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  • Discovery Is Becoming More And More Ridiculous With Its Fake Documentaries

    Despite widespread backlash over fake documentaries, supposedly educational networks are turning to them more and more in efforts to net viewers and in the process are making people dumber. Last year's two-hour special on Discovery, called "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives," convinced 70% of…

    Business Insider
  • SpaceX readies cargo mission to space station

    California-based SpaceX on Friday prepared to launch its Dragon cargo carrier to deliver food and supplies to the International Space Station, but a 50-50 weather forecast threatened to postpone the launch. The journey by SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule would be the fifth for SpaceX, and the…

    AFP
  • Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger

    A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can also inflict serious and painful injuries, as flash fires in Nevada and Colorado showed this month. Educators and investigators say some teachers lack the training required by law and don't know about…

    Associated Press
  • U.S. Congress urged to pass bill to speed development of antibiotics

    By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Financial incentives and a more flexible regulatory approach are needed to persuade drug companies to develop new antibiotics, drug industry and public health experts told U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce health subcommittee that the business…

    Reuters
  • Prelude to Offshore Drilling Not a Blast for All (Op-Ed)

    President Barack Obama decided to move forward with preliminary steps for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, an area where the practice has not been allowed for more than 30 years. Oil and gas companies are currently applying for permits to conduct seismic airgun blasting in waters from…

    LiveScience.com
  • The City of Broad Startups: Chicago Creative Space recently swung by...

    Chicago Creative Space recently swung by 1871's office to get a tour and speak with CEO Howard Tullman about the technology incubator and coworking space's mission. The 50,000 square foot space houses over 250 startups, and has been a major catalyst in the Merchandise Mart's rebirth as an important…

    Curbed Chicago
  • Wildfire Prevention Costs Far Less Than Fires (Op-Ed)

    Jeff Peterson is a research associate of the Arizona Rural Policy Institute at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he specializes in economic impacts and data analysis. Peterson contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The economics of wildfires are complex…

    LiveScience.com
  • Harvard hosts spoof Nobel awards for silly science

    Spoof Nobel prizes that honor the humor in science were handed out at Harvard University Thursday, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast. The 24th edition of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes were handed out to winners from across the…

    AFP Relax News
  • Boeing, Lockheed JV and Bezos' Blue Origin in Space Venture

    United Launch Alliance (:ULA) — a Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) and The Boeing Co. (BA) partnership – has teamed up with Blue Origin LLC, founded by Amazon.com Inc.'s (AMZN) Jeff Bezos, to build a new rocket engine named BE-4. The agreement is for a

    Zacks
  • Human error seen in measles vaccination deaths in Syria: WHO

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A muscle relaxant appears to have been mixed mistakenly with measles vaccine, killing 15 children in Syria this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, calling it the biggest such tragedy in memory. The WHO said it could not completely rule…

    Reuters
  • Spaceflight Powered by Partnership (Op-Ed)

    Vernon McDonald is vice president for Science, Technology and Engineering Group at Wyle. McDonald contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. NASA's selection of Boeing and SpaceX to provide crew transportation to the International Space Station (ISS) is a major…

    SPACE.com
  • In Character: The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

    Ever since my interviews with Barbara and Keith earlier this year, I've been thinking about how I want to use this space, going forward. Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in

    Huffington Post
  • As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)

    Gary Strieker was a CNN correspondent for 20 years, covering Africa as Nairobi bureau chief and then traveling the globe to report on the planet's threatened species and habitats. Strieker contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.  Year by year, summer sea ice in…

    LiveScience.com
  • This 3D Printer Is Specifically Made To Work In Zero-Gravity In Space

    Made in Space The Made In Space Zero-Gravity 3D Printer will help us understand how manufacturing will work in space. On Saturday, the first 3D printer designed to work in zero gravity will be launched into space, aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule, for use on the International Space Station.  Designed…

    Business Insider
  • Lonesome No More: George the Giant Tortoise on Public Display in NYC

    With head held high outside of his enormous shell, the giant tortoise proudly looks out from his rock-strewn box at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. The creature on display is none other than Lonesome George, once known as one of the rarest creatures in the world. The…

    LiveScience.com
  • U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

    By Michelle Nichols and Elizabeth Pineau NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its…

    Reuters
  • Government Scientists Try to Take the Stink Out of Pig Manure

    PEORIA, Ill.—Terry Whitehead's lab here is stocked with glass boiling flasks, Bunsen burners—and cans of extra-strength air freshener. Department of Agriculture works with pig manure in a quest for something that has largely eluded scientists and entrepreneurs: an affordable way to clear the air in…

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Pre-dawn SpaceX Launch on Saturday Visible Along US East Coast

    People in the eastern United States have an opportunity, weather permitting, to see SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule launch on a cargo mission to the International Space Station early Saturday morning (Sept. 20).   The Dragon space capsule will launch into orbit atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at…

    SPACE.com