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Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…
First, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry has revealed that a dagger found in the tomb of King Tut was made from a meteorite. The blade has resisted rust and age and its origin had been a puzzle until now. Read more from the Smithsonian here.
Second, scientists have outlined a plan to create an entire synthetic human genome in the lab. This could lead to medical breakthroughs, but it raises many concerns and would be a daunting task. Read more from NPR here.
Third, the Hubble telescope has taken measurements that conflict with studies of the left over radiation from the Big Bang, and show the Universe is expanding 5 to 9% faster than previously thought. The reason for the discrepancy is not yet known but may have something to do with unknown subatomic particles or with dark energy. Read more from the Guardian here.
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“Science is by its nature imperfect, but it is hugely important and it deserves better than to be twisted out of proportion and turned into morning show gossip.” A hilarious but informative new talk by John Oliver on how science is misrepresented and sensationalized. Check it out –> https://youtu.be/0Rnq1NpHdmw
“The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess. Its billions of nerve cells-called neurons-lie in a tangled web that displays cognitive powers far exceeding any of the silicon machines we have built to mimic it.” – William F. Allman. This quote is part of our new design, featuring a brain preserved in a jar of sickly liquid. Our brains are amazing and mysterious, and a little creepy too! Available now in our online store!
*Created by modification of this photo of a dissected brain from Wikimedia user Gumush, and this photo of a soviet mason jar by Wikimedia user Maximaximax. Both licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
Most of us have our first experience with dissection in a high school biology class. Whether it’s an earth worm, a frog, or a pig, each of the pickled creatures they place in front of you has a distinctive and stomach churning odor. If you move on to college and take a zoology or anatomy class it gets worse. You might have to dissect a shark, a cat, or even another human being! Walking into the biology building in the morning and being hit by the smell of formaldehyde can definitely put you off your breakfast. On the other hand, you might enjoy dissection, or at least find it interesting, and hey, maybe eventually the smell will grow on you too? Introducing our newest design, created with photos of my very own dissecting kit, which was used to cut up quite a few unfortunate creatures. Available now in our online store!