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Hey what's goin' on I'm Amalia. I'm studying towards a MChem, chemistry degree at Smith College. My main research interests include neurochemistry, bioengineering, psychopharmacology, biopsychiatry, & synthetic biology.

Posted on 22nd Aug at 11:53 PM, with 51 notes

corporisfabrica:

The presence of icosahedral symmetry among the capsids of certain viruses challenges the notion that nature is comprised of wild, smooth lines.

Posted on 22nd Aug at 5:18 PM, with 393 notes

comaniddy:

That creature you see right there is the teeny-tiny Water Bear. They are one of Nature’s toughest creatures.

I found this little tardigrade on tree moss. And in an upcoming SciTune, the folks from the BioBus and I will teach you how to find them!

Posted on 22nd Aug at 2:36 PM, with 113 notes

futurescope:

Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers

A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse. 

The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).

As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.

Singular instance? Nope. There is another restaurant in Harbin, China with 18 robot workers and a fully automated japanese sushi restaurant.

[read more] [photo credit AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE]

Posted on 22nd Aug at 2:36 PM, with 40 notes
laboratoryequipment:

Photosynthesis Inspires Better FuelsSociety’s energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich substances (i.e. fuels) using solar energy. A team headed by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion is currently developing experimental methods to ascertain how this process occur in nature.The scientists are investigating a particularly important cofactor involved in photosysthesis, a manganese-calcium complex, which uses solar energy to split water into molecular oxygen. They have determined the exact structure of this complex at a crucial stage in this chemical reaction. This has led to a detailed suggestion as to how molecular oxygen, O2, is formed at this metal complex. Through these new insights into photosynthesis, the scientists have provided a blueprint for synthetic systems that could store sunlight energy in chemical energy carriers.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/photosynthesis-inspires-better-fuels
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laboratoryequipment:

Photosynthesis Inspires Better Fuels

Society’s energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich substances (i.e. fuels) using solar energy. A team headed by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion is currently developing experimental methods to ascertain how this process occur in nature.

The scientists are investigating a particularly important cofactor involved in photosysthesis, a manganese-calcium complex, which uses solar energy to split water into molecular oxygen. They have determined the exact structure of this complex at a crucial stage in this chemical reaction. This has led to a detailed suggestion as to how molecular oxygen, O2, is formed at this metal complex. Through these new insights into photosynthesis, the scientists have provided a blueprint for synthetic systems that could store sunlight energy in chemical energy carriers.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/photosynthesis-inspires-better-fuels

Posted on 22nd Aug at 2:02 PM, with 43 notes
thenewenlightenmentage:

Brains of Children With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses, Study Finds
As a baby’s brain develops, there is an explosion of synapses, the connections that allow neurons to send and receive signals. But during childhood and adolescence, the brain needs to start pruning those synapses, limiting their number so different brain areas can develop specific functions and are not overloaded with stimuli.
Now a new study suggests that in children with autism, something in the process goes awry, leaving an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brain.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Brains of Children With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses, Study Finds

As a baby’s brain develops, there is an explosion of synapses, the connections that allow neurons to send and receive signals. But during childhood and adolescence, the brain needs to start pruning those synapses, limiting their number so different brain areas can develop specific functions and are not overloaded with stimuli.

Now a new study suggests that in children with autism, something in the process goes awry, leaving an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brain.

Continue Reading

Posted on 22nd Aug at 1:55 PM, with 99 notes
compoundchem:

Continuing the bee theme from yesterday, here’s a teaser graphic for an upcoming post on insect venoms. The mixture a bee delivers when it stings you is mainly water (88%), but the venom itself, like many other venoms, is a complex mix of compounds!
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compoundchem:

Continuing the bee theme from yesterday, here’s a teaser graphic for an upcoming post on insect venoms. The mixture a bee delivers when it stings you is mainly water (88%), but the venom itself, like many other venoms, is a complex mix of compounds!

Posted on 22nd Aug at 1:53 PM, with 292 notes
scienceyoucanlove:




Bumblebee JasperIt’s an orange yellow and black rock that comes from volcanic vents on the island of Bali in Indonesia.Credit: http://goo.gl/wJ6jh






through Hashem AL-ghaili
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scienceyoucanlove:

Bumblebee Jasper

It’s an orange yellow and black rock that comes from volcanic vents on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Credit: http://goo.gl/wJ6jh
Posted on 21st Aug at 1:13 PM, with 654 notes
asapscience:

brainsx:

!!!a blitzkrieg of information!!!!
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The world of drugs. (Don’t abuse them!) 
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asapscience:

brainsx:

!!!a blitzkrieg of information!!!!

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The world of drugs. (Don’t abuse them!) 

Posted on 20th Aug at 9:56 PM, with 84 notes
post-mitotic:

rat brain: a mosaic of glia and neurons
fluorescence, 600x
credit: Thomas Deerinck
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post-mitotic:

rat brain: a mosaic of glia and neurons

fluorescence, 600x

credit: Thomas Deerinck

Posted on 20th Aug at 9:56 PM, with 5,062 notes

dumb-science-jokes:

dumb-science-jokes:

Sex is a lot like science class, you experiment, wear lab coats, Bill Nye is there.

Why does this have notes

Posted on 20th Aug at 5:30 AM, with 1,271 notes
pizzzatime:

katie-scott: Piece for Nautilus on the eye.
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pizzzatime:

katie-scottPiece for Nautilus on the eye.

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