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Heat records in June broke on every continent but Antarctica, especially in New Zealand, northern South America, Greenland, central Africa and southern Asia.

World Breaks Monthly Heat Record Twice in a Row

July 22, 2014 3:30 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced July 21, 2014, that last month's average global temperature was 61.2 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010's old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

Astronauts to Test Free-flying “Housekeeper” Robots

July 21, 2014 2:30 pm | by Maria Alberty, NASA's Ames Research Center | News | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold,...

Birdsongs Automatically Decoded by Computer Scientists

July 21, 2014 2:25 pm | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found a successful way of identifying bird...

New Evidence for Huge Water Reservoirs Deep in the Earth

June 18, 2014 3:18 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for...

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A very early version of Google’s prototype self-driving car

Just Press Go: Google's New Self-Driving Car Has No Steering Wheel or Brake

May 29, 2014 9:10 am | by Chris Urmson, Director, Google Self-Driving Car Project | Blogs | Comments

Ever since we started the Google self-driving car project, we’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving. Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History.

Simulating brain controlled flying at the Institute for Flight System Dynamics Courtesy of A. Heddergott/TU München

Brain Controlled Flight: Using Thoughts to Control Airplanes

May 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated the feasibility of flying via brain control — with astonishing accuracy. The pilot is wearing a white cap with myriad attached cables. His gaze is concentrated on the runway ahead of him. All of a sudden the control stick starts to move, as if by magic. The airplane banks and then approaches straight on towards the runway. The position of the plane is corrected time and again

March 29 X-class Flare: IBIS can focus in on different wavelengths of light, and so reveal different layers at different heights in the sun's lower atmosphere, the chromosphere. Courtesy of Lucia Kleint, BAER Institute; Paul Higgins, Trinity College

Astrophysicists Capture Rare Solar Eruption: An X-Class Solar Flare

May 15, 2014 3:40 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

Astrophysicists recently won the ‘solar science lottery’ as they were observing the skies just as one of the most energetic and rarest of solar eruptions took place. The international team, which included researchers from Trinity College Dublin, was able to record the rare event from multiple telescopes to build the most detailed picture yet of an ‘X-class solar flare.’ 

Symbiosis Technology Components manufactured by Spark Holland BV

Clarity Chromatography Software Adds Symbiosis Control Driver

May 12, 2014 11:32 am | by DataApex | News | Comments

DataApex has announced the release of a control driver for Symbiosis Technology Components manufactured by Spark Holland BV. The Symbiosis is SPARK's unique solution for fast integrated online SPE‐LC‐MS automation (XLC‐MS). Clarity can now control more than 470 instruments in total.

A U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane takes off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world’s nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now ...

U-2 Spy Plane Outlasts Cold War, but not Defense Cuts

April 25, 2014 11:11 am | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 "Dragon Lady" planes, which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send ...

Developed in part with support from the National Science Foundation, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System works by bypassing damaged cells in the retina, transmitting images from a small camera to an implant in the back of the eye that sends electrical

How to Build a Brain-machine Interface

April 25, 2014 11:02 am | by Valerie Thompson, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Devices that tap directly into the nervous system can restore sensation, movement or cognitive function. These technologies, called brain-machine interfaces or BMIs, are on the rise, increasingly providing assistance to people who need it most. But what exactly does it take to build a BMI?

Satellite View of the Americas -- Courtesy of NASA

Satellite View of the Americas

April 24, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Chetro Ketl Great Kiva in Chaco Canyon, NM

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 Toronto has found that a computer system spots real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than people can. The research team found that humans could not discriminate real from faked expressions of pain better than random chance

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 (MESSENGER) spacecraft began a seven-year journey, spiraling through the inner solar system to Mercury. One year after launch, the spacecraft zipped around Earth, getting an orbit correction from Earth’s gravity and getting a chance to test its instruments by observing its home planet.

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 forecast what's happening in the radiation environment of near-Earth space -- a place seething with fast-moving particles and a space weather system that varies in response to incoming energy and particles...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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