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Just In Time For Thanksgiving Comes Turkey Science: Exclusive
2013-11-27 14:55:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Each Thanksgiving, 46 million turkeys are consumed by 88 percent of Americans, but what do we actually know about the bird that graces our table each year? redOrbit has dug up some facts about the delectable birds to help throw a little knowledge down at the dinner table this year to impress the in-laws. The National Bird As most everyone knows, the Bald Eagle is America’s national bird. However, Benjamin Franklin had a poor...

LG Smart TV’s Collecting Personal Info, Even With Feature Turned Off
2013-11-21 16:29:44

[ Watch the Video: Is Your Smart TV Watching Your Every Move? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online LG is investigating claims made by blogger DoctorBeet that its Smart TVs are spying on its viewers, despite privacy settings being activated. DoctorBeet reported earlier this week that his new LG Smart TV was sending out information to LG about him, regardless of whether or not the “Collection of watching info” button was turned off. LG had posted a corporate...

Approaching Comets ISON And Encke Pose For NASA's MESSENGER
2013-11-14 14:24:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft helped snag a few images of comets ISON and Encke as they are making their way closer to Mercury and the Sun, where they will be much brighter and more readily visible to amateur astronomers. Comet ISON was discovered in September 2012 by amateur astronomers in Russia using a 16-inch telescope that is part of the International Scientific Optical Network. Astronomers predict ISON will be flying within...

Atmospheric River Storms Could Help Predict Winter Snowfall
2013-11-08 15:18:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study says “atmospheric river” storms from the Pacific Ocean could eventually help scientists predict major winter snowfalls. Atmospheric rivers are short-lived wind tunnels that carry water vapor from tropical oceans to mid-latitude land areas. They are known to bring large quantities of rain and snow on California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Researchers studied how two of the most common atmospheric circulation patterns...

New Black Hole In GLobular Cluster
2013-11-07 07:51:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered a new black hole candidate sitting inside a globular cluster known as M62. The latest discovery, reported in the Astrophysical Journal, adds weight to the argument that black holes are a common occurrence in these star clusters. Astronomers discovered two black holes in a globular cluster, known as M22, last year . "This implies that the discovery of the other black hole, in the globular cluster called...

Astronomers Use Gravitational Lensing To Weigh Most Distant Galaxy
2013-10-17 14:57:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using a gravitational lensing technique, astronomers were able to weigh one of the most distant galaxies in the universe. Gravitational lensing is a technique used by astronomers that was first predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. As light from a very distant object moves through the universe, it can essentially be intensified by another object that is closer to Earth, reviving the light and making it possible for...

Scotland Giant Panda Has Miscarriage
2013-10-15 13:34:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have announced that Tian Tian, Edinburgh Zoo’s beloved female giant panda, is no longer pregnant. The zoo said in a statement today that all of Tian Tian's hormonal and behavioral signs indicate that she had conceived and carried a fetus until late term, but then lost it. “We are all saddened by this turn of events after so many weeks of waiting. Timings are difficult to...

Canadian Pipeline Diggers Discover Massive Dinosaur Fossil
2013-10-03 15:00:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An oil pipeline crew digging around in Canada stumbled upon a 100-foot-long fossilized dinosaur this week. A backhoe operator discovered the skeleton when moving dirt to install a new pipeline. He inadvertently broke off a piece of the fossil thinking he was chipping  off a section of rock. Art Wegner, speaking for the Acuren Group Inc, told Canadian media site CBC News that the operator stopped digging and that the work on the site...

Tamarin Monkeys Whisper
2013-09-26 13:42:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like victims hiding in the closet from a robber, a group of cotton-top tamarin monkeys whisper to each other in the presence of a potential threat. In a new report published in the journal Zoo Biology, researchers say they witnessed how cotton-top tamarins at the Central Park Zoo in New York lowered the volume of their vocalizations when they feared a predator was nearby. The team said they conducted an experiment to determine...

Protein Could Indicate Pregnancy Complications In First-Time Mothers
2013-09-03 13:41:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have identified a new indicator to help predict whether or not women will be at risk of having pregnancy complications. The team, which published their findings in the journal Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, identified proteins in the blood that could be used to predict whether a woman in her first pregnancy is at increased risk of developing pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a complication where a mother develops high...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.