Category: Science

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Newest View of Pluto’s Enigmatic Terrains Puzzle NASA

New Horizons: Pluto in ‘Even-Higher Resolution’ This Week NASA just released numerous fresh images of Pluto like we’ve never seen before—and yet again—we at Dark Matter News are near-speechless! This evening we see strange-looking “snakeskin” mountains, pockmarked dunes made not-of sand, but ICE; we see a new spectral image set of peculiar methane collection points, as well as new dynamic photos revealing Pluto’s array of planetary surface tones. Join us as we investigate these images, one-by-one! 1.) “Snakeskin” Mountains of ‘Tartarus Dorsa’ Nobody’s quite sure what to call this area yet. Unofficially dubbed, “Tartarus Dorsa,” NASA reveals that Pluto’s odd surface terrain has an...

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New Blood-Transmitted Human Virus Found

A New Blood-Transmitted Human Virus Has Been Discovered A team of scientists from Columbia University have identified a new human virus transmitted through the bloodstream, called hepegivirus 1 (or HHpgV-1). Long after the discovery of HIV and hepatitis C during the 70’s and 80’s, when thousands of people around the world were allegedly infected with the viruses after receiving blood transfusions, the team of scientists have been on the hunt for other transfusion-transmissible agents which we might want to know about. Using highly sensitive sequencing techniques to look for changes in the viromes – the viral equivalent of the microbiome within people given blood transfusions, within a total of...

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Corpse of Bentham Publicly Dissected by Pals, Taken to Parties

Corpse of Bentham Publicly Dissected by Pals, Taken to Parties The next time your friend asks you for an annoying favor, be glad that friend isn’t the late British philosopher Jeremy Bentham. In a story resembling a cheesy 80’s movie starring Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman, Bentham’s dying wish was to be publicly dissected by his friends and taken about town. Bentham, who died in 1832 at age 84, wanted his buddies to dress his skeleton in his own clothes, topped off with his mummified head so that they could then escort his corpse to collegiate meetings and social gatherings....

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Lab Grown Kidneys Transplanted Into Animals For Very First Time

Lab Grown Kidneys Transplanted Into Animals For Very First Time (Japan) Researchers at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo have detailed the alleged successful transplant of functional kidneys created in a lab for the very first time in both rats and pigs. Using a technique they call the “stepwise peristaltic ureter” system (SWPU) researchers were able to successfully attach the partially lab-grown kidneys into host subjects, allowing for continued growth of the new kidney while avoiding problems like hydronephrosis (blockage of the ureter tubes disallowing the passage of urine from kidney to  bladder). Kidneys were grown from embryonic tissue in...

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Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos?

Will UK Approve Genetic Modification of Human Embryos? Genetic modification. Designer babies. Stem cell research. These are all hot-button topics throughout the world, and the debate is about to get hotter, thanks to a team of British scientists from London’s Francis Crick Institute. Dr. Kathy Niakan, stem cell scientist at the Institute, has filed a request with the U.K. Human Fertilizaton and Embryology Authority (HFEA) seeking approval to genetically modify human embryos that have been donated after IVF treatments rendered a surplus, reports The Guardian. Strictly for Research Dr. Niakan and her team said their main goal is to research...

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New Fossils of 360 Million Year-Old Fishes Discovered

  New Fossils of 360 Million Year-Old Fishes Discovered New fossil specimens of the Coelacanth fish known as “Serenichthys kowiensis” has been found in South Africa on the Eastern Cape, near Grahamstown. The fossils came from black shale which was revealed after local road construction disturbed the area at the site known as Waterloo Farm. These ancient underwater dwellers are some of the oldest in the world and can inhabit the waters at depths of around 2,300 feet (although most dwell at depths of around 300-600 feet). It’s thought by scientists and evolutionary biologists that these fish first appeared on the geological time...

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Quantum Teleportation Distance Records Quadrupled

Quantum Teleportation Distance Records Quadrupled Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology have just released details of a new distance record set in the quantum teleportation of photons. The record of 15.5 miles set last year was just shattered by the Institute with a record-breaking distance of 63 miles—over four times that of previous attempts. Not Your Star Trek Teleporters Before science fiction fans get excited, the methods of quantum teleportation are quite a bit different from the fictional Star Trek Transporters, ‘beaming’ objects from point A to point B. Quantum teleportation in this sense works by sending...

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NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars – Soon to be Reality?

NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars – Soon to be Reality? NASA announced that its manned mission to Mars is a “go” and plans are currently underway. NASA is building a new spacecraft that should make the trip possible by 2030. The Space Launch System (SLS) shuttle project being tested is estimated to cost anywhere between $7 Billion dollars and $35 Billion dollars. The new rocket is the most powerful multi-stage space vehicle that has the capability to support the long journey to Mars. In a recent interview, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden revealed, “Today we take another important step on our journey to Mars. While...

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NASA Commander Chris Hadfield Launching First Album Recorded In Space

Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can album cover (Chris Hadfield) All Systems Go For Release of Space Man’s Full Length Album Next Month    Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can is the first album set to be released by retired Commander Chris Hadfield on October 9. His guitar and vocal tracks were entirely recorded in space during a 6 month stay on the International Space Station with the rest of the album being multi-tracked back on earth. Hadfield had brought a guitar to the MIR space station on his first space mission as a gift about 20 years ago. Some tracks were earlier compositions while...

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Alert: USGS says, ‘Hawaiian Volcano Mauna Loa Activity Growing’

Alert: USGS – Hawaiian Volcano Mauna Loa is Growing in Activity Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) have elevated the Volcano Alert Level for Mauna Loa from NORMAL to ADVISORY, on a color scale this essentially means moving from GREEN to YELLOW. The change indicates that the volcano is showing signs of unrest that are above known background levels, but it does not mean that a Mauna Loa eruption is imminent or certain, according to the USGS. According to the USGS website, “HVO’s seismic stations have recorded elevated rates of shallow, small-magnitude earthquakes beneath the summit, upper...

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‘Killer Bees’ Head North

‘Killer Bees’ Head North Scientists from the University of California San Diego recently collected hundreds of bees throughout the western state in order to determine how far north Africanized bees have begun to spread. Known to science as hybrids as they possess genes from both European and African honeybees, the insects commonly referred to as “killer bees” have been found as far north as California’s delta region (about 25 miles south of Sacramento). Researchers in southern California have discovered that about 65% of the honeybees buzzing around San Diego County have a mix of European and African genes. While Africanized bees have taken up residence...

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Please, No Buzzing in the War Room!

The War Room from Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” Please, No Buzzing in the War Room! During the Cold War, one of the most crucial elements of survival was not food or water or even a deep enough bomb shelter; it was communication. As many know by now, ARPANET, the grandfather of the internet, was created by the Department of Defense to provide a backup system of networks in the event the unthinkable had happened. Well, the Cold War has ended, and the unthinkable is, well, not thought...