New NASA Satellite to Map Earth's D...

New NASA Satellite to Map Earth's Dirt From Orbit

NASA's next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world.
Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone D...

Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth

Thunderstorms allow ozone, a potent greenhouse gas, to trickle down from the stratosphere, new research finds. And severe storms are likely to increase as the planet warms.
What Can We Learn from the NYC Fore...

What Can We Learn from the NYC Forecast ?Bust??

Why the nor'easter forecast was off for New York and what we can learn from that for the future.
Blizzard of 2015 Blankets the North...

Blizzard of 2015 Blankets the Northeast: Photos

A powerful nor'easter brought several feet of snow and blizzard conditions to parts of the Northeast this week. See pics of the storm from social media.
What Makes This Storm So Extreme?

What Makes This Storm So Extreme?

While the Blizzard of '15 didn't turn out to be quite the snowpocalyse that was forecast, it still hit parts of the Northeast pretty hard. What makes a winter storm like this so intense? Continue reading ?
Melting, Not Meteorite, Caused Crat...

Melting, Not Meteorite, Caused Crater in Antarctica

A mysterious crater discovered in East Antarctica last month likely formed beneath a leaky meltwater lake.

Yahoo Science

Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate...

Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99

Charles Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1964, speaks at a forum in DohaCharles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported. A professor emeritus at Berkeley, he was a member of the university's physics department and Space Sciences Laboratory for nearly five decades.

Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of t...

Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

Researchers work inside Manot Cave in Israel's Western GalileeBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals. The researchers said characteristics of the skull, dating from a time period when members of our species were thought to have been marching out of Africa, suggest the individual was closely related to the first Homo sapiens populations that later colonized Europe. They also said the skull provides the first evidence that Homo sapiens inhabited that region at the same time as Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relative. Tel Aviv University anthropologist Israel Hershkovitz, who led the study published in the journal Nature, called the skull "an important piece of the puzzle of the big story of human evolution." Previous genetic evidence suggests our species and Neanderthals interbred during roughly the time period represented by the skull, with all people of Eurasian ancestry still retaining a small amount of Neanderthal DNA as a result.

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' o...

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday. The research, said an editorial in the journal Neurology, which published it, "takes the study of placebo effect to a new dimension." More and more studies have documented the power of placebos, in which patients experience an improvement in symptoms despite receiving sugar pills, sham surgery, or other intervention with no intrinsic therapeutic value. Earlier studies have shown that patients' expectations can lead to improvements in Parkinson's, a progressive motor disease in which the brain's production of dopamine plummets. As it happens, dopamine release is increased by belief, novelty, and the expectation of reward - mental states that underlie placebo effects, said neurologist Alberto Espay of the University of Cincinnati, who led the new study.
How these energy geeks are reimagin...

How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility

Electric cars sit charging in a parking garage at the University of California, IrvineBy Nichola Groom Orange County, Ca (Reuters) - Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping.     Here in a non-descript, 53,500-square-foot building, the $12 billion utility's research team is testing everything from charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that smooth out the power created by rooftop solar panels.     Those are some of the roughly 60 projects in the works at Edison's Advanced Technology division. The engineers from California's largest utility are hatching plans to insure its survival - and maybe even the survival of the nation's other big utilities, which are watching the project closely.     The lab was formed by Southern California Edison in 2009 after California passed a landmark law to lower its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels - and source one third of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.     The result has been more electric vehicles here in the Golden State.

Remarkable fossils push back snake ...

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

An artist rendering from oldest-known snake fossilsBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized. Scientists on Tuesday described the four oldest-known snake fossils, the most ancient of which was a roughly 10-inch-long (25 cm) reptile called Eophis underwoodi unearthed in a quarry near Oxford, England, that lived about 167 million years ago. The remarkable fossils from Britain, Portugal and the United States rewrite the history of snake evolution, pushing back snake origins by tens of millions of years. Until now, the oldest snake fossil dated from about 102 million years ago, said University of Alberta paleontologist Michael Caldwell, who led the study published in the journal Nature Communications.

Crashing Electrons Could Explain Ea...

