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Now In Japan: Giant Cyborg Cockroaches

Don't worry, they're probably only here to rescue you. Probably.<p>What if tiny scurrying insects could power batteries with their own bodies? Thanks to a team of researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Osaka University, we …

Hearing improves after a week of blindness

A study suggests that the loss of one sense – vision – can improve another sense – in this case, hearing – by altering the brain circuit.<p>Simulating …

A uniquely human brain area?

It’s called the ventrolateral frontal cortex. It’s a part of the brain involved in human processes, such as strategic planning and …

The Brain

Better Know a Plague: Measles, Mumps & Rubella

A couple of weeks ago, an interactive map compiled by the Council on Foreign Relations went viral online, although it first published in 2011. The map shows worldwide outbreaks of preventable diseases from 2008 to the present, including measles, mumps, and rubella.<p>Many news outlets that posted the …

First image from Gaia star surveyor looks into the starry depths of the Milky Way

The European Space Agency's star surveyor Gaia has finally sent some photos home from its trip. It captured a gorgeous image of a cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, on its journey to create the most accurate map of our galaxy.<p>Gaia will observe one …

Places to go: Maldives is the world’s lowest country

Not one of its 1,200 mostly uninhabited coral islands measure more than six feet (1.8 meters) above sea level.<p>The Maldives – made up of a chain of …

Left for dead: the mysterious disease killing thousands in Central America

A strange kidney ailment leaves scientists searching for answers<p><i>A sugarcane worker receives treatment for chronic kidney disease at his home in Nicaragua.</i><p>Ed Kashi arrived in Nicaragua last January to shoot some photos for a local nonprofit organization. At the time, it seemed like just another …

Why does this brown dwarf have such strangely red skies ?

Brown dwarfs straddle the line between stars and planets. This one caught researchers’ attention for its extremely red appearance. Turns out its …

View from space: Crescent moon and Earth’s atmosphere

Astronaut’s view of crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth’s atmosphere.<p>How gorgeous is this?<p>On February 1, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency …

‘Cocoon’ method may save babies from respiratory virus

A study in rural Kenya shows that vaccinating older siblings against a common virus that can be fatal for babies under six months could protect …

Public Health

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for February 2014

Author: Wired Science Staff<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of …

Big Pic: Curiosity Gazes At Earth From Mars

99 million miles away<p>Wave hello! This is what Earth looks like from Mars. Curiosity snapped this photo 80 minutes after sunset on its 529th Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet's surface. Back on Curiosity's planet of birth, it was January 31, 2014.<p>A human standing on Mars would be able to see …

APOD: The Gegenschein Over Chile (2013 Jan 14) Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140114.html Explanation: Is the night sky darkest in the direction opposite the Sun? No. In fact, a rarely discernable faint glow known as the gegenschein (German for "counter glow") can be seen 180 degrees around from the Sun in an extremely dark sky. The gegenschein is sunlight back-scattered off small interplanetary dust particles. These dust particles are millimeter sized splinters from asteroids and orbit in the ecliptic plane of the planets. Pictured above from last year is one of the more spectacular pictures of the gegenschein yet taken. Here a deep exposure of an extremely dark sky over Las Campanas Observatory in Chile shows the gegenschein so clearly that even a surrounding glow is visible. Notable background objects include the Andromeda galaxy, the Pleiades star cluster, the California Nebula, the belt of Orion just below the Orion Nebula and inside Barnard's Loop, and bright stars Rigel and Betelgeuse. The gegenschein is distinguished from zodiacal light near the Sun by the high angle of reflection. During the day, a phenomenon similar to the gegenschein called the glory can be seen in reflecting air or clouds opposite the Sun from an airplane. http://www.lco.cl/ http://carnegiescience.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140114 #APOD

APOD: From the Northern to the Southern Cross (2014 Jan 27) Image Credit & Copyright: Nicholas Buer http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140127.html Explanation: There is a road that connects the Northern to the Southern Cross but you have to be at the right place and time to see it. The road, as pictured above, is actually the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy; the right place, in this case, is dark Laguna Cejar in Salar de Atacama of Northern Chile; and the right time was in early October, just after sunset. Many sky wonders were captured then, including the bright Moon, inside the Milky Way arch; Venus, just above the Moon; Saturn and Mercury, just below the Moon; the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds satellite galaxies, on the far left; red airglow near the horizon on the image left; and the lights of small towns at several locations across the horizon. One might guess that composing this 30-image panorama would have been a serene experience, but for that one would have required earplugs to ignore the continued brays of wild donkeys. http://www.nicholasbuer.com/ http://facebook.com/nicholasbuerphotography Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140127 #APOD

From 14 to a Million: The Astronomical Growth of the Astronomy Picture of the Day

On June 16, 1995, Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP) posted the <br>first Astronomy Picture of the Day. The site received 14 page views that …