Writing in the May 4 online issue of the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine used a powerful statistical tool called ‘design of experiments’ or DOE to determine the optimal cell culture formula to grow and produce hPSCs. —> Read More
Scientists discover one of the secrets of how the world’s biggest whales engulf their own weight in water and food: the nerves in their big jaws are incredibly stretchy. —> Read More
As California’s drought draws national headlines, we look at what a psychology-minded engineer has discovered when it comes to conserving water at home.
A group of marine biologists from the University of British Columbia, Stanford University, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, has discovered that nerves in the mouth and tongue of rorqual whales can more than double their length with no trouble at all. Rorqual whales (Balaenopteridae) are among the largest vertebrates that have [...] —> Read More
Mission Blue had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Wallace J Nichols, water scientist, conservationist, best-selling author and leader of the Blue Mind movement. With the 5th annual Blue Mind Summit coming up this month in Washington DC and the release of his best-selling book, Blue Mind, in paperback, we had a lot to discuss. Read on to learn more about Nichols’ remarkable Blue Mind movement and the growing understanding of how water helps us in more ways than you might imagine.
So tell us more about the Blue Mind Summit. What’s happening this year?
This year it’s in Washington DC and the theme is “Urban Blue”. Most people in the world live in big coastal towns or cities and thus interact, or have the great opportunity to interact, with the urban blue. At this year’s Summit, we are bringing together a group of fascinating experts to discuss the connection between cities and their waterways. This topic isn’t usually discussed at conservation events, but it’s very important as we grow an inclusive blue movement.
Typically the conference is focused on bringing cognitive scientists together with people involved in the Blue Movement to better understand human behavior with the help of the most cutting-edge researchers in the world. We’ve had some pretty astounding neuroscientists and psychologists participate over the past 5 years and that’s lead to some of the great new research that’s being conducted now. In describing the value of oceans and waterways, we do an incomplete job when we leave out the cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits we derive from healthy water. Carrying that conversation forward and keeping it international and inclusive is what the Blue Mind Summit is all about. The book is part of that effort. We’re bringing a whole new realm —> Read More
The case that pimps ANY mobile phone: Nexpaq lets you double battery life, add storage, lasers, speakers and more
The case (pictured) was designed by California-based nexpaq and the firm has set up a Kickstarter campaign. Cases can be pre-ordered for $89 (£58) and are expected to ship in January 2016. —> Read More
The disgusting spectacle has been caught on camera and it’s thought that the animal is ejecting its proboscis – an elongated appendage like a nose – to attempt to catch prey. —> Read More
New study finds link between expressing emotion and a country’s history of migration —> Read More
Expedition that paved way for understanding the Arctic —> Read More
A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows that women with acute asthma who are treated in the emergency department are 60 percent more likely than men to need hospitalization. —> Read More