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New rules for low carbon heating in Scots homes

BBC Science - Sat, 01/04/2020 - 16:41
The new regulations will see alternatives to gas boilers installed in new homes from 2024.

Pocahontas Heacham mulberry tree DNA test 'inconclusive'

BBC Science - Sat, 01/04/2020 - 16:03
Researchers are unable to establish whether the Native American planted a mulberry tree in Norfolk.

Australia fires: How do we know how many animals have died?

BBC Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 17:17
A biodiversity expert suggests almost half a billion animals might have been affected in Australia.

Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 16:10
The administration will propose that federal agencies be allowed to disregard climate change when assessing the environmental effects of major projects.

Dr. Heather Ashton, 90, Dies; Helped People Quit Anxiety Drugs

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 15:46
Her “Ashton Manual,” published in 1999, has become a cornerstone for people all over the world dealing with benzodiazepine dependence.

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Frances Arnold retracts paper

BBC Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 13:04
A Nobel laureate is being praised for retracting a scientific paper that was not reproducible.

Beware Tyrannosaurus Rex Teenagers and Their Growth Spurts

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:27
Fossils that some scientists thought to be a separate species were likely adolescent Tyrannosaurus rexes, a new study says.

Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Baby Powder by New Mexico

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:15
The lawsuit claims the company targeted minority women and children despite being aware of the risk of asbestos in talc.

Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 09:14
In a wide-ranging career, he designed cars, restaurants and, most notably, the otherworldly look of science-fiction movies.

Older People Need Geriatricians. Where Will They Come From?

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:41
The medical profession has been troubled for years by a persistent shortage of doctors who treat the oldest and sickest patients.

Australia fires: A visual guide to the bushfires and extreme heat

BBC Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 02:06
The scale of the nation's ongoing emergency is terrifying - here's what fire crews are facing.

Human Remains in Idaho Cave Belonged to Bootlegging Jail Escapee

NYT Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 02:00
The case of Joseph Henry Loveless, who sawed his way out of jail in 1916, is among the oldest solved using genetic genealogy.

The scientist powering drones with 'happy gas'

BBC Science - Fri, 01/03/2020 - 01:23
The hydrogen-powered drone which could revolutionise the travel industry.

Met Office: Last decade 'second hottest in last 100 years'

BBC Science - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 19:33
The year 2019 saw several high temperature records in the UK - concluding a record-breaking decade.

Belching in a good way: How livestock could learn from Orkney sheep

BBC Science - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:47
The sheep of North Ronaldsay could teach other livestock how to belch in a way less harmful to the climate.

Tackling the Earth's orbiting space junk

BBC Science - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 16:11
How the Japanese firm Astroscale is set to start cleaning up the Earth's orbiting space debris.

Partial Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors Is Issued

NYT Science - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:29
The F.D.A. says the restrictions will apply to closed cartridge systems, like the flavored pods that are popular with teenagers, but exempted the open tank systems sold in vape shops that permit custom mixing of flavors.

It’s Cold Outside, but Earth Is at Its Closest Approach to the Sun

NYT Science - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 11:00
Our planet’s elliptical orbit doesn’t affect winter or summer temperatures. But some astronomers wonder whether it’s a factor in why life survives.

Christian Health Cost-Sharing Ministries Offer No Guarantees

NYT Science - Thu, 01/02/2020 - 03:02
Some state regulators are scrutinizing nonprofit groups that enroll Americans struggling to pay for medical care, but aren’t legally bound to cover their members’ claims.


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