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Scientists solve mystery of moving Death Valley rocks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A solution to the longstanding mystery of why rocks move erratically across an isolated patch of California's Death Valley finally emerged on Thursday, when researchers published...

Ebola genome clarifies origins of West African outbreak

Genetic analyses suggest that a single infected person sparked the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Stuck Fermentation In Wine Triggered By Prions

A chronic problem in wine making is when yeast that should be busily converting grape sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide prematurely shuts down, leaving the remaining sugar to instead...

20 Corals Added to Endangered Species List

A tenfold increase in protected coral species was announced Wednesday, with 20 new corals added to the threatened species list.

Study finds marine protected areas inadequate for protecting fish and ocean ecology

A new study reports that an expansion of marine protected areas is needed to protect fish species that perform key ecological functions. According to investigators from the Wildlife Conservation Society...

Small molecule acts as on-off switch for nature's antibiotic factory

The soil bacteria Streptomyces form filamentous branches that extend into the air to create spiraling towers of spores. Scientists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group...

DNA tells story of Arctic peopling

A study of genetic sequences sheds new light on the colonisation of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.

Row reignites over distance of Pleiades star cluster

New measurement points to possible error in ESA survey that could also affect the agency's new Gaia mission.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2014.15786

Better At Computer Games? You Probably Have A Better Vocabulary

It is not a "All your base are belong to us" world in video games any more. Today, if you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you...

New study reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits

The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes...

TRMM analyzes Hurricane Cristobal

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM Satellite provided a look under the hood of Hurricane Cristobal as it continues moving north and paralleling the U.S. East Coast. NASA's HS3...

Eyes on Apple for 'next big thing' on Sept. 9

Apple gadget lovers hungered for the "next big thing" on Thursday after the iconic company fired off invites to a mystery unveiling on Sept. 9.

New Solutions To Recycle Fracking Water

Rice University scientists have produced a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing of three gas reservoirs and suggest environmentally friendly remedies - advanced recycling rather than disposal of...

Wild Nights Of The Canaanites Revealed By Massive Wine Cellar Discovery

A key part of civilization? Credit: E Photos, CC BY-SA read more

Panda fakes pregnancy to get more food [UPDATED]

Brooks HaysCHENGDU, China, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A panda at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center in China apparently faked her pregnancy in order to get air conditioning and...

The Saddam Tapes: Hussein Was A Mass-Murdering Despot, But A Sincere One

Politicians often say one thing in public and other things in private. That is no surprise, people in all jobs do the same thing. Saddam Hussein, the genocidal former dictator of...

SpaceShipTwo Rocket Plane Glides Through a Dry Run

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane was set loose on Thursday for a gliding test flight — and a checkout of its propulsion system's plumbing.

Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. comedy 'Baskets' to air on FX

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- FX has ordered 10 episodes of Zach Galifianakis and Louis C.K. clown comedy "Baskets."

New Synthesized Fungus-Derived Antibiotic

Researchers at Rice University have synthesized a recently discovered natural fungus-derived  antibiotic, viridicatumtoxin B, which may shelp bolster the fight against bacteria that evolve resistance to treatments in hospitals and...

Iron Age: Workers At Slaves' Hill Were Not Slaves

In 1934, American archaeologist Nelson Glueck named one of the largest known copper production sites of the Levant, located deep in Israel's Arava Valley, "Slaves' Hill." This hilltop station seemed...

Watch Russian couple save prairie dog too fat for its hole

Matt BradwellOLKHON ISLAND, Russia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A lucky prairie dog in Russia has avoided becoming road kill after a pair of good Samaritans freed the fat rodent from...

Schrödinger's Picture: Researchers Take An Image Without Ever Detecting Light

Here is something counter-intuitive: researchers have developed a new quantum imaging technique in which the image has been obtained without ever detecting the light that was used to illuminate the imaged...

New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design.

Way Up From 2009: 70 Percent Of Americans Now Believe The Recession Is Permanent

Though the rich get richer and the stock market is booming, which has led to claims by the administration that things are fine, the American public hasn't been this pessimistic...

