Biologists used the world’s largest single-celled organism, an aquatic alga called Caulerpa taxifolia, to study the nature of structure and form in plants. It is a single cell that can grow to a length of six to twelve inches. —> Read More Here
Just four fairly vague pieces of information — the dates and locations of four purchases — are enough to identify 90 percent of the people in a data set recording three months of credit-card transactions by 1.1 million users. If someone had copies of just three of your recent receipts — or one receipt, one Instagram photo of you having coffee with friends, and one tweet about the phone you just bought — would have a 94 percent chance of extracting your credit card records from those of a million other people. This is true, the researchers say, even in cases where no one in the data set is identified by name, address, credit card number, or anything else that we typically think of as personal information. —> Read More Here
Here’s some good news for the New Year: According to new research, there’s a 1 in 9 chance that a typical American will hit the jackpot and join the wealthiest 1 percent for at least one year in her or his working life. And now the bad news: That same research says only an elite few get to stay in that economic stratosphere — and nonwhite workers remain among those who face far longer odds. —> Read More Here
The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. —> Read More Here
“All or Nothing!” that is what my Dean called it; “Just like the shootout at the OK corral, how exciting,” were her final words to me after I described what I would be doing this January in Alaska. I am the Principle Investigator for the NASA Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP), a 70-foot, four-stage unmanned rocket loaded with scientific instruments sitting on the launch pad now in Alaska. After four years of planning, building and testing at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and at the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory, it is all coming down to a call, my call, as to when to launch.
The aurora borealis is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and far more dynamic and crisp than pictures seem to capture. Those who see it for the very first time often comment on how much it moves in the sky and how detailed the structure of the curtains are and how quickly it can evolve into whole new patterns. They say it is more than they expected.
Yet the aurora is not just the pretty lights of what we call “the visible aurora.” There is an unseen structure of voltages and flowing currents in —> Read More Here
The birth of an iceberg comes with its own characteristic sound, according to new research. —> Read More Here
LAWRENCE, Kan., Jan. 29 (UPI) — The stalemate that is Washington politics is a male problem, according to new research that suggests males are less prone to reach across the aisle. —> Read More Here
The money chase, 2016: A historian who oversees NIH’s budget looks to compromise and takes the long view
Representative Tom Cole applies his academic training to current events —> Read More Here
Surgeons at the Royal Marsden Hospital use the Da Vinci XI to remove a cancerous tumour
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A new minimally invasive cell sampling device coupled with assessment of trefoil factor 3 expression can be used to identify patients with reflux symptoms who warrant endoscopy to diagnose Barrett’s esophagus, according to a new study. —> Read More Here