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  • The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

    06/25/2017 9:53:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    Aeon ^ | 6/14/17 | Zeeya Merali
    Zeeya Merali is a freelance science writer and author of A Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes. Her work has appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Discover, Science, New Scientist, and on the BBC. She has also published two textbooks with National Geographic and has worked on NOVA's television series The Fabric of the Cosmos. She has a PhD in theoretical cosmology and lives in London. Artwork illustrating the concept of an alternate ‘bubble’ universe in which our universe (left) is not the only one. Some scientists think that bubble universes may pop into existence...
  • Army researchers work with Marine mechanics on 3-D printing hydraulics

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- For Marine Corps aviators, hydraulics are critical part of performing all the heavy lifting required during aircraft operations. Marine Cpl. Habtamu Sharew and Lance Cpl. Juan Herreragonzalez know that better than anyone. The two are hydraulic mechanics from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. They work specifically on the hydraulics systems. Not long ago, they entered their idea for streamlining hydraulic line maintenance into the 2016 Marine Corps Logistic Innovation Challenge. Out of more than 300 entries, theirs was chosen as one of 18 to move to the next step. That brought...
  • Theranos Whistleblower Shook the Company—And His Family

    11/16/2016 6:06:29 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16 2016 | By John Carreyrou
    After working at Theranos Inc. for eight months, Tyler Shultz decided he had seen enough. On April 11, 2014, he emailed company founder Elizabeth Holmes to complain that Theranos had doctored research and ignored failed quality-control checks. The reply was withering. Ms. Holmes forwarded the email to Theranos President Sunny Balwani, who belittled Mr. Shultz’s grasp of basic mathematics and his knowledge of laboratory science, and then took a swipe at his relationship with George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. “The only reason I have taken so much time away from work to address this...
  • Barbra Streisand on Gender Inequality: 'Even Female Mice Are Discriminated Against!'

    12/14/2015 12:32:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Brietbart ^ | December 12, 2015 | Kipp Jones
    Speaking at an event for women in Los Angeles this week, Barbra Streisand complained that society is so misogynistic, even female laboratory mice are being discriminated against. "Gender discrimination drives me crazy," said the multiple Grammy and Academy award-winning actress and singer. "Women are still treated as second-class citizens when it comes to equal pay in the workplace and equal representation in Congress." [Snip] Streisand, who has made contributions toward heart disease research for nearly three decades, then spoke out about gender inequality in medical research. "Gender inequality even extends to mice in the labs," she said. "They're all male!"...
  • U.S. Government ‘Humanized’ Mice With Tissue Taken from Babies at 17- to 22-Weeks Gestational Age

    08/05/2015 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/5/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - A group of government researchers working for a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana made “humanized mice” by implanting the mice with tissues cut from human livers and thymuses taken from babies at 17 to 22 weeks gestational age. The researchers then published a paper describing how they constructed this particular type of “humanized” mouse, saying they hoped their description of the process would help other researchers seeking to make such mice in the future. The same government researchers had collaborated on another journal article about the “humanized” mouse with an NIH-funded researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital--which...
  • Two suspected cases of Ebola in Austria: regional governor

    08/19/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8-19-14 | Yahoo
    Two men who arrived in Austria last week from Nigeria have been hospitalised on suspicion of carrying the Ebola disease, a regional Austrian governor said Tuesday. Blood samples were sent to a laboratory in Germany with results expected later on Tuesday, Josef Puehringer, governor of Upper Austria province said. The two men were hospitalised in Voecklabruck after developing a fever following their return from Lagos and were currently being held in quarantine, Puehringer said.
  • A brief, terrifying history of viruses escaping from labs: 70s Chinese pandemic was a lab mistake

