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Tiny, Carbon-Scrubbing Champ Under ...

Tiny, Carbon-Scrubbing Champ Under Attack

Phytoplankton remove and store half the world's carbon, but they're under attack from rising ocean temperatures and viruses. Continue reading ?
What Will Winter Hold for Drought-P...

What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?

El Nino probably won't bring California drought-busting winter rains, but the news may not be all bad.
6 Pound Gold 'Butte Nugget' Goes on...

6 Pound Gold 'Butte Nugget' Goes on Auction Block

A 6 pound gold nugget found in California carries a $350,000 to $450,000 price tag.
Monster Mushrooms Could Hold Key to...

Monster Mushrooms Could Hold Key to New Meds

The massive Agarikon mushroom shows promise for treating diseases such as tuberculosis, cowpox, bird and swine flu.
What?s the Deal With Europe?s Clima...

What?s the Deal With Europe?s Climate Talks?

European leaders are set to make important decisions this week about the continent's energy future.
How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevent...

How a Liberian Rubber Plant Prevented Ebola Spread

The rate of Ebola cases in a part of Liberia where one rubber tree plantation operates is far lower than in other parts of the country.

Yahoo Science

Easter Island's ancient inhabitants...

Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all

20070422-AMX-TRAVEL_WLT-EASTERISLAND_1_MBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were not as isolated as long believed. ...

Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of ...

Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health OrganizationBy Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar. Whether or not effective drugs come in time to turn around the world's worst epidemic of the virus ravaging three West African countries, the world will want stockpiles to protect against inevitable future outbreaks, experts say. ...

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people ...

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Cunchaicha rock shelter in Peruvian AndesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world's highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological sites about 2.8 miles (4.5 km) above sea level and about 12,000 years old packed with artifacts including a rock shelter, stone tools, animal bones, food remnants and primitive artwork. ...

French entrepreneurs launch test to...

French entrepreneurs launch test to detect pork in food

An illustration picture shows a kit to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims at the company Capital Biotech offices in Asnieres sur SeineBy Lucien Libert ASNIERES France (Reuters) - Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims who abide by dietary laws. With France's five million Muslims making up about eight percent of the overall population, the test, similar in size to a pregnancy test, aims to help consumers detect traces of pork not just in food, but also in cosmetics or medicines. The kit comes with a small test tube in which a food sample is mixed with warm water. ...

The beast with the behemoth arms: A...

The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved

Illustration of Deinocheirus mirificus the largest known member of a group of bird-like dinosaursBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In July 1965, two gigantic fossilized dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters), they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in Earth's history. But nearly everything else was missing, leaving experts baffled about the nature of this beast with the behemoth arms. Half a century later, the mystery has been solved. ...

Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joi...

Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joins FacebookWorld-renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook. Hawking became a member of the popular social networking site on Oct. 7, just weeks before the upcoming release of "The Theory of Everything," a biographical film about Hawking's relationship with his first wife Jane. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit," the astrophysicist wrote in his first post on Facebook. The Facebook page is maintained by Hawking's team, and posts from the astrophysicist himself are signed as "SH," according to the site.

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Hacker gets prison for cyberattack ...

Hacker gets prison for cyberattack stealing $9.4M

An Estonian man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2008 cyberattack on a credit card processing company that enabled hackers to steal $9.4 million has been sentenced to 11 years in prison by a federal judge in Atlanta.
Remains of French ship being reasse...

Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas

A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over the hull and feel like they are on the ship's deck.
Icelandic volcano sits on massive m...

Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot

Spectacular eruptions at Bįršarbunga volcano in central Iceland have been spewing lava continuously since Aug. 31. Massive amounts of erupting lava are connected to the destruction of supercontinents and dramatic changes in climate and ecosystems.
Magic Leap moves beyond older lines...

