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NASA enlists citizen scientists to widen its view of totality during solar eclipseScientists are gearing up to gather data from the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but the most crucial observations can be made during only two minutes of totality — unless they have help. Fortunately, they have a lot of help. On the day of the eclipse, the moon will block all of the sun’s disk for no more than two minutes and 40 seconds, as seen from any single location. To get more observation time, NASA is calling upon citizen scientists and students along the coast-to-coast path of totality to pitch in. When satellite observations are added to the mix,… Read More


22-06-2017 12:40:03 ·

Science Says: DNA shows early spread of cats in human worldA DNA study is showing how cats spread in the ancient human world


22-06-2017 10:25:02 ·

Pakistani citizens gasp for clean airFurhan Hussain moved to Islamabad seeking fresher air, only to find Pakistan's leafy capital in a semi-permanent haze. Frustrated, he joined a vanguard of citizens monitoring pollution themselves amid a void in government data. Fast-growing Pakistan is home to some 200 million people and suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the world, thanks to its giant population plying poorly maintained vehicles on the roads and unchecked industrial emissions.


22-06-2017 09:19:04 ·

Geek DNA: Sons Born To Older Fathers Are Huge NerdsSons born to older fathers are more likely to be total geeks — intelligent, driven people who attain academic and career success.


22-06-2017 08:47:04 ·

Man stopped on Thai border with orangutans, tortoises, raccoonsThai wildlife officers have arrested a Malaysian man attempting to smuggle two baby orangutans, 51 tortoises and six raccoons into the kingdom across its southern border, officials said Thursday. The animals were packed into plastic boxes and suitcases loaded into Ismail Bin Ahmad's car, officials said. The 63-year-old was stopped Wednesday as he was attempting to drive through a border checkpoint in Thailand's southern Songkhla province -- part of an insurgency-torn region known as a funnel for drugs, weapons and other contraband.


22-06-2017 08:47:03 ·

Could sons of older dads have an educational advantage?Carried out by a team from King's College London along with The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the USA, the large-scale study looked at behavioral and cognitive data from 15,000 UK-based twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). The researchers found that sons of older fathers were more likely to demonstrate the "geek-like" traits, care less about what their peers thought of them, and spend more time on their special interests.


22-06-2017 07:01:02 ·

Why IPA beers have 'India' in the name — and why it tastes so uniquePatrick McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at...


22-06-2017 05:58:03 ·

Long Abandoned Soviet Tech Might Help China Land on the MoonShelved more than 40 years ago, the Soviet LK lander could help build the space boat that ferries China's astronauts to the Moon.


