Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA to study its structure — neatly unraveled and straightened out — under a microscope. Now, researchers at KU Leuven have devised a simple and effective solution: they inject genetic material into a droplet of water and use a pipet tip to drag it over a glass plate covered with a sticky polymer. —> Read More Here
For wireless communication in the long-sought terahertz range, University of Utah engineers have devised a frequency filter that can be fabricated with an inkjet printer. —> Read More Here
Scientists have developed a new test which can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer by analyzing images of ‘hotspots’ where there has been a fierce immune reaction to a tumor. Researchers used statistical software previously used in criminology studies of crime hotspots to track the extent to which the immune system was homing in and attacking breast cancer cells. —> Read More Here
Visitors to interactive virtual worlds want the ability to significantly affect the outcome of a story, but authoring these digital experiences is extremely complex. A new platform developed by Disney Research will help fulfill the medium’s promise by automating some aspects of the authoring process. —> Read More Here
A key part of the brain involved with decisions and movement appears to operate like a traditional corporation. —> Read More Here
A team of Spanish scientists, which includes several researchers from the University of Granada, has confirmed that there is a relation between the levels of certain environmental pollutants that a person accumulates in his or her body and their level of obesity. Subjects with more pollutants in their organisms present besides higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. —> Read More Here
Don’t lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet! A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What’s more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future:
Younger people are more likely to believe that there’s useful information that’s only available offline.
While 62 percent of citizens under 30 subscribe to this belief, only 53 percent of those 30 and older agree. These findings are from a promising study released last year by Pew Research, which also found that millennials are more likely to visit their local library.
Students are more likely to buy physical textbooks.
A study conducted by Student Monitor and featured in The Washington Post shows that 87 percent of textbook spending for the fall 2014 semester was on print books. Of course, this could be due to professors assigning less ebooks. Which is why it’s fascinating that…
Students opt for physical copies of humanities books, even when digital —> Read More Here
Think of it as interval training for the dinner table. —> Read More Here
The broken windows theory posits that minor misdemeanors, like littering or graffiti spraying, stimulate more serious anti-social behavior. LMU sociologists now argue that the idea is flawed and does not justify the adoption of hardline policies. —> Read More Here
“Cats are not humans and humans are not cats and it is important that we humans, as the servants of cats, be aware of this difference.”
You can listen to some of his “meow-sic” here.
“We were motivated to make music for cats for two reasons,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. “First, many pet owners told us that they play radio music for their pets while they are at work and we wondered if this had any value. Second, we have developed a theory that suggests that species other than humans can enjoy music but that the music has to be in the frequency range that the species uses to communicate and with tempos that they would normally use.”
To create the cat music, Snowdon and his colleagues tried to mimic natural cat sounds, using sliding notes and high pitches–cat calls tend to be an octave or more above human voices. The researchers based the tempo of the songs on purring and suckling sounds.
Then came the moment of truth: —> Read More Here