Young people’s blood could help treat Alzheimer’s

IMG_4195

It sounds more like science fiction than real world science, but researchers at Stanford University announced the first results of a novel study in which they infused blood from young donors into a small number of people with mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer’s disease in the hopes of improving the disease’s symptoms.

Continue reading… “Young people’s blood could help treat Alzheimer’s”

0

Entire DNA Profile of Unborn Baby Has Been Mapped From Mother’s Blood

hospital-nursery

Scientists were able to identify all DNA strands that belong to the child from the mother’s blood sample.

Parents may soon be able to find out if their unborn child is prone to any inherited diseases, researchers said on Thursday, after developing a non-invasive technique to draw the entire gene map of the human fetus. By analyzing a sample of the mother’s blood, which contains DNA from the fetus, scientists in Hong Kong and the United States were able to identify all the DNA strands that belong to the child and piece them together.

 

Continue reading… “Entire DNA Profile of Unborn Baby Has Been Mapped From Mother’s Blood”

0

Lightsaber Turns 50 – GE Engineer Explains How It Could Not Possibly Work

Lightsaber-diagram

Lightsaber diagram

Okay, folks, make sure you have some tissues handy because GE engineer Matt Gluesenkamp is about to break a lot of hearts. The laser just turned 50, and that got Gluesenkamp thinking about one of the most iconic representations of the technology: the lightsaber. He analyzes the tech it’d take to make them real. Is it possible? In a word, no.

 

 

Continue reading… “Lightsaber Turns 50 – GE Engineer Explains How It Could Not Possibly Work”

0

Stunning Photos of the Sun’s Corona During a Solar Eclipse

sun1

This image shows the solar corona that makes up the sun’s ‘atmosphere’ in amazing detail as the sun passes behind the Moon

Shooting a million miles or more out into the hard, cold vacuum of space, this fiery halo is one of the wonders of the universe.  Whipped into gigantic swirls by the Sun’s ferocious magnetic fields, the shell of super-hot gas is as beautiful as it is dangerous.

 

Continue reading… “Stunning Photos of the Sun’s Corona During a Solar Eclipse”

0

Bloodmobile Expanding ‘Beer-For-Blood’ Offer

beer cheers 3421

Beer VS Blood. The battle rages on!
A Tacoma-based blood center offers donors a deal: Give a pint of blood, get a pint of beer.

Cascade Regional Blood Services says the promotion has worked so well at six Tacoma pubs and breweries, it’s expanding its “Give blood, get beer” offer to its bloodmobile for pubs in Federal Way and Steilacoom.

Organizers say it takes all types of blood donors giving at all times to meet the demands. “We’re thinking, ‘pint for pint.’ Its fun. we can get a new donor group,” said Lauren Buchholz of Cascade Regional Blood Services.

Continue reading… “Bloodmobile Expanding ‘Beer-For-Blood’ Offer”

0

California To Pull The Plug On Big Screen Plasma TV’s

BIGscreenTV_medium

California to ban big screen tv’s

The “guvernator” is leading California where no state has dared before. In a world first, big screen plasma televisions are to be banned in California because they use too much energy.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has given his backing to the move which would prohibit the sale of TV sets more than 40 inches wide.

Continue reading… “California To Pull The Plug On Big Screen Plasma TV’s”

0

Plasma Rocket: Travel To Mars In 39 Days

VASIMR_ScrSh1-thumb-550x367-25535

VASIMR rocket

The Ad Astra Rocket Company tested what is currently the most powerful plasma rocket in the world. As the Webster, Texas, company announced, the VASIMR VX-200 engine ran at 201 kilowatts in a vacuum chamber, passing the 200-kilowatt mark for the first time. The test also marks the first time that a small-scale prototype of the company’s VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) rocket engine has been demonstrated at full power.

 

Continue reading… “Plasma Rocket: Travel To Mars In 39 Days”

0

Canadian Startup Believes They Can Deliver Cheap Nuclear Fusion

fusion_x220

General Fusion’s reactor is a metal sphere with 220 pneumatic pistons designed to ram its surface simultaneously.

General Fusion, a startup in Vancouver, Canada, says it can build a prototype fusion power plant within the next decade and do it for less than a billion dollars. So far, it has raised $13.5 million from public and private investors to help kick-start its ambitious effort.

Continue reading… “Canadian Startup Believes They Can Deliver Cheap Nuclear Fusion”

0

Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sunspot

Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sun Spot

The interface between a sunspot’s central and outer regions shows a complex structure.

In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the sun and its impacts on Earth, scientists have created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty. The results are published this week in a paper in Science Express. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Continue reading… “Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sunspot”

0