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Latecomers Left Mark on European Populations


September 22nd, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

DNA analysis points to a third progenitor group for modern Europeans. Continue reading ...

Ebola Outbreak Threatens World Security


September 22nd, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

The United Nations Security Council declares the situation in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” and calls for even more resources to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. Continue reading ...

Ig Nobels Honor Amusing Research


September 22nd, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

This year’s winners include those who’ve studied how dogs respond to magnetic fields, and the health risks of pet cats, among other things.  Continue reading ...

Image of the Day: Intimate Relationship


September 22nd, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

Symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria (Sinorhizobium meliloti) form specialized nodules on the roots of the legume Medicago truncatula. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Climate change in global spotlight


September 22nd, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide. Continue reading ...

Cosmic study ‘underestimated’ dust


September 22nd, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion just after the Big Bang underestimated a key confounding factor in their research, according to a new analysis. Continue reading ...

EE to take over 58 Phones 4U stores


September 22nd, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Mobile phone operator EE is to buy 58 stores from Phones 4U, which fell into administration last week. Continue reading ...

US software firm creates 100 jobs


September 22nd, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Puppet Labs, a US software company, is creating 100 jobs in Belfast with the establishment of an engineering centre. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Overcooked? The hi-tech smart pan


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

The pan that aims to eliminate guesswork from cooking Continue reading ...

Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids’ playtime


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

While public health authorities focus on the physical activity benefits of active play, a new study reveals that for children, playing has no goal -- it is an end in itself, an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents "an opportunity to experience excitement or pleasure, but also to combat boredom, sadness, fear, or loneliness."'By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people's emotional and social health,' says a professor. Continue reading ...

Fear of failure from a young age affects attitude to learning


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

An early established fear of failure at school can influence students’ motivation to learn and negatively affect their attitude to learning. The analysis found that irrespective of the goal students adopt those who had developed a fear of failure at an early age were more likely to adopt the goal to validate their ego rather than for their own personal interest and development, and were less likely to use effective learning strategies but more likely to cheat. Continue reading ...

Minecraft role for British Museum


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The building and contents of the British Museum in London are to be digitally recreated in the video game Minecraft, with volunteers sought to help. Continue reading ...

Ants v humans


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Do all the world's ants really weigh as much as all the humans? Continue reading ...

Global protests over climate change


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change attract hundreds of thousands of marchers across more than 2,000 locations worldwide. Continue reading ...

Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin 'diamond nanothreads' that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. The threads have a structure that has never been seen before. Continue reading ...

Engineered proteins stick like glue — even in water


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have found new adhesives based on mussel proteins could be useful for naval or medical applications. To create their new waterproof adhesives, researchers engineered bacteria to produce a hybrid material that incorporates naturally sticky mussel proteins as well as a bacterial protein found in biofilms -- slimy layers formed by bacteria growing on a surface. When combined, these proteins form even stronger underwater adhesives than those secreted by mussels. Continue reading ...

Magnetic fields make the excitons go ’round: New way to improve efficiency of solar cells


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself: When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons -- an energized state of molecules. That energized state can hop from one molecule to the next until it's transferred to electrons in a wire, which can light up a bulb or turn a motor. Continue reading ...

Immune system of newborn babies stronger than previously thought


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Contrary to what was previously thought, newborn immune T cells may have the ability to trigger an inflammatory response to bacteria, according to a new study. Although their immune system works very differently to that of adults, babies may still be able to mount a strong immune defense, finds the study. Continue reading ...

Battling superbugs: Two new technologies could enable novel strategies for combating drug-resistant bacteria


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Two new technologies could enable novel strategies for combating drug-resistant bacteria, scientists report. Most antibiotics work by interfering with crucial functions such as cell division or protein synthesis. However, some bacteria have evolved to become virtually untreatable with existing drugs. In the new study, researchers target specific genes that allow bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment. The CRISPR genome-editing system presented the perfect strategy to go after those genes, they report. Continue reading ...

Program predicts placement of chemical tags that control gene activity


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Biochemists have developed a program that predicts the placement of chemical marks that control the activity of genes based on sequences of DNA. By comparing sequences with and without epigenomic modification, they identified DNA motifs associated with the changes. They call this novel analysis pipeline Epigram and have made both the program and the DNA motifs they identified openly available to other scientists. Continue reading ...

New ‘star’ shaped molecule breakthrough


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Scientists have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created. Known as a 'Star of David' molecule, scientists have been trying to create one for over a quarter of a century. Continue reading ...

Uncovering the forbidden side of molecules: Infrared spectrum of charged molecule seen for first time


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Researchers have succeeded in observing the “forbidden” infrared spectrum of a charged molecule for the first time. These extremely weak spectra offer perspectives for extremely precise measurements of molecular properties and may also contribute to the development of molecular clocks and quantum technology. Continue reading ...

A Breakthrough in Electron Microscopy: Scientists reconstruct third dimension from a single image


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Imagine that you want to find out from a single picture taken of the front of a house, what the building looks like from behind, whether it has any extensions or if the brickwork is damaged, and how many rooms are in the basement.  Sounds impossible? Not in the nanoworld. Scientists have developed a new method with which crystal structures can be reconstructed with atomic precision in all three dimensions. Continue reading ...

From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Physicists have succeeded in teleporting the quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometers of optical fiber. The experiment constitutes a first, and simply pulverizes the previous record of 6 kilometers achieved ten years ago by the same team. Passing from light into matter, using teleportation of a photon to a crystal, shows that, in quantum physics, it is not the composition of a particle which is important, but rather its state, since this can exist and persist outside such extreme differences as those which distinguish light from matter. Continue reading ...

Global warming: Dwindling chances to stay below 2°C warming


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Carbon dioxide emissions continue to track the high end of emission scenarios, eroding the chances to keep global warming below 2°C, and placing increased pressure on world leaders ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit on the 23rd September. Continue reading ...

Cancer cells adapt energy needs to spread illness to other organs


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Cancer cells traveling to other sites have different energy needs from their “stay-at-home” siblings, which continue to proliferate at the original tumor site, researchers have discovered. Given that a cancer cell's unyielding ability to metastasize is the primary cause of cancer-related death, understanding how they successfully migrate can be lifesaving. Continue reading ...

Molten metal batteries for the grid


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Engineers have invented a battery made of three liquefied metals, which they say is efficient and cheap enough to store power on the electric grid. Continue reading ...

China overtakes EU on ‘per head’ CO2


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

New research shows China's rising emissions per head of population have overtaken the EU while the global total reaches a new high. Continue reading ...

Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinized


September 21st, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually fared better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research. Continue reading ...

Mars Maven mission set for arrival


September 21st, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

The US space agency's (Nasa) latest Mars satellite is set to arrive in orbit above the planet on Monday. Continue reading ...