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Bizarre sighting: Toad swallows a bat whole

Bizarre sighting: Toad swallows a bat whole | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
What's the matter, bat got your tongue? A park ranger in northwest Peru got a surprise when he encountered a toad with something in its mouth. (@nightingale1805 @Danielleerin_18 check this out!
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The Secret Behind How This Guy Balances Rocks Is Very Unusual. Can You Guess It?

The Secret Behind How This Guy Balances Rocks Is Very Unusual. Can You Guess It? | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
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LOVE is The Universe 

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LoVe a rock'! 

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#Ayurveda Treatments of #Heart Blockage And Many other Diseases By Rajiv Dixit - YouTube

must watch you no need to angioplasty'. you can cure Heart Blockage at home by Ayurveda Treatments VISIT RAJIV DIXIT JI OFFICIAL WEBSITE !
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11 Health Benefits of Cherries | Care2 Healthy Living

11 Health Benefits of Cherries | Care2 Healthy Living | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
They're packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat. Cherries could be just what the doctor ordered. Here are 11 good reasons to start eating this powerfood ...
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Stalking the Shadow #Universe

Stalking the Shadow #Universe | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
It has long been theorized that it is dark matter that provides the scaffolding for stars and galaxies. Now, scientists are using computer simulations to show us the universe we can’t see.
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Most Mysterious Locations On Earth

Most Mysterious Locations On Earth | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Human history certainly holds its fair share of mysteries.
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#Hubble Shows the #Universe is 'Missing' a Lot of Light - Nature World News

#Hubble Shows the #Universe is 'Missing' a Lot of Light - Nature World News | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Nature World News Hubble Shows the Universe is 'Missing' a Lot of Light Nature World News Experts are looking up at the stars and thinking "it shouldn't be so dark up there." New readings from the Hubble Space Telescope have shown that there is a...
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Single-Cell Genomics Reveals Hundreds of Coexisting Subpopulations in #Ocean Microbes

Single-Cell Genomics Reveals Hundreds of Coexisting Subpopulations in #Ocean Microbes | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

The smallest, most abundant marine microbe, Prochlorococcus, is a photosynthetic bacteria species essential to the marine ecosystem. An estimated billion billion billion of the single-cell creatures live in the oceans, forming the base of the marine food chain and occupying a range of ecological niches based on temperature, light and chemical preferences, and interactions with other species. But the full extent and characteristics of diversity within this single species remains a puzzle.


To probe this question, scientists in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) recently performed a cell-by-cell genomic analysis on a wild population of Prochlorococcus living in a milliliter — less than a quarter teaspoon — of ocean water, and found hundreds of distinct genetic subpopulations.


Each subpopulation in those few drops of water is characterized by a set of core gene alleles linked to a few flexible genes — a combination the MIT scientists call the “genomic backbone” — that endows the subpopulation with a finely tuned suitability for a particular ecological niche. Diversity also exists within the backbone subpopulations; most individual cells in the samples they studied carried at least one set of flexible genes not found in any other cell in its subpopulation.


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#Earth's magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, swarm satellites show

#Earth's magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, swarm satellites show | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm.

 

The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000 kilometers) above the planet's surface — have sprung up over the Western Hemisphere, while the field has strengthened over areas like the southern Indian Ocean, according to the magnetometers onboard the Swarm satellites — three separate satellites floating in tandem.

 

The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is that Earth's magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA's Swarm mission manager. In fact, the data suggest magnetic north is moving toward Siberia.

 

In fact over the past 20 million years, our planet has settled into a pattern of a pole reversal about every 200,000 to 300,000 years; as of 2012, however, it has been more than twice that long since the last reversal. These reversals aren't split-second flips, and instead occur over hundreds or thousands of years. During this lengthy stint, the magnetic poles start to wander away from the region around the spin poles (the axis around which our planet spins), and eventually end up switched around, according to Cornell University astronomers.


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Researchers Create Perfect Quantum Dots with Single-Atom Precision

Researchers Create Perfect Quantum Dots with Single-Atom Precision | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

A team of physicists from the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) in Berlin, Germany, NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has used a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes. The perfect reproducibility of these dots opens the door to quantum dot architectures completely free of uncontrolled variations, an important goal for technologies from nanophotonics to quantum information processing as well as for fundamental studies. The complete findings are published in the July 2014 issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

 

Quantum dots are often regarded as artificial atoms because, like real atoms, they confine their electrons to quantized states with discrete energies. But the analogy breaks down quickly, because while real atoms are identical, quantum dots usually comprise hundreds or thousands of atoms - with unavoidable variations in their size and shape and, consequently, in their properties and behavior. External electrostatic gates can be used to reduce these variations. But the more ambitious goal of creating quantum dots with intrinsically perfect fidelity by completely eliminating statistical variations in their size, shape, and arrangement has long remained elusive.

