• 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…
  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

    HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.

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  • 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…

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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)

  • Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."

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  • U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 billion in pledges at Berlin conference

    By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Donor nations pledged up to $9.3 billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the funds fell short of what they want.     The U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major part of a plan…

  • Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic but what if the technology actually creates magic? A group of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have trained a computer to create magic tricks using puzzle pieces and cards that are reproducible by humans. This…

  • How neuroscience can help us understand political partisanship

    "Read Montague" is not some command your prelapsarian political science professor gives you. It's the name of a computational neuroscientist who studies decision-making. He's the latest to release research showing something unusual going on in the brains of people who affiliate with a particular…

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  • Next Fitness Trackers Will Be Printed on Clothes

    These sensors are possible because scientists have developed new technologies that allow tiny, stretchable electrical circuits to be printed onto fabric. The new printable ink will be unveiled here at the IDTechEx Conference tomorrow (Nov. 20).
  • Off topic: Population pyramid, planets as fruits, minimum-wage workers, best-books lists

    Because life spans are longer and fertility lower, today’s global population pyramid doesn’t look like much of one. Jupiter is a watermelon — in this graphic that uses fruit to explain the scale of the ...

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  • An organ shortage is killing people. Are lab-grown organs the answer?

    The medical need for organ transplants far outstrips our supply, and the gap is only getting worse. "When we started out in the field about 25 years ago, a lot of this was considered science fiction," says Anthony Atala, of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, who's a real leader in this area.
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    Galpin-Fisker Rocket: First Look (13 photos)

    Designed by Henrik Fisker, the Galpin Rocket starts with a 2015 Ford Mustang GT that receives a carbon-fiber skin and an engine upgrade to 725 hp. Galpin, the Los Angeles dealer-tuner, says it'll build copies for whomever has the money and patience.

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  • 'Back boost' could help future-proof flu vaccines

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - An international team of scientists has found it may be possible to make seasonal flu vaccines more effective by using an idea known as "back boost" and pre-empting flu virus evolution. In a study published on Thursday in the journal Science, the University of…

  • Smelly Corpse Flower Set to Bloom

    In a matter of days, perhaps hours, a rare corpse flower will bloom in upstate New York. Affectionately called "Wee Stinky," this corpse flower lives in a greenhouse at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The species, also known as titan arum, is found in the rainforests of central Sumatra. The…