Transmission of essential bacteria might have given herbivorous dinosaurs an additional reason to form herds
When black holes collide, interactions between their cores might leave an imprint on the resulting gravitational waves
...they can't do their job of protecting aquatic ecosystems if people fail to respect their boundaries
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I am very excited to announce the launch of the newest blog on our network, This May Hurt a Bit, written by Shara Yurkiewicz, a third-year student at Harvard Medical School.
Every year up to two million people visit Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii, the only habitat for the endangered Haleakalā silversword ( Argyroxyphium sandwicense macrocephalum ), a spectacular and unusual plant that is now threatened by climate change.
Quail eggs on different colored backgrounds; image courtesy of Lovell et al./Current Biology A quail egg is like a protein-filled, free lunch, waiting on the ground to be spotted—and devoured—by a predator.
There's a new light in the night sky - and it's North Dakota. Over the past 2 years, North Dakota has doubled its oil production to become the #2 producing state in the nation.
Countdown to ScienceOnline 2013 - the 7th annual (and largest) gathering of STEM and Social Media Enthusiast will convene in the Research Triangle, North Carolina.
Boeing’s Dreamliner has likely become a nightmare for the company, its airline customers and regulators worldwide. An inflight lithium-ion battery fire broke out Wednesday on an All Nippon Airways 787 over Japan, forcing an emergency landing.
Last week saw the third-to-last episode of Fox's sci-fi family drama Fringe . Despite the somewhat wonky fifth season, for me Fringe has represented the best sci-fi offering on network television since Joss Whedon's Dollhouse was cancelled.For the uninitiated, here's a bit of background (lots more here) required for today's pedantic adventure.
In the United States, a significant amount of scientific research is funded through governmental agencies, using public money. Presumably, this is not primarily aimed at keeping scientists employed and off the streets*, but rather is driven by a recognition that reliable knowledge about how various bits of our world work can be helpful to us (individually and collectively) in achieving particular goals and solving particular problems.Among other things, this suggests a willingness to put the scientific knowledge to use once it's built.** If we learn some relevant details about the workings of the world, taking those into account as we figure out how best to achieve our goals or solve our problems seems like a reasonable thing to do -- especially if we've made a financial investment in discovering those relevant details.And yet, some of the "strings" attached to federally funded research suggest that the legislators involved in approving funding for research are less than enthusiastic to see our best scientific knowledge put to use in crafting policy -- or, that they would prefer that the relevant scientific knowledge not be built or communicated at all.
Anyone still laboring under the mistaken assumption that genes are the most important factor in determining destiny should take a look at research that is being reported in this week’s Science about a particular strain of mice that have a genetic predisposition to develop type 1 diabetes.
This is a guest post by Nathan Sanders, a PhD student at Harvard University and a writer at Astrobites .--Sometimes it seems like scientists and the general public just don’t speak the same language.
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