Discovery

What?s the Deal With Europe?s Clima...

What?s the Deal With Europe?s Climate Talks?

European leaders are set to make important decisions this week about the continent's energy future.
How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevent...

How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevented Ebola Spread

The rate of Ebola cases in a part of Liberia where one rubber tree plantation operates is far lower than in other parts of the country.
Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissi...

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year.
DNews: What Will Happen When the No...

DNews: What Will Happen When the North and South Poles Flip?

We've grown comfortable with our present-day magnetic north and south, but one day they're going to reverse. If that happens during our lifetime, what could we expect? Would it be the end of the world, or would we just have to redirect Santa's mail?
El Nino Brings Floods, Risks -- and...

El Nino Brings Floods, Risks -- and Opportunities

El Nino ups the odds of flooding in some spots, but that information could provide opportunities.
500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawa...

500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered

Fragments of corals, shells and coarse sand in a natural sinkhole suggest that a mighty tsunami hit the Hawaiian Islands about 500 years ago.

Yahoo Science

Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk...

Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station

NASA photo of Solar array panels on the Russian segment of the International Space Station and a blue and white part of EarthBy Irene Klotz (Reuters) - Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a speedy, 3 -1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas. Station commander Maxim Suraev and flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev quickly completed the first task on their to-do list, removing and jettisoning a defunct science experiment known as Radiometriya. The device, which was installed in 2011, was used to track seismic activity on earth, NASA mission commentator Rob Navias said during a live broadcast of the spacewalk on NASA TV. ...

The beast with the behemoth arms: A...

The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved

Illustration of Deinocheirus mirificus the largest known member of a group of bird-like dinosaursBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In July 1965, two gigantic fossilized dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters), they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in Earth's history. But nearly everything else was missing, leaving experts baffled about the nature of this beast with the behemoth arms. Half a century later, the mystery has been solved. ...

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars...

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, is seen as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space TelescopeBy Irene Klotz NEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies. Comet Siding Spring passed just 87,000 miles (140,000 km) from Mars, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon and 10 times closer than any known comet has passed by Earth, NASA said. ...

Greek archaeologists unearth head o...

Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

ATHENS (Reuters) - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday. The tomb on the Amphipolis site, about 100 km (65 miles) from Greece's second-biggest city Thessaloniki, has been hailed by archaeologists as a major discovery from the era of Alexander the Great. They say it appears to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece. ...
23andMe, MyHeritage partner to comb...

23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history. California-based 23andMe, which is backed by Google, is a pioneer in the sale of home genetic tests and has more than 750,000 clients. It sells a $99 DNA test, from which it provides its customers ancestry-related genetic reports. MyHeritage helps families find their history with family tree tools and a library of more than 5.5 billion historical records. ...
Americans' Trust in Doctors Is Fall...

Americans' Trust in Doctors Is Falling

Americans' trust in the medical profession has plummeted in recent years, and lags well behind public attitudes toward doctors in many other countries, according to a new report. That lack of trust comes from how Americans' perceive doctors' motivations, said Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and co-author of the new report. While physician leaders elsewhere in the world often take public stands on key health and medical issues, Americans perceive the medical profession as looking out for itself, not advocating for public health, he said. And a survey of people in 29 countries found the United States ranked 24th in public trust of doctors.

Physorg.com

The search for habitable worlds, fr...

The search for habitable worlds, from sub-Neptunes to super-Earths

During a live Google Hangout, three astrophysicists?Zachory Berta-Thompson, Bruce Macintosh and Marie-Eve Naud?discussed the huge variety of planets discovered so far, how close we are to being able to see other Earth-like planets, and all that remains unknown.
No-till agriculture may not bring h...

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California, Davis.
Sweat and a smartphone could become...

Sweat and a smartphone could become the hot new health screening

A University of Cincinnati partnership is reporting a significant leap forward in health diagnostics that are more accurate than what's available today, yet considerably less invasive than something like a blood screening. It's a lightweight, wearable device that analyzes sweat by using a smartphone.
Fossil fuels at what price? EU anal...

Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs

A new report, "Subsidies and costs of EU energy" addresses different forms of energy production. The study was ordered and paid for by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy. Why bother? "The functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions has been the subject of debate for years," said the European Commission. "To date however, a consolidated dataset for government interventions in the power market of the European Union has been missing. This is why the European Commission has commissioned a study that aims at helping to close the knowledge gap by quantifying the extent of public interventions in energy markets in all 28 Member States." They presented the interim results of the external study on subsidies and EU energy costs earlier this month.
Nokia turnaround since handset unit...

Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues

Nokia appears to have turned around its fortunes after the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft, reporting a third-quarter net profit of 747 million euros ($950 million), from a loss of 91 million euros a year earlier. Sales grew 13 percent.
Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face ...

Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

PBS

Killer Landslides

Killer Landslides

Explore the forces behind deadly landslides?and the danger zones for the next big one.
Zombies and Calculus

Zombies and Calculus

The zombie apocalypse is here, and calculus explains why we can't quite finish them off.
Zombies and Calculus, Part 2

Zombies and Calculus, Part 2

You're being chased by zombies, and understanding tangent vectors may save your life.
Bigger Than T. rex

Bigger Than T. rex

Meet ?the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world's largest predator ever.
Emperor's Ghost Army

Emperor's Ghost Army

Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China's first emperor.
The Cybersecurity Lab

The Cybersecurity Lab

Take cybersecurity into your own hands by thwarting a series of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

Scientific American

Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Di...

Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Distant Solar System

The “exocomets” swarming around Beta Pictoris mirror those seen in our own solar system, but for a few surprising differences. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Ancient Halo Stars Cast the Milky W...

Ancient Halo Stars Cast the Milky Way?s First Light

Hubble spots a star in our galaxy’s halo that likely predates its oldest star clusters -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Can Wild Pigs Ravaging the U.S. Be ...

Can Wild Pigs Ravaging the U.S. Be Stopped?

The USDA is spending $20 million to solve a pig problem that has spread to 39 states and counting -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Island Nation Sets Up World?s First...

Island Nation Sets Up World?s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

Palau raises over $50,000 to support the creation and enforcement of a Pacific Ocean no-fishing zone the size of France -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two...

Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two Thirds in the 20th Century

First-of-its-kind analysis of hundreds of food web models shows that the decrease has mostly taken place since the 1970s -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
War Dogs: Canines of Many Talents

War Dogs: Canines of Many Talents

In this adapted excerpt from a new book, the author combines her experience with military working dogs and the science of dogs’ special abilities to make a case for our war dog force -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newscientist

Transformers: 10 revolutions that m...

Transformers: 10 revolutions that made us human

Two million years ago we were just your average primate ? then we started to have some revolutionary ideas and human evolution went into hyper-drive (full text available to subscribers)
Nonchalant night-time chimp crime c...

Nonchalant night-time chimp crime caught on camera

Incredible night-vision videos of daring raids on farmers' fields are the first to show chimpanzees operating under cover of darkness
Thoroughly modern humans interbred ...

Thoroughly modern humans interbred with Neanderthals

The oldest genome from a modern human reveals that modern humans with modern behaviour interbred with Neanderthals as they spread into Eurasia
Today on New Scientist

Today on New Scientist

All the latest on newscientist.com: quantum computer buyers' guide, life on Mars might be short, brain barrier opened to treat cancer and more
Dark matter signal points to exotic...

Dark matter signal points to exotic black-hole origins

If our best sign yet of dark matter is what it seems, then the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy is a complex beast
To defeat trolls, we need to do mor...

To defeat trolls, we need to do more than jail them

Changing entrenched attitudes that trivialise cyber-harassment against women will take more than harsh sentences, says law professor Danielle Citron

NY times.com Science

9 in Connecticut Being Watched for ...

9 in Connecticut Being Watched for Symptoms of Ebola

Though they do not appear to be sick, nine people who may have been exposed to the virus have been told to stay at home and are being monitored by public health authorities.
Ebola Guidelines for Doctors? Offic...

