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Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths: scientists

TOKYO — Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever. Japan’s National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature at a depth of more than…

Astronomers launch advanced planet search to look for signs of life

Robotic telescopes in Chile’s Atacama desert will conduct Next Generation Transit Survey to analyse atmospheres for clues The art of hunting planets has come so far that astronomers can now list hundreds of alien worlds that orbit stars so faint they are not even visible as pinpricks in the clear…

Scientists break absolute zero barrier

Students are usually told in science class that absolute zero — zero kelvin, or about -460 degrees Fahrenheit — is the lowest temperature threshold. But scientists have created a temperature beyond absolute zero, reported LiveScience. The implications of the new research suggest that engines could theoretically be more than 100…

Growing food on lakes a new solution to water scarcity

Costa Rican academics are pioneering the growth of crops on freshwater lakes as a way of addressing food shortages Hunger and nutrition will feature prominently at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, in keeping with the renewed interest in agriculture, especially in Africa, where investors are eyeing the…

Two asteroids and two comets to buzz Earth

Astronomers are gearing up for thrills this year when Earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets, including a wanderer last seen by the forerunners of mankind. The guardians who scour the heavens for dangerous space rocks are currently closely tracking an asteroid called 99942 Apophis. Named after…

Robots find Barrier Reef coral at extreme depths, amazing ocean scientists

Living coral found at 125 metres, four times deeper than scuba limit Robots have found living coral on the Great Barrier Reef at a depth four times greater than most scuba divers can reach and far beyond the depth at which scientists expected to find them. A team from the…

What’s going on around Andromeda? Curious structure puzzles scientists.

Thirteen dwarf galaxies are playing a cosmic-scale game of Ring Around Andromeda, forming an enormous structure astronomers have never seen before and are hard-pressed to explain with current theories of how galaxies form and evolve. According to current theories, the small galaxies, which contain…  …

France to use algae to create green buildings

France will soon move forward with an effort to use algae to make buildings more energy efficient and help the country meet quickly-approaching environmental goals, reported Al Jazeera English. “Jean-Louie Kindler wants to breed algae in tubes on roofs and sides of apartment and office blocks, starting with his own.…

Can science explain the ‘empathy deficit’ ?

The US president claims the ‘empathy deficit’ is a more pressing problem than the federal deficit, but, says Mark Honigsbaum, empathy may be merely a product of changing scientific fashions In 2011, researchers at the University of Chicago conducted a simple experiment to ascertain whether a rat would release another…

France issues first-ever regulations for nano-particles

France has become the first country in Europe to require manufacturers to identify use of nano-particles, the extremely fine grains that are increasingly found in drugs and consumer products. Manufacturers must make a declaration if they used at least 100 grammes (3.52 ounces) of nano-particles in products that were imported,…

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