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NASA Has a 'Black Hole Friday' Deal for You

NASA is offering an alternative to the maddening crowds at the shopping mall: exploring black holes on what it has rechristened "Black Hole Friday."

Japan's volcanic Mt. Aso erupts

Ed AdamczykKUMAMOTO , Japan, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Japan's Mt. Aso erupted for the first time in 22 years, with volcanic ash spewing into the air, causing flight cancellations and...

Syrian Electronic Army hackers: Who are they and why are they targeting the media

The Syrian Electronic Army launched a cyberattack on CBC and other media organizations this week. What is this group? Why is it targeting the media? And how dangerous is it?...

Canada pledges $500M to vaccinate children around the world

Canada will provide $500 million to help immunize children in developing countries, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today in Senegal.

​Ingenious drone use: Deep-fry a turkey from afar

Maryland company demonstrates a novel way to avoid fryer fires and turkey burns

Babies 'R' Us apologizes after breastfeeding mom told to go elsewhere

Babies 'R' Us is apologizing after a West Island woman was told to take her breastfeeding elsewhere while shopping in a Babies 'R' Us store in a suburb just off...

Bridgmanite: World's most abundant mineral finally named

A team of geologists in the U.S. has finally found an analyzable sample of the most abundant mineral in the world allowing them to give it a name: bridgmanite. In...

Mars and Two Nebulas Shine in Stunning Skywatcher Photos

These amazing images show the planet Mars passing below two nebulas. Astrophotographer Derek Demeter took the images from the Stardust Ranch in Okeechobee, Florida.

Science Enters The Brown Versus White Bread Battle

Dietary masochists say you should endure the most difficult brown bread imaginable because 1,000 years ago people had no choice. It's vaguely healthier, we are all told, though if you...

Big Data Engineering - Now With More Neuroscience

We're being overrun with Big Data and that has created a need to increase computing and networking power to make it possible to manage the vast amount of information available....

Notre Dame biologist leads sequencing of the genomes of malaria-carrying mosquitoes

Nora Besansky, O'Hara Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the University's Eck Institute for Global Health, has led an international team of...

ESA image: Tropical thaw: Quelccaya ice cap, Peru

This image features Peru's Quelccaya ice cap, the largest in the Tropics.

Japanese asteroid probe delayed

Thick cloud has postponed the launch of Hayabusa-2, which was scheduled to leave for a carbon-rich space rock on 30 November.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.16423

Most American presidents destined to fade from nation’s memory

Truman will be forgotten by three-fourths of college students by 2040 American presidents spend their time in office trying to carve out a prominent place in the nation’s collective memory,...

Christmas Party Good News: Drug Reduces Side-Effects Of ‘Binge Drinking’

Good news for Christmas party season: A new compound has been shown to reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’. It also has the potential for new ways to treat...

Audi to develop Tesla Model S all-electric rival

The Tesla Model S has a rival. Audi is to develop all-electric family car. This is to be a family car that will offer an all-electric range of 280 miles...

How much will this cyber-failure cost Best Buy/

Primed for Black Friday, electronics retailer sees its site temporarily go down on the busiest shopping day of the year

Canada's laws to protect endangered species are failing, study finds

The Canadian government may be shirking its legal responsibility to protect endangered plants and wildlife, a new study suggests.

Russia veers toward recession as oil prices fall

Ed AdamczykNEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- With the price of crude oil falling, analysts say Russia could soon sink into a recession.

Pope Francis visits Turkey, meets with Erdogan

Ed AdamczykANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Pope Francis began his three-day trip to Turkey Friday with a condemnation of violence in Syria and Iraq.

Thousands remain without power in New Hampshire, Maine

Frances BurnsMANCHESTER, N.H., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Many public utility employees in New Hampshire and Maine spent Thanksgiving working to restore power to those left in the dark by the...

Sony unveils e-paper watch

Brooks HaysTOKYO, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The entirety of the new watch by Fashion Entertainments is a smart screen -- wristband and face -- in the latest example of the...

New Animation Follows Long, Strange … Asteroid Bennu

Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a...

Activists and Walmart employees rally on Black Friday

Rafael BernalWASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Walmart workers, backed by a supporting cast of civil rights and labor activists, protested at store locations throughout the country on Black Friday.

