Take a hurricane moving up from the south. Mash in a colder storm moving in from the west. Add a ridge of high pressure extending through the atmosphere above the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and Greenland, blocking the typical flow of the jet stream.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Smart phones, tablets and video game systems are often seen as distractions to school children in developed countries, which tend to adhere to a strict teacher-student educational model.
Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis specimen from the site of Dikika in Ethiopia. Image: Courtesy of Zeray Alemseged/Dikika Research Project The advent of upright walking was a really big deal in human evolution.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Baxter stayed behind in the lobby of the M.I.T. Media Lab, diligently picking up miniature boxes of Junior Mints and teacup candles and putting them in a pumpkin-shaped plastic bucket, as most attendees of Technology Review 's Emerging Technologies (EmTech) conference here filed into the main auditorium on Wednesday morning.Don't feel bad for Baxter, though, it was simply performing the picking and placing operations it had been programmed to do.
Archer fish image courtesy of L. Zinnato With a juicy insect dinner perched on a leaf above the water, what is a hungry little archer fish down below to do?
Artist's conception of the planets orbiting KIC 05807616. Credit: S. Charpinet Having your planet swallowed by a star is no fun. But some planets might be able to run the astrophysical gauntlet and make it through more or less intact.When a star comparable to or somewhat larger than the sun enters advanced age, it swells up into a red giant, expanding far beyond its original radius.
Model of Microraptor gui, a feathered dinosaur. Image: David Krentz RALEIGH, N.C.—How did the ancestors of birds evolve the ability to fly? That birds are descended from small, meat-eating dinosaurs is established.
This article arises from Future Tense, a partnership of Slate , the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On the evening of Wednesday, Oct.
Credit: Jochen Smolka, Lund University Anyone who's been to the beach on a hot day knows the feeling of scorching sand underfoot. But do beetles that cross the sunny savanna or dwell in the desert feel it, too?
Source: League of Women Voters If you blinked you missed the fact that President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney dealt with a few science issues in the Town Hall debate this week at Hofstra University.
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