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Could Clay Help Attack Superbugs?

Could Clay Help Attack Superbugs?

The ancient remedy could provide a new weapon against microbes Continue reading ?
DNews: The Dreaded Turbulence: What...

DNews: The Dreaded Turbulence: What Makes Flights Bumpy

Most of us probably breathe a sigh of relief when the captain promises "a smooth ride" to wherever we're flying. But, as DNews explains, turbulence is really no big deal.
Why Antarctic Sea Ice Isn't Shrinki...

Why Antarctic Sea Ice Isn't Shrinking

Winds, currents and seafloor features may be responsible for keeping Antarctica's sea ice intact.
Why Is India's Heat Wave Off the Ch...

Why Is India's Heat Wave Off the Chart?

An oppressive heat wave in India led to a record temperature of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit -- the highest ever in Asia.
Live on a Farm by the Sea for Just ...

Live on a Farm by the Sea for Just $1.50

A four-bedroom bungalow and 416 sheep are all covered by the annual rent. Scenic views available at no additional cost. Continue reading ?
US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed fo...

US: 1 in 8 Swimming Pools Closed for Health Violations

One in eight swimming pools in five populous states are closed upon inspection due to dirty and potentially dangerous water, the CDC reported this week. Continue reading ?

Yahoo Science

The 2018 Elections Saw Record Midte...

The 2018 Elections Saw Record Midterm Turnout

The 2018 Elections Saw Record Midterm TurnoutThe Nov. 6 elections had the highest number of votes in a non-presidential election in U.S. history


Tens of Cat Mummies and 100 Cat Sta...

Tens of Cat Mummies and 100 Cat Statues Found Near Ancient Egyptian Pyramid

Tens of Cat Mummies and 100 Cat Statues Found Near Ancient Egyptian PyramidAncient Egyptians seem to have been "cat people," or at least cat mummy people. Researchers have dug up several mummified cats alongside about 100 wooden cat statues in a tomb complex near a pyramid built for the pharaoh Userkaf, who reigned from 2291 B.C. to 2289 B.C., the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced Nov. 10. The burials are located near the site of Saqqara in Egypt.


Firefighters slam Trump's illo...

Firefighters slam Trump's illogical tweet about out-of-control California fires

Firefighters slam Trump's illogical tweet about out-of-control California firesAs thousands of firefighters battled uncontrolled flames in both Northern and Southern California on Saturday, President Trump tweeted out an ill-informed, distorted message about the cause of these deadly autumn infernos.  But the firefighting community quickly rebutted the president's claims, wherein he blamed "gross mismanagement of the forests," while also threatening to cut federal support to fire management efforts.  There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments! ? Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018 As firefighters, fire researchers, and climate scientists largely agree, mismanaged forests ? which generally means wooded areas that haven't been allowed to naturally burn and reduce vulnerable vegetation ? are just one part of a complex, growing wildfire problem in the U.S. Rather, today's historic wildfire woes are a confluence of weather events, human-building, climate change, and mismanaged forests.  As the Pasadena Fire Association pointed out on Twitter, "Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong." Mr. President, with all due respect, you are wrong. The fires in So. Cal are urban interface fires and have NOTHING to do with forest management. Come to SoCal and learn the facts & help the victims. Scott Austin, Pres IAFF 809. @IAFFNewsDesk https://t.co/d3jY0SeosF ? Pasadena Fire Assn. (@PFA809) November 10, 2018 In Southern California, where the Woolsey Fire (as of Nov. 10 at 8:30 p.m.) had burned over 83,000 acres and forced Hollywood stars and wildlife alike to flee to the beaches, mismanaged forests are not to blame. The affected areas aren't overgrown pine forests, but grasslands and other coastal or near-coastal shrublands, known as chaparral.  There's nothing to log here, noted Crystal Kolden, a former wildland firefighter and associate professor in forest rangeland and fire sciences at the University of Idaho, countered on Twitter. Right. I'm sure that there is a long list of logging companies waiting to log chaparral shrublands and oak woodlands and grasslands. The most destructive and deadly fires in CA are NOT in forests. This is grossly irresponsible and uninformed. https://t.co/mjndBhCboA ? Dr. Crystal A. Kolden (@pyrogeog) November 10, 2018 A continuing problem in Southern California, like in many Western areas, is that populations have expanded into dry areas that naturally burn, known as the urban-wildlife interface. Deadly fires often burn through these communities, as they've repeatedly done in California ? jumping major freeways and torching suburban homes.  This requires local and political solutions, such as intelligently reducing dry vegetation near these communities, or building fire-resistant homes, fire scientist Michael Gollner explained on Friday.  SEE ALSO: How California erupted in flames overnight Exacerbating matters, fires everywhere are now burning more land, burning for longer, and becoming more destructive ? and climate change is a potent contributor. Simply put, hotter climes suck moisture out of the land, leaving profoundly dried out, tinder-ready grasslands and forests.  Although fire season should be winding down in California, a vast swath of the state is still experiencing record dryness ? notably in Northern California where the Camp Fire burned people to death in their vehicles.   Pick your timescale. 1-week, 3-week, 6-week, 3-month EDDI all at record levels. Unprecedented dryness from heat, winds, low humidity & lack of precipitation. #CAwx #CampFire @hydromet_man pic.twitter.com/CB6u6VwPmf ? Rob Elvington (@RobElvington) November 10, 2018 "This is a big deal," U.S. Forest Service meteorologist Brenda Belongie, referring the record dryness, said Friday.  Wildfires are largely stoked by weather and gusty winds, but solving the growing problem doesn't have a quick forest management fix, as the president contends.  For that reason, amid new fires that have killed at least 23 people, the firefighting community has found the president's ignorant fire-messaging to be repugnant. The International Association of Firefighters, of note, offered the Commander-in-Chief some stark words: #IAFF Calls @realDonaldTrump Tweet on #CaliforniaWildfires Response ?Irresponsible, Reckless and Insulting? https://t.co/PFf8MtJCRU ? IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) November 10, 2018 Firefighters understand the complexity and influences of today's flames. But their mission now is to help subdue the blazes, so firefighters haven't tolerated President Trump's wrong-headed, oversimplified message.   As the International Association of Firefighters said: "To minimize the crucial, life-saving work being done and to make crass suggestions such as cutting off funding during a time of crisis shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand and the dangerous job our fire fighters do."  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?


