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New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning …

Watch Dogs promotion triggers bomb squad response to major publication

A bomb squad was called to the Sydney offices of Ninemsn, a major Australian online publication, after the company received promotional material for Ubisoft's open-world title <i>Watch Dogs</i> in the guise of a beeping, black safe.<p>According to a Mumbrella story published today, the authorities were …

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Fewer polar bear cubs are being born in the Arctic islands, survey finds

The proportion of polar bear females around the Arctic islands of Svalbard who gave birth to cubs crashed to just 10% in 2014, according to a small scientific survey of the animals. It follows a series of warm years and poor sea ice.<p>The Barents Sea population of a few thousand polar bears is one of …

The pliosaur which could smell like a crocodile and swallow a cow in one bite

Researchers have uncovered new details about the life of the pliosaur which roamed the earth in the Upper Jurassic era, 200 million years ago.<p>CT scans by scientists at the University of Bristol discovered that the reptile’s snout contained intricate nerve systems and it had a very keen sense of …

What Kind of Bird is Flappy Bird?

Flappy Bird has taken the iphone world by storm. Many e-pages have been dedicated to this little yellow bird, but I've yet to see anybody speculate …

Asus PadFone X, a phone with docking tablet, hits AT&T on June 6 for pre-orders

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>U.S. consumers looking for a modular phone and tablet device will find what they’re looking for on June 6: That’s when AT&T …

Stunning Snapshot: Southern Star Cluster Helps Unlock Galactic Mysteries

Changing Planet<p>The star cluster NGC 3590 shines brightly in front of a dramatic landscape of dark patches of dust and richly hued clouds of glowing gas. Courtesy of ESO/G. Beccari<p><b>A colorful portrait of a distant star cluster offers space buffs some eye candy. But it’s also telling astronomers a lot</b> …

Oil Drillers' Burning of Natural Gas Costs U.S. Millions in Revenue

New report highlights loss to taxpayers from gas wasted on public land.<p><b>In oil-rich North Dakota, gas flares dot the landscape like city lights, torching natural gas that the industry won't use. The burning flares are a hallmark of a booming U.S. oil industry in which natural gas, a valuable energy</b> …

Will El Niño Knock Down 2014's Hurricanes?

Atlantic hurricanes look less plentiful this year, say federal forecasters.<p>Hurricanes look less likely this summer, said federal forecasters on Thursday, foreseeing an El Niño event that will reduce the number of Atlantic storms threatening coastal homes.<p>Should the El Niño form, meteorologists …

Emerald Lizard Discovered in Ecuador

Wildlife<p>This is a live male of the new species of shade lizard, <i>Alopoglossus viridiceps</i>. Photograph by Omar Torres-Carvajal<p><b>A new species of lizard with a brilliant emerald head is the new jewel of Ecuador.</b><p><i>Alopoglossus viridiceps</i> is the first species of shade lizard found at the Santa Lucia Cloud …

Deep Data: Art at 400 Fathoms

Changing Planet<p>Alvin lights up the sea floor during a dive. Photo by Emory Kristof and Alvin Chandler<p><i>Alvin</i> is almost certainly the world’s most famous submersible. For 50 years, this little sub-that-could has been plunging into some of the deepest parts of the world’s oceans, carrying researchers …

Recognizing World Fish Migration Day in the Amazon’s Waters

Changing Planet<p><b>By Julie Kunen</b><p>The Amazon basin—with its vast rainforests and river systems—is the most bio-diverse place on earth and, not surprisingly, a region rich in discovery. Newly described plant and animal species are a frequent occurrence.<p>The recent video documentation of a newly discovered …

Star Wars Celebraysh

Spread the Cute:<p>In honor of the big Star Wars cast announcement today, we proudly present this Star Wars medley of Past & Present Cute!<p>~Le …

HQ-17: A Classic Russian Missile With A New Chinese Twist

The Tor M1 “SA-15 Gauntlet” is a 12km ranged Russian air defense missile specifically designed to attack enemy fighters, helicopters, smart bombs and cruise missile; China has bought at least 25 vehicles. Its Chinese license production is designated HQ-17 with key differences including an …

The telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago. A couple of old concrete platforms and some rusty pipes, parts of the mountain's old weather station, are the only hints that humans have ever taken an interest in this …

Planet Earth comes under fire from asteroids – video animation

Many explosions stronger than Hiroshima bomb but most occur too high above ground to cause serious damage<p>Published: 22 Apr 2014<p>Space agency tells SXSW how it’s using crowdsourcing and prizes to protect the planet. By <b>Stuart Dredge</b><p>Published: 10 Mar 2014<p>Space rock to pass by Earth 2.1m miles away, but …

Saving the World's Rarest Bear

Spacewatch: Supplying the ISS

Since the final space shuttle retired in 2011, the only means of flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) has been by Russian Soyuz spacecraft. This is far from ideal, particularly when one considers the current tensions over Ukraine.<p>In terms of supplying cargo to the …

A Silent, Hybrid Motorcycle For The U.S. Military

DARPA is funding development of a super-quiet, off-road bike for troops.<p>Key to many a successful military assault is the element of surprise. If an attacking force can arrive undetected—through terrain thought to be impassible—the battle is half won. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects …

Greased lightning: the nanotechnology in engine oil

The Consumer Products Inventory lists over 1,600 products that have been identified by the manufacturer as containing nanoparticles – particles between one and 100 nanometres (between one and 100 billionths of a metre) across. Many of them are found in household products. Last month we looked at …

Ask Anything: Can Insects Get Fat?

Yes, but they never lose that slender figure.<p>Some initial work on chubby bugs occurred in the early 1960s, when a Florida entomologist started publishing research on obese mosquitoes. When he fed the wild-caught flies by hand (“by easing the proboscis into a micropipette”), he found that he could …

Scientists Develop 'Off Switch' For The Brain

Scientists have developed an off switch for the brain.<p>About ten years ago researchers studying how the brain functions introduced a technique known …

Some corals flip a switch when water gets too hot - Futurity

When tidal waters heat up, some corals are able to quickly switch on or off certain genes in order to survive.

Genes

World's smallest magazine cover is the size of a red blood cell

It looks much like any other cover of the children's magazine National Geographic Kids. Cuddly animals: check. Free Sea Turtle poster: check. Story about rescued hippos: check. Only the lack of colour and the slight graininess make you suspect it might be something other than the real thing. In …

What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?

A National Research Council report says we're far from ready.<p><b>As sea ice melts and the oil industry prepares to exploit the Arctic's vast resources, the United States faces big gaps in its preparedness for an oil spill in the region, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Research</b> …

Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters

In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon's Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish. …

George Osborne orders new icebreaker for UK polar science

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1071000/1071724_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524651887_96d0bddce8fb6760872a5591097bd747<p><b>UK science is to get one of the biggest, most capable polar research vessels in the world.</b><p>The £200m investment in an icebreaker was announced by …