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Ants on treadmills...for science!.

Few things are as entertaining as watching animals on treadmills. Although Penguins might be the cutest, these ants are pretty fun, too. Here, researchers set up a hollow styrofoam ball floating on a stream of air as a treadmill for desert ants. To keep the ants from wandering off the treadmill, the scientists glued the ...

- Discover - US

Successful Russian launch re-paves the way to space station.

Russia's Soyuz rocket - currently the only way to get to the International Space Station - has had its first successful trip since a failed launch in December, restoring astronauts' ability to get to space

- NewScientist - US

Neural networks promise sharpest ever images.

Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using 'neural nets', a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, offering scientists the prospect of the sharpest ever images in optical astronomy. The new ...

- PhysOrg - NL

8 Mammals That Have Been Cloned Since Dolly the Sheep.

It was 20 years ago this week that scientists announced the first successful cloning of a mammal — the now-famous sheep Dolly.

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Medical innovations, smart sensors and more impress judges at Innovation Forum.

At this year's Innovation Forum at Princeton, Robert Pagels had three minutes to pitch his team's new method to cram several months' worth of medicine into a single injection.

- Princeton University - US

Why there's no legal barrier to a Melbourne drug injecting room, despite political setbacks.

Medically supervised injecting facilities can prevent overdoses turning into a medical emergency. So why has progress in Victoria stalled? from www.shutterstock.comDrug injecting rooms have made news this week following a coroner's recommendation to set up a trial of a supervised injecting facility in the Melbourne suburb ...

- The Conversation - UK

Nanostraws sample a cell's contents without damage.

Tiny nanostraws that sample the contents of a cell without causing damage may improve our ability to understand cellular processes and lead to safer medical treatments.

- ScienceDaily - US

France and Canada: 58th and 59th countries to endorse Safe Schools Declaration.

Education International has welcomed the move by France and Canada to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration, committing themselves to protect students, teachers, schools, and universities during times of war.

- Education International - BE

NASA Women 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering' Event set for Thursday.

NASA celebrates National Engineer Week and Girl's Day with a series of events.


Space Webcasts: NASA Discovers 7 Earth-Size Worlds Around Trappist-1.

NASA has found 7 Earth-size planets orbiting a single star, with 3 of the worlds in the star's habitable zone! NASA's webcast on the discovery has concluded.

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Rare giant rodent fossils cause family tree shakeup.

Brooks HaysFeb. 22 -- Newly recovered giant rodent fossils suggest paleontogists must rethink the organization of Dinomyidae, the family of giant South American rodents.

- UPI - US

How undocumented immigrants negotiate a place for themselves in America

Once undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers arrive on American soil, they run the risk of being stopped by law enforcement officials who are charged with investigating their status. A Feb. 17 memo released by the Department of Homeland Security reveals how great this risk will be under President Donald Trump. The ...

- The Conversation - UK

Hear, hear! Conservation scientists are listening to nature

Pedro A. Estevez Calzado / shutterstockThe world is noisy. In cities, we find ourselves constantly surrounded by the moan of motors, the screech of sirens, and the prattle of people. So much so, that we often crave the peace and quiet of the countryside. But silence is hard to find, even in nature. Animals chirp, roar, ...

- The Conversation - UK

Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America

Brooks HaysFeb. 22 -- According to new research, the average distance between any point the United States and the nearest forest grew by a third of a mile between 1990 and 2000.

- UPI - US

Russian Aviation Company S7 Group restructures

Moscow Feb 21, 2017 Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems company, part of the S7 Group, has been given a license to conduct launches and other space activities in Russia, the firm said Monday. "As early as this year, we plan to launch a Zenit-M rocket from the Baikonur spaceport, with STS providing analytic integration ...

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The brightest, furthest pulsar in the Universe

Paris Feb 22, 2017 ESA's XMM-Newton has found a pulsar - the spinning remains of a once-massive star - that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible. The pulsar is also the most distant of its kind ever detected, with its light travelling 50 million light-years before being detected by XMM-Newton. ...

