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    Living in a Sci-Fi World

    by Sabrina Ricci Future

    CES (Consumer Electronics Association) was last week, and companies demoed a lot of really cool gadgets. One I think is worth sharing is a product by Tactus, a company in California. Tactus developed a screen that can turn into a flat tablet into something with actual bumpy buttons, to make it easier to type. When […]

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    The Higgs Boson / The “God particle”

    by Sabrina Ricci Science

    From NPR: “Two teams of scientists using the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced in Geneva this morning that they have detected a new subatomic particle that bears the hallmarks of the elusive and highly sought after Higgs boson. In layman’s terms, the Higgs is referred to as […]

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    Do eBooks Weigh Anything?

    by Sabrina Ricci Musings

    Interesting question posed by a New York Times reader: When an e-reader is loaded with thousands of books, does it gain any weight? The answer? “In principle, the answer is yes,” said John D. Kubiatowicz, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. To read the whole explanation, click here.

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    Maybe Someday We Can Visit The Whole Universe

    by Sabrina Ricci Science

    That became my dream after I learned that scientists at CERN in Switzerland have successfully conducted an experiment proving Einstein’s theory of relativity wrong. Turns out, things can travel faster than the speed of light (at least subatomic particles anyway). But hey, it’s a start. Read more…

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    In the Name of Science

    by Sabrina Ricci Science
    penguins

    Turns out that the bands scientists have been attaching to penguins for 50 years to study them has been doing more harm than good. Because of the bands, penguins are producing fewer offspring and have a lower survival rate–probably because the bands impede their swimming abilities, which makes it harder to gather food. Still, the […]

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    In the Name of Science

    by Sabrina Ricci Science

    Science is constantly changing and scientists are always learning new things. This week, my focus is on the prehistoric, unsolved deaths, and green tech. Recently, researchers have reported that an extinct Jamaican bird, from the ibis family (but flightless), used its handbone as a clublike weapons. The fossil was discovered in 1997, and the bird […]

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    Triceratops Never Existed

    by Sabrina Ricci Science

    Being a huge dinosaur-lover, I can’t believe I’m just hearing about this now, but back in July/August of this year, it was announced that triceratops never existed. In fact, both Triceratops and Torosaurus are now believed to have been the same dinosaur, but at different growth stages. Sound familiar? It’s a lot like the mix-up […]

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    Total Lunar Eclipse

    by Sabrina Ricci Science
    Lunar Eclipse - My attempt at photographing the lunar eclipse without a tripod.

    Tonight/early morning, there was a total lunar eclipse–”the first time in 372 years that a total lunar eclipse also marks the beginning of the winter solstice,” according to the New York Times. From my perspective here in Hoboken, it was beautiful. The moon was a deep red, and at 3:05 a.m. or so I could […]

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    Science Rules!

    by Sabrina Ricci Science

    Kristianstad, Sweden does not use oil, natural gas, or coal to heat its homes and businesses. Instead, it uses gas extracted from biomass like farm and food waste. This is not uncommon in European cities, but Kristianstad harnesses “biogas for an across-the-board regional energy makeover that has halved its fossil fuel use and reduced the city’s […]

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    Science Rules! Week 2

    by Sabrina Ricci Science

    All kinds of good science news this week. First, late night Dec. 13 and early morning Dec. 14, there will be a “dazzling Geminid meteor shower” that is “expected to be the best display of so-called ‘shooting stars’ of the year.” The Geminid meteor shower occurs every year, and they are a source of mystery […]

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    Science Rules!

    by Sabrina Ricci Musings

    I used to write science articles, and I miss it. So I’m going to start blogging about it. You’re welcome. Lots of interesting stuff going on today. For one, NASA had some exciting but also disappointing news. Yesterday they announced they would hold a press conference, which address how we’re going to change the way […]

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