'Thunder God' Plant Could Help with...

'Thunder God' Plant Could Help with Weight Loss

An extract made from a plant that is used in traditional Chinese medicine may help with weight loss.
Hear the Sound of a Plant Dying of ...

Hear the Sound of a Plant Dying of Thirst

Listen to the sound a plant makes as it dies of thirst -- it's heartbreaking. Continue reading ?
Will El Nino Trigger an Extreme Wil...

Will El Nino Trigger an Extreme Wildfire Season?

Climate change has brought us megafires, but the growing El Niño condition can help us predict where they are most likely to ignite this year.
Warming May Be Slowing Ocean Circul...

Warming May Be Slowing Ocean Circulation

It won't lead to a sci-fi movie style disaster, but the ocean circulation system in the North Atlantic appears to be slowing down -- and it's cause for some concern. ?
California Oil Spill Wrecks Coastal...

California Oil Spill Wrecks Coastal Wildlife: Photos

An oil pipeline near Santa Barbara, Calif., leaks more than 100,000 gallons of oil with tens of thousands ending up in the ocean.
Republicans Vote to Restrict Climat...

Republicans Vote to Restrict Climate Funding

The bill automatically slashes social, behavioral and economic sciences by 55 percent, while climate research shrinks eight percent to $1.2 billion.

Yahoo Science

SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pac...

SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific with space station cargo

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the International Space Station in this NASA handout photoBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule made a parachute splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, wrapping up a five-week stay at the International Space Station. The capsule blasted off on April 14 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at the orbiting outpost three days later with more than 4,300 pounds (1,950 kg) of food, supplies and science experiments for the live-aboard crew. It was repacked with 3,100 pounds of science samples and other equipment and released back into orbit at 7:04 a.m. EDT (1104 GMT) on Thursday for a return trip to Earth, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

Bowwow wow! Dog domestication much ...

Bowwow wow! Dog domestication much older than previously known

The lower jawbone of the Taimyr Wolf that lived approximately 27,000 to 40,000 years agoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs, showing canine domestication may have occurred earlier than previously thought. Scientists said on Thursday they pieced together the genome of the wolf that lived on Russia's Taimyr Peninsula and found that it belonged to a population that likely represented the most recent common ancestor between dogs and wolves. Using this genetic information, they estimated that dog domestication occurred between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago.

Scientists want you to know plankto...

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

Handout of scientists aboard the Tara Oceans vessel use plankton nets to strain microbes from seawaterBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe. Plankton include microscopic plants and animals, fish larvae, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that drift in the oceans. "Plankton are much more than just food for the whales," said Chris Bowler, a research director at France's National Center for Scientific Research, and one of the scientists involved in the study published in the journal Science.

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture need...

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches. ULA President Tory Bruno said the company must attract those kind of orders to remain a "viable economic entity" so it is scrambling to restructure and develop a new rocket that in seven or eight years could launch satellites twice as fast at half the current cost. Formed by the two largest U.S. weapons makers in 2006, ULA has long been the sole company able to launch U.S. military and intelligence satellites into orbit.
Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs al...

Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs allow precise, smooth movement

Patient Erik Sorto takes a drink in this handout photoBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than a decade after becoming paralyzed from the neck down, Erik Sorto has been unable to perform even the simplest of daily tasks. "That was the ultimate goal: to drink a beer by myself," said Sorto, a 34-year-old from Los Angeles who became a quadriplegic after a 2002 gunshot wound. Things may be looking up for Sorto and others with similar disabilities.

Dino-Chicken Gets One Step Closer

Dino-Chicken Gets One Step Closer

Dino-Chicken Gets One Step CloserTalk of a "chickenosaurus" lit up the science world last week when researchers announced they had modified the beak of a chicken embryo to resemble the snout of its dinosaur ancestors. "From a quantitative point of view, we're 50 percent there," said Jack Horner, a professor of paleontology at Montana State University and a curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies. By understanding how and when to modify certain molecular mechanisms, countless changes could be within reach.

Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in li...

Q&A: Why are antibiotics used in livestock?

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision:
Regulators order pipeline testing, ...

Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill

The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday.
US egg prices soar as avian flu bat...

US egg prices soar as avian flu batters poultry industry

US farmers have been forced to kill almost 40 million chickens and other birds, causing egg prices to soar as a deadly version of the avian flu attacks the poultry industry.
Study outlines 20-year process to c...

Study outlines 20-year process to create meteorological partnership between US and Cuba

Few professions in the world benefit from the sharing of information as much as meteorology. Nearly all countries around the world realize the value of sharing meteorological data across their borders. This information collaboration is vital to scientific understanding of the atmosphere and the oceans, as well as essential for accurate forecasts and timely warnings of hurricanes, typhoons, and other severe weather.
DNA samples from fungi collections ...

DNA samples from fungi collections provide key to mushroom 'tree of life'

Genetic material from fungi collections at Purdue University and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, helped a team of researchers resolve the mushroom "tree of life," a map of the relationships between key mushroom species and their evolutionary history that scientists have struggled to piece together for more than 200 years.
Visualizing how radiation bombardme...

Visualizing how radiation bombardment boosts superconductivity

Sometimes a little damage can do a lot of good?at least in the case of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Bombarding these materials with high-energy heavy ions introduces nanometer-scale damage tracks that can enhance the materials' ability to carry high current with no energy loss?and without lowering the critical operating temperature. Such high-current, high-temperature superconductors could one day find application in zero-energy-loss power transmission lines or energy-generating turbines. But before that can happen, scientists would like to understand quantitatively and in detail how the damage helps?and use that knowledge to strategically engineer superconductors with the best characteristics for a given application.


When Shark Fetuses Attack

When Shark Fetuses Attack

Sand tiger shark fetuses eat their siblings in the womb.
Rise of the Hackers

Rise of the Hackers

A new global geek squad is harnessing cryptography to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals.
Can Cocaine Make Your Ears Rot?

Can Cocaine Make Your Ears Rot?

Cocaine is being mixed with a dangerous drug called levamisole.
Lethal Seas

Lethal Seas

A unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea shows what the future may hold as oceans acidify.
Discovering U-Boat 166

Discovering U-Boat 166

Hear from the marine archeologists who found the wreckage of a German U-boat sunk in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII.
Flesh-Eating Amphibian Babies

Flesh-Eating Amphibian Babies

Caecilian mothers have a very strange way of feeding their young.

Scientific American

Why Honest People Do Dishonest Thin...

Why Honest People Do Dishonest Things

A failure to anticipate an ethical decision makes men and women more likely to lie or cheat. -- Read more on
Top 10 Most Fascinating New Species...

Top 10 Most Fascinating New Species Unveiled

To commemorate Carl Linnaeus’s Birthday, an international committee of taxonomists has released its annual roundup of the most noteworthy newly discovered species -- Read more on
Can't Touch This--New Encryption Sc...

Can't Touch This--New Encryption Scheme Targets Transaction Tampering

An Estonia-based cybersecurity firm adopts a “blockchain” public ledger system to verify online transfers of sensitive information -- Read more on
Giant Black Holes May Be on a Colli...

Giant Black Holes May Be on a Collision Course

Astronomers have found what may be two supermassive black holes in a quasar due to become one in roughly 21 years -- Read more on
Multitude of Microscopic Wonders Di...

Multitude of Microscopic Wonders Discovered in the World's Oceans [Slide Show]

The four-year study took thousands of samples at hundreds of sites -- Read more on
Stable Antarctic Ice Is Suddenly Me...

Stable Antarctic Ice Is Suddenly Melting Fast

Multiple glaciers, previously frozen solid, are adding vast quantities of water to the ocean -- Read more on


Einstein and Schrödinger: The price...

