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Correcting historic sea surface temperature measurements

Why did the oceans warm and cool at such different rates in the early 20th century? New research points to an answer both as mundane as a decimal point truncation and as complicated as global politics. Part history, part climate science, this research corrects decades of data and suggests that ocean warming occurred in a much more homogenous way.

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DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines

For decades, researchers have chased ways to study biological machines. Every mechanical movement — from contracting a muscle to replicating DNA — relies on molecular motors that take near-undetectable steps. Trying to see them move is like trying to watch a soccer game taking place on the moon. Now, with DNA origami helicopters, researchers have captured the first recorded rotational steps of a molecular motor as it moved from one DNA base pair to another.

DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines

For decades, researchers have chased ways to study biological machines. Every mechanical movement — from contracting a muscle to replicating DNA — relies on molecular motors that take near-undetectable steps. Trying to see them move is like trying to watch a soccer game taking place on the moon. Now, with DNA origami helicopters, researchers have captured the first recorded rotational steps of a molecular motor as it moved from one DNA base pair to another.

Estimating and tracking the remaining carbon budget for stringent climate targets – Nature.com

1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2013 : The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013). 2. Messner, D., Schellnhuber,…

Pets are good for your health, and we have the studies to prove it

If you have pets you already know the joy and love they bring to your life. Now science is confirming just how good they really are for you — both mentally and physically. How do they help? One theory is…

It is probably too late to stop dangerous global warming – Financial Times

Few things should make you as optimistic — or as pessimistic — as the rise of renewable energy. Optimism comes from a new sense of urgency as the UK, Germany and Spain set record highs for use of wind and…

It's not just sadness that can lead to a broken heart

Takotsubo syndrome, or broken-heart syndrome, is a rare condition characterized by a weakening of the heart muscles. It can cause chest pains and loss of breath. The condition can even be fatal for those who develop cardiogenic shock, when the…

Alberta Govt. Studying Foreign Funding Of Canadian Green Policies

The Alberta government announced this past a week a $2.5-million panel to study the influence of foreign funding on Canadian environmental policy issues. Compared to the unprecedented planned spend of $4 billion by 29 U.S.-based philanthropic institutions over the next…