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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- When and how were the first stars in the universe born? The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the desert of Western Australia, one of the largest of its kind, was constructed to clarify this and many other mysteries. The MWA is an in
Last month I published a story in Nature about the sad story of the axolotl. Its a tragic tale of an incredibly bizarre creature looking at extinction in the wild. Of the many odd attributes of the axolotl ability to regrow limbs, giant cells, laugha
Tech offers new ways to create art, a London show makes clear, but it may compromise life drawing and the honest observation at the heart of all great work
Fish catches by Thailand's distant-water fleet fishing throughout the Indo-Pacific are almost seven times higher than what the country reports to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, a new study by the Sea Around Us reveals.
According to a new study from Purdue University, scientists have figured out why meteoroids explode before hitting the Earth. "The research, published in the December issue of the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, shows that as meteoro
An international team of scientists from Russia, Sweden and the U.S. suggested replacing the gold and silver used in optoelectronic devices with an inexpensive material of titanium nitride. The results of the study are published in the journal Applie
Depending on whether a species flourishes in a city environment, urban wildlife populations can be 'sources' or 'sinks,' either reproducing so quickly that individuals leave to colonize the surrounding area or needing constant immigration from outsid
Well, crap Dear Storify Customer,Thank you for contributing your stories to the Storify community. Unfortunately, Storify.com will no longer be available after May 16, 2018. While product end-of-life is a part of the overall product
Children's book author and illustrator Jan Brett meets Gilligan the octopus at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.
Climate change takes a heavy toll on the tundra, increasing the probability of extreme droughts. As a result, the frequency of fires in forests, bogs and even wetlands continues to rise. In addition, the northern areas of the tundra have also become
Science Scientists want to know why it's lingering instead of crumbling into the sea. The island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai emerged from the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga, rising nearly 400 feet above the sea. Science Scientists want to know why it'
A team of scientists from Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center (Siberian Department of Russian Academy of Sciences) and Siberian Federal University synthesized thin crystal ferromagnetic films and developed a technology for their shaping. Processed films ca
State alcohol excise taxes are typically only a few cents per drink and have not kept pace with inflation, according to a new study in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Raising those taxes, according to the authors, re
Regulators called it an unapproved drug and ordered immediate shut down of marketing. Enlarge (credit: Legal Lean) In July, US Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer held a press conference to denounce a chocolate-flavored energy powder meant for sno
What can we learn from the results of David's palaeoart survey? Well, from an admittedly quite small sample size of only 350 people, palaeoartists appear to mostly be young, male and not in it for the money. Over half of those surveyed were aged betw
The next destination for NASAs New Horizons spacecraft is a small space rock in the Kuiper belt called MU69. Now we know it may have an even smaller moon
Trees are known to provide a whole range of benefits to people living in cities. For instance, they reduce air pollution and provide cooling through respiration and shade. When trees become unhealthy, these benefits decline and disease-ridden, unstab
The Half-Finished Heaven Depression breaks off its course. Anxiety breaks of its course. The vulture breaks off in flight. The fervent light pours out, even the ghosts take a drink. And our paintings are revealed, our Ice Age studio's red...The Half-
Growing populations of wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) are causing more and more damage to agricultural land in Europe, requiring hundreds of thousands of Euros in compensation. A new drone-based method allows estimating crop damage in a fast, standardised
Playing an adventure video game featuring a fictitious, young emergency physician treating severe trauma patients was better than text-based learning at priming real doctors to quickly recognize the patients who needed higher levels of care, accordin
Scientists have discovered the fossil remains of an ancient giant penguin with a body length of about 5.8 feet that roamed the waters off New Zealand soon after the dinosaurs demise. Kumimanu biceae, newly described in the journal Nature Communicatio
An anonymous reader shares an Associated Press report: World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised Tuesday to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev u
One way to solve the dark matter problem is to chalk it up to black holes formed moments after the big bang, but they cant account for all the dark matter
Showing how long it takes to travel between two different points on a map can be difficult. The most common approach is probably to use an isochrone layer, which uses color to visualize journey times geographically. In the example above, from Mapbox,
Just over a year after he was maimed for gnawing on someone's shoes, Cola is romping across a beach on new sleek paws: curved "blade runner" prosthetics modelled on those used by Paralympian sprinters.
