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Nathan Thompson confronts NASA employee at Starbucks
Nathan Thompson, founder of the Official Flat Earth and Globe Discussion page on Facebook runs into a real live NASA employee at a local Starbucks! When he asks him why an astronaut almost drowned in space, he tells him, It was because of saliva!. -All footage taken falls under "fair use" of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998). No breach of privacy or copyright has been committed.
Fiber-rich diet could lower risk of painful osteoarthritis
A new study reveals that including more fibre in your diet may help in reducing the risk of painful osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. Two separate studies were carried out in this research - Framingham Offspring Osteoarthritis with 1,268 participants and Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) which included a total of 4,796 participants. The statistics revealed that greater consumption of fibre aided in depleting the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Whereas in the IOA study, participants who had more fibre were at 30 percent lesser danger of osteoarthritis.
A fish that can father a near clone of itself
Scientists have discovered a fish carrying genes only from its father in the nucleus of its cells. Found in a type of fish called Squalius alburnoides, which normally inhabits rivers in Portugal or Spain, this is the first documented instance in vertebrates of a father producing a near clone of itself through sexual reproduction - a rare phenomenon called androgenesis, the researchers reported in the journal Royal Society Open Science.
Comet simulation reveals the effect of the breath of the Sun
To study this, a simulation of a comet interacting with solar wind has been made by researchers. This is interesting as comet observations have a history of revealing even the existence of the solar wind. Its existence was first inferred indirectly in the 1950s by observing the shapes of comet tails. In comet 67P, a phenomenon which was labelled singing comet oscillations was observed. The researchers speculate that further probing their simulation and model may be able to explain this feature.
Bouldering Envisioned as New Treatment for Depression
The research team measured the depression of group members at different points in the study using the Beck's Depression Inventory and the depression subscale of the Symptom Check List Revised, known as SCL-90-R. Even though a variety of treatment options exist, less than one-third of people receive treatment for their symptoms.
Turbines can use CO2 to cut CO2
Two-thirds of the electricity in the United States is generated from fossil fuel via combustion-powered steam turbines. To get to the high temperatures needed for high efficiency, steam must first be vaporized from liquid water. The steam is further heated, expanded through the turbine, and condensed to water on the other side. Near this point, steam's heat capacity increases sharply, so up to 36% of total heat input still goes to a low-temperature, vaporizer-like process.
Unable to sleep? Blame climate change
New York, May 27 (IANS) Climate change that leads to warmer than normal nights can do major harm to human sleep, researchers say. The findings showed that abnormal increases in night temperature by 1 degree Celsius can translate to three nights of insufficient sleep per 100 individuals per month in the US. If climate change is not addressed, warmer temperatures could cause six additional nights of insufficient sleep per 100 individuals by 2050 and approximately 14 extra nights per 100 by 2099, the researchers said.
Love rice but worried about calories? This ingredient may just be what you need
There are many people who are increasingly growing conscious of the amount of calories in rice and are either giving it up or opting for brown rice. In case you too love rice and cannot imagine giving it up, this might just be what you need. Scientists from the American Chemical Society have developed a simple and different way to cook rice that cuts the calories by half.
Remote detection of radioactive material using high-power pulsed electromagnetic radiation
First, we experimentally measured the threshold electric field for plasma breakdown with and without the radioactive material (0.64 mCi 60Co). The distance between the focused spot of the electromagnetic (EM) wave and the radioactive material was set to 20 cm. A distinct difference between the delay times obtained in the presence and absence of the radioactive material is evident. The delay times represented by the absence of the radioactive material increase as the pressure increases from 30 to 250 Torr.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spots partial lunar eclipse
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught Moon passing in front of Sun on May 25. On August 21, SDO will witness another lunar transit, but Moon will only barely hide part of the Sun. Throughout the rest of North America - and even in parts of South America, Africa, Europe and Asia - a partial eclipse will be visible.
