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  • Solar Eclipse Will Transform Sun into 'Ring of Fire' Next Week

    The sun will look like a ring of fire above some remote parts of the world next Tuesday (April 29) during a solar eclipse, but most people around the world won't get a chance to see it. Half the world saw a lunar eclipse during the full moon on April 15. When a lunar eclipse occurs, it usually…

    SPACE.com
  • Amyris Is Giving the "Hippie Perfume Molecule" a Synthetic Biology Makeover

    For the first time in history, patchouli oil will be produced by yeast instead of a plant. Can Amyris cash in on the opportunity?

    Motley Fool
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  • Brazil investigates possible mad cow case

    Brazil is investigating a potential case of atypical mad cow disease, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, just over a year after several countries banned Brazilian beef imports when a similar case of the disease was confirmed. Laboratory tests are under way and atypical bovine spongiform…

    Reuters
  • Vermont lawmakers send GMO food-labeling law to governor

    A law that would make Vermont the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, received final approval from state lawmakers on Wednesday and now heads to the governor's desk. The Vermont House of Representative passed the bill 114-30. Last…

    Reuters
  • Amped-up ear implant helps to re-grow auditory nerves

    Cochlear implants already help those with auditory damage to hear better, but what if they could also grow new nerves while they're there? Scientists at the UNSW have discovered a way to do just that, at least in hamsters. After they introduced a gene therapy solution, a modified cochlear implant…

    Engadget
  • Gates-backed TB drug to enter late-stage testing

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - The first experimental drug that fights both conventional and drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis is advancing to late-stage clinical testing, researchers said on Wednesday, raising hope for a new way to stem the growing threat of drug-resistant TB. The…

    Reuters
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    How Does Powdered Alcohol Work? - Discovery News

    A new product, called Palcohol, allows people to get drunk off powdered alcohol. How can you make alcohol into a powdered form, and is it safe to consume? Laci discusses the history of powdered alcohol, how it works, and when you might see this product in a liquor store near you.

    DNews
  • Serendipity aids Egypt in struggle to recover stolen heritage

    By Stephen Kalin and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - When French Egyptologist Olivier Perdu saw a fragment of a pharaonic statue on display in a Brussels gallery last year, he assumed it was a twin of an ancient masterpiece he had examined in Egypt a quarter of a century earlier.     The reality was an…

    Reuters
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  • Study in Europe eclipses notion home in the sun equals happiness

    Sun seekers who leave northern Europe for warmer climes are marginally less happy than those left behind, a study found. A sample of more than 300 migrants from Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Britain who resettled in Mediterranean countries found that they were slightly…

    Reuters
  • What Is a Sherpa?

    The deaths last week of 16 guides in an avalanche on Mount Everest has increased global awareness of the region's close-knit Sherpa community and the risks some of these individuals take when helping climbers ascend the world's tallest peaks. It's worth noting that the term "Sherpa" does not…

    LiveScience.com
  • Hot Tchaikovsky: Fertile Women Prefer Complex Composers

    In a 2012 study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers played tunes of various complexity for women in different phases of their menstrual cycle and found that they had no preference for complexity around the time of ovulation, when they were most fertile. Now, one of the authors of that…

    LiveScience.com
  • Brazilian Congress passes Internet bill of rights

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate unanimously approved groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that guarantees equal access to the Internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users in the wake of U.S. spying revelations. President Dilma Rousseff, who was the target of U.S.…

    Reuters
  • NASA tries space kits to engage kids in science and space

    By Sarah McBride NEW YORK (Reuters) - Making mini satellite dishes that collect signals or building remote-controlled mini Rovers such as the kind NASA has used on Mars are the types of activities that could interest kids in science, but their complexity can derail all but the most enthusiastic…

    Reuters
  • 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife': Doubts Raised About Ancient Text

    Now, new information uncovered by Live Science raises doubts about the origins of the scrap of papyrus. The gospel, written in the ancient Egyptian language Coptic, has made headlines ever since Harvard University professor Karen King announced its discovery. The business-card-size fragment…

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    Scientists locate 19th century steamship in San Francisco Bay

    Scientists have discovered a 19th century steamship that sank near the Golden Gate Bridge.

    KFSN – Fresno
  • Sailfish Stealthily Slash Prey with Bills

    Schooling sardines don't seem to notice the slender bill poking into their midst until the blows start raining down. "It's this combination of stealth and very high acceleration that makes this type of attack so powerful," said study researcher Jens Krause, an ecologist at the Leibniz Institute of…

    LiveScience.com
  • Plan for Big Data Like It's 2000

    Whenever Guest Columnist Thomas H. Davenport asks successful Big Data users if they start developing their Big Data strategy "with the data they have on hand, or the business needs that they have," ...

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Eye of the Tiger: U.S. Army Eyes Night Vision Contact Lenses

    Forget heavy night vision goggles. Scientists are developing a better, lighter way for soldiers to see in the dark.

    Entrepreneur
  • 'Losing the Dark': Video Illuminates Threat of Light Pollution

    A short video seeks to stem the rising tide of light pollution, which is robbing Earth of its dark night skies. Light pollution doesn't just make it more difficult for professional and backyard astronomers to observe the heavens, according to the 6.5-minute film, which is called "Losing the Dark."…

    SPACE.com
  • Drought worsens in Western US

    Drought spread and/or intensified this week in seven western and central states.

    USA TODAY
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