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Deadly Nepal Quake Devastates Vast ...

Deadly Nepal Quake Devastates Vast Region: Photos

Saturday's earthquake that hit Nepal has caused widespread devastation in the nation and across neighboring countries, killing over 1,200 people.
Hundreds Dead After Powerful Earthq...

Hundreds Dead After Powerful Earthquake Hits Nepal

International aid groups rushed to respond Saturday to a massive earthquake in Nepal that claimed more than 1,000 lives as aftershocks and severed communications hampered rescue efforts.
Oil and Gas Boom May Permanently Ha...

Oil and Gas Boom May Permanently Harm Ecosystems

Oil and gas drilling is causing long-lasting damage to ecosystems, and it's outpacing recovery efforts.
Explainer: How Powerful Is Californ...

Explainer: How Powerful Is California?

While we're waiting around for a giant earthquake to rip the Golden State from the mainland, we thought we'd take a look at what the United States would lose without California.
Yellowstone Supervolcano Much Bigge...

Yellowstone Supervolcano Much Bigger Than Thought

Yellowstone's explosive secrets are uncovered after the discovery and imaging of a deep, gigantic reservoir of hot rock.
Seeker Daily: Why Doesn't Anybody C...

Seeker Daily: Why Doesn't Anybody Care About Climate Change?

Warnings about California's drought are apocalyptic. Yet only a minority of Californians support rationing. Are we too lazy to address the issue or are we simply in denial?

Yahoo Science

Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexi...

Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist

Handout file photo shows tunnel underneath the Quetzalcoatl temple in the ancient city of TeotihuacanBy David Alire Garcia TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico (Reuters) - A Mexican archeologist hunting for a royal tomb in a deep, dark tunnel beneath a towering pre-Aztec pyramid has made a discovery that may have brought him a step closer: liquid mercury. In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious ancient city that was once the largest in the Americas, Sergio Gomez this month found "large quantities" of the silvery metal in a chamber at the end of a sacred tunnel sealed for nearly 1,800 years. "It's something that completely surprised us," Gomez said at the entrance to the tunnel below Teotihuacan's Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent, about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of Mexico City. Some archeologists believe the toxic element could herald what would be the first ruler's tomb ever found in Teotihuacan, a contemporary of several ancient Maya cities, but so shrouded in mystery that its inhabitants still have no name.

Hot times at Yellowstone: huge magm...

Hot times at Yellowstone: huge magma chamber found deeply buried

Yellowstone National ParkÔ??s Grand Prismatic hot spring is pictured in this handout photoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deep beneath Yellowstone National Park, one of the world's most dynamic volcanic systems, lies an enormous, previously unknown reservoir of hot, partly molten rock big enough to fill up the Grand Canyon 11 times, scientists say. Researchers on Thursday said they used a technique called seismic tomography to a produce for the first time a complete picture of the volcanic "plumbing system" at Yellowstone, from the Earth's mantle up to the surface. Scientists already knew of a large magma chamber under Yellowstone that fed the eruptions 2 million, 1.2 million and 640,000 years ago. "The existence of the second magma chamber does not make it any more or less likely that a large volcanic eruption at Yellowstone will occur.

F1 technology moves into the superm...

F1 technology moves into the supermarket fridge

Formula One's cutting-edge aerodynamic technology is moving into the supermarket chill cabinet. Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Formula One team, said on Friday they had partnered with start-up Aerofoil Energy to develop a device that will save money and energy by keeping more cold air inside open-fronted refrigerators. Williams said their aerofoil system, modeled with computation fluid dynamics and tested at their F1 factory in central England, can be attached onto each shelf to redirect the air flow. Sainsbury's, Britain's second largest supermarket chain with 1,100 stores, is among retailers testing the product.
First experiment 'editing' human em...

First experiment 'editing' human embryos ignites ethical furor

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Biologists in China reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against altering the human genome in a way that could last for generations. The study from China appeared last weekend in an obscure online journal called Protein & Cell. In an interview published on Wednesday on the news site of the journal Nature, lead author Junjiu Huang of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou said both Nature and Science rejected the paper, partly for ethical reasons. "There have been persistent rumors" of this kind of research taking place in China, said Edward Lanphier, chief executive of California-based Sangamo BioSciences Inc and part of a group of scientists who called last month for a global moratorium on such experiments.
Defying the odds, Hubble telescope ...

