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Ocean Health Rates 60 Out of 100

Posted August 31st, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC+0)
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For many students, getting 60 percent on a test is practically a failing grade.  Yet a new study, which rates overall ocean health at 60 out of a 100, suggests that score is not as bad as some think. The Ocean Health Index (OCI) assesses the health of the oceans using a wide spectrum of […]

Curiosity Beams Back Stunning Mars Images, Human Voice

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 6:46 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s Curiosity rover has beamed back spectacular HD photos of the Martian surface. Captured by a 100-millimeter telephoto lens and 34-milllimeter wide angle lens, the images show the dark dunes,  layered rock and canyons of Mount Sharp, a mountain inside Gale Crater, where the rover landed. NASA also released photos of Curiosity at work as […]

Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dead at 82

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 7:43 pm (UTC+0)
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Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the surface of the moon, died Saturday  from heart-surgery related complications. He was 82. It was more than 40 years ago that Armstrong uttered the now-iconic words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” forever sealing his place in history. He spoke the […]

NASA Plans Another Mission to Mars

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 3:49 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA just can’t get enough of Mars.  Two weeks after successfully landing  the much-ballyhooed rover Curiosity on the red planet, officials at the U.S. space agency announced that yet another  mission to Mars is set for 2016. The InSight mission, which stands for “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport,” will investigate deep […]

Need to Check Your Cholesterol? Take a Picture

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:34 pm (UTC+0)
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Checking your cholesterol could soon be as simple as snapping a picture of your hand. Folks with an aversion to needles will welcome news that researchers in India have developed a cholesterol test which uses a digital camera instead of needles. N.R. Shanker and his colleagues from the Sree Sastha Institute of Engineering and Technology […]

Study: Not Keeping Physically Active Could Kill You

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 12:17 am (UTC+0)
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Are the technologies and comforts of modern society making us inactive and lazy? In a recent study published by the British medical journal, the “Lancet,” in 2008 physical inactivity led to the death of nearly 5.3 million people across the world – that’s one in every 10 deaths. It’s been reported that the problem of […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 4:04 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists Find Fault with Chemical in Antibacterial Products

Posted August 13th, 2012 at 7:11 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists in Colorado and California say in a study recently published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have found that a chemical used in some antibacterial soaps and similar products can obstruct muscle contractions. They say that at a cellular level, the chemical can slow a fish’s swimming abilities […]

Stormy Sun Weather Could Damage World’s Power Grids

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 10:44 pm (UTC+0)
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Stormy weather on the sun could soon wreak havoc on Earth, knocking the world’s power grids off line while damaging communication equipment, satellites,  spacecraft and GPS systems, possibly leaving us  unable to communicate or transact normal business. Mike Hapgood, a scientist who specializes in space weather at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in England, told Reuters […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 7:38 pm (UTC+0)
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