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Logging May Have Contributed To Deadly Washington Landslide

Geologists are trying to figure out exactly what triggered the deadly landslide in Oso, Wash., last month. So far there are two primary suspects: rising groundwater that loosened already slippery layers of soil, or the Stillaguamish River, whose current has slowly eroded the base of the hillside. If it’s the former, scientists say logging might […]

Algae Can Be Grown As Biofuel, Even In Cold Climates

In the natural world, algae’s presence is often unwanted. Its overgrowth sucks the oxygen out of bodies of water, depleting biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. And when it appears in increasing supply along popular shorelines, property values drop, hurting local economies. Algae isn’t all bad, however. It can serve as a useful biofuel, a cleaner alternative […]

Dogs Recall Their Human’s Scent Like We Recall Perfume

According to a study from Emory University, when dogs smell their owner’s scent, they have an emotional reaction similar to human reactions to the perfume or cologne of a loved one. When humans smell the perfume of someone they love, they can have an immediate and emotional reaction that isn’t based in cognition. Dr. Gregory […]

Buckminster Fuller’s House, World’s First Geodesic Dome Home, To Be Restored, Preserved

On April 19, there will be a groundbreaking near Southern Illinois University to celebrate the restoration and preservation of the world’s first geodesic dome home, originally built by Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in 1960. The ceremony at the Fuller Dome Home in Carbondale will be open to the public, free of charge, […]

2012 Solar ‘Superstorm’ Linked To Collision Of Huge Sun Eruptions

Physicists in Beijing have determined that the 2012 solar storm was due to the interaction of three huge ejections of particles and magnetic field from the sun. One coronal mass ejection erupted on the then far side of the sun on July 19, 2012. Then two more erupted four days later, and only 15 minutes […]

Evolved Worm Takes A Bite Out Of The Future Of Bio-Engineered Corn

Just like scientists predicted, rootworms — a voracious crop-eating pest — have developed a resistance to the corn engineered to kill them. Bt corn, the most popular type of genetically modified maize, is designed to express one or more proteins poisonous to a variety of insect pests. It has been one of biggest success stories […]

Hawking Claims Bet Victory After Gravitational Wave Discovery

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — Professor Stephen Hawking of Britain’s University of Cambridge is claiming victory in a bet following the discovery of gravitational waves in space. Hawking said the discovery of the gravitational waves rippling through the universe, which were discovered by Harvard Smithsonian Center scientists working with NASA and U.S. National Science Foundation researchers […]

Night-Vision Contact Lenses Could Be Available In The Near Future

Currently, it’s mostly just cats, owls, and Navy Seals that can see in the dark, but soon, night-vision technology might be available to the masses. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed night-vision infrared technology that could potentially be squeezed down to the size of a contact lens. “We can make the entire design […]

Chicken Bones Tell Story Of Early Pacific Migration

Why did the chicken cross the Pacific? To help modern-day scientists retrace the path of early Polynesians from islands of Southeast Asia to the Pacific islands to South America. Although it’s debatable whether the chickens had much say in the matter, that’s exactly what scientists have done. By matching a genetic signature of the original […]

The Planet Mercury Is Shrinking

Mercury, already the solar system’s smallest planet, is still shrinking, scientists say. New imagery captured by NASA’s MESSENGER, launched in 2004 and put into Mercury’s orbit in 2011, shows that the planet closest to the sun has contracted by more than 4.3 miles during its four billion-plus years of existence — much more than previously […]

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