Extra oxygen breathes life back into a deep fjord

By pumping oxygen-rich surface water into the oxygen-starved water at the bottom of the sea, a Danish/Swedish research team has helped resuscitate a dying fjord. A report on their efforts has been reported in the multidisciplinary journal of microbial ecology, ISME. The pilot project, in which pumping took place intermittently between 2010 and 2013, saw the return … Continue reading Extra oxygen breathes life back into a deep fjord

Human head transplant possible in 2017

Transplantation of a dog head by transplant pioneer Vladimir Demikhov in East Germany in 1959. Under Demikhov’s hand the dogs maintained full cerebral function but died shortly after the procedure. Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero says it will be possible to transplant a severed human head on to a decapitated human body within about two years. … Continue reading Human head transplant possible in 2017

The secret life under the sea

A beautiful film by Sandro Bocci takes us into the world of marine animals including corals and starfish at high magnification and during long time span through the timelapse. Original Music by Maurizio Morganti. There’s more of Bocci’s work on Facebook and her website.

Police can construct an identikit face from DNA

It is now possible for police to release identikit sketches of crime suspects even in cases where no witnesses have come forward. Forensic DNA phenotyping creates facial images of crime suspects based on DNA found at the crime scene. The science behind the technology is still evolving. DNA samples can predict a suspect’s hair and … Continue reading Police can construct an identikit face from DNA

Why a long black spills more easily than a latte

Coffee inspires many a workplace but it had a direct affect on research into the wave-damping effects of foams in liquids, as the Washington Post reports. Emilie Dressaire, who’s now an assistant professor at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, started thinking about the integrity of foamy liquids when a Starbucks employee told her she wouldn’t … Continue reading Why a long black spills more easily than a latte