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The Best Beauty and Makeup Apps

From virtually trying on makeup to appointing a hairstylist to your doorstep, these are the apps you'll want to make space for on that shiny new device.<p><b>1)</b> <b>GlamScout</b><p>The next time you go gaga over a gorgeous lip or smoky shadow look in your favorite magazine, snap a photo and upload it to Glamscout. …

Superheavy element 117 confirmed

In the decay chains, both a previously unknown alpha-decay pathway in Db-270 (dubnium – element 105) and the new isotope Lr-266 (lawrencium – element …

APOD: NGC 4651: The Umbrella Galaxy (2014 Jul 02) Image Credit & Copyright: R. Jay Gabany (Blackbird Observatories) Collaboration: C. Foster (Australian Astronomical Obs.), H. Lux (U. Nottingham, Oxford), A. Romanowsky (San Jose State, UCO), D. Martínez-Delgado (Heidelberg), et al. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140702.html Explanation: Spiral galaxy NGC 4651 is a mere 62 million light-years distant, toward the well-groomed northern constellation Coma Berenices. About the size of our Milky Way, this island universe is seen to have a faint umbrella-shaped structure that seems to extend (left) some 100 thousand light-years beyond the bright galactic disk. The giant cosmic umbrella is now known to be composed of tidal star streams - extensive trails of stars gravitationally stripped from a smaller satellite galaxy. The small galaxy was eventually torn apart in repeated encounters as it swept back and forth on eccentric orbits through NGC 4651. In fact, the picture insert zooms in on the smaller galaxy's remnant core, identified in an extensive exploration of the system, using data from the large Subaru and Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea. Work begun by a remarkable collaboration of amateur and professional astronomers to image faint structures around bright galaxies suggests that even in nearby galaxies, tidal star streams are common markers of such galactic mergers. The result is explained by models of galaxy formation that also apply to our own Milky Way. http://www.cosmotography.com/ http://www.aao.gov.au/ http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.5511 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140702 #APOD

The 10 Best Things From July 2014

Palm oil production makes streams hotter and murky - Futurity

New research adds threats to freshwater streams to the list of ways palm oil plantations can harm the environment.

Palm Oil

A perfect negative crystal floating in space

<i>(Image: Danny Sanchez)</i><p>MAGNESIUM aluminium oxide sure is a pretty mineral. It forms spinel, a gem coveted throughout history and whose red …

Jewels

10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

When spouting off hazy facts, there's no better retort to a skeptical audience than calmly explaining that it's not just true -- it's …

Newly discovered space rock could explain booming life on Earth

Scientists think they've found a fragment of the asteroid destroyer that sparked a crucial meteor shower 470 million years ago<p>Researchers in Sweden have found a new class of meteorite. And according to <i>LiveScience</i>, that discovery — published in <i>Earth and Planetary Science Letters</i> — may be the missing …

The Moon's two faces: Why are they so different?

Our Moon is weird. It’s pretty big compared with Earth, for one. It has a way lower density than Earth, but seems to have some similarities in …

On the man trying to treat cancer with scorpion venom

Cancer research has seen a boom in the last several months. From modifying the measles virus to fight cancer cells to blowing up malignant cells with new drugs, multiple exciting avenues of treatment are currently being evaluated. Brain cancer researcher Jim Olson wants to add to this body of …

Flying Further To Avoid Contrails Might Help With Global Warming

Avoiding routes where condensation clouds form behind airplanes could reduce aviation's climate impacts<p>Greenhouse gas pollution from jet aircraft comes mainly in two forms: carbon dioxide emissions from burning jet fuel, and condensation trails, or “contrails,” which typically form behind aircraft …

Super-cooled livers could bring new flexibility to organ transplants

In liver transplantation, the biggest inequity is geographic. When organs become available, they are generally offered first to patients nearby. A big part of the reason is that once a liver is harvested from a cadaver, it remains viable for no more than 12 hours.<p>As a result, waiting times vary …

NASA reschedules launch of global warming satellite

NASAhopes the third time will be the charm for its OCO-2 satellite, which was rescheduled for liftoff at 2:56 a.m. Wednesday.<p>Tuesday's Delta II rocket launch was scrubbed Tuesday with just 46 seconds to go when a water suppression system on the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base failed. OCO-2 …

New math technique improves atomic property predictions to historic accuracy

By combining advanced mathematics with high-performance computing, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Indiana …

'Revolutionary' Physics: Do Sterile Neutrinos Lurk in the Universe?

A completely new subatomic particle — one so reclusive and strange that it passes undetected through ordinary matter — could be lurking in the …

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Employers say obesity is a top health concern for their workers. But health is a sensitive and personal issue. Some employees say these wellness initiatives can go too far.<p>For several years, Ryan Tax Services in Dallas has offered a wellness program to its 2,000-person staff. The program includes …

New metamaterial gives light a one-way ticket

The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of …

Do we have the right to shape human evolution, wonders Robert Winston – livestream

Watch the IVF expert deliver the Physiological Society summer lecture, 'Shall we be human in the next century?'<p>Tonight, Prof Robert Winston ponders our "post-human" future. The question he will address is whether scientists should be given free rein to use advances in molecular biology – in …