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December 18 2014

Stunning Zinc Fireworks When Egg Meets Sperm


Sparks literally fly when a sperm and an egg hit it off. The fertilized mammalian egg releases from its surface billions of zinc atoms in “zinc sparks,” one wave after another, a Northwestern University-led interdisciplinary research team has found.

Using cutting-edge technology they developed, the team is the first to capture images of these molecular fireworks and pinpoint the origin of the zinc sparks.

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December 18 2014

World’s first ‘three-parent’ babies could be born in the UK


A further step towards creating babies using DNA from three people has been taken by the UK government with the announcement of new regulations to be put before parliament.


Related: Midwives Are Often Safer Than Docs–Why Don't They Deliver More Babies?

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December 18 2014

Autism link to air pollution raised


A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

The Harvard School of Public Health team said high levels of pollution had been linked to a doubling of autism in their study of 1,767 children.

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December 18 2014

Mangrove forest planted as tsunami shield


THE worst tsunami on record hit South-East Asia on 26 December 10 years ago, killing more than 227,000 people in total. I recently toured villages on the west coast of Aceh, the Indonesian province that bore the brunt of the impact, where 167,000 lost their lives when a 20-metre wave crashed ashore that morning. I also saw the results of heavy mangrove reforestation since the tsunami.

Can replanting mangrove forests on tropical coastlines really protect communities from the immense destruction of a tsunami such as the Indian Ocean killer wave that struck 10 years ago?

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December 18 2014

Cost of cloud brightening for cooler planet revealed


Scientists have identified the most energy-efficient way to make clouds more reflective to the sun in a bid to combat climate change. Marine Cloud Brightening is a reversible geoengineering method proposed to mitigate rising global temperatures. It relies on propelling a fine mist of salt particles high into the atmosphere to increase the albedo of clouds.


Related: Warmer Pacific Ocean could release millions of tons of seafloor methane

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December 18 2014

How NASA Could Build A Cloud City Over Venus


Owing to the extreme conditions on the Venusian surface, it's going to be quite some time before a human ever steps foot on that planet. That's why NASA is developing a plan to deploy human-occupied airships in Venus's upper atmosphere. And yes, permanent occupation is the ultimate goal.


Related: Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

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December 18 2014

NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars


NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.


Alt: Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Finds Water
Alt: ‘A Great Moment’: Rover Finds Methane, a Clue That Mars May Harbor Life

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December 18 2014

Is Mars habitable? That’s tougher to answer than you might think


It’s no secret that the possibility of life on Mars has tantalized us for a long time now. Even today, despite the knowledge that there are no intelligent Martians, the idea works its way into science fiction, as movies like John Carter, The Last Days on Mars, and the animated film Mars Needs Moms demonstrate. Even the character of Spock on Star Trek was originally conceived as a Martian!

But the concept isn’t limited to science fiction; scientific interest in life on Mars continues.

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December 18 2014

Glaciers on Mars Likely Helped Carve Red Planet's 'Grand Canyon'


Signs of acid-rock interactions in Valles Marineris, the Grand Canyon of Mars, suggest that glaciers in the planet's past may have been responsible for carving at least some of the extensive network when the planet was more severely tipped.

While other deposits of the mineral, known as jarosite, have been found on Mars, the new signature is the first to suggest formation by ice, rather than by ponds or puddles of water.

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December 18 2014

Study Hints that Ancient Earth Made Its Own Water—Geologically


A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system?

The answer is likely “both,” according to researchers at The Ohio State University— and the same amount of water that currently fills the Pacific Ocean could be buried deep inside the planet right now.

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December 18 2014

Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated life


A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks -- the oldest rocks on Earth -- the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters can support microbes living in isolation from the surface.


Alt: Earth's deep crust could support widespread life

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December 18 2014

Strange Rock from Russia Contains 30,000 Diamonds


Here's the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything: A red and green rock, ornament-sized, stuffed with 30,000 teeny-tiny diamonds.

The sparkly chunk was pulled from Russia's huge Udachnaya diamond mine and donated to science (the diamonds' tiny size means they're worthless as gems). It was a lucky break for researchers, because the diamond-rich rock is a rare find in many ways, scientists reported Monday (Dec. 15) at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting.

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December 18 2014

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly knocked off mammals, too


The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.

Metatherian mammals—the extinct relatives of living marsupials ("mammals with pouches", such as opossums) thrived in the shadow of the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.

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December 18 2014

How the Ancient Romans Made Better Concrete Than We Do Now


If you've ever wondered why the ancient structures of Rome have endured for millennia, when our own modern concrete is susceptible to cracks and crumbles, well, now you have your answer. Researchers recreated the Roman recipe and discovered that the formation of a certain kind of crystal in the concrete is the reason for the durability.


Alt: Why the Colosseum hasn't collapsed: Roman concrete used 'secret' ingredient to stand the test of time - and now engineers want to copy it

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December 18 2014

Red color slowly disappearing from Van Gogh's paintings


Recent scientific research has revealed that the blue irises in Van Gogh's Field with Irises near Arles were once purple. That is because the red is slowly disappearing from Van Gogh's paintings. The discolouration has arisen because the red pigment that Van Gogh used in his paint is strongly deteriorating, conclude the scientists who have investigated Van Gogh's work.

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December 18 2014

Intensive agriculture may have exacerbated drought in ancient Maya city


The ancient Maya city of Tikal may have used intensive agricultural practices to maintain its large population, according to a study by David Lentz of the University of Cincinnati and colleagues. While these practices enabled sustainable population growth for some time, they may eventually have exacerbated a drought that caused the abandonment of the city. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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December 17 2014

Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt


The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies, according to a team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The cemetery is now called Fag el-Gamous, which means "Way of the Water Buffalo," a title that comes from the name of a nearby road.

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