by Lisa Garber, Smart meters—utility meters that use radio frequencies (RF) to report data to utility offices for billing and other purposes—may be harmful to your health. Just ask Joe Esposito, on whose home the Public Service Company of Oklahoma slapped a smart meter despite his explicit wishes it not be installed. Shortly after installation, [...]
Children are not the only ones who can learn a lesson or two from the Count. It turns out that neuroscientists are gaining key insights into brain development by turning to Sesame Street. While the vast majority of researchers who use neuroimaging techniques to study brain activity in humans use simple tasks and stripped down, short-lasting [...]
For many scientists, having their research published in a major journal is about as good as it gets — especially if that publication happens to be the prestigious journal Nature. But for 15-year old Neil Ibata, it’s already a case of “been there, done that.” Working with a team of astronomers, including his father Rodrigo Ibata, [...]
by Robert T. Gonzalez The winners of the 2012 National Geographic Photography Competition have been announced, and they are astounding. Below you’ll find a handful of our favorite images from winners in each of the competition’s three entry categories: Nature, People and Places. (Be sure to click the photographer info beneath each image for a [...]
The Universe loves to fool our eyes, giving the impression that celestial objects are located at the same distance from Earth. A good example can be seen in this spectacular image produced by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxies NGC 5011B and NGC 5011C are imaged against a starry background. Located in the constellation [...]
It is true that by that time we are going to be dead, but it does not stop scientists from worrying about what will happen in thousands, millions and billions of years. Today observations let us put quite interesting theories.
Stressed, burdened with life’s difficult problems and fear that your health is declining? Then sex is the answer to happiness, longevity and a healthy body. You don’t agree? Well, here is a list of the health benefits of sex, so do it daily to experience complete pleasure. These are 16 reasons to have sex today! 1. [...]
One billion stars New view of the blue marble Furthest-ever image of the universe 9 billion pixels of the Milky Way galaxy The view 50 million light years away Panorama of Mars A not-so-dark “dark core” A twister on Mars Saturns storms European panorma at night from the International Space Station The [...]
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
Nanosciences and nanotechnologies represent a formidable challenge for the research community and industry. World-class infrastructure, new fundamental knowledge, novel equipment for characterisation and manufacturing, multi-disciplinary education and training for innovative and creative engineering, and a responsible attitude to societal demands are required. This documentary film, made available by the European Commission, provides a glimpse of [...]