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2014-08-27 12:27:43

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Hosts 2nd Symposium on Human Origins with International Scientists to Discuss the Latest Discoveries on the Human Journey Out of Africa SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The discussion, or debate, as to when and how modern humans left Africa to populate the world continues at the Santa Barbara Symposium on Human Origins on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2014. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has...

beating heart of a zebrafish embryo
2014-07-25 02:45:59

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, München Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden report how they managed to capture detailed three-dimensional images of cardiac dynamics in zebrafish. The novel approach: They combine high-speed Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) and clever image processing to reconstruct multi-view movie stacks of the beating heart. Furthermore, they have developed a method of generating high-resolution static...

2014-07-03 04:21:13

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Elizabeth Blackburn; Mars Director of Fundamental Health & Nutrition research, Dr. Hagen Schroeter, and 150 of the world's brightest medical researchers take part in key panel discussion on aging and health LINDAU, Germany, July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Nobel Laureate Prof. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Hagen Schroeter, Director of Fundamental Health & Nutrition Research at Mars, Incorporated, explored how current...

2014-04-17 11:32:24

Max Planck researchers reveal relationships between rare languages in the Colombian Amazon The only linguistic data available for Carabayo, a language spoken by an indigenous group that lives in voluntary isolation, is a set of about 50 words. This list was compiled in 1969 during a brief encounter with one Carabayo family. Frank Seifart of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in...

Research Shows Infants Are Sensitive To Pleasant Touch
2014-04-03 16:26:20

Association for Psychological Science Infants show unique physiological and behavioral responses to pleasant touch, which may help to cement the bonds between child and parent and promote early social and physiological development, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Previous studies with adults have shown that when the skin is stroked, a specific type of touch receptor is activated in response to a...

Vesta's Hidden Attractions Provided By Dawn
2013-12-17 08:01:02

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance. When viewed with the human eye, the giant asteroid Vesta, which was the object of scrutiny by the Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2012, is quite unspectacular color-wise. Vesta looks grayish, pitted by a variety of large and small craters. But scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, have re-analyzed the images of this giant asteroid obtained by Dawn's...

ESO Receives Donation Of Planetarium And Visitor Center
2013-12-03 11:04:51

ESO ESO has accepted a donation offered by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung to fund the construction of a new planetarium and visitor center at the premises of the ESO Headquarters at Garching bei München, Germany. The new center will be supported by operational funding from ESO and is designed to inspire people to look up at the stars, and teach people about the importance of astronomy and its effects on our day-to-day lives. The Klaus Tschira Stiftung is a non-profit organization...

Friendly Information Signs Reduce Vandalism On Scientific Equipment
2013-11-26 09:07:54

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Behavioral biologists conducting research in the field often depend on state-of-the-art techniques. Consequently, damage to or theft of technical equipment represents a dramatic financial and scientific loss. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen decided to find out whether the information content and tone of labels attached to the equipment could reduce the incidence of vandalism. In total 60 equipment dummies were distributed in...

Two Mouths For One Worm
2013-11-07 11:58:54

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft A devious evolutionary path between genetics and environment Depending on the environment in which the worm grows, the larva of the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus develops into either a wide-mouthed predator or a narrow-mouthed bacteria eater. A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Tübingen, Germany, headed by Ralf J. Sommer have now discovered a developmental biological switch that determines the worm's mouth form....


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'