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April 22 2015

Biggest structure in the universe is huge hole, scientists find


Scientists have found what could be the biggest thing in the universe, and it is a huge cold hole that could fundamentally change our understanding of the universe.

A giant “supervoid”, 1.8-billion light years wide, could explain a large cold spot in the universe that has been unexplained for more than a decade, scientists say.


Alt: Cold cosmic mystery solved: Largest known structure in the universe leaves its imprint on CMB radiation

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April 22 2015

Pulsing light may indicate supermassive black hole merger


As two galaxies enter the final stages of merging, scientists have theorized that the galaxies' supermassive black holes will form a "binary," or two black holes in such close orbit they are gravitationally bound to one another. In a new study, astronomers at the University of Maryland present direct evidence of a pulsing quasar, which may substantiate the existence of black hole binaries.

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April 22 2015

Color differences could recalibrate cosmic acceleration rate


The expansion of the universe might not be accelerating quite as fast as researchers thought. Type 1a supernovas, exploding stars used as yardsticks to measure distances to other galaxies, come in two flavors, new research indicates. That complication could lead to overestimates of how remote the most far-flung supernovas are.

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April 22 2015

Stars throw out a lifetime's waste carbon in just 1000 years


When cosmic carbon leaves home, it may move in a real rush, according to the first sighting of a star spewing it into space.

Ageing stars build elements like carbon in their core. These are eventually shed when stars throw off their surface layers. It's a crucial process for seeding the universe with carbon and oxygen, which are important for life. "All of organic chemistry and life depends on these elements,".

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April 22 2015

Japan's Magnetic Levitation Passenger Train Just Broke The World Speed Record


A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.

Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile (1.8 kilometers) at a speed exceeding 600 kph (373 mph).

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April 22 2015

Record breaking clock invented which only loses a second in 15bn years


Physicists have said they have fine-tuned an atomic clock to the point where it won’t lose or gain a second in 15bn years – longer than the universe has existed.

The “optical lattice” clock, which uses strontium atoms, is now three times more accurate than a year ago when it set the previous world record, its developers reported in the journal Nature Communications.

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April 22 2015

The power of deadlines


People like procrastinating. Or at least, they keep doing it despite their protestations. It’s very common to see Facebook posts or tweets where someone reveals that they shouldn’t be on Facebook or Twitter because they have important work to do, but are procrastinating. So people procrastinate by going online and pointing out they’re procrastinating. That’s some advanced-level time-wasting there.

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April 22 2015

Big ears don’t necessarily come with baggage


In a small study, onlookers judged big-eared faces as intelligent, likable

Prominent ears draw the eyes, and that might not be a bad thing. In a new study, adults spent more time looking at children’s protruding ears than at unexceptional auricles, and the adults didn’t judge the children’s personalities negatively.

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April 22 2015

Want to feel happier? Just smell a happy person’s BO!


Smelling someone’s stinky body odor can really bum you out, at least temporarily. But did you know that BO can communicate emotions directly? According to this study, human body odor may contain chemicals, also known as “chemosignals”, that can carry information about emotional states. To test this hypothesis, the researchers evoked emotions in 12 men by showing them movie clips to make them either happy.

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April 21 2015

Mindfulness 'as good as medication' for chronic depression


Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as antidepressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, say UK scientists.

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of disability globally.

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April 21 2015

How rare you like your steak could be linked to your dementia risk


Do you like your steak rare or well done? The answer could influence how mentally sharp you stay as you age, new research suggests. Scientists have found that compounds known as glycotoxins, which form as we brown (or blacken) certain foods, may increase the risk of age-related dementia.


Related: Cost of lab-grown burger patty drops from $325,000 to $11.36

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April 21 2015

Babies feel pain 'like adults'


The brains of babies 'light up' in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults.

The study looked at 10 healthy infants aged between one and six days old and 10 healthy adults aged 23-36 years. Infants were recruited from the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and adult volunteers were Oxford University staff or students.

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April 21 2015

Wealthier children have bigger brains, study finds


Richer pupils achieve higher academic grades because their brains are different, according to research.

Past research has shown pupils from low-income backgrounds fared worse than those from wealthier families.

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April 21 2015

Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Linked to Anxiety in Offspring


Young children may be at an increased risk of anxiety symptoms compared to their siblings if their mother took antidepressants while pregnant.

Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 siblings from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study, which followed children from early fetal stage to age 3. The mothers' mental health was assessed with questions about anxiety and depression, as well as antidepressant use and they were asked to fill out a questionnaire about their child’s behavior and emotional development.

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April 21 2015

Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air, say scientists


Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a study has shown. For example, short, sharp bursts of air to the area around the thumb, index finger and middle part of the palm generate excitement, whereas sad feelings are created by slow and moderate stimulation of the outer palm and the area around the 'pinky' finger.

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April 21 2015

Human hibernation could become a 'reality', says European Space Agency scientist


Since time immemorial, humans have often wished they could curl up and sleep away those cold winter days like their furry friends, but that dream could one day become a reality with scientists investigating new ways for astronauts to hibernate in space.

According to Leopold Summerer, the head of the advanced concepts team at the European Space Agency, research could put “some science fiction into the realm of science reality” within our lifetimes.

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April 21 2015

Japan robot receptionist welcomes shoppers


She can smile, she can sing and this robot receptionist who started work in Tokyo on Monday never gets bored of welcoming customers to her upmarket shop.

"My name is ChihiraAico. How do you do?" she says in Japanese, blinking and nodding to customers in the foyer of Mitsukoshi, Japan's oldest department store chain.

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