 

Creating atomically precise quantum dots requires every atom to be placed in a precisely specified location without error. The team assembled the dots atom-by-atom, using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), and relied on an atomically precise surface template to define a lattice of allowed atom positions. The template was the surface of an InAs crystal, which has a regular pattern of indium vacancies and a low concentration of native indium adatoms adsorbed above the vacancy sites. The adatoms are ionized +1 donors and can be moved with the STM tip by vertical atom manipulation. The team assembled quantum dots consisting of linear chains of N = 6 to 25 indium atoms; the example shown here is a chain of 22 atoms.

 

Stefan Fölsch, a physicist at the PDI who led the team, explained that "the ionized indium adatoms form a quantum dot by creating an electrostatic well that confines electrons normally associated with a surface state of the InAs crystal. The quantized states can then be probed and mapped by scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements of the differential conductance." These spectra show a series of resonances labeled by the principal quantum number n. Spatial maps reveal the wave functions of these quantized states, which have n lobes and n - 1 nodes along the chain, exactly as expected for a quantum-mechanical electron in a box. For the 22-atom chain example, the states up to n = 6 are shown.


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#Brazil's Neymar Jr coming to #Kerala for #Ayurveda treatment! - Parda Phash

#Brazil's Neymar Jr coming to #Kerala for #Ayurveda treatment! - Parda Phash | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
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Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? | #Science | WIRED

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time? | #Science | WIRED | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly materialize, appearing to pick its position as if by a roll of the dice.

 

This idea that nature is inherently probabilistic — that particles have no hard properties, only likelihoods, until they are observed — is directly implied by the standard equations of quantum mechanics. But now a set of surprising experiments with fluids has revived old skepticism about that worldview. The bizarre results are fueling interest in an almost forgotten version of quantum mechanics, one that never gave up the idea of a single, concrete reality.

 

The experiments involve an oil droplet that bounces along the surface of a liquid. The droplet gently sloshes the liquid with every bounce. At the same time, ripples from past bounces affect its course. The droplet’s interaction with its own ripples, which form what’s known as a pilot wave, causes it to exhibit behaviors previously thought to be peculiar to elementary particles — including behaviors seen as evidence that these particles are spread through space like waves, without any specific location, until they are measured.


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The behavior of quanta may be a lot less weird than we have been told ... this article is an interesting discussion of an ongoing series of experiments that highlight two different interpretations of what's happening in the sub-microscopic world of quanta.

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Our #Universe May Be Inside A Larger Universe!

Our #Universe May Be Inside A Larger Universe! | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Einstein-Rosen bridges like the one visualized above have never been observed in nature, but they provide theoretical physicists and cosmologists with solutions in general relativity by combining m...
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Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia) - 17 flowers that look like something else

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia) - 17 flowers that look like something else | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
A collection of beautiful earth pictures and fun activities to know the world much better and discover the secret of the earth.
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#Hubble captures the first full-color, high-res photo of the very early #universe

#Hubble captures the first full-color, high-res photo of the very early #universe | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most colorful and detailed image of the early universe — officially dubbed the Ultra Deep Field 2014 — with galaxies that date back to just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. While many of the blobs in the photo might look like stars, every single point of light is an entire galaxy — around 10,000 of them, in case you were wondering — each containing millions or billions of stars. http://www.peepstalks.com/hubble-captures-the-first-full-color-high-res-photo-of-the-very-early-universe/


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The pacemaker of the future might be made of heart cells

The pacemaker of the future might be made of heart cells | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

Cardiologists in Los Angeles have developed a gene-therapy technique that allows them to transform working heart-muscle cells into cells that regulate a pigs’ heartbeat. This procedure, described today in the Science Translational Medicine, restored normal heart rates for two weeks in pigs that usually rely on mechanical pacemakers. The experiment, researchers say, could lead to lifesaving therapies for people who suffer infections following the implantation of a mechanical pacemaker.

