Messy desks? It’s a creative thing, we have scientific proof

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 28 September 2013

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have proven what we’ve known all along: folks with messy desks tend to be more creative. Three experiments were conducted, one of which stuck people in two environments, one neat and one grubby. The people in the grubby room were more likely to choose new stuff compared to their counterparts in the neat room — and we all know trying new things drives creativity.

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Bacteria make trippy art as they get social

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 25 September 2013

For his ‘Bacteria Art’ series, physics professor Eshel Ben-Jacob took bacteria colonies — thriving in his petri dish as raw material — and then introduced environmental challenges, so the micro-organisms could band together to use their collective social intelligence to solve these, as they inadvertently make art. How delightfully composed.

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The secret behind the best human lie detector in the world

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By Andrea DelBene in New Trends on Thursday 22 August 2013

Dr Paul Ekman has spent 50 years studying facial micro expressions of people around the world, including the isolated Fore tribesmen in Papua New Guinea. Dr Ekman found that human emotions and facial expressions are universally understood and biologically innate: w use 43 facial muscles at each moment, whether we are conscious of it or not.

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Intergalactic Travel Bureau: For that trip to outer space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now this is an unusual tourist information centre: one that helps you plan your next intergalactic space holiday. Well, sort of. We’re talking the Intergalactic Travel Bureau which popped up for a fortnight in July near Times Square, New York. The science-art project by Guerilla Science purports to offer options to tour the solar system, […]

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Incredible spherical Jupiter cake

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Cakecrumbs is a Australian Zoology graduate’s food blog where blogger Rhiannon posts some of her creative culinary endeavors. Her Jupiter cake has become quite the internet sensation, and we can definitely see why. Her hand-painted spherical cake looks incredibly realistic, and it even has Jupiter’s characteristic Great Red Spot and distinct inner layers. Who knew […]

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Designer bacteria color poo to diagnose illnesses

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 5 August 2013

So, Royal College of Art graduates, James King and Daisy Ginsberg, with the iGEM 2009 Biology team of University of Cambridge are working on an experimental disease detection kit that works by having patients gulp down an E. Coli bacteria-engineered drink and then check the color of their poo to see if they’ve been stricken […]

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The Chinese found a way to grow teeth from human pee

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 2 August 2013

Hmm, what’s this? A bunch of Chinese scientists from Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health have actually regenerated teeth successfully using stem cells from human pee, which spells very real implications for teeth replacement options. Gross factor aside, there’s another catch: these grown teeth aren’t as hard as natural teeth. Still, it’s early days. As […]

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Scientists have implanted fake memories in mice. Now what?

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 31 July 2013

To find out if false memories can be fabricated, American and Japanese researchers set out to do just that — and successfully implanted false memories into lab mice that led the latter to believe they once received electrical shocks in a chamber… when they did not. As they said in their published report in science […]

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Diseases and their paradoxical visual beauty

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 29 July 2013

In their book Hidden Beauty: Exploring the Aesthetics of Medical Science, Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine professors Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue and Norman Barker collected about a hundred photographs taken by over 60 medical scientists who used imagining technology such as spectral karyotyping and scanning electron microscopy. HIV, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Hepatits B and cirrhosis of the […]

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Stress molecule looks kind of blue

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 27 July 2013

Take a cold, hard look at the picture. Yep, that’s what a stress molecule looks like; or to be more precise, that’s what the 3D structure of the protein receptor that mediates our fallible response to stress looks like. The detailed structure was captured by a bunch of researchers from a drug company using an […]

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Soul of Science: illustrated scientific observations by Daniel Martin Diaz

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By Travis Lawrence in Video on Friday 26 July 2013

Daniel Martin Diaz’s artwork belongs in two places: a place of worship and a place of study. This past year, a Kickstarter was set in place to fund the creation of his new book, Soul Of Science. Within these pages are the illustrations of scientific observation and mystical experience. Blending the lines of theory and […]

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What’s the worst that could happen on a Mars mission? Extreme boredom

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 July 2013

For all the unpredictable challenges get thrown in the way of astronauts as they zip off into outer space in the direction of Mars, the word is out that boredom is one of the biggest threats to a manned Mars mission.

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The smallest movie ever made

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By Eugenia Viti in Video on Saturday 20 July 2013

Created by IBM, A Boy and His Atom is made completely from atoms – the smallest particles from any element in the universe. Probably not the most captivating plot line, but definitely a interesting concept. This movie holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest stop-motion ever made and can only be seen when magnified […]

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Molecular geneticist Fernan Federici’s microscopic photography of plants

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Wednesday 17 July 2013

These surreal images are microscopic photographs of various plants, taken by Dr. Fernan Federici. Federici is a renowned molecular geneticist and award-winning microscopist who takes amazing photographs of plants at the cellular level. These vibrant and detailed photographs show just how intricate and beautiful nature really is.

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Scientists discover that fish exhibit backstabbing behavior

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 17 July 2013

Fish don’t make great friends. Well, particularly the ones of the twospot astyanax variety. Robert Young from the University of Salford and Vinícius Goulart from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, were investigating how to deter fish from getting into the machinery when they made this accidental finding.

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