Einstein and Schrödinger: The price of fame

From personal feuds to fruitless quests to overhaul quantum theory, the two physics legends fought hard to maintain their fame, argues a new book
Inside Obama's plan to use open dat...

Inside Obama's plan to use open data to curb police brutality

The relationship between US law enforcers and the communities they protect is broken, but data can be used to repair that trust
Good looking: Phone screens that do...

Good looking: Phone screens that do the focusing for you

Put away those reading glasses. A new type of screen will make any page look just right for your eyes (full text available to subscribers)
Santa Barbara's oil-slicked waters

Santa Barbara's oil-slicked waters

A clean-up is under way on California's coastline, following an oil spillage on Tuesday that threatens the area's wildlife
US SPACE Act extends easy ride for ...

US SPACE Act extends easy ride for commercial space ventures

The House of Representatives has voted to exempt the fledgling space industry from much regulation for 10 more years, but critics say it doesn't protect passengers
Good looking: The veggies that real...

Good looking: The veggies that really do boost night vision

No, carrots can't help you see in the dark. But some other veggies might (full text available to subscribers)

NY Science

Advocates and Regulators Press for ...

Advocates and Regulators Press for Cleaner New York City Waterways

More stringent regulations governing water quality standards are expected soon from state environmental officials.
National Briefing | West: Californi...

National Briefing | West: California: Tests Ordered After Oil Leak

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration required Plains All American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and empty the remainder of the line.
Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in Cali...

Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in California

State officials accepted an offer from growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to give up a quarter of their water this season.
Dot Earth Blog: The R&B Star Akon a...

Dot Earth Blog: The R&B Star Akon and an Emirates Foundation Invest in a Solar Energy Work Force for Africa

A hip-hop star, Akon, and a young solar-technology instructor visit the U.N. to show how they are lighting up Africa.
Fighting Pollution From Microbeads ...

Fighting Pollution From Microbeads Used in Soaps and Creams

On Friday, the state?s Assembly passed a bill that could become the strictest ban in the country on the particles, which can carry pollutants into the food chain.
Obama Plans New Rule to Limit Water...

Obama Plans New Rule to Limit Water Pollution

The administration is to soon announce new executive action that would restore its authority to limit water pollution. Republicans are trying to block the president.

Science Daily

How meteorological partnership betw...

How meteorological partnership between US, Cuba was created over 20 years

The two-decade-long process to form an active meteorological partnership between the United States and Cuba has been described in a new article. While the U.S. and Cuba have shared meteorological information and data relating to hurricanes and other tropical storms starting as early as the mid-1800's, this is the first time a partnership of this level has been created; it included the shipping and installation of sensitive GPS monitoring equipment, something that would normally not be allowed by either government.
Scientists create mice with a major...

Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS, frontotemporal dementia

A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), both of which are caused by a mutation in the a gene called C9ORF72.
Proton therapy has fewer side effec...

Proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients

New research has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects, including nausea, blood abnormalities and loss of appetite, than patients treated with older radiation therapies.
The Viking's grave and the sunken s...

The Viking's grave and the sunken ship: New photogrammetry method transforms archaeological sites

Mapping archaeological digs takes plenty of time and a lot of measuring, photographing, drawing and note taking. Now, most of this work can be done with a technique called photogrammetry. Photogrammetry is a method that uses two-dimensional images of an archaeological find to construct a 3D model.
New computational technique advance...

New computational technique advances color 3D printing process

A technique has been developed that enables hydrographic printing, a widely used industrial method for transferring color inks on a thin film to the surface of 3D objects, to color these surfaces with the most precise alignment ever attained. This new computational method, which simulates the printing process and predicts color film distortion during hydrographic immersion, generates a colored film that guarantees exact alignment of the surface textures to the object.
Plant biosecurity course combats wh...

Plant biosecurity course combats wheat blast

Wheat blast, an emerging disease that threatens worldwide food security, is the focus of a plant biosecurity course at an American university. The course is designed to help participants learn how to contain and exclude a plant pathogen.