 

"We have been able for the first time to create a biological pacemaker using minimally invasive methods and to show that the new pacemaker suffices to support the demands of daily life," Eduardo Marbán, a cardiologist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and lead author of the study, told the press yesterday. The approach is practical, added Eugenio Cingolani, a cardiogeneticist also at Cedars-Sinai and a co-author of the study, because "no open-heart surgery is required to inject this gene."

 

In the study, researchers injected a gene called Tbx18 into the pigs’ hearts. This gene, which is also found in humans, reprogrammed a small number of heart-muscle cells into cells that emit electrical impulses and drive the beating of the heart. The area in which this change occurred — about the size of a peppercorn — doesn't normally initiate heartbeats.

 

"We were able to get the biological pacemaker to turn on within 48 hours," Marbán said. To get the gene to the heart, the researchers sent a modified virus into the right ventricle through a catheter. The viral vector isn’t harmful, the researchers said, because the virus they employed was engineered to be "replication deficient" — meaning that it will not reproduce and spread beyond the heart.


Overall, the results of the study demonstrate that the pigs who received the gene therapy experienced an increase in heart rate that allowed them to be much less dependent on backup pacemakers. In contrast, the backup pacemakers were responsible for more than 40 percent of the beats in pigs who didn’t receive the gene therapy, but still underwent surgery.

 

more at http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/16/5906563/biological-pacemakers-gene-therapy-heart-muscle-cells

 


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Giant Global “Chimney” Could Alter Climate Change - Scientific American #science

Giant Global “Chimney” Could Alter Climate Change - Scientific American #science | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Giant Global “Chimney” Could Alter Climate Change Scientific American A sparsely populated part of the western tropical Pacific Ocean, known as the “global chimney," boasts the world's warmest ocean temperatures and vents massive volumes of warm...
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The #Changyuraptor yangi: A 125-million-years-old flying #dinosaur with four wings

The #Changyuraptor yangi: A 125-million-years-old flying #dinosaur with four wings | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was built sort of like a biplane but probably did not fly as well, if at all.
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But is it real? Scientist Photographs The #Soul Leaving The Body

But is it real? Scientist Photographs The #Soul Leaving The Body | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
The timing of astral disembodiment in which the spirit leaves the body has been captured by Russian scientist Konstantin Korotkov, who photographed a person at the moment of his death with a bioelectrographic camera.
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Army of Tiny Galaxies Flooded #Universe With UV Light - The Epoch Times

Army of Tiny Galaxies Flooded #Universe With UV Light - The Epoch Times | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Army of Tiny Galaxies Flooded Universe With UV Light
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The faintest and smallest galaxies played a bigger role than previously thought in shining ultraviolet light in the early universe, experts now say.
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Wild Western Lowland #Gorillas Signal Selectively Using Odor #communication #intelligence

Wild Western Lowland #Gorillas Signal Selectively Using Odor #communication #intelligence | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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#NASA’s Newest Near Earth Network Antenna Is Operational

#NASA’s Newest Near Earth Network Antenna Is Operational | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
A ribbon-cutting ceremony in Alaska marked the official beginning for the Near Earth Network asset.
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#Turmeric – Learn More about This Ayurvedic #Herb | Organic Lifestyle ...

#Turmeric – Learn More about This Ayurvedic #Herb | Organic Lifestyle ... | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Way before the advent of synthetic, drug-based medicine, herbs and spices were valued for their medicinal properties. One clear example of this is the use of plants in Ayurvedic medicine in India.
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Should We or Should We Not Listen to Stories? « Golden Age of #Gaia

Should We or Should We Not Listen to Stories? « Golden Age of #Gaia | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it

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Viral Defense, is made from Chinese Heat Clearing #Herbs, Plant Cures

Viral Defense, is made from Chinese Heat Clearing #Herbs, Plant Cures | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Heat Clearing Herbs, Viral Defense, Antiviral and Antibacterial herbs, Best Selling Book, "His Hand Has Provided" by Chris Gussa, Plant Cures, (Five Chinese heat clearing herbs: antiviral and antibacterial treasures!
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Scientists translate apes gestures #intelligence #mind #conscience

Scientists translate apes gestures #intelligence #mind #conscience | The wonderful universe | Scoop.it
Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication.
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Get Your Body in Shape Naturally With #Ayurveda #health

Take up yours meat therein phylum good added to ayurveda: NHtBRkfi http://t.co/6NsjpL0FOd
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