Magic Leap moves beyond older lines of VR

Two messages from Magic Leap: Most of us know that a world with dragons and unicorns, elves and fairies is just a better world. The other message: Technology can be mindboggingly awesome. When the two messages combine, the company's aura becomes evident as movers in newer realms of augmented reality. The people behind this Florida-based company believe that the future of computing should be derived from respecting human biology, physiology, creativity, and community. So why, they ask, can't computing feel completely natural? Why can't computing and technology bend to us, to our experience? Describing their technology, they said "our team dug deep into the physics of the visual world, and dug deep into the physics and processes of our visual and sensory perception." They created what they call a Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, which is biomimetic. That is the core and they added hardware, software, sensors, core processors, and, they said, "a few things that just need to remain a mystery." On their site page for developers, they said, "Using our Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal, imagine being able to generate images indistinguishable from real objects and then being able to place those images seamlessly into the real world."
Beyond GoPro: Skiers and snowboarde...

Beyond GoPro: Skiers and snowboarders can measure everything with apps, hardware

At the end of a long day on the slopes, there's only one reward as sweet as a cold beer and a fireplace to warm your toes - recounting your epic moves through the powder.
NBCUniversal settles with unpaid in...

NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M

NBCUniversal will pay $6.4 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows who claim they are owed wages, according to court documents.

PBS

Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

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

Killer Landslides

Explore the forces behind deadly landslides?and the danger zones for the next big one.
Zombies and Calculus

Zombies and Calculus

The zombie apocalypse is here, and calculus explains why we can't quite finish them off.
Zombies and Calculus, Part 2

Zombies and Calculus, Part 2

You're being chased by zombies, and understanding tangent vectors may save your life.
Bigger Than T. rex

Bigger Than T. rex

Meet ?the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world's largest predator ever.
Emperor's Ghost Army

Emperor's Ghost Army

Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China's first emperor.

Scientific American

Inside the 4 U.S. Biocontainment Ho...

Inside the 4 U.S. Biocontainment Hospitals That Are Stopping Ebola [Video]

Four small but well-equipped wards across the U.S. provide a front line of treatment for highly infectious diseases and bioterrorism attacks -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
5 Myths about Serial Killers and Wh...

5 Myths about Serial Killers and Why They Persist [Excerpt]

A criminologist contrasts the stories surrounding serial homicide with real data to help explain society’s macabre fascination with these tales -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Can General Anesthesia Trigger Deme...

Can General Anesthesia Trigger Dementia?

Scientists try to untangle the relationship between a temporary effect and a permanent condition -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Di...

Hundreds of Comets Seen Orbiting Distant Solar System

The “exocomets” swarming around Beta Pictoris mirror those seen in our own solar system, but for a few surprising differences. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Ancient Halo Stars Cast the Milky W...

Ancient Halo Stars Cast the Milky Way?s First Light

Hubble spots a star in our galaxy’s halo that likely predates its oldest star clusters -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Can Wild Pigs Ravaging the U.S. Be ...

Can Wild Pigs Ravaging the U.S. Be Stopped?

The USDA is spending $20 million to solve a pig problem that has spread to 39 states and counting -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newscientist

African baby turtles start life wit...

African baby turtles start life with a 24-hour swimathon

Loggerhead turtles from Cape Verde complete an epic sprint before they turn into chilled-out turtle surfers, like the ones in Finding Nemo
Biological litmus paper detects Ebo...

Biological litmus paper detects Ebola strains

Litmus paper embedded with DNA from jellyfish and other organisms has the potential to identify any biological molecule ? changing how infections are diagnosed
Asteroid miners to launch first pri...

Asteroid miners to launch first private space telescope

Private company Planetary Resources, which one day hopes to mine asteroids, is preparing to launch a prototype of a telescope designed to find them
Today on New Scientist

Today on New Scientist

All the latest on newscientist.com: humanity's next 1000 years, future Ebola explosions, slumdog mapmakers, seeing brain chatter, Interstellar and more
Cutting off the Ebola zone would be...

