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Joseph Traub, Who Helped Bring Computer Science to Universities, Dies at 83

NY Times Science - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 14:12
Mr. Traub, who founded the computer science department at Columbia, helped the emerging academic discipline garner respectability and resources.









Invasive bug 'could spread in UK'

BBC Science - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:02
An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK.

Vulture Populations Wane, Poisoned by Man

NY Times Science - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
Birds that once feasted on misfortune are collapsing — part of a broader decline in vultures that illustrates the far-reaching effects of human interventions.









Hawking: Black holes store information

BBC Science - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 05:06
Black holes preserve information about the things that fall into them, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.

Study Finds Surprising Byproduct of Middle Eastern Conflicts: Cleaner Air

NY Times Science - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 21:03
A paper published in the journal Science Advances found that Middle Eastern cities involved in wars or other crises showed fewer pollutants in the air.









Thousands of microbes in house dust

BBC Science - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:02
The dust in our homes contains an average of 9,000 different types of fungi and bacteria, a study suggests.

Aphantasia: A life without mental images

BBC Science - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:00
Scientists identify the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot create images in their head

Waukesha Plan for Lake Michigan Water Raises Worries

NY Times Science - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:29
The city wants to pipe water from the nearby lake to address a problem with its own water. But a 2008 compact prohibits that sort of thing.









VIDEO: 'Dangerous' whale rescue takes two days

BBC Science - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 05:48
A team of marine life rescuers spend two days in freezing Icelandic waters to free a whale that had become entangled in fishing gear.

How a tiny backpack could solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

BBC Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:25
This could be how to solve the mystery of mass bee deaths

Jacob Bekenstein, Physicist Who Revolutionized Theory of Black Holes, Dies at 68

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:31
Dr. Bekenstein, whose proposition on entropy and space eventually won over a skeptical Stephen Hawking, was considered one of the few giants in the study of quantum gravity.









Carbon credits 'like printing money'

BBC Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 17:21
The vast majority of carbon credits generated by Russia and Ukraine do not represent cuts in emissions, according to a new study.

Low-cost robot hand wins Dyson prize

BBC Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:33
A budget-priced 3D-printed robotic hand for amputees is the UK winner of 2015's James Dyson Award for engineering design.

Books: Book Review: ‘The Butterflies of North America; Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript’

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:15
With “The Butterflies of North America; Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript,” today’s readers can appreciate both the insects and the striking images.









Raw Data: The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:31
More than ever, the best available science doesn’t seem to change minds in a civilization of competing ideologies.









Observatory: A Way to Make Depth-Sensing Cameras Better

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:22
The cameras can detect how far away something is. But they didn’t work well in bright light. A new technology is changing that.









Observatory: A Piece of the Earliest Baboon Ever Found

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:43
A two-million-year-old skull fragment was found in the same South African cave that turned up specimens of an early ancestor to humans in 2010.









Reactions: Letters to the Editor

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:08
Readers respond to articles in Science Times.









Observatory: Mutation Reduces Pregnancy Complications for Africa’s Khoe-San People

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:41
The gene variant can alter the formation of the placenta, resulting in larger, healthier babies, a study shows.









Loss Aversion: How Emotion Hurts Stock Returns

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:30
People feel losses more sharply than gains. So watch ESPN or do anything to avoid looking at your sinking portfolio.









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