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February 11 2015

What Could Explain the Mysterious Ring in Antarctica?


Ever since its discovery was announced earlier this year, the 3 km-wide ring structure discovered on the of Antarctica has been a source of significant interest and speculation. Initially, the discovery was seen as little more than a happy accident that occurred during a survey of East Antarctica by a WEGAS (West-East Gondwana Amalgamation and its Separation) team from the Alfred Wegener Institute.

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February 11 2015

Inner Core of Earth Has Its Own Inner Core, Geologists Say


An international team of geologists, headed by Prof Xiaodong Song from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Nanjing University in China, has found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal new information about our planet.


Alt: Heart of Earth's inner core revealed

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February 11 2015

A centimeter of time: Cool clocks pave the way to new measurements of Earth


Two cryogenically cooled optical lattice clocks that can be synchronized to a tremendous one part in 2.0 x 10-18--meaning that they would only go out of synch by a second in 16 billion years. This is nearly 1,000 times more precise than the current international timekeeping standard cesium atomic clock.

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February 11 2015

Meet Spot: New Breed of Robot Dog Climbs and Trots


Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics recently unveiled its newest animal-inspired bot. Meet Spot — a four-legged robotic dog that can climb stairs, trot over rough terrain and even recover from a well-placed kick to the ribs.

Spot is electrically powered and moves using a system of hydraulic pumps and valves, according to the company, which introduced its new bot to the world yesterday (Feb. 9) via a YouTube video that has already garnered close to 1 million views.


Related: Octopus robot makes waves with ultra-fast propulsion

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February 11 2015

Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace


Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said.

The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will grow 10 percent a year in the world's 25-biggest export nations through 2025.


Related: Hotel robots in Japan will perform a range of tasks

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February 11 2015

Tweaking Bacteria, Scientists Turn Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel


Daniel Nocera pioneered an "artificial leaf" that mimics the real thing, using only the sun and water to produce energy. He's touted the silicon cell as a breakthrough that could allow every home to become its own power station.

His compelling concept, unveiled a few years ago, attracted a lot of publicity but hasn't quite taken off. The leaf—a cheap, wafer-thin device—works well, Nocera says, but there's a key flaw.

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February 11 2015

A Pill That Mimics the Immune System


The human body doesn’t like outsiders. When a foreign pathogen or substance, say an unwanted virus, finds its way into our blood streams we produce antibodies that the neutralize the threat. These “Y”-shaped proteins are made by a class of white blood cells called plasma cells and bind to molecules on the invaders called antigens, triggering another set of white blood cells to literally ingest the interloper. For years now doctors have used antibodies and other protein-based therapies (aka biologics) to treat a range of illnesses, cancers, infections and autoimmune diseases among them.

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February 11 2015

Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep


A short nap can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the previous night

Nearly three in 10 adults reported they slept an average of six hours or less a night, according to the National Health Interview Survey.

"Our data suggests a 30-minute nap can reverse the hormonal impact of a night of poor sleep".

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February 11 2015

When a broken heart becomes a real medical condition


On Valentine's Day, people who have been unlucky in love will be said to suffer from a "broken heart."

Broken heart also refers to an actual medical condition that feels like a heart attack. Broken heart syndrome occurs during highly stressful or emotional times, such as divorce, the death of a spouse, a serious medical diagnosis or significant financial problems.

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February 11 2015

Woman who is '95 per cent genetically male' gives birth to twins


A woman who is “genetically male” has had twins, after three years of pioneering treatment.

The new mother looks like a woman, but has 95% male chromosomes.


Related: Baby Born Pregnant With Her Own Twins

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February 11 2015

Nasa twins to embark on year-long space experiment


Twin Nasa astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly are to put Einstein to the test in a pioneering study that could pave the way for humankind reaching Mars

Scott Kelly has found an unusual way to maintain a youthful advantage over his twin brother Mark. Next month, he will blast off on a year-long mission on board the International Space Station, a journey that will have one unintended consequence. During his 12 months in space, Scott will age less than his earthbound brother – thanks to the tenets of Einstein’s theories of relativity.

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February 11 2015

Neil Armstrong's wife Carol finds selection of Moon mementos from historic landing while cleaning


A treasure trove of prized mementos from the first Moon landing have been found in Neil Armstrong's closet by his wife while she was doing a clearout.

Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, died in August 2012.

His wife Carol found the objects from the 1969 lunar expedition languishing at their home in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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February 11 2015

How Can Mars Sometimes Be Warmer Than Earth?


Remember a few weeks ago when the weather on Mars was making the news? At the time, parts of the Red Planet was experiencing temperatures that were actually warmer than parts of the US. Naturally, there were quite a few skeptics. How could a planet with barely any atmosphere which is farther from the Sun actually be warmer than Earth?

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February 11 2015

Dark matter found in Milky Way’s core


Most of the material of the universe is dark matter—stuff we can’t see, though we can still feel its gravity. It was discovered in the 1970s when astronomer Vera Rubin showed that stars in the outer regions of spiral galaxies, far from the center, were moving faster than they should be. This suggested there was some sort of unseen mass in a “halo” around the galaxy. But physicists disagree over whether all this dark matter is at the margin or if there is some in a galaxy’s core.

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February 10 2015

The Sun’s activity in the 18th century was similar to that now


Counting sunspots over time helps in knowing the activity of our star but the two indices used by scientists disagree on dates prior to 1885. Now an international team of researchers has tried to standardize the historical results and has discovered that, contrary to what one may think, the solar activity of our times is very similar to that of other times, such as the Enlightenment. Scientists have been counting sunspots since 1610 with small telescopes. Thus it has been verified that the Sun’s activity increases every eleven years, according to the interval in the growth of the number of darker and colder spots in comparison with the rest of its surface.

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February 10 2015

No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning


The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein's theory of general relativity. The model may also account for dark matter and dark energy, resolving multiple problems at once.

The widely accepted age of the universe, as estimated by general relativity, is 13.8 billion years. In the beginning, everything in existence is thought to have occupied a single infinitely dense point, or singularity. Only after this point began to expand in a "Big Bang" did the universe officially begin.

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February 10 2015

Driverless cars get green light and you WON'T need a licence


Motorists will not need a driving licence to use driverless cars, it emerged yesterday – as ministers prepared to allow the first trials on British roads.

Women are expected to benefit the most because almost a third do not have a licence, compared with just one in seven men.

Others likely to gain include the disabled, the elderly and even children, who could be put in a so-called robocar at home and sent to school without an adult at the wheel.

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