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2:04 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New Technique Used to Detect Water Vapor on "Hot Jupiter" Exoplanet

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Scientists have detected water vapor on other planets in the past, but these detections could only take place under very specific circumstances. The new technique expands a radial velocity technique, commonly used to detect carbon dioxide using light in the visible spectrum, into the infrared spectrum. This has opened up the ability of astronomers to analyze the molecules that comprise the atmosphere of exoplanets that don't exist under those specific circumstances.
Credit: Alexandra Lockwood (Caltech), background image used with permission from David Aguilar(CfA). Media Contact: Steve JeffersonCommunications OfficerW. M. Keck Observatory sjefferson@keck.hawaii.edu (808) 881-3827 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomers using data gathered at the W. M. Keck Observatory have developed a new technique for planetary scientists that could provide insight into how many water planets like Earth exist within our universe.
10:46 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Scientists Honor Frank Zappa

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A bacterium normally responsible for human acne, has been found clustered in grape vines. In this striking case of pathogen transfer, the bacterium has been found colonizing bark tissues, and the pith, where the bacterium can localize intracellularly.
In a striking case of pathogen transfer involving the bacteria responsible for human acne, P. acnes, authors Campisano, et. al., report in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution on a new type of P. acnes which exploits grapevines, dubbing it P. acnes type Zappae.
10:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Did a Collapsing 4 Dimensional Star Spawn 'The Big Bang?'

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Canadian astrophysicist Niayesh Afshordi and his colleagues have turned to an idea first proposed 13 years ago. In that model, our 3D universe is merely a membrane- also known as a brane- floating through a 4D “bulk universe.”
There could be a gaping hole in the Big Bang theory. Or rather, a giant, colossal black-hole caused by the collapse of a four-dimensional star. One of the main problems with the Big Bang is that the temperature of the universe is nearly uniform.
11:32 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Research Sheds New Light on 'Into the Wild' Story

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There’s been disagreement over precisely what caused Chris McCandless’s death, but new evidence assembled by curious writer and then chronicled by Into the Wild author Jon Krakauer points a likely final verdict: poisoning from a toxin unknown to be in the wild potato seeds he consumed, which led to McCandless’s weakening, paralysis, and starvation.
As with Aron Ralston, the story of Chris McCandless has sharply divided observers, between those who see him as a hero for eschewing a materialistic, traditional western life and those who think he was an idiot who got in over his head and then paid the ultimate price in the Alaskan bush.
9:12 am
Wed August 28, 2013

First Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

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While researchers at Duke University have demonstrated brain-to-brain communication between two rats, and Harvard researchers have demonstrated it between a human and a rat, researchers at the University of Washington believe this is the first demonstration of human-to-human brain interfacing.
University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.
11:14 am
Tue August 13, 2013

New Forensic Archaeology Technique Provides Insights Into 'Day Before Death'

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Kaare Lund Rasmussen and his colleagues have used their newly developed sampling technique on soil samples from 19 medieval burials in the cemeteries Lindegaarden in Ribe and Ole Wormsgade in Horsens, Denmark.
For more than a century archaeologists have carefully brushed and shoveled away the soil surrounding human skeletons. It was thought that the soil was without any value -- but now ground-breaking research from Danish scientists show that that the soil holds the key to very detailed information about the individual in the grave.
11:09 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Second Jupiter Discovered by SEEDS Project

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The research is part of the Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS), a project to directly image extrasolar planets and protoplanetary disks around several hundred nearby stars using the Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The five-year project began in 2009 and is led by Motohide Tamura at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).
Astronomers in the SEEDS Project have discovered the least massive planet ever detected around a star like the sun. A so-called "second Jupiter," planet GJ 504b is about four times more massive than Jupiter and has an effective temperature of about 460 degrees Fahrenheit (237 Celsius.) Us
2:36 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Apple Inc. Developer's Site Hacked

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In an email sent to the developers, Apple said an intruder attempted to secure personal information from the website. It also said that “sensitive” personal information on the site is encrypted and cannot be accessed and that information associated with its customers wasn’t affected.
  • Source: Wsj
  • | Via: Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. told software developers that its website for them had been hacked and some information may have been stolen. In response to the attack, which took place Thursday, the company said it is overhauling its developer systems, updating software and rebuilding its database.
11:37 am
Wed July 17, 2013

New Ceratopsid Discovered in Utah

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Most ceratopsids were Triceratops-style, with huge heads bearing a small horn over the nose, a horn over each eye, and a ornate frill. But the newfound dinosaur looked quite different, with a small horn over its oversize nose; extremely long, curved horns over its eyes; and a simple frill without hooks and spikes.
Nasutoceratops' skull, reconstructed. Photograph courtesy Rob Gaston Christine Dell'Amore Published July 16, 2013 Paleontologists have discovered a new dinosaur, a Triceratops relative with a supersize schnoz that once roamed present-day Utah. Nasutoceratops titusi belonged to a group of horned dinosaurs called ceratopsids, large four-legged herbivores that thrived during the Cretaceous period, according to a study released Tuesday.
4:06 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

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An array of new discoveries in psychology and neuroscience has further demonstrated how our preexisting beliefs, far more than any new facts, can skew our thoughts and even color what we consider our most dispassionate and logical conclusions.
  • Source: Medium
  • | Via: Mother Jones
"A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point."

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