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Why birds can’t avoid hitting your car windscreen

Millions of birds are killed by oncoming vehicles every year. Why can’t they get out of the way? A team has investigated just what clouds their bird brains.<p>It’s not just a superstition – a bird hitting your car windscreen really is an omen of death. No, not for you, but for the poor bird. It’s …

The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

I have to admit, I melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt.<p>It's an indulgence that we're told to resist. And I try to abide. (Stealing a bite of my daughter's YoBaby doesn't count, does it?)<p>The reason we're told to limit dairy fat seems pretty straightforward. The extra calories packed into the …

What violins have in common with the sea – the wave principle<p>You're reading these words because light waves are bouncing off the letters on the page and into your eyes. The sounds of the rustling paper or beeps of your computer reach your ear via compression waves travelling through the air. Waves …

Celebrity pet: the rediscovery of Charles Darwin’s long-lost Galapagos tortoise

Name: 1874.6.1.6<br>Species: <i>Chelonoidis darwini</i><br>Dates: 1834-1837<br>Claim to fame: Darwin’s pet tortoise<br>Where now: Natural History Museum, London<p>When in the Galapagos, Charles Darwin and his Beagle chums ate a couple of dozen giant tortoises, tossing their empty shells over board en route to Tahiti. But in …

Rational Paranoia: Scientist Pursued By Chemical Company For Studies

Tyrone Hayes thought a multinational chemical concern was out to discredit him. He was right.<p>You must read this article in the New Yorker about a scientist being pursued by a chemical company after showing that one of its products was harmful. Tyrone Hayes, a UC-Berkeley scientist, received funding …

Weird

Google To Lease And Restore NASA's Famous Hangar One

The hangar once housed the U.S. Navy's dirigibles.<p>Hangar One once held 1930s-era dirigibles, including the U.S.S. Macon. You could fit three Titanics in there, side by side, a NASA historic preservation officer once told Air & Space magazine. And now, Google is taking over the lease for the …

Why It Took 90 Years For Women's Ski Jumping To Make The Olympics

The first measured ski jump was explicitly a show of manhood. In 1809, the story goes, a lieutenant in the Norwegian military launched himself 9.5 …

Suit alleges U.S. ignored 'best available science' in sonar ruling

The<p>National Marine Fisheries Serviceviolated federal law when it authorized the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off Hawaii and California through 2018, an environmental group said in a lawsuit filed Monday.<p>The agency's own analysis had determined the war games would result in 155 marine …

Foundation Plans To Open A "Fat Farm" For Elephants In California

Many zoo elephants have too much junk in the trunk.<p>African elephants are the world's largest land animals. But some of them are too large. A recent study, for example, found that about 75 percent of elephants in American zoos are overweight.<p>Plans are in the works to open a "fat farm" for overweight …

This Alien Orb Comes Alive When People Are Around

Brought to you by Daan Roosegaarde<p>If you see an ominous orb of white light that unfolds metallic petals as you approach, it is probably either a) an extraterrestrial space pod, or b) art. This one is the latter. (Probably! Don't look at me.)<p>Brought to you<p>from spaceby the designers at Studio …

Scientific Evidence That Walking While Texting Is Bad

Guys, seriously, so dumb.<p>In New York, when people are texting while walking in front of me, I'm frequently overcome by rage. But since throwing people into the street is "assault" according to "the law," I abstain. However, people--come on.<p>In this study published in the online journal <i>PLOS One</i>, …

Frowning In Bright Sunlight Can Make You Angry

A study on an Italian beach turns up interesting results<p>Way back in 1872, Charles Darwin noted that when people look into bright sunshine they often frown, assuming a facial expression similar to that of anger. And indeed, when people look into bright light without sunglasses, they contract many of …

Austria Greenlights DIY Genetic Engineering

In Austria, where genetically engineered food is banned from the shelves, regulators have granted the first DIYbio lab permission to work with GMOs. For only 40 euros and some paperwork, the one-year-old biohacker space, Open BioLab, is now bioengineering its first batch of bacteria.<p>Unlike in the …

Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

In 2008, as scientists documented a record melt in the Arctic ice and Al Gore's film <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> was in theaters, a half dozen major investment houses launched mutual funds designed to take advantage of financial opportunities offered by climate change.<p>In <i>Windfall: The Booming Business of</i> …

A First Look At How Beats Music Plans to Take on Spotify, Google, and Apple

The launch also marks Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers’s year at the company.<p>Near the end of the workday Friday, an office manager at a startup in San Francisco’s industrial Potrero Hill neighborhood scurried to grab a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. The company was commemorating its App Store …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

Apple Has A New, Super Serious Ad For The iPad That Premiered During NFL Games And The Golden Globes

During this afternoon's football game, Apple debuted a new iPad ad. (It also aired during the Golden Globes.)<p>The ad has an excerpt of Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society talking about poetry, and life.<p>Here, via Re/Code is the transcript of what Williams says:<p>We don't read and write poetry …

Microsoft may preview Windows 'Threshold' in April, launch it in 2015

Microsoft may have just released Windows 8.1 a few months ago, but it's reportedly on the cusp of previewing its <i>next</i> major Windows version, Threshold. The <i>SuperSite</i> <i>for Windows</i> hears from sources that Microsoft will provide a "vision" for the OS at its Build conference in early April. While there …

There are three main toothpaste ingredients that may be made of nano-sized particles, so let's brush up on the facts<p>The Consumer Products Inventory lists more than 1,600 products that are identified by the manufacturer as containing nanoparticles. So let's take a look at what's inside your …

Nanotech

Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims

A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of pictures were better at distinguishing them from similar images in tests the next day, the scientists found.<p>The task gives …

Fresh fruit delivered to International Space Station – video

Data link still flawed after International Space Station astronauts repeat operation to fix faulty equipment<p>Published: 27 Jan 2014<p>Vintage photographs from Nasa document the golden age of space exploration<p>Gallery<p>Published: 22 Jan 2014<p>Icarus, a wildlife receiver circling above Earth, will monitor the …

Genetics may bring out the dark side of antidepressants

A new test uses genetic data to fight patients' risk of drug-reactive suicide<p>For years, it's been a controversial side effect of antidepressants: for all the patients helped by the drugs, there was a smaller cohort for whom the beginning of treatment triggered a descent into thoughts of suicide. …

We Have A Science Tumblr, And Its Name Is 'Skunk Bear'

This week, we're launching Skunk Bear, our new science tumblr.<p><b>What will I find on this tumblr?</b><p>Cool things! Cool science things!! Stuff we make or discover on the Internet that makes us laugh, or think, or turn to each other and say, "Hey, look at this cool thing!"<p>Here's an example — something we …

January is the month for detox myths, including yoga to 'cleanse the liver' and 'rinse the spine'. Ouch!<p>If there’s one word that seems ubiquitous every January, it’s "detox". Anyone hoping to wash away the excesses of the holiday season will look for ways to be better and healthier, at least than …

Waves in the atmosphere of Venus

Using the Venus Express spacecraft, scientists have identified four types of waves in the atmosphere of Venus: long, medium, short and …

Astronomy

Only 250 lions are left in West Africa - Futurity

The African lion faces extinction across the entire West African region, according to a new report.

Staying in shape has all sorts of benefits, from maintaining heart health to warding off dementia and cancer<p><b>I</b>nactivity – fuelled by cars and a sedentary work life – has been dubbed the biggest public health problem of the 21st century, a global pandemic with dramatic impact on peoples wellbeing. …

Mystery Gas Cloud On Course To Enter Supermassive Black Hole At Milky Way's Heart

The result could be a boom or a sizzle.<p>Astronomers expect a mysterious gas cloud to cross paths with the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy in the next few months. Then, one of two things could happen. The cloud could plunge on in, throwing off intense X-rays as it goes. Or, if the …

How salt fine-tunes drugs to treat brain disease - Futurity

Scientists have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat brain diseases including chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease.