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Glow-In-The-Dark Paths Could Be The Future Of Street Lighting

Particles absorb light during the day, then emit a blue glow at night.<p>Evening visitors to Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge, England are basking in the glow of a whole new type of street light. Starpath, a new type of resurfacing material being tested within the park, absorbs ultraviolet light …

Picture Pumpkins: Give Your Halloween Memories a Gourdy Glow

We’ve all been there.<p>You’ve braved the pumpkin’s innards and spent hours etching its Titian-hued flesh.<p>Then, the neighbor’s cat dashes by the window …

A hippie’s defense of GMOs

“I’m a crazy hippie. I go to Burning Man every year … I have a pretty solid understanding of how genes work. And ultimately, I’m just not that scared …

For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

Fewer than 10 percent of all mammal species are monogamous. In fact, biologists have long disagreed over why monogamy exists at all. That's the subject of two studies published this week — and they come to different conclusions.<p>Animals that leave the most offspring win the race to spread their …

Is your dog happy to see you? Look at its eyebrows to find out

Dogs use specific facial expressions to show how happy they are to see their owners, scientists have found.<p>While most dog owners will recognise their pet’s wagging tail as a sign of joy, they may also want to pay more attention to their animal’s face the next time they walk in through the front …

Bacteria That Cause Gum Disease Linked To Alzheimer's

Wreaking havoc in your mouth and head<p>Could Alzheimer's disease originate in your mouth?<p>It sounds like a strange idea, but scientists have recently found one small clue that dental bacteria may play a role in some cases of Alzheimer's.<p>A team of researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. found …

Cross Section Photos of Golf Balls Reveal the Diverse Beauty Within

Photographer James Friedman doesn’t play golf, but he had a collection of golf balls lying around. One day, he began to wonder what the guts of the …

To get toxins out of water, test cleaner first

<b>CARNEGIE MELLON (US) —</b> Molecules designed to break down pollutants in water are one step closer to commercial use after a study shows they aren’t …

Carnegie Mellon University

An environmentally friendly battery made from wood

Scientists have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming an environmentally friendly energy …

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

Insects

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns

Every year runoff carried by the Mississippi River creates a “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico – and this year it is expected to triple in size, …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

This week's most stunning images in science and technology, including flying aces, challenging swims and confused robots.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Supermoon, Tesla coils and medical clowns<p>World’s biggest solar-powered boat and forest fires<p>Astronaut photography, a tiny helicopter and a hovering …

Algae outbreak covers Chinese beach with record 11k square miles of slime

China is in the seventh year of a gargantuan algal bloom off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao, and this year's growth set a record: green sludge covers 11,158 square miles, more than twice the previous record of 5,109 square miles. Such algal blooms are caused by an excess of nutrients in …

Ultrasound from moth’s genitals blocks bat radar

<b>U. FLORIDA (US) —</b> Hawkmoths produce sonic pulses from their genitals in response to high-frequency sounds from bats.<p>Researchers suspect the …

University of Florida

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

America's hugely productive food system is one of its success stories. The nation will export a projected $139.5 billion in agricultural products this fiscal year alone. It's an industry that supports "more than 1 million jobs," according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.<p>But all that …

Meet the Original Birds in a Field Guide to Winged Dinosaurs | WIRED

Has any paleontological discovery of the 21st century been so transformative as the fact that dinosaurs were feathered?<p>Sure, biologists still have …

Genetically modified microorganism could convert atmospheric CO2 into fuel

While much research is being done on capturing carbon dioxide emissions at their source to reduce the amount expelled into the atmosphere, …

Acidifying oceans could spell squid doomsday

Earth's oceans are growing increasingly acidic, and the phenomenon is expected to produce both environmental and economic problems over the next century, according to a new study. At the center of all this is a key player in the oceanic food chain — the squid. As the acidity of seawater rises, …