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The Eyes Have It! Evolution’s Witness: How Eyes Evolved

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 10:49 pm (UTC-4)

According to an old proverb,  the eyes are the windows of the soul.  They’re also  one of the most important accomplishments of evolution, nature’s perfect camera providing us with a vivid visual sense of the world around us. However, did you ever wonder how the eye came to be? What caused the eye to be […]

Science Scanner: Scientists Find Fried-egg Nebula Which Dwarfs the Sun

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 8:23 pm (UTC-4)

Astronomers have found nebulae that resemble a horse’s head, a check  mark, a crab, an owl and a fried egg. New pictures of a hyper-giant star, formally known  as IRAS 17163-3907, show it’s surrounded by a huge double shell. The star and its shells resemble an egg white around a yolky center, so University of […]

60-Million-Year-Old Crocodile Relative Discovered

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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The fossilized remains of a 60-million-year-old, long-extinct, freshwater relative to the modern crocodile have been found by University of Florida researchers. The 20-foot-long, fish-eating ancient crocodile is believed to be the first known land animal from the Paleocene New World tropics. It was discovered in the same northeastern Colombian coal mine as titanoboa, the world’s […]

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Was Einstein Wrong?

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 5:27 pm (UTC-4)

Unthinkable? If a finding released Thursday by scientists in Geneva proves to be true, the world’s most famous equation – Albert Einstein‘s E=MC2 – could be moot, undoing our current understanding of the physical world. Einstein revealed that equation in his special theory of relativity released in 1905. It asserted that energy equals mass times […]

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Recording Dreams

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-4)

Imagine waking up from a vivid, wonderful dream that you can play back for others just like a video. Recent work by California researchers could pave the way to reproduce and play back the movies in our minds that is, our dreams and memories. Members of the research team at the University of California, Berkeley […]

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Science Scanner: Social Networking Could Hinder Freedom Movements

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 7:38 pm (UTC-4)

Online social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have recently been hailed as powerful and effective communications tools for social and political movements throughout the world. However, according to a new study from Penn State University researchers, these popular sites may not be as uniformly beneficial or robust as suggested. For example, in nations like […]

Intelligent T-Shirt Monitors Patient’s Vital Signs, Movements

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 6:08 pm (UTC-4)

Spanish scientists have developed a so-called “intelligent t-shirt,” which can wirelessly monitor and record a patient’s vital signs. But that’s not all, say researchers at Carlos III University in Madrid. This “intelligent” t-shirt can also locate and track patients within the closed spaces of the health care facility, even going so far as to determine […]

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Lifelong Musicians Hear Better Than the Rest of Us

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Lifelong musicians are less likely to experience age-related hearing problems than non-musicians, according to a new Canadian study. The National Institutes of Health says one-third of Americans between 65 and 74 has hearing problems, as do half of those who are 85 and older. Among the hearing problems many older people experience is difficulty understanding […]

Science Scanner: 50 New Planets, Some Earth-like, Discovered

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 8:19 pm (UTC-4)

Astronomers in Chile have discovered more than 50 new planets outside the Solar System, including some with potential Earth-like qualities. The astronomers say the discovery is the largest number of such planets ever announced at one time. They presented their findings at the Extreme Solar Systems II conference this week in Wyoming. The new planets […]

OUCH! Developing a Machine that Measures Pain

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 9:56 pm (UTC-4)
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“Would you describe your pain as being sharp, aching, or throbbing, in nature or do you feel pressure?” “On a scale of one to 10, how much pain would you say you’re experiencing right now?” That subjective quiz has pretty much been the method doctors have used for years to determine the kind and severity […]

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