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|Two volcanoes erupting in Alaska: Scientists are monitoring and providing alerts on Pavlof and Cleveland volcanoes|
Two of Alaska's most active volcanoes -- Pavlof and Cleveland -- are currently erupting. At the time of this post, their activity continues at low levels, but energetic explosions could occur without warning. Located close to the western end of the Alaska Peninsula, Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, having erupted more than 40 times since the late 1700's.
Driving and hands-free talking lead to spike in errors
A pilot study shows driving while talking on a hands-free cellular device leads to more driving errors than driving alone.
Students perform well regardless of reading print or digital books
Students did equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one, new research shows.
Cosmic swirly straws: Galaxies fed by funnels of fuel
Computer simulations of galaxies growing over billions of years have revealed a likely scenario for how they feed: a cosmic version of swirly straws. The results show that cold gas -- fuel for stars -- spirals into the cores of galaxies along filaments, rapidly making its way to their "guts." Once there, the gas is converted into new stars, and the galaxies bulk up in mass.
Active or \'extremely active\' Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2013
In its 2013 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued today, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active season this year.
Facial-recognition technology proves its mettle
In a study that evaluated some of the latest in automatic facial recognition technology, researchers were able to quickly identify one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects from law enforcement video, an experiment that demonstrated the value of such technology.
Perfect skin: More touchy-feely robots
Robots could become a lot more 'sensitive' thanks to new artificial skins and sensor technologies. Leading to better robotic platforms that could one day be used in industry, hospitals and even at home.
Research effort deep underground could sort out cosmic-scale mysteries
Scientists have begun delivery of germanium-76 detectors to an underground laboratory in South Dakota in a team research effort that might explain the puzzling imbalance between matter and antimatter generated by the Big Bang.
How playing surfaces affect athletic performance, injury potential
Students have been jumping up and down for weeks on a variety of playing surfaces in a study to evaluate how each affects athletic performance and injury potential.
The better to see you with: Scientists build record-setting metamaterial flat lens
For the first time, scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a new type of lens that bends and focuses ultraviolet (UV) light in such an unusual way that it can create ghostly, 3D images of objects that float in free space. The easy-to-build lens could lead to improved photolithography, nanoscale manipulation and manufacturing, and even high-resolution three-dimensional imaging, as well as a number of as-yet-unimagined applications in a diverse range of fields.
|NASA Statement on Space Technology Meetings in Europe|
The following is a statement from NASA's associate administrator for space technology, Michael Gazarik, about his meetings this week in Europe to discuss potential cooperation on development of space technologies that will enable NASA's future missions. These include the asteroid initiative announced in the president's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal.
NASA Education Offers Summer of Innovation \'Mini-Awards\'
NASA's Summer of Innovation project is accepting proposals through Monday, June 10, from organizations that want to offer students science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational experiences this summer.
NASA\'S Hubble Space Telescope Reveals the Ring Nebula\'s True Shape
The Ring Nebula's distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star reveal a new twist.
NASA Hosts Google+ Hangout with Recently Returned Space Station Astronauts
NASA will host a Google+ Hangout with the three recently returned International Space Station astronauts from 3-4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 23.
NASA Announces Global Best in Class Winners for the International Space Apps Challenge
A panel of international judges from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and other partner organizations has selected five "best in class" solutions as winners of the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge.
Herschel Space Observatory Finds Mega Merger of Galaxies
A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation.
Massachusetts Students Speak Live With Orbiting NASA Astronaut
NASA Expedition 35 astronaut and flight engineer Chris Cassidy will speak live from the International Space Station with students at Talbot Innovation Middle School in Fall River, Mass., at 10:05 a.m. EDT, Thursday, May 23.
NASA Calls For Phase II Visionary Advanced Concepts
NASA is looking for far-out ideas. NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of the visionary program.
NASA and The White House Pay Tribute to Sally Ride
NASA and President Obama are honoring the life and legacy of Sally Ride on the day a national tribute was held for the first American woman in space.
