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The Jehoshua Novels


Scientists build synthetic chromosome

IOL, By Julie Steenhuysen, March 31

Chicago – An international team of scientists has built a modified yeast chromosome from scratch, the latest step in the quest to make the world’s first synthetic yeast genome, an advance that would lead to new strains of the organism to help produce industrial chemicals, medicines and biofuels.

Instead [...]

Gravitational waves: have US scientists heard echoes of the big bang?

Discovery of gravitational waves by Bicep telescope at south pole could give scientists insights into how universe was born

The Guardian, By Stuart Clark, March 14

There is intense speculation among cosmologists that a US team is on the verge of confirming they have detected “primordial gravitational waves” – an echo of the big bang [...]

What if the moon were one pixel?

Then space would be filled with Burma Shave signs, apparently: What if the moon were one pixel?

ATT Wants You to Give Them Your Data!

ATT wants to spy on all your Traffic, and has proposed an Internet standard, so that anybody can do it, anywhere in the world. To us, this seems like a BAD idea. Their bad idea involves decrypting any traffic you send via HTTPS, looking at it, then re-encrypting it and sending it to wherever you [...]

‘Children of older fathers at risk of low IQ, autism and suicide’

Independent, By Sarah Knapton

Men should not leave fatherhood too late because children of older fathers are more likely to suffer a raft of psychological and educational problems, scientists have warned.

The biggest study of its kind has found that the children of fathers aged over 45 were at greater risk of autism, bipolar disorder [...]

Yes, You Do Have the Power to Ward off Dementia

The Tyee, By Jude Isabella

Recent science confirms conventional brain health wisdoms, and throws a few curveballs.

[Editor's note: Science writer Jude Isabella recently attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Chicago, and her dispatches are running on The Tyee this week. Stay tuned for more.]

To live a [...]

Alarms At Carlsbad

Good to have Sean Paul back.

Here’s a conversation I had with Tina on Facebook, expanded. I think it’s worth posting, because it illustrates some things about reports on radiation-related matters.

Reuters (and others) are reporting an alarm in the air-monitoring system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. Here’s my read of [...]

‘Mother Lode’ of Amazingly Preserved Fossils Discovered in Canada

Live Science, By Becky Oskin, February 11

A treasure trove of fossils chiseled out of a canyon in Canada’s Kootenay National Park rivals the famous Burgess Shale, the best record of early life on Earth, scientists say.

“Once we started to break fresh rock, we realized we had discovered something incredibly special,” said Robert Gaines, [...]

Just How Badly Do We Need Obama to Step Up On This?

Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:

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Scientists await spacecraft’s wake-up call ahead of first-ever comet landing

AFP – One of the most ambitious missions ever undertaken by European scientists will pass a critical test on Monday, when the Rosetta spacecraft “wakes up” after almost three years of deep-space hibernation and prepares for the first-ever comet landing.

Rosetta has travelled to a point located around 675 million kilometers from the sun since [...]

What’s Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada’s Science Libraries?

Scientists reject Harper gov’t claims vital material is being saved digitally.

TheTyee.ca, By Andrew Nikiforuk, December 23

Scientists say the closure of some of the world’s finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been [...]

Greenland ice stores liquid water year-round

e! Science News, December 22

Researchers at the University of Utah have discovered a new aquifer in the Greenland Ice Sheet that holds liquid water all year long in the otherwise perpetually frozen winter landscape. The aquifer is extensive, covering 27,000 square miles. The reservoir is known as a “perennial firn aquifer” because water persists [...]

Chinese spacecraft lands on moon

CNN, By Sophie Brown, December 14

China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, Chinese state news reported.

The landing makes China one of only three nations — after the United States and the former Soviet Union — to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, [...]

Neutrinos from deep space detected on Earth

CBC, By Emily Chung

Discovery at Antarctica’s IceCube opens up new area of astronomy, may solve cosmic ray puzzle

High-energy subatomic particles called neutrinos from beyond our solar system have been detected on Earth for the first time ever.

The researchers involved say the discovery opens up a new area of astronomy and has the [...]

Lost world — what happened to Mars?

CNN – You may have heard it before: billions of years ago Mars probably looked more like Earth does now, with clouds and oceans and a much thicker atmosphere. It may even have had some type of microbes. But now it’s a barren, frozen desert.

So what happened? Where did the air and water go?

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