Best of 2014

Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
A Western Australian mining company happened across a remarkable rock in 2006; it was purple-pinkish in colour and very strange-looking.  The company handed over the rocks to geologist Peter Elliot of the South Australian Museum for analysis and eight years later Elliot announced his finding: the rock was completely...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
A natural wonder has baffled scientists and researchers in Death Valley National Park for decades: large boulders seem to mysteriously move across the barren dried lakebed on their own accord.  In August, researchers announced they had caught the famous 'Sailing Stones' on camera, and have an answer to the...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
Have you ever looked out of an airplane and seen a rainbow-colored circle of light? That is what is known as a Glory. This year, astronomers were able to photograph one - on Venus. READ MORE // Exoplanet next door looks a lot like Earth For the first time astronomers have imaged...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
Our noses are amazing at picking out hundreds or thousands of different scents every day: our morning cup of coffee, bad eggs, rose petals, too much cologne at the office, too little cologne. But exactly how many can we actually detect? This year, Science found an answer. READ MORE // Spritam: This is...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
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...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
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...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
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...
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...
Best of 2014: Science - exoplanet
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 -...
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