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Pluto Has a Twin

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 10:07 pm (UTC-4)

Taking advantage of a rare astronomical event called an “occultation”  – when an object in the foreground blocks another object from view – scientists found that the dwarf planet Eris is not larger than Pluto, as previously thought, but is essentially the same size. According to astronomers, occultations provide the most accurate, and often the […]

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Need an Inexpensive Braille Writer? There’s an App for That

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 10:30 pm (UTC-4)
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A new Braille writer, created from a relatively inexpensive tablet computer,  won the top award at an annual competition  held every summer at Stanford University. Adam Duran, an undergraduate student from New Mexico created the application with two mentors, Adrian Lew, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Sohan Dharmaraja, a Stanford doctoral candidate studying […]

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Science Scanner: Depressed Teens Listen to More Heavy Metal Music

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-4)
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An ongoing study out of Australia might be of interest to all the head-banging heavy metal music fans out there. University of Melbourne researcher Dr. Katrina McFerran finds that young people at risk of depression are more likely to listen to heavy metal music. McFerran wanted to find out why some teenagers use heavy metal […]

Hunter-gatherers Stuck Around Longer Than We Thought

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Apparently it took a little longer than we thought for  humans to transition from  hunting and gathering to farming and agriculture for survival. Researchers came to that conclusion after studying the residue found on ancient cooking vessels. In analyzing 133 ceramic vessels from the western Baltic regions of northern Europe, they tried to determine whether […]

Faster than the Speed of Light and the Search for Higgs Boson

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 10:06 pm (UTC-4)

The work that’s being done at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Laboratory in Europe has generated news headlines for years.  Recently though, since the Large Hadron Collider (the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator) went online, we’ve been hearing even more about the ambitious activities being  undertaken by this scientific organization, their affiliates […]

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Science Scanner: Russian Space Agency Blamed for Recent Accidents

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 8:47 pm (UTC-4)

The Russian Prosecutor General’s office is pressing for disciplinary measures and fines after finding the state-run Roskosmos space agency to blame for two recent high-profile – and highly embarrassing – incidents. One was the August crash of the Progress spacecraft, an unmanned cargo ship used to supply the International Space Station, while the second incident […]

Predicting When the ‘Big One’ Will Hit

Posted October 15th, 2011 at 12:00 am (UTC-4)
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California scientists are developing a cutting-edge, deep-ocean seismic system which will give them more information about earthquakes and tsunamis across the globe. The team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will develop a potentially transformative system for deploying seafloor seismometers, which will gather vital data – in real-time – for applications ranging from earthquake monitoring, […]

Science Scanner: What Triggers Devastating Supervolcanoes

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 7:38 pm (UTC-4)
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A volcanic super eruption, which occurs about every 100,000 years,  is a cataclysmic natural event, blowing out an incredible amount of debris and ash,  devastating the environment and disrupting the world’s climate for years, possibly causing mass extinctions. While scientists continuously monitor several super volcanoes around the world, they don’t know what actually triggers these […]

Shot of Natural Hormone Might Burn Fat Away

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 7:30 pm (UTC-4)
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An injection of a hormone produced naturally in the brain might help a person lose weight, without having to cut down on what they eat. That’s the finding of U.S. researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in Florida. The discovery could provide a new way to treat obesity and other metabolic disorders. The hormone […]

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Science Scanner: Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Announced

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 6:36 pm (UTC-4)

The winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry was announced this morning in Stockholm. Daniel Shechtman of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel, won for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals. Quasicrystals are unusual materials which have some of the properties of a regular crystal, but have a more elaborate and complex structure […]