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FEBRUARY 2017
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Wednesday February 22, 2017     6:00 PM EST


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  Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record   BBC - February 22, 2017
Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets. But only three are within the conventional "habitable" zone where life is considered a possibility. The compact system of exoplanets orbits Trappist-1, a low-mass, cool star located 40 light-years away from Earth.

Temperate earth-sized worlds found in extraordinarily rich planetary system   PhysOrg - February 22, 2017
Astronomers have found a system of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light-years away. They were detected as they passed in front of their parent star, the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. Three of them lie in the habitable zone and could harbour water, increasing the possibility that the system could play host to life. It has both the largest number of Earth-sized planets yet found and the largest number of worlds that could support liquid water.

Researchers gain insight into a physical phenomenon that leads to earthquakes   PhysOrg - February 22, 2017
Scientists have gotten better at predicting where earthquakes will occur, but they're still in the dark about when they will strike and how devastating they will be. In the search for clues that will help them better understand earthquakes, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania are studying a phenomenon called aging. In aging, the longer that materials are in contact with each other, the more force is required to move them. This resistance is called static friction. The longer something, such as a fault, is sitting still, the more static friction builds up and the stronger the fault gets.

Time crystals - how scientists created a new state of matter   PhysOrg - February 22, 2017
Some of the most profound predictions in theoretical physics, such as Einstein's gravitational waves or Higgs' boson, have taken decades to prove with experiments. But every now and then, a prediction can become established fact in an astonishingly short time. This is what happened with "time crystals", a new and strange state of matter that was theorized, disproved, revamped and finally created in just five years since it was first predicted in 2012.

'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field   PhysOrg - February 22, 2017
The Earth's core consists mostly of a huge ball of liquid metal lying at 3000 km beneath its surface, surrounded by a mantle of hot rock. Notably, at such great depths, both the core and mantle are subject to extremely high pressures and temperatures. Furthermore, research indicates that the slow creeping flow of hot buoyant rocks - moving several centimeters per year - carries heat away from the core to the surface, resulting in a very gradual cooling of the core over geological time. However, the degree to which the Earth's core has cooled since its formation is an area of intense debate amongst Earth scientists.

What do your co-workers really think of you?   PhysOrg - February 22, 2017
Everyday in the workplace, colleagues actively compete for a limited amount of perks, including raises, promotions, bonuses and recognition. But new research from Washington University in St. Louis shows that, more than often than not, people fall short in determining which co-workers might be trying to edge them out on the job.

We read emotions based on how the eye sees   Medical Express - February 22, 2017
We use others' eyes - whether they're widened or narrowed - to infer emotional states, and the inferences we make align with the optical function of those expressions. The research reveals, for example, that people consistently associate narrowed eyes - which can enhance visual discrimination - with discrimination-related emotions including disgust and suspicion. Findings show that how we see directly relates to how others see us, through our facial expressions. This is a clear demonstration of emotional embodiment, from sender to receiver.

Creative people have better-connected brains, research finds   Medical Express - February 22, 2017
Seemingly countless self-help books and seminars tell you to tap into the right side of your brain to stimulate creativity. But forget the "right-brain" myth - a new study suggests it's how well the two brain hemispheres communicate that sets highly creative people apart. For the study, statisticians analyzed the network of white matter connections among 68 separate brain regions in healthy college-age volunteers. The brain's white matter lies underneath the outer grey matter. It is composed of bundles of wires, or axons, which connect billions of neurons and carry electrical signals between them.

Scientists survey the state of sleep science   Medical Express - February 22, 2017
Sleep remains an enduring biological mystery with major clinical relevance. In recent decades, new technologies have allowed neuroscientists to identify multiple brain circuits that govern the sleep/wake cycle, as well as the factors that can influence it, such as caffeine and light. But the brain's complexity is still a stumbling block in understanding this ubiquitous and necessary animal behavior, the researchers wrote.

Nature study suggests new therapy for Gaucher disease   Medical Express - February 22, 2017
cientists propose in Nature blocking a molecule that drives inflammation and organ damage in Gaucher and maybe other lysosomal storage diseases as a possible treatment with fewer risks and lower costs than current therapies. Current treatments for Gaucher and other lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) include enzyme replacement therapy or substrate reduction therapy. These break down or prevent the accumulation of certain fatty molecules and other waste particles that clog cells to cause inflammation, cell and organ damage and, in some cases, death. People with LSDs lack enzymes that break down used-up proteins and other spent particles, preventing their cells from shedding these waste materials and functioning normally.

Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior   Medical Express - February 22, 2017
The prefrontal cortex, a large and recently evolved structure that wraps the front of the brain, has powerful "executive" control over behavior, particularly in humans. The details of how it exerts that control have been elusive, but UNC School of Medicine scientists, publishing today in Nature, have now uncovered some of those details, using sophisticated techniques for recording and controlling the activity of neurons in live mice.

Autism risk linked to herpes infection during pregnancy   Medical Express - February 22, 2017
Women actively infected with genital herpes during early pregnancy had twice the odds of giving birth to a child later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study is the first to provide immunological evidence on the role of gestational infection in autism, reporting an association between maternal anti-herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) antibodies and risk for ASD in offspring.

20 Years After Dolly the Sheep, What Have We Learned About Cloning?   Live Science - February 22, 2017
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the announcement of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Her creation left a lasting impact on both the public and the field of developmental biology, experts say. At the time, other researchers had managed to clone mammals by splitting embryos in a test tube and implanting them in adults. However, none had successfully used an adult somatic (body) cell to clone a mammal. Researchers at the Roslin Institute in Scotland were finally able to produce Dolly - cloned from the udder cell of an adult sheep - after 276 attempts, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Thulamela: Iron-Age Kingdom in South Africa   Live Science - February 22, 2017
The city of Thulamela flourished in South Africa between the 13th and 17th centuries. Its inhabitants imported goods from as far away as China. Covering nine hectares (22 acres) and located on the northern tip of Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, the site was excavated during the 1990s and contains a series of stone enclosures built on a hill.

Trove of Dazzling Bronze Age Weapons Unearthed in Scotland   Live Science - February 22, 2017
Excavations during the construction of two soccer fields in Scotland have turned up a rare discovery - a Bronze-Age weapon hoard, including a notched bronze sword and a gold-decorated spearhead. The weapons, which likely date back to between 1000 B.C. and 800 B.C., were found in a pit alongside a Bronze Age roundhouse. All told, archaeologists discovered the remains of 12 Bronze Age buildings during the dig, as well as a much earlier Stone Age hall that probably dates back to the very beginnings of agriculture in Scotland.

Snap's IPO builds an 'impregnable fortress' where only the founders have power   PhysOrg - February 22, 2017
When the company behind messaging app Snapchat holds its much-anticipated initial public stock offering in the coming weeks, it will offer new shareholders exclusively nonvoting shares, something no company has tried before in a public debut.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


February 22, 1975

Drew Barrymore

  Drew Barrymore Google Videos

Drew Barrymore is an award winning American
actress and film producer. Filmography


Everyone is like a butterfly. They start out ugly and awkward and
then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.


Drew Barrymore Quotes




February 22, 1968

Jeri Ryan

  Jeri Ryan Google Videos

Jeri Ryan is an award winning
American actress Filmography


The more stressful our times get,

the more we look for fantasy escapes.

Jeri Ryan Quotes




February 22, 1950

Julie Walters

  Julie Walters Google Videos

Julie Walters is an award winning
English actress and novelist. Filmography


Dramas may not all change the world,

but a seed should be planted with each one.

Julie Walters Quotes




February 22, 1969

Thomas Jane

  Thomas Jane Google Videos

Thomas Jane is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


People lose people, we lose things in our life as we're constantly growing and changing.

Life is change, and a lot of that is loss. It's what you gain from that loss that makes life.

Thomas Jane Quotes




February 22, 1959

Kyle MacLachlan

  Kyle MacLachlan Google Videos

Kyle MacLachlan is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


My workout is my meditation.

Kyle MacLachlan Quotes




February 22, 1857 - January 1, 1894

Heinrich Hertz

  Heinrich Hertz Google Videos

Heinrich Hertz was a German physicist who clarified and expanded the electromagnetic theory of light that had been put forth by James Clerk Maxwell. He was the first to conclusively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves by engineering instruments to transmit and receive radio pulses using experimental procedures that ruled out all other known wireless phenomena.


Outside our consciousness there lies the cold and alien world of actual things. Between the two stretches the narrow borderland of the senses. No communication between the two worlds is possible excepting across the narrow strip. For a proper understanding of ourselves and of the world, it is of the highest importance that this borderland should be thoroughly explored.