Crashing Electrons Could Explain Earth's Magnetic Field Mystery

Crashing Electrons Could Explain Earth's Magnetic Field MysteryA messy paradox that has plagued geoscientists who study Earth's core and the magnetic field it produces may now be solved. It was raised in a 2012 paper in which geophysicists in the United Kingdom published a widely accepted supercomputer model that found Earth's iron core was incredibly efficient at conducting heat. In that study, the researchers examined how heat may move through the Earth's core, at the level of atoms and electrons. The implication: Earth's magnetic field shouldn't exist.

Slope on the ocean surface lowers t...

Slope on the ocean surface lowers the sea level in Europe

Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has discovered that a 'slope' on the ocean surface in the Strait of Gibraltar is lowering the sea level in Europe by 7cm. This research, published today in Geophysical Research Letters by Prof Chris Hughes of the NOC and University of Liverpool, will help to more accurately predict future sea levels by providing a more complete understanding of the factors that control it.
Lofar's record-sharp image gives as...

Lofar's record-sharp image gives astronomers a new view of galaxy M82

An international team of astronomers led from Chalmers University of Technology has used the giant radio telescope Lofar to create the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio wavelengths. Made by observing simultaneously from four countries, including Sweden, the image shows the glowing centre of the galaxy Messier 82 ? and many bright remnants of supernova explosions.
Could a new proposed particle help ...

Could a new proposed particle help to detect dark matter?

Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect 'Dark Matter', the elusive missing 85 per cent of the Universe's mass.
Is artificial photosynthesis the ne...

Is artificial photosynthesis the next big thing in alternative energy?

William & Mary chemist William McNamara is taking a "bio-inspired" approach to the world's energy crisis by turning to nature's very own chemical power plant: photosynthesis.
NASA image: Northeastern US after t...

NASA image: Northeastern US after the snow

This image is from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite.
Team advances fuel cell car technol...

Team advances fuel cell car technology

Dr. Yossef Elabd, professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has developed two fuel cell vehicle platforms for both present day enhancements and future innovation.


Colosseum Building Blocks

Colosseum Building Blocks

The Colosseum was built in just several years due to a clever use of repeating arches.
Sunken Ship Rescue

Sunken Ship Rescue

A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship.
Big Bang Machine

Big Bang Machine

Explore the deepest mysteries of the early universe and the quest to find the Higgs Boson.
Building Wonders

Building Wonders

See how three magnificent ancient structures were engineered in this three-part series.
Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

1500 years ago, how did the Romans engineer bloody spectacles and reenact sea battles?
Petra: Lost City of Stone

Petra: Lost City of Stone

How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

Scientific American

Long-Term Sperm: Shark Gives Birth ...

Long-Term Sperm: Shark Gives Birth 4 Years after Contact with Male

The brownbanded bamboo shark’s belated delivery almost doubles the previous record for sperm storage -- Read more on
As Cuba?U.S. Relations Thaw, Medica...

As Cuba?U.S. Relations Thaw, Medical Researchers Still Struggle to Connect

The economic embargo is still in place, so warming connections between the countries can only take biomedicine so far, scientists say -- Read more on
High-Altitude Forests in the Himala...

High-Altitude Forests in the Himalayas Harder Hit by Droughts

Why are plateau and mountain timberlines in Asia shifting downslope, despite global warming? -- Read more on
Nor?easters May Become More Intense...

Nor?easters May Become More Intense with Climate Change

As Northeasterners hunker down to weather tonight’s potentially record-breaking winter storm, they may also want to brace themselves for even more severe nor’easters in the future -- Read more on
Weird X-Rays Spur Speculation about...

Weird X-Rays Spur Speculation about Dark Matter Detection

Scientists must now decide whether the anomalous signal is truly exotic or has a more mundane provenance -- Read more on
New Life Made with Custom Safeguard...

New Life Made with Custom Safeguards

A bacterium famous for food poisoning has its genetics altered to produce fuel or pharmaceuticals—and to keep it from escaping the lab -- Read more on


Twinkle telescope to check out exop...

Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate

If all goes to plan, the UK will launch a telescope to find out more about known exoplanets' atmospheres in four years
Cells from stressed-out mice act as...

Cells from stressed-out mice act as an antidepressant

Lethargic mice unexpectedly perk up when injected with immune cells from bullied mice, a discovery which could point to new depression treatments
Blood bank data turns donations int...

