• ABC News

    UMaine Professor Dies Conducting Research in Antarctica

    A University of Maine professor has died while conducting research in Antarctica. The university says 50-year-old Gordon Hamilton died Saturday when the snowmobile he was riding hit a crevasse and he fell 100 feet. He had been in Antarctica doing research for the National Science Foundation. His work focused on the role of ice and glaciers in the climate system. Hamilton began working at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute in 2000. He served as an assistant research professor, taught undergraduate and graduate courses and worked with a statewide initiative on science, technology, engineering and math programs for high school students. UMaine provost Jeffery Hecker released a statement

  • ABC News

    Space Station Accepts 1st Virginia Delivery in 2 Years

    The International Space Station has received its first shipment from Virginia in more than two years. Orbital ATK's cargo ship pulled up at the space station Sunday, six days after a sensational nighttime launch observed 250 miles up and down the East Coast. The capsule — called Cygnus after the swan constellation — contains 5,000 pounds of supplies. Station astronauts grabbed it using a big robot arm. Last Monday's liftoff from Wallops Island was the first by an Antares rocket since a 2014 launch explosion. Orbital ATK redesigned its Antares rocket and rebuilt the pad. While the Antares was grounded, the Virginia company kept the NASA supply chain open with deliveries from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • Italian Coast Guard videos show refugees pulled to safety in Mediterranean Sea

    Italian Coast Guard videos show refugees pulled to safety in Mediterranean Sea

    Unfortunately, not everyone made it, as at least 14 bodies were recovered and dozens more remain missing, Italian officials said. Italy's Guardia Costiera, or Coast Guard, shared two videos on Sunday from the dozens of rescue operations this weekend in the central Mediterranean. Officials said 2,400 people were rescued on Saturday by the coast guard, ships from nongovernmental organizations and the Irish Navy, according to ANSA, Italy's leading news agency.

  • The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

    The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

    Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles around, here are 10 of the coolest stories in Science this week. Roman battlefield uncovered: Sling stones and other projectiles were found outside an ancient wall in Jerusalem, which

  • Major California river adding key ingredient: water
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    Major California river adding key ingredient: water

    A decade ago, environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150-mile stretch of California's second-longest river, an ambitious effort aimed at allowing salmon again to swim up to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn. A major milestone is expected by the end of the month, when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the stretch of the San Joaquin River will be flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years. "I think we all had hoped we'd be further along," said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, which led the lawsuit that produced the deal with the government to bring back salmon.

  • Senegal in renewables drive as new solar park unveiled

    Senegal in renewables drive as new solar park unveiled

    Senegal put into service one of sub-Saharan Africa's largest solar energy projects Saturday as it pushes to become a regional player in renewables on a continent where the majority remain off-grid. The 20-megawatt Senergy 2 project in Bokhol, close to the Mauritanian border, will serve 160,000 people with electricity, and will contribute to Senegal's target of serving 20 percent of its energy needs with renewables by the end of 2017. "With the Bokhol facility, we take a new step and Senegal enters wholeheartedly into a new, clean-energy era," he told the audience in a country where 45 percent currently lack power at home.

  • Elon Musk details his vision of life on Mars

    Elon Musk details his vision of life on Mars

    Space X founder and CEO Elon Musk gave more details about plans to colonize Mars on Sunday during an AMA session on Reddit. Musk’s ambitious plans, laid out last month at an international space conference in Mexico, include using reusable rockets to launch a fleet of spaceships to establish a base on the Red Plant, creating a colony with 1 million people over the course of 100 years. Musk hopes to launch an unmanned mission as soon as 2018, and a manned mission in 2024. On Sunday, Musk said the first manned mission, with about a dozen people, would create a base and set up a propellant plant for refueling. His envisions Mars settlers living in glass-and-carbon-fiber geodesic domes, with robots

  • Why Intelligent People Might Get More From Solo Travel

    Why Intelligent People Might Get More From Solo Travel

    According to a study from the British Psychological Society, intelligent people are more likely to experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends. Using data from a long-term survey of 15,000 people, aged 18 to 28, psychologists determined that those who lived in cities were generally less happy than those who lived in rural areas and people tended to report higher life satisfaction when they saw their friends more often. The study justified this finding with the savanna theory of happiness.

  • 'Smart' home devices used in massive US cyberattack
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    'Smart' home devices used in massive US cyberattack

    Cybersecurity expert provides safety advice

  • Associated Press

    Correction: Russia-US-Space story

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a story Oct. 21 about a Russian capsule successfully reaching the International Space Station, The Associated Press misstated the names of the three astronauts who were already already aboard the station. The new crew joined Anatoly Ivanishin

  • Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

    Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

    Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor. The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive baby bones. Questions about whether ADHD might arise a few years down the road or whether schizophrenia could crop up in young adulthood tend to be overshadowed by more immediate parental anxieties. In 2013, University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues recruited 100 healthy, pregnant women from greater Denver to study whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.

