27
Jul
2016

Synaptic bridges help brain cells communicate

Neurotransmitters cross the synaptic cleft – the gap between synapse and neuron – via a protein ...

A technology called single-molecule imaging has enabled scientists at the University of Maryland to identify the architecture of synapses – the tiny junctions that connect neurons together – and thereby to reveal new insights into how brain cells communicate. The discovery could also improve our understanding of brain diseases, potentially leading to new treatments.

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Category: Biology

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27
Jul
2016

Is working hard bad for the environment?

The UN recommends working fewer hours for the good of the environment

In a welcome sacrifice for the good of the planet, a United Nations' International Resource Panel study found that saving the environment may require people work fewer hours in the future. A growing middle class has led to a rapid pace of raw material extraction around the globe, which has tripled over the past 40 years. Thus, more efficient use of
the planet's remaining resources is necessary to stave off grave environmental consequences.

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Category: Environment

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27
Jul
2016

Alchema takes the hard work out of homebrewing cider

Alchema is a smart homebrewing device designed to take the challenge out of making craft cider

Homebrewing alcohol can be fun and easier on the hip pocket than a case of craft beer or cider, but for what it saves in cash, it can drain in time and effort. Alchema aims to simplify the process with the help of a user-friendly smart cider homebrewer and an app that provides clear instructions, recipes, and tips for creating your own concoctions.

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Category: Around The Home

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27
Jul
2016

Shed-like Tinhouse is a triumph of utilitarian design

Tinhouse measures 70 sq m (753 sq ft)

If you tell someone their house looks like a shed, it isn't usually taken as a compliment, but Rural Design's Tinhouse was designed that way. Located in a rural plot in Scotland's Isle of Skye, the appealing home echoes the modest agricultural buildings that dot the area.

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Category: Architecture

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27
Jul
2016

Superluminous supernova puts on an explosive encore

Astronomers in Spain have observed a superluminous supernova that appears to have exploded twice in quick ...

Supernovae, the massive explosions that mark the death of a star, are a headline event in astronomy, so for one of these to play an encore is particularly exciting. That's just what scientists have witnessed from a superluminous supernova (SLSN) that appears to have exploded twice in quick succession. The discovery is shedding new light on the mysterious SLSN phenomenon.

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Category: Space

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27
Jul
2016

Energy efficient hammerhead sharks swim sideways to cut down on drag

A mallet-shaped noggin isn't the only thing about hammerhead sharks that's a little different

They've had hundreds of millions of years to practise, so you'd be right to think that sharks know a thing or two about navigating the ocean depths. But a clever manoeuvre used by one particular species has surprised marine biologists, who discovered that hammerhead sharks spend much of their time swimming sideways to conserve energy.

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Category: Biology

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27
Jul
2016

Clones of Dolly the sheep grow to healthy old age

The Nottingham Dollies are showing that clones can live to a healthy old age

Twenty years ago, the famous Dolly the sheep, the first large mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell, was born. Now, at the University of Nottingham, four of her cloned offspring (twin sisters?) are providing science with a better understanding of the cloning process and showing that clones can live to a healthy old age.

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Category: Science

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