Doing More with Less: New Technique Uses Fraction of Measurements to Efficiently Find Quantum Wave Functions

Just two years ago, with the advent of a technique called direct measurement, scientists discovered they could reliably determine a system's wave function by "weakly" measuring one of its variables...

Nasal Septum Cells: From Nose To Knee, Engineered Cartilage Regenerates Joints

Human articular cartilage defects can be treated with nasal septum cells because they are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage...

Flapping baby birds give clues to origin of flight

How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump...

Bulging biceps thief bums booze in South Florida

Heather RecordsBROWARD COUNTY, Fla., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- He's a man with the bulging biceps. The Broward County Sheriff's deputies said he's stolen bottles of booze from six liquor stores...

1 in 10 Packaged Foods Has Trans Fat

People may be consuming higher amounts of potentially harmful trans fat than they think, as a result of misleading food labels, according to a new study.

Dense Galactic Core Shows Early Construction Of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction - a dense galactic core blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming...

Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

Climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species that has numbered as few as 35 individuals, new research by the...

Science writing prize: Capture the drama, it's rocket science!

The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2012 launches today. We have asked 14 writers to reflect on their favourite science writing over the coming weeks. Tim Radford lights the fuse...

Astronauts 'space walk' outside the International Space Station video

A pair of astronauts prepare to leave the confines of the International Space Station on Saturday to fix an ammonia leak at the site. The pair are helped out of...

New Books Party: books received this week

This week, I tell you about a climate change book, a Beatrix Potter book, a book about reproductive politics, and several field guides that will be very useful for your...

In Photos: Life in the Arctic region of the Americas

Life the frigid Arctic is challenging, but humans have populated the region for thousands of years. Now, a new study suggests the first groups of people to live in the...

Siberians came to North American Arctic in two waves

Siberian ancestors of the modern-day Inuit replaced a 4,000-year-old North American Arctic culture, a DNA study reveals.

Magnetic brain stimulation treatment shown to boost memory

Non-invasive transcranial technique leads to 24-hour-long improvement in memory function and could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's and other conditions Continue reading...

New type of cell movement discovered

For decades, researchers have used petri dishes to study cell movement. These classic tissue culture tools, however, only permit two-dimensional movement, very different from the three-dimensional movements that cells make...

Non-Adaptive Evolution In Cicada Gut: 2 Genomes Function As 1

Organisms in a symbiotic relationship will often shed genes as they come to rely on the other organism for crucial functions but researchers have uncovered an unusual event in which...

New DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic

We know people have lived in the New World Arctic for about 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence clearly shows that a variety of cultures survived the harsh climate in Alaska, Canada...

Less than $200 million would conserve Atlantic Forest in Brazil, researchers find

Brazil could conserve its valuable Atlantic Forest by investing just 0.01 per cent of its annual GDP, according to a new study.

How the zebrafish gets its stripes

The zebrafish, a small fresh water fish, owes its name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with golden stripes. Three major pigment cell types, black cells, reflective silvery...

Watching the structure of glass under pressure

Glass has many applications that call for different properties, such as resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments. Glassmakers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak...

Zombie Bacteria Invasion? Nothing To Worry About

Cellular reproduction seems simple but the ability to faithfully copy genetic material and distribute it equally to daughter cells is fundamental to all forms of life - and complex. Even...

U.N.: 43 peacekeepers detained by armed group in the Golan Heights

JC FinleyNEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The United Nations said Thursday it is attempting to gain the release of 43 U.N. peacekeepers detained by an unidentified armed group in...

New tool aids stem cell engineering for medical research

A Mayo Clinic researcher and his collaborators have developed an online analytic tool that will speed up and enhance the process of re-engineering cells for biomedical investigation. CellNet is a...

A new, tunable device for spintronics

Recently, the research group of Professor Jairo Sinova from the Institute of Physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in collaboration with researchers from the UK, Prague, and Japan, has for...

How Does It Feel To Be Old In Different Societies?

People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as 'old' feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups. New...

Ontario Is A Worldwide Inflammatory Bowel Disease Hub

Why do so many people in Ontario have inflammatory bowel disease? One in every 200 Ontarians has been diagnosed with IBD, an increase by 64 percent between 1999 and 2008, according...

Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the sun

Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, physicists have directly detected neutrinos created by the 'keystone' proton-proton fusion process going on at the sun's core for...

Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak

In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard University, in collaboration with the...

Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow

Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.

Paleontologists Describe a Possible Dinosaur Nest and Young ‘Babysitter’

Dinosaurs are often depicted as giant, frightening beasts. But every […]

Zombie Bacteria Are Nothing to Be Afraid Of

Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have obtained the first experimental evidence that there are at least two fail-safe points in the bacterial cell cycle. If the fail-safes are...

Courteney Cox accepts Jennifer Aniston's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Courteney Cox took on her BFF Jennifer Aniston's ALS Bucket Challenge nomination and timely completed the dare on Monday.

Team identifies process producing neuronal diversity in fruit flies' visual system

New York University biologists have identified a mechanism that helps explain how the diversity of neurons that make up the visual system is generated.

Mom Was Almost Right: Junk Food Will Spoil Your Appetite, Except Permanently

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, according...

Together, humans and computers can figure out the plant world

As technology advances, science has become increasingly about data—how to gather it, organize it, and analyze it. The creation of key databases to analyze and share data lies at the...

Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

Mercury in the environment affects birds' brains and alters the songs that they sing.

New imaging technique shows how cocaine shuts down blood flow in mouse brains

A new method for measuring and imaging how quickly blood flows in the brain could help doctors and researchers better understand how drug abuse affects the brain, which may aid...

Socially-assistive robots help kids with autism learn by providing personalized prompts

This week, a team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering will share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children...

Wolf yawns are contagious

Brooks HaysTOKYO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that yawning is contagious among wolves -- just like among humans.

Well: Forming Attachments Near and Far

An unforeseen benefit of living with cancer is the intimacy it creates with individuals we barely know.

Inter-dependent networks stress test

Energy production systems are good examples of complex systems. Their infrastructure equipment requires ancillary sub-systems structured like a network—including water for cooling, transport to supply fuel, and ICT systems for...

Image Gallery: 'Yeti Footprint' Photos Up for Auction

Don't believe in the Abominable Snowman? These photos might make you change your mind.

Research Reveals Mechanism Behind Cell Protein Remodeling

The remodeling of a kitchen or bathroom changes the appearance of the room and improves its functionality. As investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers and...

Nanoscale production line for the assembly of biological molecules

Cars, planes and many electronic products are now built with the help of sophisticated assembly lines. Mobile assembly carriers, on to which the objects are fixed, are an important part...

Rocket launch from Wallops Island tests new tech

NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.

Brain-eating amoeba detected in Louisiana

The local government in St. Bernard's Parish has been attempting to cleanse the water supply for roughly three weeks. State health officials are now requiring more chlorine be put in...

Researchers create global road maps showing potential economic and ecological consequences of new roads

( —A multinational team of researchers has published a paper in the journal Nature, offering a way towards better global planning for road construction. They highlight the benefits of road...

Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored underground

Wally Broeker, the first person to alert the world to Global Warming, has called for atmospheric CO2 to be captured and stored underground. He says that Carbon Capture, combined with...

Oldest representative of a weird arthropod group

Biologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have assigned a number of 435-million-year-old fossils to a new genus of predatory arthropods. These animals lived in shallow marine habitats and were far...

IBM's Watson Turns From 'Jeopardy' to Cancer Research

IBM's supercomputer is starting a new career helping researchers make scientific discoveries.

Malaria’s Clinical Symptoms Fade on Repeat Infections

Children who repeatedly become infected with malaria often experience no […]

Using materials other than silicon for next generation electronic devices

In the consumer electronics industry, the mantra for innovation is higher device performance/less power. Arun Thathachary, a Ph.D. student in Penn State's Electrical Engineering Department, spends his days and sometimes...

The UK Government Is Undermining One Of Its Most Valuable Exports: Education

Credit: Birkbeck Media Services Centre, CC BY-NC-NDBy Gina Rippon, Aston University read more

Drug Assembly On-Site

Drug Delivery: Click reaction links small molecules to form larger potential drug inside cells

Japan Proposes Influenza Drug To Treat Ebola

Pharmaceuticals: Country says Fujifilm’s favipiravir is available

Babies may be good at remembering, and forgetting

Studies in kids suggest that young children can form memories but can’t recall them later, offering new clues to how memory-storing systems form in young brains.

