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April 11 2014

Exotic Space Particles Slam into Buried South Pole Detector


SAVANNAH, Ga.—A belowground experiment at the South Pole has now discovered three of the highest-energy neutrinos ever found, particles that may be created in the most violent explosions of the universe. These neutrinos all have energies at the absurdly high scale of peta–electron volts—roughly the energy equivalent of one million times a proton’s mass.

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April 11 2014

Field study shows possibility of deflecting seismic waves around desired geologic surface areas


A team of researchers in France has successfully demonstrated small-scale reflection of seismic waves around a desired geological area. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe an experiment they conducted at an outdoor site to test whether lessons learned in creating cloaking devices using metamaterials (and other techniques) might be applied to seismic waves generated by earthquakes.

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April 11 2014

Volcanic islands merge in Pacific Ocean


A volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean has merged with its neighbour to form one landmass, the US space agency says.

The merged island lies some 1,000km (621mi) south of Tokyo, the result of eruptions on the seafloor that have spewed enough material to rise above the water line.

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April 10 2014

Ancient Asteroid Boiled Oceans, Burned the Sky, and Shook Earth for a Half-Hour


These days we freak out whenever some dinky bollide explodes in the sky over Russia. But scientists have now reconstructed the effects of an enormous 3.26-billion-year-old asteroid impact on Earth that boiled the oceans, turned the sky red hot, and generated a half-hour-long earthquake that shook the planet.

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April 10 2014

Bee Fossils Provide Rare Glimpse into Ice Age Environment


A new analysis of rare leafcutter-bee fossils excavated from the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California has provided valuable insight into the local environment during the last Ice Age.

The La Brea Tar Pits, located in Los Angeles, contain the world's richest deposits of Ice Ace fossils, and are best known for their collection of saber-toothed cats and mammoths.

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April 10 2014

Forgive yourself if you want to live longer, scientists say


Scientists and doctors have long said there is a very close link between a person’s ability to deal with stress and their long-term health.

Usually we are tempted to blame this on external factors – a difficult relationship, pressures at work or pure rage at the inadequacies of public transport.

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April 10 2014

We should give up trying to save the world from climate change, says James Lovelock


Saving the planet from climate change is ‘beyond our ability’ and we should stop wasting time trying to tackle global warming, a leading scientist has claimed

Lovelock, who has just published his latest book A Rough Ride to the Future, claims we should be ‘strengthening our defences and making a sustainable retreat.’

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April 10 2014

Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides: What's the Connection?


What exactly causes Parkinson’s disease is far from figured out. But a clue has been lurking in cornfields for years.

The data confirm it: farmers are more prone to Parkinson’s than the general population. And pesticides could be to blame.

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April 10 2014

Could Google Glass help people with Parkinson's disease stay independent?


They are highly coveted by the young and tech savvy.

But Google Glass could hold the potential for improving the quality of life of more than 120,000 people suffering from Parkinson's disease in the UK.

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April 10 2014

Doctor says Google Glass saved a man's life


Dr. Steven Horng, working at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was wearing Glass last year while working on a man whose brain was bleeding. Dr. Horng knew that the patient was allergic to certain drugs that would arrest the bleeding, but didn't know which ones. With no time to leave the stricken patient, Horng says he called up the man's medical records on Google's wearable device, found the relevant information, and stabilized his condition.

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April 10 2014

Land Rover Unveils 'Invisible' Car Concept


Your next car might be transparent.

Land Rover has unveiled a stunning concept of a car which uses cameras and augmented reality to turn the bonnet 'see through', from the driver's perspective.

The live camera relay from the vehicle’s grille is overlaid on the view of the terrain ahead, over the front of the car.

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April 10 2014

Solar Impulse Unveils Fuel-Free Plane for Round-the-World Flight


The Swiss team that flew a solar-powered airplane across America has unveiled the even bigger plane that they plan to take around the world a year from now.

"It's the most incredible airplane of its time," Bertrand Piccard, the president and co-pilot of the Solar Impulse venture, told VIPs who gathered at Switzerland's Payerne Air Field on Wednesday for the first public look at the 236-foot-wide (72-meter-wide) aircraft.

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April 10 2014

Saturn's hexagon: An amazing phenomenon


An unusual structure with a hexagonal shape surrounding Saturn's north pole was spotted on the planet for the first time thirty years ago. Nothing similar with such a regular geometry had ever been seen on any planet in the solar system. Astronomers have now been able to study and measure the phenomenon and, among other achievements, establish its rotation period.

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April 10 2014

Volcanic blasts hint that Mercury is a migrant planet


Like its traveller god namesake, the planet Mercury is hard to pin down. It now seems that volcanic blasts have rocked it for aeons, and this doesn't mesh with theories of its birth. It even raises the prospect that Mercury may have formed further out in the solar system and migrated in.

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April 10 2014

Squirting moons face off in race to find alien life


Ice-bound seas just keep getting hotter – at least as candidates for life beyond Earth. Fresh discoveries have put two moons in our solar system neck and neck in the race.

In December, astronomers announced hints of watery plumes spurting from Jupiter's large moon Europa, potentially giving us a peek into a vast ocean likely to exist beneath its ice.

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April 10 2014

Rover Curiosity Discovers 'Australia' on Mars


NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun science operations in a new area of study nicknamed “the Kimberly” after the Western Australian region. But in a new image uploaded to the Mars Science Laboratory raw image archive, it seems “the Kimberly” is a little more Australian than mission managers originally thought.

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April 10 2014

Dark matter hunt: LUX experiment reaches critical phase


The quest to find the most mysterious particles in the Universe is entering a critical phase, scientists say.

An experiment located in the bottom of a gold mine in South Dakota, US, could offer the best chance yet of detecting dark matter.

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April 10 2014

Hints of Mysterious Dark Matter Spotted at Milky Way's Center


Astronomers have perhaps their best lead to date about the nature of dark matter, the strange and invisible stuff that dominates the material universe.

The center of our Milky Way galaxy generates more high-energy gamma rays than can be explained by conventional sources such as supernova remnants and fast-spinning, super-dense neutron stars known as pulsars, a new study suggests.

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