Articles by Chelsea Whyte

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Scientists Reveal Why You Can Walk on Water When It's Combined with Cornstarch
Jul 13, 2012 22:05 PM E
Many kitchen sink scientists have marveled at the strange properties of cornstarch, which can turn water from a liquid to a solid when hit with a large impact. Scientists have now uncovered how this phenomenon happens.
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Common Chemicals in Nail Polish, Perfume Could Lead to Diabetes
Jul 13, 2012 20:27 PM E
Chemicals found in cosmetics, fragrances and plastic packaging could be fueling the dramatic rise in diabetes rates, according to a new study.
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Male Tropical Fish Uses Food-Mimicking Lure to Attract Females
Jul 13, 2012 01:34 AM E
Male swordtail characins, a type of tropical fish, have an alluring appendage that may redefine the idea of a dinner date. Just as fishermen use baits that look like food to attract fish, swordtail males have a flag-like sex ornament that looks appetizing to female fish.
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DARPA Creates Fire Extinguisher Made of Sound
Jul 13, 2012 00:45 AM E
Firefighting technology hasn't changed much in recent history and fire in enclosed areas can cause a lot of damage and potentially threaten lives. Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - the innovations arm of the U.S. Department of Defense - has pioneered a new way to extinguish flames using sound.
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Your Eyes Don't Give Away Your Lies, Researchers Say
Jul 12, 2012 23:43 PM E
The idea that you can tell if someone's lying by looking in their eyes may turn out to be a myth. New research debunks the idea that if a person moves their eyes up and to the right while telling a tale, they're not being absolutely truthful.
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Hubble Spots Tiny, Ancient Ghost Galaxies
Jul 12, 2012 22:08 PM E
Using the Hubble Telescope, NASA astronomers were able to see that three puny galaxies are roughly the same age. The stars all started forming more than 13 billion years ago and then abruptly stopped. This screeching halt to their growth happened within the first billion years after the Big Bang.
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Giant Prehistoric Turtle Fossil Was Round Like a Car Tire
Jul 12, 2012 21:15 PM E
Paleontologists have uncovered a fossilized turtle shell of a newly discovered species that lived 60 million years ago. Researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and colleagues at North Carolina State University and the Florida Museum of Natural History found the fossil in what is now northwestern South America and they report their findings the Journal of Paleontology.
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Hormone-Mimicking Chemical Causes Interspecies Mating Among Fish
Jul 12, 2012 01:38 AM E
Bisphenol A (BPA), an organic compound used as a hardening agent for polycarbonate and other plastics, mimics estrogen and disrupts a fish's endocrine system, which controls the release of hormones. This can change their behavior and appearance, which in turn can lead them to mistake a newly introduced species as a potential mate.
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Silk Technology Preserves Vaccines and Antibiotics Without Refrigeration
Jul 12, 2012 01:20 AM E
Vaccines and other drugs often need to be refrigerated to last, but that can be an obstacle for getting drugs to underdeveloped areas that may need them. Now, researchers at Tufts University discovered that adding a protein made from silkworm cocoons helps maintain the potency of vaccines and other drugs for months and possibly years at temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Human Contact Stresses Out King Penguins, But They're Getting Used To It
Jul 12, 2012 00:40 AM E
With movies like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, it's no wonder that more and more people want to mingle with penguins in real life. And while the arctic animals adapt well to human presence, a new study finds that simply being exposed to humans can stress the birds out.
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Chicken Genes May Yield Cancer-Fighting Substance
Jul 12, 2012 00:22 AM E
Ordinary barnyard chickens have provided researchers with clues for fighting off diseases, including new ways to attack cancer.
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Deaf Peoples' Brains Rewire to 'Hear' Touch and Sight
Jul 11, 2012 22:37 PM E
Losing one sense - sight, sound, or any other - can significantly shift the way the brain works. A new study finds that deaf people perceive touch with the part of the brain hearing people use for sound.
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Hubble Discovers New Moon Orbiting Pluto
Jul 11, 2012 22:05 PM E
The new moon, dubbed P5, is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across, traveling around the icy dwarf planet in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular that is co-planar with the other satellites in the system.
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Smart Headlights Shine Around Rain and Snow
Jul 10, 2012 19:57 PM E
Driving through a heavy rainstorm can be a treacherous task that leaves a driver leaning over white knuckles to see through the haze. But a new type of 'smart headlight' produced by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute aims to improve visibility by constantly redirecting the light to shine between drops of precipitation.
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