NASA, Bigelow to Discuss Private Sector Human Space Exploration and Development
NASA and Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas are holding a media availability at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 23, to discuss the agency's Space Act Agreement with the company for its insight on collaborating with commercial industry on exploration beyond Earth orbit. Journalists can participate in-person or by teleconference.
|Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000|
An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers?a functioning 1976 model?has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000).
Intel\'s Haswell to extend battery life, set for Taipei launch
(Phys.org) ?One key selling point in laptops is battery life and Intel earlier this week had good news on that very front. Its upcoming Haswell processors will give users 50 percent more battery life than Ivy Bridge.
Healthy five-pound gorilla born at central Ohio zoo
A baby gorilla has been born to first-time parents at an Ohio zoo.
Communications satellite launched into space
A new military communications satellite has been launched into space.
Yahoo, pay-TV operators among Hulu bidders
Online video site Hulu is again up for sale, with Yahoo and pay TV operators DirecTV and Time Warner Cable among the seven bidders, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Radiation leak at Japan lab; small impact expected
An atomic research lab in northern Japan has reported a radiation leak that may have affected about 50 people, though none were hospitalized and no impact was expected outside the facility, the lab's operator said Saturday.
Galaxies fed by funnels of fuel
(Phys.org) ?Computer simulations of galaxies growing over billions of years have revealed a likely scenario for how they feed: a cosmic version of swirly straws.
The better to see you with: Scientists build record-setting metamaterial flat lens
For the first time, scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a new type of lens that bends and focuses ultraviolet (UV) light in such an unusual way that it can create ghostly, 3D images of objects that float in free space. The easy-to-build lens could lead to improved photolithography, nanoscale manipulation and manufacturing, and even high-resolution three-dimensional imaging, as well as a number of as-yet-unimagined applications in a diverse range of fields.
Google eyes emerging markets networks
Google has become deeply involved in a series of projects to build and operate wireless networks in emerging markets including sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, a report said Friday.
New analysis yields improvements in a classic 3D imaging technique
Research conducted at Curtin University in Perth has enabled significant increases in image quality in a widely used 3D printing technique that is more than 100 years old.
|Student-Built Robots to Race in Mock Mars Rover Challenge|
In less than a week, students from around the world will gather in a remote desert similar to the terrain found on Mars to test their homebuilt rovers.
Powerful New US Military Satellite Launches Into Orbit
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launched the new Wideband Global SATCOM 5 satellite into space on May 24, 2013.
Amazing Night Launch Photos: Delta 4 Rocket Launches Military Satellite
See night launch photos of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the WGS-5 satellite for the U.S. military on May 24, 2013.
Best Space Photos of the Week - May 25, 2013
From a view of the devastating Oklahoma tornado from space to the Milky Way shining over a state park, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week.
Griffith Observatory: Astronomy for the Public
Griffith Observatory is dedicated to astronomy education for the general public, and allows ordinary folks to get a peek through its telescopes.
How 3D Printers Could Reinvent NASA Space Food
Future astronauts may pull space pizzas from a 3D printer if a new NASA-funded project proves feasible.
Battlestar Galactica Flight Simulator Can Spin Any Direction | Video
This flight simulator modeled from the Viper spacecraft featured in the Battlestar Galactica television show can flip and spin completely in any direction.
3D Printer Launching to Space Station in 2014
The 3D Print project aims to jump-start an off-Earth manufacturing capability.
Memorial Day Planet Parade: See Jupiter, Mercury & Venus
Three planets are teaming up for a Memorial Day planet parade.