Blood bank data turns donations into a numbers game

An initiative in New York is using machine learning to figure out who's most likely to donate blood - and what's best to say to encourage them
Plastic Age: How it's reshaping roc...

Plastic Age: How it's reshaping rocks, oceans and life

The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy ? but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene (full text available to subscribers)
India eyes ambitious renewables tar...

India eyes ambitious renewables targets - with US help

Months before the UN climate summit in Paris, India has set ambitious new targets for renewable energy, and will now have access to US know-how
Brazil hit hard by worst drought si...

Brazil hit hard by worst drought since 1930

Four million people in Brazil's south-east powerhouse have been hit by water rationing and blackouts in the country's worst drought on record

NY Science

Dot Earth Blog: Questions About Blo...

Dot Earth Blog: Questions About Blown Blizzard Forecasts, and the Gender of Blizzard Forecasters

A closer look at flawed snowfall forecasts and the gender of most of the forecasters.
New Report Urges Western Government...

New Report Urges Western Governments to Reconsider Reliance on Biofuels

An environmental think tank says turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand.
World Briefing: Brazil: Drastic Wat...

World Briefing: Brazil: Drastic Water Rationing May Be Put in Place in São Paulo

The worst drought to hit São Paulo, Brazil?s biggest city, in decades may leave many residents with water service only two days a week.
National Briefing | Southwest: New ...

National Briefing | Southwest: New Mexico: Physicist Is Sentenced in a Spy Case

A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for passing secret nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the F.B.I. said.
Sick Child?s Father Seeks Vaccinati...

Sick Child?s Father Seeks Vaccination Requirement in California

Carl Krawitt, of Marin County, argued that parents who refused to have their children vaccinated against diseases like measles were putting his son at risk.
Study of Retirees Links Youth Footb...

Study of Retirees Links Youth Football to Brain Problems

A study of N.F.L. retirees found that those who began playing tackle football when they were younger than 12 increased their risk of developing memory and thinking problems later in life.

Science Daily

Building a better weather forecast?...

Building a better weather forecast? SMAP may help

If you were trying to forecast tomorrow's weather, you would probably look up at the sky rather than down at the ground. But if you live in the U.S. Midwest or someplace with a similar climate, one key to a better weather forecast may lie beneath your feet. Better soil moisture observations are just what the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission will provide. Scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, SMAP will collect the most accurate and highest-resolution soil moisture measurements ever made from a satellite SMAP will cover the entire globe in two to three days.
Cassini catches Saturn's moon Titan...

Cassini catches Saturn's moon Titan naked in the solar wind

Researchers studying data from NASA's Cassini mission have observed that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, behaves much like Venus, Mars or a comet when exposed to the raw power of the solar wind. The observations suggest that unmagnetized bodies like Titan might interact with the solar wind in the same basic ways, regardless of their nature or distance from the sun.
Researchers produce two bio-fuels f...

Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study.
Long-necked 'dragon' discovered in ...

Long-necked 'dragon' discovered in China: Dinosaur's lightweight neck spanned half the length of its body

Paleontologists have discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur from a skeleton found in China. The new species belongs to a group of dinosaurs called mamenchisaurids, known for their extremely long necks sometimes measuring up to half the length of their bodies. Most sauropods, or long-necked dinosaurs, have necks only about one third the length of their bodies.
Some potentially habitable planets ...

Some potentially habitable planets began as gaseous, Neptune-like worlds

Two phenomena known to inhibit the potential habitability of planets -- tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity -- might instead help chances for life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars, astronomers have found.
Engineer advances new daytime star ...

Engineer advances new daytime star tracker

NASA is developing a precision attitude sensor or star tracker that would be able to locate points of reference, or in other words, stars, during daylight hours.

Eureka Alert

Which health messages work?

Which health messages work?

(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Is it better to be positive or negative? Many of the most vivid public health appeals have been negative -- 'Smoking Kills' or 'Drive, Drive, and Die' -- but do these negative messages work when it comes to changing eating behavior?
First meeting of young researchers ...

