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Theoretical Element 115 Exists, Study Confirms

Researchers confirm the existence of this synthetic element in a new accelerator study. Will it be enough to give ununpentium official recognition and a new name? At the bottom right corner of the periodic table of elements, there are a handful of boxes that illustrators often color gray. The International Union of Pure and Applied… Read More »

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is mounting evidence from researchers at leading research institutions about the benefits of meditation for brain health and function. One of the latest series of studies, from researchers at Harvard, was explained at length in the Washington Post. The short story – meditation improves brain function and grows the brain in important ways. Sara… Read More »

Video: The True Size of Alaska Revealed!

To draw shapes from a globe on a flat surface, you have to distort things. One of the trade offs with the Mercator projection maps we are most familiar with is that land masses at the top and bottom of the map appear larger than they are. In this map, the actual size of the… Read More »

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Apollo Moon missions of 1969-1972 all share a dirty secret. “The major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was dust, dust, dust,” says Professor Larry Taylor, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee. Fine as flour and rough as sandpaper, Moon dust caused ‘lunar hay fever,’ problems with space suits,… Read More »

Vitamin D Boosts Energy — from Within Cells

Vitamin D is vital for making our muscles work efficiently and boosting energy levels, new research from Newcastle University has shown. A study led by Dr Akash Sinha has shown that muscle function improves with Vitamin D supplements which are thought to enhance the activity of the mitochondria, the batteries of the cell. (Full Image:… Read More »

NASA’s Hubble sees a Horsehead of a different color

Image: Astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory’s launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Looking like an apparition rising from whitecaps of interstellar foam, the iconic Horsehead Nebula has graced astronomy… Read More »

Sun fires off third and most powerful flare in 24 hours

… In a day’s time, the sun uncorked three X-class solar flares — all stronger than any others this calendar year. The grand finale, which peaked at 9:11 p.m. EDT Monday night, was the most intense — an X3.2-class eruption. The flare packed the energy “equivalent to millions of 100-megaton hydrogen bombs” writes Discover’s Tom… Read More »

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school. Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed… Read More »

The UN vs the Asteroids

… The UN voted last week to adopt a proposal from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) to form an “International Asteroid Warning Group” to defend the planet from asteroids, Scientific American first reported. Member states will use the group to share information on Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and pull together a response to a… Read More »

Solve a math puzzle, win $1 million

The Beal Prize was funded by Andrew Beal, a prominent banker who is also a mathematics enthusiast. An AMS-appointed committee will award this prize for either a proof of, or a counterexample to, the Beal Conjecture published in a refereed and respected mathematics publication. The prize money — currently US$1,000,000 — is being held in… Read More »

Chinese man has new nose grown on forehead

A Chinese man has had a new nose grown on his FOREHEAD. The man, who has only been named as Xiaolian, had the treatment to create a replacement for his original nose which was infected and deformed. The procedure was carried out at a hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian province. The 22-year-old damaged his nose in… Read More »

Hobbits: Discovery of Homo floresiensis

The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2004. By Loren Coleman, author of Bigfoot! The Discovery of Homo floresiensis The story is as remarkable as the finding of the first coelacanth, the 65 million year extinct “living fossil” found off Africa in 1938. The biggest story in anthropology for 2004 may become the event of the decade… Read More »

Sensory helmet could mean firefighters are not left in the dark

A specially-adapted ‘tactile helmet’, developed by researchers at the University of Sheffield, could provide fire-fighters operating in challenging conditions with vital clues about their surroundings.The helmet is fitted with a number of ultrasound sensors that are used to detect the distances between the helmet and nearby walls or other obstacles. These signals are transmitted to… Read More »

Tennessee judge orders baby’s name changed from ‘Messiah’

A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s first name changed from “Messiah” to Martin, saying that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, a ruling the boy’s mother promises to appeal, a Tennessee television station has reported. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough For at least one Tennessee family, it’s very likely that a “Messiah” will return.… Read More »

Giant Eel in Melbourne Australia Frightens Tourist.

