Science & Technology
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:24 UTC
The study, published in the journal Oncotarget, involves the modification of three proteins that the body naturally produces. The proteins attack cancer cells when they begin to divide, causing them to self-destruct.
However, as the cancerous cells are the only ones that undergo such intense reproduction, the proteins leave healthy cells alone.
"The discovery of an exclusive mechanism that kills cancer cells without impairing healthy cells, and the fact that this mechanism works on a variety of rapidly proliferating human cancer cells, is very exciting," said Professor Malka Cohen-Armon of TAU's Sackler School of Medicine, who led the research.
Comment: Whilst waiting for yet another miracle cure we can content ourselves with researching cancer treatments we already have at our disposal:
- DMSO: A forgotten natural miracle for cancer and other diseases
- Vitamin C effective in targeting, stopping cancer stem cells
- Marijuana ingredient helps fight brain tumors
- Black Seed - 'The remedy for everything but death'
- Turmeric Spice is a Natural Cancer Fighter According to new Research
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:07 UTC
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California have identified 175 brain cells which spy on the breath and alter state of mind accordingly.
For thousands of years yoga students have been taught that controlling their breathing can bring a sense of calm, while it is a well known truism that taking a few deep breaths can lower rage. But until now nobody knew why it worked.
The new study suggests that it is indeed possible to reverse engineer your mood simply by altering breathing.
Comment: Five reasons to boost the power of your brain and body with breathing
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Daily Mail, UK
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:38 UTC
The asteroid, which is 26ft (eight metres) wide, was first spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope located on the summit of the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, Hawaii on March 25.
On average, the moon orbits around 238,855 miles (384,400km) away from our planet. But the bus-sized object came around 36,8555 miles closer to the Earth than the moon last night.
New ground-breaking study puts climate models to the test - yields unexpected result of steps and pauses in the climate signal
Watts Up with That
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:07 UTC
Remember the "escalator" graph from wrongly named "Skeptical Science" designed to shame climate skeptics? Looks like that may have been an accidentally prescient backfire on their part based on the findings of this new paper.
The paper is: "Reconciling the signal and noise of atmospheric warming on decadal timescales", Roger N. Jones and James H. Ricketts, Earth System Dynamics, 8 (1), 2017.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:13 UTC
The galaxy itself appears to be fairly faint and unremarkable, but in October 2014, it suddenly became at least 1,000 times brighter over a few hours, before fading into oblivion again. No astronomical phenomenon that scientists currently know of can explain the behaviour.
"We may have observed a completely new type of cataclysmic event," said one of the researchers Kevin Schawinski, from ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:42 UTC
Juno completed its latest orbit on March 27, and sent new images back to Earth using the JunoCam.
The $1 billion spacecraft launched in 2011 and took five years to reach Jupiter and begin orbiting the planet.
Fat-like molecules induced by cold help to turn on calorie-burning fat and improve metabolism in mice
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:01 UTC
The investigators have shown that a lipid (a fat-like substance) called 12,13-diHOME that circulates in the blood signals brown fat cells in mice to fuel up with other lipids, says Matthew Lynes, a Joslin postdoctoral researcher and lead author on a paper describing the work in the journal Nature Medicine. In one experiment, obese mice given low levels of the molecule produced reduced levels of blood triglycerides—other forms of lipids that can increase risks for heart disease and diabetes in humans.
Former editor British Medical Journal: Peer review process is a "sacred cow" that should be slaughtered
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00 UTC
Richard Smith, who edited the British Medical Journal for more than a decade, said there was no evidence that peer review was a good method of detecting errors and claimed that "most of what is published in journals is just plain wrong or nonsense".
Research papers considered for scientific and medical journals undergo a process of scrutiny by experts before they can be published. Hundreds of thousands of new studies are published around the world every year, and the peer review process exists to ensure that readers can have confidence that published findings are scientifically sound.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:52 UTC
This experiment involving the world's "largest artificial sun" is taking place in Jülich, a town located 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Cologne, and it was designed by scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The device features 149 industrial-grade film projector spotlights, and each one boasts roughly 4,000 times the wattage of the average light bulb.
When this artificial sun is turned on, it generates light that's 10,000 times as intense as natural sunlight on Earth. Swiveling the lamps and concentrating them on one spot can produce temperatures of around 3,500 degrees Celsius (6,332 degrees Fahrenheit), which is three times as hot as the heat generated by a blast furnace.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:31 UTC
This press release posted at One World Identity from Innovatrics - a company that boasts "900 million people having been biometrically processed using Innovatrics software" - appears to be a serious player in the field. Utilizing a cute tagline of "popularizing the 'selfie login'" this press release shows that it is far more than a personal security choice. We are already seeing that federal biometric databases have been established in secret, yet the technology continues to expand even as the ethical boundaries remain unestablished.
My emphasis added.
Press Release: Innovatrics Continues to Push Boundaries with Mobile Facial Biometric Platform
By Cameron D'Ambrosi March 23, 2017
Popularizing the 'selfie login'
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - (March 23, 2017) - Innovatrics, a leading provider of biometric identity management technology, has released a mobile version of its unique facial recognition technology, IFace 3.0 Mobile.
Responding to the needs of financial institutions, commercial organizations and mobile application integrators, IFace 3.0 Mobile is designed to be seamlessly integrated into mobile applications to include facial biometrics, or 'selfie login', as a second factor authentication feature.