December 2008 in science

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December 31, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • The first high definition imprints (CymaGlyphs) of the sounds dolphins make are taken. There is growing evidence dolphins can scan an object and then send that ultrasonic image to other dolphins; making their language picture based. (AlphaGalileo)

December 30, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Religion may have evolved because it helps followers have more self-control. The trait is important for achieving long-term goals, avoiding substance abuse and increased longevity. (Physorg)
  • Exercise has been shown to improve memory by allowing glucose to be quickly absorbed by muscles. This improves the function of the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus, which is involved in learning and memory. (SciAm)

December 29, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

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December 26, 2008 (Friday)[edit]

December 24, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

December 23, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

December 22, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

  • A new protein sequencing method would sequence an unknown antibody in under 36 hours, far faster than standard methods that take weeks or months. (ScienceDaily)
  • Glasses developed by Joshua Silver allow people in developing countries to adjust the thickness of the lenses to their prescription. The goal is to improve the sight of 1 billion people and to design the glasses to cost $1. (Guardian)
  • A new way to protect teeth from cavities has been found by using silica nanoparticles. (ScienceDaily)
  • The last large U.S. supplier of VHS tapes sends out its final shipment. (LATimes)

December 21, 2008 (Sunday)[edit]

December 19, 2008 (Friday)[edit]

December 18, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

December 16, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • Researchers have found that by manipulation stem cell electrical signals they can suppress or increase growth. They hope to use this to precisely control organ growth for transplantation. (NewScientist)
  • Quantum memory stored in gas has been made to last 7.2 microseconds, two orders of magnitude longer than previously, sufficiently long to transmit over 1000 km. (NewScientist)

December 15, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

December 12, 2008 (Friday)[edit]

  • The first commercial self-healing coatings are possibly months away, enabling robust protection of equipment and structures in harsh conditions. (TechReview)
  • The Moon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter. Its orbit brings it 30,000 km closer to Earth every 15 years. This time it has coincided with a full moon. (CBC)

December 11, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

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December 9, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • The mouse celebrates its 40th anniversary. (BBC)
  • Research shows there could be no end in sight for Moore's Law. The fast pace of growing computing power could be sustained for many years to come thanks to new research from the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that is applying advanced techniques to magnetic semiconductors. (PhysOrg)

December 8, 2008 (Monday)[edit]

December 7, 2008 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Intel says it has made further progress in developing a silicon-based avalanche photodetector. If done cost effectively it would greatly increase the speed and efficiency of processor communication. (eWeek)

December 4, 2008 (Thursday)[edit]

December 3, 2008 (Wednesday)[edit]

December 2, 2008 (Tuesday)[edit]