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March 30 2015

Rare porpoises in China get a lifeline


In a bid to save the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise, the Chinese government is capturing a small group of the animals and relocating them to a secure conservation area.

The species is the world's only freshwater porpoise, and it's found nowhere but China.

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March 30 2015

Antarctica hits highest temp recorded—63 F


Antarctica may have experienced its warmest day ever recorded on Tuesday, with the temperature reading of 63.5°F, reports The Weather Underground.

Tuesday's record high temperature follows another high reading of 63.3°F set just the day before.


Related: Here's the beef – think green and cut meat

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March 30 2015

'Dark Money' Funds To Promote Global Warming Alarmism Dwarf Warming 'Denier' Research


Global warming activists claim vast amounts of untraceable special interest money fund global warming skeptics and give skeptics an unfair advantage in the global warming debate. The undeniable truth is global warming alarmists raise and spend far more money – including far more untraceable special interest “dark money” – than global warming skeptics.

Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle published a paper last week in the journal Climatic Change identifying 91 conservative and libertarian think tanks that Brulle claims play an influential role opposing global warming programs.

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March 30 2015

Memories May Not Live in Neurons’ Synapses


As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the synapses, or junctions, that connect them. Each time a memory is recalled, the connection is reactivated and strengthened. The idea that synapses store memories has dominated neuroscience for more than a century, but a new study by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, may fundamentally upend it: instead memories may reside inside brain cells. If supported, the work could have major implications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition marked by painfully vivid and intrusive memories.

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March 30 2015

Chair-bound workers 'should move around every hour to reduce physical and mental health risks'


Workers who spend too much time sitting down are being urged to move around more as sedentary lifestyles are likely to increase risks of many health problems.

Even if an office employee is usually active, being chained to a desk for long hours is “one of the biggest challenges” in improving health as going to the gym doesn’t cancel out implications on the body and mind, according to experts.

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March 30 2015

NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth


A Russian rocket has carried a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut to the International Space Station, where they will live for a full year, twice as long as people usually stay.

No American has remained in space longer than 215 days. Only a few people have ever gone on space trips lasting a year or more — the longest was 437 days — and they're all Russian cosmonauts. The last year-plus stay in space occurred nearly two decades ago.

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March 30 2015

Twin Earths may lurk in our nearest star system


There could be two Earth-like planets within cosmic spitting distance of our own. Both are likely too close to their star to host life, but the discovery opens the possibility of other planets in the system with more temperate climates.

Alpha Centauri is a binary star system just 4.3 light years away from our own. In 2012 astronomers announced that the system had a planet, which they dubbed Alpha Centauri Bb as it was apparently orbiting the smaller of the stars, Alpha Centauri B.

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March 30 2015

A New Type of Dyson Sphere May Be Nearly Impossible to Detect


Over fifty years ago, physicist Freeman Dyson proposed an awesome, if slightly insane, idea: That an advanced alien civilization might construct a massive, energy-harvesting sphere around its star, and bunk up inside.

Scientists have never given up on Dyson spheres—we've even conducted a few legitimate searches for their infrared heat signatures. Now, physicists Ibrahim Semiz and Salim Ogur may have an explanation for why we can't seem to find the megastructures.

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March 30 2015

Scientists seek to debunk Big Bang with help from LHC, ‘rainbow gravity,’ parallel universes


The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen, scientists believe.

Scientists at Cern in Switzerland believe the particle accelerator, which will be restarted this week, might find miniature black holes at a certain energy level.


Alt: Large Hadron Collider could show parallel universes exist, say researchers

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March 30 2015

More evidence for groundwater on Mars: Would be conducive for microbial colonization if on Earth


Scientists investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area, Mars, to understand their formation and potential habitability. On the plateau, ELDs consist of rare mounds, flat-lying deposits, and cross-bedded dune fields. They interpret the mounds as smaller spring deposits, the flat-lying deposits as playa, and the cross-bedded dune fields as aeolian.

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March 29 2015

Quantum Record! 3,000 Atoms Entangled in Bizarre State


Using a single particle of light, scientists have for the first time linked together thousands of atoms in a bizarre state known as quantum entanglement, where the behavior of the atoms would stay connected even if they were at opposite ends of the universe.

This finding, the largest number of particles that have ever been mutually entangled in an experiment, could lead to more precise atomic clocks, potentially helping to improve GPS, researchers say.

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March 29 2015

Scorch marks left by spacecraft on Mars soon fade


We've been making a mess on Mars, but the Red Planet is kind enough to tidy up after us. A study of the scorch marks left by the Curiosity rover and Phoenix lander as they touched down on the surface of Mars has revealed that they fade over time and should take an average of around 2.6 years to disappear.

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March 29 2015

Scuttling satellites to save space


It takes a lot of ingenuity – not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force – to get satellites into orbit. Now space engineers are applying comparable ingenuity to the challenge of getting their missions out of there, too.

ESA, working closely with Europe's satellite builders, will ask industry for new designs to help remove satellites from orbit at the end of their working lives, as well as 'passivating' them – making them safer for neighbouring missions.

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March 29 2015

Russia & US agree to build new space station after ISS, work on joint Mars project


In a landmark decision, Russian space agency Roscosmos and its US counterpart NASA have agreed to build a new space station after the current International Space Station (ISS) expires. The operation of the ISS was prolonged until 2024.

“We have agreed that Roscosmos and NASA will be working together on the program of a future space station," Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov said during a news conference on Saturday.

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March 29 2015

Facebook is planning to test its 747-sized internet drones this summer


Facebook's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world with a fleet of broadband-beaming unmanned aerial vehicles has taken a step closer to fruition. The company's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, told The Wall Street Journal that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its solar-powered internet drone this summer.


Related: Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

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March 29 2015

Robot Maker Says He's Designed A Pocket Robot That Could Replace Your Smartphone


A Japanese robot maker says he's designed a personal robot that could be the "next smartphone."

“You will put him in your pocket and talk to him like your own Jiminy Cricket,” Tomotaka Takahashi, CEO of robot design company Robo Garage and research associate professor at the University of Tokyo, told The WorldPost recently at The WorldPost Future of Work Conference. He said he's aiming to have the pocket robot, which is still just a prototype, hit the market in a year.

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March 29 2015

Drone Delivery Services Are Booming In China


While companies like Amazon are chomping at the bit to launch drone delivery services in the United States, packages are already soaring through the air in China.

Two years ago, residents in the city of Dongguang spotted experimental SF Express-branded delivery drones hovering overhead with packages in tow. SF Express is the country’s largest mail carrier, and it presently delivers roughly 500 packages a day via drone.

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