22-06-2017 04:54:04 ·

Richard Branson: Business leaders are 'baffled' by Trump on climate changeBritish billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there's a silver lining, it's that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions. "Whether it's GE, or whether it's the big oil companies... I haven't come across one business person who doesn't want to get out there and do everything they can to try to compensate for the [Trump] administration's very strange stance," Branson said on a Wednesday call with reporters. SEE ALSO: Apple is investing $1 billion in clean energy with this unique approach "A lot of people in the world are baffled by the American administration's comments," the Virgin Group CEO said. Trump and his top officials have made quick work of unraveling not only the former Obama administration's policies to fight climate change, but even longstanding scientific research programs.  A coal-fired power plant in Juliette, Georgia.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockOn June 1, Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the international climate agreement, which commits countries to reducing emissions to limit global warming. The president has rolled back regulations to reduce emissions and pollution from fossil fuel production, and he's issued orders to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. Trump himself has never acknowledged the overwhelming scientific consensus that the world is warming primarily due to human emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane. His top officials — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency — have repeatedly denied the scientific consensus on climate change. The agencies they lead are both facing billions of dollars in budget cuts and steep job losses as the administration curtails funding for climate science, renewable energy, and energy efficiency while doubling down on coal, oil, and natural gas projects. Trump shakes hands with a coal miner after disapproving a rule to reduce water pollution in coal mining operations.Image: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty ImagesBranson, a business magnate and philanthropist, is an outspoken climate activist (and a friend of former President Obama). His nonprofit organization Carbon War Room, which merged with the Rocky Mountain Institute, works to boost clean energy technologies in the U.S. and globally. On Wednesday, he announced a new initiative, called Run on Less, that aims to promote fuel efficiency in long-haul trucks. In September, seven U.S. trucking fleets will participate in a cross-country roadshow to demonstrate how aerodynamic trailers, smarter driving practices, and other steps can significantly lower a conventional truck's fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. Branson acknowledged that Class 8 trucks are conceptually far less sexy than, say, glassy solar panels or towering wind turbines. But he noted that trucks, cars, trains, and planes are now the biggest source of U.S. carbon emissions, accounting for about one-third of the total. A truck drives along Interstate 80 in California.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images"If you don't go after transport emissions, you're going to fail" in fighting climate change, he told reporters. "So it's critical that we reduce them." Beyond backing today's technologies, Branson also invests heavily in cutting-edge clean energy innovations. He's put money into Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund launched by fellow billionaire Bill Gates, to support new forms of clean energy. Branson has also invested in Rise, a $2 billion "social impact" fund to support projects with social and environmental benefits. He pointed to these investments and others as evidence that the world isn't backing down from the climate challenge, despite the U.S. government's about-face under Trump. Branson sits in the driver's seat of a coach bus.Image: Tom Dymond/REX/ShutterstockWhile the world was "disappointed" with Trump's decision to ditch the Paris Climate Agreement, Branson said, "Fortunately, the other [191] countries have stuck with it, most states in America have stuck with it, most companies have stuck with it." "We are all going to get out there and create a green energy revolution," Branson added. WATCH: Obama beat Richard Branson in a kitesurfing face-off


22-06-2017 04:54:02 ·

Sunsets don't happen later during the summer — here's why it's so confusingJune 21 is the longest day of the year in 2017, at least when it comes to northern daylight hours. After the summer solstice, daylight starts fading from the morning and evening, beginning the north's slog toward the cold depths of winter darkness. The summer solstice occurs when sunlight reaches its maximum extent, either in the northern or southern hemisphere.


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NASA enlists citizen scientists to widen its view of totality during solar eclipse

Scientists are gearing up to gather data from the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but the most crucial observations can be made during only two minutes of totality — unless they have help. Fortunately, they

Science Says: DNA shows early spread of cats in human world

A DNA study is showing how cats spread in the ancient human world

Pakistani citizens gasp for clean air

Furhan Hussain moved to Islamabad seeking fresher air, only to find Pakistan's leafy capital in a semi-permanent haze. Frustrated, he joined a vanguard of citizens monitoring pollution themselves ami

Geek DNA: Sons Born To Older Fathers Are Huge Nerds

Sons born to older fathers are more likely to be total geeks — intelligent, driven people who attain academic and career success.

Man stopped on Thai border with orangutans, tortoises, raccoons

Thai wildlife officers have arrested a Malaysian man attempting to smuggle two baby orangutans, 51 tortoises and six raccoons into the kingdom across its southern border, officials said Thursday. The

Could sons of older dads have an educational advantage?

Carried out by a team from King's College London along with The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the USA, the large-scale study looked

Why IPA beers have 'India' in the name — and why it tastes so unique

Patrick McGovern is the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at...

Long Abandoned Soviet Tech Might Help China Land on the Moon

Shelved more than 40 years ago, the Soviet LK lander could help build the space boat that ferries China s astronauts to the Moon.

Richard Branson: Business leaders are baffled by Trump on climate change

British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there s a silver lining, it

Sunsets don t happen later during the summer — here s why it s so confusing

June 21 is the longest day of the year in 2017, at least when it comes to northern daylight hours. After the summer solstice, daylight starts fading from the morning and evening, beginning the north'

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