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Bird tracking could provide flu early warning system

BBC Science - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 11:15
Monitoring wild birds on their long migrations may provide early warning of bird flu outbreaks, say scientists.

UN moves to ban 'fastest growing' greenhouse gases

BBC Science - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 03:06
Banning the cooling gases currently used in refrigeration and air conditioning could save half a degree of global warming if a deal can be agreed in Rwanda.

Emerging Climate Accord Could Push A/C Out of Sweltering India’s Reach

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 02:22
A phaseout of hydrofluorocarbons could have a major effect on climate change but would make air-conditioning more expensive just as many Indians are becoming able to afford it.

Dragon in the tank

BBC Science - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 01:56
Land Speed Record holder Andy Green reflects on the partnership the Bloodhound supersonic car project has forged with Chinese auto group Geely.

Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize

BBC Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 23:38
Four scientists are awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for crop work that delivers health benefits in developing nations.

UK government 'short' on climate target

BBC Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 18:57
The UK's official advisers have issued a sombre assessment of government plans to hold climate change at a safe level.

Trilobites: The Oldest Bird Voice Box Ever Found

NY Times Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 14:19
A researcher’s lucky discovery of a fossilized vocal organ offers new insights into sounds heard when dinosaurs ruled the world.

Public Health: Drug Coupons: Helping a Few at the Expense of Everyone

NY Times Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 14:00
Enabling patients to choose more costly alternatives can result in higher premiums, new research finds.

Lessons in the Delicate Art of Confronting Offensive Speech

NY Times Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 11:19
Many people are left speechless when a companion uses ethnic, sexist or racist slurs. But researchers say there are ways to cut such remarks short.

Fossil sheds light on evolution of birdsong

BBC Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:01
Scientists have reconstructed the "voicebox" of an extinct bird that lived at the time of the dinosaurs - and they say it honked or quacked like a duck.

Virus stole poison genes from black widow spider

BBC Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 09:58
In a very unusual case of genetic theft, a virus has been caught with a gene that codes for the poison of black widow spiders.

Feature: Generation Adderall

NY Times Science - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 02:00
Like many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them.

Dale Schenk, Who Saw Immune System as Weapon Against Alzheimer’s, Dies at 59

NY Times Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 18:14
Dr. Schenk tested the novel idea that the immune system, which fights infection, might be enlisted to fight Alzheimer’s through vaccines and other immune-based treatments.

Can the U.S. Really Get Astronauts to Mars by 2030?

NY Times Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 15:01
President Obama renewed his call to send Americans to the red planet, and White House and NASA officials outlined how they expected to get there.

Resilient life

BBC Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:22
Scientists begin examining rocks drilled from the crater dug out of Earth's crust by the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs.

W.H.O. Urges Tax on Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity

NY Times Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 12:43
“If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives,” a World Health Organization official said.

W.H.O. Urges Tax on Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity

NY Times Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:50
“If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives,” a World Health Organization official said.

US to work with private firms on Mars plan

BBC Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 09:12
President Barack Obama says the US will work with private companies on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s.

Dolphin pictured killing porpoise by flipping it into air

BBC Science - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 04:47
A bottlenose dolphin is pictured flipping a porpoise into the air in a deadly attack.

Theodore Anderson, Mathematician Who Advanced Data Analysis, Dies at 98

NY Times Science - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 18:21
Professor Anderson’s postwar work involved equations that would reveal underlying patterns in the economy.
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