Friday, February 27, 2015

Science of the Week: 2/27/15

And here we are at the end of another month already.

Here are some of the most interesting science news articles I read this week:

Reducing energy efficiency boosts calorie burning in muscle

Vision loss reversed in people with diabetic eye disease

Climate change driving brutal winter?

Higgs boson could explain matter's dominance over antimatter
(From what I understand, if the Higgs field was much stronger in the early universe and decreased over time, then it could have made the masses of matter and antimatter unequal [since today they are equal] and made the production of matter more likely)

Just like modern cities, ancient settlements became more productive as they grew

Can "three hots and a cot" stave off mental illness?
(Our inner clocks that govern when we eat and sleep are governed by neurotransmitters that also play a role in mental illness. A structured life may keep the neurotransmitters in balance.)

Ocean acidification threatens coastal communities across the U.S.

Long-acting HIV medicine in the works
(It can act as both a preventative and a treatment)

Two-father babies could soon be possible with no egg donor
(Gene manipulation could transform a man's germ cells into oocytes, which could then be fertilized by his partner's sperm. However, what's not discussed in the article is epigenetics, the different tagging of the genes in men and women. Scientists might have to alter the molecular tagging of the genes so they're regulated properly.)

U.S. Defense Dept: Come get wierd with us

Worldwide, the nitrogen cycle is off (and it's affecting the ability of legumes to fix nitrogen in the soil)

Antifreeze protein from ticks fights frostbite in mice (Warm-blooded animals don't make antifreeze proteins, but the proteins still do their job when introduced to mammalian tissue. I think we're all going to need antifreeze protein to make it through the rest of this winter!)

That's all for now. I'm going to take a blogging break for the next couple of weeks. I have a lot of things to catch up on for Broad Universe (I'm the Readings/Events Coordinator for BU), I need to preschedule more A-Z posts, I need to finish editing Scattered Seasons and get it ready for publication, and I'm still trying to draft the next book in the series, Chaos Season. Something's got to give before I do. Don't worry; I'll be back before A-Z kicks off. Take care, and talk to you later!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Two father babies? Weird. They might eliminate the egg, but a woman still has to carry the child.

Sandra Almazan said...

Until they create an artificial womb. I'm not sure what that will do for gender relations.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Always enjoy your headlines. (But they remind me of the game...guess which one isn't a true headline :)

Anna Erishkigal said...

Interesting about the cities (I study pre-Sumerian culture). It basically means the rules Adam Smith lay out in The Wealth of Nations stretches all the way back into pre-history.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

I'm definitely posting (on Twitter) about the reversal of diabetic eye disease article. I hope, in time, doctors can be more effective at treating the long-term difficulties of this disease.

As for the two fathers... couldn't we really mess something up during the process? I'd imagine it would be more difficult than cloning... maybe I'm wrong. I understand wanting your spouse to be the other biological parent but it sounds too risky...

Gina Gao said...

These articles sound really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Donna L Martin said...

Hi there!

I just stopped by to check out your blog. I've signed up for yet another year of the A to Z Challenge and look forward to reading many, many posts next month...;~)

Take care,

Donna L Martin
author of THE STORY CATCHER (Anaiah Press 2015)
coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: ANGELS AMONG US (Simon & Schuster 2013)

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