Monthly Archives: December 2012

Space may accelerate Alzheimer’s in astronauts

Space may accelerate Alzheimer’s in astronautsNews from NBCNews.com: Radiation in space might harm the brains of astronauts in deep space by accelerating the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study on mice suggests. The research reveals another risk that manned … Continue reading

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Approaching comet may outshine the moon

Approaching comet may outshine the moonNews from Reuters: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:28pm EST * Comet ISON discovered in September * Could be brightest comet in decades By Irene Klotz Dec 28 (Reuters) – A comet blazing toward Earth could … Continue reading

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Road trip on tap for NASA’s Mars rover in the new year

Road trip on tap for NASA’s Mars rover in the new yearNews from NBCNews.com: PASADENA, Calif. — Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: Drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop … Continue reading

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Evidence shows starvation did not cause saber-tooth cat extinction

Evidence shows starvation did not cause saber-tooth cat extinctionNews from Vanderbilt University News: by David Salisbury | Posted on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 — 4:00 PM Saber-tooth cats attacking a bison. (Copyright Mauricio Anton) In the period just before they … Continue reading

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The Great Antarctic Search For Life Is Over (For Now)

The Great Antarctic Search For Life Is Over (For Now)News from Popular Science: The Lake Ellsworth drilling project was supposed to be a quick, high-tech hunt for microbes under the surface of Antarctica, but tech problems forced researchers to scrap … Continue reading

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Antarctic science drill project called off

Antarctic science drill project called offNews from UPI.com: Artists impression of Antarctic lake drilling project. Credit: Pete Bucktrout, British Antarctic Survey Published: Dec. 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM BRISTOL, England, Dec. 27 (UPI) – British scientists say they’ve abandoned an … Continue reading

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Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human Evolution

Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human EvolutionNews from LiveScience.com: The first specimen of Paranthropus boisei, also called Nutcracker Man, was reported by Mary and Louis Leakey in 1959 from a site in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.CREDIT: Nicolle Rager Fuller, National … Continue reading

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SpaceX successfully tests reusable rocket dubbed ‘grasshopper’ [VIDEO]

SpaceX successfully tests reusable rocket dubbed ‘grasshopper’ [VIDEO]News from Science Recorder: SpaceX, the Southern California-based space company, has reportedly successfully tested a reusable rocket that it hopes will reduce the cost of traveling to space. The company — officially known as … Continue reading

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Science gifts keep on giving

Science gifts keep on givingNews from Akron Beacon Journal: Ask scientists of a certain age about their childhood memories, and odds are they’ll start yarning about the stink bombs and gunpowder they concocted with their chemistry sets. Dangerous? Yes, but … Continue reading

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West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought, Study Finds

West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought, Study FindsNews from New York Times: New research suggests that West Antarctica has warmed much more than scientists have thought over the last half century, an ominous finding given that the huge ice sheet … Continue reading

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