Finally, An Algorithm To Sort Your Beatles Albums08/22/14
By analyzing the evolvingstructure of the Beatles music, the computer program was able to correctly placethe Fab Fours albums in chronological order. Karen Hopkin reports.
Sack Sulfates To Preverse Sewers
Sulfates used in water treatment become sulfuric acid in our sewers, eating away at the concrete infrastructure. Cynthia Graber reports.
Bio-Battery Produces Power from Your Perspiration
Exercising in the future could make dirty clothes and some clean energy. Karen Hopkin reports
Lose Your Job? Good for the Rest of Us
Recession lowers mortality in the population overalleven as the out-of-work individuals risk of death rises. Karen Hopkin reports
Nose Knows What The Mind Tells It
When people with asthma think theyre smelling something noxious, their airwaysbecome inflamedeven when the odor is harmless. Karen Hopkin reports.
Tiny Toe Tools Ensure Gecko Traction
To activate or loosen their grip on a surface, geckos extend and angle, or retract, tiny toe hairs that create contact points. Clara Moskowitz reports.
Guys Prefer Electric Shocks To Boredom
Guys would rather zap themselves with electricity than be left alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes. Karen Hopkin reports.
Google Searches Linked to Stock Market Moves
When Web searches related to business and politics go up, the market tends to take a divealthough that connection may already be fading. Christopher Intagliata reports
Andromeda Snickers at Milky Way Mass
A new estimate finds that the Milky Way, once thought to be twice as massive as Andromeda, may actually only have half our neighbor galaxy's mass. Christopher Intagliata reports
Spider's Scat Disguise May Be Its Salvation
Masquerading as a bird turd appears to protect certain arachnids from getting eaten by wasps. Karen Hopkin reports.
System Converts Solar Efficiently to Steam
A graphite disk resting on carbon foam collects sunlight to heat water directly to steam with 85 percent efficiency. Cynthia Graber reports
Environment Has Beef with Beef
Raising beef uses 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and six times more fertilizer than the average expenditures for other livestock. Cynthia Graber reports
Packrats Expand Diet With New Gut Bacteria
Packrats given the right gut bacteria via a fecal transplant from other packrats can then digest foods that they formerly could not, but the donors could. Karen Hopkin reports.
Colorful Birds Can Also Belt Tunes
A survey of the tanagers reveals that birds do not have to choose between colorful plumage and a melodious song. Karen Hopkin reports.
Roach Reactions to Venom Point to Targeted Pesticides
Small changes in the protein sequence of sodium channels of American compared with German cockroaches leave the latter susceptible to a venom that has little effect on the former. Cynthia Graber reports.
Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills
Sea creatures eat plastic dumped in the ocean, but they also might be accumulating plastic by sucking up tiny particles with their siphons and gills. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports.
Education Level Linked to Nearsightedness
In a German study, half of those with a university degree were myopic compared to less than a quarter of folks who quit after high school or secondary school. Karen Hopkin reports.
Give Us This Day The Bread Wheat Genome
A preliminary map of the bread wheat genome includes the locations of more than 75,000 genes. Cynthia Graber reports.
Supercooled Organs Could Stretch Time To Transplant
Liver transplant time from human donor to patient is limited to 12 hours, but rats that got livers specially stored for three days were going strong three months later. Cynthia Graber reports.
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