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Kerala was a beacon of hope for India on gender issues, but things are changing for the worse

The alleged abduction and assault of a well-known actress in the southern Indian state of Kerala has caused outrage among activists who say the case highlights the dangers faced by all women in India and a lack of justice for victims of sexual violence. There has been much anger from the film industry and feminist groups ...

- The Conversation - UK

Seven Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star

An artist's concept of what it could look like on the surface of one of the exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1. NASA/JPL-CaltechAn international team of astronomers has found that a nearby star is accompanied by a swarm of at least seven small, rocky worlds. One of the eyecatching claims in the work, published today in Nature, is ...

- The Conversation - UK

Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior

Scientists have found that as mice learn to associate a particular sound with a rewarding sugary drink, one set of prefrontal neurons becomes more active and promotes reward-seeking behavior while other prefrontal neurons are silenced, and those neurons act like a brake on reward-seeking.

- ScienceDaily - US

Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell development

Researchers report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow.

- ScienceDaily - US

In hot water: Climate change harms hot spots of ocean life

WASHINGTON — The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds.

- Yahoo! News - US

Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey

Secretive and destructive, termites live in close proximity to predatory ants yet still outsmart them. New research shows why -- termites have evolved the capability to sense vibrations of their enemies in the substrate while moving quickly, quietly and efficiently.

- ScienceDaily - US

'Quartz' crystals at Earth's core power its magnetic field

Scientists at the Earth-Life Science Institute at the Tokyo Institute of Technology report in Nature unexpected discoveries about the Earth's core. The findings include insights into the source of energy driving the Earth's magnetic field, factors governing the cooling of the core and its chemical composition, and ...

- ScienceDaily - US

4 Thumbnail-Sized Frog Species Discovered in India

Four frogs tinier than an average adult thumbnail are among seven new species identified in India's Western Ghat mountain range. The new frog species all belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as night frogs. As the name suggests, they usually come out after dark and prefer to hide out under damp vegetation on ...

- Discover - US

TRAPPIST-1 is ‘Most Incredible Star System to Date’ - 5 Amazing Facts | Video

About 39 light-years away, seven Earth-sized planets orbit an ultra cool dwarf star and the European Space Agency is call it the “the most incredible star system to date.”

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High blood pressure reversed in offspring of hypertensive rats

Researchers have demonstrated how harmful health complications passed from mother rats to their offspring can be reversed. The tests may point the way toward preventing the transfer of certain health conditions from human mothers to their children.

- ScienceDaily - US

Brain-machine interfaces: Bidirectional communication at last

A prosthetic limb controlled by brain activity can partially recover the lost motor function. Neuroscientists asked whether it was possible to transmit the missing sensation back to the brain by stimulating neural activity in the cortex. They discovered that not only was it possible to create an artificial sensation of ...

- ScienceDaily - US

Making it harder to 'outsmart' concussion tests

Concussion testing on the athletic field depends upon comparing an athlete's post-concussion neurocognitive performance with the results of a previously administered baseline test. Experts believe some athletes, in hopes of a quicker post-injury return to play, may 'sandbag' the concussion test by giving a lackadaisical ...

- ScienceDaily - US

NASA Establishes New Public-Private Partnerships to Advance U.S. Commercial Space Capabilities

NASA is partnering with eight U.S. companies to advance small spacecraft and launch vehicle technologies that are on the verge of maturation and are likely to benefit both NASA and the commercial space market.


Cannibal Corpse Worm: 3-Foot-Long Creature Had Monster Jaws

A newly discovered ancient worm that would have grown to more than 3 feet long is the oldest "Bobbit worm" ever discovered.

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Planet Hunter: Spitzer Space Telescope TRAPPIST-1 Data Explained

The NASA telescope sights were set on the system for 500 hours and transits of the planets identified and characterized them. TRAPPIST-1 is 39 light years away and harbors 7 earth-sized planets.

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Traveling to TRAPPIST-1: How Long Would It Take? | Video

The ultra cool dwarf star system is about 39 light-years from Earth. Find out how long it would take NASA’s Space Shuttle, the New Horizons spacecraft and Breakthrough Starshot’s proposed laser sail-propelled vehicle to travel to the system.

