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Pre-empt the Radiation or Die


At West Point, in a speech, President George W. Bush shared the doctrine of pre-emption with his cadets that he articulated as a countermeasure to September 11 attacks.

How Satellite TV Systems Originated


What we know as satellite tv actually had its origins in the space race which began with the launching of the satellite Sputnik by the Russians in 1957. The first communication satellite was developed and launched by a consortium of business and government entities in 1963.

Alchemy: Turning Rocks to Gold Since the Middle Ages!


Alchemy. Such a misunderstood science.

A Wake Up Call To The Scientific Community


Nature has millions of intervowen interrelationships among the numerous flora and fauna. Such relationships are the basis for the food webs and food pyramids.

Why Dont Moths Fly to the Moon?


Surely, in the days before man invented artificial light, moths would have been attracted to the only light source at night - the moon. Wouldn't they have just kept on flying until they dropped from exhaustion? In fact does this not happen today in sparsely populated areas, where the moon is still the only night-light available?Navigation Sorry to disappoint you, but there is no concrete answer - only theories.

Feb. 12 is Darwin Day -- Secular Americans Celebrate Bday of Evolution Champ


This Feb. 12 marks the 196th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth!The day has special significance for America's nearly 30 million nonreligious people.

Paternity Testing - Are You Raising Someone Elses Child?


The dawn of the DNA testBack in the 1700s, the best way to determine paternity was by a good hard look and the child, followed by a good hard look at the father. Enough coincidences and maybe a relationship could be proposed.

The Wages of Science


In the United States, Congress approved, last month, increases in the 2003 budgets of both the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. America is not alone in - vainly - trying to compensate for imploding capital markets and risk-averse financiers.

The Ecology of Environmentalism


The concept of "nature" is a romantic invention. It was spun by the likes of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the 18th century as a confabulated utopian contrast to the dystopia of urbanization and materialism.

Paper - More than Meets the Eye


We are surrounded by so much paper and card that it is easy to forget just how complex it is. There are many varieties and grades of paper materials, and whilst it is fairly easy to spot the varieties, it is far more difficult to spot the grades.

How Albert Einstein Saw Things A Little Differently


Albert Einstein had just administered an examination to an advanced class of Physics students.As he left the building, he was followed out by one of his teaching assistants.

Lets Get Dirty


There is no right way of saying this, so I'll say it the wrong way: in order to stay healthy we must stay dirty. Now, that didn't sound right, did it? Put it this way: if we all lived in sealed apartments where only the purest air was pumped in and every trace of bacteria were eliminated from our food we probably wouldn't last long when we stepped outside.

Veterinary Hematology 101; 2005 Abstract


Veterinary Hematology is more than just blood cells. Blood, highly functional and truly definitive, does much more than provide for the transport of cellular metabolites and waste products.

Divining Your Soul Number


Your Soul Number, which defines your very essence or heart's desire, is calculated using the vowels in the name that appeared on your birth certificate. This reading describes what you or another person value or want most in life.

Aliens


I am being allowed time out to raise a subject that is dear to my heart (I normally market web sites!).Is there life out there? Are we alone? How did we get here?These are the big questions.

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The timing was perfect. A few weeks after the experimental protocol that had served me for years inexplicably stopped working, my grad school adviser ...


Tragedy revisited  Science Magazine

“Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.” So argued ecologist Garrett Hardin in “The Tragedy of the Commons” in the 13 December 1968 issue of Science (1).


News at a glance  Science Magazine

Plan S, the push by European science funders for immediate open access (OA) to research publications, got a boost last week when China's largest government ...


The future of science is in your hands: An interview with Michael Nielsen  Boing Boing

Michael Nielsen was a Fulbright Scholar who got his Ph.D. in Physics at 24. He was already tenured when he decided just three years later to shift his attention ...


Wake-up call from Hong Kong  Science Magazine

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last month, was rocked by the revelation from a researcher from Shenzhen that ...


Revealing the brain's molecular architecture  Science Magazine

The brain, our most complex organ, is at the root of both the cognitive and behavioral repertoires that make us unique as a species and underlies susceptibility to ...


EPA to pursue final 'science transparency' rule in 2019 | TheHill  The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to pursue next year a final version of its much-criticized rule that would restrict the scientific studies it can use ...