How to drive a robot on Mars

How to drive a robot on Mars

How to drive a robot on MarsAround 9:30 Mars time, a message arrives from California, where it was sent 15 minutes earlier. The Curiosity rover executes the commands, moving slowly to its designated position, at a maximum speed of 35 to 110 meters (yards) per hour. Around 5 pm Martian time, it will wait for one of NASA's three satellites orbiting the planet to pass overhead.


A Paradise Resident on Her Narrow E...

A Paradise Resident on Her Narrow Escape From California's Deadly Camp Fire ? and Why Many Waited Too Long to Leave

A Paradise Resident on Her Narrow Escape From California's Deadly Camp Fire ? and Why Many Waited Too Long to LeaveLisa Vasquez, a lifelong Paradise, Calif. resident, describes her harrowing escape from the Camp Fire that killed 29 of her neighbors.


An Australian Woman Was Charged Wit...

An Australian Woman Was Charged With Hiding Sewing Needles in Strawberries

An Australian Woman Was Charged With Hiding Sewing Needles in StrawberriesShe is a former employee of one of the brands affected by the contamination


Physorg.com

The first cave-dwelling centipede f...

The first cave-dwelling centipede from southern China

Chinese scientists recorded the first cave-dwelling centipede known so far from southern China. To the amazement of the team, the specimens collected during a survey in the Gaofeng village, Guizhou Province, did not only represent a species that had been successfully hiding away from biologists in the subterranean darkness, but it also turned out to be the very first amongst the order of stone centipedes to be discovered underground in the country.
Facebook back up after Americas ser...

Facebook back up after Americas service interruption

Facebook users in the Americas were able to get back onto their profiles Monday afternoon, after the social media network went down briefly across some parts of the region.
Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fi...

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say.
Rocket-maker ArianeGroup to cut 2,3...

Rocket-maker ArianeGroup to cut 2,300 jobs

European aerospace and defence firm ArianeGroup is to cut 2,300 jobs by 2022 as orders tumble and development of a new rocket nears its end, management said Monday.
Scientists debunk potential link to...

Scientists debunk potential link to crop cold tolerance

When temperatures drop, the enzyme Rubisco that fuels plant growth and yield gets sluggish. Many crops compensate by producing more Rubisco; however, scientists speculated that some crops may lack space in their leaves to boost the production of this enzyme, making them more susceptible to cold. A new study from the University of Illinois and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology refutes this theory but found these crops are far from reaching their photosynthetic potential.
How mitochondria deploy a powerful ...

How mitochondria deploy a powerful punch against life-threatening bacteria

The constant battle for dominance between disease-causing bacteria and our immune systems has led to the evolution of some crafty warfare tactics on both sides.

PBS

What is the Coriolis Effect?

What is the Coriolis Effect?

The spinning of the Earth means we don't always see straight paths as straight.
Healing After Hurricane Maria

Healing After Hurricane Maria

Antonio Paris translates how to survive on other planets into surviving after Maria.
The Arecibo Observatory

The Arecibo Observatory

After Hurricane Maria, the Arecibo Observatory and its staff worked to rebuild its facility.
Profile: Priya Natarajan

Profile: Priya Natarajan

Theoretical Astrophysicist Priya Natarajan has loved atlases and maps since she was a little girl.
Profile: Rana el Kaliouby

Profile: Rana el Kaliouby

Rana el Kaliouby is on a mission to humanize technology with artificial emotional intelligence.
Volcano on Fire

Volcano on Fire

Climb into the crater of Nyiragongo, a seething and active African volcano.

Scientific American

This Scientist Chases Wildfires to ...

This Scientist Chases Wildfires to Better Predict Fire Behavior

To know what a wildfire might do next, researchers need to know how an inferno interacts with the atmosphere

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Bats Beat Dolphins in the Battle ov...

Bats Beat Dolphins in the Battle over Who Has the Best Sonar

But the dolphins are no slouches either

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Solving Microplastic Pollution Mean...

Solving Microplastic Pollution Means Reducing, Recycling—and Fundamental Rethinking

New practices, and new chemistries, are needed to end the scourge

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Neuroscientists Make a Case against...

Neuroscientists Make a Case against Solitary Confinement

Prolonged social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain 

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Live from Berlin: Falling Walls Con...

Live from Berlin: Falling Walls Conference 2018

Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?

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To Every Pathogen There Is a Season

To Every Pathogen There Is a Season

Infectious Diseases affect us like clockwork, although it’s not clear why

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Newscientist

An extinct monkey evolved to live l...

An extinct monkey evolved to live like a sloth in the Caribbean

Jamaica was once home to a sloth-like monkey ? now we know it was a strange descendant of South America?s titi monkeys that adapted to island life
Earliest known animal might have in...

Earliest known animal might have inflated its body like a balloon

Dickinsonia lived about 560 million years ago and may have been the first animal ? but it seems to have inflated its body in a way no animals do today
Pluto?s weird ridges may be glacial...

Pluto?s weird ridges may be glacial landforms unlike any on Earth

Next to Pluto?s heart-shaped plains are strange rolling hills unlike anything we?ve seen on Earth, and they may be left over from receding ancient glaciers
We?ve discovered a whole new defenc...

We?ve discovered a whole new defence system against germs in our noses

Billions of tiny sacs filled with weapons and warning signals to other cells are released into the lining of our noses when dangerous bacteria are detected
Robots are learning hand gestures b...

Robots are learning hand gestures by watching hours of TED talks

Hand gestures are difficult for robots to reproduce convincingly, so hundreds of hours of TED videos are being used to teach them how to better gesticulate
Why lichen may be the perfect facto...

Why lichen may be the perfect factories for making rocket fuel on Mars

Lichens can be revived after being subjected to Mars-like conditions, so they could be used on long space flights to produce hydrogen rocket fuel along the way

NY times.com Science

In Brazil, Animals Cross a Road of ...

In Brazil, Animals Cross a Road of No Return

Highway BR-262 is among the deadliest in the world for wildlife. Biologist Wagner Fischer has been monitoring its grim toll for more than two decades.
A ?Time Capsule? for Scientists, Co...

A ?Time Capsule? for Scientists, Courtesy of Peter the Great

A Russian zoological museum filled with centuries-old specimens finds renewed relevance in the age of genetics.
The Chemists? War

The Chemists? War

One hundred years after the end of World War I, the Army Corps of Engineers is still cleaning up the relics of experiments that helped develop chemical weapons to counter the Germans? gas attacks.
Rocket Lab?s Modest Launch Is Giant...

Rocket Lab?s Modest Launch Is Giant Leap for Small Rocket Business

The company?s Electron rocket carried a batch of small commercial satellites from a launchpad in New Zealand, a harbinger of a major transformation to the space business.
Matter: Crossing From Asia, the Fir...

Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown

Three new genetic analyses lend detail, and mystery, to the migration of prehistoric humans throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Matter: In Cave in Borneo Jungle, S...

Matter: In Cave in Borneo Jungle, Scientists Find Oldest Figurative Painting in the World

A cave drawing in Borneo is at least 40,000 years old, raising intriguing questions about creativity in ancient societies.

Science Daily

Nitrogen fixation in ambient condit...

