Parents: How to Help a Shy Kid

by Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor Credit: kitty/ Enlarge It's fine to be shy, as long as Mom and Dad are looking out for you, new research suggests. Shy babies and toddlers are at greater risk of developing anxietylater in life, compared with outgoing kids. A new study, however, finds that good parenting can offset that risk […]

Life Under Ice: Robot Captures Views of Hidden Arctic Ecosystem

The Nereid Under Ice vehicle was tested in July 2014 on a scientific expedition aboard the Alfred Wegener Institute’s ice breaker, Polarstern. Credit: Chris German, WHOI Enlarge SAN FRANCISCO — A nimble underwater robot has traveled below Arctic sea ice and collected the most extensive real-time video footage yet from this largely unexplored environment, revealing an […]

Colorado River Delta greener after engineered pulse of water

Water being released from Morelos Dam in the first environmental release of water to the Colorado River Delta. The Minute 319 pulse flow of water started March 23, 2014 and ended May 18, 2014. Credit: Rebecca Lester, Deakin University, Australia Enlarge The engineered spring flood that brought water to previously dry reaches of the lower […]

Venus Express to Flame Out in Blaze of Glory

This artist's impression depicts ESA's Venus Express, flying in orbit around Venus since April 2006. Credit: ESA – AOES Medialab  Enlarge After more than eight and a half years in orbit around our cloud-shrouded neighboring world, ESA's Venus Express is about to go gentle into that good night (that is, if by "gentle" you mean death-diving […]

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to Attempt Daring Ocean Platform Landing with Next Launch

In a key test of rocket reusability, SpaceX will attempt a daring landing of their Falcon 9 first stage rocket on an ocean platform known as the “autonomous spaceport drone ship” following the planned Friday, Dec. 19, blastoff on a high stakes mission to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket will attempt […]

New Pictures Of Philae’s Lonely Resting Spot On The Comet Emerge

ENLARGE / This (in blue) is where the Philae lander came to rest on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The graphic is based on topographic modelling of the comet’s nucleus and Philae’s picture of a nearby cliff (in white). Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CNES/FD/CIVA In scientific style, researchers are slowly narrowing down where the Philae lander arrived on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Earlier today […]

India launches biggest ever rocket into space

The Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-III rocket lifts off from The Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island, some 80kms north of Chennai, December 18, 2014 Enlarge India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday carrying an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its […]

‘Perfect storm’ quenching star formation around a supermassive black hole

ENLARGE / This is an artist impression of the central region of NGC 1266. The jets from the central black hole are creating turbulence in the surrounding molecular gas, suppressing star formation in an otherwise ideal environment to form new stars. Credit: B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF) High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a […]

What’s Next for the Large Hadron Collider?

The LHC’s tunnel. Image Credit: CERN Enlarge The world’s most powerful particle collider is waking up from a well-earned rest. After roughly two years of heavy maintenance, scientists have nearly doubled the power of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in preparation for its next run. Now, it’s being cooled to just 1.9 degrees above absolute […]

Study finds an exoplanet, tilted on its side, could still be habitable if covered in ocean

Credit: Christine Daniloff/MIT Enlarge Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether any of these exoplanets are hospitable to life depends on a number of criteria. Among these, scientists have thought, is a planet's obliquity—the angle of its axis relative to its orbit around a star. Earth, for instance, has […]

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