It’s startling to think about how we’ve got a spaceship millions of miles away ready to rendezvous with Pluto, yet here on Earth there are major aspects of our own anatomy that we’re almost completely ignorant about. We’ve climbed Everest, sent men to the moon, and invented the Internet — but we still don’t know how our brains work. The positive outlook is that many health, science, and research specialists believe we’re on the precipice of some major neuroscientific breakthroughs.
Coffee, Red Bull, whatever. We drink it for energy, but is that really what it gives us?
Although concrete is the most used building material in the world, it has a serious flaw. It can crack with ease under tension.
When these cracks become too large, they in turn lead to corrosion of the steel reinforcement inside, which not only results in an unattractive appearance but also undermines the structure’s integrity. That is why engineers often use a greater amount of steel reinforcement within a concrete structure than needed, in order to prevent loss in integrity through corrosion and cracks. This extra steel has no structural use and is an expensive solution since steel prices are high compared to the cost of concrete. A more labor intensive way to deal with cracks is to repair them, but this can be extremely difficult in underground structures or underwater supports.
A healthy body, from head to foot, typically has a frequency ranging from 62 to 78 MHz, while disease begins at 58Hz.
A 65-year-old retiree is going to extraordinary lengths to help homeless and abused dogs in China.
Yang Xiaoyun has not lived the typical life of a retiree. The former school teacher’s home in Tianjin has become an animal shelter for the dogs and cats she saves. She calls her shelter “Common Home for Stray Animals” and looks after more than 200 cats and around 1500 dogs.
For 14 years she wakes up at the crack of dawn to feed the animals she describes as her “children.” Because she has so many mouths to feed, she prepares her own dog food, which takes many hours to prepare.
This week cancer survivor Yvonne D’Arcy had another day in court in her case against a US company’s patent on cancer genes.
Myriad Genetics was granted a patent in 1995 for isolating hereditary mutations to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which increase the carrier’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
Extra-terrestrial life does exist, the head of Nasa has confirmed, but said aliens were not hidden in Area 51.
Nasa Administrator Major Charles Bolden told British schoolchildren that he was confident that scientists would find life outside of Earth because there were so many planets that are similar to our own.