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Saturn's Aurora

The many wonders of Earth are but a fraction of the grandeur of our solar system, yet many of Earth's marvels are not unique to the blue planet.  One of Earth's more beautiful natural phenomena, an interaction between charged particles in the atmosphere and Earth's magnetic field known as the aurora, has also been observed at the poles of the gas giant Saturn.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space probe Cassini, which has been studying Saturn and its Read more…

A New Step in Cancer Research Found in Naked Mole Rats

One may remember Rufus, the naked mole rat from Kim Possible – but that cute crime fighting sidekick was far from realistic.  At first sight, naked mole rats are just bags of skin with large incisors. They certainly would not win a beauty contest, but when it comes to survival of the fittest, these sand puppies come out on top. Found in the grasslands of East Africa, they are one of two known species of eusocial mammals.  In other words, Read more…

The technology behind the Arena X-Glide

Recently, the new Arena Powerskin X-Glide® was named one of the top 50 inventions of 2009.  This swimsuit utilizes various forms of technology to give the swimmer as many advantages as possible. Unlike other racing suits, it uses a full polyurethane coating, giving it the advantage of reduced friction. This coating also traps air, increasing the buoyancy of the swimmer and reducing drag. Underneath this coating, there are two layers – one layer of titanium alloy and a layer of Read more…

What are tachyons?

Tachyons- A class of particles proposed in the late 1950’s by physicist Arnold Sommerfeld, which are thought to travel faster than the speed of light. All light travels at approximately 2.99792468 *108 meters per second - an increasingly high speed so intense that it would take one-tenth of a second to travel around the world at the equator. As a result, people often question the origins of such a large speed, and in order to understand tachyons, one needs to Read more…

The Vision of a Hammerhead

Ever wondered what evolutionary benefit could possibly arise from having a T-shaped head? Well, the hammerhead shark can certainly attest. In a recent study on hammerhead sharks at Florida Atlantic University, team study member Michelle McComb found that hammerhead sharks had amazing peripheral vision. Michelle’s team performed lab tests on different varieties of sharks that included sweeping a light in various arcs around the shark’s head and measuring electrical activity in the eye. What they found was that the hammerhead Read more…

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