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Possible Landing Sites Selected for Europe's ExoMars
European space officials are eyeing four possible landing sites on Mars for a life-seeking rover set to launch toward the Red Planet in 2018. All of the potential ExoMars rover landing sites are located near the Red Planet's equat
167,000 Kinds of Microbes Live in NYC's Central Park
When you think of a place teeming with life forms, you usually think of the Amazon rainforest or some other wilderness. But Manhattan’s Central Park, located in the midst of the nation’s most densely populated city with 27,000 peo
Fish failing to adapt to rising carbon dioxide levels in ocean
Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behaviour of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment, research has found. The study, p
The mystery of the ancient shipwreck
In the azure waters off the rocky coast of Antikythera, a remote island in the Mediterranean with a population of less than 50, lies one of the most mysterious shipwrecks of all time. In 1900, sponge divers from the Greek isla
Ground Zero for HIV/AIDS Identified
The deadly virus responsible for the global HIV/AIDS pandemic emerged around 1920 in the city of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to new research that has relevance to the effort to understa
Marble Door Revealed in Greek Tomb
Archaeologists excavating the large and mysterious mound at the Kasta Hill site at Amphipolis, Greece, have unearthed a broken marble door, Greece’s Culture Ministry announced today. Made from marble brought from the island of
Beautiful View of the Wild Duck Star Cluster in Flight
A spectacular new photo shows a cluster of stars whose brightest objects form a triangle that has been likened to a flock of ducks in flight. The European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory in Chile captured the beauti
Cargo Ship Is First to Solo the Northwest Passage
Another Arctic milestone was reached this week when a cargo ship fortified against ice completed a solo trip through the hazardous Northwest Passage. The MV Nunavik, owned by shipping firm Fednav and built in Japan, left Canada
'Bolt from the Blue' Caught on Camera
Lighting can strike the ground miles away from the towering thunderstorms that produce it, a phenomenon called a "bolt from the blue." A high-speed camera run by the University of Florida's Lightning Research Laboratory caught
Titan's Polar Vortex is Packed with Toxic Cyanide
Since NASA’s Cassini mission discovered the swirling polar vortex in Saturn’s moon Titan’s atmosphere, scientists have been fascinated by this apparently seasonal phenomenon. Now, scientists analyzing Cassini data have found that
cancer sufferer embarks on inspirational sailing trip
A young cancer sufferer from Treharris took part in an inspirational sailing trip with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Thomas Harman, 11, joined the voyage along with 16 other youngsters between the age of eight of 18 who are in
Around the Pier
Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has always had a dream of catching science up to the speed of communication. “Nowadays, how fast is communication happening? Inst
US reroutes flights to avoid walrus stampede on Alaska beach
The plight of thousands of walruses forced to crowd on to an Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice has set off an all-out response from the US government to avoid a catastrophic stampede. The Federal Aviation Authority h
Dying brain cells cue new brain cells to grow in songbird
Brain cells that multiply to help birds sing their best during breeding season are known to die back naturally later in the year. For the first time researchers have described the series of events that cues new neuron growth each
Canoe & Climate Shed Light on Polynesian Sailing Technology
Two new studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shed light on how Polynesian seafarers colonized the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Lead author Dilys Amanda Johns of the University of Auckland descr
Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: Marine Archaeology Goes High-Tech
The yellow, torpedo-shaped vehicles glided through the clear Mediterranean water just 10 feet above the 2,000-year-old shipwreck on the bottom. During the weekend of September 20 the autonomous underwater vehicles made 40 long pas
Kilian Jornet & Emelie Forsberg’s mountain epic
Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg are two of the most talented and passionate mountain runners ever to grace the sport. And now they have turned their hands (and feet) to organising their own event, creating a truly unique event i
Tiny Sea Monkeys Create Giant Ocean Currents
Every evening, sunset signals the start of dinner for billions of wiggling sea monkeys living in the ocean. As these sea monkeys — which are not actually monkeys but a type of shrimp — swarm to the surface in one large, culminatin
Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?
From the observation tower in the Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the dark blue arrays of a million solar panels can be seen sitting silently on the red dust. The Charanka solar park in Gujarat is an “ultra-mega” power
Wildlife numbers plunge by 50% since 1970 – in pictures
Habitat destruction and hunting causing huge decline in wildlife population on land, in rivers and in the oceans, a new ‘Living Planet’ analysis from WWF and the Zoological Society of London reveals
Cubesats: A Space Junk Hazard?
Cubesats provide a valuable, low-cost research space platform for institutions, universities, laboratories and space agencies, but could their use create a new hazard for the increasingly crowded orbital environment? According
Patagonia catalog shows illegal climbing in Utah national park
Three rock climbers have paid a $4,000 settlement to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah for violating climbing policies in the making of a photograph that appeared in a Patagonia clothing catalog, a park official said Tuesday.
The Woman Who Walked 10,000 Miles (No Exaggeration) in Three Years
A hundred years ago, when Robert Falcon Scott set out for Antarctica on his Terra Nova expedition, his two primary goals were scientific discovery and reaching the geographic South Pole. Arguably, though, Scott was really chasing
New atlas shows canyons, lakes and mountains locked under the polar ice
Most atlases don’t bother much with the polar regions. A simple outline of the frozen landmass coloured a nice shade of white usually does the trick. But the new edition of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World has decided
No Single Missing Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs
Birds didn't evolve in one fell swoop from their dinosaur ancestors, suggests a newly constructed dinosaur family tree showing our feathery friends evolved very gradually, at first. Ever seen a bird penis? Chances are you haven
Solar System's Water is Older Than the Sun
Guess what Earth's been hiding from us, way down in its belly? Water! Lots and lots of water. So concludes a team of scientists who ran computer models comparing the ratios of hydrogen isotopes over time. Taking into account new i
Islamic State advance halts archaeological research in Iraqi Kurdistan
Advances by Islamic State (IS) forces have threatened one of the last safe regions of Mesopotamia still open to archaeologists by driving up the risks of working in Iraqi Kurdistan, it is feared. This month, a team of Italian arch
Barack Obama to create world's largest ocean reserve in the Pacific
Barack Obama will use his presidential powers on Thursday to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Pacific, banning fishing and other commercial activities across vast swaths of pristine sea populated by whales, dolphin
Earthquake shakes Anchorage, Alaska, measuring 6.2 magnitude
An earthquake registering a preliminary 6.2 magnitude was centered 81 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "It was kind of a long one," Anchorage Police spokeswoman J
Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines?
