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Forty Years Later, US Flags Remain on Moon

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 6:47 pm (UTC-4)

Some of the most iconic moments in American history occurred when the Apollo astronauts planted U.S. flags on the lunar surface in the 1960s and 70s. It’s been nearly 40 years since Apollo 17, the  final manned U.S. mission to the moon, left the last of six American flags on the its surface. What happened […]

Scientists Discover How Oceans Store Carbon

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 5:14 pm (UTC-4)

Scientists have discovered  how carbon dioxide is drawn from the atmosphere and stored  deep in the ocean. According to a new study published in Nature Geoscience, instead of CO2 being evenly absorbed deep into the water over wide areas of the Southern Ocean, it is pulled down and locked away from the atmosphere through localized […]

Massive Tsunami Debris Highlights Problem of Trashed Oceans

Posted July 27th, 2012 at 7:24 pm (UTC-4)

About a year after the  Japanese earthquake and tsunami, debris from the disaster drifted across the Pacific Ocean, washing up on beaches in the western United States and Canada. At first, it consisted mostly of  small and lightweight materials like pieces of Styrofoam or soccer balls.  After a while, the wayward debris began to get […]

Space Pioneer Sally Ride Dies at 61

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Dr. Sally Kristen Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, died at age 61 on Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ride shattered NASA’s gender barrier and earned her place in the history books on June 18, 1983 when she flew into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, serving as a Mission Specialist. […]

Bioengineered Jellyfish Could Help Heal Human Hearts

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 6:20 pm (UTC-4)

By combining rat cardiac muscle cells with silicone, scientists have  bioengineered a free-swimming jellyfish which could eventually lead to improved treatment for heart disease. Researchers from Harvard and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) say  their creation shows  it’s possible to reverse-engineer a variety of muscular organs and simple life forms, allowing for a broader definition […]

Science Photos of the Week

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-4)


Glove Improves Sensation, Motor Skills for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 6:51 pm (UTC-4)
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Researchers in Georgia have developed a glove which seems to improve touch sensation and motor skills for people with severe spinal cord injuries. The Mobile Music Touch (MMT) looks like a regular workout glove, except for the small box mounted on the back. Along with a piano keyboard, the glove is used to help people […]

What They Say, and What You Hear, Can Differ

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 3:42 pm (UTC-4)

The brain isn’t always entirely accurate when it comes to processing language, according to a new study. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) finds we may not be processing every word see hear or read. This can mean our brain doesn’t pick up on changes made to key words in a sentence, even if […]

Is There Another Higgs Boson Out There?

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 7:27 pm (UTC-4)

Tired, and rushing to meet a looming deadline,  Dr. Pierre Savard and his colleagues didn’t realize what they’d found when they first came across a particle that looked a lot like the long-sought-after Higgs boson.  But it didn’t take long for them to realize their hard work had paid off. “When we looked at it, […]

Advanced Telescope Optics Spot Faraway Planets

Posted July 11th, 2012 at 6:47 pm (UTC-4)
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Astronomers have a powerful new tool to help them in their search for  planets outside of our solar system. Project 1640 is a first-of-its-kind, high-contrast imaging program which combines high-tech instrumentation and software, giving scientists the ability to spot planets orbiting distant suns in star systems outside of our solar system. Ever since the search […]

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