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Acoustics, Sonoluminescence, Sound, Speech, Sea Instruments, Ecology, Medical Imaging

The Science of Sound: Acoustical Society Meets in Seattle, May 23-27

Sonic booms, the science of making music, the impact of noise on people and animals, and bursts of sound-induced light are just some of the intriguing topics that will be presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).



Global Temperature, Global Warming, Global Cooling, Climate Change

2010 – Statistical Tie for Warmest Year


The year 2010 finished in a photo finish with 1998 for the warmest year in the 32-year satellite temperature record. 2010 was only 0.013 C cooler than 1998, an amount that is not statistically significant.



Ecology, Birdsong, Animal Behavior, Sexual Behavior

Australian Birds Attract Mates with "Scary Movie Effect"


Male splendid fairy-wrens, a sexually promiscuous small bird native to Australia, are known to sing a special song each time they hear the call of one of their predators, the butcherbirds. New research from the University of Chicago finds that this seemingly dangerous behavior actually serves as a call to potential mates – a flirtation using fear.



IFT, Institute Of Food Technologists, Gen Y, Gen X, food habits, American families, food options, Healthy Choices, Snacks

Young American Families Demand Fresh, Affordable, Healthy Food Options

Recent research finds that the next generation of the American family is more ethnically diverse, cash-strapped, cuisine-savvy, and health-concerned than ever before. An article in the January issue of Food Technology magazine identifies new culinary, health, and restaurant behaviors shaping the food choices of tomorrow’s family.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoc, Postdoctoral Award, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Postdoctorates, Research, Academic Freedom, Science, phd student, Student, Roger Ashton-Griffith, Peter Chen, Society in Science, Award

Seeking the World’s Best Postdocs


Society in Science, the unique worldwide fellowship for outstanding postdoctoral researchers, is exploiting new forms of communications.



Researchers Discover Antimatter in Thunderstorms


A research team at The University of Alabama in Huntsville announced that the GBM telescope has detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth by energetic processes similar to those found in particle accelerators.



mRNA, RNA, Messenger Rna, Genetics, Gene, Gene Expression, Cell Biology

In Scientific First, Researchers Visualize Naturally-Occurring mRNA

In a technique that could eventually shed light on how gene expression influences human disease, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have for the first time ever successfully visualized single molecules of naturally-occurring messenger RNA (mRNA) transcribed in living mammalian cells. The scientific achievement is detailed in the January 16 online edition of Nature Methods. Gene expression involves transcribing a gene’s DNA into molecules of mRNA. These molecules then migrate from a cell’s nucleus into the cytoplasm, where they serve as blueprints for protein construction.



Optogenetics, projector, lcd projector, C. Elegans, Neuron, Muscle, optogenetic reagants, Stimulation, Silencing

LCD Projector Used to Control Brain & Muscles of Tiny Organisms


Researchers are using inexpensive LCD projectors to control the brain and muscles of tiny organisms, including freely moving worms. This technology advances the field of optogenetics, which has given researchers unparalleled control over brain circuits in laboratory animals.


SB Professors Mentor 32 Intel Semifinalists


Thirty-two (32) high school students who worked with Stony Brook University faculty were named among the 300 semifinalists in the national 2011 Intel Science Talent Search competition.




Biology, Chemisry, Physics, Materials Science, Health & Medicine

“A Stark Warning:” Smoking Causes Genetic Damage within Minutes After Inhaling


In research described as “a stark warning” to those tempted to start smoking, scientists are reporting that cigarette smoke begins to cause genetic damage within minutes — not years — after inhalation into the lungs. Their report, the first human study to detail the way certain substances in tobacco cause DNA damage linked to cancer, appears in ACS’ Chemical Research in Toxicology, a monthly journal.

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