Scientists So Close To Malaria Cure
Getting a medically-apporved drug out to market can be a long and tedious process, even when that drug could save millions of lives. This is the obstacle course researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa are faced with when developing a pill that can cure malaria in a single dose. This patient and determined medical professionals have gone every single trial needed for approval except for human testing, which is definitely the biggest hurdle of them all.
Calorie Restriction May Not Extend Lifespan
Slash your food intake and you can live dramatically longer—at least if you're a mouse or a nematode. But a major study designed to determine whether this regimen, known as caloric restriction, works in primates suggests that it improves monkeys' health but doesn't extend their lives. That outcome contradicts a similar study of monkeys reported 3 years ago.
Koch Bros study finds Global Warming real and man-made
The results of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project are finished and Richard Muller, the study's director states, 'Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I'm now going a step further, humans are almost entirely the cause.'
New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same
A study of music from the 50s to the present using the Million Song Data-set has concluded that modern music has less variation than older music and songs today are, on average, 9dB louder than 50 years ago. Almost all music uses just 10 chords, but the way these are used together has changed, leading to fewer types of transitions being used. Variation in timbre has also reduced over the past decades.
Obama Wants $1 Billion for "Master Teachers Corps"
The top 50 teachers in each field selected for the 'Master Teacher Corp's would receive a stipend of $20k added to their salaries and must commit for multiple years. The Obama administration plans to expand the corps to 10,000 teachers over the next four years, with the ultimate goal that this elite group will pass their knowledge and skills on to their colleagues to help bolster the quality of teaching nationally .