Discovery

Best Map of Ocean Currents Created ...

Best Map of Ocean Currents Created From Space

The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite no longer exists, but its data is helping map the world's oceans Continue reading â??
Ancient Canyon Found Under a River ...

Ancient Canyon Found Under a River in Tibet

A vast ancient canyon lies buried underneath a present-day river that cuts through the Himalayas in Tibet.
Buffalo Digs Out From 7 Feet of Sno...

Buffalo Digs Out From 7 Feet of Snow: Photos

Buffalo received a year's worth of snow over two days, and longtime residents recalled the blast of winter weather as the worst in memory.
Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick ...

Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice

Not only is the amount of Antarctic sea ice increasing each year, but the ice is also much thicker than previously thought.
Heavy Snow Boosts Flooding Risk for...

Heavy Snow Boosts Flooding Risk for New York State

Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat Saturday with temperatures forecast to rise.
What Warming Means for Lake Effect ...

What Warming Means for Lake Effect Snow

Global warming could fuel more lake effect snows like the one that buried Buffalo, at least for awhile.

Yahoo Science

Exclusive: First gene therapy drug ...

Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

An operator installs a chromatography column to purify the gene therapy drug Glybera at Dutch biotech company uniQure in AmsterdamBy Ludwig Burger and Ben Hirschler FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - The Western world's first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease. The sky-high cost of Glybera, from Dutch biotech firm UniQure and its unlisted Italian marketing partner Chiesi, shows how single curative therapies to fix faulty genes may upend the conventional pharmaceutical business model. ...

Ultra-strong graphene's weak spot c...

Ultra-strong graphene's weak spot could be key to fuel cells

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - In a discovery that experts say could revolutionize fuel cell technology, scientists in Britain have found that graphene, the world's thinnest, strongest and most impermeable material, can allow protons to pass through it. The researchers, led by the Nobel prize winner and discoverer of graphene Andre Geim of Manchester University, said their finding also raised the possibility that, in future, graphene membranes could be used to "sieve" hydrogen gas from the atmosphere to then generate electricity. ...
Gut check: how vultures dine on rot...

Gut check: how vultures dine on rotting flesh, and like it

File of vultures feasting on a road kill as commuters pass by real estate for sale in Great FallsBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They snack on danger and dine on death, merrily munching on rotting flesh that would certainly sicken or kill any person and most other animals. But how do vultures do it? These feathery scavengers have one of the toughest guts on the planet, that is how. Scientists said on Tuesday that their analysis of two species of North American vultures showed that the birds possess a ferociously acidic digestive system and intestines loaded with two fiendish kinds of bacteria. ...

Multi-national crew reaches space s...

Multi-national crew reaches space station

ISS crew Shkaplerov matches palm with his daughter Kira from a bus window before the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket at the Baikonur cosmodromeBy Irene Klotz (Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut. A Soyuz capsule carrying incoming station commander Terry Virts from U.S. space agency NASA, Soyuz commander Anton Shkaplerov from the Russian Federal Space Agency and first-time flier Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency lifted off at 2101 GMT (4.01 p.m. EST) Sunday. ...

Physicists solve mystery of why cat...

Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

File picture shows a Greyhound dog drinking water after a race in Santiago city(Reuters) - Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking. While cats expertly manipulate water to quench thirst neatly, dogs smash, slosh, spill, and splash their way, according to research unveiled on Monday. The latest findings, which focus on dogs and were presented at a meeting in San Francisco of the American Physical Society, build on an earlier discovery of how cats drink. ...

Mysterious Roman God Baffles Expert...

Mysterious Roman God Baffles Experts

Mysterious Roman God Baffles ExpertsA sculpture of a mysterious, never-before-seen Roman deity has been unearthed in an ancient temple in Turkey. "It's clearly a god, but at the moment it's difficult to say who exactly it is," said Michael Blömer, an archaeologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, who is excavating the site.

