28 March, 2013 – This Week in Science


Speed O’Light, My Brain Hurts, Human Cave Man, Healthier Fruit Flies, Fish For Fuel, NASA Sequester!, Men vs. Women, Bacterial Diet Plan, Bacterial Fun Ride, Snakebot, Jellybot, Jurassic Science?, And Much More…

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The speed of light – perhaps not so constant
It turns out the speed of light varies in a vacuum, though can you ever really have a perfect vacuum?

How Learning Breaks Your Brain
Researchers have found that learning tears DNA in your brain. The good news is, it fixes itself, making it better in the long run, much like how exercise rips muscle tissue only to be rebuilt stronger.

Human-Neanderthal love child found!
No, it’s not a headline from a tabloid, scientists found skeletal remains from a neanderthal-human hybrid in Italy. BY looking at mitochondrial DNA, it is clear that this individual came from a Neanderthal female and a human male.

Foodee Fruit Flies
Drosophila melanogaster showed improved health on an organic diet, both in longevity and fertility, pretty much the two most important things for a fly. Next time, maybe that organic banana is worth the extra 30 cents… Or is it??

Fuel your gadgets and automobiles with marine life
New Norwegian research identified a species of tunicate, ascidiacea as an alternative energy source and fish food. They claim the animal is not a part of the food chain, but is harvesting a wild animal for energy ever harmless?

Write your Congress!
Due to the sequester, NASA has cut their education efforts. This will not stand!

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Don’t let the power go to your head, sir!
Men tend to let power boost their ego out of control in the workplace more than women do. It’s official then, women make better bosses!

Losing Weight The Bacterial Way
In gastric bypass surgery, the bacteria in the gut change drastically. Is it the bypass or the different bacteria that cause the wait loss?

Bacteria hitch a ride to your gut on fruits and vegetables
Diverse groups of bacteria are found on the surface of the fruit and veg you buy at the market. Don’t worry – they aren’t harmful, in fact, they’re beneficial!

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Biorobotics lab have engineered a robot that can coil itself around poles and trees – finally, that’s what my robot was missing!

The Navy is funding developments for the robojelly in hopes to use them for patrols.

Should Hollywood Update Stories To Match Science? –
The new Jurassic Park film is due for release soon. Will they change their dinos to match the current knowledge about these dinos, or keep to the standard? What should they do?

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