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Asian fungus threatens Western salamanders

Brooks HaysWASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A new type of chytrid fungus is threatening native salamander species in Europe and could threaten species in America.

Antares Rocket Explosion: Wreckage Could Yield Clues

Investigators searched the wreckage of the Antares rocket on Wednesday in hopes of determining what caused it to explode.

'Ghost Light' of Long-Dead Stars Haunt NASA's Hubble Telescope

NASA is adding a cosmic twist to Halloween with an unexpected find by the Hubble Space Telescope: eerie 'ghost light' from the remains of a multi-galaxy massacre. See the photo...

Liberal or conservative? Brain's 'disgust' reaction holds the answer

Think your political beliefs arise from logic and reason? Think again. A team of scientists who studied the brains of liberal, moderate and conservative people found that they could tell...

Images: 'Small World' Photo Contest Winners

A peek into the mouth of a microscopic animal took the top award in photo contest that honors all this small.

Student experiment destroyed in rocket explosion

Students from a South Jersey high school have a unique connection to the unmanned supply rocket that exploded moments after liftoff. The students' science experiment had been chosen to board...

Damage Assessment Underway After Antares Rocket Explosion

NASA and the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. have started surveying the damage left behind after a rocket explosion on Tuesday evening (Oct. 28).

Himalayan Viagra Fuels Caterpillar Fungus Gold Rush

Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders...

Father upset over Islam history lesson barred from school over threats

Matt BradwellLA PLATA, Md., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Marine has been banned from the campus of his daughter's high school for threatening administrators.

They know the drill: UW leads the league in boring through ice sheets

Wisconsin is famous for its ice fishers—the stalwarts who drill holes through lake ice in the hope of catching a winter dinner. Less well known are the state's big-league ice...

Mystery of Earth's Water Origin Solved

Ancient meteorites reveal that our planet had plenty of water, right from the start.

Magma 'Pancakes' May Have Fueled Toba Supervolcano

The most catastrophic volcanic eruption in the last 2 million years may owe its superpower to stacks of hot molten rock layered like jelly filling inside a sky-high wedding cake.

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out and reveals he's gay

In an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes himself the most high-profile chief executive officer to come out as homosexual, saying he's proud to be gay.

Scripps Research Institute Scientists Capture Picture of 'MicroRNA' In Action

Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute have described the atomic-level workings of "microRNA" molecules, which control the expression of genes in all animals and plants. The findings add greatly to...

High-Intensity Sound Waves May Aid Regenerative Medicine

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative...

Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a...

Study finds saving lonely species is important for the environment

The lemur, Javan rhino and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonesome animals. As endemic species, they live in habitats restricted to a particular area due to climate change, urban...

Burkina Faso dissolves government, declares state of emergency

JC FinleyOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency Thursday and dissolved the government amid unrest over a proposed constitutional change.

What's Mighty About the Mouse? For Starters, Its Massive Y Chromosome

An exhaustive effort to sequence the mouse Y chromosome reveals a surprisingly large and complex biological beast, at the same time providing remarkable insight into a heated battle for supremacy...

Blocking a Fork in the Road to DNA Replication

A team of Whitehead Institute scientists has discovered the surprising manner in which an enigmatic protein known as SUUR acts to control gene copy number during DNA replication. It's a...

Wheelchair-using students get level playing field in Grand-Digue, N.B.

Physical education teacher Rheal Hebert at École Grande-Digue has gone an extra step to see that all students get moving in his classes.

Uranium-Extracting Technology for Seawater Earns Research Award for Grad Student

Scientists have long known that seawater contains small concentrations of valuable metals, but a technologically feasible extraction method has remained elusive. The University of Chicago's Carter Abney has been developing...

Amelia Earhart mystery: Metal found on Pacific island from aviator's plane, group says

Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart's plane say they now believe a slab of aluminum found decades ago on an uninhabited island in the Pacific...

New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and...

2014 Antarctic ozone hole holds steady

The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The size of this year's...

Tablet turns sign language into speech

MotionSavvy's Uni tablet case uses motion capture to translate sign language into spoken words. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.

Dozens of genes associated with autism in new research

Two major genetic studies of autism, involving more than 50 laboratories worldwide, have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes...

