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2009-06-29 16:55:00

Isotopes, the atomic clues used to solve crimes, date ancient artifacts and identify chemicalsWhether it's the summer grass that tickles your feet or the red Bordeaux smacking on your palette, nearly every part of the world around you carries special chemical markers. These markers, called isotopes, can tell scientists where the molecules that compose a substance are from, where they traveled, and what happened to them along the way. But doing these analyses has been complex and costly. Now,...

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2009-05-29 08:03:57

In 1919, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) launched an expedition to the West African island of Príncipe, to observe a total solar eclipse and prove or disprove Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Now, in a new RAS-funded expedition for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009), scientists are back. Astronomers Professor Pedro Ferreira from the University of Oxford and Dr Richard Massey from the University of Edinburgh, along with Oxford anthropologist Dr Gisa...

2009-01-16 10:18:00

Thousands to Pray for End to Abortion WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of Catholics will gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the National Prayer Vigil for Life Opening Mass at 7:00 p.m. on January 21, the eve of the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Over 16,000 worshipers - many of them youth from schools around the nation - are expected to...

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2008-12-19 16:15:00

In a move that would have any astrophysicist scratching his head, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) commissioned a report to assess whether gravitational waves could threaten national security. The JASON Defense Advisory Group was also asked to investigate other potential applications for high-frequency gravitational waves, such as imaging the Earth's core or uses in telecommunications. Gravitational waves are wrinkles in space-time caused by the movement of objects with...

2008-12-08 06:00:00

Chants for the Three Masses of Christmas Performed by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a musical journey that brings calm and reverence to the beauty of the holiday season, the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey raise their voices in song on their first recording of Gregorian chant. The CD is called Christmas at St. Michael's Abbey: Chants for the Three Masses of Christmas. Available just in time for the...

2008-09-17 03:00:10

By Pesic, Peter BECOMING A SCIENTIST Object Lessons FALLING FOR SCIENCE: Objects in Mind. Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle. xii + 318 pp. The MIT Press, 2008. $24.95. Some people are oriented primarily toward other people, others toward things." According to this folk belief, those children who gravitate toward "things" include budding scientists and engineers, whose adult relation to the world seems mediated more by scientific objectivity than by human emotion. If there is...

2008-09-15 18:00:13

NOW that the euphoria and hype surrounding the search for the Higgs boson - using the Large Hadron Collider at Cern - have eased somewhat, it is perhaps opportune to raise a couple of important questions on the methodology of physical science, which seem to have been largely ignored or forgotten in the meantime. It is a tenet of the scientific method that physical experiment should be performed to test out theories, and in such manner as to be unbiased and amenable to independent...

2008-08-22 09:00:43

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The legacy of Leonard Bernstein -- as a conductor, composer, and music advocate -- in the history and trajectory of twentieth-century America music can hardly be overstated. In this anniversary year for the composer, Sony BMG Masterworks is releasing The Original Jacket Collection: Bernstein Conducts Bernstein -- specially created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth on August 25, 2008 and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director...

2008-07-16 00:00:24

By Tony LaRussa For weeks, organizers of a trip to World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, have been telling the hundreds of young people from Pittsburgh making the nearly 10,000-mile trek that although they'll have a good time, it's not a vacation. "We've been reinforcing the idea that this is a pilgrimage, a time to focus on prayer and sacrifice and a chance to deepen their spirituality," said Caroline Roach, coordinator of youth ministry for St. Athanasius Church in West View. But the...

2008-07-10 03:00:05

Obese men should consider losing weight before having children, because fatter men have less seminal fluid and more abnormal sperm, a Scottish researcher says. Dr. A Ghiyath Shayeb of the University of Aberdeen and colleagues looked at the results of seminal fluid analysis in 5,316 men who attended the Aberdeen Fertility Centre with their partners for difficulties in conceiving. The researchers said 2,037 of these men had complete data on their body mass index. The scientists divided the...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Satellite -- A satellite is an object that orbits another object. With sufficient tangential velocity, the object does not collide with the primary object it orbits, but maintains a distance from that object as the rate at which it falls towards that object is similar to the rate that it travels away, thus the object orbits the primary object and becomes a satellite. In other words: gravitational force serves as the centripetal force needed to make the object circle the primary...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gravitational Lens -- A gravitational lens is formed when the light from a very distant, bright object (such as a quasar) is "bent" around a massive object (such as a massive galaxy) between the bright object and the viewer. The process is known as gravitational lensing, and was one of the predictions made by Einstein's general relativity. Description In a gravitational lens, the gravity from the massive object bends light as a lens might. As a result, the path of the light from a...

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