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Fossil 'Walking Cactus' May Be Missing Link Between Worms and Arthropods

Scientists from China studying fossils of Diania Cactiformis, nicknamed the 'walking cactus', say the odd worm-like animal is enlightening them on how arthropods (insects, spiders and crustaceans) evolved their jointed legs.

Newly Identified Anatomical Circuit In The Brain Explains Clinical Depression

Scientists have identified a specific region of the brain that functions as a 'depression center,' and shuts down activity in the reward center.

Russian Micro Miniaturist Creates World's Smallest Aquarium With Fish!

Anatoly Konenko has created a miniature for the living - an aquarium; the world's smallest aquarium that can contain fish. Wait until you see how small it really is and how Konenko has put it together.

Social Media Meets Marathon Man: Introducing the iRun

Joseph Tame is taking social media to the streets – literally – with something he likes to call 'iRun'. Tame intends to wear the 'World's Most Advanced Mobile Social Media Studio' on February 27, 2011, when he stands on the starting line of the Tokyo marathon. I just have one question... Is it safe?

Device Filters Out Dentist's Drill Noise For A Calmer Visit

There are people who are absolutely terrified of visiting the dentist and all that that entails.  Luckily for all of us with dentist fears there may be some help on the way.  Some London researchers have developed a device that cancels out the sound of a dentist’s drill.

Eat Yak Cheese, Send a Tibetan Kid to School!

Semi-nomadic tribesmen who raise yaks in the highlands of Tibet once thought their traditional lifestyle was doomed. Now a pilot project centered on yak cheese has boosted incomes, employment and educational opportunities.

New Research Reveals How Much Vitamin D You Need To Prevent Disease

Vitamin D has been shown to decrease risk for breast cancer, colon cancer, fractures, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.  The question is 'How much vitamin D is needed to cut risk?'  Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have estimated those levels.

The Current Verdict On Alcohol And Your Heart

I think the last medical consensus, based on the latest research study at the time, was that alcohol was not good for your heart.  I could be wrong; all I know is that the answers have varied from yes to no to yes to no to more studies are necessary. Two comprehensive studies of the latest studies were published yesterday in the British Medical Journal; let's see what they say....

CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology

New solar technolgy developed by a partnership of Amonix and the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory promises to double energy production by utilizing space-grade technology.  The 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Generator is also less expensive and less land-intensive than traditional PV solar technologies.

Pets Are Superheros, Including Yours

Who do we love most?  Polls report it's our pets.  And who do we see as superheros?  Pets Are Superheros.  And that's the name of the online company that will illustrate your pet as a superhero for just 25 bucks and a photo.

 

Free Your Mind - A Computer That Reads Your Mind, But Only The Good Bits

One day soon, it may be possible for a computer to read your mind, and determine which thoughts are worth reading.

Cluster+ Equals Lots Of Lighting Fun For Puzzlers

The German lighting design company, Benwirth Licht, has come up with a clever, modular design, which can make you unsure whether you're looking at a lighting design or at a stove top with all its burners on.

 

Sproot Toy May Keep Pigs From Boredom And Destruction

Isn't this pig smiling?  He is playing with Beatrijs Voorneman, the designer of his new toys - ones she created to keep crowded farm pigs from attacking each other and getting bored. 

 

Aggressive Breast Cancer Gene Discovered: Oncogene ZNF703

British and Canadian researchers have identified an oncogene that is responsible for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the report, the oncogene ZNF703 - onco meaning tumor or mass - becomes active in one out of 12 breast cancers.

 

Sheep Found Smarter Than Other Animals, Maybe Some Humans Too

Recently a study was published in the science journal PLoS ONE in which genetically modified sheep were put to various discrimination tests, and their performance was compared to that of non-modified sheep of the common variety, Ovis aries.  On the way to developing a possible treatment for Huntington's disease, the researchers discovered that sheep are really very smart!