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Unconventional Energy: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

A panel of experts discusses the facts on fracking and other new forms of energy recovery.<p><b>As the world's easy-access oil supplies dry up</b>, North America is increasingly turning to unconventional sources—such as drilling in the deep sea, mining oil sands, and using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to …

How 'jolt' to nerve treats stubborn depression - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — Brain scans offer new details on how a …

Depression

Why getting scared 'magnifies' our eyes - Futurity

U. TORONTO (CAN) — We go wide-eyed with fear because a larger visual field makes …

Science

Europeans are basically one big family - Futurity

Everyone with ancestors from the European continent are likely cousins who share the same family members from about a thousand years ago.

Physiology

Easyjet to conduct volcano ash cloud tests

<b>A tonne of volcanic ash has been flown from Iceland to Luton airport in readiness for a "unique experiment" to test an aircraft warning system designed to detect ash clouds.</b><p>Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused travel chaos in 2010, will be dispersed into the atmosphere in "controlled …

Aviation

Richard Feynman: Life, the universe and everything

Flowers, music, strip clubs...Richard Feynman's scientific curiosity knew no bounds. Christopher Riley pays tribute to an eccentric genius<p>In these days of frivolous entertainments and frayed attention spans, the people who become famous are not necessarily the brightest stars. One of the biggest …

Richard Feynman

Brazilian and Japanese Scientists May Have Found Lost Continent Off Coast of Brazil

A team of Brazilian and Japanese scientists believe they have located a missing continent off the coast of Brazil. A large chunk of granite, a type …

Google's Timelapse project shows how the Earth has changed over a quarter of a century

Google has expanded its mapping platform to launch a new project called Timelapse, taking you back through time to see how our planet has changed over the last 25 years. To create its new interactive HTML5 animations, Google teamed up with the US Geological Survey (USGS), NASA, and TIME to combine …

World’s most extreme hearing animal: It’s a moth

The greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz – the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the …

Insects

Moths That Drive Cars (Really)

What you are about to see — and I'm not making this up — is a moth driving a car.<p>That's right. A silk moth — actually, <i>14 different male silk moths —</i> each, in turn, hooked up to a robotic vehicle at Dr. Noriyasu Ando's lab at the University of Tokyo. Every one drove the vehicle to the intended …

Ancient DNA Found Hidden Below Sea Floor

In the middle of the South Atlantic, there's a patch of sea almost devoid of life. There are no birds, few fish, not even much plankton. But …

School obesity rate shifts pregnancy risk - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — As the prevalence of obesity rises in a high school, so …

Penn State

Water on the Moon and Earth shares a common origin, new study suggests

Deposits of water inside the moon are from the same source as the water found on Earth, according to surprising new research that raises questions about how, exactly, lunar formation occurred 4.5 billion years ago.<p>In a NASA-funded study published in <i>Science</i>, a team of experts evaluated extremely …

FYI: Why Are There No Native Monkeys In North America?

If only they had developed monkey boats. Tiny little monkey boats! Oh man I wish they had monkey boats.<p>The infamous "Mystery Monkey of Tampa," an escaped rhesus macaque, was captured back in October. The rhesus macaque is not a rare monkey; it's adapted to human society better than most, can …

Privacy: Does face recognition cross the line? - Futurity

IOWA STATE (US) — Facial recognition technology could help businesses customize services but are customers …

Machine Perception

Short-lived Pear Shaped Atomic Nuclei Observed at CERN

An international team at the ISOLDE radioactive-beam facility at CERN has shown that some atomic nuclei can assume asymmetric, pear-like shapes. Most …

Henry Molaison: The incredible story of the man with no memory

A disastrous brain operation left Henry Molaison forever stuck in the same moment. But his amnesia proved a gift to science.<p>I first met Henry Molaison more than half a century ago, during the spring of my third year in graduate school. I have tried to resurrect the details of my interactions with …

Fungus network 'plays role in plant communication'

Mycorrhizae are mutualistic - they both need and are needed by the plants whose roots they inhabit<p><b>Plants can communicate the onset of an attack from aphids by making use of an underground network of fungi, researchers have found.</b><p>Instances of plant communication through the air have been documented, …

Gardening

Hello spring! Best flower photos from around the world

Henri Matisse said, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Thank you EarthSky friends for seeing them and sharing your images …

Henri Matisse

In early May, unrest at several volcanoes

Several volcanoes erupted during the first week of May, 2013, including Mount Cleveland, the Mayon Volcano and Popocatépetl.<p>Eruptions occurred at …

Volcanoes