Archive for September, 2012



LaCie Portable Thunderbolt SSD: Fasted Rugged HD Available?

Sure, Thunderbolt is fast, but there aren’t many devices that you can buy that work with it, leaving Apple fanboys crying in their closets. LaCie has released a new Thunderbolt-compatible portable drive, that uses a speedy solid-state drive for that extra special cherry on top. It also supports USB 3.0 for PC users.

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Read more @ Technabob

3D Renderings of Carboniferous Period Insects

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Two 305-million-year-old insect nymphs were scanned in high resolution in order to construct three-dimensional portraits. The two insects were scanned using fossils from the Carboniferous Period, which lasted from 359.2 Ma (million years ago) to the beginning of the Permian Period, at 299 Ma

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Inhibition of MicroRNAs in Mice Can Attenuate Cardiovascular Stress

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Normal mouse heart pictured on the left compared to the one of the right, which has cardiac hypertrophy

Cardiac stress that’s caused by a heart attack or high blood pressure will frequently lead to pathological heart growth and eventually lead to heart failure. Researchers have discovered that two micro-scale RNA molecules, microRNA miR-212 and miR-132 play a role in this detrimental development in mice. When these molecules were inhibited, the mice were protected against pathological heart growth and failure. Researchers hope to adapt these findings and develop therapeutic approaches that would work in humans.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Genetic Variability Helps Sea Urchins Cope with Environmental Changes

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The current rising acidity in the ocean is supposed to have dire consequences for organisms like coral, but there are some sea urchins that have the genetic tools to adapt to inhospitable conditions.

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Extinct Animals from the Pleistocene Discovered in Mexico

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More than a hundred bones of animals, some which could be of human origin from the final stages of the Pleistocene period, were found in the Atontonilco de Tula, Hidalgo scattered within an area of 100 acres, between 7 and 10 meters in depth.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Short-Period Binary Stars Tend to Merge into Single Star

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A computer simulation suggests that there are many single stars that were born as two separate suns, which eventually merged into a single star during the first million years of their existence.

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Alternatives to Apple’s New Earpods: Better Sound For Less Than $100

092512_rg_AppleEarpodAlternatives_01.jpgAmidst the hullabaloo of Apple’s recent iPhone event, perceptive people noticed the redesign of Apple’s venerable earpod. Everyone that has had an iPod or iPhone has used one of these, and they were among the worst earphones I’ve had, since they constantly kept popping out of my ears. Here are some alternatives to the new Apple earpods, which will guarantee better sound without costing too much. More


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