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Filthy Rio Water a Threat at 2016 O...

Filthy Rio Water a Threat at 2016 Olympics

Cleaning up the dangerously polluted Guanabara Bay in the next year for sailing events is the biggest challenge facing Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers.
Fossil Fuels May Be Screwing Up Car...

Fossil Fuels May Be Screwing Up Carbon Dating

The burning of fossil fuels is altering the ratio of carbon in the atmosphere, skewing the age of carbon dated objects. Continue reading ?
Plants Release Animal-like Substanc...

Plants Release Animal-like Substance When Stressed

Plants and animals share more in common than we tend to think, with new research finding that both groups respond to stress in similar ways, at least from a biochemical standpoint.
111-year-old Russian Sub Discovered...

111-year-old Russian Sub Discovered Off Coast of Sweden

The vessel, found by salvage divers who specialize in unusual finds, dates back to the Czarist era. Continue reading ?
Ancient Huts May Reveal Clues to Ea...

Ancient Huts May Reveal Clues to Earth's Magnetic Pole Reversals

The remains of burnt out Iron Age huts in Africa hold clues into understanding a bizarre weak spot in the Earth's magnetic field and weird magnetic pole reversals. Continue reading ?
Is Air Conditioning Killing the Pla...

Is Air Conditioning Killing the Planet?

The United States uses more energy for A/C than any other country in the world. What is this doing to our planet?

Yahoo Science

U.S. investigators blame Virgin Gal...

U.S. investigators blame Virgin Galactic crash on lax pilot training

A piece of debris is seen near the crash site of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo near CantilBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Federal investigators cited inadequate training of test pilots by a Northrup Grumman Corp subsidiary on Tuesday as a leading factor behind last year's fatal crash of an experimental Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship over the Mojave Desert. The premature unlocking of the hinged tail section on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo triggered a midair breakup of the ship during its fourth powered test flight on Oct. 31, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Blame for the accident falls to Scaled Composites, the Northrop Grumman unit that developed the craft and employed its test crew, the NTSB said.

NASA tests new camera at a space st...

NASA tests new camera at a space station

NASA astronaut, Terry Virts, recently tested a new camera that seems to provide more detailed material from space.      Virts was exploring water tension in microgravity as he dissolved an effervescent tablet in a floating ball of water, which is captured in great detailed and high-resolution in the video.     The station received high-definition cameras, 3-D cameras, but also a Red Epic Dragon camera that is capable of recording images with six times more detail than either of the previous cameras, NASA reported. ...
Lithium find in exploding star coul...

Lithium find in exploding star could help solve astronomy puzzle

Using two telescopes in Chile, astronomers detected tiny amounts of the chemical element lithium in Nova Centauri, which exploded in 2013 - the brightest nova so far this century, the European Southern Observatory said this week. The mismatch between the observed amount of lithium in older stars and the abundance estimated from the Big Bang, however, still remains an open problem, said Della Valle and team leader Luca Izzo.
Toothy terror: dinosaurs like T. re...

Toothy terror: dinosaurs like T. rex had unique serrated teeth

File photo of a boy looking inside the skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex replica at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Trelew, ArgentinaBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If you want to know the secret behind the success of Tyrannosaurus rex and its meat-eating dinosaur cousins, look no further than their teeth. Scientists on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive analysis of the teeth of the group of carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods, detailing a unique serrated structure that let them chomp efficiently through the flesh and bones of large prey. Theropods included the largest land predators in Earth's history.

Scientists identify men who died at...

Scientists identify men who died at Virginia's Jamestown 400 years ago

U.S. scientists have used high-tech detective work to identify the remains of four leaders of Jamestown, the New World's first successful English colony, more than 400 years after they died, the Smithsonian Institution said on Tuesday. The research also provided new insight into life and death and the importance of religion in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia, about 80 miles (130 km) south of Washington, the Smithsonian said. The men were identified as the Reverend Robert Hunt, Captain Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman and Captain William West.
Polar Bear Awes with Record-Breakin...

