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This Is the Rocket That Will Take Us to Mars (video)

Who said NASA is dead? The space agency has unveiled its new rocket design—the most powerful ever if we go ahead and build it—capable one day of dropping a human or two on Mars.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Deliberately Infected Guatemalans With Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The United States conducted experiments on unsuspecting Guatemalans in the 1940s in order to test the effectiveness of penicillin on STDs. According to the BBC, “some 1,300 prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhea” and other diseases. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Get Ready for Medicinal MDMA

A team of scientists in Britain is championing the cancer-fighting properties of Ecstasy, the touchy-feely party drug that makes you feel great whether or not it’s punching holes in your brain.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Jodie Foster Helps Fund the Search for Alien Life

The Allen Telescope Array in Northern California was shut down due to government budget cuts, but more than 2,400 donors, including “Contact” star Jodie Foster, gave enough money to keep the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute-run facility open a little longer. (more)

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



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If You’re Under 35, You’ve Never Experienced ‘Normal’ Earth Climate

Physical scientist Robert Grumbine crunches some numbers to determine that “the last time the global mean was below the climate normal was March 1976.” Basically Grumbine is looking for “normal” climate, and he sees things diverging after 1940. So tell us, old-timers, what was it like before the planet started melting? (more)

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Animal Harm

We have witnessed, in this film, a prolonged study in animal abuse. I think Terrace is the worst kind of sadist—the unknowing kind—and I think this very good film provides a record of “science” at its most useless.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Autism Study Shifts Focus From Nature to Nurture

Research on autism in recent decades has emphasized the contributing role of genetics, but a new study out of UCSF and Stanford might prove to be a game-changer, ranking environmental factors (e.g., parenting) higher than biology in order of importance.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Scientists Find the ‘Holy Grail of Heart Research’

Researchers in the U.K. have found a way to make the hearts of mice repair themselves—a feat that the British Heart Foundation calls the “holy grail” (when applied to humans, we’re guessing). (more)

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE


Possibly Carcinogenic

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This Is What It Looks Like When a Black Hole Destroys a Galaxy

And you think you’ve got problems. Take a look at nearby galaxy Centaurus A, which is in a losing battle with a black hole nearly 55 million times bigger (in terms of mass) than our sun. As it dies, its guts are being sprayed out in a trail of carnage 2 million light-years long, and NASA has the intergalactic snuff film to prove it.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Rogue’ Planets Found Roaming Through Space

What happens when planetary bodies go rogue? Well, that’s one universal mystery that scientists didn’t actually know of until a team of Japanese researchers claimed to have found 10 such free-range roamers—and what’s more, they might be shockingly common in space.

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Research Finds Straight Men Like Looking at Fat Women, Penises

A couple of neuroscientists looked through a billion publicly available Web searches from about a million people and told Salon, “There are almost three times as many searches for fat women as there are for skinny women” and “men search for penises almost as often as they search for vaginas.”

Posted on May 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Climate Shift Has Cut Global Wheat Crops, Study Finds

A report in the journal Science links temperature changes to a 5.5 percent decline in wheat production worldwide, with drop-offs occurring even in countries where technological efforts have diminished the impact of climate change on crop yields.

Posted on May 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Take Two Walnuts, Jog and Call Me in the Morning

Contrary to popular belief, running might actually be good for your knees. In other health news: Walnuts are simply loaded with antioxidants and although all nuts may have healthy properties, walnuts make their cousins look downright schlubby.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Scientists Predict the End of Religion in These 9 Countries

Researchers have adapted to religion a model used to forecast and explain the deaths of languages, and are predicting that in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland, religion is destined for extinction.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Millions of Dead Fish Puzzle Californians

Marine biologists are working to explain the millions of anchovies, sardines and mackerel that washed up dead in a Los Angeles area harbor Tuesday. Whether an algae bloom was a factor in the massive die-off is under investigation.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Baby Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead Along the Gulf

Scientists at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies are investigating unusually high numbers of stillborn and aborted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico region. Seventeen infant dolphins have washed up on shore so far this year, compared to an average of one or two a month, says one scientist. (more)

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



The Lopsided Law of Wall Street

The lopsided law of immigration vs. Wall Street, humans actually do make it rain, and Glenn Beck goes after Google. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Survey Says Teachers Lack Backbone When It Comes to Evolution

A couple of political scientists out of Penn State University went looking into the way evolution is taught in classrooms, and discovered that the vast majority of teachers are overly cautious in their presentation of the concept, contrary to National Research Council guidelines. (more)

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Stem Cells Blamed for Baldness

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania believes defective stem cells cause male pattern baldness. Apparently the haywire cells cause shrinking follicles that produce microscopic hairs. A cure may be possible.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Conservative Brains Have More Fear, Less Courage

Scientists at University College London went poking around the noggins of a couple of MPs and 90 students and were surprised to discover that the brains of right-wing subjects were more prone to fear and anxiety and less so to courage and optimism when compared with their counterparts on the left.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Farm Animals Hog 80 Percent of U.S. Antibiotics

The overuse of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant superbugs, so it’s cause for concern to the folks at Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future that the vast majority of bug-killing drugs aren’t even consumed by sick humans.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / NASA

A New Twist in the Quest for Extraterrestrials

A young biochemist has caused a ruckus in the scientific community with her claim that one of the basic elements in the formula that has long been considered to define the building blocks of life may be swapped out—and for arsenic, no less.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



WikiLeak This Ear

Today on the list: The GOP vs. Sarah Palin, what Google charges for government surveillance, and WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange’s political philosophy explained.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Beauty and the Brain

How’s this for a mental image? In an effort to make our synapses sexier to the general public, one enterprising neuroscience aficionado and Ph.D.-to-be cooked up a book of pretty pictures of the human brain as rendered from past to present.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Jet Lag Makes You Dumb (If You’re a Hamster)

Scientists gave some hamsters the frequent flier treatment and found that their brains birthed fewer neurons. The sleep-confused rodents also had learning and memory issues almost a month after their simulated travel ordeal.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 READ MORE


How Robots Clean Up an Oil Spill

Those nerds at MIT have come up with something really amazing (not the first time). It’s a swarm of autonomous robots that talk to each other as they make their way around a spill, gobbling up the oil. Why didn’t we think of that?

