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Observatory: The Hummingbird’s Special Sweet Tooth

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:58
Nectar makes up about three-quarters of a hummingbird’s diet, yet birds seem to lack the receptor that vertebrates use to taste sweetness. Researchers say they have solved the mystery.

Reactions: Drugs and Teens, Seafood on the Menu

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:27
Letters to the editor and online comments.

Looking at Twin Personality Through Look-alikes

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:19
When twins have similar personalities, is it mainly because they share so much genetic material or because their physical resemblance makes other people treat them alike?

Disease Control: Fighting Ebola, and the Conspiracy Theories

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:09
The developed world has the same problem with myths about vaccines. In Africa, working with trusted community leaders is a key.

Books: ‘Shocked’ and ‘Working Stiff’ Detail Careers Involving Corpses

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:47
Two new works take different approaches. One offers a comprehensive review of the science of resuscitation; another describes a career spent studying death as a medical examiner.

Global Health: Premature Labor Drugs Underused, Study Says

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:16
Only 18 percent of women in early labor were given injections to help the child after birth and drugs to delay labor. A total of 42 percent received neither.

The Scan: September Science Events: Beautiful Pathogens and Extreme Close-ups

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:15
September events and books at the intersection of science and art.

Airships That Carry Science Into the Stratosphere

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:40
Engineers are designing sleek new airships that could streak past layers of cloud and carry telescopes into the thin, icy air of the stratosphere.

Efforts to Revive Rich California Mine Hit Strong Resistance

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:40
Where forty-niners once roamed, a plan to dig up 240,000 ounces of gold is vehemently opposed by local residents who fear damage to the environment and their way of life.

ScienceTake: A Frog That’s a Living, Breathing Pac-Man

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:48
The South American horned frog has a powerful tongue with which it can pull in more than its body weight. The tongue’s structure intrigues scientists.

Potential comet landing sites chosen

BBC Science - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:41
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to put a robot on a comet in November, has identified five potential sites for the touchdown.

Losses From California Quake Could Top $1 Billion

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:58
The magnitude-6.0 earthquake damaged buildings, knocked out power to thousands and injured scores of residents. It was the largest quake to strike the Bay Area since 1989, officials said.

Nevermore? Ravens Sighted in New York

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 18:48
The birds, immortalized by Edgar Allan Poe in his poem “The Raven,” have been observed in recent months in Chelsea and Greenwich Village.

Methane Is Discovered Seeping From Seafloor Off East Coast, Scientists Say

NY Times Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 11:31
Scientists said the discovery, off the United States coast where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean, was unexpected, but had been going on for at least 1,000 years.

Whole organ 'grown' in world first

BBC Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:07
A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.

Methane vents bubble up off US coast

BBC Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 10:04
Researchers say they have discovered more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast.

'Antarctic audit' for marine life

BBC Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:00
New atlas catalogues 9,000 Southern Ocean species

Iceland lowers aviation risk warning

BBC Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 06:48
Iceland lowers the warning level to aviation from the Bardarbunga volcano, but say an eruption "cannot be excluded".

VIDEO: First birthday for panda cub Bao Bao

BBC Science - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 00:49
The National Zoo in Washington DC has been celebrating panda cub Bao Bao's first birthday.

Warning over electrical brain stimulation

BBC Science - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:05
Warning over electrical brain stimulation
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