Not 100% sure when this talk was but ... here are my notes from a talk at Stanford by Jim Childress on hydrothermal vent symbioses. -------- This is from the "Tree of Life Blog" of Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist and Open Access advocate at
Greece's Supreme Court is due to rule whether to allow the extradition of a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin.
As the Aug. 21 eclipse approached, researchers prepared to understand plants' response to light and temperature. The varied results have left the researchers with interesting questions.
Massimo Pigliucci in Plato's Footnote: During the last several weeks Ive been sparring on Twitter with Bryan van Norden, a self-described leading scholar of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, based in Singapore. He has written a book, just out, enti
Its unclear if researchers asked the plants to count backward first, though. Enlarge / Venus fly traps sit on display at the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden on July 20, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (credit: Getty | Adam Berry) A verdant garden, softly dra
A series of parallel lines on Saturns moons Dione and Rhea have scientists scratching their heads. Could they be a sign of rings that crashed to the surface?
The Chicago Energy Database Map is a multivariate visualization of electricity and gas consumption in Chicago neighborhoods. The map uses both color and height in order to show two different variables. Gas consumption in each neighborhood is shown on
Asim Krasniqi watches anxiously as the Adriatic Sea creeps ever closer to his beach bar in Albania, a country faced with an alarming pace of coastal erosion.
Can't remember who sent this to me but thought I would share.  It is an article about Colleen Cavanaugh, my undergraduate advisor, getting tenure at Harvard in 1996. -------- This is from the "Tree of Life Blog" of Jonathan Eisen, an evoluti
The EU must make Britain's air industry sign up to the bloc's environment rules if it wants to keep access to European skies after Brexit, a campaign group warned in a report Wednesday.
People's racial and political identities strongly shaped how they viewed the causes of several recent widely publicized police encounters that resulted in the deaths of African American men, according to a new study by two University of Kansas resear
Allie Brosh in Hyperbole and a Half: The year I learned that Christmas did not, in fact, originate as a celebration of my amazing ability to temporarily transform into a "good" child for a few weeks was the year my...Allie Brosh in Hyperbole and a Ha
Weve all seen him: The man who strides boldly into high-stakes negotiations, risks serious injury to win a pickup basketball game and fearlessly confronts things that go bump in the night, yet is brought low by a tiny virus. He snivels pitiably, wall
The Greatest Leap, Part 2: If Apollo 8 failed, NASA's Moon dreams would crumble. Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) By the summer of 1968, a sense of deep unease h
This fall, I brought members of the Oregon Peace Institute to my town to lead an introductory bystander intervention training. The fatal stabbing of two men on a Portland commuter train a few months earlier had hit the community hardmany people had c
Six separate wildfires are raging in California. They are driven both by hotter, drier climate and by human activities such as planting alien trees
dryriver writes: UFOs sightings have been reported in the tens of thousands over the last decades. In the past, some have seen flying cigar-shaped craft (blimps?), some flying triangles, some more rounded-looking flying saucers. Often the apparent sp
The world's newest islandformed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years agomay offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday.
Science Our planet makes a lot of sounds, and some of them are spooky. When all else is quiet, the Earth still hums. A new study finally measured that hum deep in the ocean. But what other weird sounds does our planet make? Science Our planet makes a
Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms.
Western North Pacific anomalous anticyclone (WNPAC, or referred to as Philippine Sea anomalous anticyclone) is the most important anomalous circulation pattern connecting El Niño and East Asian-western North Pacific monsoon. WNPAC persists
Albert Silver in Chess News: Imagine this: you tell a computer system how the pieces move nothing more. Then you tell it to learn to play the game. And a day later yes, just 24 hours it...Albert Silver in Chess News: Imagine this: you tell a computer
US regulators are set to vote Thursday on a plan overhauling rules for internet services providers. The action by the Federal Communications Commission is likely to end so-called "net neutrality." Here are some questions and answers:
A space launch was scrubbed Tuesday from a remote launch site in New Zealand after an engine glitch caused engineers to abort the flight.
Wits scientists and partners have sequenced the genetic makeup of 24 South African individuals of different ethnolinguistic origins. The first government-funded human genomics research study performed on African soil, aimed at unlocking the unique ge