October 17, 2012

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Scientists Discover a New Type of Cosmic Ray

New type of cosmic ray discovered

Scientists using the XMM-Newton X-ray astronomy satellite discovered a new signature of a source of low-energy hadronic cosmic rays in the vicinity of the Arches cluster. Using the European X-ray astronomy satellite XMM-Newton(1), researchers from CNRS(2) and CEA (3) have discovered a new source of cosmic rays. In the vicinity of the remarkable Arches cluster, […]

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October 17, 2012

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War of the Badgers Erupts in England

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The issue at hand is that the common badger, Meles meles, one of the largest predators left in the British Isles, while loved by the public, is a bane to farmers, as they infect cattle with bovine tuberculosis. The disease could cost the UK government $1.6 billion in control measures and compensation over the next […]

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October 17, 2012

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Study Looks at the Role of Climate Change in Extinction

How does climate change cause extinction

A newly published study examines the role of climate change in extinction, finding that very few populations have gone extinct simple because it got too hot for the plants and animals to survive, instead climate change more often leads to local extinctions and declines by influencing interactions between species. Stony Brook, New York – A […]

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October 17, 2012

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Predator X Officially Named Pliosaurus funkei

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Back in 2009, researchers had become quite excited about Predator X, an immense, big-headed marine reptile that was supposed to have a bite four times stronger than Tyrannosaurus rex. Now six years after the initial discovery, the pliosaur has finally been named Pliosaurus funkei. The researchers published their findings in the Norwegian Journal of Geology. […]

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October 17, 2012

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Earth-Sized Exoplanet Discovered in Alpha Centauri System

planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B

Astronomers have uncovered a low-mass planet orbiting α Centauri B, a member of the stellar system neighboring our Solar System. Although the exoplanet is nearly identical to Earth in mass, it’s much closer to its star than Mercury to the Sun, so it’s expected to be scorched and barren. As astronomers search α Centauri for […]

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October 16, 2012

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EPA Fighting Hard to Stop Mountaintop Mining

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The US Environmental Protection Agency is currently fighting hard to stop the destructive mining practices that threaten aquatic habitats and the wildlife of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Mountaintop mining involves removing vast amounts of earth with explosives so that thin seams of coal can be excavated. Last year, the EPA vetoed a permit […]

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October 16, 2012

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Biochemical Reactions Act Differently When Subjected to Intracellular Crowding

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Molecular crowding inside cells is a critical factor that is sometimes overlooked in the lab. Biochemical reactions are drastically different in tighter spaces, resulting in significant physical and chemical consequences. The reductive approach to chemical reactions is attractive to scientists, as it’s convenient when interpreting results and easier to work with. However, if a more […]

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October 16, 2012

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Electron-Cloaking Material May Enable More Efficient Transfer of Electrons

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MIT researchers are working to develop an electron-cloaking material that would “hide” particles from passing electrons, possibly leading to more efficient thermoelectric devices and new kinds of electronics. A new approach that allows objects to become “invisible” has now been applied to an entirely different area: letting particles “hide” from passing electrons, which could lead […]

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October 16, 2012

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Xenon Gas Has Almost Vanished from the Atmosphere

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Xenon, the second heaviest of the chemically inert noble gases, seems to have vanished from the Earth’s atmosphere; but German geoscientists think that they figured out where it went. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature. The Earth’s atmosphere contains less xenon, relative to the lighter noble gases, than meteorites similar to the […]

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October 16, 2012

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Magnetic Nanoparticles Control Thousands of Cells Simultaneously

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A team of scientists from UCLA have developed a platform to precisely manipulate magnetic nanoparticles inside uniformly shaped cells. Using clusters of tiny magnetic particles about 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown that they can manipulate how […]

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October 16, 2012

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Consuming Fruits & Vegetables Improves Psychological Well-Being

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The World Health Organization recommends five servings of fruits and vegetable every day to keep the human body healthy, but how much is needed to keep your mind happy? That’s the question that researchers pursued in a new study. The scientists will publish their findings in an upcoming issue of Social Indicators Research, but the […]

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October 16, 2012

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Transgendered Bellbird Discovered in New Zealand

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Biologists have uncovered a spotted New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura) in Karori’s Zealandia eco-sanctuary that exhibits features and behavior of both male and female members of the species. The transgender korimako tested female by its DNA but acts like a male. It has a mix of each sex’s plumage. It could be due to a […]

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October 16, 2012

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Volunteer Scientists Aid in Discovery of Four-Star Planet PH1

PH1, A Four-Star Planet

A team of international astronomers, aided by volunteer scientists using the Planethunters.org website, discovered a circumbinary planet in a four-star system, called PH1. The discovery of planets continues to expand beyond the domain of professional astronomers. A joint effort of amateur astronomers and scientists has led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting […]

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October 16, 2012

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Hisashi Moriguchi’s Stem-Cell Transplant Claims Refuted

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Just days after Kyoto University biologist Shinya Yamanaka won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), Hisashi Moriguchi, a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, claimed to have modified that technology to treat a person with terminal heart failure. Eight months after the treatment, the patient was reported to […]

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October 16, 2012

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NASA’s WISE Uncovers New Clues on Jovian Trojans

Jovian Trojans are uniformly dark with a hint of burgundy color

New data from WISE answers several questions about Jovian Trojans, asteroids that orbit the sun on the same path as Jupiter, and is the first to show a detailed look at the Trojans’ colors and verify that the leading pack of Trojans outnumbers the trailing pack. Scientists using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, […]

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