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NASA’s Boomerang-Like Aircraft, Kid Athletes Excel in Class, Citrus and Skin Cancer

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 10:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Boomerang-Like Aircraft Could Help NASA Find Landing Sites on Mars NASA has built a prototype of what it hopes to be the first aircraft to fly on Mars sometime in the 2020’s. Shaped like a boomerang, the flying wing Prandtl-m will be rather small, with a 61 cm wingspan, and weighing only about 454 grams. […]

Ultra-Dark Galaxies; Exoplanet With Comet-Like Tail; New Dinosaur Species

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 7:52 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers Find Huge Treasure Trove of Ultra-Dark Galaxies U.S. and Japanese researchers have discovered 854 “ultra dark galaxies” located within the Coma Cluster, about 321 million light years from Earth. Dark galaxies are described as those that are totally composed of or are mostly filled with dark matter, which cannot be seen by telescopes. Nevertheless, […]

Science Scanner: Cat Videos Can Help You, Permanent Dust Cloud Surrounds Moon

Posted June 17th, 2015 at 7:10 pm (UTC+0)
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Watching Cat Videos Can Give You a Boost You can hardly surf the Internet without stumbling across a cat video, and new research suggests those videos could actually be good for you.  Of all the categories of YouTube video content, videos of cats have had more views per video. It’s been suggested that there were […]

Poor Sleep Quality Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted June 15th, 2015 at 11:59 pm (UTC+0)
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Researchers have found that poor sleep could contribute to increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart attacks and strokes, are the number one cause of death worldwide, claiming 17 million lives each year, according to the World Health Organization. “Sleep disorders are very closely related to the presence of cardiovascular diseases,” […]

Science Scanner: Monster Galaxy; Mars Missions On Vacation

Posted June 8th, 2015 at 11:45 pm (UTC+0)
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Monster Galaxy Found Near Edge of Universe A group of researchers imaged a “monstrous galaxy” – SDP.81, located some 11.7 billion light-years from Earth, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and a natural magnification method called “gravitational lensing.” The researchers used the gravity of a massive galaxy 3.4 billion light-years away to […]

Stand Up and Move to Help Prevent Health Risks

Posted June 1st, 2015 at 10:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Stop sitting around so much. If you value your health, get up and move around. Sedentary office workers who want to avert the onset of some chronic diseases and possibly premature death should get up on their feet for at least two hours every work day. That is the part of a new set of recommendations […]

Paralyzed Man Wills Robotic Arm to Move

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 3:06 pm (UTC+0)
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A quadriplegic man can now operate a robotic arm using just his thoughts and imagination. Erik Sorto, who was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound 13 years ago, became the first person in the world to have a neuroprosthetic device implanted in the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), which is an area […]

Brain Activity May Hasten Death in Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted April 6th, 2015 at 7:00 pm (UTC+0)
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A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Michigan has found that when death induced by cardiac arrest is near, the brain bursts into a flurry of activity that may actually play a role in hastening the patient’s death. It is generally thought that the sudden eruption of signals between the brain and heart […]

Science Scanner: MAVEN Finds Surprises, Iron Rain, Exercise Boosts Cancer Treatment

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 8:18 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’S MAVEN Gives Scientists Double Surprise Scientists studying data transmitted by NASA’s ‘Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution’ or MAVEN spacecraft were surprised when they spotted unforeseen dust clouds that formed in an area about 150-300 kilometers above the surface of Mars and an aurora that glowed across the planet’s northern hemisphere. “If the dust originates […]

Tiny Protein Keeps Heart Beating in Time

Posted February 23rd, 2015 at 8:41 pm (UTC+0)
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The simple ‘thump-thump, thump-thump’ rhythm of a heartbeat can be quite deceiving. With each heartbeat or cardiac cycle, the heart pumps in blood and then pushes it back out. One half of the heart receives the deoxygenated (venous) blood used by our body and then sends it to our pulmonary system (lungs etc.) to again […]