Exquisite Map of Cosmos Hints at Universe\'s Birth
The light left over from the Big Bang may help answer some of the thorniest cosmic conundrums.
|Fan of Decomposition? Have We Got Something for You|
"Atlas of Vertebrate Decay" captures creatures at their most putrefying, and could be a boon to fossil hunters
Top Stories: Quantum Links, Whooping Cough, and the Science of Itching
Some of our favorite stories of this week
Obama Nominates John Thompson to Lead Census Bureau
Veteran statistician seen as highly qualified for a challenging assignment
A Snapshot of the Inside of an Atom
Researchers peer through the quantum weirdness
Lavish Furnishings at MD Anderson Cancer Center Questioned
Newsletter alleges that more than $1 million was spent on a redesign including glass walls and designer furniture
Billionaires Buy Merck Site to Build Swiss Biotech Campus
Public-private venture brings research hopes to Geneva after pharma giant's exit last year
Brazil Announces Funding for a Second Round of Multidisciplinary Research Centers
The 17 groups will each receive up to 11 years of support
Mislabeled Images Bedevil Landmark Cloning Paper
Author Shoukhrat Mitalipov wishes "we had that software" to check figures
Podcast: Friendly Viruses, Weaning Neandertals, and Why Penguins Don\'t Fly
An audio roundup of some of our favorite stories of the week
Whales Freed from Fishing Gear May Still Die a Slow Death
The effects of being trapped persist long after emancipation
|This Week in Science|
Life Versus the Volcanoes | Telling Hexanes Apart | For Good Measure | A Touchy Subject | The Master Switch for Itch? | Spleen Knockout Explained | Folding Too Slow, Off You Go | Malaria Cloak and Dagger | Sensing Tension | Sugar Aversion | CMV Breaks All the Rules | Quelccaya Ice Cap | The Strength of Impurities | Hollowing Out Metal Oxide Nanoparticles | Keeping Coordinated | Going Off-Target
Engineering: Lithium Batteries in the Afterlife | Cell Biology: Little and Large | Psychology: Lean In for Equality | Biochemistry: A Turn-On for Kinases | Education: Drawing to Learn | Genetics: Tagging New Genes | Physics: Wedging in Plasmons
Combining Cancer Immunotherapy Drugs Shows Promise
[Editorial] A Fond Farewell
Author: Colin Norman
[News of the Week] Around the World
In science news around the world, five Asian countries gained observer status to the Arctic Council, the Kepler spacecraft can no longer point in a specified direction, and a new report says that the risk H7N9 avian influenza virus poses to humans is "unusually serious."
[News of the Week] Random Sample
Scientists have now confirmed a long-held suspicion: Penguins prefer to swim because being both a diver and a flyer is costly and inefficient. And researchers have determined that French King Louis XVI carried genetic risk factors for diabetes, obesity, and bipolar disorder.
[News & Analysis] Epidemiology: Report Reignites Battle Over Low-Salt Diets
The Institute of Medicine calls into question recommendations advising people to consume less sodium, reviving a passionate debate.Author: Kai Kupferschmidt
[News & Analysis] Animal Cognition: Can Animals Envision the Future? Scientists Spar Over New Data
Two researchers who coined the phrase mental time travel, using past memories to construct visions of the future that may never come true, insisted that animals couldn't do it. But now, one of them is changing his tune.Author: Michael Balter
[News & Analysis] Biology of Genomes: Long Noncoding RNAs May Alter Chromosome\'s 3D Structure
Abundant but mysterious molecules called long noncoding RNAs have long puzzled scientists, but some now think they could be influencing the shape of chromatin.Author: Elizabeth Pennisi
[News & Analysis] Biology of Genomes: In Latino Genomes, a Rich Source of History
Analyses of DNA of Latinos in South Florida traced their African, European, and South American ancestries.Author: Elizabeth Pennisi
|The Week In Numbers: The World\'s Largest Lego Model, Viagra For Women, And More|
Your Complete Guide To White Wine [Infographic]
The World\'s Most Expensive Weapon Just Got A Little Cheaper
Will Google (And The US Government) Permit Google Glass To Recognize Faces On Sight?
