The Pressure to Publish or Perish Takes Scientists to Street

in education

It was with great interest that I read the news and science article on arsenic-linked life backbone.  When the study was exciting to me and several others, it was provocative to the critics. 

One Individual Sent One-Third Of All Spam Emails-Believe It Or Not

in technology

 How many spam emails you get a day?  They come with different header, some of them even show legitimate from addresses, it is difficult to believe that these from tags were rigged to look genuine. 

Drugs Reward And Alter Brain- How About Overeating?

in medicine, biology

If you've ever wondered why it's hard to stay on a diet, consider this observation from Ralph DiLeone, a brain scientist at Yale University: "The motivation to take cocaine in the case of a drug addict is probably engaging similar circuits that the motivation to eat is in a hungry person."

Chemistry of Life Changes-NASA Scientists Put Arsenic On Life Backbone

in environment, biology

Arsenic was not known to be important in the formation of life, it was always considered as a poison.  Now NASA scientists say life can very well sustain if arsenic replaces phosphorous in the basic builiding blocks of life, DNA and RNA.

China Overtakes America in Technology- Green Energy, Supercomputer and More

in technology, environment

China is one of the fast developing countries in the world.  It is also gaining fast recognition in technological advances.  Recently China unveiled the world's fastest supercomputer.

According to a news item published in Yahoo News China is ready to overtake the United States in several key technological areas.  

Mammals Got Bigger After The Extinction of Dinosaurs

in environment, biology

National Science Foundation funded scientists say that mammals got bigger after the dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth.  NSF enabled the assembly of an international, interdisciplinary team that was the first to quantitatively document body size patterns over the past 100 million years.

Tumors Make Their Own Blood Vessels- New Implications in Cancer Therapy

in medicine, biology

It was a bit surprising to read that tumors can make their own blood vessels.  Two recent studies published simultaneously in a recent issue of the journal Nature claim that they have confirmed the ability of tumor cells to differentiate into blood vessels that extend the blood ciruculation network to supply nutrients and oxygen to fast growing tumor cells.

Signature of Autism Can Be Seen In the Brain

in medicine, biology, omics

Autism is a spectrum of disorders possibly involving multiple culprit genes.  Such a fundamental biological diversity in disease pathogenesis makes the understanding of this disease scientifically challenging.