ANCHORAGE—In the menagerie of known extrasolar planets, there are hot Jupiters, super-Earths, exo-Neptunes. The terminology astronomers apply to their distant finds rests heavily on the few analogue planets in our own solar system.
Courtesy of iStockphoto/tzam Whenever I stay in a hotel room, I'm a little wary of the throw pillows, a bit skittish about the television remote and would never even consider taking a bath.
Pakistan drone statistics. Source: Bureau of Investigative Journalism At first glance, the news that the Taliban have reportedly decided to ban polio vaccinations for 160,000 children in tribal regions of Pakistan as a way of protesting ongoing drone attacks by the U.S.
Captain of Crunch: U.S. Nuclear Stockpile Watchdog Boasts Fastest Supercomputer in the West-or Anywhere Else, for That Matter
The U.S. Department of Energy supercomputer standing watch over the nation's nuclear arsenal was crowned the world's fastest supercomputer Monday at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Cotton genetically engineered to produce a natural pest killer not only reduces the spraying of pesticides, but has also boosted the populations of beneficial insects, according to a new study.
Tinnitus, a condition that causes people to hear sounds such as ringing in the ears even when all is quiet, afflicts at least 10 percent of American adults.
Courtesy of A. Strasser This September, cigarette packs in the U.S. will be getting a lot more colorful. And a lot more disturbing. By then, tobacco companies will be required to display one of nine graphic health warnings on each pack, to comply with the Tobacco Control Act of 2009.The U.S.
Hand stencils in El Castillo cave are older than previously thought. Image: courtesy of Pedro Saura In a cave in northwestern Spain called El Castillo, ancient artists decorated a stretch of limestone wall with dozens of depictions of human hands.
Lady Macbeth sleepwalking, a painting by Henry Fuseli. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org Last month, psychiatrists at Stanford University announced that sleepwalking is on the rise.
Image courtesy of iStockphoto/ValentynVolkov The relationship between food and a gastro-intestinal disease might sound simple. But new research is revealing that what we put into our bodies can cause a cascade of complex interactions among various systems—from metabolism to the immune system—that keep us well or make us sick.And it appears that a popular component of the classic Western diet—saturated fats—has likely contributed to the increase in colitis cases.Colitis, swelling of the large intestine that can cause pain and diarrhea, seems to run in families, but not everyone with the genetic risk gets it.
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