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  • ISS Astronauts Baffled By Strange 'Spikes' Spotted In Siberia

    Astronauts looking down on Earth from the International Space Station in June were left scratching their heads when they spotted a “strange pattern of spikes" crossing Siberia's Kulunda Steppe. The astronauts were so puzzled that they called down to Houston to ask for an explanation, according to…

    Huffington Post56 mins ago
  • Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

    By Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland reduced its aviation warning level to orange on Friday after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft. No sign of ash…

    Reuters7 mins ago
  • XCOR Aerospace's Private Lynx Space Plane to Get New Texas Home

    A private space plane born in California is about to get new Texas digs. XCOR Aerospace — the builder of the Lynx space plane — is renovating the main hangar for the spaceship designed to bring paying tourists into suborbital space. Lynx could launch on its first test flights later this year. The…

    SPACE.com
  • Are You Driving Your Data? Or Is Your Data Driving You?

    In business, politics and philanthropy, being data-driven has become a point of pride.Leaders parade decision-making as rational and strategic because they "have the numbers" to support it. The tech revolution with its miraculous information-processing seems to support the idea of data as king.But…

    Huffington Post
  • 'Jeopardy!'-Winning Computer Now Crunching Data for Science

    Watch out, Sherlock, there's a new Dr. Watson in town. IBM's Watson, the computer that famously won the quiz show 'Jeopardy!', is now helping researchers make scientific discoveries. The new system, known as the Watson Discovery Advisor, could accelerate the scientific process by sifting through…

    LiveScience.com
  • Scientists Experiment With Reworking Memory in Mice

    In experiments on mice, scientists rewired the circuits of the brain and changed the animals' bad memories into good ones.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Defending Against Hackers of the Future

    Cryptographers are working on ways to thwart quantum computers

    BusinessWeek
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    NASA Is Building 'World’s Most Powerful Rocket'

    NASA is one step closer to building its next spaceship. Officials approved the Space Launch System’s transition from the formula phase to the development phase on Wednesday. NASA administrator Charles Bolden called it a journey of scientific and human exploration that leads to Mars. The Space…

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  • Two-Thirds of US Teens with Mental Health Problems Get Counseling

    These services include any treatment or counseling provided in the school, childcare center, clinic, home or other places. Such treatment also includes attending a school or special school program for students with emotional or behavioral difficulties.  About 4 percent of all adolescents ages 12 to…

    LiveScience.com
  • How Delivery Drones Could Monitor Their Own Health

    The day when people can order products online and have them delivered by a drone may not be far off. "With something like package delivery, which needs to be done [consistently] over hours, you need to take into account the health of the system," Ali-akbar Agha-mohammadi, an aeronautical engineer…

    LiveScience.com
  • Questions for IBM’s Watson

    IBM’s Watson keeps adding new features. But can it make money?

    The New York Times
  • Scientists are recording the sound of the whole planet

    In a few weeks, sensors in Indiana will go online that will record, in the words of Bryan Pijanowski, every sound the Earth makes. The array of microphones, geophones, and barometric gauges will run for a year, taping everything from the songs of birds arriving in the spring to the vibrations of…

    The Verge
  • FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks. "We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several…

    Reuters
  • Lockheed Martin is building a facility in Australia for tracking space debris

    Space debris is a serious threat to satellites, and Lockheed Martin is now teaming up to further help keep satellites safe as they orbit around the planet. The firm is partnering with Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a facility in Australia that they say will increase the world's ability to…

    The Verge
  • Are Scientists Selfish?

    By Meredith Salisbury(Image via Shutterstock)We often hear that scientists hoard data, refusing to share information even when doing so might speed advances to patients in dire need. (We touched on it briefly in this piece and it was a major element in a recent article in The New Yorker.) It's not…

    Huffington Post
  • Wolves yawn contagiously, too, study finds

    Contagious yawning is a behavior shared by chimpanzees, baboons, dogs and humans, and researchers said Wednesday that wolves can do it too, suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait. The research in the journal PLOS ONE focused on a pack of 12 captive wolves at the Tama Zoological…

    AFP
  • This Portable DNA Sequencer Is About the Size of a Brick

    The field tool could be used to detect infectious diseases

    BusinessWeek
  • Environmentalists Petition to Put the Monarch Butterfly on the Endangered Species List as Its Population Plummets

    The spectacle of monarch butterflies working their way back to their winter breeding grounds, across hundreds or thousands of miles, is the longest known insect migration on Earth.   It’s such a popular event, and the monarchs are so beautiful—their brilliant orange wings bordered with a…

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