NASA’s next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world. —> Read More Here
Astra Zeneca announces a research programme to develop a generation of medicines to treat the genetic causes of many debilitating diseases. —> Read More Here
ATHENS, Ga., Jan. 28 (UPI) — A new vaccine, developed by scientists at the University of Georgia, promises to extend the window of opportunity for successfully treating rabies. —> Read More Here
Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s beloved dinosaur cast, is to be moved from his spot and replaced by a blue whale skeleton
Is it better to be positive or negative? Many of the most vivid public health appeals have been negative — ‘Smoking Kills’ or ‘Drive, Drive, and Die’ — but do these negative messages work when it comes to changing eating behavior? —> Read More Here
One of the rarest mammals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, was recently caught on camera twice inside Yosemite National Park.
The two sightings on remote wildlife cameras, on Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 4 of this year, mark the first time the Vulpes vulpes necator has been seen inside the park in nearly a century, the National Park Service said in a news release.
The animal, a subspecies of the red fox that’s native to the Sierra Nevada mountains, is so rare that no one is certain just how many are left. They are solitary creatures, nocturnal, do not travel in groups and avoid people, making them even harder to track and study. However, it’s believed the total population is less than 50.
“We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada,” Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher said in a news release. “National parks like Yosemite provide habitat for all wildlife and it is encouraging to see that the red fox was sighted in the park.”
Here’s a closer look at the animal that has conservationists —> Read More Here
A new study finds that many U.S. adults—roughly one in five—are deeply religious, know a lot about science, and support many practical uses of science and technology in everyday life, but reject scientific explanations of creation and evolution. —> Read More Here
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported.
VANCOUVER, BC – It’s nearing the end of January, and I am close to four months into my storytelling project, documenting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that will carry oil from the Athabasca oil sands in northern Alberta to the British Columbia coast. From the oil boom town of Fort McMurray, where the oil is mined to the unpopulated edge of the industrial city of Fort Saskatchewan where the pipeline will begin, I spent my first three months in Alberta tracing the path of the pipeline as well as researching the presence and significance of oil in the province. Where the oil is being extracted is as significant to this story as where it will be transported.
I’ve been in Vancouver since the beginning of January and will spend the next four and half months in British Columbia. This time, I will follow the pipeline route in reverse, starting with the oil tanker routes through the Hecate Strait between the the Haida Gwaii and the mainland coast back towards the port city of Kitimat, also the end terminal for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Traveling via —> Read More Here
London’s Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale. —> Read More Here