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The planet that shouldn't exist
planetAugust 28, 2009 ET
The 'most unlikely' discovery of a new planet which could spiral into its star within the next 500,000 years, has been made by Scottish astronomers.
All words belong to the same language
Learning languageAugust 21, 2009 ET
You are worth more with every new language you learn. But did you know that you actually don't learn words from other language but add them to your existing vocabulary? The two languages simply become one.
Monkey see, monkey do, monkey benefits
ImitationAugust 14, 2009 ET
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Indeed, there's no better way, shows a new research, to enter a new society, than to imitate what the members do.
Watch asteroids approaching
NASA Asteroid WatchAugust 7, 2009 ET
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is introducing a new Web site that will provide information on near-Earth objects, asteroids and comets that can approach Earth.
Water in comets, life on Earth
Comet lifeJuly 31, 2009 ET
The existence of liquid water in comets gives added support for a connection between life on Earth and comets.
Merry Irishman and his hedonimeter
HappinesJuly 24, 2009 ET
In 1881, the optimistic Irish economist Francis Edgeworth imagined a strange device called a "hedonimeter", in other words, a happiness sensor; 128 years later his dream came true.
The earliest twin stars in the universe
The earliest twin starsJuly 17, 2009 ET
By creating robust simulations of the early universe, astrophysicists have gained the most detailed understanding to date of the formation of the first stars.
Plans for a hotel on ISS
Space ShuttleJuly 10, 2009 ET
The International Space Station (ISS) is a fantastic place for scientist but it could be a nice place for tourists in not so distant future.
If you need help, don't buy self-help books
self helpJuly 3, 2009 ET
If people are instructed to focus exclusively on positive thoughts, they may find negative thoughts to be especially discouraging. The result: "I'm beautiful" turns into "I'm ugly".
Forward to the past
Pangaea UltimaJune 26, 2009 ET
Two hundred and fifty million years ago the Earth was one supercontinent named Pangaea. Let's jump 250 million years in the future: it will be one piece of land again, just with a different name - Pangaea Ultima.
Studies that hurt my brain. Again.
Studies that hurt my brainJune 19, 2009 ET
Here it is: the second instalment of studies insult common sense. It seems that researchers can get the money for anything they want and sometimes the results are unbelievable.
Phantom traffic jams
Phantom traffic jamsJune 12, 2009 ET
Countless hours are lost in traffic jams every year but those jams have no cause - no accident, no stalled vehicle, no lanes closed...
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