November 5, 2012

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It’s Impossible to Stop the Seas from Rising Completely

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Global sea levels have risen about seven inches in the past hundred years, and that pace is steadily accelerating thanks to climate change. This rise in sea levels threatens most coastal areas, and makes storm surges much worse, as in the case of hurricanes as well as smaller storms. Scientists published their findings in the […]

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November 5, 2012

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NASA’s Curiosity Finds Clues to Changes in Mars’ Atmosphere

Instruments aboard Curiosity have analyzed samples of the atmosphere collected near the “Rocknest” site in Gale Crater, finding that the top of the Martian atmosphere may have been lost to interplanetary space. Pasadena, California — NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. […]

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November 5, 2012

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ATLAST is Being Designed to Discover Life on Planets

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Years before the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is launched in 2018, astronomers and engineers have already started working on the USA’s next space telescope, named ATLAST. The Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) will be able to characterize the atmosphere and surface of exoplanets within 200 light-years. ATLAST will have a 16-meter aperture, which means […]

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November 2, 2012

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Flashes of Light Can Break Habits

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The addition of a light-sensitive protein to a small part of a rat’s brain allowed researchers to silence the neurons in the infralimbic cortex (ILC) with a flash of yellow light, delivered to the rat’s brain via an optic fiber. The light flashes for three seconds and the habit disappears. The scientists published their findings […]

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November 2, 2012

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Berkeley Lab Video: Looking to the Skies – Modern Cosmology and the Maya

At just under seven minutes, this video, “Looking to the Skies,” briefly explores the connections between Mayan astronomers and modern cosmologists. In this video, Berkeley Lab astrophysicists and Nobel laureates, George Smoot and Saul Perlmutter — joined by Berkeley Lab physicist Eric Linder and UC anthropologist Gerardo Aldana — explore the cultural and scientific connections […]

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November 2, 2012

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People in Less Affluent Neighborhoods Breathe More Hazardous Particles

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People living in non-white and low-income communities breathe in more hazardous particles than in affluent white ones. This new study isn’t intended to speak on the racial disparity, but on the widening economic gap when it comes to air pollution. The findings are by Yale University and were published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. […]

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November 2, 2012

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Daily Multivitamin Usage Cut Cancer Risk By 8% in Men

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A new study following men has shown that taking multivitamins daily reduced the total risk of cancer by 8%. The study used Centrum Silver multivitamin, and included nearly 15,000 male doctors older than 50 and followed them for up to 13 years. There appears to be a modest reduction in cancer among middle-aged and older […]

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November 2, 2012

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The Most Comprehensive Catalog of Human Genome Variations

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An international team of more than 1,000 scientists participated in a new study showing an integrated map of genetic variation from 1,092 human genomes. A newly published compendium of the genetic alphabets of more than 1000 individuals from around the world illustrates how similar humans are – but also how crucial genetic variations can be. […]

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November 2, 2012

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Why Children Believe Hiding Their Eyes Makes Them Disappear

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Young children think that they can hide themselves from others by covering or closing their eyes. This is something that most parents and teachers quickly discover, but why exactly do children believe this? A research team at the University of Cambridge set out to discover why and published their findings in The Journal of Cognition […]

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November 2, 2012

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NASA’s Fermi Measures Extragalactic Background Light

Using data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, a team of astronomers have made the most accurate measurement of starlight in the universe and used it to establish the total amount of light from all of the stars that have ever shone. “The optical and ultraviolet light from stars continues to travel throughout the universe […]

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November 2, 2012

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Japanese Super Cellophane Keeps Fruit Fresh for Months

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A Japanese company has developed a kind of cellophane, named Aura Pack, that helps keep fruits and vegetables fresh. The freshness-preserving effect is achieved by controlling the evaporation of water and excess respiration. Vegetables have a water content of at least 90%. As long as water isn’t lost, they stay crisp and fresh. By using […]

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November 2, 2012

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Asteroid Belts and Their Potential Significance for Life

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A newly published study from a team of scientists suggests and explains how asteroid belts may be important both for the existence of life and perhaps even for the evolution of complex life on a planet. Solar systems with life-bearing planets may be rare if they are dependent on the presence of asteroid belts of […]

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