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Science News Ticker
Posted: Posted July 20th, 2013
Edited July 20th, 2013 by The Fly
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I'll make a post on some recent science related news reports and put them in one thread. I'm just testing the idea this one time, not that I'll be doing it regularly. The reason is that it would be too much to make a separate thread for each separate news item, so thought to place as many as may be interesting to share in one thread.

You're welcomed to make a similar posting on stuff you came across if you wish. If a link is too long please shorten it using https://bitly.com

I include a brief abstract / summary of what each is about (and maybe followed by a personal comment if any).

So, in a way, I'm 'tweeting' each news story (without much commentary), and the 'ticker' part is indicated by the number of replies to this thread (approximately!). The point is that I don't want what appears a long and hard to look at post. Just little nuggets!


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How interesting. We seem to be getting evidence for this from many different angles!


Mars may have once had a vast ocean that covered as much as a third of the planet.

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found evidence of an ancient delta where a Martian river may have once emptied into the ocean.

http://www.voanews.com/content/evidence-of-martian-ocean-mounts/1704577.html

Posted July 20th, 2013 by The Fly
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I dismantled my Mom's radios but ... turned out just a nice ordinary guy!


Study Finds Spatial Skill Is Early Sign of Creativity

A gift for spatial reasoning the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published Monday in the journal Psychological Science.

www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/us/study-finds-early-signs-of-creativity-in-adults.html

Posted July 20th, 2013 by The Fly
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This is from back in 2008 but I didn't know about it.

From neutrinoes and antineutrinos emitted from nuclear reactors they developed detectors that could monitor presence and location of these reactors in states that try to hide them. Has political applications.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080313091522.htm

Edited July 20th, 2013 by The Fly
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Hubble space telescope finds a very small new moon around Neptune!

Its 14th moon.

http://t.co/I0vT1CrMWk

Edited July 20th, 2013 by The Fly
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Amazing look at the Earth from near the rings of Saturn taken by the Cassini spacecraft. That's the pale blue dot!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23419543



That image isn't showing for me, but you can see it in the BBC link.

Let's try this:



Nope! Anyway, here's a bigger better pic from Nature Magazine:

http://blogs.nature.com/news/files/2013/07/7696_18344_1.jpg

Edited July 24th, 2013 by The Fly
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Stem cells are being used to repair cells in the retina that receive light and sends them to the brain. Maybe a cure to some blindness is within reach.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23374623

Posted July 24th, 2013 by The Fly
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Another pale blue dot!?? (shocked)

For those of us who like blue, the first planet to be seen (in 2005) turned out to be blue.

http://bit.ly/1dnYsng

Posted July 24th, 2013 by The Fly
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To those of you who like Neil deGrasse Tyson:

Next spring, Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson will star in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a reboot of Carl Sagan's pioneering series. Recently released at Comic-Con 2013, watch the first trailer for the 13-episode series.

This link has a trailer of his program:

http://kinja.amnh.org/dont-miss-the-first-trailer-for-neil-degrasse-tysons-861528485

Here is the YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeVCR1qfMaU

Posted July 24th, 2013 by The Fly
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I thought this is good news to hear for my tribe!

Want to Be a Professor? Choose Math

Mathematics looks like an especially promising discipline for those aspiring to an academic career, whereas the life sciences look particularly poor for those with academic ambitions.

http://bit.ly/14IVjiC

Posted July 27th, 2013 by The Fly
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Regarding some fascinating new finds on X chromosomes, the geneticist David Page says:

We think the X chromosome is leading a double life, with one part being stable and behaving as the textbooks say, and another part changing and influencing male traits.

The X chromosome was basically thought to have only a 'female' role but this other male role plays is news to me.

http://news.sciencemag.org/2013/07/female-chromosome-may-leave-mark-male-fertility

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