Monthly Archives: February 2016

Researchers publish findings of a €3.7m spotlight on obesity

A cross-European team of researchers have reported the results of the four-year, €3.7m SPOTLIGHT study into measures to prevent adult obesity and the role of the environment.

Research Team Sheds Light on “Rightie” or “Leftie” Behavior in a Scale-eating Cichlid

Scientists based at Nagoya University, Japan, demonstrate the development of behavioral laterality in a scale-eating cichlid from Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, Perissodus microlepis.

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Dwingeloo,– Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short-duration bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source which is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy.

Genetically Engineered Immune Cell Therapy Found to Boost Survival in Mice with Brain Tumors

A research team led by Nagoya University, Japan, shows in mice the potential of a special immune cell that targets a key protein in tumor growth that helps stop brain cancer.

Rogue wave ahead

Now a prediction tool developed by MIT engineers may give sailors a 2-3 minute warning of an incoming rogue wave, providing them with enough time to shut down essential operations on a ship or offshore platform.

Ocean acidification already slowing coral reef growth

An international team of scientists has performed the first experiment to manipulate seawater chemistry in a natural coral-reef community to determine the effect that excess carbon dioxide.

World’s coral under threat

The current El Niño weather phenomenon is taking its toll on coral reefs, prompting a field campaign to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to explore how Europe’s Sentinel-2 satellite might be able to quantify the damage on a large scale.

Pulsar Web Could Detect Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves

NASA– The recent detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) came from two black holes, each about 30 times the mass of our sun, merging into one. Gravitational waves span a wide range of frequencies that require different technologies to detect

Free fall achieved on LISA Pathfinder

One of the most delicate operations entailed releasing the two test masses from the mechanisms that kept them in place during ground handling, launch and cruise.

Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

A new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests, technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all the oil, gas, and coal we can, unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions.

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