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Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

Rare ‘black seadevil’ anglerfish caught on film in Monterey Bay

The deepest reaches of the ocean contain some of earth’s most incredible creatures. They’re also some of the most bizarre.<p>On Nov. 17, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Senior Scientist Bruce Robison and his team filmed an elusive “black seadevil” anglerfish 1,900 feet deep in the Monterey …

10 of the Maddest Scientists Who Ever Lived

From guzzling bacteria to dueling for mathematics, these scientists pulled some of the craziest stunts in the history of the profession.<p>What would you do for science? These scientists gave everything you had to achieve some of the most important advances we know today. From guzzling bacteria to …

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College Turns Cow Poop Into Clean Water, And It Could Be Great For The Environment

When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade. When a cow gives you manure... make clean water?<p>That's the result of new technology that extracts nutrients and pollutants from cow poop and produces water clean enough to dispose of safely or for livestock to drink. The McLanahan Nutrient …

Infusions of young blood may reverse effects of ageing, studies suggest

Researchers in the US are closing in on a therapy that could reverse harmful ageing processes in the brain, muscles, heart and other organs. Hopes have been raised by three separate reports released by major journals on Sunday that demonstrate in experiments on mice the dramatic rejuvenating …

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Platypus sex 'master switch' identified

Related Stories<p>Platypus genome reveals much about sex, Science Online, 12 Dec 2008<br>• Platypus genome holds key to its testes, Science Online, 20 Feb …

Finally, A Way To Harvest Hydroelectric Energy From Toilet Flushes

It's about time toilets start providing a useful function<p>The average American flushes 24 gallons of water down the toilet daily, while—don't get me wrong, toilets; we appreciate all of your hard work—maybe some of the energy used in a flush could be put to an additional use.<p>Here's one way: harvest …

Miss the 'Blood Moon'? Here's Your Next Chance

If you were asleep when the "blood moon" graced the sky early today, you're in luck.<p>The moon will glow red three more times in the next 18 months, …

HIV gene therapy using GM cells hailed a success after trial

A radical gene therapy to combat HIV using genetically modified cells that are resistant to the virus has been declared a success by scientists following the first clinical trial.<p>The treatment, which has never been tested on humans before, raised patients' defences against HIV by replacing some of …

China's Moon Rover Wakes Up, But Isn't Out Of The Woods Yet

China's troubled Jade Rabbit rover has woken from its hibernation on the moon, sending a message back to its handlers. But its problems aren't over yet.<p>"Hi, anyone there?" was the post on Jade Rabbit's unofficial Weibo account on Thursday, which got thousands of responses from enthusiastic …

Tiny Gold Motors You Can Drive Inside Cells

They're a step toward motors doctors could one day use to deliver targeted medicine to cells in the body.<p>Do you think they'll meet Ms. Frizzle in there? A team of scientists has built nano-size motors, partly out of gold, that they then coaxed into cells and drove around. You can see the motors …

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

Will the Black Death reemerge?

Scientists have analyzed the genomes of two of the world’s most devastating plagues – each killed about half the people in Europe. The findings …

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Nexus Media News<p>It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a drone that loves trash!<p>A New Jersey man is using drones and machine learning to measure plastic pollution on beaches.<p>72 year-old New Jersey resident Morris Enyeart is a drone pilot on a mission to track plastic pollution on beaches.<p>Nexus Media …

Mega-Icebergs and Summer Storms Threaten Penguin Populations

Pondering the plight of the planet’s penguins is not a happy exercise, but scientists are working on predicting how various penguin species will …

Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

<i>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.</i><p>North …

Space travel weakens flies’ immune systems

Fruit flies sent as eggs on a 12-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery had a key part of their immune system weakened, as they grew in space.<p>…

Chemists use newt toxin to 'see' pain in a living animal - Futurity

By studying newts, scientists have found a way to tag and take images of the location where pain is generated in living rats.

Hollande pledges to avoid cuts to France’s science funding

<i>Posted on behalf of Barbara Casassus.</i><p>PARIS – French President François Hollande today promised to spare the research and higher-education budget from …

Coral reef discovered off Greenland

By sheer coincidence, researchers have discovered a reef of living cold-water corals in southern Greenland.<p>The reef is located in southwest Greenland …

A New Supernova Caught in the Act

Supernovas drive astronomers crazy: they’re rare, they’re unpredictable and when one does go off, it can happen at the most inopportune time. One of …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to …

Killing One Owl, To Save Another, Ruffles Feathers

Barred owls are being killed to save endangered spotted owls.<p>To save the endangered northern spotted owl, biologists have begun killing barred owls, a more widespread and aggressive bird that has invaded the former species' territories in the U.S. Northwest. Once a barred owl enters a spotted owl's …

Google fixes Gmail after brief outage around the world | News Home | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc suffered a service outage on Friday that briefly took down Gmail, the email service used by hundreds of millions of people and many businesses across the globe.<p>A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in Toronto September 5, 2013. …

Nintendo World Championships cartridge exceeds $30K on eBay

A Nintendo World Championships cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment System — one of only 116 ever manufactured — is up for bidding on eBay after a longtime Nintendo collector decided to part with most of his video game collection.<p>The 116 cartridges were made for an event held in 1990 that ran …

Feds Pulled Someone Out Of A Movie For Wearing Google Glass

It wasn't the FBI involved, as originally reported elsewhere, but turned out to be the Department of Homeland Security.<p>A report first appearing on <i>The Gadgeteer</i> sounded like a hoax: a reader told the site they'd been been approached by the Feds for wearing Google Glass in an Ohio movie theater (and …

Are we born good or evil?

Do humans have an innate sense of morality? If so, where does it exist in the brain and how did it get there? BBC’s Horizon shows how scientists looking into the minds of babies and criminals are rewriting our ideas of right and wrong.<p>Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz – these men were …

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …