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Death by Meteorite? India Tragedy May Be 1st in Recorded History

Monday February 8, 2016    3:25 PM

The incident happened Saturday (Feb. 6) when an object, thought to be a meteorite, hit a college campus in Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India, . The impact killed a man and injured three others, the WSJ said. Officials found a 4-feet-deep (1.2 meters) crater in the ground that contained "bluish black" rock fragments, G. Baskar, the college's principal in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, told the WSJ. [] But NASA has yet to co ... Full Story

Dutch Police Deploy Drone-Disabling Birds of Prey

Monday February 8, 2016    3:25 PM

For law enforcement officers around the world, partnering with animals is a time-honored tradition. Mounted police do their duty on horseback and, in some countries, camelback. Specially trained dogs serve and protect by sniffing out drugs and explosives. But in the Netherlands, police officers ... Full Story

Tarantula in Black: Dark, Hairy Spider Named After Johnny Cash

Friday February 5, 2016    10:07 PM

Tarantulas, the hairy spiders that stole movie scenes and won hearts in popular films like "Home Alone," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Dr. No," take a starring role in a new study that reorganizes their group, reclassifying the majority of 55 known and adding 14 new ... Full Story

Ancient wildebeest cousin boasted bizarre dinosaur-like trait

Friday February 5, 2016    8:30 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal. Researchers said on Thursda ... Full Story

Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:41 PM

In the grubby recesses of hundreds of stations, they discovered surprising genetic diversity among the bloodsucking creatures. The next step is to figure out how the information can be put to good use, such as to develop better insecticides or blood thinners.But these goals will take further me ... Full Story

Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

Wednesday February 3, 2016    12:25 PM

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald planned to inject a tiny amount of hydrogen and heat it until it becomes a super-hot gas known as plasma, mimicking conditions inside the sun.It's part of a world-wide effort to harness nuclear fusion, a process in which atoms join at extreme ... Full Story

US Military’s F-35 Fighter Jets to Make British Debut in July

Tuesday February 2, 2016    9:39 AM

The U.S. military's next-generation F-35 fighter jets will make their long-awaited overseas debut this summer at two air shows in the United Kingdom, Air Force officials recently announced. The 56th Fighter Wing, stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, will showcase at the Royal International Air Tattoo i ... Full Story

Snug as a bug: the hated cockroach inspires a helpful robot

Monday February 8, 2016    3:25 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People use a lot of words to describe the reviled cockroach: disgusting, ugly, sneaky and repulsive, to name a few. But it may be time to add a surprising new one: inspirational. Scientists said on Monday they have built a small search-and-rescue robot, inspired by the ability of cockroaches to squeeze through tiny crevices, designed to navigate through rubble to find survivors after natural disasters or bombings. "We feel strongly that cockroaches are one of nature's m ... Full Story

Could You Stomach the Horrors of 'Halftime' in Ancient Rome?

Sunday February 7, 2016    1:06 PM

The enormous arena was empty, save for the seesaws and the dozens of condemned criminals who sat naked upon them, hands tied behind their backs. Unfamiliar with the recently invented contraptions known as petaurua, the men tested the seesaws uneasily. One criminal would push off the ground and sud ... Full Story

4 New 'Flatworm' Species: No Brains, No Eyes, No Problem

Friday February 5, 2016    10:07 PM

Four new species of deep-sea flatwormlike animals that look like deflated whoopee cushions and lack complex organs have helped solve a complicated puzzle about their group's placement on the tree of life, scientists found.   The new study, representing 12 years of specimen collection and anal ... Full Story

India says no rush on GM food but will not stand in way of science

Friday February 5, 2016    8:30 PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India needs more data before deciding whether to permit commercial growing of its first genetically modified food crop, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday, but indicated it would not stand "in the way of science" despite protests. Javadekar said the evaluation process would continue before the country moves ahead with the use of a technology that promises better farm yields but sharply divides public opinion. A committee of government and independent experts is seeking more information from a team of Indian scientists who have spent almost a decade on laboratory and field trials for a GM mustard crop. "We will not rush through, but ... Full Story

Massive Bird Die-Off Puzzles Alaskan Scientists

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:41 PM

Nearly 8,000 common murres (Uria aalge) were found along the shores of Whittier, Alaska, in early January. Over the New Year's holiday, Alaska experienced four days of gale-force winds from the southeast that resulted in dead birds washing ashore, said Robb Kaler, a wildlife biologist for t ... Full Story

Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

Wednesday February 3, 2016    12:25 PM

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald planned to inject a tiny amount of hydrogen and heat it until it becomes a super-hot gas known as plasma, mimicking conditions inside the sun.It's part of a world-wide effort to harness nuclear fusion, a process in which atoms join at extreme ... Full Story

Microcephaly Linked to Zika Virus Is a 'Public Health Emergency,' Officials Say

Tuesday February 2, 2016    9:39 AM

Clusters of microcephaly and other neurological complications that are possibly linked to the virus make up "an extraordinary event and a public health threat to other parts of the world," Chan said at a news conference in Geneva today (Feb. 1). However, Chan noted that the Zika virus ... Full Story

Dutch Police Deploy Drone-Disabling Birds of Prey

Monday February 8, 2016    3:25 PM

For law enforcement officers around the world, partnering with animals is a time-honored tradition. Mounted police do their duty on horseback and, in some countries, camelback. Specially trained dogs serve and protect by sniffing out drugs and explosives. But in the Netherlands, police officers are inaugurating a new species of animal partner eagles to take down illegal aerial drones. In released Jan. 31, the Dutch National Police Corp ... Full Story

Super Bowl Showdown: Would Broncos or Panthers Win a Real-Life Matchup?

Sunday February 7, 2016    1:06 PM

It turns out that the mascots would be a fairly even match out in the wild, too: While a is powerful and stealthy, broncos tend to live in herds, and they have strength in numbers, said Don Moore, a senior scientist at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, on assignment at the Association ... Full Story

Human Brain's Bizarre Folding Pattern Recreated in a Vat

Friday February 5, 2016    10:07 PM

It turns out that the huge explosion in the number of brain cells in the brain's outer layer, called the cortex, forces that layer to swell and then collapse in on itself to form those characteristic creases. This cortical origami which has also evolved in a handful of other , such ... Full Story

Fine-Tune the World with 'Augmented Reality' Earbuds

Friday February 5, 2016    8:30 PM

New earbuds from the Here Active Listening can now instantly transform sounds from your surroundings. These seek to "augment reality" in this case, your soundscape. In the future, these devices could enable translation of live speech, much like the "universal translators&qu ... Full Story

Want to Make a Volcano Explode? Just Add Heat

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:41 PM

The next time you're served a flat Coke, impress your friends with volcano jargon. Complain to the waiter that your beverage is "depleted of volatiles." Then, suggest that if the cola were to be heated, its solubility might drop, catalyzing bubble growth, which would result in imp ... Full Story

Scientists' path to usable Zika vaccine strewn with hurdles

Tuesday February 2, 2016    9:39 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - The world is once again asking scientists and drugmakers to come up rapidly with a vaccine for a viral disease that, in the latest case, few people had heard of until a few weeks ago, and even fewer feared. Making a shot to generate an immune response a ... Full Story

Cases of Gastroschisis, a Birth Defect, on the Rise in the US

Monday February 1, 2016    10:17 PM

Gastroschisis (GAS-tro-SKEE-sis) occurs when the muscles in the intestinal wall of a fetus do not develop properly, thus causing the intestines to poke through an opening in the skin, to the right of the umbilical cord. In some cases, other organs, like the stomach, may also develop outside th ... Full Story
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