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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.
Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissi...

Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013

Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year.
DNews: What Will Happen When the No...

DNews: What Will Happen When the North and South Poles Flip?

We've grown comfortable with our present-day magnetic north and south, but one day they're going to reverse. If that happens during our lifetime, what could we expect? Would it be the end of the world, or would we just have to redirect Santa's mail?
El Nino Brings Floods, Risks -- and...

El Nino Brings Floods, Risks -- and Opportunities

El Nino ups the odds of flooding in some spots, but that information could provide opportunities.
500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawa...

500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered

Fragments of corals, shells and coarse sand in a natural sinkhole suggest that a mighty tsunami hit the Hawaiian Islands about 500 years ago.
Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become W...

Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year

The odds are good that 2014 will become the warmest year in the books, fueled by record ocean warmth.

Yahoo Science

Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk...

Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station

NASA photo of Solar array panels on the Russian segment of the International Space Station and a blue and white part of EarthBy Irene Klotz (Reuters) - Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a speedy, 3 -1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas. Station commander Maxim Suraev and flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev quickly completed the first task on their to-do list, removing and jettisoning a defunct science experiment known as Radiometriya. The device, which was installed in 2011, was used to track seismic activity on earth, NASA mission commentator Rob Navias said during a live broadcast of the spacewalk on NASA TV. ...

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. ...

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars...

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

Comet C/2013 A1, also known as Siding Spring, is seen as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA's Hubble Space TelescopeBy Irene Klotz NEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies. Comet Siding Spring passed just 87,000 miles (140,000 km) from Mars, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon and 10 times closer than any known comet has passed by Earth, NASA said. ...

Greek archaeologists unearth head o...

Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

ATHENS (Reuters) - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday. The tomb on the Amphipolis site, about 100 km (65 miles) from Greece's second-biggest city Thessaloniki, has been hailed by archaeologists as a major discovery from the era of Alexander the Great. They say it appears to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece. ...
23andMe, MyHeritage partner to comb...

23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history. California-based 23andMe, which is backed by Google, is a pioneer in the sale of home genetic tests and has more than 750,000 clients. It sells a $99 DNA test, from which it provides its customers ancestry-related genetic reports. MyHeritage helps families find their history with family tree tools and a library of more than 5.5 billion historical records. ...
Wacky Humpbacked Dinosaur Looked Li...

Wacky Humpbacked Dinosaur Looked Like 'Star Wars' Creature

Wacky Humpbacked Dinosaur Looked Like 'Star Wars' CreatureAbout 70 million years ago, a humpbacked, duck-billed dinosaur with monstrous front limbs and "mudding hooves" tramped through rivers hunting fish. Though the odd-looking creature, named Deinocheirus mirificus, was discovered nearly 50 years ago, almost nothing was known about the mysterious creature until two new skeletons were unearthed in Mongolia recently. "Deinocheirus was a peculiar humpbacked form with a duckbill-like skull," that could grow to the size of a T. rex, said study lead author Yuong-Nam Lee, a researcher at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources in South Korea. In 1965, paleontologists unearthed the giant, 7.8-foot-long (2.4 meters) forelimbs of a terrifying dinosaur in Mongolia's Gobi Desert.

Physorg.com

Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless g...

Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains?not phones

AT&T says it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The company is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.
Twitter looks to weave into more mo...

Twitter looks to weave into more mobile apps

Twitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.
Organic molecules in Titan's atmosp...

Organic molecules in Titan's atmosphere are intriguingly skewed

(Phys.org) ?While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations.
NIST offers electronics industry tw...

NIST offers electronics industry two ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules

A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed ... well, cool, sure, but also a little fantastic. Now the day isn't far off when your cell phone may depend on it. Two recent papers emphasize the point by demonstrating complementary approaches to fine-tuning the key step: depositing thin films of a uniquely designed polymer on a template so that it self-assembles into neat, precise, even rows of alternating composition just 10 or so nanometers wide.
NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap deta...

NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap details research requirements and action plans

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government's accelerated adoption of cloud computing. This final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the world.
New insights on carbonic acid in wa...

New insights on carbonic acid in water

Though it garners few public headlines, carbonic acid, the hydrated form of carbon dioxide, is critical to both the health of the atmosphere and the human body. However, because it exists for only a fraction of a second before changing into a mix of hydrogen and bicarbonate ions, carbonic acid has remained an enigma. A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers, has yielded valuable new information about carbonic acid with important implications for both geological and biological concerns.

