Opportunity runs the first martian marathon
Researchers discover how western corn rootworm resists crop rotation
With all the fanfare about Mars rover Curiosity landing on the Red Planet in August 2012, its easy to forget that theres already a rover on Marsan older, smaller cousin set to accomplish a feat unprecedented in the history of Solar System exploration.
Researchers zap huge global spam 'botnet'
A new study answers a question that has baffled researchers for more than 15 years: How does the western corn rootworm an insect that thrives on corn but dies on soybeans persist in fields that alternate between corn and soybeans? The answer, researchers say, has to do with enzyme production in the rootworm gut.
S. Korea plans fresh rocket launch in October
A huge global 'botnet' responsible for sending out millions of spam messages each day has been shut down by a collaborative effort from security experts in the US, Britain and Russia, researchers said.
Stanford researcher maps melodies used in Holocaust to control prisoners
South Korea will make a third attempt this October at a rocket launch aimed at placing a satellite into orbit, its science ministry said Thursday.
Study finds 'caffeinated' Oregon coast waters
It's hard to imagine Bing Crosby's classic ragtime song "Sweet Sue, Just You" wafting through a Nazi German concentration camp.
Study points to causes of high dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico
(Phys.org) -- A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregonthough not necessarily where researchers expected.
Synthetic nanotubes lay foundation for new technology: Artificial pores mimic key features of natural pores
The largest oil spill on open water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study released today.
The long, winding road to advanced batteries for electric cars
(Phys.org) -- Scientists have overcome key design hurdles to expand the potential uses of nanopores and nanotubes. The creation of smart nanotubes with selective mass transport opens up a wider range of applications for water purification, chemical separation and fighting disease.
What we know and don't know about Earth's missing biodiversity
(Phys.org) -- Batteries have come a long way since Alessandro Volta first discovered in 1800 that two unlike metals, when separated by an acidic solution, could produce an electric current. In their evolution, batteries have taken on various forms, ranging from lead-acid, to nickel-metal hydride, to current-day lithium-ion.
Why 'trickle-up' innovation may shape the global economy
Most of the world's species are still unknown to science although many researchers grappled to address the question of how many species there are on Earth over the recent decades. Estimates of non-microbial diversity on Earth provided by researchers range from 2 million to over 50 million species, with great uncertainties in numbers of insects, fungi, nematodes, and deep-sea organisms.
Washington Reveals Voter Registration on Facebook
The Tata Nano, a city car both manufactured and sold in India, retails for $2,500, making it one of the worlds most affordable four-wheeled passenger vehicles.
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- 12/7/19 16:22
Growing Number of Communities Using Smart911
Facebook users in Washington state will have something else to brag about to their online friends: that they registered to vote on Facebook.
The secretary of state's office said Tuesday it will have an application on its Facebook page that allows residents to register to vote and then "like" the application and recommend it to their friends. It's expected to launch as early as next week.
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- 12/7/19 16:20
Rotten Tomatoes Suspends Dark Knight Comments
A man who called 911 in Nashville recently was too ill to speak to the dispatcher. That could have been a life-threatening situation, says Duane Phillips, director of Emergency Communications Center in metro Nashville.
But because the man had registered with a new 911 database called Smart911 and detailed his health issues, the dispatcher knew what to do.
"Normally, we handle that as an open...
- Sci-Tech Today
- 12/7/19 16:19
Yahoo CEO's Pregnancy Overshadows Flat Revenue
The aggregating Web site RottenTomatoes.com suspended user comments on movie reviews of "The Dark Knight Rises" after commenters reacted harshly to negative reviews of the film and made profane and threatening remarks about the critics who wrote them.
Matt Atchity, the site's editor-in-chief, said Tuesday it was the first time RottenTomatoes.com has suspended user comments, adding postings...
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- 12/7/19 16:18
Farmers' Hopes Dry Up in Midwest Drought
Yahoo hopes it picked a savior when it chose Googler Marissa Mayer as CEO in hopes of resuscitating business and birthing an improbable comeback.
Turns out Mayer, 37, is expecting the real thing, too. She disclosed on her Facebook profile late Monday that she's pregnant. Mayer first disclosed her pregnancy to Yahoo in late June, according to a Fortune report.
Though Yahoo posted flat sales...
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- 12/7/19 16:17
Richter's Seismology Lab For Sale: DNews Nugget
Ask Craig Ganshorn how his corn crop is faring and he winces before replying. "Basically, it's burnt up," he says.
Ganshorn, 62, who has farmed 500 acres of corn and soybeans here since 1976, is confronting the grim realities of a drought that he says is worse "by far" than the one in 1988 that's remembered as among the worst in U.S. history.
Ganshorn's farm is in Kosciusko County, which is...
Senators see urgent need for national energy policy
Charles Richter would have been instrumental in monitoring the installment of the seismometers Caltech once used in this mansion now for sale.
Photo: Dazzling Aurora Appears Over Antarctic Station
Canada is on the cusp of global energy greatness but can only reap the benefits of its vast resources if it acts immediately, according to a report released by the Senate's energy, environment and natural resources committee.
We Punish Out of a Desire for Fairness, Not Revenge
The handful of wintertime residents at an isolated Antarctica research station recently got a break from austral winter's 24-hour darkness when a shimmering aurora blazed to life over their lonely outpost in the middle of the East Antarctic Ice...
Manitoba polar bear euthanized at Detroit Zoo
Punishment helps discourage the dishonest from destroying the fabric of cooperative human societies. But that's not what you actually think about when you feel the urge to punish a rule-breaker. Scientists have long debated what motivates humans' deep-seated desire for retaliation, which we'll carry out even at great personal cost.
Controlling a Computer with Your Eyes
The Detroit Zoo says zookeepers have euthanized a female Canadian polar bear that had been rescued from a circus after it came down with cancer.
Job Stress Raises Women's Heart Attack Risk
A new ultra-cheap way for the paralyzed to interact with computers.
Researchers at Imperial College London have developed an affordable technology that could allow millions of people suffering from ailments like Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury to interact with computers--using just their eyes. The finding brings new hope to many patients that computing--and the many...
MPP wants stop to 'turbines popping up everywhere'
A stressful job can have serious consequences for heart health, according to a new study.
Green Blog: On Our Radar: Nebraska and Keystone XL
Chatham-Kent MPP Rick Nicholls wants to put a stop to 124 proposed wind turbines Pattern Energy is hoping to construct.
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- 12/7/19 15:32
Nebraska's environmental agency wants to know more about the chemicals used to dilute the oil sands crude that would pass through the Keystone XL pipeline.