Polar Bear Awes with Record-Breaking Dive

Polar Bear Awes with Record-Breaking DivePolar bears are known to be excellent swimmers, but new research suggests that they are also superb divers. Scientists recently observed a polar bear dive that lasted 3 minutes, 10 seconds, shattering the previous known record by about 2 minutes. The researchers ? Ian Stirling from the University of Alberta in Canada, and Rinie van Meurs, a naturalist and polar expedition leader from the Netherlands ? were studying polar bears in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard (located between continental Norway and the North Pole, east of Greenland), when they witnessed this epic underwater swim.

Physorg.com

China search engine Baidu plans $1....

China search engine Baidu plans $1.0 bn share buy-back

Chinese search engine Baidu, listed on the US Nasdaq market, said Thursday it is planning a $1.0 billion share buy-back programme over the next 12 months.
Ultra-local 'Facebook' turning city...

Ultra-local 'Facebook' turning city neighbours into friends

Perched on makeshift seats next to a buffet with fresh fruit, elderflower cordial and homemade muffins, neighbours laugh and chat on a leafy patch amid modern apartment blocks in Vienna's 15th district.
Hackers used Twitter to target US s...

Hackers used Twitter to target US systems: researchers

Russian-based hackers are using malicious software concealed in Twitter images to relay commands and steal data from US computer networks, security researchers said this week.
I think I found a new species, now ...

I think I found a new species, now how do I illustrate it?

When aiming to express a concept or convey a message, the use of visual material is certainly a clearer and more understandable method compared to a text-only description.
Rottnest marine sanctuaries inadequ...

Rottnest marine sanctuaries inadequate for prized fish

A three-year survey of fish species off Rottnest Island has found marine sanctuaries around the popular tourist destination are inadequate for high-risk targeted species.
Evolutionary war between microorgan...

Evolutionary war between microorganisms affecting human health, biologist says

Health experts have warned for years that the overuse of antibiotics is creating "superbugs" able to resist drugs treating infection.

PBS

A Tsunami Strikes

A Tsunami Strikes

When an unimaginably colossal tsunami hits Fukushima, the results are catastrophic.
Nuclear Meltdown Disaster

Nuclear Meltdown Disaster

Go inside the Fukushima power plants for the minute-by-minute story of what went wrong.
Making North America

Making North America

Host Kirk Johnson explores how the continent was shaped?and how it shaped us.
Softer, More Human Robots

Softer, More Human Robots

Engineers are making robots more human by turning them entirely flexible, inside and out.
Why Planes Vanish

Why Planes Vanish

Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace?
Hagfish Slime Fashion

Hagfish Slime Fashion

Scientists think hagfish slime could be the next eco-friendly, high-performance material.

Scientific American

Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent Fir...

Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish

The California drought threatens several of its native fish with extinction. Will the Sacramento River’s winter-run Chinook be the first to go? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Little Creatures of the Deep [Slide...

Little Creatures of the Deep [Slide Show]

A new robot successfully traps the larvae of exotic species living in the extremely deep ocean -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Ugly Ducklings of the Universe Are ...

Ugly Ducklings of the Universe Are Born Like Stars

New evidence may settle the debate over whether brown dwarfs are super planets or mini stars -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Search for Alien Life Ignites Battl...

Search for Alien Life Ignites Battle over Giant Telescope

Private funding for the Arecibo Observatory—the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world—may be a poison pill -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Catholic Spies in the New World? Re...

Catholic Spies in the New World? Relics Pose New Puzzle about Early American Colony

A recently unearthed burial in Jamestown, Va., from the early 1600s, shows signs of Catholic rituals that are hard to explain in a colony set against the papacy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Melting Mummies Are on Thin Ice, Th...

Melting Mummies Are on Thin Ice, Thanks to Climate Change

Glacial archaeologists scramble to save long-preserved specimens thawing out of vanishing ice before they are lost forever -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newscientist

Newly discovered species of peacock...

Newly discovered species of peacock spider is a masked seducer

Nicknamed 'blueface', these tiny creatures have just been discovered in bushland in Western Australia
Neptune?s sudden jolt could explain...

