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Science and maths 'vital for adults'

BBC Science - 3 hours 18 min ago
Adults who lack basic science and maths skills risk being "bamboozled" and making bad decisions, according to a leading scientist.

A Glass for Enjoying a Sip of Whisky While Floating in Space

NYT Science - 4 hours 58 min ago
Ballantine’s, the Scotch distiller, is unveiling a glass that works for drinking in zero-gravity, no straw required.

Matter: Warming Oceans Putting Marine Life ‘In a Blender’

NYT Science - 8 hours 59 min ago
An analysis of nearly 13,000 species of fish, invertebrates and other marine organisms is an ambitious effort to map the future ranges of ocean life.

Observatory: Study Reveals Consistent Predator-Prey Pattern

NYT Science - 9 hours 46 min ago
An analysis of animals from more than 1,500 locations worldwide found that the number of predators do not increase as rapidly as the number of prey does.

Observatory: Denali Got Renamed, and Now, Has a New Height

NYT Science - 9 hours 47 min ago
The United States Geological Survey announced that the official height of Denali, the mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley, is now 20,310 feet.

Overgrown sheep 'sets fleece record'

BBC Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 21:20
An overgrown sheep dubbed Chris, found wandering near Australia's capital, sets an unofficial world record for the heaviest fleece.

Emissions 'far above' 2C target

BBC Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 15:29
Researchers say that global efforts to cut carbon are far short of what's needed to avert dangerous climate change.

'Three trillion trees on Earth'

BBC Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:07
What is said to be the most robust estimate yet finds there to be just over three trillion trees on Planet Earth.

Observatory: In the Prawn Nebula, a Nursery for Newborn Stars

NYT Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 12:34
The Prawn Nebula is 6,000 light-years from Earth and home to bright clusters of newborn stars.

Lots of Trees to Hug: Study Counts 3 Trillion Trees on Earth

NYT Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 10:07
More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes.

Starfish-killing robot ready to test

BBC Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 08:38
An autonomous starfish-killing robot will be ready for field trials on the Great Barrier Reef this month, researchers say.

Maths helps prepare for new diseases

BBC Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 01:22
Researchers develop a mathematical model that can help determine the surveillance effort required to detect the arrival of costly invasive pathogens.

VIDEO: Wild forest lab studies immunity

BBC Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 01:16
Patches of Kielder forest are being turned into a wild laboratories, to work out the environmental triggers for common diseases.

Obama, Visiting Arctic, Will Pledge Aid to Alaskans Hit by Climate Change

NYT Science - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 01:00
He will step up government aid for Arctic communities whose shorelines and infrastructure are crumbling as warming seas melt their foundations.

Soyuz Carrying 3-Man Crew Blasts Off for Orbiting Station

NYT Science - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 21:57
A Soyuz space craft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh has blasted off for the International Space Station.

F.D.A. Warns 5 Producers of Powdered Caffeine

NYT Science - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:09
The Food and Drug Administration said pure powdered caffeine is “potentially dangerous” and threatened to seize the product if it found violations.

Explaining the Strange, Stinky Appeal of the ‘Corpse Flower’

NYT Science - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:16
The rare plants are so popular that they’re requiring crowd control.

Enigma of the trees that resist wildfires

BBC Science - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:40
Scientists reveal the secrets behind the trees that can resist wildfires.

Climate event 'among strongest'

BBC Science - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:10
This year's El Nino weather phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Viewpoint: Uncomfortable realities of big game hunting

BBC Science - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 05:01
Trophy hunting has been the subject of much media attention, but is a blanket ban really the answer?


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