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Sea Plankton on Space Station, Russian Official Claims
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting. Cosmonauts on the orbiting outpost have allegedly disc
Sphinxes Emerge From Huge Ancient Greek Tomb
Two headless sphinxes emerged from a massive burial site in northern Greece as archaeologists began removing large stones from the tomb’s sealing wall. The headless, wingless 4.8-foot-high sphinxes each weigh about 1.5 tons and
Rock-Eating Microbes Found in Buried Antarctic Lake
A large and diverse family of hearty rock-eating bacteria and other microorganisms live in a freshwater lake buried a half-mile beneath Antarctic ice, new research confirms. The finding not only adds another extreme environment
Tiny Jurassic Mammals Were Picky Eaters
In the Jurassic Period, when dinosaurs ruled the land, tiny mammals probably had to keep a low profile and survive by gobbling any insects they could find, but new research suggests these early mammals may have been pickier eaters
Iceland's Biggest Volcano Rumbles, Threatens Flights
Iceland has warned that its largest volcano is in danger of erupting, four years after millions of air travelers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak. Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga co
Staring into a Seething Nest of Massive Stars
NGC 3603 has the distinction of being one of the brightest and most active star formation regions in our galaxy. Now, astronomers using the Wide Field Imager at the ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile have gotten an unprecedente
Hot and Cold: Crocodile Evolution Based on Ocean Temps
Ancient crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new study, demonstrating a link between crocodile evolution and ocean temperature. For more than 140 million years,
Report: 46% of Forest Service budget to fight fires
The rising cost of fighting wildfires is forcing the U.S. Forest Service to transfer money from other critical programs year after year, hampering efforts to protect people, property and endangered species, Agriculture Secretary T
Drug Used for Ebola-Related Virus Shows Promise
An experimental drug has completely protected monkeys from lethal doses of a virus related to Ebola, bolstering confidence that a similar medicine might be effective if deployed in the current outbreak in Africa, researchers repor
Neanderthals and Humans Had 'Ample Time' to Mix
Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, r
Models challenge temperature reconstruction of last 12,000 years
Climate records, like tree rings or ice cores, are invaluable archives of past climate, but they each reflect their local conditions. If you really want a global average for some time period, you’re going to have to combine many
UT Research Uncovers Subglacial Life Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme e
Devastating mudslides leave dozens dead in Hiroshima, Japan
Devastating mudslides have left over 30 people dead after record-breaking rain fell in and around the Japan city of Hiroshima early Wednesday morning, local time. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, around 3.9 inches
What happens to the human immune system in outer space
Here’s something to consider before getting your heart set on a trip to Mars. From NASA: Spaceflight may temporarily alter the immune system of crew members flying long duration missions aboard the International Space Station. T
Ancient human remains unearthed in Krabi, WWII shipwreck found off Chumphon
Ancient human bones have been unearthed along with clay pots believed to be up to 5,000 years old in Khao Na Wang Mi in Krabi, across Phang Nga Bay from Phuket. Following the discovery of the bones in a cliff area in Thap Prik, no
Nepal names mountain after Everest chronicler Elizabeth Hawley
Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after a respected chronicler of mountain climbing and opened it to foreign mountaineers for climbing, officials said on Tuesday. The U.S.-born Elizabeth Hawley c
Beautiful New Species of Tree Frog Discovered in Madagascar
A multinational team of scientists headed by Dr Goncalo Rosa of the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology has described a new species in the tree frog genus Boophis from the hidden streams of Ankaraf
Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon
The salmon here in the Columbia River, nearly driven to extinction by hydroelectric dams a quarter century ago, have been increasing in number — a fact not lost on the birds that like to eat them. These now flock by the thousand
A World of Creatures That Hide in the Open
Sönke Johnsen scuba dives in the middle of the ocean, far from land, miles above the seafloor. There are no shipwrecks to explore, no reefs to admire, just a disorienting oasis of blue. What he looks for is hard to see. Indeed
Solo circumnavigation around Shelter Island
At 6:45 a.m., dressed in a bathing suit, T-Shirt and cap, he walked down the beach pulling his kayak on a trailer to the water’s edge just south of Hay Beach Point. It was windier than he would have preferred, more like a la
Jupiter and Venus will align almost completely on Monday night
Look up. A flurry of UFO "sightings" is expected early on Monday morning when a spectacular "double star" is created as the two brightest planets in the sky align almost completely. In what is said to be one of the highlights o
Man-made earthquakes weaker than natural earthquakes of same magnitude
Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a study found. People feeling the ground move
Government scientists 'warned against dumping' in Great Barrier Reef park
The government’s marine scientists warned against dumping millions of tonnes of sediment inside the Great Barrier Reef’s marine park, only to be overruled, according to a former government official. Jon Day, who was until r
Richard III's bones reveal king's taste for luxury food and wine
Tests on the long-lost skeleton of Richard III reveal the medieval monarch had a taste for rich foods such as peacock, heron and swan, and that his liking for the finer things in life -- including wine -- increased significantly a
Mountaineers say moves to make Snowdon 'safe' are misguided
Mountaineers say their views are being ignored by a national park trying to make Wales’s highest mountain ‘safe’. The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) said Snowdonia National Park Authority’s attempts are misguided
Alberta dinosaur egg excavation could yield rare fossilized babies
Paleontologists in Alberta say they will be conducting a dinosaur egg excavation Monday afternoon that could yield fossilized dinosaur babies or the first full nest of its kind in Canada. Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Egg Site near W
