Latest Lee Rannals Stories

Using A Surrogate To Test Drugs' Effects On The Human Body
2014-03-26 14:57:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new project could help revolutionize the way doctors screen new drugs through a surrogate body system. Scientists are developing a project called Advanced Tissue-engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer (ATHENA), which aims to essentially be a testing station for new drugs on the human body. ATHENA will be a $19 million project that includes a liver, heart, lung and kidney all connected together and able to fit neatly on a desk....

Archaeologists Unearth Oldest Human Skeleton Known To Have Cancer
2014-03-18 12:49:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Archaeologists, publishing a paper in PLOS ONE on Monday, say that they have discovered a 3,000 year-old human skeleton who had metastatic cancer. The skeleton discovered in a tomb in modern Sudan is the oldest complete example of a human with metastatic cancer. The researchers say this discovery could help to explore underlying causes of cancer in ancient populations and provide insights into the evolution of cancer in the past....

Harnessing Everyday Motion To Power Our Mobile Devices
2014-03-17 13:04:58

[ Watch the Video: Harnessing Everyday Motion To Power Mobile Devices ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) presented the possibilities of harnessing motion to power mobile devices. The team is setting out to transform the way scientists look at mechanical energy. Conventional energy sources rely on old science that requires power plants and a grid to distribute...

Cyber Security Group Says Governments Should Play Nice On The Web
2014-02-26 13:20:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A security group is calling for world governments to behave on the Internet and cooperate with each other better. Art Coviello, Executive Vice President of EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman of RSA, gave a keynote speech at the RSA Conference 2014, saying international governments should cooperate on major issues like cyber war, surveillance, privacy and trust on the Internet. The head of the security group not only asked countries...

San Francisco Tech Writer Attacked By Google Glass 'Haters'
2014-02-26 10:34:57

[ Watch the Video: Google Glass Attack In California ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A San Francisco woman was robbed of her Google Glass over the weekend while showing off the device at a bar. Sarah Slocum, a tech writer and business consultant, was hanging out in a San Francisco bar on Friday night demonstrating how Google Glass works when two women and a man confronted her. “OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically...

Australian Rock Determined To Be Oldest Material Formed On Earth
2014-02-24 13:04:03

[ Watch the Video: The Oldest Rock On Earth ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers, publishing a paper in the journal Nature Geoscience, say a rock in Australia is helping to paint a picture of how our planet became habitable 4.4 billion years ago. The team found data from a tiny fragment of zircon that confirms the Earth’s crust first formed 4.4 billion years ago, which is just 160 million years after the formation of the Solar System. John Valley,...

CSIRO 3D Dragon For Little Girl
2014-01-10 12:37:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A seven-year-old girl’s wish for a dragon was answered by CSIRO with the help of a 3D printer. Sophie, from Brisbane, Australia, wrote to scientists at CSIRO asking the "lovely scientists" if they could make her a dragon. “My name is Sophie and I am 7 years old. My dad told me about the scientists at the CSIRO. Would it be possible if you can make a dragon for me. I would like it if you could but if you can’t thats fine,” the...

Starbucks In China
2014-01-08 04:19:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chinese consumers view Starbucks as a symbol of class status rather than just a place to get your morning pick-me-up. University of Leicester researchers conducted a study to investigate Chinese attitudes towards western brands, specifically looking at Starbucks. In 2007, a Starbucks store in Beijing’s Forbidden City closed down after a campaign protested that the presence of the café was tarnishing Chinese culture in the area....

Astronomers Puzzled By Discovery Of Giant Planet Orbiting Distant Star
2013-12-05 12:56:55

[ Watch the Video: What Planet Has Astronomers Puzzled? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have found the most distant orbiting planet to date, and the puzzling discovery is effectively throwing a wrench in planet formation theories. Scientists reported in The Astrophysical Journal Letters that exoplanet HD 106906 b is orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance. "This system is especially fascinating because no model of either...

Skiing Can Help Boost Happiness, Well-Being
2013-12-02 18:30:29

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers have confirmed in a study published in Applied Research in Quality of Life that skiing can give a boost of pleasure and well-being. A team at Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea conducted a survey of 279 visitors at three major ski resorts in South Korea. They measured the level of happiness and satisfaction of skiers and snowboarders by assessing their sense of pleasure, their level of flow or engagement in the...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.