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Rio Mayor: Olympic sailing venues, won't be clean
There’s something rotten off the coast of Rio and unfortunately for those participating in next year’s Olympic sailing events, they’ll likely have to compete in it. Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes confirmed to Brazil’s SporTV t
Space Shuttle Alarm Forces Relocation
A possible leak in the cooling system on the International Space Station has resulted in the evacuation of the U.S. crew from the American segment of the station to the Russian segment, NASA said Wednesday. The U.S. astronauts
Can Humans Survive Climate Change?
Although most of us worry about other things, climate scientists have become increasingly worried about the survival of civilization. For example, Lonnie Thompson, who received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2010, said that
Should tourists be banned from Antarctica?
This season around 37,000 tourists are expected to visit Antarctica - home to about 20 million pairs of breeding penguins. But is it ethically acceptable to go on holiday to such a pristine environment? Enfolded in two glacial
Mars has gas, and Curiosity finds organic matter -- fuzzy signs of life?
It could be a sign, a vague one. A NASA rover has found the building blocks of life on Mars. They might be the product of past or present life on the Red Planet -- or they might not be. Either way, the samples of organic matte
Bizarre Russian rock contains 30,000 diamonds
Here's the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything: A red and green rock, ornament-sized, stuffed with 30,000 teeny-tiny diamonds. The sparkly chunk was pulled from Russia's huge Udachnaya diamond mine and donated
Royal Entryway Discovered at Herod’s Palace
A monumental entryway to the Herodian Hilltop Palace at Herodium National Park has been unearthed by a team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The entryway features a complex system of arches spanning its width on three sepa
Will Pacific Crest Trail be the same after ‘Wild’?
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) advocates say the book “Wild,” now a movie of the same name, has been a good thing for the 2,650-mile trail — mostly. Liz Bergeron, director of the nonprofit Pacific Crest Trail Association (www
7,500-Year-Old Well Excavated at an Underwater Site
A fresh-water well in the submerged Neolithic site of Kfar Samir in Israel is being investigated by a team including Ehud Galili of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the University of Haifa, and Jonathan Benjamin of Flinders Un
How the wind farms of the future could be underwater
The United Kingdom may seem an unlikely candidate to lead a renewable energy revolution; it doesn't have much sun for solar power, it doesn't have much space for wind power and it doesn't have giant coursing rivers for hydro.
Activists: Eilat Oil Leak an 'Environmental Disaster'
Environmental activists have declared an “environmental disaster” in Israel's Arava desert, after thousands of cubic meters of crude oil spilled out from a leaking pipeline overnight Tuesday. The leak, about 20 kilometers nort
Ability to consume alcohol may have shaped primate evolution
Craving a stiff drink after the holiday weekend? Your desire to consume alcohol, as well as your body’s ability to break down the ethanol that makes you tipsy, dates back about 10 million years, researchers have discovered. The
Primitive form of navigation found in fruit bats
Old World fruit bats can’t use sound to navigate, an ability known as echolocation that’s found in all other bats. At least that’s what scientists thought. But a new study reveals that these bats can indeed echolocate; inste
Etchings on a 500,000-year-old shell appear to have been made by human ancestor
In 2007, Stephen Munro got the shock of his life. The archaeology graduate student was studying mollusk shells gathered more than 100 years ago on the Indonesian island of Java, where an early human ancestor, Homo erectus, had roa
Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada lead Star Sailors League Finals
Nassau, Bahamas (December 3, 2014) – Conditions were near-perfect for the opening day of the Star Sailors League Finals – a north-easterly breeze of 15 knots and a flattish sea – for the 20-boat fleet of the world’s best s
2014 set to be world's hottest year ever
The world is on course for the hottest year ever in 2014, the United Nations weather agency said on Wednesday, heightening the sense of urgency around climate change negotiations underway in Lima. Preliminary estimates from the Wo
Antarctic Ice Loss Tripled in the Last 10 Years
