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China's New Icebreaker Will Paint the Poles Red

If you thought China had cold feet when it comes to polar exploration, think again. The country's State Oceanic Administration has announced that the launch of a new icebreaker in 2013 will give China the ability to monitor both the arctic and the Antarctic environment at the same time.

Pets Age With Dignity And Plenty Of Technology In Japan

Voluntary euthanasia is legal in Japan and surveys have shown that the majority of Japanese people support it, especially in terminal cases.  But the focus and originality of assistive treatments and therapy available for aged cats and dogs in Japan suggest that Japanese pet owners do not readily accept euthanasia for their furry family members.

 


Scientists Find New Evidence To Support Plasticity In Aging Brain

Researchers have looked at various influences on brain structure through fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and have witnessed the change in size and shape in various parts of the brain influenced by certain emotions.  In a new study from Columbia University Medical Center, brain plasticity is demonstrated by the production of neurons and neural stem cells produced in the hippocampus.

Chinese Caterpillars Stop Cargo Train In its Tracks

Get lost, Godzilla. Keep quiet, Kung Fu Panda. When it comes to feats of strength formidable enough to impress Frank Costanza on Festivus, you've got to give it up to millions of Chinese caterpillars.

Gardening For Depression: Doctor's Prescription Needed

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has been developing some novel strategies for its 62 million health care recipients.  One of the latest and most intriguing is in a trial phase now: treating clinical depression with gardening classes at a local nursery. The NHS will pay for an 8-week course of instruction, if you have a prescription from your GP (general practitioner).

New York City's Latest Pet Craze: Couture Fashion For Pet Rats

It's good to be the rat.  At least in New York City, where pet rats are the latest hot trend in pets. This past weekend, New Yorkers even held a rat fashion show, with couture gowns and tuxes many humans would love to wear - in their sizes, of course.

How Cell Biologists Have Fun: The First Ever World Cell Race

Some like fast cars, fast horses, fast women...  Cell biologists get a kick out of fast cells - that is, cells that migrate very quickly.  Researchers even modify cells, usually for professional reasons, to make them migrate faster.  In recognition of the achievements, as well as the fun these biologists are having, the American and French societies for cell biology have decided to challenge members of the international cell-building community to a Cell Race - launching now!

Turkey Tail Mushroom HALTS Prostate Cancer: China & Japan Used It For Centuries

For centuries, a truly 'magic' mushroom has been used in China and Japan to cure or assist the cure of cancers!  This magic mushroom is the Trametes versicolor (or Coriolus versicolor) commonly known as the turkey tail mushroom because of its layered, feathered appearance.  Finally, in 2011, traditional western medicine has learned about the extract from this beautiful mushroom and observed it stop the development of prostate cancer in mice.

 

Miles Of Styles - The 100 Mile Design Challenge

It's amazing what can be made solely from local materials - just see what these design students have done.

Fishy Finding - Students Turn Fish Into Plastic

Three kids from Thailand have turned fish scales into plastic, and have earned $50,000 for their efforts.

"Master Switch" Gene Found That Regulates Body Fat: KLF14

Researchers from King's College London and Oxford University have identified a gene that they call a master switch because it controls other genes found in body fat. The master switch... just call it KLF14.

 

Picasso Pad? - Living In A Cube

You really can live in comfort in a small space. The Cube Project is proof.

That's The Spirit! - Teenagers Turn Space Waste Into Food

A group of high school students have developed a way to convert waste generated in space into food.

Hot Stuff! - Airport Saves $8 Million With Geothermal Heat

By using heat that already exists, Portland Jetport will save over 50,000 gallons of oil a year.

Atta Boy! - The 13 Year-Old Who Has Planted Over A Million Trees

Felix Finkbeiner is a 13 year-old who just planted his millionth tree - and addressed the United Nations.

Portable, Disposable Grill With Coconut (!?) Smoke

The grill has finally gotten as portable (or at least close to as portable) as the backpacking stove. Grilled meat wherever you wander--that's an advancement. 

Wicked Fast - A Robot That Springs Into Action

A new soft-bodied robot that curls into a wheel and rolls is "wicked fast," according to its creator.

Casting The Counters - Improving Radiation Monitoring In Japan

Safecast want your help to deploy up to 600 more Geiger Counters in Japan.

Rotten Meat Gets Wrapped Up Thanks To New Warning System

A new detector film technology from Fraunhofer may soon make its way to your local grocery store, where it will be able to tell you if you really should buy that jumbo pack of chicken.

You Are Where You Eat - The Food Freedom Movement Gains Traction

Three towns in Maine have passed Food Freedom legislation that overrides federal government interference in local food production.