Friday, August 15, 2014

The Friday Five

Highlighting some of the coolest science news we’ve seen lately.

1. Ever wonder if a blood-sucking insect gets drunk after sucking an intoxicated person’s blood?

2. You can't hurry love...but scientists have calculated how many soul mates you have in the world. Find out how they did this and how many are waiting for you. Go get 'em, tiger, then play them this song!

3. First, scientists made the "nude" mouse, and now they made one that is see through! Scientists have also recently created the invisible mouse, but no one can seem to find it (ba dum dum).

4. Scientists have reported that the memory of starvation can be inherited through the passage of small RNAs to offspring...for at least three generations (in worms, at least). You're not only what you eat, but you're what your great great grandparents ate!

5. It's not all in your can make you feel powerful – especially pumping up the bass! Rock on, tiger.

Last month we wrote about the sequencing of Ozzy Osbourne’s genome. Here is a great video explaining how the human genome is sequenced.

Science quote of the week:
“All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking.” –Albert Einstein

Contributed by:  Bill Sullivan

Follow Bill on Twitter: @wjsullivan

Rechavi, O., Houri-Ze’evi, L., Anava, S., Goh, W., Kerk, S., Hannon, G., & Hobert, O. (2014). Starvation-Induced Transgenerational Inheritance of Small RNAs in C. elegans Cell, 158 (2), 277-287 DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.06.020

Yang B, Treweek JB, Kulkarni RP, Deverman BE, Chen CK, Lubeck E, Shah S, Cai L, & Gradinaru V (2014). Single-Cell Phenotyping within Transparent Intact Tissue through Whole-Body Clearing. Cell PMID: 25088144

Hsu, D., Huang, L., Nordgren, L., Rucker, D., & Galinsky, A. (2014). The Music of Power: Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music Social Psychological and Personality Science DOI: 10.1177/1948550614542345

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