Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk (Update)
Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system.
The colors of nature: Nine beautiful new wasp species from China
A new study provides seventeen records of the cuckoo wasp genus Cleptes from China, nine of which are beautifully coloured new to science species. The study, published in the open access journal ZooKeys, is the first ...
New work gives credence to theory of universe as a hologram
Antarctic neutrino-hunting project IceCube named Breakthrough of the Year by Physics World
International high-energy physics research project IceCube has been named the 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by British magazine Physics World. The Antarctic observatory has been selected for making the first observation of cos ...
Saving the Great Plains water supply
Significant portions of the Ogalalla Aquifer, one of the largest bodies of water in the United States, are at risk of drying up if it continues to be drained at its current rate.
Giving smart materials an IQ test at SSRL
Anna Llordés, a chemist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Molecular Foundry, looks for simple, inexpensive ways to make "smart" materials that save or store energy. One way she and her colleagues ...
The fate of bioavailable iron in Antarctic coastal seas
Science is exploring many options for carbon dioxide sequestration in order to mitigate the climatological impact of CO2. One of these is geoengineering: deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth's ...
Qualcomm promotes Mollenkopf to CEO (Update)
Qualcomm said Friday it had promoted Steve Mollenkopf to chief executive, succeeding Paul Jacobs at the helm of the world's dominant mobile chipmaker.
New organization brings together top researchers to sequence genomes of invertebrates
Pop Quiz: what creatures make up more than 70% of the approximately 1.9 million described species on earth and have long served as model organisms in many areas of biology? If you guessed invertebrates, you're ...
No math gene: Learning mathematics takes practice
New research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim could have an effect on how math is taught.
Chimpanzees flexibly adjust their behavior to maximize payoffs, not to conform to majorities
Chimpanzees are sensitive to social influences but they maintain their own strategy to solve a problem rather than conform to what the majority of group members are doing. However, chimpanzees do change their ...
The "magic hour" for Geminid meteors
As arctic air and record cold sweeps across the USA, amateur astronomers are looking at their calendars with a degree of trepidation. A date is circled: Dec. 14th. And below it says: "Wake up at 4 AM for the ...
Tooth structure and wear provide clues to ecology and evolution of ancient marine creatures
A trio of published studies have highlighted the importance of examining dental structure and wear in ancient creatures to better understand their ecology and evolution.
Massive galaxy cluster verifies predictions of cosmological theory
(Phys.org) —By observing a high-speed component of a massive galaxy cluster, Caltech/JPL scientists and collaborators have detected for the first time in an individual object the kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich ...