Archives for December 11, 2007

Science News Tidbits: Climate and Ecology

Rising CO2 signals wetter storms for Northern Hemisphere from PhysOrg.com While two new studies by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences predict wetter storms for the Arctic and for the Northern Hemisphere because of global warming, whether or not this means more net precipitation depends on…

MIT researchers have successfully treated mice with sickle-cell anemia in a process that begins by directly reprogramming the mice’s own cells to an embryonic-stem-cell-like state, without the use of eggs. This is the first proof-of-principle of therapeutic application in mice of directly reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, which recently have been derived in mice…

Science News Tidbits

Infants Fine-Tune Their Visual and Auditory Skills in First Year of Life, Psychologist Says from PhysOrg.com Infants refine and narrow their ability to discriminate between things they see and hear in their first year, revealing what appears to be a decline in ability at a time when most other skills and functions are dramatically increasing,…

Science News Tidbits

Mars Orbiter Examines ‘Lace’ and ‘Lizard Skin’ Terrain from PhysOrg.com Scrutiny by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter is helping scientists learn the stories of some of the weirdest landscapes on Mars, as well as more familiar-looking parts of the Red Planet. […] Mars Rover Investigates Signs of Steamy Martian Past from PhysOrg.com Researchers using NASA’s twin…

Microsoft Infuriated

Proposed legislation that would mandate the use of the Open Document Format (ODF) across the entire Dutch government has infuriated Microsoft. A group promoting open standards sees no threat, however, and has invited Microsoft to join its ranks. On Wednesday the Dutch parliament will discuss a plan to mandate use of the Open Document Format…

The Wood Spider … stoned

This is a good one for your 8th grade biology class… … or maybe not…

Islands Going Under

There are still mysteries

Try this: Starting at home, drive, run, ski, or walk about fifty thousand feet. That would be about ten miles, or 15 kilometers. It won’t take you long (especially if you drive) and chances are, when you get there, it will be a place at least vaguely familiar to you. At the very least, it…

Big Surprise: Bushies Are Bushies

How people respond to the U.S. government’s attempts to censor some war-related images comes down to whether or not they are supporters of President Bush, a new study suggests. Researchers at Ohio State University surveyed 600 people and asked them if they were interested in viewing photos or videos of the caskets containing dead U.S.…

You’ll remember that some time ago (ten, eleven minutes?) I reposted (from gregladen.com) an interesting story about a study of how the mind works. I did that because I knew that the researchers involved in this study have a new survey up on their web site, and that you might want to know about it.…