Scientists who discovered how to unboil an egg win an Ig Nobel Prize

September 18, 2015 by  
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The scientists at Australia’s Flinders University , who became famous for  figuring out how to un-boil an egg , have been awarded the prestigious Ig Nobel prize. Using a machine called the Vortex Fluidic Device , Professor Colin Raston and his team were able to return some of the egg whites back to their fluidic state. The feat of kitchen science could mean big things for the pharmaceutical industry, and nabbed the scientist the award- given for science that makes people “laugh, and then think.” Read the rest of Scientists who discovered how to unboil an egg win an Ig Nobel Prize

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Adorable #dojowheel camper combines Bedouin freedom with Japanese minimalism

September 18, 2015 by  
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Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress

April 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Much of the world’s human population has some sort of pharmaceutical running through their veins, and as it turns out, so does the planet’s streams and rivers. According to a report published in Ecological Applications by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies , drugs and other chemicals have found their way into the freshwater supply and are affecting the health of the ecosystem. The study looked at six common compounds and how they altered the aquatic organisms that create the slippery “biofilm” that covers rocks. Scientists found a dramatic decrease in algal photosynthesis and respiration as well as a change in the bacterial community. Read the rest of Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , antihistamine , bacteria , biofilm , caffeine , cary institue of ecosystem studies , chicago , diphenhydramine , dr. emma rosi-marshall , drugs , ecological applications , fresh water , Indiana , indiana university , loyola university , Maryland , New York. , pharmaceutical , photosynthesis , Pollution , respiration

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Photo via Shutterstock Much of the world’s human population has some sort of pharmaceutical running through their veins, and as it turns out, so does the planet’s streams and rivers. According to a report published in Ecological Applications by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies , drugs and other chemicals have found their way into the freshwater supply and are affecting the health of the ecosystem. The study looked at six common compounds and how they altered the aquatic organisms that create the slippery “biofilm” that covers rocks. Scientists found a dramatic decrease in algal photosynthesis and respiration as well as a change in the bacterial community. Read the rest of Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , antihistamine , bacteria , biofilm , caffeine , cary institue of ecosystem studies , chicago , diphenhydramine , dr. emma rosi-marshall , drugs , ecological applications , fresh water , Indiana , indiana university , loyola university , Maryland , New York. , pharmaceutical , photosynthesis , Pollution , respiration

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Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

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Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation

April 1, 2013 by  
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Why settle for one form of renewable energy when you can produce power with two? That’s exactly what scientists from the University of Liverpool have done by upgrading an everyday wind turbine with a new set of spinning solar blades . The team, led by Dr. Joe King, came up with the innovative solution to stymie critics who say wind turbines are “only useful when the wind is blowing” — their design doubles the functionality of traditional turbines by incorporating photovoltaic technology. Read the rest of Scientists Develop Solar-Powered Wind Turbine for Ultimate Energy Generation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , “wind power” , dr joe king , heat wave , Solar Power , solar power uk , solar powered wind turbine , wind power uk , wind turbines solar

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iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle

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Many of us thought Google had the market cornered when it came to driverless cars , but Apple made a shocking announcement today with news that they would be releasing a new device and app that can transform ANY vehicle into a driverless one! Dubbed the iDrive, the system can be installed without the help of a professional and simply needs an iPhone or iPad to operate. Read the rest of iDrive: Apple Releases New Device That Will Turn Any Car into a Driverless Vehicle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , apple car , apple driverless car , apple robot car , driverless cars , Google driverless car , idrive , idrive app , robot cars

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Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

January 18, 2013 by  
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Organovo Holdings , a San Diego, CA-based manufacturer of 3-dimensional human tissues, recently announced a partnership with 3D-software company Autodesk Inc. to develop the first 3D design software for bioprinting. The new software will be used to control Organovo’s NovoGen MMX Bioprinter , which produces “living human tissues that are three-dimensional, architecturally correct, and made entirely of living human cells,” according to the firm. Currently, Organovo’s tissues are used by selected research partners for biological research and drug testing, but the company believes its 3D bioprinting technology “also holds great promise for creating direct tissue therapies… The long-term goal is to create tissues intended for direct therapeutic use to augment or replace damaged or degenerating organs.” The development of bioprinted organs could be a godsend for the 114,300 people currently on the waiting list for organ transplants, 18 of whom die every day, according to company background materials. The MMX is a hardware and software platform designed for biological research that is particularly used by pharmaceutical firms for drug discovery. Company background materials say that the MMX “takes primary or other human cells and shapes them into [functional] 3D tissue, with tremendous cellular viability and biology that is superior to even an animal model.” Organovo’s bioprinting process involves growing cells in a culture, then collecting and incubating them to form “bio-ink” that consists of “cells and the building blocks to form a functional organ system in vitro.” The bio-ink is loaded into a cartridge, which in turn is placed into the printer. The printer deposits the bio-ink according to the desired design programmed in the controlling software. Organovo says it has worked with several tissue types, including blood vessels, cardiac muscle, bone, lung, liver, and kidney. Because organs are so complex, Organovo says it’s difficult to predict which might be the first engineered organ. In background materials, the company says, “Tissues such as blood vessel segments, nerve grafts, bone/cartilage pieces, and assist patches for a compromised heart or kidney are examples of what could be a first reduction-to-practice for the technology.” Organovo says that its work with Autodesk will continue throughout 2013. While the details are proprietary, the company says it expects the relationship “to lead to advances in bioprinting, including both greater flexibility and throughput with our internal development, and the potential long-term ability for customers to design their own 3D tissues for production by Organovo.” + Organovo Photos courtesy of Organovo Holdings Inc.

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News from Mother Jones: Health Care’s Carbon Footprint

November 12, 2009 by  
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