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Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science

Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to scienceBOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S.



02/19/2017 - 05:41 PM

 

Facial-recognition software may help save Earth’s most endangered mammals

Facial-recognition software may help save Earth’s most endangered mammalsLemurs are considered the world's most endangered mammal, but a team of researchers have devised a system called LemurFaceID, which uses facial-recognition software to spot lemurs in their natural habitat.



02/20/2017 - 09:24 AM

 

India's space agency employees get treated with free pizza after setting world record last week

India's space agency employees get treated with free pizza after setting world record last weekIndia’s space agency ISRO shattered world record last week when it launched a flock of 104 satellites into space with one rocket.  SEE ALSO: Fumed Indians continue to troll NYT over 2-year-old cartoon mocking their space agency The space agency has since won many hearts, and earned many fans including the billionaire Elon Musk. Amid all of this, it also won itself a lot of free pizzas.  Celebrating last week’s milestone, pizzeria chain Pizza Hut offered a free pan pizza treat all ISRO employees across India yesterday.  "It’s a moment of great pride for us as ISRO created history and this initiative is a small token of our appreciation to put cheerful smiles on the faces who made the nation proud by achieving such an amazing feat." Unnat Varma, Managing Director Pizza Hut was quoted as saying.  According to the report, Pizza Hut spent Rs 600,000 ($8,960) to treat over 2,000 ISRO employees, who were invited to visit select Pizza Hut stores.  Last week, ISRO surpassed Russia’s space agency’s previous record of launching 37 satellites into orbit with one rocket in 2014. The milestone was widely covered, and praised by other space agencies.  @Floydilicious Yeah, awesome achievement by ISRO. Very impressive! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2017 Billionaire Elon Musk also found it an "awesome achievement" and "very impressive." In a tweet, he also noted that ISRO is making India proud.  BONUS: Relive SpaceX's incredible daytime rocket landing with this video



02/21/2017 - 01:08 AM

 

UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch

UK government to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launchBritain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday. Draft legislation, which will also allow for horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments and the establishment of space ports around Britain, will set out rules and regulations for the sector. Along with funding for commercial space businesses looking to create space launches in Britain, the government said the new powers could see a commercial spaceflight from a UK space port possible by 2020.



02/19/2017 - 08:22 PM

 

John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbit

John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbitCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth.



02/20/2017 - 02:02 PM

 

The future of private space flight

The future of private space flightLawrence Krauss, chair of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, on the future of private space flight.



02/20/2017 - 04:09 PM

 

Scientists to attempt year-long North Pole expedition in 2019 to study rapid climate change

Scientists to attempt year-long North Pole expedition in 2019 to study rapid climate changeScientists under the guidance of Mosaic (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) mission will attempt a round-the-year expedition of the North Pole or the Arctic Pole to study climate patterns, especially the rapid melting of ice on the pole. The expedition will be the first since Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen's attempt in 1893 to reach the North Pole by using the natural drift of the polar ice. The scientists aim to undertake the operation on board a 120m-long German research vessel, the Polarstern, to answer big questions about the Arctic, including why the region is warming faster than any other place on Earth.



02/20/2017 - 01:01 AM

 

Innovative medical implant uses a magnetic field to deliver drugs

Innovative medical implant uses a magnetic field to deliver drugsA magnetic implant has been developed by researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC). It could help ease treatments for patients required to take many pills or undergo regular intravenous injections.



02/19/2017 - 10:55 AM

 

This Oil Nation Aims To Colonize Mars

This Oil Nation Aims To Colonize MarsThe UAE has big plans to use its significant oil funds to colonize Mars, joining Musk and Space X in the race to the red planet



02/19/2017 - 07:00 PM

 

Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduate

Study: Struggling college students get a hand to graduateWASHINGTON (AP) — Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A new tool involving big data can help those at risk.



02/20/2017 - 03:19 AM

 

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution processA federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again. At issue is whether a contested ...



02/21/2017 - 12:37 AM

 

10 Myths You Shouldn't Believe About Psychopaths and Sociopaths

10 Myths You Shouldn't Believe About Psychopaths and SociopathsDealing with a psychopath or sociopaths? We live with and among them. But there's a lot of misinformation out there. Here are some common myths, debunked.



02/19/2017 - 11:13 PM

 

NASA'S 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

NASA'S 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS FailsThe consequences of using the wrong exit out of a shopping center are minimal, but when it’s a firefighter trying to make her way out of a burning building, the stakes for tracking her precise location and orientation are high. A system is being developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) with funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track first responders accurately and in real time in spaces—such as buildings made of steel and concrete—where GPS and other technologies fail. The primary goal of the new system—Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders, or POINTER—is to save the lives of those whose job it is to save lives.



