Thursday, September 20, 2012

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9/20/2012 10:52:09 AM

This image made available by NASA shows the amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at center in white, and the 1979 to 2000 average extent for the day shown, with the yellow line. Scientists say sea ice in the Arctic shrank to an all-time low of 1.32 million square miles on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, smashing old records for the critical climate indicator. That's 18 percent smaller than the previous record set in 2007. Records go back to 1979 based on satellite tracking. (AP Photo/U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center)In a critical climate indicator showing an ever warming world, the amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrank to an all-time low this year, obliterating old records.

9/20/2012 5:54:13 AM

Space shuttle Endeavour sits atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Ellington Field in Houston. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Waving American flags and space shuttle toys, hundreds of people lined the streets and crowded the airport Wednesday as they watched space shuttle Endeavour touch down in Houston on its way to be permanently displayed in California.

9/20/2012 6:02:29 AM

In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 photo made available by NASA, the Martian moon Phobos grazes the sun's disk as seen by the Curiosity rover. Mars has two moons moving fast around the red planet, making eclipses more common than on Earth. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)On Mars, a partial eclipse of the sun isn't quite as rare as on Earth. So NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is snapping hundreds of pictures of the spectacle for the folks back home to ooh and aah over.

9/20/2012 12:58:16 AM

Karen King, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, is interviewed outside the Augustinianum institute where an international congress on Coptic studies is held in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Scholars are questioning the authenticity and significance of a much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar who reported that a 4th Century fragment of papyrus has provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married. Karen King announced the finding Tuesday at an international congress on Coptic studies in Rome. Her paper, and the front-page attention it received in some U.S. newspapers, was very much a topic of conversation during the coffee breaks at the conference Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic?

9/20/2012 2:04:56 AM

Undated picture of Chile's remote Alejandro Selkirk Island. Invasive species are crowding out the unique native plants and birds that evolved during more than a million years of isolation before the first people moved into the Juan Fernandez archipelago, composed of three remote islands; Robinson Crusoe, Alejandro Selkirk and Santa Clara, about 416 miles (670 kilometers) west of the Chilean mainland. (AP Photo/Hugo Arnal)It's still a natural paradise far out in the Pacific, with thick jungles and stunningly steep and verdant slopes climbing out of the sea. But much of the splendor in the tiny Chilean islands that likely inspired Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" castaway novel is being eaten away.

9/20/2012 6:19:35 AM
Here's something you might already know: Checking and refreshing your ex's Facebook page won't help you move on.
9/20/2012 6:18:28 AM

Record-High Antarctic Sea Ice Levels Don't Disprove Global WarmingDistracting from the news that Arctic sea-ice extent reached a record low on Sept.16 is a widely circulating blog article claiming that at the opposite end of the Earth, Antarctic sea ice is more than making up for the losses.

9/20/2012 6:15:06 AM
Arsenic-laced rice products being reported in the news are not the result of breakfast cereals and baby foods being soaked in poison at the factory. Rather, various natural and man-made processes can cause the toxic element to accumulate in rice grains as they grow.
9/20/2012 5:03:07 AM

Mars Rover's Eclipse Photos to Probe Red Planet's InteriorPhotos of several partial solar eclipses on Mars snapped recently by NASA's Curiosity rover may help scientists better understand the Red Planet's interior structure and composition, researchers say.

9/20/2012 2:22:09 AM

Farthest Galaxy Yet Revealed by Cosmic LensThe earliest known confirmed galaxy has been discovered with the help of cosmic lenses formed out of the warped fabric of space and time, researchers say.

9/20/2012 6:18:28 AM

Record-High Antarctic Sea Ice Levels Don't Disprove Global WarmingDistracting from the news that Arctic sea-ice extent reached a record low on Sept.16 is a widely circulating blog article claiming that at the opposite end of the Earth, Antarctic sea ice is more than making up for the losses.

9/19/2012 10:59:10 PM

Ancient Baby Graveyard Not for Child Sacrifice, Scientists SayA Carthaginian burial site was not for child sacrifice but was instead a graveyard for babies and fetuses, researchers now say.

9/19/2012 5:42:25 AM

US Scientists to Use Chinese Moon Lander for Space ResearchA cooperative deal has been inked between a U.S. group and China to use that country's moon lander to conduct astronomical imaging from the lunar surface.

9/19/2012 12:29:42 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have grown a drug to treat a rare genetic disease inside corn plants, potentially offering a cheaper way to manufacture a treatment that currently costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for each patient. The move marks an advance for the emerging field of molecular farming, which could one day see complex biotech medicines being mass-produced in plants rather than factories. ...
9/18/2012 7:59:45 PM
Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science. 
9/18/2012 3:04:00 AM
According to an article in Gizmodo, a team at the Johnson Spaceflight Center in Houston is studying what sort of technology could be developed that would create a warp drive, a common element in science fiction such as "Star Trek."
9/18/2012 12:13:01 AM

Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists SayHOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television's Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.

9/17/2012 10:09:35 PM

Giant Super-Magnetic Star Has Scientists BuzzingThe most magnetic massive star seen yet is dragging a giant cloak of trapped charged particles around it.

9/17/2012 2:32:47 AM

'Carl Sagan with Gills:' A Q&A with Bob Ballard, Discoverer of The TitanicIn graduate school in the 1960s he was part of a wave of young researchers who established the existence of plate tectonics. In 1979 he found black smokers, vents on the ocean floor that spew out water from within the Earth, which wasn't previously thought possible. He has helped find new and unknown life forms around deep sea vents, which "threw out the textbook" on biology and the origin of life, which was previously thought to have originated from energy captured from sunlight.

9/15/2012 8:30:54 PM

Strange Mystery Spheres on Mars Baffle ScientistsA strange picture of odd, spherical rock formations on Mars from NASA's Opportunity rover has scientists scratching their heads over what exactly they're looking at.

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