Neptune?s sudden jolt could explain weird ring in Kuiper belt

A band of strangely tight-knit icy objects in the Kuiper belt has defied explanation. Now a simulation rewinding the solar system to its babyhood has an answer
Clusters of living worlds would hin...

Clusters of living worlds would hint life came from outer space

Using future telescopes to map exoplanets where life may exist could help test the panspermia theory - that life can cross space and take root on new worlds
Hackers take control of smart car v...

Hackers take control of smart car via the internet

Fiat Chrysler issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles after hackers showed they could take control of them via the internet-connected entertainment system
Hillary Clinton wants every home to...

Hillary Clinton wants every home to be powered by clean energy

The presidential candidate chides climate-denying rivals as she launches her plan to combat global warming by embracing renewables
Nigeria?s polio-free year sees Afri...

Nigeria?s polio-free year sees Africa inch closer to eradication

The World Health Organisation is doing its final checks and could declare Nigeria officially free of polio by September. Somalia could be next

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Unearthing Jamestown?s Leaders, and...

Unearthing Jamestown?s Leaders, and a Mystery

A team of researchers announced on Tuesday that they had unearthed and identified four men, some of European America?s earliest leaders, who died in colonial Jamestown from 1608 to 1610.
Making Friends in New Places

Making Friends in New Places

At the start of freshman year, there?s a window of opportunity when rules about social interactions are suspended and it feels perfectly normal to talk to strangers. Do it.
Illuminating the Plight of Endanger...

Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species, at the Empire State Building

A filmmaker and collaborator will project images of endangered species on a huge New York ? and global ? canvas on Saturday night.
Praluent Looks Cheap to Those With ...

Praluent Looks Cheap to Those With Extreme Cholesterol

About a million Americans have an inherited condition that defies cholesterol-lowering statins. Even at $14,600 a year, a new drug provides hope.
Killer of Cecil the Lion Finds Out ...

Killer of Cecil the Lion Finds Out That He Is a Target Now, of Internet Vigilantism

Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the hunter who killed Cecil after he was lured out of his sanctuary at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, has faced an onslaught from social media users and online reviewers.
Jules Hirsch, Pioneer in Obesity St...

Jules Hirsch, Pioneer in Obesity Studies, Is Dead at 88

Dr. Hirsch found evidence that weight is at least partly determined by the body?s own processes.

Science Daily

Pharmacists help patients with hype...

Pharmacists help patients with hypertension

Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand.
Studying killer whales with an unma...

Studying killer whales with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Last year, for the first time, scientists used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above, giving scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health while giving us all a stunning new view of the species. In a recent article, scientists explain how they configured the UAV into a precision scientific instrument.
The bold and the shy one: Could woo...

The bold and the shy one: Could woodlice have personalities?

Put before a predator, one of the defensive behavior terrestrial crustaceans like the Common rough woodlouse can exercise is feigning death. Personality is argued to influence the duration and repetitiveness of the reaction. This is why a team of researchers observed three types of external impact and the variables in the individual woodlouses' responses. Their findings showed there is in fact a significant individual pattern.
Every country in the world can affo...

Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop

A major new review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop, determining that in fact, all countries can afford to support smoking cessation.
Ants in the lead: How ants cooperat...

Ants in the lead: How ants cooperate in steering food to their nest

A physics-based model can explain how ants cooperate in steering food to their nest. To lug a large object, a number of ants surround it -- the back ones lift, those on the leading edge pull. How do they stay on track, instead of simply pulling all around in a sort of tug-of-war? Scientists used video analysis to track the individual movements of ants in a group that was carrying a large food item toward their nest.
Just say 'no' to drugs -- in water

Just say 'no' to drugs -- in water

A teen is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. Now she has just put the final touches on her research of a plastic adsorbent that removes pharmaceutical drugs from water sources.

Eureka Alert

Depressive ruminations and the idli...