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Study: People don't want their future revealed

Brooks HaysFeb. 22 -- Surveys show most people, if given the chance to know their future, would decline to find out what lies ahead.

- UPI - US

Smithsonian to Launch Apollo 11 Columbia Spacecraft on National Tour

The historic NASA spacecraft that flew with the first U.S. astronauts to walk on the moon will launch on a national tour celebrating the 50 years since its lunar mission.

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From Rocks, Evidence of a 'Chaotic Solar System'

Madison WI Feb 22, 2017 Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the Sun. The ...

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Measuring patients' muscles to predict chemotherapy side effects

Measuring patients' muscle mass and quality could potentially help doctors better identify patients at high risk for toxic side effects that could require hospitalizations, researchers report.

- ScienceDaily - US

Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

Every year, Australia provides protection to thousands of refugees under its humanitarian program. In 2015-16, the government issued 15,552 visas to people in need of humanitarian assistance overseas. These included people determined to be refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in camps outside ...

- The Conversation - UK

Researchers take broad look at stem cells

Scientists have focused recent work on the study of and utility of adult-derived stem cells. The team put together the review after recognizing that the medical and general communities have limited knowledge about the various types of stem cells and how they could be used in medicine.

- ScienceDaily - US

John Glenn's Orbital Mission Tested the Mysteries of the Human Body in Space

NASA's first orbital spaceflight 55 years ago asked big questions about the unknowns of human spaceflight — many of which we're still asking today.

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Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back?

Scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever flyby of Pluto in July 2015, will officially propose a new definition of "planet" next month — one that gives Pluto its planethood back.

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Hybrid plant breeding: Secrets behind haploid inducers, a powerful tool in maize breeding

A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding. However, getting the inbred lines in the first place can be a hassle. In maize, the use of so-called 'haploid inducers' provides a short cut to this cumbersome procedure, allowing to produce inbred lines in just one generation. A study now sheds light on ...

- ScienceDaily - US

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed

A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise flawless flight from NASA's historic moon pad.

- FOX News - US

Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022

Moscow Feb 22, 2017 Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's ...

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Reduction of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions: Promotion or steering?

Policy interventions to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have a variety of effects on the economy and on households. A study has provided the first detailed impact assessment of the efficiency and social balance of the energy policy measures steering' and promotion.'

- ScienceDaily - US

YouTube star PewDiePie rails against 'the media', but he's a part of it too now

Each of PewDiePie's videos attracts as many viewers as an edition of The Wall Street Journal. PewDiePiePewDiePie – the online alias of Felix Kjellberg – is a bit of an enigma. Here is a man who made US$15m in 2016 playing videogames on YouTube for his audience of nearly 54 million subscribers, the largest in the ...

- The Conversation - UK

Brain scans could predict teens' problem drug use before it starts

There's an idea out there of what a drug-addled teen is supposed to look like: impulsive, unconscientious, smart, perhaps -- but not the most engaged. While personality traits like that could signal danger, not every adolescent who fits that description becomes a problem drug user. So how do you tell who's who?

- ScienceDaily - US

Too hot to learn – why Australian schools need a national policy on coping with heatwaves

Sometimes only a water fountain will do. Dan Peled/AAPMany parts of Australia have been experiencing a long-running heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in some areas. So what impact is this having on schools? And is it time for the government to roll out a national policy on heat protection? Research shows ...

- The Conversation - UK

NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

- ScienceDaily - US

Sum of their parts: Researchers use math to foster environmental restoration

The oft-quoted proverb, "Too many cooks spoil the broth," is apt wisdom for describing challenges facing policy makers, public resource managers, ag producers, industry, residents and other stakeholders in attempts to jointly tackle major environmental restoration projects. The myriad of varied interests—some ...

- PhysOrg - NL

Estrogen therapy shown effective in reducing tooth and gum diseases in postmenopausal women

Estrogen therapy has already been credited with helping women manage an array of menopause-related issues, including reducing hot flashes, improving heart health and bone density, and maintaining levels of sexual satisfaction. Now a new study suggests that the same estrogen therapy used to treat osteoporosis can actually ...

- ScienceDaily - US