Alex Watters

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Alien Cockroach Species Invading the U.S.

<b>New York City, home to eight million people and untold numbers of cockroaches, just got a few more of the latter.</b><p>A newly seen species, <i>Periplaneta japonica,</i> has just been <i></i>discovered in New York’s elevated High Line park. As its name implies, the cockroach is native to Japan, and this is the first …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Parents, does your 18-month-old seem wise beyond her years? Science says you're not fooling yourself.<p>Very small children can reason abstractly, researchers say, and are able to infer the relationships between objects that elude older children who get caught up on the concreteness of things.<p>In …

APOD: Cap Cloud over the Sierra Nevadas (2013 Nov 26) Image Credit & Copyright: Guido Montañés http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131126.html Explanation: One might say this was a bell weather day for the Sierra Nevada mountains. In January, just as the Sun was setting above the district of Albayzín in Grenada, Spain, a huge cloud appeared as a bell capping the Veleta peak. Such a Cap cloud is formed by air forced upwards by a mountain peak, with the air then cooling, saturating with moisture, and finally having its molecular water condense into cloud droplets. Such a bell-shaped cloud structure is unusual as air typically moves horizontally, making most clouds nearly flat across at the bottom. Vertical waves can also give additional lenticular cloud layers, as also seen above. Given the fleeting extent of the great cloud coupled with momentarily excellent sunset coloring, one might considered this also a bellwether day for an accomplished photographer. http://guidomontanes.wordpress.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131126 #APOD

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds.<p>Roadside bombs, childhood abuse, car accidents—they form memories that can shape (and damage) us for a lifetime. Now, a handful of studies have shown that we’re on the verge of erasing and even rewriting memories. The hope is that this research …

U.S. May Be Producing 50 Percent More Methane Than EPA Thinks

Methane is the source of the gas we burn in stoves. You can also use it to make plastics, antifreeze or fertilizer. It comes out of underground deposits, but it also seeps up from swamps, landfills, even the stomachs of cows.<p>And while methane is valuable, a lot of it gets up into the atmosphere, …

Comet Ison to light up morning skies in the run-up to Christmas

If it survives an encounter with the sun this week, comet Ison will put on an impressive early morning display in the run-up to Christmas. But anyone hoping for a Bethlehem-style celestial sign on the big day will be disappointed. By then the comet will probably be too faint to see with a naked eye.<p>…

Could a brain scan diagnose you as a psychopath?

Society is intrigued by psychopaths, at least from a distance. Hollywood paints them as powerful and emotionless predators – a small few who have embraced their inner dark passengers. Whether it is Gordon Gekko, Catherine Tramell, or Dexter Morgan, the mythology of the psychopath is …