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View from space: Earthquake island before and after

“The island is really just a big pile of mud from the seafloor that got pushed up.” – Bill Barnhart, USGS geologist<p>The deadly earthquake that struck …

Geology

Babies Smell Delicious, Just Like A Cheeseburger

A baby's scent triggers the reward circuits in women's brains, the same circuits that light up when an addict gets drugs or you eat a juicy cheeseburger, according to a study co-authored by University of Montreal researcher Johannes Frasnelli. He explains to host Rachel Martin why people want to …

Pregnancy

Did We Steal Our Moon From Venus?

Is our planet a dirty thief?<p>Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, gave an intriguing speech at the Origin of the Moon conference in London this week. The most widely accepted theory about the Origin of the Moon is called the "giant impact theory," which is pretty much what you …

Astronomy

Q&A: The Researchers Documenting The World's Reefs

While those reefs are still around to document.<p>Last year, the Catlin Seaview Survey completed the most detailed picture of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Using underwater vehicles with 360-degree cameras, the survey's scientists and divers captured more than 100,000 panoramic photographs. …

DARPA Spends $10 Million To Make BigDog Stronger And Stealthier

America's favorite shambling robo-donkey is about to become even more alarming.<p>BigDog is a cinderblock-hurling robot that shambles like a something out of Lovecraftian horror. DARPA and Boston Dynamics are developing the four-legged robot to go anywhere troops can go on foot, while carrying up to …

Scientists want to turn smartphones into earthquake sensors

For years, scientists have struggled to collect accurate real-time data on earthquakes, but a new article published today in the <i>Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America</i> may have found a better tool for the job, using the same accelerometers found in most modern smartphones. The article …

Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

Coins commemorating 1941 sinking of SS Gairsoppa are part of 100-tonne haul recovered from North Atlantic<p>Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the …