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March 24 2014

Continents grow by cuddling together


When a continent collides with another it doesn't just latch on to the landmass, it actually wraps itself around it, a new study shows.

The three dimensional computer simulations, reported in the journal Nature, provide scientists with a detailed view of how continents grow at their margins.

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March 24 2014

Could diamonds be a computer's best friend?


For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire. In the experiment, electrons did not flow through diamond as they do in traditional electronics; rather, they stayed in place and passed along a magnetic effect called "spin" to each other down the wire—like a row of sports spectators doing "the wave."

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March 24 2014

How to read digitally – at 600 words a minute


You don’t even have to move your eyes with the latest speed-reading apps

In 2005, a company called ICUE addressed the imminent problem of reading books from tiny screens by proposing a slew of new reading techniques. Their system allowed you to read hundreds of books in a variety of new ways, including a format wherein each word of the text flashed up on the screen in turn, at high speed.

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March 24 2014

Engineering team designs 'living materials'


Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

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March 24 2014

Electric 'thinking cap' controls learning speed


Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if "thinking caps" were real? Scientists have now shown that it is possible to selectively manipulate our ability to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current.

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March 24 2014

The unconscious mind can detect a liar -- even when the conscious mind fails


When it comes to detecting deceit, your automatic associations may be more accurate than conscious thought in pegging truth-tellers and liars, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The findings suggest that conscious awareness may hinder our ability to detect whether someone is lying, perhaps because we tend to seek out behaviors that are supposedly stereotypical of liars, like averted eyes or fidgeting. But those behaviors may not be all that indicative of an untrustworthy person.

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March 24 2014

Older dads have less attractive kids? This fertility debate is getting ugly


Hold on to your hats and gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen, because there is life-changing news afoot: older dads have uglier children. Yes, you read that right. Choose to breed with a man twice your age and your spawn are likely to have faces that barely even a mother could love. In fact, one anthropologist from Vienna University stated that "someone born to a father of 22 is already 5%-10% more attractive than a 40-year-old father and the difference grows with the age gap".

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March 24 2014

Springtime Suicide Peak Still Puzzles Scientists


On an average day, 105 Americans lose their lives to suicide. And counterintuitively, more of these lives are lost when the weather is warm and the sun shines bright.

Folk wisdom holds that winter is the most common time for suicides, with depressive symptoms exacerbated by cold, dark weather. Another myth suggests that suicides spike around the holidays, when struggling people feel left out of the cultural cheer.

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March 24 2014

The solar panels of the future could be grown from bacteria


One day we could have conductive materials that grow, evolve, and self-repair. Researchers at MIT have taken the first steps to creating them. A new study (paywall) describes “living materials” that combine bacterial cells with nonliving materials that can conduct electricity and emit different colors of light. The study is just a proof-of-concept, but researchers say that future applications could include cheaper, more efficient solar panels and biosensors.

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March 24 2014

Moons of Alien Gas Giants --"Are They the Best Bet for Extraterrestrial Life?"


A single gas giant planet in the not-too-warm, not-too-cold habitable zone around its star--where Earth and Mars correspondingly reside--could host several livable moons. At this early point in our hunt for exoplanets, most of the worlds we have found in the habitable zone are giants, not Earths. It's possible that the first inhabited place we discover outside our Solar System will be a moon.

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March 24 2014

Major Big Bang Discovery Brings 'Theory of Everything' a Bit Closer to Reality


The discovery that the universe really did expand at many times the speed of light immediately after the Big Bang should bring physicists slightly closer to their ultimate goal — the long-sought "Theory of Everything.".

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March 24 2014

Alien Moons Could Bake Dry from Young Gas Giants' Hot Glow


When we think of where else life might exist in the universe, we tend to focus on planets. But on a grander cosmic scale, moons could prove the more common life-friendly abode.

A single gas giant planet in the not-too-warm, not-too-cold habitable zone around its star — where Earth and Mars correspondingly reside — could host several livable moons.

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March 24 2014

When Did Earth's First Whiffs of Oxygen Emerge?


Today's climate change doesn't hold a candle to the chemical warfare waged on Earth more than 2 billion years ago.

Before plants discovered the power of photosynthesis, single-celled life survived on chemicals, not sunlight, burning through hydrogen, methane and sulfur, among other yummy compounds.

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March 23 2014

Doubt cast on evidence for wet Moon


Scientists have cast doubt on a major part of the case for the Moon having once held abundant water.

A US team studied a mineral called apatite, which is found in a variety of lunar rock types.

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March 23 2014

The Moon has a Dusty Atmosphere


The moon may not have any air, but that doesn’t mean it lacks atmosphere.

First results from NASA’s ongoing Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, spacecraft show a permanent cloud of dust envelopes the moon.

“We do have an atmosphere. It’s made out of the dust particles,” Mihaly Horanyi, lead scientist for LADEE’s Lunar Dust Experiment, said at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston this week.

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March 23 2014

Comet-chaser Rosetta's instruments come alive


The Rosetta probe has started turning on its instruments.

After coming out of a near three-year, deep-space hibernation in January, the satellite now has sufficient power to check out its science payload.

The spacecraft is currently about 675 million km from Earth, and continues to close in on its comet quarry.

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March 23 2014

Kuratite: New Mineral Discovered in Meteorite


The stony meteorite D’Orbigny is the source of a newly discovered mineral, kuratite. Its name honors Dr Gero Kurat (1938-2009), a world-renowned meteorite researcher and long-term head of the Mineralogical-Petrographical Department at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria.

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March 23 2014

Ancient city of Petra was a 'celestial calendar', says new study


The Nabateans (Petra’s inhabitants) rose and fell in relative obscurity between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century AD.

Exploiting the trade between its two neighbours’, Rome and Assyria, the Nabateans built the buildings popularised in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.’


Related: How celestial events influenced orientation of the great constructions of the Nabataeans

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