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Why Are Whales So Massive? It’s All About Energy

No one is certain why marine mammals like whales, sea cows and leopard seals are so big. To date, the best guess is that without the great tug of …

Marine Mammals

Less Than a Quarter of the Earth Has Escaped ‘Substantial Impacts’ by Humans

A mass migration of 50 million people is projected by 2050 due to land degradation from farming, mining, pollution, and urban development, according …

Climate Change

Glassy polymer is a clear conductor of electricity

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new polymer film that's transparent, looks and feels like glass, and conducts electricity. The …

Nanotech

Air-fueled ion thruster could provide unlimited power for space missions

The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully tested a prototype ion engine powered by air that could provide propulsion for orbiting satellites …

Space Exploration

MIT’s latest invention pulls clean drinking water out of thin air

For people in the world without easy access to drinkable water, the idea of being able to pull it straight out of the sky, even in the driest of …

Engineering

Scientists say we’re on the cusp of a carbon dioxide–recycling revolution

Every year, the billions of metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) we release into the atmosphere add to the growing threat of climate change. But what …

Protons

Promising new lung cancer treatment combines two pre-existing drugs

An exciting new study is suggesting that a novel treatment combining two currently available and approved drugs could successfully target nearly 85 …

Cancer

This 'Injectable Bandage' Made From Seaweed Could Stop Internal Bleeding in Minutes

Science casually saving lives.<p>Scientists have invented an injectable 'bandage' made out of a common food ingredient and nanoparticles. And not only …

Texas A&M

We Finally Know How Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Field

Earth’s magnetic field plays a vital role in everything from animal migration to protecting the Earth from the Sun’s harsh solar wind. Now, a recent study finally sheds light on how some birds visually see Earth’s magnetic field. Birds use Earth’s magnetic field as sort of a heads-up display to …

Earth Science

Four patients test retinal implant that could stop age-related blindness

Some parts of getting older are awesome. Retirement. Early bird specials. Free reign to whine about your various aches and pains.<p>Not so great? Your …

Macular Degeneration

Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures.<p>Research into "solar geo-engineering", which would mimic big …

Climate Change

Antarctica’s glaciers are melting from below, too

Antarctica isn’t what it used to be.<p>The ice that covers the continent and its surrounding ocean waters is always in flux with the seasons: Ice melts in the summer, and winter snowfall eventually gets packed down into new ice to replace what was lost. But in recent years, that snowfall hasn’t been …

Antarctica

Prototype Satellite Launched on SpaceX Rocket Will Try to Clean Up Space Junk

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite launched into space on Monday will test two methods for removing debris from orbit.<p>On the whole, space is mostly empty, but the space around the Earth is anything but. Earth’s orbit is full of thousands of satellites, pieces of debris, and junk from the thousands of …

Space Exploration

CDC Finds 'Nightmare Bacteria' Across the U.S. Here's What That Means

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing public health problem, as infections are becoming less responsive to the drugs used to treat them. Now, a …

Public Health

It’s Not Just an Ocean Problem. Microplastics Pollute Rivers, Lakes, and Land, Too

Eighty percent of microplastics originate on land, but their impact on freshwater and terrestrial environments remains unclear.<p>A University of …

Pollution

This Space Junk Removal Experiment Will Harpoon & Net Debris in Orbit

The first experiment designed to demonstrate active space-debris removal in orbit has just reached the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's …

Space Exploration

Stanford’s rice-sized implant treats diseases by zapping individual nerves

If you ever dreamed of being a real-life cyborg, researchers at Stanford University are ready and willing to help. They developed a new type of tiny …

Stanford University

This New Device Uses Sunlight to Make Safe Drinking Water Even From The Dead Sea

The world needs this.<p>Using an innovative combination of sunshine and hydrogels, a new device just unveiled by scientists is able to produce clean …

Water

Want solar panels but hate their look? Tesla’s low-profile panels are now working

It’s been a year since Tesla boosted its solar catalog with new panels that blend into your roof with no visible hardware. The low-profile panels …

Solar Power

Heat waves over the ocean have ballooned and are wreaking havoc on marine life

Heat waves over the world’s oceans are becoming longer and more frequent, damaging coral reefs and creating chaos for aquatic species. A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications found a 54 percent increase in the number of days in which heat waves have cooked the oceans since …

Global Warming

Six NASA Astronauts Describe the Moment in Space When "Everything Changed"

"This is what heaven must look like."<p>There’s no squinting in space. Things appear small, sure. From your vantage point, 254 miles above Earth, even …

Ancient Civilization

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

The Brain

"Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is growing rapidly, study reveals

<b>NEW YORK --</b> A sprawling mass of garbage located in waters between California and Hawaii -- and known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," or GPGP -- …

Pollution

Half of All Wildlife Could Disappear from the Amazon, Galapagos and Madagascar Due to Climate Change

As much as half of wildlife and 60% of plants in the world’s richest forests could be at risk of extinction in the next century if stronger efforts …

Climate Change

North Korea blasts 'human rights racket' after damning UN report

<b>(CNN) —</b> A North Korean state newspaper denounced what it called "the imperialists' human rights racket" shortly after the publication of a United Nations report highlighted the country's dismal human rights record.<p>"The politicization of human rights and application of double standards have to be …

North Korea

Palestinian prime minister escapes injury in Gaza bombing

JABALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — A roadside bomb on Tuesday struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, causing no serious injuries but throwing an already troubled reconciliation process between rival factions into deeper turmoil.<p>Prime Minister Rami …

Israel

Activists place thousands of shoes on Capitol lawn in gun death memorial

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In the shadow of the Capitol dome Tuesday was a sobering display of thousands of pairs of shoes, organized neatly across the grass said to represent children who have died in the US from gunshot wounds since the Newtown elementary school massacre in 2012.<p>The global advocacy group …

Guns

The Nerve Agent Too Deadly to Use, Until Someone Did

LONDON — For nearly three decades, since a Soviet whistle-blower told the world of its existence, the nerve agent Novichok has scared American weapons experts. The Pentagon sent teams to destroy abandoned laboratories that once produced the chemical, believed to be orders of magnitude more lethal …

Nerve Agents

Global warming puts nearly half of species in key places at risk: report

<b>(CNN) —</b> About half of all plants and animals in 35 of the world's most biodiverse places are at risk of extinction due to climate change, a new report claims.<p>"Hotter days, longer periods of drought, and more intense storms are becoming the new normal, and species around the world are already …

Climate Change

The Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, ruptures, collapsing ice bridge.

The regular natural phenomenon saw an ice bridge from the Perito Moreno glacier crumble into Lago Argentina.

National Parks