The melt rate of glaciers in the fastest-melting part of Antarctica has tripled over the past decade, researchers said Tuesday in an analysis of the past 21 years. Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica are losing ice
Arabian Sea Humpback Whale Isolated for 70,000 Years
The Arabian Sea humpback whale may be the most isolated humpback population on the planet, keeping its home in the same place for tens of thousands of years. That's the conclusion reached in a new study of the marine mammal conduc
Behind Tomb Connected to Alexander the Great, Intrigue Worthy of
Over the past three months, archaeologist Katerina Peristeri and her team have made a series of tantalizing discoveries in the tomb, from columns sculpted masterfully in the shapes of young women to a mosaic floor depicting the ab National Geographic News
Graves of 'vampires' discovered in Poland were cholera victims
When archaeologists discovered graves in Poland where the dead had been buried with sickles across their throats and rocks under their chins, they assumed the unfortunate victims were suspected vampires. But a new study suggests t Latest Science News
Coral Triangle could be last bastion for planet's beleaguered reefs
If humans are driving earth’s sixth great extinction event, coral reefs will be one of the first and most visible ecosystems to succumb. Scientists estimate that by 2050, the ocean could be largely devoid of reefs as climate cha Environment news, comment and
Richard III was blue-eyed, blond, but should he have been king?
New DNA tests reveal Britain's long-lost King Richard III was blue-eyed and likely blond-haired, but they also raise intriguing questions over whether he -- and other monarchs before and since -- should have been on the throne at
ParaClimb Scotland 2014: A Competitor's Perspective
I am Matthew Phillips, I'm nearly 14 and I was born without my right arm below the elbow. I started climbing at taster sessions, rock-climbing on the beach on holiday and at birthday parties but started climbing seriously about 18
Mama Mia Mantis
Will global warming bring more butterflies to northern Europe? Can more species now live in the Arctic and Antarctic? We have to allow for changing habitat and even habitat preferences, if we are going to face the true character o The Earth Times Online Newspap
Ancient Mythical Carvings Found
cemetery dating back roughly 1,700 years has been discovered along part of the Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes that once connected China to the Roman Empire. The cemetery was found in the city of Kucha, which is locate
Buffalo Digs Out
Warmer temperatures arrived in Western New York this week, raising flooding concerns after the Buffalo area saw up to 7 feet of snow. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that some residents should prepare to evacuate: "Flood
Antarctic ice thicker than previously thought
Groundbreaking 3D mapping of previously inaccessible areas of the Antarctic has found that the sea ice fringing the vast continent is thicker than previous thought. Two expeditions to Antarctica by scientists from the UK, USA and
Rescued Juvenile Sea Turtle Finds New Home
For the first time, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, welcomed a rescued and rehabilitated sea turtle to its collection of marine life. The juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta), weigh
Mysterious 'Glow Worm' Found in Peruvian Rainforest
mysterious glowing worm has been discovered lighting up the soil in the Peruvian rainforest. The end of stitches is near! Scientists have been experimenting with different adhesives, and one of the most promising is from sandcastl
Mystery of Exoplanet's Magnetic Field Unlocked
Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope were thrilled to catch a view of the Jupiter-sized exoplanet HD 209454b as it passed across the face of its parent star, relative to the observatory’s line of sight.But what they found
Small 'Underwater Pompeii' Found Off Greek Island
Remains of an ancient settlement, complete with a ruined pottery workshop, have been found on the bottom of the Aegean sea off the small island of Delos, the Greek ministry of culture has announced. Dubbed by the Greek media “a
New Earthquake Alarm Could Save Thousands
In September 1985 a devastating earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale smashed into Mexico City killing 10,000 people and leaving parts of the city in ruins. Since then, the populous Latin American nation of 122 million has
Japan Cuts Antarctic Whale Quota
Japan said on Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting genuine scientific research on expeditions in the region. Play Video
