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Google-sponsored private moon race delayed for the third time

Competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize now have until 31 March 2018 to land a spacecraft on the moon

Synopsis: A Precise Probe of the Quark-Gluon Plasma

Properties of the quark-gluon plasma can be inferred from measurements of jets and Z bosons simultaneously produced in the ion collisions that create the plasma. [Physics] Published Wed Aug 23, 2017

Molotov: The Summing Up.

In my earlier post about Pomyalovsky’s novel ??????? [Molotov], I wrote that I wanted to post about it before it went off the rails; now that I’ve finished it, I’m happy to report that my fears were groundless and that it never did fall apart as his first one did. It’s not a masterpiece, mind […]

Iraqi forces advance towards heart of IS-held bastion

Iraqi forces Wednesday recaptured several districts and advanced towards the centre of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country, as aid workers braced for an exodus of civilians fleeing the fighting....Show More Summary

One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank

A Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrum

Victor Davis Hanson on Joan Baez and Abolitio Memoriae

In Our War Against Memory, Hanson writes (hyperlinks added), How about progressive icon Joan Baez? Should the Sixties folksinger seek forgiveness from us for reviving her career in the early 1970s with the big money-making hit “The Night They Drove...

Does a mother's pre-pregnancy weight determine her child's metabolism?

The link between a mother's body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy and the metabolic traits of her children is likely mediated by shared genetics and familial lifestyle rather than effects on the fetus during gestation, according to study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Debbie Lawlor of the University of Bristol, UK, and colleagues.

Mouse model of human immune system inadequate for stem cell studies

A type of mouse widely used to assess how the human immune system responds to transplanted stem cells does not reflect what is likely to occur in patients, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Show More Summary

Scientists find RNA with special role in nerve healing process

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Scientists may have identified a new opening to intervene in the process of healing peripheral nerve damage with the discovery that an "anti-sense" RNA (AS-RNA) is expressed when nerves are injured. Show More Summary

Anglers' delight as algal blooms breakthrough highlights innovative science

(John Innes Centre) Millions of fish-deaths caused by toxic Prymnesium algal blooms could be prevented with the application of a household chemical best known for bleaching hair, breakthrough research has revealed.

Low-income patients more likely to take blood pressure medication when doctor involves them in conversation

DALLAS, August 22, 2017 -- The key to getting low-income patients to take their blood pressure medications as prescribed may be as simple as a conversation. Low-income patients with high blood pressure were less likely to take theirShow More Summary

Poodle gets tumor that's a third of its body weight removed

A poodle named Oreo is on the mend after having a 6.4-pound (2.9-kilogram) tumor removed—nearly a third of its body weight.

Study: Clear link between heavy vitamin B intake and lung cancer

New research suggests long-term, high-dose supplementation with vitamins B6 and B12 -- long touted by the vitamin industry for increasing energy and improving metabolism -- is associated with a two- to four-fold increased lung cancer risk in men relative to non-users.

You and some 'cavemen' get a genetic checkup

Had an arrow in his back not felled the legendary Iceman some 5,300 years ago, he would have likely dropped dead from a heart attack. Written in the DNA of his remains was a propensity for cardiovascular disease.

Building an inclusive community of scholars through mentoring and research

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Two longtime advocates of broadening science education, UMass Amherst biologist Margaret Riley and education professor Elizabeth McEneaney, have received a three-year, $987,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their efforts to increase student participation and success in STEM careers and research.

Low-Income extraverts spend more on status than introverted peers

(Association for Psychological Science) The types of goods and services that low-income individuals buy may depend, at least in part, on their personality traits, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

More education linked to better cognitive functioning later in life

(Lumosity) New research from the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed the performance of around 196,000 Lumosity subscribers to quantify the cumulative effect of attending school on cognition, finding that more education is linked to better cognitive functioning later in life.

An Unusual Depression Symptom Most People Don’t Notice

14 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

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Ancient coffin breaks as child put in it at Southend museum

BBC: Ancient coffin breaks as child put in it at Southend museumA "historically unique" 800-year-old stone coffin was damaged when visitors to a museum put a child inside it. Part of the sarcophagus tumbled over and a chunk fell off at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex, as the Southend Echo reported. Show More Summary

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