• The Singles Bars of the Sea

    Dating on land may be unpleasant, but for microscopic sea animals, searching for a mate in the sea is like looking for a needle in a haystack, where the haystack is the size of Mount Everest.

    The Atlantic
  • NYC Waters Are Teeming With Plastic Particles, Study Finds

    A new report says the waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply

    ABC News
  • Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

    (Reuters) - Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect up to 4 million people. The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female…

  • Black holes colliding remixed as Justin Bieber. Sorry, we had to.

    At long last, we're here to solve a problem mankind has had for about five hours how. After the world received proof that gravitational waves exist from the impact of two black holes colliding, scientists converted the signal from the impact into sound. Well, you're welcome, you no longer have to…

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  • Urbanization Leads to Change in Type of Bacteria in the Home

    Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window

    ABC News
  • Venus, the Best and Brightest

    I usually don’t criticize my colleagues in public but I would like to draw attention to two articles in The Atlantic—one by Adrienne LaFrance ‘Jupiter Is the Best Planet’ and the other by Ross Andersen who claims that Saturn is the best planet in the solar system. Honestly? They can’t be serious.…

    The Atlantic Wire (RSS)
  • Unmanned Sub Hunters & Robot Battle Managers On the Horizon, DARPA Says

    Space battles, unmanned submarine hunters and artificial intelligent systems that help human commanders make split-second decisions may sound like science fiction fodder, but military researchers are hard at work trying to make them a reality. The U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects…
  • Despite rocky start, Philae comet probe has raked in science data

    Twelve years ago, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a spacecraft with a very precious cargo -- a robot laboratory designed to land on a comet and photograph, prod and sniff its surface. The 1.3-billion-euro ($1.5-billion) mission of robot lab Philae and its orbiting mothership, Rosetta, was…

  • Research Finds Harmful Algae Toxins in Alaska Marine Mammals

    A study led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists says toxins from harmful ocean algae were detected at surprising levels in samples of more than 900 Alaska marine mammals

    ABC News
  • U.S. agencies to study safety of artificial turf fields

    Three U.S. government agencies will team up to study whether artificial turf fields and playgrounds that use bits of recycled tires are exposing children to dangerous chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and…

  • 3D printing hands on: Attempting to print a NASA wrench

    Scientists at NASA are working on using 3D printing on the International Space Station so unique parts can be built in space. We attempt to build a NASA design in our workshop. Lessons were learned.

  • First Click: Hyperloop or loopy hype?

    Elon Musk famously described Hyperloop as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun… and an air hockey table.” He first floated his idea for the high-speed ground transportation system in July 2012, and then again in May 2013 at the D11 conference. In August of 2013, Musk followed up his musings with…

    The Verge
  • The DLR space agency says its final farewell to the Philae lander

    The Philae lander’s cosmic legacy officially comes to a close this week as the German space agency DLR announced it would cease communication with the comet-riding probe. Though not entirely surprising — the agency feared last month it would soon come to this — the team at DLR did spend the better…

    Digital Trends
  • Documents Show Volkswagen Resisted Takata Air Bag Recall

    Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags, telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary, according to documents

    ABC News
  • Should Christians Meditate?

    What is Meditation?Meditation involves ways in which a person focuses their attention and stills the body. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, meditation is a mind and body practice that increases relaxation, improves coping with illnesses and overall…

    Huffington Post
  • Europe's comet-chasing Rosetta mission: timeline

    Paris (AFP) - A timeline of Europe's Rosetta mission, which marked the end of a chapter Friday when ground controllers said they would stop trying to contact robot lab Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

  • The simplest explanation of why we should care about gravitational waves

    Before a team of scientists announced this week that they had detected gravitational waves for the first time ever — a blockbuster, Nobel-worthy discovery — I called up Cliff Burgess. Burgess is a theoretical physicist at McMaster University in Ontario. If you look with visible light as far as we…