Sunday, August 24, 2014

Science This Week (Aug 18-24, 2014)

The first microscopic, slow-motion footage of a jellyfish sting:

While it sounds like the plot to a cheesy horror movie, Alzheimer's patients to be treated using young blood.

Researchers have developed a new type of shape-shifting plastic that could be used in facial reconstruction.

More than just X and Y: microRNAs also play a role in differentiating male and female tissues in fruit flies. (Open Access)

Artificial leaves may be faster at photosynthesis than natural leaves.

The world's primary forests - those that have not been touched by human activity - are diminishing, a new study provides policy options for conservation.

A microbial ecosystem has been discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheets.

Elephant populations in Africa are dropping 2-3% per year thanks to poaching.

Animal calls contain more language-like structure than we thought.

Viruses are driving the life-and-death dynamics of algal blooms, with huge implications for our climate.

The fungus that has been killing people with AIDS in Southern California for years has been identified.  By a 13 year old girl!  (Open Access)

Accumulation of ibuprofen in rivers is threatening fish.

A newly discovered ant species supports a controversial theory of species formation.

More insights into the REAL paleo diet. (Open Access).  And a really great (albeit long) video on the current fad paleo diet:

Not news, but I just stumbled upon it this week: did a time-traveling bird sabotage the Large Hadron Collider?

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