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Why you want sugar in your coffee: it's not just about a sweet tooth

New research by scientists at the University of York has given tea and coffee drinkers new information about why their favourite drinks taste as they do. The study led by Dr Seishi Shimizu, of the York Structural Biology Laboratory in...Show More Summary

The Flame Saber (and More)

The Backyard Scientist just got his hands on a shiny new camera that can shoot at 1,000 fps. Here, he shows off three neat experiments captured in slow-mo, including a “sword” that’s made from a stream of flaming butane.

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Earth now halfway to UN global warming limit 29 July 2015 (New Scientist) “…All but one of the main trackers of global surface temperature are now passing more than 1 °C of warming relative to the second half of the 19th century…[and...Show More Summary

Space-aged whiskey is our civilization’s final frontier

Scientists are always looking for new things to learn about space, but this time Japanese distillery Suntory is the one pioneering a new field of research: how whiskey ages in in microgravity conditions. The theory is that places with...Show More Summary

Scientists Resurrect Millennia-Old Viruses for Use in Gene Therapy

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Scientists have successfully reconstructed a virus thousands of years after it became extinct, a development they believe could herald a new step in treating genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. By creating...Show More Summary

New study exposes negative effects of climate change on Antarctic fish

Scientists at University of California Davis and San Francisco State University have discovered that the combination of elevated levels of carbon dioxide and an increase in ocean water temperature has a significant impact on survival and development of the Antarctic dragonfish (Gymnodraco acuticeps). Show More Summary

Scientists tested 30 Apple iPhone fitness apps for the quality of their workouts. Guess how many passed?

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

If browsing the Apple App Store for a fitness app and going through the hundreds of choices is enough to make your brain explode, check out this new study from the University of Florida.Researchers rounded up 30 popular free fitnessShow More Summary

Thirty Percent of Stars Have Migrated Across the Milky Way --"Was Our Sun One?"

Scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS) have created a new map of the Milky Way that provides the first clear evidence of migration of stars throughout our galaxy. The study, which determined that 30 percent of stars have...

Pluto’s Moon Charon Gets the Star Trek Treatment With New Feature Names

Scientists are giddy over the wealth of data returned from the recently successful flyby of Pluto and her moons (Charon, Hydra, Nix, Styx, and Kerberos). The super high-resolution imagery means we can see lots and lots of geologic features on the surfaces of these icy worlds, and that means we need names for them. NASA […]

Peter Kareiva, Transformative Conservation Scientist, to Lead UCLA Institute

By Phil Hampton and Alison Hewitt, UCLA Newsroom Peter Kareiva, a leading environmental scientist and vocal advocate for using multiple disciplines to inform conservation, is the new director of the UCLA Institute of the EnvironmentShow More Summary

New compounds block absorption of fat in foods

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

For people with a serious obesity problem, dieting and exercising may not be enough on their own. Taking a pill that replicates the effects of exercise may be one solution, but scientists from the University of Kansas are developingShow More Summary

Stars in Milky Way have moved

Researchers are part of a team of scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) that created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their obits.

Studying killer whales with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Last year, for the first time, scientists used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above, giving scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health while giving us all a stunning new view of the species. In a recent article, scientists explain how they configured the UAV into a precision scientific instrument.

New 'Cucumber Conflict' in Galápagos

Co-authored by George Lewis The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures, considered vital to the marine environment. Show More Summary

Forests Affected by Drought Store Less CO2 Than Assumed in Climate Models: Study

3 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

When scientists predict the future effects of climate change, they often rely on virtual models that assume forests will absorb massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. A new study from researchers at the University of Utah and Princeton...Show More Summary

wonkbook test: A data scientist has found what it takes to beautiful in politics

Welcome to the new Wonkbook, a daily dose of fascinating news from the worlds of business, economic, policy and data. If you're looking for a daily news roundup, we suggest The Daily 202, our deep dive into what's driving Washington every morning. Read on for some of our favorite stories and what else you can […]

The EMDrive: No, scientists haven’t invented a space engine that breaks the laws of physics

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

What if I told you that recent experiments have revealed a revolutionary new method of propulsion that threatens to overthrow the laws of physics as we know them? That its inventor claims it could allow us to travel to the Moon in four hours without the use of fuel? What if I then told you we...

Feeling stressed? Try an aquarium.

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Maybe it's the sluggishly moving fish, maybe it's the slowly waving seaweed. Whatever it is, aquariums have the power to reduce stress, new research has found.Scientists at the National Marine Aquarium recently had the chance to study how one of its larger exhibits was affecting people while it was being slowly restocked with new fish.Read full article >>

New study narrows the gap between climate models and reality

From the University of York: A new study led by a University of York scientist addresses an important question in climate science: how accurate are climate model projections? Climate models are used to estimate future global warming, and their accuracy can be checked against the actual global warming observed so far. Most comparisons suggest that…

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