Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Bubonic Plague, Kyrgyzstan, Y pestis, Yersinia pestis, Zoonotic disease, βουβών | Comments Off on Bubonic Plague Outbreak in Kyrgyzstan
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Kyrgyzstan officials are scrambling to control the spread of bubonic plague that killed a rural boy last week amid reports three more people have showed possible symptoms of the disease.
The easternmost district of Ak-Suu in the Central Asian country was on lockdown while police guarded the hospitals where 15-year-old Temirbek Isakunov was treated and died last Thursday :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 17th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Australian Academy of Science, Australian Science, Basic Science, Cankler Science News, Scientific Knowledge, US Scientific Knowledge | Comments Off on Science Fact or Fiction Survey Confuddles Australians
More than 40 percent of Australians don’t know how long it takes the Earth to travel around the sun, according to a new survey, which also dug-up that nearly 30 percent of Australians didn’t know if humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs.
The Australian Academy of Science surveyed more than 1,500 people, asking them very basic scientific questions.
The survey is a repeat of a 2010 questionnaire, asking the same basic questions, it seems we’ve slowed our thinking – as a nation – way back in 2010 more than 70 percent knew that the earth took a year to travel around the sun.
The surveys author says it’s a wake-up call, he’s also worried that our knowledge of basic science might devolve even further, blaming popular culture and an insufficient school curriculum. We’re not alone however, the US seems to suffer similar symptoms :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 15th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: ABC TV, Cankler Science News, Catalyst, Chiropractic, Chiropractors, Dr Maryanne Demasi, Dr Michael Vagg, REBLOG! | Comments Off on MUST SEE! Catalyst’s Dr Maryanne Demasi Does Chiropractic
I’m not a huge television watcher, discerning, one show I must see each week – or I seriously get the grumps is Catalyst. For those not-in-the-know, Catalyst is a superlative Australian science program aired weekly on ABC TV, it’s always current, often a lark and most beautifully produced.
My favourite Catalyst, Dr Demasi, this week looked into a worrying trend that has science based medicine up in arms – chiropractors with ambitions of replacing the family gp – There have been reports that chiropractors are the new refuge for a range of health problems, like asthma, colic, reflux and even autism?
Dr Maryanne Demasi reckons, “…most people go to the chiropractor for back pain, and, despite its surging popularity, its proven benefit is fairly limited. A review of spinal manipulation showed that it could alleviate lower back pain, but it was no more effective than heat therapy, or even a good massage.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Cankler Science News, Dreams, Interpreting Dreams, Machine Learning Models, MRI, Visual Imagery | Comments Off on Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep
Grrr… Waking from a dream, instantly forgetting it is one of the slight handicaps we suffer as intelligent beings, surprisingly it doesn’t seem to appear on any of the interwebs Most Annoying lists – unlike No 12 our ability to eat with our mouths close – which also eeks me no end! Japanese scientists have solved the first problem, they’ve invented a machine that predicts images dreamt during sleep.
In science Visual Imagery during sleep – dreams, or at least the pictorial part of dreams – has until now been elusive to any objective analysis. Japanese researchers however have taken a novel new approach to our none waking hours, utilising machine learning models are able to predict the visual content of our dreams. The new study – Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep – published in the journal Science and the findings could pave the way to prevent nightmares :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 22nd, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: European Space Agency, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Planck Satellite, Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, WMAP | Comments Off on 50 Million Pixel All-sky Snapshot Maps Oldest Light
A new, super detailed map of the most ancient light-radiation in the cosmos has revealed our universe to be almost 90 million years older than previously thought, providing a more accurate view of the universes standard model.
The 50-million pixel, all-sky snapshot of radiation left over from the Big Bang was compiled from data gathered by the European Space Agency – ESA – Planck satellite, launched four years ago. Planck was created as part of ESA’s Horizon 2000 Scientific Programme.
The snapshot depicts Cosmic Microwave Background – CMB – or relic radiation at a point 380,000 years after the Big Bang, as the newly-formed universe started cooling down.
Planck was launched in May 2009, reaching the Earth/Sun’s L2 point in July, and by February 2010 had successfully started a second all-sky survey. according to the ESA team the universe is 13.798 billion years old, it contains nearly 5 percent ordinary matter, 27 per cent dark matter and a whopping 68 per cent dark energy :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Australian Landmark Science, Clone, Cloning, Extinction, Gastric Brooding Frog, Genetic Engineering, SCNT, Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer | Comments Off on Australian Scientists Bring EXTINCT Gastric Brooding Frog Back From Extinction
A frog that can swallow its eggs, brood its young in its gut and give birth through its mouth. The gastric Brooding Frog has been extinct for more than 30 years ago, but the extraordinary amphibian is about to be un-extinct.
In a world first, a team of Australian scientists has taken the first major step in bringing it back to life. They have successfully reactivated its DNA and produced a viable embryo.
The scientists located a frozen carcasses and have been able to recover tissue from the Gastric Brooding Frog. Using a technique known as SCNT, somatic cell nuclear transfer – creating a clone embryo with a donor nucleus – they implanted the long-dead cell nucleus from the extinct species into a fresh egg from related frog :: Read the full article »»»»