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September 22, 2014

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3:20 PM | Evidence For The Big Bang Theory May Have Just Been Dust
Earlier this year — and in a discovery that screamed Nobel Prize — Harvard physicists announced that they'd found evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, potential proof that our universe began with a bang . The claim was duly criticized , but a new analysis may be the most damning yet. Read more...
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12:25 AM | Ten months and 442M miles later, NASA’s Maven set to reach Mars orbit
Mission aims to study Mars' history, climate, and potential to support life.

September 21, 2014

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10:15 PM | Massive survey makes sense of the diversity of quasars
A study of 20,000 quasars reveals an underlying relationship—and a mystery.
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8:00 PM | New technique gets pure hydrogen out of splitting water
Physically separates the oxygen and hydrogen production steps using chemistry.

September 20, 2014

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5:00 PM | There’s not a creativity deficit in science
Don't use funding application statistics as a proxy for creativity.

September 19, 2014

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11:05 PM | Bendy silicon is sensitive enough to register a falling virus
Tiny cantilever sensor capable of measuring femtoNewton forces.
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6:20 PM | 2014 Ig Nobel awards honor nasal tampons made of bacon
Also awarded: Putting baby poop in your sausages, dressing as a polar bear.
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3:00 PM | Royal Observatory announces the winners of its 2013 photography contest
Wow.

September 18, 2014

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9:05 PM | Price slowly rising on carbon emissions in US cap-and-trade states
After a few years in the basement, prices have climbed above $4/ton.
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7:00 PM | Time dilation measured at 40 percent of the speed of light—in the lab
High-speed ions show that clocks do run slow when you are moving fast.
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4:30 PM | Natural gas in some drinking water due to leaky gas wells, not fracking
But contamination by deep water and fracking fluid remains the subject of debate.

September 17, 2014

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6:59 PM | Artificial sweeteners may leave their users glucose intolerant
Saccharin and other sweeteners alter the bacteria living in our guts.
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5:18 PM | Researchers create a one-dimensional crystal
Pack alternatively charged ions inside a carbon nanotube.

September 16, 2014

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8:20 PM | Boeing and SpaceX getting NASA money for manned space launches [Updated]
The two winners are established leaders in unmanned launches.
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3:50 PM | Jeff Bezos’ space startup partnered with Boeing for crew delivery bid
NASA announces winner today; WSJ says Blue Origin has inside track.
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3:33 PM | The little-known Soviet mission to rescue a dead space station
How two Cosmonauts battled extreme cold, darkness, and limited resources to save Salyut 7.

September 15, 2014

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9:30 PM | Texas textbooks butcher climate change coverage—in social studies
And this time, it's the publisher's fault.
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8:15 PM | MIT researchers take cheetah robot out for a run without a leash
On-board power lets robot roam the campus.
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6:40 PM | Rosetta scientists choose site for first landing on a comet
Safety and scientific interest had to be balanced.

September 14, 2014

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9:00 PM | A closer look at the space shuttle that never got to space
A mini-documentary on one of NASA's experimental toys, the Enterprise.
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8:00 PM | Microbial factories could produce locally brewed painkillers
Gene by gene, the opioid production pathway is being put into brewer's yeast.

September 13, 2014

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8:00 PM | Dinosaurs lost the ability to taste sugar; hummingbirds re-evolved it
Mutations have changed a taste receptor so that it responds to sugar.
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5:58 PM | This Internet of Things radio is the size of an ant
The radios, which don't require batteries, can execute commands quickly.

September 12, 2014

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9:45 PM | 2002 Larsen B ice shelf collapse likely due to rising temps
Examination of the seafloor reveals details of the ice's history.
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6:10 PM | Good news on ozone, bad news on greenhouse gases
The ozone layer is on track for recovery even as carbon emissions boom.
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3:00 PM | These Simple Tips Will Make Your Science Visualizations Rock
There are so many, many ways to graphically convey scientific data. But depending on how this information is presented, it can be perceived differently by different people — if not completely inaccurately. Here are 10 simple rules to help you convey your data more effectively.Read more...
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12:15 PM | Controversial stem cell paper was published over reviewers’ objections
And following rejection at two other journals.

September 11, 2014

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7:00 PM | Predatory dinosaur was larger than T. rex, went for swims
Skeleton of a semi-aquatic predator completes a story interrupted by bombs in WWII.
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2:55 PM | Caffeine is so essential that the ability to produce it evolved twice
Coffee has lots of genes for making caffeine and other flavorful chemicals.
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12:00 PM | Researchers search for genes behind intelligence, find almost nothing
Three possible genes, all with minuscule effects on brain power.
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