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Francis Halzen On Cosmogenic Neutrinos
Mysterious Bright Spot On Ceres Might Soon Have An Answer
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is approaching its historic orbit insertion at Ceres, which will happen on Friday, March 6th. Ceres is named for the Roman goddess of agriculture and harvests. Ceres is considered a 'dwarf planet', according to 237 astronomers who outvoted their opposition, as is Pluto now ...
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Energy-Space Photography Captures Light Behaving As A Wave And A Particle
Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave, but researchers haven't been able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle at different times. When UV light hits a metal surface, it causes ...
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Danceroom Physics: Seeing The Atomic World Through Art
by Marsha Lewis, Inside Science(Inside Science TV) – Scientists often examine matter that is invisible to the naked eye. This hidden atomic world is a mystery for most people, but now a scientist created a way for people to imagine what they might see as their own bodies interact with the ...
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How Would Life Develop If Fundamental Physics Constants Were Different?
By Gabriel Popkin, Inside Science (Inside Science) -- For all the progress physicists have made in figuring out the universe, they still don't know some pretty basic things. Why, for example, do fundamental particles possess the specific values of mass that they have? Presently, physicists ...
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Why Early Triassic Swimming Reptile Fossil Tracks Preserved So Well
Fossil "swim tracks," a type of vertebrate trace fossil gaining recognition in the field of paleontology, is  made by various tetrapods (four-footed land-living vertebrates) as they traveled through water under buoyant or semibuoyant conditions.They occur in high numbers in deposits from ...
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Where Emperor Penguins Survived The Last Ice Age Interglacial
Too cold for a penguin? An Ice Age brought on by global warming so severe penguins had to move?Indeed. During the last interglacial, what is colloquially called an ice age though it has been such non-stop for a few million years, only three populations of emperor penguins may have survived, because ...
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Sun's Impact On Climate Is Greater In Cool Periods
The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interactions that control our climate. We don't really even understand the impacr of the sun - it is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler, according to a new paper in Geology.There has been discussion ...
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Biobattery Converts Organic Waste Into Electricity, Gas Or Engine Oil
Sewage sludge, green waste, even animal excrement can be utilized for energy recovery with  the biobattery modular concept. Biogas plants are an important element for decentralized energy supply. They produce electricity from renewable resources and can compensate for highly fluctuating ...
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When Humans And Neanderthals Interbred?
A partial human skull found in northern Israel  excited paleontologists because it seemed to hold clues about when and where humans and Neanderthals might have interbred. The Manot Cave is a natural limestone formation that had been sealed for 15,000 years. It was discovered by a bulldozer ...
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Epigenetics: Metabolic Disease Due To Your Grandmother
Low birth weight is indicative of various problems and fortunately modern science has made it possible for more low-birth weight babies than ever to thrive, survival is over 94 percent for children born in the third trimester of pregnancy.But low birth weight is being linked to residual effects ...
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Pediatricians Under Pressure From Parents To Spread Out Vaccine Schedule
In 2008, President Obama suggested vaccines might be causing autism. In 2009, during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, there was quickly a vaccine shortage, because the government refused to allow adjuvants, to boost vaccine effectiveness and use less raw material, or multi-dose vials, because they ...
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Our Bright UV-Reflecting Wing Patches Will Settle This!
Megaloprepus caerulatus. Credit: Andres Hernandez, STRIBy Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- In late April, rain begins to pool in the hollows of trees on Barro Colorado Island in Panama. The water-filled tree holes may seem insignificant, but they're prime real estate – and ...
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Olive Oil Destroys Cancer Cells
Extra virgin olive oil is believed to have heart health benefits but a new paper takes that one better and shows why it has been identified for its rapid destruction of cancer cells. While scientists have shown that the oleocanthal compound found in  extra virgin olive oil   causes ...
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Young Adult Brains Have Amyloid Clumps Linked To Alzheimer's
Amyloid, an abnormal protein whose accumulation in the brain is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, a much younger age than scientists ever imagined, according to a new study based  on brains obtained from the Northwestern University ...
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Antipsychotics For Poor Kids Are Booming, It's Time To Look At Prescriber Decision-Making
Antipsychotic medications for pediatric patients climbed 62 percent for children on Medicaid between 2002 and 2007, reaching 2.4 percent of those youth. Unless we really believe that poor kids are undergoing an epidemic of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it's time to examine prescription ...
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ALDH2 Enzyme Not Working? Beware Beer And Yogurt
Researchers have found that by changing the selectivity of an enzyme, a small molecule could potentially be used to decrease the likelihood of alcohol-related cancers in an at-risk population. Enzymes are enablers, highly specialized parts of cellular machinery tasked with bringing together molecules ...
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Are You Cut Out To Be A Teacher? The VAIL Assessment Might Be Able To Tell
In America, teachers with tenure can't be fired and so it is more important than ever that the best people get the jobs in the first place. Accountability is not going away in the American educational system, and neither are education unions, so new mechanisms for selecting individuals ...
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Do You Want To Donate Your Genetic Information After Death?
After they die, people are happy to donate their hearts, their eyes, even whole skeletons, without knowing anything at all about what will happen to them.What about genetic information? Under current law, your genetic information is not inherited by default, so a child with a heritable form ...
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Too Much Of A Good Thing: Warning Labels For Licorice Advocated
A 10-year-old boy suffered seizures after over-indulging in licorice sweets and that has led to calls for manufacturers to put a warning on the labels of licorice. After suffering a 2 minute tonic-clonic seizure, a 10-year-old boy was admitted to hospital in Bologna, Italy.  Three ...
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Misconceptions About The Psychology Of Food Choice
In a symposium on social psychology, psychologists are challenging the beliefs of other psychologists about the effectiveness of traditional strategies for encouraging healthy eating.  A paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association observed whether or not photographs of vegetables ...
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Climate Change Drought Linked To Syrian Civil War
A new paper believes that a record drought in Syria from 2006-2010 and the 2011 Syrian uprising is not a coincidence. The rebellion was stoked by ongoing man-made climate change, they write.The drought, the worst in modern record-keeping, destroyed agriculture in the breadbasket region ...
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Synthetic Biology: New Method Makes Protein Engineering More Accessible
Deep in the heart of synthetic biology are the proteins that make it tick and that is why protein engineering is crucial to the new discipline: Scientists grow, harvest, and reprogram proteins to become new drug therapeutics, environmentally friendly fuels, and vaccines. But producing proteins ...
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Teens At Risk For Synthetic Marijuana Use
Synthetic cannabinoids ("synthetic marijuana"), with names like Spice, K2, Scooby Doo and hundreds of others, are often sold as a safe, "legal" alternative to marijuana but that is just marketing by drug dealers. Synthetic marijuana was linked to 11,561 reports of poisonings in the United States ...
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Intranasal Radiology Treatment Breaks The Migraine Cycle
After an interventional radiology intranasal treatment, migraine patients report using less pain-relief medicine for headaches, according to a paper at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. Clinicians used a treatment called image-guided, intranasal sphenopalatine ...
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The XVI edition of "Neutrino Telescopes" is about to start in Venice today. In the meantime, I...  more »
Exchanges between atheists and the “truly” religious seem pointless. Logic can’t win over...  more »
International researchers have reported a nanoparticle (74 nm in diameter) that can be used as...  more »
It’s quite revealing that Karen Kafadar and Anne-Marie Mazza (LiveScience Op-Ed on February 24...  more »