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March 7 2015

The strange world of felt presences


On 20 May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean reached Stromness, a whaling station on the north coast of South Georgia. They had been walking for 36 hours, in life-threatening conditions, in an attempt to reach help for the rest of their party: three of their crew were stuck on the south side of the island, with the remainder stranded on Elephant Island.

They did not talk about it at the time, but weeks later all three men reported an uncanny experience during their trek: a feeling that “often there were four, not three” men on their journey.

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March 7 2015

Confident? Your voice gives you away in milliseconds


Watch what you say, or rather, how you say it. People judge how confident you are in just 0.2 seconds.

Xiaoming Jiang and Marc Pell of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, made this discovery by attaching 64 electrodes to the heads of volunteers and taking electroencephalograms (EEGs) while they listened to recorded statements.

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March 7 2015

Have a sense of purpose in life? It may protect your heart


Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association's EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore.

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March 7 2015

Potential weight-loss agent from a tree is almost too good to be true


It has qualities so remarkable, it could come from the land of Oz (and could become the television doctor's next big thing, too): a compound derived from a tree growing in South and Central America prompted obese mice to lose 20% to 30% of their weight. It also allowed normal, healthy mice to chow down on fatty foods -- as much as they wanted -- and never become obese, accumulate excess fat or develop diabetes.

Oh, and it only worked in females.

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March 7 2015

Why The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely 'Backwards'


Paul Andrews of McMaster University in Ontario surveyed 50 years' worth of research supporting the serotonin theory of depression, which suggests that the disease is caused by low levels of the "happiness" neurotransmitter, serotonin.

But Andrews argues that depression may actually be caused by elevated levels of serotonin.


Related: New study brings medicine closer to non-addictive painkillers
Related: Overuse of Antibiotics Caused Infections by Bug That Killed 29,000 in 1 Year

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March 7 2015

Bans don't help smokers quit, researchers say


No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the authors write.


Related: Secondhand smoke exposure in womb linked to eczema in childhood

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March 7 2015

Urine power to light camps in disaster zones


A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England, is proving that urine can generate electricity.


Related: German city of Hamburg introduces water-repellent paint to fight public urination

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March 7 2015

Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic


Three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into the material needed for 3D printing.

Called ProtoCycler, the machine can grind plastic, such as pop bottles and Lego, and melt it into a filament that can be fed into 3D printers.

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March 7 2015

Kids and robots learn to write together


A little girl lines up plastic letters fitted with QR codes in front of a little humanoid robot. The robot struggles to reproduce them on a tablet -- especially the loop of the letter p. The girl kindly steps in to help, writing out the word to show the robot how to do it. She puts in effort to teach the robot... without realizing that in reality she is the one who is improving her writing skills. Yesterday, EPFL researchers presented their new teaching tool, called CoWriter, at the "Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)," an important event in the field of interactive robotics, held in Portland, USA.

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March 7 2015

Seeing Inside The Guts Of A Virus


Even though mimiviruses are some of the largest viruses we know of, they measure only one tenth the width of a human hair at their largest. Understanding the structure of something so small is not an easy task, so researchers have been working to find different ways to look inside it. In a paper published today in Physical Review Letters, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden used a new technique to make a 3D reconstruction of the large virus out of almost 200 x-ray snapshots.

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March 7 2015

New instrument peers even deeper than Hubble


Over 10 days in December 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope took 342 images of the same tiny patch of sky in the constellation Ursa Major. The resulting data set, the Hubble Deep Field, revolutionized the study of the early universe by revealing the profusion of galaxies in that faint and distant era when the first galaxies were forming.


Related: Giant robot eyes scan stars for dust

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March 7 2015

Dawn arrives at dwarf planet Ceres, a first for NASA


Dawn has arrived. The signal was received at 5:36 a.m. PST Friday: NASA's Dawn spacecraft had successfully entered into orbit around Ceres, becoming the first NASA mission to visit a dwarf planet, and the first to go to two distinct bodies in the solar system.

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the final stop on Dawn's journey in the solar system. The 4.5-foot-long spacecraft blasted off from Earth in 2007 and spent 14 months exploring the mega-asteroid Vesta in 2011 and 2012.

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March 7 2015

Warp in Space-Time Swallows Pulsar


Astronomers have watched a pulsar some 25,000 light-years from Earth slip from view, swallowed by a warp in the fabric of spacetime. This wacky effect is one more proof of Einstein's general theory of relativity, 100 years after publication.

When a massive star runs out of fuel, it detonates, spitting gas and other debris with unimaginable violence. The supernova explosion is so powerful, that for days, or even weeks, it can outshine its host galaxy, beaming across the local universe.

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March 7 2015

Galactic 'Missing Link' Reveals Early Galaxy Formation


A star-forming cosmic powerhouse represents the best evidence of how galaxies in the early universe evolve.

A dynamic galaxy more than 12.5 billion light-years away is producing stars nearly 1,000 times faster than the Milky Way. The powerful starburst galaxy, known as AzTEC-3, along with the three more relaxed galaxies around it, may represent the best evidence to date that large galaxies in the early universe grow from smaller ones, in an evolution known as hierarchical merging. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile made the active galaxy observations.

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March 7 2015

Massive Exoplanet Evolved in Extreme 4-Star System


For only the second time, an exoplanet living with an expansive family of four stars has been revealed.

The exoplanet, which is a huge gaseous world 10 times the mass of Jupiter, was previously known to occupy a 3-star system, but a fourth star (a red dwarf) has now been found, revealing quadruple star systems possessing planets are more common than we thought.

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March 7 2015

Heavy metal rain may explain Earth-Moon differences


New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the Moon more than four billion years ago were vaporized into a mist of iron. The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, suggest that the iron mist thrown up by these high velocity impacts was fast enough to escape the Moon’s gravity, but stayed gravitationally stuck on the more massive Earth. And these results may help explain why the chemistry of the Earth and the Moon differ.

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March 6 2015

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars


A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have gained a foothold, Nasa scientists say.

The huge body of water spread over a fifth of the planet’s surface, as great a portion as the Atlantic covers the Earth, and was a mile deep in places. In total, the ocean held 20 million cubic kilometres of water, or more than is found in the Arctic Ocean, the researchers found.

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