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Tech sites lead on April Fools gags

BBC Science - 6 hours 10 min ago
The Force - the mysterious energy field used by the Jedi in Star Wars - has been discovered by researchers at the Cern laboratory in an April Fools prank.

EU milk quota system is abolished

BBC Science - 8 hours 39 min ago
EU milk quotas are scrapped, bringing an end to more than 30 years of efforts to prevent overproduction.

China building 'great wall of sand'

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 22:39
The scale of China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is leading to "serious questions" on its intentions, a top US official says.

Are we tired of climate change talk?

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:47
Has the media lost interest in climate change?

ADM Announces Plan to Fight Deforestation

NYT Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:42
ADM joins other global companies like Cargill, Kellogg and Nestlé in efforts to reduce the environmental impact of producing commodities.

Gas Utilities Reduce Leaks of Methane, Study Finds

NYT Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:41
Researchers suggested that the reduction was largely a result of equipment upgrades, including replacement of leaky old cast-iron or unprotected steel pipe.

Can you win at anything if you practise hard enough?

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:02
A one-year experiment asks if learning is more about hard work than natural ability

Syracuse to Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks From Endowment

NYT Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:06
At $1.2 billion, Syracuse’s is the largest university endowment to divest entirely of fossil fuel stocks.

Obama’s Strategy on Climate Change, Part of Global Deal, Is Revealed

NYT Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:27
The president’s plan, likely to draw opposition from Republicans, would cut greenhouse gas emissions in the United States 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

VIDEO: £135k to move voles: Money well spent?

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:21
£135,000 was spent relocating water voles so work could begin dredging two Somerset rivers in 2014.

LHC fixes glitch, prepares for beams

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:57
The short circuit delaying the restart of the Large Hadron Collider has been fixed, after a blast of high current melted the culpable metal particle.

VIDEO: Abandoned horses 'crisis' - RSPCA

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:56
The RSPCA says it is looking after so many abandoned horses, donkeys and ponies that it cannot take in any more.

US makes climate pledge to UN

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:27
The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025.

New renewables break capacity bar

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:28
New renewable generating capacity broke the 100GW barrier in 2014, equivalent to the entire fleet of nuclear power plants in the US, a UN report shows.

Ants in space grapple with zero-g

BBC Science - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 01:09
A study finds that ants on board the International Space Station still use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds.

Indian monsoon's past analysed

BBC Science - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 19:59
Fossils from the ocean floor are yielding clues to the Indian monsoon millions of years ago.

News Analysis: Role of Illness in Germanwings Crash Raises Worry About Stigma

NYT Science - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 18:53
An intense focus on co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s mental illness in the Germanwings jet crash raised concerns that it could stigmatize mentally ill people and make it harder to identify workers who pose a safety threat.

Dot Earth Blog: An ‘Ask Me Anything’ Chat on Climate Science and Coverage

NYT Science - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 18:02
A veteran climate scientist and a longtime climate journalist interview each other about three decades of work making sense of global warming.

VIDEO: The secret language of whales

BBC Science - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 17:44
New clues to how whales communicate

Climate Change Threatens to Kill Off More Aspen Forests by 2050s, Scientists Say

NYT Science - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 17:29
Scientists warned that the aspen forests could be doomed if emissions of greenhouse gases continue at a high level, adding to other studies that suggest the global effect of climate change.


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