19 Sep 2014

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Prelude to Offshore Drilling Not a Blast for All (Op-Ed)

Prelude to Offshore Drilling Not a Blast for All (Op-Ed)President Barack Obama decided to move forward with preliminary steps for offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, an area where the practice has not been allowed for more than 30 years. Oil and gas companies are currently applying for permits to conduct seismic airgun blasting in waters from Delaware to Florida, the first in a series of steps that would lead to drilling - steps that put more than just marine mammals at unnecessary risk. In July, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decided to move ahead with plans to allow airgun blasting off the U.S. Offshore drilling companies will use multiple boats to conduct the testing day and night, and much of the testing information will be hidden from the public.


19 Sep 2014 7:24pm GMT

Spaceflight Powered by Partnership (Op-Ed)

Spaceflight Powered by Partnership (Op-Ed)Vernon McDonald is vice president for Science, Technology and Engineering Group at Wyle. NASA's selection of Boeing and SpaceX to provide crew transportation to the International Space Station (ISS) is a major milestone for civil space exploration. It also demonstrates the value of public-private partnerships, necessary for leveraging decades of NASA investment and experience in human low-Earth orbit operations and establishing reliable, lower cost commercial systems for delivering cargo - and soon, people - to the ISS.


19 Sep 2014 7:24pm GMT

Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots

Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their TotsBrian Horne is coordinator of turtle conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS manages the Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium and other sites, in addition to its global conservation work.


19 Sep 2014 7:23pm GMT

Wildfire Prevention Costs Far Less Than Fires (Op-Ed)

Wildfire Prevention Costs Far Less Than Fires (Op-Ed)Jeff Peterson is a research associate of the Arizona Rural Policy Institute at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he specializes in economic impacts and data analysis. Peterson contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.


19 Sep 2014 7:22pm GMT

Zero-G 3D Printer Set for Launch: What Will Be Made In Space First?

Zero-G 3D Printer Set for Launch: What Will Be Made In Space First?The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero gravity is set to launch to the International Space Station early on Saturday morning (Sept. 20) on board a NASA-contracted SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. Once installed on the orbiting laboratory, the device will be put through a series of tests to learn if additive manufacturing - better known as 3D printing - is viable in space. "Being able to make what you need on orbit when you need it is a real game changer," Niki Werkheiser, NASA's manager for 3D Printing in Zero-G, a joint project with the company Made In Space, Inc. said. "We wanted to print something that was significant, but also not just a toy," Mike Snyder, the lead engineer and research and development director for Made In Space told collectSPACE.com.


19 Sep 2014 7:11pm GMT

Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger

This Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 photo shows the exterior of the Lalo Delgado school campus in Denver. Four students were injured, one seriously, when a teacher was pouring methanol onto a table top and igniting it during a chemistry class demonstration last Monday. Educators and investigators say some teachers lack the training required by law and don't know about standard safety measures that can dramatically lower the inherent dangers of hands-on experiments they say are vital to science education. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) - A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can also inflict serious and painful injuries, as flash fires in Nevada and Colorado showed this month.


19 Sep 2014 6:23pm GMT

SpaceX aims to step up launch rate with next mission for NASA

An exterior of the SpaceX headquarters in HawthorneBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A cargo version of the spaceship being developed by privately owned Space Exploration Technologies is slated to launch early Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the company's second launch in 13 days. Quick turnarounds between flights are expected to become routine as SpaceX, as the California-based company is known, adds ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station to its fast-growing launch business. ...


19 Sep 2014 5:54pm GMT

Scientists see risk of mutant airborne Ebola as remote

MSF health workers prepare at ELWA's isolation camp during the visit of Senior U.N. System Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro, at the camp in MonroviaBy Kate Kelland LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The Ebola virus raging through West Africa is mutating rapidly as it tears a deadly path through cities, towns and villages, but the genetic changes are for now not giving it the ability to spread more easily. Concern that the virus could gain capability to transmit through the air - creating a nightmare scenario of the disease being able to spread like a flu pandemic, killing millions - was fueled by a top infectious disease expert in the United States. ...


