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Another Reason Not To Eat Sea Turtles: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Researchers have found some nasty microbes in turtles off the coast of Mexico<p>Turtles may not have gained the human fascination of other sea animals, particularly the shark, but these Triassic reptiles continue to be adored by many. In the wild, these creatures continue to be the target ecotourism …

Microbiology

This week's best images of Pluto and its moons

NASA released another round of amazing Pluto images this week taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. We now have closeups of Pluto's smaller moons Nix and Hydra, as well as the best high-resolution images of Pluto we're going to get from this mission. We also know more about the dwarf planet's icy …

Solar System

Pluto images reveal luminous haze around planet - video

Nasa reveals the latest images of Pluto collected by its New Horizons mission. The images include what scientists described as the first image of the dwarf planet's atmosphere, believed to be composed of layers of haze. The image shows the atmosphere of Pluto backlit by the sun when the New …

Solar System

A Common Hospital Infection May be Coming To Us From Food

One of the most common and troubling infections that occur in healthcare may come from an unexpected source, according to a new paper: from food. Yet because it is not one of the bacteria that we think of as disease-causing foodborne organisms, the size of the threat it poses, and the way it …

Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence<p>A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few …

University College London

How One Woman Helped Light Rural India With Solar Lamps

She grew up in an affluent New York town, but soon after college, Ajaita Shah went to her parents’ native India to work with the poor.<p>JAIPUR, India — “I saw a 5-year-old die in five seconds,” says Ajaita Shah, recalling the Indian girl enveloped by a kerosene fire at home. “There was nothing we …

Colonizing The Moon May Be 90 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought

And that in turn could help us get to Mars, says NASA-commissioned study<p>Only 12 people have walked on the moon, and we haven't been back since 1972. But a new NASA-commission study has found that we can now afford to set up a permanent base on the moon, by mining for lunar resources and partnering …

Space Exploration

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

Psychology

What Is the Point of the Female Orgasm?

A new study examines "orgasmability" to determine whether it serves a purpose or is just an evolutionary accident<p>There may be few questions of human sexuality more rancorous than those about the female orgasm. Scientists agree that women probably started having orgasms as a by-product of men having …

Week's Best Space Pictures: New "Blue Marble," Pluto's Peaks

Earth's sunny side shines while researchers take a closer look at a mysterious mountain range on Pluto.<p>Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, crewmembers bound for the International Space Station blast off while …

Why We Were Totally Wrong About How Boa Constrictors Kill

Conventional wisdom held that pythons and anacondas suffocate their prey. Instead, the predators cut off their victims' blood supply, a new study says.<p>Boa constrictors were long thought to kill their prey by suffocation, slowly squeezing the life out one ragged breath at a time.<p>But a new study …

Suspected Meth Lab Explodes In U.S. Government Building

It's probably the last place the feds would have looked<p>Yesterday, Congress requested more information about a July 18 explosion in one of the buildings operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology outside Washington, D.C. There’s reason for Congress to raise an eyebrow; based on …

Methamphetamine

Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider

On 3 June this year, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN began delivering particle collisions at an energy 63% higher than previously achieved. This week in Vienna, first physics results were presented. Here are some highlights<p>The European Physical Society High Energy Physics conference is taking …

Physics

Portuguese scientists discover why pendulum clocks swing together

Pair of physicists bust a 350-year-old conundrum in a report that proposes a transfer of energy through a sound pulse causes clocks to synchronise<p>Almost 350 years ago, Dutch inventor and scientist Christiaan Huygens observed that two pendulum clocks hanging from a wall would synchronise their swing …

Physics

Ask Stephen Hawking Anything in His First Reddit AMA

Starting Monday morning, Stephen Hawking will be taking questions on Reddit for longer than a week.<p>The Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) series has seen plenty of cool science celebrities as guests, including Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye. But users have regularly clamored for one above all others: …

Paranormal

NASA Discovers ‘Earth 2.0’ Planet Kepler 452B

NASA announces the discovery of a new planet which they believe is Earth’s closest twin outside the solar system. ITV’s Alok Jha takes a closer look at Kepler 452B.

Universe