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Copernicus and the Church: What the history books don’t say

Copernicus and the Church: What the history books don't say Legend has it that Nicolaus Copernicus and the church were at odds over his development of the heliocentric theory, a principle that disputed the widely held belief that Earth was the center of the universe. Unlike Galileo and other controversial…

‘Extremely Large Telescope’ will be able to find oxygen on other planets

New telescopes will be able to see whether the atmospheres of other, extremely distant planets contain oxygen. According to New Scientist magazine, the European Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), slated for completion on Cerro Armazones, a Chilean mountaintop within the next decade, will be able to divine whether the gases necessary to support life…

How Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote the rules of the solar system

How Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote the rules of the solar system (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Google homepage today depicts seven metal planets rotating around a painted sun – an homage to the pioneering Renaissance-era astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. So who was Copernicus, exactly? Well, for one, he was the man who first…

NASA briefly lost communication with International Space Station

The International Space Station lost communication with ground controllers on Tuesday but its commander says the crew is fine, NASA said. It blamed a problem in a data relay system. NASA said flight controllers in Houston were updating software on board the station’s flight computers when one of the station’s…

UN urges investigation into hormone-disrupting chemicals

Scientists suspect chemicals which disrupt the hormone system are linked to early breast development, poor semen quality, low birthweight in babies and other problems, but more research is needed, UN agencies reported on Wednesday. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) said evidence is mounting that so-called…

Large study links excessive TV in childhood to criminal behavior in adults

Time spent in front of the television during childhood and early adolescence is linked to criminal behavior in adulthood, according to research published online in Pediatrics. “Antisocial behaviour is a major problem for society. While we’re not saying that television causes all antisocial behaviour, our findings do suggest that reducing…

NASA scrambles for better meteor and asteroid detection

NASA, universities and private groups in the US are working on asteroid warning systems that can detect objects from space like the one that struck Russia last week with a blinding flash and mighty boom. But the US space agency reiterated that events like the one in the Urals, which…

Scientists: Food calorie count labels are often inaccurate

Dieters who eat high-fibre foods consume more calories than they think because retailers’ calorie count system is out of date The calorie content of some types of food has been systematically underestimated by retailers using a system for assessing food energy that is out of date and has not kept…

Scientists ‘on the threshold’ of major dark matter discovery

For decades, the strange substance called dark matter has teased physicists, challenging conventional notions of the cosmos. Today, though, scientists believe that with the help of multi-billion-dollar tools, they are closer than ever to piercing the mystery — and the first clues may be unveiled just weeks from now. “We…

Russian scientists say they have recovered meteor fragments

Scientists said Monday they had discovered fragments of the meteor that spectacularly plunged over Russia’s Ural Mountains creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. The giant piece of space rock streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia on Friday with the force of…

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