Earth Shots: Must-See Planet Pics (...

Earth Shots: Must-See Planet Pics (March 30)

We spot the Northern lights from above, the largest salt flats on Earth and take a surreal inside look at fruits and veggies.
Papa New Guinea: Powerful Quake Pro...

Papa New Guinea: Powerful Quake Prompts Tsunami Fears

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Monday, sending startled residents fleeing from their homes, but a tsunami threat passed with no immediate reports of major damage.
Earth Hour: What Is the Carbon Foot...

Earth Hour: What Is the Carbon Footprint of an Email?

Find out how seemingly harmless everyday actions also contribute to emissions of carbon dioxide other greenhouse gases.
Antarctica?s Icy 'Doorstops' Are Th...

Antarctica?s Icy 'Doorstops' Are Thinning Rapidly

Antarctica's ice shelves are thinning, and at an increasing rate, which bodes ill for potential sea level rise.
Is Boston Vulnerable to a Major Ear...

Is Boston Vulnerable to a Major Earthquake?

The remote but potentially catastrophic risk of a significant quake in Boston has researchers pondering how to protect the city's fragile historic architecture. Continue reading ?
Snow Now Melts in Wyoming Two Weeks...

Snow Now Melts in Wyoming Two Weeks Early

The spring snowmelt comes more than two weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s in Wyoming's Wind River Range, a new study finds.

Yahoo Science

U.S.-Russian crew reaches space sta...

U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station for year-long stay

ISS crew of Kelly of the U.S. and Kornienko and Padalka of Russia walk after donning space suits at the Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a U.S.-Russia crew to the International Space Station for a year-long flight, a NASA Television broadcast showed. Four Soviet-era cosmonauts lived on the now-defunct Mir space station for a year or longer, but the missions, which concluded in 1999, did not have the sophisticated medical equipment that will be used during International Space Station investigations, NASA said.

Primordial sea creature with spiky ...

Primordial sea creature with spiky claws unearthed in Canada

A freshly excavated fossil specimen of Yawunik kootenayi is seen in this undated handout pictureBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A fossil site in the Canadian Rockies that provides a wondrous peek into life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has offered up the remains of an intriguing sea creature, a four-eyed arthropod predator that wielded a pair of spiky claws. Scientists said on Friday they unearthed nicely preserved fossils in British Columbia of the 508 million-year-old animal, named Yawunik kootenayi, that looked like a big shrimp with a bad attitude and was one of the largest predators of its time. The fossil beds in Kootenay National Park where it was found were in a previously unexplored area of the Burgess Shale rock formation that for more than a century has yielded exceptional remains from the Cambrian Period, when many of the major animal groups first appeared. Yawunik, whose name honors a mythical sea monster in the native Ktunaxa people's creation story, was a primitive arthropod, the highly successful group that includes shrimps, lobsters, crabs, insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes.

Valeo's self-driving car systems le...

Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones

The new self-driving car unveiled by Valeo and Safran drives during a presentation in front of the Invalides in ParisBy Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume PARIS (Reuters) - French auto parts maker Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. While demonstrating an autonomous car and other prototype systems jointly developed with Safran, the French defense and aerospace group, Valeo said on Friday the first applications may reach carmaker clients within three years. "We realized very quickly that we had much more in common than we'd expected," Valeo innovation chief Guillaume Devauchelle told Reuters. "It turns out that an autonomous vehicle is really a terrestrial drone." Cars that complete whole journeys without human input are still many years away, but creeping automation is well underway, with models already on sale that can pilot themselves through slow traffic and hit the brakes when a pedestrian steps out.

U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds i...

U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds in SpaceX certification: report

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad 40 the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday. The report cited a "stark disconnect" between the Air Force and SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies, about the purpose of the certification process and recommended changes. Air Force Secretary Deborah James ordered the review after the service missed a December deadline for certifying SpaceX to compete for some launches now carried out solely by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. The Pentagon is eager to certify SpaceX as a second launch provider, given mounting concerns in Congress about ULA's use of a Russian-built engine to power its Atlas 5 rocket.

