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January 7 2015

Strange Behavior of the Sun's Iron Heart Surprises Scientists


A machine on Earth capable of recreating the conditions inside the sun's heart is helping scientists study how iron behaves at mind-boggling temperatures. The results of the experiment, so far, have defied expectations and just might help settle a long-standing solar puzzle, researchers say.

Recreating conditions inside the sun, with temperatures topping 3.9 billion degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 billion degrees Celsius), is no easy task, but it's something scientists have been doing for a decade at the Z Machine at Sandia National Laboratory. This machine creates some of the most powerful X-rays found on Earth.

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January 7 2015

Earth-sized planets discovered by Kepler may really be Earth-like


The latest study shows that Kepler-93b, an exoplanet with a diameter of 1.5 times that of Earth, has a mass of 4.02 times that of Earth. The mass and volume give a density, from which we can infer that this little exoplanet has a composition very similar to Earth’s.


Alt: Hunt for other Earths just got a bit more sophisticated

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January 7 2015

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life


An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.

The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives from the sun.

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January 7 2015

Alien Oceans May Flow on 'Super-Earth' Planets


Alien worlds more massive than Earth could harbor long-lasting oceans, according to new research.

Scientists have used computer modeling to show that so-called "super-Earth" planets — worlds that are up to five times more massive than Earth — can play host to long-lived oceans. The modeling shows that the oceans can potentially remain on the planet for billions of years, possibly allowing life to develop on the alien planet.

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January 6 2015

E.T. May Reveal Itself with Vibration


Looking for movement could complement chemical searches for extraterrestrial life.

When we look for life beyond Earth, we usually search for its chemical signatures. The recent discovery of methane emissions on Mars, for example, is a possible sign of bacterial life. But there IS another way to detect life. See if it moves.

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January 6 2015

Coronal Hole Spotted On The Sun Is Hundreds Of Times Bigger Than The Earth


Talk about big!

A dark hole hundreds of times bigger than the Earth has been spotted on the surface of the sun. A photo of the enormous "coronal hole" (below) was snapped by a camera aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Jan. 1, 2015.

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January 6 2015

End of the world: Humans could be killed off by hail of comets from passing stars


Humans could be wiped out by two dwarf stars that will drop a torrent of comets onto Earth, according to a new theory.

If the comets do kill of humans, it could mean that we are wiped out ahead of the the normally expected ways — an asteroid crashing into us or the death of the sun.

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January 6 2015

‘Climate hacking,’ while easy and efficient, may be too risky


Some people might argue that the greatest moral challenge of our time is serious enough to justify deliberately tampering with our climate to stave off the damaging effects of global warming.

Geoengineering, or “climate hacking”, to use its more emotive nickname, is a direct intervention in the natural environments of our planet, including our atmosphere, seas and oceans.

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January 6 2015

How A Position Of Power Can Change Your Voice


Most radio reporters, I think it's fair to say, think about their voices a lot, and work to sound powerful and authoritative. I know my voice has changed since my very first radio story 10 years ago

That's why I was intrigued by a recent study in the journal Psychological Science on the voice of authority. Scientists wanted to hear if people's voices change in predictable ways when they are put into positions of power. Plus, they wondered if listeners could detect those changes.

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January 6 2015

Chimpanzees select nut-cracking tools taking account of up to five different factors


Are chimpanzees sensitive to the effect of an object's properties on nut-cracking efficiency and plan their tool selection accordingly? An international team of researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has now investigated the selection of hammers used for cracking Coula edulis nuts by wild chimpanzees in the Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire, taking into account the availability of potential tools at the site and time at which each tool selection episode occurred.

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January 6 2015

Whale Genes Offer Hints to Longer Lifespans


In a search for genes that fight off aging, researchers have now charted the bowhead whale genome.

Bowheads are filter feeders found only in the Arctic, and are some of the largest mammals on Earth. Old harpoon points found in bowheads suggest the whales live for some 200 years.

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January 6 2015

Weight loss drug fools body into reacting as if it has just eaten


Diet drug tested in mice mimics signals produced at start of meal, burning fat, reducing blood sugar and increasing metabolism.


Alt: 'Imaginary meal' tricks body into losing weight

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January 6 2015

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find


Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.

But for the first time scientists think they know what is causing the effect. The body, it seems, views red meat as a foreign invader and sparks a toxic immune response.

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January 6 2015

Porridge could be key to a long and healthy life, says Harvard University


A small bowl of porridge each day could be the key to a long and healthy life, after a major study by Harvard University found that whole grains reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

Although whole grains are widely believed to be beneficial for health it is the first research to look at whether they have a long-term impact on lifespan.

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January 6 2015

Fructose More Toxic than Table Sugar in Mice


When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.


Related: Vitamin B may counter negative effect of pesticide on fertility

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January 6 2015

New discoveries about Dark Age farming found in the dirt


Two researchers are taking a new twist on long-published research about what an ancient civilization did for a living.

W. Flint Dibble, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in the Department of Classics, and Daniel J. Fallu, a doctoral student in archaeology at Boston University, will present their new discoveries surrounding a key site from the Greek Dark Age on Jan. 9, at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Society for Classical Studies (SCS, formerly known as the American Philological Association), in New Orleans.

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January 6 2015

Listen to the 3000-Year-Old Trumpets of King Tutankhamun


Among the treasures found when Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb was opened in 1923 were two ornate trumpets, one made of silver and the other of bronze. In 1939, BBC radio broadcast the sound of the trumpets to listeners around the world. And, thanks to the internet, now you can too.

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