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May 18,2007
Bio­di­ver­sity, an ar­e­a’s rich­ness in dif­fer­ent spe­cies, is good for more than just the en­vi­ron­ment, re­search­ers have found: it ben­e­fits us psy­cho­log­i­cally, at least in city parks and green spaces.For the world’s bur­geon­ing city pop­u­la­tions, “pub­lic ur­ban green spaces pro­vide one of the few av­enues for di­rect con­tact with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” the re­search­ers not­ed in a pa­per de­scrib­ing the stu­dy. “Such con­tact has meas­ur­a­ble phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits.” For in­stance, a 1984 study by ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
Sci­en­tists have found hun­dreds of new sea crea­tures in a vast, dark deep sur­round­ing Ant­arc­ti­ca. Car­niv­o­rous sponges, free-swim­ming worms, crus­taceans, and mollusks liv­ing in the Wed­dell Sea pro­vide new in­sights in­to the ev­o­lu­tion of ocean life, sci­en­tists say. Re­port­ing in the May 17 is­sue of the re­search jour­nal Na­ture, in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­s­cribed how crea­tures at the bot­tom of the South­ern Ocean—source of much of the world’s deep ocean wa­ters—are like­ly re­lat­ed to an­i­mals liv­ing in both ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
WASHINGTON - A team of NASA and university scientists has found clear evidence that extensive areas of snow melted in west Antarctica in January 2005 in response to warm temperatures. This was the first widespread Antarctic melting ever detected with NASA's QuikScat satellite and the most significant melt observed using satellites during the past three decades. The affected regions encompass a combined area as big as California.Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
WASHINGTON - Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a ghostly ring of dark matter that formed long ago during a titanic collision between two galaxy clusters. Dark matter makes up most of the universe's material. Ordinary matter, which makes up stars and planets, comprises only a small percent of the universe's matter. The ring's discovery is among the strongest evidence yet that dark matter exists.Astronomers have long suspected the existence of the invisible ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
A new cargo freighter launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 10:25 p.m. CDT Friday with more than 2.5 tons of fuel, air, water and other supplies and equipment aboard. The ISS Progress 25 unpiloted cargo carrier is scheduled to dock with the station Tuesday at 12:10 a.m., bringing more than 1,050 pounds of propellant, almost 100 pounds of air, more than 925 pounds of water and 3,042 pounds ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
And the houses shall be full of swarms of insects, and also on the ground on which they stand. - Exodus 8:21   GLOBAL SWARMING - Global warming may mean more bugs around. CNS Photo Illustration by Jacie Landeros/Bigstock Photo. Climate change is not the wrath of God, but one possible consequence of rising global temperatures may be almost Biblical in nature: a population explosion of bugs. The world's shifting weather patterns are already having an effect, ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
A long search for Her­od the Great’s tomb has ended with the dis­cov­ery of re­mains of his gra­ve, sar­coph­a­gus and mau­so­le­um, ac­cord­ing to ar­chae­o­lo­gists.Palestine’s Roman-appointed rul­er at the time of Je­sus’ birth, Her­od is said in the Bi­ble to have or­dered a slaugh­ter of ba­bies in or­der to be rid of the child. Al­though the tale is un­con­firmed, his­tor­i­cal sources por­tray him as hav­ing be­come blood­thirsty in these lat­er years of his reign, among oth­er ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
WASHINGTON - Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have learned what the weather is like on two distant, exotic worlds. One team of astronomers used the infrared telescope to map temperature variations over the surface of a giant, gas planet HD 189733b, revealing it likely is whipped by roaring winds. Another team determined that gas planet HD 149026b is the hottest yet discovered. Both findings appear May 9 in Nature."We have mapped the temperature variations ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
As­tro­no­mers have de­tected the bright­est stel­lar ex­plo­sion, or su­per­no­va, on rec­ord. They say it may be a new type of su­per­no­va that may also oc­cur be­fore long in our own ga­l­axy—what one re­search­er said would be his­to­ry’s most awe­some star show. The find­ing comes from ob­ser­va­tions by NASA’s Chan­dra X ray Ob­serv­a­to­ry and ground-based tele­scopes. It in­di­cates vi­o­lent ex­plo­sions of ex­treme­ly mas­sive stars were fair­ly com­mon in the ear­ly uni­verse, sci­en­tists said.“This was a tru­ly mon­strous ... [full story]
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May 11,2007
GREENBELT, Md. - NASA will hold a conference at 10 a.m. PST on May 15 to discuss the strongest evidence to date that dark matter exists. This evidence was found in a ghostly ring of dark matter in the cluster CL0024 17, discovered using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The ring is the first cluster to show a dark matter distribution that differs from the distribution of both the galaxies and the hot gas. The discovery ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
MITES IN THE NIGHT After untold years of reproducing through asexual means, a family of tiny mites has decided to go back to doing it the old-fashioned way. "They've found a way to re-evolve sex," said Roy Norton, an environmental scientist at the State University of New York. He and his colleagues recently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. TRUE FACTS - The South Korean government has declared a ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
HOUSTON - Marking the second week working together, the Expedition 15 crew wrapped up a week of various maintenance tasks, science experiments and preparations for the May 15 arrival of the Progress 25 supply ship. To prepare for the new unpiloted cargo carrier's arrival, the currently docked Progress' engines were used to reboost the station Saturday. The move increases the number of rendezvous opportunities for the STS-117 space shuttle mission targeted for next month. Expedition ... [full story]
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May 04,2007
In stud­ies dat­ing back 70 years, mice and many oth­er spe­cies sub­sist­ing on a near-starvation di­et have con­sist­ent­ly lived as much as 40 per­cent long­er than nor­mal. But just why has been un­clear. Now, re­search­ers at the Salk In­sti­tute for Bi­o­log­i­cal Stu­d­ies in La Jolla, Calif., re­port they have cracked the rid­dle, find­ing the first gene that specif­i­cally links this “ca­lor­ic re­stric­tion” reg­i­men to lon­gev­ity. “We fi­nal­ly have ge­net­ic ev­i­dence to un­rav­el the un­der­ly­ing mo­lec­u­lar pro­gram ... [full story]
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