Jesse Murphy

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The House Science Committee Declares The IPCC Report Is Not Science

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that more intense droughts and heat waves will cause famine and water shortages. …

Fast, furious, refined: Smaller black holes can eat plenty

Gas from a companion star is thought to feed a stellar-mass black hole’s voracious appetite, in the galaxy M101.<p>Observations of a black hole powering …

Spiders In Your Fruit: A Good Thing

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Last month, at a grocery store five minutes from my house, a TV reporter bought a container of red grapes that also held a black widow spider. It became local and then …

Insects

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Sprint's 'Spark' technology enables cellular data speeds of up to 60Mbps

Sprint claims it has developed a new wireless technology that could allow the carrier to surpass the wireless data speeds of its rivals. Dubbed Sprint Spark, the "super-high-speed" currently reaches peak rates of 50 to 60Mbps, but Sprint insists that number will grow as the technology matures. In …

Android KitKat could focus on cheaper phones and wearables

Android 4.4 KitKat isn't just an advertising coup. According to former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reporter Amir Efrati, it will also be Google's latest attempt to make cheaper Android devices attainable, and prep the mobile OS for wearable computing.<p>According to Efrati, who says he's had covert access to …

Inside The Hunt For Dark Matter

Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science’s biggest mysteries.<p>“Turn here. Take the dirt road on the right. You’ve got to see this.” I park my rental car, and Rick Gaitskell directs me to a makeshift wooden …

Dark Matter

Huge magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone is two and a half times larger than expected

The magma reservoir under the Yellowstone National Park is 50 miles (80km) long and 12 miles (20km) wide: more than two and a half times larger than expected. <i>Nature</i> describes the reservoir as "a 4,000 cubic kilometer underground sponge," between six and eight percent of it filled with molten</i> …

Babies remember melodies heard in womb, study suggests

Brains of babies who heard melody before birth react more strongly to tune after birth and at four months, scientists say<p>Newborn babies can remember melodies played to them while they were in the womb, according to a study.<p>Scientists found that the brains of babies who heard a specific melody just …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

Big Pic: Young Stars Brew In The Witch Head Nebula

A pretty witch in the sky.<p>Far away, near the knee of the hunter constellation Orion, a witch is stirring a cauldron of innocent babes. Young stars are forming in the Witch Head Nebula, seen here through NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.<p>Can you see the witch's profile? Or do you …

Astronomy