Heinrich Hertz Quotes 1

Heinrich Hertz Quotes 2




February 22, 1040 - July 13, 1105

Rashi

  Rashi Google Videos

Medieval French Rabbi famed as the author of the first comprehensive
commentary on the Talmud, and the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).
Father of all commentaries that followed on the Talmud.

To study is to understand that which God created.

Rashi




Tuesday February 21, 2017     5:00 PM EST


Famous Scientists' Early Works Stolen in $2.5 Million Heist of Rare Books   Live Science - February 21, 2017

Protesters Ready for Trump's First Visit to New York as President   New York Times - February 21, 2017
Brad Lander, a New York City councilman, shouted into the crowd at a community organizing meeting in Brooklyn, where 1,000 people squeezed into a synagogue on a recent weeknight to strategize against President Trump. Outside, activists became bouncers, turning away a line of people from the overstuffed site. Inside, hands shot up in answer and a cheer went up from those who had swarmed the airport to protest Mr. Trump's executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

U.S. Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks: sources   Reuters - February 21, 2017
U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees in the Washington area and Philadelphia were unable to access some agency computer networks on Tuesday, according to three sources familiar with the matter. It was not immediately clear how widespread the issue was or how significantly it affected daily functions at DHS, a large government agency whose responsibilities include immigration services, border security and cyber defense. Employees began experiencing problems logging into networks at 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday due to a problem related to domain controllers, or servers that process authentication requests, and personal identity verification (PIV) cards used by federal workers and contractors to access certain information systems, one source said.

  Trump state visit: Protests outside as MPs debate petition   BBC - February 21, 2017
Protests took place in central London as MPs clashed over whether US President Donald Trump should be given a state visit to the UK. The debate was triggered by two petitions - one against a state visit, which got 1.85 million signatures, and one in favor which got 311,000. A group of anti-Trump protesters gathered in Parliament Square, while similar demonstrations were organized elsewhere around the UK, including in Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Newcastle.

  A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter   BBC - February 21, 2017
The deportation force is here. According to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos, the Trump administration plans to vastly expand the pool of undocumented immigrants in the United States who will be targeted for removal.

Trump administration widens net for immigrant deportation   BBC - February 21, 2017
The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal. Undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or shop-lifting will be targeted along with those convicted of more serious crimes.

British suicide bomber dies in attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul   BBC - February 21, 2017
A British IS fighter who died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, the BBC understands. The self-styled Islamic State group said two days ago that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum, south-west of Mosul.

Riots erupt in Sweden's capital just days after Trump comments   Washington Post - February 21, 2017
Just two days after President Trump provoked widespread consternation by seeming to imply, incorrectly, that immigrants had perpetrated a recent spate of violence in Sweden, riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in the northern suburbs of the country's capital, Stockholm.

Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites   BBC - February 21, 2017
Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked wells over a ten-year period in four states. The biggest problems were reported in oil-rich North Dakota where 67% of the spills were recorded. The largest spill recorded involved 100,000 litres of fluid with most related to storing and moving liquids.

What future for E numbers after Brexit?   BBC - February 21, 2017
Thinking about E numbers might stir up images of hyperactive children guzzling fluorescent soft drinks. But have you ever wondered what the E stands for? Looking at this system of food additives can help illustrate some of the tough issues facing the British government as it prepares to leave the European Union.

Researchers identify human brain processes critical to short-term memory   PhysOrg - February 20, 2017
This study is the first clear demonstration of precisely how human brain cells work to create and recall short-term memories. Confirmation of this process and the specific brain regions involved is a critical step in developing meaningful treatments for memory disorders that affect millions of Americans.

Snapchat just met with investors in New York and faced a tough set of questions   Business Insider - February 21, 2017
Snapchat executives in New York on Tuesday were peppered with questions about competition from Facebook, user growth for the disappearing-message app, and accessibility in less developed markets as they pitched investors on the company's shares.

Photos: Pueblo Society Chose Rulers Based on Mother's Line   Live Science - February 21, 2017
The prehistoric rulers at Chaco Canyon's Pueblo Bonito had their mothers, but not their fathers, to thank for their high positions. That's because elite rulers were chosen based on their mothers' family, making the society a matrilineal one. Researchers made the discovery by studying the nuclear and mitochondrial DNA of nine individuals buried in an elaborate crypt in Pueblo Bonito, a multilevel settlement built in what is now New Mexico. The results show that a matrilineal dynasty ruled the area from about A.D. 800 to 1130, when the society collapsed.

