Best of 2014 // #100: The year of the Exoplanet

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Ever year, planet hunters and astronomers find ever more and more exoplanets.  The amount of worlds circling other stars has almost doubled this year, reaching to nearly 1800 and many were exciting and groundbreaking finds. //READ MORE/ Exoplanet next door looks a lot like Earth What we thought could be a planet has changed. Our limited view on...

Best of 2014 // #94: An App for Happy

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Want to be happy? Lower your expectations. READ MORE // This is the App Jihadists use Researchers from the University College London created a mathematical formula that accurately predicts people's happiness levels. According to the equation, we become happy when events exceed our expectations. "If you have lower expectations, and you get a reward, you'll be happier about...

Best of 2014 // #95: Vantablack is the new black

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Imagine how black a black hole is. That's the colour of Vantablack. In July of 2014, Surrey Nanosystems, a British company, publicly released a colour so black is absorbed 99.96 percent of the light that hits it, making it the most absorbent thing on the planet. READ MORE // Scientists Have Confirmed the Existence of Gravitational...

BEST OF 2014 // #86: Sleep on it

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Neuroscientists know that sleep helps memory, but how and why has long been a serious question.  New evidence suggests brain cells form new neural connections during sleep cycles. READ MORE // The Brain that Changes itself In 2014, Neurologist Wen-Biao Gan from New York University's School of Medicine saw proof that cell form these connections during sleep....

BEST OF 2014 // #87: Good News for Pandas

Giant Panda
In 2014, the Giant Panda took a star turn as it featured prominently in documentaries and animated features.  This however has not translated well into conservation for the endangered species.  Decades of heavy logging and construction in China has shrunk the Panda's habitat and its number to a paltry 1,596 individuals worldwide.  But there...

BEST OF 2014 // #88: Stellar Explosion

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In the first month of 2014, astronomers looked into space and watched as two stars went Supernova and provided a huge glimpse into an area of understanding about our Universe that we knew almost nothing about before. READ MORE // Pluto Has Methane-Covered Mountain Peaks The event - poetically dubbed SN2014J - belongs to a class of...

BEST OF 2014 // #89: Chikungunya arrives.

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In July of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that Chikungunya, a recently introduced mosquito-born virus had made it into the western hemisphere and into the United States. READ MORE //  It’s Time to Declare War on Mosquitoes Chikungunya has no treatment and can cause joint pain and fever.  Originally from Africa...

Best of 2014 // #90: A New Lithium Battery

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If you get sick of your smartphones’s battery constantly dying on you, Stanford University announced a solution: a pure lithium battery. READ MORE // My Top 10 Battery Saving Tips Announced in July, researchers at Stanford took it upon themselves to improve on the traditional smartphone battery.  Traditional smartphone batteries are made up of three main pieces: an...

Best of 2014 // #91: Gender Bias in Science

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Gender bias and any imbalances therein are infecting and affecting science at every level; from lab personnel makeup to tissue samples used in experiments.  This bias exists and is skewing research and threatening public health. This was the warning this year, and it comes from the National Institute of Health. READ MORE // My Name Is Only...

Best of 2014 // #92: The Dull Brain?

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Human beings are pretty unique in their ability to mentally detach ourselves from our surroundings and look inwards.  However, according to a Paper published in Nature in July of 2014, quiet contemplation is much harder to do than it seems. READ MORE // Better Incentives, Better Science Researchers from Harvard and the University of Virginia instructed 146...
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