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November 2 2014

Unmanned US rocket Antares explodes during launch


An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded shortly after its launch from the US state of Virginia.


Alt: Doomed Antares Rocket Powered by Refurbished Soviet Engines
Alt: Antares Launch Calamity Unfolds – Dramatic Photo Sequence

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November 2 2014

Why scratching an itch only makes it worse


It's the sweetest relief… until it's not. Scratching an itch only gives temporary respite before making it worse – we now know why.

Millions of people experience chronic itching at some point, as a result of conditions ranging from eczema to kidney failure to cancer. The condition can have a serious impact on quality of life. On the face of it, the body appears to have a coping mechanism: scratching an itch until it hurts can bring instant relief.

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November 2 2014

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work


They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but a new study shows that it’s not only classical music that boosts mental activity.

Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a new study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed their fastest work when music was playing.

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November 2 2014

'Mental map' key to navigation in the dark


We may be capable of navigating a familiar space in the dark without any sensory cues, such as sight, smell, touch and sound, says an Australian computational neuroscientist.

Dr Allen Cheung of the University of Queensland says research in animals suggests this is possible as long as we have a mental map of the space obtained from previous experience.

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November 2 2014

White noise for your nose cancels pungent aromas


HAS someone burned the toast and stunk out the kitchen again? Fire up the smell canceller and sniff freely. That's the proposal from two researchers who are applying the principle behind noise cancelling headphones to noses.

Aural and visual signals are easy to manipulate because they are both based on waves, which can be described mathematically, leading to a huge variety of ways to manipulate a signal, like compression, filtering, and so on.

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November 2 2014

AeroMobil 3.0 unveiled: the 'most advanced flying car yet' will free us from 'traffic jam prison'


“Where’s my flying car?” is something of an informal motto among technology malcontents, annoyed that the science fiction of the 50s never materialized – but that funeral selfies did.

Well, there’s a solid answer to this question now: your flying car is in Vienna, but you’ll need a few hundred thousand euros, a personal airfield and a pilot’s licence to use it.

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November 2 2014

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?


Since the Pharaohs, people have been using keys to lock things up. The metal key has proved remarkably resilient, but as electronic locking devices become ever-more popular, are the days of the humble key numbered?

More than 80% of vehicles now use some form of electronic key fob or keyless ignitions, Avery says. In five years time there will be no new cars being produced that rely solely on a metal key, he predicts.

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November 2 2014

Swiss firm says it can make near invisible solar modules


A Swiss research and development company said Tuesday it had discovered a way to make white solar modules, which can blend with a building's "skin" to become virtually invisible.

The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (SCEM), a non-profit company for applied research, said it had developed a new technology paving the way to making the world's first white solar modules with no visible cells and connections.

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November 2 2014

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat


A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity. Their work, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program, was published recently in two separate articles in the journal Nano Energy.

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November 2 2014

Gold origami exerts strange power over light


SHEETS of gold one nano-particle thick have been folded into tiny origami. Dubbed plasmene, the material has some of the weirdest optical properties around. It could someday enable things like invisibility cloaks and super-efficient solar cells.

Plasmonic materials, such as gold and silver, capture light and transmit it along their surfaces as waves of electrons called plasmons. They can squeeze light into spaces smaller than the laws of physics normally allow.

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November 1 2014

Seeing Dinosaur Feathers in a New Light


Why were dinosaurs covered in a cloak such a long time before the early bird species Archaeopteryx first took flight?

The idea that birds and dinosaurs are close relatives dates back to the 19th century, when the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, was hard at work. However, it took more than 130 years for the first real proof to come to light with numerous discoveries of the remains of feathered dinosaurs, primarily in fossil sites in China. Thanks to these fossil discoveries, we now know that birds descend from a branch of medium-sized predatory dinosaurs, the so-called theropods.

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November 1 2014

Why bird divorces are good news for the females


AS THE song would have it, birds, bees and even educated fleas fall in love. For some birds, however, the love turns sour – they get divorced.

Many birds may seem like model parents, with males and females investing more equally in caring for their young than the average mammal. While 85 per cent of bird species are socially monogamous – they form pair bonds and share the workload – divorce is common, occurring in 92 per cent of these species.


Related: Birds large and small hop over obstacles in similar ways

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November 1 2014

Monster shark 'kept whales in check'


The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.

Megalodon, an ancient 14-18m-long predator that resembled a super-sized Great White, may have preyed on primitive baleen whales.

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November 1 2014

Bigfoot: If it exists, here's where to find it


The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO) is convinced that not only is there a Bigfoot, but there are in fact bigfeet scattered across the countryside, even as many as 30,000 creatures (a number they admit is a "wild guess") from the Pacific Northwest and across the South from Texas to Georgia.


Related: Bigfoot leaves an impression at expo

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November 1 2014

Study: Americans are as likely to believe in Bigfoot as in the big bang theory


Human beings are, in general, a superstitious lot. Our tendency to see patterns where they don't exist, and to falsely apply cause to effect, may have helped keep us alive back when we were little more than a band of frightened critters scurrying about the savanna. Those tendencies linger to the present day, reflected in our stubborn belief in completely irrational things: Rabbit's feet. Horoscopes. A return to the gold standard.


Related: More People Believe in Aliens and Ghosts Than God

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November 1 2014

Pope declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'


The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.


Related: Pope Francis Loves Exorcists

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November 1 2014

Scientists propose existence of parallel worlds: challenges foundations of quantum science


Academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory on parallel universes. Scientists now propose that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics.

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