2012 August News Archive Seekers of the Truth

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August 31, 2012

Could Sunlight-Reflecting Clouds Stop Hurricanes?

Their idea involves spraying tiny droplets of seawater into the air to "brighten" the clouds and make them more reflective.

Soil Microbes Harbor Nasty Antibiotic Resistance Genes

It is highly unlikely these genes evolved independently in the soil microbes and the disease-causing ones.

Amazon Fungi Help Create Clouds & Rain

In the Amazon rain forest, salty particles from spore-launching fungi help make clouds and rain, according to new research.

A New Way to Track the World's Whales

Researchers in Denmark say they've devised a new method to track the world's ocean-dwellers using DNA tests on seawater samples.

Surreal Photo Shows 'Belt of Venus' In Our Pink Sky

The Belt of Venus is the pinkish streak caused by the atmosphere reflecting light from the setting or rising sun — giving the reddish hue.

A Planet-Destroying Superweapon

There's more than one way to knock out a planet, at least theoretically; antimatter or black hole "bombs" could certainly wreck some havoc.

Black Hole 'Bonanza': Millions Found by NASA Space Telescope

The cosmic find comes from data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey (WISE) telescope, which scanned the entire sky in infrared light from December 2009 to February 2011.

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The Origins Of Google Earth

Digital maps on smartphones are brilliantly useful tools, but what sort of information do they gather about us – and how do they shape the way we look at the world?

Hurricane Isaac May Stir Up Oil From BP Spill

Isaac’s high winds and rains, they speculate, could also stir up remnant crude oil from the BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill.

Genius Female Chimpanzee Found to be Smarter than U.S. High School Students

Natasha repeatedly demonstrates skills and reasoning that escape modern-day high school students.

August 30, 2012

New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered in Sick Missouri Farmers

Two men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Supersonic Flying Wing Nabs $100,000 from NASA

An aircraft that resembles a four-point ninja star could go into supersonic mode by simply turning 90 degrees in midair.

'Mysterious' Baltic Sea Object Is a Glacial Deposit

A feature on the floor of the Baltic Sea that was discovered last summer by Swedish treasure hunters is making headlines once again.

Satellite Captures Breathtaking Photo of Hurricane Issac

The image was produced by the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) “day-night band,” which is able to snap images in extreme low light situations.

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Newly Discovered Dust-Obscured Galaxies May Be Missing Link

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled a new species in the cosmic zoo, a super-heated, dust-shrouded object called a "hot DOG," which may represent a missing link in galaxy evolution.

Oil Spill Fouls Curacao Shore, Threatens Flamingos

An extensive fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in a nature preserve in Curacao, conservationists and residents of the tiny Dutch Caribbean island.

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