This Week in Science!
By: Ryan Wheaton
Good morrow science enthusiasts. Here's what's going on in the world of science this week.
Leave a comment if you think we missed anything!
Most Detailed Infrared Image of the Carina Nebula Ever
ESO's Very Large Telescope has delivered the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula stellar nursery taken so far. Many previously hidden features, scattered across a spectacular celestial landscape of gas, dust and young stars, have emerged. This is one of the most dramatic images ever created by the VLT. See the whole story.
'Shish Kebab' Structure Provides Improved Form of 'Buckypaper'
Scientists are reporting development of a new form of buckypaper, which eliminates a major drawback of these sheets of carbon nanotubes — 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, 10 times lighter than steel, but up to 250 times stronger — with potential uses ranging from body armor to next-generation batteries. See the whole story.
New Diet: Top Off Breakfast With — Chocolate Cake?
When it comes to diets, cookies and cake are off the menu. Now, in a surprising discovery, researchers from Tel Aviv University have found that dessert, as part of a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that also includes proteins and carbohydrates, can help dieters to lose more weight — and keep it off in the long run. See the whole story.
Jurassic Katydid Sings Out After 165 Million Years
Most sounds vanish forever after a few seconds, but not the calls of a Jurassic katydid. After examining the sound-making structures on its exceptionally preserved fossil wings, biologists have recreated its musical calls. See the whole story.
Silver Packs a Punch as Chemotherapy Drug
Silver may have just become even more precious. The metal packs as much of a punch against cancer cells as a leading chemotherapy drug, and could reduce the negative side effects that accompany such treatment. See the whole story.
Patch of Seagrass is World's Oldest Living Organism
It's green and very, very old. A swathe of seagrass in the Mediterranean could be the oldest known living thing on Earth. See the whole story.
3D Printer Provides Woman with a Brand New Jaw
An 83-year-old Belgian woman is able to chew, speak and breathe normally again after a machine printed her a new jawbone. Made from a fine titanium powder sculpted by a precision laser beam, her replacement jaw has proven as functional as her own used to be before a potent infection, called osteomyelitis, all but destroyed it. See the whole story.
Growing Up On a Farm Directly Affects Regulation of the Immune System, Study Finds
Immunological diseases, such as eczema and asthma, are on the increase in westernized society and represent a major challenge for 21st century medicine. See the whole story.
DNA Sequencing Helps Identify Cancer Cells for Immune System Attack
DNA sequences from tumor cells can be used to direct the immune system to attack cancer, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. See the whole story.
Sound Rather Than Sight Can Activate 'Seeing' for the Blind, Say Researchers
Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have tapped onto the visual cortex of the congenitally blind by using sensory substitution devices (SSDs), enabling the blind in effect to "see" and even describe objects. See the whole story.
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