Big Pic: Hubble Space Telescope Captures The Ring Nebula In Astonishing Detail
Disco-Ball People And Other Amazing Images From This Week
Robotic Kite Power Could Turn The Sky Into A Wind Farm
Bridge Collapse in Washington State Sends Two Cars Plunging Into The Skagit River
These 11 Robot Bartenders Will Get You Drunk
NASA Inspects Ion Engine Prototype For Asteroid-Hauling Rocket
|The E-Cat is back, and people are still falling for it! [Starts With A Bang]|
American Physicists and the Under-rating of Experiments [Uncertain Principles]
Are there more tornadoes because of global warming? [Greg Laden\'s Blog]
Urban Decay in Istanbul [Aardvarchaeology]
Why Global Warming?s Effects Will Be Worse Than You Were Thinking [Greg Laden\'s Blog]
Messier Monday: A Hyper-Smooth Globular Cluster, M5 [Starts With A Bang]
?Einstein?s Greatest Blunder? was REALLY a blunder! [Starts With A Bang]
Simulating a Pendulum [Uncertain Principles]
When Are Nomads Not Really Nomads? (Efe Pygmy Ethnoarchaeology) [Greg Laden\'s Blog]
Global Warming Consensus: We can haz it! [Greg Laden\'s Blog]
Scientists must ensure that they take the lead in the ethical debate surrounding the therapeutic use of stem cells derived from human clones.
Budgetary delays exacerbate dire outlook for US research.
Shades of grey
It is risky to oversimplify science for the sake of a clear public-health message.
Pure hype of pure research helps no one
Congressman Lamar Smith hopes to ?improve? peer review by adding a layer of accountability, but his bill aims at imaginary ideals, argues Daniel Sarewitz.
Ecology: Fish mismatch makes bears eat elk
In bringing lake trout to Yellowstone National Park humans may have inadvertently triggered a cascade of changes with consequences for migratory elk.A team led by Arthur Middleton, then at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, looked at the long-distance effects of introducing lake trout
Optics: A poor man\'s hologram
Three-dimensional films have been a hit at the box office, but making them requires pricey equipment. Baoqing Sun at the University of Glasgow, UK, and his colleagues propose a simpler alternative. Instead of using cameras or lasers to achieve a three-dimensional (3D) effect, they illuminate
Ecology: Invasive insect\'s inner weapon
Ladybirds from central Asia act as a Trojan horse for a microscopic killer.Farmers brought harlequin ladybird beetles (Harmonia axyridis, pictured) to North America and Europe to eat troublesome aphids, but the insects quickly ? and mysteriously ? began to supplant native
Human migrations: Minoans came from Europe
Ancient DNA from remains found in caves on the Greek island of Crete suggests that the Minoan civilization emerged from farmers who settled on Crete thousands of years beforehand. This challenges an early theory, which held that the Minoans ? recognized as being one of
Palaeontology: \'Ghost\' reptile lived late
The identification of a fossilized reptile indicates that extinct 'fish lizards' called ichthyosaurs were more diverse late in their history than is often thought.Previously, it was thought that only a subset of ichthyosaurs adapted for fast swimming in the open ocean had survived into
Molecular biology: Small RNA tunes protein
A small RNA molecule that controls whether bacteria coalesce into biofilms has a surprising mode of action.Small RNAs are known to regulate gene expression by binding to target messenger RNAs, typically blocking their translation into proteins. A team led by Gisela Storz at the
|Amphibian Populations Declining More Rapidly Than Previously Reported|
Terrain Played Evolutionary Role To Upright Walking In Humans
King Richard III Hastily Buried In Grave Without Shroud Or Coffin
Politicians Criticized For Lack Of Understanding In Response To Climate Change And Extreme Weather
Google Street View Adds Panorama Of Galapagos Islands
The Molecule That Makes You Itch
Researchers Solve The Mystery Of The White Tiger
German Cockroaches Sometimes Avoid Bait Because Of Included Sugars
Shoreline Shift May Be Caused By Interactions Between Earth\'s Crust And Mantle
Big Story Weather ? May 24, 2013
|Pictures: Ethiopia?s Extreme Salt Mines|
Salt from the Afar region of Ethiopia, one of the Earth's hottest places, makes its way to market.