Cutting off the Ebola zone would be a mistake

Travel bans aren't the answer: distancing ourselves from countries and people afflicted with Ebola could prove tragic for the world
Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles ...

Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles for shrimp bonanza

Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp

NY times.com Science

New York and New Jersey Tighten Ebo...

New York and New Jersey Tighten Ebola Screenings at Airports

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said all people who had direct contact with Ebola patients in three West African nations would be quarantined.
Dot Earth Blog: Why Americans Shoul...

Dot Earth Blog: Why Americans Should Fear Fear of Ebola More than the Virus

Two vital efforts to tamp down unfounded fears of Ebola contagion.
Profiles in Science: The Malaria Fi...

Profiles in Science: The Malaria Fighter

Although he does nothing to court publicity, many call Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer one of the most effective leaders in public health.
Home Solar Power Discounts Are Work...

Home Solar Power Discounts Are Worker Perk in New Program

Conceived at the World Wildlife Fund, the initiative uses bulk purchasing power to allow for discounts on home systems.
A Billionaire?s $65 Million Gift to...

A Billionaire?s $65 Million Gift to Theoretical Physics

Charles T. Munger, a longtime business partner of Warren Buffett, is donating $65 million to the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps...

Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across U.S.

Even as politicians at the national level steer clear of the politically charged topic, officials who live where its effects lap at residents? doorsteps are embracing the issue.

Science Daily

Without swift influx of substantial...

Without swift influx of substantial aid, Ebola epidemic in Africa poised to explode

The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating swaths of West Africa will likely get far worse in the coming weeks and months unless international commitments are significantly and immediately increased, new research predicts.
3-D map of the adolescent universe

3-D map of the adolescent universe

Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice of the adolescent universe. The map shows a web of hydrogen gas that varies from low to high density at a time when the universe was made of a fraction of the dark matter we see.
Novel software application can stra...

Novel software application can stratify early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients

Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed tomography images and stratify non-small cell lung cancer patients into risk groups that have significantly different disease-free survival outcome.
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase immunohi...

Anaplastic lymphoma kinase immunohistochemistry testing comparable to, if not better than, fluorescence in situ hybridization testing

Sixteen institutions across Europe collaborated together to show for the first time that a semi-quantitative anaplastic lymphoma kinase protein expression test, immunohistochemistry, is reliable amongst several laboratories and reviewers when test methodology and result interpretation are strictly standardized and the scoring pathologists are appropriately trained on the test.
Desert streams: Deceptively simple

Desert streams: Deceptively simple

Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation.
How ferns adapted to one of Earth's...

How ferns adapted to one of Earth's newest and most extreme environments

Ferns are believed to be 'old' plant species -- some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. However, a group of Andean ferns evolved much more recently: their completely new form and structure (morphology) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years. This novel morphology seems to have been advantageous when colonising the extreme environment of the high Andes.

Eureka Alert

NJIT hosts the NJ mayors' Summit on...

NJIT hosts the NJ mayors' Summit on Resilient Design

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) Local mayors and state and federal experts will gather at New Jersey Institute of Technology to discuss how the state has recovered from two of the worst natural disasters ever to hit New Jersey: Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.
New Alzheimer's association researc...

New Alzheimer's association research grants fund multiple investigations of non-drug treatments

(Alzheimer's Association) As millions of baby boomers are entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer's disease, many recent late-stage drug trials have produced negative results. While the majority of drug trials are funded by government and pharmaceutical companies, the Alzheimer's Association is filling a gap in research by funding several new studies of non-drug therapies.
UT Dallas team infuses science into...

UT Dallas team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

(University of Texas at Dallas) The 3-D world of the popular 'Minecraft' video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, 'Polycraft World,' created by UT Dallas professors, students and alumni
Startups should seek quality -- not...

Startups should seek quality -- not quantity -- in partnerships, study finds

(University at Buffalo) When partnering with larger companies, startups with a small number of carefully chosen alliances will reap the most benefits, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.
APIC Ebola readiness survey finding...

