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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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March 23 2014

Huge 'chicken' dinosaur, a.k.a. 'Mesopotamian feathered demon,' discovered


A beaky, crested dinosaur nicknamed the "chicken from hell" has been discovered in both North and South Dakota.

This was not a "chicken" you'd want to stumble across in the barnyard: The new dino, dubbed Anzu wyliei, was about 11 feet (3.5 meters) long and about 10 feet (3 m) tall. It boasted a flashy head crest and probably wore feathers. Anzu wylieli lived at the same time as Tyrannosaurus rex, but was more lithe and graceful, said study researcher Emma Schachner.

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March 23 2014

How To Donate Your Voice To Someone Who Can't Speak


Here's a good deed you can do without parting with a single thing. Synthetic voices for people who have lost the ability to speak only come in generic types—think of Stephen Hawking's voice—but one fascinating project wants to build custom voices for each person. To do that they need your help: specifically, a recording of your voice.

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March 23 2014

Stanford University To Open A Center For Studying Bad Science


Among Stanford University's palm trees and sandstone arches—the picture of ivory-tower—there's going to be a center dedicated to chipping away that ivory, The Economist reports. The university plans to open a Meta-Research Innovation Center: a center for the study of bad science.

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March 23 2014

Why almost everything you've been told about unhealthy foods is wrong


Eggs and red meat have both been on the nutritional hit list – but after a major study last week dismissed a link between fats and heart disease, is it time for a complete rethink?

Could eating too much margarine be bad for your critical faculties? The "experts" who so confidently advised us to replace saturated fats, such as butter, with polyunsaturated spreads, people who presumably practise what they preach, have suddenly come over all uncertain and seem to be struggling through a mental fog to reformulate their script.

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March 23 2014

A Threat to Male Fertility


To study the impact of everyday chemicals on fertility, federal researchers recently spent four years tracking 501 couples as they tried to have children. One of the findings stood out: while both men and women were exposed to known toxic chemicals, men seemed much more likely to suffer fertility problems as a result.

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March 23 2014

Owl monkeys don't cheat, study shows


True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom. Even in species that appear to "mate for life," genetic maternity and paternity tests have revealed that philandering often takes place.

Yet a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that Azara's owl monkeys (Aotus azarae) are unusually faithful.

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March 23 2014

Giant pythons have 'homing instinct'


Giant Burmese pythons have map and compass senses which help them travel "home" over vast distances, scientists have been surprised to discover.

Pythons captured and relocated in Florida's Everglades - where they are an invasive species - returned 23 miles (36km) to their original start point.

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March 23 2014

Researchers discover fish with a previously unknown type of eye


The University of Tübingen's Institute of Anatomy has discovered a fish with a previously unknown type of eye. The aptly-named glasshead barreleye lives at depths of 800 to 1000 meters. It has a cylindrical eye pointing upwards to see prey, predators or potential mates silhouetted against the gloomy light above.

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March 23 2014

Seal teeth offer glimpse into the environmental past of Russia's Lake Baikal


Scientists have found that the teeth of the nerpa seal may hold the strongest evidence of the effects of decades of environmental pollution, nuclear testing, and climate change on Russia's Lake Baikal. The nerpa, also known as the Baikal seal, is the only seal that lives exclusively in fresh water.

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