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Stone Tools From Kenya Are Oldest Yet Discovered

NY Times Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:19
The tools, dating to 3.3 million years ago, may indicate that hominins were making tools much earlier than previously thought by some 700,000 years.







Oldest tools pre-date first humans

BBC Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:12
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.

Engineering prize names shortlist

BBC Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:44
Three firms working in very different fields make the 2015 shortlist for the MacRobert Award, the UK's longest-running engineering prize.

Advanced gravity hunt is green lit

BBC Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:14
Scientists hold a dedication ceremony to inaugurate the Advanced Ligo facilities, which will be trying to detect gravitational waves from some of the most violent events in the cosmos.

UK among worst in wildlife league

BBC Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:01
The UK is among the worst countries in the EU for protecting its wildlife habitats, says an official report.

Dolphin TV show suspends filming

BBC Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:08
Animal protection groups and marine scientists say they have successfully suspended the recording of a TV series called "Dolphins with the Stars".

Robotica Episode 3: Prosthetic Limbs, Controlled by Thought

NY Times Science - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 03:00
The next generation of prostheses includes artificial arms with flexible fingers sensitive enough to transmit the sensation of texture.







A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 18:14
Deaths rose sharply last summer, a survey by the Bee Informed Partnership reported, and beekeepers who rent hives to farmers were hit especially hard.







4 Cancer Charities Are Accused of Fraud

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:49
A network of people controlled the “sham charities” and used a chunk of the more than $187 million in donations on personal expenses, regulators said.







Studies Confirm Brain Plaque Can Help Predict Alzheimer’s

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:35
Data from the largest analysis to date of amyloid plaques showed they can appear 20 or 30 years before dementia symptoms.







Organic farming 'benefits biodiversity'

BBC Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:27
Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.

U.S. Details New Efforts to Support Ailing Bees

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:24
The White House outlined its strategy to restore the nation’s struggling honeybee and monarch butterfly populations to some semblance of health, mostly by expanding the acreage devoted to the plants that are crucial to their survival.







Data Suggests Legs and Toes in Ancestor of Living Snakes

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:07
All of today’s more than 3,400 snake species may have descended from the same prehistoric prowler, according to an article in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.







U.S. Military Space Plane Begins a Fourth (Mostly) Secret Mission

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:58
The X-37B, an unmanned spacecraft, launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Air Force is not saying much about what it will be doing.







The Debunker: A Weak Handshake Is Not Necessarily Bad News for Your Heart

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:01
A recent study found lower hand grip strength was correlated with a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, but it didn’t say anything about handshakes.







Economic Scene: American Innovation Lies on Weak Foundation

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 13:47
Investment in basic research — the fundamental building block for innovation and economic advancement — has steadily declined as a share of the economy.







Critics Hear E.P.A.’s Voice in ‘Public Comments’

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:08
Critics said a campaign by the E.P.A. to enlist public support for a proposal to protect the nation’s drinking water might have violated federal law on grass-roots lobbying.







When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

NY Times Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:48
A professor’s hunch is that birds are saying much more in warning of danger than previously suspected, and that other animals have evolved to understand the signals.







VIDEO: Inuit challenge to EU seal ban

BBC Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:31
The Inuit people of Greenland are challenging an EU ban on seal hunting and the trade in seal meat and skins, arguing it has "crashed" the Inuits' economy.

Whales told apart 'by their voices'

BBC Science - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:09
US researchers say that they can distinguish individual right whales based on the sound of their vocalisations.
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