emony: (Kinky (EJG))
Three-parent embryo formed in lab

Scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in IVF treatment by creating a human embryo with three separate parents.

The Newcastle University team believe the technique could help to eradicate a whole class of hereditary diseases, including some forms of epilepsy.

The embryos have been created using DNA from a man and two women in lab tests.


This is really quite amazing. Scary, but amazing.
emony: (In Space (J/R))
'Clearest' images taken of space
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent, BBC News

A team of astronomers from the US and the UK has obtained some of the clearest pictures of space ever taken.

They were acquired using a new "adaptive optics" system which sharpens pictures taken from the Mount Palomar Observatory in California.

The images are twice as sharp as those from Hubble Space Telescope.

The new system, dubbed "Lucky", is the result of work by a team from Cambridge University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).


This is really kind of awesome. The difference in picture quality is amazing. I don't really understand this stuff, but it does seem like they might be able to get loads of much more in detail pictures and discover all sorts of cool things about space.

Also, the scientist who invented the new system is called Dr Mackay. Oh, I do amuse myself. We also had a call earlier from a "J Sheppard" wanting to arrange an interview. That, combined with this, has really made my day ;) ETA: And now I'm adding a Dr Carter to our database. Oh really, this is too much!! ;)
emony: (Rodney in space (R))
The perpetual myth of free energy

Long story short, this chap called Sean McCarthy says he has invented a perpetual motion machine. No one else believes him.

When asked about the conservation of energy Mr McCarthy says quite frankly that he does not know where the energy that provides perpetual motion comes from. He wonders whether he is somehow harnessing so-called "zero point" energy, a type of residual energy found in a system and first proposed by Einstein.

Zero point energy is the lowest possible energy a system can have and therefore cannot be removed.

He also points out that cosmologists believe in the presence of dark matter and dark energy. Might they somehow help his cause?


The other scientists think he's nuts, but I think it's all rather awesome ;D

BBC news

Aug. 11th, 2005 11:56 am
emony: (Revolutia (Tom))
I may be misunderstanding, because me and science and statistics have never been on very close terms, but as far as I can tell, this story, about how1 in 25 fathers may be unknowingly raising another man's child, is based on data gathered from people who had paternity tests done, right? So for a fair number of them, there were doubts in the first place, or they wouldn't have been testing. And .. no one thought that perhaps, just perhaps, that might skew the results a tiny bit?

ETA: Also, for those who are interested - the pilot of Lost got over 6 million viewers last night. Rock on.
emony: (River (R))
Sorry for being somewhat spamtastic today, but the BBC are just being that interesting. Japanese develop 'female' android.

Scientist inventor dude: "An android could get away with [passing as human] for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes."

What possible application is there for this technology other than prosti-droids? Anyone?

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