    04/12/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 36 replies
    National Post [Canada] / Slate ^ | April 11, 2014 | Martin Furmanski
    ....Virologists, using serologic and early genetic tests, soon began to suggest the cause of the reappearance was a laboratory escape of a 1949-50 virus, and as genomic techniques advanced, it became clear that this was true. By 2010, researchers published it as fact: “The most famous case of a released laboratory strain is the re-emergent H1N1 influenza-A virus which was first observed in China in May of 1977 and in Russia shortly thereafter.” The virus may have escaped from a lab attempting to prepare an attenuated H1N1 vaccine in response to the U.S. swine flu pandemic alert..... In 2007, Foot...
  • Chemical Analysis Leads to New Discoveries in Archeology

    04/11/2013 12:19:18 PM PDT · by STD · 7 replies
    Popular Archeology ^ | 4/11/13 | self
    Dear FReepers, Wow, it's truly an amazing time to be alive. At our very fingertips we have ancient books, art and archeology. Please ping our G&G ping list for me. Enjoy your readings, Agape, STD / DrMike
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Livers grown in the laboratory could eventually solve organ transplant shortage

    10/31/2010 11:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 10/31/10 | Richard Alleyne
    The researchers created "working livers" the size of a walnut which functioned normally in laboratory conditions. They believe that in around five years they will be able to upscale the process and transfer the procedure from laboratory to hospital. The development could eventually solve the transplant shortage and also remove the need for powerful drugs to prevent the body rejecting the organ. "We are excited about the possibilities this research represents, but must stress that we're at an early stage and many technical hurdles must be overcome before it could benefit patients," said the project director, Associate Professor Shay Soker
  • U.S. HANDS OVER LABORATORY FACILITIES TO ZIMBABWE

    04/03/2010 4:38:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 735+ views
    Zimtelegraph.com - ZIMBABWE TELEGRAPH ^ | Published: March 31, 2010 | By TAPIWA MAKORE
    SNIPPET: "Harare, March 30, 2010: The United States government officially handed over a new, upgraded bio-safety level 2+ laboratory to the Minister of Health, Dr. Henry Madzorera. The facility will enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to offer clinical and diagnostic testing as well as research on indigenous/exotic agents which may cause serious disease after inhalation, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB),typhoid (Salmonella Typhi),anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) and the H1N1 virus. Speaking after a tour of the facilities with the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray described the cooperation between the...
  • Keep Your Hands On Your Urine If You Go To LabCorp

    03/29/2010 3:45:52 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies · 1,181+ views
    CONSUMERIST ^ | MARCH 29, 2010 | swampsniper
    Mike was sent to LabCorp for some routine medical tests last week, and what he found was an understaffed, overcrowded dump where patients were arguing that their urine samples were missing, or in one instance stolen while the patient watched. This could just be one badly managed lab, but the Internet is swimming in LabCorp complaints around the country that all repeat the same problems.
  • Swine flu pandemic 'caused by accidental leak from laboratory'

    07/03/2009 10:25:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,105+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30th June 2009 | NA
    The swine flu pandemic may have been caused by an accidental leak from a laboratory three decades ago, scientists have claimed. An investigation into the genetic make-up of flu viruses claims the pandemic may not have occurred, had it not been for the accidental release of the same strain of influenza virus from a research lab in 1977. The Independent reported that researchers believe this strain of the virus had been extinct in the human population for more than 20 years until it was unwittingly reintroduced by scientists. The study in The New England Journal of Medicine said: 'Careful study...
  • Eugenics … death of the defenceless: The legacy of Darwin’s cousin Galton

    02/24/2009 5:42:22 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 1,042+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | Russell Grigg
    Eugenics … death of the defenceless The legacy of Darwin’s cousin Galton By Russell Grigg Few ideas have done more harm to the human race in the last 120 years than those of Sir Francis Galton. He founded the evolutionary pseudo-science of eugenics. Today, ethnic cleansing, the use of abortion to eliminate ‘defective’ unborn babies, infanticide, euthanasia, and the harvesting of unborn babies for research purposes all have a common foundation in the survival-of-the-fittest theory of eugenics. So who was Galton, what is eugenics, and how has it harmed humanity?...
  • Billions of Positrons Created in Laboratory (anti-matter!)

