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Dot Earth Blog: A Deeper Look at a Study Finding High Leak Rates From Gas Drilling

NY Times Science - 1 hour 53 min ago
A closer look at a hot study on high gas leak rates in Pennsylvania’s fracking zone raises coal questions.

Well: Aspirin Benefits Some at Risk for Colon Cancer

NY Times Science - 5 hours 51 min ago
Many studies have found that regular aspirin use reduces the risk for colon cancer. Now scientists have found that aspirin may benefit some people far more than others.

The Map Makers: Brain Control in a Flash of Light

NY Times Science - 6 hours 12 min ago
Karl Deisseroth is among a group of scientists who have been working on a way to turn brain cells on and off using genetic engineering and light.

Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

NY Times Science - 7 hours 29 min ago
Scientists say that a long drought that has affected trees in Central Africa could help them understand how global warming may harm vegetation.

Czech deer still avoid Iron Curtain

BBC Science - 8 hours 27 min ago
A new study has found that deer on the border between the Czech Republic and old West Germany still stick to their sides despite the barrier having vanished long ago.

Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome

NY Times Science - 8 hours 29 min ago
Two surveys have reconstructed the full history of the shrunken male chromosome, which provides regulatory genes that play a role throughout the body.

Matter: Springing Forward, and Its Consequences

NY Times Science - 8 hours 38 min ago
With rising temperatures and carbon dioxide changing seasonal timetables, many plants are flowering earlier and longer.

'Little progress' on forest protection plan

BBC Science - 12 hours 11 min ago
Forest protection schemes make little progress

Squirrel 'supermum' stuns wardens

BBC Science - 14 hours 3 min ago
A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk stuns wardens by producing her 48th kitten in six years.

Dot Earth Blog: Beneath the Surface of China’s Great Urban Rush

NY Times Science - 14 hours 32 min ago
Can China’s urbanization push sidestep the Western pattern of pollution and sprawl, and can it consider the rights of displaced citizens?

Well: High Altitudes May Aid Weight Control

NY Times Science - 16 hours 54 min ago
A four-year study of overweight military personnel has found that those stationed at high altitudes are less likely to progress to obesity.

Op-Docs: ‘Animals Are Persons Too’

NY Times Science - 17 hours 17 min ago
A short documentary follows the lawyer Steven Wise’s effort to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.

Well: The Limits of ‘No Pain, No Gain’

NY Times Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:03
A new study helps to explain why exercise makes our muscles ache, and suggests that it’s not always a good idea to ignore fatigue and push on.

With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time

NY Times Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:43
Farms in upstate New York and elsewhere are using automatic milkers that scan and map the underbellies of cows, extract the milk, and monitor its quality, without the use of human hands.

Claims of Chlorine-Filled Bombs Overshadow Progress by Syria on Chemical Weapons

NY Times Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:03
The unconfirmed reports of the weapons came as international monitors said that nearly 90 percent of the chemicals in Syria’s arsenal had now been exported.

Lax Oversight Cited as Factor in Deadly Blast at Texas Plant

NY Times Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:21
A preliminary report on a deadly fire and blast in West, Tex., by the Chemical Safety Board notes that there are no regulations for the storage of ammonium nitrate.

Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

BBC Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:01
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Study Linking Illness and Salt Leaves Researchers Doubtful

NY Times Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:13
Scientists found declines in heart attack and stroke risk in Britain after salt in processed food was restricted, but their work has several drawbacks.

Well: New Painkiller Rekindles Addiction Concerns

NY Times Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:37
Given the mounting death toll related to painkillers, many state health officials and advocacy groups fear Zohydro has a high potential for abuse.

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

BBC Science - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:18
A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.
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