The scientists of Cornell University discovered that it is possible to know, who a person is thinking about. It is possible by analyzing images of a brain of person. The team of scientists demonstrated, that the people’s mental models produce patterns of the activation of the brain. The team of scientists asked the participants to learn personalities of four different people. With the different scenarios, the 19 young adults were asked to imagine how the person can respond to the scenario.
According to state media reports and the country’s human spaceflight agency China will launch its manned mission to an orbiting space laboratory in mid-June. A Long March 2F rocket will launch three astronauts aboard a Shenzhou 9 capsule for China’s first manned space docking at the mini-space station Tiangong-1. The space lab module has been circling Earth unmanned since its launch last year. China’s Shenzhou 9 mission will mark the fourth human spaceflight for the country, which has been making steady advances since the launch of Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei in 2003 on Shenzhou 5, the country’s first human spaceflight.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have duplicated the control functions that allow birds to successfully perform a soft landing-in this case, perching on a human hand. By replicating the features that enable birds to make a soft landing, including the flapping wings that help them change direction, the researchers could develop the first micro aerial vehicle (MAV) capable of swooping down to perch on a human hand.
Duke University Medical Center scientists have discovered a way to turn the scar tissue that forms after cardiac arrest into healthy muscle tissue, which would make a stem cell transplant unnecessary. To achieve this, Duke University Medical Center scientists introduced microRNA to scar tissue cells in a living mouse. These hardened cells, called fibroblasts, develop as a result of a heart attack (Myocardial infarction (MI) or acute myocardial infarction (AMI)), and impede the organ’s ability to pump blood.
Invisible dark matter particles may regularly pass through our bodies, and dozens to thousands of these particles may be colliding with atoms inside us every year, according to a new calculation. However, radiation from these impacts is unlikely to cause cancer. Dark matter is one of the greatest scientific mysteries of our time, an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. Scientists think it might be composed of things called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that interact normally with gravity but very weakly with all the other known forces of the universe.
A new type of hominid foot bone has been discovered in the Afar region of Ethiopia, showing that Lucy, the famous early human ancestor, had company. The 3.4 million-year-old bones have been shown not to belong to Australopithecus afarensis, but instead to a creature that spent much of its time in trees. It hasn’t yet been assigned a species, as no skull or teeth have yet been found. According to Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History the Burtele partial foot clearly shows that at 3.4 million years ago, Lucy’s species, which walked upright on two legs, was not the only hominin species living in this region of Ethiopia.
According to article published in the journal PLoS may be a previously unknown human species have been identified in southern China. The bones, which represent at least five individuals, have been dated to between 11,500 and 14,500 years ago. But scientists are calling them simply the Red Deer Cave people, after one of the sites where they were unearthed. As said study co-leader Darren Curnoe from the University of New South Wales, Australia they are trying to be very careful at this stage about definitely classifying them.
Below are top 10 scientific stories of 2011.Israeli company has reported about the invention on a new vaccine for cancer. Vaccine which can also be used as a drug to cure the diseased person is called Vaxil. A rare half-male and half-female butterfly has emerged at the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies exhibition. In November 2011, reports have indicated that unique specie of lobster – a blue European lobster – was found in the fish market of Billingsgate, London. The European lobster is very similar to the American lobster, Homarus americanus, but it appears smaller and less aggressive. It can live to over 15 years in the wild but their rarely reach that age to do being heavily fished.
The newfound artifacts are dated 100,000 years ago and suggest the theory that the humankind might have begun its march from the continent of Africa across the globe earlier than once suspected, traveling through the Arabian Peninsula instead of hugging its coasts.