Sarah Patz

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When Are You Really an Adult?

In an age when the line between childhood and adulthood is blurrier than ever, what is it that makes people grown up?<p>It would probably be fair to call Henry “aimless.” After he graduated from Harvard, he moved back in with his parents, a boomerang kid straight out of a trend piece about the …

Researchers at the University of Washington just developed a real-life ‘freeze ray’

In a groundbreaking study soon to be published by the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Washington have successfully …

It's Official: Pluto Is Even Weirder Than We Thought

The dwarf planet’s mountains, glaciers, and atmosphere can’t be fully explained, says the first scientific paper from New Horizons probe researchers.<p>Back in the early 2000s, planetary scientist Alan Stern was challenged to predict what the New Horizons probe would find when it got to Pluto. Stern …

Obese three-year-old becomes youngest child diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes used to be called 'mature onset' diabetes but more and more children are being diagnosed<p>A three-year-old girl has become the youngest person in the world to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after reaching 5½ stone.<p>The youngster from Texas, US, who has not been identified, was …

Diabetes

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Can we trust the claims made in scientific research findings? – podcast​

What does the mathematical model of accuracy of research papers say and is CIA studying climate control as a potential weapon? Ian Sample reports from the AAAS meeting in San Jose<p>Ian Sample reports from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, …

Republicans' Homeland Insecurity

The Republican majority's Homeland Security shutdown is a staggering display of legislative incompetence, which could have concrete and severe impacts for New York City and its surrounding areas.<p>Congress has appropriated billions to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in recent years to …

Homeland Security

Only the US and Estonia are meeting NATO's defense budget goals

Fourteen NATO countries have so far announced their defense budgets for 2015. Of those fourteen, only the US and Estonia have passed the 2% of GDP threshold that every NATO nation pledged to have as their goal for military expenditure.<p>According to a new study from the European Leadership Network …

Geopolitics

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland …

76-year-old Texas man bikes 300 miles to raise money for Planned Parenthood

<b>(Joshua Roberts / Reuters)</b><p>“I don’t feel that this is heroic…I can’t believe we’re talking about women’s reproductive rights in 2015″<p>Jenny Kutner<p>February 26, 2015 7:51pm (UTC)<p>Texas gets a bad rap, and sometimes (I admit it) with good reason. I mean, this week a number of state legislators gathered …

Planned Parenthood

AIPAC Mobilizing Members To Pressure Democrats To Attend Netanyahu Speech

An email obtained by BuzzFeed News shows the group asking members to directly appeal to congresspeople who have not publicly said whether or not they will attend the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress.<p>WASHINGTON — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is asking its members …

What determines the perfect candidate for 2016?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let's say, for a moment, that America has given you the job of picking the perfect candidate for president. Good luck, Mr. or Ms. …

Foreign Policy

Whoops! The Department of Justice Admits That It Misunderstood U.S. Citizenship Law

We all know that immigration law is complicated. We all know that human beings make mistakes. What we don't expect is that our government can't figure out who its own citizens are. But time and time again, the government disappoints. The latest culprit is the Department of Justice (DOJ), which …

U.S. Department of Justice

What goes on inside a proton? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Quarks and gluons make weird slopes and shapes inside the proton. Understanding them precisely was important for the first results from Cern’s Large Hadron Collider, and continues to be so as we approach the restart over the next few weeks<p>I spent part of last week at a meeting in the Pyrenees, …

Dr Hannah Fry: the mathematical models that underpin our sexual success

<b>What are the odds?</b><p><i>Or how mathematician Peter Backus weighed up his chances of finding love…</i><p>Just as it’s not possible to calculate precisely how many alien life forms there are, it’s also not possible to calculate exactly how many potential partners you may have. But all the same, being able to …

Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality

How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?<p>A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.<p>Bobby, as her friends called her (theirs is a generation of nicknames), was a farmer’s …

Scientists take first step towards Star Trek transporter

German engineers create a machine which can scan an object, destroying it in the process, then transmit it over the internet and recreate it anywhere in the world using a 3D printer. Could it be the first prototype of a teleportation machine?<p>German engineers have created a machine which can take a …

Sliding stone, Death Valley

Here’s a beautiful image of a sliding (or sailing or slithering) stone at Death Valley’s famous Racetrack Playa. Cat Connor caught it on Christmas …

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance …

Scientists discover two new particles at Large Hadron Collider

Welcome to the family! Scientists using CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Europe have discovered two new subatomic particles.<p>The discovery of the two related particles, submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters, fills in missing slots in the subatomic roster that had been predicted but never …

Physics

Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Almost a century after the discovery that sleep helps us remember things, scientists are beginning to understand why.<p>During sleep, the brain produces chemicals that are important to memory and relives events we want to remember, scientists reported this week at the Society for Neuroscience meeting …

Brain damage could be repaired by creating new nerve cells

Researchers have regenerated damaged areas in the brains of mice by converting structural cells into functioning neurons<p>Scientists have raised hopes that brain damage caused by strokes, stab wounds and even bullets could one day be repaired by converting structural cells into functioning …

Star formation theories challenged by new telescope discovery

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Theories about how massive stars are born could be revised after astronomers in Chile found evidence that the dust and gas surrounding a young star could survive bombardment by the star’s own radiation.<p>The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, observed a young …

With extra-long arms, Deinocheirus mirificus was one weird dinosaur

Just in time for Halloween, an international team of researchers has unearthed fossils from Mongolia with seemingly mismatched body parts: a beaked, humpbacked, ostrich-like dinosaur with incredibly long arms.<p>The Frankenstein's dinosaur is named<p><i>Deinocheirus mirificus</i><p>, which translates to “unusual …

Dinosaurs

Myths about the brain 'hamper effective teaching'

Research published today suggests that widely believed myths about neuroscience are being used to justify classroom practice that has "no educational value"<p>Myths about the brain and how it functions are being used to justify and promote teaching methods that are essentially “ineffective”, according …

Stem cell therapy success in treatment of sight loss from macular degeneration

After three years of follow up, researchers say the treatment is safe and most patients have notably improved vision<p>Patients with a devastating eye disease who had embryonic stem cell therapy to improve their sight have suffered no major side-effects since they had the treatment, scientists …

Earth’s last magnetic reversal took less than 100 years

A study demonstrates that Earth’s last magnetic reversal – 786,000 years ago – happened in roughly the span of a human lifetime.<p>Earth’s magnetic …

Earth Science