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Science News: Hubble Telescope's 'Pillars of Creation' Remade in Computer Simulation

Hubble Telescope's 'Pillars of Creation' Remade in Computer SimulationAn astronomer has recreated the famous "Pillars of Creation" using a computer. In 1995, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope trained its gaze on a stellar nursery inside the Eagle Nebula, a billowing could of gas and dust about 7,000 light-years from Earth. The resulting image, dubbed "The Pillars of Creation," ranks among "Earthrise" and the "Pale Blue Dot" as one of the most iconic space photos of all time. Scientists think the "pillars" in the image — known as "elephant trunks" — formed as cooler interstellar gas was worn away by intense radiation and powerful winds from nearby massive stars, known as O-type stars.


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Science News: Dangers of Contact Lenses: Amoeba Eye Infection Blinds Woman

A student in Taiwan who left contact lenses in her eyes for six months straight developed a rare and serious eye infection that ultimately took her vision, according to a news report. While this particular case has not been verified by Live Science, eye infections from microscopic amoebas can occur. The condition is known as Acanthamoeba keratitis, and is most common among people who wear contact lenses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said that leaving contact lenses in too long increases the risk of eye infections because the contact lens prevents the cornea — the transparent outer covering of the eye — from getting enough oxygen.

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Science News: In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said on Friday - but that doesn't necessarily mean porn is addictive. Although there are no precise figures, experts in the field believe as many as one in 25 adults is affected by compulsive sexual behavior, more commonly known as sex addiction - an obsession with sexual thoughts, feelings or behavior they are unable to control. The study looked at brain activity in 19 male patients affected by sex addiction and compared them with the same number of volunteers. The patients had started watching pornography at earlier ages and in higher proportions than the volunteers.  "The patients in our trial were all people who had substantial difficulties controlling their sexual behavior and this was having significant consequences for them, affecting their lives and relationships," said Dr Valerie Voon, who led the study at Cambridge's department of psychiatry.

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Science News: Spectacular 'Supermoon' Rises This Weekend

You might want to step outside tomorrow night (July 12), when a bulging "supermoon" will rise in the evening sky. At this point, known as "perigee," the moon is about 30,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) closer to the planet than at its farthest point, or "apogee." [In Photos: Glitzy Images of a Supermoon] Supermoons gained attention last year, when a June 2013 full moon was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons, according to NASA. To the casual observer, it's not easy to tell the difference between a normal full moon and a supermoon.

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Science News: 'Manhattanhenge' Sunset Lights Up NYC Streets Tonight

'Manhattanhenge' Sunset Lights Up NYC Streets TonightNew Yorkers may be treated to a stunning sunset tonight (July 11), with the return of a phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge," which occurs when the setting sun aligns with Manhattan's grid of streets. Earlier this year, on May 29 and May 30, the Manhattanhenge sunsets were mostly spoiled by overcast conditions, but on the second day, some New Yorkers caught glimpses of the magnificent spectacle through the clouds. Weather permitting, the full effect of Manhattanhenge will be visible tonight at 8:24 p.m. EDT. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, coined the term "Manhattanhenge" in 2001, and is credited with popularizing the event.


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