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This is a pretty neat idea.  This technology, still under development, promises to enable the printing of skin grafts.  It uses a technology similar to inkjet printers: Inkjet Cell Fabricator Prints Healing Flesh Directly Onto Wounds Popular Science By Stuart Fox 04.09.2010 As if fabricating a new heart from scratch wasn’t impressive enough, the doctors…

New Role for Karrikins

This is a nice little study in PNAS.  It is nice for a few reasons.  For one, it is the sort of thing that drives conservatives crazy, for it seems to be a highly detailed study of something useless.  Two, it could turn out to be pretty useful.  Three, when I searched ScienceBlogs for “karrikin,”…

General Fatigue of the Insane?

This is about chronic fatigue syndrome and the association with XMRV.  I apologize in advance for the provocative title, and the subsequent gratuitous references to the Nobel Prize, but there is a point to this. Take a look at this summary of the “old-fashioned disease”: During the nineteenth century general paresis of the insane emerged…

The people of Obama are selling jellyfish candy.  Really. The photo shows a diver next to a specimen of Nomura’s jellyfish, Nemopilema nomurai.  These creatures occasionally swarm off the coast of Japan, where they are a nuisance.  Some creative souls have responded by finding ways to eat them.  Now, schoolkids in the Japanese town of…

This method, if it pans out, could not only be clean, it could make the environment even cleaner. Jonathan Trent, the lead research scientist on the Spaceship Earth project at NASA Ames Research Center, has been working on a method to produce oil from algae.  Their Algal Biofuels Team appears to be making progress. NASA…

New Kind of Cloud

In 2008, we were informed that a kind of cloud formation had been named: the mammatus formation, so-called because it resembles a breast.  Sort of.  Whatever. A new development is more serious.  The Cloud Appreciation Society has suggested that the name asperatus be given to clouds that portray a particular kind of turbulence. Flickr photo…

On 14 January, 2008, the US FDA approved milnacipran for use in treatment of fibromyalgia.  It is ( or soon will be) available in tablets of 12.5, 25, 50, and 100mg.  It has been marketed as an antidepressant in Europe for years, but has not been available in the USA until now. Milnacipran is  a…

FDA Approves Tapentadol

Tapentadol is a drug for pain.  It was approved by the US FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.  The FDA news release was dated 24 November 2008, although the actual approval was a few days earlier. Tapentadol acts on μ-opioid receptors, making it similar to morphine and its ilk.  Do we need…

Endocrine Disruptors in the Media Again

No, it is not newspapers and videos that are disrupting your endocrine system (well, not that we know); rather, the topic is in the media.  Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic the effects of hormones.  Perhaps the best-known example is bisphenol-A.  Others include various pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides.…

Mysterious Aurora Spotted on Saturn

The Cassini orbiter shows us what is happening in the final frontier: This is an aurora on Saturn.  It’s false-color, obviously. The technique is explained on the NASA site: This image of the northern polar region of Saturn shows both the aurora and underlying atmosphere, seen at two different wavelengths of infrared light as captured…