Struggling to Hit Your Step Count? Competition May be the Best Motivation

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(Credit: shepele4ek2304/Shutterstock) Yes, physical activity is good for your health, but sometimes – OK, maybe a lot – you just don’t want to. How do you get yourself up and going when inspiration lags? According to a new study, the answer may be a little friendly competition. In a study out Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers have found that gamifying physical activity objectives encourages people to take more steps per day than merely s ...read more

Cement Mixed on ISS Helps Pave the Way for Future Space Colonies

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As cement hardens through a process called hydration, the molecules within the mixture develop millions of microscopic crystals, like those seen in this screenshot from the NASA video below. These interlocking crystals help the cement molecules bind with each other, as well as other concrete ingredients like gravel, sand, and small rocks. (Credit: NASA ScienceCasts) Concrete, in one form or another, has been a staple of human construction for some 5,000 years. Now, researchers have finally b ...read more

India Still Trying to Contact its Lost Moon Lander

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This photo of the Virkam lander shows it being hoisted and readied, prior to its launch this past July. (Credit: ISRO) The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) isn’t giving up hope for its lost lunar lander just yet. The space agency will keep trying to establish contact with the Virkam lander for 14 days, according to the Times of India. On September 6, the spacecraft was scheduled to have a soft landing in the moon’s south pole region. But as it neared the one-mile marke ...read more

Did a Single Genetic Mutation Make Humans the Heart Attack Species?

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(Credit: halfbottle/Shutterstock) There are many things that set us humans apart from other species: large brains, bipedalism, a predilection for puns. But we’re also defined by our singular vulnerability to cardiovascular disease. Heart attacks and strokes, the leading causes of death in humans worldwide, are rampant in our species and our species alone. Even chimpanzees, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, suffer from cardiovascular disease at far lower rates, and for diff ...read more

The Largest Volcano in Alaska gets New Monitoring

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Wrangell and its ice-filled caldera seen from the International Space Station in August 2005. NASA. Alaska is full of volcanoes. Most of them lie along the long, arcuate chain along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, stretching far into the Pacific Ocean. However, they are not the only volcanoes in the vast state. to the east of the Aleutian arc are the Wrangell-St. Elias Range. It is one of the most complex tectonic area in North America and home to at least 10 volcanoes. In fact, s ...read more

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