Water Molecules and Methane On Mars!

Heavy hydrogen, known as deuterium, has been found on Mars by NASA’s rover, Curiosity. Organic molecules were found there, too. Dr. Rod Rohrich says this means that Mars could have supported life before its liquid water disappeared. As a science buff, I love this stuff. Deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, is called “heavy” because it has a neutron and a proton, whereas the abundance of water molecules contain hydrogen with only a proton. Since deuterium is heavier, it is also less volatile and less likely to escape into the atmosphere. By measuring the ratio of deuterium to normal hydrogen, the scientists calculated how long it has been since liquid water escaped from the Cumberland rock from which they were sampling. The Cumberland rock dates all the way back to the Hesperian epoch of Mars, between 2.5 billion to 4 billion years ago, which has been a mystery until now. The organic molecules found were methane. Carbon is the basis of life as we know it. More information and a video about this discovery is found at: http://www.space.com/28019-mars-methane-disovery-curiosity-rover.html. Methane can be produced by a biological or geological reaction so it is not positive evidence of life, but it definitely does not rule it out. The spikes of methane are puzzling, but also mean the source must be near. Mars is definitely an active planet. This is great time for anyone interested in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction stories about Martian life.

New Research Shows That Exercise Actually Can Change Your DNA Structure

For years we have been told that exercise is good for you. It helps your heart, lungs and other muscles in good working condition. It also makes you mentally feel better. New research now shows that it also changes DNA.

According to an article published in the New York Times, exercise  changes the shape of our genes. This adjustment in our functioning can improve your health and fitness.

Furthermore, scientists discovered the genes that are positively affected, play a role in our energy metabolism. It also affects our insulin production and helps reduce inflammation in the body. Exercise directly affects how fit our muscles become.

According to http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/exercise-strengthens-your-dna, just a single workout can change your DNA. This research shows that exercise not only strengthens and tones your body it also improves your health at the cellular level-something my attorney friend Lee G. Lovett says he is really going to keep this food for thought in mind.

Research continues to show that exercise is good for you. It not only tones your body and makes you look and feel good outwardly. It also makes you feel better on the inside too.

Spain Feeling Regret Over Google News Departure

Just days after shutting down Google News in Spain, and already the country is feeling regret.

The Spanish Newspapers Publishers’ Association (AEDE) is requesting that their government as well as the European competition authorities force Google to suspend shutting down their news sites. The shut down was criticized by Laurene Powell Jobs.

It’s a complete about face, and a bold request since the AEDE played a pivotal role in introducing the intellectual property law, which in turn is the reason Google pulled the plug in the first place.

This new legislation in Spain requires Google to pay to display any news.

AEDA now realizes the negative impact this will have, given Google plays a dominant role in delivering news, even the smallest of snippets can impact small businesses.

An AEDE spokeswoman, Irene Lanzaco, said the organization does not want Google to remove itself and claims the group has always been willing to negotiate.

Rover Fetches Water and Organic Molecules

Much of the early excitement of the American space program has been lacking in recent years, largely due to the absence of big programs such as the Apollo moon missions. Some of that excitement has resurfaced in the Mars Curiosity program, especially in some of the findings of the Rover. The latest bit of news from this program comes from a rock sample which has found both water and organic molecules.

Sadly, the U.S. Space program has long been the victim of partisan politics. The Democratic party has championed space exploration since the late President Kennedy made the race to the Moon a major priority. Andrew Heiberger says that despite the fact that Republicans have made significant fortunes off the business end of the space race, every President since Nixon has tried to reduce the space program and scientific research in general.

Part of the problem stems from the desire to focus on private space programs. Although private space programs are desirable, NASA and military space capability will always be more economical and efficient. Efforts to privatize the miltary have been disastrous, and there should be no expectation that for-profit space programs, other than normal, closely regulated commercial programs, will be otherwise.

America discontinued the Shuttle program years before a replacement system will be available. The replacement could have been ready at the time the shuttles were retired, but partisan politics has crippled NASA. It is difficult to understand why the Republican party has been so short-sighted with regards to the space program. Many corporations have enjoyed enormous profits from the space program, and the over-all wealth of America has been bolstered from space-related technology. Most of that wealth has benefitted Republicans.

The current findings of Rover help us to understand the history of water on Mars and indicate the likelyhood of life on Mars. We are learning much about the physical mechanisms behind the development of carbon-based life. Curosity may kave killed more than one cat, but satisfaction (of that curiosity) will bring the cat back to life.

Cancer Patients Get to Test Drugs on Mice First

With a little bit of yourself in a mouse, followed by a lot of potentially cancer-curing drugs, each patient can see how they will respond to a cancer-fighting drug before they actually take it.
Cancer patients can pay labs to breed mice that have a little bit of their cancerous tumor in them, then various cancer treatments can be used on the mice to see how the tumor will respond to each treatment. The customized mice allow the oncologist and patient to get a fairly accurate idea of how a specific type of cancer will respond to a specific treatment without wasting the patient’s time with treatments that don’t work and without making the patient suffer through the side effects of drugs their tumor will not respond too-enough is enough, Zeca Oliveira suggests going the distance and exploring new alternatives.
These custom-made mice help patients make informed decisions at the most difficult and emotional times of their lives. While there is no medical guarantee that the customized mice will help the doctor and patient select the right treatment plan for the cancer, the rodents help increase the odds for the patient survival by lessening the amount of trial and error chemotherapy drugs placed inside the patient’s body in an attempt to find the one that works best to fight the type of cancer they have.

