Reindeer's Color-Changing Eyes

It's not the magic of Christmas that turns their eyes from gold to blue.<p>Winter in the Arctic is grim—day and night blur together for 24 hour stints without sunlight. Reindeer manage to survive these gloomy weeks thanks to a peculiar adaptation. As the days grow darker, reindeer's eyes turn from …

Can you see stars’ different colors?

Tonight … notice that the stars are like wildflowers, in that each star radiates with a different color of the rainbow. Have you ever noticed star …

Astronomy

Biofilm bacteria linger on toys, books, cribs

Numerous scientific studies have concluded that two common bacteria that cause ear infections, strep throat, and more serious infections cannot live …

Public Health

How a retrovirus can kick-start brain repair

Researchers used a retrovirus to regenerate neurons after a brain injury and in Alzheimer’s models. The method may lead to therapies for an array of …

Neuroscience

DIY: Eco-Friendly Fire Starters

I wouldn’t call myself a pyromaniac exactly, but I’ve never turned down an opportunity to sit around a campfire. In an effort to avoid dousing …

Blue Ridge Mountains

Google sincerely thinks that Google+ is the future of Google

It’s common currency in internet punditry circles that Google won the battle to dominate search while Facebook won the battle for social, and that Google+ is just a failed competitor to Facebook. But Google hasn’t given up.<p>It has been clear for a while now that, to make up for the fact that not …

Google

Teens In The UK Are Calling It: Facebook Is Dead And Buried

In a European Union-funded study on social media, the Department of Anthropology at University College London is running nine simultaneous 15-month ethnographic studies in seven countries to find out how teens were perceiving Facebook.<p>We read about what U.K. teens think on The Conversation:<p>What …

RANKED: The 11 Best New Logos In Tech

In tech, a tiny app logo is often the first and only exposure millions of users will have to your company. Think how they look scrolling by in Google Play or the App Store.<p>And then there is Apple. Its early multicolored logo set the tone for how people felt about the company: it was whimsical and …

2013 was a lost year for tech

All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by financial engineering, mergers and acquisitions, and evasion of regulations. Not a single breakthrough product was unveiled—and for reasons outlined below, Google …

Sony & Panasonic ending OLED TV partnership

Two of Japan’s largest manufacturers of television sets, Sony and Panasonic, have reportedly ended a deal that would see the companies work together on producing organic light-emitting diode displays (OLEDs), according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites anonymous sources.<p>The two companies …

Two states want their money back from the contractor that built most of Healthcare.gov

Vermont and Massachusetts are taking steps to get their money back from CGI Federal, the government contractor that built the health insurance marketplaces in those states as well as the federal marketplace Healthcare.gov.<p>State officials say CGI Federal delivered the websites late and with defects, …

What causes the weird effects of kava?

Those who have an eye on the fast-paced world of recreational pharmacology will probably have heard of kava. Kava (or kava-kava) is a plant, long …

Anesthesiology

Supporting a Loved One Through PTSD or Panic Attacks

Brandie Flowers:This needs to be shared and shared and reblogged again and again in both mundane blogs and spiritual ones.Originally posted on …

BlackBerry's latest casualty: Two unreleased phones

2013 continues to be a downer year for the company formerly known as Research In Motion. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has just uncovered a tidbit in BlackBerry's latest earnings report that states <i>two unreleased phones</i> had to be cancelled due to poor sales of its existing handsets. Apparently code-named …

Rudolph the reindeer could really have a red nose, say scientists

Researchers in Sweden use thermal imaging cameras to capture the heat coming from reindeer as they graze to find that the animal's nose glows<p>The story of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer may be based on scientific fact, according to the findings from a new study.<p>Researchers in Sweden have used …