December 19, 2012

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Liquid Metal Used in Ultra-Stretchable Conducting Wires

(A) Original length. (B) Stretched out wire. Credit: Zhu, S., So, J.-H., Mays, R., Desai, S., Barnes, W. R., Pourdeyhimi, B. and Dickey, M. D. (2012),  Adv. Funct. Mater. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201202405

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

penetration of molten iron into the mantle caused by a morphological instability

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 galaxy cluster about 1.3 billion light years from Earth with a large elliptical galaxy in its center.

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

Hubble snaps 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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December 18, 2012

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Invasive Species King Crabs Could Wipe Out Antarctic Ecosystems

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Colder temperatures have kept crabs out of Antarctic seas for 30 million years, but warmer waters from the ocean depths are now intruding onto the continental shelf, and this seems to be changing the delicate ecological balance. An analysis¹ has suggested that 1.5 million crabs already inhabit Palmer Deep, an ocean floor valley. Native organisms […]

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December 18, 2012

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Crab Nebula Contains Enough Dust to Make Around 40,000 Earths

The Crab Nebula

Using the Herschel Space Observatory, a team of astronomers discovered filaments of dust shining in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, providing definitive evidence that the Crab Nebula is an efficient dust factory and contains enough dust to make around 30,000-40,000 planet Earths. The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory has produced an intricate […]

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December 17, 2012

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Nostalgia Makes Us Warm & Colder Temperatures Make Us Nostalgic

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Smell, touch, and music have all proven to evoke nostalgia and researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered that nostalgia is linked to the physical feeling of warmth. The scientists published their findings in the journal Emotion. The scientists recruited college students to participate in five basic studies centering around nostalgia and warmth. One […]

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December 17, 2012

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X-rays From LCLS Help Explain Cosmic Phenomena

LCLS allows scientists to create and measure atomic processes in extreme plasmas in a fully controlled

An international team of scientists used X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source to study and dissected a process in multi-million-degree space plasmas that produces some of the brightest cosmic X-ray signals. Menlo Park, California – Scientists have used powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) […]

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