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July 25, 2014

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12:51 AM | Outlook grim for orbiting Russian zero-G sex geckos
Contact lost with satellite containing five suddenly unlucky lizards.

July 24, 2014

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4:24 PM | Kids really do avoid food that’s good for them
But only if you tell them it's good for them.
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3:22 PM | Researchers learn about gas-giant cores by hammering diamond with lasers
The National Ignition Facility does more than fusion.

July 23, 2014

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10:13 PM | NASA to examine commercializing Mars communication relays
Orbit Mars, send data from rovers back to Earth.
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10:00 PM | Researchers identify possible glitch in Antarctic ice measurements
Even when measuring something enormous, there are devils in the details.
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10:00 PM | Researchers identify possible glitch in Antarctic ice measurements
Even when measuring something enormous, there are devils in the details.
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2:02 PM | Updating how we teach the process of science
This week, I’m with a group of in-service middle school teachers for a week-long workshop on climate science.  It is always inspiring to connect with K-12 teachers to see and hear about their passion for their classrooms and for teaching – and always frustrating to hear that they have to do so with so few resources that include outdated textbooks.  And in those outdated textbooks we will find the “scientific …
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1:11 PM | Mysterious orbits of dwarf galaxies found all over the nearby Universe
Like the moons of Saturn, but with mini-galaxies instead.
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12:15 AM | Are the people who refuse to accept climate change ill-informed?
Survey shows they know just as much—if you ask the question right.

July 22, 2014

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3:35 PM | Bacterial antivirus system repurposed to attack HIV where it’s hiding
Cuts up copies of HIV that have inserted themselves into the genome.
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1:57 PM | A simple explanation for awe-inspiring sandstone arches
Gravity is not the arches' enemy—it's their secret.

July 21, 2014

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7:03 PM | Climate models that accidentally got El Niño right also show warming slowdown
We've been stuck in cool, La Niña state for most of the past decade.

July 20, 2014

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9:35 PM | Apollo 11 turns 45: A lunar landing anniversary retrospective
We look at some lesser-known facts and myths surrounding Armstrong's one small step.
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7:00 PM | Growth factor restores insulin response in diabetic mice
And it does so without any of the side effects of other treatments.
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5:20 PM | DOE, commercial partners start world’s largest carbon capture project
Emissions from a coal plant will be captured and used to liberate oil.

July 18, 2014

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8:18 PM | How US satellites pinpointed source of missile that shot down airliner
Satellite technology built to detect ballistic missile launches caught Buk’s signature.
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3:53 PM | Quasiparticles carry entanglement, breaking speed limits
In a new experimental system, the concept of "light cones" doesn't apply.
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1:09 PM | New solar material goes hole-free for greater durability
A perovskite-based photovoltaic leaves positive charges in place.

July 17, 2014

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7:15 PM | Detailed imaging of Mount Rainier shows subduction zone in glorious detail
New study shows us where magma is being generated.
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2:51 PM | With many-worlds, all quantum mechanics is local
But that doesn't make for evidence that parallel universes exist.
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2:27 PM | DARPA funds development of space plane for cheaper, faster satellite launches
Unmanned XS-1 would go suborbital to launch smaller rockets to space.

July 16, 2014

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8:40 PM | Darwin’s complete Galapagos library posted online
404 volumes kept on board the Beagle join the giant Darwin Online repository.
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7:20 PM | Fossils of strange Cambrian predator preserved with brain impressions
Carbon marks where nerves once resided inside the animal's exoskeleton.
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3:50 PM | Invasive kudzu drives carbon out of the soil, into the atmosphere
And its range is expanding north with the warming climate.

July 15, 2014

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8:48 PM | Single hotspot may be the source of many ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays
We're talking about Exa-electronVolts of energy—figures dwarfing the LHC's power.
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1:00 PM | What’s behind your blood type?
After over a century of study, we're still not entirely sure.

July 14, 2014

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7:38 PM | New qubit design provides parity bit for Schrödinger cat states
Could be a step toward error-correcting quantum computing.
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5:59 PM | Challenge Accepted: Science in the Northern Gateway Pipeline Process
By Sarah Boon Earth and Environmental Science subject editor A couple of weeks ago, our science policy editors Karine Morin and Pascal Lapointe discussed the Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) decision, and challenged bloggers to address the science behind the decision itself. Several bloggers on the Science Borealis network stepped up to the plate – David Ng and Meredith Hanel – though there were no responses in the Earth & Environmental Science category. So this week your Earth […]

July 13, 2014

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7:00 PM | Public to get to vote on names for exoplanets
Go find your local astronomy club, but no naming for a pet or Stephen Colbert.
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5:00 PM | Human memory-saving devices get $37.5m research boost from DARPA
Groups will study brain patterns, implant devices that deliver personalized stimulation.
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