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NASA WASP is affordable and accurate: A godsend to platenary scientists

NASA finally has a new system for pointing balloon-based instrumentation accurately.

SCIENCE February 11, 2014

Pacific trade winds slow down global warming: When will Mother Nature turn off the fan?

A new research sheds light on the slowing down of the increase in surface temperatures due to Pacific ocean cycles.

SCIENCE February 12, 2014

Say hello to 'oldest star' in the universe just 6,000 light years away from Earth

A research team from the Australian National University has announced the discovery of the oldest known star in the universe.

SCIENCE February 11, 2014

Red and Dead: Elliptical galaxy burnouts finally solved by Hubble Space Telescope

Scientists have used data gathered by Hubble Space Telescope to understand how elliptical galaxies burn out. And they were surprised by what they discovered.

SCIENCE February 11, 2014

Shooting of 2 endangered whooping cranes in Louisiana enrages wildlife officials, prompts probe

Whooping crane pair shot in Louisiana. Female dies while the male was severely injured, prompting an official probe.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

Is Jose Salvador Alvarenga a castaway hero or a cannibal? The mystery may never be solved

A strange tale told by castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga involves the disappearance of a young fisherman. Did Alvarenga add the most-forbidden meat to his diet of turtles and fish?

SCIENCE February 9, 2014

Discovery of Galaxy Abell2744 Y1 on the edge of universe has made NASA giddy

The most distant galaxy ever seen has been photographed, seen as it was over 13 billion years ago. But how did astronomers use other galaxies to increase the powers of the world's most powerful space telescopes?

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

Deep sea (mesopelagic) fish biomass 10 times more than previously thought

Deep water fish are ten times more common than once believed. A new discovery about their life cycle could also have a significant effect on the carbon cycle.

SCIENCE February 8, 2014

Photosynthesis protein developed long before oxygen became available

Cyanobacteria living in oxygen-poor environments near underwater volcanoes and thermal vents reveal secrets of how their distant ancestors carried out respiration. Surprisingly, they used a protein essential for photosynthesis long before oxygen became available.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

U.S. Govt plan to remove gray wolf from endangered species list resisted by conservation advocates

Conservationists have questioned the U.S. government's proposal to remove the gray wolf from endangered species list in 48 states.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

US sets up climate hubs to help farmers combat global warming

Networked climate hubs proposed by the U.S. government will help farmers better deal with the effects of global warming.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

Watch a chicken strut like a dinosaur (for the love of science)

Scientists have attached prosthetic tail to chickens to study how dinosaurs would strut. And, no, they don't walk like an Egyptian.

SCIENCE February 11, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity overcomes sand dune 'Dingo Gap': NASA can breathe again

Curiosity has finally made it over the largest sand dune it has ever tackled so far.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

Astronauts Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross to be inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross, both veteran space shuttle astronauts, have been selected for induction into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

Winners of 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge are...

Photographs, illustrations, videos, and more demonstrating the beauty of science and nature have been judged by the National Science Foundation, the journal Science, and the public. Here are the winners.

SCIENCE February 10, 2014

Dimetrodon with 'steak-knife' teeth was more terrifying than T. rex

With teeth like steak knives, the 12-foot-long Dimetrodon may have been far more frightening than T-rex. They were also the distant ancestor of all mammals, including rabbits.

SCIENCE February 7, 2014

Discovery of 800,000 year-old footprints in Norfolk may explain how human ancestors lived

Human footprints from 800,000 years ago could re-write the history of the human race. But, why are the new findings already destroyed?

SCIENCE February 9, 2014

Mars Curiosity rover takes first photo of Earth from the Red Planet

The first picture of the Earth and Moon taken by the Mars Curiosity rover are inspiring millions of space enthusiasts.

SCIENCE February 9, 2014

Aachen Cathedral bones likely belonged to Charlemagne

Swiss and German scientists say that the bones found in Aachen Cathedral are probably the remains of Charlemagne or Charles the Great.

SCIENCE February 9, 2014

'Billion star surveyor' Gaia finally opens its eyes, blinks and stuns us with amazing photos

ESA's Gaia has taken its first photo during the calibration tests of the spacecraft.

SCIENCE February 9, 2014

New technology makes ballistic transport via graphene nanoribbons possible

Graphene nanoribbons attached to silicon wafers allows electrons to travel without resistance. This accidental discovery could herald a new generation of super-fast computers.

SCIENCE February 8, 2014

Forget GPS: Pacific salmon uses magnetic map to navigate to feeding grounds

Chinook salmon are born with the ability to navigate using the magnetic field of the Earth. What does that mean for the future of the salmon industry?

