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Drones Unearth More Details about Chaco Culture

April 22, 2014 3:40 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico. The discovery of the structures hidden beneath layers of sediment and sagebrush is being hailed as an important step that could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes

Computers See through Faked Pain Better than People Do

March 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of...

False-Color Image Highlights Earth’s Plant Growth

March 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Holli Riebeek, NASA | News | Comments

On August 3, 2004, NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (...

Van Allen Probes Observations Help Improve Space Weather Models

March 8, 2014 4:36 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Using data from NASA's Van Allen Probes, researchers have tested and improved a model to help...

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Informatics Snapshot: METTLER TOLEDO LabX

March 3, 2014 11:39 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Welcome to Informatics Snapshot — a feature that highlights the standout properties of the current crop of laboratory informatics systems. While not intended to be a full formal review of the featured product or to indicate whether the product is considered “good” or “bad,” its purpose is to present some of the “diamonds and rust,” as the Joan Baez song goes. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the LabX system

Science Academies Explain Global Warming Reality

February 27, 2014 3:17 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made global warming is worsening and will disrupt both the natural world and human society, warns a joint report of two of the world's leading scientific organizations. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, which is the national scientific academy of the United Kingdom, are releasing an unusual plain language report on climate change that addressed 20 issues in a question-and-answer format.

NASA Announces Mother Lode of New Planets: 715

February 27, 2014 3:12 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Our galaxy is looking far more crowded and hospitable. NASA on February 26, 2014, confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system. Scientists using the planet-hunting Kepler telescope pushed the number of planets discovered in the galaxy to about 1,700. Twenty years ago, astronomers had not found any planets circling stars other than the ones revolving around our sun.

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NASA Turns Research to California Drought

February 26, 2014 1:05 pm | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said February 25, 2104. The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.

Giant Magellan Telescope Poised to Enter Construction Phase

February 21, 2014 11:09 am | by The University of Texas McDonald Observatory | News | Comments

The upcoming world’s largest telescope has passed two critical milestones, according to founding partner The University of Texas at Austin. The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has passed major reviews on its design and cost estimates and is ready to proceed to construction.

Martian Dunes Flying in Formation

February 20, 2014 4:50 pm | by Alfred McEwen, NASA | News | Comments

Migratory birds and military aircraft often fly in a V-shaped formation. The “V” formation greatly boosts the efficiency and range of flying birds, because all except the first fly in the upward motion of air — called upwash — from the wingtip vortices of the bird ahead. In this image of a dune field on Mars ...

Arctic Getting Darker, Making Earth Warmer

February 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says. With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published February 17, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

LADEE Sends First Images of Moon Back to Earth

February 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by Rachel Hoover, NASA Ames Research Center | News | Comments

Earlier this month, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory successfully downlinked images of the moon and stars taken by onboard camera systems, known as star trackers. This is the first time the LADEE team commanded the spacecraft to send these pictures back to Earth.

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Registration Opens for $2 Million Ocean Health XPRIZE

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by XPRIZE | News | Comments

XPRIZE has announced that team registration is open for the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition to incentivize breakthroughs in ocean pH sensor technology that will radically transform our understanding of ocean acidification. Teams are expected to come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from nanotechnology and biotechnology to industrial chemistry and marine science

Source of 'Moon Curse' Revealed by Eclipse

February 11, 2014 2:32 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Strange events have long been linked to nights of a full moon, though careful scrutiny dispels any association. So, when signals bounced off the lunar surface returned surprisingly faint echoes on full moon nights, scientists sought an explanation in reason rather than superstition. Still, the most compelling evidence arrived during another event that once evoked irrational fears — on a night when Earth's shadow eclipsed the full moon.

Astronomers Discover Oldest Known Star in the Universe

February 11, 2014 8:54 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. The discovery has allowed astronomers for the first time to study the chemistry of the first stars, giving scientists a clearer idea of what the Universe was like in its infancy.

Scientist’s 1956 Message in a Bottle Found

February 10, 2014 4:43 pm | by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press | News | Comments

It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles in a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 58 years later, a biologist studying grey seals off Nova Scotia found one of the bottles in a pile of debris on a beach, 300 miles from where it was released.

Cells Sense Light without Seeing

February 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) | News | Comments

Researchers have found that the melanopsin pigment in the eye is potentially more sensitive to light than its more famous counterpart, rhodopsin, the pigment that allows for night vision. For more than two years, they have been investigating melanopsin, a retina pigment capable of sensing light changes in the environment, informing the nervous system and synchronizing it with the day/night rhythm.

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Step to Artificial Hand that Feels What You Touch

February 6, 2014 10:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not quite the bionics of science fiction, but European researchers have created a touch-enabled robotic hand that gave an amputee a sense of touch he hadn't felt in a decade. The experiment lasted only a week, but it let the patient feel if different objects — a bottle, a baseball, some cotton, a mandarin orange — were hard or soft, slim or round, and intuitively adjust his grasp.

Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet

February 5, 2014 8:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The planet, designated Kepler-413b, precesses, or wobbles, wildly on its spin axis, much like a child's top.

Murray Ridge on Rim of Endeavour Crater, Mars

January 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This scene shows the "Murray Ridge" portion of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. The ridge is the NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's work area for the rover's sixth Martian winter. The ridge rises about 130 feet (40 meters) above the surrounding plain, between "Solander Point" at the north end of the ridge and "Cape Tribulation," beyond Murray Ridge to the south.

Volcanic Smog and Sunglint in the Vanuatu Archipelago

January 28, 2014 3:08 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Vanuatu Archipelago is a collection of volcanic islands about 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) northeast of Australia. Two of the islands, Gaua and Ambrym, frequently vent sulfurous gases. A broad plume of volcanic vog and ash rises from Ambrym and spreads across the South Pacific. Vog is a combination of “volcanic” and “smog,” and is formed when gases from a volcano react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture.

Sorry to Make you All Sad: Yutu Lunar Rover has Mechanical Trouble

January 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by AP | News | Comments

China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted space walks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years.

Immense Stellar Nursery: Spitzer's Orion Nebula

January 27, 2014 11:52 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

10 Years on Mars: Opportunity Still Roving

January 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along. Sure, it has some wear and tear. One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped working long ago. It has an arthritic joint. Its flash memory occasionally suffers a senior moment.

Not Dead Yet: Seismic Zone Active in US Midwest

January 24, 2014 2:26 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The New Madrid fault zone in the nation's midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported January 23. 2014. It's "not dead yet," said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, who was part of the study published online by the journal Science.

Five New NASA Earth Science Missions to Launch in 2014

January 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet. The five launches, including two to the International Space Station (ISS), are part of an active year for NASA Earth science researchers

Comet-chasing Probe Wakes Up, Signals Earth

January 24, 2014 2:16 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on January 20, 2014, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet. The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at 7:18 p.m. (1818 GMT; 1:18 p.m. EST) — a message that had to travel some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles).

NOAA: World in 2013 Fourth Hottest on Record

January 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on January 21, 2014, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st.

E-Whiskers: Highly Sensitive Tactile Sensors from Carbon Nanotubes, Silver Nanoparticles

January 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

From the world of nanotechnology we’ve gotten electronic skin, or e-skin, and electronic eye implants or e-eyes. Now we’re on the verge of electronic whiskers. Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats.

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