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Bloodhound diary: Racing at over 500mph

BBC Science - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 05:39
Land speed record holder Andy Green finally gets to drive the Bloodhound car across the Kalahari.

Bird of the Year: Rare anti-social penguin wins New Zealand poll

BBC Science - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 04:12
The rare hoiho becomes the first penguin to take the title, after two weeks of "memes and trash-talk".

SpaceX to Launch 60 More Starlink Satellites

NYT Science - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 03:50
As the company presses ahead with its project to launch tens of thousands of satellites for internet service from space, astronomers fear “the night sky will never be the same.”

How to Watch Mercury Transit the Sun Today

NYT Science - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 00:00
Viewers on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. can see part or all of the eclipse-like event, but not with the naked eye.

Climate change: Speed limits for ships can have 'massive' benefits

BBC Science - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:51
Cutting the speed of ships by 20% can benefit health, protect whales and limit warming, say campaigners.

Durwood Zaelke: How your air conditioning could help to save the planet

BBC Science - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:08
The man behind an amendment to a key climate treaty thinks that he has a way to cool the Earth.

Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa

NYT Science - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:02
Private explorers found the U.S.S. Grayback beneath 1,400 feet of water after realizing that a mistranslated Japanese war record had pointed searchers in the wrong direction.

Climate change: Airlines accused of 'putting profit before planet'

BBC Science - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:23
A British Airways insider says the industry deliberately fills planes with extra fuel to save costs.

The Bacterial Surprise in This Bird’s Smell

NYT Science - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 06:39
The bacteria in a bird's microbiome seems to play an important role in the odoriferous messages it sends to other birds.

Experts Back Mandatory Bike Helmets but Not All Cyclists Are Sold

NYT Science - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 10:48
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that helmets be required for bicyclists but some biking enthusiasts object.

The Hidden Cost of Gold: Birth Defects and Brain Damage

NYT Science - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 09:01
Indonesia’s mercury trade is intertwined with illegal gold mining around the world, leaving a legacy of thousands born with birth defects and half a million people poisoned.

How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?

NYT Science - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 08:12
Thawing sea ice may have opened the door, allowing the infection to cross oceans, a new study suggests.

Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

BBC Science - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 07:28
Engineers think they understand why a heat sensor has been playing up on the superfast desert vehicle.

This Is What Climate Change Sounds Like

NYT Science - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 02:00
Scientists and artists hope the emotional power of music will help move people to act on the climate crisis.

Interior Chief’s Lobbying Past Has Challenged the Agency’s Ethics Referees

NYT Science - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 02:00
Since his arrival at the Interior Department, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has shown a willingness to press ethics lawyers for decisions that help his agenda.

Hospital Identifies Source of Infections That Killed 3 Infants

NYT Science - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 18:00
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., said the process it used to prepare donor breast milk was the cause of deadly bacterial infections.

Norman Myers Dies at 85; Sounded Early Alarm on Environment

NYT Science - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:41
He lobbied governments and wrote books, papers and articles to alert the public to looming disasters like mass extinction well before they were common knowledge.

Vaping Illnesses Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says

NYT Science - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:35
More than 2,000 people have been sickened by vaping, many from illicit marijuana-based products sold online or on the street.

Trove of Mammoth Skeletons Excavated Near Mexico City Gives Clues About Hunting

NYT Science - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:34
Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History say the discovery illuminates the relationship between humans and the Pleistocene animals.

Heat sensor frustrates Bloodhound land speed car

BBC Science - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 07:57
The British supercar cuts short its latest run because of temperature concerns but still clocks 481mph.

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