Author Archives: BrainiYak

Most luminous galaxy yet seen shines with 12.5 billion year old light — and probably has a monster black hole at its center Comments Off on Most luminous galaxy yet seen shines with 12.5 billion year old light — and probably has a monster black hole at its center

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Chao-Wei Tsai, Peter Eisenhardt, Jingwen Wu, Daniel Stern, Roberto Assef, Andrew Blain, Carrie Bridge, Dominic Benford, Roc Cutri, Roger Griffith, Thomas Jarrett, Carol Lonsdale, Frank Masci, Leonidas Moustakas, Sara Petty, Jack Sayers, S. Adam Stanford, Edward Wright, Lin Yan, David Leisawitz, Fengchuan Liu, Amy Mainzer, Ian McLean, […]

Four large bottom pockmarks — in Switzerland’s Lake Neuchâtel — appear to be due to freshwater spring activity — fueled by water draining from the lake’s adjacent karst topography Comments Off on Four large bottom pockmarks — in Switzerland’s Lake Neuchâtel — appear to be due to freshwater spring activity — fueled by water draining from the lake’s adjacent karst topography

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Anna Reusch, Markus Loher, Damien Bouffard, Jasper Moernaut, Franziska Hellmich, Flavio S. Anselmetti, Stefano M. Bernascon, Michael Hilbe, Achim Kopf, Marvin D. Lilley, Gerrit Meinecke, and Michael Strasser, Giant lacustrine pockmarks with subaqueous groundwater discharge and subsurface sediment mobilization, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2015GL064179 (preprint, 13 May […]

Wheat grass roots and leaves can take up and transmit infectious prions Comments Off on Wheat grass roots and leaves can take up and transmit infectious prions

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Sandra Pritzkow, Rodrigo Morales, Fabio Moda, Uffaf Khan, Glenn C. Telling, Edward Hoover, and Claudio Soto, Grass Plants Bind, Retain, Uptake, and Transport Infectious Prions, Cell Reports DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.04.036 (in press, 14 May 2015) Citation — to press release Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth research: grass plants can […]

Bee Informed Partnership and University of Maryland reported that a small sample of US beekeepers lost 42 percent of their honeybee colonies during the last year — but what does that mean about the US bee population overall? — Nobody seems to know Comments Off on Bee Informed Partnership and University of Maryland reported that a small sample of US beekeepers lost 42 percent of their honeybee colonies during the last year — but what does that mean about the US bee population overall? — Nobody seems to know

© 2015 Peter Free Citations Matthew Wright, Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 40 Percent of Bees in 2014-15, University of Maryland (13 May 2015) The scary (or maybe not) gist Matthew Wright reported that: The survey, which asks both commercial and small-scale beekeepers to track the health and survival rates of their honey bee colonies, is conducted […]

5 percent of world’s population are alcohol abusers — and 22 percent are smokers — says an overview of marginally authoritative sources Comments Off on 5 percent of world’s population are alcohol abusers — and 22 percent are smokers — says an overview of marginally authoritative sources

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Linda R. Gowing, Robert L. Ali, Steve Allsop, John Marsden, Elizabeth E. Turf, Robert West, and John Witton, Global statistics on addictive behaviours: 2014 status report, Addiction 110(6): 904–919, DOI: 10.1111/add.12899 (June 2015) Citation — to press release Wiley, A sobering thought: 1 billion smokers and 240 […]