18 April, 2013 – This Week in Science


Life Gets Older, Better Cancer Radiation, Dog Lives, Dog Beds, Electronic Gene Zippers, Flying Insect Robots, Carnivorous Madagascar Dino, Super-Habitable Earth, And Much More…

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How Old Is Life?
Using the basis of Moore’s law, and observing current genomes, scientists have extrapolated that life is based on 376 million year jumps, instead of the 18 months related to computer processors. This would mean life is 9.7 billion years old. What the what?!

Radiation therapy without side-effects
A Professor from the University of Missouri has successfully found a type of radiation therapy for cancer with no harmful side-effects. It targets the cancer cells and avoids the healthy cells. Go chemo!

… Live longer when neutered…
Not only do dogs live longer when sterilized, but they also succumb to different ailments. Does this apply to people, too? If so, is it worth it??

Share more than just your bed!
In a recent study, scientists found that parents share more icroorganisms with their dogs than with their children! But why? Are they kissing their dogs more than their own offspring? Time to prioritize your life, folks…

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Electronic Zippers on your Genes!
University of Edinburgh has found a new way to zip and unzip your genes using electrochemistry. This could revolutionize medical care with biosensors and microarrays, making diagnoses cheap, easy, and fast!

World Robot Domination – Flying Insects!
Robots learn to fly from real life insects! Scientists studied the hawk moth and have discovered exactly how the insects pull it off – their abdomens work like rudders – helping to steer. They then designed robots with the same technology – watch out for flying mothbots!

Carnivorous dinosaur from Madagascar
Dahalokely tokana, the first new dino species from Madagascar in a decade, has filled a large gap in the fossil record. This dinosaur lived around 90 million years ago and was between 9 and 14 feet long. They belong to a group called abelisauroids, carnivorous animals from the southern continents – but, did they have feathers?!

We’ve found a goldilocks planet! It’s earth-like and isn’t too hot, nor too cold. It’s just right for sustaining life! That being said, don’t go drawing up welcome banners for our alien brethren just yet…

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