Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, Health, Outside the Box | Tags: Mitochondrial dysfunction, Pharmacological endoplasmic reticulum stress inhibitors | Comments Off
Researchers from the University of Adelaide say they’ve unraveled a key mechanism that may explain how obesity can be passed from mother to child, the discovery may also provide clarity into why obese women find it so difficult to fall pregnant.
According to their study, obese mothers ‘transmit’ metabolic problems to their offspring through changes to the mitochondria in their eggs, long before conception has taken place.
The researchers were able to reverse this damage in eggs of obese mice using drugs that reduce cellular stress.
They say their findings, published today in Development, may point towards future therapies to help obese women overcome fertility issues and prevent multigenerational health problems related to obesity :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 1st, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life, Medicated | Tags: Measles Encephalitis, Roald Dahl, Vaccinate, Vaccination | Comments Off
In 1988, beloved British author Roald Dahl wrote some of his most poignant, instructive words. In an open letter, the writer known for his children’s books pierced with dark humour, urged parents to vaccinate their children against measles following the death of his eldest daughters to the same disease.
Olivia Dahl died of measles encephalitis, aged just seven years old. The author went on to dedicate two of his books to her, James and the Giant Peach, and the BFG; “For Olivia: 20th April 1955 — 17th November 1962.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 4th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Tecnoid | Tags: china, China Censorship, China-Technology-News, Gmail, Google, Great Firewall of China | Comments Off
China-tech watchers are saying China has all but blocked the last remaining ways for people to access Gmail, Google’s email service.
They say Gmail traffic in China was shut down last week after Chinese authorities apparently plugged the third-party applications that allowed users to get around existing hurdles. Only a trickle of emails have got through since.
Gmail is the world’s biggest email service and has been largely inaccessible from within China since the run-up in June to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
But users could still access the service by using third-party mail applications, rather than the webpage. Gmail users could access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3, allowing users to communicate using Gmail on apps like Apple iPhone’s Mail and Microsoft Outlook :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 12th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated | Tags: Autism, autism spectrum disorder, Autistic Children | Comments Off
Autism experts are calling for changes in diagnostic testing, saying the current approach is failing to identify the true number of females with the disorder.
They say a massive imbalance in the number of autism diagnoses between the sexes could be attributed to more subtle symptoms in females that are either dismissed by clinicians, or undetected by current testing, which focuses on signs associated with male behaviour.
The challenge in diagnosing girls with autism is a focus of Dr Ernsperger, who is speaking at a conference in Melbourne.
She believes the diagnostic questionnaires doctors use for autism focus mainly on the male characteristics of the disorder and are yet to be adapted for girls :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Astrophysical, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA, European Space Agency, Philae, Space Exploration | Comments Off
In the most complex space mission since the moon landing, an attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. Launched by the European Space Agency, Rosetta has become the first ever spacecraft to catch up with a comet, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.
The Rosetta spacecraft has travelled six billion kilometres using the gravitational forces of Earth and Mars to slingshot towards the five-kilometre-wide comet. The craft is now within 100 kilometres and considered to be on its final approach :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 28th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Physics | Tags: CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Higgs Boson, Large Hadron Collider, LHC, physics, Sparticle, Standard Model of Particle Physics, Superpartner, Synchotronic Facility, Theory of almost everything | Comments Off
The Large Hadron Collider – LHC – has sat dormant for months now, data collected from the synchotronic facility is still being analyzed by physicists around the globe.
However, this week scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN – released brand new findings on data first collected almost two years ago.
The biggest discovery, the particle that scientists watched decay into fermions – the quantum particles associated with matter – was indeed the Higgs boson, nailing once and for all the SM – Standard Model of Particle Physics – as the most likely to be rightest “theory of almost everything” maybe.
The discovery of the Higgs boson might seem like cause for celebration – and it was – but as the discovery settles itself into science, physicists are left slightly deflated.
The confirmation of the existance of the Higgs boson completes the SM – and what’s wrong with that I hear you ask – the Standard Model of Particle Physics in it’s current, finalised form, doesn’t explain a bunch of stuff like gravity, the universes accelerating expansion or the other 25% of the universe made up of Dark Matter :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Chukotka, Pithovirus sibericum, Russia, Siberia, Worlds Biggest Virus | Comments Off
French scientists say they have revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.
Wakening the long-dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming, the scientists said.
The virus, Pithovirus sibericum, was found in a 30-metre-deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in Chukotka, near the East Siberia Sea, where the average annual temperature is -13.4 degrees Celsius.
The team thawed the virus and watched it replicate in a culture in a petri dish, where it infected a simple single-cell organism called an amoeba.
Radiocarbon dating of the soil sample found that vegetation grew there more than 30,000 years ago, a time when mammoths and Neanderthals walked the Earth, according to a paper published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences :: Read the full article »»»»