Tag Archives: 10-to-minus08

Changing Colors

Fall is here. We all learned about photosynthesis in school, but here is a simple refresher as to how it works and why the leaves change color. “Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called [...]

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Parasitic DNA & the Evolution of Human Pregnancy

According to a recent article in Slate, researchers believe the evolution of human pregnancy may be linked to a parasitic DNA (10-07) that infected our ancestors by replicating itself throughout their genomes 100 million years ago (10+08). Scientists studied the uterine cells of three contemporary mammals, specifically opossums, armadillos and humans. Their goal was “… [...]

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Challenging Leading Social Behavior Theories

A recent study published by scientists from the University of Oxford challenges well established theories about social behavior, according to an article in The New York Times today.  The findings, published in the journal Nature are based on the research of over 200 primate species whose social organization has already been determined. “[The] new survey [...]

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(Gene ID: 13) 68

Googling “1368″ in order to doublecheck more details about when Zhu YuanZang became the first ruling Emperor Hong Wu of the Ming Dynasty(1368 – 1644 AD) about 1,000 years ago (10+3) in China, I came across Gene 1368 and the NCBI. NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) is a center for research at a molecular [...]

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76 (dB)

Making noise!  Decibels (or dBs) are how sounds are measured usually on a range from 0 dBs to 120 dBs. A whisper would be about 30 dBs. 75 -80 dBs would be the sound that an air conditioner or vacuum cleaner would make.  A  subway train would be about 100 dBs. Exposure to sound levels [...]

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80 (Beats at Discover Magazine)

80 Beats/Discover Magazine is an online blog of some exciting, unexpected developments in science including observations of wildlife and articles from science journals.  For example, I just learned that some dolphins protect their snouts with sponges when seeking fish in rocky areas.  And in order to stop blood-sucking, disease carrying mosquitoes, one solution being researched [...]

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92 (nanometers)

“What’s a nano?  Think small, very, very small, a billionth of a meter small. Comparing a nano to a meter is like comparing a marble to the Earth.” Health Building News .000000001 = 10-9 = 1.0 X 10-9 = 1/1,000,000,000 meter = 1 nanometer In this tiny world, nanometers measure atoms and molecules. For example, [...]

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(1/) 93

1/93 = .0107526 That is a small number but in the world of nanotechnology it would be a giant! Yesterday’s blog was about the idea of exploring outer space – ever bigger powers of 10.  Now the pendulum will swing the other direction.  Tomorrow’s blog will be about exploring the tiny world of nanotechnology – [...]

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97 (percent)

From Reuters on 7/1/11… “Antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units (ICU) kill 97 percent of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections, according to preliminary results of a multisite clinical trial in the United States. “The study, presented at the World Health Organization’s 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, [...]

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Giant Steps in Nanotechnology

Looking over PEN (Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies) website, one immediately notices that in less than 5 years, some products have already become obsolete/archived and replaced with updated versions.  Thinking about possible applications of the discoveries in nanotechnology offer a wealth of possibilities.  A science fiction writing class could find the list very inspirational.  Here is [...]

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