PBS

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.
The Cybersecurity Lab

The Cybersecurity Lab

Take cybersecurity into your own hands by thwarting a series of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

Scientific American

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
Island Nation Sets Up World?s First...

Island Nation Sets Up World?s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

Palau raises over $50,000 to support the creation and enforcement of a Pacific Ocean no-fishing zone the size of France -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two...

Predatory Fish Have Declined by Two Thirds in the 20th Century

First-of-its-kind analysis of hundreds of food web models shows that the decrease has mostly taken place since the 1970s -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
War Dogs: Canines of Many Talents

War Dogs: Canines of Many Talents

In this adapted excerpt from a new book, the author combines her experience with military working dogs and the science of dogs’ special abilities to make a case for our war dog force -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Newscientist

Transformers: 10 revolutions that m...

Transformers: 10 revolutions that made us human

Two million years ago we were just your average primate ? then we started to have some revolutionary ideas and human evolution went into hyper-drive (full text available to subscribers)
Nonchalant night-time chimp crime c...

Nonchalant night-time chimp crime caught on camera

Incredible night-vision videos of daring raids on farmers' fields are the first to show chimpanzees operating under cover of darkness
Thoroughly modern humans interbred ...

Thoroughly modern humans interbred with Neanderthals

The oldest genome from a modern human reveals that modern humans with modern behaviour interbred with Neanderthals as they spread into Eurasia
Today on New Scientist

Today on New Scientist

All the latest on newscientist.com: quantum computer buyers' guide, life on Mars might be short, brain barrier opened to treat cancer and more
Dark matter signal points to exotic...

Dark matter signal points to exotic black-hole origins

If our best sign yet of dark matter is what it seems, then the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy is a complex beast
To defeat trolls, we need to do mor...

To defeat trolls, we need to do more than jail them

Changing entrenched attitudes that trivialise cyber-harassment against women will take more than harsh sentences, says law professor Danielle Citron

NY times.com Science

Dot Earth Blog: ?Extreme Whether? E...

Dot Earth Blog: ?Extreme Whether? Explores the Climate Fight as a Family Feud

A new play tries to engage audiences on global warming through a family feud over fossil fuels, dying frogs and melting ice.
Matter: Reconstructed Genome of 45,...

Matter: Reconstructed Genome of 45,000-Year-Old Man Offers Clues on Modern Humans

The genetic material, extracted from a Siberian fossil, supported the hypothesis that early humans interbred with Neanderthals between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.
U.S. to Monitor Travelers From Ebol...

U.S. to Monitor Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations for 21 Days

Travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be given thermometers and information cards and must report their temperatures and any symptoms daily.
Testing for Ebola Vaccines to Start...

Testing for Ebola Vaccines to Start Soon, W.H.O. Says

The plans signify that a response to the Ebola outbreak is finally gathering steam, but it is still unclear if any of these vaccines will work.
Ebola Prompts Universities to Tight...

Ebola Prompts Universities to Tighten Travel Rules

Several schools have allowed humanitarian exceptions to restrictions on trips to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries most affected by the virus.
Procedure on Paralyzed Man Stirs Ho...

Procedure on Paralyzed Man Stirs Hope and Caution

A Polish man paralyzed from the chest down can use a walker and has some leg sensation after a novel treatment, a report says, but some experts warn against premature conclusions.

Science Daily

Wild chimps use innovative strategi...

Wild chimps use innovative strategies to raid neighboring agricultural fields undetected

Wild chimpanzees living in a disturbed habitat may use innovative strategies, like foraging crops at night, to coexist with nearby human activities.
Rescued 'abandoned' penguin chicks ...

Rescued 'abandoned' penguin chicks survival similar to colony rates

Abandoned penguin chicks that were hand-reared and returned to the wild showed a similar survival rate to their naturally-reared counterparts.
Thermal paper cash register receipt...

Thermal paper cash register receipts account for high bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans

BPA from thermal paper used in cash register receipts accounts for high levels of BPA in humans. Subjects studied showed a rapid increase of BPA in their blood after using a skin care product and then touching a store receipt with BPA.
Baby cries show evidence of cocaine...

Baby cries show evidence of cocaine exposure during pregnancy

A new study provides the first known evidence of how a similar acoustic characteristic in the cry sounds of human infants and rat pups may be used to detect the harmful effects of prenatal cocaine exposure on nervous system development.
Highly effective new anti-cancer dr...

Highly effective new anti-cancer drug shows few side effects in mice

A new drug, OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice, scientists report. It inhibits the action of a protein that is overproduced by several tumor types but is rarely expressed in healthy adult tissues. Without it, cancer cells fail to complete the cell-division process and die.
Fast modeling of cancer mutations

Fast modeling of cancer mutations

A new genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in tumors, researchers report. Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process -- until now.

