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Huge Iceberg Breaks Off from Greenland Glacier

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A NASA satellite has captured images of a huge iceberg breaking off from one of the largest glaciers in the Arctic territory of Greenland. The iceberg, which measures twice the size of New York City’s Manhattan island , broke off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier earlier this week. Images from NASA’s Aqua satellite showed the iceberg separating […]

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Silk Preserves Heat-Sensitive Drugs for Months without Refrigeration

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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New research suggests silk can provide a strong protective layer around medicines, eliminating the need to refrigerate them along lengthy global delivery routes. Most vaccines and other drugs must be kept cold, and currently, nearly half lose potency because of refrigeration glitches between the manufacturer and recipient. Using silk made from silkworm cacoons and sold […]

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Study: Female Owners of Cats More Prone to Suicide

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Researchers have found that women who own cats have an increased risk of suicide and mental health problems due to a common parasite found in their pet’s litter bins. A study found that women infected with the feline parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) were one-and-a-half times more likely to attempt suicide then those who are […]

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Anticipation Runs High Before Announcement on Elusive ‘Higgs Boson’

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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European physicists are expected to make an announcement early Wednesday (0200 EST/0600 UTC) about their latest findings in the 50-year quest for an elusive particle that many scientists consider one of the fundamental components of the universe. The Higgs boson, sometimes referred to as the “God particle,” is a theoretical subatomic particle thought to form […]

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3 ISS Astronauts Return to Earth

Posted July 1st, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Three astronauts from the International Space Station have arrived back on Earth. A Soyuz space capsule, slowed by a parachute, touched down in Kazakhstan Sunday afternoon with members of Expedition 31 from the ISS. The Soyuz undocked from the Space Station earlier Sunday. The astronauts, including American Don Petit, Russian Oleg Kononenko and Dutchman Andre […]

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Scientists Find Culprit in “Tasteless” Market Tomatoes

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Beware the gorgeous red tomato. In a cruel twist of fate, the same gene that enables a tomato to ripen evenly also robs it of sweetness, according to new research published in the journal Science. For decades, breeders have prized uniform color in tomatoes, a red, fleshy fruit native to the Americas that’s now grown […]

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Ancient Pot Shards Suggest Ceramics First Used 20,000 Years Ago

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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People began making ceramic pottery 20,000 years ago about 2000 years earlier than previously thought — according to a new analysis of ancient Chinese pot shards. The study, published in the journal Science, suggests that the craft of pottery predates farming by 10,000 years. And it proposes that fired ceramic containers were being used during […]

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Biomass Study Finds World’s Population 18.5 Million Tons Overweight

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Being fat is not usually considered an environmental problem. But that notion might be changing. A new global study estimates the world’s adult human biomass – the total weight of people living on the planet and suggests that obesity is taking a heavy toll on the world’s energy resources. For years, scientists have tracked the […]

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