Scientists overhaul corn domestication story with multidisciplinary analysis  Science Daily

Scientists are revising the history of one of the world's most important crops. Drawing on genetic and archaeological evidence, researchers have found that a ...


Ancient bird fossils have 'the weirdest feathers I have ever seen'  Science Magazine

One hundred million years ago, the sky was filled with birds unlike those seen today, many with long, streamerlike tail feathers. Now, paleontologists have found ...


Top stories: Ebola outbreak challenges, Viking cats, and a new kind of placebo  Science Magazine

Concerns about an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that surfaced in August are growing. Although communities seem to be responding ...


Nasa's Juno probe films Jupiter's storms – video | Science  The Guardian

Nasa's Juno craft has captured the chaotic weather systems on Jupiter as well as taken new measurements that will help to build a map of the planet's interior.


Surprise! Tornadoes form from the ground up  Science Magazine

Call Dorothy—the formation of tornadoes has been knocked on its head. New measurements from tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas suggest these storms' ...


Springfield native involved in space station research encourages students to pursue science  The State Journal-Register

A Springfield native whose experiments examining the effects of a weightless environment on muscle health are on the International Space Station told Lincoln ...


Updated: NIH says cancer study also hit by fetal tissue ban  Science Magazine

*Update, 13 December, 11:45 a.m.: A third laboratory at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is also affected by the agency's temporary ban on acquiring new ...


Science photos of the year  Science Magazine

Our Science Visuals team reviewed the most striking photographs we published this year. Here are the ones that moved us the most: Previous. Iguazu Falls.


Mars lander takes a selfie  Science Magazine

After painstakingly swiveling the camera mounted on its robotic arm for a week, NASA's InSight spacecraft, which landed last month on Mars, has completed its ...


The End of DACA Would Be a Blow to Science  Scientific American

On November 5, the eve of midterm elections, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), bypassing ...


From history to politics, nature to science, cookery to music - the best non-fiction of 2018  Independent.ie

From history to politics, popular science, nature, cookery and music, it's our guide to the best non-fiction of 2018. History. Can anything new be said about ...


How deaf researchers are reinventing science communication  The Verge

Science is a language unto itself, and scientists rely on precise, standard terminology for common ground in their work. But for deaf researchers and students, ...


Neurosurgery could spread protein linked to Alzheimer's, study finds  The Guardian

Surgical instruments used in brain operations should be treated to ensure they are not contaminated with proteins linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to ...


Dog research at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gets formal review  Science Magazine

Dog research at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is going under the microscope. Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and ...


Did maize dispersal precede domestication?  Science Magazine

The domestication of plants and animals and their dispersal across the globe triggered a millennia-long process by which human activity has become the ...


5 Reasons You’re Having Enough Sex, According to Science  Fatherly

Most people are having enough sex for optimal health and happiness, and for everyone else that goal is more attainable than they might think, studies show.


Spacewatch: China's moon lander enters lunar orbit  The Guardian

Chang'e-4 is second spacecraft in Chinese mission to land on far side of the moon.


NASA's Juno mission halfway to Jupiter science  Science Daily

On Dec. 21, NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3140 miles (5053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 128802 mph (207287 ...


TRM maintenance is regulated by tissue damage via P2RX7  Science

Noncirculating tissue-resident memory T cells (TRM) provide rapid host defense after reexposure to a previously encountered pathogen. Stark et al. found that ...


Why one woman agreed to become an 'Immortal Corpse' for science  ABC News

"The Immortal Corpse" is part of National Geographic's special-edition, single-topic issue on "The Future of Medicine," available online now and on newsstands ...


Scientists identify vast underground ecosystem containing billions of micro-organisms  The Guardian

Global team of scientists find ecosystem below earth that is twice the size of world's oceans.


IUP naming college, planned science center to honor couple's financial contribution to university  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a planned science center there have new names, both honoring a couple who gave $23 million to IUP, ...


At arm's length  Science Magazine

A few years ago, scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust, one of the world's wealthiest private philanthropies, published sobering findings about the deadly ...


Reimagining the human  Science Magazine

Earth is in the throes of a mass extinction event and climate change upheaval, risking a planetary shift into conditions that will be extremely challenging, if not ...


