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7 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life

7 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

As of December 2012, the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog lists seven planets that have the best chance for life beyond our solar system. Not all of these planets are confirmed, and there's still a lot to learn about their environments. But the catalog gives astrobiologists a great place to start when talking about life beyond Earth.
Here, according to the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, are the seven planets we know of that are most likely to host alien life.

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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.  ~Edwin Powell Hubble
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The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die - Quartz

The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die - Quartz | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
And why it's more painful for you than for your kid.
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Famous Paintings Can Reveal Visual Disorders

Famous Paintings Can Reveal Visual Disorders | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Neural pathologies have shaped great art throughout history -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Anthropocene: The human age

Anthropocene: The human age | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
This week in Nature, two researchers propose that a potential marker for the start of the Anthropocene could be a noticeable drop in atmospheric CO2 concentrations between 1570 and 1620, which is recorded in ice cores (see page 171). They link this change to the deaths of some 50 million indigenous people in the Americas, triggered by the arrival of Europeans. In the aftermath, forests took over 65 million hectares of abandoned agricultural fields — a surge of regrowth that reduced global CO2.
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Don’t edit the human germ line

Don’t edit the human germ line | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Heritable human genetic modifications pose serious risks, and the therapeutic benefits are tenuous, warn Edward Lanphier, Fyodor Urnov and colleagues.
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Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned - Scientific American

I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they clearly know things they never learned.
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Tropical paradise inspires virtual ecology lab

Tropical paradise inspires virtual ecology lab | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Digital version of Moorea will provide a way to experiment with an entire ecosystem.
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Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins | WIRED

Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins | WIRED | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

The most important job inside any cell is making proteins, and they are all made using instructions from DNA. This process is practically gospel in the field of molecular biology, but new research identifies some exceptions. Some proteins, it turns out, can make other proteins.

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Your New Desktop Wallpaper: A Fetching Geological Map Of The Arctic - io9

Your New Desktop Wallpaper: A Fetching Geological Map Of The Arctic - io9 | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Via Natural Resources Canada comes a gorgeously detailed geological map of the Arctic, served up hot and fresh for all your wallpaper needs.
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Gravity map traces ocean circulation

Gravity map traces ocean circulation | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

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Humans and Mice: Similar enough for studying disease and different enough to give us new clues about evolution | crg

Humans and Mice: Similar enough for studying disease and different enough to give us new clues about evolution | crg | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

A group of international researchers has just discovered the keys to explaining why certain processes and systems in mice, like the immune system, metabolism and stress response, are so different to those in humans. The scientists have detailed the functional parts of the mouse genome and have compared them with those in humans. A whole set of data has come out of this – which is now to available to the scientific community – which will be significant for research into mammalian biology as well as the study of human illness mechanisms.

The comparison focuses on the genetic and biochemical processes regulating genome activity in humans and mice. The scientists have found that, in general, the systems for controlling genome activity in the two species are very alike, and have been preserved through time. However, they have also detected certain differences in the DNA, and patterns of gene expression that are not shared. “Finding these similarities and studying the aspects of mouse biology that may reflect human biology, allows us to approach the study of human illnesses in a better way”, affirms Bing Ren, one of the principal authors from the ENCODE Consortium and a lecturer in molecular and cellular medicine at the University of California – San Diego.

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Is Earth in a new geological phase thanks to us? - opinion - 10 November 2014 - New Scientist

Is Earth in a new geological phase thanks to us? - opinion - 10 November 2014 - New Scientist | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
It may be time for science to recognise Earth's new era – one shaped by humans. So argues a geologist involved in defining new phases in geological time
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This is what brain cell conversations look like - health - 23 October 2014 - New Scientist

Modifying neurons to flash as electrical impulses pass along them lets researchers grow light-up brains in a dish and eavesdrop on their chatter
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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics pigs, chickens and cows consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?
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Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum

Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Study explains how three essential molecules could have formed simultaneously
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Scientists sound alarm over DNA editing of human embryos

Scientists sound alarm over DNA editing of human embryos | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Experts call for halt in research to work out safety and ethics issues.
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Science of love: It really is all in the mind, say experts

Science of love: It really is all in the mind, say experts | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
What is this thing called love? Cole Porter wasn’t the first to ask. From mystified poets to angst-ridden teens, the question of what exactly love is has troubled us since long before the master songwriter put pen to paper.
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The Future of Rare Earth Elements - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

The Future of Rare Earth Elements - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Rare Earth Elements make up a large portion of our high tech equipment and the demand for the e...
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But Science Can Help

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But Science Can Help | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
When your friends say it's time to stop wallowing in despair and move on, you can say that reflecting on a recent breakup can speed recovery. Oh, and maybe some Taylor Swift.
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When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG Image File Types - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG Image File Types - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Image file types are confusing to many people, but the Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, ...
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Why Killing Wolves Might Not Save Livestock

Why Killing Wolves Might Not Save Livestock | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Unless you kill a whole lot of them. Kill just a few wolves, a new study finds, and livestock losses actually rise.
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Weird Animal Question of the Week: How Do Moose Get So Big Eating Plants?

Weird Animal Question of the Week: How Do Moose Get So Big Eating Plants? | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Carnivores may be at the top of the food chain, but herbivores are often heftier. What gives?
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What Philae Did During Its 60 Hours on a Comet

What Philae Did During Its 60 Hours on a Comet | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

The drama of Philae’s slow fall, bounce and unfortunate slide into hibernation was one of the most thrilling science stories of a generation. But what in its short 60 hours of life on Comet 67P did it achieve?

The short answer is analytical chemistry.

Philae’s payload included three instruments that are quite common in chemistry labs, but when deployed on a comet could answer questions about the origins of the solar system and life itself.

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Baby chick spycam fools penguin parents - life - 03 November 2014 - New Scientist

Baby chick spycam fools penguin parents - life - 03 November 2014 - New Scientist | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
It's fluffy, has four wheels and can make an Emperor sing. A baby bird spycam is helping researchers get close to shy penguins
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Deepwater Horizon gunk settled far and wide

Deepwater Horizon gunk settled far and wide | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Survey of deep-sea sediment helps to explain ‘missing oil’ from 2010 spill.
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