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Science News: Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets

CHAN TYSOR POSES WITH MODEL ROCKETS IN TAIPEI.By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas company is offering a unique send off for beloved pets by placing a portion of their cremated remains in a capsule and blasting them off into space. Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The space send-off options go up to $12,500, which allows the pet’s remains to be launched into deep space or to visit the moon. "Our pet service flights are an idea that’s been a long time coming," Celestis Chief Executive Charles Chafer said.


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Science News: Birthday Binging Linked to More Hospital Admissions

Birthday Binging Linked to More Hospital AdmissionsFor many young people, birthday celebrations are synonymous with heavy drinking, but such binging at raucous parties can make birthdays a particularly bad day for your health, according to a new study from Canada. The results show that excessive drinking — often referred to as binge drinking — lands more young people in the hospital for alcohol-related incidents during their birthday weeks than any other time of the year. The researchers compared the number of hospital admissions for alcohol-use disorders — defined as any incident in which the patient had symptoms such as alcohol dependence, withdrawal, delirium and acute intoxication — with the dates of the patients' birthdays. They hypothesized that the number of admissions for alcohol-use disorders would spike during the patients' birthday weeks.


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Science News: Healthy Living in Stressful Times May Reduce Aging Effects

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during troubling times may reduce some of the negative effects of stress on the body, and the accelerated aging that can come with it, researchers say. The study participants reported their health and behaviors, as well as whether any major stressful events such as losing a job or going through a divorce, that occurred during the yearlong study. To look at the effect of stress on cells, the researcher measured the length of cell structures called telomeres, which are protective "caps" at the end of chromosomes. The researchers took blood samples from the participants, once at the beginning of the study and again a year later, to measure the changes in the white blood cell's telomeres.  

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Science News: Exercise Can Change How You See the World

Exercise Can Change How You See the WorldExercise may leave people feeling less anxious because they perceive their environments as less threatening, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers asked students to watch an animation of a figure that could be perceived as moving toward or away from the viewer, and found that the students who exercised viewed the figure as less threatening. "You're seeing this world as a little less threatening" after exercise, said study researcher Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Queen's University in Canada. Heenan said the findings could have implications for people who suffer from anxiety.


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Science News: What Tiny Drones Can Learn from Hummingbirds

What Tiny Drones Can Learn from HummingbirdsImproving the design of the world's tiniest drones could start with taking a closer look at one of nature's smallest and most efficient flyers, the hummingbird. In a new study, researchers at Stanford University's Bio-Inspired Research and Design (BIRD) lab compared the flight of 12 different species of hummingbird with that of a Black Hornet Nano, one of the world's smallest drones. "The hummingbird is such an exceptional bird. It's got so much power," said lead study researcher David Lentink, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford.


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  • Fly Fido to the moon in space send off for deceased pets
    Celestis Inc, which has provided memorial space flights for human remains since 1997, will launch its first commercial pet memorial spaceflight in October 2014 with the remains of a blue merle Australian shepherd, named Apollo, the company said. The pet ...
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