APIC Ebola readiness survey findings

(Association for Professionals in Infection Control) Only 6 percent of US hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at US hospitals conducted Oct. 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Volunteer guidelines for clinicians...

Volunteer guidelines for clinicians in the ebola epidemic

(Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health) A consortium of Boston-based hospitals has prepared a set of guidelines, titled 'Sign Me Up: Rules of the Road for Humanitarian Volunteers during the Ebola Outbreak'. The authors paint an honest picture of volunteer circumstances, and ask those considering volunteering to not make the decision lightly. They insist that the 'global healthcare community must and will rise to serve.'

Forteantimes

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
Tue 21 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Tue 21 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Cannabis-eating sheep munch £4,000 worth of drugs, mystery clowns in Portsmouth and France, flying man baffles plane passengers
Fri 17 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Fri 17 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Grandma texts from beyond the grave, smugglers stuff 25 cows into oil tanker, man admits to having sex with 700 cars
Wed 15 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Wed 15 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Crabzilla conquers the Internet, giant squid attacks Greenpeace, missing parrot returns after four years speaking Spanish
Mon 13 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Mon 13 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

California terrorised by copycat clowns, vampire grave found in Bulgaria, Donald Trump evicts golf resort ghost
Fri 25 July 2014 - Daily round-up o...

Fri 25 July 2014 - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Police investigate creepy doorstep dolls, doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth, Jesus takes the wheel and runs over motorcyclist

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

Richard Dawkins proposes 'cosmic to...

Richard Dawkins proposes 'cosmic tombstone'

The evolutionary biologist has suggested sending a record of our civilization out in to space. While Dawkins' prediction of our inevitable demise seem...
Radiation could thwart future space...

Radiation could thwart future space travel

Sending humans in to space is set to become more difficult due to cosmic radiation exposure. One of the more understated dangers of manned space trave...
Megalodon extinction gave whales a ...

Megalodon extinction gave whales a boost

The disappearance of the world's biggest shark may have enabled whales to grow to huge sizes. A shark of monstrous proportions that once dominated the...
Infrared Nessie photograph to be re...

Infrared Nessie photograph to be revealed

Loch Ness Monster hunter Jonathan Bright will present the image at Scotland's first paranormal festival. Bright is set to travel to Stirling in time f...
Would you drink milk grown in a lab...

Would you drink milk grown in a lab ?

The world's first in vitro hamburger could soon be accompanied by a nice glass of lab grown milk. In an effort to further advance the field of artific...
45,000-year-old human genome recons...

45,000-year-old human genome reconstructed

Scientists have revealed new details about our prehistoric ancestors thanks to a fossil thighbone. The bone, which was discovered along Siberia's Irty...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

Stone Age stencils: Really old art

Stone Age stencils: Really old art

Scientists thought that cave art started in Europe. New analyses now dash that assessment. Stencils in an Indonesian cave are every bit as old as the better-known drawings in caves in France and Spain.
How science saved the Eiffel Tower

How science saved the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was an engineering masterpiece. But Parisians initially thought it too ugly to let stand for more than 20 years. So Eiffel made the tower a bastion of science. And that would soon ensure that the structure was too valuable to tear down.
Fun facts about the Eiffel Tower

Fun facts about the Eiffel Tower

Here are some details of what it took to design, build ? and what it now takes to maintain ? this icon of the Paris skyline.
Questions for How Science Saved the...

Questions for How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower

Classroom questions for "How Science Saved the Eiffel Tower."
Pills of frozen poop fight killer d...

Pills of frozen poop fight killer disease

Popping poop pills? Of course it sounds yucky. But researchers find it might just be one of the most effective ways to knock out a very serious ? and tough-to-kill ? intestinal disease.
Explainer: What is C. difficile?

Explainer: What is C. difficile?

Over the past two decades, these severe bacterial infections have evolved from a no-big-deal occurrence to a common, life-threatening problem.

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