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Woolly mammoth was a vegan, munched on flowers

Conditions in the arctic just before the last ice age may have been filled with fields of flowers. One of them became vitally important to giant animals, such as the woolly mammoth, foraging for food.

SCIENCE February 7, 2014

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has just spotted a fresh impact crater

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed a stunning crater, created by a meteor, recently striking the Red Planet. But what does that have to do with bringing the Internet to space?

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Jackdaws stare to scare: Study

Researchers have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with other jackdaws and chase off rivals and predators.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Study of asteroid anatomy may help us dodge one

Scientists believe that data gathered from studying the internal composition and properties of asteroids, may hold the key to avoiding an asteroid strike in the future.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

China should have sent Patrick Stewart to the moon instead of Jade Rabbit

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart pays parody tribute to the Chinese Jade Rabbit rover, which may have hopped its last.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Russian Progress 54 resupply vehicle docks with ISS in record 6 hours

Progress 54 resupply vehicle from Russia has docked with the ISS in record time. The Russian vehicle completed the maneuver in 6 hours.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Ancient black holes took longer time to heat early universe

Black holes formed from the death of early stars may have taken more time to heat the universe, contrary to popular belief.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Monster 18-foot python killed in Florida was big enough to swallow an adult human

The snake will be studied on by scientists to help in fighting against the species.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Study of camel bones suggests Bible may be wrong

Radiocarbon dating, as well as the presence of bones beginning at 900 BC show several stories in the Bible tell of domesticated camels hundreds of years too early.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Sucker-footed bats throw clues on ancestry of modern day bats

The discovery of two ancient fossils of bats may re-write what scientists know about the winged mammals.

SCIENCE February 6, 2014

Oregon chub makes strong comeback, first fish to be taken off endangered list

The Oregon chub has become the first fish to be taken off the endangered species list. Once down to just 1,000 members of their species, this tiny fish now numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Saturn polar vortex revealed in all its glory by NASA Cassini spacecraft

The Cassini spacecraft has returned a new image of a strange hexagon dominating the north pole of Saturn. This is a powerful storm that holds within it a giant hurricane.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

NASA worries turning Mars rover Curiosity into a dune buggy

NASA is in a spot of a problem. There's a meter-high sand dune blocking the way of Mars rover Curiosity and NASA engineers are concerned that the rover's metal wheels will not hold if the agency decides to transform the rover into a dune buggy.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Scientists fear Fukushima radiation may have leaked to West Coast

Scientists fear that Fukushima radiation may have reached California and the rest of the West Coast.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

James Webb Space Telescope may succeed in doing what Hubble couldn't: Find evidence of alien life

The construction of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble, is proceeding smoothly. The new telescope may be the first to finally answer the question regarding the possibility of existence of alien life.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Kepler-413b: A strange wobbly planet that may boast of even stranger seasons

NASA has discovered an erratic, wobbly planet, using the Kepler Space Telescope. The wobble, the scientists said, causes wild fluctuations in the planet's seasons.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Creation versus Evolution Debate: Bill Nye-Ken Ham verbal duel ends in stalemate

Hundreds of thousands of people were glued to the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham in Kentucky on creation versus evolution.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

NASA uses nanoflow liquid chromatography to test space dust for signs of life

NASA has applied a new technique, using nanoflow liquid chromatography instrument, to examine extraterrestrial materials that are small in scale, such as interplanetary dust particles, micrometeorites, and cometary particles in its effort to find the building blocks of life.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Fossils of Chinese dinosaurs suggest Pompeii-type volcanic eruption: Study

The people of Pompeii were not the first to be entombed by volcanic ash. The dinosaurs in China were. Researchers from Nanjing University have published a study that suggests Pompeii-like volcanic eruption killed and entombed dinosaurs, birds and mammals that have been found in preserved, fossilized state in northern China.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Thinning of Arctic lake ice has shortened winter ice season by 24 days: Study

Researchers have found that Arctic lakes have been freezing much later and thawing much earlier, compared to previous years, prompting them to warn that winter ice season has been shortened by almost a month.

SCIENCE February 5, 2014

Sea turtles and pelicans in Florida Panhandle dying due to extreme winter storms

Winter storms are wreaking havoc on wildlife in the vicinity of Pensacola, Florida. Considerable numbers of sea turtles and pelicans in the area are dying off due to extreme weather conditions.

SCIENCE February 4, 2014

Star Trek's William Shatner to NASA: What's the truth behind Mars 'jelly doughnut' rock?

William Shatner has called on NASA to disclose more information about the "jelly doughnut" rock on Mars.

SCIENCE February 4, 2014

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