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Pluto Terrain Yields Big Surprises in New Horizons Images

NY Times Science - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:12
Images from the NASA mission show a mixed bag of terrains, including ice mountains and smooth plains crisscrossed by enigmatic troughs.









Observatory: 50-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Sperm in Antarctica

NY Times Science - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:49
“It’s a bizarre fossil oddball,” a Swedish paleontologist says, and as it turns out, a worm cocoon makes quite a sperm bank.









'Beautiful Eye Candy': Frozen Plains in Pluto's Heart

NY Times Science - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:32
Vast frozen plains exist next door to Pluto's big, rugged mountains sculpted of ice, scientists said Friday, three days after humanity's first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet.









U.S. Proposes New Rules to Protect Streams From Coal Pollution

NY Times Science - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:57
The Interior Department wants additional testing and cleanup next to streams where mining is prohibited and companies often dump excess refuse.









Probe zooms into Pluto's plains

BBC Science - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:29
The American space agency's New Horizons probe returns further images of Pluto that include a view of the dwarf planet's strange icy plains.

A shift towards ‘one nation science’

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 18:35
New science minister takes a hard look at funding research

World Briefing: China: Scientists Unearth Winged Dinosaur Skeleton

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:47
A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been discovered in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.









Sea Warming Leads to Ban on Fishing in the Arctic

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:22
Five nations have agreed to an interim ban on commercial fishing in the international waters of the Arctic pending further research on how rising sea temperatures are affecting fish stocks.









'Massive leap' wins engineer award

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:13
An Edinburgh company has won the UK's top engineering prize for its digital hydraulic power system.

Councils 'may lose wind farm cash'

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 16:10
Scottish councils may lose out on more than £44m of income over the next 20 years if changes are made to wind farm subsidies, according to a trade body.

How mosquitoes zero in on hot bodies

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 15:46
New research suggests that mosquitoes track down something to bite using a sequence of three cues: smell, then sight, and finally heat.

Polar bears fail to adapt to warming

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:31
Polar bears are unable to adapt their behaviour to cope with the food losses associated with warmer summers in the Arctic.

Polar Bears Don’t Go Into Hibernation-Like State in Summer, Researchers Say

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:01
It was long thought that polar bears’ body temperatures dropped to conserve energy during lean summers, but a multiyear study in the Beaufort Sea found no evidence of such a change.









Annual Checkup of Earth's Climate Says We're in Hotter Water

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:50
In their annual, detailed physical of Earth's climate, scientists say the world is in increasingly hot and rising water.









Pluto’s Portrait From New Horizons: Ice Mountains and No Craters

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:44
With fanfare, NASA released the first batch of mesmerizing close-up images of the dwarf planet and its moons.









Space Station Astronauts Take Shelter From Space Junk

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:17
A piece of space junk forced the three space station astronauts to seek emergency shelter Thursday.









Observatory: The Secret to a Good Scream

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 09:00
A new study found that all screams share similarities in how fast the loudness of the sound changes.









NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Sends Signal From Pluto to Earth

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 08:20
After a long day celebrating the arrival of the spacecraft at Pluto, mission controllers finally received confirmation that the craft had performed its scientific tasks.









Arctic deal bans North Pole fishing

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 07:55
The US and Russia are among five countries to sign a deal to prevent commercial fishing in the melting Arctic sea ice near the North Pole.

GM moths 'can curb pest invasion'

BBC Science - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:37
A genetically modified moth could help curb a major pest of vegetable crops around the world, research suggests.
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