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April 18 2014

Nasa Kepler telescope discovers planet believed to be most Earth-like yet found


A newly discovered planet may be the most Earth-like yet found in another solar system, scientists believe.

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as the Earth and occupies its star's "habitable zone" where temperatures are mild enough to allow liquid surface water.


Related: First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed: It may have liquid water
Also: Smallest life-friendly exoplanet may be lit by auroras

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April 18 2014

Vitamin B3 might have been made in space, delivered to Earth by meteorites


Ancient Earth might have had an extraterrestrial supply of vitamin B3 delivered by carbon-rich meteorites, according to a new analysis by NASA-funded researchers. The result supports a theory that the origin of life may have been assisted by a supply of key molecules created in space and brought to Earth by comet and meteor impacts.

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April 18 2014

"The Universe May be Permeated by an as Yet Unknown Field"


"Perhaps empty space is not completely empty after all, but permeated by an unknown field, similar to the Higgs-field", says Professor Hartmut Abele of the Vienna University of Technology, director of the Atominstitut. These theories are named after Aristotle's "quintessence" – a hypothetical fifth element, in addition to the four classical elements of ancient Greek philosophy.

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April 18 2014

Ceiling Height Can Affect How A Person Thinks, Feels And Acts


For years contractors, real estate agents and event planners have said that whether building, buying or planning an event, a higher or vaulted ceiling is always better. Are they right? Until now there has been no real evidence that ceiling height has any influence or advantage with consumers. But recent research suggests that the way people think and act is affected by ceiling height.

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April 18 2014

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults


Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

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April 18 2014

Mysterious mermaid stripped naked


I am fascinated by mermaids. But my fascination, I should add, is purely professional. It all began when, in my capacity as a curator of natural history at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, I was asked to help identify the composition of a mermaid in the collection.

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April 18 2014

Couple’s sleep position shows relationship health


Closeness between couples is reflected in the distance separating them as they sleep, a study has found.

Partners who slept less than an inch apart were more likely to be happy with their relationship than those maintaining a gap wider than 30 inches.

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April 18 2014

Chimpanzees Are Extremely Picky About Where They Sleep


Most humans have a pre-bed ritual. This might include things like showing, brushing teeth, flossing, getting a glass of water and setting an alarm. But regardless of the particulars prior to turning off the lights, night after night, those activities usually lead us to the exact same place: the comfort and familiarity of our bed.

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April 18 2014

Marshmallow-Toasting Bonobo Charms Internet After BBC Debut


Kanzi, a great ape renowned for his intelligence, demonstrated his fire-building and marshmallow-toasting skills on camera for a new BBC show, "Monkey Planet." His deliberation and dexterity may surprise even bonobo lovers — Planet of the Apes, anyone?

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April 18 2014

World’s First Female “Penis” Found, in Cave-Dwelling Bugs


Scientists have discovered the first female “penis” in the animal kingdom, a new study says.

Four new species of Brazilian cave-dwelling bugs have sex-reversed genitalia, so that the female uses her elaborate penis-like organ to penetrate the male’s vagina-like opening and collect his sperm.

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April 18 2014

Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?


Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin?

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April 18 2014

These Backpacks For Cows Collect Their Fart Gas And Store It For Energy


Cows produce up to 25% of methane emissions, and methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas. It's no joke, then, to talk about limiting emissions from cow farts. We've written before about new breeding techniques and feeds, which could help cows better digest their food so they produce less gas. Now comes an idea for collecting up the gas, and making energy from it.

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April 18 2014

Methane hydrate: Dirty fuel or energy saviour?


The world is addicted to hydrocarbons, and it's easy to see why - cheap, plentiful and easy to mine, they represent an abundant energy source to fuel industrial development the world over.

The side-effects, however, are potentially devastating; burning fossil fuels emits the CO2 linked to global warming.

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April 18 2014

New “solar thermal fuel” has energy density of lead batteries


Right now, photovoltaic devices are the cheapest, most efficient way to harvest the energy in sunlight. The problem is that this energy ends up in the form of electricity, which we have difficulty storing in a cost-effective manner. An alternative approach, solar thermal energy, converts solar energy to heat and can use that heat to continue generating power for several hours after the Sun goes down. But that's not enough to make solar an around-the-clock energy source.

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April 18 2014

Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But Is Funding a Mirage?


Chile's Atacama Desert is as eerily beautiful as it is barren, hot, and dry. Yet this seemingly inhospitable patch of Earth might be the perfect host for a different kind of solar energy, one that has nothing to do with photovoltaic panels.

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April 18 2014

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis


When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station—that caused most of the harm.

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April 18 2014

Slow-motion tremors make Tokyo megaquake more likely


The people of Tokyo have long lived in fear of another great earthquake, and those fears are increasingly justified. Slow-motion earthquakes have become more common beneath the city in the last few years, causing tectonic stresses to build up. The after-effects of the 2011 Tohoku megaquake are also prodding the area in the direction of a big quake, but seismologists cannot predict when it might occur, nor which part of the region's complex fault system will break.

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April 17 2014

A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared


This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video. After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was.

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