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Are We Alone in the Universe?

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC+0)
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Many of  us believe finding some form of  life beyond our own planet is inevitable,  and the recent discovery of Earth-like planets – in a region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface – has renewed excitement about eventually finding extra-terrestrial life. However,  two Princeton University researchers suggest those expectations may be more […]

Coils of Lava Found on Mars

Posted April 27th, 2012 at 10:52 pm (UTC+0)
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An Arizona State University graduate student has discovered unique spiral patterns in solidified lava flows on the surface of Mars. In a paper published in Science, Andrew Ryan describes the snail-like patterns as ranging in size from about one meter to 30 meters across. While lava flows such as these have been found on the […]

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Titanic Director Backs Venture to Mine Platinum from Asteroids

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC+0)
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What do filmmaker and deep sea explorer, James Cameron, and Google co-founder, Larry Page, have in common? They’re both backing a new venture to extract natural resources, such as precious metals and water, from more than 1,500 near-Earth asteroids (NEA). The firm that plans to turn what sounds like science fiction into science fact is […]

Mystery Objects Spotted Piercing Saturn’s Ring

Posted April 24th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC+0)
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A NASA space probe studying Saturn recently treated scientists to a bit of a surprise – rather odd little objects piercing in and out the planet’s F Ring, leaving a glittering trail of mini-jets behind. The objects appear to travel in packs, producing multiple mini-jets which look like the barb of a harpoon. Scientists already […]

Brain Blood Flow Changes Could Trigger Brain Freeze, Migraines

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC+0)
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You’ve got a delicious ice cream cone in your hand and you can’t wait to taste it. You quickly take a big bite out of the frozen treat when – BANG – you get this incredibly intense shooting pain in your head. Some call it an ice cream headache or brain freeze.  Although it can […]

Running Down Body’s Internal Clock Can Make You Sick

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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Our internal body clock may play a role in determining whether we get sick or not, according to a recent study from  Yale University. Any disruption to our body’s 24-hour clock, such as not having enough sleep, can cause it to run down, leaving us susceptible to infection and illness. Our internal circadian clock is […]

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Study: Eating Meat Helped Human Species Spread

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 10:45 pm (UTC+0)
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Vegetarians and animal right groups may take issue with this, but a new study has revealed that when humans started to include meat in their diets, mothers were able to wean their children earlier, which allowed them to have more children, which in turn helped the human species spread throughout the world. Researchers from Lund […]

Like Sports Teams, Solar Systems May Swap Planets

Posted April 18th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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Like sports teams swapping players, billions of stars within our own galaxy may have traded planets which once wandered freely throughout the galaxy in interstellar space with each other. Those findings, from a new study, could explain why some planets within a solar system have an orbit far from their host stars.  The study’s authors […]

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Study Shows Gulf Oil Spill Harmed Deep-sea Coral

Posted April 13th, 2012 at 11:30 pm (UTC+0)
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New research suggests the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil  spill did serious damage to deep sea corals. Communities near the Deepwater Horizon spill site show varying degrees of injury – from sick to dying to dead, according to research led by Penn State University Professor of Biology Charles Fisher. The study finds that coral communities […]

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Scientists Gain New Insight into Dark Matter

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 10:30 pm (UTC+0)
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While they still don’t know what dark matter is, scientists using data collected by NASA, now know a little more about what it’s not. After analyzing two years’ worth of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, they’ve eliminated four possible types of particles thought to make up the mysterious substance. Experts theorize about 80 […]

Posted in Physics
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