Life got bigger in two, million-fold leaps, scientists say

(PhysOrg.com) -- Extremes are exciting. Does anyone really think dinosaurs would capture our imagination the way they do if they hadn't been so huge? You don't see natural history museums vying for fossil skeletons of prehistoric ...

Rockefeller microbiologist tests safety of spiked eggnog

(PhysOrg.com) -- With one in every 20,000 eggs contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, drinking homemade eggnog can be something of a gamble. But an experiment designed to test whether the alcohol in spiked eggnog can kill ...

Modified plants may yield more biofuel

Plants, genetically modified to ease the breaking down of their woody material, could be the key to a cheaper and greener way of making ethanol, according to researchers who add that the approach could also help turn agricultural ...

Saturn's Crazy Christmas Tilt

You look through the telescope. Blink. Shake your head and look again. The planet you expected to see in the eyepiece is not the one that's actually there. Too much eggnog? No, it's just Saturn's crazy Christmas tilt.

ISS Crew Prepares for Monday Night's Spacewalk

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Expedition 18 crew aboard the International Space Station shifted its sleep schedule Sunday night and awoke later than usual to begin preparations for Monday night's spacewalk by Commander Mike Fincke ...

Next NASA Moon Mission Completes Major Milestone

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This ...

Cancer-fighting antibodies

(PhysOrg.com) -- MIT engineers have found that antibodies do not need a particular sugar attachment long believed to be essential to their function, a discovery that could make producing therapeutic antibodies much easier ...

Math professor discovers chaos on a 'fluid trampoline'

(PhysOrg.com) -- A water drop placed on a soap film that vibrates up and down may bounce as if on a trampoline -- but it's much more than that, according to MIT mathematicians who say the "fluid trampoline" is the simplest ...

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