Studying sharks and fossilized teeth gain insight into sharks' ancient ancestors

in biology

The lasting legacy of the great white shark is sharp, strong and pointy: its teeth.

Not only is it the part of the creature that resonates most strongly with people, it's usually the only part left behind after death, as the rest of its skeleton is cartilage.

Newfound gene may help bacteria survive in extreme environments

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In the days following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, methane-eating bacteria bloomed in the Gulf of Mexico, feasting on the methane that gushed, along with oil, from the damaged well. The sudden influx of microbes was a scientific curiosity: Prior to the oil spill, scientists had observed relatively few signs of methane-eating microbes in the area.

New device may inject a variety of drugs without using needles

in medicine

Getting a shot at the doctor’s office may become less painful in the not-too-distant future.

India the Queen of Internet Spam? Most junk emails originate in India

in technology

According to a news report from BBC, India has become the top spam-spewing nation on the planet. This was measured by determining the amount of emails routed through computers in different countries.

SpaceX Dragon capsule, the private spaceship, launch delayed

in technology

Dragon capsule the spaceship of SpaceX will not be launched as scheduled on April 30, 2012.  Dragon capsule was expected to be the first private spaceship to be launched to the International Space Station.

DriveLAB - An intelligent car to keep old people driving

in technology

Imagine driving a car with eye trackers and biomonitors!   'DriveLAB' is an electric car converted to a mobile laboratory by the scientists at Newcastle University, UK. They believe that including bespoke navigation tools, night vision systems and intelligent speed adaptations older drivers can continue driving.

Proton movement in phosphoric acid gives clue to better fuel cell electrolyte

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A new study results on the movement of protons in phosphoric acid may improve the design of fuel cells.  The study showed that proton motion in phosphoric acid is a highly cooperative process that can involve as many as five phosphoric acid molecules at a time serving as a kind of temporary "proton wire" or chain.

What is Trisomy 18

in medicine, education

Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder caused by a chromosomel defect. This is not due to inherent defect in any chromosome, rather the affected individuals have an additional copy of chromosome 18. Trisomy 18 is also called Edwards syndrome, named after John H. Edwards, who first described the syndrome in 1960.