Science

  • 'O' My: Ring-Shaped Cloud Spotted Over the Pacific (Photo)

    The agency's Terra satellite spotted the O-shaped cloud formation on Sept. 3, as it floated over the Pacific Ocean to the southwest from the Hawaiian Islands. NASA's Earth Observatory released the image on Sept. 27.

    LiveScience.com
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  • Here's Why A Leading Futurist Hopes We Don't Find Life On Mars

    The Red Planet has been getting a lot of...

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  • Walking is the superfood of fitness, experts say

    By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star. For…

    Reuters
  • Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered

    Though neurons come in different shapes and sizes, the basic blueprint consists of a cell body, from which protrudes spindly appendages called dendrites and axons. Dendrites are branchlike structures that receive signals from other nerve cells and deliver them to the cell body. "We found that in…

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  • Waypoint 2 Space Crowdfunding Project to Bring Spacewalks Down to Earth

    While most of us will never get the chance to go on a spacewalk, a simulated version of the out-of-this-world experience may soon be available to the general public. Waypoint 2 Space, a Houston-based company that trains people for commercial spaceflight, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build…

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  • Scientists “Train” Water To Move On Its Own

    In what could be a useful trick for moving chemicals from one point to another, scientists at the University of Southern Denmark and Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Czech Republic have created a method to “move” liquids through an alcohol base. While that alone isn’t very cool, just…

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  • Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation

    (Reuters) - A Texas hospital said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. In a brief statement, Texas Health…

    Reuters
  • 16-Year-Olds Win Google Science Fair With a Simple but Brilliant Food Hack

    Irish high school student Émer Hickey was gardening with her mom when she observed wartlike nodules on a pea plant. She later learned that the swellings contained something that could cut back our dependence on chemical fertilizers and mitigate world hunger: bacteria.

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  • Mysterious Colorado Rock Formation May Be Result of 'Natural Fracking'

    An ancient, catastrophic flood or earthquake may explain how a bewildering rock formation in Colorado's Rocky Mountains formed, a new study finds. For more than 120 years, geologists have wondered how giant chunks of Tava sandstone, a sedimentary rock, had become inserted into a section of the…

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  • How Caffeinated Energy Drink Triggered Teen's Heart Problem

    Doctors gave him drugs to slow his heart rate, but the medications instead caused his blood pressure to drop and led to a state called atrial fibrillation, making his heartbeat irregular and chaotic. A cardiologist then gave the teenager an electric shock, which dramatically improved the boy's…

    LiveScience.com
  • 3 Tips for Following Low-Carb Diets

    People on a very low carbohydrate diet may spend less time in deep, REM sleep compared with those who eat more carbs, according to a 2008 study in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience. This study serves as a reminder that weight loss does not necessarily equate to optimal health. If you want to…

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  • Watch the 1,274-Square-Mile Aral Sea Dry Up Before Your Eyes

    Attention Californians: If your state’s record-breaking drought hasn’t grabbed your attention yet, maybe watching the Aral Sea dry up over the course of the past 14 years will be a future shock foretold.

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  • This Huge Alien Planet Is Making Its Host Star Age Prematurely

    The close-orbiting alien planet, known as WASP-18b, is apparently disrupting the magnetic field of its host star so much that the object is behaving like a much older star, researchers said. "WASP-18b is an extreme exoplanet," study lead author Ignazio Pillitteri, of the Instituto Nazionale di…

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  • Why Deadly Japan Volcano Erupted Without Warning

    The death toll at Japan's Mount Ontake volcano climbed to 36 today (Sept. 29), with rescue crews still searching for missing people. But just a month ago, in Iceland, anyone with an Internet connection knew exactly where new magma was tunneling underground before the Bardarbunga eruption began.…

    LiveScience.com
  • Tasty Mutants: The Invention the Modern Oyster

    If you slurped down any oysters on the half-shell this summer, you probably didn’t realize they were monsters.

    The Atlantic
  • Monsanto launches Mexico center for developing GMO corn

    Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global center in Mexico for developing new hybrid and genetically modified strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain. The center, based in Tlajomulco de Zuniga on the…

    Reuters
  • Black Holes Exist. So Does Bad Science

    The press jumped on a new paper that claims that black holes can’t ever form. But it hasn’t been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal—and that’s only the beginning.

    The Daily Beast