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  • Report Claims Climate Change Putting Landmarks at Risk

    May 21, 2014 9:32 PM 23

    Could climate change put some historical landmarks across the United States in danger? According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the answer is yes. The group identified 30 at-risk locations that could be damaged or destroyed by so-called human induced climate change. The Statue of Liberty, Jamestown, Virginia and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North

  • Sea level rise forces US space agency to retreat

    May 21, 2014 9:13 PM 23

    Sea level rise is threatening the majority of Nasa’s launch pads and multi-billion dollar complexes famous for training astronauts and launching historic missions to space, scientists said Tuesday. From Cape Canaveral in Florida to mission control in Houston, the US space agency is busily building seawalls where possible and moving some buildings further

  • World’s smallest and fastest nanomotor

    May 21, 2014 6:43 PM 13

    IN a major step towards developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body to deliver drugs or administer insulin for diabetics when needed, researchers have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running synthetic motor to date. With all its dimensions under one micrometre in size, the nanomotor could fit inside a human cell and is capable

  • New praying mantis species hunts like a tiger, say scientists

    May 21, 2014 4:09 PM 17

    The newly discovered 'bush tiger mantis' prowls through Rwanda's underbrush in search of prey, report researchers. On a cool and rainy night in a dense, mountainous forest in Rwanda, insect-surveying scientists discovered a new species of praying mantis, one whose wingless females are "vicious hunters" that prowl for prey as if they were marauding tigers

  • Antarctica's ice losses on the rise

    May 19, 2014 1:55 PM 22

    Three years of observations show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed. A team of scientists from the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, led by researchers at the University of Leeds, have produced the first complete assessment of Antarctic ice sheet elevation

  • Madagascar unleashes poisoned rain to break locust plague

    May 19, 2014 4:00 AM 26

    AMPARIHIBE: The choppers swoop in, dumping insecticide over a plague-stricken village in Madagascar's stunning central highlands. "The goal is to break the invasion," explains Tsitohaina Andriamaroahina, head of a UN mission to end a locust plague threatening the crops of 13 million farmers on this island nation. In their countless billions the insatiable

  • I was victimised for challenging zealots, says Professor: Poison, plots and a battle to neuter climate change critics

    May 17, 2014 1:10 AM 21

    A leading academic says activists are trying to block scientific reports that question the dangers of climate change. Professor Lennart Bengtsson said he had been subjected to ‘unbearable’ pressure from other researchers and warned of the increasing politicisation of the once ‘peaceful’ science. Others described a ‘poisonous atmosphere’ in which researchers

  • Accident with Russian Proton-M carrier rocket poses no threat to Kazakh ecology

    May 16, 2014 1:52 PM 21

    Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16 By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: An accident with a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket which was launched from Kazakh Baikonur Cosmodrome poses no threat to Kazakh ecology, Novosti-Kazakhstan referring to Kazakh Space Agency. "Since the accident occurred at an altitude of about 150 kilometers, and the main part of the rocket burned

  • Lightning – carried on the solar wind

    May 16, 2014 8:23 AM 13

    Solar activity could be responsible for increasing the number of lightning strikes on Earth, a study published in Environmental Research Letters suggests. The scientists have discovered that when gusts of high-speed solar particles enter the earth's atmosphere, the number of lightning bolts increases. It could mean that because solar activity is closely

  • Experts To Draft Plans To Restrict Honeybee Death Rate

    May 15, 2014 5:45 PM 17

    In a most recent count of honeybee colonies a decline in deaths of the crucial pollinators has been observed as per the researchers report on Thursday. The annual report put forward by the Bee Informed Partnership arouses the controversial topic i.e. colony collapse disorder. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon in which the adult bees simply