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At The Dead Sea, Getting That Sinking Feeling

There's an old joke about an Israeli boy who, after hearing his friends boast about their dads' feats and exploits, declares "You know the Dead Sea? Well, my father killed it." In reality, the Dead Sea is being killed, slowly, by people, and it's no joke. One of the natural wonders of the world, this 41 mile-long body in Israel's Jordan Rift Valley is known for its high salinity and extremely...

Mars Clays Could Preserve Signs of Life

The mud and clays ideal for preserving fossil records are less common around Martian lakes than on Earth. A new survey of 226 ancient lakebeds on the Red Planet reveals that only a third show evidence of such deposits on the surface today.

CEOs Endorse Salesforce.com Chatter iPad App

The cloud-based CRM company is featuring customer success stories it hopes will encourage other enterprises to jump on its social enterprise bandwagon. Specifically, Salesforce.com is working to show the benefits of its recently introduced Chatter application for the iPad. Salesforce.com says it created Chatter for iPad to take advantage of the iPad's unique capabilities while keeping users...

Re-inventing the planned city

In response to population growth, many "new towns" or planned cities were built around the world in the 1950s. But according to Dr. Tali Hatuka, head of Tel Aviv University's Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (LCUD) at the Department of Geography and the Human Environment, these cities are a poor fit for modern lifestyles – and it's time to innovate.

Scientists name two new species of horned dinosaur

Two new horned dinosaurs have been named based on fossils collected from Alberta, Canada. The new species, Unescopceratops koppelhusae and Gryphoceratops morrisoni, are from the Leptoceratopsidae family of horned dinosaurs. The herbivores lived during the Late Cretaceous period between 75 to 83 million years ago. The specimens are described in research published in the Jan. 24, 2012, online issue...

Study of ribosome evolution challenges 'RNA World' hypothesis

In the beginning – of the ribosome, the cell's protein-building workbench – there were ribonucleic acids, the molecules we call RNA that today perform a host of vital functions in cells. And according to a new analysis, even before the ribosome's many working parts were recruited for protein synthesis, proteins also were on the scene and interacting with RNA. This finding challenges a...

Voter registration policy may depress minority participation in electoral politics

An article released by Social Forces indicates that voter identification requirements have a substantially negative impact on the voting of all groups except for Asians. Particularly strong negative effects are seen for Blacks and Hispanics: a decrease in voting by 18 percent and 22 percent respectively. Even Whites show dampened turnout associated with voter ID policies. Yet for Asians,...

Microsoft Hedges on Upgrade Path for Mango Phones

Microsoft is hedging its bets when it comes to offering users of "Mango" smartphones running Windows Phone 7.5 an upgrade path to Windows Phone 8 when the software giant's next-generation mobile platform is finally ready for commercial release. On the other hand, Microsoft said its goal is to enable all Windows Phone 7 applications to run on Windows Phone 8. "In the case of Apple, they've...

Red Meat a Ticket to Early Grave, Harvard Says

Just in time to spoil the promise of warm-weather picnics, Harvard scientists have found that daily consumption of red meat — particularly the kind you might like to grill — may significantly increase your risk of premature death.