First meeting of young researchers in PCD

(International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology) Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a rare respiratory tract disorder causing progressive lung dysfunction. The EU-funded BESTCILIA strives to create uniform guidelines for PCD diagnosis and treatment across Europe. Currently, many countries are creating PCD research groups and for the first time, young researchers working towards these goals will have a chance to present and discuss their research at the upcoming Young Researchers' Meeting in PCD.
The future of fighting disease coul...

The future of fighting disease could be glycans (video)

(American Chemical Society) Like the candy shell on an M&M, every cell on the planet has a carbohydrate coating that holds special information. Laura Kiessling, Ph.D., and her team at University of Wisconsin-Madison are trying to unlock the mystery of these coatings, known as glycans. In the latest episode of Prized Science, Kiessling explains how glycans could hold the key to new antibiotics and other disease treatments.
To reassure electric car buyers, co...

To reassure electric car buyers, combine battery leasing with better charging: INFORMS study

(Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) A proper choice of business model plays a critical role in electric vehicle industry where many consumers are subject to range and resale anxieties. In particular, a combination of owning or leasing electric batteries and improving charging technology can reassure such skeptics and help increase the electric vehicle adoption, according to a new study in the Articles in Advance section of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Public startups boom under JOBS Act...

Public startups boom under JOBS Act, study shows

(University at Buffalo) The JOBS Act is doing its job and getting more startups to go public, according to a new study from the University at Buffalo School of Management.
Playing with puzzles and blocks may...

Playing with puzzles and blocks may build children's spatial skills

(Association for Psychological Science) Play may seem like fun and games, but new research shows that specific kinds of play are actually associated with development of particular cognitive skills. Data from a nationally representative study show that children who play frequently with puzzles, blocks, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability. The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.


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.


'Slender Man' sightings haunt Canno...

'Slender Man' sightings haunt Cannock Chase

Several people claim to have witnessed the notorious specter in the area within the last few weeks. Despite being a fictional character dreamt up by a...
NASA wants to send a helicopter to ...

NASA wants to send a helicopter to Mars

A helicopter drone could help a rover on Mars to scout the terrain ahead and locate places of interest. One of the problems that a rover faces as it t...
Water bounces off super-repellent m...

Water bounces off super-repellent material

Scientists have developed a material so water repellent that water droplets simply bounce off it. The sophisticated new material was created through a...
Five ancient rocky planets discover...

Five ancient rocky planets discovered

A solar system dating back billions of years points to the likelihood that Earth-sized worlds are common. The five rocky planets, which are located wi...
Boston Yeti wanders snow-covered st...

Boston Yeti wanders snow-covered streets

A man in a Yeti costume has been seen prowling the streets after officials closed the roads to traffic. While Boston residents were asleep in their ho...
Tiny moon discovered around giant a...

Tiny moon discovered around giant asteroid

The asteroid known as 2004 BL86 flew past the Earth this week at a distance of 1.2 million kilometers. Measuring 325m across, the huge space rock pass...

Fast sea level rise is a very recen...

Fast sea level rise is a very recent change

Sea levels have been rising for more than a century. But that rise is now speeding up. That suggests that what is driving the rise ? climate change ? also has increased dramatically in recent years.
Immunity: Environment can have big ...

Immunity: Environment can have big impact

A study on twins suggests that environmental factors can shape a person's immune system more than genes do.
How birds stay in the air

How birds stay in the air

The sensors inside a boxy device measure the forces generated with each stroke of a bird?s wings. Learning how much force is needed to keep a bird aloft could help in designing future drones that flap, hover and dart.
A new ?spin? on concussions

A new ?spin? on concussions

Scientists have suspected that rotational forces in the brain may underlie concussions. A new study used athletic mouthguards containing sensors. Data on head movements during collisions suggest that a twisting of the brain may underlie mild brain injuries, including concussion.
Machine simulates the sun?s core

Machine simulates the sun?s core

A machine heats iron atoms to temperatures that match the interior of the sun. This has helped solve a solar mystery.
Resilient hearts for deep-sea diver...

Resilient hearts for deep-sea divers

How do aquatic mammals have enough energy to hunt prey while steeply dropping their heart rate to stay underwater? A new study of dolphins and seals provides clues.


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