Defying the odds, Hubble telescope still going strong after 25 years

NASA handout photo of a stellar nursery located about 20,000 light-years from the planet earth in the constellation CarinaBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA on Thursday marked the silver anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with fireworks, of a celestial kind, conveyed by the orbiting observatory itself. To commemorate Hubble's launch on April 24, 1990, NASA selected a picture of a stellar nursery located about 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.

More Than 1,000 Doctors Say Dr. Oz ...

More Than 1,000 Doctors Say Dr. Oz Should Resign

At least 1,000 U.S. doctors say they think Dr. Mehmet Oz should resign from his faculty position at Columbia University in New York, a new poll finds. Earlier this week, 10 doctors sent a letter calling for Oz, host of the popular TV show "The Dr. Oz Show," to be removed from his academic position as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia. The doctors said that Oz has promoted products and made claims that aren't supported by medical evidence.

Physorg.com

Nepal quake: Nearly 1,400 dead, Eve...

Nepal quake: Nearly 1,400 dead, Everest shaken (Update)

Tens of thousands of people were spending the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing nearly 1,400, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest. Officials warned the death toll would rise as more reports came in from far-flung areas.
Russian hackers read Obama emails, ...

Russian hackers read Obama emails, report says

Emails to and from President Barack Obama were read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House's unclassified computer system, The New York Times said Saturday.
Experts gathered in Nepal a week ag...

Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake

Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming.
Supermarkets welcome cold-comfort e...

Supermarkets welcome cold-comfort edge of F1 aerofoils

UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, has collaborated with UK-based Aerofoil Energy to develop an aerodynamic device that can reduce the energy consumed by refrigerators in supermarkets and convenience stores.
Public boarding school?the way to s...

Public boarding school?the way to solve educational ills?

Buffalo's chronically struggling school system is considering an idea gaining momentum in other cities: public boarding schools that put round-the-clock attention on students and away from such daunting problems as poverty, troubled homes and truancy.
Robots and dinosaurs as Japan holds...

Robots and dinosaurs as Japan holds 'Niconico' offline gala

Robots and dinosaurs mingled with cosplayers as Japan's largest video-sharing website Niconico on Saturday opened its two-day meet-up gala which is expected to attract more than 100,000 fans for the offline get together.

PBS

Kangaroo Gas and Global Warming

Kangaroo Gas and Global Warming

Can kangaroo farts teach us how to make cattle and other livestock more eco-friendly?
Invisible Universe Revealed

Invisible Universe Revealed

Follow the historic rescue of Hubble—the space telescope that unveiled the cosmos.
Nazi Attack on America

Nazi Attack on America

A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.
The Poop Cure

The Poop Cure

Fecal transplants are surprisingly effective cures for a dangerous bacterial infection.
The Mother of Hubble

The Mother of Hubble

Astronomer Nancy Roman worked on Hubble's design and development for more than 25 years.
The Great Math Mystery

The Great Math Mystery

Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe?

Scientific American

What to Wear to Swim in America's M...

What to Wear to Swim in America's Most Polluted Waters [Video]

A swim with sewage aims to call attention to cleaning the Gowanus Canal, and other polluted waters in the U.S. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Agony and Ecstasy: Hubble's Top Mom...

Agony and Ecstasy: Hubble's Top Moments and Near-Death Episodes

Scientists and astronauts recall the telescope’s finest hours as well as threats to its 25-year existence   -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Controversial Gene-Editing Approach...

Controversial Gene-Editing Approach Gains Ground

“Snipping out” damaged mitochondrial DNA in mice and human cells is a step toward preventing serious inherited diseases -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
California Bill Would Ban Vaccinati...

California Bill Would Ban Vaccination Opt Out Based on Personal Belief

Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator, discusses his bill pushing the elimination of parental belief exemptions from children’s school vaccination requirements -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins

Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins

Mass deaths likely stemmed from the BP spill in 2010, researchers say -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Lenin's Body Improves with Age

Lenin's Body Improves with Age

Russian scientists have developed experimental embalming methods to maintain the look, feel and flexibility of the Soviet Union's founder’s body, which is 145 years old today  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newscientist

Getting to grips with the placenta'...

Getting to grips with the placenta's real health benefits

A project to understand the body's most mysterious organ could help us tackle everything from pregnancy complications to heart disease, says Cathy Spong
Touching down on Mars could still b...

Touching down on Mars could still be a far-off prospect

Landing on the Red Planet may remain a distant dream for now, despite ambitious plans by aerospace companies to take people there in the next decade
The Vital Question: Finding answers...

The Vital Question: Finding answers about the origin of life

Life was shaped by the very thing that fuelled it, linking questions about everything from our lifespan to the nature of alien life, argues a book by Nick Lane
Tax cuts for top earners fail becau...

Tax cuts for top earners fail because the theory is broken

Tax breaks for the wealthy were meant to trickle through society to benefit all. It didn't work and inequality just got worse, says economist Ha-Joon Chang
Tiny robots climb walls carrying mo...

Tiny robots climb walls carrying more than 100 times their weight

The two robots borrow techniques from both inchworms and geckos to climb up walls while carrying huge loads
World's first malaria vaccine could...

World's first malaria vaccine could be rolled out by end of year

Results suggest millions of cases globally could be averted with the vaccine, which may be approved for use by year end

NY times.com Science

Ancient Collision Made Nepal Earthq...

Ancient Collision Made Nepal Earthquake Inevitable Epochs Later

More than 25 million years ago, India crashed into Asia. The two land masses are still colliding today, creating the world?s highest mountains and setting off major earthquakes about every 75 years.
Dot Earth Blog: Long-Predicted Deat...

Dot Earth Blog: Long-Predicted Death Toll in Nepal Earthquake Reflects Wider Himalayan Seismic Risk

The major earthquake that has shattered buildings across Katmandu and killed hundreds will likely produce a vast toll.
A Contest in the Bronx Helps Young ...

A Contest in the Bronx Helps Young Scientists Explore

Bronx SciFest, a competition created by Lehman College three years ago, gives students who might not otherwise get to a chance to pursue serious research.
Observatory: Rays From Exploding St...

Observatory: Rays From Exploding Stars May Help Measure Strength of Thunderstorms

Showers of high-energy particles from cosmic rays had different radio emissions depending on the weather, possibly providing a way to measure a thunderhead.?
The New Old Age: Nursing Homes Are ...

The New Old Age: Nursing Homes Are Starting to Supplant Hospitals as Focus of Basic Health Care

Patients are saved the stress of hospital stays, and there are large savings. But reimbursement policies and a lack of nurses are slowing progress.
Dot Earth Blog: Oklahoma?s Options ...

Dot Earth Blog: Oklahoma?s Options Now That State and Federal Scientists Confirm Big Earthquake Impact from Water Disposal

Now that Oklahoma?s state geologists have clearly identified water disposal as the driver of a surge in earthquakes, what should Oklahoma?s citizens and politicians do?

Science Daily

Caterpillar fungus could hold the k...

Caterpillar fungus could hold the key to relieving the pain of osteoarthritis

A drug from a parasitic mushroom that lives on caterpillars could become an effective new painkiller for people with osteoarthritis within the next six years.
Scientists develop first liquid nan...

Scientists develop first liquid nanolaser

Scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a 'lab on a chip' for medical diagnostics. In addition to changing color in real time, the liquid nanolaser has additional advantages: it is simple to make, inexpensive to produce and operates at room temperature.
Team develops faster, higher qualit...

Team develops faster, higher quality 3-D camera

Inspired by the Microsoft Kinect and the human eye, scientists have developed an inexpensive 3-D camera that can be used in any environment to produce high-quality images.
Combined brachytherapy techniques s...

Combined brachytherapy techniques should be 'benchmark' for cervical cancer treatment

The first large international study to investigate the late side-effects of a combination of two forms of brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer has shown that the technique successfully delivers higher radiation doses to the tumor without an increase in treatment-related problems afterwards. New research suggests that the technique should be the 'benchmark' for treatment of the disease.
Scientists create cheaper magnetic ...

Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines

Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. Scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that's similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing magnets and could make wind turbines less expensive to manufacture.
Long lasting anti-hemophilia factor...

Long lasting anti-hemophilia factor safe in kids, experts say

Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. A new, extended therapy combines recombinant factor VIII with a fusion protein that allows the molecule to remain in the circulation longer -- translating into a need for less frequent treatment.

