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Moon, Earth Might be Solar System’s Babies

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 11:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Looking at our own world or up at the moon, we may think that we’re looking at a celestial body that’s as old as the solar system itself. That is what scientists have thought for years. The common estimate of the moon’s age is 4.5 billion years old, which was determined by mineralogy and chemical […]

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Science Scanner: Humanoid Robot Wakes Up in Space

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 7:48 pm (UTC-4)

After snoozing for a couple of months in a storage bag aboard the International Space Station, Robonaut 2 (R2) finally woke up in space for the first time this past Monday. Back in February, when the space shuttle Discovery took off on its final mission, we had a piece on our radio show about some […]

Earth’s Oldest Fossils Could Provide Clues to Life on Other Planets

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 7:37 pm (UTC-4)

Researchers from England and Australia recently found some microfossils in a remote part of Western Australia. Before you click away and say, “Big deal another fossil find,” hang with me for a bit. The microscopic fossils, according to the researchers, are 3.4 billion years old, making them Earth’s oldest fossils. The fossils resulted from life […]

Posted in Paleontology, Space

North America and Antarctica Were Attached to Each Other

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Scientists  have found the strongest evidence yet that  North America and Antarctica were once connected. The international team discovered that rocks collected from the Franklin Mountains in West Texas have the same chemical and geological properties – as well as the exact same composition of lead isotopes – as rocks collected from Coats Land, an […]

Science Scanner: Jodie Foster’s Real-Life Search for ET

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 8:13 pm (UTC-4)

Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster is blending fiction with reality in her effort to jump-start the real-life search for extra terrestrial intelligence. Foster starred in “Contact”, the movie adaptation of a book by the late Carl Sagan. In the 1997 movie, she played Eleanor Arroway, a gifted scientist who becomes the director of a project  dedicated to […]

Study: It’s OK to Be Fat

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 7:11 pm (UTC-4)

Despite current conventional wisdom to the contrary, a new study suggests that being fat can actually be good for you. Obese people, who are otherwise healthy, can live just as long as those who are thinner, and are less likely to die of cardiovascular causes, according to the study from Toronto’s York University, The WHO […]

Gamers, Filmgoers Could Soon Feel Jolt of Onscreen Car Crash

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 11:14 pm (UTC-4)

Imagine playing a video game and literally feeling the jolt of an on-screen car collision. Or sitting in a movie theater and experiencing the sensation of  a finger being drawn against your skin as you watch it on film. In an effort to make movies, television and gaming as life-like as possible,  the folks at […]

Posted in Technology

Science Scanner: Massive Solar Flare Could Disrupt GPS, Electronic Communications on Earth

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 12:41 am (UTC-4)

Yesterday, the sun emitted a massive solar flare toward earth which could interrupt GPS and other satellite communications.  It also has the potential to cause scattered radio communication blackouts. NASA, the U.S. space agency, reports the sun emitted an x6.9 solar flare, the largest solar event so far in the sun’s current weather cycle. It […]

Posted in Space

Diamonds are a Computer Chip’s Best Friend

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 6:49 pm (UTC-4)

Looking to build a hardy new generation of electronic integrated chips,  electrical engineers at Vanderbilt University are looking to the world’s hardest natural substance – the diamond. The team is considering the gem for use in electronic chips which might be used in extreme environments.  Silicon semiconductor material is commonly used to make the chips […]

Posted in Physics, Technology

Natural Protein Could Reduce Brain Damage Caused by Stroke

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-4)
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California scientists have found that a protein, which occurs naturally in the body, might reduce brain damage caused by a stroke. Stroke is the world’s second leading killer, responsible for almost 10 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2005, according to the World Health Organization.  Eighty five percent of those deaths occur in low and […]

Posted in Health
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