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May 17 2015

Microbial DNA in Human Body Can Be Used to Identify Individuals


Call it a ‘gut print’. The collective DNA of the microbes that colonize a human body can uniquely identify someone, researchers have found, raising privacy issues.

The finding, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on May 11, suggests that it might be possible to identify a participant in an anonymous study of the body’s microbial denizens—its microbiome—and to reveal details about that person’s health, diet or ethnicity.

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May 17 2015

No more potholes: Living concrete heals itself using bacteria when it comes into contact with water


Building repairs and potholes cost billions every year - and that's not to mention the amount of roadworks created by ongoing maintenance.

But the days of crumbling structures and potholed roads are numbered after a microbiologist developed a self-healing concrete that mends cracks using bacteria.

And this bacteria can also be added to a liquid and sprayed onto existing cracks formed by decades of wear and tear, as well as onto other materials.

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May 17 2015

Trapping humidity out of fog in Chile


The dry, red earth could almost be mistaken for a Martian landscape. It is in fact the Atacama desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth.

Average rainfall here is les than 0.1mm (0.004 in) per year and there are many regions which have not seen any precipitation for decades.

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May 17 2015

These bladeless wind turbines shake to generate electricity


Farms dotted with the gigantic spinning blades of wind turbines have become a standard sight on long-distance road trips, but what if there was another way to capture energy from the wind? A startup out of Spain is working on that very idea. The company's called Vortex Bladeless, and its turbines look like stalks of asparagus poking out of the ground.

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May 17 2015

Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space, Free


The world’s poor could benefit from a system that is blanketing half Earth’s surface with a signal that provides free access to Wikipedia and other useful websites.


Related: Britain may be forced to ration the internet, expert warns, as web use could consume 100% of nation's power supply by 2035

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May 17 2015

Galaxies die by slow 'strangulation'


When galaxies stop making stars, their death is usually a slow process that chokes them of the necessary cool gases over about four billion years.

That is the conclusion of astronomers who surveyed thousands of galaxies, living and dead, to assess whether the transition is rapid or slow.

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May 17 2015

Does the Red Planet Have Green Auroras?


Martian auroras will never best the visual splendor of those we see on Earth, but have no doubt. The Red Planet still has what it takes to throw an auroral bash. Witness the latest news from NASA’s MAVEN atmospheric probe.

In December 2014, it detected widespread auroras across Mars’ northern hemisphere dubbed the “Christmas Lights”. If a similar display happened on Earth, northern lights would have been visible from as far south as Florida.

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May 17 2015

What happens when Newton's third law is broken?


Even if you don't know it by name, everyone is familiar with Newton's third law, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This idea can be seen in many everyday situations, such as when walking, where a person's foot pushes against the ground, and the ground pushes back with an equal and opposite force.

Even though it is one of the fundamental laws of physics, Newton's third law can be violated in certain nonequilibrium (out-of-balance) situations.

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May 17 2015

CERN has detected extremely rare particle decay for the first time


Researchers working at CERN in Switzerland have detected a never-before-seen subatomic process that was "harder to find than the famous Higgs particle", and it could make or break our understanding of the Universe.


Related: Quantum physics on tap: Nano-sized faucet offers experimental support for longstanding quantum theory

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May 16 2015

Strange space signal could explain how matter rather than antimatter filled the universe


Strange signals detected by a Nasa space telescope could answer the question of why matter exists in the universe at all.

The Fermi space telescope has detected high-energy light that scientists claim could give clues to a magnetic field that existed very soon after the big bang. The exact nature of those gamma rays could be proof that there is more matter than anti-matter in the universe, as well as offering a clue to why it came about.

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May 16 2015

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter, called 'Jahn-Teller metals'


An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a new state of matter in a material that appears to be an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one, saying that it could lead to the development of more effective high-temperature superconductors.

Why is this so exciting? Well, if these properties are confirmed, this new state of matter will allow scientists to better understand why some materials have the potential to achieve superconductivity at a relativity high critical temperature (Tc) - "high" as in &#8722;135 °C as opposed to &#8722;243.2 °C.

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May 16 2015

Found: giant spirals in space that could explain our existence


Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from NASA's Fermi space telescope.

Our best theories of physics imply we shouldn't be here. The Big Bang ought to have produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter particles, which would almost immediately annihilate each other, leaving nothing but light.

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May 16 2015

Mystery methane on Mars: The saga continues


Is the Red Planet giving off methane? The question has taunted scientists for nearly 50 years, ever since the Mariner 7 spacecraft detected a whiff of the gas near Mars' south pole. Researchers retracted the finding a month later after realizing that the signal was in fact coming from carbon dioxide ice.

Then in 2003 and 2004, earthbound telescopes and orbiting spacecraft rekindled the mystery with reports of large methane clouds in Mars' atmosphere. Most of Earth's methane comes from living organisms, though a small fraction can form when rocks and hot water interact.

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May 16 2015

Water was plentiful in the early universe


Astronomers have long held that water—two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom—was a relative latecomer to the universe. They believed that any element heavier than helium had to have been formed in the cores of stars and not by the Big Bang itself. Since the earliest stars would have taken some time to form, mature, and die, it was presumed that it took billions of years for oxygen atoms to disperse throughout the universe and attach to hydrogen to produce the first interstellar "water.".

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May 16 2015

Is this moon of Jupiter covered in sea salt?


The reddish-brown lines that crisscross the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa may be radiation-bombarded sea salt from an underground ocean, a new study suggests.

Researchers probing the nature of the mysterious Europa features put run-of-the-mill salt (sodium chloride) and salt-water mixtures in a vacuum chamber chilled to minus 270 degress Fahrenheit (minus 173 degrees Celsius), then blasted the samples with electrons.

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May 16 2015

NASA thinks a robotic eel might be the key to exploring Europa


We've seen the submarine that NASA wants to explore Saturn's moon Titan with, but compared to what the aeronautics outfit's looking at for icy climes like Jupiter's Europa it's downright pedestrian. The wormy-looking contraption up above is actually considered a type of amphibious rover and it's pretty different from the Deep-SCINI we've seen previously. Because there aren't exactly electrical outlets anywhere aside from Earth and relying on solar power might not always be feasible, it has to use alternative means for energy.

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May 16 2015

This inflatable aircraft could explore the skies of Venus


An inflatable, propeller-powered aircraft, built from lightweight composites, could be a candidate to explore the dense, sulphur-rich skies around Venus on a multi-year mission.

US-based aerospace and defence firm, Northrop Grumman, is developing the concept craft, and plans to enter NASA's fourth New Frontiers planetary science competition, which will begin accepting submissions from international teams in October.

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