November 20, 2012

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Astronomers Discover a Super-Jupiter Around a Massive Star

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Using the High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next Generation Adaptive Optics and the Infrared Camera and Spectrograph mounted on the Subaru Telescope, an international team of scientists has discovered a “super-Jupiter,” a gas giant with a mass about 13 times that of Jupiter and an orbit somewhat larger than Neptune’s. Astronomers using infrared data […]

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November 19, 2012

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Brain Scans of Rappers During Improvisation Show Creativity At Work

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Rappers improvising rhymes while their brains are being scanned in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine have provided an insight into the creative process. The scientists published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports. Freestyle rapping, in which a rapper improvises a song by stringing together unrehearsed lyrics, is one of the highest prized […]

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November 19, 2012

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Human Contraceptives & Antidepressants Reduce Fish Reaction Times

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Human medications are ending up in waterways and affecting fish and other aquatic organisms. However, researchers are only beginning to compile the effects that those drugs have on the ecosystem. Rebecca Klaper, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Great Lakes Water Institute, presented her results at the 2012 meeting of the North American division […]

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November 19, 2012

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Communities in California Are Plagued by Contaminated Drinking Water

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Impoverished agricultural communities in Central Valley, California have been plagued for decades by contaminated drinking water. This is the result of more than five decades in which chemical fertilizers, animal wastes, pesticides and other substances have infiltrated aquifers, seeping into the groundwater and eventually into the tap. 20% of public water systems in Tulare County […]

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November 19, 2012

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Canadian Man in Vegetative State Communicates That He’s Not in Pain

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A Canadian man who was thought to have been in a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade has been able to communicate to scientists that he isn’t in any pain. This marks the first time that an uncommunicative, severely brain-injured patient has been able to give clinically-relevant answers to physicians. Scott Routley, 39, […]

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November 19, 2012

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Hubble Views Elliptical Galaxy 4C 73.08

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Using two filters on Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, a new image of the gigantic elliptical galaxy 4C 73.08 was taken. Luminous galaxies glow like fireflies on a dark night in this image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The upper central galaxy in this image is a gigantic elliptical galaxy designated 4C 73.08. […]

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November 19, 2012

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Deepest Scientific Marine Samples Ever Collected Show Hints of Life

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A recent expedition resulted in a new world record for deepest scientific marine drilling, 2,440 meters beneath the seafloor. The Research Vessel Chikyu off the coast of Japan’s Shimokita Peninsula housed the members of the microbiology team that took part in groundbreaking leg of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. Once the cores started coming up, […]

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November 19, 2012

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Spelunking Rover May Explore Mysterious Lunar Caverns

Spelunking Rover May Explore Mysterious Lunar Caverns

William Whittaker has been developing roving robots for years. By 2015, he hopes that his rover will explore some mysterious caves on the Moon. Three years ago, Japanese researchers discovered a hole from the published images from the satellite SELENE. However, spacecraft orbiting the Moon have been unable to peer into its shadowy depths. A […]

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November 19, 2012

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Leonardo Da Vinci Fossil Sketch Might Be Depiction of Early Nests

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500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci briefly worked on fossils, inadvertently triggering a mystery that remains yet unsolved. A page of Leonardo’s Paris Manuscript I is covered in sketches of marine fossils, including a honeycomb-like array of hexagons that paleontologists think might constitute the first recorded observation of Paleodictyon, an enigmatic trace fossil. Many paleontologists […]

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November 19, 2012

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Spherical Phase of Planetary Nebula Abell 30

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These new images of the planetary nebula Abell 30, which is located 5,500 light-years away from Earth, show one of the clearest views ever obtained of a special phase of evolution for these objects. A new study of A30 was published The Astrophysical Journal. The images are composites containing X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray […]

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November 16, 2012

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Link Between Cell Death & Protein Clumps Could Lead to Possible Treatment for Parkinson’s

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A rogue protein involved in Parkinson’s disease that wrecks catastrophic damage has been tracked down by researchers in work that could help find a new possible treatment for the disease. The researchers published their findings in the journal Science. Virginia Lee, a neurobiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and her team a misfolded […]

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November 16, 2012

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Magnetic Field Interacting with Gravity and Spin Shape Black Hole’s Environment

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A newly published study describes how astrophysicists used simulations, which follow both the rules of general relativity and the laws of magnetism, to demonstrate that gravity isn’t the sole arbiter of a spinning black hole’s behavior. Black holes are the ultimate Bogeyman. With a well-deserved reputation as monstrous destructive machines, black holes owe their power […]

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