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Scientists Erase Specific Memories in Mice
HealthDay - Tue Oct 21, 2008
It sounds like science fiction, by scientists say it might one day be possible to erase undesirable memories from the brain, selectively and safely. More»

Photo: X-rays detected from Scotch tape X-rays detected from Scotch tape
Associated Press - Tue Oct 21, 2008
NEW YORK - Just two weeks after a Nobel Prize highlighted theoretical work on subatomic particles, physicists are announcing a startling discovery about a much more familiar form of matter: Scotch tape. More»

Photo: Climate change is 'faster and more extreme' than feared Climate change is 'faster and more extreme' than feared
Telegraph, UK - Sun Oct 19, 2008
Climate change is happening much faster than the world's best scientists predicted and will wreak havoc unless action is taken on a global scale, a new report warns. More»

Photo: Wind and Snow Do Strange Things on Mars Wind and Snow Do Strange Things on Mars
Space.com - Thu Sep 18, 2008
Planetary scientists have discovered new details to explain a mysterious seasonal asymmetry of a Martian polar ice cap. More»

Photo: Full Moon Energizes Birds Full Moon Energizes Birds
Discovery News - Thu Sep 18, 2008
If the night sky seems less tranquil on nights when the moon is bright, the observation probably isn't imagined since a new study has determined that at least one bird's level of activity dramatically increases with moonlight. More»

Largest particle collider conducts successful test
Associated Press - Tue Sep 9, 2008
GENEVA - The world's largest particle collider successfully completed its first major test by firing a beam of protons around a 17-mile underground ring Wednesday in what scientists hope is the next great step to understanding the makeup of the universe. More»

Photo: CERN fires up new atom smasher to near Big Bang CERN fires up new atom smasher to near Big Bang
Associated Press - Sun Sep 7, 2008
GENEVA - It has been called an Alice in Wonderland investigation into the makeup of the universe - or dangerous tampering with nature that could spell doomsday. More»

Mars' Architect-in-Chief? Water, Says Study
Discovery News - Mon Aug 25, 2008
Scientists are moving closer to a unilateral opinion that water, even in relatively modern times, exists on Mars. More»

Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system
AFP - Thu Aug 21, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO - Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets. More»

'Yeti hair' to get DNA analysis
BBC - Sun Aug 3, 2008
Scientists in the UK who have examined hairs claimed to belong to a yeti in India say that an initial series of tests have proved inconclusive. More»

Plutonium leaks at Austrian plant
BBC - Sun Aug 3, 2008
There has been a plutonium leak at a site run by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria. More»

Photo: Water Ice on Mars Confirmed Water Ice on Mars Confirmed
Associated Press - Wed Jul 30, 2008
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has confirmed the existence of water ice on Mars. More»

Photo: Scientists expose mystery behind northern lights Scientists expose mystery behind northern lights
Associated Press - Thu Jul 24, 2008
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Scientists have exposed some of the mystery behind the northern lights. More»

Photo: Unknown insects found in 110-million-year-old amber in Spain Unknown insects found in 110-million-year-old amber in Spain
AFP - Thu Jul 24, 2008
MADRID - The remains of several unknown insect species which became extinct long before dinosaurs stopped roaming the earth have been discovered in pieces of 110-million-year-old amber found in Spain, researchers said Thursday. More»

Photo: Mars Lander Exposes More Ice Mars Lander Exposes More Ice
Space.com - Tue Jul 15, 2008
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander used its robotic arm to expose more of the hard icy layer just below the Martian surface so that it can more easily gather a sample of the material for analysis. More»

Bad Training Caused Mishandling Of Plutonium Spill
KMGH-TV - Sat Jul 12, 2008
DENVER - An internal investigation found that sloppy safety procedures and poor training and response contributed to the mishandling of a plutonium spill at the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology lab last month. More»

Photo: 100 years on, mystery shrouds massive 'cosmic impact' in Russia 100 years on, mystery shrouds massive 'cosmic impact' in Russia
Associated Press - Sat Jun 28, 2008
A hundred years ago this week, a gigantic explosion ripped open the dawn sky above the swampy taiga forest of western Siberia, leaving a scientific riddle that endures to this day. More»

Photo: Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher Scientists: Nothing to fear from atom-smasher
Associated Press - Sat Jun 28, 2008
MEYRIN, Switzerland - The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August. More»

North Pole Could be Ice-Free This Summer
Live Science - Thu Jun 26, 2008
Arctic sea ice could break apart completely at the North Pole this year, allowing ships to sail over the normally frozen top of the world. More»

NASA's own watchdog: Agency misled on global warming
Associated Press - Sun Jun 1, 2008
NASA's press office "marginalized or mischaracterized" studies on global warming between 2004 and 2006, the agency's own internal watchdog concluded. More»

Photo: Phoenix Mars Lander has short-circuit problem Phoenix Mars Lander has short-circuit problem
Associated Press - Thu May 29, 2008
MARS - Scientists for the Phoenix Mars Lander are wrestling with an intermittent short circuit on the spacecraft. More»

NASA pioneer Ernst Stuhlinger dies at 94
Associated Press - Mon May 26, 2008
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Ernst Stuhlinger, one of the last surviving German rocket scientists who came to America after World War II and formed the engineering foundation of the nation's space program, has died. More»

To predict quakes, listen to the animals, China survivors say
AFP - Sat May 24, 2008
TANGSHAN, China - Well before this city was destroyed by an earthquake 32 years ago, the coming disaster was loudly preceded by strange animal behaviour and other bizarre signals that survivors wish they heeded. More»

Photo: Astronomers mystified by 'weird' star Astronomers mystified by 'weird' star
AFP - Thu May 15, 2008
Astronomers are puzzled by the discovery of a pulsar with an unusual orbit never before seen in similar fast-spinning neutron stars that beam regular pulses of radio waves. More»

Photo: Phoenix Spacecraft on Track for Mars Landing Phoenix Spacecraft on Track for Mars Landing
Space.com - Mon May 12, 2008
WASHINGTON - With just 12 days to go until its Mars arrival, NASA's Phoenix lander is functioning well and on course to be the first mission to land in the frigid, arctic regions of the red planet, NASA officials said today. More»

Overlooked in the global food crisis: A problem with dirt
Associated Press - Sat May 10, 2008
Science has provided the souped-up seeds to feed the world, through biotechnology and old-fashioned crossbreeding -- now the problem is the dirt they're planted in. More»

Photo: Chile volcano erupts, villages evacuated Chile volcano erupts, villages evacuated
Associated Press - Thu May 1, 2008
SANTIAGO, Chile - Authorities evacuated hundreds of people from villages in southern Chile Friday after a snowcapped volcano considered dormant for thousands of years erupted. More»

Earth's Hum Sounds More Mysterious Than Ever
Live Science - Wed Apr 16, 2008
Earth gives off a relentless hum of countless notes completely imperceptible to the human ear, like a giant, exceptionally quiet symphony, but the origin of this sound remains a mystery. More»

Photo: Kilauea volcano explodes again Kilauea volcano explodes again
Associated Press - Thu Apr 10, 2008
HAWAII - Kilauea Volcano has exploded again. More»

Photo: Western Antarctic ice chunk collapses Western Antarctic ice chunk collapses
Associated Press - Mon Mar 24, 2008
A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of Manhattan suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, scientists said Tuesday. More»

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