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This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:00am
This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters

A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours.

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Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:50am
Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine

Treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus takes doctors, drugs, and a whole lot of chlorine.

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Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:30am
Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains

Here are some of the maps we came across this year that captivated us with their brains, their beauty, and in many cases, both.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The World’s Goofiest-Looking Spider Is Actually a Brutal Ninja

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:30am
 The World’s Goofiest-Looking Spider Is Actually a Brutal Ninja

The bizarre assassin spiders of Australia, South America, and Madagascar hunt other spiders. By deploying their jaws out 90 degrees from their necks, they can impale prey, inject venom, and let them dangle there to die, all without getting bitten themselves.

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Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:52pm
Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop

New research from NASA shows that the Arctic Ocean has been steadily getting more energy from the sun over the past fifteen years.

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Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:17pm
 Scientists Map Seaside Terrain at Titan’s North Pole

Saturn’s moon Titan is a wet world, the only other place in the solar system that we know has flowing liquid on its surface. The colorful geomorphic map (above left) combines radar and topographic data of Titan’s north pole to show different features around a large sea called Ligeia Mare.

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Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:00am
Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived

Using a model of the tides and currents in the San Francisco Bay, a trio of Dutch programmers recreated the night that three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz.

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The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:30am
The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth

While beetles alone make up one in four animal species on Earth, the group they belong to, the invertebrates (animals lacking backbones), comprise 96 percent of all species.

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New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:18pm
New Photos Released From Rosetta Comet Landing Mission

The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has released more images of the comet, including the first picture snapped by the Philae lander after its first bounce. The team discussed the images today, here at the American Geophysical Union meeting.

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The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:16pm
The Race to Create Ebola Treatments From Survivors’ Blood

Scientists waging war against Ebola are mining a cache of microscopic weapons hidden in Ebola survivors’ blood. Made by the immune system, the weapons are antibodies, small proteins that target and neutralize invading virus particles. Scientists aren’t sure about the molecular specifics yet, but antibodies made by Ebola survivors appear to fight the virus more […]

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The Surprising Ways Your Breath Connects You to the Entire Planet

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:30am
The Surprising Ways Your Breath Connects You to the Entire Planet

Breathing is so universal and continuous that it can be easy to forget about—until we can’t do it anymore. Then it becomes symbolic of life itself. We take special note of words that are carried on final breaths, and sometimes we even cherish the physical substance of the breaths themselves.

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Designing a Mothership to Deliver Swarms of Spacecraft to Asteroids

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:30am
Designing a Mothership to Deliver Swarms of Spacecraft to Asteroids

SAN FRANCISCO—An asteroid-mining company has unveiled plans for a new mothership spacecraft designed to carry a dozen small probes to explore asteroids, comets, or even the moon. The mothership, designed by Deep Space Industries, is about 3 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet tall, weighing about 330 pounds. It would carry a swarm of small satellites called […]

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Fantastically Wrong: What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:30am
 What Darwin Really Screwed Up About Evolution

It’s hard to overstate just how brilliant and huge an idea Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was and continues to be. It absolutely rocked Victorian England, to the extent that stuffy old Victorian England could be rocked past people just barely raising their voices in polite protest. But some folks, particularly highly […]

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You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:00am
You Can See Our Holiday Lights All the Way From Space

SAN FRANCISCO—People love the holidays so much you can see it from space. Data collected by a satellite with a special nighttime sensor found that the glow from our collective light displays brightens many major U.S. cities as much as 50 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. A team led by NASA scientist Miguel […]

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Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00am
 The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range. From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went […]

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What’s Up With That: The Science Behind Why Dark Winter Days Bum People Out

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am
 The Science Behind Why Dark Winter Days Bum People Out

There's a link between sunlight and happiness, and in winter time a lot of people aren't getting enough of either.

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How a Flying Laser Built a 3-D Map of a Massive Alaskan Forest

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:00am
How a Flying Laser Built a 3-D Map of a Massive Alaskan Forest

This summer, a team of scientists mapped carbon storage in a massive Alaskan forest using airborne sensors.

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For Ebola Patients in Sierra Leone, Survival Takes More Than Medicine

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:45am
For Ebola Patients in Sierra Leone, Survival Takes More Than Medicine

For all the medicine they provide at this center, physicians and staff from Doctors Without Borders spend as much time encouraging the patients to eat, drink, and keep fighting. Every patient gets a standard regimen of antibiotics, paracetemol and other pain medications, vitamins, oral rehydration therapy or intravenous fluids. Drugs can control nausea for those who need them; everyone gets antimalarials.

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Insect Extravaganza! Poo-Eating Beetles, Transparent Butterflies, and More

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:30am
Insect Extravaganza! Poo-Eating Beetles, Transparent Butterflies, and More

Earth is a planet of insects, the most successful creatures by far (if you want to get technical, though, Earth is really more a planet of bacteria, but they’re not animals and they’re hard to photograph, so whatever). The beetles alone make up one in four animal species on this planet. That’s not a typo. Bugs own the place.

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AI Recognizes Cats the Same Way Physicists Calculate the Cosmos

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:00am
AI Recognizes Cats the Same Way Physicists Calculate the Cosmos

New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.

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