Norway's sneaky seismic attack on the Arctic
The Esperanza has been in the Arctic near Svalbard, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directo
Sailing: Duo bidding for six world titles
ALEXANDRA Rickham and Niki Birrell will aim to win a sixth straight world title when they line up at the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined World Champ-ionships, which start tomorrow in Halifax, Canada. The Paralympic bronze medal
Fracking protesters superglue themselves to environment department
Anti-fracking protesters have superglued themselves to the doors at the main entrance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). A related protest is also underway at the offices of iGas, the UK’s biggest
Hoard of bronze coins from Jewish Revolt found near Jerusalem
A cache of weathered bronze coins dating from the Jewish Revolt against Rome was discovered while excavating a previously unknown ancient village, itself discovered while doing works to expand the highway between Jerusalem and Tel
Thirteen-strong Kiwi team off to New Caledonia for World Championship
New Zealand will send its largest team to the 2014 World Youth Climbing Championships next month. New Caledonia is hosting the World Championship from September 19-23 and the close proximity to New Zealand has enabled Climbing NZ
200-year-old booze found in shipwreck -- and it's still drinkable
A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserve
Lionfish may be 'Terminator' species, study says
disturbing new element may have entered the story of the lionfish's assault on Florida's native fish. These invaders from the Indian and Pacific oceans, thought to have arrived as released aquarium pets, came armed with poisonous
Excavations in Kyzikos to search for Hadrian relief
This year’s excavations have recently started in the 2,500-year-old ancient city of Kyzikos in the northwestern province of Balıkesir’s Erdek district. The works will focus on finding the Hadrian relief, which is expected
Study: Thinning Arctic Snow Could Alter North Pole Ecosystem
Snow has thinned significantly in the Arctic, especially on the sea ice near Alaska, finds a new study. Researchers at the University of Washington and NASA confirmed their findings by combining data collected by ice bouys and air
Research from 1960s shakes up understanding of West Coast earthquakes
Nearly forgotten research from decades ago questions a widely used method for estimating Pacific Northwest earthquake hazards. Sand and mud collected as part of University of Washington oceanographers’ graduate work in the late
3,500 Pounds of Trash Will Burn Up in Earth's Atmosphere This Weekend
After hanging out at the International Space Station for a month, a commercial cargo ship is diving toward Earth — and it's filled to the brim with more than 3,000 pounds of garbage. Astronauts living on board the ISS used a rob
Celebrate Flight During National Aviation Week
From traditional to arbitrary, holidays are recognized by bringing people together to celebrate and honor what's most important to them. One of my personal favorites happens annually during the month of August with a week-long tri
Fox-sized relative of Triceratops discovered in Venezuela
The fossil of a new two-legged, fox-sized dinosaur relative of both Stegosaurus and Triceratops, which dates back about 200 million years, has been discovered in Venezuela. The find suggests that dinosaurs advanced quickly across
NASA probe may have caught dust from interstellar space, a first
Seven tiny grains of rock captured by NASA's comet-chasing Stardust probe in 2004 may be visitors from the vast reaches of interstellar space, researchers say. These interstellar dust motes from Stardust are fluffier and more d
Environment minister Greg Hunt admits Great Barrier Reef is in trouble
They say the first way to treat a problem is to admit the problem exists. In that respect, the Australian government may be coming to terms with what it will take to turn around the worrying state of the Great Barrier Reef. A
Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of 'global cooling'
The Abbott government’s chief business adviser, Maurice Newman, has warned that Australia is ill prepared for global cooling owing to widespread “warming propaganda” in his latest critique of mainstream climate science.
Federal Aviation Administration names VT drone test site
Virginia Tech has been doing research on unmanned drones for years. Wednesday as WDBJ7 New River Valley reporter Orlando Salinas reports, the university took another huge step in that research. Wednesday afternoon, Virginia Tec
Sevenstar Round Britain-Ireland Race Musandam-Oman Sail- new record
Sidney Gavignet and the crew of Musandam-Oman Sail, a MOD70 Trimaran crossed the finish line of the 2014 Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes at 12.42.36 BST on Thursday 14th August 2014 wit
Save one dying lake, save the Middle East?
Lake Urmia in Iran used to be a site to reckon with. Twenty years ago, it ranked as the sixth largest saltwater lake in the world, and the largest in the Middle East. Tourists would revel in the lake's buoyancy (like the Dead Sea,
The Universe Seems to be Missing Some Light
An extraordinary amount of ultraviolet light appears to be missing from the universe, scientists have found. One potential source of this missing light might be the mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the mass in the cosm
Petrified Wood Contains Oldest Fossilized Fire Scar
After serving nearly 30 years as a doorstop for a nuclear physicist, a hunk of petrified wood from Arizona has finally been recognized as a one-of-a-kind find. The 210-million-year-old piece of wood contains the first fossilized f
Cambridge Airport firefighters hope for Guinness Book of Records entry after kayaking across The Wash
Firefighters from Cambridge showed they are hot stuff in kayaks - and they hope to get in the record books as a result. A team of six based at Cambridge Airport swapped hoses for paddles and trekked across The Wash, to raise m
British Paragliding Cup 2014: Comp report
When I took over the running of the BP Cup in 2012 it was my intention to hold the first round the following year on the Isle of Wight to keep things simple. But after several requests to hold this year’s round again on the Isla
Mount Polley mine spill: a hazard of Canada's industry-friendly attitude?
The scale of the devastation only became apparent from the air. A dam at a waste pond on the site of a British Columbia open-pit mine had burst, releasing 10m cubic meters of water and 4.5m cubic meters of potentially toxic slurry
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