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


From Tuskegee to Guatemala Via Nuremberg

News broke last week that the U.S. government purposefully exposed hundreds of men in Guatemala to syphilis in ghoulish medical experiments conducted during the late 1940s.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Biologist Wins Nobel Prize for Conceiving IVF Techniques

It’s been more than two decades since the birth of Louise Brown, the world’s first “test-tube baby,” and now one of the pioneers who helped make in vitro fertilization (and, by extension, Brown herself) a reality has been tapped to receive the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Video Games Are Good for Your Brain

Don’t listen to Hillary Clinton. Video games are good for you. They make you and your children sharper, and kids should be able to play them without permission.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



Bollywood Jesus

Today on the list: How human beings could have made the universe, the movement to move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section, the Social Security con and the Bollywood movie ... about Jesus.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL)

Stephen Hawking Says Creation Was Godless, Inevitable

In his new book, the famed physicist dismisses the notion, sometimes peddled by scientists, that a deity was involved with the big bang: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. ... It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Heavy Drinkers Live Longer Than Nondrinkers

A study has found that people who drink a lot of alcohol tend to live longer than people who never touch the stuff. So much for not burning the candle at both ends. But don’t go crashing that frat party just yet: People who drink in moderation, as in one to three drinks a day, live longest of all.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



Adam Block / Mount Lemmon SkyCenter / University of Arizona

Riding the Milky Way in Tucson

A couple of days after I arrived in Tucson, there came a party invitation. The public was invited to the top of Mount Lemmon for a viewing of the annual Perseid showers, a breathtaking display of shooting stars. While I generally brake for sand, I also hit the road for star parties.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Drink Up, Ladies

There are three kinds of studies we hear about. (1) Something incredibly obvious turns out to be true. (2) Something you like is good for you. (3) Something you like is bad for you. Obviously we prefer No. 2s, like this study out of Norway that says drinking wine—especially if you’re a woman—might make you smarter.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Nigel Warburton on Why Video Games Are Good

In Tom Chatfield’s “Fun Inc.,” the case is made that far from corrupting popular culture and turning its addicted users into “blinking lizards,” video games can help us be happier and live better.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Breakthrough Test for Alzheimer’s

Researchers say they have developed a 100 percent accurate spinal tap test for the brain disease. Brain scans, too, have become a potentially important tool in diagnosing the disease. The new tests are significant because Alzheimer’s can begin more than a decade before symptoms show up and because there is hope that new drugs could be effective.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE



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You Just Ate a Clone, Guv

Meat from a bull descended from a cloned cow entered the British food supply, a government regulator said, and “will have been eaten.” Sale of the meat was apparently in violation of European law as the Food Standards Agency has not yet decided whether meat derived from cloning is kosher, so to speak.

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Alcohol: For the Rheumatoid Arthritis That Ails You

This could be a case in which the cure may cause problems above and beyond the severity of the symptoms, but a study that sounds like more fun than others we’ve heard of has found that alcohol consumption may help ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, as well as check the disease itself.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


Full Face Transplant Recipient

Spanish doctors say they are ready to release “Oscar,” the recipient of the first 100 percent face transplant. Previous transplants in France and the United States were only partial. Warning: This video might disturb some viewers.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Heat Wave Silences Climate Skeptics

It’s odd how little we’ve heard lately from the skeptics who deny that climate change is real. What’s the matter, people? Heat stroke?

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Hamed Saber (CC-BY)

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Flower Heaven

As much as one-third of all flowering plants face extinction at the hands of humans, according to new research—and that’s not even factoring in climate change. Such a die-off would have a devastating impact on the food chain. As one of the researchers put it, “if you get rid of [plants] you get rid of a lot of the things above them.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

If Only Information Flowed as Freely as Oil

“Deep Spill 2” sounds like a sequel to a Hollywood thriller. Unfortunately, it is more of a reality show. “Deep Spill 2” is the name of an ambitious series of proposed scientific experiments that should be happening right now.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



Book Claims Monogamy Goes Against Our Nature

Today on the list: The Supreme Court-bound argument for gay marriage aims to win over every justice, why one author says monogamy is unnatural (just in case), the sound of sadness as identified by scientists, and more.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

Still Searching for Water on the Backup Planet

Our ability to evacuate to Mars once we’re done wrecking the Earth depends on a lot, but the whole idea is a nonstarter if the fourth rock from the sun is dry. Ten years ago scientists discovered evidence of flowing water on Mars and we have reason to believe there’s plenty of the frozen variety, but we still haven’t caught Mars with its gullies wet.

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Behold: The World’s Oldest Leather Shoe

Here’s some news the world has been waiting for: It’s about a size seven, and it’s around 5,500 years old, and it’s the oldest leather shoe to date. Hooray for archaeology!

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


Cyberspace Dunderheads

I’ve come down with a bad case of the shallows. That’s technology writer Nicholas Carr’s term—and the title of his new book—for the invisible, invidious impact of computers on the modern brain.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Tanning Machines Cause Cancer, Study Finds

File this one under the medical science of “duh,” but people who use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent likelier to develop melanoma, a new study has found. According to one researcher, “Our data would suggest that there is no safe tanning device.” Someone alert the cast of “Jersey Shore.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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