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New Autism Checklist More Accurate, Says NIH
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When it comes to autism, diagnostic speed is key. Treatments for the condition rely on early intervention therapies and the sooner in the life of a child with autism they begin, the better. This week a new study published in …

NASA Spacewalk Finishes 1.5 Hours Early

Without a doubt, the most awe-inspiring and visually stunning movie of 2013 was Gravity, a movie concerning space starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. In Alfonso Cuarón’s film, both Clooney’s and Bullock’s characters are sent hurtling through space after their …

Winter Solstice – The Shortest/Longest Day Of The Year – And So Much More…
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It happens every year between December 20th and the 23rd, the first day of winter – the Winter Solstice – and this year it falls on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 17:11 UTC. This is a time when the sun …

Winter Solstice: Prepare For A Really Long Night

Saturday night, Dec. 21st will be the longest night of the year — it will be Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that North America will get only 9 hours and 32 minutes of sunshine as the night …

Scientists Use Vodka to Send World’s First Molecular Text Message
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Researchers at York University in Toronto have finally found a good use for vodka. Using a simple setup with a spritzer and a receiver, placed apart from one another on a table, they were able to send the world’s first …

FDA to Require Food Supply Protections

Most food scares in the U.S. are caused by negligence or accidents, not someone intentionally poisoning a large amount of food. The latter scenario might seem more like the scheme of a comic book villain, but the U.S. Food and …

Raw Chicken Bacteria On 97% Of Chicken Tested

They’re calling it the “Superbug” and it is dangerous. Consumer Reports announced today that 97% of the breasts tested harbored bacteria that could make you sick. The report found the presence of enterococcus on 79.8 percent of the poultry tested, …

Almost All Chicken Breasts Shown to Contain Harmful Bacteria

Chicken is one of the most widely eaten meats in the U.S. and around the world, but it could also be one of the most dangerous. Consumer Reports this week revealed the results of its recent tests of meat and …

New Bird Flu Strain Claims Human Life

The new H10N8 strain of the bird flu, which had previously not been known to infect humans, has been confirmed as the cause of death of a 73 year old woman in Jiangxi province in China on Dec. 6. She …

Harvard Monkeys Die – Minimal Fine For Cruelty
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Tens of thousands of deaths of primates and other animals occur each year due to animal testing, also known as vivisection. After the death of four primates that included two cotton-top tamarins, a critically endangered primate species, Harvard was issued …

Antarctica Diamonds In Prince Charles Mountains?

Could Antarctica have hit the jackpot in the sparkling and expensive type of ice? It might just be diamonds – scientists discovered kimberlight rocks which have been known to contain diamonds in the frozen Prince Charles mountains. “Kimberlites are a …

Virgin Birth Claims Examined in New Study
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The Christian story of the birth of Jesus may be the most well-known virgin birth claim in history, but it turns out that such claims are not as rare as we might think. A new study published in this year’s …

Cat Domestication Traced to China, Shows Study

Though it had long been assumed that cats were domesticated by the Egyptians, researchers have now discovered that the animals were first tamed into pets at least one thousand years earlier. A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of …

FDA to Take a Closer Look at Antibacterial Soaps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it will be taking a closer look into the safety of antibacterial soaps. Under a new rule proposed by the agency, antibacterial soap and body wash manufacturers would have to …

Arctic Sea Ice Volume Up 50% This Year

The European Space Agency (ESA) today announced that the volume of Arctic sea ice measured this year is up 50% from the volume measured in 2012. The ESA’s CryoSat satellite measured 9,000 cubic km or sea ice back in October, …

Eight NFL Concussion Studies to Receive Millions in Funding
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The fate of NFL athletes and a possible connection between repeated brain injury and later health problems is now being taken seriously by the NFL. As part of their new focus, the league last year donated $30 million to the …

China Moon Landing: Jade Rabbit Reaches Moon’s Surface
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China made history on Saturday by successfully landing its first unmanned spacecraft on the moon. The Chang’e-3  reached the moon at about 9.12 p.m Saturday and delivered “Yutu”, nicknamed “Jade Rabbit”. Yutu is a solar powered, six-wheeled robotic rover, equipped with …

China Moon Landing, China’s First Lunar Rover Landing On The Moon

China is finally going to do something that the U.S. and Russia did 30 plus years ago, soft-land a rover on the moon. It looks as if it just might be successful. This rover, the Chang’e-3 also known by its …

China Moon Landing Happened on Saturday

China became the third nation in history to ‘soft-land’ a spacecraft on the moon Saturday, following in the footsteps of the United States and the former Soviet Union. The unmanned spacecraft, Chang’e-3, touched down on the lunar surface, the first …

Yellowstone Volcano Could Be Gigantic
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Scientists have known for some time that a volcano is lurking under Yellowstone National Park, but until recently, they didn’t realize how big it really was. A recent study that measured the activity around the park shows that the volcano …

Argon Hydride Detected in Crab Nebula

Researchers this week revealed that a rare molecule has been spotted in the Crab Nebula. The molecule, Argon Hydride, was found in data collected by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory, which ran out of coolant and ended …