Protons and Champagne Mix as New Particle Collider Is Revved Up
By DENNIS OVERBYE - Published: September 10, 2008
BATAVIA, Ill. — Science rode a beam of subatomic particles and a river of Champagne into the future on Wednesday. After 14 years of labor, scientists at the CERN laboratory outside Geneva successfully activated the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest, most powerful particle collider and…
By CARL ZIMMER - Published: September 8, 2008
New Zealand is home to 2,065 native plants found nowhere else on Earth. They range from magnificent towering kauri trees to tiny flowers that form tightly packed mounds called vegetable sheep…
The Origins of the Universe: A Crash Course
By BRIAN GREENE - Published: September 11, 2008
THREE hundred feet below the outskirts of Geneva lies part of a 17-mile-long tubular track, circling its way across the French border and back again, whose interior is so pristine and whose nearly 10,000 surrounding magnets so frigid, that it's one of the emptiest and coldest regions of space in the solar...
For Stem Cells, a Role on the Battlefield
By ANDREW POLLACK - Published: September 8, 2008
When people envision using human embryonic stem cells for "regenerative medicine," they often talk about making neurons to treat Parkinson's disease, cardiac cells to repair the damage caused by a heart attack, or pancreatic islet cells to replace those destroyed by diabetes…
Stolen guns used in fatal Wash. shooting rampage
By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE - Authorities said the man accused of a shooting rampage that left six people dead in northwest Washington stole the guns used in the attacks as well as a pickup truck involved in a high-speed chase…
Who are the British creationists?
By Julian Joyce - BBC News
Widely believed in the United States, creationism - the belief that God created the earth and man in six days - is enjoying a resurgence of support in the UK, say its believers and its critics…
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Infidelity Dissected: New Research On Why People Cheat
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2008) — The probability of someone cheating during the course of a relationship varies between 40 and 76 percent. "It's very high," says Geneviève Beaulieu-Pelletier, PhD student at the Université de Montréal's Department of Psychology...
Curbing Coal Emissions Alone Might Avert Climate Danger, Say Researchers
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2008) — An ongoing rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels might be kept below harmful levels if emissions from coal are phased out within the next few decades, say researchers...
Untapped Potential Of Antidepressants For Cancer
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2008) — A comprehensive review of current scientific literature, published in the peer-reviewed journal ecancer, has suggested that antidepressants can help the human body fight cancer by boosting its own immune response, amongst other mechanisms...
Computational Biochemist Uncovers A Molecular Clue To Evolution
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2008) — A Florida State University researcher who uses high-powered computers to map the workings of proteins has uncovered a mechanism that gives scientists a better understanding of how evolution occurs at the molecular level...
Robot Scout: Fly Me (Safely) To The Moon
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — The first attempt to land humans on the moon -- Apollo 11 -- was a triumph that almost ended in disaster. At just 400 feet from the lunar surface, with only about a minute's worth of fuel remaining, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin saw that their ship's computer was taking...
Psychiatry: When The Mirror Becomes An Enemy
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — A nose that's too big, hair that's too curly or a beauty mark in the wrong place – who hasn't focused on a small detail of their appearance while staring at a mirror...
My, What Big Teeth You Had! Extinct Species Had Huge Teeth On Roof Of Mouth
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — When the world's land was congealed in one supercontinent 240 million years ago, Antarctica wasn't the forbiddingly icy place it is now. But paleontologists have found a previously unknown amphibious predator species that probably still made it less than hospitable...
Hurricane Ike Impact Felt In Space
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — Hurricane Ike has delayed the scheduled Friday arrival of a Russian Progress cargo ship at the International Space Station 220 miles above Earth...
Brains Rely On Old And New Mechanisms To Diminish Fear
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — Humans have developed complex thought processes that can help to regulate their emotions, but these processes are also linked with evolutionarily older mechanisms that are common across species, according to a study by neuroscientists at New York and Rutgers...
Good Luck, Not Superiority, Gave Dinosaurs Their Edge, Study Of Crocodile Cousins Reveals
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — In a paper published in Science, Steve Brusatte and Professor Mike Benton challenge the general consensus among scientists that there must have been something special about dinosaurs that helped them rise to prominence...
Nano-sized 'Cargo Ships' To Target And Destroy Tumors Developed
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — Real-world problems come in two broad flavors: those requiring sequential reasoning and those requiring transformative reasoning: a break from past thinking and restructuring followed by an insight (also known as Eureka or "Aha!"), which is a process by which...
Beautiful Death: Halos Of Planetary Nebulae Revealed
ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2008) — Stars without enough mass to turn into exploding supernovae end their lives blowing away most of their mass in a non-explosive, but intense stellar wind. Only a hot stellar core remains in the form of a white dwarf...
Switched-on New Nanotechnology Paints For Hospitals Could Kill Superbugs
ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2008) — New nanotechnology paints for walls, ceilings, and surfaces could be used to kill hospital superbugs when fluorescent lights are switched on, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin...
1843 Stellar Eruption May Be New Type Of Star Explosion
ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2008) — Eta Carinae, the galaxy's biggest, brightest and perhaps most studied star after the sun, has been keeping a secret: Its giant outbursts appear to be driven by an entirely new type of stellar explosion that is fainter than a typical supernova and does not destroy the star...
Geologists Dig Up One Of The Largest Lakes In The World, Dammed By Ice During Last Ice Age
ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2008) — Geologists are digging in the bed on the western bank of what was once a 700-800 kilometre-long lake along the 62nd parallel in Russia. Large lakes, dammed up by a huge ice sheet one or more times during the last Ice Age, used to dominate this enormous plain...
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Last of the Neanderthals
By Stephen S. Hall - National Geographic News
The latest research and a stunningly lifelike new reconstruction help to illustrate the lives of our closest prehistoric relatives and uncover the reasons why they vanished…
Hadron Collider to Have "Practical" Spin-Offs?
John Roach - National Geographic News
In addition to solving big mysteries of the universe, the massive atom smasher may help treat disease, improve the Internet, and open the door to faster-than-light travel, scientists say.
Scientists find 'redesigned hammer' that forged evolution of ...
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UnNews:Large Hadron Collider 'destroys God by accident'
GENEVA, Switzerland – Concerns that the Large Hadron Collider might destroy the Earth proved unfounded on Wednesday, but scientists warned that they may instead have accidentally destroyed God shortly after powering up the machine…
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