December 22, 2012

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Curing Boredom

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Many normal situations have the potential to be unbelievably boring. Boredom is more than just one of life’s minor irritations; it has been linked to drug use, alcoholism, problematic gambling and compulsive behavior. It has even been tied to potentially lethal errors in job execution since bored personnel preform less reliably than people engaged in […]

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December 22, 2012

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Appendicitis Could Be Diagnosed By Speed Bumps

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Driving over speed bumps could help doctors diagnose whether patients are suffering from acute appendicitis. The scientists published their findings in the journal BMJ. The link between pain induced by speed bumps and appendicitis was already suspected, but this study is the first to produce evidence for this idea. Asking patients whether the pain worsened […]

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December 22, 2012

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Smaller Ski Resorts Threatened By Warmer Winters

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Northern exposure, aggressive snowmaking and hard manmade snow crystals are helping some of the bigger ski resorts deal with climate change, but smaller operations are under threat as the warmer winters will lead to less snow on the ground. The scientists published their findings in the journal Tourism Management. Regional operations at lower elevations that […]

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December 21, 2012

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The Reasons Why Rock & Pop Stars Die Young

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According to a new report, rock and pop stars die young. Many of them die from drug overdoses, AIDS or drunk-driving accidents. The study found that the average lifespan of American musical stars in pop, rock and rap genre is only 45. The average European stars die on average at age 39. The scientists published […]

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December 21, 2012

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Haast’s Eagle Was Big & Strong Enough to Prey on Humans

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The strongest and biggest bird of prey that ever existed was the Haast’s Eagle (Harpagornis moorei) of New Zealand, and it became extinct around the 1400s soon after the Maori settled the South Island of New Zealand. H. moorei was powerful enough to attack and prey on giant flightless birds, the moa, weighing 10 to […]

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December 21, 2012

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Origin of Ion-Pumping Proteins Could Explain How Life Began

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A new study indicates how the first cells might have evolved from rocks, water and hot alkaline fluid rich in hydrogen gas spewing out of deep-sea vents, and how they might have escaped their deep sea lairs. The scientists published their findings in the journal Cell¹. Scientists thought that the origin of life was tied […]

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December 21, 2012

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Tau Ceti May Host a Habitable Planet

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By combining more than six-thousand observations from three different instruments and using new data modeling techniques, an international team of astronomers greatly improved the sensitivity of searchers for small planets and now believes that Tau Ceti may host planet in the star’s habitable zone. An international team of astronomers has discovered that Tau Ceti, one […]

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December 21, 2012

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The Benefits of Backward Running

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Backward running will never be mistaken for the natural way of running, but there are some indications that backward running enables people to avoid or recover from common injuries, burn extra calories and sharpen balance while mixing up their daily routine. The scientists published their findings in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological […]

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December 21, 2012

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Scientists Map Initial Anti-Aging Formula

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A new study indicates that scientists have found a new way of delaying the aging process in mice, and they hope to replicate the finding in people. The scientists published their findings in the journal Cell Metabolism¹. The research was built upon an earlier study that shed light on progeria, a rare genetic disease that […]

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December 21, 2012

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Apple Maps – 3 Times More Likely to Get You Lost Than Google

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After having been deemed unsafe by the Australian government a couple of weeks back, iPhone users now have access to Google Maps and it hasn’t come soon enough, as a new study indicates that Apple Maps is three times more likely to give you false directions than Google Maps. CrowdFlower related their findings yesterday, and […]

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December 21, 2012

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Sutter’s Mill Meteorite is Fastest on Record

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The Sutter’s Mill meteorite was seen by many eyewitnesses over the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range in California. A new, detailed study has traced the origins of this rock with unusual precision, and it has been revealed that it came down at record-breaking speed. The scientists published their findings in the journal Science¹. Most […]

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December 20, 2012

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Data Shows 2010 Amazon Megadrought Caused Serious Devastation

Devastation Found in Amazon

A new study indicates that the megadrought that struck the Amazon in 2010 devastated millions of hectares of rainforest, shedding a new light over the debate over the effects of recent climatic events. The initial findings were presented at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. They indicate that as many as one in […]

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December 20, 2012

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Pressure Can Revert and Stop the Growth of Cancer Cells

Pressure Can Revert and Stop the Growth of Cancer Cells

New research showed that applying physical pressure to malignant breast cancer cells guided them back to a normal growth pattern. This research could lead to new treatments. Berkeley — Researchers at the UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have put the squeeze — literally — on malignant mammary cells to guide them back […]

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December 20, 2012

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Why People Like Watching the Same Thing Over and Over Again

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There’s a reason why people are spending money on television show DVDs and Blu rays that are essentially reruns, but this behavior is more complicated than previously thought. Cristel Antonia Russell, a marketing professor at American University, and Sidney J. Levy, a marketing professor at the University of Arizona, published their findings in the Journal […]

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December 20, 2012

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Hubble Data Reveals That Globular Clusters Age at Different Rates

The globular cluster NGC 6388, observed by Hubble

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists discovered that globular clusters of the same age can have dramatically different distributions of blue straggler stars within them, suggesting that clusters can age at substantially different rates. Some people are in great shape at the age of 90, while others are decrepit before they’re 50. We […]

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December 20, 2012

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Discovery of Magnetic Field That Can Flip Heat Flow

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Scientists discovered a magnetic field that can control the flow of heat from one body to another. It was first predicted 50 years ago, and its effect could someday lead to a new generation of electronic devices that use heat rather than charge to carry information. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature. […]

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December 20, 2012

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H5N1 Work Will Probably Continue

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After a high-level meeting this week, work on the avian influenza H5N1 virus will probably continue by people who are not NIH funded. This is in the wake of a global debate about the risks and benefits of such research and a voluntary moratorium on the experiments lasting nearly a year. Experts met on Monday […]

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December 20, 2012

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Physicists Induce Electric Currents in Insulating Dielectric Materials

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A team of physicists at the Max Planck Institute have shown that ultrashort light pulses of extremely high intensity can induce electric currents in otherwise insulating dielectric materials, turning fused silica (quartz) from an insulator to a conductor and back again within quadrillionths of a second. Semiconductor components form the backbone of all kinds of […]

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