Who uses Twitter? Twitter aims to reach 1 billion users!

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DigitalTrends reports that Twitter aims to reach 1 billion users. Twitter started as a powerful tool replacing email and is still a powerful tool used by many. But for an average guy who follows couple of hundred people, his inbox will be cluttered.

A new creation story: Beyond religion and science -Deepak Chopra in SFGate

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Stephen Hawking made worldwide news with his sound bite about how the universe was created. Specifically, he said that a Creator is not needed to explain how the universe began.

Spiritual Science, Rational Morality: Rethinking the Divide Between Science and Religion

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The atheist Sam Harris has just lobbed a bombshell into the roiling debate over science and religion. In his new book The Moral Landscape, he argues for an entirely new understanding of morality, based not on religion but on new insights from science, especially brain science.

Exploring Oceanfloor Hydrothermal Vents- Geysers that Entice Astrobiologists

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Hydrothermal vents on the seafloors are thought to be possible sites for the origin of life on Earth.

Father and son film outer space, do-it-yourself style

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The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back perhaps the most impressive amateur space footage ever.

NASA's Mobile Mars Laboratory almost ready for flight

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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite has completed assembly at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and is nearly ready for a December delivery to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., where it will be joined to the Curiosity rover.

Women’s race and class impact contraception recommendations, UCSF study shows

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A woman’s race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status impact whether health care providers recommend one of the most highly effective forms of contraception, a UCSF study confirms. The results also indicate that the interaction of both factors plays a role in clinicians’ decisions.

Clue to unusual drug-resistant breast cancers found

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have found how gene expression that may contribute to drug resistance is ramped up in unusual types of breast tumors.