October 22, 2012

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Brain Scans Help Scientists Read Dreams

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A team of Japanese researchers have been working on using neuroimaging techniques to decode the dreams of people while they sleep. The researchers were led by Yukiyasu Kamitani of the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratory in Kyoto, Japan and they used functional neuroimaging to scan the brains of patients. This technique allowed scientists to learn how […]

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October 22, 2012

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Elliptical Galaxy M87 Hides a Gaseous Spiral at its Core

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Scientists at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan & Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered that elliptical galaxy Centaurus A also shows signs of a spiral galaxy. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Most big galaxies fit into one of two camps: pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxies and blobby elliptical galaxies. Spirals like the Milky Way are hip and happening places, […]

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October 22, 2012

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Kilauea’s Halema’uma’u Lava Lake At Highest Level

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The state of the lava lake in the Halema’uma’u Crater at Kilauea is now at its highest level since its formation in 2008, reaching 50 meters from the floor of the crater and now covering the inner ledge. The large Hawaiian shield volcano has a caldera at the summit. Unlike more catastrophic formations, the ones […]

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October 22, 2012

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Fossils Reveal Headbutts May Have Been Used as a Dinosaur Courtship Behavior

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Pachycephalosaurids had domed heads with thick, bony protuberances, which paleontologists hypothesized the dinosaurs used in courtship behavior, perhaps to determine which male would be allowed to mate. A new study indicates that these dinosaurs might have been bashing themselves in a number of different ways. The scientists presented their findings at the Society of Vertebrate […]

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October 22, 2012

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NASA Discovers a Surprising Trend in Galaxy Evolution

Surprising Trend in Galaxy Evolution

A newly published study shows that nearby disk galaxies unexpectedly reached their current state long after much of the universe’s star formation had ceased. A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion […]

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October 22, 2012

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Young Blood Reverses Some of the Effects of Age-Related Cognitive Decline

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It seems that the blood of the young can help the old. A new study shows that when the blood of young mice is injected into the old, some of the effects of age-related cognitive decline are reversed. The scientists presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The blood […]

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October 19, 2012

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New Image of Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660

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A new image of ring galaxy NGC 660, which is located about 40 million light-years from Earth toward the constellation Pisces, was released by the Gemini Observatory. When the lamp is shattered, The light in the dust lies dead. When the cloud is scattered, The rainbow’s glory is shed. These words, which open Shelley’s poem […]

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October 19, 2012

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New Research Reveals Important Clues to Cancer Metastasis

Discovery Reveals Important Clues to Cancer Metastasis

New research from scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides key insights into the basic biology of tumor formation and offers a potential new direction in the pursuit of therapies for the treatment of bone metastasis. Boston – In recent years investigators have discovered that breast tumors are influenced by more than just the […]

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October 19, 2012

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A New Technique for Growing Materials from Nanorods

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A newly published study in the journal Science describes a new technique for growing materials from nanorods, which was developed by scientists at the University of Florida. Gainsville, Florida — A team of researchers from the University of Florida department of chemistry has developed a new technique for growing new materials from nanorods. Materials with […]

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October 19, 2012

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Rare Northern Bald Ibis Killed Illegally By Hunters in Italy

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A rare species of ibis is part of a large European conservation effort, and the leading bird in this project was killed last weekend by illegal hunters in Italy. Goja, a northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), was in transit to her wintering grounds in Tuscany when she was shot down. G. eremita has been extinct […]

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October 19, 2012

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Indoor Concentrations of CO2 Can Impair Decision-Making Performance

Carbon Dioxide Impairs Decision-Making Performance

A recently published study from scientists at the Berkeley Lab, in collaboration with researchers at SUNY Upstate Medical University, found that moderately high indoor concentrations of CO2 can significantly impair people’s decision-making performance. Overturning decades of conventional wisdom, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have found that moderately high […]

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October 19, 2012

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Disrupted Sleep Patterns Linked to Alzheimer’s

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Patients that experience disrupted sleep patterns could be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease since Alzheimer’s patients often complain of changes in their sleep patterns during the early stages of the disease. The scientists presented their findings at the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, Louisiana this week. In healthy people daytime naps […]

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October 19, 2012

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 3344

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This new image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows spiral galaxy NGC 3344, which is located 25 million light-years away. NGC 3344 is a glorious spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies 25 million light-years distant. We are fortunate enough to see NGC 3344 face-on, allowing us to study its […]

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October 18, 2012

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New Theoretical Models Salvage Moon-Forming Impact Theory

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One of the widest accepted models for the Moon’s formation states that a renegade, Mars-sized planet, named Theia, slammed into Earth 4.5 billion years ago, and pushed up debris that would eventually coalesce into a satellite. This theory has been able to predict and explain many facts, like the mass of Earth and the Moon, […]

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October 18, 2012

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Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in a Colorado River System

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In the Rocky Mountains, the South Platte River system flows east through the Coloradan plateau that has plenty cattle ranches, sheep pastures, dairy farms, and water treatment plants. A new survey shows how human activities have affected the concentrations of antibiotic-resistant genes in the watershed. The researchers published their findings in the journal Environmental Science […]

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October 18, 2012

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New Model for Vaccination Against Genital Herpes

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Working with mice, a team of scientists at Yale University developed a new vaccination model that offers a promising vaccination strategy against the herpes simplex virus and other STIs such as HIV-1. Yale researchers have developed a new model for vaccination against genital herpes, a disease for which there has been no cure and no […]

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October 18, 2012

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Daddy Longlegs with Leg Span of 12 Inches Discovered

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A daddy longlegs with a leg span of over 12 inches was discovered in the caves of Laos. Opiliones are an order of arachnids, and are commonly referred to as harvestmen. There are currently 6,500 species of harvestmen worldwide, though the number of extant species may exceed 10,000. The harvestmen was collected by Peter Jager, […]

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