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For the first time in its history, NASA successfully collects sample from asteroid

October 22nd, 2020 at 11:59 am » Comments Off

Touchdown! For the first time in its history, NASA has successfully collected samples from the surface of an asteroid, using the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on Tuesday. The small spacecraft has been orbiting Bennu, an asteroid 500 meters across, for almost two years. Around 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, the spacecraft completed a “Touch-And-Go” maneuver before […]

Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists

October 4th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Researchers have detected a group of lakes hidden under the red planet’s icy surface. Scientists have long thought that there could be water trapped beneath the surface of Mars. Two years ago, planetary scientists reported the discovery of a large saltwater lake under the ice at Mars’s south pole, a finding that was met with […]

Cashew shell compound appears to mend damaged nerves

August 30th, 2020 at 1:18 pm » Comments Off

Summary: Anacardic acid, a compound found in cashew shells, promotes the repair of myelin. The findings could have positive implications for the treatment of diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, that are characterized by demyelination. Source: Vanderbilt University Medical Center In laboratory experiments, a chemical compound found in the shell of the cashew nut promotes the […]

Old human cells rejuvenated with stem cell technology, research finds

August 8th, 2020 at 1:55 am » Comments Off

  Old human cells return to a more youthful and vigorous state after being induced to briefly express a panel of proteins involved in embryonic development, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers also found that elderly mice regained youthful strength after their existing muscle stem […]

Bacteria that eats metal accidentally discovered by scientists

July 26th, 2020 at 1:41 pm » Comments Off

  Manganese oxide nodules generated by the bacteria discovered by the Caltech team. (CNN)Scientists have discovered a type of bacteria that eats and gets its calories from metal, after suspecting they exist for more than a hundred years but never proving it. Now microbiologists from the California Institute of Technology (or Caltech) accidentally discovered the […]

Could we be farming rather than mining metals in the future?

June 13th, 2020 at 3:08 pm » Comments Off

Surface of Seabed Manganese Nodule from South Korea  There are trillions of potato-sized metal nodules on the floor of the ocean around the world. Some of these nodules are being explored for economic potential. A major vote by a UN body on the commercial exploitation of these minerals is planned in October 2020 (postponed from […]

Molecules identified that reverse cellular aging process

May 15th, 2020 at 12:24 am » Comments Off

A new discovery paves the way for novel drugs that could help safeguard DNA and slow the aging process Central to a lot of scientific research into aging are tiny caps on the ends of our chromosomes called telomeres. These protective sequences of DNA grow a little shorter each time a cell divides, but by […]

India releases first image of how Covid-19 virus looks like under electron microscope

April 7th, 2020 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

  India becomes the first country to produce high definition images of the coronavirus. A team of scientists from the ICMR-NIV in Pune has come up with this remarkable discovery as the coronavirus pandemic continues claiming lives. The images have been captured using a transmission electron microscope and have been published in the Indian Journal […]

Long narrow wires carry heat with little resistance

March 28th, 2020 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

Smooth-walled wire traps high energy phonons, low energy phonons carry heat. Tiny wires may boost heat flow. Getting rid of heat is one of the central challenges with modern technology. It doesn’t matter whether the technology is a high-end server CPU or some pathetically anemic processor in a no-brand set-top box—someone has had to think […]

Quantum researchers able to split one photon into three

March 8th, 2020 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo report the first occurrence of directly splitting one photon into three.  The occurrence, the first of its kind, used the spontaneous parametric down-conversion method (SPDC) in quantum optics and created what quantum optics researchers call a non-Gaussian state of light. A non-Gaussian […]

Breast milk compound found to dissolve tumors in human trials

March 7th, 2020 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

Hamlet Pharma Labs researching a breast milk compound which kills cancer Swedish scientists from the University of Lund have found promising results from researching the effects of a compound found in breast milk – a substance nicknamed Hamlet (Human Alpha-Lactalbumin Made LEthal To Tumor Cells) – on bladder cancer patients. In the early trials, those […]

Experimental study speeds up bone healing with 2 common medications

March 2nd, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

In rat experiments the duo of drugs increased levels of circulating stem cells and sped up healing of a spinal fracture A new proof-of-concept study has found a combination of two drugs, already approved by the FDA for other uses, may boost the release of stem cells from bone marrow and accelerate the healing of […]

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