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Poison Pen: The Trouble With Rice

NY Times Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:03
The rice plant is one of nature’s great metal scavengers, with potential health consequences for consumers.






Vocations: The Planetarium Worker: Inspired by an Eclipse

NY Times Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:00
Rubina Isaac, who works at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, says a solar eclipse she saw as a girl in India inspired her interest in astronomy.

VIDEO: Water voles fighting back in Sussex

BBC Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:49
The number of water voles has declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, recent figures suggest. But in one small part of Sussex, the water vole is surviving as Roger Finn reports.

Study of Moon’s Atmosphere Ends With Planned Crash

NY Times Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:24
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer slammed into the moon early Friday, ending a successful six-month mission, if a few days early.






World Briefing: Viral Disease Spreads to Southeast Asia

NY Times Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:04
The viral disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has reached Asia, according to reports from Malaysia and the Philippines.

U.S. Delays Final Call on Keystone XL Pipeline

NY Times Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:24
The State Department will wait to decide whether to allow construction of the pipeline until it has a clearer idea how legal challenges to the route through Nebraska will be settled, sources said.






Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift

NY Times Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:23
California’s drought has left rivers too shallow for salmon, so the government is trucking and barging them to the sea in the hope they will return.

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

BBC Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:26
The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

SpaceX launches station cargo flight

BBC Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:06
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision

BBC Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:20
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

Ask Well: Are Exercise Cool Downs Necessary?

NY Times Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:13
A reader asks: A lot of exercise routines call for a cool-down at the end. Is this necessary?

Japan Plans to Resume Whaling Program, With Changes to Address Court Concerns

NY Times Science - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 08:27
A Japanese official said that a new plan for research whaling would address objections by an international court and allow Japan to restart its annual hunts in 2015.

Female cave insects have 'penises'

BBC Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:51
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

BBC Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:39
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.

Cost of Treatment May Influence Doctors

NY Times Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:00
Some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments that they recommend for patients.






Scientists Report Advance in ‘Therapeutic Cloning’

NY Times Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:44
Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.






World Briefing | Africa: Congo: Park Director Survives Shooting

NY Times Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:32
Emmanuel de Merode, an internationally recognized Belgian conservationist who has been working to protect rare mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was attacked Tuesday by unknown assailants.

Enrollments Exceed Obama’s Target for Health Care Act

NY Times Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:19
Eight million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, including what the White House said were a sufficient number of young, healthy adults needed to maintain the plan’s viability.






Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts

BBC Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:54
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved in glass when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.

A Son’s Deafness Prompts a Scientific Journey

NY Times Science - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:41
A look at the crucial relationship between sound, language and the development of literacy.






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