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NASA's Third Rock Radio Rocks Smartphones
2012-01-11 08:36:32

NASA's Third Rock Radio just got mobile. Updates to the NASA App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android now include a feature to listen to the agency's new online alternative rock radio station. "Now you can listen to great music in the same app that still provides all of NASA's amazing content wherever you are," said Jerry Colen, NASA App project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Third Rock - America's Space Station launched with a new...

2011-11-28 23:07:50

Observations at submarine springs found along the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are giving scientists a preview of the possible fate of coral reef ecosystems in response to ocean acidification. The naturally low pH (a measure of acidity) in the water around the springs creates conditions similar to those that will result from the widespread acidification of surface waters that scientists expect to occur as the oceans absorb increasing amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere....

Pregnant Dolphins Must Overcome More Than Impending Motherhood
2011-11-25 11:50:16

A recent study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, finds that pregnant bottlenose dolphins - especially in the later stages - find their swimming speed almost halved and tail movement restricted, Victoria Gill Science reports for BBC Nature. Originally interested in how baby dolphins learned to swim, lead researcher Shawn Noren, from the Institute of Marine Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, was diving with the animals in Hawaii, and filming their behavior,...

Astronomers Find Clouds Of Primordial Gas From The Early Universe
2011-11-11 04:10:18

For the first time, astronomers have found pristine clouds of the primordial gas that formed in the first few minutes after the Big Bang. The composition of the gas matches theoretical predictions, providing direct evidence in support of the modern cosmological explanation for the origins of elements in the universe. Only the lightest elements, mostly hydrogen and helium, were created in the Big Bang. Then a few hundred million years passed before clumps of this primordial gas condensed to...

New Model May Explain Magnetized Moon Rocks
2011-11-10 06:06:46

A team of scientists has proposed a novel model for the generation of a global magnetic field in the ancient moon, something that could help solve a decades-old mystery about the presence of magnetized rocks on the moon´s surface. Since the moon currently has no global magnetic field, these rocks have puzzled experts since the days of the Apollo program. The Earth´s magnetic field exists because it has a spinning solid core surrounded by hot metallic liquid, which churns...

Image 1 - West Nile Virus Transmission Linked To Land-Use Patterns And "Super-spreaders"
2011-10-21 03:52:03

Spread highest in urbanized and agricultural habitats After its initial appearance in New York in 1999, West Nile virus spread across the United States in just a few years and is now well established throughout North and South America. Both the mosquitoes that transmit it and the birds that are important hosts for the virus are abundant in areas that have been modified by human activities. As a result, transmission of West Nile virus is highest in urbanized and agricultural habitats....

2011-10-20 22:48:09

Robins play a key role in transmission of West Nile virus across much of North America After its initial appearance in New York in 1999, West Nile virus spread across the United States in just a few years and is now well established throughout North and South America. Both the mosquitoes that transmit it and the birds that are important hosts for the virus are abundant in areas that have been modified by human activities. As a result, transmission of West Nile virus is highest in urbanized...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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