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Trilobite Beetles are Happy Being on Land, Alive in the Present Day

Trilobite beetle Duliticola paradoxa. Credit: Bernard Dupont (flickr.com/photos/berniedup)<p>I know they look like they belong in the ocean 250 million …

The discovery that could rewrite physics

On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to …

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Weird cosmos: Major scientific breakthrough could completely alter our view of the universe

While Neil deGrasse Tyson is renewing interest in astronomy,a new discovery could totally <i>change</i> astronomy<p>Clara Moskowitz<p>April 1, 2014 1:53pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>The multiverse is one of the most divisive topics in physics, and it just became more so. …

Will Virus Particles Meet Their End In These Tiny Death Traps?

Whether or not the single biggest threat to humankind’s continued vitality on the planet is the virus, as Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg has said, …

Not so dirty: Methane fuels life in pristine chalk rivers

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found that naturally high concentrations of the greenhouse gas methane contributes to energy …

What if we could rebuild New York City?

New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world’s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?<p>If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?<p>The new New York City would balance the relationship between the …

Body swapping: the science behind the switch

Next year sees the release of the Ben Kingsley/Ryan Reynolds film Selfless, where a wealthy elderly dying man transfers his consciousness from his diseased and ravaged body into a younger, sexier one. This is quite a familiar trope in fiction, the body swap, where a character finds his or herself …

Mars opposition happens this month: It’s really easy to see

Earth and Mars are converging for a beautiful close encounter in April, an event astronomers call “the opposition of Mars.”<p>By the time you finish …

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DARPA opens biotech office to utilize biology for national defense

"Starting today, biology takes its place among the core sciences that represent the future of defense technology." That's according to a press release today from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announcing its new Biological Technologies Office, which will work on things like …

Incredible Maps Capture the Genetics and Connections of the Brain

On April 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced an ambitious project to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain by 2023. One year later, we are starting to see the amazing results.<p><b>Scientists cannot hope to prevent or cure neurological disease</b> without a solid understanding of what …

NASA weighs the ethics of sending astronauts into space for years

Since NASA launched MAVEN on a yearlong mission to Mars at the end of last year, the organization has been thinking about sending more people into space for longer periods of time. To prep for these kinds of missions, NASA asked the Institute of Medicine, the health division of the National Academy …

How Many People Does It Take to Colonize Another Star System?

A multigenerational journey between stars would require a lot more passengers than scientists previously thought.<p><b>Back in 2002, John Moore, an</b> anthropologist at the University of Florida, calculated that a starship could leave Earth with 150 passengers on a 2000-year pilgrimage to another solar …

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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.<p>It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:<p>Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?<p>Will …

The House of Representatives Committee on Science is turning into a national embarrassment

A few days back I wrote a post explaining why I am all for private support of basic science, especially in an age when government funding and support …

Microbes May Have Fueled Permian Extinction, Earth's Biggest

A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests.<p>The findings suggest that bacteria, with a little help from massive volcanism, produced large quantities of methane, thereby killing 90 percent of life on the planet.<p><b>Mass extinction</b><p>About …

After Four Years and Millions of Sign-Ups, Obamacare Is Still Unpopular

“When people see what is in the bill, they will like it,” Nancy Pelosi said of the Affordable Care Act back in November. So far, she’s wrong.<p>Since …

UK car industry votes overwhelmingly to stay in EU

The £60bn industry says access to the single market is key to the success of their sector, but added that reform remained high on the agenda<p>More than 90pc of the British car industry wants the country to stay within the European Union, with access to the single market, including funding for R&D and …

Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals

The first slice of data about job growth in March offers some hope that the U.S. labor market gained some strength:<p>There were 191,000 more jobs on private companies' payrolls last month than in February, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. That's pretty close to what Reuters …

Apple, Facebook, Google Web data centers getting greener: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday.<p>A worker climbs outside an Apple store in Hong Kong April 10, 2013. …

Ukraine crisis: NATO military chief warns Russian troops could invade swiftly

NATO's military chief warned Wednesday that Russian troops could begin moving on Ukraine within 12 hours of being given an order, amid fears that Moscow could seek to invade its eastern region.<p>Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander Europe, also told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that …