November 16, 2012

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Latest Data from Large Hadron Collider Gives No Inkling of New Physics

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In July, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of a new particle that looked like the Higgs boson. This particle was never perfect; but based on the available data, it looked exactly what the Standard Model of Particle Physics predicted the Higgs would look like. This week, physicists working at the LHC […]

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November 16, 2012

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Photos of Einstein’s Brain Show Unique Features

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Photographs of Albert Einstein’s brain were taken shortly after his death, but were never analyzed in detail until now. The analysis has revealed several unique features of his brain, providing clues about the neural basis of his extraordinary mental abilities. The scientists published their findings in the journal Brain. While doing Einstein’s autopsy, Thomas Harvey, […]

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November 16, 2012

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Ultra-Strong Artificial Muscles Made From Carbon Nanotubes

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In order to showcase ultra-strong artificial muscles, Ray Baughman from the University of Texas at Dallas and his colleagues built a catapult. The scientists published their findings in the journal Science. The device contains yarns similar in diameter to human hair, spun from carbon nanotubes and soaked in paraffin wax. When a current is passed […]

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November 16, 2012

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‘Healthy Neuroticism’ Lowers Risk of Chronic Disease

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Neurotic people, such as anxious worriers, depressives, and those who have a temper, might not be very healthy, especially when compared to people who demonstrate openness, extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. However, researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that neuroticism leads to lower levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a biomarker for inflammation. Inflammation is linked […]

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November 16, 2012

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Hubble Views What is Probably the Most Distant Known Galaxy

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The galaxy known as MACS0647-JD is located behind an enormous galactic cluster MACS J0647+7015 that lies between the Big and Little Dipper. Data shows that MACS0647-JD is probably the most distant galaxy ever seen. Either MACS0647-JD is a very red object, only shining at red wavelengths, or it is extremely distant and its light has […]

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November 15, 2012

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Full Genome of Domestic Pig Will Benefit Farmers & Researchers

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Scientists have finally been able to completely sequence the genome of a domestic pig, which will allow farmers to breed healthier and meatier pigs, as well as creating more faithful models of human disease. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature. This reference genome could even allow pigs to be engineered to provide […]

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November 15, 2012

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Leaks and Contaminated Sediments Keep Radiation Near Fukushima High

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Researchers presented their findings at the Fukushima Symposium conference on the 12th and 13th of November at the University of Tokyo on the radioactivity that is persisting in the ocean waters close to Japan’s failed nuclear power plant at Fukushima Daiichi. The findings show that levels of radioactivity in the sea around the plant remain […]

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November 15, 2012

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Bacteria-Resistant Hospital Fabrics That Actively Fight Microbes

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Scientists have developed fully sterile fabrics by using enzymes that adhere antimicrobial particles with textiles. These fabrics could help eliminate infectious bacteria from medical textiles. Researchers at the Unversitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC) in Spain were able to use an enzymatic pre-treatment, which was combined by the deposition of nanoparticles and biopolymers under ultrasonic […]

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November 15, 2012

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Xenoceratops, A New Species of Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Canada

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Scientists in Canada have named a newly found horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) and it’s called Xenoceratops foremostensis. It was identified from fossils originally collected in 1958 in Alberta. The researchers published their findings in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. The dinosaur was about 20 feet in length and weighed more than 2 tons. It’s the […]

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November 15, 2012

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Carbon Microthreads Could Link Machines & Human Brains

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In order to link human brains to computers, the interface needs to be delicate enough not to damage nerve tissue, but resilient enough to last for decades. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature Materials. Scientists have come up with a stealthy neural interface made from a single carbon fiber and coated with […]

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November 15, 2012

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WISE Discovers Mystery Dust Around an Unusual Class of Interacting Binary Stars

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Astronomers discovered dust around an unusual class of interacting binary stars, a highly magnetic white dwarf star that is Earth-sized but weighs about 60 percent of the mass of the Sun and a cool object similar to a brown dwarf that is Jupiter-sized but has about 40-50 times the mass of Jupiter. Astronomers using data […]

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November 15, 2012

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Physical Activity & Life Expectancy Quantified in Study

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Previous studies have shown the link between physical activity and a lower risk of premature mortality, however the number of years of life expectancy gained among persons with different activity levels has remained unclear. In this new study, scientists have quantified it. The scientists published their findings in the journal PLOS Medicine. The study was […]

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November 15, 2012

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Blood-Thinning Rodenticide is Killing Birds

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Canada and the US have started to restrict the use of rodent poisons based on blood thinners, as new research shows that the toxins accumulate in birds of prey and other animals. Anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) work like the drug Warfarin on humans, which itself was used as a first generation AR, and was less lethal […]

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November 15, 2012

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Hawaiian Solar Observatory Granted Construction Permit

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The world’s largest solar telescope will finally be built atop Haleakala, the dormant volcano that is the highest peak on the island of Maui. Last week, Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources issued a construction permit for the 4-meter Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST). Its 43.5-meter tall enclosure will tower over the other astronomical […]

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