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CERN Physicists Observe Hints of Ultra-Rare Kaon Decay

Physicists from the NA62 Collaboration at CERN reported today that they had observed a candidate event of an extremely rare charged kaon decay (K+ → π+νν-). What if the odds of an event occurring were about one in ten billion? ...

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Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Can Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, New Studies Claim

A daily regimen of non-prescription NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, according to two new studies published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In 2016, a research team led by Dr. Patrick McGeer, ...

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Kepler Captures Details of Unusual Stellar Explosion: FELT Supernova

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has caught a kind of stellar explosion called a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transient (FELT) in the act. The Universe is so huge that it’s estimated that a star explodes as a supernova once every second. Astronomers capture ...

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1,900-Year-Old Boxing ‘Gloves’ Unearthed at Vindolanda

Two very unusual pieces of leather have been uncovered during the excavation of a pre-Hadrianic cavalry barrack (c. 100 CE) at the Vindolanda Roman fort in Northumberland, northern England. The earliest evidence of boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 ...

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Bootlace Worm: Earth’s Longest Animal Produces Powerful Toxin

The bootlace worm (Lineus longissimus) — the longest animal on Earth — produces a neurotoxin that can kill both crabs and cockroaches, a team of Swedish scientists has discovered. The bootlace worm is a member of Nemertea, a phylum of ...

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Paleontologists Discover New Reptile from Triassic Period

A team of paleontologists from Yale University, Smithsonian Institution and Johns Hopkins University has discovered a new species of reptile that lived 200 million years ago during the Triassic period, in what is now Connecticut in the United States. Dubbed ...

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Extreme Cold Winter Weather Can Be Linked to Solar Cycle

Pioneering new research from the University of Exeter, UK, has revealed when the 11-year solar cycle is in its ‘weaker’ phase, there are warm spells across the Arctic in winter, as well as heavy snowfall across Eurasia. Dr. Indrani Roy, ...

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Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 5714

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a picture of the spiral galaxy NGC 5714. NGC 5714 is a magnitude 13.4 galaxy in the constellation of Boötes, 124.3 million light-years away from us. Also known as LEDA 52307 and SDSS ...

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People Are Wearing Purple Today for Epilepsy Awareness Day. Here’s What That Is

People across the globe are set to color-cordinate today in honor of Purple Day 2018, the international day for epilepsy awareness. Purple Day aims to dispel myths surrounding epilepsy, a condition of the brain that affects 50 million people worldwide. ...

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First-Ever Footage of Mating Anglerfish Stuns Marine Biologists

A newly-released video, captured in the waters around Portugal’s Azores islands, shows a pair of deep-sea anglerfish called the fanfin angler (Caulophryne jordani) mating: a fearsome-looking female and her parasitically attached mate drift almost helplessly, salvaging precious energy in their ...

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