Earth's Water Existed Earlier Than Thought: Study

A new study suggest that there was water in the inner solar system 135 million years earlier than previous evidence had shown.

New U.S. rockets include crew launch-escape systems

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of...

Lord of the microrings: Team reports breakthrough in microring laser cavities

A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Scientists...

Study: Mom's socioeconomic background predicts baby's diet

Brooks HaysBUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Buffalo found much a baby's diet is dependent on the socioeconomic background of his or her mother.

NASA's Wallops flight facility completes initial assessment after Orbital launch mishap

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m....

High tech lighting and AC system protects Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel masterpiece

Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by the light of the sun coming through small windows, and now 450 years after his death, his masterpieces are being seen...

New system would allow programmers to easily trade computational accuracy for energy savings

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption.

Biology meets geometry: Describing geometry of common cellular structure

Architecture imitates life, at least when it comes to those spiral ramps in multistory parking garages. Stacked and connecting parallel levels, the ramps are replications of helical structures found in...

Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth'

Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.

Twenty-first Eastern Pacific tropical depression born on Oct. 30

NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the birth of the Eastern Pacific Ocean's twenty-first tropical depression, located far south of Acapulco, Mexico.

Science casts light on sex in the orchard

Persimmons are among the small club of plants with separate sexes—individual trees are either male or female. Now scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Kyoto University in Japan...

New research show that bats will hang out with their friends this Halloween

New research has shown that despite moving house frequently, bats choose to roost with the same social groups of 'friends'.

Does it help conservation to put a price on nature?

Putting a price on the services which a particular ecosystem provides may encourage the adoption of greener policies, but it may come at the price of biodiversity conservation. Writing today...

Sadness Lasts 240X Longer Than Other Emotions

A new psychology paper says people feel sad up to 240 times longer than they do ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored. The reason may be because sadness often goes...

Active, biodegradable packaging for oily products

The BIOMAT research group has developed a single-layer, biodegradable container from agro-industrial by-products suitable for both liquid and solid oily products.

TransCanada seeks approvals for pipeline to Atlantic

TransCanada on Thursday filed for regulatory approval of a proposed Can$12 billion (US$10.7 billion) pipeline to carry western Canadian oil to Atlantic coast refineries and terminals, for shipping overseas.

Study finds restoring wetlands can lessen soil sinkage, greenhouse gas emissions

Restoring wetlands can help reduce or reverse soil subsidence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to research in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by Dartmouth College researchers and their colleagues.

Female frogs modify offspring development depending on reproduction date

Global warming is altering the reproduction of plants and animals, notably accelerating the date when reproduction and other life processes occur. A study by the University of Uppsala (Sweden), including...

Is space tourism safe or do civilians risk health effects?

Several companies are developing spacecraft designed to take ordinary citizens, not astronauts, on short trips into space. "Space tourism" and short periods of weightlessness appear to be safe for most...

US market lifts global tablet sales: survey

Strong sales in the United States helped boost the global market for tablet computers in the third quarter, tracker IDC said Thursday.

Rewiring Metabolism Slows Colorectal Cancer Growth

A University of Utah-led study reports that cancers select against a protein complex called the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier (MPC), and re-introduction of MPC in colon cancer cells impairs several properties...

Largest Underwater Statue Holds Ocean on its Shoulders

The biggest underwater sculpture ever built was placed under the waters off Nassau in the Bahamas.

Pterostilbene, a molecule similar to resveratrol, as a potential treatment for obesity

In collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, researchers in the UPV/EHU's 'Nutrition and Obesity' Group, which belongs to the Spanish Biomedical Research Centre in Physiopathology of Obesity and...

New Influenza Virus Affects Cattle, Pigs

A new influenza virus, discovered in pigs and later found in cows, shares common ancestry with known influenza viruses, but is distinct enough that researchers have proposed calling it Type...

EU report: Sanctions will hit Russia hard in 2015

Ed AdamczykBRUSSELS , Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A European Union analysis of the effects of economic sanctions against Russia said they will affect Russia far greater than EU countries.

Four new dragon millipedes found in China

A team of speleobiologists from the South China Agriculture University and the Russian Academy of Sciences have described four new species of the dragon millipedes from southern China, two of...

Peripheral clocks don't need the brain's master clock to function correctly

Circadian clocks regulate functions ranging from alertness and reaction time to body temperature and blood pressure. New research published in the November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal further adds...

Identifying the source of stem cells

When most animals begin life, cells immediately begin accepting assignments to become a head, tail or a vital organ. However, mammals, including humans, are special. The cells of mammalian embryos...

Report: Dangerous lab fires show lack of training

Science teachers need more safety training before running dazzling chemical experiments that can result in dangerous flash fires.

Hawaii Official: Overall Lava Flow Has Slowed

Hawaiian Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira says that overall, the flow rate of lava has slowed, and the lava looks as if it is headed for an area clear of...

Samantha Power shows 'Ebola handshake' on Liberia trip

Gabrielle LevyMONROVIA, Liberia, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power praised efforts to improve the fight against Ebola in Liberia, the hardest hit of the countries affected by the...

Reef-builders with a sense of harmony

Cold-water corals of the species Lophelia pertusa are able to fuse skeletons of genetically distinct individuals. On dives with JAGO, a research submersible stationed at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean...

Navy SEAL who claims to be Bin Laden's shooter to reveal identity on Fox News

Matt BradwellNEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A member of the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden who claims he pulled the trigger will reveal his identity in an...

Researchers develop hybrid fluid transmission enabling light and swift robotic arms

Engineers routinely face tradeoffs as they design robotic limbs – weight vs. speed, ease of control vs. fluidity. A new hybrid fluid transmission developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh promises to...

Patents for humanity: Special edition of Technology and Innovation

The current special issue of Technology and Innovation, is devoted to patents that benefit people around the world who live with limited resources, in challenging environments, and are in need...

Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories

Switching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, […]

Mirror image RNA enzymes may hold clues to origin of life

Enzymes that produce a mirror image of themselves may solve a 30-year-old puzzle

Police: Naked suspect found pants while fleeing

Ben HooperSALEM, Ore., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Police in Oregon said a sex offender lost his underwear while fleeing police, but managed to find a pair of replacement pants before...

A low-density planet that won't stick to a schedule

(Phys.org) —For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem.

World Bank pledges $100m to send health workers to Ebola-hit countries

Treatment centres are being built in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea but still big need for doctors and nurses to staff them Continue reading...

Scientist discovers populations of rare songbird in surprising new habitat

The Swainson's warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) is one of the rarest and most secretive songbirds in North America, prized by birdwatchers in the southeastern U.S. hoping to catch a glimpse of...

Nanosafety Research: The Quest for the Gold Standard

Empa toxicologist Harald Krug has lambasted his colleagues in the journal Angewandte Chemie. He evaluated several thousand studies on the risks associated with nanoparticles and discovered no end of shortcomings:...

Use asteroids as stepping stones to Mars: Richard Binzel on NASA's asteroid redirect mission

By the end of this decade, NASA hopes to lasso a space rock: The space agency is actively pursuing proposals for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM)—a mission that aims to...

Researchers testing filters to contain radioactive materials

If released in significant quantities, radioactive materials pose a potential threat to people and the environment. Now, new research at Mississippi State University is helping the nuclear industry ensure that...

U.S. confirms White House was hit by cyberattack

U.S. officials have confirmed there was a cyberattack on White House computers earlier this month and have released some details of the event.

A new method simplifies the analysis of RNA structure

To understand the function of an RNA molecule, similar to the better-known DNA and vital for cell metabolism, we need to know its three-dimensional structure. Unfortunately, establishing the shape of...

Study demonstrates that quantum holograms could be a candidate for becoming quantum information memory

Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers. Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells. Now, a new...

Many Interacting Worlds theory: Scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds

Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes.

Seeing dinosaur feathers in a new light

Why were dinosaurs covered in a cloak of feathers long before the early bird species Archaeopteryx first attempted flight? Researchers from the University of Bonn and the University of Göttingen...

Planet-forming lifeline discovered in a binary star system

Scientists have detected a streamer of dust and gas flowing from a massive outer disk toward the inner reaches of a binary star system. This never-before-seen feature may be responsible...

