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Frederick I. Ordway III Dies at 87; NASA Official Helped Shape ‘Space Odyssey’

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:06
Mr. Ordway spent two years in the 1960s as an adviser to the director Stanley Kubrick, whom he met through his friend, the science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.

VIDEO: Rare blue butterflies given fresh hope

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:04
A rare British butterfly is given a new home

The virus detective who discovered Ebola

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:25
The young medic who found the deadly Ebola bug

VIDEO: The whalebone sculptor

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:24
The man making art from the bones of ocean giants

Australia Tax Repeal Is Big Blow to Fight Against Emissions

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:57
A repeal of laws requiring big companies to pay for carbon emissions will complicate plans to knit together markets for trading emission allowances.

Matter: A Call to Fight Malaria One Mosquito at a Time by Altering DNA

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:51
Two papers published Thursday say the procedure, known as Crispr, can have wide benefits. But other experts worry about unintended consequences.

Scientists develop robotic fingers

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:06
A group of MIT scientists announces the development of supplementary fingers controlled by sensors attached to the human hand.

UK space shot's tribute to Newton

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:41
British astronaut Tim Peake has picked "Principia" to be the name of his mission into space next year.

Dot Earth Blog: The Warming State of the Climate in 2013

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:49
A variety of indicators tracked by federal scientists reflect the continued warming of the climate system.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:17
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

Design Notebook: Putting Magic in the Mundane

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 07:20
David Rose, the author of “Enchanted Objects,” sees a future where we can all live like wizards.

Rare butterfly found in East Anglia

BBC Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:42
A butterfly which was last seen in England more than 60 years ago is spotted on a nature reserve in Suffolk.

Environmentalists Denounce Repeal of Australia’s Carbon Tax

NY Times Science - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:04
Opposition politicians and environmentalists said the Senate’s move Thursday made Australia the first country to retreat on fighting climate change.

Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

BBC Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 21:50
Australia's Senate votes to repeal the so-called carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters brought in by the Labor Party.

'Biological pacemaker' tested in lab

BBC Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:49
Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs.

Japanese Nuclear Plant Is First to Get Go-Ahead Under New Rules

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:35
An independent watchdog agency gave preliminary approval to a facility in the city of Satsumasendai that could become the first to restart after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Months After Washington Landslide, Hopeful Steps Forward

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:17
Since a huge landslide in March, questions about the impact on tourism have hung over the mountain town of Darrington, Wash. So far, leaders and residents say, the news is encouraging.

Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration

BBC Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 17:14
Ocean exploration is going further than ever

Effort to Avoid Vote on Fracking Falters in Colorado

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:39
Gov. John W. Hickenlooper announced that he did not have enough support to pass a bipartisan law giving towns more control over fracking.

Gene Therapy Is Used to Adjust Pigs’ Heartbeat

NY Times Science - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:30
The technique, in which a gene is injected into the heart to reprogram cells, may one day be an alternative to electronic pacemakers, researchers say.

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