January 14, 2013

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Brazilian Bikini Waxes Aid the Decline of Pubic Lice

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It appears that college students, and the general public, have one less sexually transmitted health issue to worry about. A Bloomberg news article is reporting that pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwell in the human groin area, is on the decline. Scientists have noted that the recent trend in pubic hair removal, such […]

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January 14, 2013

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Scientists Develop Glass Nanofibers that are 15 Times Stronger than Steel

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Scientists at the Optoelectronics Research Center have developed strong, lightweight silica nanofibers that are 15 times stronger than steel and can be manufactured in lengths potentially of 1000’s of kilometers. The findings could have help transform the aviation, marine and safety industries. The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) is pioneering research into developing […]

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January 14, 2013

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Ingestible Pill-Sized Imaging System Provides 3D View of the Esophageal Wall

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Scientists have developed an ingestible pill-sized device that will provide doctors with a 3D view of the esophagus. The capsule is attached to a string-like tether and contains optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) technology, which uses a rapidly rotating laser tip emitting a beam of near-infrared light and sensors that record light reflected back from […]

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January 14, 2013

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New VISTA Image Shows Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae

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Captured using ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, this new image shows 47 Tucanae, also known as NGC 104, a bright and massive globular cluster located roughly 15,000 light-years away in the constellation of Tucana. This new infrared image from ESO’s VISTA telescope shows the globular cluster 47 Tucanae in striking detail. This […]

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January 14, 2013

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Yale Physicists Observe Quantum Information While Preserving its Integrity

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Yale physicists have taken a step forward in quantum computing by developing a new, non-destructive measurement system for observing, tracking and documenting all changes in a qubit’s state, thus preserving the qubit’s informational value. Yale University scientists have found a way to observe quantum information while preserving its integrity, an achievement that offers researchers greater […]

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January 14, 2013

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US Ichthyologists Claim Political Interference

Threatened coho salmon have prompted environmental objections to dams on the Klamath River in Oregon. Credit: E. R. Keeley, USGS

US fisheries scientists are claiming that a supervisor threatened to eliminate their research division after the team had produced controversial model predictions of the survival and recovery of the threatened coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). The threatened O. kisutch reside in the Klamath River Basin in Oregon. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a complaint […]

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January 14, 2013

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Butterflies That Expend The Most Energy Live The Longest

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The more energy a creature uses, the more free radicals and other unstable, cell-damaging molecules its body produces. In many cases this can shorten the lifespan of the animal, but in the case of some butterflies, the opposite seems to be true. The scientists published their findings in The Journal of Experimental Biology¹.The Glanville fritillary […]

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January 14, 2013

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5477

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Created from a combination of exposures from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys, this new Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 5477 and the clouds of glowing hydrogen gas in which new stars are forming. The constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear) is home to Messier 101, the Pinwheel Galaxy. Messier 101 is one of […]

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January 12, 2013

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Australian Heat Wave Causes Gadgets to Fail

Australia needed new colors to show the forecast heatwave on their temperature map (they’ve since revised predictions down to 122ºF/50ºC). Credit: Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology

The Australian heat wave is getting so hot that Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology had to add new colors to its weather map. There are parts of Australia that have achieved temperatures above 122ºF (50ºC), temperatures which were off the scale until recently. These new temperature zones will be marked in deep purple and hot pink […]

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January 12, 2013

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Leptocephalus, The Transparent Eel Larva

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The marine eels and other members of the Superorder Elopomorpha have a leptocephalus larval stage, which are flat and transparent. This group is quite diverse, containing 801 species in 24 orders, 24 families and 156 genera. They arose in the Cretaceous period 140 million years ago. Fish with a leptocephalus larva stage include eels like […]

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January 11, 2013

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Sequencing of Comb Jellies’ DNA Reveals that they Preceded Sponges

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Genome-sequencing data indicates that sponges were preceded by ctenophores, complex marine predators also called comb jellies. The scientists presented their findings at the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, in San Francisco, California. Although they are gelatinous like jellyfish, comb jellies form their own phylum (ctenophores.) The tree of life roots […]

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January 11, 2013

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The Large Quasar Group, the Largest Structure in the Universe

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At 4 billion light-years in length, the Large Quasar Group (LQG) is the largest known structure in the universe and is some 1600 times larger than the distance from the Milky Way to Andromeda. An international team of astronomers, led by academics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has found the largest known structure […]

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January 11, 2013

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Kepler Data Suggests 17 Billion Earth-Sized Worlds in the Milky Way

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According to a new study presented at American Astronomical Society, one in six stars has an Earth-sized planet in an orbit of 85 days or less. This information is based on a new analysis of Kepler data completed by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Long Beach, California – The quest for a twin […]

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January 11, 2013

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Current State of Polio Eradication

Administration of the RIBI oral polio vaccine. Credit: Flickr/RIBI

In Pakistan, nine health workers were killed last year. They were administering the polio vaccine, which has been cast by the Taliban as a plot against Islam. This is because the CIA used vaccination programs to get close to Osama bin Laden. Pakistan is one of three countries where the transmission of the virus has […]

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