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New research shows a leap forward in identifying neurons vulnerable to Alzheimer

New research shows a leap forward in identifying neurons vulnerable to Alzheimer

New research may help scientists make huge strides in their fight against Alzheimer’s disease. This horrific condition is incurable and cannot be stopped at this time. The main cause of the disease is the loss of brain cells and neurons in the brain. This natural degeneration is what forces memory loss and the loss of cognitive functions. Researchers have not been able to tell which proteins or genes are expressed by certain neurons, even though they can figure out which neurons are the first to die. This is a critical piece of the puzzle because it's important to identify and...

How long does it take the body to recover from smoking?

How long does it take the body to recover from smoking?

While the world knows that smoking is bad for you, not many people know how long it takes to recover from smoking once you have stopped. A new study has revealed just how long it takes your body to get over smoking and the results are quite surprising. It can often feel like the world is starting to move on from smoking. The health impact is huge as it increases the risk of cancer and many other deadly diseases. Still, today one in four of those suffering from cardiovascular disease are there because they smoked. It is one of the...

Why people listen to songs over and over

Why people listen to songs over and over

My friend Frederick Conrad happens to be a bit of an amateur pollster. In his spare time, he decided to get 204 willing survey participants to track how many times they listen to their favorite songs. His goal: prove that it wasn't weird that he listened to Katy Perry's California girls at least seven times a day (he's still weird). The results of his polling aren’t surprising: 86% of people surveyed listened to their favorite song at least once per week50% listened to their favorite song everyday60% of people said they would listen to their favorite songs multiple times each...

Arecibo Observatory’s Venus Radar Mapping Project: A Milestone in Planetary Science 50 Years Later

Arecibo Observatory’s Venus Radar Mapping Project: A Milestone in Planetary Science 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, in 1973, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico provided scientists with an unprecedented view of Venus’ surface. This was made possible through a radar mapping project that used the massive Arecibo radio telescope to bounce radio waves off the planet’s surface and capture the returned signals. The project was the first of its kind and yielded a wealth of information about the hostile environment of Venus. The Arecibo Observatory was built in 1963 and was the largest single-aperture radio telescope in the world at the time. Its massive size and advanced technology made it the perfect tool...

All Four Bases in DNA and RNA Discovered in Meteorites, Sparking New Research in the Search for Life in the Universe

All Four Bases in DNA and RNA Discovered in Meteorites, Sparking New Research in the Search for Life in the Universe

The discovery of the building blocks of life in meteorites has been a topic of interest for many scientists for many years. Recently, scientists have announced the discovery of all four bases in DNA and RNA in meteorites. This discovery opens up new avenues for research on the origin of life and the potential for life on other planets. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the genetic material that carries the instructions for the development and functioning of all living organisms. It consists of four different bases: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is...

Neutron Star Collisions Found to Be Major Source of Gold and Platinum Production in the Universe

Neutron Star Collisions Found to Be Major Source of Gold and Platinum Production in the Universe

Neutron star collisions, also known as "kilonovae," are among the most powerful and mysterious events in the universe. These collisions occur when two neutron stars, incredibly dense and massive objects formed from the remains of supernovae, spiral in towards each other and eventually merge. When this happens, a tremendous amount of energy is released in the form of light, gravitational waves, and high-energy particles. Recent research has suggested that these collisions may also be responsible for producing large amounts of heavy elements, such as gold and platinum. This is because the intense pressures and temperatures present during the collision cause...

Light from Black Holes Narrows Search for Elusive Axions, Key to Unlocking the Mystery of Dark Matter

Light from Black Holes Narrows Search for Elusive Axions, Key to Unlocking the Mystery of Dark Matter

Black holes are some of the most mysterious and fascinating objects in the universe. They are incredibly dense and have such a strong gravitational pull that nothing, including light, can escape once it gets too close. Despite this, black holes do emit light, in the form of X-rays and other forms of radiation. This light can be used to study the properties of black holes and learn more about the nature of gravity. One area of research that is using light from black holes to make new discoveries is the search for axions. Axions are hypothetical particles that are thought...

Friction plays a crucial role in determining the speed of domino toppling, studies show

Friction plays a crucial role in determining the speed of domino toppling, studies show

The speed at which a row of dominoes topples depends on several factors, including the coefficient of friction between the surface on which the dominoes are placed and the dominoes themselves. Friction is the force that opposes the motion of two surfaces that are in contact. The coefficient of friction is a value that represents the amount of friction between two surfaces, and is usually represented by the Greek letter mu (μ). The coefficient of friction between two surfaces can be determined experimentally by measuring the force of friction and dividing it by the normal force between the two surfaces....

Calculations Suggest Aliens Could Send Quantum Messages to Earth, Advancing Possibilities of Communication with Extraterrestrial Life

Calculations Suggest Aliens Could Send Quantum Messages to Earth, Advancing Possibilities of Communication with Extraterrestrial Life

Quantum communication, also known as quantum teleportation, is a method of transmitting information using quantum states. Recent calculations suggest that this method could be used by extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) to send messages to Earth. One of the key advantages of quantum communication is its ability to transmit information securely. This is because any attempt to intercept a quantum message would result in the destruction of the quantum state, making it immediately obvious that the message has been tampered with. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Rochester proposed a method for ETI to send messages to Earth using...

New evidence pushes back arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe by 10,000 years

New evidence pushes back arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe by 10,000 years

Homo sapiens, the modern human species, is believed to have first appeared in Africa around 300,000 years ago. From there, they gradually spread out across the continent and eventually into other parts of the world. The traditional theory holds that Homo sapiens first arrived in Europe around 45,000 years ago, but new evidence suggests that this may have happened much earlier. Recent archaeological discoveries in Spain have uncovered evidence of Homo sapiens presence in Europe as far back as 55,000 years ago. This is a significant revision of the previous timeline, as it pushes back the arrival of modern humans...

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