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Study: ‘PAMP’ molecules in processed foods are big health risk

Study: ‘PAMP’ molecules in processed foods are big health risk

Researchers have revealed that some processed foods, including things like chopped vegetables, sausages, and chocolates, have high instances of harmful pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMP) molecules that could increase someone’s risks of developing various health issues, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fresh foods, though, such as whole vegetables, have undetectable levels of these harmful bacteria.

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Scientists create hyper-accurate single-ion ytterbium clock

Scientists create hyper-accurate single-ion ytterbium clock

Have you ever had a clock that runs a little fast, or a little slow? Well, technically speaking, every single timepiece you've ever owned is off, at least by a little bit. Time is actually such a strange thing that scientists are always searching for a new way to make a more accurate clock. And today, they have reached a level of precision that has been little more than a theory since the early 1980's.

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New polymer can retain shape changes, resets with body heat

New polymer can retain shape changes, resets with body heat

A team of University of Rochester researchers have developed a new polymer that may play a big part in the medical field in the future. The material is able to maintain a new shape after being stretched or manipulated, something in itself that isn't new, but the incredible part is that it then can be returned to its original shape with just body heat. The researchers say that's only half of their discovery, however, as during shape recovery the polymer is able to release a large amount of stored energy.

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Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Gravitational waves detected, creating “new means of observing the universe”

Today scientists have announced the confirmed existence of gravitational waves, providing proof for one of Albert Einstein's most elusive predictions. These gravitational waves open a door to new scientific discoveries innumerable, showing ripples in the fabric of space and time in a way previously thought impossible. Ironically - sort of - this year also marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's publication of his prediction of the existence of these gravitational waves, all the way back in 1915.

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Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

Terabit satellites aim to improve high-speed internet delivered from space

The future of high-speed internet in the US may be in growing fiber networks, but for people in remote locations, whether it be off the grid or in third-world countries, satellite internet is still the broadest solution. Unfortunately, internet delivered from satellites is slow, and that's something no one likes. Fortunately satellite company ViaSat has a plan to improve the situation, with a partner ship with Boeing that will see the launch of a new satellite class capable of an incredible 1 Terabit per second.

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NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

NASA video shares Curiosity’s view of Martian sand dunes

Mars is a desolate and lonely place that also happens to be quite beautiful. During the time, that NASA's massive Curiosity rover has been cruising the landscape of the Red Planet NASA has offered up some very cool images for us to check out. One of my favorite is the Curiosity Selfie at the top of this story. More recently, NASA has offered up a 360-degree video that Curiosity shot.

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Newly formed star creates a dazzling light show

Newly formed star creates a dazzling light show

Stars are wondrous and marvelous things, at least from a very safe distance of a few hundred light years away. Their birth, maturity, and death have always captured the interest of astronomers and scientists. Sometimes, however, they also capture the attention regular mortals like you and me, especially when they create a stunning light show. A newly formed star with a rather unexciting name of HD 97300 is doing exactly that, illuminating its neighboring nebula and creating a light display to remember.

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Researchers ‘beautifully preserve’ rabbit brain using cryonics

Researchers ‘beautifully preserve’ rabbit brain using cryonics

Researchers have successfully preserved a rabbit’s brain using cryopreservation technology, the Brain Preservation Foundation has announced. The work was done by 21st Century Medicine’s researchers, and used an Aldehyde-stabilized procedure to preserve and store the brain without damaging the neural circuits, opening the door for very long term storage and preservation efforts. The study has been published in Cryobiology.

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Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

Scientists think a medium-size asteroid impact could cause a mini ice age

It's not hard for us to think about what would happen to the Earth and life on our planet if a meteor impacted the surface. There have been several movies that showed what might happen in the event of an asteroid impact. A large enough asteroid could end all life on the planet leaving Earth devoid of life. A new study looks at what might happen to Earth if it were hit with a medium-size asteroid.

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Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

There are still massive species of whales and other types of sea creatures that eat some of the smallest creatures in the sea known as plankton. In the distant past, there were massive sea creatures who feasted on the same sort of plankton in the ocean waters and scientists have found two new examples of plankton-eating fossilized fish. The new fossils are in the genus Rhinconichthys and swam in the oceans of the Cretaceous Period about 92 million years ago.

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The language of wolves: study finds howling ‘dialects’

The language of wolves: study finds howling ‘dialects’

A team of researchers have found that wolves speak in distinct howling 'dialects,' doing so with the aid of an algorithm that analyzed in excess of 2,000 recordings of howling. A total of 13 canid species/subspecies, including dogs and wolves, were processed and the result was a roster of 21 howling styles with distinctly similar features. Wolves, for their part, howl in certain ways depending on their species.

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Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Hundreds of sneaky galaxies found hidden behind Milky Way

Researchers have discovered a bunch of galaxies described as being 'behind' the Milky Way, at least from our own perspective in the universe, and they may be responsible for the Great Attractor, a gravitational anomaly. This collective of galaxies, of which there are hundreds, are located about 250 light years away from Earth, and many of them have been studied by researchers for the first time ever. According to the newly published study, 883 galaxies have been found.

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