19 Sep 2014 11:37am GMT

Ig Nobel Prizes 2014: Jesus Toast, Dog Poop and Raucous Science

Ig Nobel Prizes 2014: Jesus Toast, Dog Poop and Raucous ScienceThe brilliant minds behind research studies about how Earth's magnetic field affects pooping dogs and why people see Jesus in toast were honored tonight (Sept. 18) during one of the most purposefully ridiculous ceremonies in all of science: the Ig Nobel Prizes. Each year, the Ig Nobel Prizes (a parody of the somewhat more famous Nobel Prizes) are awarded to scientists whose research "makes people laugh and then think." Improbable Research, the organization that awards the prizes, runs the annual ceremony here at Harvard University's Sanders Theater. "The achievements speak for themselves all too eloquently," Master of Ceremonies Marc Abrahams said during tonight's Ig Nobel presentations. For example, this year's prize in Arctic science went to a group of researchers who dressed up like polar bears to see how reindeer in Norway would react compared with their reactions to humans.


19 Sep 2014 2:05am GMT

U.S. government warns Oregon researchers about monkey care

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has warned a major research hospital that it provides inadequate veterinary care to monkeys at its primate research center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) said on Thursday. The Aug. 6 warning letter, the lowest-level penalty issued by the USDA, followed an inspection that found that more than half of the rhesus macaques at Oregon National Primate Research Center were experiencing hair loss, and that 15 monkeys had been injured in a fight that left six of the animals dead, OHSU said. ...

19 Sep 2014 12:05am GMT

18 Sep 2014

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Florida scientists urge state leaders to join climate summit

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A group of 42 scientists from Florida universities submitted a joint letter on Thursday urging Governor Rick Scott and other state leaders to participate in a summit this fall to seek solutions for climate change. The group plans to host a conference of state and national policymakers and scientists Oct. 6 in Tampa, along with engineers and entrepreneurs who have "job-creating solutions." Scott, who is a Republican, has come under fire from environmentalists for not taking stronger action over sea level rise and climate change. ...

18 Sep 2014 10:01pm GMT

It's not a small world after all: world population will soar

File photo of people visiting the beach on New Year's Day in DurbanBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday. There is an 80 percent likelihood that the number of people on the planet, currently 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion by 2100, the researchers said. They also saw an 80 percent probability that Africa's population will rise to between 3.5 billion and 5. ...


18 Sep 2014 6:48pm GMT

Celebrating Silly Science at the Ig Nobels: How to Watch Live Tonight

Celebrating Silly Science at the Ig Nobels: How to Watch Live TonightScience lovers with a sense of humor take note: it's time for the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.


18 Sep 2014 3:07pm GMT

India's Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race. A successful outcome for the $74-million mission would stiffen Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resolve to build new space launch facilities capable of handling heavier satellites, to make India a stronger player in the space technology market. ...

18 Sep 2014 6:24am GMT

17 Sep 2014

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Ig Nobels to Honor the Hilarious Side of Science on Thursday

Celebrating Silly Science at the Ig Nobels: How to Watch Live TonightYou can see for yourself on Thursday (Sept. 18) at the 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, an event that honors the hilarious (and sometimes ridiculous) side of scientific research and discovery. Much like its slightly more famous counterpart, the Nobel Prize, the Ig Nobel Prize is bestowed upon those who have recently made significant contributions in such fields as chemistry, physics and biology. "The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think," according to a statement from Improbable Research, the organization behind the award ceremony. Ten Ig Nobels are awarded each year at Harvard's Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and this year's ceremony will be webcast live on Live Science.


17 Sep 2014 7:56pm GMT

Scientists locate 'ghost' ship wrecks in San Francisco waters

By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - U.S. government researchers working with divers and sonar equipment have located the wrecks of what they dubbed "forgotten ghost ships" in waters just outside San Francisco's Golden Gate strait. The discoveries by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists follow a two-year project to find, identify and better understand some of the estimated 300 wrecks in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area. ...

17 Sep 2014 7:20pm GMT