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Science Scanner: Hundreds of Newly Discovered Species at Risk

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC+0)
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There’s been a lot of buzz  lately about the discovery of more than 300 new species in the Philippines. Two of them appear to be garnering the most attention:  the Inflatable Shark and the Laughing Cicada. The find was the result of a survey – by researchers from the California Academy of Sciences – to […]

Why Antarctica is Melting so Fast

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists believe they’ve discovered why Antarctica’s ice is melting so fast. They say stronger ocean currents beneath West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below. Last week, we told you about a recent study noting that  sea levels have risen at the fastest rate in more than two millennia. Among […]

Did Life on Earth Begin on an Asteroid?

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC+0)
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Can life on Earth be traced to asteroids that crashed into our planet over the millenia? A recent research project provides evidence to support that theory. The study indicates that Earth-bound asteroids not only delivered the life-starting organic compounds, but also that these compounds evolved over time. A research team, led by University of Alberta […]

Science Scanner: Human GPS, Bat Planes and Rising Seas

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Do humans have natural built-in GPS systems? Probably not. But new research suggests we might have the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field, like many migratory animals.  University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists have found that a chemical produced by humans possesses, at least a molecular level, the capability to function in a magnetic […]

Ocean Faces Massive Extinction

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC+0)
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Our oceans are facing an ecological catastrophe which could wipe out a significant amount of sea life. That’s according to a just-released report summary by scientists and ocean experts who warn action must be taken now to ward off the disaster. According to the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), the oceans […]

New Internet Address Endings on the Way

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 5:26 pm (UTC+0)
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Move over dot-com.  Untold numbers of new Internet address endings are about to hit cyberspace. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages and oversees the complex structure of the Internet, announced today that it will soon be offering new Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) for use on the Web. You probably […]

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Can We All Get Along?

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 6:09 pm (UTC+0)
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An important part of life is being able to get along with each other.  But conflicts and misunderstandings, unfortunately, do happen.  While resolving disagreement and discord can be difficult for even those of us who share a common nation, language or culture, doing so between people who don’t share such commonalities can be even harder. […]

Science Scanner: There Goes the Sun

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 7:37 pm (UTC+0)
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For years, scientists have said the sun should be in a state called “solar maximum” at around 2012. That’s  when the sun experiences the greatest solar activity within its solar cycle; producing intense flares and experiencing an increase in sunspots. However, the scientists have noticed – and are a bit perplexed – that the sun […]

Get Ready for 2011′s First Lunar Eclipse

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:42 pm (UTC+0)
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If you live in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa or Australia, you’re in luck – you get to witness the first of 2011′s two total lunar eclipses. However, those of us who live in North and Central America won’t be as fortunate. We’ll either have to watch the video or read about the eclipse […]

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Smokers are Thinner for a Reason

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 5:12 pm (UTC+0)
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Have you ever noticed that people who smoke seem skinnier than those who don’t?  And that one of the top complaints for many who quit smoking is that they’ve gained weight? Behavioral neuroscientist Marina Picciotto of Yale University decided to find out if there is an actual connection between smoking and body weight.  Her recent research […]

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