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This Small, 3-D Printed Rocket Could Make It Easier to Get to Space

This Small, 3-D Printed Rocket Could Make It Easier to Get to SpaceRocket Lab, a Silicon Valley company, launched the Electron rocket into space for the first time.



05/26/2017 - 01:33 PM

 

In Europe, Trump feels the heat on climate

In Europe, Trump feels the heat on climateAt every stop in Donald Trump's whirlwind of summit meetings in Europe, the issue of climate change -- and the US president's threat to ditch the 196-nation Paris Agreement -- is never far from the surface. "I am still trying to convince the doubters," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday at informal 30-nation climate talks in Berlin, where China's climate tzar, Xie Zhenhua, also urged the United States to stay the course. Newly minted French President Emmanuel Macron, on the eve of his May 7 victory, likewise vowed to "do everything possible" to keep the former reality TV star on board.



05/25/2017 - 10:24 AM

 

Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles

Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter's polesMonstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now largely unexplored



05/25/2017 - 02:03 PM

 

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to badWASHINGTON (AP) — There's a glimmer of hope for America's ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday.



05/25/2017 - 10:22 AM

 

Brain scans show how fathers are more attentive to daughters than sons

Brain scans show how fathers are more attentive to daughters than sonsDads not only act differently in their daily interactions with the children, but scans of their brains also revealed different patterns of activity depending on whether they have a boy or a girl. In recent years, a number of studies has shown that fathers treat girls and boys differently – suggesting in some cases that their behaviours could reinforce gender stereotypes in their children. For instance, studies often rely on parents' self-reports of their interactions with their children.



05/25/2017 - 09:00 AM

 

Get hyped for this year’s total solar eclipse by watching a partial one seen from space

Get hyped for this year’s total solar eclipse by watching a partial one seen from spaceOn August 21st, the United States will have an epic front row seat to a total solar eclipse — one that can be seen from the coasts of South Carolina to Oregon. Of course, we still have some time to go before the event takes place, so if you need an eclipse fix in the meantime, NASA has something just for you: a partial eclipse seen from space. NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory — tasked with staring at the Sun every day — spotted the Moon as it crossed in front of our parent star on May 25th.



05/26/2017 - 02:38 PM

 

Here's how flamingos balance on one skinny leg

Here's how flamingos balance on one skinny legThe bigger puzzle may be why flamingos bother standing on two. Balance aids built into the birds’ basic anatomy allow for a one-legged stance that demands little muscular effort, tests find. “Most of us aren’t aware that we’re moving around all the time,” says Lena Ting of Emory University, who measures what’s called postural sway in standing people as well as in animals.



05/26/2017 - 02:48 PM

 

Ancient Bizarre Sea Monster the Size of a Bus Discovered in Russia

Ancient Bizarre Sea Monster the Size of a Bus Discovered in RussiaThe well-preserved 5 foot-long skull of an extinct reptile was first discovered on the bank of the Volga River in 2002, but until now had not been identified as a new species. The fossil belongs to a group of marine reptiles called plesiosaur.



05/25/2017 - 12:30 PM

 

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget planPALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.



05/25/2017 - 01:49 PM

 

Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for Fun

Hunting Big Game: Why People Kill Animals for FunTheodore Roosevelt, former U.S. president and renowned big-game hunter, waxed poetic about a massive bull rhinoceros in his 1910 book, "African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist," after glimpsing the rhino during a safari in British East Africa and the Belgian Congo earlier that year.



05/26/2017 - 08:48 AM

 

Scientists found a way to turn ordinary clothes into power generators using body movement

Scientists found a way to turn ordinary clothes into power generators using body movementMovement is energy. Anytime you move an object, including your arms or legs, you’re transferring energy to it. That kinetic energy can be turned into other types of energy, which means you could potentially harvest it and turn it into a power source—a dream scientists have been working on for some time. One group of…



05/25/2017 - 02:01 PM

 

Ladybug Wings Fold Up For Science [VIDEO]

Ladybug Wings Fold Up For Science [VIDEO]Scientists now know what it looks like when a ladybug folds and unfolds its wings, and it could be important for engineering.



05/26/2017 - 01:33 PM

 

'Shape-Shifting' Pasta Could Transform Food Shipping

'Shape-Shifting' Pasta Could Transform Food ShippingResearchers at MIT have been playing with their food in the name of science, concocting a shape-shifting dining experience that could significantly reduce food shipping and packaging costs. The team from MIT’s Tangible Media Group created flat sheets of gelatin and starch that transform into 3D shapes, such as flowers and pasta forms, when submerged in water. “We did some simple calculations, such as for macaroni pasta, and even if you pack it perfectly, you still will end up with 67 percent of the volume as air,” said Wen Wang, a co-author of the research, set to be published in a paper this month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.



05/25/2017 - 12:33 PM

 

US military training space warriors for 'extraterrestrial conflict'

US military training space warriors for 'extraterrestrial conflict'Space Aggressors is what the US military is calling them, a team of soldiers training at a warehouse near Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Trending: Has Hillary Step at the top of Everest collapsed or not, and why can't people decide? "We play the bad guys," Captain Christopher Barnes, chief of training for the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron told the Seeker.



05/26/2017 - 06:01 AM

 

Correction: Snowy Plover Chick story

Correction: Snowy Plover Chick storyPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. The state bans dogs from all active nesting areas.



05/25/2017 - 06:52 PM

 

Billionaire Ex-Oilman Plans 1st Nonstop World Solar Flight

Billionaire Ex-Oilman Plans 1st Nonstop World Solar FlightAfter building up a $15 billion fortune pumping oil, Viktor Vekselberg is turning to solar for his attempt to win a place in history.



05/25/2017 - 05:01 PM

 

Sergey Brin is building the world’s biggest aircraft for humanitarian missions and family trips

Sergey Brin is building the world’s biggest aircraft for humanitarian missions and family tripsGoogle co-founder Sergey Brin's secret airship will be used for humanitarian missions, but it will also serve as a giant RV in the sky for his friends and family, according to The Guardian. The dirigible, which was first revealed by Bloomberg one month ago, is reportedly going to wind up being the biggest aircraft in the world at 200 meters long. The giant humanitarian sky yacht is being built at Moffett airfield, which is part of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Northern California, where Google’s Planetary Ventures division holds a 60-year lease valued at $1 billion.



05/26/2017 - 11:03 AM

 

How the Media Has Failed -- The Invitae (NVTA) Story is Strong

How the Media Has Failed -- The Invitae (NVTA) Story is StrongFriends, what has happened with Invitae relative to this news story is a wonderful example of all of this. With its $249 test to screen for 30 genes linked to eight hereditary cancers, Color Genomics Inc. has pushed to detect cancer earlier but also take price away as a barrier. We have a great relationship with Invitae.



05/25/2017 - 04:12 PM

 

Boxing Day Tsunami: Scientists drill deep in ocean to find out why Indonesia earthquake was so deadly

Boxing Day Tsunami: Scientists drill deep in ocean to find out why Indonesia earthquake was so deadlyScientists have long been puzzled about why the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake was so devastating, as it didn't unfold as traditional hazard models would have expected. New analyses of the sediments entering the subduction zone have allowed them to come up with a potential explanation. It was accompanied by a huge tsunami – which remains known today as Boxing Day tsunami because it occurred on 26 December.



05/25/2017 - 02:00 PM

 

10 Things About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe That Make No Sense

10 Things About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe That Make No SenseThere are lots of things we all love about the 'Star Wars' universe. Even so, there's plenty that makes very little sense.



05/26/2017 - 10:22 PM

 

Did first humans really evolve in Greece? 'Extraordinary' claim lacks crucial evidence

Did first humans really evolve in Greece? 'Extraordinary' claim lacks crucial evidenceAfrica is not the cradle of humankind: that's the claim by a group of scientists who've just published what they describe as evidence of pre-human remains found in Eastern Europe (Greece and Bulgaria). The fossils in question belong to Graecopithecus freybergi, and are a little more than seven million years old. It would also re-root the human evolutionary tree in Eastern Europe, away from Africa.



05/26/2017 - 04:02 AM

 

'Plant Factories' Churn Out Clean Food in China’s Dirty Cities

'Plant Factories' Churn Out Clean Food in China’s Dirty CitiesResearchers build urban farms, crop labs to combat contamination



05/25/2017 - 05:00 PM

 

From 'Magic' Mushrooms to Meth: The ER Rates for Drug Users

From 'Magic' Mushrooms to Meth: The ER Rates for Drug UsersAlcohol and marijuana may be the most commonly used recreational drugs in the world, but "magic" mushrooms appear to be the safest, a new survey finds. At the opposite end, the drug that resulted in the most emergency medical treatments was methamphetamine: Nearly 5 percent of the 1,500 people who reported using it said they wound up needing treatment, the Global Drug Survey found. The Global Drug Survey is a London-based research group that's focused on making drug use safer.



05/26/2017 - 10:52 AM

 

Forget Supersonic. Hypersonic Is the U.S. Military’s New Speed

Forget Supersonic. Hypersonic Is the U.S. Military’s New SpeedThe Pentagon is pushing speeds above Mach 5 for quicker access to space.



05/26/2017 - 03:00 AM

 

Marijuana Extract Reduces Seizures in Kids with Rare Disorder

Marijuana Extract Reduces Seizures in Kids with Rare DisorderA highly anticipated clinical trial has shown that treating patients with epilepsy with a compound derived from marijuana can significantly reduce and, in some cases, eliminate seizures in children and young adults. In the study, children and young adults with a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome who took doses of marijuana extract experienced half as many seizures per month as those who received a placebo.



