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Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …Biology
APOD: Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Dark Matter? (2014 Mar 10) Image Credit: T. Daylan et al., Fermi Space Telescope, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140310.html Explanation: What is creating the gamma rays at the center of our Galaxy? Excitement is building that one answer is elusive dark matter. Over the past few years the orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has been imaging our Galaxy's center in gamma-rays. Repeated detailed analyses indicate that the region surrounding the Galactic center seems too bright to be accounted by known gamma-ray sources. A raw image of the Galactic Center region in gamma-rays is shown above on the left, while the image on the right has all known sources subtracted -- leaving an unexpected excess. An exciting hypothetical model that seems to fit the excess involves a type of dark matter known as WIMPs, which may be colliding with themselves to create the detected gamma-rays. This hypothesis is controversial, however, and debate and more detailed investigations are ongoing. Finding the nature of dark matter is one of the great quests of modern science, as previously this unusual type of cosmologically pervasive matter has shown itself only through gravitation. http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.6703 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140310 #APOD
Come on, one more episode of Scandal couldn't hurt.<p>So you want to keep bingeing on Netflix, but you need to wake up early tomorrow. What’s the worst that could happen?<p><i>Click here to read more about the science of sleep.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of</i> Popular Science.
For centuries people have been simultaneously fascinated by what's inside the human body and squeamish about getting close enough to a cadaver to …
Beautiful, strange and occasionally alarming pictures from the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome image awards – which celebrate the very best in science photography and imaging – from an x-ray of a bat to a micrograph of a kidney stone. The exhibition opens on 12 March at three science centres and …Aberdeen
Astronomers have figured out how to use the gravity of distant galaxies to bend light and magnify images, forming gigantic telescopes that see deeper …Astrophysics
Neil deGrasse Tyson's new version of <i>Cosmos</i> is a more populist take on science programming than most, but an upcoming show could take the genre even further from staid professors and opaque equations on blackboards. Discovery is bringing I Fucking Love Science, a popular Facebook page with over 10 …Craig Ferguson
The galaxy getdown<p>The shape of our galaxy is nothing special. Among the other clusters of stars that can be easily observed from our corner of the universe, a few are blobby and egg-shaped, but more than two-thirds are so-called “disc galaxies,” or ones whose stars have settled into flat orbits, as …
Salvador Dali<br>Spanish, 1904 - 1989<b><br>Untitled, from Playing Card Suite</b><br>1970<br>Eight color lithographs
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Japan has become perhaps the world’s most important locale for bitcoin, the digital currency that was supposed to liberate its users from the tyranny of geography—and its government is playing catch-up.<p>This week the creator of bitcoin has been allegedly unmasked as a Japanese-born Dorian Satoshi …Bitcoin
The controversy roiling the Bitcoin community continues with the outing and then cloaking of the man fingered by Newsweek as Bitcoin’s Louis Pasteur. But the unassuming Dorian S. Nakamoto, a Japanese-American man in California, denied having anything to do with the digital currency in an interview …
Research suggests women who spend more than 20 minutes a day on the social network can be vulnerable<p>Because most people use social media as a platform for presenting the most polished, curated versions of their lives, researchers have been slowly discovering how frequent social media use can …