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DNA death predictors: What do they really tell you?

December 16, 2011

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… gene-sequencing companies such as 23andme, deCodeMe and Navigenics can do a quick scan of your risk of developing everything from lung cancer to multiple sclerosis. Now two new firms are offering to tell us how well we are ageing, based on an analysis of structures at the ends of our chromosomes called telomeres. If […]

Katehi, legislators agree: Unrest tied to funding shortfall

December 16, 2011

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Assemblyman Marty Block called it the “elephant in the room.” But he, other lawmakers and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi had no trouble talking about that elephant during a joint legislative hearing earlier this week on student unrest. “The root to all of this, frankly, is the underfunding of higher education,” said Block, D-San Diego, chair […]

Satellite spots China’s first aircraft carrier at sea

December 16, 2011

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Alan Boyle – A commercial satellite operator says it has captured a rare image of China’s first aircraft carrier as it sailed through the Yellow Sea, after going through an exercise that’s the 21st-century equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack. DigitalGlobe said the aircraft carrier showed up on a cloud-filled picture snapped on […]

Canada Begins Hearings on Salmon Virus

December 16, 2011

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The fate of wild salmon is a sensitive topic in the Pacific Northwest and arguments often end up in court in the United States, whether over threats to endangered fish by hydroelectric dams or sea lions swallowing them along their migration routes. But on Thursday, a new and particularly bitter dispute began playing out in […]

Experiments explain why almost all multicellular organisms begin life as a single cell

December 16, 2011

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Dicty: An amoeba that must succeed at both single-celled and multicellular living to pass on its genes. Any multicellular animal, from a blue whale to a human being, poses a special difficulty for the theory of evolution. Most of the cells in its body will die without reproducing, and only a privileged few will pass […]

U.S. Suspends Use of Chimps in New Research

December 16, 2011

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The National Institutes of Health on Thursday suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees and accepted the first uniform criteria for assessing the necessity of such research. Those guidelines require that the research be necessary for human health, and that there be no other way to accomplish it. In making the […]

Comet “Harpoon” Being Test Fired in NASA Lab

December 16, 2011

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An explosive-powered harpoon designed to skewer a comet would be the easiest way to grab a chunk of the icy body for study back on Earth, according to NASA researchers who are currently testing the device. Since comets have very low gravity—maybe a millionth that of Earth’s—landing a probe on one can be a challenge. […]

Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Huge Earthquakes

December 16, 2011

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Heavy rainfall can trigger earthquakes in what one scientist calls “disaster triggering disaster.” Shimon Wdowinski, of the University of Miami in Florida, first noticed a connection between storms and earthquakes last year. The devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti in early 2010 came only 18 months after Haiti had been deluged by several hurricanes […]

Dinosaurs with killer claws yield new theory about evolution of flight

December 16, 2011

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New research from Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies has revealed how dinosaurs like Velociraptor and Deinonychus used their famous killer claws, leading to a new hypothesis on the evolution of flight in birds. “This study is a real game-changer,” said lead author Fowler. “It completely overhauls our perception of these little predatory dinosaurs, […]

Cloud suicide will wake black hole sleeping giant

December 16, 2011

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<img class="alignleft" title="The suicidal gas cloud is due to break up in 2013 (Image: ESO/MPE/Marc Schartmann)” src=”http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn21288/dn21288-1_300.jpg&#8221; alt=”The suicidal gas cloud is due to break up in 2013 (Image: ESO/MPE/Marc Schartmann)” />The sleeping giant at the centre of the Milky Way is about to wake up. A suicidal gas cloud is heading towards the galaxy’s […]

CultureLab: Jeans that purify the air

December 16, 2011

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SHE used to design titillating ensembles for Madonna. Now, more than two decades later, Helen Storey has swapped celebrity for sustainability and abandoned the runway for the lab. She designs radical garments – such as dresses that dissolve in water – to question our throwaway society. Her latest project treats jeans with a catalyst to […]

NASA’s RXTE detect ‘heartbeat’ of smallest black hole candidate

December 16, 2011

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An international team of astronomers has identified a candidate for the smallest-known black hole using data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE). The evidence comes from a specific type of X-ray pattern, nicknamed a “heartbeat” because of its resemblance to an electrocardiogram. The pattern until now has been recorded in only one other black […]

LEDs offer a brighter future, says report

December 16, 2011

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A field trial of LED light fittings in social housing says the new technology can deliver huge energy savings, reduce costs and makes residents feel safer. The study, carried out by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), measured the performance of more than 4,250 LED light fittings installed at 35 sites. The EST said it carried […]

Fatal Infections Linked to Neti Pots

December 16, 2011

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has issued a warning about improper Neti pot use, which has been linked to two deadly infections.A 51-year-old woman from DeSoto Parish and a 20-year-old man from St. Bernard Parish, a suburb of New Orleans, died after using Neti pots containing tap water to flush their sinuses. Both […]

Senator Reid to abandon Tax on top 1%

December 16, 2011

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…Unless we act now, the first major victory of the Occupy movement may get thrown overboard. Sen. Reid is meeting today with Republican leaders to hash out a new tax deal and is preparing to abandon a plan to impose a 1.9% surtax on millionaires and billionaires. This tax was a major victory of the […]

Monsanto micro monster could kill us all?

December 16, 2011

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Obama and the final destruction of constitutional rights

December 16, 2011

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The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, if signed into law, will signal the death knell of our constitutional republic and the formal inception of a legalized police state in the United States. Passed by the House on May 26, 2011 (HR 1540), the Senate version (S. 1867) was passed on Dec. 1, 2011. Now only […]