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Acupuncture is equally effective with simulated needles

March 24, 2011

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Katarina Sternudd – Simulated acupuncture – sometimes referred to as placebo – is just as beneficial as real acupuncture for treating nausea in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, according to a study from Karolinska Institutet and Linköping University in Sweden. Patients, who received only standard care including medications for nausea, felt significant more nausea than patients […]

High-temperature Superconductor Spills Secret: A New Phase of Matter

March 24, 2011

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The few high-temperature superconducting wires on the right conduct as much current as all the copper cables on the left. (Photo courtesy of American Superconductor.) Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors could indicate a new phase of matter. Understanding this “pseudogap” has […]

Integral spots matter a millisecond from doom

March 24, 2011

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ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted extremely hot matter just a millisecond before it plunges into the oblivion of a black hole. But is it really doomed? These unique observations suggest that some of the matter may be making a great escape.   No one would want to be so close to a black hole. […]

Cutting carbon dioxide helps prevent drying

March 24, 2011

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Recent climate modeling has shown that reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would give the Earth a wetter climate in the short term. New research from Carnegie Global Ecology scientists Long Cao and Ken Caldeira offers a novel explanation for why climates are wetter when atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are decreasing. […]

Micro-RNA’s contribute to risk for panic disorder

March 24, 2011

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Studies in twin pairs suggest that 40% of the risk for panic disorder is heritable, yet the manner in which genes contribute to the risk for panic disorder is far from clear. To date, variations in a growing number of genes have been implicated in the risk for panic disorder, but the magnitude of the […]

BrainGate neural interface system reaches 1,000-day performance milestone

March 24, 2011

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An investigational implanted system being developed to translate brain signals toward control of assistive devices has allowed a woman with paralysis to accurately control a computer cursor at 2.7 years after implantation, providing a key demonstration that neural activity can be read out and converted into action for an unprecedented length of time. PROVIDENCE, R.I. […]

RIP Elizabeth Taylor

March 24, 2011

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YouTube – ELIZABETH TAYLOR DEAD AT 79.

Researcher claims to solve the mystery of El Chupacabra

March 24, 2011

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Scientific paranormal investigator, Skeptical Inquirer magazine managing editor, and Discovery News columnist Benjamin Radford invites you to an online news conference where he will reveal the results of five years worth of investigation (including eyewitness accounts, field research, and forensic analysis) into the mystery of the Hispanic vampire beast el chupacabra, the third most famous […]

Once Upon a Time, the Universe Was Really Weird

March 24, 2011

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Today, looking out across a seemingly boundless cosmos filled with an unimaginable variety of exotic objects, it’s easy to forget that the Universe we currently admire is the product of a violent event that occurred 13.75 billion years ago. As we know, the leading theory for universal birth is the Big Bang, where everything came […]

Alien Earths — 2 billion of them are out there

March 24, 2011

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Roughly one out of every 37 to one out of every 70 sunlike stars in the sky might harbor an alien Earth, a new study reveals. These findings hint that billions of Earthlike planets might exist in our galaxy, researchers added. These new calculations are based on data from the Kepler space telescope, which in […]

Time travel, God’s particle and Higgs singlet: how messages might be sent to the past or future

March 24, 2011

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Scientists believe they are one step closer to creating time travel. American physicists from Vanderbilt University believe they may be able to use the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s biggest atom smasher buried underground near Geneva, to send a type of matter called the Higgs singlet into the past. But they’re unsure if the Higgs […]

Mysterious Tiny Doors Appearing Around San Francisco

March 24, 2011

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San Francisco artist Jeff Waldman has begun installing little doors around the city. He started by building and installing a small, elaborately locked (from the outside) red door on Fern Alley in the Tenderloin. Additional doors will be built by other artists and sent to Waldman for installation around the city. …. The idea is […]

Hobbit filming finally under way

March 24, 2011

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Filming on the two Hobbit movies has begun following months of delays caused by funding problems, a row over actors’ wages and surgery for its director. Filming is taking place at Stone Street Studios, Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Production on the films, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is expected to take […]