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Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

They're large, even ungainly. But there may be no animal more beloved in Florida than the manatee.<p>Sorry, dolphins. It's the manatee that is the state's official marine mammal. But as manatees meander through Florida's shallow bays, rivers and canals, they often encounter people. And that's where …

Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

The Internet is only one flying robot away.<p>If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed …

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule contained within a giant gas cloud in …

Mantis Shrimps Can See Cancer, and Scientists Have Now Created a Camera That Does the Same

Image: Jung Hsuan/Shutterstock<p>Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia have discovered that mantis shrimp have an incredibly useful …

FDA Takes Action Against Companies Selling Fraudulent 'Ebola Cures'

Do they also have snake oil for sale?<p>As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread throughout West Africa, one thing is on everyone’s minds: finding a cure. But while many researchers are toiling away, trying to fulfill this desperate need, others are trying to capitalize on it. Various companies are …

Behold The Best Slow-Motion Camera On The Market

At 25,000 frames per second, the Phantom v2511 can practically stop time.<p>In the time it takes to blink, the Phantom v2511 has already captured more than 7,500 frames of video. Expand that rate to one second, and the v2511 captures 25,600 frames at a resolution of about 1 megapixel. That’s still a …

2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

<i>This being my last weekend with this blog, I wanted to repost a story I wrote a few years ago that has continued to intrigue me ...</i><p>I'm going to show you two kinds of nothing.<p>The first is a small patch of space, way, way out in the universe, remote from everything, with nothing in it, no stars, no …

Why The CDC Thinks 1.4 Million People Might Contract Ebola By February

A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease<p>Last June, the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone built a temporary ward in anticipation of an influx of Ebola patients. The makeshift building was covered with thin, tin metal sheets, haphazardly held to the walls by wire …

A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.<p><b>Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.</b><p>In a paper published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude …

Explaining Surprise Eruption of Japan Volcano Where Dozens Are Presumed Dead

Mount Ontake belongs to a class of unpredictable "stratovolcanoes."<p><b>The weekend tragedy on Japan's Mount Ontake, where more than 30 hikers are presumed dead after an eruption of toxic fumes and ash, is a deadly reminder that volcanoes—especially certain kinds—can be unpredictable.</b><p>Resting on a …

Rotten to the Core: How an Apple mega-deal cost Los Angeles classrooms $1 billion

Bad business and worse ethics? A scandal is brewing in L.A. over a sketchy intiative to give every student an iPad<p>Technology companies may soon be getting muddied from a long-running scandal at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation’s second-largest system. A year after the …

Starwatch: The October night sky

Pegasus flies high in the S at our map times as Taurus and the Pleiades climb in the E and the Summer Triangle topples into the W. As they do every autumn, the Plough is turning counterclockwise below Polaris in the N as the stars of Cepheus and Cassiopeia glimmer overhead in the Milky Way.<p>Saturn, …

Will 'VIP' protect us from the flu and HIV and malaria?

Scientists are testing an alternative approach to vaccines to protect us from a whole host of diseases—and so far the results are promising.

With NASA Probe's Arrival, International Mars Invasion Gets Under Way

NASA's MAVEN is entering Mars orbit, kicking off a rush of countries putting their own robots and orbiters on the planet.<p>Mars is getting crowded. A new NASA orbiter slips into Mars orbit on Sunday, followed closely by India's first interplanetary probe, a comet, and then a rush of countries …

Scientists Capture The Sound Of A Single Atom, And Apparently It's A 'D-Note'

What does an atom sound like? Apparently it's a "D-note."<p>That's according to scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, who have revealed in a new study that they've captured the sound of a single atom.<p>"We have opened a new door into the quantum world by talking and …

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

| DETROIT<p>An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster than …

The Freaky Thing Your Brain Can Do While You're Asleep

It turns out that our brains do way more when we snooze than was once thought -- and a new study suggests we can even identify and categorize words while we're sleeping.<p>"We show that the sleeping brain can be far more 'active' in sleep than one would think," study co-author Sid Kouider, a cognitive …

House-sized asteroid to buzz Earth on Sunday

| CAPE CANAVERAL Fla.<p>A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said.<p>NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no threat, though at its closest …

Two-Headed Dolphin Is Super Rare

<b>A dead two-headed dolphin that washed ashore in Turkey earlier this week has made waves across the Internet.</b><p>The unusual marine mammal, discovered by a tourist in the city of Izmir (map), is only the fifth known case of conjoined twins in the dolphin family—and only the third that is known to have …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a battery-powered home-built horse and a flying motorcycle.<p><b>More galleries</b> <br>Speeding warbirds and a luminous Super Moon<p>Streaking space launches and menacing volcanoes<p>A tiny frog and a hitching robot<p>A …

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

The Ebola outbreak has set off an alarm around the world. Public health leaders say the intense concern is appropriate, given the unprecedented size of the outbreak and the deadliness of the virus.<p>But experts say the outbreak has also produced a lot of unfounded fears. Even just the word Ebola is …

NASA's Super-Black Material Arrives In Space

The material is so dark, you can't tell when it's been folded.<p>A sample of one of the world's blackest materials—so dark, it's impossible to see when it's folded—is now getting tested in space.<p>The material absorbs 99.5 percent of the visible light and 99.8 percent of the infrared radiation that hits …

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch explained

In light of the sheer physical enormity of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the complexity of its causes, what can we possibility do about it?<p>The …