T cell discovery tops Eureka Prize list › News in Science (ABC Science)

The team that discovered an unknown immune system in the human gut, a pioneer in nanotechnology, and a conservation biologist have been recognised at tonight’s Eureka Prizes – the ‘Oscars’ of Australian science.

The prizes, awarded by the Australian Museum, recognise the work of Australian scientists, engineers and science journalists.

via T cell discovery tops Eureka Prize list › News in Science (ABC Science).

Sci-fi Hyperloop-type technology under development at ET3

As the hype surrounding Elon Musks Hyperloop generates more and more buzz, the potential reality of super high-speed tube transportation is now being discussed around the world. As with any new technology, even if its still more theory than reality, investors are circling and hoping they are getting in on the ground floor of the next great thing.Need proof?

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Crowdfunding Campaign Bids to Launch Tiny Interplanetary Probe | MIT Technology Review

A mini-satellite, no bigger than a loaf of bread, could push itself out of Earth’s orbit as soon as next year if a crowdfunding campaign to support development of a diminutive propulsion system succeeds. If such small spacecraft can be made to operate far from Earth, they could one day make inexpensive expeditions to asteroids, Mars, and beyond.

Interplanetary spacecraft are typically bigger than a car, cost hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, and take many years to develop and launch. In recent years researchers have been pondering how to send small satellites, called CubeSats, which have been launched into Earth orbit over the past decade, mainly by university teams, farther afield.

via Crowdfunding Campaign Bids to Launch Tiny Interplanetary Probe | MIT Technology Review.

Citizen science can produce reliable data

Citizen science occurs when data for scientific research is collected by members of the public in a voluntary capacity. Public participation in environmental projects, in particular, has been described as a global phenomenon.But there is a stigma associated with these types of projects. The data collected are often labelled untrustworthy and biased. Research in this area continues to show however, that data collected by what is essentially a non-professional workforce, are comparable to those collected by professional scientists.

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Um, What’s That Bright, Shiny Thing Curiosity Just Found on Mars? – Megan Garber – The Atlantic

The official name of the latest rover we’ve sent to Mars is not Curiosity. It’s Mars Science Laboratory. And one of the mobile lab’s primary jobs — besides photography and interplanetary telegraphy and being, generally, spunky — is to do the very scientific job of assessing the soil on Mars. Curiosity has made its mission mainly to see what Mars is made of (and how its soil varies, and whether that soil could have once supported life).

via Um, What’s That Bright, Shiny Thing Curiosity Just Found on Mars? – Megan Garber – The Atlantic.


Maybe it’s a litter from a Martian!

Scientists say eureka on HIV and chemical warfare

An immunity booster to take on HIV and a lab-on-a-chip device to identify chemical warfare agents have featured in this year’s Eureka awards, which celebrate innovators in Australian science.This year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prize, the 23rd, awarded $180,000 in prize money to scientists and researchers tackling some of the world’s most challenging and controversial issues.

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NewsDaily: Tarantulas help scientists break down human fear

LONDON, Nov. 8, 2010 Reuters Life! — Scientists using tarantulas to unpick human fear have found that the brain responds differently to threats based on proximity, direction and how scary people expect something to be.A Chilean rose tarantula is shown at the environment reserve in Mexico state, one of 500 tarantulas abandoned at the airport in Mexico City this week when their owner failed to complete import paperwork. REUTERS/Henry Romero HR/HBResearchers from the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England used functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to track brain activity in 20 volunteers as they watched a tarantula placed near their feet, and then moved closer.Their results suggest that different components of the brains fear network serve specific threat-response functions and could help scientists diagnose and treat patients who suffer from clinical phobias

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