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When attention is a deficit: Sometimes a new strategy makes sense

During tasks that require our attention, we might become so engrossed in what we are doing that we fail to notice there is a better way to get the job done. A new study explores the question of how the brain switches from an ongoing strategy to a new and potentially more efficient one.

The Strangest Sunrise in America

A recent New Mexico sunrise appeared as a surreal confluence of arcs, flares, halos, and rainbows, bearing little resemblance to familiar daybreak scenes in region. The video above explains the strange phenomena, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Study: Climate change does not cause extreme winters

This comes from ETH Zurich: Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability. Repeated cold snaps led to temperatures far…

How Long to Fall Through Earth? Faster Than Thought

It's a common hypothetical in physics classrooms: How long would it take to fall through a tunnel from one side of the Earth to the other? The new answer: 38 minutes and 11 seconds, reports Science. The result is courtesy of McGill University graduate student Alexander Klotz, whose calculations take...

Astronaut Scott Kelly Begins Historic Mission

Scott Kelly blasted off on a space mission today that won't end until around this time next year. Kelly will spend 342 days aboard the International Space Station, the longest mission by far ever undertaken by a US astronaut, reports CNN. Kelly was riding up in a Russian rocket along...

Outrageous: NOAA demands $262,000 fee for looking at their ‘public’ data

Eric Worrall writes: It looks like NOAA have found a new way to stifle FOIA inquiries from the public. According to Steve Goddard, NOAA have just demanded a $262,000 administrative fee for zipping up a few raw data files. Steve Goddard has published a scan of the outrageous fee demand he and fellow FOIA requestor…

Critical ocean circulation in Atlantic appears to have slowed

It might be more sensitive to temperature changes than models project.

Climate Hacking Is Barking Mad

Some years ago, in the question-and-answer session after a lecture at the American Geophysical Union, I described certain geoengineering proposals as “barking mad.” The remark went rather viral in the geoengineering community. The...Show More Summary

Liftoff! A Year in Space Begins

Scott Kelly and his crewmates take off for the International Space Station

Get Your Shots, Wash Your Hands, Thanks, and Goodbye

A final post from the Superbug blog, with sincere thanks to readers, colleagues and editors. The post Get Your Shots, Wash Your Hands, Thanks, and Goodbye appeared first on WIRED.

Light-emitting diode tech: Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem

A research team used silver nanodiscs to increase the promising new material's light emission by twelve times, making it a better candidate for light-emitting diode technologies.

Computational model simulates bacterial behavior

Applied mathematicians and environmental biotechnologists have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.

Sexual selection isn't the last word on bird plumage

Evolutionary changes have led to both sexes becoming closer together in color over time to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators, a new study has found.

More evidence for groundwater on Mars: Conditions would be conducive for microbial colonization if on Earth

Scientists investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area, Mars, to understand their formation and potential habitability. On the plateau, ELDs consist of rare mounds, flat-lying deposits, and cross-bedded dune fields. Show More Summary

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures

Researchers have developed a novel technique for crafting nanometer-scale necklaces based on tiny star-like structures threaded onto a polymeric backbone. The technique could provide a new way to produce hybrid organic-inorganic shish kebab structures from semiconducting, magnetic, ferroelectric and other materials that may afford useful nanoscale properties.

Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep Space

The crewed space program and the robot space program are two different things with two different purposes. And we need them both. The post Soon, Humans Will Follow Robots Into Deep Space appeared first on WIRED.

Water, Fire, and Costa Rica’s Carbon-Zero Year So Far

Costa Rica hasn't burned any fossil fuel for energy in almost three months. How'd they do it? The post Water, Fire, and Costa Rica’s Carbon-Zero Year So Far appeared first on WIRED.

Study provides evidence against the fetal origins of cancer, cardiovascular disease

A study evaluated the relationship between nutritional conditions in early life and adult health, and found that famine exposure during the first pregnancy trimester was associated with increases in mortality from causes other than cancer or cardiovascular disease. Show More Summary

Love the cook, love the food: Attraction to comfort food linked to positive social connections

A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi? Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it’s likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good relationship with the person you remember first preparing it.

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