The Thirteen Most Important Numbers in the Universe

The Thirteen Most Important Numbers in the Universe

Some numbers, such as your phone number or your Social Security number, are decidedly more important than others. But the numbers on this list are of cosmic importancethey are the fundamental concepts that define our universe.

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The Seahorse of the Large Magellanic Cloud

The Seahorse of the Large Magellanic Cloud

The curiously-shaped dust structure occurs in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud, in a star forming region very near the expansive Tarantula Nebula.

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World’s largest solar farm is up and running in California

World's largest solar farm is up and running in California

The world's largest solar plant is up and running in California, with the completion of Topaz, a 550 megawatt plant; the Topaz solar project completed its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase, reported Greentech Media, making history not only as the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come on-line in the …

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Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader, who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack, is huge in pop culture. And this idea informs how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least, not in the wild.

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World Population Will Soar Higher Than Predicted

World Population Will Soar Higher Than Predicted

United Nations leaders have worried for decades about the pace of population growth. A few years ago leading calculations had global population peaking at nine billion by 2070 and then easing to 8.4 billion by 2100. Currently it stands at 7.2 billion. Recently the U.N. revised these numbers steeply upward: the population is now expected to rise to 9.6 billion…

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Ebola Vaccine Passes First Human Trial

Ebola Vaccine Passes First Human Trial

The first human trials of a vaccine against Ebola have been successful, but it will be months, at best, before it can be used to stem the outbreak in West Africa. The origins of the vaccine go back more than a decade. A chimpanzee cold virus was modified to carry Ebola genetic material conferring protection against the Zaire strain of Ebola. This was shown to be effective in monkeys, although the benefits wore off with time.

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