Physorg.com

US agency threatens to act against ...

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action if the company fails to admit that driver's side air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.
Netflix sues Yahoo CIO for alleged ...

Netflix sues Yahoo CIO for alleged kickbacks

Netflix is suing a former company vice president who is now chief information officer at Yahoo, accusing him of receiving money from vendors he hired to work with the video streaming company.
The influence of the Isthmus of Pan...

The influence of the Isthmus of Panama in the evolution of freshwater shrimps in America

The evolution of freshwater shrimps species living in both sides of Central America, isolated by the closure of Isthmus of Panama (3 million years ago) were studied by molecular tools. Despite the small likelihood of species crossing the Isthmus from one side to the other through the channel exist, the genetic isolation of them were maintained over the time and the separation of Pacific and Atlantic sister species still unchanged. Sister species refer to pairs of species that are genetically and morphologically closely related, but reproductively isolated.
Team develops cognitive test batter...

Team develops cognitive test battery for spaceflight

Space is one of the most demanding and unforgiving environments. Human exploration of space requires astronauts to maintain consistently high levels of cognitive performance to ensure mission safety and success, and prevent potential errors and accidents. Despite the importance of cognitive performance for mission success, little is known about how cognition is affected by prolonged spaceflight, and what aspects of cognition are primarily affected.
Engineers make sound loud enough to...

Engineers make sound loud enough to bend light on a computer chip

During a thunderstorm, we all know that it is common to hear thunder after we see the lightning. That's because sound travels much slower (768 miles per hour) than light (670,000,000 miles per hour).
Tropical depression 21W forms, Phil...

Tropical depression 21W forms, Philippines under warnings

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite provided rainfall data as Tropical Depression 21W was making landfall in the southern Philippines on Nov. 26.

PBS

Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

A tame alligator named Bubba betrays the secrets of the largest predator that ever lived.
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.

Scientific American

Protein Project Could Help Expose C...

Protein Project Could Help Expose Cancer?s Causes

Scientists unveil the world’s largest index of human protein interactions, which could pinpoint cancer genes.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Tales from Survivors of Japan's Ear...

Tales from Survivors of Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Two journalists combine history, science and storytelling to recount the experiences of those who experienced the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and its aftermath -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Mystery of Scotch Whisky Rings Solv...

Mystery of Scotch Whisky Rings Solved [Slide Show]

How a photographer’s curiosity led to new scientific insight into the fluid dynamics of binary liquids -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
How Doctors Determine the Moment of...

How Doctors Determine the Moment of Death [Excerpt]

The definition of death is hazy but important for medical decisions, explains Harvard neurologist Allan Ropper in the new book Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
A Day in the Life of an Ebola Worke...

A Day in the Life of an Ebola Worker

Denial, violence and fear make it difficult to stamp out Ebola in west Africa -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Artificial Intelligence That Perfor...

Artificial Intelligence That Performs Real Magic Tricks [Video]

AI helps mechanical magicians fool human spectators -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newscientist

Polite drones do awkward dance to a...

Polite drones do awkward dance to avoid crashing

A collision avoidance system for drones lets them see each other on camera and take steps to minimise the risk of crashing in mid-air
Turquoise pool is an oasis in Lima'...

Turquoise pool is an oasis in Lima's arid metropolis

A photo of swimmers in the midst of Lima's arid landscape has been shortlisted in a competition highlighting climate and development issues
Seals found guilty of brutal porpoi...

Seals found guilty of brutal porpoise attacks

An oceanic crime scene investigation has exposed a murderous side to the North Sea's cuddly resident amid fears that its next victim could be a human
Today on New Scientist

Today on New Scientist

All the latest stories on newscientist.com: Chinese plant helps burn calories, John Ioannidis on fixing science, neurons light up Times Square, worm gets uploaded to cyberspace, and more
First digital animal will be perfec...

