Momma Bear and Momma Bear

But, they should still be able to get married: Puzzled Japanese zookeepers have cleared up a mystery over a lack of chemistry between a couple of polar bears as both turn out to be female, a Japanese zoo said Wednesday. Tsuyoshi, a four-year-old “male” polar bear, and his 11-year-old female partner, Kurumi, have been living […]

Lots of Ice Water on Mars

Water is necessary for human survival. There’s lots of water on Mars: Giant glaciers buried under the surface of Mars at much lower latitudes than any previously known ice are a potential source of drinking water for future astronauts. The discovery, made using ground-penetrating radar on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, offers new possibilities in the […]

More Good News: Woman’s Lungs Repaired with Her Own Tissue

I’d mentioned that today was good-news-from-the-world-of-science day. Here’s more: The development of patient-specific tissues and organs for transplantation is a major target for many researchers working in biomedical engineering. A shortage of organ donors, and the necessity to knock out the recipients’ immune systems to prevent graft rejection, are both serious issues facing transplant surgeons, […]

A Mammoth Question: Who Pays for Basic Research?

The idea of resurrecting the mammoth is very cool, but: There is no present way to synthesize a genome-size chunk of mammoth DNA, let alone to develop it into a whole animal. But Dr. Schuster said a shortcut would be to modify the genome of an elephant’s cell at the 400,000 or more sites necessary […]

Girl Lives Without Heart for 100+ Days

Lots of good science today. Here’s some more: Last spring D’Zhana and her parents learned she had an enlarged heart that was too weak to sufficiently pump blood. They traveled from their home in Clinton, S.C. to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami for a heart transplant. But her new heart didn’t work properly and could […]

The Singularity is Nigh

For the first time, computers are exceeding the petaflop barrier. That’s measured in quadrillion floating point operations per second: A new crop of supercomputers is breaking down the petaflop speed barrier, pushing high-performance computing into a new realm that could change science more profoundly than at any time since Galileo, leading researchers say. When the […]

New York Times: 1966 Earth Was “More Innocent”

First, saying the Earth was “younger” in 1966 is like saying I was younger when I started writing this sentence. It’s true, but meaningless: Last week, NASA released a newly restored image of a younger Earth. It was taken from Lunar Orbiter 1 in 1966, the first of several orbiters that helped gather data for […]

An Incredible Display of Man’s Greatness

Simply an incredible display…

Say What? Man Pregnant with Second Child

I think this is perhaps the most bizarre story of 2008:  Thomas Beatie, known as “the pregnant man,” was interviewed Monday by CNN’s Larry King. Joining Thomas was his wife, Nancy. Thomas gave birth in July to the couple’s first child, Susan, and now they’re expecting again. Larry King: Thomas and Nancy, welcome. Congratulations. How is […]

Moon Watch

Maybe I’ll get one of these for the holidays:               Very cool…