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Here's How Many Bacteria Spread Through One Kiss

First base is a great place to get your mouth microbes some new friends, finds a new study in the journal <i>Microbiome</i>. A ten-second French kiss can …

Biology

'Ebola is man-made', and other crazy conspiracy theories

Is Obama behind the Ebola outbreak? Are planes poisoning us? Is Lady Gaga part of an evil Illuminati plot? The five conspiracy theories you won't believe people believe<p><b>The best conspiracy theories are</b> like enchanting mazes of logic whose thresholds, once crossed, are hard to return from. As …

This Solar-Powered Electric Bike May Be Even Greener Than A Regular Bicycle

Cruising towards the goal of a true zero-emissions vehicle.<p>Compared to cars, electric bikes have a tiny carbon footprint. Still, if you’re charging your bike with coal-powered electricity, it isn’t completely clean transportation. A new solar-powered electric bike called the Dutch Solar Cycle is an …

Weird Animal Question of the Week: How Do Dogs Talk With Their Tails?

For starters, wagging isn't always a sign of friendliness.<p>Nothing is more of a telltale sign of happiness than, well, a dog's wagging tail.<p>It's a main method of communication for man's best friend—but "what about dogs without tails?" reader Leanne Kirby asked in comment on a recent story exploring …

In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.<p>Transcript<p>KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, HOST:<p>Hear that? That's what our planet sounds like from space. And …

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APOD: The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble (2014 Nov 09)<br>Image Credit: NASA, ESA, HEIC, and<br>The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) …

Astronauts Put A Camera Inside An Orb Of Water, And Here's What Happened

Maybe you've seen videos of astronauts playing with floating blobs of water, but how about a video shot from <i>inside</i> the watery blob? That's just what we have here in a new video (above) posted on YouTube by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.<p>In the video, shot last summer on ISS expedition #40, …

Astronomers Capture Beautiful Image Of Distant Planets Forming

A glimpse into the birth of solar systems<p>At the very center of the image above is the sun-like star HL Tau, surrounded by rings of dust and gas. You may never have heard of HL Tau, but this picture will go down in the astronomic annals as the first high-resolution image of the birth of a planetary …

Universe

Gorilla at San Francisco Zoo dies in 'tragic accident'

A 15-month-old female gorilla was fatally injured at the San Francisco Zoo when she became trapped under a closing hydraulic door, the zoo said Saturday.<p>The zoo staff was moving animals from their enclosures to their night quarters Friday when the western lowland gorilla named Kabibe -- or "little …

After 'Cosmos,' Neil deGrasse Tyson Dives Into Science of 'Interstellar'

If you want to learn about the science behind a blockbuster movie like "Interstellar," astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is your man.<p>Tyson's the one who pointed out that the constellations were all wrong in the "Titanic" — which shamed director James Cameron into fixing the stars for the movie's …

Black Holes

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica receives $1m offer for his blue Beetle

The Uruguayan president Jose Mujica says he has received a million-dollar offer to buy his blue 1987 Volkswagen Beetle, which has become a symbol of his austere lifestyle.<p>The man once nicknamed “the poorest president in the world” told the Uruguayan weekly Busqueda that an Arab sheik offered $1m …

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Mystery deepens around 'alien' bacteria from Californian lake which thrive on deadly arsenic

• Strange bacteria DON'T 'live' on deadly arsenic say two new papers<br>• Researchers still claim that bacteria need poison to live<br>• Finding hinted that life …

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?

Texas lawmaker steps up a fight over control of research funding.<p>The glass-and-concrete headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, normally hosts scientists who decide the fate of fellow researchers' grant proposals. But in a nondescript spare office on the 12th floor, …

How Electric Superchargers Went from Fantasy to Feasibility

Until recently, electric superchargers may as well have been perpetual motion machines. Thanks to motorsport and advancement in power storage technologies, they're now close to hitting the road.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Chris Philpot)</i><p>Until recently, electric superchargers might as well have been perpetual …

Asteroid in a Bag? Bag it, Says MIT Space Scientist

MIT planetary scientist Richard Binzel calls himself an “asteroid guy.” He’s been studying the rocky planetoids for decades now, so you might think …

Asteroids

Killer Fungus Threatens Salamanders

Colorful creatures around the world face death.<p>Legend says that salamanders can spit poison and extinguish flames, but even such pyrotechnic powers would not be enough to save them from a new scourge.<p>A fungus that arrived recently in Europe from East Asia is lethal to many salamander species, a …

Scientists Find Differences In The Brains Of People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

<i>By Nathan Collins</i><p>Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States -- perhaps more. Despite that, there's been slow progress in understanding the disease, and researchers still aren't exactly sure what causes it. Now, a small new study hints that subtle …

A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim

The part may be the piece used to repair one of the plane's windows<p>Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, reports <i>Discovery News</i>. The …

NASA’s Orion spacecraft could make ‘Interstellar’ a reality

Christopher Nolan’s epic movie “Interstellar” is set to open next week…but already NASA’s Orion spacecraft is well on its way to making this sort of space exploration beyond the Moon a reality.<p>In the movie, a group of explorers break through current limitations on human space travel and traverse …

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Instead of arriving later by comet impact, Earth's waters have likely existed since our planet's birth.<p>The water that makes Earth a majestic blue marble was here from the time of our planet's birth, according to a new study of ancient meteorites, scientists reported Thursday.<p>Where do the oceans …

With extra-long arms, Deinocheirus mirificus was one weird dinosaur

Just in time for Halloween, an international team of researchers has unearthed fossils from Mongolia with seemingly mismatched body parts: a beaked, humpbacked, ostrich-like dinosaur with incredibly long arms.<p>The Frankenstein's dinosaur is named<p><i>Deinocheirus mirificus</i><p>, which translates to “unusual …

Oldest high-altitude human settlement discovered in Andes

The oldest-known evidence of humans living at extremely high altitudes has been unearthed in the Peruvian Andes, archaeologists say.<p>The sites a rock shelter with traces of Ice Age campfires and rock art, and an open-air workshop with stone tools and fragments are located nearly 14,700 feet above …

New Microscope Makes Gorgeous 3-D Movies Of Living Cells

Biology is beautiful.<p>There's a new microscope in town and the images it produces are stunning. An international team of engineers and biologists is announcing it's made a microscope that's able to see phenomena such as single proteins diffusing through thickly-packed cells, and the movement of the …

Biology

Scientists say Rosetta's comet stinks -- literally

It turns out that the comet the Rosetta mission has been chasing for the last decade is a stinker. Literally.<p>Researchers from the University of Bern in Switzerland say that if you could take a whiff of the cloud of gas surrounding the icy nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko you would smell a …

Comet Siding Spring Zips Past Mars While Telescopes Watch

A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars while robotic science probes and telescopes watched. Comet Siding Spring passed just 87,000 miles (140,000 km) from Mars, less than half the distance between Earth and the moon and 10 times closer than any …

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