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Tailgaters Rejoice! This Cooler Keeps Beers Cold Without Ice

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Just in time for the return of football season comes the Case Coolie, an innovation that aims to put an end to packing and hauling a cooler around. "It's a waste of electricity to freeze the ice and a waste of water," says product co-founder Nick Niehaus.

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Old Sun, New Sun, Our Sun

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Astronomers have found younger and older twins to our sun, giving us a peek at our mother-star's past and future. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser says it's hard not to wonder what kind of life an older solar system might harbor and how similar, or different, it would be from us.

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Bald Eagles Are Back In A Big Way — And The Talons Are Out

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Decimated by hunters, insecticides and other human pressures in the 1960s and 1970s, America's emblematic bird is once again flying high. Roughly 10,000 mated pairs now nest in the continental U.S., up from about 500 in the 1970s. But more birds also means fierce competition for territory and mates.

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Now A Test Can Tell If Your Pricey Cup Of Cat Poop Coffee Is Fake

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The world's most expensive coffee can cost $600 a pound, and it comes from — there's no delicate way to put it — civet poop. But how do you know if what you're shelling out for is the real deal? Chemists have come up with the world's first cat poop coffee test.

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How To Build Little Doors Inside Your Shell: The Secrets of Snail Carpentry

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Snails getting ready for winter are natural carpenters. They construct doors, or maybe you'd call them walls, inside their shells. They do this without hammers, nails or cement. Instead, they use their foot — and of course, their favorite material, mucus. Welcome to the ingenious world of snail construction.

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U.S. 'Space Fence' Radar System Goes Silent, After 50 Years

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has pulled the plug on a radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth, from satellites and debris to meteors. The military says the shutdown can save $14 million annually. A replacement plan is in the works.

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Pollution, Not Rising Temperatures, May Have Melted Alpine Glaciers

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

About 160 years ago, before Europe began warming up, glaciers in the Alps started rapidly retreating. Now NASA scientists offer a possible explanation for this apparent paradox: Soot from the Industrial Revolution could have heated up the ice.

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The Latest In Scientific Field Equipment? Fido's Nose

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Conservationists around the world are using a new kind of field equipment. It can navigate difficult terrain, detect tiny chemical samples, and ... wag its tail. Detection dogs are teaming up with humans to study rare, endangered and invasive organisms.

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Enough With Baby Talk; Infants Learn From Lemur Screeches, Too

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Even infants too young to discern the meaning of words seem better able to learn while listening to the sound of human speech than while listening to nonsense — speech run backward. Little surprise there, perhaps, but a study shows that recordings of lemur calls spark learning, too.

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Radiocative Water Leak At Fukushima Worse Than First Thought

Sunday, September 01, 2013

The plant that was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami was found to be leaking contaminated water last month.

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Food Failures: Beer Home Brew

Friday, August 30, 2013

Is your wort too hot? Have wild yeast taken over your brew? Are you experiencing bottle bomb? Home brewing beer is a combination of art and science. Chris Cuzme from 508 GastroBrewery discusses common pitfalls of home brewing and tips to perfect your process.

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Diagnosing Self-Destruction

Friday, August 30, 2013

Suicide kills twice as many people as murder each year in the United States, and rates in the military recently surpassed those among civilians. But while scientists have identified some risk factors for suicide being white, being male, substance abuse, mental illness — they still have little idea what spurs people to take their own lives.

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Space Telescope Reawakened for an Asteroid Hunt

Friday, August 30, 2013

After the WISE telescope used up the coolant needed to operate its detectors, its primary mission as an infrared survey telescope ended. NASA's Amy Mainzer describes how the agency is repurposing the dormant craft for a new three-year mission looking for near-Earth asteroids. Astronomer Brett Gladman also discusses a newly spotted asteroid-like object trailing Uranus.

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New Clues to Memory Glitch Behind 'Senior Moments'

Friday, August 30, 2013

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Eric Kandel and colleagues write of a memory gene that appears to retire as the brain ages — leading to those "Where'd I put my keys?" moments. Kandel says such memory glitches may be reversible with the right intervention.

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Ancient Beads with an Otherworldly Origin

Friday, August 30, 2013

Researchers analyzed ancient Egyptian iron beads fashioned out of meteoric iron and crafted 2,000 years before the Iron Age. Archaeometallurgist Thilo Rehren discusses how the beads were made before the prevalence of iron mining and smelting.

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Don't Call It A Mind-Meld: Human Brains Connect Via Internet

Friday, August 30, 2013

In what they call "direct brain-to-brain communication in humans," researchers at the University of Washington say they've successfully passed signals from one mind to another via the Internet, without using surgical implants.

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Drone It To Me, Baby

Friday, August 30, 2013

Drones are for spying, right? Right. But if Jasper van Loenen's idea works, drones will also become private moving vans. Crows won't like this. Trees won't like this. I'm not sure I like this. But you've got to see Jasper's instant-drone deliver a bicycle wheel across campus ...

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Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

Friday, August 30, 2013

A decade ago, cranes that had never before migrated followed the lead of an ultralight plane to learn the route south. Several generations later, old cranes are teaching young birds to navigate that same route. It's a clue that migration is a combination of nature and nurture, researchers say.

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Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

No one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics. Many public health experts say the government should collect and publish detailed information because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly urgent problem. But many farm groups are opposed.

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Another 'Grand Canyon' Discovered Beneath Greenland's Ice

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Greenland is covered in an ice layer that's up to 2 miles thick. But below the ice, there's a vast terrain of bedrock. Now scientists have found a mega-canyon there, twice the size of the one in Arizona. The hidden canyon is drawing oohs and aahs from scientists around the world.

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