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Element of the week: ununtrium

What do japanium, rikenium and nishinanium share in common?<p>This week's element is ununtrium, which has the temporary atomic symbol, <b>Uut</b>, and the atmonic number, <b>113</b>. This element was recently discovered by two groups; one is a Russian-American collaboration, and the other is Japanese.<p>Ununtrium is …

What’s a Blood Moon?

Nowadays, 4 totally eclipsed moons in a row are called Blood Moons. Why? We don’t know for sure, but the answer may lie in a 2013 book by 2 Christian …

Volcano deep under Antarctica could melt lots of ice - Futurity

Heat from a new volcano discovered under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica may increase the rate of ice loss from one of the continent’s major …

Arctic 'tree rings' show 650 years of sea ice change - Futurity

Calcite crust growing among layers of arctic seafloor algae offers a look at almost 650 years of annual change in sea ice cover.

Graphene - the new wonder material

Scientific interest rolls in for a material that is more solid than steel and a better conductor than copper<p>The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared …

In desert cave, microbes feed on water, rocks, and air - Futurity

The discovery of a diverse ecosystem of microbes in an underground cave could lead to the development of new drugs and novel ways to clean the …

Have we seen the last of Comet ISON?

Comet ISON is now thought to be a traveling debris field, with no solid nucleus or core. Will we see the debris field from Earth? No one knows</b> …

Regression to the Mean

What Does A Navy Do?

Welcome to ShipShape, a blog that will attempt to demystify the ships and systems that ride on and under the open ocean. As this blog progresses we'll tackle some of the how's and why's of navies and their roles in the world and spend time tackling assumptions of how the ocean works.<p>Future topics …

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan interview: 'It takes courage to tackle very hard problems in science'

The Indian-born biologist won a Nobel prize for chemistry for his part in unlocking the key to the ribosome but he doesn't want science to be converted into a contest<p>When Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was told, in October 2009, that he was to be awarded that year's Nobel prize for chemistry, he reacted …

UN climate talks conclude with a whimper, and a new forest policy

After two weeks of frustration and controversy, negotiators departed the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw on Saturday with a landmark agreement …

To Roam Again The Pyrenees: Scientists Plan To Clone Extinct Mountain Goat

The last bucardo died in 2000, killed by a falling tree.<p>Spanish scientists are checking in on a batch of cells, frozen in liquid nitrogen 14 years ago. The cells belonged to the last bucardo, a Pyrenean sub-species of mountain goat that went extinct in 2000, and researchers have received funding to …

Paleontology

Benny Benassi - Back to the Pump (Cover Art)

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …