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This epic NASA photo of star births spans 11 billion years

This epic NASA photo of star births spans 11 billion years

As group photos go, NASA's latest snapshot of 15,000 galaxies across the universe has to be one of the biggest, with the epic image spanning not only distance but time, too. Captured using the Hubble Space Telescope, the new photo is dominated by forming stars: newly blooming points of light that stud freshly-created galaxies.

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Physicists claim that faintest galaxies orbiting Milky Way are the oldest in the universe

Physicists claim that faintest galaxies orbiting Milky Way are the oldest in the universe

A group of researchers has been studying the galaxies that are orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy. According to these researchers, the faintest galaxies that are orbiting the Milky Way are also among the very first galaxies that formed in our universe. The team of researchers includes Professor Carlos Frenk and Dr Alis Deason from the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) at Durham University and Dr Sownak Bose from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in America.

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Study finds moderate carbohydrate diets may be ideal for long-term health

Study finds moderate carbohydrate diets may be ideal for long-term health

A new study has found that consuming a moderate amount of carbohydrates may be the best diet for human health. According to the research, which was published in The Lancet Public Health journal, diets composed 50- to 55-percent of carbohydrates were associated with lower risk of mortality compared to low and high carbohydrate diets. As well, the study indicates that not all low-carb diets are the same when it comes to health, with plant-based ones being ideal.

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The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to enact rules that would essentially hobble the agency's own ability to protect the environment. Rules were first proposed on April 30th, 2018, under now-resigned and disgraced Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt. The public comment portion of this situation is over tomorrow.

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Beetle in 99-million-year-old amber found with ancient cycad pollen

Beetle in 99-million-year-old amber found with ancient cycad pollen

Cycads, a type of seed plant with evergreen leaves and a woody trunk, are highly present in the fossil record, which reveals that they were once more abundant on Earth than they are today. According to a study newly published in Current Biology, the earliest cycads were pollinated by a lowly beetle, that discovery having been made from a small piece of amber.

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World’s oldest cheese found in Egypt

World’s oldest cheese found in Egypt

Cheese is great, especially when melted on a pizza. I don’t think they had pizza back in ancient Egypt, but apparently, the ancient Pharaohs did have cheese. Researchers have found what they believe to be the oldest cheese in the world inside the tomb of a 13th century BC mayor of Memphis in ancient Egypt. This mayor was called Pthames and his tomb was initially discovered in 1885.

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Scientists rapidly produce mineral that pulls CO2 from the atmosphere

Scientists rapidly produce mineral that pulls CO2 from the atmosphere

Researchers have found a way to rapidly produce the mineral magnesite, which can be used as a long-term storage solution for harmful CO2 in the atmosphere. Magnesite forms slowly in nature, presenting issues around using the mineral to deal with atmospheric CO2. However, researchers have presented a way to rapidly increase magnesite formation, opening the door to a potentially more economical way to address climate change.

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KELT-9b is a giant, hot exoplanet with iron and titanium in its atmosphere

KELT-9b is a giant, hot exoplanet with iron and titanium in its atmosphere

Researchers have detailed the atmosphere of a giant, incredibly hot exoplanet called KELT-9b. Using the HARPS-North spectrograph located on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo in La Palma, Spain, experts were able to discern the exoplanet's atmospheric properties, identifying iron and titanium vapor. The composition is the result of KELT-9b's incredibly hot temperature.

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Researchers say e-cigarette vapor boosts inflammation and disables protective cells

Researchers say e-cigarette vapor boosts inflammation and disables protective cells

Lots of people out there have moved from normal cigarette smoking to puffing on e-cigs or vaping as it's commonly known. The thought by many of these folks is that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes. New research conducted by scientists at the University of Birmingham has found that e-liquid that is vaporized in an e-cigarette has a similar effect on the lungs and body as seen in normal cigarette smokers.

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Study reveals how blue light from gadgets speeds rate of blindness

Study reveals how blue light from gadgets speeds rate of blindness

Blue light from the Sun and devices like smartphones have a damaging effect on eyes and a new study details how this damage happens. Researchers point toward macular degeneration, a disease that involves the photoreceptor cells in the retina dying. According to the study, blue light exposure causes retinal cells to produce damaging molecules within these vital photoreceptors.

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Earth’s mini-moons could unlock space secrets – and make fortunes

Earth’s mini-moons could unlock space secrets – and make fortunes

Earth may have one moon we can see, but a flock of much smaller "mini-moons" could end up being far more valuable for both scientific and commercial purposes, new research suggests. Faster moving and far harder to spot, the mini-moons are typically only temporary visitors in orbit. However, if we can start to effectively capture them, that could unlock some significant opportunities.

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Researchers create super-insulating gel using beer waste

Researchers create super-insulating gel using beer waste

Researchers from Colorado University Boulder have created an insulating gel that could be used to coat the windows of habitats in space. With such a coating applied the humans inside the habitats could trap and store energy from the sun. The gel would trap heat much like a greenhouse stays warm in the winter.

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