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China's Shenzhou 11 blasts off on space station mission

BBC Science - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 03:12
China launches a rocket carrying two astronauts to its orbiting space station in a mission designed to develop the country's ability to explore space.

Trilobites: Kaakutja, Perhaps the First Known Boomerang Victim

NY Times Science - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 02:00
A skeleton found in an Australia national park was of a man who lived between 1260 and 1280 and is thought to have been killed by a wooden weapon.

One Family’s Struggle With Microcephaly, the Birth Defect Now Linked to Zika

NY Times Science - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 02:00
Watching the unfolding epidemic and concerned that many people did not grasp what it meant to raise a child with the condition, a Manhattan couple offered to share their experience.

Feature: Why Isn’t the U.S. Better at Predicting Extreme Weather?

NY Times Science - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 02:00
Hurricanes like Matthew have laid bare the dirty secret of the National Weather Service: its technologies and methods are woefully behind the times.

Living as a Man, Fighting Breast Cancer: How Trans People Face Care Gaps

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 17:16
Though awareness of the nation’s transgender population has grown, medical networks are still scrambling to catch up with that group’s highly specialized needs.

Grace Notes: A 600-Year-Old Oak Tree Finally Succumbs

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 09:29
A tree in New Jersey that is older than America was unable to withstand the stress of the August heat this year, an arborist said.

European Schiaparelli probe on target for Mars landing

BBC Science - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 08:19
Europe’s Schiaparelli spacecraft is ejected by its “mothership” and is now on a direct course to try to land on Mars on Wednesday.

China Launches 2 Astronauts on Its Longest Space Mission

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 07:46
A 30-day stay on an orbiting lab would set a national record as part of a program to visit the moon in 2025.

Poland's Enigma mathematicians honoured

BBC Science - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 06:45
Polish mathematicians who laid the groundwork for cracking the WW2 Nazi Enigma code, are being honoured at the country's embassy in London.

Climate change: 'Monumental' deal to cut HFCs, fastest growing greenhouse gases

BBC Science - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 04:41
Countries meeting in Rwanda have agreed a "monumental" deal to phase out gases used in fridges that are worsening global warming.

John Goodenough, whose work led to the lithium-ion battery

BBC Science - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 04:13
Professor John Goodenough, whose work led to the lithium-ion battery, on the Samsung problems.

Energy subsidies should focus on storage and cutting demand, MPs say

BBC Science - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 03:41
Subsidies to reduce the risk of blackouts must focus on innovative schemes for energy storage and cutting demand rather than "dirty diesel", MPs urge.

Trilobites: Metaphorically Speaking, Men Are Expected to be Struck by Genius, Women to Nurture It

NY Times Science - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 03:00
Research into the metaphors used to describe inventions found that they carried implicit associations about men and women’s stereotypical gender roles.

Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 22:05
A binding accord on a heat-trapping chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators could have a greater impact on global warming than the Paris pact of 2015.

Telescope to Seek Earthlike Planet in Alpha Centauri System

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 16:10
A scientific research consortium plans to build a telescope that will seek out an ocean-covered world in a neighboring star system.

Diver Recounts His Encounter With a Cage-Breaking Great White Shark

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 14:07
“Honestly at that moment I don’t have time to get afraid,” Chan Ming, the diver, said of the encounter with a shark that broke through the bars of a diving cage.

Twin giant panda cubs enjoy first birthday at Toronto Zoo

BBC Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 11:27
Video of twin giant panda cubs celebrating their first birthday is released by a zoo.

Trilobites: Can This Caterpillar Predict Winter Weather? Probably Not Very Well

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 10:39
Scientists doubt these woolly worms can forecast the future, but that won’t stop people from racing them in North Carolina this weekend.

Deal expected on phasing out 'disastrous' greenhouse gases

BBC Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 08:51
US Secretary of State John Kerry tells delegates meeting in Rwanda that hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases were "disastrous for our climate" and should be rapidly phased out.

Cave art: Etchings hailed as 'Iberia's most spectacular'

BBC Science - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 06:14
Unusual cave art as much as 14,500 years old is found in northern Spain - and pronounced the "most spectacular" in the Iberian peninsula.
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