Science

  • ABC News

    China Begins Operating World's Largest Radio Telescope

    The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific projects as well as its military-backed space program, which saw the launch of China's second space station earlier this month. Measuring 500 meters in diameter, the radio telescope is nestled in a natural basin within a stunning landscape of lush green karst formations in southern Guizhou province. It took five years and $180 million to complete and surpasses that of the 300-meter Arecibo Observatory

  • Musk's SpaceX successfully tests rocket engine that could help us colonize Mars
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    Musk's SpaceX successfully tests rocket engine that could help us colonize Mars

    The space exploration company founded by billionaire Elon Musk has successfully tested a new rocket engine that could one day help humans establish life on Mars. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX, tweeted on Sunday evening that the company had successfully achieved the first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine. The methane-fueled engine is expected to form part of the Dragon rocket, with Musk suggesting the engines are three times more powerful than the current Merlin engines that SpaceX uses on its Falcon 9 rocket.

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    Mother Uncovers Lasting Impact of Son's Organ Donation

    An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood. Only no one could tell the Washington mother if that precious donation really made a difference. So Gray embarked on an unusual journey to find out, revealing a side of science that laymen seldom glimpse. "Infant eyes are like gold," a Harvard scientist told her. "I don't think people understand how valuable these donations are," said Gray, who hadn't grasped

  • U-2 Spy Plane Crash: Why 'Cold War' Aircraft Are Still Relevant Today
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    U-2 Spy Plane Crash: Why 'Cold War' Aircraft Are Still Relevant Today

    A U-2 spy plane that crashed in northern California earlier this week, killing one of the two pilots, focused attention on a normally clandestine aspect of the U.S. military. The U-2 plane has a long and storied history that stretches back to the late 1950s, but how is the reconnaissance aircraft used today? U-2 planes have been flown by the United States and other nations for more than 60 years, as both a spy plane and an instrument of science.

  • African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'
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    African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

    The number of African elephants has dropped by around 111,000 in the past decade, a new report released Sunday at the Johannesburg conference on the wildlife trade said, blaming the plummeting figures on poaching. The revelation, the worst drop in 25 years, came amid disagreement on the second day of the global meet over the best way to improve the plight of Africa's elephants, targeted for their tusks. With Namibia and Zimbabwe, wanting to be allowed to sell ivory stockpiles accrued from natural deaths to fund community elephant conservation initiatives, Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri rejected the "imperialistic policies" of opposing countries, branding them a "clear infringement on the sovereign rights of nations".

  • MH370 wreckage hunter won't give up until mystery solved
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    MH370 wreckage hunter won't give up until mystery solved

    Blaine Gibson, though, hasn't matched the film hero's triumph in finding the legendary chest containing the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. The amateur sleuth has had far greater success finding clues from a modern mystery: the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. "Travel is what I do, but I always love travel with a purpose, and solving the mystery of Malaysia 370 is a purpose ... until I or someone else finds out what happened to the plane and those on board," he said while in the Australian capital of Canberra to visit the headquarters for the official plane search.

  • Did the Vikings help distribute cats around the world?
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    Did the Vikings help distribute cats around the world?

    Finally, the veil of mystery around the origins and spread of ancient cats is beginning to lift. The first large-scale genetic study of domesticated cats has revealed a huge amount of information about how early feline companiions boarded boats that would take them around the world, hitching rides with all sorts of ancient cultures, including the Vikings. Cats first began developing an affinity with humans around the dawn of agriculture, some 12,000 years ago. The study, presented at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology in Oxford, Britain, suggests that the first of these domesticated cats were descended from wild cats that would chase small rodents in fields planted by early farmers.

  • Scientists are pushing for a fourth presidential debate for science-based issues to be discussed
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    Scientists are pushing for a fourth presidential debate for science-based issues to be discussed

    This week’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is the first of three the candidates will engage in before the November election. As in years past, each debate will be broadly aimed at one of three single subject areas—domestic policy, the economy and foreign policy.   For the last several election cycles, a consortium of Nobel Prize winners and American scientific associations has been pushing for a fourth separate debate devoted entirely to science issues. (Newsweek covered this effort in-depth.) They argue that in our rapidly advancing, high-tech world, with the greatest global challenge being man-caused climate change, voters need to understand where candidates get their scientific

