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Some Science That Surfaced This Week

I’m trying something new here. I’ve long admired many other science type blogs out there which offer a news round-up sort of thing, once every week. So, I decided to make an attempt at it too. Please, forgive the feebleness.

Oh, and a disclaimer, I suppose. This in no way reflects the actual field I’m doing research in at the moment. It does, however, reflect the random things that catch my attention in the never-stopping science news flow that I happen to catch. I should probably make a better effort to keep up with news that are more relevant to my research (note to self).

Pulling all-nighters to study doesn’t really help (much). Ha! I knew the system of studying more or less continuously (which I used all through high-school and university) and then just going to bed early before tests worked much better than late-night cramming, and now there’s actual data on it.

Green tea 1:0 tumours. I’m always a little sceptical about the studies that find yet another way to treat cancer in mice, but so long as we know that this just ‘shows promise’, sure, why not. However, I love how they used something as simple as tea and added it to these little vesicles (which are kind of bubbles of fat with a space within them) which also carry a key (protein transferrin) to unlock and get into cancer cells (they have transferrin receptors to which the protein attaches and then the cells eat it and the vesicle).

This is from last week, but it’s still cool this week, in my opinion. A new family of spiders discovered in a cave somewhere. If you don’t like spiders, better not look – there are some awesome close-ups in there.

Not strictly news, perhaps, but I guess this article on Yoshiki Sasai, a scientist trying to understand and control stem cells is probably the most relevant thing to my own research that I managed to catch this week. Some pretty fascinating stuff, though again, lest someone blows this out of proportion, these are just delicate tissue layers and not, you know, actual developed eyes.

Genomic sequencing of bacteria helps track a breakthrough. I have no idea how this works. A group of smart geneticists did a load of sequencing and saw answers in the results. I envy them.

Also, not a news item, maybe, but a cool article on Nature site, about computational sciences taking a turn for the social. First, it was physicists in mid 20th century leaving their field to study Biology, now this. Interesting.

Lastly, a study on theatre audience demographics (I hope that’s the right word for it) which I find interesting because I love going to the theatre. I guess, I belong to the “cultural” group.

Science-ing out,

Noodle.

P.S. The new broke out while I was writing this post that Neil Armstrong died. RIP. Almost exactly a month ago, Sally Ride, the first female US astronaut died. RIP.