50 shades of penguin? New England Aquarium enticing nearly extinct African species to mate

Gentoo penguins settle in to their new pen during opening day of the Penguin Plunge exhibit at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Two penguins have died at the Calgary Zoo, one from a fungal infection and the other from malaria.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal BOSTON — The New England Aquarium […]

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions grow overall, but decline on a per capita basis

Geese hang out in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer) OTTAWA — The latest emissions inventory from Environment Canada shows the country's overall greenhouse gas output climbed 1.5 per cent between 2012 and 2013, continuing a slow, but steady, upward trend since the global recession of 2009. The report, prepared […]

Is There Signal in the fMRI Noise?

Enlarge A new paper in Neuroimage suggests that methods for removing head motion and physiological noise from fMRI data might be inadvertently excluding real signal as well. The authors, Molly G. Bright and Kevin Murphy of Cardiff, studied the technique called nuisance regression. It’s a popular approach for removing fMRI noise. Noise reduction is important because factors such as […]

Movies: Colbert and Lucas on ‘Star Wars,’ Late-Night TV and Howard the Duck

Just like everyone else, George Lucas checked out the new teaser for “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.” That was one of several tidbits gleaned from a wide-ranging talk between the director and the television host Stephen Colbert at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday. George Lucas, left, and Stephen Colbert at the Tribeca Film […]

An Ode to New Horizons

PLUTO IN ORBIT. NASA, ESA, AND M. BUIE/SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE TWO DOTS. THAT’S really all the image the New Horizons probe sent back looked like, if we’re honest. It was supposed to be the little robot’s first color picture of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon Charon. But let’s be real: It was a big dot and […]

Dragon Snared by Stations ‘Star Trek’ Crewmate, Delivers Science for 1 Year Mission

“There’s coffee in that nebula”… ehm, I mean… in that #Dragon. ISS Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency in Star Trek uniform as Dragon arrives at the International Space Station on April 17, 2015. Credit: NASA Enlarge Following the flawless blastoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster and Dragon cargo ship on Tuesday, April 14, the […]

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

The Sony SmartWatch 3 BUY the Sony SmartWatch 3 >>> Credit: Sony The SmartWatch 3 SWR50 is a device from Sony that lets you see notifications from your smartphone — including emails, calls, texts and even GChats — right on your wrist. The smartwatch, which runs the Android Wear operating system, also responds to voice commands, so […]

Planet formation relied on sweeping up of small glassy beads, new model suggests

Some non-metamorphosed Chondrites show pronounced Chondrules (the small circular objects in the above photo). New research proposes that chondrules, small glassy beads that make up the bulk of the most primitive meteorites, played a crucial role in the formation of planets. Simulations developed by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, Lund University in […]

Wolf population on Isle Royale drops to 3, lowest ever observed in 57-year study

A photo of the three wolves left on Isle Royale. JOHN VUCETICH AND ROLF PETERSON ISLE ROYALE WOLF-MOOSE STUDY Enlarge The ongoing study of wolves and moose on Isle Royale in Lake Superior has hit a critical juncture. Researchers in charge of the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system anywhere in the world released their annual […]

11,000 Years of Isolation: Remote Village Has Unusual Gut Bacteria

People who follow the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and don't have contact with industrialized cultures tend to have more diverse bacteria in and on their bodies. Credit: V. Alounian | Science Advances Enlarge A medical checkup of people living in remote villages deep in the Amazon rainforest in Venezuela has uncovered striking details about these villagers' microbiomes, the […]

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