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1st Ebola case in U.S.: Health ministers reassure Canadians

Canadian health leaders moved to reassure the public Tuesday that the discovery of a case of Ebola in the United States does not change the assessment of the risk of...

Celestial 'Wild Ducks' Soar Through Space and Time | Video

Stunning new imagery of the galactic cluster Messier 11 has been captured by the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. It was nicknamed the "Wild...

Five ways to stop the world's wildlife vanishing

Full marks to colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London for the Living Planet Report 2014 and its headline message which one hopes ought to...

This Is What It Looks Like When a Drone Flies Over a Hurricane

Earlier this month when Hurricane Edouard was churning out over the Atlantic Ocean, NASA dispatched its Global Hawk drones to fly directly over the eye of the storm.

Microbes in Central Park Soil: If They Can Make It There, They Can Make It Anywhere

Researchers led by Colorado State University uncovered more than 167,000 kinds of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes in the soil beneath one of the nation's iconic urban environments. That's 260 times...

BRAIN initiative is underway, funding new ways to map cells, circuits

Scientists will aim to capture the workings of the human brain in comprehensive recordings, to watch the brain while in motion and to reimagine the world's most complex biological organism...

'Smart' bandage emits phosphorescent glow for healing below

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General...

Robot researcher combines nature to nurture 'superhuman' navigation

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionise advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher.

Power can corrupt even the honest

When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in...

Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent some forms of depression

Patients with increased inflammation, including those receiving cytokines for medical […]

Shay Mitchell splits from boyfriend Ryan Silverstein after 1 year

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Shay Mitchell has ended her relationship to Ryan Silverstein after one year of dating.

Study on meat in pet foods shows not all brands follow regulations

Researchers in Chapman University's Food Science Program have just published a study on pet food mislabeling. The study focused on commercial pet foods marketed for dogs and cats to identify...

Fall in monsoon rains driven by rise in air pollution, study shows

Emissions produced by human activity have caused annual monsoon rainfall to decline over the past 50 years, a study suggests.

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize Can Help with Exercise

New research suggests the adage that encourages people to keep their "eyes on the prize" may be on target when it comes to exercise. When walking, staying focused on a...

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy government buildings

JC FinleyHONG KONG, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstration may soon escalate if chief executive Chun-ying Leung doesn't resign, protest leaders warned Wednesday.

Semen secrets: How a previous sexual partner can influence another male's offspring

Scientists have discovered a new form of non-genetic inheritance, showing for the first time that offspring can resemble a mother's previous sexual partner – in flies at least.

Novel approach to magnetic measurements atom-by-atom

Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give engineers and physicists...

In Africa, Anthrax Lures Animals to Their Death

Areas contaminated with anthrax lure grazing animals like zebras, which could lead to new rounds of infections. Anthrax-infected carcasses might release more nutrients into the soil than other carcasses, making...

Ethical Filament: Can Fair Trade Plastic Save People and the Planet?

New standards could raise workers' living standards and help clean up the earth and its oceans.

Characterizing an important reactive intermediate

An international group of researchers led by Dr. Warren E. Piers (University of Calgary) and Dr. Heikki M. Tuononen (University of Jyväskylä) has been able to isolate and characterize an...

Ebola Outbreak

The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. The three most affected countries are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and cases have also been reported in Nigeria and Senegal.

Cheap hybrid outperforms rare metal as fuel-cell catalyst

(Phys.org) —Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the...

Eastern basin of the South Aral Sea completely dry for the first time in modern history

Summer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. For the first time in modern history,...

High-speed drug screen via zebrafish

Engineers devise technology for rapidly testing drug-delivery vehicles MIT engineers […]

Microsoft unveils Windows 10

Microsoft skips 9 and introduces Windows 10; says this update is like moving from a first-generation Prius to a Tesla

Researchers develop novel method for making electrical cellulose fibers

By using liquid salts during formation instead of harsh chemicals, fibers that conduct electricity can be strengthened, according to a patent issued to a team of researchers at The University...

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign...

