Humans may be losers if technological nature replaces the real thing
There are Web cams focused on falcons, ferrets and fish, virtual tours of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and robotic dogs, seals and even dinosaurs. But what about the real
deal: observing animals in their natural habitat, hiking the John Muir Trail or a playing with a live pet?
Caltech-led researchers find negative cues from appearance alone matter for real elections
PASADENA, Calif.-- Brain-imaging studies reveal that voting decisions are more associated with the brain's response to negative aspects of a politician's appearance than to positive ones, says a team of researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Scripps College, Princeton U...
Finding the real potential of no-till farming for sequestering carbon
The potential of no-tillage (NT) soils for increasing the soil organic carbon (SOC) pool must be critically and objectively assessed. Most of the previous studies about SOC accrual in NT soils have primarily focused on the surface layer (<20-cm soil depth), and not for the whole soil profile. The ...
How to stop regaining weight? That's the real question
The key focus of the Diogenes study is to identify the most effective diet to help adults stop regaining weight after initial successful weight loss.
To participate in the Diogenes study, adult family members were required to lose at least 8% of their body weight, before the whole family was ad...
Food biotechnology: real world challenges
Genetically modified crops have been widely adopted by American farmers. In spite of their use in the United States, the European Union (EU) imposed a 6-year freeze (19982004) on growing and importing transgenic crops.
In 2002, transgenic food aid to African nations was rejected by the recipient...
Stanford researchers make first direct observation of 3-D molecule folding in real time
All the crucial proteins in our bodies must fold into complex shapes to do their jobs. These snarled molecules grip other molecules to move them around, to speed up important chemical reactions or to grab onto our genes, turning them "on" and "off" to affect which proteins our cells make.
Breakthrough technology observes synapse in real time, supporting theory of vesicular recycling
NEW YORK (Dec. 13, 2007) -- For the first time, scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City have observed in real
time a cellular mechanism that's crucial to how brain cells communicate.
In doing so, they've also laid to rest a competing theory as to how key cellular processes ...
A real attention grabber
The person youre speaking with may be looking at you, but are they really paying attention" Or has the person covertly shifted their attention, without moving their eyes" Dr. Brian Corneil, of the Centre for Brain and Mind at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada has found a way of...
Researchers: No faking it, crocodile tears are real
GAINESVILLE, Fla. When someone feigns sadness they cry crocodile tears, a phrase that comes from an old myth that the animals cry while eating.
Now, a University of Florida researcher has concluded that crocodiles really do bawl while banqueting but for physiological reasons rather than rasca...
Cancer patients monitor fatigue in real time
Fatigue is one of the most common and distressing symptoms cancer patients experience during chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but it's difficult for health care professionals to accurately assess its severity.
Nurse researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are studying fatigue in...
Other patients bear the real cost of Herceptin
cost of Herceptin is borne by other patients whose treatment has to be dropped to balance the books, say doctors in this week’s BMJ.
New guidance from the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends trastuzumab (Herceptin) in early breast cancer, but it provid...
A real time look at interactions between RNA and proteins
For the first time, researchers can now peer inside intact cells to not only identify RNA-binding proteins, but also observe–in real-time–the intricate activities of these special molecules that make them key players in managing some of the cell's most basic functions. Researchers at the University...
New stem cell research could reduce number of animal experiments
...ut will also reduce the numbers of animals used in research.
"There is a real
need to develop alternative methods for studying these diseases that are mo...ll allow the researchers to observe the movements and growth of neurones in real
The project is one of 13 receiving a share of a 4.5 million fund f...
MU researchers create drought conditions to unearth solutions
...s to drought. Thus, the drought simulators will bridge the gap between controlled environment facilities, such as growth chambers and greenhouses, and real
conditions encountered in the field."
Nanoparticle-delivered 'suicide' genes slowed ovarian tumor growth
...ays to kill tumors for a long time, but much of this has run up against the real
estate principle of location, location, location," he said. "In other words...er cells (how the toxin genes were regulated once inside the cells).
plus of a cancer therapy like this is not just the functionality of the nan...
Naming evolution's winners and losers
...volutionary losers are still around is a very hard thing to explain. They have been drawing inside straights for hundreds of millions of years. It's a real
mystery to biologists how there can be any tuataras, given their low rate of speciation. They must have something working for them that has allowed th...
Researchers capture bacterial infection on film
...al cells and immune cells in a whole animal and in real
time is astounding.
"It will ultimately allow ...me this allows us to actually examine infection in real
time in a real
animal it's a major advance!"
Scientists closer to making implantable bone material, thanks to new research
... materials could be inserted into cavities so that real
bone could meld with it and repair the bone.
S...lls successfully mimicked many of the hallmarks of real
bone, which include stiffness. However, they found...ne removed because of tumours or accidents live in real
pain. By repairing bone defect sites in the body w...
Results of national assessment of first responder location systems to be announced Aug. 3
...aking location systems developed by the WPI team were not included.
goal of the national assessment was for DHS to gain valuable insight into w... provide useful location, tracking, and physiological status information in real
time to first responders and incident commanders.
These situational chal...
Music is the engine of new U-M lab-on-a-chip device
"I think this is a very clever system," Burns said. "It's a way to make the connections between the microfluidic world and the real
world much simpler."
The new system is still external to the chip, but the researchers are working to make it smaller and incorporate it on a micr...
'Invisibility cloak' could protect against earthquakes
...ous potential in offering protection for densely populated areas of the world at risk from earthquakes. The challenge now is to turn our theories into real
applications that can save lives small scale experiments are underway."
