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Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events – April 2015

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April 4 – Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty … Continue reading

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1,000-year-old onion and garlic remedy kills antibiotic-resistant bugs

A 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon ‘eye salve’ made from onion, garlic, wine and part of a cow’s stomach has been shown to wipe out 90 percent of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA. And it works better than modern antibiotics in … Continue reading

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Study finds equality between sexes at moment of conception

Every year, slightly more boy babies than girl babies are born worldwide. But back when sperm meets egg, the two sexes are conceived in equal numbers, a new study suggests. That contradicts the idea found in many textbooks and scientific … Continue reading

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The Allende Meteorite

The Allende Meteorite is the largest of its kind ever found on Earth. It is often referred to as the most widely studied meteorite in history. The fall of this meteorite was viewed in Chihuahua, Mexico in the early hours … Continue reading

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Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study shows that two genes that confer … Continue reading

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Photosynthesis hack needed to feed the world by 2050, report says

Using high-performance computing and genetic engineering to boost the photosynthetic efficiency of plants offers the best hope of increasing crop yields enough to feed a planet expected to have 9.5 billion people on it by 2050, researchers report in the … Continue reading

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Dark matter ‘ghosts’ through galactic smash-ups

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By observing multiple collisions between huge clusters of galaxies, scientists have witnessed dark matter coasting straight through the turmoil. Dark matter is the mysterious, invisible stuff that makes up 85% of the matter in the cosmos – and these results … Continue reading

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Engineers create structures tougher than bulletproof vests

Researchers at UT Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar. These structures absorb up to 98 joules per gram. Kevlar, … Continue reading

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DNA of ‘an entire nation’ assessed

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The genetic code of “an entire nation” has effectively been deduced, say researchers in Iceland. The feat was performed by combining DNA data with family trees. The team say they could now find every woman at high-risk of breast cancer … Continue reading

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Here’s what happens when you crack your knuckles

A whole lot of people crack their knuckles. And they don’t just do it occasionally – many people do it habitually, barely even noticing that they’re doing it. But is it bad for you? As the Vox video above explains, it … Continue reading

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Mammoth DNA has been implanted into functioning elephant cells

Scientists have been discussing and debating over it for years, and now the first real step towards bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back from the dead is complete. A renowned geneticist in the US has extracted DNA from the frozen … Continue reading

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Penguin Galaxy

The wispy blue galaxy in this Hubble Space Telescope image is NGC 2936. It owes its graceful curved shape to its gravitational interaction with its neighbor, the elliptical galaxy NGC 2937, which is pulling the less massive NGC 2936 apart. … Continue reading

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William Smith: Seminal geology map re-discovered

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 Click to enlarge A first edition copy of one of the most significant maps in the history of science has been re-discovered in time for an important anniversary. William Smith’s 1815 depiction of the geology of England, Wales and part … Continue reading

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Milky Way’s center unveils supernova ‘dust factory’

Sifting through the center of the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers have made the first direct observations — using an infrared telescope aboard a modified Boeing 747 — of cosmic building-block dust resulting from an ancient supernova. “Dust itself is very … Continue reading

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Diet Soda Linked to Increased Belly Fat in Older Adults

Older adults who drink diet soda may experience greater increases in their waist size over a decade than those who do not drink diet soda, according to a new study. Researchers found that the average increase in waist circumference among … Continue reading

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Isaac Newton royal medal design discovery

A student at Oxford University has discovered that a coronation medal was personally designed by Isaac Newton and includes a hidden political message. Postgraduate student Joseph Hone found a manuscript which revealed the scientist had designed the medal for Queen … Continue reading

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Volcanic lightning storms are creating perfect crystal balls

Image: A glass ball formed during their experiment. Credit: Genareau et al., 2015

Image: A glass ball formed during their experiment. Credit: Genareau et al., 2015 Scientists have discovered tiny, perfectly round spheres of glass in the ash left over from volcanic explosions, and say they could be the key to understanding how … Continue reading

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PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE (20. 3. 2015)

 Thanks to Alan Mason for this post on Solar Eclipse The partial eclipse over Britain on Friday 20 March, at the nice convenient time of 9.30 am, seems likely to be shrouded by clouds in our barely predictable oceanic climate. … Continue reading

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Molecular inheritance

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The duplication and transmission of genetic material from one generation of cells to the next is the basis for molecular inheritance, and the link between the classical and molecular pictures of genes. Organisms inherit the characteristics of their parents because … Continue reading

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