Depressive ruminations and the idling brain

(Elsevier) Depressed people often find themselves preoccupied with guilty, shameful, or self-defeating thoughts for large parts of their day. These thoughts not only distract from other activities but also fail to resolve the underlying life issues. Further, the ideas that receive focused attention in these depressive ruminations are frequently quite distorted and lead to distress.
Elsevier to publish official Journa...

Elsevier to publish official Journal of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing

(Elsevier) Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, have announced that Elsevier will publish NCSBN's flagship journal, Journal of Nursing Regulation.
Seniors get mental health drugs at ...

Seniors get mental health drugs at twice the rate of other adults, see psychiatrists less

(University of Michigan Health System) Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health drugs at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, but they're much less likely to be getting their mental health care from a psychiatrist, a new study shows. Some seniors could be at risk of problems caused interactions between drugs.
Researchers find links between indi...

Researchers find links between individual characteristics and disability employment gap

(Kessler Foundation) Researchers have explored the characteristics of people with disabilities who have achieved success in the workplace. The employment gap was smaller among women, married people, individuals with higher educational achievement, Asians, and Hispanics, and people in their 20s and 60s. These findings inform policies and practices that narrow the persistent gap in employment between people with and without disabilities. 'Individual characteristics and the disability employment gap' appears in special issue Journal of Disability Policy Studies.
NJII awarded $2.9 million federal g...

NJII awarded $2.9 million federal grant to ensure safe, reliable health information exchange

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) The New Jersey Innovation Institute, acting as New Jersey's State-designated entity on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health, has received a $2.9 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Teaching med students about health ...

Teaching med students about health disparities builds their confidence

(Albert Einstein College of Medicine) An innovative three-month elective course has helped make some first-year medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine more confident about dealing with health disparities they'll likely encounter as physicians, according to a follow-up study published online today in the journal Academic Medicine.

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

Carnegie tried to bribe Germans to ...

Carnegie tried to bribe Germans to stop WWI

Billionaire Andrew Carnegie actually tried to put a stop to World War I by bribing Kaiser Wilhelm II. Sometimes referred to as 'The war to end all war...
NASA's EMDrive actually appears to ...

NASA's EMDrive actually appears to work

A German scientist? has confirmed that NASA's inexplicable new propulsion system actually does work. Despite being branded as 'impossible' by mo...
Swarm of white spheres filmed over ...

Swarm of white spheres filmed over Japan

Footage has emerged showing a number of strange white objects moving over the port city of Osaka. The two-minute video, which was recently uploaded on...
Japan fires the world's most powerf...

Japan fires the world's most powerful laser

Scientists at Osaka University in Japan have managed to fire a two-petawatt laser for one picosecond. The ridiculously powerful laser, which is known ...
Creepy clown turns up in cemetery a...

Creepy clown turns up in cemetery at night

A couple in Chicago have filmed a strange figure dressed as a clown breaking in to a local cemetery. Following on from last year's mysterious spate of...
Prominent experts call for ban on A...

Prominent experts call for ban on AI weapons

More than 1,000 top technical experts have called for a full ban on autonomous weapon systems. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and hundreds of other scient...

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That?s no dino!

That?s no dino!

Not all ancient reptiles were dinosaurs. Some soared, many swam the seas and still others looked like dinos?but actually weren?t.
Questions for ?That?s no dino!?

Questions for ?That?s no dino!?

Questions for ?That?s no dino!?
A germ stopper for blood products

A germ stopper for blood products

A new system can disable almost all viruses or bacteria that are lurking in donated blood platelets and plasma.
MERS virus hits South Korea hard

MERS virus hits South Korea hard

MERS ? a killer viral disease ? emerged for the first time only three years ago. That was in the Middle East. Now it has spread to Asia.
Explainer: What is a virus?

Explainer: What is a virus?

Viruses cause many of the world?s common diseases. These germs reproduce by hijacking the cells of their host.
Gulf oil spill: Still poisoning dol...

Gulf oil spill: Still poisoning dolphins to crickets

Once the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill ended, oil continued to harm animals in the Gulf of Mexico. Five years later, it still may not be over, biologists worry.

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