Archive for the 'Science News' Category

Scientists say they’ve found a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbor

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Scientists say they’ve found a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbor By Rachel Feltman in the Washington Post on August 24, 2016.

Artist’s impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. (ESO/G. Coleman)

From Fins Into Hands: Scientists Discover a Deep Evolutionary Link

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: From Fins Into Hands: Scientists Discover a Deep Evolutionary Link by From Carl simmer in the New York Times on August 17, 2016.

A composite image of a mouse hand and a fish fin, each labeled with the same molecular markers.
MARIE KMITA AND ANDREW GEHRKE

Same but Different: How epigenetics can blur the line between nature and nurture

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Same but Different: How epigenetics can blur the line between nature and nurture by Siddartha Mukerjee in The New Yorker in the May 2, 2016 Issue.

The author’s mother (right) and her twin are a study in difference and identity.  CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY DAYANITA SINGH FOR THE NEW YORKER

The Brain That Couldn’t Remember

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: The Brain That Couldn’t Remember: The untold story of the fight over the
legacy of “H.M.” — the patient who revolutionized the science of memory by Luke Dittrich in The New York Times on August. 3, 2016.

Scientists Ponder an Evolutionary Mystery: The Female Orgasm

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Scientists Ponder an Evolutionary Mystery: The Female Orgasm by Carl Zimmer in The New York Times on August 1, 2016.

How Forgotten Baby Memories Rewire Learning in the Brain

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: How Forgotten Baby Memories Rewire Learning in the Brain by Shelly Fanon on the Singularity Hub website on July 24, 2016.

Why You Don’t Know Your Own Mind

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Why You Don’t Know Your Own Mind by Alex Rosenberg in the New York Times on July 18, 2016.

Inge Morath /The Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum Photos. Masks by Saul Steinberg /The Saul Steinberg Foundation/ARS, NY

This Day in Jewish History 2010: A Physicist Who Explained the Puzzles of the Universe Dies

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  This Day in Jewish History 2010: A Physicist Who Explained the Puzzles of the Universe Dies Key discoveries, from the antiproton to dark matter, owe much to Gerson Goldhaber, never mind whether the world acknowledged him by David B. Green on the Haaretz website on July 19, 2016.

South African TelescoSouthpe Spots 1,300 Unknown Galaxies Trilobites

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: South African Telescope Spots 1,300 Unknown Galaxies Trilobites By Dennis Overbye in The New York Times on July 18, 2016.

Left: A patch of sky about as big as the full moon where the MeerKAT telescope discerned the radio glow of about 200 galaxies. Only a few (circled) had been previously observed; Right: A distant galaxy with an explosive core powered by a black hole. CreditSKA South Africa

One year since the New Horizons flyby of Pluto

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: One year since the New Horizons flyby of Pluto By Bryan Dyne on The World Socialist Web Site on July 15, 2016.

Researchers combined blue, red and infrared light collected by the Ralph instrument to make this image. The range and distribution of colors indicates differing geology, climate and chemical composition across Pluto. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline by Gina Kolata in The New York Times on kolata July 8, 2016,

CreditSarah Mazzetti

The Very Common Painkiller Linked to Autism and Hyperactivity in Children

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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Click Here To Read: The Very Common Painkiller Linked to Autism and Hyperactivity in Children by Paul Ratnner on the Big Think website on July 5, 2016.

The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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Click Here to Read and Listen To:  The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine by Mahzarin Banaji on the OnBeing.org website on June 9, 2016.

Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter By Bryan Dyne on the World Socialist Web Site on July 5, 2016.

An artist’s conception of the Juno spacecraft as it orbits Jupiter, with its solar panels and main antenna pointed toward the Earth and Sun. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Green Tea May Improve Cognitive Functions for People with Down Syndrome

Friday, July 1st, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Green Tea May Improve Cognitive Functions for People with Down Syndrome
By World Tea News on the World Tea News.com website on June 27, 2016.

Neuroscientists probe link between music pleasure responses, dopamine and cravings

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Neuroscientists probe link between music pleasure responses, dopamine and cravings by Jane Gardner on the Medical Xpress website on June 29, 2016.

Is there a connection between dance music and cravings? Credit: University of Melbourne

Scientists learn more about how star-shaped brain cells help us learn

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Scientists learn more about how star-shaped brain cells help us learn
by Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University on the Eureka News on June 23, 2016.

Dr. Lei Li and Dr. Xiang-Dong Sun, Fellows and co-authors and Dr. Lin Mei, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Neuroscience

Evidence hints at existence of fourth neutrino

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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Click Here to Read:  Evidence hints at existence of fourth neutrino by staff reporters on the World Socialist Web Site on June 24, 2016.

Inside one of the Daya Bay detectors. The sensors pick up the faint light emitted by antineutrinos when they interact with fluids inside the detector. Credit: DOE, Berkeley Lab – Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer.

Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat By Adam Hadhazy in the Scientific American on February 12, 2010.

Could the Root Cause Of Depression Be in Your Gut—and Not Your Brain?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Could the Root Cause Of Depression Be in Your Gut—and Not Your Brain? by Rachel Lapidos the Well and Good website on June 12, 2016.