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Scientists reconstruct Russian meteor trajectory

A duo of Colombian scientists say they have reconstructed the orbit of the meteor that exploded earlier this month over Chelyabinsk, Russia.  Relying on videos of the meteor from Chelyabinsk’s Revolutionary Square and in the nearby city of Korkino, astronomers Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin at…  …

Lack of sleep leads to groggy genes: study

Lack of sleep has a potentially harmful effect on gene expression, according to a study out Tuesday that sheds light on the link between sleep deficits and a wide range of health conditions. A sleep deficit — even just a week’s worth — can have damaging effects on our genes,…

Comet could collide with Mars in 2014

Astronomers say that a comet will make an close flyby next year, not of Earth, but of our neighbor planet, Mars. According to a Monday report on Discovery.com, the recently discovered comet, named C/2013 A1 will fly close to Mars on Oct. 19 of 2014. Comets are balls of ice…

Pluto moon to be named after Spock’s planet Vulcan

Two tiny moons orbiting Pluto, today officially known as P4 and P5, may soon be called “Vulcan” and “Cerberus” thanks to an online poll that wrapped up Monday, according to The Associated Press. The name “Vulcan” was actually pitched by actor William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on…

‘Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite’ to hunt for potentially hazardous asteroids

Efforts to discover near-Earth asteroids – including those that are potentially hazardous – received a potential boost Monday with the launch of the Canadian Space Agency’s Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat). Housed in a spacecraft the size of a large suitcase, the space telescope…  …

New study finds physical mechanism linking extreme weather to climate change

Scientists said Monday they have identified a physical mechanism behind the extreme weather that has plagued many parts of the world in recent years — and that it is tied to climate change. Since 2010, for example, the United States and Russia have each suffered scorching heat waves, while Pakistan…

Mediterranean diet cuts risk of heart attack and stroke: study

Following a Mediterranean diet rich in either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduces the risk of people at risk of a heart attack or stroke suffering either event or dying of a heart condition by 30%, new research reveals. The findings, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine,…

Scientist calls for caffeine to be a regulated substance

Noting the rise of caffeine-related deaths in recent years, the editor-in-chief of Journal of Caffeine Research has condemned the “regulatory vacuum” in the United States. Jack E. James, a professor at Reykjavik University in Iceland and the National University of Ireland, argued in an editorial published Monday that researchers and…

Nobel prize for discovering DNA is up for auction

The Nobel prize awarded to Francis Crick in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA has been put up for auction by his family along with one of his lab coats, his books and other memorabilia. It is believed to be the first Nobel prize placed at auction in more…

Heat stress from global warming reduces labor efficiency: study

Heat stress from global warming may be having an impact on outdoor work productivity in hot regions like northern Australia, Southeast Asia and the southern United States, a study said Sunday. In recent decades, rising temperatures and higher humidity reduced labour capacity, on paper at least, by 10 percent during…

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