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An intimate look at the mechanics of dolphin sex

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:24:51 EDT

Earth's creatures outwardly display an astonishing diversity of genitalia and mating behavior, but the intricate details of how genitalia interact during copulation has remained largely mysterious. In a new study, researchers deploy inventive new techniques to decipher the internal dynamics of copulation. They demonstrate the approach in multiple species of marine mammals, which are animals known to have unusually shaped genitalia.



Giraffe's baby bump boosts tiny zoo's upkeep, conservation

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:05:12 EDT

April the giraffe has brought a bundle to a tiny zoo in rural upstate New York, thanks to a YouTube video livestream of her pregnancy and birth of an incredibly cute calf that has riveted viewers around the world.



Small earthquake rattles California coast near Santa Barbara

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:04:44 EDT

A small earthquake has rattled parts of the Southern California coast.



Community reluctantly bidding farewell to 600-year-old tree

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:01:43 EDT

For hundreds of years, an imposing white oak tree has watched over a New Jersey community and a church, providing protection from the blazing summer sun, serving as a scenic backdrop for thousands of photos and—according to legend—was a picnic site for George Washington.



Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:00:48 EDT

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.



Totally bizarre facts about the star-nosed mole

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:00:30 EDT

A quarter-century of research on the star-nosed mole has unearthed startling insights into the evolution of animal behavior and the limits of physiology. Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University will present a new synthesis of remarkable anatomical findings about the star-nosed mole at the American Association of Anatomists annual meeting during the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting, to be held April 22-26 in Chicago.



In experiments on Earth, testing possible building blocks of alien life

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:57:49 EDT

Scientists are attempting to identify the amino acids—building blocks that make proteins and support all life on Earth—that might feasibly form the basis of extraterrestrial life. The researchers have analyzed how an assortment of 15 amino acids, some found here on Earth in living organisms and some not found in living organisms on Earth, hold up in the face of extreme conditions found on other planets and moons.



Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:20:01 EDT

The world saw brain power take a different form Saturday.



China's quota threat charges up electric car market

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:09:53 EDT

China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up.



Gadgets: Electric bike has 'get up 'n go, then stow' features

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:00:01 EDT

Foldable electric transportation was a new category for me and I was more than impressed with the 30-pound URB-E Sport GT motorized bike I got to play with at CES earlier this year.



3-D technology is game-changer for recruiting future engineers

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:50:01 EDT

Stratasys Ltd. employees ran a marathon of sorts earlier this month as they dashed to dozens of Twin Cities schools to introduce 3,500 students to the wonderment of 3-D printing.



Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:52:43 EDT

When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means "when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather."



Thousands join March for Science to fight 'alternative facts' (Update 3)

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:34:33 EDT

Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an "assault on facts" by populist politicians.



USGS finds vast reserves of salty water underground

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:50:01 EDT

A new nationwide study has unearthed the huge hidden potential of tapping into salty aquifers as a way to relieve the growing pressure on freshwater supplies across the United States.



Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:02:29 EDT

A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday.



SpaceX's next launch to mark start of new era

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:20:01 EDT

An upcoming launch of a government spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office will mark the first time the U.S. Department of Defense has used SpaceX for a mission.



Resetting your Apple ID password can sometimes be tricky

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:20:01 EDT

I got a call from my mother-in-law this week. She usually doesn't call me directly unless she has a technology problem, and this time, it was a good one.



Tech entrepreneur turned small-town Texas values into a global social network

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:50:01 EDT

The gig: Nirav Tolia, 45, is the co-founder and chief executive of Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network that lets people connect with their neighbors, share news, tips and sometimes gossip with their local community. The San Francisco-based 152-employee startup has raised $210 million in venture capital funding and boasts more than 126,000 communities using its platform, covering more than 70 percent of U.S. neighborhoods.



DJ app looks to lend professional spin to party dance mixes

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:47:36 EDT

James Jones had the problem that every college student wants: too many paid gigs.



'Assault on facts' energizes global March for Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:34:17 EDT

Scientists and their supporters across the globe are expected to march in the thousands Saturday amid growing anxiety over what many see as a mounting political assault on facts and evidence.



China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:31:58 EDT

China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.



Russian man sentenced to 27 years in hacking case

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:04:59 EDT

A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites.



Belgium's 'fairytale' bluebell forest victim of own beauty

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:04:24 EDT

A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world—but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty.



US indicts Russian suspect in huge botnet takedown

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:26:14 EDT

A Russian under arrest in Spain has been slapped with an indictment in the United States, accused of controlling one of the world's top generators of spam and online exortion, officials said Friday.



Research sheds new light on forces that threaten sensitive coastlines

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:25:48 EDT

Wind-driven expansion of marsh ponds on the Mississippi River Delta is a significant factor in the loss of crucial land in the Delta region, according to research published by scientists at Indiana University and North Carolina State University.



'Atlas for the end of the world' offers a path to protecting biodiversity

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:19:17 EDT

It's been 47 years since Philadelphians filled Fairmount Park for the first Earth Day here, led by a group of University of Pennsylvania students. This year, amidst the day's celebrations and other collective observances comes word that, if humankind is to truly coexist with biodiversity, we have to re-structure our landscapes on a vast scale.



Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:17:30 EDT

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.



New look at 2004's martian hole-in-one site

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:32:00 EDT

A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago.



Simulated galaxies provide fresh evidence of dark matter

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:06:37 EDT

Further evidence of the existence of dark matter – the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the Universe together – has been produced by Cosmologists at Durham University.



Historians identify rare copy of Declaration of Independence in British archive

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:50:48 EDT

After discovering a highly rare copy of the Declaration of Independence in a small records office in the south of England, Harvard researchers were able to date the document to the 1780s, and say it sheds light on the tumultuous politics of the era just after the Revolutionary War.