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On Books Since 1988, Ohio River Dam Project Keeps Rolling Along

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:25
The $3 billion Olmsted Locks and Dam project, expected to be finished in 2020, is seen as too big to fail.

A Conversation With Patricia C. Wright: A Lemur Rescue Mission in Madagascar

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:04
Patricia C. Wright, who has long been a leader in the effort to prevent what she calls a “lemur holocaust”, tells of her fascination with the animals and how they can be saved.






A World of Creatures That Hide in the Open

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:55
In the ocean, fish can be defenseless without some ingenious strategies. Some can make themselves transparent; others do it with mirrors.






Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

BBC Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:23
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

Geckos Rely on Feet Hairs, Not Insurance

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:12
The branched hairs, or seta, can unstick from walls and ceilings in an instant.






Observatory: Now a Weed, Once a Prehistoric Cavity Fighter

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:06
The remarkably healthy teeth of prehistoric humans in Africa have high levels of compounds found in purple nutsedge, which may have helped ward off cavities.

Q&A: White-Noise Nights

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:05
Is reliance on a white-noise machine for a good night’s sleep something to worry about?






Observatory: Pacific Octopus Holds Egg-Brooding Record

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:21
A solitary female octopus was observed protecting the same clutch of eggs for more than four years.






VIDEO: Russian cosmonauts go on spacewalk

BBC Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:01
Two Russian cosmonauts set off on a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS) to launch a nano-satellite.

Time Travel: Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:59
Voyager 2 and the Hubble Space Telescope have offered tantalizing glimpses of Neptune that show how much more there is to learn about the planet.






Rare birds attempt to nest in UK

BBC Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:44
Two rare birds usually found in the Mediterranean region are spotted building a nest at a nature reserve in Lincolnshire.

Reactions: Ebola, Nurses for Africa, Seafood Apps, a Doctor’s Honor

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:42
Letters to the editor and online comments.






An 800-Year-Old Shot of Youth

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:37
A garden curator at Duke University happened upon a box huckleberry shrub thought to be 800 years old, and relatively young at that.

Seeing Purpose and Profit in Algae

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:54
A pilot plant in Alabama is making diesel fuel out of it and accomplishing other eco-friendly tasks like making clean water from municipal sewage. Investors have taken notice.






Iceland raises volcano alert level

BBC Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:06
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point

BBC Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:01
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

Dot Earth Blog: From Tree Planting Along a Dirt Road to Car-Free Village Living

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:53
Cutting driving in a move from a dirt road to a village.






For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:10
The analysis of giant data sets promises unique business insights, but much manual effort is still required to prepare the information for parsing.






Raw Data: The Intelligent-Life Lottery

NY Times Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:31
Some argue that with billions of stars in our galaxy, there must be other civilizations. But others say intelligence is so rare on Earth; why would we expect to find it elsewhere?






Vanishing canyon has 50 years left

BBC Science - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 04:20
A gorge in Taiwan, cut through rocks raised by a 1999 earthquake, is disappearing at an unprecedented rate, along with geological evidence.
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