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Hammerhead sharks see 360 degrees

November 28, 2009

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A new study has shown “that a hammerhead gives sharks outstanding binocular vision and an ability to see through 360 degrees. “ The finding is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. … The results surprised the researchers. “I believed hammerheads would not have binocular vision, because their eyes were pointing out on the sides […]

Splitting Time from Space—New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein’s Spacetime

November 28, 2009

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Eclipsing Einstein? A solar eclipse confirmed gravitational lensing and Einstein’s concept of spacetime. But a new quantum gravity theory now generating excitement separates time and space. Was Newton right and Einstein wrong? It seems that unzipping the fabric of spacetime and harking back to 19th-century notions of time could lead to a theory of quantum […]

Nanowires key to future transistors, electronics

November 28, 2009

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A new generation of ultrasmall transistors and more powerful computer chips using tiny structures called semiconducting nanowires are closer to reality after a key discovery by researchers at IBM, Purdue University and the University of California at Los Angeles. The researchers have learned how to create nanowires with layers of different materials that are sharply […]

Tiger Woods rescued from crash by wife carrying a golf club

November 28, 2009

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Tiger Woods with his wife Elin Nordegren earlier this year Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images Tiger Woods, the world’s most famous golfer, was rescued from his car after a crash outside his home by his wife who smashed the vehicle’s back window with a golf club. Woods was injured after crashing his Cadillac SUV when he […]

Sweden woman’s ‘murder’ committed by elk not husband

November 28, 2009

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A Swedish man who was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife has been cleared, after police decided she was probably killed by an elk. Ingemar Westlund, aged 68, found the dead body of his wife Agneta, 63, by a lake close to the village of Loftahammer in September 2008. He was immediately arrested and […]

Cell discovery clues to body clock and beating jet lag

November 28, 2009

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New discoveries into how the body clock works could provide clues to help combat jet lag, research suggests. A University of Manchester team studied special cells which they say play an important role in regulating a person’s body clock. The cells had been thought to be inactive during the day – but their research found […]

Stem cell breakthrough: healing lungs of newborn animals

November 28, 2009

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Dr. Bernard Thébaud lives in two very different worlds. As a specialist in the Stollery Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, he cares for tiny babies, many of whom struggle for breath after being born weeks before they are due. Across town, in his laboratory in the Faculty of Medicine […]

Mystery surrounds photograph found in bank

November 28, 2009

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SHE looks like a Force’s Sweetheart. But someone on the Home Front is missing her. This photograph of a rather distinguished lady dressed in what appears to be a British naval uniform, and which is believed to date back to World War Two, was found on the floor of a bank in Galashiels. And now […]

Scientist works to prove he does not exist, and neither do you.

November 28, 2009

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When  studying neurobiology and consciousness, I came across the idea that consciousness is epiphenominal, that is, a side effect of the brain which does not influence the body. A strange idea, certainly. Oddly, scientific data supports the notion that conscious experience is created by non-conscious processes in the brain. When we make a choice, for […]

Can you spot the difference?

November 28, 2009

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Herschel telescope ‘fingerprints’ colossal star

November 28, 2009

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The death throes of the biggest star known to science have been observed by Europe's new space telescope, Herschel. The observatory, launched in May, has subjected VY Canis Majoris, to a detailed spectroscopic analysis. It has allowed Herschel to identify the different types of molecules and atoms that swirl away from the star which is […]

Tough yet stiff deer antler is materials scientist’s dream

November 28, 2009

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Prized for their impressive antlers, red deer have been caught in the hunters’ sights for generations. But a deer’s antlers are much more than decorative. They are lethal weapons that stags crash together when duelling. John Currey, from The University of York, UK, has been intrigued by the mechanical properties of bone for over half […]