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Oops! Researchers Find Neural Signature for Mistake Correction

Oops! Researchers Find Neural Signature for Mistake Correction

Culminating an 8 year search, scientists at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics captured an elusive brain signal underlying memory transfer and, in doing so, pinpointed the first neural circuit for “oops” – the precise moment when one becomes consciously aware of a self-made mistake and takes corrective action. The findings, published in Cell, […]

By April 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New technique will accelerate genetic characterization of photosynthesis

New technique will accelerate genetic characterization of photosynthesis

Stanford, CA— Photosynthesis provides fixed carbon and energy for nearly all life on Earth, yet many aspects of this fascinating process remain mysterious. For example, little is known about how it is regulated in response to changes in light intensity. More fundamentally, we do not know the full list of the parts of the molecular […]

“Multi Domain-Protein” developed: Malaria vaccine from Germany is proven efficacious

“Multi Domain-Protein” developed: Malaria vaccine from Germany is proven efficacious

Münster, Germany, March 31, 2014. In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland the biotechnology firm CILIAN AG succeeded to reconstruct an important surface protein of the Malaria parasite. The uniqueness of this vaccine is that it is produced in ciliates and covers nearly all variations of a certain parasite antigen – a worldwide […]

Health and Lifestyle

“Multi Domain-Protein” developed: Malaria vaccine from Germany is proven efficacious

“Multi Domain-Protein” developed: Malaria vaccine from Germany is proven efficacious

Münster, Germany, March 31, 2014. In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland the biotechnology firm CILIAN AG succeeded to reconstruct an important surface protein of the Malaria parasite. The uniqueness of this vaccine is that it is produced in ciliates and covers nearly all variations of a certain parasite antigen – a worldwide […]

In Defence of Mondays

In Defence of Mondays

The most resonating and long-lasting quotes, as if a rule, are either by unknown authors with dubious dating, by a known author but with no evidence of such saying, or all together combined. There is a widely well-known humorous remark, “Weekends are divine invention, but Mondays most certainly must be Devil’s job.” As a member […]

Be Your Own Life Coach

Be Your Own Life Coach

I must admit I was initially a little perplexed at the whole concept of Life Coaching. Surely, I said to myself, is not Life Coaching just re-affirming the obvious and molly coddling someone too lazy to pursue a particular goal or direction? Suffice to say, my first proper foray into this positive, upbeat and sickly […]

Anthropology and Psychology

Boanthropy – Why a King thought he was an OX

Boanthropy – Why a King thought he was an OX

Nebuchadnezzar II was King of Babylon and its’ empire from 605 BC – 562 BC. He is most famous for creating the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which he built for his homesick wife to give her a permanent reminder of home. Nebuchadnezzar wielded a vast amount of power, but also appeared to suffer from Boanthropy […]

Autism begins in the womb

Autism begins in the womb

Autism is a complex developmental disability which, until now, researchers thought began during the first three years of life. So far there is much debate over risk factors and contributory factors involved in developing autism, with diet, the body’s ability to process vitamins and vaccines all linked to autism, but as yet there is not […]

Exercising your Brain – Worth the Money?

Exercising your Brain – Worth the Money?

In recent times it has become increasingly popular to use ´brain training´, interactive, often simple, puzzles that help exercise your brain. Squarely aimed at the middle aged adults and those retiring its premise rests on making your brain function better and keeping it in shape. For those who have retired or no longer find themselves […]

Space and Universe

Probing Methane’s Secrets: From Diamonds to Neptune

Probing Methane’s Secrets: From Diamonds to Neptune

Hydrocarbons from the Earth make up the oil and gas that heat our homes and fuel our cars. The study of the various phases of molecules formed from carbon and hydrogen under high pressures and temperatures, like those found in the Earth’s interior, helps scientists understand the chemical processes occurring deep within planets, including Earth. […]

Found: Planets Skimming a Star’s Surface

Found: Planets Skimming a Star’s Surface

A new planet-hunting survey has revealed planetary candidates with orbital periods as short as four hours and so close to their host stars that they are nearly skimming the stellar surface. If confirmed, these candidates would be among the closest planets to their stars discovered so far. Brian Jackson of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s […]

Earth: the Pale Blue Dot

Earth: the Pale Blue Dot

Way back in 1990 the Voyager 1 spacecraft reached a new record for being farthest away from home. It was just about to leave our solar system and head off into space. It was six billion kilometers away and still going, and it still is. At that point, upon a request by Carl Sagan (Pale […]

By September 16, 2013 6 Comments Read More →

History and Archeology

Belintash – Bright Star Over Rhodope

Belintash – Bright Star Over Rhodope

Belintash is a Thracian sanctuary, located 30 km from Asenovgrad in the Rhodope Mountain,Bulgaria. Belintash is a word meaning white or good stone. It might also have a Turkish origin meaning rock of knowledge. In recent years Belintash became an attractive center for many followers of esoteric trends; ufologists, psychics and others. The surface of […]

Rape is Crime Against Humanity. Prosecute Vatican, Now

Rape is Crime Against Humanity. Prosecute Vatican, Now

What would you think of a state that consciously allowed abusive actions to occur? A state that has no interest that such actions are a violation of basic human rights as well as a number of international treaties? A state where any attempts of accountability made by international bodies have led to shameful cover-ups? This […]

Monsters that Ruled Before Dinosaurs

Monsters that Ruled Before Dinosaurs

We have all heard about dinosaurs but have you ever wondered what kind of creatures ruled before them? If the answer is “yes” and you live in Australia or are planning to travel, you have the opportunity to meet with the Permian Monsters. This summer (Australian Summer!) the South Australian Museum brings the exhibition “Life […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Mysteries and X-Files

Why can’t we find Atlantis?

Why can’t we find Atlantis?

It would help if we had some idea where to start looking. It’s been claimed to be off the coast of Ireland, in the Bermuda Triangle, and I’ve even heard of it being in the Andes. This much I can however say with some certainty: if it’s here, we will one day find it. We […]

By September 16, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Adam and Eve: Ancestors or Hybrids?

Adam and Eve: Ancestors or Hybrids?

It’s now been proven that an Eve did exist. She is the most recent common ancestor of all humans living today. If you’re interested in working out how many greats go before grandmother, she lived between around 140-200,000 years ago. Don’t forget though that, according to the Bible, humans back then lived to nearly a […]

By September 12, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
E=MC2 Is it Wrong?

E=MC2 Is it Wrong?

Probably the most famous equation in the world, but is it infallible? For those who, like me, aren’t physicists, it means the energy or fuel required (the E) to reach the speed of light is equal to the mass (the M) times the speed of light squared (the other bit). Therefore you would need an […]

By September 10, 2013 4 Comments Read More →

Other Recent Posts

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

In Ispectrum Magazine we love science, so I enjoyed very much reading a novel whose main character, Lady Trent (at this point only Mrs. Isabella Camherst), adores reading books about natural history and wants to know everything about…dragons. In a Victorian environment, very hostile to women’s aspirations of studying and showing interest in topics reserved […]

Using PET scanning to evaluate therapies of Menkes disease

Using PET scanning to evaluate therapies of Menkes disease

Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have used PET imaging to visualize the distribution in the body of copper, which is deregulated in Menkes disease, a genetic disorder, using a mouse model. This study lays the groundwork for PET imaging studies on human Menkes disease patients to identify new therapy […]

By March 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →