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A 'Planet 10' On The Cards? Scientists Find Evidence

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A 'Planet 10' On The Cards? Scientists Find Evidence

- Washington: A mysterious, unseen 'planet 10' may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system. Scientists have found evidence of a 'Mars-like object' that could be orbiting our Sun. This object would be different from, and much closer than, the Planet Nine - whose existence yet awaits confirmation. Researchers, including Indian origin Renu Malhotra of the University of Arizona in the US, found compelling evidence of a yet-to-be discovered planetary body with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth

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Planet 10: Mars-Sized Planet Could Be Hiding At The Edge Of The Solar System Beyond Pluto

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Planet 10: Mars-Sized Planet Could Be Hiding At The Edge Of The Solar System Beyond Pluto

- A planet almost as big as Mars could be lurking in the icy reaches of the solar system just beyond Pluto, Newsweek reports. By scientists’ official count, there are currently eight planets in the solar system. Scientists at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL), however, are convinced there is an unseen mass just hiding within the Kuiper belt, a region in the edge of the solar system filled with hundreds of thousands of icy bodies, including asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets

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How do eggs get their shapes? Scientists think they've cracked it

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How do eggs get their shapes? Scientists think they've cracked it

- One of nature's most efficient life-support systems is the egg. Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago as vertebrate animals adapted to living on land. And since then, they've taken on numerous shapes, especially among birds. Biologists have long wondered why there are so many shapes, and what determines each one. Hummingbirds, for example, have eggs like Tic Tacs. Birds called murres produce eggs shaped like big teardrops

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Trump Inspires Scientist to Run for Congress to Fight Climate Change

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Trump Inspires Scientist to Run for Congress to Fight Climate Change

- Volcanologist Jess Phoenix would agree with President Donald Trump on one thing: There's something wrong with Washington, D.C. "We need science in our everyday lives," she said, speaking in April at the Los Angeles March for Science. "Ignorance is the disease." The cure is more scientists who hold political office, Phoenix said. She's running for the House of Representatives as a Democrat in California's 25th Congressional District, with a pledge bring "good science" to Washington

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Scientists Have Discovered a Planet That's as Hot as a Star

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Scientists Have Discovered a Planet That's as Hot as a Star

- The hottest planet ever discovered has a surface that is nearly as hot as the sun, scientists say. KELT-9b, a gas giant about 650 light years away from Earth, reaches about 7,770 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, researchers said in a study published in Nature this week. According to the study authors, KELT-9b is so hot because it is very close to its exceptionally hot host star

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Lawmakers say GOP reining in DNR scientists who rebelled on climate change

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Lawmakers say GOP reining in DNR scientists who rebelled on climate change

- Deep in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal is a seemingly benign item formalizing the transfer of 15 scientists within the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Two years ago, Walker and lawmakers enacted a budget that cut 18 DNR science service bureau researchers amid complaints that their research related to climate change, pollution and wildlife habitat were controversial and unneeded. Now the science services bureau is being dissolved and its remaining scientists moved to program offices that use their research

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Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? Italian Farm Acts as a Lab to Find Out

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Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? Italian Farm Acts as a Lab to Find Out

- PIEVE TORINA, Italy — After a series of powerful earthquakes struck Italy last year, Martin Wikelski rushed here to test a hunch that has tantalized scientists and thinkers for millenniums: Can animals anticipate natural disasters? A German scientist, Mr. Wikelski tagged several animals on a farm in Pieve Torina in the Marches region of central Italy in October to monitor their behavior, hoping that if it changed in some consistent way before an earthquake, it could be used as an early warning system and potentially save thousands of lives

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Scientists Discover a Key to a Longer Life in Male DNA

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Scientists Discover a Key to a Longer Life in Male DNA

- Photo A common genetic mutation is linked to an increase in life span of about 10 years among men, researchers reported on Friday. The mutation, described in the journal Science Advances, did not seem to have any effect on women. Still, it joins a short list of gene variants shown to influence human longevity. By studying these genes, scientists may be able to design drugs to mimic their effects and slow aging

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What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics?

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What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics?

- June 15, 2017, 6:00 a.m. A new take on political science: Training researchers to run for office They have built careers isolating cells, designing integrated circuits and mastering computer languages. Now they are knocking on doors, being interviewed on TV and asking perfect strangers to give them money. Across the country, scientists — card-carrying members of an elite that prizes expertise — are exiting their ivory towers to enter the political fray

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In the hunt for new antibiotics, scientists hit pay dirt

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In the hunt for new antibiotics, scientists hit pay dirt

- Almost our entire arsenal of antibiotics was discovered in soil, but scientists haven't gone digging for drugs in decades. That's because, "screening microbial extracts from soil is thought to be a tapped-out approach," said Waksman Institute of Microbiology scientist Richard Ebright. Soil has been "over-mined" agreed Kim Lewis, director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University. But there is still a wealth of useful compounds under foot; we just have to take a closer look

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Here's why California scientists want neighborhood-by-neighborhood smog data

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Here's why California scientists want neighborhood-by-neighborhood smog data

- HERE’S HOW TO VOLUNTEER Workshops are offered to those who want to participate in the community air pollution and weather monitoring program and live in the Claremont, Montclair, Chino and Riverside areas. Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m., at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, 4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair. Tuesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the Chino Basin district. Saturday, June 24, at 10 a

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How do coyotes thrive in Southern California? Scientists dissect 200-plus carcasses to find clues

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How do coyotes thrive in Southern California? Scientists dissect 200-plus carcasses to find clues

- The coyote known as CY120 thawed in a cooler, awaiting his rendezvous with eternity. Death? No, CY120 already was long gone. But CY120’s carcass — specifically, the contents of his stomach — was about to become a data point in a growing body of knowledge, part of a research project underway at several Southern California universities to learn more about the mysterious lives and sometimes sudden deaths of urban coyotes

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Now, a new form of carbon that is as hard as a rock, but as elastic as rubber

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Now, a new form of carbon that is as hard as a rock, but as elastic as rubber

- With this invention, scientists feel that the new lightweight carbon may serve a wide variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armour Scientists have developed a new form of ultra strong, lightweight carbon that is elastic and electrically conductive, and may serve a wide variety of applications from aerospace engineering to military armour. Researchers, including those from Carnegie Institution for Science in the US, pressurised and heated a structurally disordered form of carbon called glassy carbon

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France is offering US scientists 4-year grants to move to the country and do research

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France is offering US scientists 4-year grants to move to the country and do research

- If you are an American scientist, student, teacher, or business person working on climate change solutions, France would love for you to stay awhile. Following President Trump's June 2 decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement — a multi-country pact that acknowledges global warming poses serious threats to humanity and the environment — the French government has created an outlet for people from all countries who still want to fight climate change

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Hopkins APL scientists readying mission to touch the sun

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Hopkins APL scientists readying mission to touch the sun

- Scientists have been trying to figure out how to explore the sun since the 1950s — such a daring mission was on a short list that helped spur the inception of NASA. After nearly 60 years — not to mention millennia of solar folklore and fascination — a spacecraft being built in Laurel will next year get closer to the sun's surface than any man-made object before it

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Scientists may have just found an unexpected new threat to the ozone layer

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Scientists may have just found an unexpected new threat to the ozone layer

- Severe storms over the central U.S. may be posing bigger problems than just bad weather. New research suggests that frequent summertime storms in the Great Plains region could be depleting the protective ozone layer in the upper atmosphere, putting humans at increased risk of unhealthy exposure to ultraviolet radiation. And some scientists believe that climate change could make the situation worse

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Local scientists worry about NIH’s proposed cap on funding for individual labs

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Local scientists worry about NIH’s proposed cap on funding for individual labs

- Doug Melton, one of the nation’s top stem cell scientists, juggles research and other programs at his Harvard University lab, which is funded by a half dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health — the federal agency that has long been the engine for US biomedical research. But like other senior scientists in the Boston area, he stands to lose some of that funding under a proposed NIH cap on the number of grants it awards individual labs

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Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps

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Mars rover scientist, SpaceX engineer join NASA astronaut corps

- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.: NASA named 12 astronauts on Wednesday to the U.S. space agency's first new class of space fliers in five years, chosen from a record 18,300 applicants, for a new era of space travel. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence welcomed the five women and seven men, aged 28 to 42, during their introduction at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center in Houston

