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April 13 2014

Don't Panic About Heartbleed but Have a Spring Clean Anyway


The web is full of scare stories about the Heartbleed security vulnerability but panicking won’t help. Better to use this situation as an opportunity to clean up our acts. Few of us do it but we should all be in the habit of changing our passwords regularly.


Related: 'Heartbleed' bug a critical Internet illness
NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

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April 13 2014

Russia Wants To Annex The Moon


Because Russia hasn't been accused of imperial behaviour quite enough lately, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Friday that the nation plans to carve out an area of operations on the moon.

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April 13 2014

Faraway moon or faint star? Possible exomoon found


Titan, Europa, Io and Phobos are just a few members of our solar system's pantheon of moons. Are there are other moons out there, orbiting planets beyond our sun? Researchers have spotted the first signs of an "exomoon," and though they say it's impossible to confirm its presence, the finding is a tantalizing first step toward locating others.

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April 13 2014

Ringed asteroid will make a star blink out over Africa


This rock's got some bling. A star that is about to wink out over Africa will give us a good look at the first known asteroid with rings.

Last month, astronomers described icy rings around the asteroid 10199 Chariklo. They were found during an occultation, when the asteroid crossed in front of a star from Earth's perspective. Seen from South America, the star's brightness dipped in a distinctive pattern, indicating a set of sharply defined rings.

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April 13 2014

Four Blood Moons: Total Lunar Eclipse Series Not a Sign of Apocalypse


There has been a lot of interest recently in an upcoming series of lunar eclipses that begins April 15. These are usually described as "four blood moons" and taken by some to prophesy upcoming disasters.

The total lunar eclipse of April 15 will begin a so-called tetrad series of eclipses that is making the rounds online as a potential harbinger of doom, due in part to a recent book on the four blood moons that makes the dubious claim.

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April 13 2014

'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan


A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected—and with very surprising flowers.

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April 13 2014

Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station


A plant growth chamber bound for the International Space Station inside the Dragon capsule on the SpaceX-3 resupply mission may help expand in-orbit food production capabilities in more ways than one, and offer astronauts something they don’t take for granted, fresh food.

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April 13 2014

Predicting Mars Cuisine: Grasshoppers with a Side of Fungi


The first humans to land and explore Mars will certainly have to bring their food with them. However, if a permanent settlement on Mars is to be both physically and economically sustainable, eventually settlers will have to grow most, if not all of their food on the Red Planet.

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April 13 2014

How can NASA put a two-story building on Mars? Its very own flying saucer


NASA's LDSD project aims to develop the capacity to land larger payloads on Mars, perhaps even humans. But first, NASA needs a way to decelerate capsules traveling at supersonic speeds.

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April 12 2014

LHC spots particle that may be new form of matter


A long-sought fugitive has been caught at the world's largest particle accelerator. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider confirm that a provocative particle called Z(4430) actually exists – and it may be the strongest evidence yet for a new form of matter called a tetraquark.

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April 12 2014

New solar plane is as big as a 747, will circumnavigate the globe


Yesterday, the team that produced the first solar-powered aircraft that could fly around the clock unveiled its successor, Solar impulse 2, a craft that it hopes will be able to fly around the world. The airplane is a large collection of impressive feats of engineering: it's large enough to have a wingspan similar to a 747's, yet it weighs just a bit more than the average automobile.

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April 12 2014

Mystery of Lithium Ion Batteries Solved


In the push for batteries that store more energy and cost less, many researchers are chasing diminishing performance returns with exotic materials and chemistries, including lithium air, liquid metal and molten salt.

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April 12 2014

This Could Be the First Animal to Live Entirely Inside a Computer


Animals are exceptionally complicated things. So complicated, in fact, that we've never actually built one ourselves. But the day is fast approaching when we'll be able to create digital versions of organisms on a computer — from the way they move right through to their behaviors. Here's how we'll do it.

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April 12 2014

Language structure: You're born with it


Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic 'nature vs. nurture' debate.

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April 12 2014

Neanderthals were Good Parents, New Study Finds


A new study reported in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology challenges the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was short, difficult and dangerous.

The traditional perception of the toughness of Neanderthal childhood is based largely on biological evidence, but archaeologists led by Dr Penny Spikins from the University of York also studied cultural and social evidence to explore the experience of Neanderthal children.

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April 12 2014

Drunken Monkeys: Does Alcoholism Have an Evolutionary Basis?


As the child of an alcoholic father, Robert Dudley long wondered what caused the destructive allure of alcohol. Then while working in the Panamanian forest as a biologist, Dudley saw monkeys eating ripe fruit, which likely contained small amounts of the stuff, and an answer occurred to him: Maybe alcoholism is an evolutionary hangover.

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April 12 2014

Log boat dating back 4,500 years found in Lough Corrib


A 4,500-year-old log boat is among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft that have been located in Lough Corrib, along with several Viking-style battle axes and other weapons.

The vessels were discovered by marine surveyor Capt Trevor Northage while mapping the western lake to update British admiralty charts.

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April 12 2014

Roman Imperial Port Facilities Emerge Under Archaeological Investigation


Known as Vada Volaterrana, it has been identified as a key port system located in present-day Tuscany, Italy, used anciently by the Romans of the city of Volaterrae (today's Volterra) for the import and export of trade goods throughout the Mediterranean. The main harbor was located north of the mouth of the Cecina river, at S. Gaetano di Vada.

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