EU to resume Galileo satellite laun...

EU to resume Galileo satellite launch program

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is set to send two navigation satellites into orbit on Friday aboard a Russian rocket, in its first launch since a botched deployment in August that cost several million euros to fix. The Galileo project to set up an EU alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) is obliged to use the Russian Soyuz system until a development of Arianespace's European Ariane 5 rocket is ready around the end of the year, despite strained relations with Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine. An official at the European Commission, which oversees the program, said the EU executive was tendering for insurance cover for future satellites and had set up an insurance scheme for the launches. The two launched in August have since been nudged into viable orbits and are fit for use, a spokesman for the European Space Agency said.
Woolly Mammoth DNA Inserted into El...

Woolly Mammoth DNA Inserted into Elephant Cells

Woolly Mammoth DNA Inserted into Elephant CellsThe idea of bringing extinct animals back to life continues to reside in the realm of science fiction. Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues used a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR to insert mammoth genes for small ears, subcutaneous fat, and hair length and color into the DNA of elephant skin cells. Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) have been extinct for millennia, with the last of the species dying out about 3,600 years ago. But we won't be seeing woolly mammoths prancing around anytime soon, "because there is more work to do," Church told U.K.'s The Times, according to Popular Science.

As stars form, magnetic fields infl...

As stars form, magnetic fields influence regions big and small

Stars form when gravity pulls together material within giant clouds of gas and dust. But gravity isn't the only force at work. Both turbulence and magnetic fields battle gravity, either by stirring things up or by channeling and restricting gas flows, respectively. New research focusing on magnetic fields shows that they influence star formation on a variety of scales, from hundreds of light-years down to a fraction of a light-year.
Scientists convert microbubbles to ...

Scientists convert microbubbles to nanoparticles

Biomedical researchers led by Dr. Gang Zheng at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have successfully converted microbubble technology already used in diagnostic imaging into nanoparticles that stay trapped in tumours to potentially deliver targeted, therapeutic payloads.
Cats relax to the sound of music

Cats relax to the sound of music

According to research published today in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery by veterinary clinicians at the University of Lisbon and a clinic in the nearby town of Barreiro in Portugal, music is likewise beneficial for cats in the surgical environment. But not all music is equal in this respect - cats, it seems, benefit most from classical music.
New study of freelance workers exam...

New study of freelance workers examines link between their well-being and hours worked

A new study of freelance workers has discovered key factors that affect their well-being ? either making them happier or increasing anxiety and risking depression.
Amazon unveils move in local servic...

Amazon unveils move in local services

US online giant Amazon said Monday it was launching a services marketplace offering to connect consumers with businesses offering anything from home improvement to piano lessons.
Compound from soil microbe inhibits...

Compound from soil microbe inhibits biofilm formation

Researchers have shown that a known antibiotic and antifungal compound produced by a soil microbe can inhibit another species of microbe from forming biofilms?microbial mats that frequently are medically harmful?without killing that microbe. The findings may apply to other microbial species, and can herald a plethora of scientific and societal benefits. The research is published online ahead of print on March 30, 2015, in the Journal of Bacteriology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The study will be printed in a special section of the journal that will comprise of papers from the 5th ASM Conference on Cell-Cell Communication in Bacteria.


Lethal Seas

Lethal Seas

A unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea shows what the future may hold as oceans acidify.
DIY Subatomic Particle Detector

DIY Subatomic Particle Detector

Here's a way you can reveal subatomic particles that are shooting in front of your eyes all the time.
Ghosts of Subatomic Particles

Ghosts of Subatomic Particles

Watch the smallest particles in the universe fly down from space and get ejected from a radioactive rod.
The Burden of Knowing

The Burden of Knowing

Genetic tests reveal important information, but that knowledge can come with a cost.
The Universe, Asymmetry, and You

The Universe, Asymmetry, and You

The universe's symmetry was shattered by a quantum fluctuation, allowing life to exist.
Invisible Universe Revealed

Invisible Universe Revealed

Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos.

