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Why mammals have such complex backbones

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:01
By Ian Connellan. Compared to other vertebrate animals such as reptiles, mammals have complex and unexpectedly weird backbones. Their spines are essentially differently shaped bones arranged into sections, which is a key to their ability to move in so ...

Light leaking from a distant galaxy hints at a cosmic makeover's origins

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 19:01
A leaky galaxy might be offering up clues about a vast cosmic makeover foisted on the universe during its youth. Within about a billion years after the Big Bang, something stripped nearly all of the hydrogen atoms in the universe of their electrons.

Global Brain Health Leader Awards for dementia prevention, care and support announced

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:54
Chicago; San Francisco; Dublin; November 7, 2019 - To address the growing worldwide public health crisis due to dementia, the prevalence of which is expected to triple worldwide to 152 million by 2050, three leading organizations announced this year's ...

Researchers create new technique to determine what specific genes do

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:49
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Scientists have developed a new way to determine what our genes may do, which will allow them to better probe the genetic causation of diseases and determine if new drugs will act n the intended target.

Scientists link Neanderthal extinction to human diseases

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:44
Complex disease transmission patterns could explain why it took tens of thousands of years after first contact for our ancestors to replace Neanderthals throughout Europe and Asia. By Ker Than. Growing up in Israel, Gili Greenbaum would give tours of local ...

Seeking shared ground in space

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:43
They shared hits of LSD with dolphins to enhance mutual communication capacities. They suggested that we detonate all existing nuclear bombs on the Moon to create a far-reaching message. They claimed to have received communications from Mars.

Record-Holding Moon Mission Marks a Decade in Orbit

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 18:01
Among the dozens of spacecraft that have visited the moon, none can come close to the tenure of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which recently marked a decade studying our sibling world. The spacecraft, nicknamed LRO, began its work in lunar ...

A balloon-based solar observatory

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:52
Southwest Research Institute successfully demonstrated a miniature solar observatory on a high-altitude balloon November 1. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP)—a reusable, high-precision solar observatory about the size of a mini fridge ...

Researchers discover how cells know their future and forget their past

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:51
Stem cells all share the potential of developing into any specific cell in the body. Many researchers are therefore trying to answer the fundamental questions of what determines the cells' developmental fate as well as when and why the cells lose the potential ...

Space Coast's launch dry spell is ending: SpaceX sending its Starlink satellites to orbit

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:49
ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX is set to end a three-month dry spell of ground-based launches from the Space Coast on Monday with a planned launch of its Internet satellite constellation. Scheduled to launch at about 9:55 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air ...

Screening Soon: 'The Pathfinders' Trains Lens on Mars

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:38
The era NASA called "Faster, Better, Cheaper" started with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory agreeing to land something on Mars - cheaply - and to do it in a radically different way. This is how the era NASA called "Faster, Better, Cheaper" began.

New Bill Would Extend US Operation of Space Station

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 17:26
(TNS) — A bipartisan group of senators proposed a bill Wednesday that would fund NASA for the next fiscal year and extend U.S. operations of the International Space Station through 2030. The measure, called the NASA Authorization Act of 2019, ...

Geoscientists hope to make induced earthquakes predictable

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:59
Date: November 7, 2019; Source: University of Oklahoma; Summary: Geoscientists have created a model to forecast induced earthquake activity from the disposal of wastewater after oil and gas production. Share: FULL STORY ...

Spending too much time glued to screens will change the basic structure of your child's brain, says study

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:30
Studies show that it would be better for children to avoid spending too much time with screen media as it could create structural changes in their brains. By R Siva Kumar. November 8, 2019 00:30 +08. Screen time Spending too much time on the screen can ...

Flu-vaccine nasal spray delayed for some schoolchildren

Health News BBC - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:17
At-risk children in affected schools are advised to go to their GP for an injection.

Deep sea volcano blast creates NEW Pacific island – but nearby isle has vanished after eruption

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:09
A VOLCANIC eruption under the sea has created a new island and sunk another, according to reports from geologists. The natural phenomenon occurred in Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean. Since mid-Oct we've been tracking the #Lateiki (#Metis Shoal) ...

How to watch rare Mercury transit of the sun on Nov. 11

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:09
NASA created this enhanced view of Mercury using images from the Messenger mission. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington. About 13 times each century, the closest planet to the sun passes ...

Spaceflight alters human heart cells, but they mostly return to normal: Study

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:01
The thought of spaceflight may make the heart skip a beat, but actually travelling beyond Earth could alter the organ's cells. With extended stays aboard the International Space Station (ISS) commonplace, and the likelihood of humans spending longer periods ...

Human heart cells are altered by spaceflight, but return to (mostly) normal on Earth

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:00
Heart muscle cells derived from stem cells show remarkable adaptability to their environment during and after spaceflight, according to a study publishing November 7 in the journal Stem Cell Reports. The researchers examined cell-level cardiac function and ...

Investigation of oceanic 'black carbon' uncovers mystery in global carbon cycle

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:40
Date: November 7, 2019; Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Summary: An unexpected finding challenges a long-held assumption about the origin of oceanic black coal, and introduces a tantalizing new mystery: If oceanic black carbon is significantly ...

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