New study says scientists are leaving academic work at unprecedented rates  Inside Higher Ed

The “half-life” of academic scientists has shortened dramatically over time, says a new paper calling attention to the “rise of the temporary workforce.” Following ...


Viking cat skeletons reveal a surprising growth in the size of felines over time  Science Magazine

Many animals shrink when they become domesticated—the average dog is about 25% smaller than its wild cousin the gray wolf, for example—but a curious ...


A general reinforcement learning algorithm that masters chess, shogi, and Go through self-play  Science Magazine

Computers can beat humans at increasingly complex games, including chess and Go. However, these programs are typically constructed for a particular game, ...


Climate change is a problem of politics, not science  EURACTIV

The scientific, economic and social arguments for aggressive action on climate change are powerful. Our political leaders are now at a fork in the road and our ...


Love Science, Space and Physics? This Holiday Gift Guide Is For You  Forbes

The best books, calendar, accessories and more are all just one click away.


Virgin Galactic launches SpaceShipTwo to the edge of space  The Guardian

Spacecraft launched on Thursday in test mission became first commercial US flight beyond the atmosphere since 2011. Erin Durkin in New York and agencies.


Prolonged milk provisioning in a jumping spider  Science Magazine

Mammals produce milk to feed their offspring, and maternal care often continues well after the young can forage for themselves. Though other cases of milk-like ...


Books for budding scientists  Science Magazine

From audacious space missions and quantum physics to clean cookstoves and coral nurseries, this year's finalists for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for ...


A mechanistic classification of clinical phenotypes in neuroblastoma  Science Magazine

Neuroblastomas—the most common tumor type in infants—develop from fetal nerve cells, and their clinical course is highly variable. Some neuroblastomas are ...


Trump science adviser casts doubt on links between pollution and health problems  The Guardian

Comments by science review board chairman add weight to fears that Trump administration is aiming to discredit research to justify scrapping regulations.


EPA science adviser allowed industry group to edit journal article  Science Magazine

Risk analyst Tony Cox invited oil industry funder to review his work.


A gamma-ray determination of the Universe's star formation history  Science Magazine

How many stars have formed in the Universe, and when did they do so? These fundamental questions are difficult to answer because there are systematic ...


Open-source discovery of chemical leads for next-generation chemoprotective antimalarials  Science Magazine

Malaria parasites are evolutionarily prepared to resist drug attack. Resistance is emerging to even the latest frontline combination therapies, which target the ...


Temperature-dependent hypoxia explains biogeography and severity of end-Permian marine mass extinction  Science Magazine

Though our current extinction crisis is substantial, it pales in comparison to the largest extinction in Earth's history, which occurred at the end of the Permian ...


Animals and the zoogeochemistry of the carbon cycle  Science Magazine

Flux across the carbon cycle is generally characterized by contributions from plants, microbes, and abiotic systems. Animals, however, move vast amounts of ...


Skepticism about science  INQUIRER.net

Do you know that 48 percent of adult Filipinos agree that “Overall, modern science does more harm than good,” whereas only 21 percent disagree, and 31 ...


Swifter, higher, stronger: What's on the menu?  Science Magazine

The exploits of elite athletes delight, frustrate, and confound us as they strive to reach their physiological, psychological, and biomechanical limits. We dissect ...


7 Creepy Things A Dead Body Can Do, According To Science Even if you find it  Bustle

Even if you find it creepy to talk about death in general, and what a dead body can do in particular, the weirdness of it all can be lessened ever so slightly by ...


Spider moms spotted nursing their offspring with milk  Science Magazine

On a summer night in 2017, Chen Zhanqi made a curious find in his lab in China's Yunnan province. In an artificial nest, he spotted a juvenile jumping spider ...


Science World is planning an incredible NYE party  Richmond News

There are a number of places to ring in the New Year in Vancouver, but the TELUS World of Science offers a decidedly glamorous affair on the big night.


The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree  WIRED

Is your tree robust to cold? Do its needles cling to their branches? Christmas tree scientists ask these questions so we don't have to.


Semiconducting polymer blends that exhibit stable charge transport at high temperatures  Science Magazine

Charge carriers move through semiconductor polymers by hopping transport. In principle, these polymers should be more conductive at higher temperatures.


These are our favorite science books of 2018  Science News

From tales about whales to enthralling scientific histories and the memoir of a frustrated astrophysicist, 2018 was a banner year for science books. Here are ...


Scientists warn of slow progress towards United Nations biodiversity targets  Science Daily

Date: December 14, 2018; Source: California Academy of Sciences; Summary: Researchers praises widespread commitment but call for broader participation to ...


Artificial intelligence helps predict volcanic eruptions  Science Magazine

Satellites are providing torrents of data about the world's active volcanoes, but researchers have struggled to turn them into a global prediction of volcanic risks.


3D nanofabrication by volumetric deposition and controlled shrinkage of patterned scaffolds  Science Magazine

Although a range of materials can now be fabricated using additive manufacturing techniques, these usually involve assembly of a series of stacked layers, ...


Geffen School of Medicine presents award for excellence in basic science  UCLA Newsroom

The research of Switzer Prize winner Dr. David Sabatini has spurred the development of new classes of drugs with the potential to treat cancer and other ...


Flawed analyses of U.S. auto fuel economy standards  Science Magazine

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for passenger vehicles and light trucks have long been a ...


After last week's shock, scientists scramble to prevent more gene-edited babies  Science Magazine

Few seemed more surprised by the tide of outrage unleashed by the claim that the first gene-edited babies had been created with the revolutionary lab tool ...


The Best Science Books Of 2018  Science Friday

Here at Science Friday, our jobs involve reading a lot of science books every year. We have piles and piles of them at the office. Hundreds of titles about biology ...


United States should prepare to build a prototype fusion power plant, panel says  Science Magazine

Just in time for the holidays, a panel of leading scientists has presented a plan for nuclear fusion research in the United States that reads like a wish list.


10 benefits of being attractive, according to science  Business Insider South Africa

It turns out, being conventionally beautiful has its benefits. According to science, people who are perceived as attractive are more likely to get hired for jobs and ...


History as KZN gran donates body to science | The Post  Independent Online

Durban - A Durban woman's selfless act of donating her body to the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine for research went down in history this week.


CRISPR bombshell: Chinese researcher claims to have created gene-edited twins  Science Magazine

HONG KONG, CHINA—On the eve of an international summit here on genome editing, a Chinese researcher has shocked many by claiming to have altered the ...


The finalists are in: Vote for the 2018 People's Choice for Breakthrough of the Year!  Science Magazine

*Update, 13 December, 12 a.m.: Voting has closed. Check back on 20 December to see your winner, along with Science's choice for the 2018 Breakthrough of ...


Uncertainty boosts Brexit jitters for U.K. scientists  Science Magazine

U.K. scientists dreading the country's impending departure from the European Union, known as Brexit, now face possible outcomes ranging from undesirable to ...


Dietary fat: From foe to friend?  Science Magazine

For decades, dietary advice was based on the premise that high intakes of fat cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and possibly cancer. Recently, evidence ...


Organic food worse for the climate?  Science Daily

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required, a new study finds.


Google's DeepMind aces protein folding  Science Magazine

Turns out mastering chess and Go was just for starters. On 2 December, the Google-owned artificial intelligence firm DeepMind took top honors in the 13th ...


New school subject hopes to find the next generation of scientists  The Sydney Morning Herald

A new practical high school science subject is holding to inspire the next generations of experts.


Why 536 was 'the worst year to be alive'  Science Magazine

Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of ...


Report that NIH will cancel fetal tissue research contract fuels controversy  Science Magazine

Federal officials deny they have pulled funding from university lab.


Cannibalism? Nope, This 8,000-Year-Old Man Was Likely Burned in a Ritual  Live Science

The shattered skull of a hunter who lived about 8,000 years ago isn't evidence of cannibalism, as scientists previously thought. Rather, the hunter died in a grisly ...


We Just Got The Closest-Ever Picture Taken of The Sun's Atmosphere  ScienceAlert

NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the first human-made object to fly into the Sun's corona, completed its first solar flyby on November 11, collecting a wealth of ...


8,300-Year-Old Stone Snake Heads Reveal Stone Age Ritual Ceremonies  Live Science

What might be passed over as two oddly shaped rocks are the work of Stone Age artisans who sculpted the rocks into beady-eyed snake heads, archaeologists ...


‘Enough Is Enough’: Science, Too, Has a Problem With Harassment  The New York Times

Many women in science thought that meritocracy was the antidote to sexism. Now some have decided on a more direct approach.


