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Month: December 2014

Mars: Mysterious Methane Gas Spikes Coming From Living “Things”

Recent evidence collected by the Curiosity rover favors the theory of the existence of Martian life. The curiosity rover has identified mysterious, sudden spikes of methane gas from an unknown source. The spikes have left scientists puzzled and are now proposing a theory that the alarming readings are being created by bacteria like organisms residing either above

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Living Organisms Discovered 2.4 Km Deep In the Ocean Near Japan

Microbes found in the ocean depths, 2 400m under, near Japan by researchers of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) have once again shown that life can thrive under extremely harsh conditions. The tiny microbes are single-celled living things with slow metabolism that are extremely tolerant to the extreme environmental conditions where hydrocarbon compounds make up their

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Jan Scheuermann Controls A Robotic Arm With Her Mind

A paralyzed woman has been given a second chance at mobility, by using a robotic arm that is controlled by her mind. Jan Scheuermann, is a quadriplegic woman and has been participating in a study that allows her to control a robotic limb with her thoughts. It is reported that, at first she was only

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Scientists Name Snail After ‘Punk Rock’ Icon

Marine scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in California, have discovered an interesting new species of deep-sea snail. This oceanic invertebrate has been named after the late, great, punk rock artist, Joe Strummer, of the Clash. Although the golf ball sized, spiked shell and the its former occupant, do not mirror any resemblance to the artist, the

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Extinction of Dinosaurs Caused By Volcanic Eruptions

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Dinosaurs are dead and buried, but still manage to capture the attention of scientists worldwide. In an attempt to explain their disappearance from our planet, researchers have determined the exact age of the Deccan Traps found in India, which are thought to be related to the massive extinction of the giant lizards, by using zircons. Photo

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Evidence of Early Metal Working In the Canadian Arctic

A hollow stone cylinder discovered over half a century ago is now believed to be a metal working tool, brought to north America by Vikings, over 1,000 years-ago. The interior of the stone container was found to have particles of bronze and a type of glass that is produced from rock being super heated. Scientists

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Divine 3,000 Year-Old Tomb Uncovered In Luxor

A 3,ooo year-old inscription on a recently discovered tomb reveals the identity of its divine female occupant. The recent discovery was made by a cooperative effort from a French and Egyptian archaeological mission, while excavating the Ramesseum temple. The tomb is dated to be at least 3,ooo years old and was inscribed with the message

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‘Avatar’ Mice Test Drugs For Cancer Patients

A Radical form of drug testing may help cancer patients find a treatment that is specifically designed for them. A privately owned medical research lab offers cancer patients the ability to transplant samples of their cancer cells into test mice. The goal of the experiment is to determine what cancer drugs will produce the best

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Is The World Prepared For Massive Solar Storms

Space weather analysts predict a massive solar storm to reach Earth in the near future. How prepared is the world for the worst case scenarios? A report released by the US Department of Homeland Security predicts that within the first 72 hours of a massive solar storm, millions of people will suffer from its crippling effects,

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Superbug Threat May Decimate Population and Drain World’s Economy by 2050

Antibiotic resistant ‘Super Bugs’ are causing 10 million deaths per year and will cost the global economy close to $100 trillion by 2050. Every year bacteria are naturally evolving and becoming more resistant to antibacterial treatment. The overuse of commonly prescribed antibiotic treatments are creating this rapid evolution of normal strains of bacteria into super

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Smoking Is Killing Men’s Y Chromosome And Increasing Risk of Cancer

Smoking and the Y chromosome do NOT go hand in hand, as demonstrated by researchers of a new study. Humans have 46 chromosomes in their cells, with two of these belonging to the category “sex chromosomes”. Females have two X sex chromosomes, while men have a Y and an X. The Y chromosome is thus

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