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Could Life Have Existed Just 15 Million Years After The Big Bang?
A new paper suggests that planets from the remnants of the universe's earliest stars could have supported life on dim, warm planets. Credit: NASA/WMAP Science TeamBy: Ker Than, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- Life in the universe could be much older than previously thought, forming as early as ...
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The Strange Organic Molecules In Titan's Atmosphere
While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out ...
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The Comets Of Beta Pictoris
Beta Pictoris is a young star, only about 20 million years old, located about 63 light-years from us. It is surrounded by a huge disc of material, a very active young planetary system where gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids. Flavien Kiefer (IAP/CNRS/UPMC) ...
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Hand Sanitizers Increase BPA Levels From Cash Register Receipts
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, dental composites and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers. It is also used in thermal paper cash register receipts and a new paper finds that is cause for concern. BPA ...
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Oldest Modern Genome From Human Bone Reveals When We Bred With Neanderthals
The femur that led to the oldest modern human genome. Credit: Bence Viola, MPI EVABy Daniel Zadik, University of LeicesterWhen a human bone was found on a gravelly riverbank by a bone-carver who was searching for mammoth ivory, little did he know it would provide the oldest modern-human genome ...
By The Conversation
No-Till Agriculture Hasn't Lived Up To The Promise
No-till farming is prized by organic and conservation-minded farmers alike because it seeks a chemical-free management practice, avoiding conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil. It sounds terrific but a new meta-analysis finds it is a lot more limited in value than believed. As ...
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Deinocheirus Mirificus Puzzle Solved, Revealing The Weirdest-Looking Creature To Walk The Planet
Deinocheirus mirificus. Credit: Yuong-Nam LeeBy Stephen Brusatte, University of EdinburghEverywhere scientists look it seems like they are finding dinosaurs. A new species is emerging at the astounding pace of one per week. And this continues with the announcement of perhaps the strangest dinosaur ...
By The Conversation
The World's Continents Weren't Always Created In The Way That We Thought
How many continents can you count on one hand? Image: ChonesBy Nick Rawlinson, University of AberdeenFrom the 1950s until recently, we thought we had a clear idea of how continents form. Most people will have heard of plate tectonics: moving pieces on the surface of the planet that collide, pull ...
By The Conversation
Ebola's Evolutionary Roots Are Ancient
Though Ebola tends to occur in waves, the filoviruses family to which Ebola and its lethal relative Marburg belong, are at least 16 million years old. Filoviruses likely existed in the Miocene Epoch, and at that time, the evolutionary lines leading to Ebola and Marburg had already diverged, according ...
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Ferns Will Survive
Ferns are an old plant species, dinosaurs munched on them over 200 million years ago. If we want to know how to survive against nature's onslaught over the long haul, ferns are as good a place as any to start. Even recent ones can show us how to evolve and outlast. A group of ferns evolved much ...
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How Gut Bacteria Ensure A Healthy Brain – and Could Play A Role In Treating Depression
Your second brain? Credit: hey__paul, CC BYBy Clio Korn, University of OxfordOne of medicine’s greatest innovations in the 20th century was the development of antibiotics. It transformed our ability to combat disease. But medicine in the 21st century is rethinking its relationship with bacteria ...
By The Conversation
Drink Up, Baby Boomer: Alcohol Associated With Better Memory
A new study found that people ages 60 and older who do not have dementia benefit from light alcohol consumption; it has been associated with higher episodic memory, the ability to recall memories of events.  Moderate alcohol consumption was also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus ...
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Free Radicals Unresolved - The Elusive Cause Of Aging Remains Elusive
A few months ago, a Chinese team writing in Nature claimed to have found the cause for why organisms age, but a new group refuted a basic assumption of the Nature article. The Chinese team led by En-Zhi Shen caused a stir amongst experts worldwide. Using a simple measurement in young ...
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Type 1 Diabetes Surges In White Kids
White children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased significantly from 2002 to 2009 in all but the youngest age group, according to a new paper in Diabetes. The study included data from more than 2 million children and adolescents living in diverse geographic regions of the United States ...
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Disabled People In The US Have Poor Nutrition
A new study finds that though most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, those with disabilities do substantially worse. At least 10 percent of U.S. adults fit into one or more category of disability, from those who have difficulties with activities of daily living ...
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Herbal Medicines Found To Have Dangerous Levels Of Toxic Mold
Up to 64% of people worldwide use medicinal plants to treat illnesses and relieve pain, and the herbal medicine market is worth $60 billion annually. Despite the increasing popularity of herbal medicine, the sale of medicinal plants is mostly unregulated, because they do not claim to be medicine ...
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Smart Aquaculture Outsmarts Climate Change
El Niño is nothing new for fishers. Long before it was being used as evidence of climate change, fisheries management experts knew they would have to adjust, just like they will have to adjust this year.A new study shows how smart fisheries management overcame expected detrimental effects of coral ...
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The Army May Not Increase Risk Of Suicide, More Suicidal People May Join
Due to increased awareness of suicide and military life, there has been concern military lifestyle may be causing more suicides. A new study instead finds that new soldiers are twice as likely to have three or more psychological disorders, or comorbidity, prior to enlisting as civilians ...
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Extreme Ice Age Living: Human Settlement 15,000 Feet In The Andes
Think you're extreme? 12,000 years ago Ice Age Humans lived and worked at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet, high in the Peruvian Andes.The sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes, are the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites found to-date. The primary site ...
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It Takes More Than Singing To Strike A Chord In Music Education
Credit: Khairil Zhafri, CC BYBy Anita Collins, University of CanberraRecently, Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne and Arts Minister George Brandis announced $594,000 in funding for a new national music teachers mentorship program. The details have sent music educators and music education ...
By The Conversation
Preventing Murder: 3 Ways To Predict Who Will Become A Killer
Right now, the police can't do much to help you until after a crime has been committed. In a science-fiction tale about free will and psychological determinism, Philip K. Dick's "Minority Report" detailed a world where PreCrime officers stop acts before they happen. They know who is going to do ...
By Hank Campbell
Journalists Need A Point Of View If They Want To Stay Relevant
By Jay Rosen, New York UniversityIf extreme polarization is now an enduring feature of American politics — not just a bug — how does that change the game for journalists? I have some ideas, but mainly I want to put that question on the table. “Conflict makes news,” it is often said. But ...
By The Conversation
Ironically, Asking Questions To Identify Teens At Risk Of Hearing Loss Doesn't Work
There is no substitute for a hearing test, especially in an age group that doesn't self-report very well.Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Bright Futures children's health organization recommends screening adolescents with subjective questions but that does not reliably identify ...
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This Is Not The Immigration Crisis You're Looking For
When is an immigration crisis not an immigration crisis? When people who do not live where it is happening change the definition of an immigration crisis.A new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy examines historical immigration data, the "push" and "pull" factors currently ...
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