Science Journals

  • A reality show with depth: Live ocean exploration
    1ad6eead91d7ea1a390f6a7067003c10 2013-08-09 06:25:42 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vicious fights! Stunning beauties! Surprises around every corner! Yes, it's reality TV but with a lot more depth — as much as 10,000 feet. It's live coverage of deep-sea exploration off Nantucket and tens of thousands of people are tuning in. They're watching an eel suddenly ...

  • Feds, family reach deal on use of DNA information
    The_best_exercise_for_aging_muscles 2013-08-07 18:25:52 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Some 60 years ago, a doctor in Baltimore removed cancer cells from a poor black patient named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. Those cells eventually helped lead to a multitude of medical treatments and laid the groundwork for the multibillion-dollar biotech indus...

  • Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu
    591592d67296d11a390f6a706700b34f 2013-08-07 18:16:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain. This time around, the U.S. government is promising extra scrutiny of such high-stakes research up front. ...

  • Saturn's tides drive icy moon's plumes
    Piercing__plumes 2013-08-03 15:55:27 UTC
    Icy geysers repeatedly erupting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus owe their Old Faithful-esque regularity to the planet’s tidal pull. An analysis of 252 images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft proves what many scientists have suspected since the probe discovered the regular eruptions in 2005. ...

  • Evolution of mammalian monogamy remains mysterious
    Evolution_of_monogamy 2013-08-03 15:38:17 UTC
    Why some mammalian species choose to spend their lives with the same mates has long baffled scientists — and will probably continue to do so as two new massive studies present contradictory results. One group of researchers says monogamy evolved in primates to counter the threat of males killi...

  • Mummified Incan teen drank, did drugs
    Diaalnews.com 2013-08-03 15:32:38 UTC
    In the month before her death as a sacrifice to Incan gods, a teenage girl drank heavily and chewed coca leaves, according to a new analysis of her mummified remains. The discovery suggests that the girl, known as the Maiden, was heavily sedated or perhaps already dead when she was entombed aroun...

  • Scientists find mystery coffin at Richard III site
    Richard-stone-coffin-2 2013-07-30 04:37:49 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — A team of archaeologists said Monday it has unearthed an unusual coffin-within-a-coffin in the central England parking lot where it found the skeleton of King Richard III, and that they hope to identify the remains within. University of Leicester scientists have been digging at t...

  • New NASA telescope scours sun in 'grand opening'
    202b0689e1089918380f6a706700de78 2013-07-26 05:55:22 UTC
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is getting an unprecedented close-up look at the sun, thanks to a new telescope. NASA's IRIS spacecraft, launched just a month ago, already is providing detailed pictures of the sun. The telescope's door opened last week, and it began observing the lower solar ...

  • DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-25 19:30:34 UTC
    Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA. How far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out. Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in...

  • Arctic methane 'time bomb' could have huge economic costs
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-25 07:47:38 UTC
    Scientists say that the release of large amounts of methane from thawing permafrost in the Arctic could have huge economic impacts for the world. The researchers estimate that the climate effects of the release of this gas could cost $60 trillion (£39 trillion), roughly the size of the global ...

  • Fattened livers prep white sharks for extreme migrations
    Australian_surfer_attacked_and_killed_by_a_10-foot_great_white_shark 2013-07-19 07:46:00 UTC
    A white shark’s big fat liver, which can plump up to more than a quarter of an animal’s body weight, turns out to be the fuel tank for extreme migrations. White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the eastern Pacific take a springtime swim from California to Hawaii and return in late summer. A ...

  • Microbes can draw the line between species
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-19 07:41:47 UTC
    Sometimes it takes guts, or rather microbes in the guts, to make a species. Genes are, of course, important. But the live-in microorganisms of jewel wasps play such an important role in keeping species separate that changing gut microbes can also change whether cross-species offspring live or ...

  • Will we ever... create a black hole?
    Stephen_hawking__a_pioneer_in_our_modern_understanding_of_black-holes__revised_his_theory_on_what_happens_when_a_star_explodes_and_collapses_on_itself 2013-07-17 02:56:09 UTC
    Before the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began operations in 2008, a small but noisy group of people were in uproar. The LHC would be so powerful, they thought, that when it rammed protons together at a significant fraction of light-speed, it could produce exotic particles or small black holes. Ear...

