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[14 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Are test tube burgers coming to a grocery store near you?  Sounds like science fiction, and until recently, it actually was.
Now, the prospect of lab-grown meat appearing on our supermarket shelves is closer than ever. We aren’t talking about the whole cow, however. That would be an “udderly” different story.
Synthetic or test-tube meat involves taking a small amount of cells from a living animal and growing it into lumps of muscle tissue in the lab.  In theory, this can then be turned into meat for human consumption.
Scientists believe lab-grown meat …

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[7 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

The Advertising Standards Board ruled that posts on Smirnoff’s Facebook page are effectively advertising, regardless of whether they were made by the company or a member of the public, and should therefore comply with advertising laws.
The judgment has already caused widespread concern in Australia and threatens to undermine Facebook’s advertising on a worldwide basis, as posts made by users in any country can appear on companies’ Facebook pages.
Advertisers will have to factor the cost of vetting user comments into their plans for advertising on Facebook, whilst constant policing could also …

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[5 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

A progenitor of a type 1a supernova may have been found, according to findings published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Astronomers believe that type 1a supernovae are thermonuclear explosions of a white dwarf star that is part of a binary system, which is two stars that are physically close and orbit a common center of mass.
The white dwarf has mass gradually given to it by its companion star, and once it reaches a mass 1.4 times that of the sun, it explodes to produce a type …

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[5 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare that it can’t be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist.
The research by a man often called the “godfather of global warming” says that the likelihood of such temperatures occurring from the 1950s through the 1980s was rarer than 1 in 300. Now, the odds are closer to 1 in 10, according to the study by NASA scientist …

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[4 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Astronomers have identified an X-ray signal that followed an observation made last year of a quiescent black hole in a distant galaxy.
The black hole discovered by the team last year was seen erupting after shredding and consuming a passing star. Astronomers then witnessed days following the observation a distinctive X-ray signal that comes from matter on the verge of falling into the black hole.
This quasi-periodic oscillation (QPO) is a characteristic of the accretion disks that often surround the most compact objects in the universe, including white dwarf stars, neutron stars …