140- million year old dinosaur tooth discovered
A dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia is at least 140 million years old and belongs to a new species within the "bird-hipped" Ornithischian order, researchers said Thursday. Play Video The Dinosaurs You Love Are Fake
Lake Effect Snow Buries Buffalo, NY
Up to 60 inches of snow fell on Buffalo, N.Y., this week, in part due to a weather event called lake effect snow. It's a highly localized snowfall, which appears when cold air masses move over warmer lake waters. Snow may exceed 5
Increasing Mountaineering Safety
University students will get mountaineering instruction in a scheme backed by a Scottish charity. St John Scotland is funding the appointment of a qualified instructor who will work with university mountaineering clubs in a bid to
Philae touches down on the surface of a comet
Touchdown! The Philae probe has landed on the surface of a comet, scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Wednesday. It is the first time a soft landing has been achieved on a comet. Led by ESA with a con
French Officials Rush to Defuse Unexploded Dead Whale
A beach in France has a very large problem on its hands: a dead whale that could explode at any minute. The 15-ton whale, which washed ashore in early November at Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, near Montpellier, is bloated with gases fo
How a Bomb Cyclone Turns Into a Polar Bomb
It’s bad enough that a huge swath of the central and eastern United States is going to be slammed with a premature blast of cold weather this week. But to make matters worse, that means getting our heads around more confusing me
Bronze Bell from Long-Lost Arctic Shipwreck Revealed
Divers recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic. In 1845, British Royal Navy officer and explorer John F
Technology Enables Historic Finds
An endeavor to employ a suite of oceanographic research instruments to find downed World War II aircraft and the remains of troops listed as missing in action for nearly 70 years are the subject of a film by camera maker GoPro and
Early, Heavy Pot Use Kills Parts of Brain: Study
Young, heavy smokers of marijuana might suffer a loss of gray matter in the parts of their brains that help with decision making, says a new study. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
This Isn't CGI, It's The International Space Station
These days it can be hard to differentiate between computer generated imagery (CGI) and real life, particularly in a space setting. For example, the stunning computer renditions of space vistas and supermassive black hole in the b
Training for the North Pole
It's not glamorous being an explorer, says Eric Larsen. After all, he says: I'm not jumping off cliffs or anything. But perusing Larsen's expedition photos — from snow biking in Antarctica to skiing to the North Pole, during his Denver Post: News: Top News
Oceana finds rich biodiversity on expedition to Canary Islands
Oceana expedition finds loads of life round Canary Islands,down to 1000m and lobbies for a marine park. Using ROVs (remotely operated underwater vehicles) down to 1000 m as well as scuba divers to shallow depths, they documented l SCUBA News...
Unmanned Rocket Explosion: What's Next for Space Industry?
Orbital Sciences, which built the Antares rocket that exploded in a massive fireball Tuesday, described the explosion as a "catastrophic failure." It certainly looked like it. Will this failure also be a setback for the burgeoning
Africa's Lions Deamed Threatened
The proposed new rule, which doesn't apply to zoos, would list lions as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. If approved, the law would make it illegal to kill or hunt captive lions in the U.S. without a permit or for a U. National Geographic News
Lava Threatens Homes
With a mixture of resignation and dread, residents here are watching this gray and orange advance, this 2,000-degree river of molten rock. Each passing hour, lava from Kilauea Volcano is inching closer to their homes in Pahoa
Supervolcano Cleared in Neanderthals' Demise
Neanderthals disappeared from Europe 40,000 years ago, about the same time as the region's biggest volcanic blast in the last 200,000 years. But don't blame the volcano, a new study suggests. Most of the eruption's climate-cool Discovery News - Earth News
Rock climb your way to the top
In rock climbing, it's all about making it to the top - and in business, it's no different. At Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, the two worlds collide. The company's co-founders Lance Pinn and Jesse Levin talk to Smart Business about
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