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Google Forest Watch map useful in tracking deforestation 'near real-time'

A new map, running on the Google Earth Engine, tracks deforestation in detail never before seen. Here's how to use the system yourself to track deforestation in your own area.

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

How the Man on the Moon has a better internet connection than you do

Radio communication is no longer suitable for modern space travel. A new laser network can transmit data much faster than most internet services on the Earth.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

If you're a Muslim and planning to migrate to Mars, don't! There's a fatwa on it

A fatwa issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) forbids Muslims from participating in a one-way mission to Mars. However, Mars One thinks the journey is ideal for followers of Islam.

SCIENCE February 21, 2014

Nothing can halt melting of Antarctic glacier

Researchers working in the vicinity of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica have released dire news about the melting glacier. Their findings have indicated that the melting of ice in Antarctica will continue for decades or even centuries into the future and nothing can prevent it.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

Google picks 5 finalists for $6 mn Lunar XPrize: Who are they?

The Google Lunar XPrize has announced five finalist teams that will vie for Milestone Prizes amounting to $6 million.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

Atom smasher: Large Hadron Collider 2.0 may be 4x times bigger than current one, if CERN gets its way

Colliding sub-atomic particles into one another may soon be done at far greater energies, if a new proposal is adopted. The next collider could completely surround Geneva.

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

PLATO satellite will find earth-like planets but you'll have to wait for 10 years

PLATO, a new space observatory will use 34 telescopes to hunt for Earth-like planets far from our home world. What else will the telescope network see on distant stars?

SCIENCE February 23, 2014

Hubble spies nearby galaxy rotate like hands of clock... tick tock, tick tock

Observation of the lateral movement of stars in another galaxy has revealed clock-like movements in one of Milky Way's nearest neighbors.

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

Darkest secrets of supernova unraveled by NuSTAR telescope

Supernova explosions can't be triggered in computer models. A new study, looking at the remains of a recent event, shows what triggers these mighty blasts.

SCIENCE February 21, 2014

Babies to the rescue! Ants use their young as rafts during flood

Ants build rafts out of their own bodies to survive floods, with their babies at the bottom, on the water. Here's why that actually makes sense, though it seems a bit cruel.

SCIENCE February 21, 2014

Deadly honeybee virus and parasite buzzing on to wild bumblebees, warn apiologists

Diseases easily managed in controlled honeybee populations are now wreaking havoc among wild bumblebees. A new study suggests how these diseases may spread. How serious could this be for human crops?

SCIENCE February 20, 2014

What on earth is Arctic-dwelling snowy owl doing in the U.S. and Canada?

Snowy owls are becoming more common throughout the United States and Canada. Birds that once lived in the Arctic are now seen in New England and New York. But, what are they doing there, and what do lemmings have to do with it?

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

Surprise! Cats and dogs can see UV light but you can't

House pets like cats, dogs and rodents can see ultraviolet light, invisible to human beings. What are they seeing that you're not?

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

Hydrogen-producing artificial leaf may soon end our search for cheap hydrogen

By looking at how photosynthesis occurs in plants, scientists have identified why the process is so efficient. This small change could revolutionize renewable energy.

SCIENCE February 20, 2014

Solve dead zone problem in Gulf, get $1 mn

Tulane University has announced that it will give a cash prize of $1 million to anyone who can provide a practical solution to reducing the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico has been getting worse and scientists and officials are getting desperate for answers.

SCIENCE February 22, 2014

Frank Zappa gets zit-causing bacteria named after him...Ummm, that's an honor, right??

Scientists have named a new type of acne-causing bacteria after musician Frank Zappa. The newly discovered bacteria can also infect grape vines.

SCIENCE February 20, 2014

Cygnus supply spacecraft completes mission, heads for disintegration

The Cygnus supply spacecraft, finished with its mission, has now been filled with garbage and sent crashing back to the Earth. But, don't worry. It will disintegrate as it enters the planet's atmosphere.

SCIENCE February 19, 2014

New light harvesting technique by Stanford team may revolutionize solar industry

By studying the way photosynthesis works in bacteria, researchers hope to create a new generation of highly versatile solar cells.

SCIENCE February 18, 2014

Asian jumping carp causing Chicago $18 bn headache

Chicago is planning to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The government is planning an $18 billion re-make of city canals. Local residents have another idea, and it involves tartar sauce.

SCIENCE February 21, 2014

Elephants hug and comfort each other in times of distress...just like humans

Elephants are intelligent and highly social animals and now a new research says that the pachyderms also comfort and calm one another down in times of distress. The study is important because learning about the behavior of elephants under stress can help humans better manage the animals.

SCIENCE February 19, 2014

Caught on Camera: Giant Pacific octopus tries to snatch camera from scuba divers for disturbing its privacy

Two divers dove into the water to film a giant Pacific octopus. They weren't prepared for what happened next...

SCIENCE February 18, 2014

Giant asteroid 2000 EM26 set to blow a kiss to Earth on Monday: How and when to watch live

An asteroid the size of three football fields will narrowly miss the Earth Monday night. Here is how and when you can watch the event live.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Predicting volcanic eruptions may become easier as magma cools down

Magma inside volcanoes is cooler and thicker than once believed. Crystals within the structures may reveal the mechanism behind eruptions.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Map of human genetic history: An ancient mystery answered, maybe

Geneticists at Oxford University, University College London and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany had published a report, "A Genetic Atlas of Human Admixture History,", which is an analysis of the blending of people in human populations around the world. They noted historical events in our own and our ancestors' DNA. They used DNA to characterize significant historical blending events, and identified 100 historical events of human contact over the last 4,000 years.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Silicon nanoparticles designed to mimic seed arrangement of pomegranate may lead to lighter, better batteries

Scientists have come up with a novel design for lithium-ion batteries. The new battery has electrodes designed in a manner similar to the seeds of pomegranate fruit, and can be used to create more compact and more powerful batteries.

