Category archives: Weekly Selection

MI weekly selection #19

MI weekly selection #19

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Could cellulose feed the world? Researchers have discovered a way to turn cellulose into starch, a technique that could be used to create more food to feed the hungry. Science Now Chun You eta al (2013) Enzymatic transformation of nonfood biomass to starch PNAS DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1302420110 Fire ants prefer shortest route in terms of time […]

MI weekly selection #18

MI weekly selection #18

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

An abrupt and widespread climate shift in the Sahara 5,000 years ago The Sahara Desert’s shift from lush grasslands to barren sands happened quickly and simultaneously across the entire region. Scientists say the brief African Humid Period began and ended suddenly, about 5,000 years ago. MIT news D. McGee, P.B. deMenocal, G. Winckler, J.-B. Stuut […]

MI weekly selection #17

MI weekly selection #17

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Scientists use 3D printer to create networks of artificial cells Researchers have developed networks of water droplets that can act like biological tissue cells. The researchers created the networks using a three-dimensional printer. The networks can support up to 35,000 droplets and have the potential to be a scaffold for growing synthetic tissues or a […]

MI weekly selection #16

MI weekly selection #16

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Our metastable universe Under the simplest assumptions, the measured mass of the Higgs could mean the universe is eventually unstable and destined to fall apart. Scientific American Could flow batteries back up electric grids? To power flow batteries, two aqueous electrolytes held in different tanks are pumped through a membrane into a separate chamber, causing […]

MI weekly selection #15

MI weekly selection #15

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Bat-eating spiders are more common than you think Bat-eating spiders are more common in the world than once believed. These spiders are found on all continents except Antarctica. Almost 90% of the web-building spider and tarantula species live in warmer climates, and can capture bats both with and without a web. LiveScience Nyffeler M, Knörnschild […]

MI weekly selection #14

MI weekly selection #14

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

3-body problem gets 13 more possible solutions Scientists have come up with 13 new solutions to the “three-body problem,” a situation in which three objects orbit each other in a pattern. The discoveries, which will help astrophysicists further understand planetary systems, brings the total number of solutions to 16. Science now Milovan Šuvakov, V. Dmitrašinović […]

MI weekly selection #13

MI weekly selection #13

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Bunnies implicated in the demise of Neanderthals in Iberia Excavations are shedding light on what might have been a significant factor in the demise of the Neanderthal: the inability to hunt small game. The remains of large animals are prevalent in Neanderthal cave excavations, but the bones of smaller animals such as rabbits were prevalent […]

MI weekly selection #11

MI weekly selection #11

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

“Native” water once existed on the Moon A new analysis of lunar soil samples from NASA’s Apollo missions has found evidence that the moon in its early days may have contained “native” water. The findings, which were published in the journal Nature Geoscience, go against prevailing theories that the moon formed from the debris of […]