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Archive for October, 2006

busy bees’ composition unbound

Posted by veritas on October 30, 2006

Crucial to the pollination process and famous for their sweet honey, people usually don’t appreciate the honeybee’s intriguingly complex lifestyle. As a stratified society, honeybees all have a different job in the hive. From larvae care to queen, bees uphold their reputation as constantly being busy. According to Science News Online’s October 28th article, “Genome Buzz: Honeybee DNA raises social questions” (found at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061028/fob1.asp), the western honeybee’s genome has been fully decoded, solving some mysteries and raising new questions about the species’ lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

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james potter’s artifact unleashed!

Posted by veritas on October 23, 2006

Just a few years ago the (mostly younger) world was captivated by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. Although the concept isn’t new, the sheer thought of escaping the vision of others has long been thought of as impossibility. Although, according to David R. Smith of Duke’s Physics department, that is still not within our technological boundaries, one step is being made towards this “physicist’s dream” in the microwave spectrum. Documentation for this discovery can be found at Science News Online weekly’s October 21st article, “Vanishing Actor: Physicists unveil first invisibility cloak” http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061021/fob6.asp. Read the rest of this entry »

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cancer begone!

Posted by veritas on October 16, 2006

In Science News Online Weekly’s October 14th issue, a report on possible new sources of cancer treatment – “Warming up to Hyperthermia” (found at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061014/bob10.asp) discusses a possible way to treat cancer based on the unusually high success rate of treating testicular cancer.

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eyesight restoration for elderly no longer a dream

Posted by veritas on October 9, 2006

In Science News Online’s Oct. 7 2006 article, “Improving the View: Treatment reverses macular degeneration” (found at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20061007/fob1.asp), scientists are developing a new treatment that not only prevents the elderly from losing eyesight, but also potentially restores lost eyesight.

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possible medical use of psychedelic drugs in the future

Posted by veritas on October 2, 2006

LSD has long been regarded, along with its cousins of the hallucinogen family, as taboo and an illegal substance. As with all hallucinogens, the abundance of serotonin is increased, producing a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes altered mental states. According to Science News Online’s September 30 article, “Chemical Enlightenment” (found at http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20060930/bob8.asp), a new pill containing psilocybin – the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” often used for religious purposes – producing similar hallucinatory effects may be beneficial to the human psyche.

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