November 12, 2012

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Presence of Hog Farms in Neighborhoods Raises Blood Pressure of People

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Hog farms might be nauseating, but a new study indicates that a hog farm emissions, which include dust, irritants, allergens, hydrogen sulfides, ammonia, and other volatile compounds, could have an impact on the health of the people living nearby. Neighbors of such farms experience a rise in blood pressure when the odor of the farm […]

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November 12, 2012

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Phase III Vaccine Trial in Africa Gives Poor Results about New Malaria Drug

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A phase III clinical trial in Africa of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine has reported disappointing results. The vaccine failed to show substantial protection for infants who received their first shot between 6 and 12 weeks of age. The researchers published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. The development of this vaccine began […]

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November 12, 2012

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Giant Gap PDS 70′s Protoplanetary Disk May Indicate Multiple Planets

infrared image of the protoplanetary disk around PDS 70

An international team of astronomers discovered a giant gap inside in PDS 70′s protoplanetary disk, which may have resulted from the birth of multiple planets. A large international team of astronomers led by Jun Hashimoto (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) and Ruobing Dong (Princeton University) has used the High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next […]

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November 12, 2012

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Prolonged Drought Contributed to Maya Civilization’s Collapse

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The Maya civilization, which occupied much of modern-day Mexico and Central America, collapsed rapidly between 800 and 1000 AD. This collapse has often puzzled archaeologists. There hasn’t been a clear explanation for why the society collapsed, which was known for its sophisticated calendar system and pyramid construction. The scientists published their findings in the journal […]

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November 12, 2012

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Carnivorous Deep Sea Sponge Discovered Off Coast of California

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has unveiled footage of a new species of carnivorous sea sponge. Chondrocladia lyra was discovered using deep-diving vessels by a team of researchers off the coast of California, at depths of 3,316 to 3,399 m. The scientists published their findings in the journal Invertebrate Biology. 17 years ago, […]

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November 12, 2012

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Hubble Spots Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5010

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This new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows galaxy NGC 5010, which is located about 140 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo and has features of both a spiral and elliptical galaxy. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a beautiful galaxy that, with its reddish and yellow central area, looks rather […]

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November 9, 2012

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New Emperor Penguin Colonies Discovered in Antarctica

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Scientists observed two new colonies totaling 6,000 emperor penguin chicks near Mertz Glacier in Antarctica, raising the estimated population in this area to about three fold of what was previously thought. While about 2500 chicks of emperor penguins are raised this year at the colony close to the French Dumont d’Urville Station, two new colonies […]

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November 9, 2012

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Trillions of Comet Collisions Explain 17-Year-Old Stellar Mystery

Comet collisions explain 17-year-old stellar mystery

In a recently published study, scientists propose that the mysterious gas orbiting 49 CETI is similar to the sun’s Kuiper Belt and is a result of trillions of comets bashing into one another. Every six seconds, for millions of years, comets have been colliding with one another near a star in the constellation Cetus called […]

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November 9, 2012

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ASKAP Telescope Predicted to Find 700,000 New Galaxies

simulated galaxies ASKAP surveys WALLABY and DINGO

Scientists are predicting that the new ASKAP galaxy surveys, WALLABY and DINGO, will find an amazing 700,000 new galaxies, spread over trillions of cubic light years of space. Australia’s newest radio telescope is predicted to find an unprecedented 700,000 new galaxies, say scientists planning for CSIRO’s next-generation Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP). In a […]

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November 9, 2012

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Fermentation Process for Making Explosives Helps Boost Biofuel Production

Fermentation Process to Boost Biofuel Production

Using a fermentation process used in World War I to make cordite for bullets and artillery shells, researchers at the Berkeley Lab effectively combined an old fermentation process with new chemical catalysis to boost biofuel production. A fermentation technique once used to make cordite, the explosive propellant that replaced gunpowder in bullets and artillery shells, […]

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November 9, 2012

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Planetary Nebula Fleming 1 Likely Has Two White Dwarfs Circling Each Other at its Center

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Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomers discovered that Fleming 1 is likely to have two white dwarfs at its center, circling each other every 1.2 days. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered a pair of stars orbiting each other at the center of one of the most remarkable examples of […]

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November 8, 2012

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Analysis of 2011 Virginia Earthquake Suggests Seismic Risk

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Last year, the surprise 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Virginia was actually worse than previously thought. Detailed analyses of the ground motions triggered by the event indicate that Washington DC and other affected regions could be at higher risk of major ground movement. The event triggered landslides over a wider area than any other recorded […]

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