New report highlights 'significant and increasing' risks from extreme weather

University of Exeter researchers have played a crucial role in creating a comprehensive new report indicating that the global risk from extreme weather is set to intensify.

Climate rhetoric faces devil in the detail at Lima talks

Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bust-up, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on...

New largest number factored on a quantum device is 56,153

(Phys.org)—Researchers have set a new record for the quantum factorization of the largest number to date, 56,153, smashing the previous record of 143 that was set in 2012. They have...

What does the otter say?

Videos capture giant otters in South America communicating with a wide vocabulary rivaling that of chimps

Juice Cleanses: Separating Fact from Fiction

Can a juice cleanse really put your body in "cleanse mode"? Does a cleanse give your digestive system a much-needed rest? Here is what experts have to say about the...

Russian warships enter English Channel

Ed AdamczykLONDON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A squadron of Russian Navy warships entered the English Channel Friday for military exercises, a spokeswoman for Russia's Northern Fleet said.

Uber disables app in Nevada after judge issues preliminary injuction

Brooks HaysRENO, Nev., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The mobile ride-sharing app Uber is no longer available in Nevada. The company disabled their mobile application late Wednesday night after a court...

No public insurance coverage for IVF in new Quebec health bill

In vitro fertilization will no longer be covered by the public health insurance plan, if a bill tabled by Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette at the National Assembly on Friday...

Up, up and away: Camera captures Newfoundland from stratosphere

John Hennessey and Erica Styles sent a hydrogen-filled weather balloon equipped with a camera soaring above the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this month, and what it captured...

Austin man who fired at buildings gunned down outside police HQ

Frances BurnsAUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An Austin, Texas, man who fired at the federal courthouse and Mexican consulate early Friday was gunned down outside police headquarters, investigators said.

Climate change and knowledge from Peru’s indigenous roots

This photo essay explores how science preserves diversity and complements traditional knowledge at the Potato Park.

Europe's space-based, laser-powered data highway passes early test

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A European satellite beamed images to earth using new laser-based communications technology on Friday, opening the way for uninterrupted and near instantaneous viewing of natural disasters being...

Why Experts Say 2-Degree Global Warming Limit Won't Work

A temperature rise that could cause irreversible damage to civilization is practically inevitable, say experts ahead of a year of key climate talks.

Climate change, inbreeding cited as risks to Sable Island's feral horse herd

Scientists are warning that the "iconic" horses of remote Sable Island face tough challenges that could wipe them out. The report, obtained by CBC News under the Access to Information...

'Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens' trailers -- real and fake -- debut online

Scott SmithWASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- "Star Wars" fans waiting to see the debut trailer for J.J. Abrams' take on the epic sci-fi space opera series got faked out by...

Do 'Typical' Sexual Fantasies Even Exist?

Fantasies shouldn't be confused with wishes or behaviors. conrado/ShutterstockBy Christian Joyal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)Can we use unusual sexual fantasies to identify sexual deviancy? Is there a link...

Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer.

Researchers collect soil samples from around the globe in effort to conduct fungi survey

(Phys.org)—A large team of researchers with members from around the world has conducted a global survey of soil fungi by collecting thousands of soil samples from sites all around the...

New books party: Books that arrived recently

Today, I share my first impressions of books about how human use of toxic chemicals is affecting evolution, how modern humans came into being after the human-chimp split, and the...

Laser link offers high-speed delivery

Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36 000 km across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were...

DNA survives extreme heat of rocket re-entry

Discovery might spell trouble for extraterrestrial life hunters faced with terrestrial contamination problems

Earliest stages of ear development involve a localized signaling cascade

The proteins associated with driving the cell shape changes that internalize the embryonic inner ear have been identified by Raj Ladher and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology....

Vortex of electrons provides unprecedented information on magnetic quantum states in solids

Electron states in solids are responsible for many material properties, such as color and electrical conductivity. However, because of their confinement within the crystal, it is very difficult to study...

Helping older employees stay in their jobs

Factors that can hinder older employees from continuing to work include workload, a poor memory and the pensionable age-effect. The Job-Exposure Matrix is a newly developed instrument that provides an...

Orion on track at T MINUS 1 Week to first blastoff

At T MINUS 1 Week on this Thanksgiving Holiday, all launch processing events remain on track for the first blast off of NASA's new Orion crew vehicle on Dec. 4,...

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry

Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker.