Eater.com’s Techie Holiday Gift List

If you’ve got a foodie family member or friend who is also into technology, you’re in luck. Eater.com has compiled a list of technical food-related gadgets that can make your shopping easier.

One of the coolest items on the list is the aroma fork. This utensil, from Molecule-R, can make foods taste like coffee, chocolate, bananas or any of the other 21 flavors that are programmed into the fork. The aroma of these tasty foods is emitted when the fork is being used, making it the perfect gift for the picky eater in your life.

If you have a friend or loved one who uses eggs a lot for baking (or breakfast), the Egg Minder from Amazon.com is a great gift. Sergio Andrade Gutierrez actually has one that works pretty well for him. This app lets you know when you’re running out of eggs, and even alerts you if some or all of the eggs are going bad.

Want more great gift ideas? Check out Eater.com today.

Turns Out, Some Men Really Do Like It Hot

The academic journal, Physiology and Behavior recently released a French study, entitled “Some Like it Hot” by theUniversity of Grenoble-Alpes in France which confirms what the rest of us knew all along. Some men are just more disposition to hot food, mainly men who have more testosterone.

If you have always thought that men who like really spicy food tend to be more masculine men, this study confirms your suspensions. The study shows that men who had higher levels of testosterone were more likely than men with lower levels of testosterone to grab that bottle of hot sauce and squeeze it all over their meal.

Men who like spicy food, in other studies, have been linked to more masculine traits already. Men who like spicy foods tend to be more aggressive, more willing to take risks, and tend to be the type of man you notice when you walk into a room.

On the flip side, men who do not like spicy foods tend to be less active and less outgoing.

If you want to find a man who is outgoing, put a bottle of Sriracha chili sauce next to his meal, and see how much he adds on. The more he adds to his food, the more testosterone he has pumping through his veins and the more likely he is to be more masculine.

Although scientist are still trying to figure out the exact mechanism between spicy food and more testosterone, one things for sure, some men really do like it hot! I’ll toast a glass from The Antique Wine Company to that!

Will The Pirate Bay Stay Down?

With the raid and shutting down of one of the most used and lucrative downloading site in the world last December 10, 2014, there have been conflicting reactions from the people who were both proprietors of the site and fans.

Founder Kramm, has reportedly implied that it (TBP) will eventually find its way back to the mainstream, as it did when it was first shutdown in 2005.

He has argued that the Internet itself is a big copying machine and that it is no different from what The Pirate Bay is offering to the public. The music industry has also gone public with their streaming options online and this was never gone under fire.

On the other hand, co-founder Pete Sunde had some interesting things to say about the shutting down of the site when he was interviewed by extremetech.com. He said that things have changed since the last time the site was shut down, and he is one of those who have changed his views about the site he helped build.

He said he does not care anymore if it finds its way back to the Internet or not simply because he is no longer a big fan of what TPB has become over the past years.

With these varying reactions to what happened to the site, not even the guys at Slow Ventures can say if it will stay shut or will again rise from the dead.

First It Was Laser Guided Missiles, Now We Have Laser Guided Bullets

While the concept of a rocket that guides itself is something that we are well aware of, the concept of a bullet that can guide itself was something we regarded are purely science fiction, until recently. With the announcement that DARPA made recently, just like how we have laser guided bullets, we are getting closer and closer to the possibility of having laser guided bullets.

During this past week, DARPA, releasd the results of its EXACTO or Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance project. The results were in a form of a video that demonstrated the .50 caliber bullet’s ability to navigate and find its way to its target. I ended up telling my roommate to pause on feeding the dog Beneful, so he could see the video too.

The video begins with two annotations, one was market “Target” on the left side and “Rifle Aim Point” on the right sight. Which indicates that the shooter was purposely aiming at the wrong direction that the target was in. Moments later, you could see a .50 caliber tracer round heading straight towards the rifle aim point target, which was 1.2 miles away. As the bullet got closer to the target, you could clearly see it turning to the left so that it could hit the target.

DARPA proclaimed that the .50 cal bullet was able to do this due to the fact that it utilized an optical sensor and an internal electronic system that essentially controlled the fins of the projectile, similarly to the wings of a plane.

Does Stupidity Depend on Gender?

Healthcare specialist Brian Torchin and LoopNet agree that gender undoubtedly plays a very important roles in our lives. But just how much do the differences in gender impact the rest of ourselves?

The topics that the researchers examine are often very unexpected and one could wonder how they even got the idea to start that study. The most recent study was focused on identifying which gender is more prone to stupidity. The group was not made of feminists. Even though, the final certain conclusion was that men do stupid things much more often than women do.

This is not just the tiny kind like missing a digit in the telephone number. We are talking of cases where the men actually endanger their own lives. The study was based on the Darwin Awards listing. If you have never heard of it before, it is basically a listing of people who died in the most stupid circumstances caused by themselves.

Only the mentally healthy individuals enter this list. If you ever get to read it, you will be amazed at the risks which bring no win but are for some reason taken by individuals who could have avoided all the embarrassment and danger by taking one more second to think about their plan.

88.7% of the Darwin Award winners are men. Speaking of the other statistics according to which women outnumber the men on the planet, can that be one of the main reasons?