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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Arctic sea-ice cover will diminish rapidly under global warming, but its rate of retreat in boreal winter shows large intermodel differences across the models involved in Phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5). When a model simu
Promotional graphic for the results to the 2017 Survey of Paleoartists. Illustration by Natee Puttapipat. Please feel free to download and distribute!Back in March, I launched the 2017 Survey of Paleoartists, which took answers for a month. It was la
A Middle-Eastern copy of the famous 'serio-comic' map of Europe, with the female figures more modestly dressedRead More
Global climate warming is considered a major threat to many living organisms but not all consequences of warming need to be harmful to species. A recent study from the University of Helsinki published on Evolution shows that two bird species react di
Cagan H. Sekercioglu is one of those people who seem to have more hours in the day than you or I. A biologist who studies birds, mammals, butterflies and also has a sideline in wildlife photography, he divides his time between his native Turkey and t
A young massive star that began life around 25 times more massive than our own Sun is shedding shells of material and fast winds to create this dynamic scene captured by ESA's XMM-Newton.
When people see a big spider they often post a photo on Facebook and those images have now revealed up to 30 new species
NASA writes: NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. Machine
by Sarah Firisen When I was in my early to mid twenties and starting out in my career, my grandmother repeatedly told me (and she meant it with love), that if I wasnt careful, Id quickly end up an old...by Sarah Firisen When I was in my early to midt
Imagine phones and laptops that never heat up or power grids that never lose energy. This is the dream of scientists working with so-called high-temperature superconductors, which can effortlessly carry electrical currents with no resistance. The fir
As bees gain foraging experience they continually refine both the order in which they visit flowers and the flight paths they take between flowers to generate better and better routes, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London.
Different low carbon technologies including wind and solar energy, and fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect greenhouse gas emissions in their life cycle. This is the result of a comprehensive new stud
The 2017 Nanopore Community Meeting was over a week ago back in New York City, so I'm grossly overdue in cobbling together some observations and opinion based on the tweet stream (I had a critical day job meeting at the same time and wasn't in New Yo
An anonymous reader quotes Newsweek: We have reached our peak in terms of lifespan, athletic performance and height, according to a new survey of research and historical records... "These traits no longer increase, despite further continuous nutritio
by Michael Liss I have a problem. Each December I write a political New Year's ditty to send to friends and family. I've had a good time with them, even when the news (at least from my perspective) is less...by Michael Liss I have a problem. Each Dec
The holidays are coming, so if you want to gift anything to the Ars Orbital HQ... eBay seller vrus If our 11-part series on the history of the Amiga and our (in-progress) seven-part series on the history of the Apollo program don't give it away, we
A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildf
Inferring the underlying ecological networks of microbial communities is important to understanding their structure and responses to external stimuli. But it can be very challenging to make accurate network inferences. In a paper published in Nature
Hi everyone, Science Cheerleader Hilary here to introduce you to New England Patriots Cheerleader Michaela! Michaela holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, her passion for which was ignited as a dancer when she was young. Read on below to learn m
The highest concentration in Europe of places named after saints? Galicia, in Spain. Read More
Part of Einstein's theory of general relativity posits that gravity equals inertial mass -- and for the first time in 10 years, there's new evidence that he's right. Slashdot reader orsayman reports: Most stories around space today seem to revolve ar
Apparently the causal path from simple dead matter to an expanding visible civilization is very unlikely. Almost everything that starts along this path is blocked by a great filter, which might be one extremely hard step, or many merely very &#82
Stephen Shore. Lookout Hotel, Ogunquit, Maine. July 16, 1974. More here, here, and here. Current show at MoMA. Stephen Shore. Lookout Hotel, Ogunquit, Maine. July 16, 1974. More here, here, and here. Current show at MoMA.
Perry said 60-day deadline was reasonable, but new decision is now due January 10. Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as Secretary of Energy, testifies during his confirmatio
People around the world beset by the impacts of global warming like droughts, heat waves and storm surges are calling for "climate justice," and many are pleading their cases in court.
A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia's prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved palaeobiological artefacts from the time of dinosaurs or prehistoric mammals.
In sports, sometimes a player has to take one for the team. The same appears to be true in the plant world, where reduced individual growth can benefit the broader community.
