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- Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits
- New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."
- Agriculture heads indoors with new farming startup Bowery Farming
The term "farmer's tan" may soon lose all significance -- not because farming is going anywhere, but rather, because it's going inside. A startup called Bowery Farming has caught the intention of investors and food experts alike.
- Spain to cull 17,000 ducks as bird flu hits
More than 17,000 ducks will be culled in Spain after a highly contagious bird flu strain that has affected poultry throughout Europe was detected at a farm, authorities said Thursday. The virus found in Catalonia is H5N8, said Meritxell Serret, in charge of agriculture in the northeastern region -- the same one that has seen hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese slaughtered in France's southwest. Up until now, the virus had only been detected in Spain in three wild animals.
- Dogs' Love Isn't Unconditional After All
In a gray, linoleum-floored laboratory in Vienna, two dogs sit in side-by-side enclosures. One dog pulls a handle, and a tray laden with sausage moves down to where the other dog can reach it and excitedly gulp it down. How many times the first dog does this—giving a gift to another, with no benefit to itself—is a measure of what cognition researchers call “prosociality,” or, in essence, generosity. Specifically, how many times it gives food to a friend, or a strange dog, or just offers it to an empty enclosure can help researchers understand whether prosociality exists in dogs, part of a larger quest to understand which creatures are capable of generosity and how and when the trait evolved.
- NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps
- Study: Accuracy of voice biometrics can diminish as we age
Researchers at fraud-detection firm Pindrop presented new research at RSA last week that shows our voice’s speed and pitch changes enough over the years that it may cause voice biometrics systems to fail.
- Why 3D Printing and Biotech Will Be Good Bets in 2017
- Want to Know the Future? Most People Don't, Study Suggests
Just 1 percent of participants always said that they wanted to know what the future held for them. "In our study, we've found that people would rather decline the powers that made Cassandra famous, in an effort to forgo the suffering that knowing the future may cause, avoid regret and also maintain the enjoyment of suspense that pleasurable events provide," Gigerenzer said. Participants were asked whether, hypothetically, they would want to know about 10 future events, which ranged from serious to mundane.
- Where these 'Shark Tank' companies are today: Part 6
- Let Professor Einstein challenge your brain
- Seth Meyers interviews 'rogue' climate scientist worried about Trump
Climate scientists don't typically make the rounds on late-night talk shows. But thanks to President Donald Trump, they do now. Ben Santer, a prominent atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night — a rare step for someone employed by a government-run lab. "These are strange and unusual times, and it seems kind of important to talk about the science that we do," Santer told Meyers, explaining he was there as a private citizen. SEE ALSO: The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally Trump previously claimed that human-caused climate change is "a hoax." More recently, he's said he is "open-minded" on climate science but that "nobody really knows" what's happening to the planet. Many of his top cabinet officials — including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — share Trump's skepticism toward the mainstream scientific consensus that global temperatures are rising, and that human activity is largely to blame. Santer is among the thousands of scientists who have made it their life's work to study and explain the changes to the planet. He's also a preferred target of trolls, who have falsely accused him of making stuff up. Given the current U.S. political climate, Santer said scientists have a choice: "You can either retreat to your office, close the door and be silent. Or you can choose to push back against the ignorance." Click here for Santer's full interview.
- Life Expectancy in South Korea May Reach 90 by 2030
Life expectancy is expected to rise in many countries around the world, but in the United States, that increase is predicted to be smaller than in other countries, a new study finds. In the study, published today (Feb. 21) in the journal The Lancet, researchers predicted what the average life expectancies will be in 35 countries for people born in the year 2030. The greatest increases in life expectancies over their present levels were predicted for girls born in South Korea and boys born in Hungary, the researchers found.
- Dataiku's latest release has a DataOps slant
Like agile software development, data science works best when models can be tested and iterated rapidly. The latest release from data science collaboration tool Dataiku adds integrations with GitHub and HipChat that will not only bring developers and data scientists together, but hopefully, some of their DevOps discipline as well.
- Trove of Dazzling Bronze Age Weapons Unearthed in Scotland
Excavations during the construction of two soccer fields in Scotland have turned up a rare discovery — a Bronze-Age weapon hoard, including a notched bronze sword and a gold-decorated spearhead. All told, archaeologists discovered the remains of 12 Bronze Age buildings during the dig, as well as a much earlier Stone Age hall that probably dates back to the very beginnings of agriculture in Scotland. "There was no real indication of the wealth of archaeological remains" before the dig, said Ronan Toolis, the commercial director of GUARD Archaeology Limited, the firm that conducted the excavation.
- What is catnip and why do cats love it?
Cat owners who want to treat their pets to a little psychedelic trip often turn to catnip plants, which can transform the most serene of felines into a euphoric ball of fur. A video produced by Chemical & Engineering News, a weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, explores what it is in catnip that has this effect on cats and how it serves catnip well. Scientists have found that the euphoric effect is produced by a specific chemical made by the plant, known as nepetalactone.
- Scientists Taught Bees to Play Football to Gain an Insight into Their Brains
After several observations, each real bee we tested picked up how to solve the task and no longer needed demonstrations. One group of bees watched another previously trained bee move the ball to the center. A second group of bees observed the ball moving to the center “by itself” (we actually used a magnet under the platform to move the ball).
- NASA Recovers Solar Flare Study Instrument From Antarctica
- Bill Gates says robots that take your jobs should be taxed
- Happy Feet meets T-Rex: Penguins in the age of dinos
A giant penguin foot-bone discovered in New Zealand shows that the ancestors of everyone's favourite flightless bird waddled Earth during the age of dinosaurs, researchers reported Thursday. The new find, unearthed by an amateur fossil hunter near the Waipara River in New Zealand, does not by itself prove penguin-dinosaur cohabitation. "The two penguins -– from exactly the same locality -- are morphologically quite different," said Gerald Mayr, an ornithologist at Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and lead author of a study unveiling the discovery.
- SpaceX Is Delaying Its Mars Mission Until 2020
- A Mysterious Blob Has Washed Up A Beach In The Philippines
A giant, hairy blob that washed ashore in the Philippines baffled local residents. Some suggested it looked like a huge Shitzu, or even Appa, a fictional character from the animated TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender. The whale appeared after a deadly earthquake struck the region on Sunday, causing a number of strange creatures to come ashore.
- Pigs with edited genes show resistance to costly virus
A novel but controversial technique known as gene-editing has produced pigs that could be resilient to an often fatal virus that costs European farmers $1.6 billion per year, researchers said Thursday. Tests of the pigs' cells in lab dishes showed complete resistance to two major subtypes of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), a disease that can cause pneumonia in young pigs and fetal death in pregnant sows. "Laboratory tests of cells from the pigs with the modified CD163 gene have confirmed that this change in the pig's DNA blocks the virus from being able to cause infection," said the report, led by the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute.