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General Science Thread:

This is a thread for discussing general science topics that aren't really notable enough to get their own thread. Remember to be careful not to just drop a link and walk away.
For the first topic, we have scientists discovering a way to make stem cells without harvesting them from embryos. It's only been proven with rats so far, but if it works with humans, it's a very simple solution to a whole laundry list of problems. All those ethical concerns people have about stem cells? Gone. ""If this works in people as well as it does in mice, it looks faster, cheaper and possibly safer than other cell reprogramming technologies - personalised reprogrammed cell therapies may now be viable."

A lot of scientists are calling it too good to be true, but as far as anyone can tell, it's genuine. Assuming it does work, our medical science just took a huge jump forward.
 2 demarquis, Wed, 29th Jan '14 5:32:32 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
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That's cool. The real question will be if these new type stem cells react exactly the same as the natural ones.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
This is pretty interesting.

Seems a much more natural explanation than dark matter and dark energy, and it's a lot more parsimonious.

 4 De Marquis, Tue, 18th Mar '14 5:18:57 AM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
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"It hypothesizes that the fabric of space acts much like a fluid. So, dark fluid currently provides a general and powerful model for altering the dynamics of the space-time manifold. In this theory, space would flow, coagulate, compress, or expand just like any other fluid. The idea is that when space is in the presence of matter, it slows down and coagulates around it; this then attracts more space to coagulate around it, thus amplifying the force of gravity near it. This description is similar to theories of gravitational back-reaction. The effect is always present, but only becomes noticeable in the presence of a really large mass such as a galaxy. If this effect sounds very much like a description of dark matter, then that's not a coincidence, as a special case of the equations of dark fluid reproduces dark matter. But the theory of dark fluid does not hold that actual particles of dark matter exist, but rather that this is just an illusionary effect of space bunching up on itself.

On the other extreme, in places where there is relatively little matter, as in the voids between galactic superclusters, the theory of dark fluid predicts that space relaxes, and starts stretching away from itself. Thus dark fluid becomes a repulsive force, with the same effect as dark energy."

That is interesting.
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 5 SKJAM, Tue, 18th Mar '14 3:09:55 PM from Minneapolis Relationship Status: Cast away
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Discussion of recent developments in Big Bang theory and the "inflationary" model of same, designed for non-physicists. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2014/03/18/science-for-non-scientists-open-thread-primordial-which/

Basic takeaway: We don't yet fully understand why this happened, but now there's some testable evidence that gives us more clues.
 6 Blue Ninja 0, Sun, 30th Mar '14 3:32:18 PM from The Middle of Nowhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Scientists turn to detonating cancer cells. I wonder if that means the scientists are totally uncool.
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 7 probablyinsane, Sun, 4th May '14 10:17:31 PM Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging

Of course I thought vampires. [lol]

edited 4th May '14 10:17:58 PM by probablyinsane

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 8 demarquis, Mon, 5th May '14 5:59:24 AM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
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I thought of Elizabeth Bathory
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 9 Le Garcon, Mon, 5th May '14 8:35:58 AM from Skadovsk Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
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The fact that this thread is so tiny makes me sad.

Bring on the science
Oh really, when?
 10 demarquis, Mon, 5th May '14 3:27:47 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
 11 rmctagg09, Mon, 5th May '14 3:40:20 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Scientists reveal circuitry of fundamental motor circuit
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 12 Best Of, Mon, 5th May '14 3:54:21 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
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I've been hoping that this thread would grow, too - though I haven't done anything to facilitate such growth. I therefore pledge that the next interesting science news that I come across will get a mention here.

I suppose the reason this thread is so slow might be that we have threads for other science stuff (mainly space exploration) and thus news about those topics tend to go into those threads; but maybe a bit of redundancy wouldn't do any harm, so why not post that stuff here as well as a more specific thread when you find something interesting.
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 13 rmctagg09, Mon, 5th May '14 4:17:02 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Makes sense.
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It's typed rmctagg09.
 14 Silasw, Mon, 5th May '14 4:39:41 PM from The UNITED Kingdom Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
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Yeah Space, 3D Printing and Climate Change all have their own topics, that probably draws a lot of attention away from this thread.
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 15 rmctagg09, Mon, 5th May '14 5:28:56 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Nanoengineers develop basis for electronics that stretch at the molecular level
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 16 rmctagg09, Tue, 6th May '14 9:08:08 AM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
 17 rmctagg09, Tue, 6th May '14 12:20:37 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Novel antioxidant makes old arteries seem young again, study shows
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 18 Septimus Heap, Tue, 6th May '14 12:23:53 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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It's not "novel" to be exact, but still - that is the sort of stuff I use for worldbuilding (and as study subject).

 19 rmctagg09, Tue, 6th May '14 12:31:18 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Flexible all-carbon electronics integrated onto plants, insects, and more
Hugging a Vanilluxe will give you frostbite.

It's typed rmctagg09.
The reason why yawning is so contagious? Cause it helps regulate our brains temperature.

edited 6th May '14 1:28:09 PM by tclittle

Added something to my sig. Sad, I know...

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 21 rmctagg09, Tue, 6th May '14 2:37:05 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Research in phonon scattering sheds more light on graphene as a replacement for silicon
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It's typed rmctagg09.
 22 rmctagg09, Tue, 6th May '14 4:15:32 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
 23 demarquis, Tue, 6th May '14 6:46:46 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Hubble focuses on the 'Great Attractor'

"The Norma Cluster is the closest massive galaxy cluster to the Milky Way, and lies about 220 million light-years away. The enormous mass concentrated here, and the consequent gravitational attraction, mean that this region of space is known to astronomers as the Great Attractor, and it dominates our region of the Universe."
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 24 rmctagg09, Tue, 6th May '14 7:10:15 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
 25 Ekuran, Tue, 6th May '14 7:29:27 PM from somewhere. Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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