December 12, 2012

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Novel Coronavirus hCoV-EMC Infects Humans & Animals

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The novel coronavirus which was discovered this summer in the Middle East might infect more than just human patients. The pathogen is closely related to SARS, and it may also be able to infect pigs and a wide range of bat species. The scientists published their findings in the journal mBio. The findings might help […]

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December 12, 2012

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Cassini Spots a Nile Like River Valley on Titan

miniature version of the Nile River on Titan

Cassini has spotted a river valley, which scientists believe is filled with liquid, on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more than 400 km. The international Cassini mission has spotted what appears to be a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River: a river valley on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more than 400 km from […]

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December 12, 2012

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Homosexuality Might Develop in the Womb Due to Epigenetic Changes

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According to a newly released hypothesis, homosexuality might not lie in DNA itself. Instead, as an embryo develops, sex-related genes are turned on and off in response to fluctuating levels of hormones in the womb, produced by both mother and child. This benefits the unborn child, however if these epigenetic changes persist once the child […]

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December 12, 2012

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Ancient Fungi Discovered Deep in Ocean Floor Could Yield New Antibiotics

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Scientists have found evidence of fungi thriving far below the floor of the Pacific Ocean, in nutrient-starved sediments more than 100 million years old. This could yield antibiotics to combat the drug-resistant bacteria. The scientists presented their findings at a meeting of American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, California. Some of the fungi belong […]

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December 12, 2012

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ALMA Will Allow Scientists to See the Universe Like Never Before

multiwavelength image of a colliding pair of spiral galaxies

The largest ground-based radio telescope in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), can detect hidden gases inside galaxies that might hold the key to star and planetary formation. At first glance, the bone-dry landscape of the Atacama Desert in Chile might seem inhospitable. But, it’s prime real estate for astronomers. This desert is […]

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December 12, 2012

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Barbed Porcupine Quills Could Help Enhance Various Biomedical Devices

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A porcupine quill only needs half the force of a hypodermic needle in order to pierce skin. This new study also explains why the quills are hard to remove and this discovery could improve a variety of medical instruments. The scientists published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Porcupine […]

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December 12, 2012

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

map traces where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove

NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to explore the Martian surface, approaching an area called “Yellowknife Bay,” which is a potential location for selecting the first target rock for Curiosity’s hammering drill, bringing the mission’s total driving distance to 598 meters. Pasadena, California — The NASA Mars rover Curiosity drove 63 feet (19 meters) northeastward early Monday, […]

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December 11, 2012

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Ancient Cooking Stones Help Reconstruct Earth’s Magnetic History

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Cooking stones that line Maori steam ovens in New Zealand are helping scientists study the history of the Earth’s magnetic field. The cooking process generates so much heat that the magnetic minerals in the stones will realign themselves with the direction of the current field. The scientists presented their findings at the fall meeting of […]

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December 11, 2012

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Growth Bands Provide Exact Ages of Crustaceans

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Crustaceans shed their exoskeleton every year, making it hard for biologists to determine their exact age. Now researchers have found well-hidden growth bands in the animals that persist through molting and yield reliable ages. The scientists published their findings in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. This could help fishery agencies better manage […]

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December 11, 2012

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An Invasive Grass Species Spreads Wildfires Quicker

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New research indicates that an invasive species of grass is making wildfires in the western USA larger, hotter and more frequent. A variety of grasses called cheatgrass dries out quickly, and burns more rapidly that other vegetation. The scientists published their findings in the journal Global Change Biology. The researchers believe that it has fueled […]

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December 11, 2012

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Diuretic Drug Could Help Treat Autism

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The drug bumetanide, which has been used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions, has now shown some promise in a small clinical trial for autism spectrum disorder. The drug reduced the overall severity of behavioral symptoms after 3 months of daily treatment. The scientists published their findings in the journal Translational […]

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December 11, 2012

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Black Holes Have Properties that Resemble the Dynamics of Solids and Liquids

New knowledge about the properties of black holes

New research showing that black holes have properties that resemble the dynamics of both solids and liquids may help scientists better understand black holes and the physical properties of neutron stars. Black holes are surrounded by many mysteries, but now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have come up with new groundbreaking theories […]

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