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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mosquitoes Fly in Rain Thanks to Low Mass

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Even rain can’t deter mosquitoes. The blood-sucking insect can fly in a downpour because of its strong exoskeletons and low mass render it impervious to falling drops. Georgia Tech researchers determined this using high-speed videography.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 06/05 at 11:06 AM
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Friday, June 01, 2012

NASA’s Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda Galaxy

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NASA astronomers announced they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, Sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky Way galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. The Milky Way is destined to get a major makeover during the encounter, which is predicted to happen four billion years from now. It’s likely the Sun will be flung into a new region of our galaxy, but our Earth and solar system are in no danger of being destroyed.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 06/01 at 08:35 AM
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mathematicians Can Conjure Matter Waves Inside an Invisible Hat

An international team of mathematicians has devised an amplifier that can boost light, sound or other waves while hiding them inside an invisible container.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 05/29 at 02:18 PM
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

New Evidence of Supermassive Black Hole Shredding a Star

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Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 05/03 at 10:04 AM
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Your Mind Will Wander as You Read This Article

A new study investigating the mental processes underlying a wandering mind reports a role for working memory, a sort of a mental workspace that allows you to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 03/15 at 02:22 PM
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

80% of U.S. Farmland Will Have to Be Devoted to Growing Corn to Meet Current Biofuel Target

Almost 80 percent of current farmland in the U.S. would have to be devoted to raising corn for ethanol production in order to meet current biofuel production targets with existing technology, a new study has found. An alternative, according to a study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 02/29 at 01:00 PM
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lovelorn Liars Leave Linguistic Leads

Online daters intent on fudging their personal information have a big advantage: most people are terrible at identifying a liar. But new research is turning the tables on deceivers using their own words.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 02/14 at 12:50 PM
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mom’s Love Good for Child’s Brain

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School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 01/31 at 11:24 AM
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Snakes Improve Search-and-Rescue Robots

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Georgia Tech researchers have studied the movements of snakes to create more efficient search-and-rescue robots.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 01/20 at 10:27 AM
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Scientists Discover the First Physical Evidence of Tobacco in a Mayan Container

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Their discovery represents new evidence on the ancient use of tobacco in the Mayan culture and a new method to understand the ancient roots of tobacco use in the Americas.

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Posted by Craig Jones on 01/11 at 10:58 AM
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