  • Why students who do well in high school bomb in college
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    Why students who do well in high school bomb in college

    The first year of college is a tough transition, and for many students, a disillusioning one. A study conducted last fall at the University of Toronto found that incoming students arrived with unreasonably optimistic expectations. On average, students predicted they would earn grade-point averages of 3.6. Those dreams were swiftly punctured. By the end of the year, the average freshman had only a 2.3. What separated the high-achievers from the low-achievers? As any college admissions counselor will tell you, high school grades have always been the single best predictor of college success. But that does not mean that high school grades are good predictors. Research shows that differences in students'

  • LiveScience.com

    In Shift, Most Americans Now Say President Should Release All Medical Records

    A majority of Americans now say that a U.S. president should release all of his or her medical information. The poll, which was conducted by Gallup last week, found that a slim majority of Americans, 51 percent, said that a president should release all medical information that might affect that person's ability to serve in office, whereas 46 percent said that a president should have the right to keep those medical records private. The new poll results are a change from the results in 2004, when just 38 percent of Americans said that a president should release all of his or her medical information, and 61 percent said that a president should be able to keep those records private, according to Gallup.

  • Flight makes emergency landing after Samsung tablet explodes
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    Flight makes emergency landing after Samsung tablet explodes

    Device not part of Galaxy Note 7 recall

  • CNBC

    Signs Jupiter's moon has an ocean beneath its surface

    NASA's Hubble Space telescope has found evidence that Jupiter's moon has a global ocean beneath its icy surface. If there are actually plumes on the moon, it means scientists could explore the moon's subsurface ocean for chemicals, and even signs of life, without having to drill for miles through the moon's thick icy surface. "Europa's ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could potentially harbor life in the solar system," said Geoff Yoder, acting associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C., in a news release.

  • Drug Overdose Cluster in Canada Tied to Opioid-Laced Cocaine
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    Drug Overdose Cluster in Canada Tied to Opioid-Laced Cocaine

    More than 40 people in a Canadian city were treated for an opioid overdose this summer after they smoked crack cocaine that had been contaminated with an opioid drug related to fentanyl, according to a new report. In mid-July, a hospital in the city of Surrey, British Columbia, experienced a large spike in patients needing treatment for an opioid overdose — about 11 patients per day needed treatment, up from the usual four patients per day. Most of the patients had become unconscious after smoking what they thought was crack cocaine, the report said.

  • Melting Greenland ice threatens to expose Cold War waste
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    Melting Greenland ice threatens to expose Cold War waste

    A snow-covered former US army base in Greenland -- dubbed "a city under ice" -- could leak pollutants into the environment as the climate changes, raising difficult questions over who is responsible for a clean-up. In 1959, US army engineers began constructing a futuristic project in northwestern Greenland that might as well have been lifted from a Cold War spy movie. A network of tunnels under the snow contained everything from research facilities to a hospital, a cinema and a church -- all powered by a small, portable nuclear reactor.

  • Singapore's manufacturing output inches up by 0.1% in August
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    Singapore's manufacturing output inches up by 0.1% in August

    There has been an upturn in Singapore's manufacturing sector, as output emerges from the red in August. According to the latest figures by the Singapore Economic Development Board manufacturing output increased 0.1% in August 2016.

  • Got kidney stones? Try riding a roller coaster to dislodge them
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    Got kidney stones? Try riding a roller coaster to dislodge them

    Just ask any one of the 300,000 Americans who, in any given year, develop kidney stones: What if the excruciating pain of passing one of those little devils could be prevented by strapping yourself into a make-believe runaway mine train, throwing your hands in the air and enduring G-forces as high as 2.5 for about three minutes? In a bit of medical research inspired by strange and remarkable patient accounts, a Michigan State University urologist reports that, yes, riding a medium-intensity roller coaster such as the Disney theme parks’ Big Thunder Mountain Railroad can result in the painless passing of small, and even a few large, kidney stones. For best results, ride in the back, where — roller coaster afficionados all seem to agree — the thrills are greatest. Independent of kidney stone volume and location, findings reported Sunday in the the Journal of the American Osteopathic Assn. showed that sitting in the back of the roller coaster resulted in an average passage rate of 63.89%.

