December 18, 2012

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Hubble Views Planetary Nebula NGC 5189

Hubble snaps NGC 5189

A newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the planetary nebula NGC 5189, which is located several thousand light-years away in the southern constellation Musca. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the holiday season with a striking image of the planetary nebula NGC 5189. The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like […]

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December 18, 2012

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Scorpion Protein Helps Illuminate Brain Tumors

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In order to help surgeons come up with a way to distinguish brain tumors from healthy tissue, scientists are trying to use a scorpion protein. Jim Olson, pediatric neuro-oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, came across a report that described a scorpion toxin that binds to brain tumors, but not to healthy cells. By linking a […]

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December 18, 2012

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Coffee Drinking Could Improve Your Health

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The American Medical Association recommends that moderate tea or coffee drinking will likely have no ill effect on health, as long as people live a healthy lifestyle. Now recent research has shown that drinking coffee can actually have some benefits. Researchers think that some of the benefits of drinking coffee range from preventing Alzheimer’s disease¹ […]

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December 18, 2012

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Machine-Learning Algorithms Could Help Debunk Twitter Rumors

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Twitter is one of the fastest and most comprehensive ways of staying abreast of breaking news. However, it’s not always easy to tell whether these microblogging status updates are being truthful. There are plenty of hoaxes and rumors that are marred with tragedy, however, users manage to debunk most of the widely circulated falsehoods. Verification […]

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December 18, 2012

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Invasive Species King Crabs Could Wipe Out Antarctic Ecosystems

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Colder temperatures have kept crabs out of Antarctic seas for 30 million years, but warmer waters from the ocean depths are now intruding onto the continental shelf, and this seems to be changing the delicate ecological balance. An analysis¹ has suggested that 1.5 million crabs already inhabit Palmer Deep, an ocean floor valley. Native organisms […]

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December 18, 2012

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Crab Nebula Contains Enough Dust to Make Around 40,000 Earths

The Crab Nebula

Using the Herschel Space Observatory, a team of astronomers discovered filaments of dust shining in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, providing definitive evidence that the Crab Nebula is an efficient dust factory and contains enough dust to make around 30,000-40,000 planet Earths. The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory has produced an intricate […]

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December 17, 2012

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Nostalgia Makes Us Warm & Colder Temperatures Make Us Nostalgic

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Smell, touch, and music have all proven to evoke nostalgia and researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered that nostalgia is linked to the physical feeling of warmth. The scientists published their findings in the journal Emotion. The scientists recruited college students to participate in five basic studies centering around nostalgia and warmth. One […]

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December 17, 2012

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X-rays From LCLS Help Explain Cosmic Phenomena

LCLS allows scientists to create and measure atomic processes in extreme plasmas in a fully controlled

An international team of scientists used X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source to study and dissected a process in multi-million-degree space plasmas that produces some of the brightest cosmic X-ray signals. Menlo Park, California – Scientists have used powerful X-rays from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) […]

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December 17, 2012

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Low Water Levels Could Shut Down Mississippi River Shipping Lanes

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The worst drought in 50 years has brought water levels in the Mississippi River close to historic lows, and could potentially shut down all shipping in a matter of weeks. This is the second extreme event on the river in 18 months, after the flooding in the spring of 2011 forced people to flee their […]

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December 17, 2012

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Why Narcissists Seem More Attractive

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While most people don’t consider narcissism or psychopathy desirable qualities in their romantic partners, many are still drawn towards people with these traits, which have been immortalized in fiction as the mean girls, the dangerous boys, and arrogant jerks. The scientists published their findings in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science. The researchers were […]

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December 17, 2012

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Survey of Galaxies Reveals Supermassive Black Holes

This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth.

Using data from Chandra observations of 62 nearby galaxies and data from the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey, scientists have shown that 37 of the galaxies contain X-ray sources in their centers that are most likely powered by central supermassive black holes. The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from […]

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December 17, 2012

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Japan Could Host International Linear Collider

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As most of the world is still dealing with the worst economic crisis in decades, Japan is currently being considered as the potential host for the International Linear Collider (ILC), a multi-billion-dollar machine that will smash atoms at higher and higher energy levels. Members of the ILC team will hand over the finalized design of […]

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