Archive for December, 2012



British Team Fails to Reach Lake Ellsworth

British Team Fails to Reach Lake Ellsworth

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) arrived in western Antarctica earlier in December, preparing for their anticipated mission to drill into Lake Ellsworth, a subglacial lake. After days of hard work, the team announced that it was stopping its efforts, stymied by a technical problem.

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BubR1 Protein Could Fight Cancer & Aging

BubR1 Protein Could Fight Cancer & Aging

Scientists have discovered a protein that seems to protect animals from cancer and other deficiencies of old age, with no downsides. The research on protein BubR1 could offer clues on how protecting chromosomes can enhance health.

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SpaceX Grasshopper is First Reusable Rocket

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SpaceX’s ground-breaking rocket, the Grasshopper, is still in development, but it’s designed to be reusable, meaning that it takes off and lands vertically.

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My Tech Top 10: Range

122712_rg_MyTechTop10_01.jpgMany things changed for me in 2012: I’ve become tech bilingual, continued working with Apple devices, while still firmly using PC at home. I’ve become smarter about upgrading tech, ensuring the upgrade cycle doesn’t cost too much, while continuing to optimize my daily workflow so that I’m more productive each day…

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X-Rays Reveal More of Fossil Record

X-Rays Reveal More of Fossil Record

Soft tissues, like skin and feathers, aren’t usually part of the fossil record, but a new technique has found a way to bring some of them back into the record. The technique was used to resurrect the teeth and recognize the carcass of a 50-million-year-old fossil of a lizard, long thought to be merely preserved remnants of skin shed from the reptile.

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Comb Jellies Have Proteins to Generate & Sense Light

Comb Jelly Genome

Comb jellies, known as the phylum Ctenophora, live in marine waters worldwide. They have a distinctive feature in their groups of cilia, which they use to swim. They are the largest animals that use cilia as a means to swim. Adults range from a few millimeters in length to 1.5 meters.

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Instagram Class-Action Lawsuit Demands Right to File Class-Action Lawsuits

Yowza, it hasn’t been the best month for Instagram. After changing their terms of service to allow them to use images for advertising purposes – and facing a huge backlash by its users, Instagram came back and redacted the changes. Apparently, this didn’t placate everyone. It actually doesn’t surprise me, ever since Instagram was bought by Facebook, I’ve been expecting this kind of upheaval.

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Boombot REX: The Siri-Enabled Bluetooth Speaker

These days, there are plenty of Bluetooth speakers available, and you no longer have to pay hundreds of dollars to get something decent that sounds good. If you’re looking for a small, but feature-packed speaker, you might want to check out the Boombot REX.

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Chisel 5 Bamboo iPhone Dock Frames Your Precious Phone

If you love everything about your iPhone 5, then this dock just might be the right one for you. This minimal dock is eco-friendly and you’ll be able to frame your precious phone for everyone to see.

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Orangutans Learn Tool Use Through Social Observation

Orangutans Learn Using Tools Through Social Observation

A new study concludes that even very young Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) start forming ideas about their world, and how and when to use certain tools. Ape cultural traditions might not be very different from the cultural traditions of humans.

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