Using stem cells to grow new hair

“(beaker.sanfordburnham.org)– In a new study, Sanford-Burnham researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to generate new hair. The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. The research was published online in PLOS ONE.” Read more

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Happy 100th birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park!

Happy 100th birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park! On this day in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that established Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Today, the park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Visitors can experience the subalpine and alpine worlds on Trail Ridge Road and enjoy more than 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife and starry nights. 

Photo of sunrise at Rocky Mountain’s Bear Lake by Ric Cederhold (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“Happy 100th birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park! On this day in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that established Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Today, the park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Visitors can experience the subalpine and alpine worlds on Trail Ridge Road and enjoy more than 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife and starry nights. “ via americasgreatoutdoors.tumblr.com

Global Village Construction Set

“The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. We’re developing open source industrial machines that can be made at a fraction of commercial costs, and sharing our designs online for free.” Read more

Could we travel to other parts of our galaxy — or other galaxies — via a giant wormhole?

“(kurzweilai.net)– There could be a space-time tunnel (wormhole) in our galaxy, as dramatized by the film Interstellar, that would allow us to travel to a distant location in the galaxy, and the tunnel could even be the size of our entire galaxy.

That’s what astrophysicist/dark-matter expert Paolo Salucci of the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)and colleagues suggest in a paper published in Annals of Physics (open-access arXiv version here), based on combining the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way with the most recent Big Bang model.

“What we tried to do in our study was to solve the very equation that the astrophysicist Murph [in the movie] was working on. Clearly we did it long before the film came out,” jokes Salucci. “It is, in fact, an extremely interesting problem for dark matter studies.” Read more

Snowboarding Monster Lines in Nepal

“(maptia.com) — By Jeremy Jones – Leaving civilization to get into the heart of the Himalayas, I cannot wrap my head around the size, magnitude, and vastness of these mountains. It is on a scale I have never seen before. Are we crazy for traveling to the other side of the world to try and snowboard unclimbed and unridden lines in Nepal?” Read more

Watch Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ for Stephen Hawking

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– These 7 Stephen Hawking Quotes Will Make You Smile

“(huffingtonpost.com)– Happy birthday, Stephen Hawking! The renowned physicist turned 73 on Thu Jan 8, 2015.

While Hawking has been known to weigh in on all sorts of serious topics, including alien life and religion as well as relativity, his whimsical way with words has also made us smile.” Read