Science and technology

Climate Change Is Making Bamboo-Eating Lemurs Go Hungry

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Even though it is already the most endangered primate in the world, the greater bamboo lemur just can’t catch a break. Climate change is starving out this Madagascar native, a study published Thursday reports in Current Biology. These critically endangered lemurs nibble almost entirely on the tender shoots of one bamboo species. But Read More

3D Map of Mouse Neurons Reveals Complex Connections

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The 70 million neurons in the mouse brain look like a tangled mess, but researchers are beginning to unravel the individual threads that carry messages across the organ. A 3D brain map released on 27 October, called MouseLight, allows researchers to trace the paths of single neurons and could eventually reveal how the mind assembles information. Read More

Ageing Satellites Put Crucial Sea Ice Climate Record at Risk

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One of the most important continuous records of climate change—nearly four decades of satellite measurements of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice—might soon be interrupted. Scientists all over the world rely on the sea-ice record compiled by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. But the US military satellites Read More

Confronting Sexual Harassment in Science

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If anyone thought scientists were somehow different from ordinary people—nobler, more ethical, more pure—then events over the past two years have been a sharp wake-up call. As with just about any area of human endeavor where men hold the lion’s share of power, the world of science and technology is plagued by sexual harassment. Women Read More

Drought News Might Help Cut Water Waste

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As news coverage of California’s most recent drought intensified, water use trends went down—suggesting news might inspire consumers to conserve. Christopher Intagliata reports. Read More

How to Keep an Ocean Sunfish Clean

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What weighs up to 5,000 pounds, looks permanently distraught, and relies on interspecies friends for basic hygiene? The ocean sunfish is the world’s heaviest fish, with an unusual appearance—not so much a fish as a frowning head with fins. Sunfish also have the dubious fortune of possessing high parasite loads, with 54 described species of Read More

NASA “Twins Study” Shows How Spaceflight Changes Gene Expression

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The changes spaceflight induces in astronauts are much more than skin deep. Space travel strongly affects the way genes are expressed, or turned on and off, preliminary results from NASA’s “Twins Study” have revealed. “Some of the most exciting things that we’ve seen from looking at gene expression in space is Read More

10 Top Causes of Hair Loss

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For both women and men, hair loss can drive us to tears. Although the physical symptoms can range from serious to benign, the cosmetic problem is bound to leave us devastated. So what can cause hair to suddenly happen? »Continue reading on QuickAndDirtyTips.com Read More

Why Heart Surgery May be Better in the Afternoon

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The time of day of your surgery could have long-term impacts on your health. That’s according to researchers who looked at the way circadian rhythm—the body’s internal clock—affects  the outcomes of a patient recovering from a complex heart procedure. Patients who underwent open-heart surgery in the afternoon experienced better health outcomes compared to Read More

Should Iconic Lake Powell Be Drained?

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GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Utah—Like many places across the West, Lake Powell seems impossibly large, mythical almost, with its rich red rock canyon walls standing in dramatic juxtaposition to the expanse of cerulean below that seems to stretch on forever. Dramatic is an apt way to describe the second-largest man-made reservoir in Read More