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Researchers develop sci-fi helmet that creates an alternative reality

Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception is set in a distant future where military technology enables one to infiltrate and surreptitiously alter other people’s dreams. Leonardo Di Caprio plays Dom Cobb, an industrial spy tasked with planting an idea into the mind of a powerful businessman. The film has a complex,…

Study: Troops suffer concussions during combat training

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR From reporting by NPR, ProPublica and Frontline, Sept. 8, 2010 This story was co-produced with NPR and is slated to air on All Things Considered. (Check local listings.) It was also co-published with Stars and Stripes. A new military study has found…

Telescopes may be forced to shut down due to astronomy budget crisis

Which telescopes could lose out in astronomy's big budget crunch? (via The Christian Science Monitor) For astronomers in the United States it’s déjà vu with a wrenching twist – the possible closure of some of the most heavily used observatories the federal government funds. In 1995, the prospect of flat…

Extreme events prompt experts to link weather to climate change

Heatwaves, drought and floods that have struck the northern hemisphere for the third summer running are narrowing doubts that man-made warming is disrupting Earth’s climate system, say some scientists. Climate experts as a group are reluctant to ascribe a single extreme event or season to global warming. Weather, they argue, has to be assessed over…

U.S. finds lead poisoning from Ayurvedic medicines

WASHINGTON — US health researchers said Thursday that they have documented lead poisoning risks among pregnant women who took Ayurvedic medicine and issued a new warning on the safety of traditional pills. New York City health authorities probed six cases since last year of women — all but one born…

Study: Referees punish sports teams with black jerseys more harshly

We're not colorblind. The only thing we're blind to is our unconscious biases. (via The Christian Science Monitor) New research shows that sports teams wearing black jerseys get penalized for aggressive fouls significantly more than teams wearing white jerseys. The study, published in the May issue of the journal Social…

NASA moves Curiosity rover from successful test drive to ‘blast mark’ site

After two weeks of checking instruments, testing software and practising its rock-zapping skills, Curiosity the Mars rover has taken its first baby steps across the surface of the red planet. Nasa announced on Wednesday that Curiosity had moved 4.5m and rotated through 120 degrees before reversing by 2.5m, a extra-terrestrial…

Recently found ancient snail relative sheds light on modern-day snails, shellfish and squid

Fossils of toothy, slug-like creatures that grazed the sea floor 500 million years ago have shed light on the origins of modern-day snails, shellfish and squid, a study said Wednesday. The most comprehensive analysis yet of the ancient slugs’ mouth parts — multiple rows of teeth that moved in conveyor-belt…

NASA’s Mars rover makes first test drive

LOS ANGELES — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Wednesday made its first test drive, leaving wheel tracks near its landing spot — now dubbed “Bradbury Landing” in honor of late science fiction author Ray Bradbury. “Curiosity today had its first successful drive on Mars. We have a fully functioning mobility…

Job stress doubles diabetes risk in women

Work stress doubles the risk of developing diabetes for women who have little or no control over what they do on the job, according to a new Canadian study. The same is not true for men. “Men and women react differently to workplace stress,” Peter Smith, lead author of the…

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