SCIENCE February 19, 2014

No touchdown: Defunct Russian satellite Kosmos-1220 disintegrates in atmosphere

Russian satellite Kosmos-1220 that was predicted to hit the ocean after atmospheric reentry has burned up in the Earth's atmosphere. Earlier predictions from scientists have been proven wrong.

SCIENCE February 19, 2014

Wavier jet stream: Blame the warmer Arctic for the blizzards in North America and Europe

Scientists have reported possible changes in the jet stream that drives the weather systems in Northern Europe and the U.S. The narrow band of strong wind is becoming wavier and may cause dramatic changes in weather.

SCIENCE February 19, 2014

You dirty, BIG rat: Can super-massive rodents take over the Earth one day? Possible

Giant rats may one day take over the Earth, according to a new thought experiment. The idea may not be as crazy as it sounds - rodents have been far larger in the past.

SCIENCE February 19, 2014

Reward $21000: Hunt for killer(s) of 3 southern sea otters begins

Three sea otters were shot dead in September. The race is on to find the person or people responsible. Groups are banding together to offer $21,000 for information leading to the capture of those who carried out the crime.

SCIENCE February 18, 2014

Aye, LADEE, those are nice photos of the Moon

A camera meant to orientate the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) spacecraft returned the first five images of the surface of the Moon. Sometimes, the best pictures are the ones you never thought would be worth viewing.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

DUMB 101: 1 in 4 Americans is ignorant that Earth revolves around the Sun

Americans support science, and even enjoy hearing about discoveries and advancements in the fields of science and technology. So, why do so many remain ignorant of basic scientific facts?

SCIENCE February 16, 2014

2014 Great Backyard Bird Count begins: Are you doing your part?

The Great Backyard Bird Count is currently in full swing. The event is a great way for bird aficionados to help scientists monitor bird populations.

SCIENCE February 15, 2014

On first anniversary of Chelyabinsk meteorite impact, scientists ponder 'What can save us?'

In light of the first anniversary of the Chelyabinsk impact, scientists are considering using nuclear bombs to combat the threat of asteroids. Experts say that a nuclear blast can deal with an asteroid even with limited time to prepare.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Deadly cat parasite attacks beluga whales, humans may be next, warn scientists

A Toxoplasma parasite known to affect cats has been found affecting Beluga whales as well. Scientists have now issued health warnings regarding consuming Beluga meat.

SCIENCE February 15, 2014

Methane gas leak worse than diesel for climate change

Natural gas may be leaking tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases into the environment. A new study shows new buses running on natural gas may not be as eco-friendly as once believed.

SCIENCE February 18, 2014

Mars jelly doughnut mystery finally solved: It's not an alien fungus, it's a...

The mystery of Pinnacle Island has been solved. It appears Curiosity killed the rock.

SCIENCE February 16, 2014

Solar system wrapped up with giant magnetic ribbon

The entire solar system is wrapped up with a giant magnetic ribbon. This strange feature may hold the answer to a decades-old mystery in astronomy. It could also tell us exactly where Voyager 1 is right now.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Mammoth tusk gives up on apartment living in Seattle...heads to museum

The largest mammoth tusk ever discovered near Seattle was unearthed by accident.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Will robot termite 'TERMES' be used one day to build Martian colonies? Possible

Small, independent robots may one day be able to explore the bottom of the ocean, repairs nuclear reactor cores and even build the first colonies on Mars. But for now, they are building castles out of foam bricks.

SCIENCE February 15, 2014

Discovery of Darwinilus sedarisi beetle excites Charles Darwin fans

After spending decades in a museum storage room, a rare beetle specimen collected by Charles Darwin over 180 years ago has been identified to be a new species. The new discovery coincided with Darwin's 205 birthday commemorated on Feb. 12.

SCIENCE February 18, 2014

DNA used to create genetic atlas of human history

Scientists have reconstructed a record of human history using the information stored in human DNA. Human DNA has provided vital clues regarding the intermingling of human groups over the last 4,000 years.

SCIENCE February 14, 2014

Massive fossil trove discovery in Canada's Kootenay National Park excites paleontologists

Scientists have found a giant "cache" of fossils in Canada. The fossil-rich deposit was discovered in the Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, but the scientists are keeping the exact location a secret.

SCIENCE February 18, 2014

Whale spotting from space is fun, efficient and accurate

A team of scientists has used high-resolution satellite imagery to count whales. The images taken from orbit give scientists useful data for the the conservation and documentation of whale populations.

SCIENCE February 17, 2014

Termite-inspired robots can build anything without masterplan...even human colonies on Mars

Robots inspired by termites could change the future of the construction industry. They may also, one day, be able to build the first colonies away from Earth. How did all this technology come from the lowly termite?

SCIENCE February 14, 2014

Tawny crazy ants resort to chemical warfare to get upper hand over fire ants

Fire ants and tawny crazy ants are now common throughout the southern United States. Fire ants are now falling back, and crazy ants are winning, due to a unique adaptation.

SCIENCE February 13, 2014

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