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Oarfish: second giant 'sea serpent' found on Californian beach

Second carcass of rare oarfish is found washed up on California beach, measuring 14 feet in length, just five days after an even larger specimen was found nearby<p>A 14-foot (4.3-metre) oarfish washed up on a southern California beach on Friday afternoon, less than a week after another rare 'sea …

Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

Australian brushfires worsen, threaten to morph into dangerous 'fire tornado'

A handful of separate wildfires raging west of Sydney, Australia, have already ravaged 300,000 acres of land and destroyed 200 houses. As they continue to burn, officials are warning that some of the blazes could merge into one "mega-fire" and then spark a freaky phenomenon known as a "fire cloud." …

Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

We're used to relying on antibiotics to cure bacterial infections. But there are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and are causing deadly infections. According to the CDC, "more than 2 million people in the United States every year get infected with a …

Women's Breasts Age Way Faster Than The Rest Of Their Bodies

A new technique for identifying the precise biological age of human tissue reveals that not all tissues grow old at the same rate.<p>A new technique for identifying the precise biological age of human tissue reveals that not all tissues grow old at the same rate. Not all parts of the body age alike, …

Stem Cells

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

Near-space Balloon Rides, 100,000 Feet Above Earth, to be Offered by New Company

Near-space balloon rides are being prepared by the company World View for people who don’t want to pay the steep price for rides up above the …

Fossil reveals earliest known central nervous system of an animal

Scientists traced iron deposits that occupied the space of long-gone central nervous system tissue. An outline of a 520-million-year-old central …

Imaging

When Edible Plants Turn Their Defenses On Us

Fruits and vegetables are unquestionably essential to a healthful diet.<p>But there's another side to some of these plants that, thankfully, most people never see: the tiny amounts of toxins within them. The minute amounts of poison found in many seeds, leaves and roots are the result of the …

Alzheimer’s plaque coats sleepless brains

Seniors who don’t sleep well are more likely to have high levels of beta-amyloid, a biomarker for Alzheimer’s, in their brains.<p>Previous studies had …

Waiting For the Tar Ball to Drop

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>Hidden in plain sight in the Parnell Building at the University of Queensland, Australia, sits the world's oldest continually running experiment*. Inside a plain glass display case, sits an innocuous …

University of Queensland

Norwegian Town's Bright Idea Is A Shining Example Of Ingenuity

Archimedes would be proud of the town of Rjukan, Norway. So would Sam Eyde.<p>Rjukan, home to about 3,500 residents and situated about 70 miles west of the capital, Oslo, has installed a trio of giant mountaintop mirrors to focus light into the valley town's square during the cold (and dark) winter …

How ‘lab rat’ of the plant world tricked scientists

Because of its simple genetics, <i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i> is cultivated in laboratories for use in research around the world. However, a new study shows it …

The Moon And NASA Now Communicate Via Lasers

Our favorite space agency has just set a new communication speed record. With lasers!<p>In January, we wrote about an impressive feat—when NASA sent the Mona Lisa to the moon using lasers. In the accompanying video, NASA noted that they've been using lasers to track satellites, and in the future, …

Demonstration

Baby’s innate number sense predicts math skills

Babies who are good at telling the difference between large and small groups of items are more likely to do better with numbers in the future, …

Farewell: Planck Space Telescope Shuts Down

After running out of coolant, the telescope ends its mission to map light from the Big Bang.<p>Bon voyage, Planck. The European Space Agency sent the final command to the Planck space telescope today, ending a four-and-a-half year mission to examine the universe's Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Knives

Gold Particles Discovered in Leaves of Eucalyptus Trees

Scientists from The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered gold particles in the leaves of Eucalyptus …

Widespread Plague In Wildlife Threatens Western Ecosystems

For most of us, plague is something that maybe we read about in history books. In the 14th Century, it wiped out half of Europe's population. But the bacteria is busy killing wildlife now in the American West. By studying small mammals scientists have learned that plague is far more pervasive a …

Free vitamins for all under-fives advised by chief medical officer

All under-fives may be offered free vitamins on the NHS in an effort to curb the rising tide of illness, such as rickets, linked to them getting too little vitamin D.<p>Dame Sally Davies, the government's chief medical officer, wants ministers to consider extending the offer from low-income families …

APOD: A Massive Star in NGC 6357 (2013 Oct 22) Image Credit: NASA, ESA and J. M. Apellániz (IAA, Spain) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131022.html Explanation: For reasons unknown, NGC 6357 is forming some of the most massive stars ever discovered. One such massive star, near the center of NGC 6357, is framed above carving out its own interstellar castle with its energetic light from surrounding gas and dust. In the greater nebula, the intricate patterns are caused by complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity. The overall glow of the nebula results from the emission of light from ionized hydrogen gas. Near the more obvious Cat's Paw nebula, NGC 6357 houses the open star cluster Pismis 24, home to many of these tremendously bright and blue stars. The central part of NGC 6357 shown spans about 10 light years and lies about 8,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Scorpion. http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic0619/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2006/54 http://www.iaa.es/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131022 #APOD

The most distant galaxy yet

It’s the most distant, and therefore the earliest, yet discovered. It’s seen as it was just 700 million years after the Big Bang.<p>University of Texas …

APOD: Little Planet Shadowrise (2013 Oct 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Acquisition - Enzo De Bernardini, Processing - w/Sophie le Comte http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131024.html Explanation: Warm shades and subtle colors come to the sky in the fading sunlight after shadowrise on this little planet. Of course the little planet is planet Earth, and this nadir-to-zenith, around-the-horizon mosaic maps the view from a small airfield near the town of Intendente Alvear, La Pampa province, Argentina. Just above the western horizon (top) the sky shines with the warm colors of sunset. The slate blue shadow of Earth itself extending through the atmosphere can be seen rising as it hugs the eastern horizon (bottom). Wrapped closely above the narrow projection of Earth's shadow is the gentle glow of reddened, backscattered sunlight called the antitwilight arch or the Belt of Venus. http://www.astrosurf.com/astronosur/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131024 #APOD