January 16, 2013

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Curiosity Preparing to Drill into First Martian Rock

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If all goes as planned, NASA’s Curiosity rover may drill its first rock sample in the coming days, providing scientists with important details about the planets past history. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red […]

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January 15, 2013

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UCLA Study Shows Childhood Obesity Linked to More Health Problems than Previously Thought

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By analyzing data on over 43,000 children between the ages 10 and 17, new research from UCLA shows that obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions as compared to kids who are not overweight. While a great deal of research on childhood obesity […]

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January 15, 2013

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Gene Flow Between Indian Populations and Australia Occurred 4,000 Years Ago

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A newly published study led by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found evidence that substantial gene flow between Indian populations and Australia occurred about 4,000 years ago. Australia is thought to have remained largely isolated between its initial colonization around 40,000 years ago and the arrival of Europeans in the late […]

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January 15, 2013

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Engineers at SEAS Develop a Microelectronic Device that Mimics Functions of Real Cells

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Scientists at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a microelectronic device that controls the flow of ions through a nanometer channel that mimics the function of real cells. The construction of artificial cells is a long-sought goal. Researchers from Yale University has made one step toward that goal, by creating a […]

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January 15, 2013

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Astronomers Identify the First “Bone” of the Milky Way

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Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have identified a new structure in the Milky Way: a long tendril of dust and gas that they are calling a “bone.” “This is the first time we’ve seen such a delicate piece of the galactic skeleton,” says the lead author Alyssa Goodman of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for […]

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January 15, 2013

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Astronomers Identify Gas Around Modern Galaxies

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Using Hubble’s two ultraviolet spectrographs, researchers from the University of Notre Dame have identified gaseous streams near galaxies through the absorption they imprint on the spectra of distant, bright background quasars. Galaxies have a voracious appetite for fuel — in this case, fresh gas — but astronomers have had difficulty finding the pristine gas that […]

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January 15, 2013

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Needle-Like Carbon Nanofibers May Aid in New Drug Delivery Systems

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In an effort to find a new way to deliver precise doses of drugs to specific targets, scientists at North Carolina State University developed a technique that embeds carbon nanofibers in an elastic silicone membrane, ensuring that the nanofibers are both perpendicular to the membrane’s surface and sturdy enough to impale cells. Researchers at North […]

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January 15, 2013

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New Study Questions Link Between Heavy Cannabis Use and Declining IQ

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A newly published study contradicts the findings from a previous study that suggested that heavy cannabis use as a teenager lowers the persons IQ by middle age. The new study is titled, “Correlations between cannabis use and IQ change in the Dunedin cohort are consistent with confounding from socioeconomic status” and is published in the […]

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January 15, 2013

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New Chandra Video Shows the Vela Pulsar in Action

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A new video from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the Vela pulsar, a neutron star that is 12 miles in diameter, located about 1,000 light-years from Earth, and spins faster than a helicopter rotor. Unlike with some blockbuster films, the sequel to a movie from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is better than the first. This […]

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January 14, 2013

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Study Links Diet Soda with Depression in Older Adults

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In a new study, scientists found that older adults that drank at least four cups of diet soda a day were 31 percent more likely to report depression than nondrinkers and people who had four or more cups of coffee a day had a roughly 10 percent lower risk of depression versus a nondrinker. TUESDAY, […]

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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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