ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATEMay 30, 2015
In central Kazakhstan entire herds of saiga antelope lay dead-more than 120,000, or nearly half of the species worldwide. These animals died off within two or three weeks, a shocking pace. This is an unprecedented mass mortality events for saiga antelopes relative to the total population size, and the last case in 2010 saw only 12,000 dead saiga.
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TECH & INNOVATION May 28, 2015
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Johnson & Johns is under investigation by the FBI for possible prior knowledge about dangers linked to one of their medical devices, the laparoscopic power morcellator, which is supposed to provide a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomies and removal of fibroid tumors, but in reality, may have been spreading dangerous forms of cancers among its patients.
MEDICINE & HEALTH May 29, 2015
Researchers from California are currently experimenting with the street drug, Ecstasy, to see if could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients.
TECH & INNOVATION May 29, 2015
As the movement over texting while driving pushes forward in the U.S., with more and more states adding laws to their books to try to deter this dangerous habit, Canadian police are being hyper vigilant and recently ticketed a man for using his Apple Watch while driving.
ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE May 28, 2015
Most of us are familiar with "Lucy," the famous hominid skeleton discovered by Donald Johanson and colleagues back in 1974 along a dried out gully in Ethiopia. Lucy lived over 3 million years ago and was assigned the name Australopithecus afarensis; a species many believe led to the rise of Homo sapiens. But a new discovery may rewrite our origins, for it seems Lucy was not the only type of Australopithecine roaming the African plains so long ago.
1. May 29, 2015
2. May 26, 2015
San Andreas Ready to Blow – In Theaters and In Real Life
3. May 27, 2015
Johns Hopkins Launches First Ever Center to Focus on Lyme Disease
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MIT’s Cheetah Robot can not only Run, It can now jump!
CHEMISTRY May 28, 2015
ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE
Florida is famous for many things: abundant sunshine, beautiful beaches, a surplus of theme parks, and more tourists than you can shake a stick at. But it's also renowned for its hurricanes. Luckily, scientists at the University of Miami no longer have to wait around for hurricane season to study the dynamics of these massive storms, they can now produce them on demand.
2. May 29, 2015
NASA Orders First Ever Commercial Human Spaceflight from Boeing
3. May 28, 2015
New Horizon's Beams Back New Images of Pluto
4. May 27, 2015
Giant Telescope Construction Continues atop Hawaiian Volcano, Despite Protests
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Why Wait for Hurricane Season when you can Make One in the Lab?
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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Sends Back New Images of Ceres
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Hubble Spots Collisions and Cosmic Disarray At the Center of Black Hole
May 05, 2015
While it may sound silly, it turns out onion tweezers may turn out to be the next endeavor in the study of biomedical engineering. And while this root vegetable is known to pack a pungent smell, it turns out that its epidermal cells pack quite a punch too—enough to even inspire artificial muscle formation. Okay, so this one needs a bit more explaining.
Singer Demi Lovato has struggled with the stigma of mental illness; now she's hoping to ease the way for others. Almost five years after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in a rehab she entered mid-tour, she is in good health and acting as spokesperson for Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.
May 29, 2015
May 22, 2015
Five of the world's major nations have exploited weaknesses in UC Browser in their plan to hack into smartphones via links to Samsung and Google app stores according to a document obtained by CBS News shows. Electronic intelligence gathering agencies in Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US have been planning their hacks for some time, based on an alleged need for intelligence in the war on terror. The countries also hoped to place spyware on certain smartphones during the project, called "Irritant Horn."
May 21, 2015
BP has begun to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with Halliburton and Transocean. This means that as to Halliburton and Transocean only (the litigation is ongoing) the battle is over. The long-term in court battle has centered upon the human costs of the offshore well disaster, which included the deaths of 11 workers. The overall impact of the disaster has been sobering for the scientific community as well; the Deepwater disaster has thus far been the largest offshore oil spill in US history.
May 20, 2015
In an overwhelming vote of 14-1, the City Council of Los Angeles will increase the city's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2020, which is good news for the nation's second-largest city where almost a quarter of its residents live below the poverty line.
May 20, 2015
In what government officials are calling one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, the Cancer Fund of America and its charities have been charged by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and regulators from 50 states and the District of Columbia. The FTC says that almost all of the nearly $200 million the charities garnered from donors were spent by the cancer-free family and friends of those running the groups—spent on things like meals at Hooters, Caribbean couples’ cruises, subscriptions to dating websites, jet ski rides, and Victoria’s Secret shopping trips.
New images have been taken of Ceres by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft and they offer some of the best quality shots of the dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt.
When it comes to high-speed collisions, nobody here on Earth has anything on black holes. Astronomers have witnessed a new first: two high-speed knots of matter colliding in a sort of rear-end impact. They saw this after creating a time-lapse video of a super-speed jet of plasma as it shot out of a supermassive black hole. The knots of matter were inside the black hole until it blasted them out-and into each other.
May 29, 2015
NASA has begun testing its latest Mars Lander, called InSight, that is set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and land on Mars approximately six months later. Once on the surface, the mission is scheduled to last approximately two Earth years, or 720 Earth days and is expected to begin delivering data in October 2016.
May 29, 2015
Since the retirement of the shuttle program, the restoration of launching American astronauts to the International Space Station from American soil by 2017 has been a goal of NASA. Now, that goal has taken a giant leap forward as NASA has ordered its first commercial spaceflight mission from Boeing.
Retired experimental physicist Leon Lederman is now 92 years old and facing serious health problems and memory loss. So he took to an online auction and sold his 1988 Nobel prize for his co-discovery of subatomic particle called the muon neutrino to cover his costs. The price of Nobel fame online? $765,002.
May 19, 2015
University of Utah engineers have taken a big step toward computing at the speed of light. Their research will help create the next generation of computers and mobile devices-devices that will be capable of speeds millions of times faster than machines are now.
Apr 28, 2015
It may sound silly to wonder if our huge, vast universe is 3D, but that's exactly what scientists are now beginning to question. According to a new study, some scientists now believe that the Universe is really just a hologram.
May 28, 2015
Scientists from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) are hoping to help 18 terminally ill patients relieve their anxiety, depression, and fear in the next year during extended psychotherapy sessions enhanced by MDMA (ecstasy). The Marin County-based double-blind trial will see subjects test either full doses of MDMA (125 milligrams) or active placebo doses (30 milligrams).
May 19, 2015
That restorative sea breeze you enjoy on your vacation is more complex than most of us realize. Now, researchers from the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE) have demonstrated that microbes in seawater influence our climate, shaping the ways that sunlight enters the ocean as clouds form. The study recently presented to the American Chemical Society shows that it is the microbes in the seawater that control the way sea spray enters into the atmosphere, and everything that follows that.
May 19, 2015
Humans have always sought ways to alter their consciousness. Throughout our history as a species we have created and improved techniques for growing, brewing, processing, and, now, synthesizing mind-altering substances. Now, researchers from Concordia University in Quebec and University of California, Berkeley have detailed the steps needed to morphine from scratch from a simple yeast fungus.