Eureka Alert

Rafael Ortega, M.D., honored at Ann...

Rafael Ortega, M.D., honored at Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards

(Boston University Medical Center) Rafael Ortega, M.D., the associate dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected by the Boston Business Journal as an honoree for the Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards. This award honors companies and individuals for their leadership in successfully promoting inclusiveness and opportunity. This year, the Leaders in Diversity program will feature nine winners in four categories and Ortega will be awarded the Corporate Leadership award for his exceptional work at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
The New York Stem Cell Foundation R...

The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute announces largest-ever stem cell repository

(New York Stem Cell Foundation) The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, through the launch of its repository in 2015, will provide for the first time the largest-ever number of stem cell lines available to the scientific research community. Initially, over 600 induced pluripotent stem cell lines and 1,000 cultured fibroblasts from over 1,000 unique human subjects will be made available, with an increasing number available in the first year.
UT Arlington researcher earns NSF g...

UT Arlington researcher earns NSF grant to protect financial institutions

(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas Arlington associate professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to identify insider risk and develop proper protection strategies for information systems within a financial institution.
Baker Institute paper: Data indicat...

Baker Institute paper: Data indicate there is no immigration crisis

(Rice University) Is there an 'immigration crisis' on the US-Mexico border? Not according to an examination of historical immigration data, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The unexpected benefits of adjustab...

The unexpected benefits of adjustable rate mortgages

(University of Chicago Booth School of Business) As would be expected during a time of consumer deleveraging, households applied more than 70 percent of their mortgage savings to reducing outstanding credit card debts. Not only did the lower payments reduce mortgage defaults but credit card delinquencies fell. 'These choices had significant impact on foreclosures, house prices and employment in regions that were more exposed to interest rate declines,' the researchers concluded.
Early intervention could boost educ...

Early intervention could boost education levels

(University of Adelaide) Taking steps from an early age to improve childhood education skills could raise overall population levels of academic achievement by as much as 5 percent, and reduce socioeconomic inequality in education by 15 percent, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide.

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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
Fri 10 Oct - Daily round-up of the ...

Fri 10 Oct - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Boy killed by plummeting sacrificial goat, oversized body sparks crematorium fire, dwarf poos on Hull council office floor in protest at discrimination

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

Earth's magnetic field is preparing...

Earth's magnetic field is preparing to flip

The next reversal of the Earth's magnetic field could happen within the next couple of thousand years. For some time now there have been signs that ou...
Can your birth season affect your m...

Can your birth season affect your mood ?

The time of the year in which you were born may play a role in determining your temperament as an adult. There has long been a connection between the ...
Man seen flying past plane window a...

Man seen flying past plane window at 3,500ft

The pilots of an Airbus 320 were left perplexed after they saw a man flying past their plane. The peculiar incident saw the figure approach to within ...
Doctors cure man's paralysis in wor...

Doctors cure man's paralysis in world first

Darek Fidyka has become the first person to walk again after having his spinal nerves completely severed. The 38-year-old had been paralyzed from the ...
Inventor develops hi-tech 'Air Umbr...

Inventor develops hi-tech 'Air Umbrella'

Inventor Chuan Wang from Nanjing has created a futuristic new version of the humble umbrella. The device, which produces a 'force field of air', works...
'Celtic cross' discovered in Mars p...

'Celtic cross' discovered in Mars photograph

A strange cross-shaped pattern with a circle around it has been spotted on the surface of Mars. There have been a lot of reports lately of anomalous o...

Sciencenewsforkids.org

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.
News Brief: No hopping for these an...

News Brief: No hopping for these ancient ?roos

By hopping, today?s kangaroos can scoot swiftly through the countryside. That was not true for some of their ancient cousins. True giants, those now-extinct kangaroos would have walked on two feet ? and relied on their tippy-toes.
Sunlight might have put oxygen in E...

Sunlight might have put oxygen in Earth?s early air

High-energy bursts of ultraviolet light can break apart carbon dioxide, yielding oxygen gas. The experiment may mimic what happened on Earth billions of years ago.
How people have been shaping the Ea...

How people have been shaping the Earth

We are the dominant force of change on Earth. Some experts propose naming our current time period the ?Anthropocene? to reflect our impact.
Coming: The sixth mass extinction?

Coming: The sixth mass extinction?

Species are dying off at such a rapid rate ? faster than at any other time in human existence ? that many resources on which we depend may disappear.

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