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Cosmic Distance Record 'Broken'

A cataclysmic explosion of a huge star near the edge of the observable Universe may be the most distant single object yet spied by a telescope. Scientists believe the blast, which was detected by Nasa's Swift space observatory, occurred a mere 520 million years after the Big Bang. This means its light has taken a staggering 13.14 billion years to reach Earth...

from BBC News Online

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Electrons Are Fantastically Round, Say British Scientists

After three months of experiments in a basement laboratory in London, scientists can confirm – with more confidence than ever – that the electron is very, very round.

from the Guardian (UK)

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FDA Asked to Bar Antibiotics in Farm-Animal Food

Several environmental and public-health groups filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday to try to force the government to stop farmers from routinely adding antibiotics to livestock feed to help animals grow faster...

from the Seattle Times

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With No Labeling, Few Realize They Are Eating Genetically Modified Foods

When a team of activists wearing white hazmat suits showed up at a Chicago grocery store to protest the sale of genetically modified foods, they picked an unlikely target: Whole Foods Market...

from the Baltimore Sun

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Engineered Antibodies Cross Blood–Brain Barrier

By defying the classical rules of antibody engineering, researchers have constructed an antibody that is readily shuttled into the brain. The results suggest that the approach could be used to generate antibody-based therapies for brain diseases.

from Nature News

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Survey Captures Local Universe in 3-D

The cosmic backyard will never look the same, thanks to a new three-dimensional map — the most detailed view ever assembled out to a distance of 380 million light-years.

from Science News

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NASA Asteroid Mission Set for 2016

A NASA spacecraft has been approved to launch in 2016 to visit a near-Earth asteroid, mission managers announced today. Dubbed OSIRIS-REx—for Origins Spectral-Interpretation Resource-Identification Security Regolith Explorer—the robotic craft will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect pieces of an asteroid and bring them back to Earth...

from National Geographic News

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El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya

Had we been traveling overland, it would have taken two or three days to get from the end of the road at Carmelita to El Mirador: long hours of punishing heat and drenching rain, of mud and mosquitoes, and the possibility that the jungle novice in our party (that would be me, not the biologists turned photographers Christian Ziegler and Claudio Contreras) might step on a lethal fer-de-lance or do some witless city thing to provoke a jaguar or arouse the ire of the army ants inhabiting the last great swath of subtropical rain forest in Mesoamerica.

from Smithsonian Magazine

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