02/20/2017 - 11:39 AM

 

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock

Gene editing mulled for improving livestockGene editing, which has raised ethical concerns due to its capacity to alter human DNA, is being considered in the United States as a tool for improving livestock, experts say. The technique is different than that used in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because it does not introduce foreign genes, but rather alters already existing DNA. "Gene editing is one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology," Alison Van Eenennaam, an expert in animal genetics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



02/20/2017 - 08:57 PM

 

Mysterious Tully Monster was a weird creature but not a fish

Mysterious Tully Monster was a weird creature but not a fishThe "Tully Monster" was probably not a vertebrate, scientists have said, contradicting the conclusions of two other high-profile studies published last year. The Tully Monster is an iconic 300 million year-old, soft-bodied fossil from the Mazon Creek fossil beds in the USA. It was first discovered by amateur palaeontologist Francis Tully in 1958, but many other specimens have been found since then.



02/20/2017 - 08:49 AM

 

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night skyThousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars. The Traveling Telescope visits some of this East African country's most remote areas, showing students the night ...



02/19/2017 - 09:27 PM

 

This new NASA air traffic control tech aims for flight efficiency

This new NASA air traffic control tech aims for flight efficiencyNASA and the FAA teamed up to test this new air traffic control system, which is part of the NextGen program. It will free up space for more flight patterns, enhance pilot communications, save fuel, and improve arrival times for flights.



02/20/2017 - 12:35 AM

 

Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to rest

Tribes lay remains of Kennewick Man to restKENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground.



02/20/2017 - 02:32 PM

 

Why are people left or right-handed? Mystery deepens as brain not the source of asymmetry

Why are people left or right-handed? Mystery deepens as brain not the source of asymmetryThe origins of handedness have been a scientific puzzle for many years. Asymmetries in the brain have been thought to be the source of our preference for either our right or left hands. Instead, even earlier in development there is asymmetrical expression of genes in the spine, which is now thought to be where handedness arises, according to a paper in the journal eLife.



02/20/2017 - 06:43 AM

 

Gender Equality Through The Microscope: Encouraging More Women In Labs

Gender Equality Through The Microscope: Encouraging More Women In LabsRosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace - among the great scientists who have paved the way for Women in STEM. 65% of early career researchers in biomedical sciences are female, yet a huge drop off rate is reported when looking at progression to professor level with less than one in five biomedical professor positions across the research sector currently held by women. For example, setting up decision-making meetings at 8am when female colleagues are on the school run - so it's harder to get involved - undoubtedly having an impact on career progression somewhere along the line.



02/19/2017 - 10:28 AM

 

Scientists Measure Effect Of High-Energy Electrons On CMB

Scientists Measure Effect Of High-Energy Electrons On CMBAn image released Monday by the European Southern Observatory shows the first measurements of the Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect on the Cosmic Microwave Background.



02/20/2017 - 03:36 AM

 

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellitesDENVER (AP) — Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows — water that sustains a substantial share of the global population.



02/21/2017 - 02:15 AM

 

Brown recluse spider's exceptionally strong silk inspires new generation of tough materials

Brown recluse spider's exceptionally strong silk inspires new generation of tough materialsIntrigued by the strength of the recluse's silk, researchers from Oxford University and William & Mary began to study the spider and discovered they use a unique ribbon geometry not found in any other arachnid.



02/19/2017 - 03:12 PM

 

Humanity In The Age Of AI

Humanity In The Age Of AI"We are either kings or pawns of men," said Napoleon Bonaparte. In his famous quote, he describes possibly the biggest challenge facing humanity as we move into a world driven by ever smarter, more manipulative technology. As technology advances, we are quickly becoming slaves to it, unaware of our intentional manipulation.



02/20/2017 - 12:32 PM

 

BBC America Greenlights 'Planet Blue II'

BBC America Greenlights 'Planet Blue II'The seven-part docu-series, a successor to 2001's 'Planet Blue,' will be narrated by David Attenborough.



02/19/2017 - 07:01 PM

 

Giant basking sharks swim south for the winter

Giant basking sharks swim south for the winterA number of Britain's basking sharks swim south during winter months to get some sun, scientists have found out. The discovery contradicts previous hypotheses that the giant fish hibernated at this time of the year. The plankton-eating basking shark can reach lengths of up to 12 metres, making it the largest fish in British waters and the second largest in the world, after the whale shark.



02/20/2017 - 05:46 AM

 

Gene Editing: The Next Step In Evolution

Gene Editing: The Next Step In EvolutionWith humans on the cusp self-evolution, a new report emphasizes the need for a societal conversation that were not likely to have.



02/20/2017 - 12:15 AM

 

The Ocean Could Contain A Near Limitless Supply Of Nuclear Fuel

The Ocean Could Contain A Near Limitless Supply Of Nuclear FuelScientists believe they’ve found a viable way to extract uranium from the oceans, opening up a source of energy that could supply today’s nuclear power stations for 6,000 years. Researchers from Stanford University have developed a technique that, they believe, will give us the option to extract nuclear fuel from seawater. There is an enormous quantity of uranium in the oceans, around 4.5 billion tonnes, in the form of uranyl ions with a positive charge.



02/20/2017 - 11:15 AM

 

 

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