It's snowing! There's nothing quite like the excitement of waking to the first snow of winter, grabbing your phone and visiting the #uksnow Map. The #uksnow Map maps the location of snow in the UK based on the number of tweets that mention snow. To a
What's the Word: Digitigrade; News Items: Nearly Complete Hominid Skeleton, Before the Big Bang, The Causes of Science Denial, This is Your Head in a Particle Accelerator; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Chunking, Follow Up on Net Neutr
According to a study in the journal Memory, reading aloud works by creating a "production effect" which cements information in your memory. Meanwhile, hearing words said in your own voice personalizes the references and enhances recollection, accordi
US regulators are gearing up for a vote on a plan whichdepending on your viewpointwould "restore internet freedom" or, alternatively, result in "the death of the internet" as we know it.
by Leanne Ogasawara Einstein was adamant. He did not want a large public funeral. He wanted to be immediately cremated with his ashes scattered before anyone had time to make a fuss. Fair enough, right? Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson reminds...b
New data suggests a particularly nasty flu type and a crummy vaccine this year. Enlarge / Influenza virus. Image produced from an image taken with transmission electron microscopy. Viral diameter ranges from around 80 to 120 nm. (credit: Getty | BSIP
Happy 12th month, readers! Lurch with us into December with these fine offerings: On Monday Christie brought back a 2015 essay in which she reminds us that, sure, posting our most enviable moments for all to see is good fun, but it’s way le
Don't be fooled! The cosmic swirl of stars in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image may seem tranquil and unassuming, but this spiral galaxy, known as ESO 580-49, actually displays some explosive tendencies.
almost 17,000 children under six years of age were treated in hospital emergency departments in the US for window blind-related injuries from 1990 through 2015, averaging almost two per day. While the majority of children were treated and released, t
The Edinburgh Tree Map uses data from a number of sources to map Edinburgh's trees. The map uses colored map markers to show the locations of the city's trees by species. Using the map menu it is possible to view individual tree species separately on
Have Blue & Tacit Blue:A test pilot that flew both the Tacit Blue and Have Blue prototypes recounts his experiences.X-2:Japan will conclude the X-2 program in March 2018.  The RCS was better than expected and all the data required wa
Narwhals cant pick whether to freeze or flee after being caught in human hunting nets and that reaction can put them in grave danger, according to a new study of the marine mammals. The discovery, described in the journal Science, has implications fo
schwit1 shares a report from Futurism: Japanese automobile giant Toyota is making some exciting moves in the realm of renewable, clean energy. The company is planning to build a power plant in California that turns the methane gas produced by cow man
The gravitational wave event from August still has surprises in store. Its light is three times brighter now, which may change how we think of gamma ray bursts
Subedar Singh bears the scars of India's painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity.
by Akim "Hot Cha Cha" Reinhardt *Omg, so excited about Prince Harry announcing he's getting hitched to the absolutely fabulous Meghan Markle. Way to go, royal family! *The Trump presidency continues shifting Foucualtian microtechnologies power, inclu
Uncertainty cuts both ways, yall. Enlarge / Be cautious out there. (credit: Bill Green) Some people who reject the conclusions of climate science claim that the existence of any remaining uncertainty means few or no actions need be taken to reduce ou
Cartographers surveying Antarctica have discovered Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) at 3,239 m (10,654 ft) above sea level. Until now, maps showed Mt Jackson as the tallest mountain in the territory at 3,184 m
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) admitted to rural hospitals in the United States have a greater chance of dying during their hospital stay than patients admitted to urban hospitals for the same condition, according to a new report in HeartRhyt
Science But it can totally explode in your face. A customer took a restaurant to court for burns and hearing damage after an egg exploded in their face, which is where scientists come in. Science But it can totally explode in your face. A customer to
The internet is great place to shop for plane tickets, laundry detergent, artisan jewelry and pretty much anything else you might ever want to buy. But a new report says theres one big exception healthcare. If you expect the World Wide Web to help yo
Three of the most at risk cities in the world, Mogadishu, Kismaayo, and Merca, are in Somalia. At the opposite end of the scale Canada, Japan and Australia are home to some of the least at risk cities. Fragile Cities is an interactive map which allow
The record books say that the ocean sunfish is the heaviest bony fish alive, but in fact the specimen in question belongs to a different species