Going Bananas: The Real Story of Kepler, Copernicus and the Church   Live Science - February 21, 2017
We all know the story. Centuries ago, everyone in the Western world believed that the Earth was the center of the universe, with the sun, the stars, the planets and everything else revolving around it. That model sort of stunk at predicting the motions of the other planets, so countless numbers of "epicycles," or circles-within-circles, were added to their orbital paths to explain the data. OK, whatever. Things were going along fine until Nicolaus Copernicus decided to try Science and put the sun at the center of the solar system. Wow, everything was awesome! But the Catholic Church hated it. Then Johannes Kepler found that planets don't move in circles, but in ellipses. And his model was super-accurate. Another point for Science! Take that, Church.

Hear This: Scientists Regrow Sound-Sensing Cells   Live Science - February 21, 2017
Scientists have coaxed sound-sensing cells in the ear, called "hair cells," to grow from stem cells. This technique, if perfected with human cells, could help halt or reverse the most common form of hearing loss, according to a new study. These delicate hair cells can be damaged by excessive noise, ear infections, certain medicines or the natural process of aging. Human hair cells do not naturally regenerate; so as they die, hearing declines. More than 20 million Americans have significant hearing loss resulting from the death or injury of these sensory hair cells, accounting for about 90 percent of hearing loss in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System?   Science Daily - February 21, 2017
New work shows that interactions between iron and nickel under the extreme pressures and temperatures similar to a planetary interior can help scientists understand the period in our Solar System's youth when planets were forming and their cores were created. Earth and other rocky planets formed as the matter surrounding our young Sun slowly accreted. At some point in Earth's earliest years, its core formed through a process called differentiation -- when the denser materials, like iron, sunk inward toward the center. This formed the layered composition the planet has today, with an iron core and a silicate upper mantle and crust.

Radiocarbon dating and DNA show ancient Puebloan leadership in the maternal line   Science Daily - February 21, 2017
Discovering who was a leader, or even if leaders existed, from the ruins of archaeological sites is difficult, but now a team of archaeologists and biological anthropologists, using a powerful combination of radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, have shown that a matrilineal dynasty likely ruled Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico for more than 300 years.

Genetic data show mainly men migrated from the Pontic steppe to Europe 5,000 years ago   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
A new study, looking at the sex-specifically inherited X chromosome of prehistoric human remains, shows that hardly any women took part in the extensive migration from the Pontic-Caspian Steppe approximately 5,000 years ago. The great migration that brought farming practices to Europe 4,000 years earlier, on the other hand, consisted of both women and men. The difference in sex bias suggests that different social and cultural processes drove the two migrations.

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds   Science Daily - February 21, 2017
Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while almost nine per cent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say.

Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis   Science Daily - February 21, 2017
A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated.

New metamaterial is proved to be the world's first to achieve the performance predicted by theoretical bounds   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
Mechanical engineering professor Robert McMeeking and materials scientist Haydn N. G. Wadley prove that the three-dimensional pyramid-and-cross cell geometry Berger conceived is the first of its kind to achieve the performance predicted by theoretical bounds. Its lightness, strength and versatility, according to Berger, lends itself well to a variety of applications, from buildings to vehicles to packaging and transport.

Fermi finds possible dark matter ties in Andromeda galaxy   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has found a signal at the center of the neighboring Andromeda galaxy that could indicate the presence of the mysterious stuff known as dark matter. The gamma-ray signal is similar to one seen by Fermi at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Tune your radio: Galaxies sing when forming stars   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
A team has found the most precise way ever to measure the rate at which stars form in galaxies using their radio emission at 1-10 Gigahertz frequency range.

Data from Mars probe suggests possibility of proto-ring development   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
A pair of researchers with the Physical Research Laboratory in India studying data sent back from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe has found possible evidence of the development of rings around the planet. The dust that surrounds Mars may one day accumulate into a set of rings encircling the planet.