Ebola Guidelines for Doctors? Offices Are Called Vague and Vary by Region

Often local officials and medical associations are left to develop their own policies on how doctors? offices, walk-in clinics and blood-testing centers should handle possible Ebola cases.
Scientists Consider Repurposing Rob...

Scientists Consider Repurposing Robots for Ebola

A problem is that mobile robots now lack the human levels of dexterity required in medicine and health care.
Carolyn Rovee-Collier, Who Said Bab...

Carolyn Rovee-Collier, Who Said Babies Have Clear Memories, Is Dead at 72

Dr. Rovee-Collier, a developmental psychologist at Rutgers University, showed in a series of papers in the early 1980s that babies remembered plenty.
U.S. Plans 21-Day Watch of Traveler...

U.S. Plans 21-Day Watch of Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations

Travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone must report their temperatures and any symptoms daily.
Op-Ed Columnist: How to Defeat Ebol...

Op-Ed Columnist: How to Defeat Ebola

To protect America from Ebola, we should ignore the hysteria and focus on stopping the outbreak at its source.

Science Daily

Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one.
Finally: Missing link between vitam...

Finally: Missing link between vitamin D, prostate cancer

A new study offers compelling evidence that inflammation may be the link between vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically, the study shows that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by vitamin D, is notably absent in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.
Real-time tracking system developed...

Real-time tracking system developed to monitor dangerous bacteria inside body

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. These increasingly drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for a range of diseases, including fatal pneumonias and various bloodstream or solid-organ infections acquired in and outside the hospital.
Paralyzed patients have weaker bone...

Paralyzed patients have weaker bones, higher risk of fractures than expected

People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study by researchers. The results suggest that physicians should begin therapies for such patients sooner to maintain bone mass and strength, and should think beyond standard bone density tests when assessing fracture risk in osteoporosis patients.
Bipolar disorder discovery at the n...

Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level

A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.
New ultra-thin 3-D display technolo...

New ultra-thin 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Researchers have devised an ultra-thin LCD screen that operates without a power source, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information. The technology may one day have applications in products such as e-book readers, flexible displays or as a security measure on credit cards.

Eureka Alert

Children in high-quality early chil...

Children in high-quality early childhood education are buffered from changes in family income

(Society for Research in Child Development) A new Norwegian study shows that while losses in family income ought to predict increases in behavior problems for many children, attending high-quality early childhood centers offered protection against economic decline. The study looked at 75,000 children from birth through age 3, in addition to their families. In Norway, publicly subsidized high-quality early childhood education and care is available to all children, from low-income to affluent, starting at age 1.
Two days later: Adolescents' confli...

Two days later: Adolescents' conflicts with family spill over to school, vice versa

(Society for Research in Child Development) Family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. A new study has found that these problems spill over in both directions for up to two days after. The study found that teens with more pronounced mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, for example, are at risk for intensified spillover. The study followed over a hundred 13 to 17 year olds and their parents over a 14-day period.
Teens whose parents exert more psyc...

Teens whose parents exert more psychological control have trouble with closeness, independence

(Society for Research in Child Development) A new longitudinal study has found that teens whose parents exerted psychological control over them at age 13 had problems establishing healthy friendships and romantic relationships both in adolescence and into adulthood. The study followed 184 ethnically and socioeconomically diverse teens from age 13 to 21. It found that giving in to 'peer pressure' was more common among teens whose parents used guilt, withdrawing love, fostering anxiety, or other psychologically manipulative tactics.
Rafael Ortega, M.D., honored at Ann...

Rafael Ortega, M.D., honored at Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards

(Boston University Medical Center) Rafael Ortega, M.D., the associate dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected by the Boston Business Journal as an honoree for the Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards. This award honors companies and individuals for their leadership in successfully promoting inclusiveness and opportunity. This year, the Leaders in Diversity program will feature nine winners in four categories and Ortega will be awarded the Corporate Leadership award for his exceptional work at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
The New York Stem Cell Foundation R...

