Category Archives: Science

Dark matter’s ‘gang of four’

Next week, the Large Hadron Collider at Cern will be fired up again after a two year programme of maintenance and upgrading. When it is, the energy with which it smashes particles will be twice what it was during the … Continue reading

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Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum

The origin of life on Earth is a set of paradoxes. In order for life to have gotten started, there must have been a genetic molecule—something like DNA or RNA—capable of passing along blueprints for making proteins, the workhorse molecules … Continue reading

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Some genes ‘foreign’ in origin and not from our ancestors

Many animals, including humans, acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to research published in the open access journal Genome Biology. The study challenges conventional views that animal evolution relies solely on genes passed … Continue reading

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Trees store water in their ‘food tubes’, world-first research finds

Plants are way smarter than we thought.  New research has shown for the first time that trees don’t just move water up and down like we previously thought – they can also move it across into their ‘food tubes’ to … Continue reading

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Longest solar Eclipse Ever Viewed

On 30 June 1973, a Solar Eclipse occurred which lasted 7 minutes and 4 seconds. A group of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico, USA) had an idea to extend the period of totality. Their idea was to … Continue reading

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Blood Falls

If you can put up with this guys really annoying presentation, the information imparted is quite interesting. – Deskarati

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The human skull as seen from below

human skull
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The blood types explained

Although all blood contains the same basic components (red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma), not everyone has the same types of markers on the surface of their red blood cells. These markers (also called antigens) are proteins and sugars … Continue reading

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You can now turn your brown eyes blue for $5,000

Thirty-seven patients in Mexico and Costa Rica have successfully undergone a special laser procedure to change the colour of their irises from brown to blue. Conducted by a California-based company called Stroma Medical, the procedure costs $5,000, and right now … Continue reading

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Losing 30 minutes of sleep per day may promote weight gain and adversely affect blood sugar control

Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day on weekdays can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, a new study finds. The results will be presented Thursday, March 5, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of … Continue reading

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This Chunk Of Fool’s Gold Naturally Formed In These Cubes

The golden color and shine of iron pyrite (which is responsible for its nickname, “fool’s gold”) may grab all the attention. But, there is another element of its appearance that is every bit as dramatic: It’s tendency to form into … Continue reading

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How Old Are Your Ears?

How high can you hear? Take this ‘test’ to see how old your ears are!

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Under Pressure

This is the Idol Rock, a classic balanced stone located in the Nidderdale “Area of Outstanding National Beauty” in Yorkshire, UK. The rock is made of layers of the “Millstone grit”, a set of carboniferous-aged sedimentary rocks found throughout Northern … Continue reading

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Decapitated skull contains oldest brain ever discovered

The fact that it still looks like a brain is extraordinary – because it’s 2,600 years old.  Discovered in 2008 at an Iron Age site near York in the UK, the brain has just been dated to the 6th century … Continue reading

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The dark side of cosmology

It’s a beautiful theory: the standard model of cosmology describes the universe using just six parameters. But it is also strange. The model predicts that dark matter and dark energy – two mysterious entities that have never been detected—make up … Continue reading

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How Big Are We?

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NASA Ames reproduces the building blocks of life in laboratory

NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, cytosine, and thymine, three key components of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these … Continue reading

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These two British girls are twin sisters

The beauty of genetics. Meet Lucy and Maria Aylmer, two non-identical twins from Gloucester in the UK. Born to a Caucasian father and a half-Jamaican mother 18 years ago, the girls’ looks are a perfect example of how genetic material from … Continue reading

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New fat cells created quickly, but they don’t disappear

Once fat cells form, they might shrink during weight loss, but they do not disappear, a fact that has derailed many a diet. Yale researchers in the March 2 issue of the journal Nature Cell Biology describe how—and just how … Continue reading

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Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?

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