Friday, October 31, 2014

'Ghost Light' of Long-Dead Stars Haunt NASA's Hubble Telescope

NASA is adding a cosmic twist to Halloween with an unexpected find by the Hubble Space Telescope: eerie "ghost light" from the remains of a multi-galaxy massacre. As many as six galaxies roughly the size of our own Milky Way met their grisly deaths at the hands of gravity. The celestial bloodbath occurred over a period of 6 billion years in a group of galaxies 4 billion light-years away. Stars from those galaxies, now ripped from their cosmic homes, were seen emitting a "faint, ghostly glow" by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Toddlers Copy Their Peers to Fit in, but Apes Don't

New research shows that this behavioral conformity appears early in human children, but isn't evidenced by apes like chimpanzees and orangutans.
- ScienceDaily

Earth’s Water There From the Beginning?

Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth.
- Albuquerque Journal

Planetary Atmospheres a Key to Assessing Possibilities for Life

Understanding how permanent an atmosphere is, where it came from, and most importantly what it is made of are key to understanding if a planet outside our solar system is habitable for life. Our instruments aren't yet sophisticated enough to look at atmospheres surrounding Earth-sized planets, but astronomers are starting to gather data on larger worlds to do comparative studies.
- Phys.Org

Thursday October 30, 2014


Response to Disgusting Images Reveals Political Ideology

Recent research supports the theory that political ideology - whether someone is a liberal or a conservative - can be transmitted through generations. A new study found that conservatives tend to have more magnified responses to disgusting images, but scientists don't know exactly why.
- Business Standard

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

Once again, a shadow of a signal that scientists hoped would amplify into conclusive evidence of dark matter has instead flatlined, repeating a maddening refrain in the search for the invisible, omnipresent particles.
- National Geographic

Key to Sounding Charismatic Revealed

An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.
- BBC News

Wednesday October 29, 2014

Big City, Big Surprise: New York City's Newest Species Is a Frog

The amphibian stayed hidden in plain sight for decades, only to be discovered on Staten Island.
- National Geographic

Giant Tortoises Rally From Near Extinction on Galapagos Island

After decades of struggle, the giant tortoises on one of the islands of Ecuador's Galapagos are thriving thanks to the efforts of conservationists and good governance.

The Mystery of Space Weather Physics Solved

Things such as solar wind, magnetic fields, and geomagnetic storms play significant roles in what we experience here on Earth. We are influenced by the outer space weather conditions more than we think.
- WallStreet OTC

Tuesday October 28, 2014

Einstein's Gravity Waves Could Be Found With New Method

Gravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time first proposed by Albert Einstein as part of his theory of general relativity, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say.
- Live Science

Population Controls 'Will not Solve Environment Issues'

Restricting population growth will not solve global issues of sustainability in the short term, new research says.
- BBC News

Solar Flares: Is the Sun Trying to Tell Us Something?

The largest sunspot seen in two decades has been firing off major solar flares for the past week. What's going on with our sun?
- The Christian Science Monitor

Monday October 21, 2014

Ebola's Ancient Roots Dig Deep: Disease Goes Back More Than 20 Million Years

Filoviruses, the group of microorganism that include Ebola and the deadly Marburg virus, can be traced back to the Miocene Epoch. This was a period on Earth during which grasslands and kelp gardens first became prominent on the land and sea. Great apes also first evolved during this time, leading to the wide range of primates in the world today. During the period, Ebola and Marburg evolved into separate families of organisms, becoming genetically distinct from each other.
- Tech Times

The Red Effect, in People and Monkeys

University of Rochester researchers wondered if the red effect - people finding members of the opposite sex more attractive when they are in close proximity to the color red - reflects cultural influences or if there is a more ancient biological basis to it. In many human cultures, the color red is linked to sex and romance. But if the effect is found in other primates, it could reflect a biologically innate sensory bias.
- Wired

'Exploding Stellar Fireball Caught On Camera For The First Time

Astronomers have captured the first timelapse images of a thermonuclear fireball exploding out of a nova star, allowing them to track the event as it happens.
- Forbes