August 19, 2014

2:44 PM | Is a different Icelandic volcano about to act up?
With tectonic rumbles underneath the ice, Iceland has raised the alert level.
1:00 PM | DIY diagnosis: How an extreme athlete uncovered her genetic flaw
Runner discovers she has two extremely rare genetic diseases, teaches herself genetics.

August 18, 2014

9:40 PM | Which came last—The supernova or the red giant?
Understanding how an element is made rewrites the pre-history of our Solar System.
6:05 PM | “Biochip” loaded with DNA lets researchers study gene activity
Silicon chambers form artificial "cells" that are linked by capillaries.
3:30 PM | Magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Chile increased risk nearby
Rather than relieving stress, it shifted it to neighboring fault segments.

August 17, 2014

7:00 PM | Insect that ekes out a living in Antarctica has tiny genome
A wingless midge survives two winters frozen in its larval state.
5:00 PM | Web therapy could be an option for bipolar disorder
One user says it has "significantly helped me to survive the blackest moments."

August 15, 2014

3:07 PM | Signal of anthropogenic climate change is written in the ice
Take humans out of the equation and the glaciers would be in better health.
1:00 PM | Weak forces hold rubble-pile asteroids together
Weaker than a hydrogen bond, van der Waals forces keep a rubble pile intact.

August 14, 2014

6:10 PM | Thousand-robot swarm assembles itself into shapes
A few guide-bots and minimal communications get the job done.
5:03 PM | Are processors pushing up against the limits of physics?
A perspective on whether Moore's law will hold, as well as whether it matters.

August 13, 2014

3:52 PM | What is misconduct?
The results of a small survey of graduate students and post-docs suggest that our research trainees don’t really know what research misconduct is below the level of flat-out fabrication. However, we were dismayed that only 54 per cent gave a three … Continue reading →

August 12, 2014

11:40 PM | How to build a supermassive black hole in less than a billion years
A possible construction manual for the Universe's first galactic cores.
8:30 PM | The downside of high school science requirements: More dropouts
Authors of study also reported lower college attendance, though a slight boost in college graduation.

August 11, 2014

11:45 PM | Feeding everyone with a minimum of carbon emissions
We can expand farmed land and avoid liberating six billion tons of carbon.
5:50 PM | Earth’s gravitational pull may partly melt a bit of the Moon
A small region near the edge of the Moon's core may be partly molten.

August 10, 2014

8:03 PM | Regarding the “science made mistakes” tropes? Debunked by real science
I know I shouldn’t use the conspiracy theory fallacy when talking about the pseudoscience-pushing science deniers, who are the bread and butter of topics for skeptics. But, when I keep observing the same ridiculous and insanely illogical arguments used in the same manner by all of the deniers, I begin to wonder if they don’t […]Continue reading «Regarding the "science made mistakes" tropes? Debunked by real science»
8:00 PM | Water and air are all you need to make one of world’s most important chemicals
Could replace the process that currently consumes 2% of the world's energy.
6:00 PM | Geothermal energy has success in Nevada, wants to spread to the rest of the West
Ars spends a day touring facilities that were once very uncommon in America.
2:39 AM | Crowd-funded ISEE-3 reboot mission to begin Sunday after lunar flyby
The 36-year-old satellite will pass the moon before going into an orbit around the sun.

August 09, 2014

7:40 PM | Allen Telescope Array, nearly destroyed, survives California wildfire
Search for extraterrestrial life is "up and running," engineer says.
2:08 PM | NASA’s ‘falling saucer’ test vehicle footage released
New, lightweight aerobraking hardware may eventually put humans on Mars.
12:00 PM | Astronaut performance jeopardised by sleep deprivation
Astronauts working on ISS missions sleep just over six hours a night.

August 08, 2014

8:20 PM | Three massive volcanic eruptions light up Jupiter’s moon Io
The moon put on a fiery display for astronomers.
6:15 PM | Robot origami: Watch a flat sheet fold itself into a bot, go for a walk
A self-assembling robot designed using software meant for origami.

August 07, 2014

6:00 PM | IBM researchers make a chip full of artificial neurons
Coprocessors and a neural network supercomputer may follow.

August 06, 2014

9:40 PM | New map of flood risks shows electricity and water do mix—quite often
And as the sea rises, generating facilities may go under more often.
6:30 PM | Scientists turn a brown butterfly purple—in just six generations
Structural and pigment changes combine to turn brown into purple.
5:20 PM | After 10 years, Rosetta probe catches up with its comet destination
Now just 100km from the surface.

August 05, 2014

9:00 PM | Strong La Niñas recently? Blame the Atlantic—and a volcano
An eruption over 20 years ago may have shifted warming trends around the globe.
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