Cyclone Nilofar Looks More Like A Comet

Tropical Cyclone Nilofar is closing in on the border between Pakistan and northwestern India and NASA's Terra satellite caught it while it passed overhead from space. Wind shear continued to...

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

(Phys.org) —What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a...

Ukraine, Russia extend talks as gas deal stalls

Ed AdamczykBRUSSELS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Ukrainian and Russian representatives failed to reach agreement to restart deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine and will negotiate again Thursday, they said.

Greater inequality within UK and US than some developing countries, trade 'footprint' shows

Australia, with a comparable level of international trade activity, still maintains greater internal equality than the trading nations that 42 percent of our consumption depends on. Only nine percent of...

Ancient Stone Circles Leave Archaeologists Puzzled

Huge stone circles called Big Circles that dot some parts of the Mideast have been imaged from above, revealing details of the long-mysterious structures. They are at least 2,000 years...

Can You Really Get Ebola from a Sneeze?

The Ebola virus can spread through contact with an infected person's blood, feces and vomit, but some information online suggests it's also possible to get Ebola by being near an...

Psychedelic mushrooms enable a hyperconnected brain

Brooks HaysLONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Psilocybin, a new study suggests, works at least some of its magic by disrupting the brain's normal communications network, enabling new and odd connections.

After Fukushima, a glut of green energy in Japan

Power utilities can't keep up with the flood of renewable energy companies trying to get on the grid

Urban seismic network detects human sounds

When listening to the Earth, what clues can seismic data reveal about the impact of urban life? Although naturally occurring vibrations have proven useful to seismologists, until now the vibrations...

The science of charismatic voices: How one man was viewed as authoritarian, then benevolent

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi’s perception among his party’s followers --...

Russia Launches ISS Re-Supply Mission, Docks 6 Hours Later | Video

The ISS Progress 57 cargo craft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 29th, 2014. It docked to the International Space Station's Pirs Docking Compartment a few hours...

FCC chief proposes opening the pay-TV industry to tech firms

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to open the pay-TV industry to technology companies.

Gamers' funding fuels meteoric rise of 'Star Citizen'

Chris Roberts' brain spun out a grand vision: a rich, immersive galaxy; exquisite spaceships traversing between infinite star systems with thousands of computer gamers manning the cockpits, racing, dogfighting and...

Developing the battery of the future

The search for the next generation of batteries has led researchers at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to try new methods and materials that could lead to the development of...

Robin Williams' final film performance in 'Boulevard' called 'heroic, poignant'

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Inception Film Partners says it has acquired the international distribution rights to "Boulevard" featuring the late Robin Williams in his final on-screen role.

N.J. man whose son shot playmate pleads guilty

Frances BurnsMAYS LANDING, N.J., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A New Jersey man whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a playmate faces up to three years in prison for child endangerment.

Nasa's next generation of spacecraft and rocket designs stress safety and escape

As private spaceflight firms SpaceX and Orbital Science take charge of missions, Nasa returns to lessons of history to design safer shuttlesDisaster is stark reminder of the incredible dangers Russian...

Weird Animal Question of the Week: What's the Biggest Killer Plant?

With Halloween around the corner, we take a closer look at Earth's biggest and nastiest carnivorous flora.

Gray wolf reported at Grand Canyon for first time in decades

(Reuters) - A gray wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park...

Review: Sharp Aquos Crystal will make you take notice

Sharp is not the first company that comes to mind when you think about cellphones, but its new Aquos Crystal is starting to turn some heads with its edgeless screen...

New iPad impresses, but not enough to reverse negative tablet sales trend

Apple recently released a pair of new iPads, one of which is a real winner. But as snazzy as it is, the new model may do little to change Apple's...

LinkedIn reports 3Q loss but sales climb

LinkedIn Corp. posted a third-quarter loss on Thursday, but its results were better than expected as revenue grew sharply, sending shares of the online professional networking service higher in extended...

Angelina Jolie goes blonde for 'By the Sea'

Annie MartinGONZO, Malta, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie was spotted in a blonde wig as she filmed scenes with husband Brad Pitt for "By the Sea."