20 percent of Mars' surface was likely water 4.5 billion years ago

Lizzie Plaugic March 5, 2015 04:35 pm03.05.2015 19

Mars once had enough water to cover its entire surface, a study published today in Science suggests. Around 4.5 billion years ago, Mars was host to a body of water that was larger than the Arctic Ocean. At...

As big as the Arctic

This chemical could protect plants from radioactive fallout at Fukushima

Amar Toor March 5, 2015 11:52 am03.05.2015

A synthetic chemical prevents a plant native to Japan from absorbing harmful radioactive elements, according to a study published today in Scientific Reports. The findings raise the possibility that it...

Findings hold promise for farmers in the region

Suicide rate among young men has gone down, but the rate for young women is rising

Arielle Duhaime-Ross March 5, 2015 01:15 pm03.05.2015 36

Young men between the ages of 10 and 24 are taking their own lives less often than they did 20 years ago, according to a report released by the CDC today. Unfortunately, the suicide rate among young women...

17 percent of high school students in the US have considered suicide

Black kids in the US have twice as many untreated cavities as white ones

Arielle Duhaime-Ross March 5, 2015 12:01 am03.05.2015 35

Racial inequalities abound in the US, and those inequalities start at a very young age. Black infants are 2.4 times as likely to die compared with white infants. Black kids are three times more likely to...

"Children often see physicians, but they don’t get to see the dentist." Stefanie Russell, epidemiologist

A simple injection could one day stop people from bleeding to death

Arielle Duhaime-Ross March 4, 2015 03:00 pm03.04.2015 17

Blood loss kills a lot of people; one-third of deaths related to traumatic injuries are caused by bleeding. But a lab-made polymer could change that, as it was able to stop bleeding in rats whose femoral...

Forming clots isn’t easy when blood is pouring out of an organ

Infinite universes and dead strawberries: an interview with Brian Cox and Robin Ince

Sean O'Kane March 4, 2015 03:00 pm03.04.2015 3

Since 2009, an award-winning show on BBC Radio 4 called The Infinite Monkey Cage has blended side-splitting humor with discussions of mind-bending science. Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin...

"Imagine if the Bible started with 'of course we might be wrong.'"

The Homo genus is nearly half a million years older than we thought

Jacob Kastrenakes and James Vincent March 4, 2015 01:42 pm03.04.2015 23

A new fossil pushes evidence for the human genus, Homo, back hundreds of thousands of years. Discovered on a hilltop in Ethiopia, the 2.8-million-year-old piece of a jaw containing five teeth is giving...

A transitional fossil in a period we have little on

The not-so-glamorous life of a robot operator

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McDonald's will phase out chicken treated with human antibiotics in the US

Arielle Duhaime-Ross March 4, 2015 11:49 am03.04.2015 27

McDonald's US locations will stop buying chicken raised using human antibiotics within the next two years, Reuters reports. The unprecedented move is meant to help the restaurant win back customers who...

But the move won't make McDonald's chicken antibiotic-free

Syrian conflict likely fueled by climate change, study claims

Amar Toor March 4, 2015 06:23 am03.04.2015 54

A severe drought that helped fuel the Syrian conflict has been linked to climate change, according to a study published this week. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

"there will be lots of global implications." Richard Seager, Columbia University

British government approves the first spaceport in Europe

Rich McCormick March 4, 2015 03:25 am03.04.2015 21

The British government has backed plans to build a spaceport in the United Kingdom. The facility, scheduled to be operational by 2018, is set to become to be the first spaceport in Europe, and is expected...

brits in spaaaace

Three steps to weasel-woodpecker acceptance

Arielle Duhaime-Ross March 3, 2015 06:43 pm03.03.2015 27

This picture is magical. This picture is confusing. This picture is full of amazing science. It's a weasel riding a flying woodpecker, and it's making you feel some #feels. Fortunately, weasel-woodpecker...

Embrace the magic

North Korea reopens borders to tourists following Ebola crackdown

Amar Toor March 3, 2015 04:17 am03.03.2015 11

North Korea today reopened its borders to foreign tourists, more than four months after closing them amid concerns over the spread of Ebola. As Reuters reports, travel agencies in the region said the...

But quarantine remains in place for some
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