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Albert Einstein's Brain To Go On Display At London Exhibit
2012-03-28 07:13:10

Sections of Albert Einstein's brain will be displayed in Britain on Thursday at an exhibition in London, along with other historical figures. Two sections of the brain will be going on display at the Wellcome Collection show "Brains: The Mind As Matter." The slides from Einstein's brain are on loan from the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, where they were shown publicly for the first time in the U.S. in 2011. When Einstein died at the age of 76 in 1955 his body was cremated and ashes...

2012-03-14 22:01:38

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell research on ambulance use underscores need to urgently recognize stroke symptoms Nationwide ambulance use by patients suffering from a stroke has not changed since the mid-1990s, even though effective stroke treatments are now available. In a study published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center found that the number of stroke victims transported via...

Bees Seek Adventure, Studies Show
2012-03-11 05:38:49

Humans aren´t the only species on Planet Earth to seek thrills and adventure. A new study posted in the journal Science explains that honey bees are just as likely as human beings to seek an adrenaline high. Molecular pathways in the brain that are often associated with thrill-seeking were found in honey bees as well. Often thought to be diligent in roles given to them by the hive, this new study shows that honey bees may have wants and desires other than serving the queen of the...

Image 1 - Research Rocket Fired Into The Northern Lights
2012-02-22 05:17:13

On Saturday, a team of U.S. researchers launched a two-stage rocket containing some 500 pounds worth of instruments through an aurora, with the hopes that they will be able to learn more about how the northern lights are created and about the complex relationship between the Earth and the Sun. According to Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Reporter Sam Friedman, the 46-foot NASA rocket was launched from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska at 8:41pm on February 18. The rocket...

Space Cooks Needed For Simulated Mission To Mars
2012-02-21 05:59:17

NASA is searching for a few good cooks for a simulated mission to Mars. Researchers from Cornell University and University of Hawaii-Manoa are looking for six volunteers to spend four months next year living in a simulated Mars base on a Hawaiian lava flow.  The data collected from the NASA-funded project will be used to determine the lowest-cost and easiest ways to give astronauts well-rounded meals without inducing menu fatigue. "It's important to keep astronauts eating well,"...

2012-02-17 10:27:18

Billions of engineered nanoparticles in foods and pharmaceuticals are ingested by humans daily, and new Cornell research warns they may be more harmful to health than previously thought. A research collaboration led by Michael Shuler, a professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, studied how large doses of polystyrene nanoparticles — a common, FDA-approved substance found in substances ranging from food additives to vitamins —...

2012-02-14 14:27:21

Women with advanced degrees in math-intensive academic fields drop out of fast-track research careers primarily because they want children — not because their performance is devalued or they are shortchanged during interviewing and hiring, according to a new study at Cornell University. "Motherhood — and the policies that make it incompatible with a tenure-track research career — take a toll on women that is detrimental to their professional lives. Even just the plan to...

Researchers Clash Over Fracking 'Footprint'
2012-01-21 05:06:50

Two groups of prominent researchers at Cornell University have made conflicting findings regarding the environmental effects of the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, and they´re duking it out on the pages of the scientific journal Climatic Change, according to a recent Associated Press report. The debate revolves around a study published last April that attempted to estimate the amount of greenhouse compounds released into the atmosphere when fracking for natural gas...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.