NASA scientists decode the reason for lunar orbiter's 'wild and jittery' 2014 images!
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was not so lucky when it had a collision with a tiny meteoroid in 2014, with its camera taking a hit. In this case, LROC did not dodge a speeding bullet, but rather survived a speeding bullet! Two Narrow Angle Cameras (NACs) capture high resolution black and white images. The third Wide Angle Camera captures moderate resolution images using filters to provide information about the properties and colour of the lunar surface.
Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia
Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district. Hundreds of shoppers camped out in anticipation of the launch, while more than a thousand thronged the store soon after the doors opened, an AFP reporter observed. I have participated in the official store openings in Macau, Guangzhou and Nanjing, he told AFP. Apple, which has a staggering $256.8 billion cash stockpile, celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
World's largest telescope in Chile desert will trounce Hubble with 16 times sharper images
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Friday inaugurated the construction of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), which will be the world's largest optical telescope upon its completion. The telescope is said to be five times larger than many of its existing counterparts. Built in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the E-ELT will gather 13 times more light than the largest optical telescopes existing today.
Baby Boomers feel fitter and healthier than younger generations, reveals study
Baby Boomers feel fitter and healthier than their younger Generation X and Millennial counterparts, according to an in-depth survey conducted by a leading mobility and daily living aids provider. Baby Boomers also spend more time exercising, with 43% stating that they exercise most days and 29% of these committing 6-10 hours on exercise weekly. In contrast, Generation X responded with 10 diets and Baby Boomers with only 5.
Have trouble sleeping? Climate change is about to make it worse!
It's always uncomfortable sleeping in the heat - it makes you irritable and the sweat doesn't exactly make things easier. The elderly and the poor will be worst hit, adding to the problems caused by climate change. It's also the first to apply it to projected climate change. Middle-aged people, especially post-menopausal women, are already in many cases worse at regulating their body temperature, making them more vulnerable.
Marine species distribution shifts will continue under ocean warming
The findings, reported in Progress in Oceanography, suggest ocean temperature will continue to play a major role in where commercially and recreationally important species will find suitable habitat. Sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99 percent of the global ocean over the past decade. Northward shifts of many species are already happening, with major changes expected in the complex of species occurring in different regions on the shelf, and shifts from one management jurisdiction to another.
US science agency: Selfies with seal pups a no-no
US officials are warning people not to take selfies with seals, no matter how tempting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office says seal pupping season is underway in New England and that means people might see seal pups on the beach during Memorial Day weekend. They say there is no selfie stick long enough to safely get a selfie of a seal pup. Mother seals often leave their pups alone on the beach for up to 24 hours at a time.
Construction begins on the world's first super telescope
Scientists are a step closer to understanding the inner-workings of the universe following the laying of the first stone, and construction starting on the world's largest optical and infrared telescope. Unlike any other before it, ELT is also designed to be an adaptive telescope and has the ability to correct atmospheric turbulence, taking telescope engineering to another level. 'HARMONI' will enable scientists to form a more detailed picture of the formation and evolution of objects in the Universe.
The plastic menace: How mankind is treating oceans as a global trash can
Oceans cover three-fourths of our planet, have a direct bearing on the weather, help trap heat and slow down global warming. They are the direct and indirect source of livelihood for millions with economies of cities and entire regions dependent on them. Oceans are also the source of protein for more than 3 billion people with annual per capita fish consumption, currently at 20 kg, on the rise. Yet, they are treated as some kind of giant trash can.
Terrorists' moral judgment probed in psychology test
A project aiming to scientifically understand the mindset of terrorists has published insights that the scientists say could have implications for terror prevention. This unique experiment revealed what the team described as an abnormal pattern of moral judgment in terrorists. They took part in a series of psychological tests, including an assessment of moral cognition. This is the first study to demonstrate this psychological trait, a terrorist's moral code actually approves of any action if it contributes to achieving a given aim.

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