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Moses Will Lead them to Space, Not that Moses…..

PG Newser – Moses, Beth Moses, that is, is gong to join the pilots of Virgin Galactic as they head into space, and Beth was the ‘passenger’ guinea pig leading the way for other passengers to follow.
NewScientist – Beth Moses, the spaceflight firm’s chief astronaut instructor, joined pilots Mike Masucci and Dave Mackay on the flight. “She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back,” said Virgin Galactic in a tweet.  | Get the Full Story

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Quantum experiment suggests there really are ‘alternative facts’

NewScientist – There are no objective facts in the world. This isn’t a statement about fake news. Rather, it is the implication of an experiment that suggests the nature of reality depends on who is looking.
The work is rooted in thought experiments about the nature of quantum mechanics, but this is the first time one has been done in the lab, with potentially profound implications. “I am very excited about it,” says theorist Carlo Rovelli at Aix-Marseille University in France. | Get the Full Story

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Twas Air That Killed the Dinosaurs

Science Alert – …..scientists have demonstrated what obliterated the marine life: rising temperatures accelerated the metabolisms of ocean creatures, which increases their oxygen requirements, while simultaneously depleting the oceans of oxygen. | Get the Full Story

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Putting female mosquitoes on human diet drugs could reduce spread of disease – Science Daily

Unlike humans, who usually get hungry again only a few hours after eating, a female mosquito that has fed on human blood will lose her appetite for several days. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human — male mosquitoes do not consume blood — is the means by which mosquito-borne infections are passed along, researchers have theorized that reducing the frequency with which female mosquitoes feed is one way to lessen the spread of disease. | Get the Full Story

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Joy is a Spark, Literally, and Scientists Can Deliver it to You

PG Newser – If you want to be happy, if that’s all you want, and you don’t care why, and you don’t care how, try new spark joy, though it’s not been officially named spark joy, even though that would be a great name for it.  Researchers that haven’t  been identified in the Discover Magazine article have figured out how to make you happy with just a spark, and there’s video proof to boot.
Discover Magazine – Researchers say they’ve found a remarkably specific means of triggering the electrical fireworks that add up to happiness in our brains. By electrically stimulating a brain region known as the cingulum, scientists created spontaneous laughter and a sense of calm and joy in three different patients. | Get the Full Story

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Quantum Leaping Your Way Thanks to Quantum of Light

In the blink of an eye: Team uses quantum of light to create new quantum simulator  – Science Daily
Imagine being stuck inside a maze and wanting to find your way out. How would you proceed? The answer is trial and error. This is how traditional computers with classical algorithms operate to find the solution to a complex problem. Now consider this: What if, by magic, you were able to clone yourself into multiple versions so that you were able to go through all the various paths at the same time? You’d find the exit almost instantly. | Get the Full Story

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Your Glowing Pea Could End Needle Biopsies

Fluorescing urine signals organ transplant rejection, could replace needle biopsies – Science Daily
A new screening method using sensor particles and a urine test could catch rejection much earlier, more comprehensively, and without a biopsy needle.
When the body’s immune system has just begun attacking cells of a transplanted organ, the new method’s particles send a fluorescent signal into the urine. In a new study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University validated the method in a mouse model, and they have engineered the sensor with highly biocompatible components, which could make the path to potential future trials easier. | Get the Full Story

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How You Smell Things Could Determine How Long You Live

The smelling of food controls cellular recycling and affects life expectancy – Science Daily
The smell of food induces a variety of physiological processes in our body. Thus, the production of saliva and digestive enzymes is stimulated before the actual food intake in order to prepare the gastrointestinal tract for the upcoming digestive process. In a healthy organism, this coordination depends on a dynamic balance between formation and degradation of proteins (proteostasis). This plays an important role for the recycling of cells and during the aging process. | Get the Full Story

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Solar Winds Teaching Scientists to Make New Chemical Factory

Ingredients for water could be made on surface of moon, a chemical factory  – Science Daily
Using a computer program, scientists simulated the chemistry that unfolds when the solar wind pelts the Moon’s surface. As the Sun streams protons to the Moon, they found, those particles interact with electrons in the lunar surface, making hydrogen (H) atoms. These atoms then migrate through the surface and latch onto the abundant oxygen (O) atoms bound in the silica (SiO2) and other oxygen-bearing molecules that make up the lunar soil, or regolith. Together, hydrogen and oxygen make the molecule hydroxyl (OH), a component of water, or H2O | Get the Full Story

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The Virgin Birth of Mary the Fish’s Offspring

Mary the fish has apparently given birth to babies that were not fertilized by a male fish.  The birth would cost Mary her life.
Scientists solve mystery of a fish called Mary’s ‘virgin’ birth  – Science Daily
A female stickleback fish, nick-named ‘Mary’, has produced offspring from eggs that appear to have been fertilised while they were still inside her, according to scientists at the University of Nottingham.Mary’s unusual pr | Get the Full Story