Genetic test would help 'cut bowel cancer spread'

Screening families of patients with bowel cancer for a genetic condition would cut their risk of developing bowel, womb, and ovarian cancers, new research has found. "It's critical that more...

New drug-delivery capsule may replace injections

Pill coated with tiny needles can deliver drugs directly into […]

Oceans' Health Gets a Barely Passing Score

How healthy are the world’s oceans? the same they’ve been for the past couple of years, which is not very, according to the Ocean Health Index.

US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation will investigate ways to collaborate on future Mars missions, officials said Tuesday. The two agencies also laid out their roles on the NISAR...

Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split?

PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.

Improving babies' language skills before they're even old enough to speak

In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more...

Medications are main culprit of allergic deaths in U.S., comprehensive study finds

Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010. The study also found that the risk...

Pollution linked to lethal sea turtle tumors

Polluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has been linked to lethal tumors in endangered sea turtles. A new study finds that excess nitrogen in the runoff accumulates in algae...

Unexpected new mechanism reveals how molecules become trapped in ice

Expanding our knowledge of the way molecules interact with ice surfaces is a key goal not only for climate change but also a much wider range of other environmental, scientific...

Satellite measurements reveal gravity dip from ice loss in West Antarctica

Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left...

Researchers find first instance of fish larvae making sounds

(Phys.org) —A trio of researchers with the University of Miami has recorded sounds made by fish larvae in both the open ocean and in their lab. In their paper published...

New dimension for integrated circuits: 3-D nanomagnetic logic

Electrical engineers have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits. Their experiments show that future computer chips could be based on three-dimensional arrangements of nanometer-scale magnets...

Ultrasound Elastography: 'Virtual Breast' Could Improve Cancer Detection

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, which is why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms. But the tests are not very...

'Stealth' nanoparticles could improve cancer vaccines

Cancer vaccines have recently emerged as a promising approach for killing tumor cells before they spread. But so far, most clinical candidates haven't worked that well. Now, scientists have developed...

Non-citizens face harsher sentencing than citizens in US criminal courts

Non-Americans in the U.S. federal court system are more likely to be sentenced to prison and for longer terms compared to U.S. citizens, according to a new study.

Netflix branches into films with 'Crouching Tiger' sequel

Netflix is branching out into the world of movies with a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that will premiere simultaneously on the online streaming service and in selected theaters...

Nanoparticles accumulate quickly in wetland sediment

(Phys.org) —A Duke University team has found that nanoparticles called single-walled carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in the bottom sediments of an experimental wetland setting, an action they say could indirectly...

Weather Service Goes Local With New Forecast Model

The next time nasty storms are heading your way, the National Weather Service says it will have a better forecast of just how close they'll come.

New blood test determines whether you have or are likely to get cancer

Early detection and the risk assessment of cancer as easy as a simple blood test, a new study suggests. "A blood test to detect cancer and determine one's risk for...

Images of the month: September 2014

Pictures from the world of science, selected by Nature ’s art team.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16043

The wake-up call that sent hearts racing

"But as the minutes ticked by, the relaxed attitude of many of us began to dissolve into apprehension. Our levels of adrenaline and worry began to rise."

Recovery efforts resume following volcano eruption in Japan; death toll rises to 48

JC FinleyTOKYO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Japanese police reported 12 more bodies were discovered on Mount Ontake as rescue efforts resumed Wednesday following a volcanic eruption over the weekend.

Research could help save billions of dollars as sea levels rise

Coastal councils and planning authorities will be able to more accurately predict the chance of communities being inundated by the ocean as sea levels rise.

Who'll Die in 'Game of Thrones'? Math Prof Gives Odds

A statistician runs Bayesian analysis on the books behind the "Game of Thrones" series to predict which characters will be killed off next.

Breakthrough study discovers six changing faces of 'global killer' bacteria

Every ten seconds a human being dies from pneumococcus infection, making it the leading cause of serious illness across the globe. New research discovers six unique states of pneumococcus, which...

Canadians who lived in Britain lament not being able to donate blood

A southern Alberta woman says she would like to help Canadian Blood Services ease its blood shortage but she's not allowed to donate.

How to beat monk parakeets at their own game: Scientists prevent nests on utility poles

Researchers have announced they have found a way to prevent Monk Parakeets from building huge nests on utility poles by blocking access to the electric lines that are the gateway...

New material steals oxygen from the air: One spoonful absorbs all the oxygen in a room

Researchers have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room....

Florida's climate boosts soil-carbon storage, cuts greenhouse emissions

Sequestration helps mitigate carbon-based gases from getting into the atmosphere. A new study shows Florida's warm, wet climate helps keep carbon in the soil. Soil-stored carbon can slow the build-up...

J&J to buy antiviral specialist Alios

$1.75 billion deal brings Phase II compounds for hepatitis C and respiratory syncytial virus

Four candidate landing sites for ExoMars 2018

Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.

Miniature camera may reduce accidents

Measuring only a few cubic millimeters, a new type of camera module might soon be integrated into future driver assistance systems to help car drivers facing critical situations. The little...

What happens when good genes get lost?

Scientifically speaking, there is no bad DNA, though we like to blame it for unruly hair, klutziness or poor gardening skills. There is, however, junk DNA.

DARPA technology identifies counterfeit microelectronics

Advanced software and equipment to aid in the fight against counterfeit microelectronics in U.S. weapons and cybersecurity systems has been transitioned to military partners under DARPA's Integrity and Reliability of...

Sensor network tracks down illegal bomb-making

Terrorists can manufacture bombs with relative ease, few aids and easily accessible materials such as synthetic fertilizer. Not always do security forces succeed in preventing the attacks and tracking down...

More efficient transformer materials

Almost every electronic device contains a transformer. An important material used in their construction is electrical steel. Researchers have found a way to improve the performance of electrical steel and...

The first South Americans: Extreme living

After humans arrived in South America, they quickly spread into some of its most remote corners.Nature 514 24 doi: 10.1038/514024a

Nestle 'wins' German false advertising award

Ben HooperBERLIN, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A German group gave a sugar-packed Nestle baby food the "Golden Cream Puff" false advertising prize, with second place going to a chicken soup...

Live-action film adapatation of 'Tetris' coming to theaters

Matt BradwellHOLLYWOOD, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Plotless video game franchise {i:Tetris} is headed for the silver screen, courtesy of media company Threshold Entertainment.

Pee-Wee Herman stars in new music video for TV on the Radio

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Pee-Wee Herman actor Paul Reubens stars as a race car driver in TV on the Radio's music video for "Happy Idiot."

Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS

Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large With world attention riveted on U.S. and friendly Arab air strikes against Islamic State bases in Syria, Pakistan, one of the world's eight...

Hesco Bastion acquires Reed Composite Solutions

Richard TomkinsCHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. subsidiary of British barrier-maker Hesco has entered the body armor business with the acquisition of Reed Composite Solutions.

Who Your Brain Decides To Make Friends With When You Start University

How many freebies can you carry? Credit: Nottingham Trent University, CC BY-NC-NDBy Kira Shaw, University of Sheffield read more

World's first bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50

It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."

Learning at 10 degrees north

Secluded beaches, calypso music and the entertaining carnival are often what come to mind when thinking of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. But Dal Earth Sciences students might...

Investigating the health threats to endangered eastern gorillas

A Murdoch University PhD student is working in a mountainous region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to investigate the health of endangered eastern gorillas, the humans and other...

Robot arm will install new earth-facing cameras on the space station

Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company...

Using intelligence to unlock the market for electric vehicles

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialisation of electric...

Industry's thinnest battery connector corresponding to 6 ampere high current capacity

Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a battery connector to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) board corresponding to high current capacity and boasting the industry's thinnest thickness. It is...

Video: Alleged meteor caught on Russian dash cam (again)

Thanks to the ubiquity of dashboard-mounted video cameras in Russia yet another bright object has been spotted lighting up the sky over Siberia, this time a "meteor-like object" seen on...

RCMP decision to drop fur hats over animal-rights concerns overruled by Tories

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq said Tuesday the government has overturned an RCMP decision to doff their muskrat hats in favour of more animal-friendly tuques.