“The eel, which is said to be at least three metres long with a head the size of a football, has been scaring fishermen at Tommy Finn’s trout farm. Farm manager Gary Wales says an Irish tourist got the fright of his life when he encountered the eel early this morning.” There are some really… Read More »

High School student scores perfect ACT score

High school senior Isaac Hanemann has no plans to follow in his father’s footsteps to become an agribusiness consultant. “It’s a lot of writing and writing; it’s just not for me,” he said. Instead, he’s a man of science. “Right now I really want to go into research for physics” Hanemann said. “I want to… Read More »

New Method of Finding Planets Scores First Discovery

“Einstein’s planet,” formally known as Kepler-76b, is a “hot Jupiter” that orbits its star every 1.5 days. Its diameter is about 25 percent larger than Jupiter and it weighs twice as much. This artist’s conception shows Kepler-76b orbiting its host star, which has been tidally distorted into a slight football shape (exaggerated here for effect).… Read More »

Scientists claim to have found evidence of ALIEN LIFE

Balloon sent to edge of atmosphere picks up organisms “that can only have come from space. British scientists believe they have found evidence alien life after sending a balloon to the edge of space. The team of scientists sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere and captured small biological organisms they say can only have… Read More »

Video: M-Disc: 1,000 year back up available now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1zKZISYjZU As technology rapidly advances, we’re living longer, doing more, creating more memories and recording more data. Every scrapbooker, business owner, photographer, every person fears losing the legacy they have spent their lifetime creating. M-DISC© eliminates that fear. Once written, your documents, medical records, photos, videos and data will last up to 1,000 years. “Just… Read More »

Carbon’s new champion: Theorists calculate atom-thick carbyne chains may be strongest material ever

Rice University researchers have determined from first-principle calculations that carbyne would be the strongest material yet discovered. The carbon-atom chains would be difficult to make but would be twice as strong as two-dimensional graphene sheets. (Image Credit: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University) Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when… Read More »

New hope for diabetics from babies who make too much insulin

Targeting a cell cycle inhibitor promotes beta cell replication One of the factors underlying the development of type 2 diabetes is loss of cell mass, resulting in decreased insulin production. Once lost, cell mass cannot be restored. In contrast, infants with focal hyperinsulinism of infancy exhibit rapid expansion of the cell mass due to a… Read More »

Study finds poverty reduces brain power

Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday. The mental strain could be costing poor people up to 13 IQ (intelligence quotient) points… Read More »

Microalgae produce more oil faster for energy, food or products

Scientists have described technology that accelerates microalgae’s ability to produce many different types of renewable oils for fuels, chemicals, foods and personal-care products within days using standard industrial fermentation. The presentation was part of the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on April 7. Walter Rakitsky, Ph.D, explained that microalgae… Read More »

The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth’s mantle

Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to… Read More »

The 22 ingredients for a human

The human recipe includes a kilo of calcium, a pinch of salt Though we do seem terribly complicated, it turns out that a human being can be built, completely intact and complete, with just 22 ingredients. From A to zinc, evolution has shaped just these two dozen or so elements to make up everything from… Read More »

Synthetic Biology Circuits Perform Logic Functions and Remember the Results

Synthetic Biology Circuits Perform Logic Functions and Remember the Results Engineers at MIT have developed genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results. Image: Liang Zong and Yan Liang Researchers at MIT have developed new synthetic biology circuits that combine memory and logic. MIT engineers have created… Read More »

PayPal accidentally credits man $92 quadrillion

When Chris Reynolds opened his June PayPal e-mail statement, something was off. The Pennsylvania PR executive’s account balance had swelled to a whopping $92,233,720,368,547,800. That’s $92 QUADRILLION (and change). Money that would make Reynolds — who also sells auto parts on eBay in his spare time — the richest man in the world by a… Read More »

Power Your Car With Pee

… A scientist at Ohio University has developed a catalyst capable of extracting hydrogen from urine. That’s right. Urine. Now you can fill one tank while draining another. Gerardine Botte claims the device uses significantly less energy than is needed to extract hydrogen from water and says it could power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in… Read More »

Wolf found in Netherlands is no joke, scientists say

… The first wolf found in the Netherlands in over 140 years walked there freely from eastern Europe, scientists said Wednesday, dismissing allegations its body had been dumped as joke. The female wolf has mystified the Netherlands since its body was found by the roadside near the tiny village of Luttelgeest in the north of… Read More »

Are Super-Intelligent Aliens Hiding Within Our Atoms?

Okay, so that headline sounds pretty off-the-wall, and considering it’s a Daily Grail headline then you know it’s pretty weird! But that’s exactly the question put forward by artificial intelligence researcher Hugo de Garis, who wonders whether the advanced artificial intelligences of extremely old alien civilisations might end up harnessing the vast computational power offered… Read More »

Royal Caribbean cruise to end early; more than 600 sick

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Explorer of the Seas will return to New Jersey two days early after more than 600 people were sickened by a fast-moving gut bug that spiked over the weekend. At least 564 passengers and 47 crew members have reported symptoms of a possible norovirus outbreak since the 10-day cruise to… Read More »