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Laser-etched metal 'bounces' water

BBC Science - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:55
By etching grooves into metal with a high-powered laser, physicists create a surface that repels water to the extent that droplets bounce away.

Report recommends fracking refusal

BBC Science - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:17
A key report says fracking should not go ahead at two sites in Lancashire.

David Shukman: Should we try to halt extinction?

BBC Science - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:07
Why can't we stop so many forms of life from being wiped out?

Google robot severs its power cord

BBC Science - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 07:19
Atlas - one of the most advanced robots in the world - is upgraded by its owner Google to include a battery pack, allowing it go "wireless".

Green Column: Helping an Island by Helping Hawks

NY Times Science - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 03:43
A project on the Portuguese island of Madeira could help other hard-pressed native flora and fauna, and stoke local interest in conservation.

Why India should not get complacent over its tiger population

BBC Science - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 01:21
India must not get complacent about its tiger recovery

Warning over forensic science work

BBC Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:45
Forensic science standards risk slipping after work was transferred to in-house police labs and private firms, the spending watchdog warns.

Vernon B. Mountcastle, Brain Explorer, Dies at 96

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 18:26
At the dawn of modern neuroscience, Dr. Mountcastle showed how cylinders of neurons, dedicated to specific tasks, work together to process perception.

For States, $48 Million to Help Cut Emissions

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 17:06
A small group of wealthy philanthropists will give the money to various groups with a regional focus that will guide states in reducing warming gases from electricity generation.

Traces of Montana Oil Spill Are Found in Drinking Water

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:45
Crews were working to clean up 50,000 gallons of oil that flowed into the Yellowstone River from a ruptured pipeline.

India’s Rebounding Tiger Population Grows 30 Percent in 4 Years

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:01
The increase, reported in a new census by the Indian government, comes after a decade-long effort to mitigate poaching.

My Very Educated Readers, Please Write Us a New Planet Mnemonic

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:50
If dwarf planets are considered actual planets, the mnemonic device for remembering their order will need to be rewritten. We are taking suggestions.

X-rays read burnt Vesuvius scroll

BBC Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:36
An X-ray scanning technique allows physicists to read letters from a fragile, burnt scroll dug from beneath Mount Vesuvius - without unrolling it.

Unlocking Scrolls Preserved in Eruption of Vesuvius, Using X-Ray Beams

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:02
Researchers say that for the first time, they can read letters inside the scrolls without unrolling them, by using a laserlike beam of X-rays.

Recipient of Artificial Heart Goes Home

NY Times Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 06:38
The news, reported by Carmat, the French company that developed the device, signals a milestone toward its possible commercialization.

MPs urge action on milk price cuts

BBC Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:23
MPs want more to be done to protect dairy farmers from falls in milk prices - including new powers to fine supermarkets over pricing disputes.

VIDEO: Finding future drugs in the dirt

BBC Science - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:31
Scientists in the US appeal for soil samples from across the world to help find new naturally occurring agents for future medicines.

Global soil hunt for new drugs

BBC Science - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 23:41
US scientists are asking the public to send in soil samples that can be screened for compounds that could be used to make vital new drugs to fight deadly infections and cancer.

First transplant from UK newborn

BBC Science - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:16
Doctors have carried out the first organ transplant from a newborn in the UK, giving a dead baby's kidneys and liver cells to two separate recipients.

Soviet collapse felt among wildlife

BBC Science - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 14:56
The socioeconomic shocks following the collapse of the Soviet Union also affected the region's wildlife, a study suggests.
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