Experiments call origin of Earth's iron into question   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
New research reveals that the Earth's unique iron composition isn't linked to the formation of the planet's core, calling into question a prevailing theory about the events that shaped our planet during its earliest years. The research opens the door for other competing theories about why the Earth, relative to other planets, has higher levels of heavy iron isotopes. Among them: light iron isotopes may have been vaporized into space by a large impact with another planet that formed the moon; the slow churning of the mantle as it makes and recycles the Earth's crust may preferentially incorporate heavy iron into rock; or, the composition of the raw material that formed the planet in its earliest days may have been enriched with heavy iron.

The brightest, furthest pulsar in the universe   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
SA's XMM-Newton has found a pulsar the spinning remains of a once-massive star that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible.

Proposed test would offer strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is real   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
Physicists are getting a little bit closer to answering one of the oldest and most basic questions of quantum theory: does the quantum state represent reality or just our knowledge of reality? George C. Knee, a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, has created an algorithm for designing optimal experiments that could provide the strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is an ontic state (a state of reality) and not an epistemic state (a state of knowledge).

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old   PhysOrg - February 21, 2017
In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.

What Happened to Grand Temple Building in Ancient Egypt after the Death of Alexander the Great?   Ancient Origins - February 21, 2017
Egyptian temple culture was thought to be declining in the Ptolemaic era, after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. Nothing could be further from the truth, says Egyptologist Carina van den Hoven. Temple culture was very much alive and kicking.

  Trees Make Noise When They Are Thirsty   Epoch Times - February 21, 2017




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


February 21, 1969

Aunjanue Ellis

  Aunjanue Ellis Google Videos

Aunjanue Ellis is an award winning
American actress, and producer. Filmography


Pain doesn't have a face and pain doesn't have
a certain way of adjusting. Pain is universal.

Aunjanue Ellis Quotes




February 21, 1979

Jennifer Love Hewitt

  Jennifer Love Hewitt Google Videos

Jennifer Love Hewitt is an award winning American actress, television
director, singer-songwriter, author, film and television producer. Filmography


There's a difference between wanting to be respected and being a strong female,
known for being able to do things, but still very much wanting guys to open the door,
wanting them to ask you out, still bringing flowers and stuff like that.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Quotes




February 21, 1955

Kelsey Grammer

  Kelsey Grammer Google Videos

Kelsey Grammer is an award winning American
actor, producer, director, and writer. Filmography


I think it's your duty to overcome what you inherit in life.

Kelsey Grammer Quotes 1

Kelsey Grammer Quotes 2




February 21, 1958

Jack Coleman

  Jack Coleman Google Videos

Jack Coleman is an award winning American
actor and screenwriter. Filmography


In 2016, don't believe everything you hear or read.

Jack Coleman




February 21, 1987

Ellen Page

  Ellen Page Google Videos

Ellen Page is an award winning
Canadian actress. Filmography


"Inception" taught me that dreams and realities are the same,
and it's all an illusion.

Ellen Page Quotes




February 21, 1987

Ashley Greene

  Ashley Greene Google Videos

Ashley Greene is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


I'm very much a girl that likes to have options that reflect the changes in my life.

Ashley Greene Quote




February 21, 1989

Corbin Bleu

  Corbin Bleu Google Videos

Corbin Bleu is an award winning American actor,
model, dancer, producer, and singer-songwriter.
Discography -- Filmography


I'm a very outgoing person. I'm always happy,
I'm one of those people who are always smiling.

Corbin Bleu Quotes 1

Corbin Bleu Quotes 2




February 21, 1983

Melanie Laurent

  Melanie Laurent Google Videos

Melanie Laurent is an award winning French
actress, director, and writer. Filmography


Shhh ... What do you hear?

Melanie Laurent Quotes




February 21, 1953

Christine Ebersole

  Christine Ebersole Google Videos

Christine Ebersole is an award winning
American actress and singer. Filmography


You hope what you say will have a positive impact on others.

Christine Ebersole




February 21, 1946

Tyne Daly

  Tyne Daly Google Videos

Tyne Daly is an award winning American
stage and screen actress. Filmography


I'm interested in playing old ladies because I am becoming one.
And I want to become a very good one!

Tyne Daly Quotes




February 21, 1953

William Petersen

  William Petersen Google Videos

William Petersen is an award winning
American actor and producer. Filmography


The cracks in reality show us how to find our way home.

William Petersen Quotes




February 21, 1946

Alan Rickman

  Alan Rickman Google Videos

Alan Rickman is an award winning
English actor and director. Filmography


Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.

Alan Rickman Quotes