Taller people have a greater risk of cancer because they are bigger and so have more cells in their bodies in which dangerous mutations can occur, new research has suggested.
In other science news, physicists have determined that there is a direct relation between the mass of an object and its weight.
An artist has released a 17-gigapixel image of Yosemite National Park that he says is the largest stitched-together panorama available.
Gerard Maynard, a New York based painter and photographer, put together the ultra-high resolution composite using more than 2,000 individual photos
So you want to master Photoshop huh? You’ve come to the right place. This is the first part of a three part series that will help you to master Photoshop in and out in just one week.
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Can't afford to go anywhere this summer? Visit scenic Northern MN in vodcast form!
The BWCACast is an IPTV (Internet TV) show or Video Podcast that brings you the viewer on a weekly trip into the Boundary Water Canoe Area.
The primary focus is to show off the natural beauty of the area as well as provide occasional tips and tricks that we have learned camping over the years.
Some of the tips we plan on showing are:
* Packing for a trip
* Packing Light
* Camp Cooking
* Leave No Trace
* Gear Reviews
State crime lab analyst Kathryn Troyer was running tests on Arizona's DNA database when she stumbled across two felons with remarkably similar genetic profiles.
The men matched at nine of the 13 locations on chromosomes, or loci, commonly used to distinguish people.
The FBI estimated the odds of unrelated people sharing those genetic markers to be as remote as 1 in 113 billion. But the mug shots of the two felons suggested that they were not related: One was black, the other white.
In the years after her 2001 discovery, Troyer found dozens of similar matches -- each seeming to defy impossible odds.
As word spread, these findings by a little-known lab worker raised questions about the accuracy of the FBI's DNA statistics and ignited a legal fight over whether the nation's genetic databases ought to be opened to wider scrutiny.
June 26 (Bloomberg) -- A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects individual gun rights, striking down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and raising election- year questions about weapons restrictions elsewhere.
The 5-4 ruling resolves a constitutional question that had lurked for two centuries: whether the Second Amendment covers people who aren't affiliated with a state-run militia.
``The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,'' Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority. ``These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.''
Scalia said the ruling doesn't cast doubt on concealed weapons bans or laws barring handgun possession by convicted felons and the mentally ill. Still, the decision may make gun restrictions in Chicago, New York City and other cities more vulnerable to legal challenges.
The Wildwood Survival website contains information on wilderness survival skills, tracking and nature, from the viewpoint of the ancient philosophy of living in harmony with the Earth, which is what might be called "wilderness mind".
In hopes of teaching you how to shoot your own professional-grade video on an amateur-grade budget, we're featuring several posts that will highlight DIY projects to help improve your filmmaking. To kick things off, I thought we'd take a look at various DIY camera rigs and mounts. The first step in shooting quality video is to capture smooth, steady footage....
Following are eight projects that will help steady your camera, and give you the flexibility to shoot from a variety of unique vantages.
Welcome to the Old Picture internet site, featuring the web's most extensive collection of original, historical photographs. This collection includes over 80,000 images spanning the years 1850 to 1940. These photographs span the globe, and capture the defining moments of our collective history. You can search for a specific topic...or you can browse the collection by both theme and collection by using the navigation tools...
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Spiegel takes a critical look at German anti-Americanism,
Forty-eight percent of Germans think the United States is more dangerous than Iran, a new survey shows, with only 31 percent believing the opposite. Germans' fundamental hypocrisy about the US suggests that it's high time for a new bout of re-education.
He likes to call himself the Millionaires' Magician for the many deep pockets he's dazzled with his sleight of hand. But Steve Cohen says everyday folks can use his performance techniques to change their lives for the better the way he wows a crowd.
No, Cohen, the host of a weekly sold-out Chamber Magic show at The Waldorf-Astoria hotel, isn't giving away the house of cards on how he performs his tricks.
'I'm giving away the psychological secrets,' says Cohen, who has written a book on the topic.
Discover the healing power of everyday kitchen foods like honey in this healing foods exploration written by Kelly Joyce Neff.
In this free online book, you'll learn the healing secrets of salt, garlic, cayenne and a number of culinary herbs.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells have been altered into lung cells, which U.S. researchers say opens up development for treatment of several lung diseases.
The researchers were able to turn the cord blood cells into a lung cell called type II alveolar cells, a University of Minnesota news release said. The alveolar cells are responsible for secreting a substance that allows the lung's air sacs to remain open so air can move. The cells also help repair the airway.
More fun with stem cells and lungs
A new method for targeting malignant brain tumors through inducing the cancerous cells to "commit suicide" has been developed by a team of researchers headed by a Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor of biochemistry.
Alexander Levitzki, who is the Wolfson Family Professor of Biochemistry, his research associate, Dr. Alexei Shir, and his colleagues from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany, have pioneered a technique in which a molecule containing long, double-stranded RNA is attached to epidermal growth factor (EGF) and delivered selectively to cells with an abnormally high number of epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR).
Don't be too grossed out, but the University of Wisconsin Madison has put a whole series of high-quality videos of human dissection online. It's extremely cool, but not for the squeamish—there's more than just the sight of a cadaver getting hacked up, and the sound of a saw on bone or a chisel being used to peel up the cranium are, ummm, memorable. At least you're spared the odor and the textures.
I'd almost forgotten how muscular gross anatomy is—it takes some heft and brute force to take apart a body.
i could not bring myself to open even one of these videos... so why post? science is science, i guess...
i suppose this is nsfw...