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  1. Star Mystery Solved: Stellar Twins Closer to Earth Than Thought

    “The binary star system is made up of a normal star and a dense stellar remnant called a white dwarf. According to the new measurement, the star system is 372 light-years from Earth, not 520 light-years as
    previously thought.” Space

  2. Amphibians Disappearing at an ‘Alarming’ Rate

    A new study found that populations of frogs, salamanders, and toads are declining at a rate of 3.7 percent each year. PLoS One

  3. Arctic Bacteria Found Multiplying at Record -15 C

    “Bacteria that can live and multiply in High Arctic permafrost at temperatures well below the freezing point of water have been discovered by a Canadian-led team of researchers, offering clues about the types of organisms that might exist in similar extreme environments elsewhere in our solar system.” CBC News

  4. Several Thousand Ancient Cave Paintings Found in Mexico

    “The 4,926 paintings found were made by at least three groups of hunter-gatherers in the region. The paintings are anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, astronomical and abstract.” RedOrbit

  5. What Makes Us Feel An Itch?

    “Scientists experimenting in mice may have found the culprit: A molecule used by the heart is pulling double duty, sending a message to the spinal cord that ultimately produces that familiar
    tickle on our skin.” National Geographic

  6. For Rent: Shuttle Launch Pad

    “NASA posted a ‘For Lease’ sign on one of its space shuttle launch pads, as it continues to downsize and revamp the Kennedy Space Center following the program’s retirement. The space agency is looking for a commercial company or companies to take over operations and maintenance of Launch Complex 39A beginning no later than Oct. 1. The lease would last at least five years.” Discovery News

  7. Cockroaches Are Wising Up to Avoid Traps

    “A strain of cockroaches in Europe has evolved to outsmart the sugar traps used to eradicate them. American scientists found that the mutant cockroaches had a “reorganized” sense of taste, making them perceive the glucose used to coat poisoned bait not as sweet but rather as bitter.” BBC

  8. Cradle Turns Smartphone into Handheld Biosensor

    “Researchers and physicians in the field could soon run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, food safety and more with their smartphones.” University of Illinois

  9. How the White Tiger Got Its Coat

    “The strikingly beautiful, milky coats of white tigers are caused by a single change in a known pigment gene, a new study finds.” Live Science

  10. Baby Lemur Born at the Bristol Zoo

    His name is Rascal and he’s adorable. Buzzfeed
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