Friday, August 28, 2015

Science of the Week: 8/28/15

Today is my son's first day of third grade. Trust me, it'll be newsworthy if we can get him to school on time. (Of course, with first day excitement, we usually do manage to get there before school starts, but it becomes more difficult as the year goes on.)

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

Black holes aren't as black as thought
(Information is stored on the event horizon and so can escape, but it's still useless, according to Stephen Hawking. Unless the information makes it to a parallel universe...)

Researchers identify signature of microbiomes associated with schizophrenia

Crash-tolerant data storage could lead to computers that never lose your data

Blood cleaning device scrubs toxins, pathogens, from the red stuff

Intractable pain may find relief in tiny gold rods

A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

Driverless cars will change the world, but how exactly?

Hunger drives unethical acts, but only in the quest for food

Have a good weekend, and I'll see you Monday!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hope he has a good first day and you make it there on time.
Someone needs to flip off that obesity switch. Although just plain bad food choices are the reason why so many are fat in this country.

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Alex!

As someone who's used Weight Watchers, I can tell you that many restaurant foods or convenience foods have a lot more "points" than the same food would have if prepared at home. It can be hard to make good food choices in this society.

Pat Dilloway said...

They started school on Friday? That seems idiotic. Michigan passed a law a few years ago that schools can't start until after Labor Day. That seems unnecessary but it's better than starting on a Friday.

Blogoratti said...

Hope your son has a great start to the term, Interesting articles indeed, thanks for sharing.

Sandra Almazan said...

Pat, back when I went to middle and high school, school started after Labor Day. I lived in a small town in a rural area, and kids had to take care of their animals at the county fair.

Blogoratti, glad you enjoyed the articles!

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