Eureka Alert

TGen's Dr. Daniel Von Hoff receives...

TGen's Dr. Daniel Von Hoff receives top honor from the Arizona Medical Association

(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, Distinguished Professor and Physician-In-Chief of the Translational Genomics Research Institute, will receive one of the top awards May 29 from the Arizona Medical Association. Dr. Von Hoff will receive the 2015 Wallace A. Reed, M.D. Award, recognizing his accomplishments in advancing innovative cancer treatments, said Dr. Nathan Laufer, President-Elect of ArMA.
Nonfriction literature

Nonfriction literature

(Lehigh University) Friction and wear costs the US at least $500 billion every year. The National Science Foundation is supporting joint Lehigh-DuPont research into tribology through the GOALI Program, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry.
Building expertise to protect the S...

Building expertise to protect the Serengeti

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Tanzania's Serengeti National Park is under severe pressure from human population growth and climate change. A new €10 million grant from the European Union will help unite scientists from Europe and Africa to develop innovative and practical (on the ground) solutions for the continued delivery of ecosystem services provided by the park.
Springer partners with IMISCOE on o...

Springer partners with IMISCOE on open access journal and book series on migration

(Springer) Springer announces a partnership with IMISCOE, the largest network of excellence on migration and diversity in the world, for the publication of their open access journal Comparative Migration Studies and their book series IMISCOE Research Series.
Enhancing knowledge crucial to impr...

Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows

(University of Plymouth) Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study conducted at Plymouth University suggests.
American Indians disproportionately...

American Indians disproportionately disciplined at school compared to white students

(University of Utah) School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education system, new research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic reveals.


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.


Dogs have lived with humans for 30,...

Dogs have lived with humans for 30,000 years

New evidence suggests that dogs may have been man's best friend for far longer than previously thought. The relationship we humans share with our cani...
ESA discovers ancient supervolcano ...

ESA discovers ancient supervolcano on Mars

The Siloe Patera crater on Mars is now believed to be the collapsed center of an enormous volcano. Last month scientists discovered a huge magma chamb...
Girl in new bid for world's longest...

Girl in new bid for world's longest tongue

18-year-old Adrianne Lewis has a tongue that's so long she can use it to lick her own eyeballs. The Michigan teenager is hoping that her huge oral app...
The octopus is able to 'see' using ...

The octopus is able to 'see' using its skin

Scientists have discovered that the humble octopus is able to use its skin to sense light around it. With its eight suction-cupped limbs and skin that...
Haunted house staff spooked by ghos...

Haunted house staff spooked by ghostly girl

The 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio has become home to more than just actors and ghost props. Alongside the actors dressed as spooky assailant...
3.3 million-year-old stone tools di...

3.3 million-year-old stone tools discovered

Prehistoric stone tools predating the human genus have been unearthed in a dried-up riverbed in Kenya. Thought to be the earliest evidence of toolmaki...

Collecting trash in space

Collecting trash in space

Space junk threatens satellites that cost millions of dollars. But one teen has come up with an idea to collect and dispose of that orbiting trash.
The bugs within us

The bugs within us

Hordes of bacteria live inside people and other animals. This ?microbiome? can affect the development of the blood-brain barrier, food choices ? even mating.
Questions for ?The bugs within us?

Questions for ?The bugs within us?

Questions for ?The bugs within us?
Studying? Don?t answer that text!

Studying? Don?t answer that text!

Homework time? Put away the cell phone. Responding to texts gets in the way of learning and test-taking, teen researchers show.
Picture This: The world?s biggest s...

Picture This: The world?s biggest seed

This monster seed develops on a super-slow-growing island palm. Key to that palm?s survival are leaves that funnel fertilized water to nutrient-starved roots.
Keeping roofs cooler to cut energy ...

Keeping roofs cooler to cut energy costs

Cool it! A cheap paint-on coating for roofing shingles could help reduce a home?s heating bills and might even trim urban ozone levels, a teen shows.


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