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April 14 2014

First UK study of ketamine for people with severe depression


The first UK study of the use of ketamine intravenous infusions in people with treatment-resistant depression has been carried out in an NHS clinic by researchers at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford.

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April 14 2014

Thinking About Death Can Make You Value Life More


Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?

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April 14 2014

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain, success of U.S. Clean Air Act


The rise and fall of acid rain is a global experiment whose results are preserved in the geologic record.

Forty-five years ago, acid rain was killing fish and dissolving stone monuments on the East Coast. Air pollution rose beginning with the Industrial Revolution and started to improve when the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1970 required coal power plants and other polluters to scrub sulfur out of their smokestacks.

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April 14 2014

Ocean Acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators


Research on the behavior of coral reef fish at naturally-occurring carbon dioxide seeps in Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea has shown that continuous exposure to increased levels of carbon dioxide dramatically alters the way fish respond to predators.

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April 14 2014

Is global warming just a giant natural fluctuation?


An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

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April 14 2014

'Indisputable' Proof Of A New Four-Quark Particle


Using the most powerful particle collider in the world, a research group at CERN has forged a particle made of four quarks, the European organization announced yesterday.

Most particles of matter in the universe today consist of two or three quarks. Over the past decade, however, particle-accelerator projects all over the world have gathered some evidence that a few different kinds of four-quark particles might exist.

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April 14 2014

Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults


In July 2015 we get our first close look at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon -- a fact that has scientists hypothesizing more than ever about what we might see there.

One of the latest ideas put forward is that perhaps the collision that likely formed Pluto and Charon heated the interior of Pluto enough to give it an internal liquid water ocean, which also gave the small world a short-lived plate tectonics system, like that of Earth.

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April 14 2014

Ancient Mars probably too cold for liquid water


Mars’ atmosphere was probably never thick enough to keep temperatures on the planet’s surface above freezing for the long term, suggests research published today in Nature Geoscience1. Although the planet’s topography indicates that liquid water has flooded Mars in the distant past, evidence increasingly suggests that those episodes reflect occasional warm spells, not a consistently hospitable phase of the planet’s history.

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April 14 2014

After The Flood: Ancient Waters Carved These Martian Channels


This picture is an example of why Martian scientists like to get their groove on. This late 2013 snapshot of Osuga Valles — a part of the vast Valles Marineris gorge that cuts across the Red Planet — shows the leftovers of an ancient flood. The European Space Agency highlighted the area in a release this week.

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April 14 2014

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday Ahead of Lunar Eclipse


A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon.

Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2008 when the Red Planet comes within 57.4 million miles (92.4 million km) of our planet.

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April 14 2014

Astronaut Pee Turned Into Fuel


It’s a classic fact that astronaut urine can be processed into drinkable water. Now a new bioreactor could turn the waste filtered from that pee into an energy source as well.

When water supplies run low on a space mission, astronaut urine can be treated to become drinking water. But the waste removed is still, well, waste. University of Puerto Rico scientists Eduardo Nicolau and Carlos R. Cabrera, working in collaboration with the NASA Ames Research Center, came up with a new approach to make use of the waste.

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April 13 2014

US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel


Washington (AFP) - The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as "a game-changer" because it would signficantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack.

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April 13 2014

Power arm band for wearables harvests body heat


A group of Korean researchers have turned their focus on supplying a reliable, efficient power source for wearables. Professor Byung Jin Cho of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and his team, recognizing that supplying power that is stable and reliable is critical to the successful commercialization of wearables, have come up with a wearable power band that made technology news this week.

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April 13 2014

UMMS researchers show fruit flies have latent bioluminescence


New research from Stephen C. Miller, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark—otherwise known as bioluminescence.

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April 13 2014

Eco-Friendly Diapers Made From Jellyfish


Move over Brawny, there’s a new product in the works with the strength to get the job done, and it comes from the sea. Cine’al Ltd., an Israeli nanotechnology start-up, is developing a line of super-absorbing products made from jellyfish.

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April 13 2014

New Self-healing Plastics Developed


Scratches in the car finish or cracks in polymer material: Self-healing materials can repair themselves by restoring their initial molecular structure after the damage. Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Evonik Industries have developed a chemical crosslinking reaction that ensures good short-term healing properties of the material under mild heating.

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April 13 2014

So About That Hawk The Vatican Hired To Protect Those Doves...


Has the Vatican enlisted the help of a hawk to protect the pope’s cherished doves?

After two of its peace doves were fatally attacked by a seagull and a crow above St. Peter's square on Jan. 26, the Vatican apparently decided it was time to enlist the help of a bird of prey. Officials reportedly said they hope the hawk, named Sylvia, will stave off other predatory birds and help the doves avoid any future attacks, according to the Agence France-Presse.

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April 13 2014

Researchers show off 'bird' drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves


The days of drones needing to return to base to top up their batteries could soon be over.

An MIT student has shown off a prototype system allowing a craft to land on a power line and recharge itself.

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