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Hunting Neutrinos & Dark Matter In North America's Deepest Mine
Deep inside the largest and deepest gold mine in North America scientists are looking for dark matter particles and neutrinos instead of precious metals. The Homestake Gold Mine in Lawrence County, South Dakota was a going concern from about 1876 to 2001. The mine produced more than forty million ...
By Heidi Henderson
No Asteroid Warning For 2007 FT3 - What NASA's Sentry Table Says In Words - Are You Scared By Fake Asteroid News?
This may help with this and other fake asteroid news. It's a no hazard asteroid. There is no NASA warning at all. They have already removed 88 "no hazard" asteroids from their table so far this year.It's 11 million to one against, and it's like rolling 9 or 10 dice and getting a six every time ...
By Robert Walker
Frying Cancer With Vibrating Gold Nanoparticles
An antibody is an agent of the immune system that attaches to an antigen. Usually antibodies recognize antigens on a virus or bacteria and attach to the invader to mark it for destruction by other immune cells. In a new study,  University of Colorado Anschutz researchers engineered an antibody ...
By News Staff
No Toothpaste? Brush Your Teeth With An Arak Tree Twig
Most people use toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to clean their teeth, but their use is by no means universal. Many indigenous groups, as well as people in developing countries, use traditional techniques to clean their teeth. Some of these techniques are more effective than others. Many ...
By The Conversation
Fracking Correlated To Radon In Ohio - Here Is Why No One Is Actually At Risk
A study has taken a look at the radii of homes with measured data near natural gas wells and statistically linked that to higher radon.While some in media will use that to sound this week's 'science is killing us' alarm, the reality is that something that is not a concern is being linked to something ...
By Hank Campbell
A New Species Of Edrioasteroid From The Kinzers Formation
This beautiful specimen is Protoaster Haefneri, a new species of edrioasteroid, an extinct lower Cambrian genus of echinoderm from the Kinzers Formation of York County, Pennsylvania. The specimen was found by and named after Chris Haefner, and is set to be "unveiled" this September at a conference ...
By Heidi Henderson
Coahuilaceratops Of Northern Mexico
Coahuilaceratops or "Coahuila Horn Face," is a relatively new genus of Ornithischia Ceratopsidae, a  herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaur who lived during the Upper Cretaceous (late Campanian) near the town of Porvenir de Jalpa (about 64 km / 40 miles west of Saltillo) in what is now southern ...
By Heidi Henderson
Graptolites: Our Oldest Relatives
This fellow is the graptolite, Isograptus cf. maximus, from the Piranha Formation, Middle Ordovician (Dapingian), Bolivia.Graptolites (Graptolita) are colonial animals. The biological affinities of the graptolites have always been debatable. Originally regarded as being related to the hydrozoans ...
By Heidi Henderson
Optogenetics: Electronic Chip Mimics The Way The Brain Stores And Loses Information
Optogenetics biotechnology, using light to manipulate neurons so that they can be turned on or off, has led to a device that replicates the way the brain stores and loses information.The new chip is based on an ultra-thin material that changes electrical resistance in response to different wavelengths ...
By News Staff
Protoeaster Nodosus: Charmers Of The Indo-Pacific
 If you're lucky enough to swim in the warm, shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific region, you may encounter one of the most charming of all the sea stars, the Protoeaster nodosus. These beauties are commonly known as Horned Sea Stars or, my personal favorite, Chocolate Chip Sea Stars.They are ...
By Heidi Henderson
Living Fossil: Elephant Shrew
Meet one of the most adorable of all the Living Fossil species, the Elephant shrew, Macroscelides proboscideus, one of 15 species of this order. These small, quadrupedal, insectivorous mammals strongly resemble rodents or opossums with their scaly tails, elongated snouts, and rather longish legs ...
By Heidi Henderson
Plastic-Eating Caterpillars Study Called Into Question By Independent Look At The Data And Methods
In April 2017, journalists promoted a claim about plastic bag eating caterpillars which led to sensationalistic coverage in worldwide media. They could eat the sea-sized floating islands of plastic bags that don't actually exist.The science community was skeptical. The authors reported that ...
