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Study Shows Economic Benefits Of Dairy Consumption
2012-11-13 15:53:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study conducted by European researchers analyzed the health economics of increased dairy food, showing the benefits of boosting dietary calcium intake. The latest research reported in the journal Osteoporosis International shows that increasing consumption of dairy foods helps to prevent hip fractures and reduce healthcare costs. The study was based on a new analytical model that links nutrition and fracture risk,...

Elephant Learns To Speak Korean
2012-11-01 14:10:37

[ Watch the Video: An Elephant that Speaks Korean ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What is cooler than a monkey that can do sign language? An Asian elephant that can speak Korean, which is exactly what one elephant named Koshik has learned to do. Researchers wrote in the journal Current Biology that they have confirmed that Koshik has learned how to speak Korean by vocalizing it with his trunk in his mouth. Koshik currently knows how to say hello, sit down,...

PlayStation Master Key Released
2012-10-24 21:41:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Hackers have unleashed the Sony PlayStation 3 "master key," allowing the console devices to be jailbroken in order to play pirated games. Sony has been notorious for making its PlayStation 3 console difficult to jailbreak, but experts say this latest hack is equivalent to stealing the master key. Accessing the inner workings of the PlayStation 3 means people can utilize this gaming console for more than just games. The...

Dinosaur Had Fangs But Only Ate Plants
2012-10-03 14:32:26

[ Watch the Video: Making of Heterodontosaurus Flesh Model ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have unveiled new details about a fanged dinosaur with a parrot-shaped beak known as Pegomastax africanus. A single specimen of the new species was first uncovered in southern Africa in the 1960's, but new details of the dinosaur's anatomy and lifestyle have been published in the journal ZooKeys. Scientists report that Pegomastax had fangs, but was more in...

Pulsar Planets And How To Find Them
2012-09-28 07:36:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomer Fabrice Mottez made a series of predictions at the European Planetary Science Congress about the properties of planetary systems around pulsars. Pulsars are dense balls of matter which are heavier than the Sun, yet only are a few tens of miles in diameter. They rotate rapidly, and give off a bright flashing light, giving them their name "pulsating star." So far, there have been two pulsars observed that are home to...

European Union Announces Plans For New Cloud Computing Strategy
2012-09-27 14:54:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Union made a move on Thursday to get its foot in the cloud computing door, saying it could deliver 2.5 million new jobs to Europe. EU's commissioner for digital affairs, Neelie Kroes announced new plans to develop European standards and certifications to get businesses to join the cloud computing market. Cloud computing is a way for users to store their data and software on remote servers, rather than having to...

Antibiotics Are Possible Appendicitis Treatment
2012-09-26 21:09:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online People who are suffering from an appendicitis may not have to undergo a scalpel and sutures in the future but could instead just resort to taking some antibiotics. Typically, people suffering from an appendicitis will have to undergo surgery in order to remove their appendix. However, scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden are trying to find a way around that with antibiotics. Two major...

Super-Earths May Not Be As Earth-Like As Name Suggests
2012-09-26 14:10:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study presented at the European Planetary Science Congress on Wednesday shows just how rare our Earth really is. Super-Earths are out there, and exoplanet hunters estimate there could be billions of the planets. However, the new research suggests that just because they are Super-Earths, doesn't mean they are capable of hosting life. "We are discovering planets orbiting distant stars that are similar to Earth in...

Artificial Intelligence Maps The Universe
2012-09-24 11:48:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have developed an algorithm that is able to chart and explain accurately the structure and dynamics of the universe. The team developed a new algorithm based on artificial intelligence which provides results that are close to the observed distribution of motion and galaxies. It has been hard for astronomers to explain the distribution of galaxies. Five percent of the universe is made of normal matter, making up the...

What Do Email Users And Birds Have In Common?
2012-09-21 19:10:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of the West of Scotland have categorized email patterns and habits to bird-like behavior. The team decided to study the way people check, read and respond to emails, and then place people into 15 bird-like categories. "Email has rapidly become a vital business communication tool and a lot of people we spoke to say they would not be able to do their jobs without it,"...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'