Author Archives: BrainiYak

Significant portions of plasmid DNA samples functionally survived suborbital flight — as well as atmospheric reentry — while riding on the outside of the research rocket’s payload Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Cora S. Thiel,  Svantje Tauber, Andreas Schütte, Burkhard Schmitz, Harald Nuesse, Ralf Moeller, and Oliver Ullrich, Functional Activity of Plasmid DNA after Entry into the Atmosphere of Earth Investigated by a New Biomarker Stability Assay for Ballistic Spaceflight Experiments, PLoS ONE 9(11): e112979, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0112979 (26 November 2014) […]

Wind tunnel tests indicate that adding trailer skirts and bobtails to tractor trailers could reduce aerodynamic drag by 19 to 25 percent — a 25 percent reduction in drag represents about a 13 percent savings in fuel — at present, only 3 to 4 percent of American trucks use the devices Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to scientific conference presentation abstract Jason Ortega and Kambiz Salari, Aerodynamics of Drag Reduction Devices for Semi-Trucks, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics — 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics 59(20) (24 November 2014) Citation — to press release American Physical Society Division of […]

Digoxin probably contraindicated in atrial fibrillation without heart failure — a California Kaiser Permanente study Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free 25 November 2014 Citation — to study James V. Freeman, Kristi Reynolds, Margaret Fang, Natalia Udaltsova, Anthony Steimle, Niela K. Pomernacki, Leila H. Borowsky, Teresa N. Harrison, Daniel E. Singer, and Alan S. Go, Digoxin and Risk of Death in Adults with Atrial Fibrillation: The ATRIA-CVRN Study, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, […]

Could inhibiting or functionally removing the brain’s suprachiasmatic nucleus improve memory in elderly people — who have chronic problems sleeping? — A finding in Siberian hamsters hints “maybe” Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Fabian Fernandez, Derek Lu, Phong Ha, Patricia Costacurta, Renee Chavez, H. Craig Heller, and Norman F. Ruby, Dysrhythmia in the suprachiasmatic nucleus inhibits memory processing, Science 346(6211): 854-857, DOI: 10.1126/science.1259652 (14 November 2014) Citation — to press release Bjorn Carey, Stanford biologists explore link between memory deficit […]

Comparing actual past ecological niches — to those predicted by backward looking climate models — has apparently demonstrated that existing models move species too far south — during the Last Glacial Maximum Comments Off

© 2014 Peter Free Citation — to study Edward Byrd Davis, Jenny L. McGuire, and John D. Orcutt, Ecological niche models of mammalian glacial refugia show consistent bias, Ecography 37(11): 1133–1138, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01294 (November 2014) Citation — to press release Jim Barlow, Fossils cast doubt on climate-change projections on habitats, University of Oregon (18 November […]