Posted: October 18th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Astronomy, Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: 55 Cancri e, American Astronomical Society, astronomy, Diamonds in the Sky, ESO HARP, European Southern Observatory, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie, La Silla Chile, Martian Weather, NASA, PH1, planet hunters, Planetary Science Institute, PSI, Rihanna's Latest Single Diamonds, University of California, Yale University | Comments Off on Our Backyard and Beyond, A Month of Astronomicaly Rich Discoveries
WOW, isn’t really a word, it’s more like a thoughtfilled sound, in this case it’s the one I made looking back over this past month of astronomical discoveries. From a diamond encrusted jewel to a new earth sized planet a stones throw from our own blue planet.
News from skywatchers has boomed out through September and October this year, with clever astronomers and planetary scientists pushing the boundaries of computer climate modelling, forecasting weather, climatic change and glacial movements on Mars that just might have valid predictors for climate change on Earth.
A new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone’s throw away at four light years,and according to scientists, seriously raising the chances of finding a habitable planet in Earth’s neighbourhood. Researchers say the new planet is too close to its sun to support any known forms of life, with a surface temperature estimated at 1,200 degrees Celsius.
Previous studies suggest that when one planet is discovered orbiting a sun, there are usually others in the same system. The new Earth-sized planet, announced in science journal Nature by Stephane Udry and Xavier Dumusque at the Geneva Observatory, orbits one of the suns in Alpha Centauri, only 40 trillion kilometres away, visible to the naked eye – though we’d suggest you wear clothes while backyard stargazing – The planet was discovered using the HARPS instrument on a telescope at the ESO’s – European Southern Observatory – La Silla site in Chile. :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 25th, 2011 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Chemically Engineered, Diana Detox, Health, Medicated, Science, Science News, Toxically Engineered, Yale University | Tags: Nicotine, Nicotines Anorexic Effect, POMC, Pro-opiomelanocortin, Smokers, Weight Loss, Yale University | Comments Off on Nicotines Anorexic Effect
If your a filthy fagger, you’ve no doubt said to yourself ‘fluff it — quitting puts on 2 dress sizes!’ Just for a change, your right.
Researchers have discovered that nicotine decreases the want of food via the activation of Pro-opiomelanocortin – POMC – neurons. (Mutations in the POMC gene have been associated with early onset obesity, adrenal insufficiency, and red hair-pigmentation)
Importantly, the researchers have shown that nicotine causes a dip in appetite via a different pathway to the one that it triggers addiction through.
This means that it’s possible to make a drug that isn’t addictive, but still has nicotine’s goodly appetite-suppressing powers. We don’t usually cut and paste posts, we have to make an exception here, the abstract for this study is overtly clever. Read the full article »»»»