Science

Cloud Behavior Indicates 60 Billion Planets In Milky Way Could Be Habitable

July 3, 2013
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A new study on how clouds affect temperatures on alien planets has expanded the number of exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, which are believed to be capable of supporting life, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

via Cloud Behavior Indicates 60 Billion Planets In Milky Way...

Scientists discover ‘lost city’ Ciudad Blanca in Honduras

May 16, 2013
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Researchers believe they may have located the rumored-yet-unconfirmed city of la Ciudad Blanca, the “White City” thought to have been described by Hernan Cortez to King Charles V in 1526. Cortez and others thought the fabled city to be a huge metropolis filled with riches but it was never found—until...

78,000 apply for private Mars colony project

May 11, 2013
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About 78,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced Tuesday, May 7. Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more...

NH auction house offers EKG of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat taken when he stepped onto moon

May 5, 2013
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Well, here’s one for the guy or girl who has everything.

AMHERST, N.H. – A New Hampshire auction house is offering an EKG of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat taken at the moment he first set foot on the moon.

Amherst-based RR Auction will take bids on the electrocardiogram, which registered a normal heartbeat, and...

Einstein’s theory of Gravity Proved Right

April 26, 2013
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I knew that! heh

Scientists have subjected Albert Einsteins famous theory of gravity to its toughest real-world test so far—and it has prevailed.

The theory, which was published nearly a century ago, had already passed every test it was subjected to. But scientists have been trying to pin down precisely at what point...

Horsehead Nebula: Herschel telescope images astronomical classic

April 20, 2013
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Neat stuff.

Europe’s Herschel space telescope has imaged one of the most popular subjects in the sky – the Horsehead Nebula – and its environs.

The distinctively shaped molecular gas cloud is sited some 1,300 light-years from Earth in the Constellation Orion. (more…)

Mars settlers wanted. Send audition tape

April 16, 2013
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Well, I am considering moving….

Aspiring astronauts and wannabe reality TV stars, take note: A nonprofit that aims to send the first human colonists to Mars by 2023 will start taking applications in July of this year.

via  latimes.com.

Hawaii clears land use for the 30 Meter Telescope

April 14, 2013
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An eye on the sky. Neat image at link.

The Thirty Meter Telescope has been under development for more than a decade, but the sheer amount of land needed on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea for its namesake main mirror has proved problematic: locals have formally challenged the multi-university effort over concerns that it...

You can’t buy rights to name exoplanet, says astronomy group

April 14, 2013
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Damn and I was so counting on a real Riehl world one day.

There may not be an alien planet named Heinlein any time soon if the International Astronomical Union (IAU) gets its way. The astronomy group issued a reminder April 12 that it is the only body authorized to give exoplanets...

Amateur space enthusiasts may have discovered missing Soviet Mars lander

April 13, 2013
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Cool. Photos at link below:

Photos captured from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may provide new clues about a Soviet spacecraft that mysteriously vanished 40 years ago. In a press release published Thursday, NASA credited a group of amateur Russian space enthusiasts with discovering what could be remnants of the...

Cool graphics: Brains as Clear as Jell-O for Scientists to Explore

April 12, 2013
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Graphics at link:

The visible brain has arrived — the consistency of Jell-O, as transparent and colorful as a child’s model, but vastly more useful.

via NYTimes.com.

Strong hints of dark matter detected by space station

April 3, 2013
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Physicists announced on Wednesday that they have discovered the most convincing evidence yet of the existence of dark matter – the particles that are thought to make up a quarter of the universe but whose presence has never been confirmed.

Members of an international team gathered at Nasa in Washington and...

Doctors report first cure of HIV, virus that causes AIDS, in a child

March 3, 2013
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For the first time, doctors are reporting that they have cured a child of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The landmark finding will help scientists better understand the nature of HIV, doctors say, and could potentially help countless HIV-positive babies in developing countries.

“I’m sort of holding my breath that this child’s...

NASA Discovers New Radiation Belt Around Earth

March 1, 2013
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A ring of radiation previously unknown to science fleetingly surrounded Earth last year before being virtually annihilated by a powerful interplanetary shock wave, scientists say.

NASA’s twin Van Allen space probes, which are studying the Earth’s radiation belts, made the cosmic find. The surprising discovery — a new, albeit temporary, radiation belt...

One rat brain ‘talks’ to another using electronic link

March 1, 2013
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So much for science fiction.

The wired brain implants allowed sensory and motor signals to be sent from one rat to another, creating the first ever brain-to-brain interface.

The scientists then tested whether the rat receiving the signal could correctly interpret the information.

via BBC News.

Scientists find genetic link among 5 major psychiatric diseases

March 1, 2013
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Hmm

A study published in The Lancet on Thursday reveals that a common genetic thread links five well-known psychiatric diseases: autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia.

The study was conducted by an international research collaboration, looking at the genomes of more than 60,000 patients of European ancestry. Scientists...

Hmm … Cosmos may be ‘inherently unstable’

February 19, 2013
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A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it.

It all depends on some precise numbers related to the Higgs that researchers are currently trying to pin down.

A “Higgs-like” particle was first seen at the...

MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism “quantum spin liquid” (QSL)

December 21, 2012
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Cool:

A state of magnetism predicted in 1987 has been observed for the first time at MIT, with researchers saying that it might one day find applications in storage and communications technologies.

The “one day” is still quite some way off, however, with the researchers only at the very beginning of observing the...

Family doorstop turns out to be 4 billion-year-old meteorite

October 22, 2012
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The damned thing laid around long enough doing nothing. Nice to know someone put it to good use!  – via Yahoo! News.

The doorstop on Donna and George Lewis’ porch traveled a long way to get there.

The 33-pound rock, something of a family heirloom, was found in a cow pasture near Tazewell, Tenn., in the...

A pair of Milky Ways smash into each other 300 million light-years away

October 21, 2012
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I thought they meant the candy bar when I clicked on it. Honest!

You can click the link below to read the rest. It’s not that long, but interesting.

These two galaxies have been slowly merging for eons, and the process is now almost over — indeed, the galaxies now share a single...

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