Science

  • Change in LGBT health sparked 50 years ago in Philadelphia

    By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - On July 4, 1965, with protest signs raised above their heads, 40 marchers outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall showed many people their first glimpse of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans. The protesters and their leaders, Frank Kameny and Barbara…

    Reuters
  • Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan

    A federal judge will hear arguments this month by fishing groups who want him to shut down a research project that involves blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves. U.S. District ...

    Associated Press
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty: Technobabble's Role in the Arts (Op-Ed)

    Peter Clines has published short fiction and articles on the film and television industries and is author of the new novel "The Fold"(Crown Publishing, 2015). I'm not sure, but I think it was watching "The Amazing Colossal Man" on Creature Double Feature as a kid that gave me my first, foul-tasting…

    SPACE.com
  • Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style

    A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. This new group of startups is essentially hacking the food sector with new ideas and technologies about food and with strong ties to Silicon Valley. More deals appear to be cooking, with participation from major Silicon Valley…

    AFP
  • The science prize that's making waves

    This month, the eyes of oceanographers around the world will be on New York. The reason? On July 20, Wendy Schmidt, the wife of Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, will use $2m of her family's formidable ...

    Financial Times
  • Solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record

    (Reuters) - A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii on Friday, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night…

    Reuters
  • Seabirds Smell Their Way Home

    By assessing bird flight patterns, a team of scientists has found evidence supporting the idea that seabirds navigate using smell. This is the "first direct evidence that seabirds use odor maps to navigate over vast expanses of visually featureless oceans to locate preferred grounds, and then to…

    LiveScience.com
  • Despite regulatory troubles, DNA testing firm 23andMe raises more money

    After FDA roadblocks, the company continues to push forward.

    Fortune
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    Paying With a Selfie

    MasterCard may let you use selfies as authentication.

    ABC News Videos
  • Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis promising for some patients

    LONDON (AP) — Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.

    Associated Press
  • Indoor Outdoor Space: Enclosed Walkway Gives Privacy + Light

    The shortage of living space in Japan has inspired some rather creative, unusual, and fascinating architecture. The Kusatsu House from Alts Design Office is another project that was adapted to fit the building site rather than the other way around. The home is located right next to a parking lot…

    Dornob.com
  • Fourth of July: Let These 5 Apps Help With Fun, Food, Travel Plans

    Whether you're hitting the road, planning an all-American cookout or looking for some fun in the sun, these five apps can help make sure you enjoy the holiday weekend.

    ABC News
  • Russian cargo ship heads to space station, breaking string of failures

    A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off on Friday to deliver a cargo ship loaded with food, water and equipment to the International Space Station, breaking a string of launch failures, a NASA TV broadcast showed. The Progress capsule, carrying more than three tons (2,700 kg) of supplies, was expected…

    Reuters
  • Mass Shootings Are Contagious

    Mass shootings spawn subsequent mass shootings, new research finds. The researchers discovered statistical "clusters" of shootings in which four or more people die, the standard definition of a mass shooting. School shootings also cluster, said study researcher Sherry Towers, a professor of…

    LiveScience.com
  • Solar-powered plane breaks solo flight record across Pacific to Hawaii

    By Suzanne Roig HONOLULU (Reuters) - A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy has broken a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight, the project team said on Thursday. The Solar Impulse, which took off from Japan on Monday on the…

    Reuters
  • Could You Learn to Love Genetically Modified Bacon?

    Scientific breakthrough or sci-fi nightmare: That’s the question society has been grappling with in regard to genetic modification for more than a generation now, with pro- and anti-GMO camps seemingly ever more entrenched in their respective opinions—leaving a wide swath of the public in the…

    Takepart.com
  • Fourth of July Downer: Fireworks Cause Spike in Air Pollution

    Fireworks are a beloved tradition of the Fourth of July, but the colorful displays also bring a spike in air pollution, a new study shows. The researchers analyzed information from more than 300 air-quality monitoring sites throughout the United States, from 1999 to 2013. The researchers looked at…

    LiveScience.com
  • Aliens will look just like humans, says Cambridge professor

    Technically Incorrect: Building on the principle of evolutionary convergence, an academic says it's likely that aliens will resemble us.

    CNET
  • Thailand's first MERS case to leave hospital

    An Omani man who became Thailand's first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has made a full recovery and will be discharged from hospital on Friday, Thailand's health minister said. The 75-year-old man, who had traveled to Bangkok for treatment for a heart condition and was then…

    Reuters