25 May 2017

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Correction: Snowy Plover Chick story

Correction: Snowy Plover Chick storyPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - In a story May 24 about the Western snowy plover, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Oregon requires dogs to be kept on leash in snowy plover nesting areas. The state bans dogs from all active nesting areas.


25 May 2017 10:52pm GMT

Saturn’s stunning north pole actually changed colors

Saturn’s stunning north pole actually changed colors

NASA's Cassini orbiter was the first to deliver a really clear look at the eye-catching, hexagonal storm swirling on Saturn's north pole, so it's only fitting that the craft has now delivered a photo of the peculiar phenomenon that adds a new layer of awe. As part of Cassini's recent photo sweep, the orbiter took a nice long look at Saturn's northernmost point once more and discovered that it has almost completely changed color. How's that for a surprise?

Saturn's seasons are really, really long. A single trip around the sun - what we think of as a year here on Earth - takes nearly thirty times as long for Saturn. Like many planets, Saturn's surface undergoes changes as seasons progress and change, and since Cassini has been orbiting the planet since way back in 2004, the craft has had the opportunity to observe a full season, and all the dramatic changes that came with it.

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One of those changes was the increase in what NASA refers to as "springtime hazes." That haze is what makes the planet look a giant ball of blurry clouds, and an increase in haze at the north pole has caused the bluish-green hue of the massive hexagon to transition into a mix of dull brown and tan, with just a hint of green remaining in the very center of its eye.

It's a fantastic observation, and a great example of the kind of amazing material we'll be missing out on when Cassini ends its mission later this year.


25 May 2017 10:01pm GMT

First results from Juno mission show surprisingly strong magnetic field and huge polar cyclones

First results from Juno mission show surprisingly strong magnetic field and huge polar cyclonesThe first scientific results from NASA's mission to Jupiter are already stunning scientists.


25 May 2017 8:15pm GMT

How the Media Has Failed -- The Invitae (NVTA) Story is Strong

How the Media Has Failed -- The Invitae (NVTA) Story is StrongSpotlight Top Pick InVitae Corp (NYSE:NVTA) has seen its stock decline and one culprit was a recently published article "How a cancer test maker started by former Twitter, Google execs hopes to change the world" that has caught the market off guard. Friends, what has happened with Invitae relative to this news story is a wonderful example of all of this. With its $249 test to screen for 30 genes linked to eight hereditary cancers, Color Genomics Inc. has pushed to detect cancer earlier but also take price away as a barrier.


25 May 2017 8:12pm GMT

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget planPALOMINO VALLEY, Nev. (AP) - President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for saving $10 million next year by selling wild horses captured throughout the U.S. West without the requirement that buyers guarantee the animals won't be resold for slaughter.


25 May 2017 5:49pm GMT

Biggest exhibit of human-like fossils goes on display in South Africa

Biggest exhibit of human-like fossils goes on display in South AfricaBy Ed Stoddard THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, South Africa (Reuters) - An exhibit of the largest collection of fossils of close human relatives ever to go on public display opened on Thursday in South Africa, not far from the caves where they were unearthed. Launched on "Africa Day" in an area named "The Cradle of Humankind," the exhibit coincides with the publication of a controversial paper that questions the widely-held view that humanity's evolutionary roots lay in Africa.


25 May 2017 5:29pm GMT

Scientists prove that our brains have a little bit of Jedi in them

Scientists prove that our brains have a little bit of Jedi in them

Have you ever wished you had Jedi powers? You might think you'll never reach the level of wisdom, power, and grace as those noble warriors from a galaxy far, far away, but a new study suggests that we all have at least one Jedi trait built right into our brains. A group of researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands just published a paper proving that humans have the ability to predict the movement of objects thanks to high-speed visualization techniques that simulate the outcome in our own minds before the movement actually happens. Woah.

The study, which was published in Nature Communications, used a simple test consisting of a white dot moving across a black screen. The team used an fMRI to track brain activity, painting a clear picture of the areas of the brain which were observing and learning the pattern.

Then, after a short break, the more than two dozen volunteers were hooked back up and shown a similar animation, though this time only the first half of the dot's movement was displayed. However, fMRI data revealed that the brain was actually simulating the dot's full path, having learned it earlier, and it was processing that information twice as fast as when shown the full animation. In short, the brains of the test subjects were running their own visual simulation of what it expected to see, predicting the outcome as though it was watching it actually happen.

Scientists believe it's this predictive cognition that aids us in both large and small aspects of everyday life, like catching a dropped set of keys out of midair or knowing exactly when and where a car will pass on the street. Essentially, our brains are predicting these things will happen before they happen, and we're reacting in sync with that prediction, rather than relying solely on our own concrete observation. If "seeing things before they happen" is indeed a Jedi trait, our brains are clearly big Star Wars fans.


25 May 2017 5:25pm GMT

Ancient Bizarre Sea Monster the Size of a Bus Discovered in Russia

Ancient Bizarre Sea Monster the Size of a Bus Discovered in RussiaThe well-preserved 5 foot-long skull of an extinct reptile was first discovered on the bank of the Volga River in 2002, but until now had not been identified as a new species. The fossil belongs to a group of marine reptiles called plesiosaur.


25 May 2017 4:30pm GMT

In Europe, Trump feels the heat on climate

In Europe, Trump feels the heat on climateAt every stop in Donald Trump's whirlwind of summit meetings in Europe, the issue of climate change -- and the US president's threat to ditch the 196-nation Paris Agreement -- is never far from the surface. "I am still trying to convince the doubters," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday at informal 30-nation climate talks in Berlin, where China's climate tzar, Xie Zhenhua, also urged the United States to stay the course. Newly minted French President Emmanuel Macron, on the eve of his May 7 victory, likewise vowed to "do everything possible" to keep the former reality TV star on board.


25 May 2017 2:24pm GMT

Everest rescuers retrieve bodies of two Indian climbers

Everest rescuers retrieve bodies of two Indian climbersRescuers have retrieved the bodies of two Indian climbers who died on Mount Everest last year but whose remains could not be moved due to bad weather, an official said Thursday. A team of Nepali climbers retrieved the bodies of Goutam Ghosh and Paresh Nath from the balcony, an area just below the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain. Ghosh's remains were only located this year by other climbers on the mountain.


25 May 2017 11:15am GMT

New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbit

New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbitCalifornia-based company Rocket Lab says it has launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped


25 May 2017 7:36am GMT

How obsessive gamers can quit playing

How obsessive gamers can quit playingCam Adair, founder of "Game Quitters," says finding alternate activities is key for people hoping to stop playing video games.


25 May 2017 1:19am GMT

24 May 2017

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Here's what we'll lose with Trump's proposed NASA budget cuts, and why one expert is calling it out

Here's what we'll lose with Trump's proposed NASA budget cuts, and why one expert is calling it outIf congress agrees with Trump's latest budget proposal, NASA will have about $561 million less to work with in 2018 than it did in 2017. With that said, significant programs will meet the chopping block because of it: NASA's education program will completely shut down, along with at least four other missions related to studying asteroids or understanding Earth's changing climate. NASA's acting administrator, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., didn't sound all that concerned.


24 May 2017 11:44pm GMT

Will This Miracle Material End All Energy Storage Problems?

Will This Miracle Material End All Energy Storage Problems?When graphene was first isolated, the researchers responsible won The Nobel Prize in physics, and now it is a central candidate for solving global energy storage issues


24 May 2017 11:00pm GMT

Electric vehicles are now the cleanest cars in America

Electric vehicles are now the cleanest cars in AmericaElectric vehicles have been billed as the sustainable alternative to gas-guzzling cars. But that hasn't always been the case, particularly when coal-fired electricity is used to recharge the battery. Yet with solar and wind power booming in the U.S., and natural gas supplanting coal, the low-carbon EV dream is finally becoming a reality, a new analysis says. Automakers are also unveiling new and better electric car models, making it easier to ditch gasoline-fueled cars. Electric vehicles are now "unequivocally" the cleanest cars in the country, based on a national average, the research and journalism group Climate Central reported on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Tesla plans to double its charging network by the end of the year That's an improvement over the group's previous analysis, which found that a fully gas-powered hybrid car was better for the environment than an electric car, based on the national average, over 100,000 miles of driving. "In more and more of the country, new electric cars are becoming the greenest option on the market, even when you consider the source of the electricity they use," Eric Larson, an energy systems analyst at Climate Central and the report's lead author, said in a press release. Image: climate central"More electric car choices are coming online, and the country has been gradually reducing the carbon intensity of electrical grids in recent years," he said. "That means Americans now have many more options if they want to drive cleaner cars." The analysis updates previous reports and is posted on a new interactive website, Climate-Friendly Cars. Visitors can search by U.S. state to see how all-electric, plug-in hybrids, and conventional battery hybrids compare from an environmental standpoint. The climate-friendliness of a particular model varies from state to state, since the best types of car are still determined by the local electric grid. In 37 states, an all-electric car emits fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car, over the first 100,000 miles driven. But in 13 fossil fuel-dependent states, a gas-powered car is still the cleanest choice for car owners, the Climate Central analysis found. The climate-friendliest cars in New York, for the current model year only.Image: Climate centralEV drivers aren't limited to the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model X, two early popular models of all-electric cars. For instance, in a state like New York, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, BMW i3 BEV 60 ah, Fiat 500e and VW e-Golf also rank among the climate-friendliest options. Thanks to the growing variety, at least five all-electric car models are more climate friendly in 28 states compared to the "greenest" gas-powered car in that state, the report found. Within 24 states, plug-in hybrids, which can run on either gasoline or an electric charge, are also among the top environmentally friendly options. States where electric cars are by far the best option for the climate include California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Among the states where gas-powered cars are still the lowest-emissions options, thanks to their big base of coal-fired power plants, are Indiana, Kentucky, North Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia. WATCH: Watch a Tesla Model X drive itself to the office


24 May 2017 10:36pm GMT

How Regular Exercise May Make Your Body 'Younger'

How Regular Exercise May Make Your Body 'Younger'Getting regular exercise may help slow the aging of your body's cells, a new study finds. Compared with the people in the study who didn't exercise at all, the highly active people had a "biological age" that was about nine years younger, said study author Larry Tucker, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University in Utah. To reap these benefits of exercise, you'd need to spend 30 to 40 minutes running, five days a week, according to the study.


24 May 2017 10:33pm GMT