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When Domesticated Cats Turn Deadly

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 6:16 pm (UTC+0)
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Most people view cats as harmless pets, but for birds and small mammals, the domesticated feline can be a deadly killer. A new study in Nature Communications finds bird and mammal mortality caused by outdoor cats is much higher than has been previously reported. Annual bird deaths in the United States are now estimated to […]

Study Finds Energy Use in Cities Causes Winter Warming

Posted January 28th, 2013 at 7:48 pm (UTC+0)
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Everyday energy consumption in urban areas could be significant enough to cause winter temperatures to rise. According to a new study funded by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), waste heat released in major cities in the Northern Hemisphere in the northern-most parts of North America and Eurasia. “The world’s most populated metropolitan areas, which […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted January 25th, 2013 at 5:50 pm (UTC+0)
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NIH Urged to Retire Lab Chimps

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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An advisory group has called on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to retire most of the nearly 700 chimps it owns or supports. NIH’s Council of Councils also recommended the medical research agency drastically cut back on the various medical studies involving the use of chimpanzees, while making certain those chimps that are still being studied are kept in […]

For Obese Kids, Serious Health Issues Can Start Early

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Obese children face many more immediate health issues and are at increased risk for medical, mental and developmental problems than was previously thought, according to a new report. The study based on UCLA research found that obese children – those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the 95th percentile or above - are nearly two times more likely […]

Scientists Discover Universe’s Largest Known Structure

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have found the largest known structure in the universe, a cluster of galactic cores so vast it would take four billion years for a spacecraft traveling at the speed of light to cross it. The sighting challenges a theory from Einstein which suggests such a massive object shouldn’t exist in the universe. A quasar […]

Apple’s iPhone Turns 6

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 7:53 pm (UTC+0)
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On Wednesday, January 9, the iPhone turned 6 years old. On that day in 2007 Apple’s late visionary leader Steve Jobs took the stage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco to address the Apple faithful about a new and highly anticipated product the company was unveiling. Describing it as a “leap frog product that […]

Milky Way Contains Billions of Earth-sized Planets, Studies Find

Posted January 9th, 2013 at 6:29 pm (UTC+0)
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There are at least 17 billion Earth-sized worlds in our Milky Way galaxy, according to two new studies. Both groups of scientists used data from NASA’s Kepler mission to reach their conclusions, which were presented to the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California. The scientists found that the closer the planets are to their […]

Mars Meteorite Sparks New Questions About Red Planet

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 7:47 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have determined a meteorite discovered in the Sahara Desert in 2011 is about 2.1 billion years old and could be the first meteorite to come from the surface of Mars. The meteorite, designated NWA (North West Africa) 7034 and nicknamed “Black Beauty,” weighs about 320 grams and is loaded with Martian water. It is […]

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 11:47 pm (UTC+0)
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Alan Alda, the internationally famous TV/movie actor, director and writer, is looking for answers to a question we’ve all pondered at some point in our lives – what is time?  So he recently issued a challenge to the world’s scientists to come up with a good explanation. While the question alone might stump even the […]

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