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Books: Review: In ‘Extreme,’ by Emma Barrett and Paul Martin, Psychologists Explore Those Who Test Limits

NY Times Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 08:03
Space travel and mountain climbing require long periods of boredom and sleep deprivation. Achievers tend to overcome such challenges with self-efficacy.







Q&A: Multiple Colors Can Trick the Mind

NY Times Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 08:02
Unlike perfect pitch, the human ability to remember colors over any period of time, or even from room to room, is extremely poor.







Science Bookshelf: Best-Selling Science Books

NY Times Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 08:02
A selection of best-selling nonfiction books about the sciences.







Rudd's 'green light' as Climate Secretary

BBC Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 06:21
Green groups and low-carbon firms have welcomed the appointment of Amber Rudd as new head of the energy and climate department, DECC.

Cameron completing cabinet reshuffle

BBC Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 05:58
David Cameron is appointing his new cabinet with Amber Rudd, John Whittingdale and Sajid Javid among those promoted - but there's no job for Boris Johnson.

ScienceTake: The Right Ratio to Engineer a Swim

NY Times Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 03:00
The knifefish swims with one long fin on its belly. Scientists have determined the optimal wave pattern for this type of swimming.







The New Health Care: More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

NY Times Science - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 02:00
A review of studies shows that coffee’s reputation as being unhealthy is undeserved, with the potential health benefits surprisingly large.







After Nearly Claiming His Life, Ebola Lurked in a Doctor’s Eye

NY Times Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 19:29
Dr. Ian Crozier, who survived an Ebola infection last fall, calls himself a poster child for “post-Ebola syndrome,” which is also being reported in West Africa.







Drugmaker and University Ally to Seek Cure for AIDS

NY Times Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 19:00
GlaxoSmithKline will contribute a total of $20 million to start a research institute and a company with the goal of curing patients infected with H.I.V.







Retro Report: Action and Dysfunction in the U.S. Food-Safety Effort

NY Times Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 18:44
Outbreaks of tainted food often lead to calamities that sicken millions and cause deaths, indicating that protections do not always work, some experts say.







After 36 Years, Nuclear Plant in Tennessee Nears Completion

NY Times Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 18:05
Federal safety regulators will decide in the coming weeks whether to grant an operating license to the second reactor of the Watts Bar nuclear plant in Tennessee.







70 million animal mummies: Egypt’s dark secret

BBC Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 16:44
Why did Ancient Egyptians mummify animals in their millions?

Animal mummy 'scandal' revealed

BBC Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 16:39
A scanning project suggests that about a third of Ancient Egypt's animal mummies are empty.

Dot Earth Blog: Scientists Praise Contributions of Two Dutch Explorers Who Perished on Arctic Sea Ice

NY Times Science - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 02:22
A closer look at the lives and deaths of two polar adventurers who helped gather valuable data for Arctic ice scientists.







Liberia Conquers Ebola, but Faces a Crisis of Faith

NY Times Science - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 09:51
Churches have been holding special prayers, revivals and workshops, with the purpose of refastening ties frayed by Ebola, a disease that made many fear those closest to them.







Liberia Is Declared Free of Ebola, but Officials Sound Note of Caution

NY Times Science - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 05:52
The announcement Saturday made Liberia the first of the hardest-hit West African countries, including Guinea and Sierra Leone, to bring a formal end to the epidemic.







W.H.O. Urges More Care in Naming Diseases

NY Times Science - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 17:34
The World Health Organization issued recommendations for naming infectious diseases, concerned about stigmas of names like swine flu and monkeypox.







Spacecraft Falls From Orbit Over the Pacific, Russia Says

NY Times Science - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:40
The cargo capsule went awry after launching for the International Space Station last week.







Dazzled by Australia's precious opals

BBC Science - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 14:34
Already legally defined as Australia's "National Gemstone", the country's precious opals are punting for a new international designation - that of Global Heritage Stone Resource.

Himalayan 'drop after Nepal quake'

BBC Science - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:08
The height of a swathe of the Himalayas has dropped by around one metre as a result of the devastating Nepal earthquake, scientists say.
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