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Hard Evidence: Teachers' Unconscious Biases Contribute To Gender Disparity

Girls often outperform boys in science and math at an early age but are less likely to choose tough courses in high school. An Israeli experiment demonstrates how biases of teachers affect students.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>At early ages, girls often outperform boys in math and science …

Bats also face chemical threats

Cave-dwelling bats are fighting an epic battle against the fungal disease white-nose syndrome. Now, they may be facing another foe — chemical …

Scientists Discover New Species of Ancient River Dolphin

Smithsonian scientists have discovered the fossils of a new species of river dolphin that lived more than 5.8 million years ago.<p>Named <i>Isthminia panamensis</i>, the ancient mammal might have measured more than nine feet in length. Modern river dolphins have broader flippers than their saltwater cousins, …

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Primordial sea beast resembled ancient Greek warship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the earliest big predators to prowl Earth's primordial waters was a sea scorpion nearly 6 feet (1.7 meters) long whose body looked a bit like an ancient Greek warship.<p>Scientists on Tuesday announced the discovery in northeastern Iowa of fossils of a large, active …

Jellyfish with tiny jets can turn on a dime

Colonial jellyfish have an unusual feature: multiple water-shooting jets. This simple but elegant system makes them great swimmers.<p>A single colonial …

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Wasp study finds sting in the tail for cancer cells

Research has found a Brazilian wasp’s venom could destroy tumours of leukaemia, prostate and bladder cancer without harming healthy tissue<p>The venom of the Brazilian wasp <i>Polybia paulista</i> contains a powerful “smart” drug that selectively targets and destroys tumour cells without harming normal cells, …

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Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2017

Dates of all solar and lunar eclipses this year, plus a preview of the great American total solar eclipse of 2017.<p>The next eclipse comes on the night …

Underwater Animal Colonies Work Together To Move

They're all in this together<p>Think about how jellyfish or squid move. You're imagining a graceful display of jet propulsion, right? It's not uncommon for underwater species to take advantage of their environment to propel themselves through it. In a study released in <i>Nature Communications</i> today, …

Fossilized Human-Sized Sea Scorpion Found In Meteorite Crater

If you sea scorpion, say scorpion<p>If you think scorpions are scary today, be very glad that you weren't around 467 million years ago. Today, these stealthy stingers are found on land, but back then, scorpion ancestors ruled the seas.<p>In a study published today in <i>BMC Evolutionary Biology</i>, scientists …

How To Grow Your Own Photo

Use microbes to make black-and-agar still lifes<p>Microbes aren't known for their artistic merit, but that hasn't stopped scientists from using bacteria to find their inner Ansel Adams. Bioengineer Chris Voigt and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have hacked a harmless strain of</i> …

Could A Spacecraft Fly Straight Through Jupiter?

Despite its gusty reputation as a "gas giant," Jupiter's blood-red clouds hide a dense, rocky core that's perhaps 20 times as massive as Earth. That core blocks any spacecraft's passage through the center of the planet, but even a detour through the clouds would be a disaster.<p>Knowledge of Jupiter's …

Claire Parkinson on geoengineering

Should scientists try to modify climate deliberately, in an attempt to cool the planet?<p>[nggallery id=new-york]<p>With climate scientists almost …

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The Most Bonkers Scientific Theories (Almost) Nobody Believes Anymore | WIRED

Look, I’m not here to tell you what to think. But you need to be grateful for science – all of it. Even the crazy stuff. Even for folks who could …

Extreme close-up shows you how a mosquito really bites your flesh and sucks your blood

Look at that proboscis go!<p>Usually, being bitten by a mosquito is an event that conjures up swear words and frantic itching, but more advanced souls might turn their thoughts to what exactly happens when the insect manages to get under your skin. Thanks to a video shot by researchers at the Pasteur …

Meet The Researcher Whose Fake-Poop Project Could Save Your Life

Emma Allen-Vercoe's fecal-transplant treatment could battle lethal gastrointestinal infections.<p>Done with your lunch? Good, here we go: You may know that implanting feces from healthy people into sick people can treat the deadly gastrointestinal infection caused by the bacterium <i>Clostridium …

Afraid of spiders? Try sleeping on it

Do you suffer from a phobia? Are you fearful of heights, or dogs, or the sight of blood? Does the mere thought of lightning, or enclosed spaces, or snakes, induce panic? If so, getting your head down for a nap may help you conquer your anxiety.<p>Phobias are one of the most common forms of …

What Pangaea Would Look Like With Today's Political Boundaries [Infographic]

Goodbye, East Coast.<p>About 300 million years ago, the supercontinent of Pangaea started to break apart into the continents we live on today. An Italian designer who goes by the name Massimo put Pangaea back together, then added on modern political boundaries, creating the map you see here. Brazil …

Slime mould controls robot's face

NASA: Sun Getting Ready For A 'Field Flip'

Our nearest star is about to pull a once-in-11-years move by swapping its north and south magnetic poles.<p>The sun's polarity switch is a natural part of "solar max" — the period of peak activity during what averages out to be roughly an 11-year cycle. According to NASA, this year will mark the …

Dolphins Have Longest Memories in Animal Kingdom

Marine mammals can remember their friends after 20 years apart, study says.<p><b>Sorry, elephants: Dolphins have taken the top spot for best memory, at least for now.</b><p>New experiments show that bottlenose dolphins can remember whistles of other dolphins they'd lived with after 20 years of separation. Each …