Archive for September, 2012

Mira Supercomputer Will Run Simulation of Our Universe

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The advent of the Mira supercomputer, along with more powerful Sequoia and K supercomputers, marks the first time that computers have enough computational power to simulate trillions of particles on the move, running a simulation of the Universe.

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Report Claims 100 Million Will Die from Climate Change by 2030

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A new report commissioned by 20 different governments states that more than 100 million people will die by 2030 if nothing is done to tackle climate change. Global economic growth will also be cut by 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP).

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Film Reveals How Vampire Squids Eat

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Vampyroteuthis infernalis, the vampire squid, which technically isn’t a squid at all, is a cephalopod that lives 3,000 feet deep in warm waters. In the deep pelagic zone, there is little oxygen and V. infernalis reaches a size of just 30 cm in adulthood.

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Freelancers Workers Are Generally Happier Than Permanent Employees

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People usually cite the lack of job security and benefits as the main reasons why they wouldn’t want to be self-employed. However, a new study indicates that many people are becoming contractual workers and these independent workers are finding a happier job satisfaction than their permanently-employed colleagues.

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Bearing a Male Child Can Alter a Woman’s Brain

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A male cell (arrow), presumably fetal in origin, in the liver tissue from a woman with autoimmune hepatitis

A new study indicates that male DNA, left over from pregnancy with a male fetus, can persist in a woman’s brain throughout the rest of her life. Although the exact biological impact of the DNA is yet unclear, the study found that women with more male DNA in their brains were less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that male DNA could help protect mothers from this disease.

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African Spiny Mice Regenerate Lost Tissue

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African spiny mice, specifically the species Acomys kempi and Acomys percivali, have skin that is brittle and can be easily torn. This evolutionary adaptation allows them to escape predators by jettisoning whole patches of skin when caught or bitten.

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