HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » n2doc » Journal
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 34 Next »


Profile Information

Gender: Do not display
Home country: USA
Current location: Georgia
Member since: Tue Feb 10, 2004, 12:08 PM
Number of posts: 40,624

About Me

Environmental Scientist

Journal Archives

Bremerton aircraft carrier homecoming pic:

by Amy Rolph
Just minutes after I finished writing about a photo showing a long-deployed Marine locking lips with his boyfriend in a Hawaii, I heard seattlepi.com photo intern Joe Dyer had captured a similar shot.

He was photographing the return of the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in Bremerton Friday morning, typically an emotional event for service members and their loved ones. Joe captured this photo of Jonathan Jewell (rank e5) greeting boyfriend Sean Sutton with a kiss.



Scientists shocked to find antibiotics alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

A cheap antibiotic normally prescribed to teenagers for acne is to be tested as a treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psychosis in patients with schizophrenia, in a trial that could advance scientific understanding of the causes of mental illness.

The National Institute for Health Research is funding a £1.9m trial of minocycline, which will begin recruiting patients in the UK next month. The research follows case reports from Japan in which the drug was prescribed to patients with schizophrenia who had infections and led to dramatic improvements in their psychotic symptoms.

The chance observation caused researchers to test the drug in patients with schizophrenia around the world. Trials in Israel, Pakistan and Brazil have shown significant improvement in patients treated with the drug.

Scientists believe that schizophrenia and other mental illnesses including depression and Alzheimer's disease may result from inflammatory processes in the brain. Minocycline has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects which they believe could account for the positive findings.



A stunning image of four galaxies smashed together in one tiny corner of the universe

When you see multiple galaxies right on top of each other, like in this image, it's usually an optical illusion, and the galaxies are actually millions of light-years apart. That's true of one of the galaxies in this photo...but only one.
There are five galaxies in this image - the two bright spots of yellow right next to each other are two distinct galaxies. Together, they form the first identified example of what's known as a compact galaxy group. It was originally called Stephan's Quintet, but, as NASA explains, one of the members had to drop out:

About 300 million light-years away, only four of these five galaxies are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters. The odd man out is easy to spot, though. The interacting galaxies, NGC 7319, 7318A, 7318B, and 7317 have an overall yellowish cast. They also tend to have distorted loops and tails, grown under the influence of disruptive gravitational tides. But the predominantly bluish galaxy, NGC 7320, is closer, just 40 million light-years distant, and isn't part of the interacting group.

While the image up top is pretty damn breathtaking - particularly if you click to expand it to its full resolution, which I'd recommend - it might not be the most helpful in keeping all the different galaxies of Stephan's Quintet/Quartet straight. To that end, here's a useful diagram of all the galaxies from the Hubble Site.



A Most Beautiful Video of the Moon

Unless you're an astronaut, we're willing to bet that you have never seen the Moon depicted as stunningly as it is here. For close to three years now, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been snapping high resolution photos of the Moon's surface. Now, the Goddard Visualization Studio has used those images to create an applet that lets you see — in absolutely mind-blowing detail — what the Moon will look like on any given hour throughout 2012.
That's over 8,700 hi-res images of the moon waxing, waning and librating in space. But those are (and we mean no disrespect here) just images. Fortunately for us, the brilliant minds at Goddard had the good sense to string all these images together into a video. Then, Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait had the ingenious idea to kick things up a notch by adding a dramatic score and a bunch of informative annotations that explain, among other things, what the hell "libration" is.

The result is a truly remarkable, high-definition video of the Moon, unlike any you've ever seen. Full screen, 1080p, volume up. You know the drill. (Those interested in watching the video without the score & annotations can watch it on the Goddard site.)

Toon: Chumps at the Pump

Toon: a good reason not to withhold contraception coverage....

Chinese Hachiko Waits Outside for His Master from 9 to 5

By Sumitra on March 1st, 2012

A while back, we did this story on OC about a dog that wouldn’t leave his master’s grave. So I wasn’t exactly surprised when I heard about Wang Cai, but the faithful dog certainly deserves a mention. After all, he has waited for his master outside a local bank, from 9 am to 5 pm, every single day for the past 4 years.

Wang Cai was a homeless dog found wandering on the streets of Chongqing, China, four years ago, when a kind soul decided to adopt him. Ever since, he has been accompanying his new owner to work every morning and waited outside patiently for the next 8 hours, only to return home in the evening. According to the dog’s master, the behavior perplexed him at first, since he didn’t really train Wang Cai to do anything of the sort. The owner suspects that the dog might be waiting for his previous master, but he has no issues with the strange behavior.

The locals, however, are fascinated with Wang Cai’s unwavering loyalty. He’s being hailed as the Chinese version of Hachiko, the world-famous Japanese dog that waited for his deceased owner for 13 long years outside the Shibuya Train Station, Tokyo. Although Hachiko died in 1935, his faithfulness is still remembered by many. A dog’s loyalty is truly an incredible thing.


Viganella – The Italian Village that Built Its Own Sun

By Sumitra on March 2nd, 2012

Viganella is a small village in Italy located right at the bottom of a deep valley, and surrounded by high mountains on all sides. This means that naturally, every year from mid-November to early February, the region has absolutely no sunlight. The return of the sun’s rays on the 2nd of February was celebrated with joy every single year for several centuries. That is, until December of 2006, when the problem was fixed forever.

Thanks to the brilliance of Giacomo Bonzani, an architect and sundial designer, there now resides on the slopes of a mountainside above Viganella, a giant mirror that reflects sunlight into the town square. A place that had not seen the sun’s rays during the winter since the beginning of time, was now suddenly bathed in its glorious light and warmth. The mirror is 40 square meters in size, 8 meters wide by 5 meters high and is located about 870 meters above the village. What’s more, it is actually controlled by a computer software that tracks the sun and tilts and turns the panels of the mirror so that the rays are always reflected downwards. It has actually become a tourist attraction of sorts, since its installation over 5 years ago.

According to Bonzani, who first came up with the idea of reflecting sunlight on to the square, no one believed it was possible at first. “But I was certain. I have faith in physics,” he says. The actual designing of the mirror was done by Emilio Barlocco, an engineer. According to the Mayor of the village, Pierfranco Midali, it wasn’t easy getting the mirror ready. “We had to find the proper material, learn about the technology and especially find the money.” The entire project cost about 100,000 Euros. I think it’s truly wonderful when technology is used in such innovative ways to make people’s lives better.


Danziger on Rush

Toon- Advice for Romney

Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 34 Next »