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Mercury Is Shrinking; NASA Makes Startling Revelation

Mercury, considered the smallest planet in the entire solar system, is said to be shrinking to an even smaller size. The findings were published in the Nature Geoscience and research shows that Mercury now has a diameter of more or less 3,032 miles, which is 8.6 miles smaller than its diameter 4 billion years ago. In the 1970s, scientists have …

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High-Protein Diet May Raise Cancer Risk

High-protein diets like the Paleo Diet and the Atkins Diet have long been associated with bodies packed with muscle and low in fat. They also have been suggested by many as a way to lose weight quickly. But a new study suggests that high protein diets may increase cancer risk, especially if a person is between the ages of 50 …

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Omega-3 Supplements Vs. Foods That Have Them

Having trouble getting the kids to sleep? Surely your first answer isn’t to reach for a bottle of pills when you aren’t sure what’s in them. But, as a new study came out showing evidence of a link between omega-3 fatty acids and sleep in healthy children, it’s worth observing. So, omega-3 fatty acids are dubbed “essential fatty acids”. That’s …

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Vitamin D Supplements May Prevent Cancer Deaths

According to a new study published in the March issue of Anticancer Research, the International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment, higher concentrations of vitamin D could help reduce mortality rates among breast cancer patients. In their study, titled “Meta-analysis of Vitamin D Sufficiency for Improving Survival of Patients with Breast Cancer,” researchers analyzed five different studies whose results were …

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Crowd-Sourced Science Actually Works, Shows Study

For a few years now NASA and other scientific researchers have been using the collective power of the internet to help gather data for scientific research. In addition to older projects that crowdsource computing power for math-intensive research, other projects such as classifying space clouds and spotting early planetary systems have begun gathering data using the human touch. Now a …

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California Earthquake: A Bullet Dodged, but Threat Remains

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Eureka, California on Sunday may be over, but scientists say that Northern California will remain under threat for many years to come. The Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest continues to be a hot spot of geological activity, and may some day cause great damage to the region. Sunday wasn’t the first time …

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Oil Cleansing And Pulling: 20 Minute Mouth Remedy

When a friend replied to me recently, saying he was busy “oil pulling” and would get back to me, I really didn’t want to know what that meant. He told me anyway. Essentially, the idea is that you slosh around a tablespoon of oil (sesame, coconut, or sunflower are some popular ones) through the teeth in your mouth (hence the …

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Largest Yellow Star Yet Seen Spotted in Binary System

Astronomers this week revealed that they have spotted the largest yellow star ever seen. The object is more than 1300 times the diameter of our Sun and is also one million times brighter. It is also one of the ten largest stars ever discovered. The new observations are to be published in the journal Astronomy & Physics. The star is …

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FDA Approves Cefaly Migraine Treatment Marketing

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the marketing of Cefaly, a device marketed to provide drug-free preventative treatment for migraine headaches. Cefaly is a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device that provides electrical stimulation to a user’s head. As a sort of battery-powered portable headband the device produces an electrical current meant to stimulate the trigeminal nerve, …

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Functional Following Computer Swap

NASA today confirmed that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is still functional following a reboot into safe mode on March 9. According to the agency the orbiter rebooted itself after an unscheduled swap of its main computer to a backup. In addition, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter also swapped to a backup radio transponder during the event, which researchers are now using …

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Barack Obama: Special Message On “Cosmos” Debut

For the fans of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series, you might just be pleasantly surprised that the series is back with a ‘big bang’, not to mention updates on all of the new discoveries in the universe. As if the debut on Sunday night wasn’t exciting enough, there was a pretty special surprise guest: President Barack Obama, who introduced the episode …

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California Earthquake: 6.9-Magnitude Strikes Eureka Coast

An offshore earthquake struck Northern California Sunday night, which was mainly centered in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 10 miles. Sources say that the earthquake occurred around 10:18 p.m., 50 miles offshore of Eureka, Calif. The magnitude of the quake was calculated at 6.9 and was immediately followed by nearly six aftershocks. The quake itself was felt heavily throughout …

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