  • The next President will take power with significant space decisions looming
    Ars Technica

    The next President will take power with significant space decisions looming

    At the upper edge of the atmosphere, where the sky kisses outer space, a few molecules of nitrogen and oxygen bounce around. If we consider the presidential election as playing out at the surface of the Earth, amid a thick atmosphere of invective and accusation, it is not a stretch to say the relative importance of space policy lies somewhere near the edge of space, bouncing around inconsequentially, like these stray molecules. Even so, the next president of the United States will have the ability, if not the desire, to shape the future of America’s civil space programs—especially with major decision points on the horizon, including the privatization of spaceflight and the details of where humans

  • Maritime archaeologists accidentally discovered 40 ancient shipwrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea

    Maritime archaeologists accidentally discovered 40 ancient shipwrecks at the bottom of the Black Sea

    A group of maritime archeologists studying sea levels in the Black Sea have uncovered 41 shipwrecks this year as a “complete bonus.” The Black Sea Maritime Archeology Project has been trawling the seabed to understand how quickly the water level rose after the last Ice Age, 20,000 years ago. But their surveys ended up uncovering dozens of previously unknown wrecks. Many of the discoveries are in excellent condition, thanks to low oxygen levels below 150 meters, which slows decay. “The wrecks are a complete bonus, but a fascinating discovery, found during the course of our extensive geophysical surveys,” said Jon Adams, a University of Southampton maritime archaeologist and principal investigator

  • The Cheat Sheet

    The 7 Highest-Paying College Degrees All Earn Over $60,000

    Career site Glassdoor recently unveiled its list of the 50 highest-paying college majors. Not surprisingly, college majors focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education came out on top. Through an analysis of resumes and salary reports, Glassdoor came up with a listing of college majors that yield the most earnings during the first five years out of college.

  • Charlie Munger's 18 Biases That Cause You to Fool Yourself and Make Bad Decisions -- The Motley Fool
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    Charlie Munger's 18 Biases That Cause You to Fool Yourself and Make Bad Decisions -- The Motley Fool

    Almost 20 years ago, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) vice-chairman Charlie Munger gave a talk called "The psychology of human misjudgment" at Harvard. He's given dozens of talks since, but I don't think any match its wisdom and usefulness. I recently came found the talk on video. You can listen to the whole thing here, and I highly encourage you to if you have an hour to spare. For the impatient, the talk discusses about 18 separate biases that cause people to fool themselves make bad decisions. I've summarized them here, along with a few comments from Munger. 1. Under-recognition of the power incentives. "I think I've been in the top 5% of my age cohort all my life in understanding the power

  • The Columbus Dispatch

    This dino probably honked like a goose

    In the movies, the prehistoric soundscape is filled with brachiosaurus bellows, velociraptor shrieks and Tyrannosaurus rex roars. But paleontologists don’t know what the dinosaurs’ world sounded like. Now researchers studying the fossilized remains of a 66-million-year-old Antarctic waterfowl called  Vegavis iaai have discovered the oldest-known avian voice box, called a syrinx. The finding suggests the ancient bird honked and quacked like today’s geese and ducks.

  • Newsmax

    WSJ: Fidelity's Will Danoff Is the $108 Billion Man Who Has Beaten the Market

    One of the most successful money managers of our time may not be a household name, but he is literally living proof that despite all the technological advances in attempts to beat the marker in a march toward artificial intelligence, nothing can really beat the human mind. Will Danoff, manager of Fidelity Investments’ $108 billion Contrafund, the biggest actively managed stock or bond mutual fund run by one person, contends that living and breath investment strategists have fundamental investing advantages that no machine will ever replace: the human touch. Since Danoff took over on Sept. 17, 1990, Contrafund has averaged a 12.7% return annually, according to Morningstar, outperforming the S&P 500 index by 2.9 percentage points a year.

