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Tidal Disruption Event: Black Hole Eats Star, Beams Signal To Earth
Roughly 90 percent of the biggest black holes are dormant, meaning that they are not actively devouring matter and therefore not giving off any light or other radiation. Yet dormant is not dead, so when a star wanders too close, the ensuing feeding frenzy - a tidal disruption event - sets ...
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Creating Venus: 'Electric Wind' Can Strip Planets Of Oceans And Atmospheres
Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans, according to new results from ESA's Venus Express mission by NASA-funded researchers. Venus is in many ...
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Program Of The Statistics Session At QCHS 2016
I am happy to announce here that a session on "Statistical Methods for Physics Analysis in the XXI Century" will take place at the "Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum" conference, which will be held in Thessaloniki on August 28th to September 3rd this year. I have already mentioned ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Emergent Parameters And High Throughput Screening
When optimizing in multi-dimensional parameter spaces, local maximums are not as much of a problem as being misguided by maximums that are constrained on a lower dimensional subspace. Therefore, so called ‘walk-in’ methods are necessary. They must explore all directions of the high dimensional ...
By Sascha Vongehr
Breathing Space For The Gulf Stream
Greenland's glaciers are melting, but they do that every year. However, a recent computer simulation sounds the alarm about a 50 percent increase in the freshwater flux since 1990, which is too narrow a timeframe for scientific purposes, it is the target date for the original Kyoto treaty on global ...
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Toward Greener Solar Cells
Solar energy wants to become an alternative source to fossil fuels but no one wants to incur the much higher cost required by continued subsidies. Rather than  trying to create large solar farms, which are invariably blocked by environmental lawsuits, the move is on to go small and avoid regulations ...
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Extinction: The Asteroid That Got The Dinosaurs Almost Got All Mammals Too
A new paper in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology reviewed all mammal species known from the end of the Cretaceous period in North America and found that over 93 percent became extinct across the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, due to the same asteroid that killed the dinosaurs in the Cretaceous ...
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Ancient DNA Shows Perfect Storm Felled Ice Age Giants
Giant Ice Age species including elephant-sized sloths and powerful saber-toothed cats that once roamed the windswept plains of Patagonia, southern South America, were finally felled by a perfect storm of a rapidly warming climate and humans, according to a paper in Science Advances. The timing ...
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Dear California: Why Is Farming Science A Bad Thing Again?
For decades we have been told that salmon is good for us, for everything from heart health to brain function. And we should eat more of it.But if more people actually listened to those dietary recommendations, they would run squarely up against environmental activists and the media outlets (i.e ...
By Hank Campbell
First Harvest Of Ancient Southern Wheat Exceeds Expectations
Whole Foods shoppers and other anti-science groups may not like it, but scientists have taken the first step of an ongoing-process designed to bring a valuable heirloom wheat back from the brink of extinction.  Purple Straw is the only heirloom wheat to have been cultivated continually in ...
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Fighting Resistant Blood Cancer Cells In Leukemia
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) develops through chromosomal alterations in blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and usually occurs in older persons. Around 20 percent of adults diagnosed with leukemia suffer from this type of blood cancer. The protein Gab2 works as an enhancer of cancer-causing ...
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Why Life Can't Happen Without Water - Folding
We know water is essential to life as we know it, but why?  A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides strongest evidence that proteins--the large and complex molecules that fold into particular shapes to enable biological reactions--can't fold themselves. Rather ...
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CAR T Cell Therapy Can Now Target Solid Tumors
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, which edits a cancer patient's T cells to recognize their tumors, has successfully helped patients with aggressive blood cancers but has yet to show the ability to treat solid tumors. To overcome this hurdle, researchers genetically engineered human ...
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You Knew This: Healthy Diet Linked With Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
The risk of people developing Type 2 diabetes is lower for people who consume more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, notes a study in PLOS Medicine.This makes sense. Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease, it occurs in people who eat too many calories and don't exercise. Anyone ...
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Unhealthy Food Is The Biggest Cause Of Death In The UK, This Scholar Says He Can Fix It
British taxpayers spend billions for the health care of an increasingly overweight population. The World Health Organisation predicts that almost three-quarters of men and two-thirds of women in the UK will be overweight or obese by 2030.Graham MacGregor is Professor of Cardiovascular ...
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As Safe As Coffee? Is Nicotine Vapor In E-cigarettes Really Harmless?
A core platform of the massive promotion of e-cigarettes has been the argument that because these products involve no combustion but only vaporization, they must be substantially less dangerous than smoked tobacco. Few – including me – would disagree with that. There’s no carbon monoxide ...
By The Conversation
9,000 Years: Origin Of Farmed Rice Gets Pushed Back
Rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. The oldest evidence of domesticated rice in China has now been pushed back to 9,000 years ago, thanks to a team of archaeologists. Working with the Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in Zhejiang Province, China, the team found ...
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Psychiatric Diagnoses Not Valid For African-Americans, Says Sociologist
Depression is different for African-Americans than Caucasian-Americans or Latin-Americans, and   the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the primary source of diagnostic information for clinicians, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies ...
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5 Things To Know Before You Leave School
Dear class of 2016,Finishing school can be a daunting experience but you are young, bright and have your future ahead of you — easy for me to say, you might think.I could fill a book with the things I wish I’d known when I left school – how to iron, how to put up a shelf, how invaluable learning ...
By The Conversation
Galactic Random-Genocide From Quantum-Relativistic Ethics With Diversity-Doctrine Or Donald Trump
Long Title: "Galactic Random-Genocide from Quantum-Relativistic Plenitude Principled Multiversial Many-Minds Ethics under the Doctrine of Diversity or Donald Trump"Alternative Title: The 1 CC = 50 FF or FFF Theorem or One Concealed Carry saves Fifty Feely Faggots in a parallel universe under Donaldo ...
By Sascha Vongehr
HIPAA: How Laws For Medical Care Hindered Response To Orlando Massacre
Buddy Dyer, a government worker in Orlando, stated, at approximately 12:30 PM on Sunday, June 12, 2016, soon after the mass shootings in Orlando, that the most important thing right now is to waive the HIPAA laws so the physicians taking care of 53 injured patients can communicate with their distraught ...
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5 Laws About Corpses That May Spook You
Death touches everyone at some stage during their lives, and usually more than once. It also triggers certain laws around what happens to the body after death – and some glaring omissions.1. Corpse disposal – the basicsRespect for the dead and protecting public health make burial or cremation ...
By The Conversation
How To Win Money Betting On Euro 2016
UK bookmakers will undoubtedly benefit from three of the home nations (England, Northern Ireland and Wales) making it to the Euro 2016 finals. But if you want to bet with your head, rather than your heart, where should you put your money?You might be surprised that there is sometimes a way that ...
By The Conversation
What's Being Done To Prevent A Terrorist Attack During Euro 2016?
While American news media speculates about how much of Omar Mateen's motivation for his attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando was due to Muslim beliefs and how much was due to anti-gay sentiment, the ease with which someone can enter soft targets has renewed concern about the Euro 2016 soccer tournament ...
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