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  • New Tech Venture Seeks to Tackle Global Food Crisis

    It pretty much goes without saying that over the past generation, the tech industry has revolutionized the way we live in ways both big (um, the entire Internet) and small (ordering pizza through your Xbox). But one enormous area of supreme significance to human existence has, to a fair degree,…

    Takepart.com
  • Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

    NEW YORK (AP) — It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

    Associated Press
  • Cold hard facts: Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Measuring the thickness of Antarctic sea ice, an important gauge of environmental conditions in this remote polar region in a time of global climate change, has proven to be a tricky task. But an underwater robot is providing a nice solution. Satellite…

    Reuters
  • The Gates Foundation pushes to make more academic research free and open to the public

    Starting in January 2017, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will require all of the researchers it funds to be published in a manner that is free for the public to read, according to a recent statement. The Gates Foundation rules are in conflict with current policies at many top journals such…

    Vox.com
  • Living in a Time of Constant Change

    It is said: "There is no constancy in life, except change." This is abundantly true for women. Over the past 50 years, women have made enormous progress in all aspects of American life. From politics to the arts and entertainment, from business to sports, women are represented at every level.…

    Huffington Post
  • Lifesaving Beats: Songs Can Help with CPR Training

    The familiar tune of the Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive" has been used for medical training for quite a few years now: It has the right beat — not to mention, the perfect title — for providing CPR's chest compressions at the right pace to revive a patient. The 1977 hit song has a rhythm of 103 beats…

    LiveScience.com
  • Could economics benefit from computer science thinking?

    Economists are sometimes content asking whether or not a banking system could be stable or a market could continue to grow. But they and other scientists could benefit from a computational view that asks not just whether the right conditions exist but also how hard it is to find them, according to…

    The Week (RSS)
  • The Sound of a Cosmic Touchdown

    If a spacecraft lands on a comet 330 million miles away, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Yes, it does. And now we have a recording of it. Last week the European Space Agency released ...

    The Atlantic
  • BioMarin to buy Prosensa in $840 million deal

    (Reuters) - BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy Dutch drug developer Prosensa Holding NV for about $840 million including milestone payments, aiming to add to its portfolio of drugs to treat rare diseases.

    Reuters
  • Smartphone Innovations Could Transform Health Care

    Several new innovations on the way could dramatically change how people receive health care. New products that make use of smartphone technology — such as phone-based systems that track all of a person's health data, and sophisticated hardware and apps that let a person sample and test their own…

    LiveScience.com
  • Germany orders some poultry kept inside to protect against bird flu

    By Michael Hogan HAMBURG (Reuters) - Farm poultry in German regions with a high risk of contact with migrating wild birds must be kept inside farm buildings to protect against the risk of contracting bird flu, German authorities said on Monday. The decision was taken by federal and state…

    Reuters
  • Nobel Medal for DNA discovery could fetch $3.5 million at auction

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to American scientist Dr. James Watson, a co-discoverer of DNA, is expected to sell for up to $3.5 million at auction next month in New York, Christie's said on Monday. Watson, along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins,…

    Reuters
  • How NASA will launch four spacecraft at once to study magnetic fields

    NASA has been planning to study the magnetic reconnection between the Earth and the sun for years, and now the agency has revealed how its scientists are going make it happen. Magnetic reconnection is ...

    Engadget
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    Soyuz spacecraft blasts off to the International Space Station

    NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency, and Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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  • Tattoo-Removal Laser Could Combat Acne Scars

    "In general, even those who had deeper scars seemed to be pleased with the results," said study author Dr. Jeremy A. Brauer, a dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. The patients reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the results of the treatment, according…

    LiveScience.com
  • "Avoid stigmatising Africa," musician says as West Africa Ebola song launched

    By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some of Africa's top musicians launched on Monday an alternative Ebola appeal song to Band Aid's new recording of "Do they know it's Christmas' with proceeds also going to fight the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa…

    Reuters
  • Get Your ‘Interstellar’ Fix By Watching The Latest Soyuz Spacecraft Dock With The ISS

    Among the many praiseworthy moments in this month’s “Interstellar” is a scene in which Matthew McConaughey’s character pilots a ship to dock with another in orbit — a tense moment director Christopher Nolan tried to express as realistically as possible.

    The Daily Caller
  • Bacteria Evolved to Save the Planet. Can We?

    From Zócalo Public SquareAfter millions of years of gloriously successful life on Earth, a dangerous new organism arose and spread rapidly across the planet. With unprecedented efficiency, this revolutionary life form pumped noxious fumes into the air, destroyed ecosystems and exterminated a…

    Huffington Post