Nitrogen fixation in ambient conditions

Scientists have developed a uranium-based complex that allows nitrogen fixation reactions to take place in ambient conditions. The work lays the foundation to develop new processes for synthesizing nitrogen products like cyanamide.
Planetary boundaries for antibiotic...

Planetary boundaries for antibiotic and pesticide resistance identified

Researchers have now published the first estimates of antibiotic and pesticide 'planetary boundaries.' The researchers suggest that if resistance to antibiotics and pesticides goes beyond these boundaries, societies risk large-scale health and agricultural crises. The results indicate one group of bacteria has passed a boundary.
Study opens route to ultra-low-powe...

Study opens route to ultra-low-power microchips

Researchers have developed a new way of controlling magnetism in materials, which could lead to new low-power technologies for memory, computing, and sensing devices.
Insufficient sleep in children is a...

Insufficient sleep in children is associated with poor diet, obesity and more screen time

A new study conducted among more than 177,000 students suggests that insufficient sleep duration is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents.
Alpine ice shows three-fold increas...

Alpine ice shows three-fold increase in atmospheric iodine

Analysis of iodine trapped in Alpine ice has shown that levels of atmospheric iodine have tripled over the past century, which partially offsets human-driven increases in the air pollutant, ozone.
Small molecules: From beaker to sol...

Small molecules: From beaker to solved 3D structure in minutes

A new method for learning the structures of small molecules, such as hormones, is 'like science fiction.'

Eureka Alert

New framework pushes the limits of ...

New framework pushes the limits of high-performance computing

(Virginia Tech) Virginia Tech researchers found a way to give high-performance computing data systems the flexibility to thrive with a first-of-its-kind framework called BespoKV, perhaps helping to one day achieve the HPC goal of performing at the exascale, or a billion billion calculations per second.
Big data and advanced artificial in...

Big data and advanced artificial intelligence techniques to tackle Alzheimer's disease

(Case Western Reserve University) Rong Xu, Ph.D., recently received a total of $5 million for two projects that will use big data methods for a comprehensive look at a range of factors that may inform the mechanism of Alzheimer's and related dementia.
High availability of tobacco raises...

High availability of tobacco raises smoking rates in mothers-to-be

(University of Edinburgh) Pregnant women are more likely to smoke if they live in an area in which tobacco is widely sold, research has shown.
Which outreach method encourages pa...

Which outreach method encourages patients overdue for cancer screening to get tested?

(St. Michael's Hospital) Phone calls are more effective reminders for patients to book cancer screening appointments than mailed letters but are also more costly, suggests a new study from St. Michael's Hospital.
Diabetes targeted in new bioenginee...

Diabetes targeted in new bioengineering research at Clemson University

(Clemson University) The research will be led by Agneta Simionescu, an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering. She announced Monday that the National Institutes of Health is providing $1.38 million for her research.Simionescu's project sharpens the focus on atherosclerosis, a condition that accelerates in diabetics.
Family, school support makes kids m...

Family, school support makes kids more likely to stand up to bullying

(North Carolina State University) A recent study finds young people with good family relationships are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying or other aggressive behavior at school -- and to step in if they see victims planning to retaliate. The study found that kids who were already excluded, or discriminated against by peers or teachers, were less likely to stand up for victims of bullying.

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

Mystery surrounds tanker flight ove...

Mystery surrounds tanker flight over Area 51

A Boeing NKC-135R was tracked flying over the secretive facility multiple times back on September 20th. There are few places on Earth as notoriously s...
Japanese man marries hologram of VR...

Japanese man marries hologram of VR singer

Akihiko Kondo became so infatuated with Japanese character Hatsune Miku that he decided to marry her. The 35-year-old, who works as a school administr...
'Pinocchio' lie detector looks at y...

'Pinocchio' lie detector looks at your nose

It turns out that Pinocchio was wrong - your nose doesn't grow when you lie, it actually gets colder and shrinks. First depicted in the 19th-century n...
The best place to look for life on ...

The best place to look for life on Mars identified

Scientists behind the ExoMars mission have picked out a landing site where they hope to find evidence of alien life. The joint European-Russian rover,...
Relics of lost continents found und...

Relics of lost continents found under Antarctica

Scientists have used satellite data to map out the terrain hidden beneath the ice of the southernmost continent. The study used data from the Gravity ...
Black hole 'may be spinning space i...

Black hole 'may be spinning space itself'

Astronomers have detected a black hole that is spinning so rapidly that it may be causing space itself to rotate. Observations of the black hole, whic...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

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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