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Coming out of their evolutionary shells

One of the wonders of evolutionary innovation in animals is the turtle shell, which differs from any other reptilian defense adaptation, giving up teeth or venom in exchange for an impenetrable shield. Now, corresponding author and Medical...Show More Summary

Umbilical cells help eye's neurons connect

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cells isolated from human umbilical cord tissue have been shown to produce molecules that help retinal neurons from the eyes of rats grow, connect and survive, according to Duke University researchers working with Janssen Research & Development, LLC. The findings, which appear Nov. Show More Summary

The ultimate ‘Godwin effect’ – Science In 1941: ‘Global Warming Caused Hitler’

For those who don’t know: Godwins law Via the GWPF and the department of “global warming causes everything” comes this blast from the past. It sounds just about as ridiculous as some of the claims being made today trying to link the Syrian war to climate change. “Increasing warmer temperatures may produce a trend toward dictatorial governments”…

NASA study suggests carbon content of temperate forests overestimated

Digital measurements of millions of trees indicate that previous studies likely overestimate the amount of carbon stored by temperate U.S. forests, according to a new NASA study. The findings could help scientists better understand the impact that trees have on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Show More Summary

Researchers discover how immune cells resist radiation treatment

Researchers at The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have discovered a key mechanism by which radiation treatment (radiotherapy) fails to completely destroy tumors. And, in the journal Nature Immunology, they offer a novel solution to promote successful radiotherapy for the millions of cancer patients who are treated with it. read more

NASA's Operation IceBridge completes twin polar campaigns

NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, recently finalized two overlapping campaigns at both of Earth's poles. Down south, the mission observed a big drop in the height of two glaciers situated in the Antarctic Peninsula,...Show More Summary

Getting Into Space Is Much Easier Than Getting Into Orbit

The New Shepard spacecraft plans to launch people into space. However, going into space is different than getting into orbit. The post Getting Into Space Is Much Easier Than Getting Into Orbit appeared first on WIRED.

Can a bonobo keep the beat?

Humans have a remarkable ability to synchronize to complex, temporally structured acoustic signals, an ability which is believed to underlie social coordination and may be a precursor to speech. This ability takes years to develop. Although...Show More Summary

NASA plans twin sounding rocket launches over Norway this winter

This winter, two sounding rockets will launch through the aurora borealis over Norway to study how particles move in a region near the North Pole where Earth's magnetic field is directly connected to the solar wind. After the launch window opens on Nov. Show More Summary

The Paris effect: 97% Of Americans Don’t Believe Climate Change Is Top Concern

From the “magic number is always 97%” department US Survey: 97% Of Americans Don’t Believe Climate Change Is Top Concern Via Dan Joseph, MRC TV News A new Fox News poll finds that in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the issue of terrorism has become the top concern of American voters. Only 3 percent of respondents said…

Volcanic rocks hold clues to Earth's interior

The journey for volcanic rocks found on many volcanic islands began deep within the Earth. Brought to the Earth's surface in eruptions of deep volcanic material, these rocks hold clues as to what is going on deep beneath Earth's surface. Studies...Show More Summary

Claim: 500 million children “at risk” from Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to UNICEF, 500 million children will suffer, unless America hands all its money to the UN. Children will bear the brunt of climate change Today, over half a billion children live in extremely high ood occurrence zones; nearly 160 million live in high or extremely high drought severity zones.…

Scientists create genetically modified malaria-blocking mosquitoes

Using a groundbreaking gene editing technique, scientists have created a strain of mosquitoes capable of rapidly introducing malaria-blocking genes into a mosquito population through its progeny, ultimately eliminating the insects' ability to transmit the disease to humans. Show More Summary

Neurological underpinnings of schizophrenia just as complex as the disorder itself

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder affecting about one in 100 people, is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat, in large part because it manifests differently in different people. A new study published today in Molecular Neuropsychiatry helps explain why. Show More Summary

Tracking down the 'missing' carbon from the Martian atmosphere

Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere--one that is far too thin to prevent large amounts of water on the surface of the planet from subliming or evaporating. But many researchers have suggested that the planet was once shrouded in an atmosphere many times thicker than Earth's. For decades that left the question, "Where did all the carbon go?" read more

Earth not due for a geomagnetic flip in the near future

According to a new study, the Earth's geomagnetic field is not in danger of flipping anytime soon: The researchers calculated Earth's average, stable field intensity over the last 5 million years, and found that today's intensity is about twice that of the historical average. Show More Summary

The anti-icing tricks of penguins

Antarctic penguins live in a bitterly cold place, where the air temperature can drop to -40 degrees Celsius and the winds can hurtle at speeds of 40 meters per second. Although these birds routinely hop in and out of the water in sub-freezing temperatures, they manage to keep ice from coating their feathers. Show More Summary

How does fur keep animals warm in cold water?

Rather than relying on a thick layer of body fat for insulation as many aquatic mammals do, some seabirds and semiaquatic mammals such as fur seals and otters trap a layer of air in their feathers and furs for thermal insulation against the ice cold drink. Show More Summary

Liquid acoustics half way to the earth's core

Scientists have succeeded in measuring the speed of sound in mixtures of liquid iron and carbon in extreme conditions, allowing limits to be set on the composition of the Earth's core.

No substantive evidence for 'pause' in global warming

There is no substantive evidence for a 'pause' or 'hiatus' in global warming and the use of those terms is therefore inaccurate, new research has found.

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