Scientific American

NASA Assures Skeptical Congress Tha...

NASA Assures Skeptical Congress That the James Webb Telescope Is on Track

The program will not repeat past mistakes, officials vow, and will launch as planned in 2018   -- Read more on
Undersea Cable Network Operates in ...

Undersea Cable Network Operates in a State of Alarm [Excerpt]

The world’s undersea network of transoceanic cables serves as the cardiovascular system for data coursing through the Internet and other communications, but not without a lot of human help -- Read more on
Removal of Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes...

Removal of Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes Wrong Anticancer Option for Most

Angelina Jolie Pitt is part of only a small subset of the population at such high risk for cancer that doctors recommend preventative surgery -- Read more on
Ebola Virus Not Mutating as Quickly...

Ebola Virus Not Mutating as Quickly as Feared

The pathogen’s evolution does not appear to be outpacing efforts to develop an arsenal against it -- Read more on
NASA Chooses a Boulder as the Next ...

NASA Chooses a Boulder as the Next Destination for Its Astronauts

The agency's controversial Asteroid Redirect Mission no longer calls for redirecting an asteroid into high lunar orbit -- Read more on
What Are Black Hole Firewalls? [Vid...

What Are Black Hole Firewalls? [Video]

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UK to pioneer national meningitis B...

UK to pioneer national meningitis B vaccination scheme

Later this year, all babies in the UK will begin receiving jabs against the country's most common form of meningitis
David and Goliath: What do we do ab...

David and Goliath: What do we do about surveillance?

From spyware designed to catch students misbehaving to police tracking rioters by phone, we are spied on as never before, reveals a book by Bruce Schneier
English speakers, you stink at iden...

English speakers, you stink at identifying smells

Why do English speakers struggle to identify even common smells like cinnamon, asks linguist Asifa Majid. Is it down to language itself, or our environment?
Reverse silhouettes capture the bea...

Reverse silhouettes capture the beauty of nature

Hungarian-born Bauhaus artist Gyorgy Kepes placed leaves and other objects on top of photo-sensitive paper to create striking, monochrome "photograms"
Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital s...

Anglo Saxon remedy kills hospital superbug MRSA

A potion made from a medieval medical recipe killed MRSA bacteria in the lab, raising hopes it could lead to new treatments for modern-day skin infections
Battle-scarred Earth: How war resha...

Battle-scarred Earth: How war reshapes the planet

War isn't just for the history books. Bombs, munitions testing and chemical weapons dumps have left an indelible legacy on geology (full text available to subscribers)

NY Science

Well: Teenagers Face Early Death, o...

Well: Teenagers Face Early Death, on Their Terms

A national push and a new guide are giving critically ill young patients a voice in end-of-life discussions.
Dot Earth Blog: An ?Ask Me Anything...

Dot Earth Blog: An ?Ask Me Anything? Chat on Climate Science and Coverage

A veteran climate scientist and a longtime climate journalist interview each other about three decades of work making sense of global warming.
The Passive House in New York

The Passive House in New York

In New York City, hundreds of new units designed to use a quarter of the energy consumed by traditional homes are in the works.
Liberia Recommends Ebola Survivors ...

Liberia Recommends Ebola Survivors Practice Safe Sex Indefinitely

After an Ebola death, scientists want to gather more information on the length of time the virus might remain present in semen.
In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy...

In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

The provision of ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew used in the Amazon basin for centuries, to inmates on short furloughs reflects a quest to ease pressure on Brazil?s prison system.
Weed Killer, Long Cleared, Is Doubt...

Weed Killer, Long Cleared, Is Doubted

The Environmental Protection Agency gave the maker of Roundup a thumbs up in 1991, but a World Health Organization group now says the active ingredient ?probably? causes cancer.