By News Staff
Smoking Continues To Decline While Attempts To Quit Among Those Still Doing It Remain Steady
In 1965, 42.4% of U.S. adults admitted to smoking on surveys. By 2017 that has dropped to 14% and that is due in large part to awareness efforts and to modern smoking cessation efforts. In 1965, quitting meant going "cold turkey" and sucking on candy to mimic the behavioral aspects of smoking addiction ...
By News Staff
New Vaping Restrictions Are A Big Win For Cigarette Companies
New efforts by the FDA and coastal cities to kill off e-cigarettes with bans and restrictions will drive existing users to smoke more cigarettes, according to new research from Duke Health. The findings, from a survey of 240 young U.S. adults who use both e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco ...
By News Staff
Confused About What To Eat? You're Not Alone, But Science Instead Of Hype Can Help
Do you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Do you want science-based information about diet but don’t know whom or what to believe?If you’re nodding in agreement, you’re not alone: More than 80% of Americans are befuddled.Yet it’s a lament that’s getting quite tiring ...
By The Conversation
Nutritional Supplements And Fad Diets Still Don't Work
A recent review of meta-analyses and 277 randomized controlled trials--in which nearly 1 million adults participated--to find out how various nutritional supplements and diets influenced mortality rates and cardiovascular outcomes found...not much.While a sensible diet has always made sense ...
By Hank Campbell
Ancient Archipelago: Haadala Gwaii-ai
A wreck with tales to tell at Naikoon in Haida Gwaii. The islands have gone by many names. To the people who call the islands home, Haida Gwaii means “island of the people,” it is a shortened version of an earlier name, Haadala Gwaii-ai, or “taken out of concealment.” Back at the time ...
By Heidi Henderson
Evidence Of Breeding Among Denisovans And Homo Sapiens In Asia 160,000 Years Ago
An analysis of a 160,000-year-old archaic human molar fossil discovered in China points to a different evolutionary path a rare trait primarily found in modern Asians than previously accepted timelines after Homo sapiens dispersed from Africa.The study centers on a three-rooted lower ...
By News Staff
Forget Coffee, Try Playing Minecraft For A Creative Boost
The next time you need to get a creative boost, try playing a video game. Not all day, that is the road to unemployment, but taking a break to play an open-ended building game, like Minecraft, has been found to increase creativity. Especially if you just do whatever you'd like.An experimental study ...
By News Staff
Psychological Impact Of Genetic Testing - Like All Psychology, It Depends
Population level metrics such as Body Mass Index (BMI) or statistical correlation using epidemiology don't do much to inform individual experience, and psychology faces the same issue. Surveys can tell us whatever surveys can tell us about what a particular group of people taking surveys think ...
By Hank Campbell
Adolescent "Sexting" Is Not At Epidemic Levels - But It's Not Going Down Either
The term sexting has been used to describe incidents where people take nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves and exchange that content via text or private social media messages. To adults it is recognized as somewhat ridiculous but at least there is the pretense of mature consent, that ...
By News Staff
Recreated Video Shows What Neil Armstrong Saw During The Apollo 11 Tranquility Base Lunar Landing
As the Apollo 11 Lunar Module approached the moon's surface for the first manned landing, commander Neil Armstrong switched off the auto-targeting feature of the LM's computer and flew the spacecraft manually. A new video, created at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration ...
By News Staff
Internet Joke Event - Why Crowd Of 500,000 Can't Storm Area 51 Across 26 Miles Of Desert
This is an internet joke event. Lots of people saying they will go just for the fun of it. Out of those 500,000 or more, it would be a surprise if 50 actually turn up. This is what they plan to do, a Naruto run (the bit at the end of this video about anime being illegal is a joke). (click ...
By Robert Walker
Dislike Of Even Legal Immigration Has Always Been Bipartisan
From the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban to its family separation policy, many Americans object to the White House’s hardline immigration policies as a historical aberration out of sync with U.S. values.Having explored the evolution of these policies and their consequences as both ...
By The Conversation
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This well-preserved fossil fish skull is from Calamopleurus (Agassiz, 1841), an extinct genus of...  more »
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