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Union head says Boeing contract offer not much improved | Reuters

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Machinist union leaders rejected a second contract offer from Boeing Co, which would have secured work on the new 777X jetliner for the Seattle area, because it differed little from an offer that union members had already rejected by a large margin, a key union …

Two hurt in plant explosions south of Chicago | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two people were injured on Friday in explosions at a chemical plant in a suburb of Chicago, a local official said.<p>The explosions occurred between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.(12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. EST/1700-1730 GMT) at the Blue Island Phenol plant, about 20 miles south of Chicago, …

Atlanta's twin giant panda cubs turn out to be female | Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta Zoo officials said on Friday that twin giant panda cubs, the first to be born and survive in the United States, have both turned out to be female.<p>Giant Panda Lun Lun picks up her panda cub Mei Lun to nurse him as her other cub Mei Huan sleeps at her feet at the Atlanta …

North Korean leader's influential aunt remains in power after uncle Jang's execution | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s influential aunt Kim Kyong Hui remains a part of the regime’s inner circle, even after the execution of her husband last week, the second most powerful man in the isolated nation.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) salutes as a honour guard march …

China condemns Abe for criticizing air defense zone | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for “maliciously slandering” its air defense zone in an escalating war of words between the neighbors.<p>China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei asks journalists for questions during a news conference in Beijing July 7, …

Cambodia opposition rallies in capital, urges PM to step down | Reuters

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of Cambodia’s opposition rallied on Sunday, vowing to keep protesting until long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen steps down or calls an election.<p>Protesters, including Buddhist monks, gather at the Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh December 15, 2013. …

Analysis: Tronox, Anadarko fight over cleanup costs may be just getting started | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A court ruling that holds Kerr-McGee Corp liable for billions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs brought to a close a months-long trial over its spinoff of Tronox Inc, a paint materials maker that later went bankrupt.<p>But with an appeal on the way, along with litigation …

Thai military sees role in ensuring 'fair' election | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s military offered on Sunday to help the politically polarized country hold a “fair and clean” election next year, suggesting the armed forces may play a role in a vote aimed at ending protests seeking to topple the government.<p>Anti-government protesters unveil a large …

Riot in China's Xinjiang kills 16, 'terror gang' blamed | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot and killed 14 people during a riot near the old Silk Road city of Kashgar in which two policemen were also killed, the local government said on Monday, the latest unrest in a region that has a substantial Muslim population.<p>China has previously called some of …

Commuter bus crashes off Philippine highway onto van, 22 dead: police | Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in the Philippine capital, Manila, early on Monday, emergency authorities said.<p>At least a dozen bodies had been pulled from the twisted debris of the overturned bus, …

Science Book Picks for 2013

Do you have a favorite science-themed book from this past year? We're making our list, and checking it twice, when Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Deborah Blum and Brainpickings.org editor Maria Popova join Ira Flatow to share their top science, technology, and environmental books of 2013.<p>…

Antarctic voyage: here may be monsters

Researchers on the Akademic Shokalskiy drop hi-tech equipment over the side to measure the water temperature up to a kilometre down – and discover a curious anomaly<p>Guardian journalists Alok Jha and Laurence Topham are with the Australasian Antarctic Expedition en route to the Antarctic<p>Antarctica …

The shadow genome: why DNA isn't destiny

Epigenetics is changing the way scientists look at genetic inheritance<p>How does a mother’s weight-loss surgery affect her child’s risk of obesity? It’s a question scientists have been struggling with since a Laval University study published in April, which looked at children born to mothers who’d …

Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

American Philosophy

How Brain Scans Can Lighten Sentences In Murder Cases

An increasing trend of defendants using neuroscience to argue for lesser sentences<p>A prison escapee convicted of killing a vacationing couple in their 60s—for their trailer, according to a newspaper from the couple’s hometown—recently dodged the death penalty for his crime. Instead, John McCluskey, …

Humanity

Giant leap for China as moon probe lands safely in Bay of Rainbows

The unmanned Chang'e lander, with its six-wheeled rover Jade Rabbit, is the first to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976<p>China successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, the country's state media announced on Saturday. The …

China's moon rover makes tracks

Jade Rabbit explorer separates from Chang'e 3 lander and rolls out on to lunar surface in next milestone of mission<p>China's first moon rover has rolled out on to the lunar surface and left tracks on its loose soil, state media reported on Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried …

China's moon rover takes its first photo

After becoming the first robot to successfully land on the Moon in nearly 40 years, China's Yutu rover has started taking photos. The first picture shows the Chang'e-3 lander, its companion on its lunar journey. The probe took a small set of its own photos since landing yesterday, including one …

Bat photographed by Tim Flach

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Scanning electron micrograph of a single red blood cell on the tip of a needle (via)

Scanning electron micrograph of a single red blood cell on the tip of a needle (via)

Merry Christmas! Here’s some glowing bacteria for you (via: CURB)

Merry Christmas! Here’s some glowing bacteria for you (via: CURB)

An invader cell (orange) is surrounded by macrophages (blue) whose function is to engulf and digest such invader cells. (via)

An invader cell (orange) is surrounded by macrophages (blue) whose function is to engulf and digest such invader cells. (via)

A mix of mouse stem cells that have been encouraged to develop into specialized cells

A mix of mouse stem cells that have been encouraged to develop into specialized cells. Each color is a specific cell type that developed from the previously uniform collection of cells. (via)

A monument at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics to all lab rats used for DNA research (via)

A monument at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics to all lab rats used for DNA research (via)

Obstructed artery. The stenosed section of artery is represented by the break in the dark red vessel at top center

Obstructed artery. The stenosed section of artery is represented by the break in the dark red vessel at top center.

The Soviet Union spent $1 billion on mind-control experiments

The Soviet Union's arms race with the United States during the Cold War included an expensive effort to develop mind-control weapons, the <i>Physics arXiv Blog</i> reports. Drawing on a new paper published by researcher Serge Kernbach, the blog describes the USSR's extensive efforts around what they called …