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Gene Mutation Associated with Parkinson’s Initiates Disease Outside of Brain

A mutation in the leucine rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene — the most common cause of inherited Parkinson’s disease — alters cells circulating outside the brain, not within, offering a new understanding of what causes the disease. “We know ...

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A Chinese Space Lab is Going to Fall to Earth — And Nobody Knows Where It Will Land

Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 (or “heavenly palace”) is set to fall back to Earth some time at the end of March or beginning of April. The catch: It’s unclear where it will fall. The 19,000-pound space lab — China’s precursor ...

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2,200-Year-Old ‘Rice Wine’ Found in China

A team of researchers from the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology in China has unearthed a bronze kettle with liquor dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC). The 2,200-year-old bronze kettle is a sacrificial vessel among 260 other items ...

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Pioneering 4D Printer Developed

A team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and the Singapore University of Technology and Design has developed a powerful new 4D printer that could streamline the creation of self-assembling structures that can change shape after being exposed to ...

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Sholz’s Star Disturbed Oort Cloud Objects 70,000 Years Ago

About 70,000 years ago, a binary stellar system called ‘Scholz’s star’ passed within only 52,000 astronomical units (AU) of the Sun, i.e., within the icy Oort Cloud, a region at the edge of our Solar System filled with trillions of ...

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Our Genes Play Role in Empathy: Study

How empathic we are is partly a result of our genes, according to the results of the largest genome-wide association study of its kind. Empathy is the ability to identify other people’s thoughts, intentions, desires, and feelings (cognitive empathy), and ...

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5 Things You Should Know About Astronomer Guillermo Haro

He may not be a household name, but Guillermo Haro is a star — at least as far as Google is concerned. The March 21 Google Doodle is devoted to the vaunted Mexican astronomer, in honor of what would have ...

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Beetroot Compound Could Help Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Betanin, a natural pigment found in the sugar beet (Beta vulgaris), could eventually help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. “Betanin shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain ...

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This Is What the Spring Equinox Looks Like From Space

For the Northern Hemisphere, Tuesday, March 20, marks the vernal, or spring, equinox — the first day of spring. The National Weather Service shared this image from space of the Earth just before “the sun crossed the equator,” or just ...

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Martian Oceans Formed Earlier than Thought, Geophysicists Say

A team of geophysicists at the University of California, Berkeley, proposes that Martian oceans originated several hundred million years earlier than thought, as the Solar System’s largest volcanic system — called Tharsis — formed, and that greenhouse gases enabled the ...

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