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Mice movement neurons regenerated after spinal cord injury

Researchers have been searching for decades for a way to mend damage to the spinal cord, an injury that can lead to life-long paralysis. Even the smallest of breaks in these crucial central nerve fibers can result in the loss of leg, arm and other bodily functions...

August 8, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Tim White's response to "scientific commons" blog post

Editor's Note: This post is a response to a Scientific American Observations blog post, "When should a scientist's data be liberated for all to see?"

I was very surprised to find that we have (yet again) been singled out, this time in your online Observations section: "When should a scientist's data be liberated for all to see?"

Your coverage concerned a Science opinion piece entitled "Prepublication Data Release, Latency, and Genome Commons."  That article was specifically about genomic data.  It even noted that:

"Scientific information commons are under discussion in areas ranging from microbiology ( 30) to global climate change ( 31) to molecular chemistry ( 32)...

August 6, 2010 — Tim White

Watching the electrons, and chemistry in motion

The elusive goal of observing chemistry in action at the atomic level just took a quantum leap forward. Physicists using laser pulses have been able to observe for the first time—in real time—the outermost electrons of krypton atoms...

August 4, 2010 — David Biello

Crocodile relative might have chewed like a mammal

Modern crocodiles might have sharp, flesh-tearing teeth, but they cannot chew like us humans. In fact, mammals have cornered the market on mastication, leaving other life-forms to simply shred their food before ingesting it...

August 4, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

World's first solar power plant that can work at night

How can one use solar energy after the sun sets? Simple: store the sun's heat in molten salts.

The world's first solar power plant to employ such technology—a thermal power plant that concentrates the sun's rays with mirrors on long, thin tubes filled with the molten salt—opened in Syracuse, Sicily, on July 14...

August 4, 2010 — David Biello

Confused circadian rhythm could increase triglycerides

Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder. And researchers are still trying to understand just how these cyclical signals influence aspects of our cellular and organ system activity...

August 3, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

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