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‘Most Earth-like’ planets discovered

The search for a far-off twin of Earth has turned up two of the most intriguing candidates yet.
"They are the best candidates found to date for habitable planets,"
- Bill Borucki, NASA

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Artist's impression: The outermost pair are the smallest exoplanets yet found in a host star’s habitable zone

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Safer vaccine created without virus

via Japan Times | Thu March 28, 2013
British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Wednesday.

Enjoyment of life ‘key to living longer’

via BBC | Wed October 17, 2012
Those who enjoy life the most are three times more likely to live a little longer than those who enjoy it the least, a study of ageing suggests.

Puppet experiment suggests humans are born to be fair

via BBC | Sun September 02, 2012
A psychological experiment using a simple game revealed that, by the age of just three, children choose to reward their peers based on merit. The children gave the puppet more stickers if it had "worked harder" - gathering more coins.

Male contraceptive pill ‘step closer’ after mice studies

via BBC | Thu August 16, 2012
Scientists believe they are a step closer in the difficult journey towards developing a male contraceptive pill, after successful studies in mice.

Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars rover

via BBC | Sat August 04, 2012
This Monday, the most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to touch the surface of another world will land on Mars and soon begin reporting back important discoveries.

Genetic entrepreneur to compete in Genomics X Prize

via BBC | Tue July 24, 2012
A race to unlock genetic clues behind living to 100 is set to begin next year, after a US team announced it will compete for the $10m Genomics X Prize.

Scientists Develop Method to Reduce Farmers’ Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

via Terra Daily | Mon July 23, 2012
Scientist at Michigan State University are putting the finishing touches on a program that would pay farmers to apply less nitrogen fertilizer in a way that doesn't jeopardize yields.

‘Air’ Batteries Could Energize Evs

via Discovery News | Fri July 20, 2012
Researchers in the UK say they have made a key step in development of a lithium-air battery, a device that promises three to five times as much energy per unit mass as the existing lithium-ion batteries that we use in our consumer devices and electric vehicles.

Long hunt detects possible ‘God particle’

via BBC | Wed July 04, 2012
Physicists in Europe claim they have discovered a new particle consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson, crucial to theories of the universe.

New discovery could lead to better artificial hips

via GizMag | Thu December 29, 2011
For many people who have suffered from an arthritic hip, the replacement of their natural hip bone with a prosthetic implant has meant an end to constant pain, and the restoration of a normal range of movement. Unfortunately, the ball-and-socket joints of the prostheses do wear down over time, so younger patients in need of the implants are typically told to either wait until they are older, or must face the prospect of someday requiring repeat surgery to service their device.

New plasma “brush” may mean painless cavity filling

via GizMag | Mon December 26, 2011
We've been keeping an eye on efforts to make the dreaded dentist's drill a thing of the past for some time, and now there's more good news on the horizon for the cavity-prone (and pain-phobic). Engineers have successfully lab-tested a plasma "brush" that can painlessly clean and prep cavities so well, there's no need for mechanical abrasion prior to filling.

First Earth-sized planets spotted

Story contains video via BBC | Tue December 20, 2011
Astronomers have detected the first Earth-sized planets, which are orbiting a star similar to our own Sun. They have described their findings as the most important planets ever discovered outside our Solar System.

Artificial Intestines near reality

via Discovery News | Mon December 19, 2011
Science has given us working artificial hearts, hips, limbs and bladders, and even a trachea. But no one has successfully created an artificial intestine, until now.

Astronomers confirm ‘Earth twin’

Story contains video via BBC | Thu December 08, 2011
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the 'habitable zone' around a star not unlike our own.

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