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NASA astronaut records stunning view as he flies across the night sky

Dante D'Orazio May 24, 2015 04:49 pm05.24.2015 5

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station don't need to flick on the TV to help them fall asleep at night. They can just look out the window. This weekend, Commander Terry Virts, who's been aboard...

Can't beat that view

Watch astronauts dock with the International Space Station

Dante D'Orazio May 23, 2015 02:18 pm05.23.2015 21

Sometimes reality can be just as stunning as the movies. That's certainly the case with this latest video from NASA. The space agency has released a video documenting the Russian Soyuz capsule as it docked...

It's a real-life space opera

This is what an astronaut sees during an aborted spaceflight

Lizzie Plaugic May 23, 2015 09:07 pm05.23.2015 25

Yesterday, SpaceX released footage of a May 6th pad abort test for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The video is filmed from the point-of-view of an astronaut inside the rocket — the rocket that accelerates...

It's dizzying

Obama administration wants to make the skies safer for birds

Lizzie Plaugic May 23, 2015 11:43 am05.23.2015 9

The Obama administration proposed new laws this week that would protect birds from threats like oil wells, gas flares, and power lines. The laws would provide a comprehensive framework for preventing...

I believe they can fly

California regulators approve farmers' plan to reduce water usage by 25 percent

Lizzie Plaugic May 23, 2015 10:15 am05.23.2015 7

Water regulators in California this week approved a deal set forth by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who voluntarily agreed to cut their water usage this upcoming season. The deal only...

Similar cuts haven't occurred since the 1970s

Dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico linked to Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Jacob Kastrenakes May 22, 2015 03:28 pm05.22.2015 18

Large numbers of bottlenose dolphins have been washing up on the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest spill to take place in US waters....

Dolphins had lung lesions, adrenal lesions, and pneumonia

Sports policies that exclude women with high testosterone must end, experts say

Arielle Duhaime-Ross May 22, 2015 12:07 pm05.22.2015 24

Last summer, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was barred from competing against other women because of a testosterone policy. Track’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations...

"The IAAF wants to say [that if they have high testosterone], well that means they don’t really count as female" Alice Dreger, a bioethicist

Monkey day care: Growing up as a child research subject

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Octopuses and other cephalopods can 'see' with their skin

Kwame Opam May 22, 2015 10:40 am05.22.2015 3

Octopuses and their tentacled brethren are fascinating, and even a little scary. In addition to their uniquely alien intelligence, cephalopods are known to change color based on their surroundings. That...

Fascinating and a little scary

Walmart takes stand against animal cruelty and overuse of antibiotics on farms

Jacob Kastrenakes May 22, 2015 09:54 am05.22.2015 14

Walmart wants its food suppliers to put an end to the inhumane treatment of animals and the overuse of antibiotics. Walmart, which is the largest food retailer in the US, said today that it would urge its...

"We believe that farm animals in our supply chain should be treated humanely." Walmart

DeepBeat is a rapping AI that probably won't win any battles

Colin Lecher May 22, 2015 09:04 am05.22.2015 3

If you're concerned about robots coming to replace you at your job, maybe it's time to consider a career change: it looks like rappers are safe for now.

In a new paper out this week — excellently titled...

"I hook a beat up, convert it into hip-hop form" Rakim

Paralyzed man sips beer using robot arm he controls with his mind

Elizabeth Lopatto May 21, 2015 06:47 pm05.21.2015 2

Erik Sorto hasn't been able to move his arms or legs in a decade, after a gunshot wound 13 years ago rendered him quadriplegic. But after scientists implanted chips into his brain three years ago, he's...

I want to be able to drink my own beer Erik Sorto

Scientists found a way to turn deadly female mosquitoes into harmless males

Sean O'Kane May 21, 2015 02:52 pm05.21.2015 16

A global team of scientists have found a way to turn female mosquito embryos into males at a genetic level, according to a paper published in Science Express. The finding could really come in handy, since...

With mosquitoes, females are the killers
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