Eureka Alert

'Summer slide' reduced by letting k...

'Summer slide' reduced by letting kids pick their own summer reading

(University of Rochester Medical Center) At the end of the school year, districts often send stacks of books home with their students in the hopes of combating the 'summer slide,' the literacy loss experienced during the long break that hits low-income students particularly hard. But a study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that these programs can be made significantly more effective with only a small tweak: Let the kids choose the books.
Researchers find alarming rise in c...

Researchers find alarming rise in cost of MS drugs over past 2 decades

(Oregon Health & Science University) A new study, led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University, shows an 'alarming rise' over the last 20 years in the costs of drugs used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis or reduce the frequency of attacks.
To improve STEM diversity, fix high...

To improve STEM diversity, fix higher education, scholar says

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) To increase diversity in US STEM workforce, policymakers and educators need to address factors in college programs that discourage minority students, contribute to their noncompletion of degrees.
ASHG announces 2015 winners of Nati...

ASHG announces 2015 winners of National DNA Day Essay Contest

(American Society of Human Genetics) In commemoration of National DNA Day, ASHG hosted its 10th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest to encourage high school students and teachers to learn about human genetics concepts beyond the standard curriculum. DNA Day commemorates the discovery of DNA's double helix and the completion of the Human Genome Project. Since 2006, ASHG has run a DNA Day Essay Contest to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts by writing an original essay.
Texas A&M study finds we think bett...

Texas A&M study finds we think better on our feet, literally

(Texas A&M University) A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.
York's anti-malarial plant given Ch...

York's anti-malarial plant given Chinese approval

(University of York) A new hybrid plant used in anti-malarial drug production, developed by scientists at the University of York's Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, is now registered as a new variety in China.

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

UFO filmed near erupting Chilean vo...

UFO filmed near erupting Chilean volcano

A woman who had been filming the eruption also recorded an object that had appeared in the sky nearby. The Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted unexpected...
Vast lava reservoir found under Yel...

Vast lava reservoir found under Yellowstone

A chamber containing 11,200 cubic miles of molten rock has been found below Yellowstone National Park. Underneath the ideallic lakes, canyons and fore...
Should Nessie be Scotland's nationa...

Should Nessie be Scotland's national animal?

A Scottish tourism body has launched a new campaign to gain formal recognition for the Loch Ness Monster. Despite there being considerable doubts over...
NASA steps up the search for alien ...

NASA steps up the search for alien life

The space agency has formed a new coalition of scientists from a wide range of different fields. The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) aims t...
Paranormal investigators encounter ...

Paranormal investigators encounter burglars

The team had been looking for ghosts at a store in Derby when they ran in to a pair of thieves. A local paranormal investigation group had been spendi...
Should chimps be granted human righ...

Should chimps be granted human rights ?

A case is set to be brought to the New York State Supreme Court to argue that chimps are 'legal persons'. For years animal rights activists have been ...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

Cool Jobs: Big future for super sma...

Cool Jobs: Big future for super small science

Scientists using nanotechnology grow super-small but very useful tubes with walls no more than a few carbon atoms thick. Find out why as we meet three scientists behind this huge new movement in nanoscience.
QUESTIONS for Cool Jobs: Super Smal...

QUESTIONS for Cool Jobs: Super Small Science

QUESTIONS for Cool Jobs: Super Small Science
News Brief: As timely as it gets

News Brief: As timely as it gets

A newly modified atomic clock won?t lose or gain a second for 15 billion years. This timepiece is about three times more precise than an earlier version.
Mystery solved: Why knuckles crack

Mystery solved: Why knuckles crack

Scientists have puzzled over what makes that loud sound when our knuckles ?crack.? Bubbles appear to play a role, but not in popping.
Radio telescope picks up signals fr...

Radio telescope picks up signals from intelligent life

Astronomers tracked down the source of perytons, mysterious radio bursts. They had at first seemed to emanate from Earth?s atmosphere. Probing now suggests the life forms responsible had a penchant for leftovers.
Movies may tempt teens to drink

Movies may tempt teens to drink

British 15-year-olds were more likely to binge-drink or have alcohol-related problems if they watched movies with plenty of onscreen drinking.

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