December 19, 2012

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Zeta Ophiuchi, 80,000 Times Brighter Than the Sun and Traveling at 54,000 MPH

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured an image of Zeta Ophiuchi, a star that is traveling at 54,000 mph and is about six times hotter, eight times wider, 20 times more massive, and 80,000 times brighter than the Sun. The giant star Zeta Ophiuchi is having a “shocking” effect on the surrounding dust clouds in this […]

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December 19, 2012

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Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires

Researchers at the North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that are made out of liquid metal, with the ability to stretch eight times their original length, without compromising their basic functionality. These wires could be used in headphones as well as phone chargers. The scientists published their findings in the journal Advanced Functional […]

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December 19, 2012

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Spider Building Spider Decoys Discovered in Peruvian Amazon

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Discovered at the Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon, a spider belonging to the genus Cyclosa is capable of producing elaborate, fake spider decoys. It hangs them in its own web and shakes the web, furthering the illusion. The spider is believed to be a new species, and crafts a larger spider from leaves, debris […]

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December 19, 2012

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Test for Alzheimer’s May Be Undermining Drug Trials

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Flaws in a test used in clinical trials to assess patients could be undermining the search for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s. The scientists published their findings in two papers in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia (1, 2). In the past two years, there have been a number of clinical trials producing disappointing results for […]

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December 19, 2012

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“Iron-Rich Blobs” Penetrate Deep into Earth’s Mantle

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In a lab experiment, Yale researchers discovered that molten iron can deeply penetrate single crystals of magnesium iron oxide, resulting in “metal-rich blobs” that penetrate Earth’s mantle in larger amounts and deeper than previously thought possible. New research by Yale University scientists suggests an explanation for the amount of iron in the Earth’s largest interior […]

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December 19, 2012

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Survey Reveals “Ultramassive” Black Holes Weighing 40 billion Times the Mass of the Sun

A new survey of 18 giant black holes shows that biggest black holes may be even bigger than previously thought, with several weighing between 10 and 40 billion times the mass of the sun. The black hole at the center of this galaxy is part of a survey of 18 of the biggest black holes […]

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December 18, 2012

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Calorie Tracking Apps Could Help Boost Weight Loss

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There are quite a few different weight-loss apps and add-ons available on the market, and many of them are available on smartphones. These tools are helping people regulate their behavior and boost weight loss. The scientists published their findings in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. These mobile apps can help boost weight loss, if […]

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December 18, 2012

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Overeating Bigger Health Burden Than Malnourishment

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A new study has indicated that the number of years of healthy living lost as a result of people eating too much outweigh the number lost by people eating too little. The scientists will publish a comprehensive assessment in the journal The Lancet. The Global Burden of Disease report involved almost 500 scientists in 50 […]

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December 18, 2012

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Hubble Views Planetary Nebula NGC 5189

A newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the planetary nebula NGC 5189, which is located several thousand light-years away in the southern constellation Musca. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the holiday season with a striking image of the planetary nebula NGC 5189. The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like […]

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December 18, 2012

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Scorpion Protein Helps Illuminate Brain Tumors

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In order to help surgeons come up with a way to distinguish brain tumors from healthy tissue, scientists are trying to use a scorpion protein. Jim Olson, pediatric neuro-oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, came across a report that described a scorpion toxin that binds to brain tumors, but not to healthy cells. By linking a […]

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December 18, 2012

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Coffee Drinking Could Improve Your Health

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The American Medical Association recommends that moderate tea or coffee drinking will likely have no ill effect on health, as long as people live a healthy lifestyle. Now recent research has shown that drinking coffee can actually have some benefits. Researchers think that some of the benefits of drinking coffee range from preventing Alzheimer’s disease¹ […]

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December 18, 2012

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Machine-Learning Algorithms Could Help Debunk Twitter Rumors

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Twitter is one of the fastest and most comprehensive ways of staying abreast of breaking news. However, it’s not always easy to tell whether these microblogging status updates are being truthful. There are plenty of hoaxes and rumors that are marred with tragedy, however, users manage to debunk most of the widely circulated falsehoods. Verification […]

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