Science

World’s biggest geoengineering experiment ‘violates’ UN rules

October 19, 2012
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Oops!

Yellow and brown colours show relatively high concentrations of chlorophyll in August 2012, after iron sulphate was dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a controversial geoengineering scheme. Photograph: Giovanni/Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center/NASA

A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific...

Oops! Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals quietly released report

October 14, 2012
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Man, I hate it when that happens!

The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures.

This means...

Long-missing Colo. Marine Pfc. James Jacques buried with full honors on birth date

October 9, 2012
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Thanks to new DNA testing, they were able to identify his remains.

Thirty-seven years after he was declared missing during the rescue of an American ship crew that was seized by the Khmer Rouge, a Colorado Marine is being buried with military honors.

Pfc. James Jacques (HAW’-kas) was buried Tuesday at Fort Logan National...

Election 2012 and Obama’s Green Agenda

October 9, 2012
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If you have 30 minutes to spend and didn’t catch it when it aired, you could do much worse than viewing Brett Bair’s insightful look into the EPA and Obama’s green agenda. In a way, it’s a look below the headlines into the consequences of the results of November’s election, as...

Paging Indiana Jones: Found – Tomb of Maya Queen – “Lady Snake Lord” – Ruled Centipede Kingdom

October 7, 2012
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h/t Newser for this Nat Geo link.

But this History link is the one you really want. I’m not a fan of the text formatting. But it has a full series of clickable digital images that allow you to peruse the artifacts almost as if you’re there.

The suspected tomb and remains of a...

Urban coyotes suggest larger carnivores are on their way

October 7, 2012
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Out: Urban Cowboy In: Urban Coyote

To say nothing of the animals running loose in Detroit, these days.

An Ohio State researcher “found the smallest known coyote territory ever discovered. Approximately five miles from Chicago O’Hare International Airport….” Apparently they’ve been living there for over six years in a space...

Cat-sized, odd, tiny dinosaur described for the first time

October 3, 2012
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Eeek!

A strange and extremely tiny species of dinosaur with a beak-like face and sharp teeth has made its first appearance in the scientific literature.

The creature was discovered 50 years ago but forgotten since then in a fossil collection at Harvard University. It is a member of a family of small, barely...

The polar bears are drowning!! Renowned AK scientist reprimanded, didnt do things by the book

September 29, 2012
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Or, maybe not?

A government scientist who drew international attention after publishing a report about drowning polar bears in Alaskas Arctic didnt always do everything by the book, according to the results of a federal investigative report released Friday. And yet on the very day the report was made public, wildlife...

Researchers: Elusive Element 113 Finally Created

September 28, 2012
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Scientists in Japan think they’ve finally created the elusive element 113, one of the missing items on the periodic table of elements.

Element 113 is an atom with 113 protons in its nucleus — a type of matter that must be created inside a laboratory because it is not found naturally on...

First images of particle jets at edge of a supermassive black hole

September 28, 2012
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Oh yeah, I totally get this….

Supermassive black holes appear to occupy the center of almost all galaxies. When they are actively swallowing matter, these black holes can power energetic jets that shine brighter than the entire rest of the galaxy, and can shoot matter free of it.

Despite the mass and energy...

Not what you think it is: Swimming pools starting to go au naturel

September 27, 2012
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Just the thing to drown an environmentalist in!

 Jeff Steinberg’s backyard oasis has a luxury pool with a walk-in beach, an integrated hot tub and a stream with local river rocks. But there’s something it doesn’t have: chlorine.

His natural swimming pool in Princeton, N.J., uses plants in an adjacent area to...

Mars rover Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream

September 27, 2012
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Cool!

Scientists say NASAs newest Mars rover has found signs that a stream once flowed across the surface near the site where it landed.Curiosity touched down in a crater near the Martian equator last month. The red planet today is dusty and dry but scientists think it was once warmer and wetter.

via ...

Oh, please: Frack Matt Damon

September 27, 2012
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Damon has very quickly made himself into the most annoying asshole in Hollywood. And that’s an accomplishment. Oh look, he’s doing a Leonardo DiCaprio imitation.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski ran into a big problem while making their film “Promised Land”; how they solved it tells us a lot about Hollywood.

Some time...

Blogs now impacting the weather, who knew?

September 21, 2012
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Time was a blog post had about as much chance of going from there to Forbes and now the Christian Science Monitor as a snowball’s chance on Hell, or maybe in the Arctic this year! Times have changed, as does the weather, evidently.

In the post, climate change skeptic and blogger Steven...

6,500 year-old Beeswax filling may be oldest dental work

September 19, 2012
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Found along with a bottle of Anbesol!!  Okay, not really!

An ancient cracked tooth repaired with a filling made of beeswax may be the earliest known example of therapeutic dentistry, researchers say.

The tooth is 65 centuries old and was part of a man’s jaw found more than 100 years ago in Slovenia.

Definite...

Scientists discover ancient, distant galaxy that helped form universe

September 19, 2012
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A hunt for galaxies that brought the toddler universe out of its dark ages has bagged what may be the most distant specimen yet discovered, a galaxy seen as it was more than 13 billion years ago when it was just 200 million years old. The galaxy, which was found using...

Very Cool Video: Acoustic Levitation – Liquid Droplets Floating On Sound Waves In Midair

September 18, 2012
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Just cool to watch, knowing what’s taking place.

From Argonne Labs comes this intriguing video demonstrating the acoustic levitation of liquids on a piece of equipment developed for NASA to simulate microgravity conditions.

The acoustic levitator uses two small speakers to generate sound waves at frequencies slightly above the audible range –...

UK: 3-Parent Babies Could Soon Be Legal – Mom, Dad and Donor

September 17, 2012
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As if two parents aren’t a big enough pain in the ass growing up!

As the US continues to grapple with gay marriage, the British may be a step closer to legalizing three-parent babies. Its part of a scientific strategy to help eliminate debilitating genetic problems. The three-parent technique would involve using...

New Jersey Reports First 2012 West Nile Virus Death, In Burlington County

September 8, 2012
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Health officials in New Jersey are confirming the first death in the state this year related to West Nile virus. An elderly Burlington County man died earlier this week after being hospitalized on August 26th.

via CBS Philly.

Bizarre fish has penis on its head – and then it gets weird

September 7, 2012
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A new species of fish with a penis on its head has been discovered in Vietnam. But it’s not what you’re picturing — actually it’s probably worse. This penis includes a rod and a jagged hook used for grabbing the female during sex.

via LiveScience – NBCNews.com.

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