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Fatter Population Threatens World Food Supply

Posted June 29th, 2012 at 5:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Turns out obesity isn’t just a health issue;  all of that overeating could seriously cut into the future world food supply. According to a new study from Great Britain, if the current worldwide obesity epidemic continues unabated, maintaining enough food to feed the world could actually become a much more serious challenge. Right now, the […]

NASA Launches Online Game for Would-be Rocket Scientists

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 6:24 pm (UTC+0)
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If you think you have what it takes to build a satellite, NASA has just introduced an online game that might appeal to you. With “Build It Yourself: Satellite!” the US space agency offers users the chance to act as engineers and astronomers who conceive and build their own special virtual satellite. “It’s fun to […]

Stonehenge Mystery Solved?

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 7:04 pm (UTC+0)
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As crowds converged on Stonehenge last week for the summer solstice, a new study based on 10 years of archaeological investigations revealed the ancient monument was built to unify all of the people of Britain. For years, experts have tried to uncover the many mysteries of Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric sites, […]

NASA Makes Surprise Discovery in Arctic Ocean

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA has discovered phytoplankton are much more abundant in Arctic waters than any other ocean region on Earth, which could have a huge impact on our understanding of the region’s ecology. Space agency officials say the revelation is as dramatic and unexpected as finding a rainforest in the middle of a desert. The microscopic, one-celled […]

Insects Use Plants as Telephones to Communicate, Leave ‘Voicemail’

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Like humans, insects communicate with each other by “telephone” and can even leave messages, according to Dutch researchers. No special electronics are needed because the bugs literally use green technology – plants – to communicate. According to the new study from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and Wageningen University, insects which live in and above […]

Scientists Move Closer to Predicting Volcanic Eruptions

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 6:47 pm (UTC+0)
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Oregon scientists who correctly predicted the 2011 eruption of the Axial Seamount underwater volcano years before it occurred, now say another underwater volcano off the Oregon coast gave off signals just hours before it erupted. Underwater hydrophones showed a sudden increase in seismic energy about 2.6 hours before the eruption started about 400 kilometers off […]

European Scientists Hope to Send Humans Back to the Moon

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC+0)
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A team of European scientists wants to send people back to the moon, ending the 40-year break from human lunar exploration. The group not only wants to see a resumption of lunar exploration, but it recommends those efforts be dramatically stepped-up. In a report to be published in “Planetary and Space Science,” the authors argue […]

New Web-based Program Helps Doctors Save Lives

Posted June 8th, 2012 at 6:51 pm (UTC+0)
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Heart failure is one of the most common causes of hospitalization and is among the most expensive chronic diseases to treat.  When a patient comes in to the emergency room complaining about having difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, or chest tightness, the health care professionals must decide then and there if the patient is […]

See Jupiter’s Newly-discovered Tiny Moon in Motion

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 7:53 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers have found that one of two recently-discovered moons of Jupiter is just two kilometers in diameter and may be the smallest of Jupiter’s 67 satellites. Back in September 2010, scientists discovered two unknown distant satellites of Jupiter while conducting routine tracking observations of the planet’s previously identified moons. To confirm that these were indeed […]

Birds Ended Reign of Super-sized Insects

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Some 300 million years  super-sized insects – some as large as  hawks – swarmed the Earth.  The largest of these mega-insects was a predatory dragonfly-like creature with a wingspan of up to 75 centimeters. That was during the late Carboniferous- early Permian periods, when the atmosphere was rich with oxygen. But then, 150 million years […]

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