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Alien planet's atmosphere contains water and carbon monoxide

Astronomers have found water vapour and carbon monoxide, but no methane, in the atmosphere of an alien planet orbiting a star 129 light years away.The star, known as HR 8799, is at the centre of the first planetary system beyond our solar system to be imaged directly, in 2008...

March 14, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

I'm Not Celebrating Pi Day This Year

  A variety of pies celebrating the number pi. Source: flickr/djwtwo. On the one hand, I like Pi Day because I get to eat pizza and/or pie, and I like things that get people excited about math, but on the other hand, I'm an adult, and I get to eat pizza and/or pie whenever I want, Pi Day or no...

March 14, 2013 — Evelyn Lamb

Wired and Wireless Components of the Brain

Traditionally, we have understood the immune system and the nervous system as two distinct and unrelated entities. The former fights disease by responding to pathogens and stimulating inflammation and other responses...

March 14, 2013 — Jon Lieff

A New Welcome, Why I Write on Addiction Culture

Welcome, if you're new to SciAm Mind, or to me. I write on addiction and the culture surrounding it, something that morphed from my original focus of addiction and mental illness chemistry (though I'll still delve into that sometimes)...

March 14, 2013 — Cassie Rodenberg

It's Time for a Neonicotinoid Time Out

There's a mounting pile of evidence that three particular neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, are harming bees. During the late 1990’s this class of pesticides began being used to treat corn and other field crop seeds...

March 14, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

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