05/26/2017 - 10:51 AM

 

Boy, 7, With Congenital Heart Disease Becomes First Person on Saturn, Thanks to Virtual Reality

Boy, 7, With Congenital Heart Disease Becomes First Person on Saturn, Thanks to Virtual RealityA team designed 7-year-old Zayden's journey to Saturn based on what he thought space would look like.



05/25/2017 - 05:51 PM

 

A Very Confusing Makeup Guide for Field Scientists

A Very Confusing Makeup Guide for Field ScientistsIt’s called McMurdo Station, and it’s fully equipped with a bunch of laboratories, three harrowing aircraft runways literally made of ice and compacted snow, a couple of bars, and an interfaith chapel. In the summer, the place is teeming with “field scientists” — folks who trade in their lab coats for immersion survival suits or headlamps or affectionately nicknamed “Big Red” parkas (yup, the same ones you see everywhere on the streets of New York) to investigate what’s happening in the great outdoors. You might not think that field scientists all the way down at McMurdo Station care about how they look.



05/25/2017 - 11:32 AM

 

These science emoji could appear on your keyboard soon

These science emoji could appear on your keyboard soonThe tool section of the emoji keyboard boasts an array of knives, a syringe, a water gun, a beeper, a battery, and a bomb. But when it comes to objects you might find in a laboratory, the options are slim to none. Scientists are hoping to change that by proposing a slate of science-specific emoji. If approved, items such as lab goggles, a petri dish, a test tube, and a DNA double helix could join the ranks of things you text your friends. SEE ALSO: Your hairstyle may be getting its very own emoji soon Industrial giant GE and the American Chemical Society last month proposed 10 emoji to the Unicode Consortium, the organization that oversees the official list of these icons. Nine emoji were deemed candidates for the next selection process, meaning all or some of these could hit keyboards in summer 2018. Eight of nine proposed science emoji.Image: GE and american chemical societyNancy Briscoe, an audience development manager at GE, said the emoji were part of a broader effort to make STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields more culturally accepted. "Giving people the right tools to express scientific thought is important to keep the subject relevant and accessible in a fast-paced world," she said in an email. "We think it's important that we all be able to communicate about science more clearly, so why not create (emoji) to aid that process?" Efforts like these could influence more than just our texts. A mainstream cultural embrace of scientists and their work may have political ramifications, as well. In the U.S., the Trump administration has indicated that government-backed research is a low priority, while top officials have met mainstream scientific findings with hostility and skepticism. Just this week, the White House proposed cutting billions of dollars for basic and applied research funding. Image: American Association for the Advancement of ScienceTrump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would cut total research funding by 16.8 percent, or $12.6 billion, below the 2017 omnibus spending bill. No administration appears to have proposed research cuts this deep in more than 40 years, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) said in a preliminary analysis. Scientists say they're worried about losing their jobs or running out of funding to conduct crucial research. In April, thousands of people in the U.S. and worldwide joined the March for Science to urge officials and the public to support fact and reason. A handful of science-themed emoji won't change this. But they could at least begin to demystify and destigmatize science in popular culture. Image: ge and american chemical society  Image: ge and american chemical society"Science is definitely having a moment right now, whether it's ensuring access to proper science education, funding of grants, or advancing certain fields like engineering and aeronautics," Briscoe said. "Because of this, the [emoji] proposal covers a wide range of accessible science objects." The nine proposed emoji aren't the only science-themed icons up for consideration. At the first-ever Emojicon in San Francisco last fall, science enthusiasts and designers submitted formal proposals to Unicode for other planets in our solar system besides Earth, including the not-to-be-forgotten dwarf planet Pluto.  Craig Cummings, vice-chair of Unicode's technical committee, said in November that the planet emoji proposal could be fast-tracked for inclusion in the 2017 summer update, Nature reported. The path for other science emoji is a bit longer. If approved, those icons could be included in the 2018 summer update. WATCH: This adorable emoji python will cure your fear of snakes



05/25/2017 - 01:22 PM

 

On This Day: President John F. Kennedy Asked Congress To Send A Man To The Moon

On This Day: President John F. Kennedy Asked Congress To Send A Man To The MoonJFK was aiming high when he asked Congress to send a man to the moon.



05/25/2017 - 04:46 PM

 

Tech makes dirty water drinkable — with a little help from carbon dioxide

Tech makes dirty water drinkable — with a little help from carbon dioxideA multidisciplinary team of researchers have developed a new method of making water drinkable -- by counterintuitively mixing it with carbon dioxide, which is normally considered a pollutant.



05/25/2017 - 01:50 PM

 

 

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