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The Spread Of Life Among The Stars
One day, it might be possible to detect the spread of life among the stars through panspermia--a hypothetical process of life distributed throughout the Milky Way by asteroids, comets, and even spacecraft. Henry Lin and Abraham Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics propose, “If ...
By Steve Schuler
Thou Shalt Have One Higgs - $100 Bet Won !
One of the important things in life is to have a job you enjoy and which is a motivation for waking up in the morning. I can say I am lucky enough to be in that situation. Besides providing me with endless entertainment through the large dataset I enjoy analyzing, and the constant challenge to ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Say, Where Can We Get A Drink In This Solar System?
Science fiction movies about aliens threatening the Earth routinely ascribe them the motive of coming here to steal our resources, most often our water. This is ill thought-out, as water is actually extremely common. Any civilization coming to our solar system in need of water (either to drink ...
By The Conversation
New Frontiers In Physics: The 2015 Conference In Kolimbari
Nowadays Physics is a very big chunck of science, and although in our University courses we try to give our students a basic knowledge of all of it, it has become increasingly clear that it is very hard to keep up to date with the developments in such diverse sub-fields as quantum optics, material ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
We Need To Save Eagles From Wind Turbines - There May Be A Solution
If you are a hunter and accidentally shoot an endangered eagle, you could go to jail and you will certainly have a criminal record. If you are a wind turbine company, you kill 100 eagles a year and pay a token fine.  An estimated 75 to 110 golden eagles die at a wind-power generation operation ...
By News Staff
Colorado Front Range Storm In 2013 Caused 1,000 Years Of Erosion
We can be concerned about erosion due to man-made causes but it is nothing like what nature will randomly do in a single year, without ever once consulting Natural Resources Defense Council or other industry-funded groups. The historic September 2013 storm that triggered widespread flooding across ...
By News Staff
Global Warming Implicated In Ending The "Ice Age"
A recalculation of the dates at which boulders were uncovered by melting glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age has conclusively shown that the glacial retreat was due to rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, as opposed to other types of forces. Carbon dioxide levels are ...
By News Staff
Coffee Boom Has Not Helped Poorer Nations
The explosion in coffee consumption in the past two decades has generally not benefited farmers of coffee beans in poorer nations along the equator, it has mostly just helped corporations, including those marketing "fair trade" as some sort of ethical improvement..The analysis of trade and globalization ...
By News Staff
Science And Technology Adviser To Condoleezza Rice: GMOs "Critical" To Feeding The World
Nina Fedoroff, molecular biologist and former Science and Technology Adviser to Condoleezza Rice and then Hillary Clinton, says that genetic modification (GM) is the most critical technology in agriculture for meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global population. Fedoroff warns of ...
By News Staff
Spiky Filaments For Egg Fusion: Sperm Wield Tiny Harpoons
Could the sperm harpoon the egg to facilitate fertilization? That's the intriguing possibility raised by the University of Virginia School of Medicine's discovery that a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments, suggesting that these tiny filaments may lash together the sperm ...
By News Staff
Why Suspenseful Movies Keep Your Eyes Glued To The Screen
By: Michael Greshko, Inside Science – Some filmmakers really know how to get into their audience’s heads, new research suggests.Last month, a team led by Matt Bezdek, a cognitive psychologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, found that suspenseful movies -- including several ...
By Michael Greshko
Why We're Smarter Than Chickens
Toronto researchers have discovered that a single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet. Benjamin Blencowe, a professor in the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre and Banbury Chair in Medical Research, and his team have ...
By News Staff
Why All That Generic Drug Price Savings Never Happened - Profits Are Too Low To Make Production Worthwhile
A man goes into a butcher shop to buy some steak.Man: "How much is your steak?"Butcher: "$4.99 a pound."Man:       "That's ridiculous! The butcher across town sells steak for $3.99 a pound!"Butcher: "Then buy it from him."Man:       "I ...
By Josh Bloom
Kashi GoLean Non-GMO Project Cereal Has Traces Of Glyphosate
Not only does organic food have pesticides, which the $100 billion Big Organic industry would rather you forget, but it even has synthetic pesticides.And that "Non-GMO Project" project sticker won't save you, because some boxes of Kashi GoLean Original cereal may have been "verified" by that piece ...
By Hank Campbell
Like Cigarettes Or Booze, E-Cigarettes Can Be Dangerous To Children
As the use of e-cigarettes has risen dramatically in the United States in recent years, so have calls to poison centers about them, yet most parents are unaware of potential dangers.The devices are used like cigarettes but instead of tobacco, they vaporize a liquid mixture of nicotine, glycerin ...
By News Staff
Shorter Women Have Shorter Pregnancies
Shorter mothers have shorter pregnancies, smaller babies, and higher risk for a preterm birth. New research has found that a mother's height directly influences her risk for preterm birth. Investigators at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Ohio Collaborative looked at 3,485 Nordic ...
By News Staff
Medicinal Marijuana Patients Battle Stigma
Before gluten sensitivity was a running joke in popular culture, medical marijuana held the preeminent position as easy humor fodder. The reason was simple: It did nothing for glaucoma, beyond the placebo range, and though the vast majority of clinical pain patients were women, 75 percent of the ...
By News Staff
Female Soldiers At No Greater Risk For PTSD In New Study Cohort
While past research on the question has found otherwise, a new study by Defense and Veterans Affairs researchers suggests that women in the military are at no greater risk than men for developing posttraumatic stress disorder, given similar experiences--including combat. The study involved active ...
By News Staff
Stem Cell Research Informed Consent: What To Know
Ongoing developments in stem cell science mean that researchers often have no idea how, one year down the line, they will use specimens of human biological material.But when a scientist takes a swab of your saliva, a sample of your blood or a piece of your skin to research a particular disease ...
By The Conversation
Feminists Believe Heterosexual Marriage Is Oppressive, Says Sociologist - And Surveys Prove It
Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but not to end non-marital relationships, according to Michael Rosenfeld, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford University. Rosenfeld's analysis relies on survey data from the 2009-2015 waves of the nationally representative How ...
By News Staff
Environmental Working Group, Gary Hirshberg And Organic Activists - All The Influence Money Can Buy
My husband is used to hearing snark about being a lobbyist. As the owner of a lobbying firm in Chicago, he takes most derogatory comments about his profession in stride. So imagine my surprise when he became outraged reading aloud a boilerplate description of Washington lobbyists in our daughter’s ...
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Processing Changes Could Lead To Better-tasting Grocery Store Tomatoes
Tomato lovers rejoice: Adding or rearranging a few simple steps in commercial processing could dramatically improve the flavor of this popular fruit sold in the grocery store, according to researchers. "Ideally, tomatoes should be picked ripe and then sold immediately, as they are at farm stands ...
By News Staff
Sustainability Won’t Make The World More Fair
The world’s governments are preparing to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations in September 2015. It is set to be a major international event, and the goals will be ushered in with tremendous fanfare; they are widely regarded as a historic step toward building a better ...
By The Conversation
Want A Better Sex Life? Change A Diaper
Do you want a better sex life and a better relationship to go with it? Sociologists say surveys show that if men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives ...
By News Staff
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