    11/18/2008 1:23:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 23 replies · 647+ views
    « Irradiate a millimeter-thick gold target with the right kind of laser and you might get a surprise in the form of 100 billion positrons, the antimatter equivalent of electrons. Researchers had been studying the process at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where they used thin targets that produced far fewer positrons. The new laser method came about through simulations that showed a thicker target was more effective.And suddenly lasers and antimatter are again making news. Hui Chen is the Livermore scientist behind this work: “We’ve detected far more anti-matter than anyone else has ever measured in a laser experiment....
  • We Can Do No Wrong, Says NY Ag & Markets After Highly Questionable Lab Test Results

    03/03/2008 6:28:21 AM PST · by davidgumpert · 1 replies · 271+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | March 3, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    The "safety" argument can be extended so that pretty much anything is justified. The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets has in the last few weeks helped demonstrate the problem more vividly than any of us ever could imagine, though. While the agency has been preparing its legal arguments over the last few weeks in preparation for trying to throw Barb and Steve Smith into jail for insisting on proper search warrant protection, Ag and Markets has quietly been playing another game with two other New York raw milk farmers, Jerry Snyder and Chuck Phippen—depriving them of their right...
  • Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts

    12/03/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 759+ views
    Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent 7 minutes ago He's a mystery in a red beard, with a strange alias and a degree in chemical engineering. In the hands of this alleged al-Qaida operative, it's a specialty that summons visions of poison gas and mass terror. Al-Qaida is "wedded to the spectacular," notes U.S. counterterrorism analyst Donald Van Duyn, and elusive Egyptian chemist Midhat Mursi was said to be exploring such possibilities when last seen, brewing up deadly compounds and gassing dogs in Afghanistan. Van Duyn's FBI and other U.S. agencies are interested enough...
  • Hackers Ram Through Security at Oak Ridge Lab

    12/07/2007 3:28:13 PM PST · by familyop · 3 replies · 109+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 07DEC07 | Chris Maxcer
    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has warned that its computer systems have been infiltrated by one or more hackers who skirted system's security to gain access to personal information on the lab's visitors. The information was then used in a phishing scheme that attempted to convince victims to open a malicious e-mail attachment. The lab has not commented on the attackers' suspected motives Hackers have penetrated an upper layer of data at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multiprogram science and technology lab managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle. Scientists and engineers at ORNL work to...
  • Lab Managers Accused of Security Breach (Nuclear Weapons)

    06/15/2007 11:12:35 AM PDT · by badboy21224 · 13 replies · 570+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 06/15/07 | DEBORAH BAKER and JENNIFER TALHELM
    Lab Managers Accused of Security Breach By DEBORAH BAKER and JENNIFER TALHELM, Associated Press Writers 2 hours ago SANTA FE, N.M. - Officials with the contractor that runs Los Alamos National Laboratory sent top-secret data regarding nuclear weapons through open e-mail networks, the latest potentially dangerous security breach to come to light at the birthplace of the atomic bomb, two congressmen said. The breach was investigated by the National Nuclear Security Administration, which rounded up laptop computers from Los Alamos National Security LLC's board members and sanitized them. But NNSA and lab officials who subsequently appeared before a congressional committee...
  • Giant asteroid to make closest flyby of earth in recorded history (on April 13th, 2029)

    02/15/2005 3:27:08 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 51 replies · 1,827+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | February 15th, 2005 | Steve Connor
    A giant asteroid the size of three football pitches will make the closest flyby of Earth in recorded history for an object of its size, scientists said. It will pass between the Earth and the Moon and will even come closer than the orbit of many telecommunications satellites, although astronomers insisted that there is little chance of a collision with the massive rock. Anxious Earthlings need not worry too much for another 24 years, however, because asteroid 2004 MN4 is not due to make its closest approach to Earth until approximately 10pm London time on Friday 13th April 2029. The...