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  • Throwing out the textbook: Salt surprises chemists

    December 20, 2013 5:09 PM 63

    Washington, D.C.—Table salt, sodium chloride, is one of the first chemical compounds that schoolchildren learn. New research from a team including Carnegie's Alexander Goncharov shows that under certain high-pressure conditions, plain old salt can take on some surprising forms that violate standard chemistry predictions and may hold the key to answering

  • New Approach could help Scientists in Sorting Habitable Planets

    December 20, 2013 3:56 PM 65

    Researchers have found a new approach that could help scientists in sorting planets that are potentially hospitable to life or even hosting life. The approach would be described in a paper that is set to appear on Friday in the journal Science. Mark Swain, a researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., says the new findings are exciting

  • Exoplanets can be weighed using starlight, reveal scientists

    December 20, 2013 10:41 AM 105

    Two MIT planetary scientists, Julien de Wit and Sara Seager, have published research showing how it is possible to determine the weight of an exoplanet using the surrounding starlight. Not only does this represent a way to determine the weight of something that is seemingly impossible to gauge, it will also facilitate the hunt for planets that are most like our own, possibly

  • Freshwater shortage could double climate change effects on agriculture

    December 18, 2013 8:18 PM 58

    The loss of freshwater supplies, which has led to a large shift from irrigation-fed fields to rain-fed fields, could lower output estimates for crops by as much as 43 percent. It has been known for sometime that climate change will affect food production numbers, dropping output for crops like soybean, rice and maize by almost 43 percent. But further

  • Discovery of 1.4 million-year-old bone a piece of evolutionary puzzle

    December 18, 2013 6:26 PM 39

    TORONTO – When we play video games or pick up a fork or hold something with our fingers, we don’t think much about it. But just when our hands and wrists became more adapted at precision tasks like these is a question that many human paleontologists and scientists have been seeking to answer. A 1.4-million-year-old fossil of a human hand bone was discovered

  • Delhi blanketed in thick smog, transport disrupted

    December 18, 2013 2:43 PM 219

    India-U.S. diplomatic row NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Delhi residents woke on Wednesday to a third day of thick gray smog in one of the worst episodes this year, which disrupted dozens of flights and train services and caused a rash of health complaints. New Delhi is among several Asian cities, including Beijing, that are suffering from toxic levels of pollution

  • European Space Agency Readies Gaia, Its Milky Way Surveyor, For Launch

    December 17, 2013 6:00 AM 41

    On Friday, Dec. 13, the ESA released an image of the Gaia inside its fairing, a metal structure that will protect the spacecraft during the launch. The ESA began the final stages of flight prep earlier in December when the Gaia was loaded up with the necessary propellants and the team spent the week setting up for the launch. The Soyuz rocket that will be used to launch

  • 11 Pilot Whales found to be dead and Stranded in Florida Keys

    December 11, 2013 12:34 PM 112

    On Sunday, December 8, 11 pilot whales were found dead and stranded in the Florida Keys. Officials are looking into the reason behind the death of these pilot whales. As per officials, the whales that were found were females or young calves. Two of the whales that died were females and were pregnant. All these details were released by the National Oceanic

  • Life could have been transfered to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn

    December 9, 2013 4:48 PM 40

    A new study suggests that life could have been transferred from the inner solar system to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Panspermia, the theory that life can spread through space, has been studied by many scientists. Earlier this year, scientists posited that life on Earth was seeded by Martian life that made its way to Earth by hitching a ride on a meteorite

  • Asheville Members Indulge in Counting Number of Birds

    December 9, 2013 4:20 PM 47

    A new report states that some people across the Buncombe County are being included in a challenge to count the number of birds they come across. About 40 members from the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society have been in their efforts on mission of the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This bird count mission during early winters has been declared as the longest