Moccasins instead of boots?

Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large President Obama appears determined to avoid sending U.S. boots back to Iraq. But there is no alternative short of disengagement -- and turning...

Obama's Brain-Mapping Project Gets $300 Million Funding Boost

The president's moonshot project to understand the human brain is getting a boost by partnering with companies like Google and foundations for neurological disorders, the White House announced today (Sept....

BP charts gas future in Oman

Daniel J. GraeberMUSCAT, Oman, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- British energy company BP said Wednesday it awarded two drilling contracts to help tap into the unconventional gas potential in the sultanate...

October Skywatching: Lunar & Solar Eclipses, a Meteor Shower and More

October brings a number of stargazing treats, including eclipses of the sun and moon, a dependably dazzling meteor shower, and good opportunities to view planets such as Mars, Saturn and...

Photographer Kevin Fleming finds beauty in the wild

Kevin Fleming is working on his 27th book of wildlife photographs

Weird 'Island' on Saturn Moon Titan Puzzles Scientists (Video, Photos)

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an odd islandlike feature in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest hydrocarbon seas. Scientists don't know what to make of the structure, which covers about...

Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events and airport...

Lower wireless prices lead to worse service, Telus tells CRTC

Canada should heed the lessons learned in Europe about adopting rules intended to keep wireless prices low, the former head of Austria's telecom regulator appearing as part of a panel...

New Alarm Raised on Pot Farms' Threat to Salmon

Water use, clear-cutting and fertilizer spraying by the marijuana industry threaten coho salmon already at risk of extinction, federal biologists say.

Iowa State Physicists Among Teams Preparing for New Energy Department Supercomputer

Iowa State researchers will scale up their nuclear physics studies for Cori, the Energy Department's next-generation supercomputer. What the researchers learn could one day lead to safer, more efficient forms...

Bakken oil pipeline, Sandpiper, delayed

Daniel J. GraeberHOUSTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The Sandpiper pipeline designed to carry oil from the Bakken reserve area in North Dakota through Minnesota is delayed, Enbridge Energy Partners said.

Australia begins aerial support mission in Iraq; no combat mandate

JC FinleyCANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Wednesday that Australia's military began its support mission in Iraq to aid U.S. and other coalition aircraft.

Intruder at Foster Farms kills 920 chickens with golf club

Aileen GraefCARUTHERS, Calif., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- One or more intruders broke into a Foster Farms chicken shed in Fresno County in September to kill 920 chickens with a golf...

Giant Clams' Shiny Shells Could Inspire New Solar Power Tech

Brilliant shades of blue and aqua coat the iridescent lips of giant clams, but these shiny cells aren't just for show, new research finds. The iridescent sheen directs beams of...

Leatherback turtle freed from lobster trap in Shediac Bay

A sailor on the Shediac Bay freed a 300-kilogram leatherback sea turtle from lobster trap lines last week as sightings of these large reptiles entangled in nets are growing in...

Dot Earth Blog: An Expanding Menu for Locavores: Tilapia on Hudson

An innovative business brings new meaning to the idea of local food by raising tilapia, salmon and year-round greens in the Hudson Valley.

Man: 'Three-breasted' hoaxer kept me as sex slave

Ben HooperTAMPA, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- An 18-year-old man alleges the Florida woman who claims to have three breasts kept him as a sex slave and she tried to...

Watch: Hurricane throws man 30 feet in Russia

Ben HooperSEVASTOPOL, Russia, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A video posted to YouTube shows a man in a Russian hurricane being thrown 30 feet through the air and into some concrete...

Kylie Jenner taking vocal lessons, planning singing career

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Kylie Jenner has been taking vocal coaching classes and is reportedly interested in starting a career as a singer.

'The Twilight Saga' to be continued through short films on Facebook

Aileen GraefLOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- "The Twilight Saga" will be given new life in a short film series posted on Facebook.

EU demands solution to gas crisis

Daniel J. GraeberBRUSSELS, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a Wednesday letter to the Kremlin an interim solution to a trilateral gas crisis was...