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.
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 [...]
Then space would be filled with Burma Shave signs, apparently: What if the moon were one pixel?
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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?