Photographer's Cosmic Passion Leads to Stunning Night Sky Images

Space.com - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:48pm
Night sky photographer Connor Hicks submitted these magnificent photos of star trails and a moon halo. See how Hicks created the amazing view.
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Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:41pm
itwbennett writes Two former U.S. government agents face charges related to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin while assisting with an investigation of the Silk Road underground online marketplace, with one accused of using a fake online persona to extort money from operators of the site. Facing charges of wire fraud and money laundering are Carl Force, 46, of Baltimore, a former special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and Shaun Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, a former special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Both served on the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, which investigated illegal activity on the Silk Road website, the Department of Justice said Monday in a press release.

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New source of methane for gas hydrates in Arctic discovered

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:33pm
Researchers have identified a new source of methane for gas hydrates -- ice-like substances found in sediment that trap methane within the crystal structure of frozen water -- in the Arctic Ocean. The findings, point to a previously undiscovered, stable reservoir for methane that is 'locked' away from the atmosphere, where it could impact global climate change.
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Climate-related disruptions of marine ecosystems: Decades to destroy, millennia to recover

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:33pm
A new study reports that marine ecosystems can take thousands, rather than hundreds, of years to recover from climate-related upheavals. The study's authors analyzed thousands of invertebrate fossils to show that ecosystem recovery from climate change and seawater deoxygenation might take place on a millennial scale.
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Clues to aging from long-lived lemurs

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:33pm
Researchers combed through more than 50 years of medical records on hundreds of lemurs for clues to their longevity. They found that how long these primates live and how fast they age correlates with the amount of time they spend in a state of suspended animation known as torpor. The research may eventually help scientists identify 'anti-aging' genes in humans.
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'Wikipedia' for neurons created

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:33pm
To help scientists make sense of 'brain big data,' researchers have used data mining to create www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons. The site will help to accelerate the advance of neuroscience research by providing a centralized resource for collecting and comparing data on neuronal function.
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NASA's Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on Mars

Space.com - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:31pm
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has suffered another bout of amnesia, less than a week after engineers installed a software upgrade designed to fix its memory problems. The March 25 event didn't result in the loss of any science data.
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Stop blaming the moon: Intelligent people can develop strong entirely incorrect beliefs

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:30pm
The moon does not influence the timing of human births or hospital admissions, a new study finds, confirming what astronomers have known for decades. The study illustrates how intelligent people develop strong beliefs that are incorrect.
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Oral drug normalizes blood potassium in 98 percent of kidney patients

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:30pm
A medication called ZS-9 normalized potassium in the blood of 98 percent of chronic kidney disease patients treated for hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is high potassium in the blood, and may occur as a side effect of taking kidney disease medications called Renin Angiotensin Aldosterone System inhibitors. Hyperkalemia increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmias.
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Research links two millennia of cyclones, floods, El Niño

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:24pm
Scientists have created a 2,200-year-long record of extreme rainfall events that might also help predict future climate change.
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Cancer-targeting mechanism under development

Science Daily - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:24pm
Researchers are developing molecules that bind to more than 60 types of cancer. Several are being tested in early-stage clinical trials, including one for brain cancer. These custom-made molecules can carry either a "flag" that shines brightly in standard medical scanners or a bit of radiation to kill the targeted cancer cells.
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SpaceShipOne 'Lands' on Smithsonian Floor as Museum Renovates Hall

Space.com - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:05pm
The world's first private-sector space plane, SpaceShipOne, has landed on the ground at the National Air and Space Museum after 10 years in 'Flight.'
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This Impossibly Light Electric Bike Is Gonna Set You Back

Wired News - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:00pm

The ProdecoTech Titanio 29er won’t save you any money, but this electric bike will save you some energy.

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Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 8:00pm
malachiorion writes DARPA knows that people are afraid of robots. Even Steve Wozniak has joined the growing chorus of household names (Musk, Hawking, Gates) who are terrified of bots and AI. And the agency's response--a video contest for kids--is equal parts silly and insightful. It's called Robots4Us, and it asks high schoolers to describe their hopes for a robot-assisted future. Five winners will be flown to the DARPA Robotics Competition Finals this June, where they'll participate in a day-after discussion with experts in the field. But this isn't quite as useless as it sounds. As DRC program manager Gill Pratt points out, it's kids who will be impacted by the major changes to come, moreso than people his age.

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Champ Search Winter 2015 Investigation

Cryptomundo - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:27pm
This winter my group Champ Search did some never been done research on Frozen Lake Champlain. Here is the video of our recent work.
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China's Foreign Ministry: China Did Not Attack Github, We Are the Major Victims

Slashdot - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:17pm
An anonymous reader writes At the Regular Press Conference on March 30, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying responded on the charge of DDoS attack over Github. She said: "It is quite odd that every time a website in the US or any other country is under attack, there will be speculation that Chinese hackers are behind it. I'd like to remind you that China is one of the major victims of cyber attacks. We have been underlining that China hopes to work with the international community to speed up the making of international rules and jointly keep the cyber space peaceful, secure, open and cooperative. It is hoped that all parties can work in concert to address hacker attacks in a positive and constructive manner."

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United Launch Alliance Wants Your Vote to Name New Rocket

Space.com - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:08pm
Here's your chance to name a rocket. United Launch Alliance — the rocket company that launched NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto — is asking people around the world to help name a new kind of booster.
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Cleaner Living Through Smarter Microbiology

Wired News - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:03pm

Petroleum-derived products undergo a complicated, energy intensive journey from the oil deposits deep underground to our homes, cars, and clothing. “Our lifestyle is very difficult on the environment,” explains Emily Leproust, CEO of Twist Bioscience. “It’s expensive and it’s harmful; there needs to be another way.” Fortunately, it seems that there may in fact be […]

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Total Lunar Eclipse, Lyrid Meteors And More - April 2015 Skywatching Video

Space.com - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:01pm
On April 4th, Earth’s shadow on Luna will visible from parts of 3 continents. After midnight on April 22nd, 10 to 20 meteors per hour will rain.
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Body Maps Expose the Chemical Residue That Coats Our Skin

Wired News - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 7:00pm

All that soap, sunscreen, and lotion you slather on your body? That stuff sticks.

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