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World Briefing: Russia: New-Design Rocket Is Launched

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 20:20
Russia launched the Angara rocket, its first new design of space rocket since the Soviet era, from the northern military space port of Plesetsk.






Rescuers refloat stranded baby whale

BBC Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 19:59
Rescuers manage to refloat a young whale that has been stranded on a beach in Queensland, Australia, for two days.

Dispersal 'key to reptile survival'

BBC Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:14
Reptiles whose offspring's gender is dependent on temperature must spread out to survive the effects of climate change, new research shows.

Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:10
Engineers trying to lasso an aged NASA space probe may have run into an insurmountable obstacle: Tanks once full of nitrogen gas, needed to fire the thrusters, appear to be empty.






VIDEO: Drone helps Fukushima clean-up

BBC Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 15:39
Scientists at the University of Bristol have successfully mapped radiation levels around a Japanese power station using a drone.

Matter: Hope for Frogs in Face of a Deadly Fungus

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:38
A new study says amphibians can acquire defenses against a killer that has made many species extinct, and that one day a vaccine could be developed.






Russia's Angara rocket 'makes debut'

BBC Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:32
Russia launches its all new Angara rocket on a maiden flight from the northern Plesetsk military cosmodrome.

VIDEO: Pesticide threat to wild birds

BBC Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:16
New research suggests that a farm pesticide which has been blamed for impacting Britain's bee colonies may also be harming the nation's wild birds.

Bird decline linked to pesticide use

BBC Science - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:02
A new report says the widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.

Ancient arachnid 'walks again'

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 21:15
How first land predators on Earth would have moved

England 'exposed' to climate risks

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:44
England is still not doing enough to tackle the risks from climate change, government advisers say.

European Effort for Computer-Simulated Brain Draws Fire

NY Times Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 20:07
Hundreds of neuroscientists from around the world sent an open letter to the European Commission condemning what they see as an absence of feasibility and transparency.






In Effort to Shift Abandoned NASA Craft, a Hiccup (or Burp)

NY Times Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:41
Attempts to correct the course of an abandoned spacecraft stumbled when thrusters failed to fire properly. Another try will be made on Wednesday.






A guide to assistance dogs

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:37
A guide to canine helpers

Butterfly wings inspire cosmetics and bomb detectors

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:09
Shiny butterfly wings yield tech surprises

Six Vials of Smallpox Discovered in Laboratory Near Washington

NY Times Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 18:05
The sealed vials were discovered on July 1 in a Food and Drug Administration lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and were later confirmed to be smallpox.






Female shrimps are more aggressive

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:38
Female snapping shrimps are more aggressive than males when defending their territories despite their smaller claw size, a study shows.

Economic Scene: Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis

NY Times Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:38
A report explores the technological paths available for the 15 main economies to maintain growth and cut carbon emissions enough to prevent climatic havoc.






Could this be the end of the Grand Canyon?

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:56
Would shopping and cable cars ruin the Grand Canyon?

VIDEO: A baby panda for Edinburgh zoo?

BBC Science - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:26
Edinburgh Zoo's Giant Panda Tian Tian has conceived after being artificially inseminated earlier this year, but experts say she is not technically pregnant.
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