First digital animal will be perfect copy of real worm

Next year the world's first digital animal will be born inside a computer. Could its descendants be conscious?
Calorie-burning fat boosted by medi...

Calorie-burning fat boosted by medicinal Chinese plant

Brown fat burns calories by turning energy into heat. In mice the plant extract berberine ramped up the calories burned ? but is it safe?

NY times.com Science

Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Con...

Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

The regulation would be the latest in a series of E.P.A. controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes, and would probably set off a battle among all sides of the issue.
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to ...

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Rules on Mercury From Power Plants

Industry groups, energy companies and 20 states are challenging the E.P.A.'s interpretation of the law and whether the costs of adhering to regulations should be taken into account.
The Scan: Science Events: Minimalis...

The Scan: Science Events: Minimalist Music and a Spotlight on Sex

An auditory scientist plans to help a New York audience make the most of some very minimal music and human sexual behavior is the focus of a yearlong show at London?s museum of medicine and art.
Panel Rejects Sternest F.D.A. Warni...

Panel Rejects Sternest F.D.A. Warning for Steroid Shots

Recommending the toughest federal alert would have signaled to doctors that the risks of use outweighed any potential therapeutic benefit for patients.
Leading Surgeon Is Accused of Misco...

Leading Surgeon Is Accused of Misconduct in Experimental Transplant Operations

A doctor who is considered a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine has denied carrying out innovative operations without ethical approvals.
Op-Ed Contributor: Our Cats, Oursel...

Op-Ed Contributor: Our Cats, Ourselves

Domestication happened to humans, too. We?ve evolved a lot like pets.

Science Daily

'Scary' centipede's genes reveal ho...

'Scary' centipede's genes reveal how life evolved on our planet

Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod?s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet. 
Physicists bind single-atom sheets ...

Physicists bind single-atom sheets with the same force geckos use to climb walls

The approach is to design synergistic materials by combining two single-atom thick sheets, for example, that act as a photovoltaic cell as well as a light-emitting diode, converting energy between electricity and radiation.
Long-term testosterone therapy does...

Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer

Testosterone (T) therapy is routinely used in men with hypogonadism, a condition in which diminished function of the gonads occurs. Although there is no evidence that T therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer (PCa), there are still concerns and a paucity of long-term data. In a new study, investigators examined three parallel, prospective, ongoing, cumulative registry studies of over 1,000 men. Their analysis showed that long-term T therapy in hypogonadal men is safe and does not increase the risk of PCa.
Vegetable oil ingredient key to des...

Vegetable oil ingredient key to destroying gastric disease bacteria

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils. In mice, LipoLLA was safe and more effective against H. pylori infection than standard antibiotic treatments.
Physicists predict fano resonance i...

Physicists predict fano resonance in lead-free relaxors: Discovery advances knowledge of poorly understood materials

Scientists predicts that a phenomenon known in physics as Fano resonance can exist in materials that are used in electronic devices. The discovery advances the fundamental understanding of ferroelectric relaxors, which were discovered in the early 1960s but whose properties are still poorly understood.
Mining can damage fish habitats far...

Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows

Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state. Scientists have taken a first broad look at the impacts of mines across the country and found that mining can damage fish habitats miles downstream, and even in streams not directly connected to the mines.

Eureka Alert

Hacked emails slice spam fast

Hacked emails slice spam fast

(Inderscience Publishers) Spam spreads much faster and to more people when it is being propagated by hacked, or otherwise compromised, email accounts rather than legitimate accounts, according to research published in the International Journal of Security and Networks.
Multi-million pound grant awarded t...

Multi-million pound grant awarded to research secure communication technologies

(Royal Holloway, University of London) Royal Holloway, University of London, and seven other leading universities have announced the creation of a new collaboration to develop secure communication technologies for consumer, commercial and government markets.
SU2C-supported research discovers w...