Science Daily

Researchers develop new potential d...

Researchers develop new potential drug for rare leukemia

A new drug that shows potential in laboratory studies against a rare type of acute leukemia has been developed by scientists. And additional studies suggest the same compound could play a role in prostate cancer treatment as well, they say.
Adding peanuts to a meal benefits v...

Adding peanuts to a meal benefits vascular health

A study of peanut consumption showed that including them as a part of a high fat meal improved the post-meal triglyceride response and preserved endothelial function. Vascular dysfunction plays a major role in the development of atherosclerosis and the formation of coronary plaques and lesions that lead to coronary artery disease.
Eating green leafy vegetables keeps...

Eating green leafy vegetables keeps mental abilities sharp

Something as easy as adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to your diet could help slow cognitive decline, according to new research. The study also examined the nutrients responsible for the effect, linking vitamin K consumption to slower cognitive decline for the first time.
Fat grafting technique improves res...

Fat grafting technique improves results of breast augmentation

In women undergoing breast augmentation, a technique using transplantation of a small amount of the patient's own fat cells can produce better cosmetic outcomes, reports a study. In particular, the fat grafting technique can achieve a more natural-appearing cleavage -- avoiding the "separated breasts" appearance that can occur after breast augmentation.
Shortest DNA sequences reveal insig...

Shortest DNA sequences reveal insights into the world's tallest trees

Coast redwoods (Sequioa sempervirens), famous for being the world's tallest trees, are also unusual for their ability to reproduce clonally from stumps, fallen logs, and roots. Researchers have outlined a new method to identify clonal lineages and study clonal diversity across the species' geographic range. Genetic data produced from this protocol could help guide sustainable forest management of commercial young-growth forests and also improve efforts to preserve ancient redwood populations.
'Google Maps' for the body: A biome...

'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

Scientists are using previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell. Scientists are also using cutting-edge microtome and MRI technology to examine how movement and weight bearing affects the movement of molecules within joints, exploring the relationship between blood, bone, lymphatics and muscle.

Eureka Alert

Pitt designated an innovation corps...

Pitt designated an innovation corps site by National Science Foundation

(University of Pittsburgh) The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the University of Pittsburgh as an NSF I-Corps site. The award, which supports innovation activities at select academic institutions, comes with a three-year, $300,000 grant to be used to advance innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at Pitt.
Reality substitution on track to re...

Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality

(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Researchers and engineers from EPFL's Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and the W Science Initiative are unveiling a Reality Substitution prototype, an easy-to-use virtual world creator that captures real-world situations to be played back in head-mounted displays. The system will soon be employed in the lab to study memory and peri-personal space and will have numerous clinical uses for treating phobias and PTSD therapy.
Citizen scientists map global fores...

Citizen scientists map global forests

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) New global forest maps combine citizen science with multiple data sources, for an unprecedented level of accuracy about the location and extent of forestland worldwide.
Race, ethnicity, gender, family inc...

Race, ethnicity, gender, family income to be studied as metrics for STEM success

(Virginia Tech) Sarah Ovink, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, will study inequalities in college achievement and subsequent career success among women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields with a 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development CAREER Award.
Saudi Arabia's role in global energ...

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, new Baker Institute paper finds

(Rice University) Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, according to a new paper from an energy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The researcher found that the kingdom is reshaping itself as a supplier of refined petroleum products while moving beyond its long-held role as a simple exporter of crude oil.
Launch of new partnership arrangeme...

Launch of new partnership arrangement for future operation of NPL

(National Physical Laboratory) Today the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills formally signed a partnership agreement with the Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey which will set a new strategic direction for the future of the National Physical Laboratory.


Thur 20 Nov - Daily round-up of the...