The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute announces largest-ever stem cell repository

(New York Stem Cell Foundation) The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, through the launch of its repository in 2015, will provide for the first time the largest-ever number of stem cell lines available to the scientific research community. Initially, over 600 induced pluripotent stem cell lines and 1,000 cultured fibroblasts from over 1,000 unique human subjects will be made available, with an increasing number available in the first year.
UT Arlington researcher earns NSF g...

UT Arlington researcher earns NSF grant to protect financial institutions

(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas Arlington associate professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to identify insider risk and develop proper protection strategies for information systems within a financial institution.

Forteantimes

Tue 21 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Tue 21 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Cannabis-eating sheep munch 4,000 worth of drugs, mystery clowns in Portsmouth and France, flying man baffles plane passengers
Fri 17 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Fri 17 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Grandma texts from beyond the grave, smugglers stuff 25 cows into oil tanker, man admits to having sex with 700 cars
Wed 15 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Wed 15 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Crabzilla conquers the Internet, giant squid attacks Greenpeace, missing parrot returns after four years speaking Spanish
Mon 13 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 13 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

California terrorised by copycat clowns, vampire grave found in Bulgaria, Donald Trump evicts golf resort ghost
Fri 25 July 2014 - Daily round-up o...

Fri 25 July 2014 - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Police investigate creepy doorstep dolls, doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth, Jesus takes the wheel and runs over motorcyclist
Fri 10 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Fri 10 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Boy killed by plummeting sacrificial goat, oversized body sparks crematorium fire, dwarf poos on Hull council office floor in protest at discrimination

Howstuffworks

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.

Unexplained-mysteries

Earth's magnetic field is preparing...

Earth's magnetic field is preparing to flip

The next reversal of the Earth's magnetic field could happen within the next couple of thousand years. For some time now there have been signs that ou...
Can your birth season affect your m...

Can your birth season affect your mood ?

The time of the year in which you were born may play a role in determining your temperament as an adult. There has long been a connection between the ...
Man seen flying past plane window a...

Man seen flying past plane window at 3,500ft

The pilots of an Airbus 320 were left perplexed after they saw a man flying past their plane. The peculiar incident saw the figure approach to within ...
Doctors cure man's paralysis in wor...

Doctors cure man's paralysis in world first

Darek Fidyka has become the first person to walk again after having his spinal nerves completely severed. The 38-year-old had been paralyzed from the ...
Inventor develops hi-tech 'Air Umbr...

Inventor develops hi-tech 'Air Umbrella'

Inventor Chuan Wang from Nanjing has created a futuristic new version of the humble umbrella. The device, which produces a 'force field of air', works...
'Celtic cross' discovered in Mars p...

'Celtic cross' discovered in Mars photograph

A strange cross-shaped pattern with a circle around it has been spotted on the surface of Mars. There have been a lot of reports lately of anomalous o...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

Pills of frozen poop fight killer d...

Pills of frozen poop fight killer disease

Popping poop pills? Of course it sounds yucky. But researchers find it might just be one of the most effective ways to knock out a very serious ? and tough-to-kill ? intestinal disease.
Explainer: What is C. difficile?

Explainer: What is C. difficile?

Over the past two decades, these severe bacterial infections have evolved from a no-big-deal occurrence to a common, life-threatening problem.
News Brief: No hopping for these an...

News Brief: No hopping for these ancient ?roos

By hopping, today?s kangaroos can scoot swiftly through the countryside. That was not true for some of their ancient cousins. True giants, those now-extinct kangaroos would have walked on two feet ? and relied on their tippy-toes.
Sunlight might have put oxygen in E...

Sunlight might have put oxygen in Earth?s early air

High-energy bursts of ultraviolet light can break apart carbon dioxide, yielding oxygen gas. The experiment may mimic what happened on Earth billions of years ago.
How people have been shaping the Ea...

How people have been shaping the Earth

We are the dominant force of change on Earth. Some experts propose naming our current time period the ?Anthropocene? to reflect our impact.
Coming: The sixth mass extinction?

Coming: The sixth mass extinction?

Species are dying off at such a rapid rate ? faster than at any other time in human existence ? that many resources on which we depend may disappear.

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