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Are there aliens in your nose?

January 27, 2010

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This week the Royal Society in London is holding a two day meet-up for scientists to talk about the state of our search for extraterrestrial life. At a lecture today, astrobiologist Paul Davies of Arizona State University told the crowd that he thinks aliens already walk among us. Well, maybe not walk—more like float, or […]

First Detailed Pictures: Antarctica’s “Ghost Mountains”

January 27, 2010

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Hidden miles beneath the surface of an ice sheet (shown in blue), the so-called ghost peaks in the middle of Antarctica are finally coming into view, researchers announced last month. Ground-penetrating radar results from 2008 and 2009 have made possible the most detailed images yet (such as the one above) of the Gamburtsev Mountains—and it’s […]

Energy-harvesting rubber sheets could power pacemakers, mobile phones

January 27, 2010

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Power-generating rubber films developed by Princeton University engineers could harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking to power pacemakers, mobile phones and other electronic devices. The material, composed of ceramic nanoribbons embedded onto silicone rubber sheets, generates electricity when flexed and is highly efficient at converting mechanical energy to electrical energy. Shoes made […]

Brain responses during anesthesia mimic those during natural deep sleep

January 27, 2010

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The brains of people under anesthesia respond to stimuli as they do in the deepest part of sleep – lending credence to a developing theory of consciousness and suggesting a new method to assess loss of consciousness in conditions such as coma. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, led […]

Paleontology news: Lost Roman law code discovered in London

January 27, 2010

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Part of an ancient Roman law code previously thought to have been lost forever has been discovered by researchers at UCL’s Department of History. Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway made the breakthrough after piecing together 17 fragments of previously incomprehensible parchment. The fragments were being studied at UCL as part of the Arts & Humanities […]

The Chimpcam Project: Chimpanzees make their own film

January 27, 2010

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With the fashion for shaky cameras amongst TV crews you could be forgiven for thinking they are being operated by monkeys. That is exactly what is happening with the BBC to show the first ever film shot by chimpanzees. Around 11 of the animals at Edinburgh Zoo spent the last 18 months filming each other […]

UFO sighting puzzles N.L. residents

January 27, 2010

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Residents of Harbour Mille, on Newfoundland’s south coast, reported seeing this object fly over their community Monday night. (Courtesy: Darlene Stewart) Residents in Harbour Mille, a tiny community on Newfoundland’s south coast, want to know what they saw in the sky Monday night. Darlene Stewart said she was outside taking pictures of the sunset when […]

Losing sleep, losing brain?

January 27, 2010

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Chronic and severely stressful situations, like those connected to depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, have been associated with smaller volumes in “stress sensitive” brain regions, such as the cingulate region of the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus, a brain region involved in memory formation. A new study, published by Elsevier in Biological Psychiatry, suggests that […]

Fat Tissue May Be a Source of Valuable Blood Stem Cells, Study Says

January 27, 2010

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Bone marrow is a leading source of adult stem cells, which are increasingly used for research and therapeutic interventions, but extracting the cells is an arduous and often painful process. Now, researchers have found evidence that fat tissue, known as adipose tissue, may be a promising new source of valuable and easy-to-obtain regenerative cells called […]

British crocodiles ‘taught to recognise their names’

January 27, 2010

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The reptiles, Paleo and Suchus, have been taught to listen for their names being called, it was claimed. Keepers at the centre in Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, they are even learning when to open their mouths for food. They ssaid the type of training had worked with mammals before but hardly ever with reptiles. “They are […]

Japanese Scientists Create Elastic Water

January 27, 2010

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Elastic Water could eventually replace plastic, or be used in an environmentally-safe plastic. Bernama, a part of the Malaysian National News Agency, reports that Japanese scientists have created “elastic water.” Developed at the Tokyo University, the new material consists mostly of water–95-percent–with an added two grams of clay and organic material. The resulting substance resembles […]

Has USA hit its final frontier in human space exploration?

January 27, 2010

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Still hoping for that Jetsons future? Ruh-roh, as the Jetsons’ dog, Astro, might put it. Just six years ago, President Bush laid out a vision of space exploration that harked back to NASA’s halcyon days built on astronauts as explorers. Bush wanted to sling them from low Earth orbit to a base on the moon […]

Avatar overtakes Titanic as top-grossing film ever

January 27, 2010

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Sci-fi spectacular Avatar has surpassed Titanic to become the highest grossing movie of all time, figures from distributor 20th Century Fox show. Avatar’s worldwide takings in just six weeks stand at $1.859bn (£1.15bn), versus Titanic’s $1.843bn (£1.14bn). The figures are not adjusted for inflation or the higher cost of Avatar’s 3D film tickets. Director James […]

Jumbo-jet laser cannon tested against missile • The Register

January 27, 2010

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According to the MDA: The Airborne Laser (ABL) research and development platform successfully fired the onboard High Energy Laser (HEL) to engage an instrumented target missile, called a Missile Alternative Range Target Instrument (MARTI). This test demonstrated the full functionality of the ABL system to successfully acquire, track, and engage a boosting target. Test instrumentation […]

Growing Organs and Tissues

January 27, 2010

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Every 30 seconds, a patient dies from diseases that could be treated with tissue replacement. Anthony Atala, M.D., Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, gave a TED talk on their research into growing replacement body parts in their lab. The first successful human transplant of lab-engineered tissue was done in 1996, when […]