• 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…

  • 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...

  • 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
  • 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…
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    Birth Control Pills Make Ugly Men Hot - DNews

    Women around the world use birth control as a contraceptive, but it looks like it has an odd side effect. Trace and Amy discuss.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…

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    Bill Nye Answers Your Science, Climate Change Questions

    Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye discusses climate change and NASA space funding on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

  • 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…

  • '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
  • 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…

  • Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

    Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells. "It is a complete 20-page parchment codex, containing the handbook of a ritual practitioner," write Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner, who are professors in Australia at Macquarie University and the…
  • 5 Questions That Will Not Get You Hired

    The wrong questions can tank even the best interview. Here are five questions you should never ask in a job interview.

  • Antarctica's Mysterious Mountains Preserved By Ice

    Earth's best-kept secret to looking young is buried under Antarctica's deep, old ice. The planet's fountain of youth is frozen water mantling Antarctica's mighty Gamburtsev Mountains, a new study reports. Instead, the Gamburtsevs are as rugged as the Rocky Mountains. "The question is, why does it…