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July 6 2014

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?


For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly materialize, appearing to pick its position as if by a roll of the dice.

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July 6 2014

Astronomy: Planets in chaos


Not so long ago — as recently as the mid-1990s, in fact — there was a theory so beautiful that astronomers thought it simply had to be true.

They gave it a rather pedestrian name: the core-accretion theory. But its beauty lay in how it used just a few basic principles of physics and chemistry to account for every major feature of our Solar System. It explained why all the planets orbit the Sun in the same direction; why their orbits are almost perfectly circular and lie in or near the plane of the star's equator.

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July 6 2014

Magnetic bubble may give space probes a soft landing


PARACHUTES made of plasma trapped in a magnetic field could soon be helping space probes glide safely back to Earth.

Two private aerospace companies have won NASA contracts to demonstrate magnetoshell aerocapture, a way of shrouding a falling spacecraft in a magnetic bubble akin to the plasma shield around Earth. But whereas Earth's magnetosphere protects it from solar radiation, a similar bubble around a spacecraft creates drag, slowing it down. If a test next year proves successful, the technique could help future probes land heavy loads on Mars or bring back human missions to deep space.

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July 6 2014

Young sun's violent history solves meteorite mystery


Astronomers using ESA's Herschel space observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star have found evidence of mighty stellar winds that could solve a puzzling meteorite mystery in our own back yard.

In spite of their tranquil appearance in the night sky, stars are scorching furnaces that spring to life through tumultuous processes – and our 4.5 billion-year-old Sun is no exception. To glimpse its harsh early days, astronomers gather clues not only in the Solar System but also by studying young stars elsewhere in our Galaxy.

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July 6 2014

Right Now, On the Moon, Dust is Quietly Levitating


Right now, a couple of feet above the surface of the Moon, a layer of dust is levitating. This is not a new development. Early photos of the Moon show the same phenomenon. What makes this dust float without air?

If we see dust floating around on Earth, we imagine that the wind is picking it up and throwing it around.

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July 6 2014

Why Alien Life Hunt Should Focus on Impact Craters


Asteroid and comet impacts can trigger widespread havoc, killing off life on a global scale. Now, one new study reveals that the molten wreckage of these explosions can entomb the remains of life that once dwelt in the blast zones and preserve them for millions of years, while another study hints that these impacts could even create novel habitats where life can flourish.

These findings suggest that impact craters on alien worlds might be good places to look for past and present signs of life, researchers say.

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July 6 2014

Odd Exoplanet Find Hints at Many Earth-Like Worlds


Astronomers have for the first time detected a rocky alien world in an Earth-like orbit around just one star in a two-star system.

The new find suggests that such worlds may be common, and the strategy used to discover the planet could help reveal more exoplanets in the future, researchers say.

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July 5 2014

First life-friendly exoplanet may not exist after all


Type the name "Gliese 581 d" into a search engine, and you'll find hundreds of tantalising images of an Earth-like world. The exoplanet has been a top contender for the most life-friendly world beyond our solar system since it was discovered in 2007. There's just one problem – it probably doesn't exist.

New analysis of the Gliese 581 star system suggests that signals previously attributed to two of its six suspected planets actually come from sunspot-like regions on the star itself.

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July 5 2014

Discovery expands search for Earth-like planets: Newly spotted frozen world orbits in a binary star


A newly discovered planet is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like—and even potentially habitable—planets can form, and how to find them. At twice the mass of Earth, the planet orbits one of the stars in the binary system at almost exactly the same distance from which Earth orbits the sun.

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July 5 2014

Plants respond defensively to the sound of caterpillars eating their leaves


Plants respond defensively to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating their leaves, research has discovered.

Scientists at the University of Missouri (UM) found that plants produce more mustard oil, a chemical that is unappealing to many caterpillars, when exposed to the feeding vibrations caused by caterpillars chewing.

For the study, caterpillars were placed on Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard.

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July 5 2014

Want to improve your cognitive function? Try some whole body vibration!


Have you ever seen those old movies of people using body vibration machines for “exercise” (see photo)? Well, apparently the principle behind those machines isn’t total BS. Although whole body vibration (WBV) might not make you lose weight or get in better shape, it can actually provide some of the same brain-stimulating benefits as exercise. More specifically, as shown by this study, WBV can improve one’s attention and inhibition (the ability to tune out irrelevant stimuli). The authors hypothesize that WBV improves these aspects of cognitive function by producing similar physiological responses as exercise, including increased oxygen uptake and heart rate. I’ll shake on that!.

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July 5 2014

Meditation for factory workers


If you are stuck in a highly repetitive, altogether routine job with no alternative employment options, then Scott Herriott of the Maharishi University of Management, in Fairfield, Iowa, suggests you take 20 minutes twice a day to experience your inner "unbounded awareness" and reduce the stress associated with boredom.

Writing in the International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, Herriott explains that repetitive and monotonous work commonly leads to the familiar psychological consequences of mental fatigue, boredom, apathy, and alienation, which in turn lead to diminished motivation, reduced creativity and poor job satisfaction.

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July 5 2014

Men Prefer Painful Shocks to Gadget-Free Alone Time


For many people, being forced to spend a few minutes alone with their thoughts is an unpleasant experience, new research suggests.

A series of studies revealed that people would rather do an activity, such as listening to music or playing with a smartphone, than sit alone in a room for several minutes. In fact, some people — especially men — would rather give themselves mild electric shocks than do nothing, the researchers found.

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July 5 2014

Why you don't remember being a baby: Study examines infantile amnesia


Researchers believe they are closer to discovering why adults cannot remember the first few years of childhood, after a study found the increased rate that new cells are produced at in the brains of babies could increase forgetfulness.

Scientists from the University of Toronto in Canada found that 'infantile amnesia', or the inability to recall memories from early childhood, could be exacerbated by the higher rate the human brain generates new cells at in early life.

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July 5 2014

More left-handed men are born during the winter


Various manual tasks in everyday life require the use of the right hand or are optimized for right-handers. Around 90 percent of the general population is right-handed, only about 10 percent is left-handed.

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July 5 2014

Red Objects Strangely Feel Cooler to the Touch than Blue Ones


It’s as basic as water faucet handles: red means hot and blue means cold. That simple fact just got more complicated, according to a surprising study in the July 3 issue of Scientific Reports which shows that blue objects feel warmer to the touch than red ones of the same temperature.

Participants in the study were led into a pitch-dark room with a temperature-controlled plate lit up in either blue or red.

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July 5 2014

Hundreds Of Mysterious 'Love' Signs Appear All Over New Orleans


Love is everywhere in the Big Easy -- literally.

Hundreds of mystery signs with the word, "LOVE" printed in bold, red letters have appeared all over New Orleans over the course of seven weeks, according to WWLTV. The artists responsible planted the signs using maps from the city’s police department. They will later cross reference their points with crime statistics to see whether the signs had a positive effect on the area, CBS News reports.

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