Thur 20 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Young boy claimed to be reincarnated Marine, four armed baby named God Boy by parents, Bumfight punk body part theft
Mon 17 Nov - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 17 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Philly Jesus goes ice skating, gets arrested, plus: human flesh pastry makers, Swastika bauble outrage and a pair of resurrections
Mon 10 Nov - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 10 Nov - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Quadruple amputee is armed and on the run; Man buys home, finds corpse inside; dowsers discover mass grave in Tunbridge Wells
Wed 29 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Wed 29 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

London museum planned to shoot and steal Nessie, Iceland offers Minge Pies for Christmas, plus a ghost in the bathtub
Mon 27 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 27 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Literary argument ends in death, tiger sex spoof video nightmare, man calls suicide hotline and is shot dead by SWAT team
Thur 23 Oct - Daily round-up of the...

Thur 23 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Sex toy clown attack, Hitler coffee creamer PR disaster, man fights off bear with old computer, return of the Swedish mystery subs


The Most Embarrassing Moments in th...

The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science

What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It?s shocking to hear, but science isn?t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever.
10 Completely False ?Facts? Everyon...

10 Completely False ?Facts? Everyone Knows

The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast ?- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong.
Flight Pictures

Flight Pictures

Flight pictures show photos from aviation history. Take a look at pictures of the most important aircraft in history.
How the Electoral College Works

How the Electoral College Works

The Electoral College is not an Ivy League school. Rather, it's a process for selecting the next U.S. president that actually carries more weight than the popular vote. Why is it there and should it be continued?
What is a Nor'easter?

What is a Nor'easter?

Nor'easters typically affect the east coast of the United States during the winter season. What exactly are Nor'easters, though, and how do they form. Find out the answer to this question in this article from HowStuffWorks.


Could we find 'Dyson Spheres' in sp...

Could we find 'Dyson Spheres' in space ?

Could an alien civilization build a large spherical energy-harvesting structure around a distant star ? The concept of a Dyson Sphere was originally p...
'Demon attack' reported at textile ...

'Demon attack' reported at textile factory

Several workers started to scream hysterically in a bizarre spate of incidents at a factory in Swaziland. Operations came to a standstill at the Kasum...
Early humans exhibited a range of s...

Early humans exhibited a range of sizes

Our distant ancestors came in a variety of different shapes and sizes, just like modern humans do today. Its easy to imagine that our prehistoric ance...
First baby is born without inherite...

First baby is born without inherited disease

A pioneering IVF treatment has made it possible to prevent diseases being passed from parent to child. Lucas Meagu had been at great risk of inheritin...
Vast underground city discovered in...

Vast underground city discovered in Turkey

A subterranean complex covering an area of 5 million square feet has been unearthed in Nevsehir. Dating back 5,000 years, the elaborate underground ci...
New species of giant dinosaur disco...

New species of giant dinosaur discovered

The gargantuan reptile was related to the Titanosaurs and roamed the Earth around 100 million years ago. Discovered on the banks of the Kiya River in ...

Why you?ll never see a dirty gecko

Why you?ll never see a dirty gecko

By knowing how a gecko?s skin works, could self-cleaning, water-repelling, antibacterial clothes be far behind?
Goopy tech leaves older 3-D printin...

Goopy tech leaves older 3-D printing in its wake

A new way of 3-D printing combines light and oxygen to create solid objects from liquid resin. The method quickly creates detailed objects.
Silencing genes ? to understand the...

Silencing genes ? to understand them

Hijacking a cell process called RNA interference can let scientists turn off a selected gene. Its silencing can point to what genes do when they?re on ? and may lead to new treatments for disease.
QUESTIONS for Silencing Genes

QUESTIONS for Silencing Genes

Questions for Silencing Genes
Life?s ultra-slow lane is deep bene...

Life?s ultra-slow lane is deep beneath the sea

Biologists had suspected the deep seafloor would be little more than barren sediment. But they found a surprising amount of oxygen ? and life.
Explainer: Understanding plate tect...

Explainer: Understanding plate tectonics

Plate tectonics is the process whereby Earth continually rebuilds itself ? and causes destructive events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


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