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Jan 26, 2014

NASA Flooded with Ideas for 2020 Mars Rover Science GearNASA has received a whopping 58 science-instrument proposals for its next Mars rover, which is slated to launch in 2020 to search for signs of past Red Planet life. The  proposals are double the usual number submitted during such instrument competitions, NASA officials said. We truly appreciate this overwhelming response by the worldwide science and technical community and are humbled by the support and enthusiasm for this unique mission," John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for science, said in a statement. "We fully expect to be able to select an instrument suite that will return exciting science and advance space exploration at Mars," he added.


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Jan 26, 2014

Humans may be able to smell sickness, or at least detect a distinct odor in the sweat of people with highly active immune systems who are responding to infection, a new study from Sweden suggests. In the study, eight healthy people were injected with either lipopolysaccharide, a bacterial toxin that produces a strong immune response, or with salt water (which wasn't expected to have any effect).

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Ancient Roman Infanticide Didn't Spare Either Sex, DNA SuggestsA new look at a cache of baby bones discovered in Britain is altering assumptions about why ancient Romans committed infanticide. "Very often, societies have preferred male offspring, so when they practice infanticide, it tends to be the male babies that are kept, and the female babies that are killed," said study researcher Simon Mays, a skeletal biologist for English Heritage, a non-governmental organization that protects historic sites. Though ancient Romans indeed preferred boys, there is no evidence they went as far as infanticide to skew the sex ratio, Mays told LiveScience. Mays and his colleagues used a technique called ancient DNA analysis to study infant bones found at a site called Yewden Villa, near Hambleden, in England.


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Using a smartphone to get more work done at night makes employees less productive the next day, new research suggests. Russell Johnson, a Michigan State University assistant professor of management and co-author of the study, said many smartphone owners consider the devices to be among the most important tools ever invented when it comes to increasing productivity of knowledge-based work. Yet, the National Sleep Foundation says only 40 percent of Americans get enough sleep on most nights and a commonly cited reason is smartphone usage for work. Both studies' surveys showed that nighttime smartphone usage for business purposes cut into sleep and sapped workers' energy the next day in the office.

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Jan 26, 2014

The online career site Glassdoor believes one of the best ways for job seekers to get ready for an interview is to practice their responses to any questions that may be asked. To help those who are preparing for an upcoming interview put their best foot forward, Glassdoor sifted through tens of thousands of their interview reviews to find out some of the most common questions candidates are getting asked.

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In an economy in which full-time opportunities are scarce, many job seekers have adopted a "take what you can get" attitude, accepting any interview they're offered in the hopes of landing a position rather than holding out for their dream job. "Describe your strengths and what you bring to the table, but also ask a lot of questions about what the employer is looking for in a candidate to fill the position."

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Jan 25, 2014

Stargazer Snaps Stunning View of Andromeda Galaxy (Photo)The Andromeda Galaxy takes center stage in this spectacular image captured by an amateur astronomer during a holiday stargazing session.


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New Night Sky Supernova: How to See It in TelescopesOne of the closest star explosions in nearly 27 years was discovered this week by students and staff at the University of College London, and the supernova can be easily seen by stargazers equipped with a moderately large telescope. Early on the evening of Jan. 21, a team of students — Ben Cooke, Tom Wright, Matthew Wilde and Guy Pollack — assisted by astronomer Steve Fossey, spotted the new supernova in nearby galaxy Messier 82 (M82), popularly known as the "Cigar Galaxy."  You can see the supernova in a live webcast on Saturday (Jan. 24), courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project in Ceccano, Italy. While the new supernova is not visible to the naked eye, it is visible in telescopes, weather permitting.


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The new study, from researchers in Sweden, finds the most common reason that 36- to 40-year-old people cite for not having children is that they don't have a suitable partner. "The majority really wanted children, even [many] who were 36 or 40 years old," said study researcher Erica Schytt, who studies women and children's health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. "At minimum, they don't have the same possibilities of getting pregnant" as younger people, Schytt told LiveScience.

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"These findings demonstrate the importance of minimizing sedentary activities, and replacing some of them with light-intensity activities, such as pacing back and forth when on the phone, standing at your desk periodically instead of sitting and having walking meetings instead of sit-down meetings," study researcher Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., said in a statement. The new study was published online Dec. 25 in the journal Preventive Medicine.

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