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Study: Physical activity impacts overall quality of sleep

November 22, 2011

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People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes. A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, […]

Neanderthal Neuroscience

November 22, 2011

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Paabo and his colleagues … began to use new gene-sequencing technology to assemble a draft of the entire Neanderthal genome. They’ve gotten about 55% of the genome mapped, which is enough to address some of the big questions Paabo has in mind. One is the question of interbreeding. Paabo and his colleagues compared the Neanderthal […]

Spectacular Photos of Monster Saturn Storm Snapped by NASA Spacecraft

November 22, 2011

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A NASA spacecraft has chronicled the birth, evolution and death of the biggest storm to hit Saturn in two decades. The monster storm on Saturn emerged in the ringed planet’s northern hemisphere on Dec. 5, 2010. It started out as a tiny spot but grew rapidly, completely encircling the planet by late January 2011. It […]

Netflix’s Profits Are Gone

November 22, 2011

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This has been the year of Reed Hastings’ fall, and it gets more dramatic by the month. The Netflix CEO just revealed his movie streaming company won’t post a quarterly profit in all of 2012. His gruesome horror epic continues, grab the popcorn! After being named Fortune’s “Business Person of the Year” in December, Hastings […]

Movie Snack Costs Texan 80 Years in Prison

November 22, 2011

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And you thought your multiplex overcharged for snacks. Two hot dogs, two sodas, and a tub of popcorn has cost one Texas man 80 years in prison—because he tried to pay for them using a counterfeit $20 bill, reports the Dallas Morning News. The 48-year-old man, who has a history of theft and bank fraud, […]

Botanists discover ‘remarkable’ night-flowering orchid

November 22, 2011

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A night-flowering orchid, the first of its kind known to science, has been described by a team of botanists. Experts say the “remarkable” species is the only orchid known to consistently flower at night, but why it has adopted this behaviour remains a mystery. The plant was discovered by a Dutch researcher during an expedition […]

New projection shows global food demand doubling by 2050

November 22, 2011

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Global food demand could double by 2050, according to a new projection by David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology in the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, and colleagues, including Jason Hill, assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Producing that amount of food could significantly increase levels of […]

Reliable nuclear device to heat, power Mars Science Lab

November 22, 2011

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NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is scheduled to launch this week, has the potential to be the most productive Mars surface mission in history. That’s due in part to its nuclear heat and power source. When the rover Curiosity heads to space as early as Saturday, it will carry the most advanced payload of […]

Snapper flips out over ‘dolphin’ starling flock

November 22, 2011

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Millions of starlings in the dusk skies above Gretna Green , morph into a distinctive shape of a dolphin being which is being chased across the sky by a whale with it mouth open. ” />Amateur photographer Paul McGreevy was amazed when he snapped thousands of starlings — in the shape of a whale chasing […]

Darth Vader claims land plot in Ukraine

November 22, 2011

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Welcoming the local authorities’ move to the dark side, Darth Vader has asked for a land plot in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa to park his space ship. An Odessite dressed as the Star Wars villain visited the mayor’s office this week to claim a free land plot citing Ukrainian legislation which grants […]

Neanderthals Vanished Because of Their Own Success, Suggests Study

November 22, 2011

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Using data obtained from the archaeological record, a team of researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado, Denver, conducted experiments using complex computer modeling to analyze evidence of how human hunter-gatherers responded culturally and biologically to the dramatic changes that took place during the last Ice Age. The results showed, among other […]

Mysterious Symbols in China Desert Are Spy Satellite Targets, Expert Says

November 22, 2011

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Newfound Google Maps images have revealed an array of mysterious structures and patterns etched into the surface of China’s Gobi Desert. The media — from mainstream to fringe — has wildly speculated that they might be Chinese weapons-testing sites, satellite calibration targets, street maps of Washington, D.C., and New York City, or even messages to […]

Antikythera mechanism in a wristwatch

November 22, 2011

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Swiss luxury watch company Hublot has announced a version of the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator, that is incorporated into a wristwatch. The mechanism is to be displayed at the 2012 Baselworld expo before moving to a permanent exhibit at Musée des arts et métiers in Paris. via Antikythera mechanism in a wristwatch […]

Military To Find You by Your Heartbeat

November 22, 2011

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The U.S. military can see you breathing on the other side of that wall. It can even see your heartbeat racing while you crouch behind the door. But if you think running farther away or hiding in a crowd will make you invisible to the Defense Department’s sensors, you might be in for a surprise. […]

Astronauts falling on the moon

November 22, 2011

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Quantum theorem shakes foundations

November 22, 2011

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At the heart of the weirdness for which the field of quantum mechanics is famous is the wavefunction, a powerful but mysterious entity that is used to determine the probabilities that quantum particles will have certain properties. Now, a preprint posted online on 14 November1 reopens the question of what the wavefunction represents — with […]