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Why do mitochondria retain their own genome?

July 24, 2015 - 8:30de la mañana
It sounds like science fiction to suggest that every cell in the human body is occupied by a tiny genome-equipped organelle, with which we exist in symbiosis. But in actuality, eukaryotic life is dependent on mitochondria, which provide energy to the cell in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Over millennia, the genomes of mitochondria evolved under selection for minimal gene content, but researchers have been unable to determine why some but not all mitochondrial genes have been transferred to the nuclear genome.

Backyards prove surprising havens for native birds

July 23, 2015 - 10:00de la tarde
(Ecological Society of America) How does your yard look to a bird? Ecologist Amy Belaire will report on surveys human and avian residents at the Centennial Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, Md. on August 9-14. Her talk is part of a session on Urban Ecosystems that includes observations on how birds modulate their songs to be heard over city noise and how many trees make a forest (from a bird's point of view).

YouTube creators looking elsewhere for money

July 23, 2015 - 1:51de la tarde
When 29-year-old YouTube star Meghan Tonjes launched a podcast with crowd-funding site Patreon a year ago, it was one of dozens of things the singer-songwriter was doing to grind out a living online. Today, it's paying her rent.

Novel algorithm identifies DNA copy-number landscapes in African American colon cancers

July 23, 2015 - 8:11de la mañana
The algorithm ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations. The findings about the algorithm distinguishes “noise” from real evidence, as well as some genetic characteristics of colon cancer in African Americans.

Opinion: Why the $100m alien listening project may be a huge waste of time

July 23, 2015 - 6:40de la mañana
The launch of the $100M Breakthrough Initiative project to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been supported by many leading scientists including Stephen Hawking and astronomer royal Martin Rees. But there is no evidence – and few convincing theories – to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens actually exist. So are listening projects really the best way to search for extraterrestrial life?

Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening 'Hair Ice'

July 23, 2015 - 6:13de la mañana
A century-long puzzle over how delicate strands of glistening ice burst through rotting tree branches, like heads of hair, is closer to being solved.

Novel algorithm identifies DNA copy-number landscapes in African American colon cancers

July 22, 2015 - 10:00de la tarde
(Case Western Reserve University) The algorithm ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations -- and it comes from Case Western Reserve. The findings about the algorithm that distinguishes 'noise' from real evidence, as well as some genetic characteristics of colon cancer in African Americans, appears this week in Genome Medicine.

USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

July 22, 2015 - 4:32de la tarde
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday....

Musical tastes offer a window into how you think

July 22, 2015 - 12:46de la tarde
Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you think, say researchers.

Musical tastes offer a window into how you think

July 22, 2015 - 12:10de la tarde
Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you think, say researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Hearing Aids Meet the Future with Bluetooth Tech

July 22, 2015 - 12:00de la tarde
Small, discreet and often Bluetooth-enabled, the new generation of hearing aids can connect wirelessly with smartphones

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

What is the status of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence?

July 22, 2015 - 5:30de la mañana
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence elsewhere in the universe has leapt to prominence once again, with the announcement of the Breakthrough Listen initiative.

If we are to find life beyond Earth, we need to be explorers, not hunters

July 22, 2015 - 5:13de la mañana
The news that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is to receive increased funding and data through the $100m (£64m) Breakthrough Listen project is welcome news for astrobiologists like myself. Launched by Stephen Hawking, it particularly helps to allay growing concerns in the field about having too narrow a focus in our search for life in the universe.

USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected 'Any Day Now'

July 22, 2015 - 4:19de la mañana

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Apple online music and shops stumble

July 21, 2015 - 11:01de la mañana
Apple's online shop and recently launched streaming music service stumbled on Tuesday, experiencing outages as the company was poised to release quarterly earnings figures.

The hunt for ET will boost Australian astronomy

July 21, 2015 - 7:00de la mañana
It's already an exciting time for Australia in the field of astronomy and space science. But we've just received an astronomical boost with the announcement of CSIRO's role with the Breakthrough Prize Foundation's (BPF) US$100 million dollar search for extraterrestrial intelligence, called Breakthrough Listen.

NASA's Pluto Flyby Gets Funky in This Awesome Music Video

July 21, 2015 - 6:14de la mañana
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto just got funky (with awesome results) in this music video, which blends a healthy dose of science with the tune "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson , featuring Bruno Mars.

Grooveshark co-founder discovered dead at Gainesville home

July 20, 2015 - 3:05de la tarde
A co-founder of the defunct music streaming service Grooveshark has been found dead at his Florida home.

How music training alters the teenage brain

July 20, 2015 - 1:42de la tarde
Music training, begun as late as high school, may help improve the teenage brain's responses to sound and sharpen hearing and language skills, suggests a new study. The authors say that these results highlight music's place in the high school curriculum.

Hearing Aids Meet the Future with Bluetooth Tech

July 20, 2015 - 9:54de la mañana
Small, discreet and Bluetooth-enabled, the new generation of hearing aids look more like something out of a spy movie than a doctor's office.