Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Geology | Tags: British Antarctic Survey, CSIRO, Dasyurus Hallucatus, Eyjafjallajökull-Iceland, Michio Kaku, Monash University, Nishinoshima, Subduction, UNESCO, Volcanic Research, Volcano, Volcanologist | Comments Off on Scientists Discover New Volcanic Eruption Trigger
Scientists say they’ve found a new way to predict when a volcano is about to erupt. Simply; after a measurable pressure drop occurs within a volcano’s internal plumbing, an eruption is likely to follow.
This pressure drop can potentially be used by volcanologists to predict a catastrophic eruption. The researchers say the importance is quite significant, particularly if you are part of a community that lives next door to a volcano, or an airline company mapping flight routes.
The study is hoping to engineer early warning systems so that people can be told with a huge degree of confidence when to get out of the way.
Lead author Dr Janine Kavanagh from the University of Liverpool said with more than 600 million people worldwide living near a volcano at risk of eruptive activity, it is more important than ever that triggering mechanisms are made more accurate. This previously unrecognised trigger could also alleviate the “headache” volcanic eruptions cause civil aviation by providing early and accurate warnings to authorities when they should divert aircraft.
“There is also a strong economic incentive to understand the causes of volcanic activity as demonstrated in 2010 by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, causing air-traffic disruption across Europe for more than a month, and an estimated $A2.5 billion loss in revenue to the airline industry :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 5th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Ecology | Tags: biological-diversity, biology, Climate Change, environment, evolution, forests, Genetics, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander | Comments Off on Scientific World Stunned at Accuracy of Australian Aboriginal Legend
The scientific community is stunned by research which backs an Australian Aboriginal legend on how coastal palm trees got to Central Australia. Tasmanian ecologist Professor David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback, and his conclusion is startling :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, NASA | Tags: Baikonur Cosmodrome, International Space Station, ISS, NASA, Russian Soyuz, Soyuz-TMA16M | Comments Off on Soyuz Spacecraft Launches For Year-long Mission With Russian, US Team Onboard
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three crew, including a US astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut who will be the first to spend an entire year on the International Space Station, blasted off on schedule, Russian mission control says.
The Soyuz-TMA16M spacecraft took off from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is headed for the International Space Station :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Engineered Life, Health, Medicated | Tags: doctors-and-medical-professionals, Heart Disease, Medical Research, research | Comments Off on Researchers Transplant Bionic-heart Into Sheep
Medical and engineering specialists say they are on the cusp of a breakthrough after successfully transplanting a bionic heart into a sheep.
The bionic heart was designed by Brisbane engineer Dr Daniel Timms in 2001 while he was studying at the Queensland University of Technology.
It contains a spinning disc with small blades on each side that pump blood around the body and lungs, without a traditional pulse.
The bionic heart can last at least 10 years and could help bridge the gap between patients requiring heart transplants and the number of donor hearts available.
The team, made up of Queensland and international researchers, said the device was a significant advance on other designs that were large, prone to wear, or could only pump on the left or right side.
It is expected to be ready for human trials within three years :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 8th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Albert Einstein, Australian National University, Dark Matter, General Theory of Relativity, Hubble Telescope | Comments Off on Exploding Star Provides Clue on How Dark Matter Warps Light
An exploding star has been seen by astronomers four separate times as a result of dark matter affecting the image, an Australian researcher has revealed.
A team of international scientists studying space using the Hubble Telescope found a supernova explosion appeared multiple times in different places due to the impact of gravitation on light :: Read the full article »»»»
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 on Obesity Damage to Mother’s Eggs Passed on to Offspring
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 on Roald Dahl’s Heartfelt Vaccination Plea Resurfaces Amid Current Measles Outbreak
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 »»»»