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By Robert Preidt. WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people would love to have a natural-looking golden tan, but know that soaking up the sun raises their risk of skin cancer. Now scientists say they've developed a way to tan without exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In laboratory tests, the researchers used the technique to increase pigmentation in human skin samples   Read More ...
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Scientists use meteorites to show that Jupiter is almost as old as the solar system
Scientists use meteorites to show that Jupiter is almost as old as the solar system Jupiter may have been a very early bloomer, gaining significant mass within the first million years of the solar system’s birth, according to a new analysis of meteorite fragments. The findings, described in the journal PNAS, could shed light on the early dynamics of gas giant planets in our solar system and beyond — and could help explain Earth’s development too   Read More ...
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Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass
Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass Astronomers scanning the skies with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they’ve witnessed the subtle bending of one star’s light by another star’s gravity and used that distortion to measure a star’s mass. The findings, unveiled Wednesday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society and published in the journal Science, confirm a key tenet of Einstein’s landmark general theory of relativity and introduce a new tool with which to explore a fundamental property of stars   Read More ...
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Scientists are on alert after the latest changes at the EPA
Scientists are on alert after the latest changes at the EPA Scientists are on high alert this week after the Environmental Protection Agency failed to renew the appointments of at least six independent researchers who served on an EPA advisory board. The decision does not directly affect the work of the scientists who are employed by the agency. Nor was anyone fired from the Board of Scientific Counselors. But the move will change the makeup of the 18-member committee tasked with reviewing the agency’s scientific efforts and suggesting strategic next steps to its Office of Research and Development   Read More ...
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UK scientists hope for softened Brexit after shock election result
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Plutonium accident, ancient amber and a call to climate scientists
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Junior scientists: Senior scientists as allies for equity
Asking the scientific system to fix itself from the bottom up could place an unacceptable burden on junior scientists (see ). Moreover, their efforts are likely to make little difference without the participation of senior colleagues. Young researchers, especially women and those from ethnic minorities, are already forced to challenge the existing culture if they are to advance professionally. They face overt and unconscious bias, barriers to recruitment and unequal pay   Read More ...
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Changes to Bird Flu Virus May Make Human Transmission More Likely
Changes to Bird Flu Virus May Make Human Transmission More Likely The H7N9 bird flu virus has influenza scientists on edge, due to an unexpected surge of human infections — hundreds of cases — caused by the virus this spring. Some new scientific findings aren’t likely to ratchet down those concerns. Scientists at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, Calif., reported Thursday that the accumulation of several mutations in the main gene on the virus’s surface may be able to give H7N9 the ability to spread like human flu viruses do, passing from person to person through coughing and sneezing   Read More ...
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Scientists Have Discovered a Planet That's as Hot as a Star
Scientists Have Discovered a Planet That's as Hot as a Star The hottest planet ever discovered has a surface that is nearly as hot as the sun, scientists say. KELT-9b, a gas giant about 650 light years away from Earth, reaches about 7,770 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, researchers said in a study published in Nature this week. According to the study authors, KELT-9b is so hot because it is very close to its exceptionally hot host star   Read More ...
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This Marine Biologist Has a Message for Climate Change Deniers: 'Get Over It'
This Marine Biologist Has a Message for Climate Change Deniers: 'Get Over It' Famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle issued an urgent call for humans to protect the world's oceans and the planet more broadly in the face of climate change at the launch of Oceans Week . For all these reasons, Earle says the oceans deserve more attention from policymakers dealing with climate change. "It is puzzling and mystifying to some of us that the ocean has not been at least equally on the ballot sheet with the atmosphere above," she says   Read More ...
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In landmark experiment, Chinese scientists beam back "entangled" photons from space
In landmark experiment, Chinese scientists beam back "entangled" photons from space CHINESE scientists on Thursday reported a successful transmission of "entangled" photon pairs from space to ground stations separated by 1,200 km, a major technical breakthrough towards quantum communication over great distances. The study, published as a cover story by the U.S. journal Science, distributed such "entangled" photons, or light particles, from a satellite 500 km above the Earth's surface, known as Micius, which was launched last year and equipped with specialized quantum tools   Read More ...
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Lawmakers say GOP reining in DNR scientists who rebelled on climate change
Lawmakers say GOP reining in DNR scientists who rebelled on climate change Deep in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal is a seemingly benign item formalizing the transfer of 15 scientists within the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Two years ago, Walker and lawmakers enacted a budget that cut 18 DNR science service bureau researchers amid complaints that their research related to climate change, pollution and wildlife habitat were controversial and unneeded. Now the science services bureau is being dissolved and its remaining scientists moved to program offices that use their research   Read More ...
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