  • Solar system has trailing tail, just like comet
    Solar_system_has_trailing_tail__just_like_comet 2013-07-16 07:02:39 UTC
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA can prove it now. Our solar system has a tail, just like comets. Scientists revealed images Wednesday showing the tail emanating from the bullet-shaped region of space under the grip of the sun, including the solar system and beyond. The region is known as the ...

  • Astronomers Find Blue Planet Outside Solar System
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-16 06:57:38 UTC
    Data from the Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers determine that a planet orbiting a nearby star likely shares Earth's deep-blue tones. While Earth looks blue from space because of its oceans, the astronomers said the planet's color was created by a hazy turbulent atmosphere of silicate...

  • New tiny moon found orbiting faraway Neptune
    6d9b06fcac3aaa17370f6a70670047dc 2013-07-16 06:38:32 UTC
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Chalk up one more moon for Neptune. NASA announced the discovery of Neptune's 14th moon Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the moon as a white dot in photos of Neptune on the outskirts of our solar system. The new moon — Neptune's tiniest at just 12 mile...

  • Fluorescent Fingerprint Tag Aims to Increase IDs from 'Hidden' Prints On Bullets and Knives
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-03 08:32:33 UTC
    A new way of detecting and visualizing fingerprints from crime scenes using colour-changing fluorescent films could lead to higher confidence identifications from latent (hidden) fingerprints on knives, guns, bullet casings and other metal surfaces. The technique is the result of a collaboration ...

  • Bat Maps: The Conservation Crusade
    130702202909-large 2013-07-03 08:23:30 UTC
    Conservation efforts have taken an important step forward, thanks to observations of bats -- creatures that make up a quarter of all of the UK's native mammal species. In a paper published today, researchers at the University of Leeds describe how they recorded the echolocation calls of more tha...

  • Honeybees use right antennae to tell friend from foe
    Diaalnews.com- 2013-07-03 08:19:41 UTC
    To avoid a scuffle, a wayward honeybee might do best to stay on a stranger’s left. That’s because honeybees preferentially use their right antenna to distinguish between compadres and intruders, researchers report June 27 in Scientific Reports. Scientists knew that the bees’ left and right ant...

  • Ancient horse's DNA fills in picture of equine evolution
    Ts_przewalski_0130_featjpg 2013-06-30 21:33:43 UTC
    A frozen fossil of a horse has yielded the oldest genome sequence ever compiled. Clocking in at about 700,000 years old, the horse DNA is nearly 10 times older than the previous record holder, the genome of an 80,000-year-old Denisovan, an extinct evolutionary cousin of Neandertals and modern peo...

  • Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab
    Diaalnews 2013-06-26 09:58:26 UTC
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts landed safely Wednesday on the country's northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China's manned space program as it enters its second decade. The Shenzhou 10's descent modu...

  • Alaska volcano erupts with new intensity
    Diaalnews 2013-06-26 06:51:22 UTC
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska volcano spewing ash and lava for the past six weeks erupted with new intensity early on Tuesday, belching a plume of cinders 5 miles into sky and onto a nearby town and disrupting local flights, officials said. The eruptions from Pavlof Volcano, on the Ala...

  • Snails trace Stone Age trek from Iberia to Ireland
    Diaalnews 2013-06-24 13:41:53 UTC
    Stone Age people may have carried land snails on a voyage from the Pyrenees to Ireland, an examination of the snails’ DNA reveals. Scientists have struggled to explain why Ireland shares some plant and animal species with the Iberian Peninsula, but not with the rest of Europe or the British Is...

  • In dark fishing spiders, males' postmating nap is permanent
    News_in_brief_in_dark_fishing_spiders_males_postmating_nap_is_permanent_ 2013-06-24 13:29:33 UTC
    Once is apparently enough for male dark fishing spiders. After delivering only half of their available sperm to a single female, males curl up and wait for death. In the considerable annals of spider sex ending badly, male Dolomedes tenebrosus suffer a fate not described before, says behaviora...

  • Digital 3-D atlas of brain reveals tiny details
    Diaalnews 2013-06-21 06:58:44 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have a new brain atlas to help them study their favorite organ. It's a digital, three-dimensional model called "BigBrain." Its resolution is finer than a human hair, so it can reveal clusters of brain cells and even some large individual cells. It is being made avail...