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Moon May Have Formed From Earth’s Leftovers

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 8:27 pm (UTC+0)
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The Earth and its moon started with a big bang, according to a new theory from NASA scientists, who believe both were born out of collisions between two massive developing planets.The new theory suggests the two giant planetary bodies, each about five times the size of Mars, collided with each other twice. After the first collision, […]

Crabs Aren’t Hermits When It Comes to House Hunting

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 4:59 pm (UTC+0)
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Despite its name, the hermit crab can be a very social creature.  In fact, when searching for a new home, the crustacean gets by with a little help from its friends, according to a new study in Current Biology. The hermit crab, which is vulnerable to predators, protects itself by making its home in abandoned […]

Telescope Survey Reveals Universe’s Dark Secrets

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 12:16 am (UTC+0)
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Scientists have released the final version of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Legacy Survey (CFHTLS), data gathered over six years which probes deep recesses of the Universe, including galaxies as far as nine billion light-years away. This treasure trove of information  will allow scientists to better study dark matter; energy;  new, developing and evolving galaxies; and any […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:43 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists Discover Planet Covered in Diamonds

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 6:34 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have found a planet outside of our solar system which could be a true diamond in the rough. This gem of a planet is twice Earth’s size, according to the US-Franco team that found it, and its surface appears to be covered in graphite and diamond. Researchers estimate that at least one-third of the […]

Skipping Breakfast Prompts Brain to Make Poor Food Choices

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 5:56 pm (UTC+0)
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Skipping breakfast sets the brain up to make poor food choices later in the day, according to a new study. Scientists from the MRC Clinical Science Centre at London’s Imperial College, compared the brain scans and eating patterns of people both after eating breakfast and when they were fasting. They found that those who avoid […]

Volunteers Help Discover Extra-Solar Planet

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 6:12 pm (UTC+0)
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The recent discovery of a four-star planet highlights the growing value of citizen scientists, non-professional enthusiasts – including  hobbyists, educators and amateur scientists – who participate in scientific endeavors. The discovery of the extrasolar planet dubbed PH1, which orbits twin suns and is itself orbited by a second distant pair of stars, was made through the combined efforts […]

Collaboration is Key in Creating Games That Make Learning Fun

Posted October 13th, 2012 at 2:47 pm (UTC+0)
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Educators, businesses, public service organizations and media outlets have all discovered that developing and offering a variety of computer and smartphone games and applications is a successful way to engage and communicate with their audiences as well as providing challenging, but entertaining learning opportunities. The U.N. Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) also sees the growing value […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 6:07 pm (UTC+0)
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A Woman’s Drive to be Thin May be in Her Genes

Posted October 5th, 2012 at 5:23 pm (UTC+0)
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While cultural and societal factors have long been thought to influence how women see themselves in the mirror, a new study in Michigan has revealed that genetics may also play a role in making some women more vulnerable to the pressure of being thin. Many people today, especially women, have taken the modern axiom, “Thin […]

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