2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: What is a Ribosome?

October 7, 2009 / No Comments

Earlier today, the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge,United Kingdom Thomas A. Steitz, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome." These scientists used a method called X-ray crystallography to map the position for each and every one ...

2009 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Fiber Optics and CCD Digital Sensor

October 6, 2009 / No Comments

This morning, the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2009 was awarded to three scientists for their achievements in the fields of optical and digital technology. [caption id="attachment_6660" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Nobel Prize in Physics for 2009 awarded for achievements in the fields of optical and digital technology"][/caption] Specifically, the award was presented to:

Graphics explain Nobel Prize work on telomeres

October 5, 2009 / 1 Comment

This morning, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 was awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. But, what is a telomere and why is this research important? [caption id="attachment_6588" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The Telomere (click to expand)"][/caption]

US May Take Humpback Whale Off Endangered Species List

September 28, 2009 / No Comments

New data shows that humpback whale populations have been growing steadily over recent decades, and as a result, the U.S. government may take the humpback whale off the endangered species list. Last year, the National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), received results from an extensive study showing that the north Pacific humpback whale ...

The H. Glaciei Microbe Awakens After 120,000 Years

June 17, 2009 / No Comments

Scientists around the globe are striving to find ways to survive on different planets -- Mars being the priority. And we all know the amount of success they have had. Finally a breakthrough in this research could be the discovery of a bug found 2 miles deep in a Greenland ice sheet. The H. Glaciei bacteria  belongs to the rare 'ultramicro' ...

Astronauts Notice Mysterious Ice Circles in Lake Baikal in Russia

June 2, 2009 / No Comments

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have spotted what has been described as “two mysterious dark circles” in the ice of Lake Baikal in Russia. Some aspects of “odd blemishes” that the astronauts noticed in April 2009 defy explanation and hence mysterious. [caption id="attachment_5411" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mysterious Circles in Lake Baikal in Russia (world"][/caption] According to scientists, the two circles ...

7 Things We Know about Science Friday

April 10, 2009 / No Comments

National Center for Science Education executive director Eugenie C. Scott will guest start on the first hour of NPR's Science Friday show for April 10, 2009. Here's what we know about Science Friday. Science Friday aims to make science user friendly. We at GP love when folk take a scientific approach to things. Science Friday has four blog writers - Bad Light Bulbs, ...

Microbes (Microbial Fuel Cells) to Turn Carbon Dioxide into Methane

April 6, 2009 / 1 Comment

A team of scientists led by Dr. Bruce Logan of Penn State University are seriously engaged in using a microbe that could provide a solution for most of our environmental woes. A single arrow that shoots down two major eco-problems, this new species of bacteria known as Methanobacterium palustre apparently has the potential to turn CO2 into CH4. That means ...

New Power Packed Lithium Battery, Charges Up in Seconds

March 13, 2009 / No Comments

Lithium ion batteries that are in the market today are already being hailed as major breakthroughs and are helping both the automobile industry as well as the electronic field in producing gadgets that are smaller, lighter and far more efficient than ever before. But how about turning that up a couple of notches by creating cell phones that are fully charged ...

Oetzi the 5300-year-old Mummy – an Unknown Branch of Human Family Tree

November 3, 2008 / No Comments

A 5300-year-old mummified body of a man whom scientists have fondly named as Oetzi, has really altered our understanding of the human family tree and its gene pool with a DNA pattern that shows that he did not belong to any known branch of human family tree. Oetzi was found preserved in the ice of the Eastern Alps in 1991 and ...