SU2C-supported research discovers why patients respond to a life-saving melanoma drug

(Entertainment Industry Foundation) Reported in Nature online, Dr. Antoni Ribas, co-leader of the CRI-SU2C Immunology Dream Team and colleagues at UCLA Jonsson CCC studied tumor biopsies from 46 advance melanoma patients taken before and after treatment with pembrolizumab (Keytruda), the new FDA-approved breakthrough drug. Using biopsy findings created an algorithm to predict the likelihood whether patients would likely to respond to this treatment.
Genom Austria launches as a new mem...

Genom Austria launches as a new member of the Personal Genome Project

(CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Breakthrough sequencing technology makes it possible to analyze human genomes at relatively low cost. 'Genom Austria' is a joint project of PersonalGenomes.org, the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Medical University of Vienna. It explores the scientific, educational, ethical, and social implications of genome sequencing. Following the model of Harvard's Personal Genome Project, 'Genom Austria' provides qualifying volunteers the opportunity to sequence and publicly share their genomes.
Professor outlines improvements to ...

Professor outlines improvements to international trade: Create jobs & sustain development

(World Scientific) Law Professor Steve Charnovitz from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. has published his latest book The Path of World Trade in the 21st Century with scientific publisher World Scientific.
Entrepreneurs to venture capitalist...

Entrepreneurs to venture capitalists: Don't be a Scrooge

(Baylor University) A recently published study of more than 550 decisions and responses from 144 experienced entrepreneurs reveals that 'knowledge of explicit ethical or unethical behavior [by venture capitalists] profoundly shapes the entrepreneurs' willingness to partner.'

Forteantimes

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

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

Physicist claims Mars was attacked ...

Physicist claims Mars was attacked by nukes

A controversial paper by Dr John Brandenburg claims that life on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack. The idea that a civilization on the planet Ma...
Controversial gaming device draws r...

Controversial gaming device draws real blood

A system that draws actual blood when you take damage in-game has been suspended on Kickstarter. Known as Blood Sport, the invention is designed to ma...
Did rare sword belong to Ivan the T...

Did rare sword belong to Ivan the Terrible ?

A medieval sword found in Siberia's Novosibirsk region may have belonged to the infamous Russian Tsar. Discovered buried deep beneath a tree back in 1...
'Fly factories' to produce edible i...

'Fly factories' to produce edible insects

Facilities in France and Holland are set to produce crispy maggots for use in restaurant delicacies. Insects could represent one of the single most ef...
90% of galaxies may be hostile to l...

90% of galaxies may be hostile to life

Two astrophysicists have proposed that gamma ray bursts could halt the development of complex life forms. The universe contains an estimated 100 billi...
Underwater robot maps Antarctic sea...

Underwater robot maps Antarctic sea ice

A remote-controlled submarine has discovered that the ice is a lot thicker in some places than expected. The thickness of Antarctica's sea ice remains...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

The worst drought in 1,000 years

The worst drought in 1,000 years

The 1934 drought, during a period in American history known as the Dust Bowl, was the worst in a millennium, a new study finds. While the drought had natural origins, human activities made it worse.
A teacher?s guide to mentoring in S...

A teacher?s guide to mentoring in STEM

Many people in STEM careers credit mentors for their success. But a good mentor is more than just a teacher.
Can soft drinks speed aging?

Can soft drinks speed aging?

A new study suggests a reason why daily sugary-soda drinkers are more prone to disease: Guzzling these drinks shortens the protective caps on chromosomes. If the caps get too short, cells die.
IQ is in the genes

IQ is in the genes

Previous research that suggested parenting affects a child?s IQ is flawed, researchers now conclude.
The secret of fast runners: symmetr...

The secret of fast runners: symmetry

Science had shown that animals and people with symmetrical bodies tend to be stronger and healthier. Now researchers find they can predict the best sprinters by measuring the top runners? knees.
Wind power is looking up ? to the c...

Wind power is looking up ? to the clouds

Placing wind turbines high in the sky could let them harvest power from the faster, more reliable winds found at altitude.

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