Month: November 2014
Solid fluids. Beginning of the Universe. Unity of the cosmos.
A solid material that conducts electricity perfectly at certain temperatures may also qualify as an almost perfectly flowing liquid. If the result is confirmed, the superconducting material would become the first nearly perfect fluid that isn’t among the hottest or coldest substances in the universe. The result also suggests a new way of deciphering a […]
Intestines in mice: The environment as Existence’s matrix for Dasein…
Slimy chunks of human gut can now grow up and get to work inside of mice. Transplanted into rodents, tiny balls of tissue balloon into thumb-sized nuggets that look and act like real human intestines, researchers report October 19 in Nature Medicine. The work is the first time scientists have been able to transform adult […]
Bacteria. Viruses. Good. Bad…
Normally, you wouldn’t want to have anything to do with Clostridium novyi. The rod-shaped bacterium is commonly found in soil, manure or under rotting leaves. When it invades a human body, it releases flesh-eating toxins. The last place you would hope to find it is in a hospital. But researchers used a modified version of […]
Brain as a TV. Science as a dogma.
Scientists in Cambridge have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state, which point to networks that could support consciousness even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive. The study could help doctors identify patients who are aware despite being unable to communicate. The researchers showed that the rich […]
Science. Papers. Progress. Brave scientists. Admitting mistakes…
Science chases progress. Researchers live under pressure from grant agencies, their peers, and the public to produce exciting results. New finds make headlines; checking old work usually does not. But when a recent study of human behavior by Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton failed to reproduce a result from the authors’ earlier research, they published […]
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