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Elysium and Futuristic Films About Vanquishing the 1%

Elysium and Futuristic Films About Vanquishing the 1%

     In the recently released film, Elysium, the wealthy live in Newport, Rhode Island mansions on a luxurious satellite called Elysium, while the benighted population of Earth must survive in a global barrio run by street gangs.  These films reflect the feeling of the populace toward 1% in their gated communities, but they also […]

Ancient Protein Linked to Ancestors of All Life

Ancient Protein Linked to Ancestors of All Life

      Proteins resurrected from reconstructions of prototypic forms may have existed in single-celled organisms that are the progenitors of all life. The results of a study of one such protein were reported by Spanish and US scientists in the journal Structure. Through computer analysis, gene sequences in a protein called thioredoxin, sampled from […]

Apple Conspiracy Conviction Awaits Trial for Damages

Apple Conspiracy Conviction Awaits Trial for Damages

Apple conspired with other major publishers to control prices so as to undermine Amazon.com. That was the position of the Justice Department in U.S. v. Apple Inc., a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in April of 2012.  The allegations were that Apple joined with other five […]

Meteor Shower Show Owes Splendor to Victories against Light Pollution

Meteor Shower Show Owes Splendor to Victories against Light Pollution

   In Galloway Forest Park, resting among the regions of East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, one can enjoy the Perseid meteor shower crossing the sky in an annual ceremony that extends from the end of July to the middle of August and peaks between the 10th and 12th of August.  Up to 100 […]

Deaths of Dolphins Elude Diagnosis

Deaths of Dolphins Elude Diagnosis

Bottlenose dolphins are dying and being washed ashore in the waters along the east coast, from New York to Virginia.  Federal wildlife officials say that a rapidly spreading infection could be attacking dolphin populations. But a specific diagnosis cannot be made for now. In July, 89 dolphins were beached in three states, seven times the […]

Links of DNA Deficiency to Autism Strengthened

Links of DNA Deficiency to Autism Strengthened

     In the past, small communities in Finland lived for years in seclusion.  The resulting inbreeding caused the isolation of certain rare genes. In one such group the incidence of autism and schizophrenia was marked.  A study of this community has led to findings that strengthen the convincing connection between defective cellular processes and […]

14% Awaiting Zombie Attack

14% Awaiting Zombie Attack

  In addition to dreading global warming, terrorist attacks and economic disaster, we can also starting worrying about zombies.  At least 14% of the American public thinks World Was Z is coming soon to their home towns. Extraordinary weather events, such as hurricanes Sandy and Irene, linked to global climate change, have inspired the state […]

A Year on Mars and Seven Minutes of Terror

A Year on Mars and Seven Minutes of Terror

    On Tuesday August 6th, NASA officials on Earth will join crew members aboard the International Space Station to celebrate the first year since the rover Curiosity set down on Martian soil.  The event will be open to the public in Washington, DC, broadcast between noon and 1:30 p.m. on NASA Television and streamed […]

Signal Jammers Can Now Be Tracked Anywhere

Signal Jammers Can Now Be Tracked Anywhere

  There are a number of truckers and motorists who illegally use GPS jammers to prevent others from monitoring where they drive, such as bosses or spouses.   GPS jamming is a particular problem in the UK. Now there is a new handheld radar device that can pinpoint which vehicles are jamming GPS signals.  It is […]

X-Rays Determine Planet Is Burning Out Its Atmosphere

X-Rays Determine Planet Is Burning Out Its Atmosphere

  Planet HD 189733b is deep blue in color.  The silicates in its atmosphere can make it rain glass. HD 189733b is 63 million light years from Earth and orbits its parent in the HD 189733 system. And it is rapidly burning out its atmosphere. HD 189733b is about the size of Jupiter, and is […]

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