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Shuttle Returns Safely After a 14-Day Mission

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 04:41:20 GMT

The shuttle Discovery’s mission was devoted to further work on the $100 billion International Space Station.

That Buzz in Your Ear May Be Green Noise

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 17:03:41 GMT

Trying to do right by the environment means sorting through the conflicting din.

Old Farming Habits Leave Uzbekistan a Legacy of Salt

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 04:16:19 GMT

Seventeen years after the end of the Soviet Union, cotton is still king in Uzbekistan, where the environmental destruction linked to the diversion of rivers for irrigation continues unabated.

Ping: Starting to Think Outside the Jar

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 03:44:22 GMT

Attempts are under way to make glassmaking, an old, stable technology that requires lots of material and energy, greener.

China Increases Lead as Biggest Carbon Dioxide Emitter

Sat, 14 Jun 2008 15:42:19 GMT

China is rapidly extending its lead over the United States as the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas.

NASA Launches an Orbiting Mystery-Solver

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 06:36:23 GMT

NASA launched an observatory designed to detect radiation from exploding stars and black holes.

Some Shark Populations Collapsing

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 04:12:27 GMT

Numbers of five species of sharks in the Mediterranean have dropped sharply over the last two centuries, a study says.

Mars Lander Retrieves Soil Sample

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 04:02:00 GMT

After several tries, a robotic arm finally succeeded in placing clumps of extraterrestrial soil into the vehicle for analysis.

Google Co-Founder Books a Space Flight

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 04:02:36 GMT

Space Adventures plans to buy a Soyuz flight in 2011, with the option of buying more. One of the passengers will likely be Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin.

Dot Earth: Rare Turtle Returns to Texas

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 06:25:20 GMT

For the first time since the 1930s, federal biologists confirmed that a leatherback sea turtle has nested on a Texas beach, at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi.

National Briefing | Science and Health: Not a Planet, but a Plutoid

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 04:48:43 GMT

The International Astronomical Union announced the creation of the term “plutoid” for a dwarf planet beyond the orbit of Neptune.

Strong Action Urged to Curb Warming

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:16:59 GMT

The scientific academies of 13 countries on Tuesday urged the world to act more forcefully to limit the threat posed by human-driven global warming.

Among Scientific Treasures, a Gem

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:37:12 GMT

A collection of scientific writings to be auctioned off next week constitutes pretty much a history of science and Western thought.

National Briefing | Southwest: Texas: Rare Beach Nesting for Turtle

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 05:06:05 GMT

For the first time since the 1930s, federal biologists confirmed that a leatherback sea turtle has nested on a Texas beach, at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi.

Questions on U.S. Beef Remain

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 05:41:14 GMT

About 50 countries, including Korea, Taiwan and Japan, closed their doors to American beef after the first confirmed case of mad cow disease was found in December 2003.

Brainpower May Lie in Complexity of Synapses

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:46:19 GMT

A whole new dimension of evolutionary complexity for the brain has now emerged from a cross-species study.

Hair Analysis Deflates Napoleon Poisoning Theories

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 02:45:43 GMT

A detailed analysis of hairs taken from Napoleon’s head at four times in his life casts doubt on the theory that he died from arsenic poisoning.

A Fierce Predator Makes a Home in the Suburbs

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:56:23 GMT

The fisher’s ability to adapt quickly astounds biologists, who see it as a conservation success, but it has also cultivated a reputation as a killer of small pets.

Mind: Anticipating the Future to ‘See’ the Present

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:20:31 GMT

New research suggests that the brain’s adaptive ability to see into the near future creates many common optical illusions.

Physicists in Congress Calculate Their Influence

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 02:48:38 GMT

There are only about 30 scientists among the 535 senators and representatives in the 110th Congress, but physics is on a roll.

King Coal Country Debates a Sacrilege, Gas Heat

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 16:54:34 GMT

Officials in the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal mining region are considering using natural gas at county facilities.

Facing Life Without Children When It Isn’t by Choice

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 16:46:47 GMT

A growing online community helps women cope with the many facets of infertility.

Cases: Showing the Patient the Door, Permanently

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:22:04 GMT

The physician-patient contract gives a doctor the right to dismiss a patient, but could I fire a patient because I didn’t like his mother?

Observatory: Activity in Saturn Ring May Provide Clues to Birth of Solar System

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 03:44:45 GMT

A new study of Cassini images shows there is a lot going on within Saturn’s F ring.

Q & A: The Summer Wind

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 02:47:08 GMT

Does it get windier the higher up you go? Or does it depend on the wind conditions in general and the arrangement of surrounding buildings?

Observatory: New Type of Paper Won’t Let You Just Rip It Apart

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:55:48 GMT

Researchers have developed a much stronger type of paper that is made from much smaller fibrils of cellulose.

Vital Signs: Nutrition: Mediterranean Diet May Cut Diabetes Risk

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:33:49 GMT

Patients who adhered more strictly to the Mediterranean diet reduced their relative risk of diabetes by 83 percent, a new study found.

Loyal to Its Roots

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:23:05 GMT

Confounding scientists, some plant species show an ability to recognize (and prefer) their own relatives.

Well: Gay Unions Shed Light on Gender in Marriage

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:36:59 GMT

A growing body of evidence shows that same-sex couples have a great deal to teach everyone else about marriage and relationships

Basics: Tallying the Toll on an Elder of the Sea

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:18:07 GMT

The loss of the horseshoe crab would be tragic, researchers say, because so many contemporary life forms depend on them.

Personal Health: Disorder Magnifies Blood Clot Risk

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 05:51:08 GMT

Factor V Leiden (pronounced factor five) is the most common hereditary clotting disorder in the United States.

Really?: The Claim: Ice Is Good for a Skin Burn

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 05:43:53 GMT

A batch of ice for a sunburn may seem like the perfect remedy, but is it?