You've got mites on your face, and so does everyone else

Brooks HaysRALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- You've got face mites! Big deal, everyone's got them. That's one of several takeaways from a new study by researchers at North Carolina...

High-ranking Chicago police officer charged with putting gun in man's mouth

Frances BurnsCHICAGO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Chicago police commander who allegedly stuck a gun in a suspect's mouth has been suspended and faces criminal charges.

Suit Up! Revolution in Spaceflight Requires New Space Suits (Op-Ed)

With tourists venturing into space, next-generation space suits are key to the success of commercial spaceflight.

'We will continue the grand tradition of exploration' Charles Bolden, Nasa

After Atlantis landed, Nasa administrator Charles Bolden issued this statement about the legacy of the space shuttle and Nasa's continuing ambitions for human spaceflight Continue reading...

Explainer: How does our sun shine?

What makes our sun shine has been a mystery for most of human history. Given our sun is a star and stars are suns, explaining the source of the sun's...

Researchers Outline New Strategy For FRET Biosensors

Biochemistry: The technique overcomes limitations in existing FRET biosensors, possibly expanding the types of molecules that can be detected

Human behaviour: is it all in the brain or the mind?

Neuroimaging is widely regarded as the key to understanding everything we do, but the authors of a controversial new book, Brainwashed, claim this approach is misguided and dangerous Continue reading...

Lawsuit filed on behalf of arrested protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

Frances BurnsST. LOUIS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Police were "out of control" in their response to demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., a lawyer said Thursday as he sued the city and...

The most complete Ebola genome yet: What it can tell us

It’s a murderer on a killing spree, and now it has a new — and remarkably complete — genetic mug shot.

Wham! Planetary Impact Detected in Distant Star System

Astronomers have spotted the wreckage of a collision around a distant star, a find that could shed light on how our own solar system took shape.

Super Star Trek selfie features Next Gen cast and grumpy Shatner

Matt BradwellCHICAGO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- In an apparent attempt to destroy the Internet, the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and William Shatner posed for a selfie at...

U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

JC FinleyKABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The U.N.'s special representative to Afghanistan announced on Thursday that Afghanistan's presidential vote audit is expected to conclude on September 10.

JPMorgan investigates possible cyberattack by Russian hackers

JPMorgan Chase & Co is investigating a possible cyberattack, as the FBI investigates widespread reports of Russian hackers attacking major financial institutions to retaliate against U.S. sanctions aimed at Russia.

Blizzards Won't End as Winters Grow Warmer: Study

In fact, some high-latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere might see more snow in extreme events, even as overall snowfall there declines.

Healthcare quality as important as lowering heart disease risk: study

Good health care in advanced countries appears to make up for the higher risk of heart disease, suggests a new international study by McMaster University researchers and published Wednesday in...

You Live in Your Own Germ Cloud, Study Finds

We carry a unique cloud of germs everywhere we go, possibly providing a better way to track a person than fingerprints or even DNA, says a new study.

2,100-foot turban weighing 100 lbs may be the world's largest

Matt BradwellPATIALA, India, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A 60-year-old warrior Sikh in India may be wearing the world record holder for the largest turban if his claims about its measurements...

Chile's first openly gay sailor receives support from armed forces

JC FinleySANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Mauricio Ruiz has come out as the first openly gay member of Chile's armed forces.

Last witness testifies at Va. Gov. McDonnell's trial

Frances BurnsRICHMOND, Va., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The final witness testified Thursday in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

UEFA president Michel Platini will not challenge FIFA head Sepp Blatter

Aileen GraefMONTE CARLO, Monaco, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- UEFA President Michel Platini said he has no plans to challenge FIFA President Sepp Blatter during a press conference in Monaco Thursday.

Tourists Visiting Florida Hospital For Medical Treatment | Video

UF Health Cancer Center's treatment for lymphedema has been described as "life-changing". Patients are flying down to the Orlando Hospital from all over the country for the procedure.