Another Planet in the Solar System?

From the Christian Science Monitor:
The news that a planet about 10 times more massive than Earth may orbit the sun somewhere beyond Neptune has stirred up incredible excitement among scientists and the general public. But hold the phone — no planet has been discovered yet. In a video released by NASA, Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science, cautions that it is still too early to claim that Earth’s solar system has nine planets (again). “The idea of a new planet is certainly […]

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How Will the Universe End?

There are several theories about how the universe will end. Ever since the theory of dark matter in space, providing repulsive gravitational force was propounded in the 1990s, the favorite end game scenario has been that the Universe will end in a whimper. Basically the galaxies will drift farther and farther apart. As the universe cools to absolute zero, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. However, now a new theory is making the rounds. From a recent […]

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Endings Matter in End of Life Care

From Dr. Atul Gawande's new book on end of life care:

Many people fear that a doctor who does not try everything possible has abandoned his patients, and they will die earlier as a result. Surprisingly, however, the try-everything approach appears not even to offer a longer life. Multiple studies have shown that patients entering hospice care, which usually means abandoning attempts at a cure, live at least as long as those receiving traditional care. A startling study in 2010 found […]

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NASA Space Contracts for Boeing & Space-X

From the Washington Post:

NASA on Tuesday awarded a pair of much-anticipated contracts, worth up to $6.8 billion combined, to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station to Boeing and SpaceX in a deal that would allow the U.S. to launch astronauts into space from U.S. soil for the first time in years….  The announcement of the “commercial crew” awards is a big step toward allowing the U.S. to end its reliance on Russia, which has been ferrying American astronauts to […]

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Indo-Canadian American wins Fields Medal

Manjul Bhargava, a Princeton University number theorist, has won the Fields Medal (considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Mathematics for people under 40 years of age). The Fields Medal is given once every four years by the International Mathematical Union, for up to four mathematicians who are under the age of 40, on January 1 of the year of the quadrennial congress (i.e..) the year the the prize is awarded. From the newspaper "The Hindu",

Bhargava was awarded the […]

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Singing during Surgery

Reuters has this amazing story of Guinean singer Ms. Alama Kante (31) who sang during throat surgery carried out under local anesthesia and hypnosis in Paris France, to ensure that operating doctors did not harm her vocal chords during surgery.  

Professional singer Alama Kante poses during a interview in Paris, June 16, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

 

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Could Teleportation (a la Star Trek) become a reality?

A Dutch research team of physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.

Quantum teleportation is not the “Star Trek”-style movement of people or things; rather, it involves transferring so-called quantum information — in this case what is known as the spin state of an electron — from one place to another without moving the physical […]

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