This South American cockroach species has a cool trick, using fluorescent bacteria to glow in this spooky pattern at night. It turns out that they are mimicking the glow of a neighboring toxic beetle, using their little bacterial helpers.
Of course when I saw it, I immediately thought of Eva. Where’s the Wall-E beetle?
(via Discover Magazine)
“If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can’t they fly in space?”
- Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. She accomplished the feat on this day, June 16, 1963.
“I believe in persevering. If you persevere, success lies ahead of you.”
- Liu Yang, China’s first female astronaut, who was carried into the cosmos today, June 16, 2012, 49 years later. Coincidence? I think not.
Photograph: T. Preibisch/ESO
I dunno, some of these seem derivative. Have we reached the limit of hyperbolic choreography?
Kinda love this one.
The first man on the moon has a few choice words for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
“For a country that has invested so much for so long to achieve a leadership position in space exploration and exploitation, this condition is viewed by many as lamentably embarrassing and unacceptable.”
James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested yesterday as part of the ongoing protests against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
That’s what I call putting your money where your scientific mouth is.
(via Discovery News)
God speed. Leave it to this country to either shut the scientists up or put them in jail in favor of company. I’m surprised not as much people are raging over this.
Cops should fucking arrest criminals! Isn’t that supposed to be the point of being arrested? How ‘bout arresting rapist cops, and not scientists?
Ringing the Warning Bell: New resistance popping up to few remaining last-ditch antibiotics. Oh crap.
I hope you haven’t forgotten the dangerous new superbug gene that popped up in India recently, the so-called NDM-1 gene? Bacteria that co-opt this resistance factor are highly dangerous and deadly little bastards, and their infections are extremely hard to treat. There’s only a couple of drugs, namely colistin and tigecycline, that can treat these infections.
Well, now there’s a resistance factor floating around to colistin in a pesky bacteria that causes hospital infections in already sick patients. So we still have that one other drug (tigecycline) to pin our hopes on, right?
Haha, NOPE. Just last night an advance bulletin was published that an E. coli infection containing NDM-1 resistance became resistant to tigecycline.
There are no new antibiotics in the pipeline for these classes of bacteria. There now exist resistance genes for essentially every single antibiotic we can throw at them. The only good news is that they don’t currently exist in one bacterial species, and the public health community better be at their freakin’ battle stations to make sure that doesn’t happen.
(via Wired Science)