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The Hunt for the Truest North

Sept. 21, 2016 – If you chop a magnet in half, you end up with two smaller magnets. Both the original and the new magnets have “north” and “south” poles. But what if single north and south poles exist, just like positive and negative electric charges? These hypothetical beasts, known as “magnetic monopoles,” are an […]

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Two New Lightning Extremes Announced

September 16, 2016 – The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization has just announced two new lightning extremes determined by a World Meteorological Organization committee of experts: the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Oklahoma (United States of America) and southern France. The lightning flash over […]

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Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain may be possible cause of Alzheimer’s

Sept. 7, 2016 – Tiny magnetic particles from air pollution have for the first time been discovered to be lodged in human brains– and researchers think they could be a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Lancaster University found abundant magnetite nanoparticles in the brain tissue from 37 individuals aged three to 92-years-old who […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Non-medical exemptions to immunizations should be eliminated

ELK GROVE, IL, September 5, 2016 – Most parents who are hesitant about vaccines are not opposed to immunizing their children, but rather are unsure or have questions. And the best source of answers is their pediatrician. To equip pediatricians for these conversations, the American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing a new clinical report, “Countering […]

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Philae found!

September 5, 2016 – Less than a month before the end of the mission, Rosetta’s high-resolution camera has revealed the Philae lander wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The images were taken on 2 September by the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera as the orbiter came within 2.7 km of the surface and clearly show […]

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Jupiter’s North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System

September 2, 2016 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole, taken during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on. The images show storm systems and weather activity unlike anything previously seen on any of our solar system’s gas-giant planets. Juno successfully executed the […]

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Study finds shark fins & meat contain high levels of neurotoxins linked to Alzheimer’s disease

MIAMI, Aug. 29, 2016 – In a new study, University of Miami (UM) scientists found high concentrations of toxins linked to neurodegenerative diseases in the fins and muscles of 10 species of sharks. The research team suggests that restricting consumption of sharks can have positive health benefits for consumers and for shark conservation, since several […]

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