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Take a Number: 37.2 Trillion: Galaxies or Human Cells?

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 13:10
The counting does not come easily, or exactly, but there are estimates for the number of cells in the human body and galaxies in the observable universe.







Matter: New DNA Results Show Kennewick Man Was Native American

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:50
A new analysis, published in Nature, refutes the theory that the 8,500-year-old skeleton was a European. Instead, he was related to contemporary Native Americans.







Disappearing Porpoise: Down to 97 and Dropping Fast

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:37
The vaquita, found only in the Gulf of California, are threatened by gill-net fishing and nearing extinction faster than previously thought.







Proposed Rule for Big Trucks Aims at Cutting Fuel Emissions

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:36
The rule is the latest in a series of pollution constraints that President Obama has introduced as he seeks to make tackling climate change a cornerstone of his legacy.







The New Old Age: At Home, Many Seniors Are Imprisoned by Their Independence

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:29
Almost two million Americans over age 65 rarely or never leave their homes. They are more likely to be minority women, and in poor health.







Philae Comet Lander Back in Touch After 5-Day Gap

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:14
The European Space Agency says its Philae lander has made contact again after a five-day gap as mission controllers work to improve communications with the washing machine-sized spacecraft on a speeding comet.







Clinical Trial of Experimental Ebola Drug Is Halted

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 10:01
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced Friday that the trial of TKM-Ebola-Guinea had been stopped because it did not demonstrate a therapeutic benefit.







Observatory: Toddlers Have Sense of Justice, Puppet Study Shows

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:22
A new study has shown that 3- and 5-year-olds have a sense of so-called restorative justice, reacting to wrongs as if victimized themselves.







Volcanic eruptions glimpsed on Venus

BBC Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:11
Scientists say they have the best evidence yet that there is hot lava spewing from the surface of Venus.

Comet lander Philae renews contact

BBC Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 08:45
Europe's Philae comet lander has been back in touch with Earth - its first contact since Sunday.

On Nature: Identification, Please

NY Times Science - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 04:00
Learning how to use a field guide can make you feel at home anywhere in the world.







VIDEO: 'Carpet of crabs' covers US beaches

BBC Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:03
Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on Southern California's beaches, after warm ocean currents carried them closer to the shoreline than usual.

In the Footsteps of Other Popes, Francis Seeks Worldly Change

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 18:15
For generations, Catholic leaders have written documents on pressing social problems, but Francis’ encyclical on climate change is notable for its explicit call to action.







Championing Environment, Francis Takes Aim at Global Capitalism

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:58
The encyclical by Pope Francis could give both sides in the global warming debate ammunition over how to address climate change.







Meningitis Vaccine Mandate for Seventh Graders in New York Passes

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 17:15
Meningitis can cause death in a few hours, and if the bill is signed, all students entering seventh grade would have to be vaccinated against it.







The women whom science forgot

BBC Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:58
The women scientists who failed to get credit

VIDEO: Pope: Global warming 'mostly man-made'

BBC Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:56
The Pope issued his letter on the environment on Thursday. In it he said that climate change was mostly a man-made problem.

Agencies, Hoping to Deflect Comets and Asteroids, Step Up Earth Defense

NY Times Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:55
The goal is to learn how to better deflect comets and asteroids that might one day endanger cities or the planet as a whole.







Most kangaroos are 'left-handed'

BBC Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:44
Scientists report that wild kangaroos tend to favour their left hands in common tasks - the first example of non-human, species-wide "handedness".

Elephant poaching hotspots identified

BBC Science - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:54
Most illegally poached African elephant ivory can be traced back to just two areas of Africa, research shows.
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