Raymond Thurston

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Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

Scientists Discover Massive Methane-Based Ecosystem

It's only the third cold seep discovered off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, and it could help researchers understand how life exists in harsh environments, including potentially on other planets.<p>Scientists on a research mission sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National …

Rare, massive merging of two faraway galaxies

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory.<p>Follow-up studies by several telescopes …

Astronomers Spot A Planet Using Einstein's Theory Of Relativity

First proposed 10 years ago, the method recently helped scientists locate a super-hot gas giant 2,000 light-years away.<p>A different algorithm for discovering planets recently proved its mettle, identifying a new planet that's like a bigger, hotter Jupiter.<p>A team of astronomers from Israel, the U.S. …

Children whose mothers had flu while pregnant may be at higher risk of bipolar disorder

Children whose mothers were diagnosed with the common flu during pregnancy had as much as a four times greater risk of developing bipolar disorder later in life than children born to mothers who did not have the flu during pregnancy, according to a study of 214 people born between 1955 and 1966 in …

The Week In Numbers: The Brightest Explosion Ever, A Ticket To The Moon, And More

<b>3.6 billion light-years</b>: the distance from Earth of a recently observed gamma-ray burst, the brightest explosion NASA scientists have ever seen<p><b>$25,000</b>: the fine internet providers face per day if they refuse to spy for the FBI<p><b>200 horsepower</b>: the oomph in the turbodiesel engine of this …

Minds traumatised by disaster heal themselves without therapy

One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit on Boxing Day 2004. The resulting tsunami devastated huge swaths of the Indian Ocean coastline and …

Do we need to change the way we are thinking about mental illness?

NO Simon Wessely, member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists<p>Next week the American Psychiatric Association is publishing its fifth take on the …