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September 12, 2014

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4:50 PM | First Solar Storm Hits Earth, Could Become 'Supercharged'
The first of two coronal mass ejections have slammed into Earth's magnetic field and space weather forecasters predict this rare one-two punch could result in 'supercharged' auroral displays. Continue reading →

September 10, 2014

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12:52 AM | A Tale of Two Islands
Despite its title, this story is not exactly about two islands. It’s more about the eight-legged inhabitants of two groups of islands. But fear not arachnophobes, body size and parasitism do not feature in today’s plot. Instead we travel to the Hawaiian Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean to unravel a mystery. The Hawaiian and Mascarene

September 07, 2014

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10:00 AM | DNews: New Light Shed on Efficacy of Double Mastectomies
A new study has some surprising findings about the efficacy of a double mastectomy compared to other forms of breast cancer treatment. Tara breaks down the study's results.

September 05, 2014

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11:37 PM | MicroRNA de novo Creation manifested in ecological adaptation
Linking ‘natural mutants’ and evolution Reservoir of mutations enabled cichlid fish to adapt to varied environments September 3, 2014 | Popular By Leah Eisenstadt, Broad Institute Communications Excerpt: “…the East African cichlid genomes possess an excess of gene duplications; alterations...Read more

September 02, 2014

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6:33 PM | More Than A Third of Germany’s Wild Boars Are Highly Radioactive
On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (which was part of the Soviet Union at the time) released massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Helped along by wind and rain, these particles quickly spread all across Europe, reaching as far west as Spain and France. Now, 28 years later, the lasting effects of this nuclear disaster are still very evident. Wild boars are fairly common throughout Germany, and are […]

September 01, 2014

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12:30 PM | Do high voltage power lines cause cancer?
This could be a very short article. I could just write “no, power lines don’t cause cancer"—but that wouldn't explain why so many people believe otherwise. And it won’t help people who are thinking about buying a home that has power lines nearby. So let’s look at this question a bit more closely.For the past century or more, humans have been surrounding ourselves with an ever-growing array of electrical devices. All of these devices create electrical or magnetic […]

August 21, 2014

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5:35 PM | Tepco fails to create ice wall to stem radioactive water flow
Originally posted on Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates:” Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had failed in an attempt to create an ice wall in an underground tunnel to block the flow of highly radioactive water from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. Since last month, TEPCO has…
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