Seismic waves also include coupled pressure and shear body waves which are...
A global model for the origin of species independent of geographical isolation
The computer simulations, the authors, note showed the distribution of species formed patterns similar to those that have occurred with real
organisms all around the world.
"The model we put forward in the paper lays the groundwork for more powerful tests of the role played by natural an...
Baylor researchers unravel mystery of DNA conformation
...ate professor of molecular virology and microbiology at BCM and a senior author of the report. "But this model does not allow for the fact that DNA in real
life is transiently underwound and overwound in its natural state."
DNA appears a perfect spring that can be stretched and then spring back to its ...
Researchers achieve major breakthrough with water desalination system
... our same challenges," Cohen said. "I feel we have an opportunity to make a real
impact with our work. We're pointing out where advanced technology can make a difference. We're trying to find real
solutions, and in this area, UCLA is certainly leading the way."
Innerscope Research Adds to Its Advisory Board Two Pioneers in the Measurement and Application of Emotional Engagement
...orld, Pentland is the author of Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World, which discusses the unconscious signals we give each other to indicate our real
intentions and reactions. He has uncovered new ways of measuring these signals that yield new insights into what people ' s behavior really means.
UAB students' Nintendo Wii CPR earns American Heart Association support
...e technology for real-world use in order to pass the course. After a successful class presentation in May, which showed the students' progress and the real
potential for the technology, the American Heart Association contacted UAB to offer the education grant, Rogers said.
"The Heart Association's high...
Forest fire prevention efforts will lessen carbon sequestration, add to greenhouse warming
...little sensitivity to forest fuel reduction treatments and might be best utilized for their high carbon sequestration capacities.
"Ultimately, the real
problem here is global climate change," Harmon said. "Insect epidemics are increasing, trees are dying. There are no quick fixes to these issues."
Army study improves ability to predict drinking water needs
...weat losses for each volunteer and compared that to the sweat loss predicted by the equation. Once they were able to compare the prediction versus the real
sweat rate, they derived specific algorithms statistically so that the predictions would more accurately reflect the observed sweat rates.
Robo-bats with metal muscles may be next generation of remote control flyers
...ly with the same efficient flapping motion used by real
"The key concept here is the use of smart...ormed by many tiny bones, cartilage and tendons in real
Seelecke explains that the research team...ditions such as a gust of wind as perfectly as a real
In addition to creating a surveillance to...
Hurricane Katrina: Phone home
...ys before the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, no one could have predicted the real
extent of the devastation.
Now researchers from Tel Aviv University say...srael, where cell phone towers - and flash floods - are abundant.
data measurements collected from the towers, the researchers demonstrated h...
Dogs, humans, put heads together to find cure for brain cancer
...d account for one out of four adult brain tumors -may not be as key for tumor formation as previously thought, and they've narrowed the search for the real
Meningiomas are intracranial tumors, meaning that they do not grow within brain tissue itself, but in the space between the brain and the...
New national genome center launched
... for livestock, scientists will gain the knowledge to increase the crop's yield while reducing fertiliser requirements making sustainable bioenergy a real
Protecting livestock from exotic diseases. Emerging exotic diseases pose a serious threat to UK livestock. A major outbreak would threaten f...
Pitt team finds molecule that regulates heart size by using zebrafish screening model
...ound influences FGFs because the cells glow green," Dr. Tsang said. "The embryos are like biosensors for FGF signaling, showing us what's happening in real
time in living animals."
For the current paper, he and colleagues focused on a small molecule called BCI, which hyperactivated FGF signaling. They ...
UT scientist receives hemophilia research award
...ctor VIII antibodies in people with Hemophilia A, which in turn would make people with the disease more receptive to the replacement protein.
advances in science often occur at the interface between two different fields," said Steven J. Norris, Ph.D., Robert Greer Professorship in the Biomed...
The sound of light: Innovative technology shatters the barriers of modern light microscopy
...mall shock waves. In effect, the short laser pulse gives rise to an ultrasound wave that the researchers pick up with an ultrasound microphone.
power of the technique, however, lies in specially developed mathematical formulas used to analyze the resulting acoustic patterns. An attached comput...
Single thawed embryo transfer after PGD does not affect pregnancy rates
...ryo at a time to a woman's womb after embryos have undergone preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and freezing at the blastocyst stage has become a real
option after researchers achieved pregnancy rates that were as good as those for blastocysts that had not had a cell removed for PGD before freezing. ...
Can a new implant coating technique create a new six million dollar man?
...a synthetic version allows the body to register the implant as similar to a real
bone. This ensures integration and fixation of the implant, and also preven...ochemical process allows synthetic hydroxyapatite to more closely mimic the real
material. Examined under a microscope, it is virtually indistinguishable fr...
New biomarker method could increase the number of diagnostic tests for cancer
.... The researchers have developed a method to increase accuracy in detecting real
cancer biomarkers that is highly reproducible across laboratories and a var...sitive and specific, important characteristics that ensure the detection of real
disease-specific biomarkers. In addition, using common samples and standar...
Ovarian transplantation: First baby is born after a new technique
... carried out a two-stage procedure, first grafting small pieces of the frozen ovarian tissue in the ovarian and peritoneal areas three days before the real
transplant. The first graft encourages the growth of blood vessels and paves the way for the ovary to become fully functioning in a shorter time scale...
Reading the brain without poking it
...on a $55 million Pentagon project to develop a lifelike bionic arm that war veterans and other amputees would control with their thoughts, just like a real
arm. Scientists are debating whether the prosthetic devices should be controlled from nerve signals collected by electrodes in or on the brain, or by ...