Male sex organ distinguishes 30 millipede species

The unique shapes of male sex organs have helped describe thirty new millipede species from the Great Western Woodlands in the Goldfields, the largest area of relatively undisturbed Mediterranean climate...

Pop music heritage contributes to the formation of identity

The musical rebels of the past are today's museum pieces. Pop music is increasingly penetrating heritage institutions such as museums and archives. That is apparent from the PhD research of...

Study shows graphene able to withstand a speeding bullet

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Rice University in the U.S. has demonstrated that graphene is better able to withstand the impact of a bullet than either steel or Kevlar....

Parasitic worm genomes: largest-ever dataset released

The largest collection of helminth genomic data ever assembled has been published in the new, open-access WormBase-ParaSite. Developed jointly by EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, this new resource...

'Meteoric smoke': Comet siding spring could alter Mars chemistry permanently

Feeling lucky? Events such as the Comet Siding Spring approach by Mars in October only happen about once every eight million years, according to NASA.

Venus Express spacecraft, low on fuel, does delicate dance above doom below

It's been an interesting year for Venus Express. A few months ago, controllers deliberately dipped the spacecraft into the atmosphere of the planet—for science purposes, of course. The daring maneuver...

Why the touch-deprived can’t wait for Portland’s ‘cuddle shop’

Touch deprivation is on the rise and can lead to aggression, depression and bad health. No wonder there’s a market for hugs Continue reading...

The Gym Rat: Ultimate Sandbag class

Sometimes, in this high-tech era of fitness apps, vibration platforms and electro-stimulation, it's the simpler, more basic stuff that stands out most — like moving a bag of sand.

Eagles crush Cowboys to grab NFC East lead

Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Philadelphia Eagles seized sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 33-10 win over...

Offense on display when Mavericks face Raptors

The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors are back in the great white north for a brief moment and will host the Dallas Mavericks Friday night from Air Canada Centre.

Spurs vie to continue mastery of Kings

The San Antonio Spurs might be without their fearless leader once again when they welcome the Sacramento Kings to the AT&T Center Friday.

Britain's Cameron gets tough on immigration

Ed AdamczykSTAFFORDSHIRE, England, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron positioned himself as tough on immigration and willing to see Britain leave the European Union over it.

Wrestling Keeps 'Identity of the Nuba' Alive in Sudanese Refugee Camps

Wrestling has always connected the people of Sudan's Nuba Mountains. Now, for thousands in refugee camps, it's one of the only ties left.

Ebola male survivors told to 'abstain from sex' for 3 months

The Ebola virus has been found in semen up to 82 days after the onset of symptoms, the World Health Organization says in advising men who have recovered from the...

Global warming cynics unmoved by extreme weather

What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Surely, many scientists believe, enough droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds....

Brain abnormality found in group of SIDS cases

More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain,...

Anti-Aging: The Law of Requisite Usefulness

Fighting the aging process does not necessarily mean devising drugs or biomedical procedures such as stem cells or tissue engineering. In fact, these procedures are unlikely to work. Instead, it...

Investigations launched into artificial tracheas

The Karolinska Institute is carrying out two inquiries into an experimental transplant procedure.Nature 516 16 doi: 10.1038/516016a

How can we avoid kelp beds turning into barren grounds?

Urchins are marine invertebrates that mould the biological richness of marine grounds. However, an excessive proliferation of urchins may also have severe ecological consequences on marine grounds as they reduce...

Ancient marine algae provides clues of climate change impact on today's microscopic ocean organisms

A study of ancient marine algae, led by the University of Southampton, has found that climate change affected their growth and skeleton structure, which has potential significance for today's equivalent...

Golden Ratio Of Space-Time?

The golden ratio is known as the divine proportion because it is found so often in nature. It has fascinated mathematicians since Euclid. A golden ratio is when the ratio...

Astronauts' Thanksgiving feast boasts 'space-food flair'

They may be more than 400 kilometres above Earth, but astronauts aboard the International Space Station still enjoyed an American Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

Using social media for behavioral studies is cheap, fast, but fraught with biases

The rise of social media has seemed like a bonanza for behavioral scientists, who have eagerly tapped the social nets to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about...

Ebola outbreak: Canada calls for volunteers to fight Ebola in Africa

Canada is offering 40 military personnel and an additional $20.9 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, while calling for health-care workers willing to "join the fight"...

