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Photo: Plankton, base of ocean food web, in big decline Plankton, base of ocean food web, in big decline
Associated Press - Thu Jul 29, 2010
WASHINGTON - Despite their tiny size, plant plankton found in the world's oceans are crucial to much of life on Earth. More»

Photo: Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event' Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event'
Helium - Wed Jul 14, 2010
Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions. More»

Photo: Plants 'can think and remember' Plants 'can think and remember'
BBC - Wed Jul 14, 2010
Plants are able to "remember" and "react" to information contained in light, according to researchers. More»

Photo: Leafy Green Coherence: Quantum Physics Fuels Photosynthesis Leafy Green Coherence: Quantum Physics Fuels Photosynthesis
Wired - Wed Jul 7, 2010
Not so long ago, quantum physics at room temperature was found mostly in classroom discussions or over science-geek cocktails. More»

Photo: Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking
Times Online, UK - Sat Apr 24, 2010
The aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. More»

Photo: World Oil Reserves at 'Tipping Point' World Oil Reserves at 'Tipping Point'
Science Daily - Sat Mar 27, 2010
The world's capacity to meet projected future oil demand is at a tipping point, according to research by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. More»

Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal disappears into sea
Associated Press - Tue Mar 23, 2010
NEW DELHI - For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. More»

Photo: Psychopaths' Brains Are Wired Differently Psychopaths' Brains Are Wired Differently
Science Daily - Sun Mar 14, 2010
The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. More»

Vermont Nuclear Plant Lies to Regulators about Radioactive Water
WPTZ-TV - Thu Jan 14, 2010
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Political leaders of every stripe sharply criticized executives at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Friday over new revelations they have repeatedly misled regulators about key systems at the site. More»

Photo: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected
Wired - Thu Dec 17, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO - Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history, created an inadvertent laboratory to study the impacts of radiation - and more than twenty years later, the site still holds surprises. More»

Monsanto seed business role revealed
Associated Press - Sat Dec 12, 2009
ST LOUIS - Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto's business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found. More»

Photo: Looking for alien Earths? Here they come Looking for alien Earths? Here they come
MSNBC - Thu Dec 10, 2009
Scientists are on their way to discovering thousands of new planets, potentially including hundreds of worlds the size of Earth, in Earth-like orbits around sunlike stars. More»

Photo: Fossils of Martian bugs found on meteorite that landed on Earth 13,000 years ago Fossils of Martian bugs found on meteorite that landed on Earth 13,000 years ago
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Nov 28, 2009
New evidence has made it more likely that remnants of Martian microbes were transported to Earth in a meteorite. More»

Photo: Moon's phases ARE linked with epilepsy Moon's phases ARE linked with epilepsy
Daily Mail, UK - Sat Nov 21, 2009
Superstitions about the influence of the Moon on the brain and, in particular, on epilepsy and seizures, have been around for centuries, but according to new research there may be something in them after all. More»

Photo: NASA finds 'significant' water on moon NASA finds 'significant' water on moon
CNN - Fri Nov 13, 2009
NASA said Friday it had discovered water on the moon, opening "a new chapter" that could allow for the development of a lunar space station. More»

Photo: Large Hadron Collider: Damaged by a Time-Traveling Bird? Large Hadron Collider: Damaged by a Time-Traveling Bird?
Time - Wed Nov 11, 2009
Sometime on November 3, the supercooled magnets in sector 81 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), outside Geneva, began to dangerously overheat. More»

Recent Midwest Quakes Called Aftershocks from 1800s
Live Science - Tue Nov 3, 2009
The small earthquakes that sporadically rattle the central United States may actually be aftershocks from a few extremely large quakes that occurred in the region almost 200 years ago, according to a new study. More»

Controversial study suggests vast magma pool under Washington state
McClatchy Newspapers - Mon Oct 26, 2009
WASHINGTON - A vast pool of molten rock in the continental crust that underlies southwestern Washington state could supply magma to three active volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains - Mount St. Helens , Mount Rainier and Mount Adams - according to a new study that's causing a stir among scientists. More»

Photo: German cargo ships pass through 'Arctic Passage' German cargo ships pass through 'Arctic Passage'
Associated Press - Fri Sep 11, 2009
FRANKFURT - Two German merchant ships have traversed the fabled Northeast Passage after global warming and melting ice opened a route from South Korea along Russia's Arctic coast to Siberia. More»

Mice Levitated in Lab
Live Science - Wed Sep 9, 2009
Scientists have now levitated mice using magnetic fields. More»

Photo: Gigantic Lightning Jets Shoot from Clouds to Space Gigantic Lightning Jets Shoot from Clouds to Space
Live Science - Sat Aug 22, 2009
Strokes of lightning flashing down towards the ground are a familiar sight during summer thunderstorms, but scientists have capture an image of a rare lightning bolt shooting out upwards from a cloud, almost to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere. More»

Scientists Claim New State of Matter Created
Associated Press - Tue Jul 28, 2009
Scientists claim to have created a form of aluminum that's nearly transparent to extreme ultraviolet radiation and which is a new state of matter. More»

Photo: Object leaves Earth-sized impact site on Jupiter Object leaves Earth-sized impact site on Jupiter
AFP - Tue Jul 21, 2009
WASHINGTON - Jupiter was recently struck by a large object - possibly a stray comet or a block of ice - which left a dent in its gaseous atmosphere the size of Earth, NASA officials said. More»

Massive quake moves NZealand closer to Australia
AFP - Tue Jul 21, 2009
WELLINGTON - A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has moved the south of New Zealand closer to Australia, scientists said Wednesday. More»

Photo: NASA lost moon footage, but Hollywood restores it NASA lost moon footage, but Hollywood restores it
Associated Press - Thu Jul 16, 2009
WASHINGTON - NASA could put a man on the moon but didn't have the sense to keep the original video of the live TV transmission. More»

Photo: New class of black hole could explain cosmic leviathans New class of black hole could explain cosmic leviathans
AFP - Tue Jun 30, 2009
PARIS - Astronomers on Wednesday said they had identified an intermediate class of black hole that could explain how supermassive, light-sucking monsters develop in the heart of galaxies. More»

Evidence Found for Ancient Mars Lake
Space.com - Wed Jun 17, 2009
Several studies in recent years have claimed evidence for shorelines and other features that suggest ancient lakes on Mars. More»

Arctic may hold twice the oil previously found there
CNN - Wed May 27, 2009
Continental shelves beneath the retreating polar ice caps of the Arctic may hold almost double the amount of oil previously found in the region, scientists say. More»

Photo: Atlantis, crew land in California after Hubble mission Atlantis, crew land in California after Hubble mission
Associated Press - Sat May 23, 2009
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California - Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned safely to Earth on Sunday, detouring from stormy Florida to sunsplashed California to end a 13-day mission that repaired and enhanced the Hubble Space Telescope. More»

Photo: Hubble: From cosmic joke to cherished eye in space Hubble: From cosmic joke to cherished eye in space
Associated Press - Sat May 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - Using the power of pictures, the Hubble Space Telescope has snapped away at the mystery of the universe. More»

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