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New stem cells hold potential for generating mature functional tissues

Scientists have discovered a new type of stem cell that could potentially generate mature, functional tissues. They report using these new stem cells to develop the first reliable method for integrating human stem cells into nonviable mouse embryos in a laboratory dish in such a way that the human cells began to differentiate into early-stage tissues.

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

Researchers have used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.

Flower find provides real-time insight into evolution

A scientist who discovered a new Scottish flower has made an unexpected second finding that provides unique insight into our understanding of evolution. The original find was made even more rare after discovering that the Mimulus peregrinus a hybrid plant, most of which are normally infertile. Show More Summary

Going high-tech to study fragile cold-water reefs

Coral reefs are generally associated with warm, shallow and crystal-clear waters in the tropics. Other species of coral, however, flourish in the deep cold ocean where they also form large reefs. Now researchers have applied a technique to study these important and fragile cold water reefs without affecting them or altering their surrounding physical environment.

Insight into Ebola virus nucleocapsid assembly mechanism

For decades, numerous research works have identified the structures of most EBOV encoded proteins except two, the L protein and nucleoprotein (NP), because of the difficulties they present in the expression, purification and crystallization process. Recently, researchers identified the structure of the EBOV NP core domain.

Negative regulator of natural killer cell maturation discovered

A new study has identified a regulatory pathway in natural killer cells that inhibits their maturation and homing behavior. Natural killer cells are one of the body's first lines of defense against viruses and cancer. The findings could lead to new strategies for boosting natural-killer cell activity against cancer and viral infections, scientists say.

When Overcrowding Happens in Vegas

What happens when the population of K-12 students grows faster than the government is able to build school buildings? Las Vegas is finding out the hard way: Las Vegas is back, baby. After getting slammed by the Great Recession, the city...Show More Summary

Som ni see.

John Cowan writes: The good folks at Project Wombat have gotten a request for transcription and translation of Swedish text on the backs of some photographs, online here. So far, they’ve gotten this feedback: My best guesses: Olga Ernie har varit ute och fiskat ‘Olga [and] Ernie have been out fishing’ The start of the […]

BNSF Oil Train Derailment: 10 cars burning

It is reported that ten cars exploded or burned when a BNSF oil train derailed near a small town in North Dakota. Look at the picture above. Huxley’s day care is very close to these tracks, close enough that the day care home would be totally within that zone of buring fiery debris. There are…

The Knausgaard Cometh

Book 4 is now a thing that exists in this world as a consumer commodity. I have done my part to welcome the behemoth by interviewing its translator, Don Bartlett, and reviewing Book 4 itself. Just for fun I checked the sales figures on the entire series, and by far that great majority of Knausgaards sold this year are Book 1. Show More Summary

War and Cinema by Paul Virilio

Over at Enclave, I wrote a little about War and Cinema by Paul Virilio. It’s a striking book of theory, considering how the movies and the wars feed each other’s fantasies.

Pop history's pivotal moments: Has big data settled the debate?

Mining pop's digitised "fossil record" to identify key revolutions since 1960 is laudable but there are plenty of missing links, says John Covach

Brain chemical may offer new clues in treating chronic pain

A chemical in the brain typically associated with cognition, movement and reward-motivation behavior -- among others -- may also play a role in promoting chronic pain, according to new research. The chemical, dopamine, sets the stage for many important brain functions, but the mechanisms that cause it to contribute to chronic pain are less well understood.

Conservationists 'on the fence' about barriers to protect wildlife in drylands

To fence or not to fence? That is the question facing conservationists concerned with barriers that keep wildlife in and people out. Researchers say that new policies must be developed before fences are erected -- particularly in dryland ecosystems where mobility is essential for both humans and wildlife.

Maine Teacher Wins Million dollar prize. Why not let teachers make big $ "the old-fashioned way?"

The BBC reports that Nancie Atwell of Maine has just won the million dollar “Global Teacher Prize.” Congratulations Ms. Atwell! On the rare occasions such prizes are doled out, the reaction is universally celebratory. But is there really...Show More Summary

America Needs More Government Surveillance—On Fish

Fisheries want to preserve the country's aquatic resources, but they can't do that without good science to guide their actions. The post America Needs More Government Surveillance—On Fish appeared first on WIRED.

3 More Myths About Organizing for Adults with ADHD

Recently, we shared several common myths about organizing when you have ADHD. The problem with myths is that they stall your progress and steer you in the wrong direction. You might wonder why a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t working for you. And you might resign yourself […]

Explosive volcanoes fueled by water

University of Oregon geologists have tapped water in surface rocks to show how magma forms deep underground and produces explosive volcanoes in the Cascade Range. "Water is a key player," says Paul J. Wallace, a professor in the UO's Department of Geological Sciences and coauthor of a paper in the May issue of Nature Geoscience. Show More Summary

Explosive volcanoes fueled by water

Geologists have tapped water in surface rocks to show how magma forms deep underground and produces explosive volcanoes in the Cascade Range.

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