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An eclectic mix of articles about our world and the universe we live in, with some political commentary
Curated by Pamela D Lloyd
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The Most Incredible Pictures Of Every Planet In Our Solar System

The Most Incredible Pictures Of Every Planet In Our Solar System | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it

Each and every planet--and one dwarf planet--in our solar system, represented with the single best image ever take of it. Say hello to our neighbors.

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A Sea Monster Named Jim

Olivier Rieppel and Jim Holstein tell the tale of the giant Lizard Eating Sovereign of the Sea (named Jim!). Touted as the T-Rex of the Sea, the Triassic sea monster…
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The Field Museum in Chicago has released this video clip in connection with their new exhibit of the fossil remains of a four-finned icthyosaur, Thalattoarchon saurophagis, or "lizard-eating ruler of the seas." Named Jim, after its discoverer Jim Holstein (Physical Geology Collections Manager for The Field Museum), this 28-foot-long predator died roughly 244 million years ago. Jim Holstein, along with colleagues Olivier Rieppel and Martin Sander, was on an expidition funded by National Geographic, hiking in central Nevada's Augusta Mountains, when he made the discovery.

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The Genetics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The Genetics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
Researchers identified several new regions of the human genome associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness. The findings may eventually lead to new treatment and prevention approaches to AMD.
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When my late mother was diagnosed with AMD, back in the 1990s, our family was told there was no known cure. More recently, my father was diagnosed, but his opthomologist has suggested dietary measures which have resulted in a reversal of the degeneration. While I do my best to eat a diet high in those foods linked to eye health, it's encouraging to know that new treatment and prevention approaches continue to be developed.

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Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions - Discovery News

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Climate Change May Increase Volcanic Eruptions
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But few people thought climate change could fuel volcanic eruptions before Jegen and her colleagues began looking at cores drilled from the oceans off of South and Central America.

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Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis compound | Chemistry World

Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis compound | Chemistry World | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
A tracer that binds to Alzheimer’s plaques and shows up on medical imaging techniques
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MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism | ExtremeTech

MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism | ExtremeTech | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT have discovered a new state of matter with a new kind of magnetism. This new state, called a quantum spin liquid (QSL), could lead to significant advances in data storage.
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Black Holes Photos -- National Geographic

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See black hole photos from National Geographic.
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Seal The Deal!

The UN-led Seal the Deal Campaign aims to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009 (RT @RA_GreenClub: UNEP Ambassador Climate Change @raghebalama 2009, visit :...
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We Are All Stardust

Join Dr. Philipp Heck and his team at the Field Museum's Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies in their quest for cosmic stardust.
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MorpHex part III

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!! who left me a personal vote at the Boca Bearings 2012 Innovation Competition! MorpHex became the April's winner! If you want to read m...
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Technique Selectively Represses Immune System - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Technique Selectively Represses Immune System - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
Researchers devised a way to successfully treat symptoms resembling multiple sclerosis in a mouse model. With further development, the technique might be used to treat multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders.
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The science of cities: Life in the concrete jungle - Nature.com

The science of cities: Life in the concrete jungle - Nature.com | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
Nature.comThe science of cities: Life in the concrete jungleNature.comNathan Phillips steps out onto the roof of Boston's Prudential Tower and looks down at the city 50 stories below.
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New Brain Cleaning System Discovered - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

New Brain Cleaning System Discovered - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a system that drains waste products from the brain. The finding may reveal new ways to treat neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
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Wiring the Brain: The genetics of emergent phenotypes

Wiring the Brain: The genetics of emergent phenotypes | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
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An examination of the frequency of the phenotypes associated with schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy.

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The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives (UPDATED)

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives (UPDATED) | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by?
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This new bit of biomechanical hardware has multiple possible applications across a wide spectrum of medical issues. Because the technology found in the NASA Biocapsule can monitor the body's condition and respond appropriately, it may potentially be used to improve the lives of people with diabetes, cancer, hemophilia, and severe allergies (the kind that put people at risk of anaphylactic shock).

 

Frankly, this may become the delivery system of choice for any medication that must be taken on a regular basis or in response to an anticipated acute flare up of a long-term condition. Applications not mentioned in the article, but which seem likely candidates, could include blood pressure, asthma, and heart medications. The automated feature of this system makes it ideal for patients who might otherwise have difficulty remembering to take their medication, as well as for those whose noncompliance may be related to the condition being treated, such as patients on antipsychotics.

 

One question often advanced with regard to the space program is whether that money might better be spent on dealing with problems on Earth. The potential benefits of this device add one more point of reference to those like myself who believe that the space program spurs innovations which more than make up for the costs.

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Wait, Did This 15-Year-Old From Maryland Just Change Cancer Treatment? - Forbes

Wait, Did This 15-Year-Old From Maryland Just Change Cancer Treatment? - Forbes | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
If you're feeling bad about how American kids lag the world in science and math, take heart in the story of Jack Andraka, a high school freshman from Maryland.
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Jack Andraka's "advice for kids (and their parents) trying to figure out what to do with their creativity and imagination: 'Make sure to be passionate about whatever it is you get into, because otherwise you won’t put the right amount of work into it.' Andraka was rejected by almost 200 researchers in his search for a lab to do his nanotube strip work until one scientist at Johns Hopkins gave him the space to work. 'No one will be excited about your work if you’re not excited about it.'"

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Magnetic geysers in the sky (ScienceAlert)

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Outflows emanating from the galactic centre of the Milky Way have been detected by a team of international researchers.
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How NASA might build its very first warp drive

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A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive.
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Virus rebuilds heart's own pacemaker

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A pacemaker has been built inside a heart by converting beating muscle into cells which can control the organ's rhythm, US researchers report.
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Remarkable! If this technique works inhumans as described, it will make a tremendous difference for those who might otherwise need more invasive surgery to correct heart problems. Amazing promise.

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Nearly 4 In 5 Americans Say Temps Are Rising

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
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Graphene made super-elastic (ScienceAlert)

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Researchers modified graphene and transformed it into a 3D structure that is elastic, light and a good conductor of electricity.
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A Little Exercise Might Lengthen Life - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

A Little Exercise Might Lengthen Life - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
A little physical activity can go a long way toward extending your life, regardless of your weight, a new study found.
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Model-Dependent Realism

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A PhD Student in Applied Math at Polytechnique of Montreal examines some of the newer theories about reality.

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Physicists create real-world tractor beam | ScienceBlog.com

Physicists create real-world tractor beam | ScienceBlog.com | Science and Other Wild Affairs | Scoop.it
NYU physicists have created a tractor beam capable of pulling particles micrometers in size.

 

Science fiction becomes science fact, at least in miniature.

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