Monthly Archives: December 2012

Massive comet will shine brighter than the moon, say astronomers | Science Recorder

A massive two-mile-wide comet will be visible from Earth in late 2013, possibly appearing brighter than the moon during November and December, according to astronomers.The comet, discovered by amateur Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, is among the brightest … Continue reading

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Blink if your brain needs a rest

Most of us take between 15 and 20 such moments of downtime per minute, and scientists have observed that most blinking takes place near or at the point of an “implicit stop”: While reading or listening to another person, that … Continue reading

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New Species of ‘Decoy’ Spider Likely Discovered At Tambopata Research Center – Peru Nature Blog

From afar, it appears to be a medium sized spider about an inch across, possibly dead and dried out, hanging in the center of a spider web along the side of the trail. Nothing too out of the ordinary for … Continue reading

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MIT discovers a new state of matter, a new kind of magnetism | ExtremeTech

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. QSLs also exhibit a quantum phenomenon called … Continue reading

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Cassini Spots a Nile Like River Valley on Titan | SciTech Daily

The international Cassini mission has spotted what appears to be a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River: a river valley on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more than 400 km from its ‘headwaters’ to a large sea.It is the … Continue reading

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Google Drones Launch In Africa | Fast Company

The World Wildlife Fund and Google are teaming up to deploy a fleet of anti-poacher UAVs in Africa. The goal? Survey and stop rhino poachers. via Google Drones Launch In Africa | Fast Company.

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BBC News – New contender for oldest dinosaur

Palaeontologists have found what is likely to be the oldest known dinosaur, filling in a yawning evolutionary gap.A study in Biology Letters describes Nyasasaurus parringtoni, a new species from 10-15 million years before the previous earliest dinosaur specimens.It walked on … Continue reading

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Origin of intelligence and mental illness linked to ancient genetic accident

Scientists have discovered for the first time how humans – and other mammals – have evolved to have intelligence.Researchers have identified the moment in history when the genes that enabled us to think and reason evolved.This point 500 million years … Continue reading

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