• Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in a wild bird. The strain is highly contagious among birds but has never been detected in humans. "For the first time, the…

  • The Term ‘Polar Vortex’ Goes Back to the Days of Dickens

    Back in the news during the recent cold snap, the phrase “polar vortex” goes back to the days of Dickens.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • People Move Less in Extreme Weather, Jawbone Tracker Finds

    The company looked at data posted online over the course of a year by people in the U.S. wearing the Jawbone UP fitness tracker, and found that on weekdays, users walked 5 percent more steps when the temperature was 70degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) than they did when it was 40 F (4 C).…
  • Can't find your car? Hold your key fob up to your head. (Really.)

    Next time you're wandering through a vast parking lot, looking for your car, there's a weird strategy you can try: hold your remote unlocking device up to your head. It might sound pretty crazy, but it will actually extend the device's range a bit — perhaps causing your car to light up, letting you…
  • Discussion Section: Let's Discuss Control Rooms as 'Highly Charged Mythic Spaces'

    The Mission Operations Control Room in NASA's Mission Control Center during the Apollo Soyuz docking in 1975. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Because the Europeans landed on a comet last week, let's all take a trip to the dusty corner of...

  • Young Guns 2014: Meet Your Curbed Young Guns Finalists: the Wunderkinds

    After weeks spent accepting nominations and sifting through hundreds of talented designers, builders, and architects, Curbed is ready to announce the finalists of Young Guns 2014. We've been rolling out the nominees all week long. And now: the Wunderkinds. Today's...

  • Search continues at ancient Greek burial mound

    AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) — Scientists have opened the second phase of their excavation of the vast 4th-century BC burial mound in Amphipolis town in search of more tombs and bodies.

    Associated Press
  • Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study. Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in…

  • Interview: Carl Djerassi, father of the contraceptive pill

    Someone who publishes four separate accounts of his life is either vain and self-regarding or has an extraordinary range of accomplishments and ideas to communicate. As a serial autobiographer, Carl Djerassi ...

    Financial Times
  • Ablynx says blood disorder drug estimates conservative

    By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian biotech company Ablynx believes its sales estimate for its drug for the rare blood disease TTP is conservative, after tests showed it had potential to treat more than just acute cases. Ablynx recently raised its estimate for peak annual sales for…

  • Johanna Weber, mathematician and aerodynamicist, 1910-2014

    In the era when mass air travel was about to take off, anyone needing to hear the latest on what kept jets aloft could visit the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough - or pay a call on one of two ...

    Financial Times
  • Adaptive Computing demonstrates Moab HPC Suite - Enterprise Edition 8.1

    Organizations are increasingly using parallel processing technology to address their high performance, technical computing or big data analysis requirements. Adaptive Computing has long believed that its Moab HPC Suite should be the parallel processing monitor of choice.

  • Bay Area researchers and innovators win top science, technology medals

    President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense ...

    San Jose Mercury News
  • Arrested Development: Harbor Garage Opponents Present Smaller, Shorter Options

    The proposals for the big-time redevelopment of the Boston Harbor Garage seem destined to change now because of vociferous community opposition. After an initial burst of optimism last summer that something would finally be built worthy of the prime...

    Curbed Boston
  • Intensive Dutch animal farms seen vulnerable to disease

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to diseases. The discovery last Sunday of a…

  • Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain

    Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research. The investigators found that the people who had been smoking marijuana daily for at least four years had a smaller volume of gray matter in a region called the orbitofrontal…
  • Third Dutch chicken farm hit by bird flu

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch bird flu outbreak has spread to a third farm, the government said on Friday, prompting inspections at dozens of other farms in the Netherlands, a leading exporter of eggs and poultry. The latest infection was discovered on a chicken farm in the northern town of…

  • 'Captain, There Be Planets Here!'

    About 450 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Taurus, a dense, dark, interstellar cloud has slowly started to reveal its secrets. It happens to be a very active nursery for young stars resembling our own sun about 4.6 billion years ago. Embedded in this cloud, which has been carefully…

    Huffington Post