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Planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft in trouble

It went into safe mode on Tuesday, May 14 after the #4 reaction wheel, needed to orient the spacecraft, would not spin.<p>NASA’s $600 million Kepler …

Nasa buys into 'quantum' computer

<b>A $15m computer that uses "quantum physics" effects to boost its speed is to be installed at a Nasa facility.</b><p>It will be shared by Google, Nasa, and other scientists, providing access to a machine said to be up to 3,600 times faster than conventional computers.<p>Unlike standard machines, the D-Wave …

FYI: Which Emotion Is The Hardest To Fake?

Unlike the commonly deployed social smile, distressed expressions–anger, fear, sadness, and occasionally surprise–prove much more difficult to display on command.<p>We've all done our fair share of faking it. Whether it's a canned excited response when that one particularly eccentric aunt gives you a …

How NASA might revive the Kepler planet-hunter

Scott Hubbard, a consulting professor of aeronautics and astronautics, explains how NASA might bring the planet-hunting spacecraft back online.<p>NASA …

Cholesterol drug may block exercise benefits

<b>U. MISSOURI (US) —</b> Experts urge doctors to reconsider statins for obese patients after finding the cholesterol drug may block some benefits of …

Medical Research

Chats with mom may keep students healthy

<b>PENN STATE (US) —</b> College students eat better and get more exercise on days when they communicate more with their parents, according to …

Penn State

State Drops Charges Against High School Student Arrested For Science Experiment

Florida state attorneys have decided not to file felony charges against a 16-year-old whose science experiment was actually not boring.<p>Good news coming out of Florida this week: 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot won't be charged with dual felonies for conducting a science experiment on school grounds at her …

Scientists create human stem cells through cloning | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After more than 15 years of failures by scientists around the world and one outright fraud, biologists have finally created human stem cells by the same technique that produced Dolly the cloned sheep in 1996: They transplanted genetic material from an adult cell into an egg …

Scientists join journal editors to fight impact-factor abuse

If enough eminent people stand together to condemn a controversial practice, will that make it stop?<p>That’s what more than 150 scientists and 75 …

Kepler space telescope 'isn't down-and-out just yet' – Nasa

The Kepler space telescope, Nasa's iconic mission to find a new Earth outside our solar system, has a problem. A crucial component used to help it …

Invasive ladybirds wage 'biological war' on natives

<b>German researchers have discovered the biological keys to the success of an invasive species, wreaking havoc across Europe and the US,</b><p>The Asian ladybird was originally brought in to control aphids in greenhouses.<p>But it has escaped and is increasing uncontrollably across Europe, wiping out native …

A Guide To Not Saying Dumb Things About Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy

A refresher in genetic mutations, breast cancer risk and the perils of overawareness<p>Angelina Jolie's announcement in Tuesday's New York Times that she has undergone a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer as a carrier of a BRCA gene mutation has garnered praise, sparked …

Depressed people’s body clocks ‘out of sync’

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> A new brain study reveals that the circadian clocks of people with depression are altered at the cellular level.<p>Every cell in our …

Neuroscience

Earth's Core Is Weaker Than We Thought

Like so many of our own! No judgments, Earth.<p>A new study in Nature Geoscience, from two Stanford researchers, indicates that our planet's super-dense, super strong core may not be as strong as we'd thought.<p>It's very difficult to replicate the kind of ultra-high-pressure environment of Earth's iron …

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Scientists Create Bone Using Layered Clay

A common industrial material turns stem cells into bone cells, a discovery that could throw open the door to major tissue engineering breakthroughs.<p>Researchers at Brigham and Women's hospital have discovered that layered clay—that is, synthetic silicate nanoplatelets used in everything from glass …

Mild electric shocks to brain may help students solve maths problems

People who struggle with maths problems might fare better after a course of gentle electric shocks to the brain, scientists have …