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New Method of Creating Stem Cells is a "Game Changer" - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | January 30, 2014 2:55 pm<p>STAP cells, glowing green, have been integrated into the mouse fetus’s body tissues. <i>Credit: Haruko Obokata</i><p>…

NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.<p>Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies …

The oldest known star in the universe

The ancient star, about 6,000 light years from Earth, formed 13.7 billion years ago, shortly after the Big Bang. It’s the oldest star yet found.<p>A …

Scientists find gene linking brain's grey matter to intelligence | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called “grey matter” in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties.<p>An international team of scientists analyzed DNA samples and …

Ancient star helps scientists understand universe's origins

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may help to resolve a long-standing discrepancy between observations and predictions of the Big Bang billions of years ago.<p>Dr Stefan Keller, lead researcher at the Australian National …

How being watched changes you – without you knowing

Are you being watched? It can change your behaviour and choices for the better without you realising, says Jason G Goldman.<p>If there is one thing that the rise of social media has taught us it's how to carefully curate the information we present to the digital world. We think about all the potential …

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Human brain reacts to emoticons as real faces

Just a few decades after they were invented, emoticons have become an indispensable part of online communication - so much so that the human brain now reacts to them in the same way as a real face<p>Emoticons such as :-) have become so important to how we communicate online that they are changing the …

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Geochemist argues that seeds of life originated on Mars and were blasted to Earth by meteorites or volcanoes<p>Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been …