Is fracking greener than solar power and wind turbines? An easy one today... I don’t know. From this study it would be improper to draw a conclusion about which energy source causes less environmental damage. In the end, it’s a
India's Mars Orbiter Mission Arrives at the Red Planet
India has joined the Mars club. Could small amounts of liquid water exist on the surface of Mars? Salt may be a key to answering that question. India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe was captured by the Red Planet's gravity
Big-Nosed Dino Might Have Attracted Mates With Shnoz
A new dinosaur with a huge nose has been unearthed in Utah and now the question is: what did it do with its enormous shnoz? The dinosaur, Rhinorex condrupus aka “King Nose,” could have used its namesake body part for a variety
Bart’s Bash sets the new Guinness World Record
Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race organized by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which took place on 21st September, has set the new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours). While the Bart’s Bash t
Scale the Rockies, no mountaineering experience required. Seriously
From where I’m hanging, on a sheer cliff face some 700 metres above the town of Banff, Alta., it’s clear that my scaling skills are about to be tested like never before. Conquering Mount Norquay’s new via ferrata “is like clim
Nelson Mandela's widow calls for urgent climate action at UN
The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change. “There is a huge mismatch between the magnitude of the
Weird Green 'Eggs' Wash Up on Sydney Beach: Photos
Australian beachgoers got a surprise this week when strange balls of living green algae started washing up on Dee Why beach in Sydney. “I did poke it with my toes and it’s squishy, like a sponge,” Surf Life Saving Club patrol memb
More Than 50 'Nazca Lines' Found in Kazakhstan
More than 50 geoglyphs with various shapes and sizes, including a massive swastika, have been discovered across northern Kazakhstan in Central Asia, say archaeologists. Powerful things can often derive from simple principles,
Cassini Admires Trio of 'Oddball' Saturn Moons
There’s no denying it, Saturn has an astonishing array of moons of different shapes, sizes and compositions. In this newly-released observation from the 10 year-old NASA Cassini mission, the orbiter managed to capture three of the
Scripps Oceanography/UC San Diego News at the Algae Biomass Summit
Scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will be featured prominently at the upcoming Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego. The eighth annual event, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2014, at the San Diego Marriott Marq
Ozone Pollution in India Kills Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million in Poverty
In one year, India’s ozone pollution damaged millions of tons of the country’s major crops, causing losses of more than a billion dollars and destroying enough food to feed tens of millions of people living below the poverty line.
Heat, drought cited in massive Mount Shasta mudslide
Glaciers are not known as fast-moving objects. Yet on Saturday, things started happening very quickly at a glacier high on the slopes of Mount Shasta. At about 3 p.m. Saturday, wilderness rangers working for the Shasta-Trinity
Mapping the Mighty Britannic Shipwreck
So fascinating did the mystery of the Britannic shipwreck proved to Jacques Cousteau, he scoured the depths of the Kea coast in the hopes of finding it. Sister ship of the Titanic, the Britannic ocean liner was christened during W
SpaceX Dragon Supply Ship Delivers Mice, 3D Printer to Space Station
A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station today (Sept. 23) to deliver more than 2 tons of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA, including the first 3D printer in space and an int
Voyager: Why is China's Pollution Considered the "World's Pollution”?
China’s size and the magnitude of its industrial activities do indeed cause it to generate large amounts of air pollution, but every country contributes to the “world’s pollution.” The air travels across the Pacific Ocean from
Byzantine-Era Monastery Discovered in Israel
“We believe this is the site of a monastery from the Byzantine period,” said Dr Irene Zilberbod, excavation director of the IAA. “It is true we did not find a church at the site or an inscription or any other unequivocal evidence
Why U.S. airstrikes in Syria may be bad for the environment
The United States and its partners expanded its war against Islamic State on Tuesday, with airstrikes against the extremist group striking within Syria for the first time. It's a dramatic escalation: Strikes in Syria have been a s
Nearly 600 Years of Tree Rings Show Altered Ocean Habitat
Ocean currents that deliver important nutrients to shallow, coastal waters have become weaker and more variable over the last half-century, which could affect fish and other marine animals that nourish themselves in these nutrient
Report: telltale signs that ozone layer is recovering
Nearly 30 years after the protections of the Montreal Protocol were put into place, there’s more evidence that the international agreement to protect Earth’s ozone layer is working, according to a new scientific report released to
Pair of Spacecraft -- Plus Comet -- Arriving at Mars
A new investigation in the quest to learn if Mars ever supported life begins this weekend with the arrival of NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Unlike previous orbiters, landers and rovers, MAVEN’s focus is on Mars’ upper atmosphere. Sc
Greenland’s dark snow may start global warming ‘feedback loop’
Anyone who has ever slipped over on black ice in the dead of winter will attest to how dangerous it is. But a darkening of the Greenland ice sheet could impact upon the entire world, as the hastening trend reduces the Arctic’s abi
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