Travel Writer Paul Theroux?s Last Trip to Africa
Travel writer Paul Theroux takes one more trip to Africa and writes about it in his new book, The Last Train to Zona Verde.
3-D Printers Are Saving Lives and Serving Pizzas
The emerging technology has printed out a life-saving implant for a baby?and is poised to make pizzas that are out of this world.
Pictures: Seven Energy-Smart Zoos and Aquariums
Keeping a diverse crowd of species comfortable comes with an elephant-sized energy bill for zoos and aquariums. These smart exhibits use technology, along with nature's own strategies, to cut demand.
Skywatcher\'s Guide: Eye-Catching Triple Planet Huddle in Evening Sky
How to watch Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter meet in the night sky this weekend.
Space Pictures This Week: Stellar Dust Bunnies, Bat Signal
The Ring Nebula shines, a volcano erupts, and Germans see the bat signal in this week's best new space pictures.
Is Australia the Face of Climate Change to Come?
As extreme weather seems to accelerate globally, scientists believe events Down Under can help explain what to look for-and guard against.
Improved Models Predict Active 2013 Hurricane Season
NOAA expects up to 20 named tropical storms, which could yield as many as six major hurricanes, as it utilizes new technology to improve forecasting.
Pictures: Top 10 Newly Discovered Species of 2012
Glowing cockroaches and a destructive fungus make the grade in Arizona State's list of top 10 new species of 2012.
Taking Cover: A Guide to Tornado Shelters
Homeowners can install a nearly indestructible shelter to withstand tornado-strength winds.
|Mexican Cave Art Offers Peek into Pre-Spanish Past|
Archaeologists found thousands of ancient paintings on the walls of caves and ravines in northeastern Mexico.
Best Science Photos of the Week
These images represent the best we found in Science this week. From glowing cockroaches to an extreme solar storm, these are amazing. Check them out!
UK Beach Quality Plummets
Sewage overflows from a spring deluge of rain may be to blame.
The Emotion Men Should Hide in Job Interviews
Revealing this emotion will make you much less likely to get the job.
What Are Superfoods?
Superfoods are foods thought to be good for one's health. The term has no set scientific meaning, however, and any list of superfoods is subjective.
US Could Grow Enough Algae to Make 1/12 Nation\'s Fuel
The Gulf Coast and Southeast are great for growing algae.
Algae Provide A Food Bank For Starving Coral
Cells form crystals to store nitrogen when life gets tough.
Glow-in-the-Dark Cockroach, Tiny Frog Among New Species
Arizona State University scientists have released the top 10 newly discovered species of 2012.
Is Brad Pitt\'s Face Blindness For Real?
Brad Pitt says he can't put a name with a face. Is 'face blindness' a real condition?
Facts About Molybdenum
Properties, sources and uses of the element molybdenum.
How Stuff Works
|The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science|
What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It?s shocking to hear, but science isn?t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever.
10 Completely False ?Facts? Everyone Knows
The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast ?- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong.
Flight pictures show photos from aviation history. Take a look at pictures of the most important aircraft in history.
How the Electoral College Works
The Electoral College is not an Ivy League school. Rather, it's a process for selecting the next U.S. president that actually carries more weight than the popular vote. Why is it there and should it be continued?
What is a Nor\'easter?
Nor'easters typically affect the east coast of the United States during the winter season. What exactly are Nor'easters, though, and how do they form. Find out the answer to this question in this article from HowStuffWorks.
|Shipwrecked coal ship is now home to a floating forest|
Its contrast of rust and lush vegetation against the city skyline acts as an easy allegory for degradation and renewal.
