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  • Slippery Clay at Fault in 2011 Japan Earthquake

    December 5, 2013 7:08 PM 42

    Slippery clay that looks like scaly black dragon skin is the crucial clue needed to explain the 2011 Japan earthquake's surprising impact, according to three studies published today (Dec. 5) in the journal Science. Scientists now have four lines of evidence (including a February 2013 study also published in Science) that help explain why Japan's earthquake-generating

  • What would you ask a room of Nobel prizewinners?

    December 5, 2013 5:04 PM 35

    They won't be meeting on the road to Bethlehem, however, but in Stockholm on 11 December. The wise men are, in fact, 2013's crop of Nobel prize winners, who will be visiting Sweden to pick up their awards. Sadly, there will be no wise women, as the only female prize winner this year - the writer, Alice Munro, winner of the literature prize - is expected

  • 'An Interesting Paradox'

    December 5, 2013 5:01 AM 46

    Hubble Space Telescope imaged the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres in 2007, both targets of NASA's Dawn mission. Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Parker (SwRI), L. McFadden (U Maryland) As NASA's Dawn mission draws closer to its encounter with the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015, excitement continues to mount for scientists looking forward to what the satellite

  • SES-8 Delivery Suggests Mars Colony by 2023

    December 5, 2013 12:59 AM 29

    SpaceX’s Tuesday evening launch wowed the world with a successful Falcon 9 mission that delivered an SES-8 communications satellite to a geostationary orbit, suggesting that SpaceX really is the designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft- next up for SpaceX: colonizing Mars by 2023. SpaceX Design LLC suggests that they will deliver

  • Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Imag...

    December 4, 2013 4:12 PM 20

    The Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s goal of raising $200 million to help with the lofty redevelopment work currently underway at the zoo got a huge shot in the arm Wednesday with a $1 million donation. The gift comes from Globe General Agencies president and CEO Richard Morantz, Sheree Walder Morantz, and their family, and will be used to help finish

  • Crocodiles and alligators use twigs as TOOLS to lure birds to their death

    December 4, 2013 5:05 AM 36

    Crocodiles and alligators might be more creative than first thought when it comes to catching their dinner. New research suggests the reptiles use tools, including collections of small sticks, to lure water birds to their death. While this is clever, mugger crocodiles in India and crocodiles and alligators in Florida and Louisiana, seem to be aware of the seasons

  • NASA puts its sights on Ceres

    December 3, 2013 9:37 PM 28

    It’s hard to believe that 2014 is right around the corner and just a calendar page flip away. And while we’re not commuting via jet packs or travelling at warp speed just yet, NASA and other space agencies worldwide are looking ahead to the brave new worlds slated for exploration in the coming years. Highlights include the rendezvous of the European

  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture touts its new rocket engine

    December 3, 2013 8:35 PM 26

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture said on Tuesday that it reached a key milestone in the development of its home-grown, hydrogen-fueled rocket engine. Blue Origin fired its BE-3 engine on Nov. 20 for the full cycle that would be expected during a suborbital space journey — including a 145-second burn at 110,000 pounds of thrust, a four-minute

  • UI biology professor finds 'Goldilocks' effect in snail populations

    December 3, 2013 4:44 PM 32

    A University of Iowa researcher has discovered that a “Goldilocks” effect applies to the reproductive output of a tiny New Zealand snail—considered a troublesome species in many countries—that may one day help environmentalists control their spread. Known in the United States as the “New Zealand mud snail,” the freshwater snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)

  • New Wizard Tool Maps the Climate Future (Op-Ed)

    December 3, 2013 4:19 AM 25

    People often hear broad statements about how climate change will affect society and nature throughout the world, such as, "We need to hold the world's average temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius to avoid major impacts." But what does a global change of 2 degrees, 4 degrees or 6 degrees mean to specific communities in China, the United States, Poland