Mysterious Buckyballs Found Throughout Interstellar Space Puzzled Scientists, Until Now

by University of Arizona

Researchers discovered a mechanism creating complex carbon molecules in a simulated planetary nebula environment.

Scientists have long been puzzled by the existence of so-called “buckyballs” – complex carbon molecules with a soccer-ball-like structure – throughout interstellar space. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona has proposed a mechanism for their formation in a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Windows security warning: Ransomware is growing fastest, and just got harder to tackle

by Steve Ranger, ZDNet

Crypto-locking malware attacks are growing, and could become more dangerous after the apparent departure of a big player.

Ransomware is growing fast and could become more difficult to tackle as the criminal ecosystem shifts from a few dominant players to many smaller ones.

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Fluffy Dinosaurs Actually Existed and Lived at the South Pole, Scientists Discover

by Georgia Slater, People – Human Interest

The “proto-feathers” may have been used to keep the smaller dinosaurs warm in polar habitats.

New research suggests that dinosaurs may have had a secret way of staying warm in ancient polar habitats — feathers!

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The Ability To Read and Write Could Help Protect the Brain From Dementia, Study Suggests

by Hunter Moyler, Newsweek – Health

People who cannot read or write may be three times as likely to eventually develop dementia, according to a study published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday.

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to conditions broadly defined as “a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is ultimately caused when cells in the brain are damaged or die such that they cannot effectively communicate with each other.

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