The week in transportation: Plug-in milestones, Teslas, 3d-printed bikes, Sparks, stupid tweets, etc
It's Friday, the week is almost over. Time to look back at some highlights from this week in transportation!
The Week in Design: I <3 New York, but readers love those tiny homes
Much of the design coverage this week came from New York Design Week, although the two top stories are about tiny houses.
100 NYC restaurants commit to less food waste
With more composting and recycling, the city's eateries aim to send less to the landfill.
Cockroaches are evolving to lose sweet tooth to avoid human traps
Urban environments are putting new kinds of evolutionary pressures on many species, including cockroaches.
Swedish architects design stove for Kenya
Claesson Koivisto Rune are architects of everything from prefabs to lamps. Can they solve a huge problem in Africa?
According to Allison Arieff, Prefab Lives!
A decade ago she saw it coming and now it might actually finally be arriving.
NASA timelapse: 3 years of the sun in 3 minutes, with commentary from a heliophysicist
The sun, to many of us, is like water to a fish. Very important, but we kind of forget about it because it's always been there.
German beer-makers are concerned about the impact of fracking on beer quality
German brewers have sent a letter to various officials in Berlin to voice their concern that shale gas exploitation via fracking could endanger the water supply on which they depend.
Monkey Light Pro keeps bikes visible with LEDs that display custom graphics on the wheels
Staying visible on a bike at night has never been so fun. Crank your bike up to 11.
|Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines|
Only by building an artificial consciousness will we truly be able to understand the mysteries of our own brains, says Celeste Biever (full text available to subscribers)
Today on New Scientist
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: how to learn like a child, bird flu, new theory of everything that's probably nothing, and more
Google \'Trekker\' cameras capture the Galapagos
A backpack-mounted camera system takes Google Street View service to the storied archipelago
Rise of the autistic workforce
Major international companies are headhunting people with autism, recognising that their abilities can provide a competitive advantage (full text available to subscribers)
Act now to avert a global water crisis
We desperately need joined-up thinking by the world's leaders to secure future water supplies, say Charles Vörösmarty and Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Weinstein\'s theory of everything is probably nothing
Anybody who claims to have solved all the problems in physics should consult some physicists before making a big song and dance about it, says Andrew Pontzen
Astrophile: Hobbyist stakeout solves dwarf star enigma
Amateur observations have bested the Hubble telescope, shoring up the leading explanation for the process that lights up the most common type of black hole
Saudis say Dutch patent on MERS virus hampers research
Testing for Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome has been frustrated, the Saudis say, by a patent granted to the Dutch discoverers of the new coronavirus
Zoologger: The tiny insect with the massive sperm
A Malaysian ground louse has a unique mating habit that may illuminate how sex evolved: the males attach an unusual packet of sperm to the females' bodies
Roaches have evolved to evade toxic traps
In the race for world domination, cockroaches have scored another point against Homo sapiens. Their weapons? A distaste for sugar and a helping hand from evolution
|How roaches developed disgust at first bite|
A change in taste cells makes glucose-baited traps repellent
Tests show that deadly flu could spread among people
New influenza virus transmits through air between ferrets, raising concerns that it could do the same in humans
A molecular window on itch
Researchers discover chemical puppet master behind the need to scratch
Gone perhaps, but Kepler won\'t soon be forgotten
Astronomers look forward to building on planet-hunting telescope's discoveries
Less is more for smart perception
Brains of high-IQ people automatically ignore the least relevant sights
FOR KIDS: Building with moon rocks
Working on the moon with lunar soil and grit could prove easier, more efficient and less costly than using earthly materials
Foot fungi a thriving, diverse community
Toes and heels have the most fungal types
Experimental vaccine protects against many flu viruses
Ferrets that receive shot can fight off variety of influenza strains
News in Brief: Giant genomes felled by DNA sequencing advances
Complete genetic blueprints collected for several conifer species
FOR KIDS: Major twister hits Oklahoma
Its speed, which largely determines the damage it causes, is still unknown.