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April 7 2015

How Jupiter survived to become king of planets


A new model could explain how giant gas planets like Jupiter can exist.

Planets such as Jupiter are thought to be very common in the Universe. But computational models of planetary system evolution to date have struggled to explain how these gas giants survive beyond the embryonic stage.

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April 7 2015

Plants use sixth sense for growth aboard the space station


Although it is arguable as to whether plants have all five human senses – sight, scent, hearing, taste and touch – they do have a unique sense of gravity, which is being tested in space. Researchers with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will conduct a second run of the Plant Gravity Sensing study after new supplies are delivered by the sixth SpaceX commercial resupply mission to theInternational Space Station. The research team seeks to determine how plants sense their growth direction without gravity.

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April 7 2015

A Map Showing UFO Hot Spots Across The United States


California-based tech firm FindTheBest has compiled a map showing UFO sightings per capita across the United States. Operating on the assumption that absolutely none of these are, in fact, aliens, what does this map actually tell us?


Related: 'Aliens and UFOs at world's deepest lake'

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April 7 2015

Aliens, if they exist, are an enormous 650 pounds: scientist


Aliens, if they exist, are likely huge. At least that’s the conclusion of a new paper by cosmologist Fergus Simpson, who has estimated that the average weight of intelligent extraterrestrials would be 650 pounds (300 kilograms) or more. ET would have paled in comparison to these interstellar behemoths.

The argument relies on a mathematical model that assumes organisms on other planets obey the same laws of conservation of energy that we see here on Earth.

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April 6 2015

Was 19th Century apewoman a yeti? 6ft 6in Russian serf 'not human', according to DNA tests


Hundreds of explorers, theorists and fantasists have spent their lives searching for the infamous 'big-foot'.

But a leading geneticist believes he has found evidence to prove that it - or rather she - could have been more than a myth.

Professor Bryan Sykes of the University of Oxford claims a towering woman named Zana who lived in 19th Century Russia - and appeared to be 'half human, half ape' - could have been the fabled yeti.


Alt: Russian 'apewoman' could have been a yeti, according to DNA tests

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April 6 2015

Labyrinth of tunnels of Turkish ancient underground city revealed


Deep underground in the central Anatolian province of Nev&#351;ehir, the contours of an ancient city are taking shape, two years after it was discovered by accident.

The tip of the vast labyrinthine network was first discovered by Turkish builders in 2012. Now, experts say it is likely to be the largest and most complex underground city in the world.

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April 6 2015

Would you pay $9 for a lab-grown burger?


Remember back in 2013 when that lab-grown burger was rolled out for a taste test? One big problem with the patty was that it cost roughly $385,000 to make. The scientist behind that lab burger says he can get the price down substantially.


Related: Mad Cow Disease Still Menaces U.K. Blood Supply

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April 6 2015

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?


Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said.

But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — won't fix the problem.


Related: Human waste blamed for turning one in 10 of Britain's male clams into females

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April 6 2015

Turning back time by controlling magnetic interactions


In many materials, macroscopic magnetic properties emerge when microscopically small magnets align in a fixed pattern throughout the whole solid. In a publication in Nature Communications, Johan Mentink, Karsten Balzer and Martin Eckstein from the University of Hamburg at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) have predicted that the interactions causing this alignment can be changed almost instantaneously and reversibly under the influence of a laser pulse.

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April 6 2015

Personalized cancer vaccines may fight tumors


Cancer treatments that harness the body’s immune system to wipe out tumors have begun paying off for some patients for whom all other therapies have failed. Now, a small clinical study has found support for a newcomer on the cancer immunotherapy front. Injected with a vaccine designed to match specific mutations in their tumors, three patients with advanced melanoma had a strong immune response and in two their tumors shrunk or stabilized, at least temporarily. Although the study was mainly meant to test safety, the results suggest it holds promise for stopping tumors from growing.

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April 6 2015

Fear of spiders became part of our DNA during evolution, say scientists


Arachnophobia could be a product of human evolution, according to new research.

Spiders presented such a great danger to humans during the early evolutionary stages that a fear of the species became part of our DNA.

In Africa, early in human evolution, those with a keen ability to spot the creatures outlived their less wary counterparts.

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April 6 2015

Childhood ADHD Linked to Secondhand Smoke


Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home are up to three times more likely to have attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) as unexposed kids, according to a new study from Spain.

The association was stronger for kids with one or more hours of secondhand smoke exposure every day, the authors found. And the results held when researchers accounted for parents' mental health and other factors.

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April 6 2015

Cleaning with Bleach May Lead to Childhood Infections


A splash of bleach can kill germs on a kitchen counter, but it may also cause health problems in children, a new study finds.

Children in the study who lived in homes or went to schools where bleach was used for cleaning had higher rates of influenza, tonsillitis and other infections, compared with kids who weren't exposed to bleach, the researchers found.

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April 6 2015

Why slimy cheats don’t win: 'Cheating' amoebae don't survive better than 'cooperating' amoebae


Darwin's evolutionary theory predicts survival of the fittest. So why do different survival tactics co-exist, if evolution should always favor the winning strategy? To answer that question scientists have been studying a single-celled amoeba, also known as slime mold, which displays certain behaviors that have been labelled as "cheating" or "cooperating.".

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April 6 2015

How to improve your luck and win the lottery twice (possibly)


A British couple have just won £1m in the EuroMillions lottery for a remarkable second time. In doing so, they have beaten odds of more than 283 billion-to-one. So are they exceptionally lucky, and is there anything we can all do to increase the chances of experiencing such good fortune?

A few years ago I conducted a large-scale investigation into luck.

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April 6 2015

Study finds being exposed to Buddhist concepts reduces prejudice and increases prosociality


Researchers from Belgium and Taiwan have found that being exposed to Buddhist concepts can lead to increased prosocial behavioral intentions and undermine prejudice towards others.

Buddhism contains a variety of teachings and practices – such as meditation – intended to help individuals develop a more open-minded and compassionate personality. Unlike the three dominant monotheistic religions, it does not draw a sharp line between believers and unbelievers.


Related: US court rules in favour of school yoga classes

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April 6 2015

Consumers Spend Less When They Think About The Future


It's hard for consumers to save money because they are often impatient when shopping and do not think about the long-term consequences of spending money.

"We've known that being aware of the benefits of not spending and being patient contribute to savings, but our research finds that one or the other is not enough. For consumers to be motivated to save money, they need to both consider the future financial consequences and care enough about their financial future when spending money," write authors Daniel M. Bartels and Oleg Urminsky.

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