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  • Moon landers get boost from Google-funded prize

    Shaped like a doughnut and no bigger than a coffee table, the MX-1 lunar lander doesn't look anything like the hulking Apollo module the United States landed on the moon in 1969.

    San Jose Mercury News55 mins ago
  • Comet 67P is brushing dirt off its shoulder as it moves closer to the Sun

    It’s almost showtime: Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the target of ESA’s Rosetta mission, is finally shedding its outer coating of dust. Particles collected by Rosetta will offer new information on the composition of comets, according to a study in the journal Nature. This shedding also sets the…

    The Verge
  • Senegal reopens land border with Ebola-hit Guinea

    Senegal reopened on Monday its land border with Guinea, the Interior Ministry said, five months after closing transport links in August to prevent the spread of the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. Senegal had already lifted in November a ban on air and maritime traffic with…

    Reuters
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  • Severe La Nina weather events in Pacific may double due to warming

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Extreme "La Nina" weather events that cool the Pacific Ocean and can disrupt weather worldwide will paradoxically happen almost twice as often in a warming world, an international team of scientists said on Monday. Severe La Ninas, linked to both floods and…

    Reuters
  • Mountain-Size Asteroid Flies By Earth Today: Watch It Online

    A huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon, and you can see the space rock's flyby live online. The mountain-size asteroid 2004 BL86 will star in a live webcast at 11…

    SPACE.com
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren Has Big Pharma In Her Crosshairs -- But Her Aim Is Off

    Sen. Warren’s position is based on common political rhetoric and not a hoped-for enlightened discussion.

    Forbes
  • Why data science matters and how technology makes it possible

    When Hilary Mason talks about data, it’s a good idea to listen. She was chief data scientist at Bit.ly, data scientist in residence at venture capital firm Accel Partners, and is now founder and CEO of ...

    Gigaom
  • Elon Musk debunks electric space rockets after Simpsons lampooning

    His dedication to saving the planet for future generations does end up putting current Springfielders out of work however, and Musk is soon given his marching orders by Homer — blasting off once again in the Dragon spacecraft.

    The Verge
  • Is the Personal Robot Finally Here?

    She's a personal assistant, photographer, butler and home security guard all in one — and she's a robot.

    LiveScience.com
  • Walking on Mars: NASA, Microsoft Explore Red Planet with Wearable HoloLens

    Humans on Earth could soon plan a route on Mars for a rover by strapping on a virtual-reality headset. NASA is planning to do science operations with the Curiosity rover using software co-developed with Microsoft for its new wearable technology, the HoloLens. The software, which is called OnSight,…

    SPACE.com
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    Monkeys in Space

    NASA launches the first mammals into space, but can they bring them back?

    Scripps Ulive
  • Europe's food fight shifts after GM crop vote

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union's decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms. Environmentalists who favor a…

    Reuters
  • Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water.

    Associated Press
  • How do I build a profitable strategy when spotting a Fractal pattern?

    Read about some common and simple trading strategies to employ after spotting a fractal pattern, and learn which systems are best suited for fractal analysis.

    Investopedia
  • Venomous Cone Snails Weaponize Insulin to Stun Prey

    At least two species of cone snailhave turned insulin into an underwater weapon, a new study finds. When these stealthy aquatic snails approach their prey, they release insulin, a hormone that can cause blood sugar levels to plummet. The sudden influx of insulin can enter their gills and get into…

    LiveScience.com
  • Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity

    The genetic sequencing company 23andMe recently tapped into its vast bank of data to release a study on genetic origins, producing the biggest genetic profile of the United States ever conducted—big, but nowhere near complete. Out of more than 160,000 genomes, only 3 percent of 23andMe customers…

    The Atlantic
  • CSI Lahore: U.S. forensics big shot comes home to help Pakistan

    By Katharine Houreld LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - As one of America's top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir uncovered evidence that helped jail boxer Mike Tyson for rape, convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy and clear doctor Sam Sheppard of murdering his wife. Then Tahir took on his toughest…

    Reuters
  • Float Down Colorado's Wild Yampa River with Google Street View

    The virtual river trip, organized by nonprofit conservation organization American Rivers, travels through Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah, showcasing dramatic canyon walls with sedimentary rocks layered like a birthday cake and twisted by tectonic forces. The American Rivers team…

    LiveScience.com