Scientists film magnetic memory in super slow-motion

Researchers at DESY have used high-speed photography to film one of the candidates for the magnetic data storage devices of the future in action. The film was taken using an...

New age of the Lantian Homo erectus cranium extending to about 1.63 million years ago

According to paper published online November 20 in the Journal of Human Evolution, the age of the Lantian Homo erectus cranium from Gongwangling, Lantian County, Shaanxi Province, China, is likely...

Duck dynasty: Quacking invaders a menace to N.L. residents

Residents of Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula say their towns have been invaded — but not by aliens or anything manageable, oh no. Ducks have taken over, and people don't know what...

'Real World' star Ryan Knight dead at 29

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Reality TV personality Ryan Knight was found dead Thursday morning at the age of 29.

Graphene’s showdown with the man with the golden gun

Tests with supersonic micro-bullets show that multilayer graphene 10–100nm thick could make first-rate body armour

Ebola vaccine injected in volunteers in Halifax experiment

The first doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed partly in Canada were injected into the first volunteers in Halifax today.

A green data center with an autonomous power supply

A new data center in the United States is generating electricity for its servers entirely from renewable sources, converting biogas from a sewage treatment plant into electricity and water. Siemens...

Luxembourg: a tax haven by any other name? Professor on 'secret' tax deals

The revelations that global and multinational businesses have been brokering "secret" tax deals with Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes in their home countries, may be the first time an entire...

Greener cities are cooler cities in summer: new guide reveals how

Australian councils are being urged to take up new guidelines in green urban planning to create cooler cites with greener landscapes to reduce the risk of heat stress.

Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report

Historic innovations that have been adopted too hastily with grave unforeseen impacts provide cautionary examples for potential side effects of fracking, says report by government’s chief scientist Mark WalportFracking carries...

Bar room science: What beer can teach us about volcanoes

Scientists in Spain have used the principle behind a common bar trick to better understand the physics of volcanic eruptions and the release of deadly gasses from the Earth, writes...

Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, study finds

(Phys.org)—Teenage boys are perhaps more known for playing computer games but girls are better at making them, a University of Sussex study has found.

Domino's square pizza is value for money – with the right toppings

Consider a standard pizza box containing a standard circular pizza. How much more would you be willing to pay for a square pizza that filled the box?

Explainer: What is a small private online course?

If you have studied an online course at a university over the past couple of decades, you've probably already experienced a SPOC, or Small Private Online Course. SPOC is a...

Fungi time: your photos

With the autumnal weather in recent weeks bringing mushrooms and truffles out in great numbers, we’ve asked you to share photos of the ones you have discovered in your garden...

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Rocket Roars, Saturn Mixes, and Titan Mi

A rocket roars off the launchpad, Saturn mixes its upper atmosphere, and Titan mimics the crescent moon in this week's best space pictures.

How to Cool Buildings Without Electricity? Beam Heat into Space

A new superthin material can cool buildings without requiring electricity, by beaming heat directly into outer space, researchers say.

Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves

(Phys.org)—A coin-sized detector might observe gravitational waves before the giant Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), according to two Australian physicists.

The emergence of modern sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, 2.6 million years ago

"We have not seen an ice free period in the Arctic Ocean for 2,6 million years. However, we may see it in our lifetime," says marine geologist Jochen Knies. In...

Can we create an energy efficient Internet?

With the number of Internet connected devices rapidly increasing, researchers from Melbourne are starting a new research program to reduce energy consumption of such devices.

After a data breach, it's consumers left holding the bag

Shoppers have launched into the holiday buying season and retailers are looking forward to year-end sales that make up almost 20% of their annual receipts. But as you check out...

The Imitation Game: how Alan Turing played dumb to fool US intelligence

One of the few who knew that Bletchley had cracked Enigma was Ian Fleming – working in naval intelligence – but the Americans were kept in the dark Continue reading...

Ripples in Space-Time Could Reveal 'Strange Stars'

Astronomers are searching for gravitational waves possibly emitted by "strange stars," superdense objects made of exotic matter.

JUICE mission gets green light for next stage of development

The European Space Agency's JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) mission has been given the green light to proceed to the next stage of development. This approval is a milestone for...

It's hard for voters to trust leaders who won't promise true integrity

The Accountability Round Table (ART), a non-partisan organisation, wrote to the three major political parties two months ago seeking their position on three important arms of Victoria's integrity system: Freedom...