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Courtesy Ivy DawnedResearchers at the University of Bath have developed a wound dressing that can detect infection. In the presence of disease-causing pathogenic bacteria, tiny nanocapsules release dye that fluoresces under UV light. Currently, these wound dressings are being used for pediatric burn victims, whose immature immune systems make them particularly susceptible to infection.
The flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb. 15, 2013, will be the closest known approach to Earth for an object its size, but there is no chance it will hit Earth.
Just in time for Super Bowl week, Sports Illustrated shares some pretty wild news about top-line pro and college football players using some dubious products with hopes of helping their on-field performance. Care to spritz a little deer antler mist under your tongue anyone? You can read the full report here. And check out the video below as an SI reporter tests out the validity of stickers that supposedly deflect energy-draining cellphone waves from the football players who wear them.
While alcohol is a depressant and can have the effect of making you go to sleep quicker, new research says it doesn't help you sleep better. A review of 27 different sleep studies shows that consuming alcohol diminishes REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, which is considered the most restorative part of the sleep cycle. And the more you drink, the bigger the disruption of the REM stage.
Ever pull that old bottle of beer out of the back of the fridge and try to remember how old it is? Should I drink it? It might be months, maybe even a year or two old. Well how about 11,000-year-old breweries? Archaeologists have found some very old evidence of breweries and it has created a debate over if grain production started as a way to make beer or bread.
Courtesy USDA Forest ServiceWhile it's been a pretty good 16 years for Minnesota wolves and bald eagles, that's not been the case for moose. The behemoths will likely be moving on to the state's list of species with special concerns, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In total, 67 animals and 114 plants are being proposed to be added to the lists while 15 plants and 14 animals – including wolves and bald eagles – have rebounded in numbers to be removed from the designations. Climate change is being credited as the big threat to Minnesota's moose population.
NASA scientists announced today that analysis of a soil sample scooped up by the Mars rover, Curiosity, and analyzed by its on-board lab shows evidence of organic compounds. However, whether the organics are indigenous to Mars or were brought by the rover to the Red Planet from Earth has not yet been determined, so NASA is keeping the excitement level subdued for the moment. The announcement was made today at a press conference at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California.
Wired magazine story
Courtesy lord enfield (motorcycle image) and Mark Ryan (gorilla)A new study published in the Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal suggests great apes experience the same diminished feelings of well-being during their mid-life as we humans do. Now I feel better.
BBC Nature story
How different is the brain of a genius compared to a normal brain? Researchers are finding answers to that question as they do more examination into photos and tissues of the brain of Albert Einstein. Click here to see his brain and what today's scientists are learning about it.