  • India to ratify Paris Agreement climate pact on Oct. 2
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    India to ratify Paris Agreement climate pact on Oct. 2

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will ratify the Paris Agreement climate change pact on Oct 2. Modi’s announcement on Sunday is seen as a major boost to the implementation of measures at international level in an attempt to control global warming. Modi added that the country has chosen Oct. 2 to coincide with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who lived his entire live with minimum carbon footprint.

  • Bee Pharma Africa and a Flying Pharmacy
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    Bee Pharma Africa and a Flying Pharmacy

    Hugo Fearnley of Whitby, England is studying the potential of bee-produced medicines for the treatment of human diseases. Fearnley, CEO of BeeVital and Director of the Apiceutical Research Centre (ARC), recently earned a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund his research and coalition-building in four African countries. One potentially promising compound for Fearnley is propolis, sometimes called bee glue: a mixture of plant resins and wax used for structural purposes in hives.

  • Education Week - Politics K-12

    Cram Session: What Research Says About Good Debate Prep for Clinton, Trump

    Virtually all of us have done it: furiously cram for a test or some other high-stakes event very shortly before it's slated to start. And you can bet to varying degrees that the respective presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are working day and night to prepare their candidates for Monday's debate, and the two debates after that. Reportedly, Clinton and Trump are getting ready for their face-off in very different ways. But what does research say about the best way to prepare for tests, or debates, or what have you? Is cramming smart? 1) First, here's a 2011 article for the American Psychological Association by Lea Winerman. In "Study Smart," she acknowledges that, in particular,

  • Engadget

    Researchers think chaos theory can get us past Moore's Law

    Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, believed that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every year or two. And, to his credit, that rule pretty much held out between 1965 and 2015, when the laws of physics began to get in the way. Now, researchers at North Carolina State believe that we don't need to obsess over ever-smaller transistors to make chips even more powerful. Instead, they've turned to chaos theory in the hope that mixing things up will provide the performance boost that Intel can't. Lead researcher Behnam Kia explains that we are now "reaching the limits of physics in terms of transistor size." If you've ever listened to one of Intel's presentations, you'll

  • Ultra-Deep Radio Telescope Catches What Hubble Can't
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    Ultra-Deep Radio Telescope Catches What Hubble Can't

    For the past 25 years, Hubble has captured our deepest views of the Universe, unveiling galaxies never before seen. By viewing an otherwise blank patch of the sky for hours, days or even weeks, it’s revealed the faint, distant Universe like never before. Hubble can only expose visible and near-infrared light; it can only see stars. But there’s much more to the Universe. Most of the normal matter in the Universe is present in the forms of plasma and neutral gas, not stars. Although Hubble cannot see this gas, it emits light nonetheless, just at longer (radio) wavelengths. For the first time, an ultra-deep radio telescope has caught it, showing us these cold, raw materials needed for star formation.

  • Accesswire

    American CryoStem to Participate in World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

    EATONTOWN, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / September 26, 2016 / American CryoStem Corporation (CRYO), a leading developer, marketer and licensor of patented adipose tissue based cellular technologies for the regenerative and personalized medicine industries with laboratories

  • Want a Real-Life, Full-Size Transformer? This Company Builds Them
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    Want a Real-Life, Full-Size Transformer? This Company Builds Them

    Ever wonder what the computer-generated Transformer robots in director Michael Bay's movies would look like in real life? A Turkish company has the answer, with a fully functional Transformer prototype. In a series of videos, the company Letvision unveiled a transforming robot built from a BMW 3 Series coupe.

  • Paris bans cars along part of River Seine
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    Paris bans cars along part of River Seine

    Strollers and cyclists can breathe easy on the banks of the Seine after Paris on Monday approved a plan to ban cars on a long stretch of riverside road cutting across the city. A centrepiece of her battle against pollution, the plan has divided opinion in the French capital. "We need to slow down a bit, let go, stop and relax," said Violetta Kolodziejczak, a restaurant greeter.

  • Why this biotech startup is going after rare neurological diseases
    Business Insider

    Why this biotech startup is going after rare neurological diseases

    Researchers had noticed that, right off the bat, tumors were growing instead of shrinking, Dr. Jeremy Levin, previously an SVP at competing company Bristol-Meyers Squibb, told Business Insider. Now, Levin is the CEO of Ovid Therapeutics, a pharma company focusing on rare neurological diseases.