  • Experts claim 'air bombs' explain Bermuda Triangle mystery
    The Week

    Experts claim 'air bombs' explain Bermuda Triangle mystery

    The "Bermuda Triangle" is the stuff of legend — in both senses of the word. The area of the Atlantic Ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda has seen its share, or maybe more than its share, of mysterious disappearances of ships and aircraft, leading to a popular theory that some paranormal force is at work in the triangular body of water. Two meteorologists tell the Science Channel that hexagonal cloud patterns, 20 to 55 miles across, are likely to blame for the Bermuda Triangle phenomenon. "These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence, 'air bombs,'" said Dr. Randy Cerveny at Arizona State University. "They're formed by what are called microbursts. They're blasts of

  • DARPA’s space debris tracking satellite finds a new owner and home in Australia
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    DARPA’s space debris tracking satellite finds a new owner and home in Australia

    You frequently hear about the sale of a car or a house, but it is not too often you get word of the transfer of ownership of a million dollar telescope. That’s exactly what happened on October 18, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) handed over control of the 3.5-meter Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) to the U.S. Air Force Space Command. Now that it is under the direct supervision of the Air Force, the military branch plans to undertake the complex project of moving the telescope from its installation at White Sands New Mexico to its new home in Australia. Operational since February 2011, the SST is capable of scanning large regions of the sky, with an affinity for detecting

  • Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

    Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

    "Low-temperature fires with no visible flames are known as cool flames. In previous combustion experiments aboard the space station, researchers observed cool flame burning behaviors not predicted by models or earlier investigations. The Cool Flames Investigation examines low-temperature combustion of droplets of a variety of fuels and additives in low gravity. Data from this investigation could help scientists develop more efficient advanced engines and new fuels for use in space and on Earth. "The Lighting Effects investigation tests a new lighting system aboard the station designed to enhance crew health and keep their body clocks in proper sync with a more regular working and resting schedule.

  • Forbes

    What You Need To Know About The Mole, An Important Chemistry Idea

    October 23rd marks Mole Day in the United States. Chemistry classes and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate this unofficial holiday with activities, cakes and jokes galore. Here’s what you need to know. What is a mole? A mole is a unit of measurement in chemistry. Here is the official definition: One mole of something (say, atoms, or raindrops) is equal to as many of that something as there are atoms in 12 grams of the isotope carbon-12. And… how much is that exactly? Experiments have nailed down the number as 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd power, or 6.02×1023 in mathematical notation. So, in other words, one mole of atoms of carbon-12 is 6.02×1023 carbon atoms. (Altogether, that many atoms weigh 12 grams.)

  • Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

    Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

    Corporations intent on making employees more engaged and creative are focusing on happiness as the answer. Chief Happiness Officer is an actual job at many companies. But most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Computational scientist Anna Jordanous at Kent University and linguist Bill Keller of Sussex University in England dug through through over half century of study on the creative process in various fields, and isolated 14 components of creativity. Happiness wasn’t one of them. Creativity is complex. The 14 components Jordanous and Keller found all need to work together to varying degrees depending on the task at hand, the researchers

  • A huge new dinosaur which once plodded across Australia has been discovered
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    A huge new dinosaur which once plodded across Australia has been discovered

    This year is continuing to be a great one for paleontologists. First the largest ever dino footprints were discovered, then Brazil's largest dinosaur was found in a cupboard. Now, a new titanosaur has been named in Australia by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum (AADM). The discovery of Savannasaurus ellottorum is significant for paleontologists because it will help put together the puzzle of the distribution of the largest land-living animals. Its name comes from the location in which the specimen was discovered; AADM co-founder David Elliott came across it in the Australian savannah in 2005. "I was nearly home with the mob — only about a kilometre from the yards — when I spotted a small

  • 9 Billion People Will Live On This Planet By 2050. We Can Feed Them All—IF We Start Now
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    9 Billion People Will Live On This Planet By 2050. We Can Feed Them All—IF We Start Now

    To feed the 9 billion humans who’ll be living on Earth in 35 years, we’re going to have to double the amount of food available. That would be a challenge even if those same humans weren’t changing the planet’s climate, making it less friendly to farming. But agriculture’s inefficiencies, misuse of fertilizer, and inappropriate crop choices are actually easy to fix. Feeding the world of tomorrow is technologically feasible with existing tools (and some creative thinking). It’ll just take some work. Low yield Farmers will need to produce more food on less land, especially in the developing world. Money, seeds, and poop Seeds bred or engineered for specific soil and climate types and to resist pests

  • The Awesomeness of Earth from Above
    The Atlantic

    The Awesomeness of Earth from Above

    Only a handful of people have traveled into space to admire the blue marble we call home. Astronauts who have had this privilege describe the feeling of seeing the Earth from above as humbling; only from afar can one understand just how vast and interconnected everything truly is. And while most of humanity will never make it past the ozone, Benjamin Grant's Instagram project, Daily Overview, has been sharing high definition satellite photographs to give everyone access to this unique perspective. Come October 25, Grant will be publishing “Overview,” a new book that includes more than 200 original images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature that highlight graphically stunning patterns