Samantha Robinson

85 Added | 6 Magazines | @SamanthaRob6lts | Keep up with Samantha Robinson on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Samantha Robinson”

Sea lions wash ashore: 3rd straight year of record strandings

This year is shaping up to be a brutal one for the California sea lion -- the third straight year for record numbers of sea lion strandings in the state.<p>Sick, abandoned pups have shown up in alarming numbers on beaches in January.<p>"Their growth is stunted," said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary …

Robotics

How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone<p>To stop infected bodies from spreading the disease in Sierra Leone, health officials persuaded local leaders to change how villagers mourned.<p>A great quarrel followed the death of a pregnant Guinean woman in June. Mourners refused to allow a team of outsiders dressed in what …

Baby chicks think small numbers belong on the left, just like us

A new study found that chicks associate the left side with smaller numbers and the right side with higher numbers.<p>To see how this relates to you, let's begin with our own, short experiment.<p>Imagine the numbers 1-10 in a horizontal line.<p>If you are like most of us, you are picturing the numbers …

Southwestern Willow Flycatcher shouldn't have U.S protection, biologist says

Even with powerful top-notch binoculars, it's not easy singling out the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from other subspecies of a family of birds known collectively as Empidonax.<p>Expert bird watchers say positive identification of the drab birds with wing bars and pale eye rings depends on subtle …

UK urged to permit IVF procedure to prevent fatal genetic diseases

Top world scientists call on government to approve law allowing ‘three-person embryos’ which would remove faulty mitochondrial DNA<p>Families at risk of passing on devastating genetic diseases to their children should be allowed to have a ground-breaking but controversial IVF procedure involving …

Genetics

Lunching Lemurs, A Tropical Cyclone, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Ice Hampers Cleanup in Yellowstone's Rare Winter Oil Spill

The effort offers cautionary tales for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and for Arctic drilling.<p>GLENDIVE, Montana—On a muddy bluff overlooking the Yellowstone River, Paul Peronard watched as workers tried to mop up oil through holes drilled into the frozen surface. Nearby, a whirring vacuum truck …

Environment

Discovery of Big Bang's Gravitational Waves Goes Bust, Due to Dust

A leaked analysis suggests that findings of gravitational waves from the big bang were illusory.<p>Back to the drawing board for how the big bang first went bang. Intergalactic dust has doomed last year's celebrated observations of gravitational ripples from the first moments of creation, according to …

Manot Cave skull suggests link between Neanderthals and modern humans

It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its vaulted ceiling, allowing Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior.<p>Sweeping the cave's damp walls and mineral spires with flashlights, the visitors discovered a trove of charcoal-smudged …

This Spider Weaves A Web Of Charged Silk

It's electrifying!<p>Spider silk is legendarily strong and light. So much so, that researchers are incorporating (or, at least, attempting to incorporate) variations of the material into everything from garments to electronics. Now, it turns out that in addition to being as light as a feather and as …

Oxford University

Evidence Of Expanding Universe May Have Been Just Dirt

Support for cosmic inflation just deflated a bit<p>It was a huge win for Big Bang supporters when, in March 2014, a team of astronomers claimed they had found direct evidence to support the concept of cosmic inflation—the super-rapid expansion of the Universe that occurred just fractions of a second …

Why is California crawling with hot pink sea slugs? - Futurity

Scientists are surprised to find the Hopkins' Rose sea slug, along with other creatures, so far north along the coast of California.

Space Exploration
Space Exploration

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets.<p>The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.<p>The volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., destroying the …

California's 'Dismally Meager' Snowpack Signals More Drought

California's snowpack is just a quarter of its typical level for this time of year.<p>After measuring California's mountain snow on Thursday, state officials described it as "dismally meager" and predicted that a fourth year of drought is on the way.<p>Statewide, the water trapped in the form of snow is …

Water

Watch A Rocket Blast Off Into An Aurora [Video]

Science is so pretty<p>A few weeks ago, we wrote about an experiment that would launch a probe through an aurora, to try to unravel the Northern Lights' mysterious electrical structure. The Aurora Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP) blasted off yesterday on a 70-foot rocket, and the visuals from the …

nausea

How to Use Backlighting for Portraits

Most photographers start shooting with the sun behind them. After all, it’s what many beginning photography books suggest. But, that’s really missing …

How to Refine Photoshop Layer Masks with an Overlay Brush

There are a thousand ways to create a layer mask in Photoshop. Many of them will yield a gray-scale mask with many shades of gray, and it can be a …

Tutorials

Sony World Photography Awards Adds a Smartphone Category for 2015

Another sign of the times: the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced that they will be launching an entirely new award today …