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How Does the Brain Create Joy? Ask a Rat. Science

How Does the Brain Create Joy? Ask a Rat.

By Shelby RogersNovember 13, 2016Who knew that rats were so adorably ticklish?A new study published in Science identified the nerve cells that caused lab rats to squeak with happiness after being tickled. Image Courtesy of Jason Snyder/Wikimedia The study tried to determine what in the rat& 39;s brains responded to ticklishness.

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One Tiny Bat Defied Nature to Become the World's Fastest Flier Science

One Tiny Bat Defied Nature to Become the World's Fastest Flier

By Shelby RogersNovember 12, 2016Mammals, take heart! The Brazilian free-tailed bat just set a record for horizontal flight speed, beating out the world& 39;s birds. Image Courtesy of Max Planck Institute (The old record is for the birds, literally.)The previous record, held by the common swift, had a top speed of 110 km per hours (68 mph), and could stay in the sky for 10 months straight.

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Watch How These Stunning Crystals Take Shape Science

Watch How These Stunning Crystals Take Shape

By Shelby RogersNovember 12, 2016This video from Emanuele Fornasier, published to Vimeo, details the exquisite formation of crystals created through chemical compounds.Fornasier ran an electric current through the chemical solutions, and he recorded the reactions for this project. The clips were sped up, as some of the reactions can take several hours to fully shape.

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Scientists Just Discovered Another State of Liquid Water Science

Scientists Just Discovered Another State of Liquid Water

By Shelby RogersNovember 15, 2016Water remains one of the most important (if not the most important) compounds on the entire planet. However, despite being the source of life on this planet, we& 39;re still discovering something new about the liquid. Image Courtesy of Pixabay Researchers discovered that when water gets heated between 40 to 60 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit to 140 Fahrenheit), it switches between two different liquid states.

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MIT Researchers Transform Spinach into Explosives Detector Science

MIT Researchers Transform Spinach into Explosives Detector

November 14, 2016Maybe Popeye the Sailor Man was on to something with his use of spinach in times of trouble.Recent studies proved that spinach goes beyond being a superfood. It can also be an explosives detector. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)developed spinach plants which can detect and alert about explosives.

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New Interactive app allows you to explore the Universe Science

New Interactive app allows you to explore the Universe

November 17, 2016Have you ever wondered at the vastness and the immense magnificence of the universe? Did you ever feel that you can only view this beauty through a telescope?A new app brings in a kaleidoscope with radio wave frequencies to expand what we can see of the night sky beyond the visible spectrum.

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Scientists Just Measured The Smallest Fragment of Time Yet Science

Scientists Just Measured The Smallest Fragment of Time Yet

By Shelby RogersNovember 16, 2016A second feels fast. A tenth of a second feels even faster. We blink over the course of a few hundredths of a second.But what about a trillionth of a billionth of a second? Image Courtesy of Pixabay Physicists successfully measured time in zeptoseconds while watching an electron escape from an atom.

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The Universe's Perfect Sphere Gets Discovered Science

The Universe's Perfect Sphere Gets Discovered

By Shelby RogersNovember 18, 2016The universe is filled with geometrical patterns. From the perfect symmetry in a snowflake to Fibonacci spirals in cabbage, we see it everywhere.Scientists from the Max Planck Institute finally found the universe& 39;s perfect sphere. Kepler 1145123, nearly 5,000 light-years from Earth, now holds the record for the most spherical object in the galaxy.

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Watch How Rats Can Maneuver Up Your Toilets Science

Watch How Rats Can Maneuver Up Your Toilets

The seemingly mythical instances where rats are found in someone& 39;s toilet happen more frequently than you& 39;d think.By Shelby RogersNovember 20, 2016The seemingly mythical instances where rats are found in someone& 39;s toilet happen more frequently than you& 39;d think.But how can large rodents get inside your toilet& 39;s tight spaces?

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Scientists Spot Powerful Antibody to Neutralize HIV Strains Science

Scientists Spot Powerful Antibody to Neutralize HIV Strains

November 20, 2016Scientists from the National Institutes of Health isolated an antibody that could neutralize 98 percent of all HIV strains.The antibody was produced by an HIV-positive patient, and successfully neutralized strains resistant to similar antibodies.The scientists, led by Mark Connors, M.