Buying time  Science Magazine

In a fast-changing environment, evolution can be too slow. "Plasticity" can give it a chance to catch up. Open in new tab. When conditions are right, spadefoot ...


Origins of Pain: Researchers identify pathway that drives sustained pain following injury  Science Daily

Research in mice identifies a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and resulting pain-coping behaviors Findings point to the existence of separate ...


China sets out for the far side of the moon  Science Magazine

SHANGHAI, CHINA—China's ambitious program of lunar exploration is about to attempt a spacefaring first: On 8 December it will launch a probe intended to ...


Building two-dimensional materials one row at a time: Avoiding the nucleation barrier  Science Magazine

Classical nucleation theory predicts that two-dimensional islands on a surface must reach a critical size before they continue to grow; below that size, they ...


Can't find data scientists? Don't worry about it  ZDNet

New study says five factors are democratizing data science, potentially easing the talent shortage.


Why are these Costa Rican monkeys turning yellow?  Science Magazine

Mantled howler monkeys are beginning to sport yellow patches of fur.


Is it time for a universal genetic forensic database?  Science Magazine

DNA is an increasingly useful crime-solving tool. But still quite unclear is the extent to which law enforcement should be able to obtain genetic data housed in ...


NASA lander survives harrowing descent to surface of Mars  Science Magazine

Update: NASA's InSight spacecraft survived its descent through the thin atmosphere of Mars and successfully landed on the planet's surface today. Although ...


Looming Parliament vote boosts Brexit jitters for U.K. scientists  Science Magazine

U.K. scientists dreading the country's impending departure from the European Union, known as Brexit, now face possible outcomes ranging from undesirable to ...


Trump's nominee for USDA science post calls new U.S. climate report 'genuine'  Science Magazine

The entomologist nominated to be the chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C., said today he accepts the conclusions of ...


The best recent science fiction and fantasy – review roundup  The Guardian

The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whiteley; Splintered Suns by Michael Cobley; How Long 'til Black Future Month? by NK Jemisin; North by Frank Owen and The ...


Scientists say controversial plan to cool the planet is doable  NBC News

Researchers are examining whether stratospheric aerosol injection (also known as solar dimming) could help slow global warming and fight climate change.


How scientists are studying dreams in the lab  The Verge

Journalist Alice Robb is the author of Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey. The Verge spoke with Robb about theories of dreams, ...


Science Is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck  The Atlantic

Despite vast increases in the time and money spent on research, progress is barely keeping pace with the past. What went wrong?


Spider silk is five times stronger than steel—now, scientists know why  Science Magazine

The next time you brush aside a spiderweb, you might want to meditate on its delicate strength—if human-size, it would be tough enough to snag a jetliner. Now ...


Fast track to the neocortex: A memory engram in the posterior parietal cortex  Science Magazine

How fast do learning-induced anatomical changes occur in the brain? The traditional view postulates that neocortical memory representations reflect ...


The Science Behind Your Cat's Catnip Craze  HowStuffWorks

There are few greater joys than watching a cat completely lose its inhibitions (and mind) at the hands of catnip. The herb is known to cause typically conservative ...


50 years ago, armadillos hinted that DNA wasn't destiny  Science News

Nine-banded armadillos have identical quadruplets. But the youngsters aren't identical enough, and scientists 50 years ago could not figure out why.


Scientists, surfers, and our own reporter team up to design a better wetsuit  Science Magazine

Sean Newcomer's team is doing pioneering experiments to examine how this essential gear works and fails.


Strongest evidence of early humans butchering animals discovered in North Africa  Science Magazine

Discovery suggests some of the world's first stone tools spread across Africa much earlier than expected.


Sciences Address Harassment; #MeTooSTEM Wants Funds Cut, Too  Bloomberg Law

The #MeToo movement has crept quickly and rapidly across industries since its October 2017 explosion, and the traditionally morally scientific professions have ...


Google's DeepMind predicts 3D shapes of proteins  The Guardian

AI program's understanding of proteins could usher in new era of medical progress.


Watch humpback whales trick thousands of fish into becoming dinner  Science Magazine

The humpback whale has one of the biggest mouths on the planet—and the appetite to match. The bus-size mammals can eat up to 2500 kilograms of fish a day ...


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