Archive: 02/9/2012

Mammal secrets

You probably don’t need a field guide to identify a raccoon. Or a grey squirrel. You’re not likely to say, “that big white shaggy beast, hmm, yes, might be a polar bear. Let’s check.” ...

dateFeb 09, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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New views show old NASA Mars landers

(PhysOrg.com) -- The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded a scene on Jan. 29, 2012, that includes the first color image from orbit showing ...

dateFeb 09, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Big trees face 'dire future'

Already on the decline worldwide, big trees face a dire future according to James Cook University’s Distinguished Professor William Laurance.

dateFeb 09, 2012 in Environment
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Putting lab life under the lens

Scott Stern doesn’t work in a laboratory or have a degree in the hard sciences. You’ll never find him using a genome sequencer or an MRI scanner. Yet he knows more about some aspects of science than ...

dateFeb 09, 2012 in Social Sciences
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Explained: Sigma

It's a question that arises with virtually every major new finding in science or medicine: What makes a result reliable enough to be taken seriously? The answer has to do with statistical significance -- but ...

dateFeb 09, 2012 in General Physics
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