Scientists are planing for mission to push asteroid off-course

Scientists are planning a project to test the waters for what might someday be a mission needed to save the Earth-by pushing an asteroid off-course. The current mission just involves diverting a mini-asteroid-or more precisely, the moon of an asteroid, which is also an asteroid, just smaller. The idea is to shift ...

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Vast Ocean Underlies Ice on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini space probe. Researchers concluded that the moon's distinctive, tiny wobble must be due to a body of liquid sitting beneath the outer ice shell, all the way around. This ocean layer ...

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Researches found Brain Waves Behind Indecisiveness

Some people find it hard to decide things. Now, researchers say they have found that the intensity of the communication between different regions of the brain dictates whether we're indecisive. It's the same old story: You're in a restaurant and can't make up your mind what to order. After studying the ...

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Dogs Know What That Smile on Your Face Means

Dogs can tell apart different human facial expressions in photographs, and evidence suggests they prefer to approach "happy" rather than "angry" photos, according to a study. Scientists presented photos of happy and angry women's faces side-by-side on a touch screen to 20 dogs. During a training phase, dogs from one group ...

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Study finds first stars were born "late"

New maps from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite show the first stars formed much later than previously thought, scientists say. The satellite maps so-called polarized light across the sky-light believed to have been traveling toward us since the almost dawn of time, and providing a certain view of the early ...

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Satellite to check alien skies for traces of life

A team of U.K. scientists and engineers plans to launch a small satellite that would study the skies of planets outside our solar system, checking for traces of life and other characteristics. It's the "first mission dedicated to analyzing" these atmospheres, said Giovanna Tinetti of University College London, the project's lead ...

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Nikhilesh Das: How to clean oil spills

INK Fellow Nikhilesh Das demonstrates on stage that 95% of oil pollution can be removed from water using three waste products: human hair, bird feathers and sawdust. Nikhilesh was inspired to become an environmental scientist at the young age of 12, when he realized that the oil his mother put ...

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"Kindness curriculum" may boost success in preschoolers

Over 12 weeks, twice a week, prekindergarten students in Madison, Wisc. learned their ABCs. Attention, breath and body, caring practice-clearly not the standard letters of the alphabet. Rather, these 4- and 5-year-olds were part of a small study assessing a new curriculum meant to promote social, emotional and academic skills. The researchers ...

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Ocean Life may face Mass Extinction : Study warns

The same pattern of events that led to the collapse of many wildlife populations on land is now at work in the oceans, a study warns. Over the past five centuries, about 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, dying out as a result of human activity, ...

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Climate Engineers can't stop Global Worming

Tin­ker­ing with cli­mate change through cli­mate "engi­neer­ing" won't help us avoid what we have to do to stop glob­al warm­ing, says a new re­port by re­search­ers at six uni­vers­i­ties. Af­ter assessing a range of pos­si­ble cli­mate-altering ap­proaches to re­duc­ing warm­ing, the team con­clud­ed there's no way around it: those ap­proaches may ...

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