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Neurosurgeon Will Use VR to Help Head Transplant Patient Science

Neurosurgeon Will Use VR to Help Head Transplant Patient

By Shelby RogersNovember 22, 2016The idea of waking up and looking down to see your head attached to someone else& 39;s body might be one of the strangest things ever. However, one neurosurgeon said he invented a virtual reality system to prep patients for seeing limbs other than their own. Image courtesy of Inventum Bioengineering Technologies The Chicago-based firm Inventum Bioengineering Technologies is partnering with Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero in developing the project.

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Researchers Unlock How to Repair Aging Cells Science

Researchers Unlock How to Repair Aging Cells

By Shelby RogersNovember 23, 2016Scientists with Caltech and UCLA developed a way to manipulate our DNA and effectively replace aging cells in our body.The study manipulates the cell& 39;s mitochondria - the energy unit and warehouse for our cells. Aging happens when the DNA strands start to break down and mutate.

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This Scientist Creates Ears Out of Apples Science

This Scientist Creates Ears Out of Apples

November 26, 2016One hacker-turned-bioengineer decided to & 34;hack& 34; biological processes by using a simple apple to craft human ear.Award-winning professor Andrew Pelling spent years on biohacking and found a way to grow human cells in plants. He& 39;s currently working to create neurons, axons and blood vessels from an asparagus.

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These Color-Changing Bandages Indicate Infections Science

These Color-Changing Bandages Indicate Infections

By Shelby RogersNovember 30, 2016These smart bandages will glow yellow at the first sign of an infection in a wound. The bandages could detect if affected areas from burns or scalds would be going septic under dressings that can& 39;t be removed yet. Image courtesy of University of Bath The devices were developed by British researchers from the University of Bath.

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Scientists Discover Living Cells have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds Science

Scientists Discover Living Cells have Formed Carbon-Silicon Bonds

By Shelby RogersNovember 26, 2016Scientists made living cells from carbon-silicon bonds. This proves for the first time ever that nature can include silicon into the building blocks of life.& 34;No living organism is known to put silicon-carbon bonds together, even though silicon is so abundant, all around us, in rocks and all over the beach,& 34; says Jennifer Kan, a postdoc scholar and lead author of the new study from Caltech.

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Psychedelic Mad Honey the Sweetest Way to Get High Science

Psychedelic Mad Honey the Sweetest Way to Get High

December 02, 2016Yes, you read that right. Otherwise, you might be seriously poisoned, or even die.Honey is a miracle. It has various benefits for human health and has been eaten and used for thousands of years. But this one is different. Mad honey, is a type of honey that is actually a poison. It is a neurotoxin that could cause hallucinations and get you stoned, even in small amounts.

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CERN Begins Search for Elusive 'Dark Photon' Science

CERN Begins Search for Elusive 'Dark Photon'

By Shelby RogersDecember 01, 2016Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) start the hunt for the & 39;dark photon,& 39; a particle they hope will bridge the gap between dark matter and visible matter. If they manage to find it, this could drastically change our current conception of physics.

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Water Freezes Instead of Boils in Carbon Nanotubes Science

Water Freezes Instead of Boils in Carbon Nanotubes

By Shelby RogersDecember 01, 2016Researchers with MIT recently discovered a shocking new detail about water. In the small confines of a carbon nanotube (only a few water molecules wide), water can freeze even at high temperatures that would normally boil it. Image courtesy of Pixabay While water has its mysteries, water, at sea level, boils at 100 degrees Celsius.

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A Strange Element Challenges What We Know of Superconductivity Science

A Strange Element Challenges What We Know of Superconductivity

By Shelby RogersDecember 03, 2016One of the most unexpected periodic elements just challenged our understanding of superconductive materials. This recent discovery in India has scientists rethinking superconductivity. Bismuth, one of the strangest looking elements, can become a superconductor (conduct electricity without resistance) when cooled to slightly above absolute zero.

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