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Astronomers May Have Spotted A Moon Orbiting an Extrasolar Planet

Posted April 11th, 2014 at 7:32 pm (UTC+0)
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According to NASA, more than 1,000 extrasolar planets have been confirmed in recent years. There are also thousands more potential planets beyond our solar system that are waiting to be discovered. Now, an international group of astronomers think they may have found the first exomoon, or moon circling an exoplanet, some 1,800 light years away […]

Researchers Test Real ‘Thinking Cap’

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 7:22 pm (UTC+0)
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Teachers often urge their students to  put on their “thinking caps” as a way of encouraging serious thought. However, a real thinking cap could someday become a reality. New research shows it’s possible to control the ability to learn by applying mild electrical current to the brain. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Vanderbilt […]

Caffeine Might Improve Long-term Memory

Posted January 13th, 2014 at 4:41 pm (UTC+0)
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Caffeine  not only gives us a daily jump start, but new research suggests it also can enhance long-term memory. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, nearly 90 percent of people worldwide consume about 200 milligrams of caffeine each day.  That’s equivalent to about one strong cup of coffee a day. Writing in “Nature […]

New-found Planet Defies Scientific Theory

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 8:14 pm (UTC+0)
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A newly-discovered  planet outside of our solar system has scientists rethinking how planets form. The international research team said the new exoplanet, with the registration number HD 106906b,  is not only huge, weighing 11 times Jupiter’s mass, but also orbits its sun from a distance of 650 au’s – astronomical units or 97,238,615,955 km.  In […]

Real-time Flu Forecasting Proves Successful in Large-scale Test

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 9:02 pm (UTC+0)
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A flu forecasting system that uses some of the same techniques as modern weather forecasting was not only able to  predict the timing of the 2012-2013 influenza season, but was able to do so nine weeks before the flu season peaked. Columbia University researchers say there were able to correctly predict that flu activity in […]

Gene Enhancers Give Human Face Its Final Look

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 8:19 pm (UTC+0)
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When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you ever wonder why you look the way you do?  Do you also wonder what biological processes were at work when it came time to shape and sculpt your face, which is as individual and unique as a fingerprint? The answer is in a little snippet […]

Scientists Make Progress on Artificial Limbs That Can Feel

Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:13 pm (UTC+0)
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Chicago researchers have made significant progress developing prosthetic limbs that can feel and touch. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers say they’ve established a foundation to develop touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs. This research could lead to a direct interface with the brain that could someday allow those who have lost […]

Scientists Learn More about Mysterious 3rd Van Allen Belt

Posted September 25th, 2013 at 7:49 pm (UTC+0)
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New research provides insight into the mysterious Van Allen radiation belts. There are normally two of these giant bands of high-energy radiation encircling the Earth. However, researchers discovered a third and previously unknown radiation ring that only lasted for about a month back in September 2012. Writing in a recent edition of Nature Physics, scientists from UCLA […]

Study: Sudden Explosion of Cambrian Period Animal Life Caused by a ‘Cascade of Events’

Posted September 19th, 2013 at 5:59 pm (UTC+0)
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Last week we told you about an Australian study that suggested that the evolution of life during the Cambrian Explosion took place at five times the rate it occurs today. Now, another group of scientists from Britain, in their newly published study, weigh in on the “Big Bang of Life.”  They propose that the explosion […]

World’s Largest Single Volcano Found Off Japan Coast

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 5:36 pm (UTC+0)
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Researchers have identified the largest volcano ever documented on the planet. It’s even bigger than Hawaii’s legendary Mauna Loa, which remains the biggest active volcano on our planet. Called Tamu Massif, this enormous dormant or inactive volcano is located within the huge underwater mountain range called Shatsky Rise formation about 1609 kilometers east of Japan. […]

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